Short Meditations: ACAB, Positive Nihilism, My Personal Satanism, Babylon the Great, The Prophet & Lucifer

Conventionality is an evil god

My Personal Satanism

My personal Satanism stands as enemy, Satan, to the God of the slave religions and conventionality, identified with the super-ego. The id, the primal urge and surge, is represented with Leviathan that ancient enemy who dwells in the ocean. I'm a rational theistic Luciferian. Lucifer is the light-bringer, bright morning star, the sacred self and the self archetype.

The precepts I uphold within my Satanism are the precepts of Thelema:

Love is the law, love under will.
Do as you will shall be the whole of the law.

Along with: No hell but what they make.

And my personal moral law which I call the Aslan rule: what I do is Narnia business.

The Aslan rule works in both directions: what other people do is Narnia business too.

The culture of these precepts is Radical Inclusion.

You can bridge the rational and the irrational. Once you accept that both are merely the product of the mind there is no need to fear either. And most of our power is in the non-rational, strength resides with Leviathan.

Most people give over their imaginations to television and their minds to banality. And they see no gods or goddesses, neither demon nor angel, and they are pleased with themselves for the failure of their imagination. "What a clever person I am, so much cleverer than those who came before" they say to themselves as they close their mind's eye and change the channel.

90% of our experience is in the rational, 90% of our power resides with the non-rational. This is the 90-10 rule of my Satanism.


ACAB a Poem

AFAB, AMAB, ACAB, AHAB
TWAW, TMAM
YMMV
YHVH

Trans Women Are Women, Trans Men Are Men

Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee.

Read from right to left the Hebrew letters Alef Chet Alef Bet. אַחְאָב
ACAB
This is the Hebrew spelling for the name of the seventh King of Israel and more evil than all who had come before, Ahab who was husband of Queen Jezebel. Under his reign the Prophet Elijah slaughtered the Prophets of Baal and the Priestesses of Asherah.

In these legends Asherah is a demon goddess; by other traditions she is the consort of Yahweh and she is also known as Inanna, Ishtar and Astarte. Worshipped as the evening star, the twin of the bright morning star who is Lucifer.

It was to Baal, and Moloch the blind who is industry, that the Kings of Judah are said to have sacrificed their own children in The Valley of the Children of Hinnom, also called Gehenna and Sheol and which the Prophet Jeremiah cursed. Baal is Ba'al Zəbûl Lord of the Heavenly Dwelling and a Prince of Hell called Lord of the Flies by the Hebrews as an insult.

It was whilst in hiding from Queen Jezebel, after slaughtering all her prophets, that one of the most important moments of the Old Testament happens. Important from the perspective of Christian mysticism, and as an allegory on the nature of inner truth.

1 Kings 19: 11-12
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a still small voice.


Positive Nihilism (again)

Positive Nihilism teaches us the meaning of life.

Positive Nihilism acknowledges that it really looks like the universe came from nothingness, and one day will return to the same place. Therefore there is no inherent meaning or purpose in life.

So, we know that the only meaning and purpose to be found in life is the meaning and purpose that we find, create and invest in life.

But if this meaning is the only possible meaning, then it is complete meaning and purpose. As much meaning and purpose as it is possible to have in this life is within our grasp. All we have to do is do it, to find, create and invest meaning and purpose in our lives together.
And the alternative is to not do that, which would be a shame.

The nice thing is that as you set about finding, creating and investing meaning and purpose in life you discover that humans have been about that task for about as long as there have been humans. And we get to join in.

All ways is the one true way. Abide.


The Prophet

Prophet is a religious title. By popular meaning a prophet is one who prophesies, who can tell parts of the future. The title Prophet is just as likely to be used within a religious organisation to mean patriarch or person with religious authority. Devoid of any genuine spiritual meaning as so much of religion is. 

In the flavour of religions I have tended to favour prophecy is treated slightly differently. Prophecy is one of the spiritual gifts listed in what is considered the main list of spiritual gifts in the New Testament. 

