Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What Genuine Dragons Blood Resins, Oils, and Powders are and are Not

Pterocarpus indica
Pterocarpus Indica (Wikipedia Commons; CC by 3.0); Forest & Kim Starr

Genuine Dragons Blood, Fake Dragons Blood, what's the Difference?

Or--The Truth about Dragons blood, that your Mother was Afraid to tell You

For those that really care--which is indubitably the magick practitioners amongst us--dragons blood is not one particular substance, thus its fragrance is bound to vary dependent upon where it's bought. As a matter of fact, a resin, powder, or oil can be made from any one of the following, and it is rightfully called dragons blood: Croton plants, Dracaena trees, Calamus rotang (rattan palm), Pterocarpus trees, and Demonorops draco plants.

Resin incense selection, on Amazon
Resin incense selection, on Amazon

The resin is supposed to be red, but may not naturally be--it may be color enhanced; but as well it could be brown, with hardly any red visible. When powdered, it is often extended with similarly fragranced powders. Beyond the aforementioned, there are some, well you could call them counterfeited versions of dragons blood... where an item is sold as dragons blood but is actually entirely red sandalwood mixed with frankincense (typically this would describe powders, but a resin can be manufactured in this way). Though it technically seems counterfeit, it literally has all the properties of a dragons blood resin, and is commonly used as a substitute in many applications. To clarify--in theory, for dragons blood to be genuine, the sandalwood added would be in resin form, not powdered wood or bark form.

And as a matter of fact, red sandalwood is a genus of pterocarpus (pterocarpus santalinus); this means that dragons blood resins, oils, and powders, are as genuine when produced in the aforementioned so called counterfeit way. The truth is, that given all this, there is no "true" dragons blood--only the energies that a bonafide representation of it encapsulates--which is that of the color red, one of these trees or plants--which provides a connection to the energy of a dragon, raw energy, and pure magick.

Calamus gibbsianus
Calamus gibbsianus; By Eric in SF - Own work, GFDL

It is commonly held that the most valued of all dragons blood resins, is that of the Dracaena draco tree; however, a far more abundant source, is that of the Demonorops draco. So while one the first is the ideal, the second is commonly seen as "genuine," this based upon the rarity of the first kind, as well as upon the need to define one type as being genuine. As for dragons blood oils, it's hard to know what you are getting for sure. If you are buying oil, make sure it's labeled which of these plants it is derived from, or it literally could be anything. And when it comes to the powders, in a lot of cases you are getting frank and sandalwood.

Which leaves me to ask--will the real dragons blood please stand up?

With this all said, to those that intend to work with dragons blood--I know that the bulk of us intend to keep it clean and pure, at least, as much as we are able to given our sources; and that's good enough for me.

Dragons blood resin, on Amazon
Dragons blood resin, on Amazon

Friday, March 16, 2018

Crowley, the Legend and the Lies :: Crowley Myths Exposed

Aleister Crowley--the Great Beast 666
Aleister Crowley


Aleister Crowley--controversial, a prolific writer, a true free spirit that lived wild and free, and a top notch magick practitioner with keen intellect, is what he was. He lived his life the way he wanted to, and let nothing hold him back. He could be described as a hedonist, but was not without discipline--with what he achieved in his lifetime in volume of writing alone, with him few others could compare. And what he achieved in magickal pursuits, few others could compare. 

There is no doubt that he was loved by many and also reviled by many; ergo much has been said of him and much of it's foundless. Those that thought lowly of him told lies and exaggerated dilute partial truths, while those that thought highly of him at times made claims that were groundless, to appear as being closer to him than was factual. Furthermore, what was said long ago about this legendary magician, still carries on today. That's why we are going to sift through a few common myths--to see what brought them on, and see what the truth inside them looks like.

Myth Number 1: Crowley sacrificed humans in his magickal rites

Magickal ritual
Analysis: ❌ This is false.

The Truth:
In one of his works, "On the Bloody Sacrifice: And Matters Cognate," Crowley referred to masturbation, in his personal brand of veiled humor, as child sacrifice. For those who did not understand or that wanted to see the worst in him at a quick glance upon his work, the worst is what they found and remembered, thus the myth lives on. Crowley was serving up vital information in his own unique way, and apparently did not care if he'd be misconstrued--and he probably hoped to be misconstrued. So it's a definite no on the human sacrifice; however, there may have been a frog crucifixion. Allow me to explain why I say maybe...

But first, one could ask, why would Crowley sacrifice a frog anyway? Well, it is commonly held that it was done in order for Crowley to officially achieve the grade of Magus. And reading around it seems that everyone and his dog believes that a frog was killed, but that doesn't make it so. In the book "The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema," Lon Milo Duquette states that Crowley did not engage in animal sacrifice in matters magickal and spiritual. I tried to contact him to gain clarity, but failed. However, I consulted another long time OTO insider; I did not ask permission to disclose his name, but he's a veritable icon within Thelema. He told me that in Crowley's time and in an area he spent time in--New Orleans--there was a frog crucifixion ritual that had been traditionally performed, and that no one raised an eyebrow at that sort of thing back then. It appears that Crowley was influenced by that. And thus his ritual potentially (and likely) took place.

Crucified frog sculpture at Penn State Abington
Crucified frog sculpture; Image linked to source.

Reading the outline of the frog crucifixion ritual, it's clear that it's all about symbolically disengaging from the old Aeon, and clearing the way for new and better. It was not a game he played, it was not for fun, and it was not evil. To provide a clearer perspective of how far less than evil it was, quoting the same unnamed individual "People were rather cavalier in those days, regarding the suffering of animals. As late as the 1960s it was common practice in high school biology lab to kill one and cut it open while the heart was still beating. That's been replaced by less gruesome acts than vivisection in modern high school, for the most part. In Crowley's time, people would not have thought much about it at all. Not nice, of course. Less nasty than Spanish-style bull fighting, but that's still done."

Abramelin the Mage, on Amazon
Abramelin the Mage, on Amazon

I conclude this section here by quoting three people. My friend Adam K, who said "remember, people still believe that Crowley sacrificed children, because they don't understand the metaphor." And Lon Milo Duqette, who in the book referred to above said, "even though there are what appear to be references to the practice in some of the Holy Books of Thelema, animal sacrifice plays no part whatsoever in the magick of Aleister Crowley." And last but not least, quoting Crowley himself--his entire ritual as a matter of fact. Rather than actually quote from it I urge you to read it, as it's clear that said ritual was an important symbolic and magickal expression of justice--the justice of course being the obliteration of the old aeon, in order to enter the new--an aeon of truth and liberty. Thus in its way the ritual effectively summarized Crowley's greatest life work--Thelema.

