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Music / Jazz
« on: March 27, 2018, 04:47:10 am »
Any other Jazz cats here?  8)

Journals / Fr. Sisyphus' Archives
« on: March 18, 2018, 09:40:32 am »
I've decided that I'd make a Journal/blog here too  :)

For the first post, I think I'll state the areas that are currently occupying my religious, spiritual, mystical, magical and philosophical studies!

My current paradigm at this present month is consisting of: (outside of Thelema, Taoism and Hermeticism)

Hinduism - Particularly the Vedas (I have a huge print of all four), which have everything from prayers, mantras, spells, incantations, rituals and poetry. Hinduism is a massive interest for me and connects in many ways directly back to Thelema.

Buddhism - The famed Dhamapada and Bardo Thodol are really on my mind and in my conscience right now, both sadness, regret and death are things that I've started having on my mind a lot in the past two weeks - making them very invaluable.

Setianism - Thanks to Xepera, I've been reading my fresh copy of Mindstar and really enjoying it's explorations of consciousness (OU vs SU), Egyptian Religion and metaphysics.

Theosophy - Isis Unveiled is providing some good reading material about traditional orthodox religion (particularly Christianity). More an in and out interest but it's there.

Enochian Magick - You could probably guess I have a few books on it already but it's an area I've been studying (particularly the practical side) a lot lately and intend to start practicing soon too.

Judaism/Christianity - Regularly reading from Ezekiel, Psalms and Job lately, all for different reasons. Ezekiel and Psalms factor into magical practices and Job, for the Buddhist theme of dealing with sadness and suffering.

Islam - Still reading the Quran, on the side.

I've also been doing some light research on Witchcraft/Wicca and watching interviews with several people associated with some of the people that go back to the 50s/60s incarnation of it.

At the moment it is (believe it or not) on the small-side compared to the amount I've been reading in previous months. As far as ritual goes, I've been doing solar adorations from Liber Resh and the 169 adorations from Liber Thesaurou Eidolon but once again mainly sticking to meditation and devotion.

There, first post done  :)

Other Religions / Theosophy!
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:52:47 am »
Ok, it's not a religion/esoteric study that I'm the most knowledgeable of (at this point) overall, but it is something I've been intrigued by for quite some time.

Of course (like anything occult-related) there are it's controversies but there are may aspects and concepts from it that I like - from the nature of it being comparative-religion based, to it's daring exploration into spirituality, symbolism, the elements, Buddhism, Hinduism, it's criticisms of Christianity, the Mahatmas, etc etc etc.

It's a very complex movement overall and can be very difficult for occultists in general to get to the essence of (as the writings are often very overloaded with information and/or concepts), which often makes it just hard to follow IMO. But Generally it's a knowledge (or Gnostis)-based system, rather than a practical.

It's certainly has had a subtle impact all throughout the occult but still remains in the undertow of modern (or "new") religious movements.

Now, I'm not a follower of Theosophy but I have enjoyed reading some of the various core-books (such as "The Secret Doctrine" - with it's Stanzas of Dzyan, "Isis Unveiled" and "Voice Of The Silence", etc)  :)

I made the Maat thread a little while ago, which does have it's connections but I haven't seen much discussion (apart from a few mentions) of Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Current here as of yet.

Much like Setianism, consciousness is a big aspect of the Typhonian Current (which in itself is also a subset of Thelema, although not as widely known). One of the biggest aspects of it is a concept known as the "Mauve Zone", which is the state (or place, plane of existence etc) between consciousness and the unconsciousness that we are able to tap into, which art itself (hence the inclusion of Lovecraft into his books) is an area where this is often accessed - and manifested.

In Kenneth Grant's own books (to my recent surprise) he mentions Set quite a lot and had precursors/influences to Michael Aquino's own ideas in that area.

There are two transmitted texts; "The Wisdom Of S'lba" and "Liber Okbish" - The Book Of The Spider". S'lba is on the lines of Liber Legis and Spares automatic writing, Liber Okbish on the other hand is a completely different kind of text. Okbish is a grimoire that one's connection with, intends to influence oneself towards the Mauve Zone - and is also therefore an exploration of.

Kenneth Grant himself is notorious for a very over-the-place, stream of consciousness style of writing (that resembles the essay/thesis format, per chapter) that blurs literal reality with fiction or dream - therefore making his writings more polarizing and difficult to unpack than Crowley.

So this thread, is here to discuss both Typhonian-related subjects and Kenneth Grant too.

What are the OS thoughts on this?

Personally, several aspects of the Typhonian concepts have influenced my approach as a Thelemite/Hermeticist, although I don't identify as one but like Grants books (for their fascinating qualities)

Setianism / MINDSTAR!
« on: March 07, 2018, 04:04:57 am »
Mindstar by Michael A. Aquino (2016)

Ok, I'm surprised that there isn't (or that I can't find  :| ) a thread for the book (which is a very significant book too!), so I've made a thread for it.

Xepera* (or other mods) if there IS another thread for it please switch this

I just got back from my camp and found this, in my mail box (finally!!)  :D :D :D :mrgreen:

I absolutely cannot wait to dig deep into this, you have no idea how excited I am   :D

*p.s. thank you a lot man for recommending it to me!!

Lounge / Who is this guy?
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:09:07 am »
'bout time I introduced myself:

I'm a Thelemite/Hermeticist and an agnostic on search around all the religions that take my interest (which is surprisingly large!). I found this forum thanks to 1137 on RF who linked me this place, when I was asking about the BOCFBN. Setianism is one of the things I'm most interested in currently, so it feels quite apt.

Other areas my beliefs are drawn from include Taoism, Discordianism and recently Hinduism.
In my profession I am a musician and writer, currently going through the motions of day jobs and all that mediocre stuff.

Always trying to learn more and yearning for personal growth and understanding. I have great faith in skepticism  ;)

Not sure what else to say, I'm glad to be here!  :)

General LHP Discussion / The main goal and path of magic?
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:01:24 am »
Excluding that there are a diverse array of traditions that practice magic in different ways, for different reasons (spiritual or otherwise) and that there is both the LHP and RHP categories......does magic as a whole have any commonly shared aim or purpose?

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

Other Religions / Maat Magick?
« on: January 28, 2018, 12:42:16 am »
I've gotten mixed opinions from people who where more strictly Thelemites in the past about this before but I'm wondering what your (collectively) opinions are on this.

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

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

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

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

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