Friday, August 9, 2019

Was Aleister Crowley a Satanist? A Letter from Bill Heidrick

John Martin - Satan presiding at the Infernal Council; 1823. Wikimedia file, Public Domain

Subtitled: Crowley, Was He Satanistic, or Not?

by Jude

I have a group on Facebook; it's a demonolatry and magick group. Sometimes discussions get lively, and the other day was one such occasion. The discussion concerned whether or not Aleister Crowley was a Satanist (please read on for an outline of said discussion). At one point it was clear that proof, or at least information from someone who had seen proof, was needed to make sense of our predicament. Looking such matters up online, nothing ever changes--the World Wide Web remains the misinformation highway to be sure. Some offer quotes as proof, but often with faulty context or no reference.

Thus the most logical thing was done, I turned to Bill Heidrick. No one knows more about what Crowley said and how he thought, than Bill. It's exciting to hear Bill's response to a query, because he considers topics from all angles; and his sense of humor at times, really tickles the funny bone. He relates to Crowley related concepts so well, he may alternately offer simple responses and very complex ones. In this instance he really laid the facts out clearly.

By the way, I was more than a tad bit amused at the irony of the fact that Satan in the image above, bears a slight resemblance to Crowley in a younger day. It adds a delicious undertone to this piece.

Email Subject Line: Re: Was Crowley really a Satanist?

Hi Jude,


This paragraph is Bill quoting my query to him: "Sorry about the dramatic email title, Bill. I have a Facebook group, and there's a lively conversation. People are sharing quotes attributed to Crowley in support of each side of a discussion, but no one can provide proof. The discussion is, some say Crowley was a Satanist and that he even identified himself as such. Others say he was obviously not a Satanist, some say he did not identify as such. I know that above all, you'd know. My stance is that Crowley probably did not consider himself that, but at times may have said it for shock value. Don't know though."

Bill's Response to my query: "Since both 'Satan' and 'THE DEVIL' are fictional personifications of a variety of a great many different things, there is no way to prove anyone is or is not a Satanist or a Devil worshiper, except by their own utterances. In his autobiography, Crowley mentions that he was one or the other of those in his early 20's, chiefly as an act of rebellion and rejection of his childhood religion. He also says he got over it and no longer believed in either of those.

Many Christian denominations consider other "Christians" to be Satanists or Devil worshipers. Heretics and others have been burned at the stake, pressed to death, drownd, hung and otherwise tortured to death for this delusional characterization. As an accusation, it's simply a hate crime or a joke in bad taste. There are literary forms of "Satanism", often based on Milton's characterization in Paradise Lost of the rebellion of Satan -- those usually equate it with a dramatization of rejection of the notion of "savior" and the dignity of self effort, works, not faith. "Heresy", after all, derives from a Greek word that amounts to "having one's own opinion".

I could go on for pages or a book with this. Suffice it to say that even the Bible does not agree on what "Satan" is -- the Old Testament uses the Hebrew Word "Satan" not as a name but as an office with the meaning "Accuser". In the Old Testament, Satan is Jehovah's loyal servant and official prosecutor of "sinners", who uses entrapment. In the New Testament, especially in translations, Satan is something else [two basic examples provided by the editor, here and here], but the very notion of the Christian Devil came late to the religion.

Crowley explicitly stated in Magick in Theory and Practice that, since some people would not believe him when he said there was no such critter, he might as well declare himself a Satanist -- and then went on with that irony. He amused himself with poetry and even analysis of names in Liber Samekh along those lines -- the latter probably to shock Frank Bennett for whom he wrote that commentary in the Liber.

There are Churches of Satan, the Temple of Set and others who sometimes use a literary or media related mythos, but that's their privilege and right to enjoy as suits their ways. For that matter, religions often use words and names for a variety of reasons to express their beliefs on multiple levels. Holy stores for children and adults who benefit by them often use divine names from particular pantheons. More abstract notions of deity or even an essential beyond personification of ultimate being can and do co-exist in religions that employ teaching and devotional stories about spirits behaving in human ways. Parables have literal meanings, metaphoric meanings and particular hidden meanings for those who have understanding in another way. When such stories are parsed by others not brought up in the system that created them, even the literal meanings can be missed. So it is with Crowley and others like him. Over-bold use of irony and analogy can result in scizmatic divisions faster than a preposition on the divine nature of Christ or another about the spiritual quality manifesting in a gnostic mass. The former divided the Roman Catholic Church from its parent, the Greek Orthodoxy; while the latter in variations between two Crowley publications of Liber XV resulted in a lively debate spanning years.

This argument cannot reach a conclusion, since everybody uses different definitions and modes for Satan and Devil.

There are also criminals and insane persons who use this fantasy as an excuse for murder. Crowley was not one of those."

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Mr. Heidrick allows me to post the above quote on the conditions that it is stated: he approves the very minor formatting edits made (to be more fluid with the platform), and that he cannot respond to blog comments. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Radionics and Psionic Magick; What Are They and How Do They Work?

