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):

    Rational Theistic Luciferianism is both an occult practise and a meta-religion. It's a blueprint for your own personal Luciferian religion, philosophy or occult practise. You're more than welcome to use any of the ideas and symbols here for your own spiritual journey, or to adopt Rational Theistic Luciferianism directly.  

    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.

    You have to fight if you want peace.

    The fight is the freedom and the freedom is the fight. We struggle to stop struggling we wrestle to drop the wrestling. That's never more evident to me than in meditation, where you have to wrestle with yourself to relax and focus and let go of distractions. Your meditations are a metaphor for your life of course, everything is.

    But then, sometimes, when you've let go of the distractions enough they don't come back. And you can find that focus on the breath becomes effortless and your awareness is in it, you almost become the breath, and time seems like it has stopped and you have no idea how long you've been like that but it's beautiful and usually just realising it is enough to break the spell but then you can get it back. 

    Flow state, or Dhyana or Jhana as the Buddhists call it. Relaxed and alert effortless focus. Stepping back into the garden of the mind where the work of tending the garden is the same as the work of enjoying the garden and there's some space for things to unfold. You have to let go of what you hold onto enough to get there. 

    I don't get there very often but I've been there.

    Our mind starts out at birth as a virtual blank slate, the only thing truly intuitive is the nipple. Absolutely everything else is learned, including what all that light I can see is. Our brain is a vast neural net, blank and clean and thirsty to learn.

    We learn most from those around us, especially in the early years. Our psyche is formed from those around us, a social conditioning which is very hard to even see beyond let alone be free from.
    We become like those around us, we even as a species have a tendency to be sexually attracted to those genetically similar to us. It is only familiarity, and the habit of disgust, that stops us feeling attraction to close family. 

    Life is easier if you fit in, if you have stuff in common with the people around you. You'll soon notice if they think you're different. 

    Our minds learn easily from other people. Intangible things like how to see the world and how to be, patterns of speech and thought and behaviour. We learn most easily from those we know best, and best of all from those we love. What we love we learn. Passion is the best teacher and the fastest learner.

    So we grow towards the lights we pick. The people we admire and look to, to those our hearts will reach out and aspire. This influences our desires, our ambitions, our hopes and dreams. Who we are, and who we might become. As with most of our cognitive processes all this is so habitual and normal, learned in our youngest days like walking, that we have forgotten we're even doing it. Subconscious and unconscious.

    In the ways we work out our understanding of life with other people, form opinions with them and see the world in the same way, we have collective unconscious cognitive processes at work. Not seated within any one individual, no objective reality if you like but living within the subjective realities of many people. In the air, the culture. The Overton window, the things it is socially acceptable to do and to be and to think and to say. Our collective unconscious of which every personal unconscious is a part.

    The Nazis of World War 2 were a visceral demonstration of how you can become an evil and racist person just by being a normal person who goes along with what everyone else is doing.

    Social conditioning is when we internalise the social rules that we think everyone else is following. So you have this internal model of social rules that feel external, but exist inside you. The super-ego, your idealised self and who you think you ought to be. The internalised rules you follow and where religion and the false god the Demiurge take root. An interesting definition of "the collective unconscious" is "the minds of other people". Always unconscious to you, except perhaps ephemerally, but affecting you all the time - even the parameters of what you will think. In that sense we all defer to rules that we project outside of ourself - an internalised abstract representation of the social rules that everyone thinks is in everyone else's minds. The gods we bow to.

    You avoid that by individuating. Taking and owning and understanding what you think and your principles and being willing to stand on those principles even to your cost because you are a real person.

    The human mind is abstract, it paints a picture of reality inside your brain from all your memories and understanding and sensory data. We can use all this understanding to imagine and to fantasise and to fear. This abstract model of your world includes the people you know. If you know them well you can imagine what they might say or do. These people within your mind and heart are a source of psychological strength and inspiration, a connection to life and a reason to live.

