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Satanism / Re: Hate Isn't the way of the Satanist
« on: June 12, 2020, 10:27:15 pm »
I don't care at all about who my enemy is, nor do I begrudge him. But I do know what I stand for, and I know there are certain times when I would rather destroy my foe or myself rather than to submit to him. It is true that there are some human beings who are truly horrific - despicable creatures who perpetrate every type of evil act and oppress other souls - and they should be destroyed. We should not destroy him because we seek what he has or because we are after some ideal future, but we should destroy them because they use, manipulate, and abuse that which we are for foolish reasons and thus forfeit their claim to our good graces. They prevent the possibility of good life, so why should they be offered life? But to obsess over a specific injurer when nothing can be done, or to brood always over the crimes of the past can also become a poison in one's heart. Hate degrades the soul, but it is fallacy to ignore injustice and crimes against humanity. One has to balance their relationship with anger and hate, and also their approach to resistance against the enemy.

We do not exist in a peaceful order. It is futile to pretend that we can live totally apart from violence, so how do we deal with this? This subject of struggle against legitimate evil could be the subject of countless contemplations....


I still agree with what I said here over two years ago, but my resolve has also hardened.

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Lounge / Re: What are you doing right now?
« on: May 23, 2020, 03:33:44 pm »
I'm watching Hellier, which seems to be part of a mass initiation  :o I've had a lot of synchros myself linked to aspects of the show weirdly enough but only heard about it this week....

I checked out this show over the last few days based on this recommendation. I really enjoyed the setup and the first few episodes. I was hoping that it would keep the tension going and start incorporating increasingly scary elements into the established realism of the show, similar to the original production of Marble Hornets. But instead it felt like it lost all momentum. The characters just sorta meander for a few episodes. They spend a lot of time questioning their own purpose and understanding, and very little actually investigating the hinted phenomena with boots on the ground. I appreciated the introduction to the Gantzfeld experiment, remote listening, and the concept of a synchronicity; perhaps this is what you meant by calling it an initiation. The communal and positive attitude the characters show about these experiments does something to humanize what we do as practitioners, but so little is delivered that it raises questions about the efficacy of the practices shown. It doesn't help that the camerawork and editing remains entirely skeptical throughout most sections of intrigue. It goes out of its way to show us multiple false alarms of panic during every experiment, and provides subtitles for "heard words" that are themselves not audible in the film. The editing itself is not very charitable to our characters; we spend a long time watching them look and feel dissatisfied with what is presented as the main work of the show, while never really seeming to get a chance to say what they mean; while at the same time, long distorted industrial sounds drone over sections that seem pretty normal otherwise. More hinting at a spookiness that they are not ready to deliver on.

The passé treatment of tarot was to be expected, but it remains disappointing. Ultimately my biggest gripe is that we did not see one original piece of art of the goblins outside of the title card. They never show up. I was bored to tears during the last episode of season one. Watching them spend over 20 minutes wrapping up and talking about nothing much felt like a slap in the face after the monster story they spent the first few episodes setting up petered out without fanfare. I do wish that if they had so little original content, they would have leaned harder into educating about the existing material concerning the occult and the UFO/Cryptid world, or even just telling us a few more yarns of interest.

The characters seem to believe "the preternatural has touched my life and many others, is a real phenomena worth studying and engaging with. Possibly it has the power to change the world in significant ways."

But the camera seems to say "people are dumb panicky animals who frighten themselves with their own ideas and negotiate with the unknown through unreliable methods."


Which is... fine. But it's just a little weak in this day and age when so many raw artistic expressions of the occult experience are coming through even in popular media. Is there any hope for season 2 turning up and changing my opinion? I saw that the last episode is called the Night of Pan - that sounds nice. I wonder if there is any content behind that banner? Probably I won't stick it out long enough to see.

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Lounge / Re: What are you doing right now?
« on: May 20, 2020, 03:04:47 pm »
@Deidre   I am well. It's been a long year indeed - I hope everyone else is hanging in there. I think the masks are an interesting development in the whole situation. My area has not been severely impacted by the virus thus far nor have any shut-in laws been strongly enforced, however people still began wearing masks and bandanas of their own accord within the last month or so. A few observations about this behavior here in the southeast: Many people wear their masks ineffectually, with their noses exposed; a large portion of people never wore masks even during the height of the panic; sometimes couples are seen in public with only one partner of the two wearing a mask - very often it is only the women who do. This last thing calls to my mind the Niqab style of islamic headdressing - it is really quite peculiar to see. I won't complain about the habit. I think it can slightly reduce the transmission risk for everyone, though it is clearly more of a social signal than anything. If the mask sticks around for a while I think we could see some more interesting pieces in terms of fashion start to appear which meet the social requirement of a mask.

I have a mask myself, but I've only worn it a few times to big public spaces. I go out very infrequently. I think that and good hygiene are of more protective value than trying to filter the air breathed. I was considering that approach back in January and February when I was following the emergence, but most real effective masks had been bought up already at that point. I have only seen one N95 mask in person so far. Have things been different for you all? I do live in an impoverished area of the country so my observations may not generalize well at all.

I notice that while it seems that most people are willing to wear masks, most people are NOT willing or able to follow social distancing protocols seriously. Nor are they willing to obey explicit authoritative directions such as which way to walk down an aisle. I did not even notice such instructions for long because I pay so little heed to the advertisements which cover every other surface of notice in the stores. I do think all this makes a big statement about the effectuality of America's leadership and infrastructure. Some of the "protective measures" I have seen even in my small town are downright bizarre and surreal. Any aspiring photographer has had a wonderful opportunity to catch some very strange business on film.

Best wishes to all.

