Saturday, December 15, 2012

Why I Am An Occultist

Labels are something we tend to kick around to both identify and help us categorize information. This categorization often includes ourselves as well as the entire universe around us. Sometimes the categories are archaic and other times they are completely invented and modern terms. Neither is superior to the other simply because they are being used as labels of indentification.

With some people, some labels frighten them such as ‘Satanist’ for example. The reason for this is due to both religion and pop culture. Religion has in the past used the term Satanist to denote a degenerate person who lusts after the world which according to them belongs to Satan. In their cosmology, Satan is evil because he defied their god Jehovah.

Pop culture has taken the word Satanist and used it as some sort of bogeyman who is used as the antagonist in movies, TV shows, stories/novels and the general media. Some depictions of Satan or Satanists have been foul and twisted showing the most heinous atrocities attributed to Satan and Satanists. And yet almost every Satanist I have ever met tends to be some nerd who sits and reads philosophy, religion and loves to argue politics. That’s the Satanists I know.

I label myself a Sorcerer since I am someone who practices Sorcery by using ingredients, words as well as spells and rituals. Sorcery does not involve religion unlike Wicca or even Ceremonial Magic where much is covered under Yahweh’s divine knowledge. Sorcerers come under the Occult classification more so than Paganism due to Paganism is a blanket term that covers pretty much anyone who is not Xian, Muslim or Jew.

The term Occult simply means ‘hidden’ and it hails from the world of astronomy, not Magic. An Occultist is someone who seeks hidden knowledge and/or methods of power that have been hidden.

I have in the past identified myself as Witch or Pagan for the sake of simplicity when meeting others. Often if I merely say, “Im a Sorcerer or Occultist” this throws up flags and then the questions come rapid fire from those who do not understand. Actually I prefer to have time to explain to others what these terms mean so they are on an equal footing with me and we can talk intelligently together.

Often terms such as Sorcerer and Occultist have been used in a negative fashion by Wiccans and Pagans and even Ceremonial MagicKians in a smug, self-righteous manner to downplay the use of Magic for worldly gain as if being broke and poor was somehow a badge of honor. Hollywood has depicted Sorcerers and Occultists as opportunists who will stop at nothing to get whatever it is they want. With some individuals, that may be true but myself? Not so and that’s because I have a conscience I keep by my bedside.

One of the most difficult things for modern practitioners is to walk down a path in the center between Fluffy Bunnies on one side and downright evil on the other. Few try to do this and instead either throw in with the Fluffy Bunnies OR the darker left hand path walkers who typically will obliterate anyone in their path. I’ve never really liked extremes one way or the other thus I choose to walk more of a neutral path which I call Occultism or Sorcery.

The Occultist is neither a RHP nor a LHP but instead choosing to walk a neutral path where once in a while s/he steps over onto the right hand side or if necessary over onto the left hand side. It is not an easy journey as there are many pitfalls along the way on either side due to pressures from peers, pop culture and general consensus. More or less you’re molded by extremists of one ilk or another or as they used to say in the old days, “You’re guilty by association.”

As an Occultist, I have the choice to do as I wish when such must be done. I try and stay level headed and persevere through tough times by applying the knowledge and wisdom of practical Occultism with advice I get from Spirits as well as divinatory practices. This does not mean that I am not passionate because passion or emotion is what fuels Sorcery. It is the level of desire that you have as a practitioner that takes your spell or ritual to where you want it to go. Too many misguided people think it is all about intent and really it’s a misnomer more than anything. They just do not understand that their level of desire is the rocket fuel that propels their intention to where it needs to go to manifest.

One of the main reasons though I prefer to label myself and not receive labels from others is I know how such labels apply to myself and not accept them from half-assed individuals who primarily want to quickly pin a label to you without thought or knowledge of why.

