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Journals / Re: Fr. Sisyphus' Archives
« on: December 03, 2019, 02:34:37 pm »
To me, the concepts of LHP and RHP have some gray area. For example I think it is possible that being self-focused can enhance one's sense of altruism.

Some lovely ladies (and men) capitalize on their beauty toward making a nice payday, which could be considered LHP. The same is true with Tarot "magicians" who read the clients instead of the cards. But I tend to think there could be an RHP component in recognizing the positive results of one's own selfish acts.

Introductions / Re: Ahoy
« on: December 02, 2019, 04:46:34 pm »
In my estimation, there is some overlap between Setian Philosophy and Thelema, as both are focused on the Will and include the rejection of conventional religious thought.

As reflected in our Statement, we are about Self-Directed Self-Evolution. To that end, we welcome you to be part of our mutual interest in the ultimate Truth of Being.

General LHP Discussion / Re: Sorcerer's Lie
« on: November 26, 2019, 05:29:59 am »
From Crowley's Book IV:

Before concentrating the lower principles, the mind, one must concentrate the higher principle, the Will.

Outcomes prove themselves and the ends justify the means. So to me Black Magic is whatever produces results.

Lounge / Re: LHP/Satanist/Setian Discord Server
« on: November 25, 2019, 11:16:22 am »
The Joy of Satan.. Something I found on their forum:

Last time I tried to join a "Satanic" Discord group, they were supposedly Satanists, but they "didn't believe the JoS on the subject of jews". They thought the jews were human.

It kind of reminds me of this old website called ZetaTalk:

The Pole Shift involves the Earth's response to Planet X as it approaches over the years, an increased wobble due to the magnetic push of Planet X, the contortions of the Last Weeks leading into the hour of the Pole Shift, and the Aftertime.

This site popped up during the 1990's, during which time more people obtained Internet access, and The X-Files was a pretty popular show.

I have some personal esoteric beliefs (ones I think are reasonable). But it seems that the more ridiculous the idea, the more believable it tends to be for some.

Lounge / Re: Watain member denied entry to USA
« on: November 24, 2019, 03:29:30 pm »
I like some "extreme" forms of music, but consider the songs to be subjective experiences.

I'll go ahead and reveal something here: When I was around 11-12 years old, I engaged in self-mutilation (sticking pins and needles into my forehead, cutting myself, jumping out of trees or off the roof, etc).

Why would I do that? It's because grew up in a life of abuse and neglect and my emotions were bottled up, so the only way I could feel pain was to experience it physically. Since then I've learned that "big boys cry too", and also that if emotions are not dealt with as nature would have it, everything will just funnel down to anger.

We all have an "emotional well" of tears. If the bucket isn't lowered into it to keep the water level to a minimum then it all overflows, resulting in anger. (Which, in my opinion and experience, is not an emotion at all but rather a consequence of not being capable of grieving ones losses in life.)

Everyone is going to get angry once in a while, but I don't get angry near as much as I did as a child or adolescent because I've come to terms with the reality of human psychology.

Therefore I have no need to burn down churches, slit the throats of cats (or chop heads off of snakes) and wiping the sacrificial blood on my face or body.

I've derailed this thread a bit, but the people on their personal Left-Hand Paths who tend to impress me the most are those who acknowledge the realities of neuro-psychiatry and psychology.

Lounge / Re: Watain member denied entry to USA
« on: November 24, 2019, 02:47:20 pm »
I don't know much about that band, but to be honest people are likely to dig their own graves with this sort of talk:

Does Watain identify with Satanic practices that some other bands have been involved in, like church burnings and sacrifices?

We very much identify with that. And when you're working with these kind of anarchies in their primal forms, and you evolve with them, you are calling upon things that eventually will have to manifest physically. And that is why the history of black metal is filled with stories of big buildings being set on fire, of big mass suicides, of people who have been murdered, and people who have murdered. It is those things coming to life from the music. They are very natural outcomes.

Statements like that are typical of extremist Northern European Satanists. The only "real ones", you know.