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Spirit communication - how?
« on: March 18, 2020, 08:43:42 pm »
I find myself resonating most strongly with some of what Mindmaster is saying. I have had many experiences with that which I feel is meant by “spiritual creature,” but these experiences only really developed into their fullness after a long dedication to mystical practices such as meditation and Yoga. However, upon achieving some success in this field, I began remembering many times in my early childhood where I had stumbled into like experiences almost by accident. I can engage in this practice with much more consistency and clarity now that I do it as a matter of course and with the full intensity of my magickal Will.

If it’s any comfort, I am also self-taught - or I should say, not taught by any human master. I tend to believe that entering these states, alongside many others that are accessible through mystical practice, is possible for most any person with enough determination and willingness to try. Considering the childhood experiences, however, it seems that I had a natural inclination towards this lifestyle from an early age. Therefore I may be biased about how possible this is for the average adult.

I don’t want to exhaust myself going to into extensive detail right now as I am wont to do, so I’ll try to list a few basic categories of encounters which I have personally experienced.

1. Astral beings. In the practice of astral projection, the competent adept may often encounter beings that seem to be separate from herself. They react without instruction, and can surprise one with novel behavior. They usually appear with a corresponding astral form, though that form may not remain consistent throughout the encounter. They are able to speak, but are most often very quiet, and communicate on a more subtle level as you observe or interact with them. In my experience quite a few of these beings are as ill-tempered as animals and have as much distaste for intrusion. As the true magician is the sovereign of his own soul, however, none of these beings should ultimately hold any undue sway over the adept. She should be able to withdraw from the experience at will and turn away any unwanted influence.

2. Genius Loci. These are communications that come from entities which are more grounded in the material realm, and have a local territory. For instance, the spirit of a mountain, or a field of flowers, or a single tree, or a temple, or a river, or a house, or even a landfill. They vary greatly in their level of activity, but they are not totally passive as they can produce novel communications with the adept. Communications of this type have to do with the feelings, physicality, and chemical makeup associated with a given location. Receiving them requires a kind of tuning in and understanding the ethos of the life that animates that place. This may seem wishy washy, but real things can be learned, such as the poison content of a berry, or the spirit of piety required imbued in a cathedral. One can also learn about the inhabitants or wardens of that place and their past behavior. They will sometimes make requests to the sympathetic adept, and can sometimes grant requests. They can be heavily sculpted by human activity. It is possible to refine them and make them wonderful allies to man - but most genius loci today are made low and sick and vengeful by our behavior. The soul of the adept can remain free from their influence, but her body cannot easily escape it except by physically removing itself.

3. Platonic Forms. These are in short essences of reality that can be tapped into by the intellection faculty of the soul. They require no ordinary sensation to communicate. Instead communications are received by the soul making itself like unto the essence in question. By becoming like unto it, it’s essential “properties” or “nature” or “character” is made plain to the adept. They do not appear in the material or astral realms directly, but only in admixture. It is similar to learning all about a palette of colors and then observing a painting which was made with that palette. This can produce insights with real explanatory power; coming to know these forms and thereby radically transforming the soul constituted the main practice of ancient philosophy/dialectic, and is largely the dominant theme of western religious and philosophical thinking leading up the modern degeneration of these schools.

4. The Gods. The gods are similar the platonic forms in a way, but instead of being over and above physical and astral realms, they are inherent in the very fabric of these things, and breathed into life by the participation of the Holy Spirit. I expect this to be the hardest category for non practitioners to understand. They are in one sense like a complex portfolio of related platonic forms, but it is important to grasp that they are more like currents formed by the interaction of conscious beings with these forms. So instead of dealing with the platonic form of anger, or of a weapon, we have the Warrior God (or perhaps, the Path of the Warrior). The current of those who devote their conscious activity to living by bravery, contest, and vengeance. One does not simply learn from them in an instant of quiet reflection. One fashions herself after them through action, earning their favor or their ire. Materialists will struggle to believe it, but they can provide tangible blessings and gifts to their champions, and can intercede on their behalf. I have most experience with my patron, whom I have called the Moon Goddess. It is in reality a multiversal current, which could be described in the previous manner as the Witch Goddess or the Path of the High Priestess. Through our relationship she has showed me many things which I never knew before - and shared with me experiences that other devotees of the past have had. She has affected physical reality for me, which no Platonic Form ever did, and yet I consider these to be among the least of her gifts. Praise the Goddess! These gods are like the primary faces or masks of the higher spirit which maintains all. Thus they have been described as angels or intermediaries in traditions that acknowledge Him.

5. Theological Communion with the most high Godhead. This is something that is higher and more pure than anything else yet described, and description cannot but fail to communicate it. This communication and knowledge is not the possession of the magician or adept, but only of the realized mystic. It’s contents are transcendental to the physical and astral realms. It reveals things about the source of the Forms and of all these worlds; of the circumstances and purposes behind them; of the identity of the highest and most ineffable supreme principle of all; of that principle’s connection and identity with the human spirit; of his heaven of perfection and the way that leads there; of his Will for one’s life and for all beings; of Truth with a capital T; and many more blessings which are known only to his chosen and which constitute the nectar of all existence. I could never imagine myself writing these words even a few years ago, but the force and sublimity of my experiences is such that I have submitted to its reality. It is not for those who have never tasted this nectar to speak of it. And even though I have eaten of it, I still feel it is best to leave the greater part of this final mystery which is unsayable unsaid. I will say that the path towards it must be taken in purity and with devotion. The ancient mysteries teach that it is forbidden for the impure to approach that which is pure. Purify your Reason through Dialectic, and your Will through Moral Philosophy, and your Spirit through Mysticism and Focus and Love, and you may be permitted to climb to the summit of Jacob’s Ladder.



I no longer speculate about the “underlying objective reality” of these phenomena, I only report the consistent kinds of things experienced by myself and many other adepts throughout history.

I speak for myself only and do not mean to put down anyone who disagrees with me.