Sure there will still be those who believe that Crowley killing the frog, if it even happened, was wrong, and perhaps evil. To them I say, consider this for a moment: this is how pigs, goats, sheep, cows and calves are killed for our consumption--an electrical current is zapped across their heart or brain (it may seem humane, but would you like it done to you? I didn't think so), and the animal is made unconscious before being killed. And in industrialized slaughterhouses, chickens are shackled and dragged through an electrified water bath; and humans collectively allow this. Anyways, I digress...

For the record, I the author, could not harm or kill an animal if my life depended on it. But, returning to the point and to conclude this section, the bottom line is that Crowley did not engage in human sacrifice.

Illustrated Goetia by Crowley; on Amazon
Illustrated Goetia by Crowley; on Amazon

Crowley Myth Number 2 :: That he was a Pedophile

Bleak staircase

Analysis: ❌ This is false.

The Truth:
Crowley was not a pedophile, and the very essence of Thelema, is that we are each free to act in free will--all of us. Thus encroaching upon the free will of another was not a part of Crowley's philosophy, concerning both adults and children. However, there were things he said and things that happened that could easily be taken out of context; here is one of them:

In Crowley's book "The World Tragedy," he said, “Let me seduce the boys of England. Then these boys, becoming men, may bring about the new Heaven and the new Earth…for the transvaluation of all values must yet again take place…but without an army I am useless. Give me an army, young men; and we will sweep those dogs into the sea.” 

My commentary on the above: Hey, is it just me, or does this clearly say that he wants to begin cultivating an army, and he wants to start by working with England's young men? We don't know for certain how he meant for the word "seduced" to be taken; but common sense dictates that he wanted to change the values of men as they aged towards maturity, and let them become his backers--surely not that he wanted to sexually seduce armies of young men.

Do What Thou Wilt hoodie, on Amazon
Do What Thou Wilt hoodie, on Amazon

Next, we have an example of how Crowley quotes and people falsely claiming a connection to him, have often been taken out of context and misapplied to justify what rapists and pedophiles have done; read here, and the next one I'll explain in advance, as the perpetrator changed his name to replicate Aleister's name at birth (which was Edward Alexander Crowley)--this nincompoop here. Crowley's name does not belong in those publications yet it's there, while he's not here to defend himself. In times of yore, Crowley's times included, the media was left to do much as they pleased and many claims were made; some of those claims apparently took on a life of their own. Crowley was an ideal target due to his notoriety.

And on a similar note, here's an example of the type of rot, that gives the lies of the past, wings still today--Crowley Exposed (from a Christian perspective). They actually say "Aleister Crowley was... a mass child killer." I have no idea how they can say such a thing with a straight face, as there was not a single murder charge laid against him.

Unicursal Hexagram pendant, on Amazon
Unicursal Hexagram pendant, on Amazon

Additionally, there was a man named Mohammed ben Brahim; when Crowley was in Tunisia the two had a thing going. He is commonly referred to as a youth; but I looked it up and it was not like that. As it turns out, Mohammed ben Brahim was born in 1897. Do the math; Crowley went to Tunisia in 1923, so Mohammed was no teenager when residing with Crowley--he was 26. This common misconception probably adds to the confusion. Perhaps there is doubt as to whether the Mohammed ben Brahim referred to on Wikipedia is the same one that was Crowley's lover in the 1920s, but I clarified this with divination to my own satisfaction, and suggest you do the same.

Crowley Myth Number 4 :: That he Died Penniless and Alone

A few coins

Analysis: ❌ This is false.

The Truth:
Crowley was no longer a rich man by the time he went to Netherwood, but he had a place to live and had his needs met. As well, he had between £450 and £500 under his bed in a strongbox. Such an amount of money was a lot then--equivalent to over £18,401.72 today. At some point, Lady Frieda Harris talked him into believing that it was okay to access the money; and surely it was, as it was given to him in donations from OTO members as publishing money for his works, which during his life would not see the light of day. He had some visitors, for sure; as a matter of fact Patricia MacAlpine, who was there at the very end, alluded to this in her works. She stated that he was visited by Aleister Ataturk (Crowley's son by her) and his friends. However, how many visitors he had is unclear, as there isn't a whole lot written on the topic by those present, and some reports conflict.

Netherwood - Last Resort of Aleister Crowley
Netherwood: Last Resort of A.C.

It appears that until Crowley got truly unwell he had a fair shake of visitors. It's common with elderly folks, that after a while their people feel they need more rest, or find regular visits inconvenient to engage in... it may have been the same for Crowley. But he was not entirely alone, and was not underappreciated.

Netherwood has oft been referred to as a boarding house, but the truth is that it was anything but. It was a place where people went in retirement, it was for the refined. To provide a clearer illustration of how nice it was, Kenneth Grant--Crowley's secretary, resided there for a while; he rented a guest abode on its grounds. The term "boarding house" became popular after it was once used in a documentary, "Masters of Darkness," that seemed set on making Crowley look sinister, and in the end, broken down.

I think we can rest assured that there will always be plenty of interest in this great man, who achieved so much... and his song will play on for many decades more--the song of the wondrous Great Beast. 

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Crowley Myth Number 3 :: That he had another son besides Ataturk

Another son?

Analysis: ❌ This is false.

The Truth:
No he did not. As a matter of fact, let's clear up any misconceptions about how many offspring he sired. He had two with Rose Kelly: Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith Crowley, who died at two years of age (1904-1906); and Lola Zaza Crowley, who died in 1990 (1906-1990). Then, by Leah Hirsig, he sired Anne Leah Crowley, who is shown to have died the same year she was born--1920. And by Ninnette Fraux, he sired Astarte Lulu Panthea Crowley, who died in 2005 (1920-2005). And by Patricia Doherty MacAlpine, he sired Charles Edward d'Arquires, aka Aleister Ataturk (1937-2002). Now we move onto discussing why there is so much confusion concerning A.C.'s offspring...

Liber Aleph vel CXI
Liber Aleph vel CXI on Amazon

There was some tendency within the Crowley family to assume names other than their own, and it appears therefore when we encounter their various names, that he had a whole lot of offspring. But there were five in all, and that's it. Apart from his actual family members, there was a man once who changed his name to Edward Crowley (Aleister's birth name), who went on to commit murder. And rumor spread that he was Crowley's son; he's the same man referenced on this page, by the way.

Then there was Amado Crowley, who claimed to be Crowley's son. However, according to those that knew him well, he was a bit of  a yarn spinner, and had a vested interest in making such a claim. His claim is believed to be groundless.

