cult of the personality

Trickster’s Day: Piercing the veil of reality

In the light of the recent upsurge in counter-complaints by “spiritual” teachers justifying their predatory and abusive behaviour, we have witnessed, generally speaking, two different reactions to these events.

On one hand, compared to last decade alone, are beginning to stand upfor themselves and spread the word about these pathological individuals who have abused their power – usually exhibiting a history of abuse that has been exposed via the many testimonials of brave individuals who chose to come forward, often at a great price for themselves.

Within this group, there are those who yield to threats: to their business, their family and sometimes, even their own lives. They are not, as one would initially assume and many came to realise, empty threats. Sarah Anne Lawless, for example, spoke up fiercely about the abuse she suffered, her disillusionement with neopagan and modern witchy culture. She exposed deeply uncomfortable corroborated truths about authors, spiritual teachers within “traditions” and dug pretty deep in the dirt. Her were powerful words which resonated with many “common” neopagan and witchy folk but it hit a sensitive nerve at the core of the Ivory Tower. And the Ivory Tower mob thinks along this line: Hang on a minute, we can’t possibly suffer another Loki’s Gazette. These dangerous rogues must be stamped out to send a clear message to anyone contemplating the idea to hang out the dirty wash in public, that we will do whatever it takes to silence them. We must organise, come together against the common enemy for our common good, and if we cannot bribe them or persuade them to let go of their issues and put them behind them, they must be destroyed.

So, next thing, Sarah Anne Lawless comes under attack by an academic who using veiled intimidatory tactics, tries to turn readers against SAL by insinuating some of her ideas veer dangerously towards white supremacism, a strawman we see the “progressive” intelligentsia pull out of their sleeve, whenever their active contribution in the protecting and whitewashing the “spiritual” predators illicit activities going behind oathbound secrecy is at risk of coming out to light. But take the podium from a position of academic authority and brand someone a white supremacist, a fascist, a racist and you’re guaranteed to stir a mob that will silence a whistleblower. Neopagan spiritual celebrities all joined in chorus to taunt her for being such a victim (they only feel strong in numbers…you got to wonder why). She admits to have mental health issues, they chide (like it gives thenm a high and feel so much stronger and with their shit together). They even have the gall to throw back in her face the fact that their intimidatory tactics are affecting her young children and use it against her (victim blaming). The shameless, vile, dog turds these “spiritual” teachers are! Next thing, she gets a letter from the Health Department declaring her products are unsafe and unfit for sale. A couple of her social media outlets are shut down. She receives threat after threat by those who abused her (how fucking familiar) and eventually, under duress, she shuts one of her FB pages down and restarts from scratch. These are merely “warnings” of the things to come if she does not retract what she said, they threatened her. And who the fuck do these wankers think they are? Al Capone? However, bear in mind, when you have “academics” and a whole array of saintly gurus of love and light to support you in telling the authorities the victim had a screw loose and was dabbling in poisonous plants, you’ve got your arse covered. No secular authority wants to deal with another satanic panic, do they? And wouldn’t that also go against the interests of all neopagans and witches who could suddenly feel persecuted by the state? You know, I must confess, I voted Sadiq Khan, not because he was Labour but because he is Muslim. I look forward to the Islamic faith growing from strength to strength and I won’t deny, it would give me immense satisfaction to see Sharia Law becomes statuatory in Britain and with that entire “spiritual” businesses and movements go bankrupt and disappear from the face of the Earth. Paganism is too deep-rooted to be eradicated and will continue to survive but it needs to be purged if it’s not to morph into an alternative Christianity and suffer the same degenaracy.

