Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bustin' Yet Another Useless Metaphysical Platitude

“Everything you need to know, is already inside you!”

Are you into useless platitudes that do nothing for you but give you a false sense of security and relief if but for a moment in time? Yes I am about to step away from the herd here and to grill yet another stereotypical metaphysical platitude that is both useless and has no basis in fact.

“But Moloch, WHY are you bothering to step on people’s ‘good feelings’?” 

Well there are thousands of hopeful folks out there who believe this smelly tripe as having real value when in fact it has none. How you ask? Allow me to continue...

The sentence itself is pure foolishness. Everything you need to know is already inside you? Really? So you did not need an adult to show you how to wipe your own bum, tie your own shoes, use eating utensils, bathe, dress, use manners and so on? Really? Have you never seen documentaries about children who grew up in the wild without parents? Ever see how animalistic they degenerated? These unfortunate souls acted more like base animals and reacted frightened to their harsh world around them. When observed, they never truly act or react except out of survival instinct. Their thoughts are hunt, feed, flight or fight. That’s pretty much it. 

Everything you know you have taken for granted that you have LEARNED somewhere, from someone. You were just so used to be in a learning environments as a youth that you forgot all about these learning experiences. Same thing goes for when your parental units took time to teach you to do complex things from tying your shoe laces to riding a bicycle to using appliances or power tools to eventually driving a vehicle.

You simply did not just learn these things on your own. Sure you may have picked up a power drill and began to drill some holes. Okay but was your first hole accurate? Straight? Smooth? No rough spots? Or did someone show you how to use the tool properly to get the most benefit from it? Did you read the instructions? Did you read a booklet on using one? Did you watch a video? All of those examples require someone with experience to have taken the time to make them so that you could learn from.

Behavior is also learned. Love is not universal as it too has to be taught and learned as much as hate. Feelings may be universal but they’re not processed and without someone to help you process and understand them, they can be confusing and conflicting within someone who does not know how to communicate. Imagine being a blind, deaf and mute from birth all alone in your own world THEN tell me everything you need to know is already within you. We are not born with the knowledge, memories, or skills we need to make it in this complex world so we have to be taught that information.

Knowledge, wisdom, personal hygiene, behavior, social skills, customs & taboos - everything you now know had to be taught to you in some manner. Because you just didn’t miraculously know all of this somehow out of the blue inside your head as that is not how it works. We have to learn, process and understand knowledge before we can make use of this new knowledge for ourselves.

It’s utter rubbish people. You do NOT know everything you need inside of you to resolve your life because you have much to learn even now! Much more. 

This platitude is an injunction against learning and is really a rallying shout from the Lost Boys club ala Peter Pan rather than some metaphysical worldview. Because when you sit down and analyze it for what it is, you see it to be just plain silly then you have to ask yourself why would you want to use it? Because it’s not helpful in any way nor does it contribute to your greater good. If you must adopt a platitude, why not adopt one that will contribute to your greater good? Ancestors know there are plenty of them out there to adopt.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Getting A Handle On Anarchy For Change: Invoking Eris



Recently I got into it with some self-proclaimed anarchist who had to invoke the typical “herd mentality” at the rest of society YET this dude does nothing but sit online (on social media no less) kvetching and bickering about the state of society, governments and the rest of the world. When I asked, “So what have you little anarchists done for the cause lately?” he gets a bee in his bonnet and uses an old line, “You hide behind a fake picture and keyboard” *yawn* Wow. This is supposed to be the BEST comeback from one of the brightest in the anarchist collective? If so, is it any wonder the anarchy collective is all but dead today?

Today anarchy is little more than a joke because what it entails is a bunch of old fucks sitting around listening to old school punk rock reminiscing about their days of concerts and spray painting the anarchy symbol on walls (as if that ever did anything other than spread vandalism.) Instead of spreading the word, what do jokers like this do? Bitch, whine and complain back then - as much as they do today.

Just how many of them are active in their local politics? When queried? None. I have yet to meet any of these anarchists who will admit they are actively involved in their local political climates trying to change anything be it even their local animal cruelty laws. No they’d rather sit and bitch and pass around poorly made and misspelled memes on social media to “raise awareness”. Well folks, raising awareness is what the Xians have been doing about Jesus the Christ for the past 2,000 years. Hello? Pray tell WHY do Pagans and so-called anarchists continue to waste their bloody time ‘raising awareness’? Just how many people have never heard of your cause?

So When Are You Going To Do Something Productive?

Therein lies the rub. The biggest issue tends to be people and their personal level of comfort. Most folks don’t like their comfort zones to be interfered with and that includes having to get off their duffs to go out and get the morning paper let alone pass out flyers, knock doors, or (horrors) talk to people about the sorry state of things their political climate is in. Anarchists love to talk and these days they talk less and pas around memes far more. I see little success in any of this because a meme may say a lot but it cannot answer back, nor answer specific questions people may have. Getting involved is far more important yet most people don’t want to do that - “Let someone else do that shit, I can’t be bothered!”

Here's an Idea: Start Locally!

WHY on the God’s green earth does everyone mistakenly believe all change must come from the top down? WHERE does it say that in the laws? Nowhere. Truth is change begins locally and works its way UP instead. You are far less likely to be able to affect any major decision your Congressman or the POTUS makes however you will have a far greater impact on you local city council, mayor, county commissioners, township trustees and school board - IF you get involved instead of worrying about which Congressman is blowing which lobbyist.

I get that anarchists really want fair treatment - which is what we all want - but sitting around kvetching about not receiving it, is not helping anyone. So what to do? Get involved with your local school board first because these are the folks who are influencing the minds of your children, nieces, nephews, the kid who delivers your papers, the girls who sell you cookies in January, and so forth. The local school boards are the people who are trying to lower standards so kids move on to the next grade without trying or graduate high school and be ignorant of the Constitution, US History, and other important studies. They’re also the ones who say that cursive writing is no longer important so they’ve phased it out. They’ve also gotten rid of recess, lunch-recess, art & music classes and other useful learning tools. But hey, the extra curricular sports programs are in effect! Perhaps its time to begin to badger your school board or start a grass roots campaign to get your local school board to re-institute some of the missing things you know kids need to be healthy, smart and blow off that excess energy from lunch & snacks.

Real Anarchists Don’t Cry

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing a couple of really cool anarchists in my life and these folks were not only folks who believed in the anarchy philosophy but they understood that since they could not make lemonade, they did the next best thing. They got involved in local politics to be watchdogs. Each one joined a different party and blended in. They worked their way in to the inner core to find out what was really going on then did their best to expose the hypocrisy and false pretenses the party was espousing to the world. That’s not selling out, that’s highly intelligent and wickely clever.

One of them got beat up for doing this by some of his party members once they realized what he was about. He’s lucky they didn’t kill him but he knew enough to head out into the hills and hide out long term. That’s an anarchist! Stick it to you and bug out.

“But Moloch, I’m Handicapped &/or Home Bound”

Understood and do not let that deter you one iota. You can get involved and stick it to the man from the privacy of your own home. I use this when I have time and share it with others who feel the need to do so but the idea is to cause calamity among the men (& women) in political power who make decisions of their own accord that are in conflict with what their constituents desire.

Enter Eris, Goddess of Chaos... 


Use the symbol of Chaos, the 8 pointed star, and draw it over the printed image of your political victim. Then a few drops of Lucifer oil should be sufficient to smear over the photo. Now you make an invocation to the Goddess Eris, the Mistress of Chaos, and say, “Oh Eris, I beseech you to introduce Thy mighty gift of chaos to Congressman ___’s political life! Bring the blessings of chaos, turmoil, strife, cacophony and all that comes with Thy unholy chaos to this political power so that he learns his power is naught compared to Thine!”

