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New Magicks for a New Age
Volume 4: The Notebooks of a Magickian
Book Four: 6/9/95
On An Exceptional Man in a Very Strange Time in a Beleaguered Nation Oliver North [born October 7, 1943, 12:43 a.m. CWT (+5 hr), San Antonio, TX (98° W 29’, 29° N 26’)] is a wounded Chiron, as a matter of fact. He sustained serious wounds in the Vietnam War, was an actual war hero. He is wounded in another way: if an I.Q. of 300 meant anything, he’d have it – but mostly what it’s done is get him labeled as a freak and a weirdo by the pedestrian politicos who used him and threw him away (e.g., Bush). The media make fun of him because he is a devout Christian, a “Fundie,” but the thing is, he is a sort of accidental feudal leader in his part of Virginia, to whom his less fortunate neighbors look and turn for direction and guidance, and he has done his best to do right by them. They are almost all poor, and almost all “Fundies” themselves, “po’ white trash” whom nobody else wants any part of save a few mavericks like my favorite modern saint, Will Campbell, the “Saint of the South.” Ollie is sort of a po’-bucker’s Anton Szandor LaVey, as Will Campbell is for his own redneck neighbors: the only minister they have, the man to whom they can turn for help and guidance and comfort and charity, their rock of certitude and strength. In today’s world, North and LaVey and Campbell are ministers to the damned – that is, to those populations whom the modish “Liberal Left” media and Clintonian politicians scorn as “backwater bigots,” the dirt-poor “rednecks” and “white trash” who have next to nothing except faith in God (by whatever name! <g>) and the flag, or their more affluent spiritual kin who have faith in the flag but aren’t sure about the God. They’re people too, and citizens, with the rights of citizens – but they aren’t a la mode, aren’t trendy, so the media put them down along with those who represent them well and faithfully. Such as North. On This ‘n’ That :)
>>I feel bad about not getting back to the Good Stuff by now :). So >>that’s what I’ll start back on now. Which should I get going on >>first, of the stories selections from which are offered here >>below? >> (1) “The Demonstration”? >Good setting, but it has started too far in. Clamps should not be in place >when story starts, nor should audience be identified. And the name >“Hillary” doesn’t appear in the story. >> (2) “The Initiation,” from “Secret Dreams”? >Started in, *way* too late. Others need to be identified. Also, the name >“Hillary” does not appear in this story. >>(3) “The Way to Paradise is Through Hades’ Jungles” >No shrink-wrap razors - only a straight razor (with leather strop) >will do. Love the Acid - nice touch. Of the three, I would take the >setting of (1), and add the events of (3) and then (2). And, once >more, the name of “Hillary” is nowhere to be found. >Can you tell I also enjoy these as a political cathartic? ;) Your suggestions will be taken under consideration and applied at the next election. (For which lots of hemp rope will be provided. <g>) But seriously, folks . . .
Bujinkan ninpo & Magick On the Bujinkan ninpo and the Magickal training of Will (i.e., the intentionality of living organisms that is the hallmark of all life), from comment by a student of Geburah through Bujinkan ninpo >The shodan test involved six cuts with a Katana. My sensei had me >stand in front of him while he cut at me; it was my job to avoid the >cuts (which I did successfully). Although the sword is not razor >sharp, he does draw with full intention (N.B. on WILL: the >discussion on the Will in Regardie’s The Tree of >Life has a close correspondence to what I have been taught is >intention, directing your energy to accomplish a particular task) >and if the Katana hits you, not only will it draw blood, but will >injure you, as well. The amazing thing about the test is that I >don’t remember the cuts. When I spoke with my sensei about this, he >commented on Mushin (“no mind”). The avoidance of the cuts was my body’s natural, unconscious movement, my conscious mind acting in concert with it without effort. On ninja wisdom
Sometimes you find wisdom in the strangest places, places you’d never expect to find it, especially ninja wisdom. Thought you might enjoy this. It’s a quotation from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel, Pyramids (New York: ROC Books, 1987): “Teppic had learned how not to move stealthily [during his training to become a professional assassin]. Millions of years of being eaten by creatures that knew how to move stealthily has made humanity very good at spotting stealthy movement. Nor was it enough to make no noise, because little moving patches of silence always aroused suspicion. The trick was to glide through the night with a quiet reassurance, just like the air did.” Ibid., p. 114 (Another novel of Pratchett’s, Reaper Man, which came out last year [?], is also highly enjoyable, and worth tracking down for its wisdom.) The three “e’s” of adepts of ecology, combat arts, and engineering elegance (all the information is present, in the least-cluttered, best organized form) efficiency (least effort, least waste) economy (least cost – especially in terms of loss of life or harm to life) Magick Crossing the Abyss First, imagine yourself in a particular place. Second, look around in it, experience it, as if you were physically present in it. Third, know that you are really there, wholly reacting with and observing in reality, though