This cunt here, Darren…

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wrote on the FB wall of this other cunt here, Marco Visconti…

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we deserve to have our shit taken to our doorstep and burned. Sorita had them to quickly remove the comment but not quick enough to prevent us taking a screenshot (and what are you going to do this time in the hope to retrieve it? Hack the hard-drive?). Our (mine in particular) attitude to this threat is, “Sure Darren, (or any of you cunts for all I care) just try it. Try it and pray, (nah, supplicate on your knees till they’re raw and bleeding) you’re hellproof mate. I can just imagine cunts like these getting the wrong door and causing a tragedy to an innocent family over their poxy, shitty, nonsensical, countless times debunked, hocus pocus “beliefs”. To think that his fiancee’ used to work for the NHS as a mental health worker and now promotes herself as a NLP practitioner with “a passion for helping people”. She isn’t exactly doing a good job at home, is she? Look at the nutcase she’s engaged to. Is he one of the many people she aspires to “save”? She even stalked us in a mission to redeem us. Fuck off, Gerealdine Oxenham. Just fuck off. As for her Man of the Earth (whatever the fuck it is supposed to make him) buddy, Marco Visconti, we made an enemy of you? We could have sworn by the sonorous sound of you falling from the clouds in surprise, you had only just found out you had one lurking in your lack of self-awareness. Keep your diaper on, mummy’s boy. Even King Paimon agrees you’re an under-developed infant in an ageing man’s body still playing with his squeaky toys.

How ironic it is the more “spiritual” people claim to be, the more prone to excessively disproportionate retaliation they get over a bit of satyre and go as far as to threaten arson and grievious bodily harm (oh, yes, and also in Marco Visconti’s case, it wouldn’t be the first time he advocates violence in response to difference of opinions…a fucking dirty scum of a reactionary fascist in other words…oh but he’s a freemason and has friends in high places now. Pfft. Tell them they can get in the queue to kiss my arse.)

Then you have Sorita D’Este, pretending to care and fight for cyber-bullying and harassment in one epic diatribe in which she claims to have been a victim but not quite a victim (Lord forbid anyone should think she’s in need of their positive energy) because we simply reposted her forthcoming attendance at Hexfest – an overpriced conference of new age bullshit for the mass market organised by a despicable salesman in drag known for his mysogynist treatment of women. Put in context, back home, Sorita is all about the sisterhood and such self-serving move is hypocrisy and lack of integrity of the highest order. We can’t understand what these accusations of cyber-bullying are all about (and that’s taking it from Sorita’s FB conversation with Marco Visconti and not her blog after that where she cowardly hid the fact that she was addressing us out of fear people would be curious to visit our blog.) If our blog is so full of shit as she implies (even she knows it can only be implied), what is there to fear? All the better that people see for themselves, you would think.

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Loki, you’re a cyber-bully! How dare you!

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She asks…

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Clearly not as innocent if you need to pick people’s brain for what may be externally perceived as parody? Trying to avoid behaviours that may give you away? Testing the waters for customer’s loyalty? A bit of both? …and notice Marco Visconti’s comment underneath. Yeah, the USA, her next port of call below

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Of course Sorita, no bullying here. No bullying whatsoever. Just a bit of good humoured harmless banter from your cash buddy. So can you answer this question: When does witchcraft/magic becomes a willy wonka luna park for greedy little pigs?

We are not even judging her (people can judge for themselves, no?), we simply present the facts quoting words coming out straight out of the horse’s mouth. It is understandable Sorita might not like us to pull the wool off people’s eyes, but what the fuck, stating the facts is hardly bullying. Get a grip and take responsibility for what you reveal yourself to be.

So why is speaking out so frowned upon in neopaganism? What sense of entitlement drives prominent pagans to go to extremes in hunting down their critics, condemn them in kafkaesque tribunals and seek to punish or destroy them in a manner inquisitors dealt with alleged heretics? What the fuck is this all about? What sense of “spiritual” elitism makes these big fish in a small pond, dismiss the criticism of “brothers and sisters in the craft” as inferior and unworthy of notice? More importantly, why do the “common” pagans often stick by them and defend them even in the light of evidence beyond doubt?

In the next instalment, we will be talking about the second category of people aforementioned at the beginning of this article and deal with all these questions.

