Sunday, March 22, 2015

WHY Would I Want To Work With My Ancestors Anyway?


A lot of troubles people today have in their lives can be directly traced to their non-relationship with their ancestors. Often when I ask someone, “Do you ever pray to your ancestors?” Most of the time, these sad individuals give me the most horrible attitudes with replies such as, “Oh no, Moloch, I can’t stand my family! They’ve never loved me, they’ve always done X and Y and Z and I do not want anything to do with them especially now that they’re dead!” Wow...

Yet these same people who seek my assistance out for help in their lives, often blame black magic and curses cast by others whom they cannot prove but they just ‘suspect’ ___ with nary a shred of proof. Sometimes these seekers are actual magical practitioners who seem to be able to get some spells to succeed but like for every step forward they take, they take two step backwards. So what’s the real problem here concerning one’s ancestors? Sometimes it just one simple thing, pride while other times it’s a sense of dread and loathing.

Look, no family is perfect. None. Some families appear better on the outside but when you get to know folks who are part of that family often you find chinks in the armor that are downright scary. Parents who have totalitarian attitudes or are heavy handed with the belt when it comes to discipline. Sometimes there’s sexual abuse even by blood parents, uncles, aunts and even siblings that can go on for years if left un-spoken.

However even if your family flat out SUCKED (and many simply do!) they are not the only ancestors you are acknowledging. Did you get that? Allow me to repeat it because it is vitally important that you understand this: when you salute your ancestors, you are not merely acknowledging your deceased family’s line but all of the ancestors going back to the beginning of humanity. Now let that sink in for a moment because it is imperative you make this connection.

What Can My Ancestors Do For Me Anyhow?

Ah now we come to the real reason you’re here, the old “What’s in it for me?” or W.I.I.F.M. This is a poor attitude to harbor where spiritual matters are concerned but oddly enough, more people seem to have WIIFM as they progress forward in their life. Time was folks took matters on faith and simply did what a priest told them to, even a Pagan one, but today it’s a different climate and everyone wants to know how they can benefit from doing something for nothing.

First off let’s ask, “Why should your ancestors give a damn about you?” (How’s that for a turnabout?) In truth they care about you in the way a parent cares about their own children. Do you have kids? Do you care about them? Now do you REALLY care about them or do you just tolerate them until you can kick them out the door when they turn 18? Be honest about it because it matters.

The vast majority of the dead and ancestors care about the living because they see us as their children - we are their descendants - even the ones who weren’t able to have kids because they still care about us. Why? They want to see humanity travel on into the future in positive ways rather than continue on the destructive paths so many are already on. Is that really too much to ask? I do not think it is. After all, wouldn't we all like to think that our kids and their kids are going to grow up to eventually revolutionize and change the world?

As a practitioner, you should want to no more upset the ancestors as you would any group of spirits be they demons, angels, djinns or whatever they are. The ancestors are closest to us because they are directly related to us whereas all other spirits are not and when they have no vested interest, then their work can always have that bit of suspect bit about it. When you begin to summon your ancestors, however, rest assured they will most definitely be in attendance.

Okay on a practical level, your ancestors can do virtually anything  you ask them to do. What does that mean? A lot! No seriously, my ancestors have helped me in ways I never imagined. You know how sometimes those situations arise where you haven’t even asked for any magical help and yet your desire came anyway? That was the ancestors.

Typically what they do is to smooth out the (figurative) road we travel in life by filling in some of the rougher holes and helping to steer us around the pitfalls and snares that at first seemed unavoidable but in the end we managed to avoid a bullet so to speak. That’s the ancestors. Most of the time their work is behind the scenes in subtle ways. You know that little voice in the back of your head that forewarns you about not getting in that cab which later was involved in an accident? That’s the ancestors.

The stronger your bond to your ancestors, the stronger their influence will be in your life. No this does not mean that your aunt Aggie’s will be nosing into your life in the afterlife like she did in life. Rather what it does means is that they will take more interest in wanting to assist you in both your sorcery and protecting your personal interests as well as your overall well being. So you should want to create an extra strong bond with them and maintain it indefinitely.

These Horror Stories Are Real

A lot of people have really horrid lives out there. So many of us live rather normal, drab, routine even everday lives with problems that we see as insurmountable we cannot fathom anything worse even though many go through worse than hell.

One does not have to look any further than pop culture fiction to see tv shows and movies where seemingly everyday people are portrayed as monsters. To us we’re glad it’s just a movie or tv show because in that 22 or 44 minutes of story time, the show took our imagination to a level of horror and then decompressed it by allowing the good guys to come in, capture the bad guy and save the day. In real life however, this almost never happens. The horrors portrayed in fictional families is never anywhere near the level of cruelty found in real life because network censors refuse to allow such to be shown on televison.

Since hanging out my shingle to practice sorcery to the general public in 2000, I have heard some personal accounts of human cruelty committed upon one another that have disturbed me to the point they’ve caused me no few sleepless nights. I had a young lady I counseled whose own biological father repeatedly raped her as a child beginning at the age of eight while her mother was at work. As a father myself when I first heard this woman recount this horrid time of her youth to me, I couldn’t help but cry for her. It staggered my mind. Revulsion? Anger? Frustration? Yes I felt all this and more just from hearing this. Or the man whose own biological uncle repeatedly raped him in his own bed while his parents sat downstairs watching television totally oblivious to the horror that was happening to their only son upstairs in bed.