your body is far from there. If you can do that, you have crossed the Abyss. (“Try it – you’ll like it.”) The Supernals, the Sephiroth above the Abyss, including ℵ-2 and i = √-1, associated with the Outer Planets and the two hypothetical trans-Plutonian Planets Persephone and Hera/Durga, are the parts of ourselves outside our bodies, aspects of our souls, spirits, and intellects mediated by mechanisms exterior to our bodies, e.g., parts of our genotypes shared with others, other DNA, or whatever. Given this, i and ℵ2 represent those parts of the self that are outside the Solar System, or even our universe. Upon the discovery that you are not imprisoned within your skull and the rest of your body, that by an act of pure Will you can shift your awareness, hence the focus of your Will, to some point clearly outside your body, you have thereby crossed the Abyss. When you discover that you can shift it to places you’ve never heard of before, haven’t even a reincarnational memory of, you have thereby crossed the nameless, trans-dimensional boundary between the traditional and the transcendental Sephiroth, learned how to pivot the angle of your awareness through the extra dimension of the 3-dimensional Sphere of Life necessary to do that, as it were. (See New Magicks, Volume 1, Book 3 and Volume 3, Book 2, Part 1 for a detailed discussion on the 16-Sephiroth Qaballah and the Sphere of Life, which are extensions of traditional Qaballistic concepts that do not distort or damage the latter, accompanied by diagrams.) The Intelligences that reside in the body are the Traditional Sephiroth. Collectively they comprise the Microprosopus, a universal intelligence represented in your genes and those microbes dwelling within your body. The Macroprosopus is that universal intelligence collectively represented in the entire biological world. Liberty is that Intelligence manifest also as a world-wide microbiological organisms which, once She infects you, drives off thrints, keeping you from ever having your soul enslaved (or enslaved again).
Until you cross the Abyss, you have to be angry and frightened to deal successfully with evil or any other major threat, because you can’t see what it is and how best to deal with it, hence you must use an allout attack-mode against it. But after crossing the Abyss, you see how the threat is put together, and therefore just what has to be done to disable or permanently repel it, and are able to do that with ease, in which case anger is no longer necessary as a survival asset in combat. Interpretations of Liber AL Chapter 3, verse 76: Possible references for Chapter 3, verse 76 – a code to a numbered Swiss bankaccount, a cryptographer’s code (a la the Enigma Machine which British Intelligence captured at the beginning of World War 2), the code to a combination lock, a safe combination, a phone-number, a subsection of a computer program, ASCII code for a key for launching missiles Sociobiological Issues The Sociobiology of Religion We are religious animals because of the interconnections in the forebrain between the intellectual and emotional (limbic) brain which, when functioning properly, gives all our experience a rich and variegated coloration of meaning and emotion. In turn, our brains are built this way because being animals of community gave our forebears a strong edge on survival, and maintenance of such community in a state of well-being requires that we perceive and thus respond to the world as full of humanly significant meanings. To divorce our sense of the numinous (religious awe) and a mythological context from our experience requires decoupling intellect from feeling, a disabling of those parts of the forebrain which enable us to reason intelligently,* which in turn not only gives experience a dubious objectivity and illusorily materialistic seeming, but in fact progressively erodes our ability to function in a healthy way, socially, sexually, and all other aspects of our membership in human community. A “healthy skepticism” is, all too often, rather predicated on an assumption that the tendency to assign religious and moral meaning to various aspects of reality and embed them in aesthetically fitting contexts is self-destructive, contrasurvival, the result of insanity, a pathology by whatever name that can only give trouble. But since this tendency is universal in us, and has been so as far back as we can check any form of evidence, it must therefore have had sociobiological survival value for our ancestors, something which natural selection could not eradicate from our genes. It must therefore be part of the very bedrock of the survival and wellbeing of Homo sapiens, individually and collectively, and we do ill to cast it away lightly – or otherwise.
*See Antonio R. Damasio’s Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain (New York: Grossett/Putnam Books, 1994), ibid., for more on this.
On The Sociobiology of the Social Arts and Sciences What politics is really all about is species survival, the exercise of strategies ideally designed to minimize losses and maximize gains for those who carry our genes and spirit forward into the future. The same is true of economics and the other social disciplines – history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, sociobiology, etc. Too bad that those who are experts in any of these so rarely seem to be aware of it. On the Sociobiology of Punishment and Moralism (From correspondence with a friend ~6/1/95) Why would [someone] be punished for something someone else did?