And finally, some may ask--who was MacAleister? Was he Crowley's son? Well it goes like this--most of us familiar with Crowley are fully aware of the infamous Paris working. And a common telling of it has it that Crowley's assistant, MacAleister, was in fact his son, and that MacAleister was found dead at the conclusion of the incident. Although it's a quaint and heart-touching story, it would appear there's no truth to it. Read this interesting article written elsewhere, to get the gist of how it most likely was.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Jude: On my Store, Spirit Conjures, and Magick


Some months ago I made a couple of brief posts in reference to the opening of my shop--Metaphysicality Inc Store. But since then you may have noticed, there's been no further news on it. My bad. I have been so busy promoting it in other ways, that I have been negligent in mentioning it here. So I will take this opportunity to bring you up to speed, not only on my store, but also on how my journey through magick is progressing.

By the way--this is an absolute change of direction for me, as in the past, posts published here were rarely from the personal viewpoint of its respective author.

(Metaphysicality Inc's Webmaster)


So, what's going on with my store?...

Let's start at the beginning; you see, when the idea for my store was conceived, it was a place from which to sell metaphysical goods, and also a place to do my tarot readings from. However, since then the focus of my interests has changed immensely, and nowadays the bulk of focus is placed upon the spirit conjures I perform, and also upon the big picture of magick I engage in. I have yet to make my magick listings live--too busy getting all of my conjure listings up for now... all good things in their time, I guess.

The only past posts I've ever made on this blog concerning spirit keeping and spirit conjuring, were published long ago indeed, from a time before I began conjuring entities myself. I entered into magick through my experiences in spirit keeping and through the occult knowledge gained from traversing in that direction, and I kept on going, kept on learning, kept on reading what I could. I do practice what is called black magick, but do resent that the average person uses black magick to describe harmful magick, because it is not necessarily that (although it certainly may be in instances).

It is my personal opinion that no black magick should ever be done without due consideration.

Let me veer of on a tangent, to discuss black magick for a moment. The true definition of black magick, is magick that does not serve the magician's will--or should I rather say, their higher will. [By my definition, higher will is that which one by choice engages in, that serves them to grow and evolve in the ways they would like to--but this will is not decided spontaneously; it is a definitive part of an ongoing larger picture--True Will.] A secondary definition of black magick though, is engaging in magick that contravenes the free will of another. This is an interesting point to consider--as my standing in front of where you intend to walk, is me contravening your free will. So at what point does this sort of contravention automatically equate with black magick? True magick has no color, black, white, shades of grey, it's all irrelevant. However, a magician has to be certain of (and steadfast in) their underlying beliefs to ensure that there are no repercussions, to work within the range of magick that is commonly referred to as black.

A screenshot of Metaphysicality Inc Store

Anyway, back to my update. It took me the better part of three years to build my gorgeous store on Shopify.  I made some choices along the way that hindered me, and had to change direction a few times. I had it in mind that I wanted to work with other magicians in my store. But the truth is, if you are working with people online, it is a whole different ballgame than working with them in real life. It's a real tough row to hoe--I don't know how anyone does it. So now I am on my own, and am truly enjoying it... this feels right.

Spirit conjuring is something that lights me up with joy; and I can conjure beings of any sort that are summonable, and that are willing to agree to participate in agreements. I am still working on putting spirit conjure listings up... but even so any spirit or entity type one could conceive of, is available through my store (if you can't find what you're looking for, use the store's contact form, I'll point you in the right direction). I can and will summon and elicit agreements (not pacts, that's a different service) with any beings from White Arts to Black Arts, and also Immortals, including all gods and daemons, Goetics, and servitors. Not all of these service and entity conjures are listed, but all are available from the listings that are now live.

Jude on Facebook

If you are seriously interested in my services and have one or two questions, contact me and I'll respond (use my store's contact page). However, if you have many questions, I'd rather you join me on FB and post your questions there, as then I can respond in a way that others with the same questions, will see the responses provided. Furthermore, if you sign up for my mailing list, you will receive a monthly discount code. Go to my store, and the signup is in the footer at bottom right.

And on a final note... in near future I will be moving on to, well as I said, adding some magick service listings to my store, so keep your eyes open for more news and updates on that. And also, I will be breathing new life into the spirit keeping forum I set up two years ago. As soon as I had it ready to go, the platform it was set up on changed hands, and I had to move it. To move a forum you have to strip it of certain files, which means that it needs to be thoroughly checked over and new files need to be added. It will take time.

The forum will not be entirely about spirit keeping; that will be just one aspect of it. It will cover magick and related topics, spirit keeping, divination, and many other relevant metaphysical topics as well. I look forward to seeing you there as a participant.

Monday, January 8, 2018

On Crowley, and the Writing of Liber AL vel Legis

Aleister Crowley in Freemason garb; 1915
Aleister Crowley in Freemason garb; 1915

Compiled by Jude & Adam K

The great occultist Aleister Crowley (also "Uncle Al," "To Mega Therion," "The Great Beast," and "Frater Perdurabo") passed long ago - December 1st, 1947, to be exact. There's much that can be said about him, and precious little that remains unsaid. The mere mention of Crowley's name has a seriously polarizing effect, in that people love or hate him with virtually no grey area betwixt. There's little doubt amongst those even moderately well read, that during his days amongst the living he thrived upon the degree of notoriety his lifestyle and works induced.

In the earliest days of the 20th century Crowley received by some sort of divine transmission, a text that would go on to provide the foundational material for the branch of philosophy he later founded--Thelema. But who was Aleister Crowley anyway? As a matter of fact, there's a synoptic overview addressing that in a previous article. Today's post illustrates what happened during a time when two newlyweds--Crowley and his wife Rose, were honeymooning in Cairo, Egypt.

Crowley and his family
Crowley, Rose, and their daughter Lola Zaza, 1910

The Great Beast, it was a title that Crowley well enjoyed. "Prince Chioa Khan" was yet another way to say it--this time in Hebrew, and during his time in Egypt it was how he introduced himself. And imagine if you will--he wore garb that was eastern and regal in style, wore bejeweled accessories, and even donned a turban. The couple did touristy newlywed things, including browsing museums and playing golf. Later on into their journey, they retired to their honeymoon apartment suite.

On March 16th, 1904, at the Great Pyramid of Giza, Crowley decided to please Rose by performing a ritual from the Goetia--to "shew the sylphs." And though Rose did not see any sylphs, she slipped into an altered state. It was thereafter she informed A.C. that the god Horus* wished to connect with him, and that "they are waiting for you!". Other things she conveyed were "it's all about the child," and "all  Osiris"; and furthermore, that Crowley had offended Horus (which was later deemed to be due to that he was not initially invoked).

Crowley was resistant to the possibility that Rose's message was authentic, thus he posed her with a set of questions. See here under the heading "Summons." Rose had done no previous studies that would allow her to know or to guess responses to the questions; thus that her responses were all correct is remarkable. And still Crowley was not satisfied. Next Rose was taken to the Bulaq Museum and was asked to point out an illustration of Horus. She did, but in no superficial way... it wasn't one of the most easily recognizable depictions she referred to, but instead was an ancient funerary stele--a 26th dynasty piece (to Thelemites, now referred to as the Stele of Revealing). The stele depicted Horus, but in the form of Ra-Hoor-Khuit, being offered a sacrifice by Ankh-af-na-khonsu. In such a form the god is "Horus of the two horizons." The stele had been inventoried by the museum, with of all numbers, 666; which surely upon discovery had Crowley proudly beaming.