Perhaps now you can see why so many people are hesitant or even antagonistic to working with their ancestors. Remember however, the worst is never what you hear, rather it’s what becomes uncovered later that is the worse.

The First Ancestors

The concept of the ancestors is greater in scope and scale than merely one’s biological family. We’re talking the entirety of human kind going back to our first genetic roots of consciousness. Back when Eve, the primate who many archaeologists believe is the mother of modern human kind first stood upright millions of years ago in Africa. That Eve begat our earliest ancestors, according to modern archaeologists, is significant and from her we have our earliest stirrings in human evolution. Just realize that the ancestors is not only about biology but also about human kind as a whole as well.

Further, there are ancestors in your family line that you never knew about nor known. Some of them were willing participants along the way having married from one tribe to another along the way in time while others were not so willing perhaps having been kidnaped or impregnated against their will.  However it happened, your family history is far deeper and more complex than what goes back to your parent’s parents genetics.

But I Was Adopted!

Beyond this, we also have the fact that a portion of our population have grown up with no parents. A number of these people were adopted into existing families. What this does is create not just one set of ancestors but now two sets of ancestors in the sense of one are biological who are related via blood and the other are related through adoption.

Reconcile and Exclude

I know I have not walked in your shoes and have no right to urge you to reconcile with your biological family’s ancestors, however as I’ve pointed, there are a couple of good, solid reasons WHY you should consider making peace with your ancestors. First is that not everyone in your family's ancestry did you harm. Even if say your parents and siblings were all shitheads, that doesn't mean their parents and their parents and so on as well as the plethora of uncles, aunts and cousins all did you wrong or wished you ill. Thus blaming your entire biological family for the sins of one or a few is not even close to fair.

The second reason you want to reconcile with them is you will have them at your back and when you’re wanting to practice a dangerous art like sorcery, it is necessary to have all of the precautions in place that you can. The world of the occult is not wholly safe and anyone who says otherwise is a lunatic. There are legitimate perils that need to be avoided and ones ancestors can assist in this.

Another reason is that your ancestors are not composed entirely of just your immediate family because you have far more family members in your family’s line than you will ever fully realize. There may be half-siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, step-parents and so on who care about and love you. Give them a chance to help you become more and realize your dreams and aspirations. Open yourself to the possibilities that your family is much larger than that small genetic code that simply follows your mother and father's DNA code.

Further you have all of the ancestors of humanity on your side and they count as well towards your well being. Isn’t it time you give them a chance as well? Still here’s a little secret: if someone in your biological ancestry was hateful to you, then nothing says you have to honor them in death. You can choose to omit them from your ancestral shrine if that is your wish and no one else has the right to tell you otherwise. It is your shrine to use to interact with your ancestors so do so at your discretion. 

When I work with my family ancestors, I have a litany of names I like recite. You too can do the same thing and say if you have an uncle Jim who was a scumbag you want no part of, then omit Jim's name entirely. If it pleases you, when you first set up your ancestral shrine, you can mention the fact that uncle Jim is not welcome at your family shrine. For some folks, this small act gives them a sense of justice that allows them to work with their biological ancestors without impediment.

So the really big question comes in as will you ask your ancestors to come into your home and be welcome at your shrine?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Initiation Collectors

Today I read Denise Alvarado's wall on FecesBook and this is what she had to say: “I think I've been grilled and basted. But this is my thought. Why do people feel the need to be initiated into several different religions? I mean, it seems there are folks who just collect initiations like others collect degrees or fuzzy bears. Not my personal cup of tea to jump into every ATR and get initiated. Why would I want to do that? I have no desire whatsoever to do so. The initiations, or what we call rites of passage, I went through in the Native way is enough for me. My baptism as a child was not my choice but it is what it is and set me on a specific path. I have a lot to learn about Ifa and a very patient, and very good, Godfather. I don't need any more than that and I do not want any more than that. I take my time. I don't jump into things frivolously without understanding the cosmology of the tradition and whether it fits for me. I don't feel better than or less than others with more or less initiations. I also do not discuss the particulars of my religion beyond a certain point publicly. That is because it is personal and nobody's business. They are called mysteries for a reason. And just because we are on the internet or because I am a public figure, does not mean I forfeit the right to privacy.”

I've often wondered the same thing myself, Denise but I've come to the conclusion that there are some reasons why:

1. Monetary Motivation: initiates are told they must have these further initiations by the priests of their House or Ile because, more often than not, this reason is motivated by greed of the priesthood rather than by the need of the initiate. If the House system is powerful, one should not have to go and collect initiations into other systems to be effective.

2. Political Motivation: where some priests feel the need where they must have more of their spiritual children involved, all doing the same things the priest themselves claim to practice as a show of solidarity and strength against any outside influences.

3a. Initiate Insecurities: these are people who for whatever reason feel they need to know more even though they never scratch the surface of what they've been taught thus far. Many feel the need to have as many spears locked and loaded just in case shit hits the fan at some point in their lives. This is merely plain ol’ paranoia and fear at work.