“Punishment” is a weird sort of idea, psychosocially speaking. It is associated not only with moral concepts, but political ones, and as we all know, to our grief, politics is always more than willing to use other people’s morality as a weapon against them. Sociopathology often involves the decoupling of the idea of “punishment” from that of “justice,” so that the sociopath can become enamored of punishment for its own sake, inventing bogus excuses to torment, torture, and terrorize others for the thrill of it. >>>. . . sometimes certain things happen to children at a very young age which leave so strong an imprint or scar on them, psychologically, physically, or both, that even as adults who understand intellectually exactly what happened to themselves, they can’t be free of that scarring without the cooperation of others, maybe even a gigantic shift in society itself involving attitudes and values. This sounds more reasonable. Sometimes it looks as though our society is moving forward, other times it seems to be going backwards. I guess it’s a series of pendulum swings. . . one group of people may make a giant swing forwards, then another group overreacts and steps backwards. Overall, though, I think the movement is in a positive direction, albeit at a snail’s pace. I think so, too. I really do think that Jung’s idea of a Collective Unconscious accurately reflects something quite real, a sort of World Mind (maybe physically represented as a sub-system of Hypersea?) that has a life-history in the same way that the mind of an individual does. Maybe this is the psyche of humanity, maybe of Gaia, but whatever it is, over time it develops, grows, matures. Not all parts of it mature and grow at the same rate, so some parts of the world grow spiritually far faster than others, while others may even regress. But over the centuries, the trend is toward ever-greater psychospiritual maturity. Yes, I think so too. On Culture and History Culture is the meaning we attach to experience; history is the story we make out of it. Notes on Hypersea (the ecological and geophysiological concept discussed in detail by Mark and Dianna McMenamin in their monograph Hypersea: Life on Land [New York: Columbia University Press, 1994]) and the nature of disease Disease is an accidental by-product of the mutualism/commensalism required for the creation and maintenance of Hypersea. It is the oldest of all selective forces on land, save for need for food, water, air, etc., and it may ultimately be the most important, in terms of its impact on the evolution of Hypersea itself and of all the land-life participating in Hypersea. Infectious diseases, like any other form of mutualism/commensalism, successful or otherwise, are just one way in which Life sends messages to itself – in this case, something other than valentines and thank-you notes. Hyperstar As there is Hypersea, so there is Hyperstar – the fine articulation of the gravity and the electromagnetic fields of a Star by the life of that Star’s attendant worlds. These fields mesh with those of all other Stars, and it may be that their biological articulation may likewise mesh with that of surrounding Stars in a manner analogous to the way in which fungi form the interconnections between other forms of the life of Hypersea. If so, what would be the agent of such interlinking?
On the Sociopsychological Dynamics of the Evolution of Religious Movements, in Particular the “New Age” Movement That’s fear on their part. They don’t want to believe that bad things happen to people for no reason, because that would leave them open and vulnerable. They don’t want to think about bad things that might have happened to other people, because it depresses them, makes them feel guilty, makes them think about the darker aspects of life that don’t fit into their happy little models of the universe. If you’re unhappy, they don’t want to know about it, because it might make them feel responsible for making you feel better, and they don’t know how to cope with that. [Thus the victim is] raining on their parade I think this is why I find myself very sympathetic toward Vietnam Vets: they’ve all gone through the same things. Only worse in so many cases (e.g., quadriplegics, terminal cancer from Agent Orange, psychiatric basket-cases due to drug-addictions and/or post-traumatic stress syndrome). One of the things that sociologists and other social scientists are finding more and more evidence for is that the whole idiot “New Ager” movement – Yuppies who are “weekend wizards,” spending their weekends and says off as New Age versions of pious, hymn-singing hypocrites, and their weekdays as back-stabbing, cut-throat “super-capitalists” that would have made Jay Gould and John D. Rockefeller and Lee Stanford turn Commie in reaction – may have been midwifed, if not actually conceived, by the reaction of so many noncombatant Americans to the Vietnam War and the returning vets coming back from it. “I’m OK, you’re fucked, pal” is a pretty accurate description of both New Ager reactions to victims of social injustice and many Americans’ reaction to returning Vietnam Vets (who so often have ended up among the homeless, prison, and/or mental hospital populations in this country ever since).