Now imagine the skies over the US Capitol building are growing cloudy, gray and dark. It looks very nasty as if there is a huge storm brewing. Then out of nowhere a tornado of unimaginable size comes whirling down out of the dark clouds assaulting the Capitol building. As it does so the tornado begins to shrink and as it melts into the Capitol’s dome. Then the tornado is moving inside until it finds the office of the Congressman you’ve sent it to and it envelops him tearing at him, entering his mind to shreds, making him a gibbering mess. His very words are nonsense, silly or unintelligible. Hold this image for a while then speak the holy words, “Ah-shur-ah El-bye-ee Tzah-toe-dah-kah” and you’re finished.

Repeat this ceremony at least three more times for it to have a permanent, lasting effect. 

You Don’t Have To Wish

To be involved you can be direct, indirect or as involved as you wish to be. However doing nothing but passing around anarchy themed memes is a joke itself and about as useful as Xians holding up John 3:16 placards at sport’s games. Whereas you can do something locally with your politicians and school boards (remember most politicians get their start on school boards) as well as keep an eye on them from day one and keep accurate tallies on who they are, what they say, believe and turn that over to the public. It’s entirely up to you.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Differences Between Magicians & Sorcerers



The Differences Between Magicians & Sorcerers
by Brother MOLOCH 969
© 2017 www.MolochSorcery.com
All Rights Reserved

Ever since I came out and began calling myself a sorcerer way back in 1990, I have had to take time and ‘esplain (to borrow Ricky Ricardo’s term) the answer to this question on multitudes of occasions both public and private. I think it’s high time I take time and definitively answer it so that I can point to it when someone asks it of me. So here we are. I hope this helps to answer and elucidate some things as to why there is a difference between what a MagicKian is and what a Sorcerer is. You may not agree since your mileage will most likely vary but that’s your opinion. I’m a sorcerer and I define who I am, not you. I define what magickians are by what they themselves have said both public and private at gatherings, in groups and conferences as well as at times in print.

It’s How We Think

The problem with answering this question is the average human mind is lazy because wants to lump things together for ease of understanding much like say folks would lump condiments together as a group even though no two condiments taste alike. Does relish taste anything like mustard? Do either of those taste like Sriracha or ketchup? How about mayonnaise? No of course they don’t taste alike YET we lump them together under the banner of condiments for ease of remembering. Unfortunately this habit of lumping things together tends to cause muddled thinking and mental laziness in our own thought processes because we become accustomed to the quick and easy way of learning which is discover, make a quick judgment then file it away in one of our mental file drawers. Thus when it comes to the practice of the occult, folks often think magician as the archetype practitioner because we’ve become lazy thinking this is the defacto inspiration for the practitioner.

Some could just as easily argue that the term “wizard” is the defacto archetype for the male practitioner, all thanks to fantasy writers and folklore stories about these men such as the Myrddyn aka Merlin or the Welsh bardic-wizard Taliesin. Then we have Gandalf thanks to Tolkien whose archetype has set the bar for wizard very high on the list not to mention the unsinkable Harry Potter who in recent years has become a staple in our modern society as a wizardly archetype albeit a young, struggling and oft inept version. Others have even gone so far as to compare Harry’s mentor, Dumbledore to LoTR’s Gandalf to show similarities of both character as well as contrast methodology between them. In essence while the term magician MAY be more accurate for an actual practitioner the whole genre is not excluded from license to borrow, appropriate or outright steal ideas from let alone use the pronouns wizard, mage, sorcerer and other euphemistic terms used for the murky world of the occult. 

In praxis one could say there’s very little that differentiate’s a sorcerer from a magician today. Frankly magician is a term that never really jelled with me mainly because here we have people running around misspelling the old term magic as “Magick” to differentiate it from so-called stage magic (actually known as the practice of either Legerdemain or Prestidigitation) and yet they wish to call themselves what? “Magician” Isn’t that bloody brilliant? A derivative of the very word they wish to make clear from its original spelling by re-framing it by re-spelling it. It’s like, “I’m not a thief! I’m a crook, but not a thief!” One would think these people would think a little more and talk a little less about such concepts yet the opposite is true.

Renaissance Magicians

Magicians in the old sense were students of numerous disciplines. Upon reading about the lives of such magicians as John Dee, Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Ficino Bruno, William Lilly and other magicians of the medieval and Renaissance periods, it’s easy to see how involved in their work these practitioners became. This is not the same sort of magician as the new age fable invented by the likes of Crowley, Mathers and other lodge styled neo-Masonic play actors of the late Victorian era who were simply bored and looking to while away their time. The medieval magicians believed in what they were doing and knew they had to do X to gain Y and belief played little if any part at all in it. The medieval era magicians were well grounded in their world view and they saw things from a perspective modern practitioners would not necessarily agree with. For instance, Agrippa was a magician because as he clearly pointed out, he practiced magic. He dabbled in the arts and sciences but he did not run off dabbling in other culture’s magical disciplines (that we’re aware of) nor did he ever state that was something wise to do. Magic to him it was a sacred art that had to be followed by strict rules of astrological timing. He also was a student of various non-occult disciplines such as mathematics, alchemy and often the arts with drawing, painting and sometimes music being part of his interests. You need to stop and think what the magician like Dee or Agrippa was: the proverbial Renaissance Man - well educated, sophisticated and trained in logic, rhetoric and grammar.

Sorcerers of old on the other hand were not always of this caliber. They first started out as alchemists because in France, the term sorcerer meant ‘poisoner’ much like how the term witch became associated with it even though we know King James I created that blind for we know the original Hebrew term was ‘chasaph’ which meant poisoner not witch. The sorcerer was typically engaged in trying to distill alchemical gold from base metals and always on the hunt for the elusive Philosopher’s Stone. They would not stop at anything to obtain it including murdering people or sacrificing children if the need arose. The sorcerer wasn’t usually as well educated as the magician was and his goals weren’t as lofty either. Sorcerers were more interested in dealing with issues here on earth rather than worrying about god or some nebulous heaven in the sky.

Post-Modern Magicians ARE New Age

Today magicians have become so mainstream and new age that they feel everything is theirs to comment on. In fact I find it amusing how many self-styled ceremonial magicKians will openly loathe anything remotely connected to the new age YET many of these same individuals practice charging their Chakra centers via the Middle Pillar. You can call them power centers or whatever you will, those are still Chakras ripped off from eastern religions brought over by Blavatsky’s Theosophical society (yet another New Age movement) which ceremonial magicKians go nuts for. Another thing these CM’s do that is purely new age is Reiki and yet numerous CM’s talk about being Reiki masters and what not. Reiki they claim is very old and while that may be in the Orient, it is relatively new here in the west so those who decry everything new age are often guilty of their own interests by default. The next time some pompous windbag of a CM starts his/her nonsense about “new age”, put them in their place quickly.

The Mind: To Be or Not To Be?

MagicKians have often stated, in print I might add, ”a true magician need only his mind to work magic.” This is where we part company because while the mind is a powerful component in sorcery, it is not how things get done. Spirits are a part of the equation and a sorcerer has use for a familiar spirit to get things done. A familiar spirit is acquired by the sorcerer for assistance in all of their personal and professional occult works. That is one of the steps to being a powerful sorcerer.

The magicKian is one who believes psychology is at the heart of all magicK whereas the sorcerer knows that is bollocks. While psychology is a useful tool that has some application, it is not nor should ever be any sort of substitute for actual magical practice and thought. Why? Psychology is man’s feeble attempt to map out the human mind’s patterns of repeated thought which is nigh impossible. Numerous studies have shown no matter how many times you take the same people or groups of similar people, you’re not going to get the exact same patterns of thought. This is because people come from a wide variety of backgrounds, training, education and experiences all of which influence their choices. Since you cannot replicate the results of a Psychological experiment exactly like you can mathematics, physics or chemistry, it is not considered to be a real science but rather a pseudo-science and thus relegated to the halls of quackery and deceit. 

