Numinatria for Newbies

Numinatria is the magic of sacred numerology and geometry, channeling energy through carefully-inscribed figures. It is particularly associated with the northern countries of Seteris and Seste Ligante, but not unknown in other lands. For those northerners, however, it is deeply entwined with their religion, to the point where the gods themselves are seen as emanations of the principles contained herein.

The Lumen and the Numina

All power originates from the Lumen, the abstract godhead of northern religion. It unfolds through a sequence of numbers called the numina, circling from 0 to 10 and back again. Each has an associated form, color, metal, gem, animal, body location, and planet, as well as gods who are considered to be manifestations of that numen. They are as follows:

Illi (0 and 10): The None That Is Many

  • Forms: point, decagon, decagram
  • Color: gold or yellow
  • Metal: gold
  • Gem: diamond
  • Animal: snake
  • Body location: head
  • Planet: the sun

Illi is the point of origin and return, the gateway of cosmic energy through which the power of the Lumen flows. It symbolizes beginnings, endings, the inscriptor’s self, the soul, eternity, and collective memory.

Uniat (1): The Axis Mundi

  • Forms: circle
  • Color: white or pale grey
  • Metal: platinum
  • Gem: pearl
  • Animal: monkey
  • Body location: the body as a whole, the skin
  • Planet: the earth

Uniat is the numen of containment, bounding all numinatrian workings so their power does not overflow. It symbolizes the body, the inscriptor’s chalk, self-awareness, consciousness, self-reflection, and centeredness.

Tuat (2): The Self-in-Other

  • Forms: parallel lines, the vesica piscis
  • Color: silver or grey
  • Metal: silver
  • Gem: moonstone
  • Animal: rabbits; two rabbits, one black and one white
  • Body location: arms
  • Planet: the two moons

Tuat is the numen of connection and communication, commonly used to link elements within a numinat. It symbolizes the other, the inscriptor’s edge, duality, interpersonal relationships, intuition, marriage and divorce, the parent, travel, exchange, and liminal spaces. It is also associated with the Argentet seat in the Cinquerat, overseeing the cultural affairs of Nadežra.

Tricat (3): The Many in Harmony

  • Forms: triangle
  • Color: brown
  • Metal: bronze
  • Gem: amber
  • Animal: dog
  • Body location: torso
  • Planet: the system of sun, earth, and moons

Tricat is the numen of stability and process, providing the beginning-middle-end structure of inscription. It symbolizes immovability, home, community, family, the child, sense and rationality, completion, mediation, balance, judgement (the weighing of two sides), fairness, and harmony. It is also associated with the Fulvet seat in the Cinquerat, overseeing the civil affairs of Nadežra.

Quarat (4): The Cornucopia of Life

  • Forms: square, tetragon
  • Color: green
  • Metal: copper
  • Gem: emerald
  • Animal: pig
  • Body location: legs
  • Planet: Katumna, sunwise

Quarat is the numen of abundance and growth, used to isolate the non-geometric elements of a numinat. It symbolizes the world, nature, nourishment, weaving, physical objects, wealth, bounty, fortune, and luck (both good and bad). It is also associated with the Prasinet seat in the Cinquerat, overseeing the economic affairs of Nadežra.

Quinat (5): The Hand That Holds the World

  • Forms: pentagon, five-pointed star, the spira aurea
  • Color: red
  • Metal: iron
  • Gem: ruby
  • Animal: horse
  • Body location: hands
  • Planet: Katumna, earthwise

Quinat is the numen of power. In the form of the spira aurea, it is often used to connect numinata in complex workings. It symbolizes physical regeneration and renewal, healing, kinship, excellence, artistry, mastery, authority, and quintessence. It is also associated with the Cinquerat as a whole, the ruling body of Nadežra.

Sessat (6): The Strength of the Many

  • Forms: hexagon, six-pointed star
  • Color: blue
  • Metal: steel
  • Gem: sapphire
  • Animal: bee
  • Body location: feet
  • Planet: Sacrieth, sunwise

Sessat is the numen of order. It symbolizes stability through strength, social order and institutions, stasis, solidarity, cohesion, efficiency, loyalty, and simplicity. It is also associated with the Caerulet seat in the Cinquerat, overseeing the military affairs of Nadežra.

Sebat (7): Perfection-in-Imperfection

  • Forms: heptagon, seven-pointed star
  • Color: rainbow
  • Metal: prismatium
  • Gem: glass prism
  • Animal: peacock
  • Body location: heart
  • Planet: Sacrieth, earthwise

Sebat is the numen of craftsmanship and inscription itself. Perfect heptagons cannot be constructed, nor are they found in nature. It symbolizes beauty, purity, mental or spiritual renewal, transformation, music, infertility, seclusion, and asceticism. It is also associated with the Iridet seat in the Cinquerat, overseeing the religious affairs of Nadežra.

Noctat (8): The Divinity of the Flesh

  • Forms: octagon, eight-pointed star, infinity symbol
  • Color: purple
  • Metal: mercury
  • Gem: amethyst
  • Animal: carp
  • Body location: sexual organs
  • Planet: Anaxn, sunwise

Noctat is the numen of effect, used to mark multiple participants in a numinatrian working. It symbolizes sexuality, procreation, sensory pleasures, resonance, pattern recognition, transparency, honesty, ecstasy, salvation, and repentance.

Ninat (9): The Gateway to Infinity

  • Forms: nonagon, nine-pointed star, labyrinth
  • Color: black
  • Metal: tin
  • Gem: onyx
  • Animal: cat
  • Body location: bones
  • Planet: Anaxn, earthwise

Ninat is the numen of endings, used to cleanse a space after a numinatrian working. It symbolizes death, release, winter, passages, completion, the horizon, apotheosis, and the boundary between the mundane and the infinite. A Ninat numinat is used for cremation during funerals.