3b. Initiate Insecurities: then there are those who are ego driven to know more than anyone else. The ARS has more than its fair share of these types running around pretending to know more than everyone else. Further they label themselves experts and they join societies in the hopes this will make them appear more informed. Usually these are little more than academics who want to impress others with all of the knowledge they've accumulated even though said knowledge is from a priest which may or may not be accurate.


4a. Incomplete Training: there are people whose teachers die off before their training is complete thus they never get the full benefit of what they should know. Thus many of these folks join other traditions in an attempt to learn something to brace those parts of their learning with supports even though much of this material is foreign and does not fit as a square peg into a round hole. 

4b. Incomplete Training: sometimes initiates are thrown out of their ile or house for whatever reason and their spiritual parents refuse to teach them further. Again we have incomplete training so the initiate must try to find other sources to fill in much needed gaps.

For years I wondered why do so many African Religious Systems (because NONE of them are ‘traditional’ by any stretch) join Hermetic and Solomonic magic groups wanting to learn to summon spirits. By rights they should already know how to summon spirits but the bulk of them join anyway saying they’re just wanting to see how Western magic operates. Don’t you believe it!

Truth is these people join these groups because they have missed something in their training, are on the outs with their spiritual parents or have discovered that their initiation is bogus and doesn't work. Some things were withheld by their teachers and never taught to the initiate so when the teacher passes on without that knowledge Little Johnny Palero is shit out of luck unless he goes to a new palero to learn or try to find something different to replace what his palero was supposed to teach him.

I used to know a guy who was initiated into de Regla Ocha, NOLA Voodoo, Ifa, Palo, Wicca, Druidry and he studied Hoodoo and Cunning lore. Then he came to me wanting me to teach him Sorcery. I asked why and he said he felt the pull of the spirits to do so. Obviously he never questioned the reason for this because when I asked him to explain further, he couldn't and kept insisting the spirits told him to do it. He’s full of crap because when I ask my spirits for reasons, They give it to me. I turned him down and sent him away because my spirits said he was full of shit.

People like this boil down to one thing: they believe the grass is greener on the other side. None of them stick with what they've learned and work it in an attempt to learn more and take it further. Instead they prefer to pretend to want to learn it all which is wholly impossible.

I spent two decades researching, creating and developing my own system of sorcery. I got results with it and even helped numerous clients with it. Then I eventually found Jean and my Vodu house through a friend’s referral. I came to the ARS differently than what most initiates do. I resisted joining for fifteen years telling the spirits “When you bring me a teacher who’s worthy, I’ll go and learn but not until then”.

Most people in the ARS come to it first THEN they discover other systems of occultism. I did mine the opposite and really had little need to go and learn. Do not get me wrong, I am GLAD I did because I have grown by light years in my spirit work and my own sorcerous practices. So with me, the ARS open some new doors that were closed to me although it did not open all of the doors for me as I had opened a great many on my own prior to joining.

I have no desire to join Ocha, Palo, Ifa, Kimbanda, Macumba or any derivation thereof. I have enough on my plate with Fon and all of the technical details to learn. Have I been approached by Yorubans and Fon prior to Jean? Absolutely. However I am highly critical of who I team up with. Even when I was in school, I never wanted to work on join projects with popular kids, rather I wanted the nerds and brains as I knew I’d learn more from them as they’d coach me to better grades.

The ARS, just like lodge-CM and Wicca, is rife with popularity parades. “Let’s go see what we can learn from Manbo K!” or “I bet Palero J can teach us something new!” People often are impressed with polished smiles, status and other silly nonsense even when Manbo K and Palero J suck at getting results for their clients. Oh sure they may be able to initiate but there’s no money in initiation because the real money to be made is in workings for clients.

And a LOT of these suck-ass ARS priests are horrible at getting results for their clients so they don’t get much work and instead sit around on the Net reviewing websites and practitioners based on their limited knowledge. These people are ‘sexual intellectuals’ aka “fucking know-it-alls” who like to pontificate on who is real and who is fake. Self-styled experts who draw crowds not unlike the old snake oil salesmen by simply running their mouth about others. In other words, the blind leading the blind.

A successful Houngan/Palero/Santero/Babalawo won’t sit around on the Net all day let alone FecesBook doling out their decrees and pronouncements as if these came down from on high. What they really are is pathetic and it’s a poor attempt to make themselves look important while they spew character defamations against other practitioners and still get lousy results for their clients.

Overall, if you’re doing something right, you may want to stick with what is working for you rather than running round knocking what someone else does. Take what you've been initiated with and mine it for all of the gold you can get before you go off and invest in another mine.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Dirty World of Truth

Did you ever notice how powerful sometimes a single word is? No I'm not talking about the power of yes, please or thank you rather the power of the word 'truth'. It is an amazing word in that it can be used to create an illusion of belief followed by sheeple or used as a stinger missile to punch th rough the illusion to begin with. Yet the word is often invoked and bandied about because to me it no longer has any worthwhile substance.

For example ever since I began my first forays into the murky occult world back in ‘87, I began noticing how people invoke the word 'truth' or its alternative 'true' into sentences. I never realized before how often many born again preachers invoke its use in a given sermon and then how often such sermons are used on a regular basis. The word has such power for most people because they are often seekers looking for something real and meaningful in their lives and very often they see and experience much falsity, lies and deceit that when the word 'truth' is evoked, the seekers expectations of belief begin to manifest.

