The Rabid Crow Collection
Each of these are available on canvas, as posters (framed or unframed)
or on items such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. You can buy them here.
The Satanic Goat
In 1854, French occultist Eliphas Levi published his famous book on the Doctrine and Ritual of Transcendental Magic. The frontispiece included an engraving of the horned god which he called "Baphomet" and "The Goat of Mendes." The image horrified many and inspired others in what has been called the French occult revival of the 19th century. The figure represented the absolute and featured various occult symbols including a point-up pentagram on the forehead, mudra handsigns, and the words "Solve" and "Coagula" on the arms. Despite the graphic's intention of representing occult wisdom generally, orthodox Christians have long characterized it as satanic. Those of a truly devilish bent, however, have tended to find the old image dated, tame and thus uninspiring. Here that classic image is re-created with explicitly Satanic imagery and symbols; the point-down pentagram, the inverted cross, the 666, the brimstone alchemical glyph, etc. Let there be no question of representation of this archetype. The Levi Baphomet from the 19th century reimagined and presented here in flaming color for the new Satanic era.
Franz von Stuck painted the original version of "Sensuality" in 1891. It is said that in his villa, Stuck built an altar to Sin and had this painting as the centerpiece of the altar. No wonder! The alluring, sensual woman draws you in but the serpent which owns and protects her threatens. The tension is intoxicating. Not surprisingly, the work proved quite popular. Stuck produced multiple versions. Sadly, today, even the best original version of it is badly faded and scratched. I have extensively refurbished this haunting image to repair the damage and made some slight adjustments to some of the color contrasts to create an utterly renewed piece of art suitable for your own altar to sin in your castle. The original was 14.5 x 22 inches. My new, restored version is available in sizes up to 24 x 36.
Anton Szandor Lavey
Anton Szandor LaVey, April 11, 1930 - October 29, 1997, shocked the world when he established the Church of Satan on April 30, 1966, then went on to write "The Satanic Bible" as well as "The Satanic Rituals" and generally lead the entire planet down the road to Hell. The original version of this photo portrait was created shortly after the founding of the Church of Satan. With painstaking care and effort, I made an array of digital repairs and alteration to create a new, modern and far more evocative version which more powerfully capture's LaVey's presence at that pivotal time in history. Here is your chance to bring something of the "Black Pope" into your life to remind you to live devilishly!
The icon-like presentation of this illustration conveys a vaguely religious impression since the structure parallels that of art one would see in a church. Yet his one is diabolical! It shows Satan seated upon his worldly throne surrounded by his minions and the symbols of his power and dominion over the Earth. The work here is a number of carefully executed modifications and enhancements to an old 1926 illustration by Bernard Zuber.
Baphomet (Church of Satan)
This "Sigil of Baphomet" has been the official, copyrighted symbol of The Church of Satan for more than half a century. It is offered here through Rabid Crow by special arrangement. I obtained the highest resolution version directly from the source and made a number of repairs even to that so that the version offered here is, I am certain, the finest and most meticulous anywhere on Earth. This modern contemporary official version has deep historical roots. It is a refined rendition based on older, historical precedents such as the "old style" sigil shown below. But it is this particular design that practitioners of Modern Satanism actually wear and use in their ritual practice of Satanic magic and which serves as the official symbol of the formal religion.
Baphomet Old Style Sigil
Over a century ago, Oswald Wirth (today famous for his popular deck of tarot cards) created an illustration in Stanislas de Guaita's 1897 book "La Clef de la Magie Noire" depicting a goat's head in a point down pentagram. The symbol was purported to be the magical sigil of those who rejected mainstream religious and moral strictures and, instead, followed the Left Hand Path. Wirth believed that a secret cabal of Freemasons practiced a form of cabalistic sorcery in league with Satan. For his 1931 book on the topic, he greatly refined the graphic. The image here is a painstakingly restored and enhanced re-imagining of the old Wirth illustration thus bringing to you one of the oldest historic graphical representations of Satanism, Black Magic and the Left Hand Path.