Far too many Pagans and McWiccans are morons from the standpoint of morality, ethics and that idiotic word, karma. They typically spew whatever knee jerk reaction they’ve been led to believe by sheeple authors. Conversely, I dislike how many LHP people often label me as a LHP when clearly they’re just as whacked as the McWiccans are. The left hand path is often linked to Satanic or, at the least, dark forces which tends to be positions of malice, spite and hatred.

It is difficult to have to deal with both sides and still maintain an even balance. Again as an Occultist, I find it often necessary to step over the boundaries into one domain or the other as I see fit which means I make the conscious choice to do so rather than react to what life has thrown at me through knee jerk manipulations.

What you label yourself is powerful. Just understand exactly why you chose to label yourself and what it means to you as well as seek to learn what the other labels are and mean. Who knows? You may be a fluff bunny at heart or a smug Satanist who wants to pull the plug.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Spirits Need Photographs

Hello there again. Your friendly neighborhood Sorcerer has some advice for you folks. Yeah I’m a jolly friggin’ mood as I HATE this time of year in a very big way. So bear with me...

Many of you reading this have this silly ass notion that Spirits whether they’re some random fey, ghost or even God/dess are all powerful like Aladdin’s Djinni legend was supposed to be. Well they’re not. Sorry to burst your bubble but that’s the truth of the matter.

Can they work miracles? At times. Will they help you? Depends on the situation and their attitude towards you. For instance if you’re an obnoxious clod who simply calls on them to bail your fat ass out of hot water, then the odds are stacked against you. However if you’ve been working with this Spirit for some time now, there is a chance they will.

“But Moloch, such and such says otherwise” - oh really? Ever think that such and such is blowing smoke up your ass just to make you feel better? Hell mostly Xians are the dimwits who think Jesus and Yahweh are all powerful. Uh-uh. (But it’s okay to let them think they are)

There are a lot of factors involved in whether a request gets A) answered and B) the answer you seek. Factors such as what you programmed into your own life just prior to being birthed has a lot to do with things. There are some lessons - even painful ones - that we need to learn and asking the Gods to help us avoid them will result in no response.

One of the silliest things I get asked a lot is to ‘pray for such & such’ for instance like Joe Blow. Pardon me? I don’t know Joe Blow do you have a photograph of him? No? How do you expect any Spirit to find Joe Blow? Do you think the Spirit will enter your mind, see Joe’s face and then go off to heal him? Doesn’t work that way.

Xians have this silly notion that their ‘God’ can fix anything and knows everything. No one knows everything. I don’t care if Jesus said he knows everything (which he never did) it’s a downright lie. Further there are lots of names that are common like John, Joe, Steve, Richard, Alan, Frank and then the surnames like Jones, Smith, Miller, Goldman, Yoder, Johnson and so on.

Think about it for a moment. You’re a Spirit who has been asked to help ‘Joseph B. Smith’ in NYC. Okay you ask WHICH Joseph B. Smith? What does he look like? Where does he live? How old is he? What is his birth date? You need some details to pinpoint WHO Joseph B. Smith is.

But people ignorantly (or stupidly) expect Spirits to automatically know that ‘my friend, Joseph B. Smith needs prayer for healing’. Really? How much of a friend is he if you don’t have a current mug shot of him? Gimme a break already. I’m not the only one who thinks prayer requests via name is silly - Spirits do as well.

How are Spirits supposed to find the exact person you are asking for help with? Again are you mistakenly believing that Gods are omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent? If so you’re mistaken. WAY mistaken. Yahweh isn’t - He says so in the Bible. Jesus never said he was any of these things. Neither do the Greeks, Norse, Aztec and so on.

Frankly, a Spirit CAN help or hinder a person if there's a photograph of them and no name or date of birth known. The photograph is plenty as it shows them. You should clearly have one of their face not with a helmet on or anything that obstructs the view. If the guy wears an eye patch all the time, then that's fine but a welding helmet or a full faced motorcycle helmet over their head will not suffice.

Again if a Spirit claims to be omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent, then take that with a HUGE grain of salt before you buy into it. It’s utter nonsense.