It’s getting to that time of year again when certain types of Christian pastor pop out of the wood-work and alternatively rail against the supposed pagan and / or satanic origins of Halloween, or more creatively try to put on their own alternate events. Mind you I did find it ironic that one town in Pennsylvania was putting on a series of events apparently without realising there is already a Christian holiday associated with the day (All Saints’ Day) – “Fall Family Fun,” anyone?
I would like to give away one of the “greatest secrets” of occultism at this point. It’s not actually a great secret as far as occultists are concerned, but it is to many Fundamentalist preachers judging from their ravings, and even to some of the fluffier types of pagans. It is this: many occultists are in fact Christians themselves. Not Christopagans, nor even Gnostic Christians, but actual Christians. They tend not to draw attention to themselves, but they are there. These are the sort of people who join organisations like the Martinists, the Elus Cohens, the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross and other Qabalistic organisations which are sympathetic to Jesus Christ.
These are the sort of people who point out that the Pentagram is the symbol of the Pentagrammaton (“Yeheshuah”), the Qabalistic-spelling of Jesus: hence each time one performs the LBRP, one is actually invoking Jesus in the four quarters without realising it!
In fact, given that Neo-Paganism is predominantly a movement dating from the latter half of the twentieth century, the vast majority of the members of the original Golden Dawn and its offshoots were themselves Christian, and sought to incorporate Christian symbology into their Qabalistic practices.
I appreciate this will probably sound like the most outrageous heresy to Fundamentalist Christians. I believe the common attitude amongst such people is typified by the following:
The extent of occult involvement is universal. Spiritual warfare is all around us, and if Satan cannot keep us from knowing Christ he will try containing us by drawing us into deception. The Enemy is a deceiver, liar, tempter, and devourer of human souls…..
Actually, occultists’ practices are a counterfeit of God’s power, and as such they do reveal some amazing things — but these things are not the ultimate truth. … [A]n increase in demonic activity is to be expected as a sign of the end times.
Pity the poor occultist! He or she is trapped in a real dilemma! If one invokes Satan, one is obviously Satanists, and if one invokes God, His Angels, or Jesus, etc – even in all apparent sincerity – one is still invoking Satan because the Father of Lies is pulling the wool over their eyes. One cannot win!
What these Fundamentalist Christians don’t realise – or they conveniently forget – is that Jesus Himself was accused of dabbling in the occult when He was alive! To wit:
And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.”
So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.
“Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Mark 3:22 – 30
Replace “Scribes” in this passage with “Fundamentalist preachers” and you basically have the entire plight of the modern occultist who nevertheless professes to be a Christian. Logic would suggest – and Jesus Himself explicitly states here – that one cannot perform something which is objectively good and still be in thrall to the powers of Evil. So to address the quote from “What is the occult?” I would say it is seriously unwise to accuse an occultist of being deceived by Satan, because one might just be blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, i.e. committing the unforgiveable sin.
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“In the true religion there is no sect, therefore take heed that thou blaspheme not the name by which another knoweth his God; for if thou do this thing in Jupiter thou wilt blaspheme יהוה and in Osiris יהשוה. Ask and ye shall have! Seek, and ye shall find! Knock, and it shall be opened unto you! ”
AC, The Book of the Balance
Thanks! You do realise that Liber Librae is yet another piece that Crowley half-inched from the GD without attribution? It’s part of the Practicus Knowledge Lecture. 🙂
I did spot it in Regardie’s “The Complete Rituals of the Golden Dawn” (may have the title wrong as I’m away from home and can’t access my books) I don’t discount what you say, though Crowley seemed happy to attribute other stuff he half inched from the originators. He was certainly “eclectic” and may not have wanted to give publicity to a rival organisation that he felt had slighted him. However, since the book I refer to was compiled by Regardie some time after the GD had become moribund I don’t discount the possibility that he might have papered over gaps in his record by bunging in some AA or OTO stuff. Hope that doesn’t make me a heretic 😉
Ooh! I cannot let this outrageous claim go unanswered! If you follow this link you will clearly see that the paper “On the General Guidance and Purification of the Soul,” which Crowley refers to as Liber Librae, forms part of the Golden Dawn papers which are in the Library & Museum of Freemasonry in Great Queen Street, London – dated 1896 – 1903. See: http://www.freemasonry.london.museum/catalogue.php.
PS but it’s a lovely piece fo writing whoever did it!
LOL! You’ll be telling me next that fossils are not merely traps set by God to lead unbelievers astray!
Amen, amen! At the risk of sounding like an anarchist teenager, I consider the dispute that religion often has with magic to be political in nature; religion wants hegemony and control, while magic tends to be self-liberating. Even if a religionist and a magician share identical beliefs about theology, cosmology, and faith, the religionist still finds the magician to be illegitimate because they’re not part of the establishment. Even if Jesus told his followers not to judge and to be inclusive of everyone, people tend to find judging and exclusion easier, and people like easy.
Thanks for your comment. 🙂