Then there are those involved in the various magical religions and metaphysical disciplines who have taken a cue from those straw hat preachers and began to use it in their own sermons, editorials, lectures and communications. These mystics have come to invoke the power of the word 'truth' or 'true' in an attempt to prove that what they are saying has more or greater validity simply by its use. "The true origins of the Qabala are here today in....", "The real truth behind the Ouija board is that...." or my favorite “So and so doesn’t speak the truth because I know blah-blah-blah...” and these are just a few examples of how metaphysical people invoke truth.

Then you have the new age marketers. (Ugh!) 

"The true method of spirit contact revealed!"
"The true formula of elixir of life for the first time!"
"Find the true path for your inward journey here!"
"Learn to speak words of true power!"
and etcetera ad nauseam.

Sadly wherever there is a buck to be made, truth will always be subjective to the dollar sign. A perfect example is to look at the court system. Attorneys argue and twist facts, details and accounts in the name of truth and justice. Pffft. The court is supposed to be the bastion where truth is holy, right? How often has justice been blind in the name of truth? Exactly my point.

Frankly I hate the word and it's bastard cousin 'true'. Not that I am all for lying, far from it, however the words are used wrongly so often and in such careless regard that it no longer holds any power for me and my sensibilities. When someone say, "This is the truth!" I sarcastically say, "Yeah? Yours and everyone else's bub!" I say that because truth is subjective. There is no infinite 'truth' any more than there is any sort of karma. It's all a bade up pile of horse shit.

Now in some day to day living there are cases of truth such as who hit whom first in a fight or auto accident. However while a judge may decide who is responsible, s/he knows as a judge that there are always mitigating circumstances leading up to such a thing. For instance in a fight there is always a disagreement to begin with followed by words, then hard feelings, then self-righteous anger and finally the clashing of fisticuffs. We may say, “Well Joe threw the first punch!” and unless someone else says that Tom goaded Joe into doing so, it may appear as if Joe is a bully. Often among witnesses, an attorney and a judge must try to weed out the BS from what caused the clash to start with and how it progressed. Not doing so can cause the guilty to walk away free even when both parties are rightfully guilty.

I even catch myself using the damn word in some of my writings and it disgusts me. It's a word that has been shat on for centuries and tarnished to the point where excrement has more use to me than truth because with excrement at least I can use it on a garden. I've found the term to be so repulsive that I often find it in my writings and look for synonyms or other words that fit the general idea of my point so that I can toss the truth word out the door.

Years ago I used to say and still believe that "Truth is subjective to one's dominant paradigm" meaning that you will find truth in what you believe to be true. There we go with that other word again, 'believe' or 'belief'. There's a scary word as well and truth to me is the scariest. Look at how politicians manipulate millions with their version of the truth. My late friend and mentor Ron Parshley used to say "There are three sides to every story: yours, mine and the truth." The problem is seldom is the truth so easily discovered let alone in plain sight. It’s always buried under layers of nonsense, foolishness and neglect. I would venture to say that the truth is tarnished by whatever the angle is of whover holds it. Your truth may not be my truth and thus it can be subjective for what you find to be true even when it may not hold true for others.

There are very few empirical truths out there when compared to the myriad of situations where truth is invoked. Science often claims they have empirical truth and in chemistry and physics, perhaps but then there are matters where such truth does not always jive like quantum physics or possibly the nature of black holes where physics as we know it now may not hold true 100% of the time. We don't know everything as there is always more and more discovery so I give science a free pass because the bulk of scientists realize that what we know today as scientific truth may change tomorrow when we discover something that just doesn't run true to something previously believed to be truth.

In the end, I actually detest the word. Using it in this article rankles my sensibilities because I realize my own little universe does not hold the truth of the world in my hands and I have to trust (which is another scary word) myself to deal with things that are right, accurate and just but not truth. The best way to determine what you find is true or not for you is to simply experiment. Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” is a worthwhile piece of advice that I have tried to cling to since I first head it years ago. Proof requires work and it's not something to be overlooked unless you want someone else to determine your truth for you.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Second Favorite Line


In the past, I've gone off ranting about love spells and the people who get frantic over them. The worst are not the McWiccans whom you would think tend to be the ones who complain most about them in their chat groups and forums. Rather it tends to be the clients themselves.

My favorite line from these lovelorn souls is, "But I love..." then insert him or her into the sentence. There's always that but in there as if that is some magical word of power that automatically blows away the dust and debris of bad judgment. "I know he treats me and my kids badly but I love him". Oy! Enough to make you vomit, isn't it? Sort of like that meme where it says, "Have you ever just wanted to grab someone and shake them for being so stupid?" Indeed.

The next great line I love seeing is, "And I know s/he loves me too!" Really now??? If so why aren't they right there in your arms, genius? If love conquers all then where is this bastion of your soul? And when did you become the great Kreskin with mind reading powers? Because that's one huge ass-u-mption you are making.

I've had people involved in arranged marriages tell me their former love interest "loves them" and I'm astounded, as always, that these people just know beyond a reasonable doubt that would convince a jury of their peers in a court of law. I'm psychi and mediumistic but total mind reading? Whoa brother, that's way beyond my pay scale. 