On the Sociobiology of Familial, Communal, Philadelphian, and Erotic Love The whole reason for such bonding, such love is that it makes those who are part of such bondings far more likely to live long, healthy lives, and leave lots of descendants (physical, spiritual, or both, it doesn’t matter, as long as there are lots of them) than those who aren’t. “We are all born broken; we live by mending; and God is the glue.” The Spirit of Life is forwarded much more surely through healthy community, and the strongest form of such community is love, whether love of friends, love of neighbors, love of spouse, love of children or parents, whatever. As Lyall Watson says, the first discriminations which living organisms learned to make are: “This is myself, this is my food, and this is my friend.” Lichens are evidence of how great a survival edge such awareness can confer. Such community is the stuff of life itself – chocolates and certificates are bad jokes, compared to that! :) The Biological and Demographic Determinants of Intelligence or Sentience Intelligence, awareness, sentience, alertness, and consciousness go hand-in-hand with homeostasis, the dynamic processes by which living things maintain their internal biochemistry and the conditions of their immediate environment in states optimal for their survival, well-being, and ability to procreate (or at least to aid in the survival of others who carry their genes). Homeostatically maintained processes typically cycle back and forth between more or less constant minima and maxima such that over time their average state is essentially stable. The faster the cycle-time or frequency of the process, the stronger the level of consciousness associated with it, and vice-versa. That is, the level of consciousness of an organism is in
direct proportion to the frequency of the homeostatic processes maintaining it in existence, or at any rate the average of the frequencies of the many such processes involved in its existence: the more frequently it or its internal processes must act to keep it in the best possible condition, the more information it must take in per unit time about those aspects of its universe requiring such actions the organism must be, thus the more focused it must be on them – i.e., the more aware, alert, conscious of what it is doing relative to that universe it is. As Margules et al. have shown, eukaryotic organisms began as aggregates of prokaryotes that went together on a condo, as it were. The first cells with a definite nucleus were prokaryotic co-ops comprising several distinct species of prokaryotes. Eventually, the symbiosis among these became so tight that they became totally interdependent, unable to exist separately, and eukaryotic cells became true cells, something distinct from the prokaryotes that were ancestral to the components of the eukaryotic cells. For this to happen, the individual mitositic cycles of all members of the former prokaryotes making up the eukaryotic cell had to become completely synchronized, every component replicating at the same time that every other component within the cell did; and the same held for all other homeostatic processes carried out by those components as well as the eukaryotic cell as a whole. A similar evolutionary development occurred with respect to the transition from single-celled to multicellular eukaryotic life. This transition entailed a change from relatively loose aggregates of cells all of the same genotype to organically interrelated populations of such cells, which could then no longer exist on their own. So life went from large organic molecules found in matrices of clay, similar to the viruses of today; to well-integrated populations of such molecules, as found in prokaryotic life; to well-integrated communities of the descendants of prokaryotics, as found in the first eukaryotic cells; to well-integrated populations of eukaryotic cells all of the same genotype, as found in multicellular eukaryotic life today. And each such transition necessarily involved a tightening of the interactions of the components of the overall organism, an increase in the frequencies of the homeostatic processes within the organism as well as those constituting its interactions with its environment, and an increase in the number and types of homeostatic processes associated with an organism and its biological existence. Now, let us look at a virus. A virus is a sort of multicellular organism comprising a great many genetic units all of the same genotype, in this way like a eukaryotic organism. But it differs from eukaryotic organisms in that, rather than maintaining the cellular membranes or “environment suits” around the molecules of RNA or DNA encoding its genes, itself, it gets some prokaryotic or eukaryotic organism to do that for it. It is thus usually spread out over one or more populations of numerous host-organisms, of one or more species, together with various forms of encystment media, and the geographic region containing these. It is maintained in existence by the transference among hosts and encystment media of copies of its genotype, and its survival and well-being depends upon the strategies it uses to optimize the timing and numbers of those transfers. Once a population of eukaryotes reaches a certain critical threshold of size and density, transfers among them of copies of a given virus for which they are hosts can become systematized in a manner that is from then on homeostatically maintained. At this point, the virus has become an intelligent organism, potentially able to direct the affairs its hosts to suit its own needs. The more powerful the overall transfer (i.e., the more copies of its genotype transferred per unit time, expressed as dI/dt, where I = the number of copies of the particles encoding its genes involved), the higher the intelligence of the virus; the less erratic the pattern of those transfers, the more constant