His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials

The Magisterium in Geneva was essentially the headquarters and ruling authority of the Holy Church. It replaced the Papacy in Lyra's world after the pope John Calvin passed away.[1]

Any discoveries that have a bearing on the doctrines of the Church have to be announced through the Magisterium. After the existence of Dust was confirmed by an investigator of the Consistorial Court of Discipline, the Magisterium decided that Dust was the physical evidence for original sin.[2]

Every philosophical research establishment had to include on its staff a representative of the Magisterium, to act as a censor and suppress the news of any heretical discoveries.[3]

Insignia & Motto[]


The symbol of the Magisterium is an Insignia of the Holy Church, its abbreviation is V.E.S.O. (One Church Over All). The abbreviation probably came from Latin 'Una ecclesia super omnibus'.

Behind the scenes[]


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HDM Wiki has 4 images of the Magisterium.


  1. Northern Lights, Chapter 2
  2. Northern Lights, Chapter 21
  3. The Subtle Knife, Chapter 6