1 Corinthians 12: 4-11
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, a and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who distributes them to each one, just as they determine.
Not only that, but prophecy is considered one of the higher gifts and the office of the prophet is second only to the apostle in the traditional hierarchy ascribed to the early church. Later in that same passage we are exhorted to earnestly desire the higher gifts, of which prophecy is one. 

1 Corinthians 12: 27-31
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
An ambitious heart clearly desires the greater gifting for personal gain. My understanding of the act, gifting and office of prophecy is that the prophet is one who is close to the heart of G-d, who knows the heart of G-d. This is why we are to earnestly desire the higher gifts, because those giftings come out of the nature of G-d and out of a closeness to the heart of G-d. The one who is close to the heart and nature of G-d may know more clearly the Christ mind and may speak the heart and mind of G-d, and this is the gift of prophecy. It may speak to the present or the future, but it always speaks to the heart. 

Many come as prophets, Sturgeon's law applies. Almost everyone is a charlatan. The injunction is to test the spirits.

1 John 4: 1
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 
For a good yardstick to measure the worth of a prophet we can turn to the fifth book of the Hebrew Torah, Deuteronomy, which tells us that a false prophet will prophesy things which do not happen. The measure is truth and reality. 

Deuteronomy 18:22
When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of them.


Lucifer

The name and title Lucifer, bright morning star which art Venus, is most associated with Satan and the Devil of the Abrahamic religions. 

Satan, Lucifer and the Devil are all different names and ideas and legends with separate but intertwined histories and stories. 

In the Old Testament the name Lucifer comes from the King James Translation, via the Latin Vulgate, and one verse in the book of the Prophet Isaiah:
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations.
In the New Testament the title of Lucifer, bright morning star, is given to the Christ in the apocalypse of John, chapter 22 and verse 16.
“I, Joshua, have sent my demon to give you this testimony for the cults. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star (Lucifer).”
The myths of Lucifer and the role of both the morning star and the evening star in the legends of the gods is neither limited to the Abrahamic religions and nor are they the earliest references. 

For example, a search on Wikipedia for the Greek god Eosphorus who is Phosphorus the son of Astraeus and Eos you find this gem:
Alternatively, mythologically, the morning and the evening stars are Venus and Sirius, and the frequent error in mistaking one for the other becomes incorporated in various stories across several cultures.

Known as Sopdet in Egypt, as Sotor, Σωτήρ "Savior" in Ancient Greek astrological texts, and as Seth in Babylonian/Jewish astrology, Sirius "the Eastern Star" and its corresponding partner Venus, known as Ishtar, Ester, Asherah, Astarte, become the Christ and the Anti-Christ.
Note also that Ashtoreth (who is Ishtar and Astarte) and Asherah (consort of Yahweh) both appear in the Old Testament as evil Goddesses.

So the erroneous dualism inherent in the practise of Christianity since around 300AD might be said to be down to not realising that the morning and evening stars are the same entity.


Babylon the Great

The Apocalypse of John, the prophecies and visions captained in the book of the Bible called Revelation, have probably driven more people mad than any other writing in history. 

For some reason the descriptions of Babylon and her destruction always reminded me of the excesses of that great temple to consumerism we call America. Maybe the star called Wormwood represents a nuclear warhead on a missile falling from the sky. As a child I thought the boulder thrown into the sea would be the Statue of Liberty which has become a symbol of oppression in the name of liberty, a blasphemy.

Here are some extracts. 
Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’
She has become a dwelling for demons
and a haunt for every impure spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.
For all the nations have drunk
the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”

They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out. 

Give her as much torment and grief
as the glory and luxury she gave herself.
In her heart she boasts,
‘I sit enthroned as queen.
I am not a widow; 
I will never mourn.’
Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her:
death, mourning and famine.
She will be consumed by fire,
for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

"When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry. 

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:

“With such violence
the great Babylon will be thrown down,
never to be found again."

The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
 

"The idols are the forms of the ego, the archetypes are the gods and goddesses, the angels and demons. Alive within our collective life."

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