What About Spirits?

Psychology also states spirits do not exist and are only figments of our fertile imagination and this is the attitude of your typical ceremonial magicKian. Personally I find this hysterical especially in the light of the fact you have grown adults running around in costume pretending to do specific body movements while chanting so-called barbarous names of summoning. If common sense truly prevailed, then is it not prudent to ask why one should bother with magicK at all? Why not instead go off to university, get a Ph.D in Psychology and be your own adept if you believe in that Psychological rubbish? Or if you’re of the mind, get in med school as well and learn to be your own shaman by becoming a Psychiatrist because you can prescribe your own drugs.

Sorcerers on the other hand know spirits exist as real, independent entities who live apart from ourselves. The universe is full of Them and They can be found in the most unlikely of places from the stars in the heavens to the forests to the burial graves of our deceased to the complex symbols and corporate entities that exist in business. Spirits can be mustered to help aid our work, cajoled when They don’t want to do anything or bribed to step up to the plate when all else fails. Some are related to us such as the ancestors while others are saints left here by some mysterious universal spirit that helped form our universe then promptly left it. I spoke earlier of the familiar spirit which is both a friend and a tool the sorcerer relies on for use with their work. The familiar spirit can be obtained in many ways and in numerous forms however it is something most sorcerers will have because the spirit or helper will assist the sorcerer in their occult work as well as the rest of their life’s areas. 

Props VS Sacred Tools

Another thing is while the mind is a powerful tool, our hands still like to play with toys so as sorcerers we give toys to them to play with. These are NOT props. You see the MagicKian believes tools are ‘props’ and nothing more thanks to his psychological training. Yet go to their home, grab a tool from their altar, toss it across the room and watch them get madder than all hell! I did that once and this CM got livid with me. I said, “Gee John, what’s wrong? You said these were nothing more than props so what’s the big issue?” By all rights, this Thelemite should not have come unglued over that yet he did. It was merely a ‘prop’ after all. Nothing more. Just wood, glue and paint. I didn’t break it either just tossed it over onto his cushy sofa. 

To a sorcerer however tools are just that, tools, not props and we respect our tools much like a mechanic reverently takes care of his Mac and Snap On tool sets because they assist him in making his daily bread & butter. So too are tools sacred to a sorcerer because we acquire them by either making or purchasing a tool, then dedicating, naming, blessing, and finally consecrating the tool to our work. We do this to the Four Corners to show the universe we have a new tool to use in our repertoire of tactics and procedures. We also ask the spirits to be a part of this procedure and we know They will. Sometimes we ask the spirits to put one of Their own into our tool to give it life and make it powerful thus creating a relic of power which can then be passed on to others for their work at a later time.

The QBL

The vast majority of magicKians, especially the lodge variety today, tend to work with the Hebrew Qabala. They have this belief that this old Jewish folklore is somehow the key to godhood. It’s their belief so I’m not knocking it because everyone is entitled to have their own spiritual beliefs. I may knock procedures, (especially by those who tend to point fingers and make fun of others) but I’m not interested in knocking how you or anyone approaches the divine since it’s your personal choice how you interact with divinity. Others disagree with that even though they forget this sentiment is what has caused most major wars in the past eras - people insisting other’s way of approaching divinity is incorrect then wanting to change them.

MagicKians love the Hebrew Qabala. They literally spend hours poring over holy texts with their Gematria trying to discern numerological identifications between words, phrases as well as passages, hoping to find something to glean that helps them make sense of the universe. They also love the Tree of Life Glyph and will spend hours meditating and climbing the Tree (or as they refer to it as ‘Pathworking’) by using guided meditations with select symbols embedded in the meditations in the hopes they may be able to unlock powers in themselves or maybe remove blockages that impede their progress. The Tree of Life Glyph is very important to them because it is a complex symbol that has deep meaning on ten levels of consciousness and what they refer to as four worlds of being.

Sorcerers on the other hand typically do not bother with the Hebrew Qabala often finding it either too restrictive or overly complex. Some may be interested in occult systems from the Middle East however it is not the norm as sorcerers have no structure nor hierarchy in which to say, “This is our legacy” like their lodge counterparts have. In fact some of us have found our own sort of QBL (if you will) in Norse cosmology among the great World Tree of Yggsdrasil and its nine worlds which offers a more defined history of myth and legend from which to do our own guided meditations. Norse pantheons include gods, goddesses, elves, dwarves, giants, trolls, witches, goblins, kobolds, wights and other beings that are both colorful and useful for use with the sorcerer’s work. Whereas the magicKian who works with Hebrew Qabala is stuck with just celestials (re: angels) and their counterparts cthonic spirits (re: demons/daemons). Woo. Big deal. You get an either or scenario. Good guys or their fallen bad boys. Meh. Obviously it’s a personal choice but you get the idea.

Logic VS Emotion

MagicKians are often fond of their education and in our modern society, there is nothing wrong with being well educated. In fact, it is pretty much a must these days due to the fucked up job market we have since almost all labor jobs have been shipped overseas so corporations can rip off third world nations by paying their workers for a single day less than what a single American worker made in an hour. This has forced many in our nation to rethink returning to school and seeking more knowledge to give them a chance in the faltering job market.

But you see education alone does not a powerful magicKian make. If such were the case, then all one would need is an advanced degree in education to compete in magicK. The magicKian gets themselves involved in long winded and verbose speeches written by late Victorian era occultists who believed long passages were the key to making magic happen. Obviously they thought you could bore the universe to death to get what you wanted. Their verbosity is from the fact the originators of the late 1800's lodges used Freemasonry and its rites as a sort of template in which to create their lodge rituals. If you have never read a Freemasonry book, do so because not only is it elucidating you will discover where these long winded rites of lodges like Thelema, Aurum Solis and the Golden Dawn originated from. 

Sorcerers are less fixated on logic and more so on emotion because we know emotion fuels our spells and rituals. Logic doesn’t do squat for powering sorcery but we know it too is a tool and has its place in the grand scheme of things. One does not pull out just any emotion and try to use that when dealing with say a judge and jury or else that could land you in hot water. Rather a sorcerer uses common sense and uses the right emotion for the job. We also tend to see education as important but is it necessary to get our sorceries to work? Again, no. Education or knowledge has its place and time and when conducting your ritual or spell you employ emotion as well as your familiar spirit. If a sorcerer uses a passage for ritual, s/he will invest themselves in that passage as heavily as possible meaning the emotion flows strongly to amp up the words the sorcerer is saying. This is what is giving fuel to the sorcery not just the words themselves.

One final point I’d like to make is that I have not included Chaos Magickians in this who refer to themselves as sorcerers or what they do as sorcery simply because they’re paradigm shifters and they do not care what they believe so long as it is a means to an end. You cannot define someone who refuses to define themselves. Thus the ‘chaos’ label is appropriate. Most of these folks are well meaning and decent folks however it is difficult to make heads or tails of what they do when everything is boiled to merely a sigil. How does one do that? You cannot. Chaos is a perfect moniker for them. I don’t consider them sorcerers in the classic sense. If anything they’re more like Prestidigitators who are involved in sleight of mind with embedding their sigils and commands into their subconscious mind. It’s a useful technique but it’s not in and of itself sorcery rather merely a technique or procedure than has its limitations and uses.

In Summary

It’s easy to see there are some very major differences between what a magicKian and what a sorcerer are. The two are not mutually exclusive yet they are not one and the same. MagicKians have spent a long time defining who they are and why they are. Sorcerers on the other hand have spent their time just doing what they know they need to do and left the definitions alone.

