Forum => General LHP Discussion => Topic started by: Lord_Vats on August 17, 2017, 10:44:26 am

Title: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Lord_Vats on August 17, 2017, 10:44:26 am
My first book was Don Webb's "Uncle Setnakt's Essential Guide to the Left Hand Path" and have never looked back since then. Before starting on my current quest to Godhood, I was a bit of Chaos Magician. I would like to know how you people got started on this path
- What were you before starting on the Left Hand path?   
- What book did you read first about Left Hand path that got you into it?   
- Are you guys finding it fulfilling?   

 
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Setamontet on August 17, 2017, 11:27:02 am
My first book was Don Webb's "Uncle Setnakt's Essential Guide to the Left Hand Path" and have never looked back since then. Before starting on my current quest to Godhood, I was a bit of Chaos Magician. I would like to know how you people got started on this path
- What were you before starting on the Left Hand path?   
- What book did you read first about Left Hand path that got you into it?   
- Are you guys finding it fulfilling?   

Greetings Lord Vats and welcome to the O.S. forum!

Even though my interests in the Black Arts arose when I was about 9, I didn't accept myself as a Satanist until I was 15.  To be honest, I don't consider my quest on the Path of the Left truly beginning until I became a Setian during a working of Greater Black Magic when I first invoked Set, when I was 19 (almost 20).  It was on that night I became convinced of the literal existence of the Prince of Darkness and swore my eternal allegiance to him, and my Path of Xeper.

I have experienced over 6-7 years of Black Magical Initiation within the Temple of Set.  My dedication now lies with the Order of the Serpent, which I helped found.  There have been many books about LHP Magic and philosophy I have read, but none that I can specifically say first got me started.  "The Satanic Rituals" by Anton LaVey and "Black Magic (In Theory and Practice)" by Michael Aquino, come to mind as great works of my first initiation.
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: pi_ramesses on August 17, 2017, 11:56:34 am
My first book was Don Webb's "Uncle Setnakt's Essential Guide to the Left Hand Path" and have never looked back since then. Before starting on my current quest to Godhood, I was a bit of Chaos Magician. I would like to know how you people got started on this path
- What were you before starting on the Left Hand path?   
- What book did you read first about Left Hand path that got you into it?   
- Are you guys finding it fulfilling?   

 

Greetings Lord Vats.


My account is as follows:

- Catholic supposedly. It just happened that I admired my dad and that's what he was.

- Before books, I apprehended it via a PS2 video game called Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. After that I read the following books in this order: The Satanic Bible, Black Magic, Lords of the Left-Hand Path and Uncle Setnakt.

- Very much so. I can never go back. The stars are my destiny.
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Deidre on August 17, 2017, 12:06:02 pm
I'm still learning and exploring the LHP, but I left Christianity nearly five years ago, eventually identified as an atheist, returned to Christianity about two years ago and now feel rather eclectic about my beliefs. Not currently attached to any one religion or path, really. I'm drinking it all in and realizing there is so much I didn't know about Satan etc.

I'm relatively new to this site - welcome :)
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Lord_Vats on August 17, 2017, 12:13:59 pm
Greetings  Setamontet, Nylfmedli14, Deidre!
Thanks for the welcome. Pleased to meet you guys! I was about to join the Temple of the Set before accidentally stumbling here, and joined after reading the statement. Thought I'd get to know a few people. Btw, you guys couldn't have chosen a better name for the order. 
Both of you mention LaVey as an inspiration. Correct me if I'm wrong, isn't that a materialistic branch of the left hand path? Wasn't LaVey exposed as a hypocrite which led to the founding the Temple of the Set?
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Setamontet on August 17, 2017, 12:25:37 pm
Both of you mention LaVey as an inspiration. Correct me if I'm wrong, isn't that a materialistic branch of the left hand path? Wasn't LaVey exposed as a hypocrite which led to the founding the Temple of the Set?

According to Michael Aquino's book "The Church of Satan", Anton LaVey, in the early days (1966-1975 c.e.) of the CoS, was convinced of the literal existence of Satan or the Powers of Darkness.  Which he believed in and understood in his own way.
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Deidre on August 17, 2017, 12:40:24 pm
I've been reading about LaVey and just my opinion, he seemed like a charlatan, very much like the tv evangelists who have their own personal agendas. People might get swept up in following LaVey, instead of their own heart.
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: EvilMeow on August 17, 2017, 12:45:16 pm
I have been looking for occult for as long as I can remember myself. I like this specific belief "once a witch/warlock, forever a witch/warlock". I can connect with that specific belief as I believe that I was studying occult in my past lives as well. Though, I feel that I have awakened at the age of 17. I didnt have any specific direction in what to study and my knowledge was lacking, before I turned 17. Soon after I felt connection with several spirits, darkness archetypes that taught me a lot. I do not feel like any specific book influenced me to be a LHP, I feel that I have been LHP the moment I have awakened and later discovered that my believes should be called LHP.

