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Announcements / New Order of the Serpent statement
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:55:43 pm »
http://www.orderoftheserpent.org/statement.html

The Order of the Serpent is a modern Left-Hand Path organization. We are dedicated to the accumulation and sharing of knowledge and ideas in an open setting, especially knowledge and ideas which are related to the Left-Hand Path.

The Left-Hand Path is a school of thought which is founded on the individual self, rather than something outside of oneself. We believe that self-perfection at the individual level is not only the key to personal happiness and success, but the key to improving society and the human species over all. To meet this goal, those on the Left-Hand Path openly investigate what works for them or interests them, from practical everyday behavior such as language and presentation, to more ideological things such as different mythologies or moral values.

To aid in this journey, the Order of the Serpent has created an online forum for open discussion between those who walk the Left-Hand Path and those with a respectful interest in the Path. We also provide an ever-expanding library of books, movies, shows, and podcasts which relate to the Left-Hand Path. Finally, members of the Order compile The Imperishable Star, a newsletter which comes out several times a year and is freely available. These newsletters include members’ original essays on Left-Hand Path topics, custom rituals, and novel works of Left-Hand Path based fiction.

The Order encourages all of those who follow the Left-Hand Path, and all those who are interested, to join the forum, which is available to all. As for whether you should join the Order of the Serpent or not – we are simply looking for those who wish to provide Left-Hand Path knowledge to individuals who seek it, including the original works of our diverse and talented members.

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Satanism / Brief Introduction to Satanism
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:37:00 am »
Satanism is the most complex of the Left-Hand Paths, for it is the most diverse, controversial, and popular of them all. Satanism can range from the symbolic Church of Satan and that Satanic Temple activists, to violent and feared groups like the Sinister Tradition and Acosmic Satanism. The main characteristics of Satanism tend to be: extreme individuality, social darwinism, the violation of social norms (heterodoxy), openly identifying oneself as a Satanist, and more.

The Church of Satan tends to be the main face of Satanism, and believes in a type of atheistic hedonism. The CoS is strictly against the idea that any gods may exist, and believe that the material body and this life are all there is. Earthly pleasures should be indulged in so long as everyone is consenting.

The Satanic Temple is a political activist group that fights for separation of church and state by introducing Satanic programs to governments. They tried to put up a Baphomet statue next to a Ten Commandments one, introduced an After School Satan program, had billboards put up against corporal punishment in Texas, and much more.

Theistic or Spiritual Satanism comes in many variations. Satan can either be one of many gods or the “true” god, and can take several forms. These can range from a Lucifer or general pagan-like deities, to the darker gods of the Eastern Left-Hand Path.

The Sinister Tradition deserves special mention for their extremist beliefs up to and including human sacrifice. The vast majority of Left-Hand Path organizations are opposed to the ideology and morality of all forms of the Sinister Tradition, including the Order of the Serpent.

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Announcements / Wish List
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:34:26 am »
This is a wish-list for what forum members may want both from the forums and the O.S. in general. Sections in the forum, specific topics in the newsletter, additions to the library, design recommendations, literally anything you can think of to import of forum and Order. We want everyone to know how much we appreciate and are pleased by your participation and enjoyment of the forum!

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Announcements / Order of the Serpent Update - November 2017
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:11:05 am »
Hello once again!

The Imperishable Star v.III is going to be in editing starting November 22, and at the latest it is going to be published by December 21. We are very excited for this issue, there is a lot more branching out. We have articles discussing Mormonism, the use of video games in LHP practice, an extensively cited paper on Dr. Burr's Life Fields, a previously postponed paper on the Serpent and the Demonic Feminine, and more.

One of the many projects currently being worked on is publishing hard copies of The Imperishable Star on Amazon, for those who are interested in such things. The free PDF will still be provided for each and every issue, this is just for those who enjoy collecting hard copies of stuff like TIS. The cost of the physical copies will only be whatever Amazon requires to make the copies, there will be no profit by the O.S. as always.

The forum continues to expand every week, with more members joining and more consistent participation. We could not be more proud of and excited about the forum, and a special thanks to @Onyx and @pi_ramesses for doing all the technological work on the forum and website at large! There are many more sections to dive deeper into conversations, and the shoutbox has been updated to allow tagging for longer conversation threads. Introductions are being added on the Setian, Luciferian, and Satanic sub-forums so those who do not know enough to even create a thread have a place to start.

The Order has also opened a Facebook page as of 11/14. This Facebook page can be found here : https://m.facebook.com/Leviathanite/ . We are also setting up a page on Twitter.

We are continuing to also look into podcasts, a YouTube channel, as well as possibly publishing original books for Left-Hand Path authors who do not want to deal with a big publishing company. As always we are interested in hearing from occultists from all walks of life to discuss better means of communication, community creation, education, etc.