The Stele of Revealing
The Stele of Revealing

As a sidenote, I wish to publish a quote from Wikipedia:
"In Thelema, The Book of the Law (I, 36) says:

'My scribe Ankh-af-na-khonsu, the priest of the princes, shall not in one letter change this book; but lest there be folly, he shall comment thereupon by the wisdom of Ra-Hoor-Khu-it.'

Based on this, Aleister Crowley used the "magical" name "Ankh-f-n-khonsu" (from the "Stele 666" translation prepared in 1904 for Crowley by Egyptologist Émile Brugsch) to sign "The Comment" of The Book of the Law, and also used it sometimes when referring to himself as the prophet of Thelema and the Aeon of Horus. Kenneth Grant wrote that 'Crowley claimed to have been a re-embodiment of the magical current represented by the priesthood to which Ankh-af-na-Khonsu belonged.'"

The point of sharing the above quote, is to demonstrate but one example of how astute and observant Crowley's mind was, and how interconnected, logical and ordered, so many of the concepts presented by Thelema are. I mean, here is the priest from within the Stele of Revealing image, who is furthermore Crowley's scribe and alter ego, and is additionally an energy stream that enabled Crowley to connect with Aiwass, Nuit, Hadit, and Heru-ra-ha, for the purpose of transcribing perhaps the most important document Crowley ever wrote.

But back to the story... Rose at some point conveyed that it was an entity named Aiwass that spoke to her. And on April 7th she was given directions on how Crowley was to receive a message. It was to be three days of writing within "the temple," which was in fact a room within their honeymoon abode. A.C. was to note what was heard within a period of one hour, beginning each day at noon. As well there was a specific invocation ritual he was to perform. A.C. was not impressed by the nature of the rite, as it was not in line with what he knew of magick; but even so he followed it precisely.

The invocation ritual that Crowley held so little faith in, failed upon the first attempt, which was in daylight and around noon. A second attempt was made at midnight, and it was successful. Thus a connection was established with Aiwass, whereby Crowley was informed that he was to be the prophet that would bring awareness to man upon entering a new astrological age, which was the Aeon of Horus.

Crowley did not see Aiwass, but he described an impression of a fine and diaphanous being; he was fit and strong, was in his thirties, and had a brutal but kingly face. He had eyes veiled so that their glance did not destroy what they saw. And the voice, that came from behind A.C.'s left  shoulder, was accentless, passionate and deep, hurried yet sincere, and with a voluptuous and musical quality. The entity was dark, and his clothing was suggestive of him being perhaps Persian or Assyrian. Crowley experienced his messenger as an entity, and believed it possible that the being could have been an aspect of his higher self. But he felt that Aiwass would've had to have been a deity as well, given the epic proportions, complexity, and supernatural nature of the message delivered.

And thus the transmission that in time would become "Liber AL vel Legis," or "The Book of the Law," was transcribed from the 8th-10th of April.

In the early days of describing of how Liber AL vel Legis came into being, Crowley is quoted as having said, it is "a highly interesting example of genuine automatic writing." However, thereafter he outrightly denied that the text content was delivered through automatic writing, and disclosed that in fact at times it was required that certain questions be asked, for clarity and understanding. Furthermore, he pointed out that as an entity conveyed the message and that he was not in an altered state of consciousness, it could not have been automatic writing.

Beyond the precise description of how the content was delivered though, anyone reading the resulting book could clearly see that it's far too complex and riddlesome to be a forgery, and that this complex work was written within such a short timeframe. Over time there were various changes made to the text, and some were made long after its transmission. Crowley claimed that the reason for this was that certain changes simply could not be implemented at earlier times, in instances because the necessary technology was not available.

Once the message had been fully transcribed, Crowley did not initially resonate with it. It stood far from cooperating with his Buddhist and Osirian beliefs. Also, he was raised during the Victorian age in England--a setting wherein women were certainly not treated as equals (and that was to change). It's easy to imagine the hard time he had dealing with the gravity of it all. However, within the next years he came to regard the information as the gift to man and the responsibility to himself, that it indeed was.

In 1906 Crowley returned to England, re-met with his friend George Cecil Jones, and due to their combined efforts the A∴A∴ (Astrum Argenteum) was born. It became the foundation to Crowley delivering his spin on magick, as well as his Thelema, to the world. The first publication of The Book of the Law was in 1909. The following year Crowley joined the OTO in Germany, which was a branch of the Freemasons. He in time took over the helm, broke away from Freemasonry, and had them embrace his Thelema. It was not all fun and games; his taking over the reins of the OTO was not supported by all, and it caused a significant rift within the association.

The Book of the Law on Amazon 

Allow me to break away from the story for a moment in order to present this sidenote: Crowley ended up joining the OTO as the result of a freak accident. Theodor Reuss had highly guarded magickal secrets, including sex magick rites, that he allowed only his highest ranking members to access. It had been brought to Reuss's attention that Crowley was using similar magick. And he spoke to Crowley, inquiring about how he learnt it, and who disclosed to him the secrets that he (Reuss) kept so closely guarded within his organization. Crowley told him that he had not been exposed to Reuss's secret magickal rituals, and had in fact discovered the methods and rites he'd been using by his own works. Reuss was highly impressed, and when Crowley joined the OTO as a member, he was immediately jumped up to a higher rank due to this.

By the way, though Aiwass delivered the content of The Book of the Law, the individual chapters are presented from the first person perspective of each within a trinity of Egyptian deities: Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit (in that order). Nuit and Hadit** are complements to each other (another dual aspected being); their offspring is Heru-ra-ha, who is Ra-Hoor-Khuit (Re-Harakhty) and Hoor-paar-kraat (Harpocrates) combined as one. Ra-Hoor-Kuit is his older and warlike aspect, while Hoor-paar-kraat*** is the passive and younger one. Both Ra-Hoor-Khuit and Hoor-paar-kraat are representations of the god Horus. And if that's not enough for you to digest, there's more--the story of why Aiwass was present. He was a minister to Hoor-paar-kraat--a god of silence; and HPK was the one that wanted Crowley to receive the word of Liber AL vel Legis. Thus in that he himself (HPK) could not deliver the message, he sent Aiwass on his behalf.