(Note: I also acknowledge the probable efficacy of communication with or from Egregores, but I personally have no great history with them. On a theoretical level I would draw similarities between the Egregore and the Genius Loci, with the first being of the astral realm rather than the physical, and being just as manipulable by men as the second. It may be remarked that if the Egregore has anything like the dominance over its territory that the Genius Loci does, it is a significantly more dangerous entity to interact with for the untrained soul.)

(Note 2: After further reflection, I believe that the use of servitors and “bound spirits” can also be considered communication from spiritual entities. But I tend to think of these more as tools towards a magician’s end. Useful, but of wavering relevance, and I don’t have the time for a full description.)

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Artemism / A Fourfold Lunar Adoration and Invocation
« on: February 02, 2020, 04:33:28 pm »



Category:  Ritual, Lunar Theology, Devotional Practice.



This practice has been adapted and elaborated from a similar one put forward in The Scarlet Dragon Vol. 1 No. 2, Feast of the Dragon Anno IV i. According to the Hermetic Library, it has also entered the canon of the Latrant Deity Project.

That ritual was clearly inspired by the one in Liber Resh vel Helios by Aleister Crowley. It is a solar adoration which remains important to thelemic practitioners today.

This version is meant to be a nightly or weekly practice which honors our Pale Goddess in all her phases - one which offers a meditation on her fourfold face. May the aspirant achieve unity of purpose, purification of her constituents, and an open and easy Bhakti with the Queen of Heaven.


The four “faces” mentioned are the waxing moon, as Artemis; the full moon, as Pandia Selene; the waning moon, as Hekate; and the new moon, as Morrigan. There are also the four lunar names mentioned in my gnostic-lunar banishing ritual of the Pentagram. Variants include using Diana for the waning moon and Hekate for the new moon, as the original did. I prefer my arrangement for various reasons - principal among them that Diana is not a very distinct archetype compared to Artemis, and that Hekate fits better as a crone because she is still a distinctly lunar goddess, whereas the archetype of the new moon is more of a goddess of darkness and chaos. It is also fine to use the simpler “Selene” for the full moon, however Pandia Selene is nice in that it is a name which specifically refers to the full moon and comes with its own interesting mythos.

This ritual can be performed alone or as part of a more elaborate ceremony including banishing, consecration, and purification by water. Auspicious ceremonial elements include white clothing, the burning of candles or sweet incense, moonish herbs, milk, and silver.

If you want to perform the practice weekly, the ideal nights are the first quarter, the full moon, the last quarter, and the new moon. If nightly, the waxing and waning phases will last until they reach an extreme. The adoration to Artemis lasts from the first crescent to the full moon, and the adoration to Hekate from the full moon to the new moon. It is also possible to use the full moon adoration during the nights before and after the brightest night, and to use the new moon adoration for the nights of total darkness following the new moon.


If anyone is interested in performing this ritual but is intimidated by the complexity or memorization, I would recommend starting with just one portion and just trying it out until it becomes more comfortable. This ritual is actually rather easy to do, but it is symbolically rich. It is the type of thing that unfolds for you and becomes more meaningful as you become more familiar with it. I have performed this many many times and I am happy to answer any questions you might have from my perspective.


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Let us begin with the first crescent.


On the nights when the Moon is waxing, let the magician face Her with arms raised and proclaim:



Hail unto thee who art Artemis, gliding through the heavens,
who treadest upon the clouds and drinkest the nectar of the stars;
Thou eye that openest in Thy Stalking upon the night of Pan.
Chaos leadeth thee in the dance, and Eros singeth thy beauty!




Then let her summon the force of ALIM by word and will, making the sign of 496 in Liberty.

Hands are held with crossed wrists below the waist, and brought up to come together over the head.

Following this, she shall make the sign of Silence (a raised index finger over the lips), and then the signs of NOX


Next the magician shall recite the adoration to Artemis, by which the spirit shall descend, that ALIM becomes ALHIM, and she too shall drink the nectar of the stars.



Adoration to Artemis


Uncharmable charmer
Of Bacchus and Mars
In the sounding rebounding
Abyss of the stars!
O virgin in armour,
Thine arrows unsling
In the brilliant resilient
First rays of the spring!

By the force of the fashion
Of love, when I broke
Through the shroud, through the cloud,
Through the storm, through the smoke,
To the mountain of passion
Volcanic that woke ---
By the rage of the mage
I invoke, I invoke!


By the midnight of madness: -
The lone-lying sea,
he swoon of the moon,
our swoon into me,
The sentinel sadness
Of cliff-clinging pine,
That night of delight
You were mine, you were mine!

You were mine, O my saint,
My maiden, my mate,
By the might of the right
Of the night of our fate.
Though I fall, though I faint,
Though I char, though I choke,
By the hour of our power
I invoke, I invoke!


By the mystical union
Of fairy and faun,
Unspoken, unbroken -
The dust to the dawn! -
A secret communion
Unmeasured, unsung,
The listless, resistless,
Tumultuous tongue! -

O virgin in armour,
Thine arrows unsling,
In the brilliant resilient
First rays of the spring!
No Godhead could charm her,
But manhood awoke -
O fiery Valkyrie,
I invoke, I invoke!


(Pan to Artemis, Aleister Crowley)



Afterwards, she should think of Artemis - the huntress, the virgin, the saint. Freest among beings, and yet unblemished. She is the white lotus that flourishes in the wilderness among nymphs and virgins, who submits to no one but is ever sharpening her discipline. The adept should compose herself to holy meditation until she tastes the dissolution.

Beloved of all things high and low, the witch should withdraw into herself and exercise a chastity of spirit. The nectar of the stars shall nourish her as she develops strength, purity, discipline, and willpower. Unconcerned with anything and regardless of circumstance, she should meditate on her highest self. 