Finally, a belated official welcome to @pi_ramesses  as a member of the O.S. administration team. Unlike degrees in other organizations, this simply means Pi is stuck doing more hands on stuff with the Order and running the forum and webpage with no additional benefits, so make sure to welcome and thank him!

As always, thank you to everyone - all members, all forum users, all those who take an interest in the Order of the Serpent and its future! We look forward to bringing you more original works, providing more services, and working with you!

Like the Ancient Serpent, so too may you endure!
Xepera maSet

Update: we have opened a "wish list" thread on the forum for recommendations on the forum and the O.S. at large: http://orderoftheserpent.org/forum/index.php?topic=359.0

Update: Twitter account: https://twitter.com/Leviathanite

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Luciferianism / Brief Introduction to Luciferianism
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:55:24 pm »
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.

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Setianism / Brief Introduction to Setianism
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:42:02 pm »
Setian Religion – or Setianism – is both ancient and modern in its metaphysics and practice. While practiced by numerous ancient Egyptian groups throughout history, surely those individuals would be quite alienated by the scope their god and his religion have taken on today. In the modern era, Setianism was (re)founded in the year 1975 by Dr. Michael A. Aquino, a well-respected and accomplished member of the psychological operations branch of the U.S. military, as well as a respected and accomplished occultist.

Setianism is rooted in the idea that there is a Platonic realm of Forms, which includes a Form of Isolate Intelligence. This Isolate Intelligence is understood as the individual self, which we refer to when we say “I exist.” Each intelligent being is recognized as a discrete, autonomous individual, and Set is the Form of these isolate entities. Like the Isolate Intelligence, Set was understood as a god against the other gods and against nature itself, capable of questioning, manipulating, and going against the “Natural Order.”

The main metaphysical goal of Setianism is based on the concept of “Xeper”, an Egyptian word that we could call a “static verb”, meaning “to come into being.” Xeper is something constantly happening, it is a fundamental aspect of the universe, an axiomatic fact. Each moment to moment, the universe comes into being in different ways on every level, from a seed sprouting to a supernova, a first sexual experience to the creation of a new galaxy. The difference for Setians is that they try to willfully control and guide their own Xeper, to create their own destiny in accordance with their will rather than the non-literal “will” of Nature. This process of willfully controlling one’s own Xeper is known as “magic”, or more specifically “Black Magic” in Setianism.

There are no specific holy texts for Setianism, though big ones include The Book of Coming Forth by Night, The Diabolicon, The Tablets of Set, the works of Dr. Michael Aquino, Don Webb, some by Dr. Stephen Flowers, and many more. While the Temple of Set is known as the main face of Setianism, many Setians – if not most – practice individually outside of the Temple, or have formed other organizations.

While the Order of the Serpent was founded by Setians, it is not a Setian organization. The O.S. welcomes members from all of the Left-Hand Path, and is more of a “meta-path” than other LHP organizations have been thus far. The only founder to have been involved with the Temple of Set was @Setamontet, who happily answers most questions on the topic and is full of awesome stories.

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General LHP Discussion / (LBM) Tricks for making time seem slower/faster?
« on: November 06, 2017, 03:04:52 pm »
I feel like if it's possible, controlling one's perception of time would be an extremely useful ability to have. I just don't know if this is possible. Does anyone know of any tricks to consistently do something like this?

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I've always been fascinated by serial killers, almost ended up hunting them for a living. I had never heard of David here until this week, and that dark criminal justice aspect of me knew I had to read his transcripts. Here is a wiki page, and the horrifying transcript from tapes he played for his victims. I'm pretty used to this stuff but the whole context really horrified me, so here's another [GRAPHIC DISCLAIMER]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Parker_Ray

http://thinkingaboutphilosophy.blogspot.com/2012/10/david-parker-rays-audio-tape-transcript.html?m=1

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General LHP Discussion / "We vs. I"
« on: November 02, 2017, 03:24:06 pm »
As normal I went to go discuss LHP and Setian ideology with my friends religion and philosophy classes. We were debating mind body Dualism for his class and it came up that people like materialists and some Buddhists believe that there is no "I," just a "we", a collection of different processes.

I wasn't sure how to get out of that, it was kind of a stale mate. How can we be certain that something metaphysical is needed to explain how we are? In this case a mind/soul specifically, and within the context of the mind body problem?

