Rational Theistic Luciferianism: Chaos Magick and Tradition
This is the ninth article in a series on Rational Theistic Luciferianism, for the other articles on Satanism see (more recent first):
- Chaos Magick & Tradition
- An Invocation of Lucifer & Truth and Lies
- Magick, Morality and Addressing the Spiritual
- The Occult Mind, Neural Nets and the Call of the Gods
- Practical Thelema
- Philosophical Foundations
- A Practise and the Cults, Black Magick, Lucifer and Moloch
- Luciferianism, Demonolatory and the Black Flame
- A Satanic Manifesto: My Personal Satanism
Magickal systems are psychological tools and frameworks to assist our connection with the ineffably ethereal which is beyond words and conception. So should you choose chaos magick or a magickal tradition like the Golden Dawn, or something new perhaps like the magick of Aleister Crowley and Thelema? By what principles do they work and which is correct?
The art of the science of magick is the art of the science of producing change in your outer world through inner transformation. Chaos magick works because the underlying substrate of reality works on the principles of chaos. Fundamental reality is chaos and uncertainty and I love her with all my heart.
Chaos magick is sometimes described, perhaps unfairly, as magick without a tradition; the raw stuff. For raw psyche I like the practise of glossolalia, speaking in tongues. The release and expression of emotional and psychological meaning without words or language; raw psyche. Sigils are also powerful. This is because symbols, or abstraction, is the language of the unconscious and subconscious mind. Dance is another form of expression that can bypass the filters and limitations of the rational mind.
There are parts of the brain in the optic nerve itself specialised for edge detection, triggered by sigils. A lot of our brain processes and instincts are wired into these fundamental and base parts of the operation of the mind. As we are formed in our mother's womb the brain is fashioned as a huge and empty neural net learning thirstily from all the sense data it can find. Our connection to the primal force, called the id by Freud, filtered through layers and layers of understanding as our minds form. Sigils and other elements of chaos magick can connect us back to the primal force of nature focused on external or internal elements depending on the magick, invocation or evocation for example, sigil or song. So the power of this magick is in your connection in all its fullness reality, or lack thereof, the measure of your faith perhaps you might say. Forms emerge from these huge neural nets of our minds, forms shaped by outside influence and the personality of the individual. Something new made from what came before, both genetically and psychologically.
Magickal traditions are the means that humanity has found to connect to the infinite, to the divine, over the aeons of our history. The gods themselves are potent and unbounded symbols of our hopes and fears and aspirations. They are away of touching the infinite, removing the bounds and limits on our imaginations. To imagine the unimaginable, to conceive the inconceivable, to brush against the divine and reach upwards and stretch downwards.
Magickal traditions are embedded in the collective psyche, the collective consciousness, from their place in history and culture and the way they, through the magickal currents they belong to or spring from or are fountains of, and the way they have shaped our longings and lives.
So the magickal traditions may still rest on faith, may be built on a foundation of chaos, but they remain the deepest currents. These are the forms that have emerged amongst us through history, our archetypes and understanding. Traditions used and understood by others makes it easier to have faith and resonate more easily with your depths, already influenced and formed in the presence of these traditions in society. Meaning is easier to find and to create where you're using recognised techniques that you can explain and understand, putting them in the wider context of everything else you know. Magickal systems are psychological tools and frameworks to assist our connection with the ineffably ethereal which is beyond words and conception.
The sigil of Lucifer is charged with meaning for everyone in Western cultures even if they've never consciously been aware of it, simply because of the place that Lucifer has had in Western culture and the part the sigil has had in history associated with the name and nature of the light bringer. Chaos and tradition.
All hail Eris! All hail Discordia!
We know that in life, in large measure, we find what we are looking for. We call this confirmation bias or motivated reasoning. Therefore it is rational to look for beauty.
We are gods, you and I, but we are not God. I am not God and you are not God, if such a thing there be at all. The wave is not the ocean.
The outside world, external reality, is half my existence but it's the bigger half. It's bigger than me. It is, I Am, we are. And we dance.