I mean look: I don't care what someone chooses to do in their spare time, but I don't necessarily want to hear about it. I'm not into terrorism or blood sacrifices, but yet can't be overly judgmental as I've eaten my fair share of hamburgers and chicken wings.

Nevertheless, the problem I see with philosophies such as these is lack of balance. Some choose instead to allow themselves to go way off the deep end and embrace bad ideas, engage in bad behavior - often with bad results.

So to make a long story short, the "Real Satanists" can bitch and moan about all they want all of the injustice of the world, yet ironically intentionally cruel and brutal injustice appears to be exactly what they stand for.

Edit: I like some Black Metal for the aesthetics, but can't say I agree more than partially with some of the more extreme philosophies occasionally involved.

Entertainment / Re: Penpals
« on: November 24, 2019, 01:33:44 pm »
When it comes to the importance of communication, I like these thoughts from @Setamontet:

And also when it comes to in-depth discussion, I prefer the old-school "bulletin board system" format we basically have here.

I've spoken on the phone with several people who have visited this place and think it's an excellent way to communicate and throw ideas around. Though some phone-tag is inevitable, if anyone wants to "shoot the breeze" please email and I'll get back to you with my phone number.

Introductions / Re: Introduction
« on: November 21, 2019, 08:13:35 am »
Thanks for your introduction, welcome to the forum.

Music / Re: Anyone know about customizing an electric bass (or guitar)?
« on: November 19, 2019, 10:58:43 am »
I've been through kitchen remodeling. I only footed about 25-30% of the bill, but did all of the work. Installing cabinets, flooring, plumbing, electrical, etc, was a pain in the ass. But though the houses around here are small, the kitchens are rather large and I sought to make the most of the space. Overall the whole idea costed around $2000.

I thought I had a "before" photo but cannot find it. The flooring/countertops were 60's/70's "harvest yellow", which was ugly as fuck. And the apparently the previous owners were religious about Z-Brick:

Z‑Brick, developed in 1956, is the original veneer facing brick which can be easily installed by the homeowner or contractor to create a traditional masonry appearance without the weight, labor, or cost of masonry.

The previous owners had it in the living room and even in the hallways, we got rid of that but it's still in the kitchen. There should be laws against Z-Brick,  sand mixed with wall paint, and anything "stucco". ;)

Setianism / Re: Xeper - What does it mean in your practice?
« on: November 19, 2019, 05:11:44 am »
(Disclaimer: I'm a lousy historian.)

Quote from: Etu Malku
The original and complete mantra is:

Kheper-i kheper kheperu kheper-kuie em kheperu en Khepri kheper em Sep Tepy

"I Became and the Becoming became. I Became by becoming the form of Khepra, god of transformations, who came into being in the First Time."

I don't know the origin of that exact translation, but it's close to one from Gods of the Egyptians by E. A. Wallis Budge.

In the text the words are placed in the mouth of the god Neb-er-tcher, the lord of the universe and a form of the Sun-god Ra, who says, "I am he who came into being in the form of the god Khepera, and I was the creator of that which came into being, that is to say, I was the creator of everything which came into being; now when I had come into being myself, the things which I created and which came forth from out of my mouth were very many.

In relation to the mantra, two creation myths are mentioned in the book. From the second one (with slight modifications for readability):

[1] The Book of knowing the evolutions of Ra (and) of overthrowing Apep. [2] The words of Neb-er-tcher. [3] He says: "I was (or, the creator became) of what came into being in the forms of Khepera coming into being in primeval time."

(Translated from: [1] Shat ent rekh kheperu nu Ra sekher Apep. [2] Tchettu Neb-er-tcher [3] Tchet-f kheper-a kheper kheperu kheperu-k(u)a em kheperu en Khepera kheper em sep tepi.)

On the surface this might all seem a bit "right-hand path", however the story takes on a different meaning when placed into the contexts of the Subjective Universe and Auto-Theism.

