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Physique and Strength Since the Left Hand Path is about self-improvement, why not discuss weight training and whatnot? I started lifting weights about a year and a half ago.

I'm a short guy; a little over 5'3 (5'4 with shoes on), and I weigh 105 pounds, almost 110 on a full stomach, so I am obviously very driven to work out and attain a better physique and more physical strength. I'm seeing some improvements, my chest and shoulders especially, are starting to increase in mass and become defined. My current max deadlift is 157 (as limited by the amount of weights I have, I could probably do a little more), my max bench is roughly 100, and as for squats, I do not have a rack. I can press 66 pounds over my head and squat it with little effort, and I can do 80 pound Bulgarian squats, which translates to something a little under 160 with regular squats.

The point in this thread is just to discuss physical fitness, your current stats, your goals, exercises you like etc.

June 15, 2017, 09:01:26 pm
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Re: Physique and Strength I think the keys to longevity and dynamic metaphysical growth are a continual sense of purpose, goals, ambition, determination, an undying will to conquer the challenges of and achieving one's goals in life.  Physical health and strength; taking good care of your body is of great importance.  Staying grounded; maintaining a healthy balance in relation to ones own subjective universe and the objective universe are of paramount importance.

Without purpose the force of mind and the will to come into being shall fail; causing the deterioration of the life force of the psyche or Self into the depths of oblivion = non-existence, the death of being.

June 20, 2017, 02:50:10 pm
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Re: Left Hand Path Quotes "I am tired of earth, these people. Tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives. They claim their labors are to build a heaven, but their heaven is populated with horrors..."

- Dr. Manhattan, Watchmen

June 30, 2017, 05:57:43 pm
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Re: A place to share Art Some 3D artwork I did about 20 years ago, back when computer graphics weren't all that great.  ;)

August 21, 2017, 02:01:04 am
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Re: A place to share Art Added a gallery pic as encouragement: Keep Calm and Xeper.

Source: ToS FB page.

October 24, 2017, 02:34:18 am
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Brief Introduction to Luciferianism Luciferianism is a complex face of the Left-Hand Path that has arguably existed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Rather than being related to the Christian Devil and Satanism like is generally thought, Lucifer is seen as the “bringer of light,” light generally being taken to mean knowledge or gnosis. The association of Lucifer with Satan is understood to be rooted in a mistranslation of Isaiah 14:12 in the King James Version of the Bible, which describes the fall of a Babylonian King. Lucifer is used as a title elsewhere, including in the Book of Revelations 22:16 where Jesus himself calls himself the “bright morning star” or “bright bringer of morning.”

This title of the “morning star” comes from the association of Lucifer with Venus, a planet so bright it once cast shadows, and which leads in the sun at dawn. It was seen as a herald of the morning, or even one who went ahead and announced the coming of god. This is why even once associated with Satan, Lucifer was understood to have previously been a beautiful angel and the right hand of god.

Archetypal Luciferians do not believe Lucifer is a literal being or force, but a title and an archetype that exists throughout mythology and history. Many people or deities can be seen as a “Lucifer”, and Luciferianism tends to embrace a Chaos Magic take on magical practice and symbolism. Theistic Luciferians believe that Lucifer is either a god among many, or the true god, and that the Abrahamic god is a malevolent being tricking and enslaving mankind. In this case Lucifer, like his archetypal counterparts, is seen as saving mankind from the clutches of the Abrahamic god and similar forces. Not saving us in a savior-like way mind you, but giving us the ability to save ourselves.

November 15, 2017, 05:55:24 am
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O.'.S.'. Founders' Statement
Order of the Serpent
Founders' Statement

The Order of the Serpent (O.S.) is an esoteric school of the Western Left Hand Path. It is comprised of unique individuals and philosopher-Magicians, dedicated to the study and practice of Self-Directed Self-Evolution (also known as Xeper, Black Magic, or other terms). The Order is dedicated to the accumulation and preservation of the knowledge and undefiled wisdom of the Prince of Darkness and the occult/Black Arts. The focus of the O.S. is the Individual Self, both as in one’s personal development and the concept or Form of the Individual Self. The O.S. founders believe that we all have individual hidden truths within ourselves, and our goal is to uncover, and ultimately become the perfect and complete manifestation of these truths.