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Music / The new 10 Years album is amazing beyond expectations!
« on: October 30, 2017, 04:09:01 pm »
(how to live) AS GHOSTS:

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"The only problem: current guidelines by the FDA and CDC are ineffective, based on a factually‐faulty premise unsupported by evidence, and will almost certainly increase suffering and death without significantly improving the numbers for opioid addiction."

https://medium.com/@TheMeerkat/americas-current-guidelines-for-fixing-the-opioid-crisis-will-increase-suffering-and-death-not-8b4a21048430

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General LHP Discussion / Epistemological Unfriendliness (EU)
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:22:26 pm »

Epistemology refers to the theory of/study of knowledge, and unfriendliness is pretty clear. Basically EU is the position that those who disagree with your knowledge cannot possibly be correct or rational, that any rational and objective inquiry will lead to your position and your position only. Sadly, EU is ridiculously common in theology, both by many religions and many who are against those religions. Conservative Christianity or Islam, for example, believe that they have the one true knowledge, and everyone else is objectively wrong. This is “known” so clearly that other positions are rarely ever seriously considered. It happens in some form of Satanism, like the Church of Satan claiming they are the only valid form of Satanism, as any non-atheistic Satanists must be irrational and deluded by definition. Even in atheism, we often see the idea that theism cannot be rational, that there is no reason or evidence that could possibly support it. Indeed, EU pretty much comes hand-in-hand with exclusivity.

The lack of skepticism involved with EU and exclusivism is ridiculously dangerous. I, personally, can’t even really empathize with the concept that there’s no possible way I could be wrong, or that my position is the only thing that could ever be supported by reason. It is the utmost manifestation of dogmatism and closed mindedness, and yet is so damn common it’s almost inherent in these discussions. What is the point of talking with someone who literally believes all disagreement against them is irrational?

Epistemological Friendliness (EF) on the other hand, is an insanely respectable and mature stance within epistemology of all forms. Not only does EF come inherently with skepticism (I could be wrong/others could be right/maybe we can’t even know which of us is right). It encourages the philosopher to investigate other positions with the utmost open mind, to doubt their own position, and to reach a level of epistemological intelligence that realizes just how complicate our universe is, and how hard it is to know things with certainty. These are the individuals you want to debate and discuss with, because they can respect a wide array of positions, and are willing to consider your position in a rational and logical way, rather than a snap judgement. Unlike EU, EF seems harder to tie down to specific groups, and moreso seems tied to individuals.

The straw man I expect is that someone who is EF must respect every position out there as reasonable and valid. This is not the case at all. Just because other positions CAN be valid does not imply every other position IS valid. This is something surprisingly hard for people to wrap their heads around, that you can believe X to be true, but also be open to Y being true, even though X and Y are non-identical answers to the same questions. Pretty much every group out there has been ingrained with this idea that you have to pick a solid position, settle in, and defend it to the death. When I guest speak for example, students will often ask if I am confused on my beliefs and such, for I say things like “well I have no idea, but if S then P,” or point out other explanations that contradict mine but are more or less equally likely. A good illustration is that I believe in the afterlife, but would also totally understand if someone does not believe in the afterlife. I will even state “there may not be an afterlife, but if there is ABC.” And it just blows minds, especially of those who have not delved very far into philosophy.

So which is superior, EU or EF? One leads us to closed mindedness, to a biased position where we cannot become aware of our flaws, where skepticism is thrown out for an almost gnostic like certainty. Indeed, we may even be able to accurately call EU irrational itself, because it is opposed to rational thoughts which contradict it. EF, on the other hand, allows people to hold a position while also being skeptical of the truth of that position, in the most pure form of skepticism. EF encourages the individual to continue to investigate other positions and test/question their own.

As a final illustrative example, I want to discuss the simplest form of the cosmological argument. It is extra good for me to use this example, because I really have no idea whether I accept the cosmological argument(s) or not. Basically the cosmological argument uses the empirical evidence of cause and effect to infer that there must be a first, necessary, uncaused cause. Some take this further to a classical God or specific gods. The cosmological is the perfect example because it may as well be a coin flip of whether it is true or not. It is what we would call valid and plausible, meaning that the conclusion follows from the premises, and that there’s a possibility the argument is objectively true and accurate. Yet despite its validity, it is equally possible that the argument is objectively false and inaccurate. Where people really seem to struggle here is that both of these could be true, we really can’t judge the soundness of either side with the knowledge we have now, and it well illustrates the complexity of philosophy and logical argumentation.

Now take and EU individual who accepts/rejects the cosmological. They will argue that there is no other conclusion or that the arguments have already been shown unsound, neither of which is true. An EF individual, on the other hand, will accept either pro, against, or even agnostic on the topic, and understand the complex fact that either solution could prove true, or we may just never even know. They realize that people on all side of the debate could be rational and have useful insight into the topic, and will engage accordingly.

It seems clear to me EF is the way to go, and that there is a serious problem and danger in positions that support EU positions.

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Current Events / Hawking's Thesis crashes Cambridge's site
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:59:31 pm »
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/23/europe/stephen-hawking-thesis/index.html?sr=fbCNN102317stephen-hawking-thesis0702PMStoryLink

"By making my PhD thesis Open Access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet; to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos. Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and inquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding."

- Stephen Hawking

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