Now obviously there will be some of you who will read this and say, “Bullshit Moloch, I’m a magician not a ‘magicKian’ and I do everything the sorcerer does!” and to that I say you’re defining yourself incorrectly so you should spend some time contemplating who you are and where you’re going as well as why. Sorcery is an art as opposed to a science which is something else these magicKians all claim their practice is yet magicK cannot be a science because the results can never be exactly replicated precisely like the results you find in math, physics or chemistry. Argue what you will but science is KING and you blathering on to the contrary only makes you look like an imbecile. Best to keep it to yourself.

Like condiments, a magician/magicKian is similar to but NOT the same as a sorcerer for the very reasons I listed above. I came to a lot of my own conclusions about sorcery/sorcerers by studying history as well as discussing this with various spirits including the Mercurial Intelligence Tiriel. Let me state that while there are some out there who would mock you for labeling yourselves ‘sorcerer’, these same noodniks have obviously forgotten how easily they are also mocked by society when they tell someone in academia they practice the occult or better yet, Witchcraft. Because witches were at one time merely figures of folklore and superstition and now they’re as common as the neighbor across the street. Be who you wish to be and do not allow some ignorant, bigoted ceremonial moron to belittle you or make you feel insecure about what you wish to practice or study. Just hold your head high, march forward and realize there will be others who will adopt the label of sorcerer.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lying Abut the Truth




“Children and fools always speak the truth. The deduction is plain: adults and wise persons never speak it” ~ Mark Twain, "On the Decay of the Art of Lying"

Isn’t it amazing how we, as a race of advanced beings, able to think and reason, are almost always avoiding the literal truth? It actually boggles the mind if you take a moment and really think about it. Because in all fairness, why would any rational or sane individual want to believe in a lie? Yet many cling to the lies that are told to us not only by politicians but also by marketing companies, friends, family and even authority figures like teachers.

Why would you want to go around believing in a lie? “Of course I would not!” you rationally reason to yourself yet in fact, there are dozens of lies that you believe in that you yourself may find useful. I first encountered this strange phenomena when studying Neuro-Linguistic Programming around two decades ago when I read Dr. Richard Bandler & John Grinder’s Frogs Into Princes. On page 18, a transcript from one of their NLP seminars goes like: “Everything we're going to tell you here is lie. All generalizations are lies. Since we have no claim on truth or accuracy, we will be lying consistently through this seminar. There are only two differences between us and other teachers: One is that we announce at the beginning of our seminars that everything we say will be a lie, and other teachers do not. Most of them believe their lies. They don't realize that they are made up. The other difference is that most of our lies will work out really well if you act as if they are true.”

This struck home and it got my attention. It kind of fit in with the old Chaos MagicK theory of “fake it til you make it” attitude or “lie to yourself until your JuJu is strong enough” - which is NOT unusual since I have seen affirmations from spiritual workers deep in the heart of Africa who would tell themselves, “My magic is strong, I am powerful, my magic will succeed!” which is a lie since there is no way to determine whether or not your magic will or will not work. However it has been found that using affirmations like that for a time prior to performing magic by putting yourself into a trance state, can actually have a strong effect on your magic and make it work instead of it not working.

Then there are the useful lies sales people tell themselves daily as they use their own affirmations to “pump themselves up” before going in to make a sale. This is no different than what the young African magic practitioner will use prior to performing his JuJu. There is a multi-million dollar industry of books, CD’s & DVD’s devoted to this very subject for the Marketing world and people think nothing of it. Yet in the end, when you analyze it all, it’s just useful lies.

The Drama of Lies

Yet why is lying looked down on in our human society? Everyone gets up in arms when someone lies to them. “Joe lied to me! He was out last night instead of working!” However if Joe told her where he really was, she’d probably blow a fuse like none other because as Jack Nicholson’s character said, “You can’t handle the truth!” which is often true when you stop and observe people in their natural habitat.

Next time pay attention to someone else’s fight. It almost always starts over a lie somewhere. So pay attention. Who lied? Why? Where did the lie come into play? Would the liar have been better off telling the truth? Would the individual hearing the lie have been better off hearing the truth instead of the lie? In my past experience, I would have to say from paying attention to other’s fights, seven out of ten times, the lie was useful because the maturity level of the person hearing the lie was not enough to deal with being told the stark truth.

People are simply not trained nor taught how to deal with emotional difficulties in our society. Isn’t that screwed up? Seriously! Here we are, an advanced hominid species who can think and reason, we can fly to the Moon and back safely, we can cure many diseases, we have harnessed nuclear power, explored many places of our own planet and YET we lack the training to deal with emotional difficulties. This is mainly because our parents lack these skills since most of us has Joe & Mary Sixpack factory workers who were simply under-educated (as opposed to not-educated) and whose own parents never taught them how to deal with their own emotional difficulties.

Further along this point, public schools do a poor job of teaching children how to deal with their emotional difficulties believing that it is not their place to do so - and sadly parents support this stance as well. This boggles my mind since one would think the idea is to have a happy, well adjusted society with kids who won’t require years of therapy to deal with their emotional hangups all thanks to the lack of training they never received in their youth.

Lies In the Business World

It’s a weird phenomena, but if you lie to your boss and its found out, you’re terminated on the spot YET it is all right for your supervisor and upper level managers at your company to outright lie to you since they own/manage the corporation. Seriously? Who made this rule? Why should this be so? Does this not show that business people are flat out liars in commerce since they cannot be honest with their own people? Would you want to do business with a two-faced corporation who lies to their workers yet puts on a face of honesty and truth to the rest of the world?

Unfortunately, the memory of the average person is amazingly short all thanks to television and of course the internet. People are bombarded with multiple lies on a daily basis and these lies have become so pervasive in our society that we have come to expect them rather than reject them. Time was consumers would be aghast if a large corporation like Fox News service was found out to be lying to its own employees over some issue and yet trying to bill itself to the world as honest and fair. However Fox didn’t lie to its own people, they lied outright to their viewers and in court stated they didn’t have to tell the truth. Eventually in February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States. Imagine your great-grandparents and the folks of their day hearing that one!

Enron was a company who went bankrupt yet up to the very moment they came out to say they were broke, they continually sent their own employees emails urging them to buy Enron stock. This folks was a lie of evil that goes beyond anything in business I’ve found in years. It’s bad enough to be bilked out of money by a competitor or be ripped off but to have money ‘stolen’ by your own employer?? Unthinkable!

Yet what happened when these corporate lies came to the surface? Little to nothing! In fact, people argued FOR the perpetrators as if they were the good guys instead of wanting to drag them out to the hill with pitchforks and torches as they should have. I was flabbergasted when I heard talk shows during the early 2000's because of the sheer stupidity of my species just astounded me. The most absurd arguments for the CEO and vice presidents of Enron's actions were spoken by people from all walks of life including folks who SHOULD know better such as highly educated individuals. No I'm not talking about the lawyers since as everyone knows all lawyers lie and you cannot trust a word they say any more than a used car salesman's word. Yet the media ate up these lies and regurgitated them over and over for the ignorant populace to consume.

Big Lies in Politics

We’ve had enormous lies in politics over the decades since I’ve been alive and paying attention to the political current. Nixon lied about Marijuana so he could put his fist down on the black & hippie communities; Reagan lied about his Trickle Down Economics as being good for the economy which economists all referred to as “Voodoo Economics” because they knew it was BS and useless for everyone but the wealthy in our society; Bush Sr lied about signing a bill on new taxes when he said, “Read my lips” which cost him his re-election; Clinton lied to the public about having sex with Monica Lewinsky on camera; shorty Bush Jr lied about weapons of mass destruction being in Iraq; even Obama was not immune from controversy where lies were told to the public at times during his Presidency.