the frequency of those transfers, the greater its sanity; and the higher the frequency of such transfers, regardless of how many genetic particles are involved, the more acute the consciousness or awareness of the virus (regardless of the level of intelligence). (Of course, this is assuming that the virus doesn’t do its hosts much damage in the process of transfer or in establishing itself in a new host; otherwise it will tend to sabotage its own existence by impairing the ability of its hosts to infect other hosts, a la Ebola or Marburg virus.) Thus if thrints exist, their intelligence is proportional to the numbers of genetic particles of a given thrint (i.e., thrint genotype) transferred per unit time; the acuity of that intelligence, to the magnitude of the frequency of the cycles of those transfers; and the sanity of a given thrint, to the stability and constancy of the overall pattern of transfer and rate of such transfers of the nucleic acid molecules (viral particles) encoding its genotype. On Thrints
The “Anti-Self Defense Movement” Currently an anti-self-defense movement is growing in this country, whose proponents subtly or otherwise push the idea that there is something wicked, nasty, even evil about self-defense, on the grounds that self-defense may possibly entail action which could have physically violent effects on the attacker; since, they argue, it is never right to inflict violence on another person, even someone attacking you or your loved ones or the necessary means of your livelihood and well-being, this means that self-defense is to be avoided at all cost. This movement, which so far has entailed a very effective castration of much of the power of the media to combat such assaults on the Collective Unconscious of the people, is the psychosocial equivalent of the way AIDS attacks the immune system of someone it has infected, combined with the sort of symptom suppression (repression?) typical of allopathic medicine. Could this be the result of thrint infection in and consequent takeover of those who are pushing this idea the most energetically? Emotions are the meanings we attached to or get out of experience. Would a thrint understand our emotions? No – the exigencies of our lives are very different from those a thrint, a viral form of life with a wholly parasitical mode of existence, would experience, requiring different responses to them, different values and importance placed on them, to maximize the organism’s chances of survival in each case. Natural selection would therefore guarantee that the emotional coloration of our subjective universe would be very different than that of a thrint. On the Neuropsychology of Evil and Possession What looks like psychology but isn’t? – What is the psychology rabies, or meningitis, or acute encephalitis? What is the psychology of damage to the forebrain (as described and discussed in Damasio’s Descartes’ Error, op. cit.)? In that context, what is the psychology of rape, serial killing, aggravated child-abuse, etc.? Other Questions Are “power highs” of the sort characteristic of megalomania the result of the psychochemistry of the initial stages of thrint infection on its way to becoming chronic? Did people in earlier periods of history fight thrints with fire, via the stake? If so, the cure was worse than the disease, for it destroyed community as a result of the terror and rage it engendered, thereby creating the perfect opportunity for thrint invasion and takeover of the people. Today, if we must fight thrints, let us use a different tool than fire – let’s use oxygen therapy, introducing oxygen to morbid, diseased tissues, thereby giving those tissues an edge over anaerobic viruses, using oxygen to support more efficient metabolism, the fire of Life. Do modern tranquilizers and anti-depressants lower resistance to thrint infection? Do thrints use ptaavs to drive resistance individuals crazy or into a depression, so that that individual then turns to psychoactive drugs such as anti-depressants or tranquilizers for relief, drugs which destroy his or her resistance to thrint infection, laying the individual wide open to infection and takeover by thrints? From correspondence with a friend ~ 6/1/95) >Totally new subject for your cogitation. I read that both Jewish >temples were destroyed on the same day (in the Hebrew calendar). >Is this true? If so, how does this fit in with our own 4/19 >coincidences? I don’t know. I’ve been poring over everything on hand, from The Old Farmer’s Almanac to the various encyclopedias I have on hand, trying to find things that occurred on April 19 in history or else have religious significance in one or another world religion. I think Hitler died on April 20, which may or may not figure in. These two events could have been: (a) a clandestine plot by Nazis who infiltrated us after
WW2 to invoke their weird Gods or evoke demons via blood sacrifices, this day of the year (April 19) thus being sacred to those Gods, or Magickally significant in some way; (b) celebrations via blood sacrifice of some religious holiday by somebody high up (remember that the Celts did sacrifice POWs in the Wicker Man in the Spring to their Gods, a way of getting rid of said POWs and pleasing the Gods, who liked warriors (the POWs), and the Druids likewise had blood sacrifices); (c) initially accidental, the second deliberate, i.e., the first one a fuck-up by the FBI and BATF, the second a Clinton/Reno attempt to play on public sensibilities and make everybody think that the second was a revenge-killing for the first by some anti-government group. Maybe there are more possibilities, but I can’t think of them right now. Anyway, to evaluate the likelihood of any of these would require data I just don’t have. But there are the possibilities I can think of. Can you think of any library resources that would unearth holidays or historically significant events occurring on April 19?