You are what you read

Reading is a virtue highly esteemed, if not an essential requirement for anyone inclined to pursue the occult. It is held somewhat akin to piety. One of the first question anyone new to a group can expect to be asked is, what books have you read? Or, have you read this book or that book? Some people can turn it into a well and proper competition. Being well read and able to quote authors is often seen as a sign of intellectual superiority and expertise. Having a massive library, perhaps containing rare and out of print titles confirms to some selves and to others just how serious and devoted to their craft they are. We stressed the value of academic evaluations of sources about the craft in one of our blog entries sometime ago, yet we fear our position has been grossly misunderstood or at the very least interpreted very superficially indeed.  Ideally, everyone would be well read on a variety of topics, not just books with the esoteric theme of choice, and we would be able to critique what we read, starting from those books we’re biased in favour of. Trouble is, criticism itself, to be valid, must stretch beyond subjective preferences, and it is well renowned in the craft that lack of discernment coupled with the cult of the personality have led to books being voted top of the reading list by popular consensus rather than merit and actual usefulness. Autobiographies spring to mind. The worst are not even written by the person written about. What does one take away from reading about the magical life of a stranger? Inspiration? That’s bullshit! I can turn a street corner right now and stop the first person I meet. I am sure they will have some wild tale to tell and most likely have had an amazing journey one way or another. I have most certainly heard many of such amazing stories from the most unlikely of people. Stories of undeterred courage against seemingly impossible adverisities, of people who beat the odds of a truly bad hand dealt in their life, and stories of people who made a memorable impact on the lives of many. Just tonight, for example, I come from a meeting of a lobby group started by a woman who lives in a relatively small town. She placed one invitation on social media to say what the event was about, asking anyone interested to go along if they fancied talking about it over a cup of coffee. Three hundred people turned up. Within one year, there are three millions members across Europe and she’s representing the interests of all these people at the negotiating table with the powers that be. The same powers who will implement a white paper upon an entire nation very soon. I doubt anyone will write a biography about her any time soon, and yet, there is some great work going on here. We’re not talking about another mamby pamby goody-two-shoes whining about human rights. This is someone who had a problem shared by many, who read the right books and did something about it.

“It is only through difference that progress can be made. What threatens us right now is probably what we may call over-communication–that is, the tendency to know exactly in one point of the world what is going on in all other parts of the world. In order for a culture to be really itself and to produce something, the culture and its members must be convinced of their originality and even, to some extent, of their superiority over the others; it is only under conditions of under-communication that it can produce anything. We are now threatened with the prospect of our being only consumers, able to consume anything from any point in the world and from any culture, but of losing all originality.”

― Claude Lévi-Strauss

There’s so much more to the craft than pandering about things that cannot be proven nor they will have any real consequence for the present or the future. Who can, hand on heart, afford a fuck to give about dinosaur consciousness when there are more pressing matters, so much more at stake on to which apply dreamwork and visionary magic. So much more than becoming another passive consumer of esoteric thrash.

Poncing around a Freemason hall in your vestments is not going to achieve that. Escaping into the imaginary of the Hookland County won’t shield you from the harsh reality. Teaching people…no sorry, training people, in what to believe and whose pseudo-history to read, planting ‘seeds’ in the heads of seekers so they become little obedient cyphers who can recite someone else’s life story by heart and parrot every bit of tosh slipping out their mouth is not going to make powerful witches any time soon. These are signs of accepting mediocrity that will have you on a downward spiral to human dilapidation.

It’s true, knowledge is hidden, especially the practicalities of applying it to do something meaningful with, in the kind of books only an independent mind driven by a free spirit free of external influences will find unaided and unobstructed by the myriads of doyens soliciting for attention. Those two traits are non-negotiable for aspiring occultists, sorcerers or insert what you will instead. Anyone who travelled a fair distance on the crooked path will tell you, compromise independent thinking and freedom of spirit at your own risk and detriment, and believe! You’ll encounter many advisers along the way who will try to persuade you to do just that.

 

 

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Here is another of those pearls made in Taiwan, courtesy of Maxine Sanders via Sharon Day.

Of the dozen or so Elders who were present when Alex was named King of the Witches, she recalls a “Joan; Olive; Elaine; Margaret; Edna; Evelyn”. Surnames were never known. Some wore glasses. It was a very, very grand do.

