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Setian Philosophy / Setianism in a Nutshell
« on: February 26, 2020, 10:33:29 am »
I finally get Setianism. It took me such a long time because I thought the Egyptology, the Orders, and the Crowleyan and LaVeyan affectations mattered. None of that matters.

Setianism in a nutshell:

"Behold! I AM! Thus awake, I observe myself, assess myself, adamantly adjust and accelerate myself, and by virtue of my self-absorption, I shall - if anyone ever has or will - I shall escape annihilation. EGO INVICTUS!"


All the rest the Temple talks about is cud to be chewed by cows.

FYI, the last two words of the above assertion mean, in Latin, "I undefeated."

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Science / How and why to colonize Venus
« on: February 21, 2020, 12:14:39 pm »
This article is from late 2018:
https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/how-to-colonize-venus

Humanity will eventually do this, I think, if valuable minerals are found to be available there. I hope we do.

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Satanism / The Mammon Mindset
« on: February 15, 2020, 11:48:19 am »
THE MAMMON MINDSET

From Hell or Heaven comes every soul. Know the Hellspawn by their conviction that the universe should serve man. How shall a sorcerer take control? If by empty promises and empty threats, then Moloch is the patron. If by force and animal terror, then Samael is the patron. But if by deals made and deals honored, then behold! Mammon, great Mammon, is the sorcerer's patron. Let quid pro quo be the solemn principle and glorious profit the measure of success. By MONEY shall you take control! And by sorcery and sound business shall money come your way!

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General LHP Discussion / Is the RHP a myth?
« on: February 09, 2020, 01:59:49 pm »
There is supposedly a trajectory known as the RHP, which could be summarized as seeking to stop being a singularity and start being a zero so infinity can be experienced and enabled, a state of being I'll call "dissolution into the All."

Every definition I've ever seen has been variously worded but conceptually the same as above. But has anyone ever met someone who actually wanted to dissolve into the All?

There would seem to be two categories for consideration:
1. Religionists
2. Occultists

Religionists
Some Buddhists will claim they want to dissolve into the All (or just dissolve and be nothing) but they reek of self-deceit. What they want is to WANT dissolution. And so they try to prove it by sitting around with empty heads. Still, for all their puffery, Buddhists come the closest to exhibiting the RHP ideal. Rank and file Christians and Muslims absolutely do not, although some exceptional schizophrenics of the Catholic or Muslim persuasion have appeared to actually want (and maybe even experience) dissolution. The Catholic schizophrenics tended to be canonized. Meanwhile, the average Catholic (or Christian in general) just wants a Get Out of Hell Free card, while the average Muslim (male) just wants his 72 virgins. I think rank and file Hindus want to reincarnate as Jeff Bezos. (It's certainly possible to find Hindu writings that extol dissolution. I just don't think the average Hindu reads them.) 

Occultists
Apparently Crowley wrote about dissolution into the All but I don't believe for a second that he actually pursued it. He was too busy getting laid. I think certain components of what he wrote were Lesser Black Magic aimed at establishing and maintaining his guru status. Although I guess he might have perceived dissolution into the All as the ultimate orgasm. I can believe he pursued the ultimate orgasm. The old goat.

A great deal of occultism that might be called, by some, RHP, had its origin in Blavatsky's Theosophy, which did not teach dissolution into the All. She was the source of the Ascended Master current, which is the pursuit of power through virtue.

I think the RHP as typically defined is largely a myth, perpetuated because it makes very clear what the LHP most definitely is not. Thoughts?

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Lounge / Organizing this Forum
« on: February 07, 2020, 12:41:25 pm »
Onyx asked me to offer some thoughts and then solicit feedback regarding how to reorganize this forum. Hence this thread.

(By the way, if you didn't know, we have a Thelema board now. It's currenty a child board under Other Religions, along with the Sumerian board. The creation of these two new boards is what initially triggered the discussion about how to reorganize the forum.)

