It took something from him, to employ the Glyph. It was like a tuning fork for the psychical, and it made his soul shiver in him…
The Whitechapel Demon (2013)
The Monas Glyph was supposedly created by Dr. John Dee in the rein of Elizabeth the First. The esoteric sigil is made of blackened silver, stiffened with copper wire, and is roughly the size of an athame or ritual dagger. It is shaped like a composite of various astrological and religious symbols, combining ankh, cruciform and crescent into a single shape.
The Glyph acts both as psychical conductor and amplifier, focusing and strengthening the latent psychic and/or spiritual abilities of the wielder for a brief period. As well as strengthening the gifts of its bearer, the Glyph contains its own innate power, and the merest sight of it is often enough to banish or drive back the most malign of spirits.
It is a potent artifact, but one that the various holders of the offices of Royal Occultist have rarely employed, save in the direst need due to the Glyph’s draining effect on its wielder. To use it for too long, or improperly could result in fatigue, madness or even death.
Nevertheless, Carnacki used it at least three times to exorcise monstrosities from the Outer Spheres, including during the Gogmagog Incident (1914), and Dee was said to have employed it in putting paid to the last English dragon.
St. Cyprian himself has used the Glyph only a few times in his career, most notably during the events revolving around a 1920 confrontation with the monstrous doppelganger of one of London’s most notorious killers.
Previous Tools of the Trade posts:
- “The Bulldog”
- “The Webley-Fosbery”
- “The Crossley”
- “The Pepper-Box”
- “The Xiphos”
- “The Library”
- “Three Iron Rings”
- “The Monas Glyph”