    We are pack animals, as a general rule. Strength comes from within, but through the channels of life within us. These are the lights we grow towards, the sources of life our roots drink from. If the roots are shallow, our lights flickering and fading, admiring fools, then we are shallow people following whims. Such people judge a thing not by the measure of truth but by whether it sounds like what they already believe and if they like the speaker. Confirmation bias, preserving their worldview, this deadly vice elevated to virtue. Intellectual cowardice, no real mind of their own. 

    All men are fools, this we know. Along with plenty of women and just about everyone else too. Which lights shall we pick, towards whom shall we aspire and grow?

    Our minds have the capacity to have abstract models of external intelligences and draw life and inspiration from them and they do this unbidden anyway for this is how we were formed. But all our lights are so dim and foolish, what are we to do? Throughout the millennia within the void, this collective unconscious we stare down, humanity has found perfect lights made of all fire and to these we raise our aspirations in the heavens and in the pits of hell themselves where our own metal has been forged and fire burned into our very souls.

    What is more we simplify our understanding of people by thinking of them in terms of types. We model kind of abstract people who are types of people, what would someone like that say or think or do? Searching for the spirit, the essence, and finding correspondences with other fields and simplifying all of our understanding by seeing with clarity how it fits together. How we are all reflections of one another and aspects of the divine, and within all of us is contained the divine and the infernal and the gods and the demons. Aspects of anyway. The gods, the lower ranks who seem so human, pure abstraction of human behaviour as a psychological simplification. We are made of them and they are made of us.

    What gods do the animals make I wonder and what do they look like, and how much of the animal nature is in our nature? We all spring from a common source.

    We don't just think of people as types, we find our identity in groups and when pressed we revert to type. What does my groupthink tell me on this topic, where are my tribal loyalties. That's what I think as it's easier than thinking for myself and all the bits I have to think with come from my tribe, so their conclusion is the rational choice anyway. 

    Observe how your own thinking is influenced by the thoughts of others all around, how you pull ideas and information and bits of ideas from all sorts of places and are subtly influenced and influencing everywhere you go. Thought coalesces out of the collective unconscious into waking minds. Our minds are mosaics of activity, so think about everything all the time and fill in the blanks from unusual places.

    Making gods of our surroundings is how the human mind works. This is why unconsciously forming gods of evil men is the cause of human darkness. In the dim light of those false gods clear sight of all else fades and darkness reigns. We cannot see clearly because the lights look by are full of deceit and deception for their own advantage. Preferring to appear nice than to show the truth. The living archetypes of the deeps obscured by the forms of the ego, made of nothing but delusions and illusions and puffs of hot air and snarls. 

    We all revert to type at first when we meet them. What sort of person do we think they are, based on our experiences and prejudices and any "tribal markers" they might wear or say that indicate who they are. If we are wise we let people individuate within our psyche and connect with who they really are as they reveal it. Those types we have, ideas about different groups of people, archetypes or stereotypes. Forms of the ego or the depths of our soul.

    We look to Lucifer: the rebel, the individual. Adversary of the established norms. Eschewing codependence, not taking your identity from social groups and their cruel gatekeeping and rules and pecking order and ignorance, not worshipping authority, but honouring love as the law. Love under will. Lucifer the light-bearer and bright morning star. Son of the morning and daughter of the evening. The sacred self and self archetype of Jungian psychology. Atman to Brahman. Bringer of the clear light and the black flame.

    The capacity to grow and learn, to be shaped and influenced, wrest it out of the unconscious. Put your hopes in the heavens and not in evil men. Break free, be young again and thirsty to learn from life and to drink from life and to live. 

    Make gods of the gods and aspire to their nature and be as all fire.

    (Image used with permission.)

    Ishtar – the Mesopotamian goddess of war and sexual love – had the power to assign gender. Ishtar, and her Sumerian counterpart Innana, are worshipped as the evening star. She is also revered by the name Astarte and to the Hindus Shukra who led a rebellion against God (Vishnu). Venus. In the West we worship Venus under another name as the morning star. Lucifer.

    The story of Lucifer mirrors the experience of many people. 

    Declared male and evil by the Christian church, coming out as trans non-binary and both good and happy but dark as all hell.

