Goals against enslaving distractions

People selling me things harassed me all day yesterday: e-mails; stopped in the street; mail; phone calls.  The selling ranged from religion to boiler replacement, which is a tiny fraction of the daily noise that bombard the individual Satanist demanding their time, energy and money.  Personal space is randomly and frequently invaded by the salespeople of unwanted junk.

Once the Satanist has defined their important goals, then with discipline focused their attention upon those goals, an invisible filter comes into existence as a barrier to the distractions demanding slavery to others gain at the expense of self.

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Question everything

One of the qualities of the great individual Satanist is their ability to question everything.  Human society attempts to enslave and manipulate the Satanist every moment of life.  The individual Satanist who proceeds through life questioning all they see, hear and read, even questioning their own motives and thoughts, become liberated and powerful in the face of enslaving ignorance.

Satanism inside

I was taking my wolfhound for a walk today in the grounds of an old Christian church, now all ruins, roof gone and the walls standing as a forgotten relic of its religious past.  The walls conveyed to me the harsh restrictive nature of the religion it once contained.  I was glad to be a Satanist, an outlook of liberty, free of restriction.  I know of Satanists who dream of building their own Satanic building.  I am glad that these dreams are unlikely to happen because Satanism is inside the Satanist never out there in the world.

A Satanic view on Easter

Tomorrow is Good Friday, a festival that the Christians celebrate involving nailing people to crosses, echoing the stories of Celtic Esus and Nordic Odin who suffered on a world tree in order to drink of its eternal wisdom.  I can guarantee few of the Christians as they go about their rituals, singing and worshipping will leave the Good Friday celebration any wiser than they entered it.

The best way to learn from anyone or anything is to do what they do.  So if one is to be like Satan for instance in the Independent Satanist paradigm one must actively pursue various Satanic ideas through the experiential doing.  Wisdom is active, it is sensory experience, like eating apples rather than talking about apples.  If Independent Satanism expresses liberty, what then is the Satanist doing developing liberty in their own lives?

If you participate actively in improving yourself in some skill such as learning to juggle you are going to suffer the pain of failure, the errors, the sweat and tears of struggle in evolving from a novice to a master of that skill.  This suffering to improve in a skill is what wisdom is, it is active and experiential, instead of an intellectual theory, the skill has become a part of you, internalized, a part of who you are, something wise and insightful.  In suffering to develop the skill you have metaphorically nailed yourself to the tree of life like Odin and you will drink deeply from the wisdom this activity will reveal.  The Christian unlike you will act out much like spectators at a sports match the life journey of someone else, but since they did not literally live out a journey through experiential doing they will remain the ignorant unwise parrots at the end of Good Friday as they were before that festival.

An introduction to magick

Introduction

What follows on the subject of magick is my personal views, some that you the reader might agree with, and some you may disagree with.  Question everything, and use what I say as contrast against what you believe and experience.  Each individual has their relative truth, I have mine.

Magick, science and nature

All things are nature, there is nothing beyond or outside of nature, thus to say supernatural or things beyond nature are relegated rightly to ignorant fantasy.  Magick follows the laws of nature, and thus using science in relation to the use of magick is a good strategy. Science deals with what is known and visible, but magick deals with what is unknown and invisible, what some call the occult (occult means “hidden”.)  Regardless of visible or invisible, science and magick both deal with nature, and as science progresses the division between the rational and irrational in nature blurs.  In all things an approach of the natural philosopher who treats all things as like an empiricist who can observe, demonstrate and experience a truth, regardless as visible knowledge or invisible wisdom, is a way of staying centered between the rigorous demands of the material and the spiritual aspects of magick.

There are in the Left Hand Path two recognised divisions of magick, which some describe as lesser and greater magick.

Lesser magick

I would suggest that lesser magick is better called magic without the “k” for it deals with known variables solidly within the known visible world of nature.  Lesser magick is a knowledge-based process. Lesser magick manipulates outcomes by using solid science to move visible objects to defined goals, such as striking a match will make a flame.

There are two types of lesser magick: technology and mentalism.

Technology

Of course the magick of Harry Potter is entertaining fantasy, for magick follows the natural laws of science, so that waving willow wands in the air whilst making meaningless noises in the Latin language results in impotent nothingness.  But through the application of science in technology, all that which is seen in the Harry Potter films is possible from invisibility, to firing bolts of lightning to walking on water.  Technology is a form of lesser magick.

Mentalism

The manipulation of the human senses and processes of the brain is mentalism, which includes card tricks, seduction, hypnotism, visualization and plain old commercial marketing.  Mentalism manipulates the mind into thinking and doing things under the control of the mentalist.  Mentalism is a form of lesser magick.

Greater magick

I define greater magick as making something out of nothing.  Greater magick deals with the invisible side of nature, manifesting the hidden into the visible world.  Those who deal with greater magick are philosophers for they deal with wisdom, whereas lesser magick is knowledge-based and is useful to the scholar in the Left Hand Path.  Those that follow the knowledge based road of rationalistic Left Hand Path outlooks will limit themselves to the known visible world of the lesser magick.  Those that follow the road of the greater magick step outside the domains of known science, they must use irrational methods of intuition and speculation in order to find the invisible in a wisdom-based situation.  The scholar is blind to the wisdom-based road of the greater magick, they will reasonably reject it as meaningless delusion; their blindness limits their ability to go beyond their self-imposed boundaries into the highly irrational states of greater magick.

Greater magick is based in nature, it is only the invisible side of nature.  The greater magick is a form of creativity, for those that use the greater magick are creating visible objects out of invisible material.  The greater magick is like art, and the rules of creativity apply, to see, build then activate the object from the invisible into the visible state.

Satanic hysteria as child turns into a snake

Africa, and I can never tell if what the news media reports relating to Satanism is an April Fools joke or the usual hysteria, I am sure Africans are as confused as me.  A report circulating on several African media news outlets dated 1st April allege that hysteria has swamped a school after a student apparently turned into the colors of a snake.

Four children with tattoos, a student claiming a dead person was speaking to them, and a student parent’s car with a vampire image on it were all presented as signs the forces of darkness had engulfed the school.  There is a campaign to remove the school head who is being blamed for unleashing hell upon the students and school.