At the Void's Edge

September was the month I separated from my former wife, the month I cancelled my subscription to Christianity, and the month I took the first steps that would eventually lead me to the Left Hand Path and a new, empowering, and life-affirming way of Being.

Now another circle has closed, and here I am at another new beginning. I’ve already cried the last of my tears over it, but there is still a part of me that wishes it could have gone differently. But there’s no other way it could have gone down. I just had a great many things to unlearn.

Crowley’s concept of “lust of result” and LaVey’s of the Balance Factor come in especially handy when interpreting success or failure from Workings related to Deep Desire. While on the surface, I didn’t get what I thought I wanted, I came to understand and put into practice what I really Needed: a comprehensive Self-remaking, from the way I feed and groom my physical body, to the stories I tell myself about the path that led me to the present moment, to the high-level “big” objectives that do and do not constitute my true Mission in this life.

Magic Works, even when it “doesn’t.”

Level 99 Trolls, Pope Francis, and the Fatal Flaw of Satanism

I’ve decided I view this “Satanic Temple" more or less the way I view this Pope Francis cat, which is to say: I have no plans to join their respective clubs, but I appreciate and respect their talents for trolling and traumatizing ALL the right people.

Like many, I rolled my eyes a little at the likes of CNN and other media outlets breathlessly gushing over Pope Francis and his shocking modesty, “unassuming wit,” and, shall we say… Christ-ian empathy for the poor and downtrodden. (“What a concept!” “He’s flipping the script up in here!”) But I also took immense delight in watching the far right shit their collective knickerbockers at the new Pope seeming more concerned with improving the well-being of the world’s poor than protecting the privilege of extreme wealth and controlling the sex lives of the masses. At a minimum, Francis is more media-savvy than that oblivious goof Benedict XVI. Now let’s see him get the child-molesters in his priesthood thrown into real, physical prison where they belong, go visit them, and wash their feet. That would actually be pretty cool.

More recently, the Satanic Temple has become a social gadfly of a different kind. Frankly - establishing ahead of time that the Satanic Temple is a PR/propaganda campaign rather than a serious Initiatory School - it’s puzzling to me why more seemingly intelligent people don’t comprehend how… maybe “genius” is a little much… let’s say “clever” their trolling game is. Their most recent stunt is an upcoming performance of a Black Mass scheduled to commence at Harvard University. Many people are not happy campers about this.

On the one hand, the Satanic Temple’s antics in Oklahoma and elsewhere are clearly designed to call out the obnoxious “Religious Freedom For Us, Sit Down and Shut Up for Everyone Else” hypocrisy of Christian Nationalism in America. But on the other, they’ve even got self-styled Satanists complaining of acute butthurt symptoms. “That’s not what LaVey said!” “Benevolence is not Satanic!” “If you make it mainstream, it loses its power!”

To be sure, the “Tenets” of the Satanic Temple don’t differ much from those of, say, the American Humanist Association. Think Critically; Be True To Yourself; Helping Others Is Helping Yourself; Try Not to Be an Asshole. They’ve basically taken the post-Enlightenment philosophy that first informed the Twentieth Century manifestation of Satanism and cut out Ayn Rand’s misanthropy and asshole-worship. Whether or not that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on who you talk to.

Of course, phallus-flailing contests over who the “true” Satanists are both miss the point and defeat the purpose of transcending the fetters Satanism originally manifested to overcome. After all, God was and is made in the image of Man (General Jerry Boykin’s pretend Rambo Jesus being only one example of many); why should Satan be any different? It’s worth remembering that as far as conventional preachers and churches are concerned, anyone living “apart from God” is already walking the path of the Devil in the first place. Isn’t being OK with that really enough?

"When one does not profess Jesus Christ - I recall the phrase of Leon Bloy – “Whoever does not pray to God, prays to the devil.” When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil." — Pope Francis

Moral of the Story: Satanism works best as a culturally context-sensitive tool in the toolbox, used sparingly on an as-needed basis, not as an all-encompassing personal identity. The former can be a powerful and even life-saving power source for overcoming the Restriction and Self-negation of conventional religion; the latter can too easily become a fortress that turns into a prison.