>>Lately I’ve been plagued with psychic flashes on Janet Reno. In >>these, while publicly putting on her regular front, behind her mask >>she wallows in gloating glee over what she is “putting over” on the >>American public, entertaining various fantasies of destroying the >>Bill of Rights, ideas of what the last moments of the people killed >>in the Waco holocaust were like for them, even fantasies of the >>Clintons and/or herself being hanged for high crimes and treason! >>That last doesn’t make sense, but it comes in there, too. >> >Just a guess. . .impressions made from two “sources” from the >same “body?” If you were trapped with a demon, doing nasty things >with your body, in some weird way, wouldn’t you fantasize about >death too as a way to stop it? > I honestly don’t know. This would depend upon whether she was a willing collaborator of the thrints, their partner, say, or possessed against her will. From what I’ve picked up so far along these lines, I’d say it was the former. Maybe it’s the sort of high people get from crack or some other uppers of that nature – gives you the thrill of all time even as it destroys your brain! :( Did you ever read Heinlein’s The PuppetMasters, especially the parts about the unridden human beings who liked being gofers for the slugs? :< From correspondence with a friend 6/8/95) I don’t know how useful anything I would have to say about the jabber and chatter of “spirits” would be to anyone. I hear it all the time – but also can see, either psychically or on the face of objective evidence, that most of the time they are either babbling, lying, or trying to make me hurt, the same way that someone might use a lash to whip a dog (for a psychic, thought, and consequently the spoken and written word, have weight, and can be used as very real weapons, devastating ones, like smashing someone directly
against the brain with a 2”x4”, or perhaps a riding-whip, or just sticking an ice-pick into it). What I see may be far more important than anything the little shits babble at me. There are also their reactions to things I read. I’ve been reading Angie Fenimore’s Beyond the Darkness: My Near-Death Journey to the Edge of Hell and Back (New York: Bantam, 1995), which is a Christian woman’s account of her own experience of the dark side of the “near-death” experience which she encountered when she attempted suicide a few years ago. I find myself agreeing with everything she has to say about the nature of evil, per se – and immediately feel a strong pressure on my mind to accept everything else she asserts in there, most of which concerns her Christian belief. I don’t agree with many of the latter, especially some of her personal answers to the desolation she went through because of the horrors she went through in her childhood (as to why I don’t accept that Christianity is the answer to everything, I have two basic answers: Auschwitz; and the Dali Lama, a true vessel of clear light and real love for all of life, whose spiritual grace touched me as well as others when he visited the Seattle area recently, and who is most definitely not a Christian). But the relentless pressure insists that if I accept some of what she has to say, I “must therefore” accept the rest, or else reject it all. No logical reason is given for this – it’s like having an invisible interrogator hanging around, trying to brainwash you. When I mentally step back and try to see what’s doing this, I see “spirits,” some of them frighteningly dark and twisted, leering, snarling, threatening, laughing at me, and I can see what they are doing – if they can’t get me to reject whatever good is in Christianity, by getting me to reject Christianity and all Christians absolutely in reaction to horrors such as the Final Solution, then they’ll force me to convert to it, as wholeheartedly as possible. Because either way, I can see, they can use me, manipulate me via blind belief, of whatever stripe, get me to follow whatever path they want by just pulling the right emotional strings. I am thus in the unenviable position of a Jew (however strange a one!) who must refuse to hate Hitler, with truly “Christianlike” determination in the matter – to hate any human being who still is a human being, not taken over by them (they really do have virus-like physical bodies, like the “thrints” I’ve been describing here previously), for purely ideological or “religious” or “political” reasons, not just temporary battle-fervor that abates quickly afterward, is to play right into their virusy little tentacles or whatever they have, which I’m not about to do. I’ve mentioned a former student of mine who is very probably a serial killer, a recreational arsonist, and a dozen other things. He may be one of their “begotten sons,” much of his intracellular DNA being viral. Well, his mother was raped by her father, a monster if there ever was one, and it may be that he was a thrint slave or pet or whatever, who passed on the infection to his daughter by raping her. When her son, my ex-student, was conceived, it may be that the virus still in her body was just waiting for the opportunity to infect either her husband’s sperm, and get into the waiting ovum that way, or else mob that egg the moment it was fertilized, and enter then. Either way, if things really did take place according to this scenario, at that moment the thrint DNA or RNA got right into the nucleus of the fertilized ovum that was to become my ex-student, and added itself to that cell’s intranuclear DNA, the result being a fetus that was genetically part thrint! (Damien, move over! Rosemary’s baby, you’re about to have a little brother!) I know this ex-student thought of himself as having been sired by “Jay-ho-vah,” his parent’s blustering fundamentalist God, but apparently he never thought of himself as Jesus, identifying instead with the “bad guys,” the fallen angels. Well, in a manner of speaking, he may have been right. He also had delusions of grandeur and omnipotence and a dozen similar problems – but I have a feeling that