On the night when the Moon is full, let the magician face Her with arms raised and proclaim:


Hail unto thee who art Pandia Selene, gliding through the heavens,
who treadest upon the clouds and drinkest the nectar of the stars;
Thou eye that gazeth in Thy Mystery upon the night of Pan.
Chaos leadeth thee in the dance, and Eros singeth thy beauty!



Then let her summon the force of ALIM by word and will, making the sign of 496 in Light.

Hands are held together below the waist, and brought up to crossed wrists above the head.

Following this, she shall make the sign of Silence (a raised index finger over the lips), and then the signs of NOX.


Next the magician shall recite the adoration to Selene, by which the spirit shall descend, that ALIM becomes ALHIM, and she too shall drink the nectar of the stars.



Adoration to Selene


Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light,
bull-horn'd and wand'ring through the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night's torch extending,
through the heavens you ride:

Female and Male, with borrowed rays you shine,
and now full-orb'd, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon,
whose amber orb makes Night's reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night,
all-seeing power bedecked with starry light.
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife,
in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend,
Who givest to Nature's works their destined end.
Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail!
Deck'd with a graceful robe and shining veil;
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright,
come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosperous rays,
and pleased accept thy suppliant's mystic praise!


(The Orphic Hymn to Selene, translated by Thomas Taylor. Spelling slightly modernized by myself)



Afterwards, she should think of Pandia Selene. Daughter of the Moon, with the splendor of the Queen of Heaven in fullness. The accomplished Lunar Priestess and the image of the Pale Goddess. A healer and giver of boons, mighty in mystic power; she who bestows divine visions and reveals all mystery.

Forgetting her mundane concerns and letting go of all impurities, The witch should compose herself to holy meditation until she tastes the dissolution. Exalted in spirit, let her come into contact with that supreme spirit which pervades and supports all things. Inspired by and fertilized by his transcendental grace, a new soul shall be born for her - a goddess in silver radiance.

Utterly fulfilled and perfected, let her turn her face once again upon the land of the dead. She shall shed dispassionate sapphire tears over it, which will fall and touch the hearts of all those who long for purity and light.

The Full Moon is the holiest night of the cycle for a lunar priestess, when the eye of the Goddess is fixed directly upon us. One should regard the celestial orb as a mother and queen as she basks her body in its radiance. The heightened energies of the sabbath can be put to use effectively in many ways, ranging from social gatherings to sex to magical workings. But it is best if one devotes this energy to mystical revelation and communion through Yoga, and the perfecting and renewal of the Will and self-idea. It may also be a time for penance and reflection if the adept's purity of purpose was not kept during the nights of Artemis.



On the nights when the Moon is waning, let the magician face Her with arms raised and proclaim:


Hail unto thee who art Hekate, gliding through the heavens,
who treadest upon the clouds and drinkest the nectar of the stars;
Thou eye that closest in Thy Dreaming upon the night of Pan.
Chaos leadeth thee in the dance, and Eros singeth thy beauty!



Then let her summon the force of ALIM by word and will, making the sign of 496 in Life

Hands are held with crossed wrists above the head, and brought down to come together below the waist.

Following this, she shall make the sign of Silence (a raised index finger over the lips), and then the signs of NOX.


Next the magician shall recite the adoration to Hekate, by which the spirit shall descend, that ALIM becomes ALHIM, and she too shall drink the nectar of the stars.



Adoration to Hekate


I call Einodian Hecate, lovely dame,
of earthly, wat’ry, and celestial frame,
Sepulchral, in a saffron veil arrayed,
leased with dark ghosts that wander thro’ the shade;
Persian, unconquerable huntress hail!
The world’s key-bearer never doom’d to fail
On the rough rock to wander thee delights,
leader and nurse be present to our rites
Propitious grant our just desires success,
accept our homage, and the incense bless.


(The Orphic Hymn to Hecate, translated by Thomas Taylor)


Afterwards, she should think of and commune with Hecate, the Crone, and goddess of crossroads. She is tricky and full of wiles - walking dark paths by the fading moonlight. She is a lover of animals, and an indispensable ally in all travels through the borderlands. As the keybearer, let the witch be barred from no entrance. Surefooted, she shall go where she wills and, spending herself to alter things howsoever she wills, she shall delight in her mastery and power.



On the night when the Moon is new, let the magician face Her with arms raised and proclaim:


Hail unto thee who art Morrigan, gliding through the heavens,
who treadest upon the clouds and drinkest the nectar of the stars;
Thou eye that blinkest in Thine Enigma upon the night of Pan.
Chaos leadeth thee in the dance, and Eros singeth thy beauty!




Then let her summon the force of ALIM by word and will, making the sign of 496 in Love

Hands are held together above the head, and brought down to crossed wrists below the waist.

Following this, she shall make the sign of Silence (a raised index finger over the lips), and then the signs of NOX.



Next the magician shall recite the adoration to Morrigan, by which the spirit shall descend, that ALIM becomes ALHIM, and the adept shall drink the darkened waters of Nun.



Adoration to Morrigan


O triple form of darkness! Sombre splendour!
Thou moon unseen of men! Thou huntress dread!
Thou crownèd demon of the crownless dead !
O breasts of blood, too bitter and too tender!
Let me the offering
Unseen of gentle spring
Bring to thy shrine’s sepulchral glittering!
I slay the swart beast! I bestow the bloom
Sown in the dusk, and gathered in the gloom
Under the waning moon,
At midnight hardly lightening the East ;
And the black lamb from the black ewe’s dead womb I bring,
and stir the slow infernal tune
Fit for thy chosen priest.