My suggestion is to get out of your own head for a while because you think the world revolves around your way of thinking and it does not. You need to rethink who you are, where you wish to go and make a new plan. If Joe or Mary doesn't want to go along with you for the ride, then find someone else who does. Hello? This is not rocket science kiddies. There are a LOT of single people out there looking for real love, compassion, relationships and so on but a lot of you just want to screw. Yes I said it, you just want to satiate your animal lusts even though you talk a good bunch about family, relationships and plenty of blah-blah-blah. Get real!

The best thing to do is move on with your life and find someone NEW. Pray tell why is that so bloomin' hard? It isn't yet you make it harder than it needs to be. Just stop playing games and be real with one another for a change and you will find what it is you are looking for.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

There Are Better Heroes to Idolize

I’m no fan of Aleister Crowley. In truth, I never really cared for the man and as for his followers? Well they’re a mixed lot with some being downright worshiping the old bastard and hanging on to his every word as if it were some prophecy and other end of the spectrum with devotees who enjoy his system but are not so enamored with the man himself. Why my distaste? I have a few reasons.

First off he pissed away his family’s fortune. When so many people out there bust their asses trying to just survive and he is handed a free pass and shits all over it, that shows a real lack of wisdom. Oh but he’s such a great and wise man you say. Pfffft. Right. A wise man would not have done what he did regardless of how they felt about the family’s business interests. He was set for life and just squandered it on having a good time. Yeah that’s something to admire. Not much different than rappers today, eh?

Secondly, he received “new age” teachings via channeled information, i.e. his Liber Al or the book of the law. This pseudo-Egyptian garbage may turn on a few CM’s but as for me, I find it pathetic when compared to real magical Egyptian scholarship. To learn Crowley’s system, you’re forced to study his silly channeled book. Everything he writes thereafter is based on that book. It’s like he’s an early version of Ramtha or Lazaris.

Third, did he ever really have any sort of real magical prowess other than writing? Who did he heal? His curse against Mathers did squat as well as summoning the various spirits of the 72 while at war with McGregor Mathers. His Magick In Theory And Practice is a joke compared to some of the things I’ve actually seen real practitioners do and I’m not talking about flipping a bloody light switch!

Walking through a crowded restaurant, all decked out in ritual garb and holding a wand while concentrating that he was invisible? Really? If this story is true, it’s enough proof that he was little more than a kook. Funny how CM’s will argue in favor of this story yet sneer at other fringe occultism like Radionics or Remote Viewing.

Okay so you get the idea I don’t care for the man. I think he was more of a joker than actual player. There’s just not enough evidence to convince me he was the real deal. And frankly I do not get all of the hero worship modern practitioners bestow on the lunatic. For real? As if there were never anyone else in history that’s worthy of admiration other than this British blowhard?

There was Trimethius who taught Agrippa and of course Agrippa himself, both of whom made major contributions to magic and occult philosophy. Then we have Dr. John Dee who was a major figure in the court of Queen Elizabeth I. His career was quite the ride and aside from wife swapping with his partner Edward Kelly, I see little reason to dislike the man.

There were Ficino, Bruno and Lilly all of whom had staunch and colorful careers in the occult. While Francis Barret may have plagiarized Agrippa, he did teach students and thereby helped to spread magic around. Then there’s Eliphas Levi, the man Crowley claimed he was the reincarnated form of. Many folks revere his books quite well.

Moving onward there are other occultists of note such as Gerard Encausse, the man who gave us some amazing Qabala material as well as in-depth Tarot material. Then there’s Mouni Sadhu whose book on Tarot is a must read and study as he too delves deep into the mysteries using the Tarot as the focus. While I’ve met a few over the years who idolized S. L. MacGregor Mathers, it always seems that he had far more detractors than supporters and that’s a shame. He was brilliant.

Dion Fortune is another brilliant occultist even though she went crazy. Hey, mental illness is not something that you an simply wish away and I highly doubt she wanted it taking her mind in the first place, y’know? Her book on the Mystical Qabala is a must read as well. Then there’s William B. Butler who was a student of Fortune’s who wrote some good material and was a good role model.

What’s wrong with idolizing William G. Gray? His Sangraal system is quite good without excessive complexity or the insistent religion like Thelema has. Gray’s book, Ladder of Lights is a classic on Qabala and I’ve recommend it to students for over 20 years. Or how about John Whiteside Parsons, the famous rocket scientist who allegedly helped write Gerald Gardner’s rituals and supposedly - according to urban legend - caused the Roswel crash via his desert Babylon working? At least he helped give us the space program.

Gareth Knight is another worthwhile practitioner whose writings have spurred the imagination of many modern occultists especially those who have strong interest in the Arthurian legends. Or you could admire Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki and the achievements she’s made over the years with her writings. Some feel Donald Tyson deserves a statue as well for his in-depth contributions to ceremonial magic. The recently late Don Kraig is another interesting character that is worth emulating and admiring.

And finally you have the late Israel Regardie. He was the secretary to old Crowley himself at least for a time. Regardie gave us the inner workings of the Golden Dawn and its complete system. Regardie contributed much more than just Golden Dawn books only as his Garden of Pomegranates and his book on the Geromancy divination system were superb. Also many consider his The Nature of True Healing to be an all time classic as well as his The Tree of Life.

