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Re: If materialism is true then logic cannot be objective. Simply put; it is a matter of language.

It's quite blatantly clear that nothing means anything other then what is prescribed to it (through history and culture), meaning the same with Scientific and religious terms.

I do see the disconnect between language and the physical world. This is not something people are often consciously aware of - unless they are challenged about it.

But psychedelic drug trips and 'near-death experiences', are both two of the ultimate things that challenge this in a human. When they are back in consciousness, there is no way they can possibly explain anything they have seen - so they have to try to explain it in basic human language.

January 23, 2018, 07:54:33 am
Re: If materialism is true then logic cannot be objective. I do find the notion of "logic" itself much of an intriguing think to explore, seeing as the term in-and-of-itself is based on the assumption that it is correct.

A thorough exploration of delusion, insanity, chaos, hysteria and psychosis would be things needed to be examined very closely to be able to come up with a hypothesis on what it's implied 'opposite' is (logic and illogic)

I guess it comes down to psychology?

Then on a more day-to-day basis, believing in something that you don't "know" for sure is true/real would be a form of illogic (which comes to people who just accept simplified science without actually studying it). In this sense, logic and illogic don't equate to true and falsehood.

THEN, to come full circle again, even this is seeing it through language. Counting myself, as my linguistic choice of words are based around certain patterns based on what my mind would choose colloquially to explain things.

January 23, 2018, 08:08:02 am
Re: Why exactly is The King in Yellow so dangerous according to Aquino? I know it's probably not productive me posting it but whatever. I keep seeing this book mentioned everywhere, both regarding the occult and literature itself. This is a book I need to read asap.

I saw some interesting comments on it by one of the staff from the Imperishable Star (I think). The book sounds promising, it'll be interesting how ideas in the book tie back into Setianism  :)

January 24, 2018, 03:30:42 am
Re: Why exactly is The King in Yellow so dangerous according to Aquino?
I picked up a copy of The King in Yellow after seeing this thread and have been juggling it with a couple of other books. I've only read the first two short stories so far. The Repairer of Reputations was really interesting. It actually made me a little uncomfortable at parts. It's like the unreliable narrator taken a step further - like looking gleefully through the eyes of delusion. It makes you question so many parts of the often weird events of the story, even the given date.

They also mention a powerful magic symbol called The Yellow Sign which seems to be capable of forcing will upon others and causing insanity, though it is ultimately fickle.

It reads like greater black magic gone wrong.

I've ordered my copy, looking forward to reading it  :)

January 27, 2018, 06:07:55 am
Re: Is Michael Aquino's Argument for Set the same one as the one that was posted on Tell me if I'm wrong (I want to understand more), I'm drawing a few potential connections here:

Set is the subconscious, the 5th dimension (according to Aquino). Consciousness is what makes time possible?
The Mauve Zone is the place/state between conscious and subconscious.
Nuit, Hadit and Ra-hoor-kuit are metaphorical personifications/deifications of both space/manifestation, duality, the aeons (and more.)

So Set is the missing piece of the magical puzzle, in several ways and the aspect that our Will is realized and to which rituals and workings derive their personally transformative power?

January 27, 2018, 10:55:31 pm
Maat Magick? I've gotten mixed opinions from people who where more strictly Thelemites in the past about this before but I'm wondering what your (collectively) opinions are on this.

In Maat Magick (founded by Soror Nema, RIP recently) there is the "aeon of Maat", which contradicts the "Aeon of Set".

I haven't yet explore all of the ins and outs of Setianism yet but the Aeon of Maat is meant to take place within the Aeon of Horus.

Maat Magic is more or less an extension of Thelema (but hasn't been widely embraced as of yet), focusing more on the feminine aspect than traditional Thelema. It has it's own 'received' text "Liber Pennae Praenumbra"

I don't follow it personally (even though I am intrigued with several of the ideas in it). Nema and Kenneth Grant (the Typhonian Thelemite) were both very close friends and some of Nema's ideas are applied (and analysed) in different ways in some of his books.

January 28, 2018, 12:42:16 am
Re: Consciousness is to the the body as a fetus is to its mother? I'd say this is the case more than not. The exception being that it is very easy for the mind to be unhealthy/unwell at the same time that the body is healthy.

At the same time, us magicians (as well as Buddhists etc) are generally aware of how much the mind itself influences the body too, so in a sense it goes both ways.

If you take stuff like tantra/sex magick and astral projection into account (depending on your own view of them), then I'd guess we would have a point of reference to draw a line between the limits of the body to our consciousness? aka, do you see them as simply meditating on a higher (deeper) level of consciousness or connecting with the universe directly (I guess in a literal way).

The whole question of; "how much is mental, how much is physical and how much is spiritual?" is one that I cannot always answer completely assuredly. I am an agnostic/skeptic (despite being a magician), so my opinions on these matters are always changing  :) 

January 29, 2018, 08:18:58 pm
Re: How often do you perform rituals?
I don't need to do rituals so much as I need to follow synchronicities for things to fall into place.

This is very often the case for me too

January 29, 2018, 11:49:49 pm
Re: The Book of Coming Forth by Night The explanation of the Liber Legis cipher is really interesting.

Re-reading it now, it's a funny bit of synchronicity that you bumped the thread as I was reading it last night  :mrgreen:

One of the things that striked me for the first time (even though I've already read Legis hundreds of times), is
"What meaneth this, o prophet? Thou knowest not; nor shalt thou know ever."
Considering how much work people have put into trying to solve the cipher (to which, the outcomes are always entertaining and sometimes educational), maybe it's not meant to be cracked?

Set/Aquino's re-reference of the "every number is infinite" line, isn't a connection I've drawn before, so as a Thelemite I find quite taken back.

The general outline of the BOCFBN, feels very much like "here's how it is! Here's what's going on"

With a week so far, I've had more time to soak up the context of LaVey/Church Of Satan, into the whole Setian methodology. Reading Aquino's commentary has also been a surprising experience (as he's shed light on several things that made me think "wtf" at first)


January 30, 2018, 03:50:21 am
The main goal and path of magic? Excluding that there are a diverse array of traditions that practice magic in different ways, for different reasons (spiritual or otherwise) and that there is both the LHP and RHP categories......does magic as a whole have any commonly shared aim or purpose?

This was prompted by that RF thread, which has got me thinking. 
For me, it's definitely about personal transformation and (to use a non-magic term) to find the eternal tao (and) my Will.
I don't presently believe in anything particularly supernatural, so it's more of a psychological practice that is very close to my heart.  :)

January 30, 2018, 04:01:24 am