Here where the band of Ocean breaks the road
Black-trodden, deeply-stooping, to the abyss,
I shall salute thee with the nameless kiss
Pronounced toward the uttermost abode
Of thy supreme desire.
I shall illume the fire
Whence thy wild stryges shall obey the lyre,
Whence thy Lemurs shall gather and spring round,
Girdling me in the sad funereal ground
With faces turnèd back,
My face averted! I shall consummate
The awful act of worship, O renowned
Fear upon earth, and fear in hell, and black
Fear in the sky beyond Fate!


I hear the whining of thy wolves!
I hear The howling of the hounds about thy form,
Who comest in the terror of thy storm,
And night falls faster ere thine eyes appear
Glittering through the mist.
O face of woman unkissed
Save by the dead whose love is taken ere they wist!
Thee, thee I call ! O dire one! O divine!
I, the sole mortal, seek thy deadly shrine,
Pour the dark stream of blood, A sleepy and reluctant river
Even as thou drawest, with thine eyes on mine,
To me across the sense-bewildering flood
That holds my soul for ever!


The night falls back ;
The shadows give place ;
The threefold form
Appears in the black,
As a direful face
Half seen in the storm.
I worship, I praise
The wonderful ways
Where the smitten rays
Of darkness sunder.
The hand is lifted ;
The gates are rifted ;
The sound is as thunder!
She comes to the summons,
Her face as a woman’s,
Her feet as a Fear’s,
Turned back on her path
For a sign of wrath :—
She appears, she appears!

(Excerpt from Orpheus, Aleister Crowley)


Afterwards, she should think of and commune with Morrigan, the Hag, the black goddess of terror and destruction. Meditation on Kali should help prepare the adept for this practice. One should surrender herself to darkness, and send her spirit on a journey through harsh places. Let her have faith that the grace of the goddess and her acquired insight will deliver her across the rivers of fear.

The experienced witch should confidently and resolutely accept the role of furious destroyer. With a vajra-like will, she should eliminate everything that appears before her, even her dearest beliefs and feelings. Let chaos bring you nightly visions of evil and look upon them without fear.

The adept is encouraged to break the order of her normal life and act outside the bounds of her ordinary conventions. She should feel free to act as a beast or a huntress or a devil. She should wear black instead of white for the ceremony; she should be prepared to deal with spirits and strange happenings. According to tradition, it is an auspicious time to tell fortunes and draw oracles.

One must maintain her inner sanctity through the nights of darkness, and begin again her walk of purity at the first crescent.

And thus may she grasp the celestial patterns of Life, yea and more, the patterns of Death, that these patterns may serve her as a map and a recipe in her execution of the Great Work, the fruits of which are True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness.


—☽○☾—


https://hermetic.com/dionysos/lunar  (original published form)

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Audio Sigils
« on: December 25, 2019, 09:09:42 pm »
That’s an excellent explanation of the nature of faith and it’s usefulness in magick, @Idgo. I would have said similar things but I feel there is no longer any need to. On this question of faith, my mind first jumped to a passage from Chandogya Upanishad that I feel illustrates the purpose and place of faith from an ancient spiritual perspective. It takes the form of a gradual sequence; not quite of logical links but of progressively more rarefied understandings. It goes like this:


When a man speaks words of truth, he speaks words of greatness. Know the nature of truth.
When a man knows, he can speak truth. He who does not know cannot speak truth. Know the nature of knowledge.
When a man thinks, then he can know. He who does not think does not know. Know the nature of thought.
When a man has faith he thinks “he who does not have faith does not think.” Know the nature of faith.
When there is progress one sees and has faith. Where there is no progress there is no faith. Know the nature of progress.
Where there is creation, there is progress. Where there is no creation there is no progress. Know the nature of creation.
Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation. Know the nature of joy.
Where there is the infinite there is joy. There is no joy in the finite. Know the nature of the infinite.
Where nothing else is seen or heard or known — there is the infinite. Where something else is seen or heard or known, there is the finite.
The infinite is mortal, but the finite is mortal.
Where does the infinite rest? On his own greatness, or not even on his own greatness.

In this world they call greatness the possession of cattle and horses, elephants and gold, servants and wives, lands and houses - but I do not call this greatness. For here, one thing depends upon another.

But the infinite is above and below, north and south and east and west. The infinite is the whole universe.

He who sees, knows.- and understands this:

Who finds in Atman the spirit his love and pleasure and his union and his joy becomes a master of himself. His freedom then, is infinite.

But those who see not this become the servants of other masters, and in the worlds that pass away attain not their liberation.



Full passage for context.


I have a lot of thoughts to share about audio sigils too, but since it’s Christmas I’ll have to leave it here for now. :)

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Journals / Re: A Bag of Olive Thought
« on: December 23, 2019, 12:46:04 am »
Long time no post. My patron put the 90th psalm in my face today, so I decided to rewrite it in a way that was easier to understand while still maintaining the spiritual core of the message as I see it. My focus was not on dumbing down the language totally like some other translations of the Bible - it was to maintain as much nuance of spiritual truth that I could without totally destroying the structure. Here is the result!


1 Lord, you have been our refuge throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, before you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
3 You send every man to destruction, saying, Return to dust, you children of Adam.
4 For a thousand years in your sight are as a day that has passed, or as a watch in the night.
5 You swiftly carry away all beings, as a flood. Before you they are like the grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is crushed and withered.
7 Thus we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled.
8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins are revealed in the light of your face.
9 Our days pass away in your wrath, all our years fade like a sigh.
10 The span of a life is seventy years, perhaps eighty if one is strong. But one may come to regret that strength - for regardless of its length, life is toil and sorrow with death fast approaching.
11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger? It should inspire in us an equal measure of fearful awe.
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13 Then we shall repent and say, Take us, O Lord. How long must we wait for you?
14 Satisfy us early with special mercy; that we may be filled with your love and rejoice all our days.
15 May we be more glad in you than we were sorrowful in all our years of misery.
16 Show your will to your servants, and your majesty to their children.
17 And let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, confirming the work that we do. Oh yes, affirm the work that we do!

