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Reading / Re: What are you reading?
« on: January 12, 2018, 06:55:45 pm »
Would be nice to have a translation of that, couldn't find one though.

Announcements / Re: Problems with the forum
« on: January 12, 2018, 06:32:40 pm »
If a link goes to a missing post you get that "access denied" error, could have been a database error on the server. I ran a bunch of maintenance stuff and worked on the code a little to fix some other errors I saw in the logs. Please let me know if it happens again, thanks @Liu .

Announcements / Re: Problems with the forum
« on: January 12, 2018, 05:34:11 pm »
I'm looking into it.

Lounge / Re: So I am thinking of getting a tattoo in the future
« on: January 12, 2018, 04:27:40 am »
The guys I've gone to have an ATM machine right next to the counter, a not-so-subtle hint that they only take cash.  :mrgreen:

Setianism / Instantiation
« on: January 09, 2018, 02:11:47 pm »
I've been thinking about the concept of instantiation lately, which is to represent an abstraction by a concrete instance. The final result is a complex copy of the abstraction with all the blanks filled in.

Without Xeper and Remanifestation, the individual would remain a template. But once the blanks begin to get filled in, a totally unique being emerges, able to create their own abstractions and concrete representations of the same. Even in this life we are pseudo-gods with the ability - however limited - to create and destroy.

Isolate self-aware intelligence demands exercising those powers. Avoiding the homework won't do, as a great big eraser named Stasis is ready and willing to wipe out all that has been gained.

I think instantiation might be a useful concept to consider. It's a state of being that becomes before all others - the beginning of an eternal journey.

I agree that it is not necessary to perform a specific type of working to apprehend a particular deity. I also agree that ritual implements have no power in and of themselves, but think they should be treated with a certain level of importance, as M. Aquino suggests in Black Magic:

A ceremonial dagger or knife will not be the worse for being used to carve a turkey at dinner, but in your SU you will never regard it in quite the same way if you suffer it to be used for mundane purposes.

Ritualizing one way or another helps to maintain focus and a sense of contrast: coming into contact with and manipulation of the OU helps me understand my place in the universe, i.e. "doing vs. fantasizing". I'm not much into long drawn-out rituals from books, and though I have a general formula I prefer to keep things relatively simple otherwise.

The mention of Platonic Forms is important (to me) because in that context transcendental deities are only as real as what they represent. I'll take it a bit further and say I believe they are specific manifestations of the Prince of Darkness, because it requires one conscious being to have understanding of another.

@Olive makes a good point about the effects of sensory input on the subconscious mind, even if that input is obtained through repetitive visualization.

Music / Dark Classical Music
« on: January 05, 2018, 06:43:07 pm »

Lounge / Re: Anyone here create any Occult inspired art?
« on: January 05, 2018, 04:29:58 am »
@ImpiusSacerdos , your painting has a certain sophistication that I love, thanks for sharing it.

General LHP Discussion / Re: How do you treat your altar?
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:31:25 am »
I have two altars with a third in the making, and leave them out in the open because I like the aesthetic and have some representational items that serve as reminders of past workings or accomplishments. There are two hooks for pentagrams but I typically store those away and hang other pictures up when not in use.

These are also creative outlets for me, but I don't think objects themselves have magical power other than how they affect the psyche, and I'm free to repurpose any item accordingly.

To me, any environment can be an effective ritual chamber if it is removed from everyday life. I often did workings at a hotel which had black curtains and cheesy 1980's aesthetics which I adore. Likewise, a simple hike through the woods can serve as a gateway into the "realms of darkness", or whatever you want to call it.

Perhaps #3 could be Gatekeeper (guardianship of undefiled knowledge and wisdom).

I'm not married to anything at the moment, please keep offering suggestions. Old Master painters created their masterpieces with limited palettes - let's choose our "colors" wisely.