The O.S. is rooted in extreme individualism, and its members are capable of working with a concept and forming their own thoughts, ideas, and understanding of them. Discussion and rational debate are both welcome and encouraged. Those involved are able to form their own belief systems, tools of initiation, and are able to forge their own unique path. Unlike most other metaphysical ideologies which seek to dissolve the self, subjugate it to questionable beings, or even deny its existence by reducing it to pure matter, the O.S. seeks to increase its own freedom of Mind and Will, and that of others. It recognizes the Self, the one thing each being can truly know to exist, as the center of reasoning, as well as the center of society. Rather than seeing humans as deterministic slaves, fallen beings in need of saving, or creatures meant to serve the State, the Order believes that Self-Actualization at the individual level is the key to human advancement. In a world where humans are little more than statistics, the Order of the Serpent recognizes that all change, as well as all knowledge, begins with the individual Self.

Unlike a symbolic occult organization, some sort of statement, or simply a self-help group, the O.S. is an esoteric organization, founded upon the metaphysical position that there is something beyond the simple world of matter and psychology. Whether the creator God of the West, the mindless Nature of materialism, or flowing Way of the East, the Order of the Serpent recognizes these as one in the same, an order imposed upon chaos that underlies, creates, and drives the entire cosmos. The difference with the Esoteric Western Left Hand Path, the O.S. included, is that we do not accept that this order is complete, wholly deterministic, or even necessarily “good.” It is what leads to cancer and depression, starvation and war, whether it allows this to happen, determines it, or is un-intelligent and cannot do otherwise. Yet in the individual we have free will, the ability to go against this Natural Order or malevolent God. This ability has been demonized, described as an illusion, or even completely ignored specifically because it can go against Nature/God, which is why “self-directed self-evolution” has been associated with “black magic” for so long in Western society.

More specifically, the Order of the Serpent is founded in its own metaphysical view of Neo-Platonism. The founders accept the objective existence of the Realm of Forms, which is separated into Simple Forms (which cannot partake in themselves, such as “Pointedness”), and Complex Forms (which partake in themselves, such as “Consciousness” or “Knowledge”). The Complex Forms, being abstract, necessary, non-spacial, and non-temporal, yet also conscious, self-aware, and knowledgeable, are themselves indistinguishable from traditional polytheistic gods. Indeed, “gods” are more simply seen as a perversion of Complex Forms, a misunderstanding. While there is no central “god-head” within the Order, there is a certain henotheistic focus on Forms of Consciousness, Inspiration, Art, Intoxication, Self-Awareness, Knowledge, and so forth.

The name for the Order of the Serpent comes from the Northern Circumpolar Stars, specifically the massive constellation Draco, which never sets below the horizon. To the earliest human religions, these were seen as being free from the cycles of the moon, sun, planets, and even constellations and stars. Separate from the ebb and flow of Nature/”God”, those associated with the Imperishable Stars were free to permanently exist, to forge their own path free from those cycles. It was only later on that world religion began to dissolve into its current Solar form. The Order of the Serpent hopes to remanifest this ancient, Pre-Solar metaphysics in the modern day - within the 21st century.

The insignia of the Order is a pentagram, representing that point of inner-consciousness where the individual Self exists. The pentagram is within a circle representing the physical shell of the Self, but the points of the pentagram do not touch this circle, symbolizing the continued separation between Self and Body. The separation of the metaphysical (pentagram) from the physical (circle) exists because the elements of both are independent and distinct from one another. Stemming from this pentagram are five symbols, from Norse, Sumerian, Egyptian, Chinese, and an ouroboros as a stylized O. It is meant to represent the diversity of interests within the O.S. We are not simply a Setian, Thelemic, Asatru, Hermetic, Luciferian/Satanic, or any single approach, but a place for such individuals to help each other grow, and help share useful information.