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Personal Sacrifices
« on: December 18, 2019, 05:43:08 am »
I died to myself and those I loved most - and yet I go on. Now I do everything as a sacrifice to God and to my patron, the Moon Goddess.

Speech is the sacrifice of silence. Silence is the sacrifice of speech.

Life is the sacrifice of Eternity. Eternity is the sacrifice of Life.

The way to heaven is through renunciation. Renunciation is the sacrifice of one's human will.

The Bhagavad Gita says there is no happiness in this world without sacrifice. But man is a living sacrifice. For whom does your sacrificial brazier burn?

The purest sacrifice is performed joyfully, and it is done without the expectation of receiving any reward or of causing any result. But one has the reward of her sacrifice in time, according to the way in which she practices.

Just some assorted thoughts about sacrifice. Was it all worth it for me? I am badly scarred from my experience with loss. If I'm honest, I still weep bitterly about some of the things I've been through. But the grace of the holy spirit has come over me, and I have been allowed to partake in heavenly delights and company, and the wings of my soul have been restored. I leave behind the world of mortals without regrets and return without attachments. My true self, the consummation of my love for the highest, is so much more valuable a life than that that laid itself down upon the funeral pyre to produce it. There is unbounded freedom, unbounded joy in the spirit supreme, the source of all. He is truth and power. May he make me a gushing fountain of light for other followers of the way. May he increase my love a thousand fold!

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Artemism / The Death of Purusha (a Vedic-Pagan creation myth)
« on: November 09, 2019, 09:52:25 pm »



This a creation story which demonstrates the agreement of many seemingly disparate spiritual or magical perspectives. I was inspired to write this today, and after recording it I’m now sharing for the consideration of the forum. It is simple, and leaves much unsaid — but the more one knows about Vedic theology, the Hermetic worldview, Gnosticism, and Medeival Christianity, the more forcefully the implications assert themselves, at least to my mind.

This myth demonstrates how a pagan understanding can fit in with the philosophical underpinnings of Yoga, the pessimism of Gnosticism, and the “ascent of the spirit,” goal which is fundamental to the latter two and to Christianity. All four are illumined by allowing them to interplay like this. The text hints at a sophisticated understanding underneath which is difficult to pin down in philosophical terms - but I would say it is closest to Immanent Theology and Materialism in the context of Idealism (or vice versa).

Purusha is an interesting term that evolved over the many centuries of Vedic thinking. You may be familiar with its usage as “the knower,” as described the Bhagavad Gita and most commonly used since. The earliest stories of this name, however, refer to a celestial Man who was sacrificed by the gods to create the world. This is pretty much identical to the western magical concept of the Archetypal Adam, and as such this story can also be seen as an account of the fall of man in a more symbolic way than is usually given. It can also be compared to Christ who is God in the shape of man, and yet who pre-existed creation.

The speaker of the text is the Moon Goddess. In the Hermetic spirit, each god mentioned should be seen not as a planet, but as one of the principal platonic forms which governs the world. The writing is little more than an introduction, but one which could easily be followed up with an instruction of Yoga.



The Death of Purusha

In the beginning, the gods sacrificed Purusha to create existence.

I, Luna, saw him first. I offered him purification by water. Loosening doubt and regret, I gave him the resolve to face the others.

Mercury attended on him, and inscribed his dictates for the world on a stone tablet.

Venus gave herself to him, and with her he felt all that he could desire - one last time.

Sol became the heir of his light-power, and the executor of his will. He would distribute to the other gods what light and position they deserved.

Mars showed him pain, fear, and mortality. With a spear he pierced his side and drank the blood thereof.

Jupiter presided over him. He worked out the terms of his sentence, and then passed his verdict.

Saturn was the executioner. He performed all manner of black deed to corrupt and destroy his weakened form.

When it was done, the defiled body of Purusha was cast down to the depths where it would remain.

I followed close behind and cried tears over his shattered form. The others took their places according to the order in which they saw him.

Then all creation was under our power, and all things took part in the patterns of our design. But there was no unity among us, and a vicious new order formed as the result of our constant striving against one another.

Purusha’s body hardened and became the earth. There, remnants of his power mingled with the corruption of Saturn, and a new race of life was born cursed.

They looked up at the gods who ruled them, so fierce of form, and out at a miserable world which groaned under the tension of omnipresent struggle - and they wondered at their place.

Many were they who fashioned themselves after the gods of high position, partaking in their strength and glory.

Only a few hear my quiet song. My position may be the lowest, but the light-power I received from Purusha is clear and untainted.

Come to me, O children, and hear of that sacred perfection which was never destroyed and never could be.

Come, and hear what I know of Incorruptibility.



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That would have to be a hard agree from me. That which our culture in the US promotes as success is largely undesirable from my perspective. I am at every turn wriggling my way out of the cultural obligations and mental sicknesses foisted on me by this society. I refuse to work 5 days a week feeding a corporation my life energy and manipulating my fellow men - and I’m willing to make certain sacrifices in my standard of living to maintain the time freedom which allows me to pursue my own ends and thrive in them - spiritual or otherwise. But then, I am the kind of occultist which is concerned with internal work and the enjoyment of Heaven and it’s fruits. Others who are more externally focused with their ambitions may find success in this environment depending on their chosen vocation.

Unfortunately the current social order in America is so corrupt that it seems almost designed to destroy simple and low-maintenance lifestyles. Even many of those who do work 5 days a week are unable to maintain. Furthermore, there is no efficacious support system for those who live mystical or artistic lifestyles, as have historically existed in some capacity. They are leaving almost no path to livelihood for people like myself other than to bend to their desires. I’ll have to be very careful, or be prepared to accept the life of poverty should the situation not improve in the coming decades.