Radionics box
Radionics box. Wikimedia file; user: Eliyahu747. By CC 3.0

The above image shows an example of the type of box and paraphernalia used by healers back in the early days of radionics. Today similar boxes are used, both in magick and healing, but you won't likely see vials sitting next to them.

Subtitle: A Simpler Way to Magick

by Jude

Amongst practicing magicians and witches, psionic magick is only a moderately common practice. However, amongst those who do practice it, its power is duly acknowledged and and valued. A radionics box is the instrument most commonly used to conduct psionic magick. However, one can use other devices, such as a symbolic Hieronymus machine; or a wishing machine, where they can use digits instead of other types of "wish" input; or they can otherwise use digital programs. It's not precisely the same concept, but the same general results may be obtained from working digits with a frequency generator as well.

Psionic magick is valued in healing, and it's where the practice gets the lion's share of its attention. It's hard to know why it's not more popular amongst magicians in general, given the results that one gets working with it. What's my theory on why that is? you may ask. Well, I've heard magicians ask before, "what kind of magician would resort to digital processes, and omit the legwork, the ritual work, the understanding of occult laws and processes, and so on, that one is exposed to with other types of magick?"

In response to that, my own opinion (and likely that of most psionic magick practitioners) is, if one can have access to powerful magick, fast working magick, and as accurate magick as any, does it really matter what form it comes in? To use any magick, including psionics, certainly one is not limited to using only the one kind. Working with a variety of magickal processes is invigorating. In my own experience, at times my deity and demon crew have even helped out by showing me creative ways to use psionics. However, for the purpose of succinctness, this post will revolve around basic psionic magick information. Furthermore, that one "resorts to digital processes" in magick, does not mean that they do not read on occult topics.

Who Developed Radionics?

Radionics is a practice that was first introduced as a concept by Albert Abrams (1863–1924). Abrams, throughout his career held various medical positions and was regarded within medicine as a consummate professional. With that said, even with all of his achievements within medicine, what he was best remembered for besides creating the practice of radionics, is his claim that through using the various devices he created, he could diagnose and cure virtually any disease.

It was Albert Abrams' belief that disease was not caused by cell imbalance, but rather, by an imbalance of the electrons of the atoms within diseased tissue. It was a controversial concept in his time, as was his theory that energy radiating from diseased tissue could be sensed after passing through a healthy person or along a length of wire. We still don't know if these things are true, as science can prove things when it's possible to do so, but when concepts are "disproven," the results can change at a later date. Sometimes even the results of what has been proven change as more is revealed.

What Is a Radionics Box?

It is a box shaped housing, and it has dials, at least one, but may have many more than that. Six, nine or twelve, are the typical numbers of dials you will find on these boxes. They generally have a witness plate and a target plate. On the witness plate is placed a picture or description, of the person, group, or object receiving the spell. On the target plate is placed a write-up or sigil or what have you, relative to the intent that is being put out towards said person.

There is a third plate, usually a circular plate of resin, now let's look at its purpose. Before the spell is transacted, a digital value for it must be selected. There are various ways to do this, each person teaching psionics will probably be prone towards using a different approach. My own is this, to have both plates loaded, and to then to rub my fingers briskly back and forth across the resin plate until I feel stick (some will feel tingle rather than stick). The dial is stopped in the position with most stick. Once each dial is set, I'll acknowledge that the spell is set to go and will tap my machine lightly with a wand and say, "so mote it be."

There are alternate ways to select the digits used as well. If you don't feel confident determining which digits are stickiest, try using a pendulum. Write numbers out on a paper and see which one your pendulum veers towards, to determine each dial's setting. Upon completion of a spell, it's important to set the dials back to zero.

Radionics in Magick and Healing

To use a radionics box in psionic magick, the description given in the previous paragraph describes how it's done. In healing it works the same way. Let's not go any deeper into using healing magick, because magick is my thing over healing. I will add one point though. You can take an herb or even a picture of an herb or expensive pill, and sends its energy to a recipient. Disclaimer: I do not recommend that people do this. I recommend that people see physicians; period.

When reading up on this topic one is sure to find references to radionics and psionics being quackery. However, some very effective practices cannot be encapsulated by modern science. The fact that how a device works cannot be pinpointed by today's scientific principles, means nothing when something works; and radionics does work. It works like all magick works, implanting an intent into the universe. Everything in this universe has an energy frequency; the intent in this case is delivered in digital format.

What's Inside a Radionics Box?

A radionics box is not an electrical device; and it is hard to discern precisely how it works given its construction. It has potentiometers, wires, and quartz crystals. Anything else is optional. Some create their boxes with nothing but dials, and claim to get results. It sure sounds like quackery; but what if it's not so simple? Maybe its effect is not a placebo one--what if psionic magick creates a digital connection to another dimension, where anything is possible via digital processes? (The example being just one of many possibilities). Who really knows.

It's important that as magicians and healers we keep our minds open, and investigate tools that call us. Is psionic magick for you? You decide.

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