The Order of the Serpent provides such resources currently as the Library of the Ancient Serpent, the O.S. forums, and the Order newsletter "The Imperishable Star". The forum is meant to provide a Left Hand Path online community focused on rational, esoteric discussion. The Imperishable Star provides essays written by members in order to share esoteric knowledge with the outside world. Both are open and free to all. The O.S. does not have any initiatory hierarchy, all members are equal, from the founders to someone on day one. There are no membership fees, but we simply ask members to provide and discuss esoteric information, such as for publication in the newsletter. We do not believe in hoarding occult knowledge behind closed doors and paywalls, and try to keep the occult community updated on our progress. The application process is simply an email discussion with the founders, and an essay on pretty much any relevant topic of the applicant’s choosing.

We hope that you benefit from these resources, and encourage both followers of the Left Hand Path, and respectfully interested individuals, to join the forum absolutely free of charge and without membership. Those interested in aiding with our goal advancing and sharing esoteric knowledge, in and for the modern age, please feel free to send an enquiry email to leviathanite@gmail.com, to start a thread on the forum, or to private message Xepera maSet, Setamontet, and Onyx on the forum.

The Path of Darkness leads to Enlightenment.
Like the Ancient Serpent, so too may you endure.

November 16, 2017, 06:30:30 pm
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Invocation of Set
Invocation of Set

In the Name of Set, the supreme manifestation of the Prince of Darkness, I summon the Black Flame into my midst that I may Work my Will upon the warp and weave of the world.  O Majesty of Set, hear me, look upon me, and enshrine within me the essence of the Highest of Life.  Open wide the Gates of the Abyss and come forth from thy celestial solitude to greet me as a friend and kindred Spirit.

Enshroud me with the Powers of Darkness; let Them become One with me as I am become One with the Eternal Set, whose Throne is within the darkness behind the Constellation of the Seven Stars.  As I send forth my most exalted and sublime Self arm it with the Shining Pentagram of Set, and with the Sceptre called Giver of Winds that it may slay the cosmic stasis, dismay all challenges, and cast down all that is moved to appear against it.

Let then, my eyes become the Eyes of Set, my strength become the Strength of Set, my will become the Will of Set!  From the primordial depths I am risen up and am become transformed like the mighty Khepera, with the Wings of the Falcon I soar the Infinite.  I dwell in the Fane of the Immortal Flame of Ba.  Space and time bend to my Will, and I am Lord of Life, Death, and Life beyond Death.  Hear then this Doom that I pronounce, and beware the Ka which now Comes Into Being through that ancient Art which is mine to command!

November 17, 2017, 05:34:46 pm
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Re: Invocation of Set
Invocation of Set

By that most Ancient Name of Set
I enter into the Realms of the Prince of Darkness
And shall Drink from the Grail with Impunity
As I become One with the Eternal Master

I, Chosen of Set
Renounce all Fear and Doubt
And Reclaim that which is Rightly Mine
The Gift of the Black Flame

I, Mindful of Set
Shall Inherit Wisdom from the Master
My Higher Self shall be made Manifest
And become Unlimited in Potential

I, Brother of Set
Will not Kneel nor Bow
For We are Kindred in Spirit
And Unnatural in Essence

I, Honored of Set
Have Risen above the Mundane
My Altar of Glory has taken Form
In the Shadow of the Great Pentagram

I, Black Magician of Set
Beckon the Gates of Hell to Open Wide
Woe to the Cosmos
As My Will Comes Forth into Being

March 20, 2018, 09:12:20 pm
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Re: A place to share Art Lovecraftian Consciousness
"The truth shall make you flee!"

July 04, 2018, 04:29:03 pm
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