We are gods in as much as the gods have meaning to us. We grow towards the lights we pick. Pick people, or politicians, or the gods themselves made of ethereal fire and become as all fire.
Sigils are an interesting aspect of mysticism. In mysticism a sigil is equivalent to a name, containing and revealing the nature and essence of the entity for which it is a symbol. Like the cross of Leviathan, the ancient enemy who dwells in the ocean, whose symbol is strength.
In chaos magick sigils can be used to encode desire or intention. This is similar to how glossolalia or dance can be used, the expression of raw psyche without words or language to form it encoding emotional and psychological content. A connection from the conscious to the primal and unconscious. The stronger your personal association, the measure of your faith, the more powerful the sigil within your psyche and therefore your world.
Edge detection in human vision is primal, a survival mechanism in the wilds. Pattern matching and finding meanings in symbols are a fundamental aspect of our society and the way we think. Symbols are the raw stuff of our understanding, the language of the unconscious. We train ourselves by habit, even under duress, to find meaning in symbols. Try seeing a word without thinking of the meaning, just seeing the abstract marks on paper or screen. It's easy in a foreign language, like an ideographic language viewed by a westerner, but see words in your own tongue and the meaning leaps unbidden into the mind. Meaning skips and dances along the words, neither contained nor constrained by them.
We simplify understanding through abstract symbols that represent shared meaning. Like mammal is an abstract idea for a grouping of animals whilst the cow is an abstract idea or symbol for a specific type of animal which is also a mammal, daisy might be the abstract idea you have in your mind for the real cow in your back yard. Daisy is a mammal and a cow and she is Daisy. A taxonomy and hierarchy of symbols, a framework of understanding. The gestalt.
Words are symbols representing ideas. Words are potent and flexible symbols of meaning and Crowley called pen and paper (or touchscreen) magickal weapons. Finding what is common within many ideas through the use of symbols simplifies and organises our understanding permitting us to understand ever more.
Male and female, masculine and feminine; the false binary (the map is not the territory), are symbols and ideas too. What exists are a myriad of individuals.
The symbols simplify and embody our understanding, within our life they are alive. Sigils are a physical manifestation of the spiritual symbol.
Compassion is the deepest pleasure. Tune the pleasure principle into this and let hedonism propel you into delighting in the delight of others and them in you. Abandoned revelry. Ave Dionysius, Ave Bacchus.
When you are excited or afraid can you not see the mark of it in your handwriting, does the mind not move the body?
Everything you are is expressed in everything you do. What you will not give conscious expression to will have unconscious expression.
You are responsible for the whole of who you are, even the parts you're not aware of and don't understand, the parts you reject and despise or pretend aren't there. Your shadow. That's why life is unfair. The totality of self.
Meditation, psychotherapy, ceremonial magick, all have the same goal; to throw light into the darkened realms of the unconscious. Both personal and collective.
The Language of the Adversary
A lot of atheism is unfalsifiable. There's zero evidence that could change their minds as any phenomena could have a natural explanation. An unfalsifiable theory is what we call "not even wrong".
Psychologically they've convinced themselves into a world where the gods can't exist. A much more powerful world to live in one is one where they're part of our collective psychological makeup; a source of psychological power and inspiration and occult knowledge. Living principles, alive within our life.
The kicker is, that making gods - as an abstraction to conceptualise the functioning of our world - is how our minds work. A gift from evolution for survival in a chaotic and confusing world. Absent the numinous we'll unconsciously make gods out of politicians and celebrities and people we admire. And we tear our gods down too, because they're really shitty gods. Much better to have your gods be actual gods.
The only reality the gods can have to us is as part of psychological reality. The kicker is that the only thing you ever experience, your whole universe, is comprised of psychological reality.
Things of the mind can be real, like friendships or depression.
Things of the mind can be shared like emotions or experiences.
Things of the mind can be older than any individual and change and evolve like ideas or culture.
You grow towards the lights you pick. So pick the gods and aspire to their nature and be as all fire.