If the original question is being posed in other relevant groups, please feel free to repost.

May I also suggest Gladys, Maeve, Fanny, Tom, Dick and Harry?

May I also suggest Gladys, Doreen, Dorothy, Arthur, Tom, Dick and Harry?

Of course surnames were never known…dropping names is a dangerous game while Patricia Crowther is still alive. But she knows that there are mugs out there who take everything that she says as gospel and want to believe that this has really happened, so she gives them what they want. After all, it is said in the Craft that you don’t get unless you ask, so if that’s bullshit that you’re after….

Some wore glasses ….as if to suggestively hint Doreen Valiente might have been among them.

It was a very very grand do…this is where Maxine’s grandiosity complex makes a beeline.  It would seem like some people never grow out of their childhood fantasies of impersonating queens or witches living in castles.  It has been an ongoing theme in Maxine’s life which was first used as a grooming tactic  by a manipulative Alex for his own ends until she no longer served his purpose and was unceremoniously traded in for a younger model, just as he did with his first wife.

Escapism can be a coping strategy but it’s far from being proof of a magical life.

As for turning Alex’s death into a modern wiccan myth, the association of Alex’s death with Beltane Eve was and remains another coincidence on which Alexandrians have tried to build a grand, grand castle on the sand. If Alex’s death was meant to be that of a sacrificial king – as it has been speculated on Cochrane – according to wiccan lore he should have died at Midsummer (or to be doctrinally correct, Lammas) – but he didn’t.  He died at the peak of fertility when the phallus should have stood fully and firmly erected.  So, since the phallus was castrated by the sickle of time while still in the green, the sacrificial analogy has as much value as to say that one can cut the corn while it’s green and still produce flour from it.  I know Alexandrians live in their own little bubble, but let’s get real and step out of it.  Apart from an array of megalomaniacs after a tin crown, priestesses and priests running off with Maxine’s husbands (Vincent and David) and a son crippled by drug addiction in a nursing home (Victor), what fertility and blessings has Alex’s sacrifice and magic ever brought for Maxine or the tradition?

You know you’ve turned into a clown when…

‘This morning my friend and fellow syndicate O.B. sent me the latest gazette post along with not-so-new info for which I’ve been kindly asked to write something about.

It took one look to cough and splutter my early morning tea all over my desktop.

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I nearly popped my hernia laughing.  I mean…what was Karagan smoking when he got hit by this monumental brain spark?

“English Classes for pagans: learn Paganism while you learn to write and speak English”.

Greetings to all, how many times you wanted to read a book on Wicca or paganism but could not find it translated into Portuguese? How many times have you felt inhibited to start a conversation in English with someone from the United States or England just because you’re afraid to write or speak in English? Whatever the reason, lack of study, opportunity or motivation, you can now study English based in paganism. Pagan English !
I give private lessons in basic English, intermediate and advanced to the Pagan natives of Portuguese language. What’s entirely new and different from other English courses out there on the Internet? My idea is to teach English to Pagans through the use of pagan themes to facilitate the reading of books in English and  communication between Portuguese-speaking Pagans with Pagans all over the world. Using the pagan-themed programme, we learn to speak, write and read in English. Lessons can be requested at http://bit.ly/inglespagao Let’s learn English?

For Goat’s sake!

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Isn’t it through ‘education’ that Spanish and Portuguese monks evangelised to the ‘savages’ of the Americas and Africa replacing native languages with their own? Who does Karagan think he is – St. Ignacio de la Loyola?

Why would anyone want to learn English second hand from a non native speaker who speaks my same language and with whom I will likely end up speaking of paganism in Portuguese anyway?

It would have made sense if it had been Jihmal.

Honestly! Why not just say you need an excuse to feed your obsession to talk about all things pagan all day long and get paid for it. Say what we all know already: “I want to be a pagan celebrity in Portugal like Farrar is in Ireland and have lots and lots of covens all of from my line, so I can become the next Queen of the Witches and Jihmal my spouse, the King”.