This is only a small accounting of our Presidents in recent history and does NOT take into consideration all of the 535 members of Congress let alone our individual state governments which comprise of governors, state representatives and senators as well as local mayors, city council members or county commissioners and township trustees. When you think about it, politics is mind boggling to say the least yet it seems to be the cesspool of lies, deceit and evil so why anyone of good moral character who would want to get entangled in that mess should require some therapy because if elected, at the end of their term, they will not be the same person as when they started due to all of the lies they have heard and told themselves.

Truth Is Subjective To It’s Own Dominant Paradigm

For years I have stated that the above and have had numerous individuals argue with me that truth is never subjective because as they say, “Truth is empirical!” Really?? Where? Even scientists lie through their damn teeth. Archaeologists lie about historical facts to please or placate Creationist believers and religious extremists. Chemists lie about the severity of chemicals on both the human body and the environment all for the sake of the corporation’s bottom line profit margins. Engineers will lie by overstating the effectiveness of their corporation’s products or its ability to last. Even in academia, there are liars hiding in the wings who will stab one another in the back to get ahead all because they covet some nebulous prize. There are also the many scientists who outright lie in court because they are ‘paid’ by defense or prosecution for their time but in all fairness, they’re paid for their opinion to support the position they’re paid to support, not to be truthful.

In essence, truth is subjective to what you choose to believe because right or wrong, you make a choice to believe what is true or what is a lie. If what you believe is a lie, then that is your truth, right or wrong. So long as this subjective truth does not harm you nor anyone else, I see little harm in believing it. However when you go out on social media telling folks things like they need to "drink 8 glasses of water a day to flush out toxins", that is a lie because there is no medical reason for doing so. Yet people will argue they need to be hydrated even though that is because they have been conditioned by the media to believe they need it even though they are not working any sort of heavy job where they are losing lots of body fluids. True that perhaps SOME of the populations workers may need to consume more liquids because I worked in a rubber plant where in the summer it could get temperatures well past 100 deg F and one of my jobs in maintenance was to stock and fill the Gatorade dispensers for the workers. However the average person sitting in an air conditioned home or office is not losing that sort of body fluid nor is the average person outside playing a sport according to actual sports physicians however the multi-billion dollar sports industry would have you believe otherwise.

In Summary

Our human world is loaded with lies and stark truth that no one wants to hear yet everyone runs around saying, “I’d rather hear the dark truth than a white lie”... really? Horse shit. That's the call of an insecure individual seeking attention who also was never taught emotional security or how to process their emotions properly because folks who can process their emotions properly do not worry about lies because they just deal with such rationally when these things arise and more importantly they do not lose their shit over them. Typically this type of insecure individual also has not taken the time to learn the world is full of lies, half-truths (re: lies), damn lies, and outright horse shit OR they're hiding in a Pollyanna like world to insulate their psyche's from potential harm and thus when a real lie hits them, it subjects them to severe mental trauma. 

Truth is often subjective because only in math is truth truly empirical - that is UNTIL you discover even friggin' mathematicians play around with “imaginary numbers” to make advanced calculations work. (“Say what, Moloch?”) Indeed yes they use the concept of imaginary numbers (i.e. lies). LoL So even math has its share of lies that work out, eh? Crazy world we live in folks.

Go and try to be good to someone and if you think they are unable to emotionally handle the truth, do them a favor and lie to them. It’s not a sin and frankly you’re doing them a favor regardless of what idiot platitude they spout. Because truth is most people prefer to believe a lie than the truth. Advertisers know this as a fact of life. Learn it. Believe it. It is what it is.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Your Choice to Avoid or Embrace Pain



  
Why is it we as people and especially as metaphysical and occult practitioners spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about what life brings to us? Yes it’s true that we’re worried bout what sorts of pain life may bring to us yet are these instances of pain learning situations as well? Have we not went through enough life lessons already to recognize that?

Denial

We do our best to hide pain, to camoflage it, to disguise it and to make it look like it hasn’t caused us much damage even when the pain in our lives has seemingly raped us. Why do we try to deny what we’ve been through? Is it that we’re embarrassed about the pain that has touched us? Or is it that we’re so entirely focused on everything that’s come through our lives thus far?

I think folks forget that some things come barreling down the road of life at us at impossible speeds and then we’re supposed to simply “deal” with everything smoothly - or at least that’s the way the stories all end with.. You know, the knight slays the evil dragon and saves the princess but sometimes the evil dragon has chomped on the princess before we were able to save her becuase after all, why would any draon of evil intent save a princess? It would just kill her and then try to kill anyone dumb enough to come and rescue her.

Big Fight, No Rewards

So we end up going through this tremendous battle (with an evil dragon) only to discover there’s no reward waiting for us at the end (the dragon killed the princess). As much as we dislike this scenario, it is all too true in our lives. How often are you pitched an idea to believe there’s some great reward at the end of some immeasurable risk? Only to accept that risk, deal with it and discover the reward was shitty, insufficient or nowhere near what you feel was justified for your efforts regardless of what someone else says they said they were compensated with?

This is where I believe social media has both helped and hindered sincere folks along the way. First people get a chance to explain the pain in their lives and tell others the circumstances of what happened. This usually results in a limited amount of garnered sympathy which everyone needs a wee bit at least once in their life but whether it’s sympathy or empathy, it’s just others trying to reach out to let you know they understand where you are, where you’ve been and to say you’re not alone.

The downside to social media with this is it creates people who constantly kvetch about each and every little peeve or issue that irritates them. In essence they become miserable pricks of a sort who refuse to mature. Because in the majority of instances, most fights, including the major ones, are without reward - the princess is dead as she’s been devoured long before the rescue attempt was begun.

Screw Cliches

Far too many simply want to say, “Well then, suck it up and walk it off, cupcake!” and while there may be a few instances in life where that cliche is viable for someone who overreacts to every negative thing, it’s NOT a phrase that is ultimately helpful. True we do need to pull out heads out of our bums and get a grip on ourselves eventually but there is time for grieving, for feeling sad, for wallowing in self-pity, a little time, but even so that time is precious and since life is short, very short, you must not allow yourself to lay around sulking or feeling morose to the point you become depressed.

Pain is actually a good thing in our lives because for one it helps us to recognize when we need healing. Our bodies run pretty much autonomously 24/7 of pain unless we overdo something to create some sort of pain be it over-exertion of our brains (mental), arguing with a friend (emotional), stubbing our toe (physical), and etc. It’s true we do tend to create 90% of the pain in our own lives. It’s not until we realize something is wrong and do what we know to correct it that we can avoid pain.

Threshold

The key to understanding and dealing with pain in your life is to know your level or rather threshold of pain. There are some types of movie scenes I find difficult to watch due to the amount of pain being inflicted upon someone, usually scumbags who find using torture to be an effective tool. At one time Hollywood merely inferred this sort of thing in movies & film then reality set in with directors who thought they needed “realism” so they began to show people torturing other people on camera. Regardless that these scenes are fake, they’re meant to be real enough to elicit a response from you and from me they elicit disgust. I don’t need to see some brute beating the poor schlub tied to a chair. Do you? It’s useless scenery and time wasted on something they could just as easily inferred was about to happen. 

Another thing I find painful to watch are some types of comedians and comedy that are painful. Some folks think it’s hilarious to watch others in pain while I do not. Frankly I think it’s sick to do this yet most of the world enjoys watching another person act stupid to the point of painfulness. For example, some sketch comedians take a humorous joke and run it into the ground. Now the joke isn’t funny any longer but painful. Gee thanks. Didn’t want to see that, just wanted to be entertained. It’s like when a sketch comedian plays an obnoxious character it always seems they take this character to the extremes and those extremes are painful to watch. To me that’s no longer funny nor entertainment and too much like real life and frankly I’m tired of real life so I come to comedy for relaxation and entertainment. So, um, thanks.

