Labelling Ignorance

Those who know me personally are more than aware of my innate connection to both the nature and death currents, as well as my ongoing efforts to create a truly dynamic and empowering hybrid force by blending both of these together into something entropically harmonious. A few who can cite one of my previous online incarnations might recall when I fervently claimed to be a chaos magickian, or even Neopagan in the long years before that. Yet I now realise that I am not necessarily any of these, and still far more than the sum of my parts.

I have never been one to do things the accepted way, an adversarial personality quirk that has burned many a bridge for me in the past. Perhaps that is why I naturally gravitated towards chaos magick, yet my recent research into the second wave of interest in the movement around the time that the internet first flourished has led me to a stark realisation. The system which I once claimed to adhere to was nothing more than a bastardisation of the original idea, an unforeseen offshoot of a concept that was as regimented and dogma ridden in its purest form as anything else. Add to that the misplaced fascination held for it by Alt-Right politicians and I have lost all interest in describing myself as one anymore.

I still find the majority of established systems too restrictive to be of any real use in my day to day life, however, and there will always remain something counter intuitive about lambskin and chalk circles that prevents me committing to these classical paradigms. But I am not immune from the pull of such things on the more mystical aspects of my psyche. I still find myself purchasing texts from the same old sources, duplicating the data like a photocopier on autopilot. My bookshelves groan under the weight of information which would fit into a medium-sized ring binder if I could cut away all the literary and pseudo-religious bullshit that comes right along with it.

In my opinion we buy into these expensive lies because the cheaper truth is too mundane. Occultism is not supposed to be about medieval re-enactment and historical context. It is a conceptual framework that is both intimately intertwined with, and yet distinctly parallel to, the zeitgeist of a given time and place. Western culture is increasingly atheistic. As a nation we are actively cutting away the deities of old in favour of enlightened reasoning and personal empowerment. Science is the new dogma, yet the magickal minority still intone the seven names of God and call on archangels to protect them when journeying beyond the lamplight.

But reviving technopaganism also seems to be a dead end, albeit an interesting one that sings to my interest in the history of the movements which make up the magickal diaspora. It is plain to anyone looking in from the outside that these otherwise unrelated occult groups have only embraced technology so far as it facilitates an increasingly dogmatic exchange of the very same old-fashioned data that is the root of their evolutionary decline. Even the word Pagan used to be a derogatory term for the great unwashed masses outside of polite Roman society, the rednecks of the early Christian era, and now we are in very real danger of becoming that very thing all over again through lack of effort.

On a personal level, I am guilty of committing the very worst sin for a free human being. Like many of my bretheren I have become stagnant in my thinking and mired in past victories to the point of paralysis. Sigils work, so that’s the best way to go. The dead are easily kept at arms length by salt and swearwords, so stick with it. My lady Lilith is the only demonic godform I will ever need, so the rest can bugger off and hump a nun. The chaos current states that results are all that matter. None of this is true, and so much more is permitted as I lurch ever onward towards my hard won enlightenment.

Ultimately, we are all adrift in a sea of other people’s labels, watching the magickal midset drown in division and ignorance. Perhaps on reflection it would be better to just accept that I am never going to find a term that succinctly describes the entropy that flows in my veins after all. Maybe I am safer this way, shielded from the dogmas of those around me as I deny my association with them. Said nebulousness does allow me to sidestep the more uncomfortable aspects of the communities that I once called home, moving on like the Hermit himself when the cards that I am dealt go bad.

2 thoughts on “Labelling Ignorance

  1. Very interesting blog post and it kind of is of a similar theme social networking constantly on FB etc is really bad for all of us spiritually.

    I understand where your at as often I find it hard to explain my beliefs and what I do and how I do so.

    My bookshelves are also groaning under the weight of copy cat witchcraft and occult books. That’s why I don’t buy as many as I used to. Unless I think a book is going to be really special and increase my knowledge and practice of the craft.

    I also thought that the technowitch movement was going to be something new but it’s not. It’s just the same old information rehashed onto the Internet over and over “ad nauseum”. Check out tumblr for all the 16 yr old kids pretending to be experts, it’s just dreadful!

    I also dislike the word pagan because of what it used to symbolise in the days of the Roman Empire. Sadly there are too many pagans whom seem to resonate with being the unwashed masses which I abhor.

    It’s really kind of sad the way the witchcraft and occult movement is going imho. Which makes me also resonate with the hermit card of the tarot deck. I’m not really a hermit per se but do not belong to any magickal order or coven because usually the high priest or high priestess knows nowhere near as much as I do.

    So I’m not going to join a coven just to be sociable to be told by a millennial whom has read only two books and thinks that’s all there is to it, what to do.

    Whatever happened to the good old days where occultists were educated or thought of as sages. Sadly those days have long gone.

    If I’d been around when Gerald Gardner and Alex and Maxine Sanders were starting out, I would have thought they were awesome because they really were. Coming out after Britain repealed their antiquated ridiculous witchcraft laws.

    It seems that today it’s all about the Internet and that’s fine. As long as people in the magickal community are actually learning from one another. Instead of rehashing old ideas over and over.

    I really enjoyed reading your blog post and have subscribed for more.

    Blessed Be & Namaste,🙏


    • Well thanks for visiting, and also taking the time to put together such a well crafted reply. To be honest, blogging like this can feel a little like shouting into the void, so feedback from my peers is definitely appreciated.

      As far as my online presence goes, I have recently dropped all social media other than Twitter. Even then I only use that to announce blog and article updates via post automation. That stuff is way too toxic, and a huge drain on the average magickian’s time. It’s oddly liberating to be away from it, though can also be a little isolating too.

      Of course, once you realise that those interactions are but shadows of their real world counterparts it becomes easier to actually go out and meet your fellow practitioners face to face instead. Life tends to be much more enriching that way.

      As for the future of the Neopagan and magickal movements, I have no idea what they will look like in ten or twenty years, though I imagine that they will still be founded upon the same old information repackaged into whatever format people engage with at the time.

      Which is actually pretty sad.


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