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 . 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.
1. Gallup poll http://www.gallup.com/poll/147887/americans-