One of our readers recently took the time to write in with a rebuttal to our article “Thelema a Destructive Path”:http://www.excommunicate.net/thelema-a-destructive-path I found the the information provided to be quite insightful and with permission of the writer I am posting it here for all of you to read. Any questions or thoughts may be sent to the Author directly to Nanamin
I’ve been reading articles on excommunicate.net off and on for a couple years now. I find many of them very helpful + enjoyable in various ways, but found one which I think is quite inaccurate and could use some re-thinking, editing, or a commentary from a different perspective. This article, written on 9/6/07 is called “Thelema, a destructive path?” (http://www.excommunicate.net/thelema-a-destructive-path). Here are some of my thoughts on this issue, from the perspective of a Thelemite. I’m sure other Thelemites would have more to say, and I’m certainly no authority on the matter.
One more thing, I hope you, the author, or whomever takes the time to read this, since I did put a lot of thought and time into it. Please don’t interpret any of it as hostile either; no emotion or insult is intended in any of my response.
Concerning The Divine Love Which Precedes the Acquisition of This Knowledge Solomon, The Son Of David, King Of Israel, hath said that the beginning of our Key is to fear God, to adore Him, to honour Him with contrition of heart, to invoke Him in all matters which we wish to undertake, and to operate with very great devo-tion, for thus God will lead us in the right way. When, therefore, thou shalt wish to acquire the knowledge of Magical Arts and Sciences, it is necessary to have prepared the order of hours and of days, and of the position of the Moon, without the opera-tion of which thou canst effect nothing; but if thou observest them with diligence thou mayest easily and thoroughly arrive at the effect and end which thou desirest to attain.
The doctrine and ritual of transcendent magic
by Eliphas Levi
The term Modern Satanism is not intended to signify the development of some new aspect of old doctrine concerning demonology, or some new argument for the personification of the evil principle in universal nature. It is intended to signify the alleged revival, or, at least, the reappearance to some extent in public, of a _cultus diabolicus_, or formal religion of the devil, the existence of which, in the middle ages, is registered by the known facts of the Black Sabbath, a department, however, of historical research, to which full justice yet remains to be done.
Recently, I decided I needed to do some more exercise, so I thought it would be a good idea to create a little mnemonic device. The device of course was a “simple sigil”:http://www.excommunicate.net/basics-in-sigil-creation-or-the-only-magic-guaranteed-to-work The purpose of the sigil was an easy one, physically fit. Every time before I’d do any exercise I’d look at it. Let the subconscious program take effect and exercise.
There is always and unexpected turn when dealing with any magick. One I had forgotten for quite some time since I have been on the straight and narrow. The challenging thing about magick is you must be very very specific otherwise bizarre unexpected occurrences will happen.