Music / Re: Music thread
« on: January 01, 2018, 04:17:31 pm »

"My Eternal Dream"

I still remember when I was a child
So curious, adventurous and wild
Looked at the world with open eyes
I couldn't tell the truth from all the lies

I was taught how to live, how to behave
I was told, how to walk, to talk, to know my place
All those years I was searching for my way
All the world was my stage

So I will turn every dream
Into reality
And through the dark they will be
The light to guide me

I'm on my own, walking down this road alone
I'll go on, I'll be strong, all I need is my eternal dream

Now I can see it all so clear
There are no boundaries and no frontiers

I wouldn't change the road I'm on
My dream lives on long after I am gone

I have learned I must do whatever it takes
I make mistakes, I must fall to rise again
Break the rules, all the chains that hold me down
I may sink but I won't drown

So I will turn every dream
Into reality
And through the dark they will be
The light to guide me

I'll show that I can't be tamed
When I'm gone remember my name
And I won't give up the fight
Go gently into the night

I'm on my own, walking down this road alone
I'll go on, I'll be strong, all I need is my eternal dream

Turn every dream
Into reality
And through the dark they will be
The light to guide me

I'll show that I can't be tamed
When I'm gone remember my name
And I won't give up the fight
Go gently into the night

I'm on my own, walking down this road alone
I'll go on, I'll be strong, all I need is my eternal dream

I'll go on, I'll be strong alone
All I need is my eternal dream

Setianism / Entelecheia
« on: December 29, 2017, 03:26:26 pm »
Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory is explained in his book Motivation and Personality (starting p. 35), and goes something like this, although he was clear to state that there can be exceptions to the ordering (p. 51).

1. Physiological Needs
2. Safety Needs
3. Belonging/Love
4. Esteem
5. Self-Actualization

One essay I read suggests a "Hierarchy of Aeonic Principles" which builds upon Maslow's pyramid in this manner:

1. Thelema - finding True Will
2. Indulgence - indulging in that True Will leads to Xeper
3. Xeper - a new particular state of being
4. Remanifest - refinement of that state

Once a new state of being is achieved, the process can then be repeated in a new context. Like any tool, whether or not these models are useful is a matter of personal choice, which brings me to this term:

Aristotle's Entelecheia represents realization or completion of something to its final conclusion. It could be seen as the potential within brought to perfection in action when included in the phrase: "Xeper and Remanifest toward Entelecheia".

So the question is, is the word a useful addition to Xeper/Remanifest? I think it is, because it keeps the concept of self-perfection alive, despite the elusive nature of what the word represents. What do you think?

General LHP Discussion / Re: What is honor?
« on: December 26, 2017, 01:53:54 am »
From a LHP perspective, I would say "honor" is adhering to and taking responsibility for your own ethical code, and it's "honorable" to adjust that code as one learns more over time.

A thought from the Word of Set:
Conceive of the Cosmos as a circle of twelve divisions alternating between life and death, binding all creatures save those whom I have touched. You were given powers greater than those ordering these divisions and extending throughout the ages of time, that with your vision and your voices you might exercise the Powers of Darkness, sending ever forth the Black Flame across the Earth and the expanses of time. Thus you are the Guardians of perfection and truth. Arise, then, and witness the wondrous creations born of your wisdom, even as I am near to you and the essence of my being is enshrined within you.

Moreover, I think exercising caution with (and maintaining respect for) the often dangerous forces of darkness is an honorable approach.

These "names" and what they might represent are (very) loosely based on the aforementioned ideas, just a thought experiment:

1. Activator (xeper/remanifest, emergence, development)
2. Evaluator (perception, balance, judgement)
3. Curator (guardianship of the black arts)
4. Alchemist (magical links between realms)
5. Pathfinder (exploring dark corridors of the psyche)
6. Sustainer (timelessness, eternity of being, purification)
7. Separator (individuality, refusal to be mundane)
8. Warrior (fearlessness, strength, mental domination)
9. Timekeeper (knowledge of past, present, and future self)

Announcements / Re: Forum Guidelines
« on: December 23, 2017, 12:46:51 am »
[Admin Bump]

Please read the added section about time zones, as I've changed the server to UTC time. Thank you.

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