Music / Re: Anyone know about customizing an electric bass (or guitar)?
« on: November 17, 2019, 02:10:37 pm »
Quote from: Xepera maSet
Hand sanding off the cover and paint is insane. I started on an old worthless guitar and it's not worth it

I used the planer on the small 3/4 student-sized guitar since the body would fit into the machine. Otherwise I think a handheld belt-sander would do the job as they are pretty aggressive. (It's hard to see in the photos, but on #4 we used one to do the bevel on the front and scooped out area on the upper back (Stratocasters have those features). But then you still have to buy that for around $200 plus all the paint, time, and trouble.

Music / Re: Anyone know about customizing an electric bass (or guitar)?
« on: November 17, 2019, 09:43:08 am »
I've never repainted a commercial guitar. One time I refinished an old Musicmaster body but that amounted to running it through the planer to remove most of the paint, a little sanding, and stain/lacquer.

Not to hijack the thread too much, but I posted some images of my guitar-making efforts:

I finished the black guitar (#2, who I made for a friend) with leather dye and 18 coats of clear spray lacquer. (I documented the build process for that one.) When I was working on #3 for myself, I invited the same friend to make #4 for himself. He stained the front and did black lacquer on the sides and back using Mohawk products, specifically these:

It's a lot better than stuff from the hardware store, the black turned out pretty smooth on its own without needing to polish it up.

Concerning the bass, it may be possible to paint over the existing finish, but please ask on a guitar forum first before taking chances/wasting time. Soldering is not that difficult, all one really needs is a 25W soldering iron, some heat-shrink tubing, and I think the type of solder I recommended makes life a lot easier. There are plenty of wiring diagrams and helpful people on guitar forums, Reddit, etc.

Setianism / Re: Xeper - What does it mean in your practice?
« on: November 14, 2019, 03:34:03 pm »
When it comes to exploring the facets of Xeper, one would be remiss not to grab a copy of Uncle Setnakt's Guide To The Left Hand Path by Don Webb of the Temple of Set. There are many interesting ideas in that book. On pages 37-38, he suggests learning about one's heritage, an excerpt:

Quote from: Don Webb
It would be sheer folly not to discover what magical treasures you may already possess because of your physical heritage.

I know that both of my great-grandfathers came to Ellis Island from Germany and Greece, but not much more. My late mother did write a paper about the history on her side of the family (Greek), but I know little more. The officials shortened the ~20 character Greek name down to five (fortunately I have the full name).

I've glossed over the idea of doing in-depth research into my ancestry, thinking it not to be of much significance. But Mr. Webb calls that "sheer folly", and perhaps he's correct. There seems to be more than meets the eye when it comes to the phrase "that was then, this is now".

Setianism / Re: Xeper - What does it mean in your practice?
« on: November 14, 2019, 02:03:25 pm »
Xeper does happen on it's own, but often these moments are rather subtle or fleeting "ah-ha" thoughts in the mind. So understanding the process of Xeper and Remanifestation is crucial in terms of identifying when and why it is occurring, and how one might "grab the Devil by the horns" to make the most of it.

It comes recommended that I keep a magical journal instead of relying totally on memory, as I tend to be forgetful. I do keep many notes in the form of random text files, but I suppose it's high time I got organized.

Music / Re: Anyone know about customizing an electric bass (or guitar)?
« on: November 14, 2019, 05:30:01 am »
Squiers can be great guitars with the proper modifications. I'm not sure about the body decal, but when it comes to the neck I would just go ahead and bolt on a replacement. I would ask about the bass on, some knowledgeable people there.

Other things you might consider would be to replace the tuners (unless they are already stable), and if you're handy with a soldering iron there are probably better pickups and volume/tone controls, etc. When it comes to soldering wires, I've used this type for years with good results:

Not sure if I've mentioned it before, but an old friend of mine used to leave a little extra slack on the bass strings, and when they got dirty/old he would boil them in water on the stove for 10-15 minutes. I haven't a clue where he got the idea from but it worked, and saved a ton of money on those expensive strings.

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