Nuit/Nut depicted in a sarcophagus
Nuit/Nut depicted in a sarcophagus.
A wikimedia file; copyright: Milano - Museo egizio 

The child of course represents the content of The Book of the Law... Which brings us back to the statement "it's all about the child." Horus is a child god. Furthermore, a central element of Thelema is the Principle of the Child; which is explained in that the child is the sovereign individual, and the formula is of growth. And speaking of children... this entire topic clearly illustrates this great work, Liber AL vel Legis, as being a magickal offspring to Crowley. As for the other statement--"all Osiris"; he is a patriarchal god, and is also one of fertility and transition. Thus his message is one of coming out of an age of patriarchal domination.

And so concludes the story of how The Book of the Law (and therefore subsequently Thelema) was born. Crowley through his Thelema, did indeed deliver the message of those Egyptian gods; and through him they enlightened Thelemites on the message of the Aeon of Horus--which was that mankind's chosen and predominant faith organizations would no longer be relevant, and that new means of faith would be based upon the liberty for each individual to exercise their true will.



*Some say that this happened following an invocation of Thoth, the god of knowledge.
**Hadit is not so much a god as he is a concept--a symbolic representation of a divine utterance. The Divine Utterance in this case, is Thelema. In this sense all Thelemites are Hadit, seeking union with Nuit.
***Hoor-paar-kraat is represented in Thelema is an embodiment of the "Child Principle," and of the "Crowned and Conquering Child"--who is the Lord of the Aeon; and these concepts/titles represents all Thelemites. Furthermore, he is an invisible god, ergo he is not illustrated on the Stele 666.


The References Used for this Compilation

Adam K (for his wisdom, memory for details, and his ability to effectively analyze).
An Open Epistle on The Cover to Liber AL vel Legis, by Frater Achad Osher 583
Thelema 101: Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)
Wikipedia : The Book of the Law


Other Crowley Reading on our Blog:

Aleister Crowley, Some Things you Might Want to Know
To Mega Therion
The Virgin & the Whore
The Serpent Gate: To Meta ophion (a tarot resource)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Of Gods of Silence, and Pantheons

Ancient statue, Harpocrates
Ptolemaic Harpocrates statue. Wikimedia Commons by CC3.0
Author, Patrick Clenet

Harpocrates, and Others Akin

by Race MoChridhe

Pantheons are, as they have always been, living things. In the annals of world religion deities rise and fall, and names blossom into grandeur, and fall to decay. Modern Paganism has, in this one respect at least, been a faithful scion of its supposed ancestors; as the modern world also, both in religious practice and in popular culture, has toppled once mighty figures and also made the fortunes of formerly obscure goddesses and gods.

One deity of note in this respect, is Harpocrates, whose prominence in modern occultism was all the more improbable given his accidental origins. After the armies of Alexander brought Hellenistic culture and religion to Egypt, their heirs sought parallels to their own traditions in Egyptian culture, leading to the creation of new, syncretic deities. Ptolemy I, for example, promoted the unity of his kingdom by spreading devotion to Serapis--a fusion of the Egyptian Osiris with Greek Hades and Dionysus. Harpocrates, however, was no such intentional blending; he was a mistranslation.

The divine child Horus, son of Isis and Osiris, was central to Egyptian mythology and was ubiquitously depicted in the kingdom’s art. By the time of Alexander’s conquest, one of the most frequent icons of the god was as a youth with his forefinger pressed to his chin, the fingertip resting just below the lips as a rendering of the hieroglyph for “child”. To the Greeks, however, this appeared as a shushing gesture of silence (which was not used in Egypt), and this particular depiction of Horus came to be regarded as a separate god of silence named Harpocrates, often interpreted as Horus’ brother, despite the fact that the name itself is a corruption of the Coptic Har-pa-khered (“Horus the Child”).

Horus relief, from Temple of Seti
Horus relief, Temple of SetiWikimedia commons by CC 2.0
Author, Rhys Davenport

From the ports of Alexandria, devotion to Harpocrates spread first across the Hellenistic world and then, after its passing, across the Roman Empire. Thus the made-up god in time earned a minor place in the writings of the great classical authors, preserving his name until it could be taken up by the moderns, and especially by Aleister Crowley (who made a pre-eminent place for the speechless child in his religio-magickal system of Thelema). Through Crowley’s influence, Harpocrates made his way into a thousand occult writers’ pantheons, until at last even the Discordians revered him in the form they regarded as his modern avatar--Harpo Marx.

Like pantheons, however, symbols are living things, and even frauds and accidents in the history of religion often unwittingly reinscribe ancient images of depth and power. When only one or two exemplars of the symbol rise to notoriety among the careers of the long-lived gods, while clearer or more complete ones fade into obscurity, shades of meaning are often lost in the process. To understand how a misunderstood statue became a god, we must understand a deity who did not receive the benefit of a nod from Varro, nor assume Crowley’s devotion.

If, at the same time that Harpocrates’ cult was spreading out from Roman Egypt, you had entered the sacred precincts of the temple of Volupia, goddess of pleasure, in Rome itself, you would have found there a statue of a woman with her mouth closed and bound and her finger pressed against her lips. This was Angerona, the keeper of the city’s secret name, which was disclosed to no one lest it come to the ears of Rome’s enemies. At all times her imposing figure commanded obedience to her silent bidding (for in a Roman sculpture, her gesture was indeed a shushing). But she inspired awe at the time of the winter solstice when she commanded one of the gates into the city in a festival, understandably later known as Angeronalia. The event was more anciently called Divalia, commemorating a story, sadly unrecorded, in which she rescued the sun through the power of silence.

Angerona. Wikimedia public domain file.
Author, Schurl50

It does not take a comparative linguist to connect Latin Divalia with Sanskrit Diwali, the “festival of lights” that honours the goddess Lakshmi. This, too, is celebrated around the point of midwinter and is connected with the returning sun, which in Vedic legend, was saved from the clutches of demons through an act of silence. Sri Lakshmi is not noted for silence (in the Vedic legend, it is the sage Atri who rescues the threatened sun on that particular occasion), but she is very much a goddess of wealth and prosperity both spiritual and material, in keeping with Volupia’s domain (Latin volupia originally signified a broader range of pleasures than its English descendent, voluptuous, implies). Sri Lakshmi is also closely associated with lotuses, paralleling the symbolism of Harpocrates, famously described as “the Babe in the Egg of Blue that sits upon the lotus flower in the Nile”. Harpocrates’ iconographic ancestor Horus, it will be remembered, was identified by the Egyptians with the returning sun of both the dawn and midwinter.

In modern occult circles, Harpocrates has taken on tremendous proportions. From his humble beginnings, he has come to be seen as the manifestation of the Holy Guardian Angel, or as the indwelling spark of the divinity of the True Self (often loosely analogous to the Christian Holy Spirit or the Quaker Inner Light)--the still, small voice within us all to which we hearken when our thoughts have been chastened to silence. In the hands of some writers, he becomes Unknowable Divinity Itself, preceding the fiat lux of the creator god and even the primordial sound of the Vedas. In all these roles, his silence can seem unthinkably sacred--an austerity apart from the normal, noisome world.