XEPER::REMANIFEST::REYN TIL RUNA

— Brother Virgil

Don’t let this Stuart-Smalley cover fool you; this is turning out to be an extremely Sinister text. In a good way.
Currently about a third of the way through this, and I’ve figured out this strange feeling it’s giving me: I feel like I’m reading The Satanic Bible again for the first time. I feel the same sense of following the ideas of what the author is saying, yet also feeling some pre-programmed resistance to ideas I seldom let myself think… even though when I really let myself think them, they pretty much make sense.
I’m not holding the author as an infallible guru, just as I didn’t slavishly take LaVey’s every word without question. So far I find his arguments about the government being not that much different than rule by the Mafia creaky and unconvincing. Still, his greater points are well taken. I also note that this book was originally written in 1973, so this isn’t some cheap attempt to cash in on the “We Suddenly Hate the Government Because Barack Obama Won the Election” Tea Party bandwagon. This is legitimate, actual Libertarianism that doesn’t magically exempt religious control freaks from scrutiny and questioning.
Brown’s most encouraging thesis is that maximizing one’s individual freedom of more, not fewer choices for future actions does not hang upon organizing like-minded people for political activism, nor dropping off the grid and growing your own food on a lonely mountain someplace. He offers a range of suggestions for freeing oneself from a wide variety of mental and emotional “traps” that ultimately serve to hinder our personal liberties. Where Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible offered a blueprint for freedom from conventional Western religious strangleholds, Freedom in an Unfree World addresses a broad spectrum of other life dimensions - not just religion - in which various “traps” lure us into complacency, resignation, and unquestioning acceptance of the status quo.
I’m growing excited by the implications of what I’ve read so far.

Don’t let this Stuart-Smalley cover fool you; this is turning out to be an extremely Sinister text. In a good way.

Currently about a third of the way through this, and I’ve figured out this strange feeling it’s giving me: I feel like I’m reading The Satanic Bible again for the first time. I feel the same sense of following the ideas of what the author is saying, yet also feeling some pre-programmed resistance to ideas I seldom let myself think… even though when I really let myself think them, they pretty much make sense.

I’m not holding the author as an infallible guru, just as I didn’t slavishly take LaVey’s every word without question. So far I find his arguments about the government being not that much different than rule by the Mafia creaky and unconvincing. Still, his greater points are well taken. I also note that this book was originally written in 1973, so this isn’t some cheap attempt to cash in on the “We Suddenly Hate the Government Because Barack Obama Won the Election” Tea Party bandwagon. This is legitimate, actual Libertarianism that doesn’t magically exempt religious control freaks from scrutiny and questioning.

Brown’s most encouraging thesis is that maximizing one’s individual freedom of more, not fewer choices for future actions does not hang upon organizing like-minded people for political activism, nor dropping off the grid and growing your own food on a lonely mountain someplace. He offers a range of suggestions for freeing oneself from a wide variety of mental and emotional “traps” that ultimately serve to hinder our personal liberties. Where Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible offered a blueprint for freedom from conventional Western religious strangleholds, Freedom in an Unfree World addresses a broad spectrum of other life dimensions - not just religion - in which various “traps” lure us into complacency, resignation, and unquestioning acceptance of the status quo.

I’m growing excited by the implications of what I’ve read so far.

Ethics, Politics and Chicken-For-Christ

Every once in a while one of my heretic, neo-pagan, humanist or secularist friends will yell at me for occasionally eating at Chick-Fil-A, due to its well-known connections with a wide variety of Christian activist operations, Jesus Camps and anti-gay politics. I tell them I give Chicken-For-Christ a pass because they consistently get teenagers to give courteous, professional service, which is close enough to a real-world miracle for me.

That’s my half-joking answer. But my more serious answer has more to do with the current trajectory of the emerging Aeonic currents. Simply stated, the expiring Aeons are beyond saving by Chicken-For-Christ or anyone else.

True, Abrahamic monotheism is unlikely to die out completely; I consider such a thing neither realistically possible nor necessarily desirable. But the old days of the little men with holy books pretending to speak for God dictating the morals of the masses by divine fatwa are over in the civilized word and dying out elsewhere, flailing attempts at turning back the clock notwithstanding. The Enlightenment will not be undone now.

Sexual liberty for consenting adults - and recognition of the inherent equality and dignity of the same, in spite of Abrahamic pseudo-morality - is a done deal in the West. Aleister Crowley’s Utterance of the Word Thelema, followed by Anton LaVey’s Utterance of Indulgence, have taken root in the West - though not necessarily in the ways their respective Magi may have intended. The forces of theocracy and Dominionism aren’t spent yet, but their fights are rage-tantrums of defeat, resentment and phony victimhood. They’re not getting their Seven Mountains back.

So I’m perfectly happy to make a sinful LaVeyan Indulgence of Chicken-For-Christ’s tender, oh-so-delicious, seasoned-to-perfection chicken, and I’m sure they’re happy to take my money. If they want to blow their money on a bunch of lost political causes, that’s not my problem.

—Brother Virgil

MAJOR ECI-gasm. :D

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