his real position anent his viral “father” was that of a half-white slave overseer in the ante-bellum American South, who was given a little power because it furthered the purposes of his father-owner, who in fact despised him even more than the wholly non-White slave “property” of that owner. What does this all have to do with thrints/spirits? Well, just that they despise us, and I am so very, very tired of being despised at by the little sons of bitches. My ex-student is a good example of some of the hell they put us through. Waco and OKC are two others. What I have seen, mostly psychically, for what it’s worth, is that both Clintons, Reno, much of the FBI, BATF, FDA, DEA, Congress, and the Pentagon is possessed – not just infected, but actually completely taken over – by thrints/spirits. They have been slowly, gradually infiltrating this country since its inception, and are gathering themselves for the “last battle,” which they really believe they’ll win. After that – well, for what it would be like, you might read Under the Fang, an anthology of vampire stories edited by R. R. McCammon, or Skipp & Spector’s Book of the Dead 1 & 2. They have thoroughly penetrated all our major institutions, and taken over a great many of our writers, educators, political and religious leaders, you name it – consider many of the “radical feminist” group-leaders now in the news, the “PC” movement, the purely vampiric seeming of so many people today. In my life I’ve met so many
young people who haven’t just turned criminal, but in fact have become at least psychospiritual vampires, if not physical ones, battening on the souls of all around them and proud of it. This is due to thrints, I am convinced of it. What do you think of all this? Am I merely or mostly paranoid? Or is there something to this, something worth pursuing? I hope, for all our sakes, that I am merely paranoid; it would help so much to have some reassurance that indeed I am, and only that. Two more things: One of the reasons I’ve never really been able to bring myself to convert to Christianity, never been able to believe it is the answer, is the son of a roommate I had back in Santa Barbara. This boy, who was maybe 20, was a paranoid schizophrenic and had one of the darkest auras I’ve ever seen. He was a hardcore liar, a manipulator, all the things typical of paranoid schizophrenics. He was also demonstrably highly psychic – and a loudly self-professed Fundamentalist Christian, what we all called then a “Jesus freak.” He made it clear he felt smugly superior to just about everybody else, his mother included, because he was “saved in Jesus.” He also had a fantasy going of being Jesus, his mother being Mary, and his father, his mother’s first husband, being I don’t know what, a combination of the Devil and God, maybe. His brothers and sisters were frightened of him – and despised him. Some were themselves Fundamentalists, though as sane as he was crazy. It was very clear he was (a) picking up all their feelings about him telepathically, and was crushed by it and (b) had become a Fundamentalist partly because of his Fundamentalist siblings, by whom he desperately wanted to be admired and looked up to, or even feared. His father had been more abusive toward him – the baby of the family, by the way – than any other of the children, though he’d tormented, beaten, terrorized, and made miserable all of them, as well as their mother, before she divorced him. He probably also raped the boy, as well. And this boy’s good Christian siblings despised him precisely because he’d suffered so very much more abuse than they had, because he wanted their respect and friendship, because he’d gone crazy from the maltreatment he’d had from his entire family, above all the combination seduction/manipulation/rejection treatment he’d gotten all along from his mother, who was well aware of the strong sexual attraction she had for her crazy boy and positively preened because of it! Some of my acquaintances, who shared my liking for Lovecraft, referred to the kid as “The Thing on the Doorstep.” Yes. He was stark staring mad, he was evil – and he was a Fundamentalist Christian, whose Fundamentalist Christian brothers and sisters, pillars of their own communities, had made him into the family’s psychospiritual toilet. There have been and are many very good Christians in this world. For example, unlike many Libertarians, I have enormous respect and liking for Jimmy Carter, whose Christianity I believe makes him a very good man, though I disagree with parts of it quite strongly. The awesomely courageous Pastor Martin Niemoeller, the industrialist Oskar Schindler, the Dutch saint Carrie Ten Boom – all these are surely among the righteous, even the Just. But there are also “the other kind,” aren’t there? Christianity certainly is an answer, for some of us – but it isn’t by any means the answer. It isn’t mine. My own answers came in the form of the cat who raised me, and Hermes-Djehuti-Raphael, God of animals such as the housecat, and Liberty, and the Bill of Rights, for the record. Anyway, that’s yet another reason why Christianity isn’t my answer. As for what sort of future thrints have planned for us if they ever manage to take over this country: I wrote two short horror stories, “And Then They Took the Women Away –” and “The Execution,” which are on those diskettes I sent you quite a while back. They say it all, at least in essence. They tend to contradict each other on some of the details as to what that future would be like, at least implicitly, but essentially that’s the sort of future we’d have, what they describe. (Orwell didn’t know when he was well off!) In case you’re wondering why, if I am a Jew, I don’t see Judaism as an “answer.” Judaism really isn’t an answer. It’s really has to do with being part of a gigantic extended family, one that is world-wide, and an understanding of what is necessary to make life for members of such a vast community the best possible over the long, long, long, long, . . ., long run and still remain part of that community – in fact, what is necessary to best promote the survival of that very community over the longest possible time. It started with Abraham’s contract with God, and from one point of view, it’s sort of one long, ongoing argument about the fine points in that contract and how they are to be carried out in daily life in such a way that our end of the bargain does as well as possible and still honors the contract as completely as it is possible to do. The rest . . . is history. Go and study . . . :)