I had suggested to Onyx and others that we organize the forum into the following multi-board scheme, which is presented here as one example of what could be done:

Announcements (same as now)

LHP Currents
Thelema
Satanism
Setianism
Luciferianism

Dark Explorations *
Artemism
Vampyrism
Sumerian

Lounge


* This is where Lycanthropy, Dark Goddess, or Thursatru boards might go, if interest in them welled up.


By breaking the General LHP category in two, we improve the odds of seeing a new post appear on the Home page. For example, if there were a new post on the Thelema board, and also a new post on the Sumerian board, we would see both posts on the Home page.

There's nothing stopping us from breaking the General LHP category in three, or four.

I've tended to see Thelema, Satanism, and Setianism as forming a triad, since, historically, the first led to the second (meaning LaVey's Church of Satan) which led to the third. But I'm not married to keeping all three in the same broad category.

I also personally like my Satanism eclectic. Throw it all onto one board, I say. LaVey, Gnostic Satanism, other forms of Theistic Satanism, working with demons using source materials like the Ars Goetia and the Grimorium Verum, toss it all together and let the ideas cross-pollinate. Mix in Nietzsche as well, plus Ayn Rand, Max Stirner, and Ragnar Redbeard, and stir vigorously. I would even go so far as to include Thursatru, but maybe that's going a bit far in your opinion. I would rather have one board for all of this, rather than separate boards for the various strands. One reason for my preference is the fact that this is how my own mind happens to work. I don't put things into little boxes. Up till now I've been using the Satanism board in exactly the fashion described in this paragraph. I would like to continue to do so.

Having said all that, I don't care tremendously if the Satanism board gets renamed to something else. "Satan, Demons, Selfishness and Thursatru." How's that for a name? (Thursatru brings in Lycanthropy, by the way, because of the Fenris Wolf. But this is how my mind works. I connect the dots.)

I'll stop here and ask you for your thoughts. How would you like us to reorganize the forum?

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Satanism / The Inoculation Incantation
« on: February 07, 2020, 10:22:24 am »
THE INOCULATION INCANTATION

Selfish, selfish, I, me, mine -
The name that names me is divine!
Pleasure, power, comfort, ease -
I live my life myself to please!

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Satanism / Wisdom
« on: February 05, 2020, 02:06:20 pm »
I asked myself if there's a principle higher than power. I concluded no, there isn't, but there's a principle equal to power, namely wisdom.

My reasoning derived from this twofold fact: Wisdom without power is impotent, and power without wisdom is dangerous.

What is wisdom? It's living as intelligently as one can, with a mind as undefiled and as fortified as possible.

The defilements of the mind are five:
1. Herd influence
2. Spiritual pipe dreams
3. Delusional self-image
4. Self-destructive excess
5. Childish emotionalism

The fortifications of the mind are five:
1. Studying one's environment
2. Studying the history of one's culture
3. Studying one's weaknesses and strengths
4. Studying one's position in the world
5. Extrapolating the future

Intelligent living is goal-oriented, and the smartest goals are power and wisdom.

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Satanism / The Satanic Altruist
« on: February 04, 2020, 01:47:03 pm »
There's nothing inherently Satanic or non-Satanic about altruism. To live by the will to power is not only to pursue power but also to exert it. Power doesn't care what it's exerted for. There is certainly exquisite elegance in exerting power so as to acquire still more power, but eventually you will die, and whatever power you haven't unleashed will go up in smoke to be carried by the winds of chance. Better you should judiciously spend from your account while alive, so what has been acquired will serve its acquirer. What you choose to purchase is up to you. That's the true meaning of indulgence: exerting power as you see fit. Which includes exerting it on someone else's behalf, if such is your sovereign will.

HOWEVER -

The Satanic Sins still apply.

Before helping Jim, consider -

Would helping Jim be stupid? It would if it would undermine some greater purpose of yours.

Would helping Jim be pretentious? It would if Jim's problem isn't yours to solve.

Would helping Jim be solipsistic? It would if you're assuming Jim's goals are the same as yours.

Would helping Jim be self-deceitful? It would if you're fooling yourself about your true motives.

