לִ וִ יָ תָ ן
Livyatan (“LiVYaThaN” – Leviathan) – As in Hebraic Tradition, the name is spelled from Right-to-Left.
“The Crooked/Bent Serpent” – May also be a reference to the constellation Draco, or the Ouroboros, or similar. – From the Semitic Texts: Often referred to the infernal beast of the seas, as being serpentine or serpent-like. Some viewed it as the guardian of the Seventh Gate into the Underworld. Others knew of it as one of the symbols of one of the “Seven Deadly Sins” mentioned in the Semitic Texts. I have found that the Hebraic/Aramaic character “Teth”, ( ט ), is a good symbolic representation of Leviathan for symbol and image magic. It is a fairly simple symbol to use, and comes from the culture(s) who originated some of the more recent myths about him.
Another legend had it that there were once two of them and that “God” destroyed one of them to prevent them from procreating more of their kind. Leviathan was one of three such infernal beasts, together with Behemoth and Ziz, that were to be killed at the end of times by God, and served up as a great feast to his children (ostensibly, the “Israelites” of the Old Testament).
Leviathan is considered to be as one of the main deities of the seas and oceans. “He” was often associated with the tidal waves and various turbulent conditions out at sea. Can also be considered akin to, if not another name for, the Kraken from Ancient Greek Mythology.
Whereas Leviathan is associated very strongly with the Element of Water, He is also associated with Darkness, and the Darkened Moon. Leviathan can be a VERY POWERFUL force to be reckoned with (by MY OWN experiences working with Him [and sometimes, as a “She”])! So great care is cautioned when looking to summon Leviathan for any kind of working. Leviathanic Magic is very good for opening blocks and also for seeking answers in the darkness and shadows.
Leviathan has been a great help in removing some of those impossible obstacles that other means have failed at. Best to summon him at night towards the darkest Moon (in otherwords, within a few days before the New Moon – to get the full effect). If you have the opportunity to conduct your ritual/ceremony on the night of a Black Moon, be prepared to be amazed and astonished. Leviathan’s power is greatest on nights like these. It is also highly-advised that you have a good, solid circle, and everything set up to balanced energies. If you are working with a partner of the opposite sex, you may both do the working by calling on “polarities”, that is – calling the Masculine and Feminine aspects of Leviathan separately, with each of you taking on the aspects of that particular polarity you call. (I have an example Dark Moon Ritual I have done that I will upload and format later.)
If you are assuming the role (IE: “Invoking” Leviathan), please do make very sure you are properly grounded and of good health and mental alertness to handle the coming surge of energy. By Invoking Leviathan, you are inviting Him into your Being and will be expected to handle the massive amounts of His energy flowing throughout you! – You have be so cautioned.
– Rev. Dragon’s Eye