It just makes no sense to me to idolize an otherwise disreputable man as Crowley was. I am willing to wager if he were alive today he’d be doing the whole Ramtha thing and raking in big money. LAM would be right up there with Lazaris and Ramtha in services and cash flow. He supposedly was to be the herald of a new age where he was to give magic to everyone yet he wrote about it in such a way that the average person is befuddled by his obtuse remarks and references.

I find nothing in Crowley redeeming nor worthwhile. When you’ve witnessed a living spirit like a LWA on a horse and instantaneously healing someone, the guys like Crowley become little more than a joke with their psycho-babble and excuses. They remind me of the modern priests who claim Jesus & his Apostles performed miracles but no one today from any of the churches can replicate those miracles.

The only redeeming quality I can find in reading Crowley is the comradery of other Crowleyites who worship the man. Like Scientologists who idolized Hubbard, if you idolize what they idolize, you’re with the IN crowd and thereby you’re “cool”, hip, smart, wise and neato. *eye roll* Personally I don’t give two shits about being with the IN crowd. Fuck ‘em. Just a bunch of poseurs pretending to be someone they’re not is all. I’d rather stand alone than bend over for the eleventh degree rite just to sit with them. Bah.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

(Yet Again) Commentary on the Slater Necronomicon

In the Solomonic FB group, Aaron Leitch posted a well written article about the so-called Simon Necronomicon and its parts and how they relate to actual magical practice. This is an excellent post and I believe he first posted this on his own blog so you may find it there.

The biggest hurdle with the Necronomicon is not the book itself nor is it the allegations from Lovecraft who used it as a plot device in his short stories but rather the knee jerk reactions the book's name brings from the wannabes who pretend to be actual magicKians. You know those types: the new age nutcases who MUST save everyone from themselves. "You're misinformed! I must educate you so that you do not harm your karma! There is no Necronomicon. Lovecraft made it up." Tape a nickel to the needle cuz you repeat yourself so much, you're stuck in a groove.

Let’s get one thing straight here & now: there never was a Necronomicon as Lovecraft described it. None. I have looked far and wide and spent a considerable sum of money hunting it. IF Lovecraft’s version were truly REAL, I’d have uncovered it. But Lovecraft never made one and alluded to it so well that hordes of fans of his writings have often wondered if the old codger was hinting at something. No. Pure imagination is all.

Now with that said, is there a Necronomicon today? Yes. Herman Slater financed and published it from his old Warlock Shop out of New York back in the 1970's. Allegedly some guy named Peter Lavenda (which I don’t believe is his real name), aka ‘Simon’, (note Biblical reference here to Simon-Peter) and then later some other guy came forward a few years ago claiming he did all the art & sigils for it. Sure okay whatever dude. I highly doubt these guys ever had a hand in this at all knowing the shenanigans that Herman Slater would go to make a buck.

Now is Slater’s Necronomicon the same as Lovecraft’s? Not anywhere close. *smirk* Let’s put it this way, Slater and company SUCK at writing fictitious grimoires. There were hacks that wrote grimoires in the Medeival and Renaissance periods but this "Lavenda" guy sucks worse than a bad Ed Wood film. Today he likes to claim even more about the book now that Herman Slater is dead and no longer around to refute anything claimed. Thus I take whatever Lavenda has to say with an enormous lump of salt.

Okay all of that jazz aside, is the Slater Necronomicon any good? I have used it in a magical setting back in my early years when I performed a number of experiments primarily with Humwawa seal to crush and enemy and numerous experiments with the 50 Names of Marduk. My mentor at the time, Ron Parshley chuckled when I told him what I was doing but said it couldn’t hurt. He knew Slater personally and had his own copy of the Slater Nec in his library. Ron thought the whole thing a cute piece of pastiche.

Interestingly enough, Ron was NOT surprised to find my experiments worked. He used to say, “Any system will work if it is consistent within and of itself”. So I even taught a few friends how to use it and they got results too. One friend used the seals to remove a very dangerous gang who were trying to recruit her son. Shortly thereafter the gang member was found in his own bedroom hanging by his belt from the ceiling.

Aaron Leitch, Jake Stratton-Kent, Jason Miller & several other notable practitioners, along with myself, have publicly admitted in the Solomonic group to experimenting with the Slater Nec and getting results from it. Further we know there are many times that number out there who have interesting anecdotes regarding their own experiments with the book from years past as well as today. The trouble with discussing these anecdotes is that too many self-righteous magicKians get all indignant over the discussion and post-bomb the thread with all sorts of inane garbage just so folks will give up on the thread. Not much different than born-again Xians who when they don't like something will do the exact same thing these Ceremonial Wannabes will do to disrupt discussions.

So the first thing anyone should look at is the sheer amount of people who were first introduced to the Slater Nec and experimented with it. Many got their first start this way and that is NOT bad at all. There are worse ways to come into Sorcery than via the Slater Nec. (You could waste your time with northern California Hippie Hoodoo garbage!) A number of folks who have used the Slater Nec have gone on from that starting point to delve deeply into other grimoires and systems of Sorcery and Magic with much success. Perhaps there's the rub with the Ceremonial Wannbes? Makes you wonder, eh?

The next thing we need to note is that regardless of how you feel about the Slater Nec, it is still one of the top selling Occult books out there on the market today. In today's world, however, I’d say it’s one of the most downloaded Occult books there is. The other top selling Occult book is Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible both of which I think are published by Avon press (not the cosmetics firm).