Ever know someone whose life and antic are such that you are unable to watch them? Whether they’re kids or adults, they seem to do the dumbest, most stupid things to cause the most pain to themselves and others to the point you simply cannot watch them grow any longer? That’s what I’m talking about. Commonly they’re referred to as “train wrecks” because their lives have run off the rails and over into the ravine. Extremely painful to watch. They grow up making one bad decision after another regardless of who counsels them.

Life Is Pain

Let’s face it folks, life IS pain. It begins with the pain of birth and continues until we grow old enough and it’s time to pass away into death. There’s a lot of pain, grief and misery in between regardless of your economic status, age, ethnicity (though some ethnic groups would have you believe they have endured more pain than any other group), religious persuasion, education level, and any other status from having your driver’s license to marital status, every group, gender and/or statistic has its level of pain associated with it.

To some, pain is a badge of honor to wear. Some folks like to brag they’ve endured X in their lives and are still here to tell the tale. Such as Cancer survivors and these folks deserve to be given kudos for their bravery and refusal to not give in. So with those folks, instead of avoiding inevitable pain, they embrace it. Wholeheartedly. They see pain as a medal of honor to be worn proudly. It’s just a different mindset or way of reframing an otherwise bad situation. Instead of looking at their lives as survivors, they see themselves as winners who beat the evil dragon regardless if the princess has been devoured. The reward to them is the defeat of the evil dragon itself because not all dragons have hoards waiting to be looted.

The older we age though the harder and heavier those badges of honor become because we trudge closer to the grave with fewer and fewer of our comrades and friends by our sides until it is just us alone. Do any of us fear growing old? Not really. Do any of us fear death? I doubt it. So what do we fear? Being left alone - having our loved ones and friends die before us so that we’re all that is left. That seems to be the general consensus that I’ve bee able to pick up on. Because most pagans & occultists do not fear death but they dislike the idea that beloved friends of theirs have passed on without them so that they’re left alone to carry on without X. That’s what really sucks about life: LOSS is the ultimate heartache.

Nursing homes are bereft with people whose lives ended with few who cared about them. My short stay in a nursing facility when my leg was healing after surgery in 2012 taught me that the elderly are certainly a sad lot. So many need just a little happiness to make their lives happier and joyful. Yet these facilities are the dumping grounds for lack of a better term for the aged and no longer relevant in our society. We talk about caring for them yet leaving them alone with others they don’t know is not caring for them at all. The facilities want you to believe the patients set around getting to know one another but truth is this is rare in these places. Why? Due to the medications many of them are on for pain they’re not in their right minds to sit and converse with one another.

While at the nursing home, I saw numerous occasions when they would wheel out a cadaver and every time it jolted me into realization that eventually that would be yours truly. “The circle of life has been completed for X” I would say to myself after I found out the name of the person who passed away. It was my way of saying a minor prayer to the Guede for their safe passage to the next world.

Typically I write something like this at Samhain as a reminder that the ancestors will be receiving us eventually. But now I am about to lose a dear friend of mine that I have known for 34 years and will have to put my beloved pet down for her health & medical reasons as well. I’m sad but not morose about this. Life continues regardless. The Sun still rises and sets regardless of what happens to any of us on this planet. Just remember that pain is often a teaching tool and if you embrace it, then it’s not as difficult to deal with as if you tried to run away and hide from or disguise it as something else.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Plant Your Seed Now!



Welcome Summer Solstice 2017! It’s a cool 73 degrees where I live here in north central Ohio and the night time temperatures are still in the low 60's as if it’s Spring. Hoping my plants grow as I would like to harvest some decent sized peppers for my stir fry this Fall. However we shall see. :)

To grow anything, we must plant seeds and nurture those seeds until they sprout seedling plants then tenderly care for them until they take root and begin to fend for themselves against the elements outdoors. So too must we do the same with various aspects of our lives including our love, happiness, health and of course our finances which seems to be a big concern for many folks who are living hand to mouth or paycheck to paycheck.

I get a LOT of email requests from people interested in help for primarily two things: Love & Financial assistance. Why? Plainly speaking the world is fucked up and people are just wanting a little solace in love and a few bucks to enjoy a few of the nice things in life. Yet I get a LOT of flack from my peers for sharing so many money oriented rites & spells with folks.

Today I wanted to share an old occult generator with you that I learned from Malcolm Mills, the author of a rarely known 1970's mail order witchcraft course which primarily focused on recipes but in this instance, he offered a spell generator that works ongoing. It’s rather simple in scope and setup and I think you’ll like it. I’ve shared it with folks in my old Guild of Sorcery group before and they loved it. Here it is:

Money Growth Box by Malcolm Mills

Needed: 
A small wooden box, approximately 4” x 4”
Fresh or dried Peppermint Leaves

Sprinkle some peppermint leaves inside the box. Every day, toss a dollar or spare change into the box. Once you put it in the box, don’t take it out and don’t count the money that is accumulating! After 3 months, count your money, put half of it back in the box and continue the same routine for another 3 months, and so on. You will be surprised how quickly a dollar a day and spare change can multiply. When I write a check, I will write the amount for a little bit over, so I will have some $1’s. Sometimes, if I get an unexpected five or ten bucks pitched my way, I will go ahead and put that in the box as well. After all, I didn’t have it to begin with, so I won’t miss it, and the fun part is it increases the money collecting in the box that much more! After I put money in the box, for luck, I say: “Money grows from money!” It does and it will for you, too. Especially if you are well disciplined enough to keep your mitts out of it for three months at a time. Good Luck!

Always remember to be thankful for where the money came from. Many people in this world are not as fortunate to have a dollar or extra coins to set aside everyday.

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Simple, elegant and useful. Notice that there’s not a lot involved in the ongoing maintenance of using this device. You don’t have to make one either as you can buy the box from say a Hobby Lobby and then just use it as is if you desire. Most folks would paint it and Malcolm most likely left that out figuring folks would do that anyways without him having to tell them to do so. Remember that the size is recommended so if you don’t have one that is exactly the size suggested, it is okay since an inch smaller won’t hurt anything. Larger would be ideal but you don’t want anything too tiny since it is going to hold large amounts of bills.

I painted mine gold using the Pot O’ Gold paint on the market and then used green to make a dollar sign for my money box. The peppermint leaves rock as they make the money smell nice and I also use peppermint oil to anoint the inside of the box with as well. No it’s not something Malcolm suggested but it’s what I do.

If you feel the need to do so, add in a prayer such as Psalm 65 to your repertoire when asking for your money woes to begone. No it’s not necessary but like chicken soup, it can’t hurt. The idea is to bring in whatever you can to help. Frankly the money box could be a central focus on your work table for financial rituals should your need arise.

Moloch's Money Aid Invocation Using the Money Box

Set your Money Box in the center of your spiritual work table. Behind at the work table’s corners light two white candles dressed with Holy oil. Light some peppermint leaves on hot charcoal (if you’re being thrifty) or if you have it on hand, use some Prosperity incense & set this behind your Money Box. Now dress a green taper candle with a good high quality Prosperity oil and set the candle next to the box.

Next, you should perform some sort of power invoking ritual such as the Middle Pillar to re-energize your Chakras. When finished, take a few deep breaths and exhale slowly after each breath. Calm your mind and mentally will your body to relax slowly beginning with your feet then your lower legs then upper legs then groin area, then torso, then arms, neck and finally your face and head. Relaxation should not take mor than five or six minutes since you’re merely just breathing deeply and relaxing your muscles one group at a time. The relaxing will allow your power to flow better.