There is a depth to this conception, however, that comes only with the remembrance of the silent way to that other deity of sealed lips, ensconced upon the altar of a goddess of pleasure. In remembering that way, we realize that the silence into which Harpocrates calls us is not a silence of barrenness and ascesis, but of pregnancy and completion. As a modern scripture, the Clear Recital, says: “You know not in this world the final truth of chastity, for it is a mystery known on the highest spheres … and there it is seen that an act of chastity is an act not of avoidance, but of creation” (1 Teachings 3:15–16). Indeed, the root of the word “ascetic” meant originally a skilled worker practising an art or trade, and was especially associated with athletics and gymnastic competition.

Harpocrates has spoken into our age, choked with ringtones, text alerts, traffic noise and the “chattering class”, in part because inundated by media and discourse, we have come to suspect that true joy--the sheer pleasure of being--can be found only by withdrawal into silence. Hence the proliferation of “retreats”, the encouragements to “unplug”, and the invention of the “technology shabbos”. Harpocrates, in his egg in his lotus on the Nile, suggests all of these. And yet while all of these practices have their virtues, virtue itself, as Aristotle taught, finds and chooses the mean. In an age of polarized extremes, which often seems to face a false dichotomy between riotous chaos and sensory deprivation, the goddess of silence who dwells in the temple of pleasure can remind us that a holy silence need not be a suppression of our exuberance, but can sometimes be a quieting of our minds that makes us more attentive to the laughter of our hearts.

Modernity’s critics have often accused it of transforming the whole world into an altar for the worship of pleasure. If there is any truth to that, then our pantheon must certainly include the image of Angerona.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Aleister Crowley, Some Things you Might Want to Know

Magician and Thelemite, Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley

A note from the author of this piece: those who know me from my Facebook page, will not be at all surprised to read these words - that if I could find a way to traverse back in time, that I'd loved to have loved him, even if for a short while... 
~ Jude

A Concise Beginners Introduction to 'The Beast,' Aleister Crowley

by Jude (Joodhe)

He was born Edward Alexander Crowley, on October 12, 1875; died on December 1st, 1947. He was born in Leamington Spa, England, and died at Hastings England (72 years of age).

Crowley (pronounced as, crow [as in the bird] - ley) was a great magician, and due to the great contributions he made to magick, may have been the greatest magician of our times. There are many detrimental claims made concerning Crowley, which could be because he existed in a time in history where religion and behaving a certain way was necessary to fit in, far more so than it is today. His father was heir to a brewing fortune, and was also an evangelist for a Christian Fundamentalist religious organization, known as the Plymouth Brethren. Crowley had no interest in Christianity and turned away from it to pursue his own path. He was university educated (Cambridge); and through his years could call himself many things, including a mountaineer, a prolific writer, a painter, a poet, a teacher, a visionary, a chess player, a hedonist, an occultist, and a ceremonial magician.

Crowley referred to himself as 'The Beast 666,' which was him adopting and embracing a slur his mother applied to him when young. She felt that as he rejected Christianity, that he was influenced by the Devil. As for his birth name, he did not like it and changed it, as for one thing he was looking for a name that met his requisite. In his words: "I had read in some book or other that the most favourable name for becoming famous was one consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee, as at the end of a hexameter: like Jeremy Taylor." The name 'Aleister Crowley' fit the bill, and Aleister as well, is Gaelic for Alexander; he was Irish after all.

Crowley was bisexual, with his primary preference being men, with he adopting the submissive role. For a while he lived in a partnership with a male by the name of Herbert Charles Pollitt, whom he loved dearly. However, the differences between them in matters of faith ultimately caused them to part ways, as Pollitt had little to no interest in Western esotericism.

Crowley in Golden Dawn robe
Crowley in Golden Dawn robe

Crowley became a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in 1898, and that's where he learnt ceremonial magick, tarot, alchemy, astrology, qabalah, and other hermetic subjects. It was he himself that appended a k to the word magic, in order to differentiate works from those conducted by a stage magician. There, by the way, is great significance in that Crowley affixed the k onto magic. Within doing so he brought the numerical value of the word to eleven. And as well there are eleven words in "do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law." No mere accident, this is an example of the particular and thorough man and deep thinker that Crowley indeed was. His aim was to standardly create correspondences, and so he did.

Crowley ultimately was ousted from the Golden Dawn; it has been said that the reason was that W.B. Yeats was the primary one that pushed for it to happen, as he found Crowley's approach to magick offended his own, and also deemed his behavior to be immoral. A bit of poetic injustice going on there, it seems. Thereafter A.C. spent time in Asia, where he learnt yoga, and also and mysticism from an Oriental perspective; he felt these things added great value to the magick he had till then practiced.

He created the faith 'Thelema,' of which the principal tenet is a phrase already touched upon - "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. [Love is the law, love under will.]" He considered himself to be the prophet that would guide humanity into the Aeon of Horus. In 1904 he married Rose Kelly; they traveled to Cairo, Egypt for their honeymoon. While there he wrote 'The Book of the Law,' or 'Liber AL vel Legis,' which is the sacred book of Thelema.

In 1906 he started a branch of the Great White Brotherhood, named the Astron Argon, or Silver Star. A few years thereafter he joined a German Freemasons group, called Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). The organization was deeply steeped in magickal activity, and after a while Crowley became (disputably) the top man there. Some say that him becoming top man was opposed by many, and caused a rift and subsequent separation. But under him they were led to regard Thelemic tenets, and as well they disengaged from the Freemasons, thus women were no longer barred from joining.

Inspiration of a sort was provided to William Somerset Maughan, who with the character Oliver Haddo, portrayed Crowley in his 1908 novel 'The Magician.' By 1914 A.C. was having his first bouts with financial distress, as he spend his money extravagantly and had been abusing drugs.

Crowley, circa 1912
A.C. in ceremonial robe, 1912

In 1929 Crowley wed again, this time to Maria Sanchez de Miramar, to whom he would still be married to at the time of his death. Into the mid thirties he was facing far more severe financial issues, and he ended up filing bankruptcy. Though he continued to bring in royalties from some of his better known works, such as 'The Book of Thoth,' and 'Diary of a Drug Fiend'; his addiction ate the funds up and he ended up living in a rooming house. For the record, the concept for his Thoth tarot deck was extracted from his Book of Thoth, the artwork was produced by Lady Frieda Harris.

At times throughout his life since becoming a heroin user, Crowley tried to kick the habit; and thus he could regather himself enough to get some degree of new foothold from time to time, and this happened yet again in the forties. It was in the mid forties that he acquired a male secretary by the name of Kenneth Grant. He had not the money to pay him and thus Grant's wage was the knowledge provided. Grant went on to become not only a Thelemite and a ceremonial magician, but also the co-founder (along with his wife) of 'the Typhonian Ordo Templi Orientis' (TOTO); the name was changed in 2011 just prior to Grant's death, to become 'the Typhonian Order.'