It is not merely teenagers who have tried their hands at Sorcery via the Slater Nec as a first time go, but plenty of adults have also used the Slater Nec for various and sundry purposes. Why? Well for many years the grimoires of the Medieval/Renaissance period were nigh near impossible to lay hands on unless you lived near the British Museum or the French Louvre where the vast majority of the originals are held.

Some of the grimoires you could get from places like deLaurance company but egads he screwed around with the grimoires to make it as if HE translated them then sold them to the public for very steep prices in a time when the Great Depression all but made people eat wood to survive. Today though with digital formatting and storage as well as Internet thieves and downloading, virtually all of the Medieval/Renn grimoires are available free. Oh sure there’s guys like Joe Peterson who has found a way to make $$$$ for these books on his site and a DVD or his *cough, cough* “translations” via Amazon (of all his grimoire copies, get your hands on his _Sixth & Seventh Books of Moses_ because it’s best edition bar none!)

The Slater Nec, after Avon bought the rights from Slater, produced the book into a mass market paperback for under $10 and THIS is why so many people, kids/adults/whoever, started with this book first prior to digital technology. Why try to ransom your kids for the money to buy a copy of the True Grimoire when you can get this Necronomicon for $5 sitting right here on the shelf at B&N? It looks scary, has sigils, has barbarous names, incantations, seals, instructions and so on.

I consider the Slater Nec to be “Sorcery Lite” like Lite Beer is? Less filing and all that. However when one discovers that there are other books of Sorcery out there to delve into that are kick ass and have Spirits like Khil, Surgat, Orobas and Lucifuge Rofocale, why the hell would you want to stay with the Slater Nec for?

But see your average Ceremonial Wannabe is only interested in being RIGHT about what they’re  saying. They care naught for anything but that “I’m right, you’re wrong!” and thankfully there are a core group of advanced practitioners who have moved beyond that nonsense but still have fond memories of doing some sort of Magic from the Slater Nec, Satanic Bible, and other early books of Witchery & Sorcery.

The Ceremonial Wannabes will dick around talking about making tools, or today taking photos of their tools & altars and posting them on Fecesbook, but when you ask them to share an anecdote from their so-called “great work” *snort!* they stammer and steam up almost infuriated that you would dare to ask them such a question! In my opinion, Ceremonial Wannabes like this are frustrated crafts makers. They love to craft things but cannot sell them so they turn to the Occult and well...

Many are also self-righteous assholes who have spent a lot of time in groups like the Golden Dawn or OTO and have this snotty attitude that the only way is the RIGHT way which is (obviously) THEIR way. Pfffft! They’re just little boys playing a fantasy role playing game pretending they are doing magic. Most of them can quote you page & verse from old historical & grimoiric texts but do any of these wannabes have any balls? None that I have seen as of yet thus talk is cheap, boys. Quote anyone you wish but that does not make you wise. Only experience can give you wisdom. If intelligence were the sole key to Sorcery & Magic, then only intellectuals could get results and we know that just. Ain't. So.

One thing I’d like to mention is that Aaron Leitch in his commentary about the Slater Nec said, “But it is the product of an imaginative distortion of ancient materials by a modern individual.” Correct and not unlike the Golden Dawn, Ordo Templi Orientis and other so-called MagicKal Lodges. I see no difference there at all. Gods know those half-wits have taken ancient materials and used imaginative distortions. Funny how no one calls them on the carpet for it.

So there you have it, the book, the naysayers and why the book is not all that bad nor should it be so eschewed as if it is some sort of plague. I don’t care if you’re a Ceremonial Wannabe, McWiccan or serious practitioner of any stripe, the book is okay as a jumping off point but there are far better works out there to experiment with.

The truly sad part is that so many have the knee jerk reactions to the book’s name that all they want to do is shout, “There is no Necronomicon” when in fact there is. Only an abject moron would say otherwise.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Are You Being Manipulated By Spirits?

Recently a conversation came up by what appears to be a Novice in a more traditionally associated Magical on-line discussion group about whether or not Spirits, when summoned, deceive or manipulate the practitioner.

First off let’s examine this query which in my opinion smacks of the Judeo -Xian mind set that any power other than either Yahweh’s or Jesus’ are evil. Pfffft. If this is your belief, you’re welcome to it but realize I find it to be a load of horse shit. Why? I grew up a born again Baptist and you want to talk about someone who could manipulate you, there are none better than evangelical ministers, pastors & preachers!

America is one of the few industrialized nations in the western hemisphere whose general populace still believes in Jesus. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, 92% of Americans still believe in Jesus the Christ [1]. That’s rather startling although the question is vague and does not ask if those queried are actively practicing Xians following in Jesus footsteps just if they believe in him. Do I believe Jesus the son of Joseph and Mary existed? Yes however not in the manner the Bible or the average Xian speaks of.

Josephus the Jewish historian who lived at the time of Jesus tells us that there were three men he knew named Jesus: one was a politician, one a laborer and one a rabbi. It does not take much imagination to see how the first church elders could cobble together a template of the Jesus we know today based on these three men that Josephus spoke of. Thus in essence I believe that there were three Jesuses running around during his time just not the man that Xians today have exalted and deified.