Next grab your KJV Bible and open to Psalm 65. Say first the Hebrew pass-phrase, “Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, Adonai Tzabaoth!” (kah-doe-sh-ah-doe-nye-ee-say-bah-oat) which announces to the spirits you are about to do ritual. Begin praying Psalm 65 and anywhere you see the words “I” or “me” in the psalm substitute your name instead. Then when finished, say, “Achirei O Elohim, Adonai of my salvation...” then speak your desires.

Next hold your hands over either side of your Money Box and let the power you generated with the Middle Pillar flow through and into your hands as you will this power into your Money Box. Let this power flow for a while for at least several minutes. As you do so, say the holy name “Adonai Ha-Aretz” (ah-doe-nye-ee-ha-A-rets) and chant it slowly sounding out each syllable. Do this until the words begin to form into balls of light and then let them flow into the box through your hands. Then finish up and you are done.

Realize that your prosperity will take time to get into gear and move for you so it’s not an overnight thing. And remember prosperity is NOT the same as Money Drawing because you are attracting prosperity in general to you not a specific amount of money which is what Money Drawing is actually all about. That is the difference between the two according to Tiriel who advised me in a session once.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dealing With An Individual's Expiration Time



We’re at the halfway point of the year and I received some very disturbing news this morning from a dear friend's sibling that has turned my world upside down today. I’ve just learned that my best friend of nigh 34 years is headed to becoming an ancestor sometime this year due to their ongoing health complications.

The difficult part of this sort of news is that it’s hard on the individual’s existing family members even though they do not have any children of their own to be concerned about leaving behind. The siblings and the nieces/nephews are enough to be left let alone the few friends they’ve known (such as myself) for almost 34 years.

I can hear the fools now saying, “Gee Moloch, guess you’re not that powerful, hunh?” and that’s a moron’s way of looking at this because you’re talking out of your ass since you don’t know the whole story. It’s NOT about power because if this individual wanted to live longer, there are both medical and occult ways to do it! Hell, if they would have just take/n their medication alone then their life would be extended further. However some folks have lived their lives under the knife on the operating table long enough and have made a decision to forgo further invasive treatments and I have to respect that decision. Especially when I’ve been asked not to do anything for them.

The real issue here for me is that this individual has been a dear friend of mine for 34 years. We’ve been though thick and thin together. I don’t want them to die but that’s MY selfishness coming out. Thus I must come to terms with the fact they will no longer be in my immediate life for me to hang out with. *sigh* Yeah that’s depressing as it is. The holidays will suck too without them around. Plus growing older without a dear friend from my youth as such really blows. I had hoped we’d get into trouble together, somehow, as we began to creep into our 70's.

I don’t have many people I call “friend” only three in my life and one has already passed onto Summerland last year. She was 72. She’s an ancestor on my shrine and never forgotten. Now friend number two is about to expire and that really sucks. In Haitian Vodu, we’re taught to work with the Guede (re: the Dead) and the ancestors which helps make US less fearful of death for ourselves but that does not stop the pain or hurt when you know you’re going to lose someone you’ve loved, argued with, fought for, and bled for, for over 30 years. Can the Baron and the Guede help me get through this? Absolutely however they can’t stop the sting which is forthcoming. It’s pain of loss that must come.

They will become a beloved ancestor to add to my shrine even though they’re not blood related - frankly spilling blood for me is close enough. We’ve loaned money to one another over the years, labored together, laughed together and done what we could to help one another. If that’s not family then I have no clue what is. I have blood relatives who I could give a damn about that want nothing to do with me and the feeling is mutual. This individual is someone I’d do anything for if asked.

Sometimes I think KNOWING someone is going to expire is harder than not knowing and just learning about it all of a sudden. Hug your loved ones. Visit them frequently. I plan on spending more time with this person. As much as I can.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Social Media Occult Groups - What to Watch Out For


Ever join an online metaphysical discussion group? To see what goes on in such a place even if your desire is not to stay or partake in discussion? You're right, the majority of these occult groups are scary places. Why? For the most part they tend to be created not by scholars or more experienced practitioners rather rank novices end up making such groups in the hopes to maybe corral a few skilled mages into their group in the hopes free information can be disseminated. It's an old tactic and I know dozens of worthwhile practitioners who have also been roped into joining such groups including yours truly by a novice hoping they will learn something valuable.

No this isn’t one of those diatribes against getting hijacked into one of these groups without your permission which none of us can stand nor are appreciative of rather this is more about the quality of these groups and the information they provide versus the time you’re wasting there. True it is annoying to get hijacked into these groups when you never gave anyone permission to add you without asking and of course the key to there is to unsubscribe from them a.s.a.p. then delete the noodnik who took it upon themselves to add you to their group without your permission. Eventually you reach a point of zero since it comes down to the fact such people become scarce on your friends list. Being hijacked like that is just rude not to mention obnoxious.

No I’m talking about stepping into one to see what sorts of info is being shared and *shudders* by whom. It seems every lunatic with a keyboard hangs out in these groups to witness the sheer silliness which passes for “information” these days. During this past POTUS election, there was much ado about ‘fact checking’ from the Left, the Right and even others who had no vested interest other than to say, “Get it right if you’re going to say it!” So why can we not expect the same of our metaphysical groups? Hmm? In the past I have been and still am a member of lots of metaphysical and occult groups as well as guitar groups in social media sites and here are some of my observations for you to be aware of...

1. Groups Tend To Be Set Up and Run By Novices - folks who barely understand the nuances between altar, Hoodoo, ritual, cemetery, Wicca, circle, pyramid, quartz, and so on from one another. In fact they’re hoping to meet someone who can educate them for free. Will you be their free instructor? Do you have the time? The inclination? The wherewithal?

2. Novices Barely Know Anything YET They’ve Been Practicing the Occult the Longest! - funny thing when I began to practice Witchery, a serious change in my life like this took hold of me and it meant a lot to my life's history. So much so that I right then and there logged it down in a notebook. Thus I can remember exactly when and where I dedicated my life to the Old Gods YET even McWiccans out there who claim to have been at this 20+ years have no clue what date s/he started to practice. Really? Wow. So your conversion to Wicca or Paganism really meant a lot to you then I guess, hunh? Do you know when you got your driver’s license? When you graduated HS? Got married? Had your first born child? Yet you cannot remember the exact date you started practicing. Right. Sure. How about you’re yet another wannabe pretending to be something you’re not? Sounds more reasonable.

What about the token Know-It-All's in the group? Such as the one who tells everyone he's been at it for X number of years YET he has never heard of things anyone with his amount of experience SHOULD know such as variations of Witchery and traditions (including ones which aren't Wiccan based), it's medieval history, use of herbs, roots, Moon phases and so on? Beware you're most likely dealing with a book learned neo-Pagan. They are a dime a dozen so be cognizant of their limited amount of knowledge and wisdom on occult topics even when they claim lengthy time periods of practice.


3. Intelligent, Well Researched Posts Belittled By Fools - if you decide to hang around and observe a group, you notice who takes time to research a topic and post it to the group. Only to have some McWiccan or Ceremonial Wannabe reply with some nonsense like, “That’s how you do it; I’m Kemetic (or insert any tradition/path here) and we do it differently”. Really? You win a No-Prize for your efforts “Mr/Ms Kemetic” because no one cares. Posting such a foolish reply makes you look like a dunce. Better to keep your mouth shut and let folks believe you are one instead of opening it and proving their suspicions are correct about you, right? 

Now IF you were to continue your sentence, “...I’m Kemetic and we do it differently such as doing X this way by starting....” where you are sharing your knowledge and experience then that’s terrific because in fact that’s what such groups were meant for - to compare notes with one another. However when you don’t share the experience and knowledge part, you look like a fool who is just grandstanding with nothing more to add. I’ve seen this time and time again over the years - even in my own groups going all the way back to the late 90's when I ran my own Yahoo Groups. Thus beware of these sorts of people.