Aleister, lived out the final days of his life as a poor man in a rooming house. During his life he was for the main part publicly despised, and was appreciated and/or followed by relatively few. Here is a quote from Wikipedia:
"Crowley considered himself to be one of the outstanding figures of his time. The historian Ronald Hutton stated that in Crowley's youth, he was 'a self-indulgent and flamboyant young man' who 'set about a deliberate flouting and provocation of social and religious norms', while being shielded from an 'outraged public opinion' by his inherited wealth. Hutton also described Crowley as having both an 'unappeasable desire' to take control of any organisation that he belonged to, and 'a tendency to quarrel savagely' with those who challenged him. Crowley biographer Martin Booth asserted that Crowley was 'self-confident, brash, eccentric, egotistic, highly intelligent, arrogant, witty, wealthy, and, when it suited him, cruel'. Similarly, Richard Spence noted that Crowley was 'capable of immense physical and emotional cruelty'. Biographer Lawrence Sutin noted that Crowley exhibited 'courage, skill, dauntless energy, and remarkable focus of will' while at the same time showing a 'blind arrogance, petty fits of bile, [and] contempt for the abilities of his fellow men'. The Thelemite Lon Milo DuQuette noted that Crowley 'was by no means perfect' and 'often alienated those who loved him dearest.'"
unicursal hexagram
The unicursal hexagram, the symbol of Thelema, can be drawn without lifting the pen, thus the name

After his death though, he became famous, especially amongst darker flavoured entertainers, such as Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osbourne. The very mention of his name creates rifts of polarity - people tend to love or hate the man. To some like me, he will be regarded as one of the greatest, not only magicians that ever lived, but also one of the greatest authors and greatest men; but some feel that his hedonistic lifestyle, drug abuse, and lack of moral standing, are reason enough cast disdain thickly onto the volumes of knowledge and wisdom he imparted and onto the effect inspiration wise that his life had on so many posthumously.

There is one thing Crowley took a public beating over, and I found the topic distasteful, thus chose to simply quote from a Wikipedia page where I found a concise paragraph on it:
"Professing to be of Irish ancestry and a supporter of Irish independence from Great Britain, Crowley began to espouse support for Germany in their war against Britain. He became involved in New York's pro-German movement, and in January 1915 German spy George Sylvester Viereck employed him as a writer for his propagandist paper, The Fatherland, which was dedicated to keeping the US neutral in the conflict. In later years, detractors denounced Crowley as a traitor to Britain for this action. In reality, Crowley was a double agent, working for the British intelligence services to infiltrate and undermine Germany's operation in New York. Many of his articles in The Fatherland were hyperbolic, for instance comparing Kaiser Wilhelm II to Jesus Christ; in July 1915 he orchestrated a publicity stunt – reported on by The New York Times – in which he declared independence for Ireland in front of the Statue of Liberty; the real intention was to make the German lobby appear ridiculous in the eyes of the American public. It has been argued that he encouraged the German Navy to destroy the Lusitania, informing them that it would ensure the US stayed out of the war, while in reality hoping that it would bring the US into the war on Britain's side."

...and all I have to add to the last thought presented, is to underscore the point that he was a double agent, and was doing a favor for his country therefore. In my eyes he will always be, a great man.

Aleister, as already mentioned, was a prolific writer, and amongst his works are the ones found here: List of Aleister Crowley Works (Wikipedia)
and here: Crowley at Dark Books

Wikipedia on Crowley
Crowley on Encyclopedia.com
The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon on Crowley

Related Reading on our Blog:
To Mega Therion
The Virgin & the Whore
The Serpent Gate: To Meta ophion (a tarot resource)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Joodhe, no Longer of the Right Hand Path... (and What is LHP?)

From Here on in this Blog will Include Some LHP Content

In the updated blog description some of you will have noticed that there is now a reference to LHP, which is short for Left Hand Path. Many will know what that means, what it is, and others will not. It is not simple to explain, because to some degree it is subjective; its description is sure to vary depending up on who you ask. To simplify, most correctly put, those who journey the Left Hand Path are Satanists, Luciferians, Demonolators, Thelemites, and atheists. The term Right Hand Path generally refers to Christianity, and also to most Pagan faiths.

The reason that this blog will from here on in at times have posts relative to the Left Hand Path, is because me, this blog author, has recently begun her journey of the Left Hand Path. This is not a post of confession or me wanting to discuss my own faith, but is simply a prep for what is to come. In society at large, those of LHP faiths are still commonly largely rebuked. And that's simply too bad, because in this new age of spirit, people are free to be who they are and whatever they are. That includes me and you both.

One thing that many who're unfamiliar with LHP faiths don't commonly understand, is that while the Christian versions of the Devil, Satan, and Lucifer are malevolent beings, to those of the LHP that are theistic, Satan and Lucifer are not Devils at all, but are benevolent gods. As a Luciferian, I myself have met Satan, and he is noble, kind and compassionate; and wise, so very wise. He is always there to guide me.

I know some will not like that I have made this one change in my blog content, and that's just a part of growing and changing, that I'll have to accept. I do however ask that if it bothers you on any level, to try to keep your mind open and see, that light and dark cannot exist without one another. It's true to say that if you take your flashlight and shine it into the light, you cannot see its beam. Nothing exists without a contrast; polarities exist in all things. Such is the very nature of our universe. As above, so below. As within, so without. There is nothing but dichotomy, polarity, contrast, and balance.

So then, to achieve harmony, light must exist beside darkness. But what exactly is darkness, when one is labeled light and another dark, in terms of their faith, beliefs, and philosophies? Here is my summarization of this matter: there is a line, an imaginary line or barrier, it is the center of balance of all things--high and low, north and south, east and west, light and dark, and so on and so forth. In terms of spirituality we use the terms light and dark to simplify the concepts of "service to others," and "service to self." Service to others is considered light, and service to self is considered dark...

In our society we have been conditioned to believe that our lives ideally should revolve around serving unto others. That's interesting and cute, but then where does balance come in? It would come in if let's say half of society were dedicated to existing in the service of others, and the remainder were in service unto themselves. But how about maintaining that balance within ourselves? ... it's hard to remember that many of the beliefs we hold as humans, were implanted to make us more pliable under the powers that be. Being Left Hand Path means that the nature of a person leans towards the left of the line by default. But at the same time, being LHP does not mean that a person chooses to live virtually entirely in service of self (that may be the case in instances though); most often it simply means that when push comes to shove, the person will take care of their own interests over those of others.

Just as it is right for me to lean left, it is right for those that choose such, to lean right.