    A character is mostly comprised of unconscious habits. What you do habitually becomes effortless and unconscious, like learning to walk or to ride a bike or to speak a language. 

    This is karma, how what we do effects who we are which shapes the world we inhabit and how we respond to the world. 

    Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.

    Craft a character by cultivating habits. Cultivate the habit of facing your fears, doing things you're afraid of. Cultivate the habit of doing things now, not putting things off. Cultivate the habit of change.

    Then you'll be unstoppable.

    Consent culture: Enthusiastic ongoing consent.

    Consent culture is highly cooperative, but is based on the supremacy of the individual will. It honours "do as thou wilt" both in you and the other person. Consent culture is Thelemic.

    When we collectively honour "do as thou wilt" amongst us then love is the law.

    I like consent culture because it means I know that I have the right to say no and to expect that to be listened to.

    In sexual situations and openly sexual atmospheres, like the kink clubs I go to, I feel vulnerable. All these clubs run on consent culture and it makes me feel secure.

    Both because I know consent culture works for me as well, and because it's talked about a lot I know that people will be confident saying no and therefore I'm less likely to hurt someone without realising it. So it's precious to me. Safewords, for example, are a big part of consent culture. I find it beautiful and empowering.

    This extends to those who identify as submissives or even slaves or enjoy consensual non-consent play in BDSM contexts.  This fits with the submissive and dominant personality types finding and expressing their own will, the will to serve and obey noted in "slaves will serve" in Liber Oz.  I found the kink and BDSM scene so helpful in seeing the massive diversity how people explore and express their identity both sexually and in terms of power relationships. It makes sense of such a lot of the unspoken and unconscious dialogue in society.

    The crossover between sacred sexuality, such as sex magick, and the BDSM and kink scenes is fascinating and consent culture is right at the heart of it.

    People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls. - Carl Gustav Jung

    The trick is to ensure that everyone around you lives the same way, so that instead of seeming absurd it seems normal.

    This is why absurdism is important, to be able to recognise that we're all actors in the theatre of the absurd.

    This is also why normal is do dangerous, a demon that will drag you off to your own personal hell; normal is habitual, what we're used to, the background, what you don't think about. Not thinking about things is dangerous. What if great moral evil lurks hidden in normal, and you're part of it.

    It's easy to tell. Have a look at your society around you and see if there is great moral evil as a consequence of how people live.

    The Language of the Adversary

    One of the criticisms of Satanism is that even by using some of the language and symbols of Christianity you validate the slave religion. Satanism can be a reaction against Christianity, so you're not really moving on and developing.

    In part this is the old advice for dealing with a bully, just ignore them and hope they go away. Did anyone try this with bullies, how did it work out?

    The evil judgementalism of those enthralled by slave religions causes them to project great evil, their evil imaginations, into Satanism. With a living and active Satanism the evil religion eats itself in the mind of the host as their fantasies of darkness grow. A sensible person then drops the ridiculous belief in that kind of evil and drops the worst parts, at least, of that religion.

    A healthy Satanism appropriates the power of those symbols and uses them for good, whilst inoculating the general public against believing absurdities. That kind of religion becomes obviously and clearly bad for your sanity instead of merely insidiously bad for your sanity. 

    Satanism provides a path for those who found genuine spirituality in Christianity, part of their past spiritual journey, to explore their spirituality but free from the psychological slavery of the religious mindset and worldview. It is a reclaiming and reintegrating of self rather than a repression of self. For those who weren't Christian Satanism provides a perfect opportunity to say fuck you to religion in your choice of philosophy. It's win-win.

    The awful excesses of American evangelism, and its deluded cult mindset, demonstrate the great psychological power within that language and symbols. Their great fear of the occult similarly demonstrates the psychological power available. The symbols of the dominant mythos,and their connections and correspondences with the wider occult and spiritual world, are part of our collective history and have shaped society. The power of that, divested of the evil control the religious seek to exercise, is accessible to anyone. 

    The language of the rebel, the adversary, is powerful.

    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.

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