Astrological notes On Saturn Saturn is exalted in Scorpio, associated with the basal chakra (the chakra at the base of the spine), which also is ruled by Saturn. The Limits of Astrological Prediction Astrology permits; it does not necessarily ordain. All that a given celestial configuration determines is what can occur, not what will occur. The latter can only be determined by the choice of living organisms, individually and collectively, out of the set of all possibilities permitted by that configuration. Analogously, suppose a farmer owns a large tract of land which he wishes plant with something that will gain him a profit, and he calls in an agronomer to help him determine the best possible use of that tract. The agronomer can tell him (a) what will grow there; (b) what is likely to grow best there; (c) what sort of pest-control measures and fertilizers the farmer will have to use to optimize his gains; and (d) how to rotate crops to ensure that he won’t end up sterilizing his land from over-use. But it is up to the farmer to choose which crops to plant, if any, whether or not the ones he plants are those which, according to the agronomer, are most likely to maximize his profits, assuming he tends them as the agronomer advises. And it is up to God to arrange the weather – not to mention whether the farmer will live long enough, or be in good enough shape, to plant crops in the first place. Just so, astrology shows only what is possible – but it is up to living beings to determine what shall occur. The Astrology of Love and Death Persephone is the bride of Hades (Pluto), as death is the price of community, sexual love, and reproduction. Death makes possible the forwarding of our spirit and genes through others. The death of the individual eukaryotic organism (Pluto) makes possible the transcendence of collective or genetic death (what Jonathon Schell, in The Fate of the Earth, calls the Second Death) through love. The warrior knows and accepts the inevitability of personal death because he/she puts the highest possible value on love and community, and is willing to love and die in service to them. Thus Ares (Mars) works with Hades. The death of the individual eukaryotic organisms (Pluto) makes possible aerobic life (Persephone); thus Hermes (Mercury, God of the Wind) works with Persephone, as Ares does with Hades. Death (Hades/Pluto) makes possible community (Uranus, Venus in Aquarius, Amphitrite representing Hypersea and the modern ecological community, human and otherwise); thus Uranus works with Hades. From a client’s natus, concerning the numerological significance of certain degrees (9 and 11) Mars has a 9-degree separation from Ceres in Aquarius in the 5th – may imply that you are nurtured (Ceres) by participation in Bujinkan (Bujinkan ninpo is based on Taoism and the 3x3 = 9 Magick-Square underlying all Taoist philosophy, so 9 is the number of Bujinkan ninpo) combat arts (Mars/5th House) in a dojo setting (Aquarius, rules all associations of a voluntary nature, Magickal lodges such as the Masons, esoteric orders such as the Order of the 11th Commandment and the Bujinkan, etc.) Your Scorpio Neptune has an 11-degree separation from your Sagittarius Sun in the 3rd House – 11 is the number of Magick, a number of Uranus, so this may mean that your career (Sun) will be in law, philosophy, higher education, religion, foreign languages, etc. (all Sagittarian professions) and will depend for its success on Magickal (11) use of visionary, prophetic, or mystical (Neptune) gifts conferred on your by your genes (Scorpio), possibly having to do with legacies, alchemy, inheritance, murder, criminal law, recycling, or other Scorpionic things. From correspondence with a friend ~ 6/1/95)
>>Is this a “ring” joke I’m too slow to see? >> >-=-=-=-=-=-=>Dear Miss Astrological Manners: > My hubby will not stop snoring, and it’s driving me mad! What >Planets Signs rule snoring, and what do I look for in them? > Gina, from Srinagina > >Dear Gina: > The Planet that rules snoring is Saturn. I suggest you look for a >divorce, tout suite . . . :)
Naw – I was just in a “light-hearted” (= hebephrenic) mood, in which one word-association automatically led to a stupid joke . . . <g> Here’s another question you had asked: “Why are we so *connected* (telepathically, life threads, etc.)? In any question of that sort, the 12th Houses of the two people concerned and everything in or ruling them is implicated. Also, Neptune is the generic ruler of all 12th-House matters. You want to look at the synastry among your 12th-House rulers, the contents of your 12th Houses, your Neptunes, etc. Lots of contacts among these certainly indicate links between you through the Collective Unconscious, but whether they were established in past lives or in this one, I don’t know. If you think of the Collective Unconscious as the psychospiritual aspect of Hypersea, then perhaps such 12th-House links between people indicate their ecological connectedness, one more aspect of Gaia’s geophysiology, by which She maintains Her internal health and well-being and continues Her existence. If so, the links would indicate a physiological connecting process, such that your birth and his birth were separate results, possibly minor ones, of growth and development of some physiological process within Gaia and the way it manifests physically in the world, so that it was perfectly natural for the two of you to come together and become involved – no past-life stuff needed for such an explanation.