If you’ll recall, about a month ago I read Gary Lachman’s new book about Aleister Crowley (totally worth checking out) and ranted off about how I personally can’t stand the self-proclaimed Great Beast. But I must confess that my motivations for being that snarkingly harsh were quite similar to why I was such a Christianity-hating, angry, metal dude in my late teens and early twenties (it was the 90’s after all). I grew up believing in the church. When I got older, I started contemplating it a bit more and realized that I literally couldn’t go all-in believing in dogmas. I was pissed. This happened to me quite some time ago with Crowley, but dealing with dicks on the internet, the sorry state of the modern Occult, and reading Lachman’s book rekindled the fire.
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About a month ago Marcie asked me to design a Disinfo.com magick poll and I came up with a quick one in like 5 minutes. I wish I would have put more thought into it and included people like John Dee, Peter Carroll, and Lon Milo Duquette but, you know, I admittedly half assed it and fired off an e-mail all quick like. It’s not like this is something I had been contemplating or planning on writing about at the time.
Here’s where I confess that the topic chosen was ultimately designed to help me gauge whether the modern Occultists I look up to and respect have exceeded the popularity of the self-proclaimed “great beast” Aleister Crowley. It was my suspicion that they hadn’t, but even I was sort of disappointed that Crowley got more votes than both Alan Moore and Grant Morrison combined (Moore edged out Morrison by 2 votes and they came in at #2 and #3 respectively).… Read the rest
Join me as I rant about my astral life review and its implications on how the Occult is practiced.
Image I: In a deep meditative state, the aspiring godform wills itself into a merger with a 4th dimensional daemon thus entering the linear timestream of humanity. While I was making this, I started thinking about how the background sculpture layer resembles the surrealist inner workings of a cosmic clock. The surrounding blackness represents the 4th dimensional entities that hold our world together, are manipulated by sorcery, and can be contacted in a liminal state.
Image II: If you look dead center in the picture, you see the time daemon wearing a tie and sitting on a throne with smoke dissipating around it. It is representative of the incredible level of order that holds together a modern urban center. It is a teacher. It is also important to note that the 5th dimensional godform has vanished, wholly immersed in the linear time stream and largely unaware of his true limitless nature during the process.… Read the rest
The idea that the multiverse is more akin to an art project than a science experiment (or an art experiment if you’re so inclined) is one of those Occult themes that typically gets dismissed by both overly scientific and religious types alike. Even though it quite inarguably resonates now more than ever. One of the stranger aspects of human psychology that we essentially avoid touching in typical academic or spiritual discourse involves the fact that your average person now consumes roughly a hundred thousand times more art in a given year than they did even a mere century ago. We used to rely on mediums like galleries, plays, symphonies, and libraries to dispense our art, most of which weren’t super accessible to people who weren’t wealthy or close to an urban center. Now the fact that the Internet and cable television beam recreational distractions into our homes 24/7 seems almost like a trivial afterthought.… Read the rest
Oh, the weird shit you find on the internets. To preface this, earlier in the week I quite randomly had a dream that featured the impressively god awful Christian rap group DC Talk (which I wrote about on Facebook, Friend me). In this dream, I was in a classroom where DC Talk showed up to perform. We couldn’t believe our teacher actually thought this was something that we’d find interesting. So we students just mockingly encouraged them all hipster irony style as they did their crappy thing. Didn’t seem like there was a lot of substance to the dream, but upon waking up I realized that the only reason I’d heard of DC Talk in the first place had to do with them being forced on us in Church youth group as a kid. The dream had an incredibly similar vibe. “Hey kids, stop listening to that satanic secular music, these guys are church approved.” Being impressionable and somewhat open to the idea, those of us in the youth group took the tape home and gave it a listen just to discover that, wow, this is the worst rap group ever.… Read the rest
While watching this the other night it seemed pretty standard and then I got to the end and was like: Huh? What? Did that just happen? Transcript for those too lazy to watch (or in case the video gets yanked):
Colbert: Are we happening now or is this us watching ourselves in the past? Do you believe that, do you believe that all time is happening at once?
Nolan: I believe that if you were capable of living in a 5th dimensional world, if you were a 5th dimensional creature, you could in fact view time as a spacial dimension. So your idea of cause and effect would have to be completely rewritten.
Colbert: You did not answer my question.
Why is this compelling? Because that’s the first time I’ve ever seen anyone talk about this straight up Occult concept on anything anywhere near this high profile. You don’t even see it mentioned on shit like Ancient Aliens where they keep talking about “actual flesh and blood extraterrestrials,” quite hilariously missing the point.… Read the rest
Some of you might recall that back in June I tossed up a post mocking the Occult practice of self-proclaimed “Living God” EA Koetting. At the time I knew very little about the dude, I just stumbled on some people laughing at him on Facebook. Because of that, I watched his videos and found them unintentionally hilarious and simultaneously irresponsible. Seriously, look at some of the more famous left hand path practitioners and how things have turned out for them in the long term. Crowley became a heroin addict, got really ugly and blew a shitton of his own money on a vanity PR trial he lost, dying mostly penniless. Kenneth Anger alienated the biggest rock bands on the planet and hasn’t made anything worth a damn in how many decades now? Meanwhile Alan Moore and Grant Morrison (who do creepily hate each other for strange reasons) are both mega rich and continue to do brilliant work with zero sign of slowing down anytime soon.… Read the rest
You ever notice how supposedly smart people are often too dumb to realize that there are different kinds of intelligence. I mean, Jimi Hendrix probably wouldn’t be able to write code for shit, but he could play the hell out of a guitar. Last time I checked, Henry Miller isn’t a science legend and LeBron James isn’t a technological icon. I love that sermon that Jesus gave about organic chemistry. I’m pretty sure that’s the one that got him killed. Man, what’s at the movies this weekend? Yeah, a bunch of new films about how to make better computers, totally. I suppose the reason I mention this has to do with the fact that in the last week or so I’ve stumbled upon roughly 5 different articles by highly respected scientists informing me that computers are going be smarter than humans in the near future. Anytime anyone says something like this the appropriate response should be, what the fuck are you talking about?… Read the rest
Should be noted that the crowdfunding campaign was a rousing success, and my favorite book about summoning aliens with your privates is coming to a stage in Liverpool this Sunday, November 23rd (of course) and again in London the following weekend. Not only that but there’s going to be an epic “Conferestival” on Saturday to kick things into the upper echelons of high strangeness. Apparently, some of my collage sigils even made it into the tantric sex sequence of the play, which is magickally appropriate. To say that I’m more than a bit honored by this creative decision would be a massive understatement. If only I was a richer man who could justify spending my money on such a trip, I’d be there in a heartbeat, but alas it is not to be at this point in my life. Apparently they might make it to the states here if it’s successful enough (come to Seattle) but if you happen to live in the UK, make it fucking so.… Read the rest