Before awakening, I was a christian. It would be more accurate to say that I became dark pagan then a satanist. Right now, I am 23, I have been practicing dark magic for 6 years and spiritually I feel much better then before.
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Xepera maSet on August 19, 2017, 09:26:36 am
I was raised Jewish, then became a Satanist/thelemite and atheist, throw in a new age spurt and then kind of made my way to Setianism. Like many, The Satanic Bible was my first exposure, along with the CoS ideology. That almost seems like an entirely different path from my current one though. So, I'd say Mysteries of the Temple of Set is what really got me on the esoteric LHP. I do find it fulfilling, but it's certainly no walk in the park.
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Xepera maSet on August 19, 2017, 09:27:57 am
I've been reading about LaVey and just my opinion, he seemed like a charlatan, very much like the tv evangelists who have their own personal agendas. People might get swept up in following LaVey, instead of their own heart.

I agree, but he's also a very good gateway into the LHP for those without a clue on the matter. It's a risk to be sure, but I feel like most people wouldn't find the path if they started with more complex works like the ToS guys.
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Onyx on August 19, 2017, 09:32:48 am
I was exposed to christianity like most kids back in the day, but it was pretty lightweight. Father was an aerospace engineer and freemason, mother was a church-hopper who dragged us to sunday school on occasion. But the religion didn't stick.

The first "occult" books I read were some by Crowley I found. Walked a few miles to the mall to get The Satanic Bible and other books, and engaged in ritual activity, being the experimental type that I am. Before too long I began to appreciate myself, despite the abuse and neglect of my progenitors.

There were times I had a distinct sense of a presence that seemed interested in what I was doing, for lack of a better way to explain it. Something awakened in me, learned electronics and computer programming, did well in college, etc.

Around a year ago I invoked the name of Set, after much effort on my part to expand my understanding of the Left-Hand Path, feeling trapped by my former philosophy. At that time I was nearly 270 pounds and was having health issues. I'm under 210 now as a result of being more aggressive in my approach to life: a little force of will can go a long way.

The Left-Hand Path is "right" for me. There are hidden treasures in the Darkness that only you can find as a full-fledged member of this thing we call isolate intelligence and self-awareness.

Easy? No... Fulfilling? Yes.
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Setamontet on August 19, 2017, 10:53:43 am
- What were you before starting on the Left Hand path?   
- What book did you read first about Left Hand path that got you into it?   
- Are you guys finding it fulfilling?   

To be more specific on these questions, I was raised a Christian, but only attended church when I was a kid, during the Summers I stayed with my grandmother.  I always found the religion to boring and uninspiring.

I'd say the books that really got me started on the Path were The Satanic Bible and Satanic Rituals by Anton LaVey, and especially the Crystal Tablet and Ruby Tablet of Set by the ToS, and the Book of Leviathan by the Order of Leviathan (in the ToS).

I suppose I wouldn't have remained devoted to the LHP all these years if I didn't find it fulfilling. = )  However, as others have stated, the Path isn't always easy.  Sometimes it can be a real struggle, but for me it is more than worth it.
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Deidre on August 19, 2017, 11:35:22 am
I've been reading about LaVey and just my opinion, he seemed like a charlatan, very much like the tv evangelists who have their own personal agendas. People might get swept up in following LaVey, instead of their own heart.

I agree, but he's also a very good gateway into the LHP for those without a clue on the matter. It's a risk to be sure, but I feel like most people wouldn't find the path if they started with more complex works like the ToS guys.

I hear you, but I think what I liken him to is like someone who hasn't a clue about Christianity, and they read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as their glimpse into it. There are some helpful things in the CCC that will lead one to understand Christianity, but they'll only get the Church's spin on it. And the RCC teaches a lot of false doctrine.  LaVey struck me as someone out for himself, to promote himself, to have followers for himself, and his followers all the while thinking LaVey represents what it means to be a Satanist. This is why there was a split away from him, from what I've read.

I suppose every path has leadership of some type, but when the leaders become the focus and not the faith/path/religion, that leads to problems, and it's sad when people are taken advantage of. The minute I read about LaVey, I just got this bad vibe.
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: Ningishzidda on August 19, 2017, 08:18:32 pm
So, when I was 5 I heard this whisper in my ear as I held this piggy bank I had received as a gift - it was some family heirloom. The whisper said "Drop it, do it, do it!" and so I dropped it on the floor, a piece chipped off. My mother heard this and came in and looked and me and started yelling at me irrationally about it. Then the voice said "Tell her the devil made you do it"


Very distinctive voice I didn't really hear this sort of stuff ever again it was just a one time deal. I told her that and she flipped out. She smashed the bank on the floor, I think she was upset about some thing or another...

She doesn't remember it today but it stuck with me, especially considering I had no idea what the devil was...we were Hindu at the time, she had converted from Witchcraft of the Thelemic/New Aeon hybrid variety.
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: pi_ramesses on October 23, 2017, 10:56:56 am
Welcome, new members to the O.'S.'. forum!

I am bumping this up so new members to the forum may introduce themselves. We are interested in the Hidden Truths that each of you have the capacity to present. So tell us a bit about yourselves. How did you come across the site and the Left-Hand Path?
Title: Re: How did you come upon the Left-Hand Path?
Post by: King Mob on October 23, 2017, 11:52:38 am
Honestly, it was mainly this forum.

RHP was becoming unhealthy for me, I slowly got into Runes and found Flowers' Nine Doors of Midgard which was a cool program. From there I researched Thursatru. That was the start of my LHP philosophy and curiosity but everyone on this forum helped me to find a path more unique to me based on some LHP stuff and I'm grateful for that.