4. Spamholes! - Hey, I love Lon DuQuette, his writings and his videos however let’s face it, the man is a spam asshole or a spamhole. He joins every occult group on FB NOT to share in any discussions - that would be beneath his high holiness - but rather to SPAM every group on his list en mass so that everyone knows all about his latest book, latest coffee shop appearance where he’ll be singing one of his lame folk songs he thinks we care about or some such thing. Now yes I’m picking on Lon because he’s HORRIBLE at the whole spam game as is Jason Newcomb who does the same bloody thing and is another spamhole. "Buy my canvas magic circles!" lol This isn't much different than ol' Koetting and his "living god" spam he likes his minions to go around and spam groups with. 

So some of these groups are created for the sole purpose of promoting the owner's spam. Okay at least that's an honest approach because you know it's spam city going in and there won't be any surprises. The downside? Few to none of these folks doing this ever took any professional marketing training so they know jack and shit about marketing, advertising let alone selling in such groups. Thus these groups tend to be little more than spam-pits where you find little useful information outside of spam. 

Other places are smaller groups run by marketing wizard wannabes whose wish is to do good and again no concept nor knowledge of how to deal with spam properly thus they end up allowing too much spam and their groups fall prey to being little more than just a spam-pit. All they would have to do is make a hard rule that IF you wish to be allowed to spam, you MUST make regular contributions to group discussions. This is what I have had to do and thus far it has worked remarkably well for many years now.

Let me finish this by saying as a marketing rep myself, I am not against anyone doing marketing for their metaphysical business or to peddle their wares & services. Again there is NOTHING WRONG WITH IT - when done properly. Therein lies the rub. Thus if you wish to become well off, then put down the occult books and study marketing and advertising for a change and not just one or two books either. Delve into the subjects. Eat them up. There is much to be learned. Because if you're going to do something, then do it right the first time.

5. Allowing All Topics Open For Discussion! - here’s how you know you’re in the presence of rank amateurs! When these wannabes allow any and all topics to be discussed - OR they rule out something say “spell requests” (some call it spell begging) and avoid it completely or like some Pagan groups create a sub-group where this sort of thing is hashed out regularly. Still what do they allow? Oy vey. All sorts of ~HOT~ topics from Karma (Ugh! More preaching?) and 3 Fold Rule (hasn't this dead horse decayed yet?) debates to current politics in the news (another useless topic for an occult group). African religions (always a fire starter!), animal and blood sacrifices (nooo that NEVER starts a flame war!) Aleister Crowley - it seems this old pedophile’s life is the only thing some people have to talk about these days. Then we have the whole "Magic = Psychology" weirdos and their goofy Jungian paradigm included in this where people take it on themselves to run around informing everyone Magic is nothing more than what’s going on in your noggin. Always a great fight starter. Living God disciples and their master, Koetting, who few practitiners have much use for these days yet allow this drivel and make it interesting for the arguments to crop up.

What about the whole Herbal/Medical advice? Highly illegal YET McWiccans and wannabe physicians abound in the Pagan community who know jack shit about real science, diet, physiology, biology, chemistry - not one of them a legal physician BUUUUT they know enough from studying Cunningham, Beryl and a few online herbal websites that makes them feel they’re qualified to dole out medical advice with herbs. (Especially IF they have passed some sort of home study course in herbs! *cough, cough*) Just be careful allowing this advice to go through your group because if Mary McWiccan gives medical advice on YOUR group with YOUR permission and something negatively happens to the person taking her advice... like say they die as a result? Guess what? You’re also responsible and can be hauled into court of law in front of a judge to answer for allowing this to be shared in your group. Doubt me? Ask any defense lawyer.

6. Blind Leading the Blind - while an occult group’s purpose is to foster communication between its members, very often this is not the case. Typically you see one woman take front and center stage with, “I’m Josie, here’s a photo of my altar of pussycats. I just love pussycats. I have 3 dozen of them around me. lol I’m often troubled by money woes trying to pay for their food and health costs but I’d never give up even one of my pussycats. I’ve been a Wiccan for over 30 years. I’m a very powerful witch so feel free to ask me anything!”

Obviously I invented Josie however she is typical of dozens of posts I’ve seen in Pagan and neo-Pagan occult FB groups I’ve been in under pseudonyms. Funny too because IF Josie really IS a powerful witch, then WHY does she have such money woes? If she has such issues, also it begs the question WHY is she trying to lead Novices as well? Yet this is a perfect example of daily life in a typical FB group. So Josie really isn’t as powerful as she thinks she believes herself to be. Especially later when we see a few months down the road that Josie is asking people to help her take in her pussycats because she has to vacate her home due to eviction for non-payment of her mortgage. NO, this is NOT a slam at all! Rather it is an observation only and an all too common trope that happens in these groups. Should Josie be teaching novices if she cannot attend to her own personal issues? And yes those are enormous issues to deal with not tiny issues we all deal with on a daily basis.

Sort of like those who really don’t know nor understand Divination nor what it’s about, how to use it, when to employ it and so forth. They just read the little white booklet that comes with their Tarot pack, memorize the cards and that’s it. No there’s a whole lot more to it than just that. IF you just started learning Tarot, you should NOT be answering novice questions about Divination. Hello genius? Because you may lead someone to a false sense of security or give them the wrong info. Those who try to do this are the Blind leading the Blind. That’s what Josie is.

7. Posting Personal Drama - it’s an occult discussion group, not your private therapy group. You want it to be successful? Then cease and desist with the personal drama and apply your metaphysical know-how to your own personal woes. Hello? Oh, certainly an occasional anecdote is all right because sometimes it’s nice to decompress and get an opinion from someone else. However, some folks make groups just so they can use them as their personal form of group therapy. *smh* Yet the members never seem to notice this nonsense and so each day the little Goth princess has to post more of her personal drama from home about her husband, employer, neighbor, whoever and it gets old fast AND what’s worse, it is never ending. From a so-called "spiritual leader". YET none of the group members ever bother to take notice.

8. Posting Memes - rarely is anything more useless than posting something as inane as a meme especially in an occult group. Memes are often made specifically for opinions to spread an opinion about a particular political belief or stance. The other part of memes is to be funny. While at times humor is useful for groups, most of these memes can be seen in your regular feed on your wall. Save them for these places but if you must, then go ahead and post them to your group. Just realize you’re not doing your group any favors as a result of posting them to your group. What's wrong with posting something original of your own making?

9. Posting Free PDF’s/Books - sure everyone loves a free book yet truth is the vast majority of these shared to most groups are already shared ad infinitum on other groups so what’s the point? What makes your group special? Nothing. You’re just another parrot parroting other parrots. Try refusing to allow them for once and make everyone who wants free pdf's go hunt for them or join another open Pagan group that has them all. Do you have any idea how many groups out there have free pdf’s of all of Crowley’s crappy books? Seriously. A LOT of them do. It’s almost laughable. Reminds me of Jehovah’s Witnesses the way Thelemites and Crowleyites run around uploading them to every occult group's Files section. Choose to be different. Stand alone if you must but do so. 

10. Taking/Ripping Off/Stealing Material From Websites, Books as well as Other Groups and Refusing To Give Due Credit! - big time foul here folks. Don’t do this. You may think you’re making your group cooler, hipper and smarter but you’re not. Best thing to do is to NOT do this and force yourself to write - regardless of how bad your writing is. The more you do it the better at it you will get. Okay? Bear that in mind. Do not rip off another group, website or writer to make your group better like so many do. Be original. Be unique.

Some things I have seen in online occult groups and have worked to avoid myself however you can as well to make your own occult group spiffier, tidier and more enchanting than the usual drivel that passes for occultism out there. Do not allow yourselves to get caught up in the miasma that is what others believe you should have for the occult when you know better. It’s your group. Make it unique, fun and a place others will talk about. :)