Thus the polls show 92% of our population buy into the Jesus myth (as the church paints it) however Gallup’s question is vague and the answer is misleading. Still that is an awfully high number for people of an industrialized nation to believe in. 7% said no and 1% had no opinion.

Now let’s consider the fact that today, aside from religious belief, there is no greater threat to your mind than corporate sponsored advertising and marketing. How? First off on an average daily basis, your mind is bombarded by corporate sponsored ads a whopping 247 times a day according to an old Consumer Reports finding. Still half those messages don’t get through to our conscious minds as our attention are often focused elsewhere but still they get through to our subconscious minds. Over the course of a 365 period, we’re exposed to over a whopping 90,000 ads.

Ever wonder why you remember tag lines from corporate sponsors? Kentucky Fried Chicken: “It’s finger lickin’ good!”, or Toyota: “Oh what a feeling!”, or Yellow Pages: “Let your fingers do the walking” and so on. That is the only thing the advertisers try to get through to your noggin. Just the tag line. Why? Because they know if you remember the jingle and lyrics accompanying it, your mind will immediately bubble up the product or service associated with it.

Pray tell is THIS not outright manipulation? I say yes. How about when Sarah McLaughlin’s “In the arms of an angel” song comes on and it’s for that pet rescue commercial. The images are carefully chosen with the kitty in the cage, the one eyed animals who obviously have been abused and harmed, all of which are carefully packaged to manipulate you through your feelings to get you to pick up the phone and pledge a donation.

And yet, alleged practitioners, (I say alleged because none of the people who ever ask about whether or not if Spirits can manipulate you explain their Occult backgrounds thus I am always suspicious of their credentials as ‘practitioners’) have the unmitigated gall to presume Spirits will manipulate them but Joe Schmuck running for political office does not blow smoke up their ass. Isn’t that brilliant?

I don’t care if you are a Xian, Gnostic Xian or New Age Xian, act like you have some common sense if you plan on practicing Sorcery and Spirit summoning. Hell, a Spirit may need to manipulate you if you summon it asking for help. How else is It supposed to help you gain control of your miserable fucked up life in the first place? Not everyone who begins Spirit summoning does so from an interest of inquisitiveness. I dare say that most who have asked me about it over the years have acknowledged that they were in a bad way and hoped a Spirit could help them out of a jam.

Okay so maybe a Spirit should possess the individual and guide him or her for a time to make the RIGHT choices for once so that s/he can find the breathing room necessary? Makes sense to me. Doesn’t a Xian ask Jesus to possess them? “Come into my heart, dear lord” and all that. It’s just that Jesus doesn’t do shit for anyone but pagan Gods and grimoire Spirits get shit done. Quickly I might add.

I think most folks tend to have this mistaken belief that what Spirits do are what they see in pop culture movies, TV shows and books and that ain’t it. There’s no snapping of fingers and *poof* your life is wonderful. You still have to work and strive for your goals it’s just that the Spirits do their best to remove the road blocks, pitfalls, snares and generally smooth out the roads ahead of you, when they are asked to do so.

“But Moloch, how do you know you’re not being deceived???” Well gee, Jimmy the Wonder Worker, pray tell how do you know you’re not being deceived by your spouse? Your boss? Your neighbor? Your friends? Your parents? Siblings? And so on? How do you do it on a daily basis? What makes you the human lie detector?

There are Spirits in the grimoires, like Orobas from the book of Goetia, who will act as a good Familiar for the karcist (Spirit summoner) and who will keep the other Spirits summoned from lying to the karcist. I know that there are also NLP techniques where you can mentally program certain parts of your mind to act as a lie detector by creating a pain or itch when someone is lying to you. I have not experimented with this yet but it seems worthwhile to install and utilize.

Since I am a duly initiated priest, I know the Spirits won’t lie to me and if one of them tells me It cannot do X, then it is moronic of me to throw a tantrum and threaten It with any sort of punishment because my own Spirits will tell me if It is lying to begin with. When I wasn’t initiated, I simply resorted to the fact that if I gave the Spirit a small token up front, usually a small shot of liquor (teaspoon full), and told It that a whole bottle was the reward if X was done. If the Spirit agreed, then I had the bottle ready but did not give it until X was accomplished. If 21 days went by and nothing happened, then I knew the Spirit was:

1. Overstepping Its bounds

2. Hoping to get something for nothing

3. Outright prevaricating

But can I say for absolute certain that I have never been manipulated by a Spirit? No. And I also know I have been manipulated in my youth and a few times in my adulthood by nefarious bastards who I no longer have any association with. At least when I’ve dealt with the Spirits, I had a bona fide reason why I needed their help but when it came to those bastards who manipulated me as a kid & adult, all they wanted was whatever they could get from me for nothing while mildly lying to my face.

Thus I end this blog with the notion that few practitioners will be equipped to deal with such people let alone with such Spirits because it takes a healthy dose of common sense to determine whether the person or the Non-Physical Entity you're conversing with is not pulling the wool over your eyes. If you're one of those who lack a healthy dose of common sense, well maybe becoming a karcist is not something you want to get involved in the first place.


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Endnotes:

1. Gallup poll http://www.gallup.com/poll/147887/americans-
continue-believe-god.aspx