With that said, welcome to the new face and personality of my blog, which amongst all other matters metaphysical, is also now LHP.

This blog's Webmaster,
Joodhe (Jude)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Intervention: People and their Demons

Demon. Source: Pixabay

Protecting People from the Harm of Demons, or from Themselves?

by Joodhe (Jude)

A few weeks ago on Facebook I put up a post; it issued a thank you to the people that had over time sent individuals to me, that were in need of help in extricating themselves from situations where they felt they were being attacked by demons. When the post was published, one of my Facebook friends posted a question, that read: "I read a quote somewhere and right now I cannot find it. Basically it said many people think they are conjuring demons but most often what they call forth is a malevolent spirit that attaches itself to them. They didn't cast a circle or they played with magick without respect and it bit them. I find in my studies and works demons don't mess with idiots unless they deliberately disrespect them."

Now what was not delved into within that thread, is that I do not fully agree with the concept that "most people call forth attachments," because I have not monitored how enough people do their magick, nor do I know the results that would occur if they would standardly do their magick without protection. Anyone writer would be presumptuous to make such a statement. I do however agree that demons react unfavorably when disrespected.

The truth is that though it is standardly recommended to use protection, the greatest protection in any instance including magick, is in what you allow yourself to believe. If you believe that you are protected and are dealing exclusively with the entities you wish to summon, then that's what your experience will be. Period.

Ethereal blue demoness. Source: Pixabay

Anyway, back to the thought at hand, which is the comment posed; my response was: "People commonly talk about 'facing one's demons.'" And the term is apropos, because demons can show people how ignorant they are, and in that way are an invaluable tool. One lesson demons seem to be in a hurry to give people, is that if they are feared they will give the person in question good reason to fear them. That's why some of the attacks are so aggressive, because the person under attack lets their fear increase as the attack increases, and the whole thing just keeps snowballing.

All they have to do is reach out to that demon and accept them in peace - just chill and accept. When they do there is never any further issue. This after the individual has often spent significant money elsewhere."

And I elaborated with an additional blurb that said: "I agree with you, that people who do not know proper magickal procedure should not be working in magick, more so when their vibration frequency is low, and anyone can hit a time when theirs is low, so yes, adequate protection is necessary." Within this article it has previously been explained how I feel about protection in magick - to control the mind is all that's required. And this comment at first glance seems to contradict that. But it would be unwise for me to recommend anyone not use protection. We are the knowledge keepers, and the highest quality information must be given to those that do not know, and from there their path can be wrought.

In response to my comment, the person I was speaking to said: "Facing one's demons to me is a metaphor for facing my inner conflicts, the demons in my own head that hold the roots to the issues that cause me to fear and hold me back, like my Christian upbringing. Not actual demons. Those I have met (demons) have been only willing to help once asked. They never forced themselves on me. Rather that they revealed they were available and waited for me to come to them. Infinite love and patience was shown as I took my time facing my fears and finding my way."

Celestial demonic entity. Source: Pixabay

And in response I elaborated on my initial remark thusly: "Yes, I agree with you that facing one's demons would standardly be used in a context as you describe. I used it as a parallel to offer that one's 'inner demons' exist to urge them to seek harmony, as actual demons work in a very similar way. Whatever they are attacking a person for, is directly relevant to the individual under attack; and in saying this I mean that in no instance is a demon going to attack a person for absolutely no reason.

At the very least, if they have been sent to attack and the person on the receiving end fears demons, then that person's lesson becomes to learn not to fear demons. In learning not to fear demons the attack ends, and this is absolute."

My Facebook friend responded:
"Food for thought...
So is it actual demons attacking or is it our fear manifesting demons through the projection of those fears?
If what we believe is what we bring forth are we not therefore creating our own 'demons'?"

Then back to me responding with: "I will say this... there is a strong parallel between spirits and servitors. Servitors are created for a certain purpose, or when sentient are created with a tendency towards having certain traits and abilities. Spirits are after energies of beings that once lived, and entities are living energy beings. And it could be said that spirits are mutable, as are entities and immortals. When I say they are mutable I mean that they are in ways affected by our thoughts. And while servitors are created, the others are not. If I give examples of how they may be affected by thought, this thread could go on forever, so I'll leave it at that.

Spirits are already in existence (so we don't create them), as are entities and immortals. But yes, demons react to fear, and as already discussed on another thread we know that right from spirits to immortals, energy beings will change how they appear according to what a person believes, and also the characteristics they have can change and their natures can change. So while we do not create them, we fuel them with our thoughts in certain ways. Some people as you know get very showy displays in the presence of faeries and/or angels, while others get nothing. Some consistently get attachments while others get none, and some get attacked by demons while the next person may be attacked on a low level or even perhaps not at all (when demons are sent to attack I mean).

Many work with demons and never ever have a problem with one, while another cannot control them at all or cannot work in harmony with them. This is because people manage these spirits by their thoughts and beliefs.

**I initially neglected to say that I drew the parallel between servitors and these other beings, because when a servitor is created, it is created entirely by the powers of the mind, from the ground up. Whereas the effect of the mind on other energy beings is added on after, to the essence of what they already were. But in both instances what is going on in the mind holds much power."

The response I got from the friend engaging me was: "Talk about a rabbit hole..."

And thereafter the chat  was lighthearted and faded away into nothingness. A very interesting conversation if there ever was one - evocative to spirit keepers, spirit conjurers, and to magick practitioners at least. There's only one thing I feel compelled to add - that when I say that if a person can control their thoughts that they will not be afflicted with attachments; there is one instance where it is not so...

When a person's thoughts have been negative long enough it brings their vibrational frequency down; down low enough that even if they choose to change their beliefs at that period in time, attachments will not immediately leave. And in my days working to alleviate people of such attachments and attacks, this was a problem. Because they would say things such as "but I changed my beliefs and I am still suffering..."; and this would be relatively uncommon, but because of how people identify themselves through conveying their thoughts, it was simple to predict who would be most likely to say such a thing... I could set my watch by it, pretty much.

So I would describe them the process, how they would have to regularly smudge, meditate, cleanse their aura, and listen to frequency raising binaural beats. And as sure as the sun shines, that's the point when I'd never hear from them again. Why? Because in instances when I bothered to check past that point, they hadn't bothered to follow the necessary steps to upgrade their vibration. And that was their business entirely - it's the choice they made.

For the record, I no longer help people rid themselves of demonic attacks and entity attachments, for the aforementioned reason. They primarily remain with people that cannot or will not take all necessary steps to eradicate their problem, in which case it becomes clear that they in fact do not want to cure the very problem they sought my help in dealing with. My time is far too precious for that; but I do feel for those who can no longer access my help due to this conflict of interest. However, if I knew that someone seriously needed my help and was prepared to do as necessary, surely I'd be there for them.

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