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Announcements / Re: Problems with the forum
« on: May 29, 2018, 09:25:31 pm »
Here's what's happening I think. Playlists won't embed in the forum, there has to be a link to the actual video (and you don't need [url] tags for that). Likewise images have to be a direct link to an actual jpg or png etc, it doesn't understand something like an imgur page. Hope that helps.

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Announcements / Re: Problems with the forum
« on: May 29, 2018, 04:29:22 pm »
i see a little gold arrow but its really small on the phone.. maybe ill just get rid of those lol

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Why did you join?
« on: May 28, 2018, 11:42:45 am »
I would quickly like to ask what got you into Satanism?

Back in the late 70's/early 80's, most of the kids went to "christian lite" sunday school which didn't stick for me although I can't say I was damaged by it or anything. My dad was an old NASA engineer and refused to go to church. I think he's an atheist but we've never discussed religion that much. He does like my wall pentagrams though. :)

I was free to do what I wanted, and became interested in the occult/satanism, and although I'm not that academic I read some works by Crowley, LaVey, and other things I could obtain at the time. (no Internet back then!) I liked the concept of creating my own religion.

When I was an adolescent I believed in a literal Satan, not really in the Biblical sense but more in the sense of a friend who could reveal my higher self, but dismissed that for favor of LaVey's atheistic approach. A few years ago I researched Setian philosophy and found it to be a good mix of both the carnal and spiritual aspects of life, so that's what I do now.

Anyway, it's a good question, and welcome to our forum.



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Announcements / Re: Problems with the forum
« on: May 27, 2018, 02:47:02 am »
That link worked fine for me.

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Announcements / Re: Problems with the forum
« on: May 26, 2018, 06:44:44 pm »
I'm not able to reproduce these problems, would you please do a url/img test post here (even if it doesn't work) so I can check it out? Thanks.

The top part can be hidden by that little gold arrow icon on the top-right, I've accidentally hit that before lol. Did that fix it?



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Announcements / Re: Problems with the forum
« on: May 26, 2018, 06:36:42 pm »

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Reading / Re: What are you reading?
« on: May 26, 2018, 04:20:38 pm »
I never got through sphinx in the chimera, it always bores me :O

I'm not much into dialogue, don't even like reading fiction that much. But there is one interesting part about E=mc^2 where he makes the point that a constant (speed of light) is required for this "relativistic" theory to work. There is a bit of a contradiction there, and reading that short bit has sparked my interest in this stuff again.

Might post about it or write something for the newsletter, I'm no physicist but like to think outside of the box when it comes to science. It's likely to be even more boring lol.


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I only know English, but the aesthetics are terrible. White and red? Church pews? Plain inverted crosses instead of stylized ones? Fucking hell.

Seems like a business venture to me, apparently they sell "pacts with the devil" for money. Which is fine if it's reasonable, like Anton LaVey once wrote: "perhaps it is time the Devil is given his due". :mrgreen:


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Science / Re: The Serpent Mound
« on: May 13, 2018, 05:55:10 pm »
I remember seeing this before. Some stuff from the book citied in the Wikipedia article, Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley. I did this in a rush, a full PDF is availble on archive.org.


ANCIENT WORKS, GREENE COUNTY, OHIO.

Probably the most extraordinary earthwork thus far discovered at the West, is the Great Serpent, of which a faithful delineation is given in the accompanying plan. It is situated on Brush creek, at a point known as the " Three Forks," on Entry 1014, near the north line of Adams county, Ohio. No plan or description has hitherto been published ; nor does the fact of its existence appear to have been known beyond the secluded vicinity in which it occurs. The notice first received by the authors of these researches was exceedingly vague and indefinite, and led to the conclusion that it was a work of defence, with bastions at regular intervals, — a feature so extraordinary as to induce a visit, which resulted in the discovery here presented. The true character of the work was apparent on the first inspection.

It is situated upon a high, crescent-form hill or spur of land, rising one hundred and fifty feet above the level of Brush creek, which washes its base. The side of the hill next the stream presents a perpendicular wall of rock, while the other slopes rapidly, though it is not so steep as to preclude cultivation. The top of the hill is not level but slightly convex, and presents a very even surface, one hundred and fifty feet wide by one thousand long, measuring from its extremity to the point where it connects with the table land. Conforming to the curve of the hill, and occupying its very summit, is the serpent, its head resting near the point, and its body winding back for seven hundred feet, in graceful undulations, terminating in a triple coil at the tail. The entire length, if extended, would be not less than one thousand feet. The accompanying plan, laid down from accurate survey, can alone give an adequate conception of the outline of the work, which is clearly and boldly defined, the embankment being upwards of five feet in height by thirty feet base, at the centre of the body, but diminishing somewhat towards the head and tail. The neck of the serpent is stretched out and slightly curved, and its mouth is opened wide as if in the act of swallowing or ejecting an oval figure, which rests partially within the distended jaws. This oval is formed by an embankment of earth, without any perceptible opening, four feet in height, and is perfectly regular in outline, its transverse and conjugate diameters being one hundred and sixty and eighty feet respectively. The ground within the oval is slightly elevated : a small circular elevation of large stones much burned once existed in its centre ; but they have been thrown down and scattered by some ignorant visitor, under the pre- vailing impression probably that gold was hidden beneath them. The point of the hill, within which this egg-shaped figure rests, seems to have been artificially cut to conform to its outline, leaving a smooth platform, ten feet wide, and some- what inclining inwards, all around it. The section a b will illustrate this feature.