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Chakras (and qi gong)
« on: November 03, 2019, 09:13:59 pm »
1. Mantras are supposed to have a symbolic and physiological effect on the practitioner that is beneficial to the internal practice. The symbolic value is something that builds up over time, so after a long time it becomes like a word of power that commands your psycho-physical self to prepare for a specific chakra. The raw physiological effect of the chanting is noticeable, but minimal - especially with the lower chakras. If certain words are not doing much for you, I would recommend leaving them aside until you’ve meditated on them longer or until you have more practice activating the corresponding chakra.

Some further advice: In my experience, chanting long AUMs has the strongest physiological effect by far. It creates an upward current from the heart or diaphragm to the top of the head. Make each AUM ~10 seconds long and you will feel it moving through you. Your head will practically be buzzing at the end of the Mmm. Do this several times before you begin your practice, and then switch over to fine and calm breaths so that you can focus on the internal sensations more intently.

The Gayatri mantra is good for this symbolically as well, especially the more you study ancient Vedic theology. The first line in particular - AUM Bhur Bhuvah Svaha indicates a similar upward current. In one sense it is indicating a rise from earth to the sky to the heavens, in another it means from the base of the spine to the top of the head.


2. The two routes don’t have to be mutually exclusive. I find the Qigong system of using the Dan Tians as a Qi firing system to be very effective, but I tend to still follow the route up the spine.

The progression you mentioned reminds me of a practice that a fellow sister has been working on for a while - a method of Qi control inspired and guided by the Qabalah. It’s not exactly the same, but if you can see the comparison - then imagine the path up the spine as the middle pillar of the tree of life which leads directly to the higher chakras. The zigzag way is like the serpent’s path up the tree; it is a scenic route, which takes time to visit all of the powers of life rather than just the central ones. It may not be as direct, but it could cause you to develop those powers in unforeseen ways over time.

You also mentioned that the zigzag path comes back down again. It may well help you to feel the movement of Qi as a circulation up and down, even if you are just using the spine path. I’ve had Buddhist monks recommend this to me, but YMMV.


3. First of all, it is possible to activate a higher chakra without having mastered the ones below it. However, how precarious is this situation - how stable could it be? Heheh.

I would say that you have reached a degree of mastery with a chakra when you become familiar with moving Qi to that center, and you can activate it (cause it to manifest effects or start building energy) at will. Another aspect is having control over that center, rather than allowing it to draw on you. For example the sex chakra — a certain degree of mastery would mean that you can activate your sex drive at will and cause it to become overflowing with energy; and that you can cool it down and cause it to become quiet and subtle when it is not your intention to use it. Further mastery can cause ‘powers’ of a related sort, like extraordinary sexual prowess or endurance, fluid production or tissue growth, or even affecting others with the power of your chakra. This is not however necessary by any means to start working with the next chakra.

Some of the higher chakra activations can be supported or strengthened by the mastery of lower chakras. For instance, the brain thrives off the strength of the heart and the diaphragm. So familiarity and mastery over the abilities of these lower centers can help with further development of the higher. Activation of higher centers without the support of the lower is usually unstable for two reasons. Sometimes a person cannot support a lengthy activation of the higher chakra without the discipline/experience to continue producing and exchanging Qi from those below, or else those below cannot be kept in check long enough to maintain the experience. Secondly, if a person uses a shortcut to activate a higher chakra - when that experience is over they return right back to the consciousness correlating with their normal lower chakra center, and they are unable to properly interpret or integrate the experience.

Once you are familiar with the internal dynamics of energy buildup and exchange, you can send Qi up the chakras pretty quickly, as you describe. Practices that call for 10+ minutes at each center are usually just belaboring something that should be a longer process of self-discovery; otherwise they are relying on building up excessive amounts of energy for some purpose, or producing some effect by preventing the rise of Qi beyond a certain point after building up this excess. I’ve seen some AA documents describing practices in this vein.

Best of luck! May we both attain the energy to achieve success.

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Moral Nihilism
« on: September 08, 2019, 07:28:36 pm »
Nice post, Hapu. I appreciate the interaction and your way of thinking. This seems to be our most salient point of departure:

Quote from: Hapu link=topic=1211.msg10699#msg10699

Have I done wrong? Says who? There has to be a lawgiver. Only four have been seriously proposed throughout all human history: deity, the state, nature, and the self. Deity? Let this deity appear before me and give me its laws. The State? It gives me laws but I have no reason to consider those laws moral. They're just brute force. Nature? Inherently mindless and amoral. Self? Now we're talking.

I love your morality economy. It works. But while elegantly descriptive, it isn't normative unless and until I take it on board my internal navigation system.



Where is it written that there must always be a lawgiver? Take the law of gravitation, or of thermodynamics - who is our lawgiver in this case? The universe? God? Maybe. But it is much more direct to simply say that they are descriptions of properties that are inherent to this realm of existence. Something similar can be said about moral truth.

I can’t accept the Self as the lawgiver of Morality, for the simple reason that self-consciousness/ego has no power to alter this law. If it was really the self which assigned value to suffering, then that would mean that each of us would have had to choose to assign a negative value to suffering before perceiving it this way. Is this the case? No, in fact we see the opposite. The experience of suffering precedes the self, as with the infant who cries and cries from the discomfort of hunger. Even simpler creatures that will never develop what we call a self still writhe in pain and will struggle to escape from it.

I’m extending here, but it seems to me that experiences with suffering are actually one of the key things that help develop the self. The kinds of suffering that one is familiar with, ignorant of, resistant to, and vulnerable to remain some of the most characteristic aspects of identity throughout life. They can also cause traumas, which if unexamined become part of the ego’s shadow, or otherwise become complexes which can drive the ego and determine some of its motivations.