Would helping Jim be herd conformity? It would if you're only doing it because you think it's expected of you, and there's no tactical advantage in fulfilling expectations.

Would helping Jim show a lack of perspective? It would if Jim's larger problem will worsen because you solved his smaller one.

Would helping Jim be forgetful of past orthodoxies? It would if you think your plan is bold and innovative when it really isn't.

Would helping Jim show counterproductive pride? It would if your motives are all about you but with no tactical gain.

Would helping Jim show a lack of aesthetics? It would if your plan involves making a good impression and you don't have a clue how to do that.

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Satanism / The Seven Psychological Compulsions
« on: January 16, 2020, 02:13:57 pm »
Each psychological compulsion is grounded in a particular self-deceit and culminates in a particular stupidity. The demonic attributions are my own, based on the Goetia and medieval demonology.

THE SEVEN PSYCHOLOGICAL COMPULSIONS

1. Greed - this compulsion is grounded in the self-deceit of false security and culminates in the stupidity of criminality. (No amount of wealth will forestall the day of doom.) The associated true indulgence is ambition. The Demon of Ambition is Clauneck.

2. Sloth - this compulsion is grounded in the self-deceit of false indifference and culminates in the stupidity of malingering. (Indifference toward something is false if one would delight in the thing if offered it for free.) The associated true indulgence is avocation. The Demon of Avocation is Belphegor.

3. Envy - this compulsion is grounded in the self-deceit of false entitlement and culminates in the stupidity of pettiness. (No one is automatically entitled to anything.) The associated true indulgence is competition. The Demon of Competition is Sabnock.   
 
4. Vanity - this compulsion is grounded in the self-deceit of false godhood and culminates in the stupidity of obnoxiousness. (No mortal is a god, I-Theism be damned.) The associated true indulgence is self-actualization. The Demon of Self-Actualization is Amdusias.

5. Gluttony - this compulsion is grounded in the self-deceit of false consolation and culminates in the stupidity of bingeing. (No amount of food or drink will console the emptiness of a bereft spirit.) The associated true indulgence is connoisseurship. The Demon of Connoisseurship is Seir.
 
6. Lust - this compulsion is grounded in the self-deceit of false manliness or false womanliness and culminates in the stupidity of unprotected sex or soap opera drama. (No amount of sexual activity will make you any more of a man or woman.) The associated true indulgence is Eros. The Demon of Eros is Saleos.
 
7. Malice - this compulsion is grounded in the self-deceit of false dignity and culminates in the stupidity of vendetta. (No amount of revenge will salve the perpetually butthurt.) The associated true indulgence is valor. The Demon of Valor is Beleth.

All seven true indulgences have economic ramifications. The Demon of Economics is Mammon and the other seven demons must first consult with Mammon before putting any plan into action.
 

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Lounge / Custom Image Pendants by Creepy Hollow Designs
« on: January 16, 2020, 10:35:39 am »
I corresponded with the creator of my Sacred Chao pendant, who goes by the name of Katia, and I learned that Katia makes custom image pendants for the ridiculously low price of 14 dollars for one inch or 18 dollars for an inch and a half. (The name of Katia's company is Creepy Hollow Designs.)

I've asked Katia to make me a Seal of Mammon pendant.

If you're interested in custom image pendants, click on this:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BXA4AMO?ref=myi_title_dp

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General LHP Discussion / You will maintain the world in prefectures
« on: January 12, 2020, 11:10:32 am »
This is to record a strange notion that was in my head when I awoke this morning.

'You will maintain the world in prefectures." That sentence was in my head when I awoke this morning, along with the image of towering, black, cubic, cement buildings, each one the residence of a prefect.

Definition of prefect:
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/prefect

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Satanism / Money
« on: January 07, 2020, 08:50:45 pm »
Money is economic freedom. We on the Left Hand Path are vocal about our insistence on freedom, yet often we're silent about the economic dimension thereof.

If I want to be free from fear and want, I need money or else the benevolence of a moneyed patron. Or to be a Buddhist, I suppose.