Upon either side of the serpent's head extend two small triangular elevations, ten or twelve feet over. They are not high, and although too distinct to be over- looked, are yet too much obliterated to be satisfactorily traced. Besides a plat- form, or level oval terrace, at B, and a large mound in the centre of the isthmus connecting the hill with the table land beyond, there are no other remains, except- ing a few mounds, within six or eight miles, — none, perhaps, nearer than the entrenched hill in Highland county, (see Plate V,) thirteen miles distant. There are a number of works lower down on Brush creek, towards its mouth ; but their character is not known. The point on which this effigy occurs commands an extensive prospect, overlooking the " bottoms " found at the junction of the- three principal tributaries of the creek. The alluvial terraces are here quite extensive, and it is a matter of surprise that no works occur upon them.

The serpent, separate or in combination with the circle, egg, or globe, has been a predominant symbol among many primitive nations. It prevailed in Egypt, Greece, and Assyria, and entered widely into the superstitions of the Celts, the Hindoos, and the Chinese. It even penetrated into America ; and was conspicuous in the mythology of the ancient Mexicans, among whom its significance does not seem to have differed materially from that which it possessed in the old world. The fact that the ancient Celts, and perhaps other nations of the old continent, erected sacred structures in the form of the serpent, is one of high interest. Of this description was the great temple of Abury, in England, — in many respects the most imposing ancient, monument of the British islands.

It is impossible, in this connection, to trace the analogies which the Ohio struc- ture exhibits to the serpent temples of England, or to point out the extent to which the symbol was applied in America, — an investigation fraught with the greatest interest both in respect to the light which it reflects upon the primitive super- stitions of remotely separated people, and especially upon the origin of the American race.

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Direction of this community?
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:54:08 pm »
While I can only speak as a forum-regular (and recent returnee - meaning I've likely missed a lot in the last month), I hope that this place continues to reap the seed it has sowed within the diverse variety of interests, beliefs, practices, traditions and so on, that we appear to have here  :)

Yes, individualistic philosophy or religion should be as such. Let's be patient with each other, share our personal innovations and milestones, and try to make this the real deal. This excellent post by @Setamontet stresses the importance of not going it alone:

http://orderoftheserpent.org/forum/index.php?topic=518.msg4437#msg4437

Our site is already renewed for two more years, runs from a good datacenter in Manhattan, and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Some may only want to visit occasionally, and that's fine. As long as people aren't assholes I won't delete their accounts.

I'm on some forums that I only visit occasionally myself, sometimes even for months or years. I've seen this software handle tens of thousands of accounts, so it doesn't hurt anything unless the traffic gets excessive, in which case I can upgrade the server package.

Above all, I want us all to have fun in this pursuit of Selfhood and make it a pleasure instead of a burden. That's for "them" - not us.

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General LHP Discussion / Re: we are blocked in some places lol
« on: May 13, 2018, 10:21:37 am »
I'm guessing it was indeed the result of some automatic thing that detects certain keywords. I should design a professional-looking letterhead and offer some suggestions of my own to add to the ban list. Or mail the entire unabridged version of Oxford's Dictionary and recommend adding all words, hehe. ;)

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General LHP Discussion / Re: we are blocked in some places lol
« on: May 12, 2018, 10:37:58 pm »
I would like to suggest that people exercise caution when accessing this site from workplaces, because they can often see what you're doing. We're supposed to have freedom of religion in America but really don't, and there is more than one way to skin a cat. You can take your case straight up to the goddamned Supreme Court and they won't give a flying fuck.

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Announcements / Re: Problems with the forum
« on: May 06, 2018, 11:45:54 am »
I think I fixed the inline image problem, and also made the new reply box a lot taller.

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Are we occult?
« on: May 05, 2018, 05:37:51 pm »
For me, "occultism" represents a natural attraction to the obscure. Doing hard things and asking hard questions most people wouldn't bother with.

I was once intrigued by this particular amplifier design which was largely ignored. I perfected it and added my own innovations to the rough schematic I used as a guide. It's a great design and a project I learned a ton from.

The point being that occultists (in the LHP sense) are people who seek treasures in the dark. The discoveries can be scientific as in my example, or simply things that add meaning and interest to life. Thinking (and daring to play) outside of the box is what it's all about to me.

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General LHP Discussion / Re: I need feedback
« on: May 05, 2018, 02:45:32 pm »
Having sources is a good thing because it shows how you arrived at your thoughts (also helps prevent accusations of plagiarism). And if someone is interested in particular ideas they can find additional resources, making your book even more valuable. (I'm actually starting to loathe authors that don't cite anything, at least throw me a bone once in a while lol.)

I don't find your writing style to be particularly hard to absorb, but can see the difficulty in targeting a varied audience. I think that one book Electrodynamic Man does a pretty good job, perhaps that could serve as a guide. I think he even states somewhere that he wanted it to be a book a layman could read and suggests skipping over the details if someone isn't interested in the nitty-gritty.

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