Satan & Eve
More than 200 years ago, William Blake created a work called "Satan Exulting Over Eve." Sadly, today every one of the existing originals are damaged and faded by age. I have painstakingly reworked the entire original image, eliminating the old background in order to focus the viewer on significantly clarified depictions of the central figures of the work. Eve, having tasted the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge reclines in ecstacy (or is it a coma?) entwined with her seducer, the Serpent, while Lucifer floats above in triumph. Yet his expression is neutral. He has not conquered. He knows that it is humanity's natural desire for knowledge and freedom which is triumphant over ignorance and vassalage.
When John Milton published "Paradise Lost" in 1666 the epic poem broke new cultural ground by portraying the character of Satan as a heroic and rational opponent to a tyrannical Jehovah. In the 19th century, as rationalism swept western civilization, Paradise Lost, became a favorite of literature. The image presented here is detail from Gustav Dore's famous set of beautiful engravings included in 19th century editions of Paradise Lost. The beauty and majesty of the manner in which the tragic but dignified (and thus sympathetic) character of Satan is portrayed in the text is echoed and even amplified in the beauty of the illustator's art.
You've seen that weird pyramid symbol on the back of the US $1 bill. It is the reverse side of the official Great Seal of the United States created in 1792 and depicting the mysterious trapezoid (an unfinished or decapitated pyramid) and the all-seeing "eye of providence.""Annuit Coeptis" is Greek for "He approves of our endeavors." It is a version of a line from a prayer to Jupiter in the Aeneid so the "He" can be interpreted as God or some other all powerful, all-seeing force. "Novus Ordo Seclorum" is Latin for "New Order of the World." Thirteen is a recurring theme in the image: 13 letter in Annuit Coeptis; 13 layers in the trapezoidal pyramid - a clear reference to 13 US colonies but also…13 witches in a coven; 13 families within the illuminati; 13th card in Tarot is death; 13 Friday 1307 when the Knights Templar were betrayed and crushed by the pope! Conspiracy theorists say it is the masonic symbol of the Illuminati - the secret occult society bent on world domination. Is it true? Of course it is! Now you can show that you are part of the conspiracy too. Join the most elite secret society in the world domination business! This art makes you part of the New World Order.
In 1608, the Italian Catholic priest and exorcist Francesco Maria Guazzo published his notorious witch hunting manual titled "Compendium Maleficarum" illustrated with a series of woodcut prints purported to show witches receiving instruction, guidance and inspiration directly from Satan himself. Today, even the best versions of these 400-year-old illustrations are faded and damaged even beyond the imperfections and gaps resulting form the original woodcut method. Rabid Crow has meticulously restored and repaired a carefully curated selection of six of these images up to full art gallery quality. Each of the images are available as single, stand alone works but I also arranged them together into a single, unified work I call "The Witches Hexaptych." A "Hexaptych" is a six-paneled work which echoes a religious art form popular in the Middle Ages. This new, combined image, presented in this manner creates a far different message and impact than the originals. Here the works are separated from the negative, prosecutorial text and posed in a multipart format frequently associated with devotional religious art. The effect is to convey to the viewer a far more positive, almost reverent depiction of the Prince of Darkness and his loyal allies.
The Bishop and The Beast
Around 1482 or so, artist Michael Pacher painted this image for the altarpiece of an Augustinian Monastery showing St. Augustine examining the Devil's book of sins, a legend depicted in "The Golden Legend." It is striking for a couple of reasons. First, it is an early example of Italian style renaisance art technique being introduced into Germany which had previously up to that point seen mostly a flatter, more basic medieval style. This was cutting edge. Secondly, it graphically depicts the strange relationship between the Catholic Church and its own mythology of Satan. While outwardly claimed to be antagonists, the reality is that Satan, as Anton LaVey said, has been the best friend the Church has ever had as he has kept it in business all these years; a scary threat to keep the faithful compliant and tithing. At the same time, as scholar Richard Kiekheffer has exposed, there was an active underground of Catholic priests trafficking in forbidden texts of demonic magic. For all these reasons, this image conveys a powerful historical symbology. The original was painted on a nearly square wooden panel which has seen some damage over the centuries. I have reworked it substantially to present it in a high quality form suitable for an art collection.