Friday, April 20, 2012

So, I was reading something...

To appeal to consumers, the 'Caliphate' has produced a range of products that resemble a McDonaldized 'illumination through sex-magic'; a McGnosis transported through the iconic figure of Crowley as Ronald McDonald. It is hidden behind a confusing veil of euphemisms, and is preferably practiced on Sundays by means of consuming a 'host' made of sexual secretions and/or blood obtained from the butcher shop (i.e. animal blood) for the public masses and those looking for titillation and codified rebellion.
- P.R. Koenig, A Halo of Flies

And I thought to myself, where on earth have I seen this before? :)

Don't mention Koenig to some Thelemites. Seriously. The response can be... Intense...

5 comments:

Pyrocephalis said...

Koenig is one bitter-ass mofo with chips on both his shoulders and one great big-as-hell axe to grind. Is that guy still out there churning out anti-Caliphate and anti-Voudon-Gnostic polemical essays? I mean, I don't like the Calpihate either. But goddman...

Harold Roth said...

I don't understand why there is this preoccupation with attacking other magical paths. This goes on with traditional witchcraft vs. Wicca all the time ("my magic is older and therefore better than your New Age magic"). Same perspective from so-called traditional ceremonials vs. everyone else. Or shades of boy Chaotes sneering "we are like so modrin compared to you Morlocks." Recently I read the Alan Moore article attacking lodge magic on account of a post about it and thought "Oh, now lodge magic is holding us back? Who knew." Same with this. What I think of when I see this kind of stuff is dogmatism and sectarianism, which are signs of morbidity in a movement as a whole. And bad thinking inevitably leads to bad writing, which makes sense, since dogmatism and sectarianism are all about my voice and how it is superior to all others.

IMO, the best way to move magic forward as a whole is to communicate about our own successful practices and/or explore theoretical possibilities in an honest and open way. I see a lot of stuff about how "my magic's so big gotta carry it in a truck." Yeah? Put up or shut up.

As magicians as with anything in life, we have to be aware of the conversation we are part of, and that means knowing something about other paths in order to have an understanding of our own and an awareness of our history. But our primary focus has to be on developing our own practice--that is, on what we are doing right rather than on what other people are doing wrong. Whether we are working in some tradition or not, that requires creativity and application and doesn't really allow a lot of time or create much motivation for indulging in sectarianism.

Jack Faust said...

@Harold: Perhaps my reasons for posting this were unclear given my desire to be cryptic. So, what I am trying to say is this: "if you sound like Koenig, you are doing it wrong." Thus, we are in agreement.

@Pyro: There is no "caliphate." The TOTO never had more than a hundred or so members at most. And it sounds like far, far fewer. That is not a rival OTO. Nor is that training noobs for the mysteries. I may dislike some of the egos and tactics used by OTO members, but calling them "the Caliphate" as if other groups exist that do what they do is off, too.

Harold Roth said...

I understood that. I must not have written clearly.

Suecae Sounds said...

Faust:

Are you perhaps speaking of another order, rather related but representing "old aeon"-thought according to O.T.O?