Originally published 7 March 2011. © Torey B. Scott
Machaloth is reputed to have a special relationship with the kingdoms of the Greeks—it is suggested by some soft polytheists that She is perhaps comparable to one of the Greek goddesses or serpent-like creatures within Greek mythology.
Machaloth’s name loosely translates from the Hebrew mahathallah as “deception” or “illusion”. Her name is similar to that of the Demon, Magot(h)—often appearing within occult texts as a high-ranking Demon and similar in status to Beelzebub, Asmodeus and Satan Himself. This suggests that Magoth and Machaloth may be one in the same, although there is no real evidence to support this theory.
She is associated with the Element of Water and with the 23rd Path known as Sekhel Qayyam or the Path of Sustaining Intelligence upon the Tree of Life. As a Demoness of Water, Machaloth is aligned with Lunar currents and the concepts of compassion, healing and psychism. Like Naamah, Machaloth is a fantastic deity to approach when pursuing divinatory avenues as She will speak truly and with patience. Although all of the Demonesses may be approached for matters of healing, Machaloth is especially concerned with the healing arts, especially in relationship to afflictions pertaining to fluid, chills, menopausal symptoms and nutrition. She is also especially concerned with scrying and introspective mediations.
Machaloth is the Matron Demoness of mothers. Although many of the other Demonesses are inherently concerned with the protection of infants and childbearing women, Machaloth is specifically aligned with the sacredness of motherhood. While most of the other Demonesses may be approached for the protection of a child, Machaloth is the ideal ally for the ensuring of the safety of any woman to whom has been born a child regardless of age. She can offer guidance and compassion for mothers who are dealing with rebellious teenage children and especially those single mothers who are struggling to raise a family on their own. She is also a goddess of fertility.
Machaloth, like many Water spirits, has a hauntingly beautiful singing voice and often uses it to soothe those in distress. She may often be heard singing when we are experiencing times of extreme stress or pain and reminds us that all suffering is only transient. She also possesses the power of foresight and may send to us omens or messages in order to warn or to prepare us for life-altering events and changes. Her presence is felt most strongly during storms and periods of heavy rain. Unlike the majority of Her sister Demonesses of Water who are innately connected with the oceans, Machaloth is primarily attached to freshwater lakes, streams and ponds. She sometimes manifests as a beautiful middle-aged woman, nude from the waist up with pale skin that shimmers iridescently.
Machaloth has the ability to aid the magician in situations in which defensive magick is called for. As well as teaching us ways in which we may best protect ourselves, She can also grant to us temporary or permanent Auric shields and may act on our behalf in negotiations with the Patron or Matron deity of the offender in question. Machaloth has a deep knowledge of the occult and of the ways of human beings and well-suited to serve as an advisor if one is in doubt of one’s abilities or is simply in need of direction. She also retains influence within the realm of psychism—mentoring and aiding those in need of the knowledge of astral travel, dream interpretation, spiritual visions and clairvoyance.
Primary Name: Machaloth
Other Names: Machalath, Mahlat; Magoth, Magot (Speculative)
Mythological Source(s): Kabbalistic and Occult Traditions
Title: Machaloth, Mother of Agerath
Role: Demoness of Water, Matron Demoness of Mothers
Sacred Animals: Serpent, scorpion, eagle, crab, dove, penguin, catfish, cat, camel, frog, toad, baboon, bat, hare, rabbit, otter, dog, sow, turtle, ibis, heron
Mythical Beings: Water beings, ghosts, succubi, vampires
Zodiacal Sign(s): All Water Signs, especially Cancer
Planet(s): The Moon
Direction: West (Traditional), South (Biblical), West (Agrippa)
Soul Part: None
Musical Key: None
Kabbalistic World: Briah
Kabbalistic Hell: None
Kabbalistic Palace of Hell: None
Tree of Life Attributions: Path 23 (Sustaining Intelligence)
Qliphothic Habitation: None
Associated Demons: Malkunofat
Sounds: s, sh, z, zh
Magickal Words: Nerxiarxin, Geniomouthig, Thothoutthoth
Parentage: Rahab (Speculative)
Trees: Willow, alder, hazel, lime tree, mangrove
Herbs: Lotus, waterlily, leek, crab-apple, hay, camphor, cucumber, poppy, pumpkin, gourd, lettuce, melon, purslane, beetroot, reed, white sandalwood, lime, lotus, watercress, banyan, almond, mugwort, hazel, moonwort, alder, pomegranate, mistletoe, peony, comfrey, mangrove
Stones: Moonstone, pearl, quartz crystal, chalcedony, emerald, sapphire, green lapis, onyx, beryl, aquamarine, marble
Incense: Myrrh, orris, calamus, lotus, jasmine, willow, black copal, white sandalwood, benzoin
Metals and Minerals: Silver, sulphates
Tarot Cards: The Hanged Man (Elemental/Kabbalistic), The High Priestess (Planetary), The Chariot (Zodiacal), the four Queens, Cups, Queen of Cups
Ailments: Fluid retention, chills, menopausal symptoms, hormonal imbalances in women, stress and anxiety, post-partum depression, malnutrition and malabsorption, lymphatic disorders, menstrual troubles, arthritis, stomach complaints, breast cancer and breast disorders, nausea and vomiting
Bodily Government: Female reproductive organs, female hormones, lymphatic system, breasts, stomach
Vices: Laziness, depression, procrastination, irresponsibility
Virtues: Zeal/enthusiasm, inspiration, punctuality, responsibility
Holy Days: July 21 (Zodiacal), June 21 (Summer Solstice – Northern Hemisphere)
Time of Day: Sunset
Chemical Element: None
Alchemical Process: Dissolution
Symbolism: Storms, rain, rivers and streams, scorpion
Chakra: Third Eye, Heart, Belly
Ritual Tools: Wine, chalice, mirror, aspergillum
Drugs: Blue lotus, juniper, Emmenagogues, ecbolics
Powers and rulership: Compassion, Greece, water magick, motherhood and the protection of mothers, divination, defensive magick, negotiations, the occult, calming of anxiety, freshwater bodies and systems, omens, storms, rain, menopause, female hormonal disorders, fertility, healing, introspection, meditation, hydromancy, enchantments, clairvoyance, astral projection, dreams, visions