Money makes the world go round. Money is the God of the capitalists. Put your money where your mouth is and most will not only listen but obey.

The one with the gold makes the rules.

Radical freedom is the freedom to do as I please, and for that, I need moolah, filthy lucre.

Lately Mammon has been on my mind.

We would find it startling if someone knocked on our door and said, "Do you know Mammon?" But of course there's no need for that. Mammon's temples are everywhere. Banks! And their far more predatory siblings: Casinos!

In Mammon We Trust, here in the USA. One Nation Under Money.

Isn't it rich?


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Sumerian / Enki (and in later posts, Enlil)
« on: January 04, 2020, 02:55:43 am »
We have a new board! This should be fun!

I found what seems to be a definitive article on Enki:
http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/amgg/listofdeities/enki/

Promethean, subterranean, aquatic, phallic, tutelary, world-maker.

All this and the Great Flood too, complete with an ark and a Noah-figure named Atrahasis.

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Satanism / How to Be a Better Animal
« on: January 01, 2020, 03:23:26 pm »
On this New Year's Day I have this to say:

3 + 7 = 10.

3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit.

7. Satan represents man as just another animal who, because of his "divine spiritual and intellectual development", has become the most vicious animal of all.

On this first day of 2020 I offer the 10th because 10 is plenty.

10. Satan represents how to be a better animal instead of a bumbling buffoon.

The Satanic Sins provide a blueprint of how (or how not) to be a better animal. They are undefiled wisdom.

1. Stupidity - if someone could rightfully say to me, "You should have known better," I've committed the 1st Satanic Sin. I've ignored my better judgment and gone with foolish impulse. The Better Animal does what it knows is smart regardless how it feels.

2. Pretentiousness - if I act the part among those who can tell the real thing, I've committed the 2nd Satanic Sin. I've tried to to sell a version of myself my audience would never buy. The Better Animal does not pretend except among the undiscerning.

3. Solipsism - if I assume others think or feel as I do, I've committed the 3rd Satanic Sin. I've left myself unprepared for how others actually think or feel, and how they therefore will behave. The Better Animal treats other minds as opaque until behavior renders them transparent.

4. Self-Deceit - if I convince myself reality is how I want, fear, or expect it to be, or how others tell me it is, without any other reason, I've committed the 4th Satanic Sin. I'm in for either a rude awakening or else an uninterrupted sleep. The Better Animal guards its mind against unreliable input.
 
5. Herd Conformity - if I go along with the crowd against my better judgment, fondest wishes, or creative vision, I've committed the 5th Satanic Sin. I'll never be happy or even safe unless the crowd sees fit to let me. The Better Animal thinks for itself.

6. Lack of Perspective - if I fail to see the forest for the trees, I've committed the 6th Satanic Sin. I've failed to put facts in their proper context, and will make the mistakes of the short-sighted. The Better Animal seeks a bird's eye view.

7. Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies - if I fail to study the past, I've committed the 7th Satanic Sin. I'll walk blindly into a future I could have foreseen or better understood. The Better Animal looks behind as well as ahead.   
   
8. Counterproductive Pride - if I fail to adjust my losing plans because I'd have to eat crow, I've committed the 8th Satanic Sin. I've cut off my nose to spite my face. The Better Animal knows acknowledging fallibility is often in its own best interest.

9. Lack of Aesthetics - if I fail to apply basic principles of elegance and style to what I do, I've committed the 9th Satanic Sin. I've revealed myself as a philistine and a bumpkin and thus will only attract  philistines and bumpkins. The Better Animal puts forth the most handsome display.

(New 10th Sin.)

10. Addiction - if I find myself powerless against a compulsion, I've committed the 10th Satanic Sin. I've made some mode of self-destruction into my higher power and myself its mindless thrall. Rather chew off an arm than pierce it with venomous needles. Rather chew off tongue and fingers than use them to place ruinous bets. The Better Animal arranges its life like a fortress against soul-sucking impulses.

Understanding all of the above is advantageous in our savage jungle of a world.

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