That which is recognized as evil by the self - suffering - originates from a deeper level of existence. Namely, consciousness itself. To be conscious is to detect something, to perceive some measure. For living things which depend on functioning material components to continue, what is the most important thing to detect? Damage of some kind to the components. Suffering. Evolutionarily speaking, detection of negative value is likely one of the earliest developments in consciousness, and it forms one half of the carrot/stick dynamic that drives all animals to complete their daily tasks.

Therefore the self cannot be the lawgiver of moral truths, since it has no ability to set the value of suffering. That value is presented automatically by unconscious processes and so becomes an object of perception, rather than any quality that the self has power over.

The self CAN train itself to become tolerant of various kinds of suffering. It can also train itself to act without regard for suffering or reward, thus breaking the carrot/stick conditioning and attaining a greater degree of autonomy. However, it cannot will the experience of extreme suffering into a positive or neutral value. So they say, even a Buddha feels pain.

Therefore, in the same vein as the natural laws I mentioned in the beginning, Moral truths are a description of a property which is inherent to conscious beings. The only lawgiver is the reality of individuated consciousness.

But wait - some people DO seem to enjoy suffering to some degree, like in BDSM play. This is true; until the suffering either reaches a level which they cannot tolerate, or until the experience is no longer consensual. Then the negativity of suffering reasserts itself in force.


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It's also true that your moral vision, like pretty much every moral vision I've ever encountered, including that of Kant and Rawls, boils down to the Golden Rule. Two thousand years later and that guy from Nazareth is still having the last word. But of course he didn't invent the Golden Rule. Most likely it originated in ancient Egypt long centuries before the Galilean stumbled heavy-burdened to Golgotha.

I take it as axiomatic that the Golden Rule cannot be improved upon as the basis for a universal and consensual moral code. It's time we admit it and stop trying to do the impossible. It's the Golden Rule or nothing.


I actually find myself agreeing with you. The golden rule is a succinct and clear maxim that always seems to point to a moral north, if you will. However, we do not have to stop there. The saying is so condensed that it does not provide much explanatory power without much contemplation, and it is liable to misunderstanding in its simplicity. Furthermore, there is a whole field of knowledge which involves the dynamics of evil. How it behaves, how it spreads, and the effects that it causes. Certainly all of this is not elaborated in the golden rule, and yet it may be of interest to saints and moral philosophers.

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Moral Nihilism
« on: September 06, 2019, 04:11:31 pm »
No, I’m not a moral nihilist.

I appreciate moral relativism to a degree; I think it correctly identifies and deconstructs faulty moral and cultural “laws” like the ones mentioned by @Jastiv which were handed down by Moses/Jehovah. These rules are often arbitrary and sometimes very immoral.

I also recognize the I-Theistic perspective mentioned here as a highly practical element of magical development. It is autonomy. I will because I will that I am the I that I am. However I think this has little to do with morality.

I have come to believe that there is something which provides negative value to humans and to all conscious beings, and that it is not possible for those beings to alter it into a positive value. This is suffering beyond the tolerance and consent of that being. Suffering comes in many forms and degrees, but principally in the forms of rape, torture, imprisonment and enslavement.

A common statement among Christians in the south is “God won’t ever give you more than you can handle.” This is patently absurd as people very obviously have to deal with far more suffering than they can tolerate all over the world. Abject poverty, serious diseases and injuries, and oppressive torture - if anyone bears witness to these things he can immediately recognize that the being is dealing with unspeakable suffering. He will also know that he would not choose the same fate, and that no matter how much he changes his perspective he could not feel and know that level of suffering as a positive experience. The best he could do would be to tolerate the experience, or to neutralize both it and his own consciousness. Suffering is like a currency in this world, and to conscious beings it is real, and has a negative value.

If one being causes unspeakable suffering to another without their consent, that is not a neutral action. Negative value has been given to the second. And this is objective. Not objective in the sense that it would be so apart from conscious beings, because the very subjects at hand are conscious beings. But objective in the sense that no matter which human fills the roll of person A or person B, this proposition remains true. This is something like a foundation on which a true and honest moral realism can be built. But I have elaborated upon this ad nauseum elsewhere on the forum so I’ll leave it there.


My views of morality do have an effect on my magical practice, although usually my autonomy is far more important (and yes, even if one recognizes moral truths, he can still use his autonomy to determine how he wants to respond to those truths). One example I can give involves a certain magical ability which has developed greatly in me over the past year or so. Pranic Vampirism, or the forcible transference of energy from another being to myself. This practice has certain benefits which are rather appealing, however more often than not I refrain from practicing it even when it would go unnoticed. To me this ability is morally questionable because it essentially means raping someone on a spiritual or psychic level. I don’t want to cause unnecessary suffering, especially without the consent of the victim. So I tend to be very upfront with the person about what it involves and usually don’t do it unless they agree to it. This has been somewhat limiting, as hardly anyone in their right mind would agree to such a thing as an experiment or for my personal progress.

This has also caused me to seek alternative uses of the same ability in therapeutic massages and more reciprocal types of energy exchange. These still remain experimental and developmental though whereas the morally questionable option comes almost naturally. *shrug*

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Lounge / Re: Gobbledygook Generator
« on: July 03, 2019, 01:23:31 pm »
Interesting. I got a few funny results, but the same sentence structures kept cycling back every submission or two.

“Only geeks stuck in the 90s....”
“You really can’t fail with....”
“Forward looking companies invest in...”
“...outside-the-box management solutions.”

I wonder what kind of data they trained this on? Job applications and company blurbs? :D

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Setian Philosophy / Re: Pentagrams in Ancient Egypt
« on: June 27, 2019, 12:05:35 pm »
I checked my database around the date of my original comment (I cant believe it’s been more than a year!), but haven’t found them yet. There’s somewhere else I’m going to look soon.

Next time it might be better to host the images directly on the forum so there is less of a chance they get removed over time.

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