Dogmatic Attention Seekers

There is something that has been on my mind for quite a while and though I very much hold a live and let live philosophy, I don’t think I can bite my tongue any longer. I feel that in the Left Hand Path’s attempt to be “mainstream” as we see with modern Luciferian movements, a huge amount of the darkness and individuality which is the very lifeblood of the LHP is getting lost.

There is a very active attempt to water down the philosophies for public consumption. No different from how LaVey made a mockery of Satanism in the sixties. Now I’ll admit that as an occultist, the man had brilliant insights, but nevertheless he turned Satanism into a trashy, pretentious, joke of a philosophy. There is no doubt that being a laughing stock is better than being persecuted, and maybe that was the point of it all. But isn’t it about time we stop acting like those are the only two options? The only purpose such groups serve, from my perspective, is as an easy deflection to discredit my beliefs if I somehow get cornered into explaining them against my will. “Oh it’s all just smart ass anti-christian satire, nothing serious”, then I shrug it off and change the subject. They give me a facade to hide behind, but nothing more.

Now that Luciferianism is trying to break mainstream as well, I can’t help but see history repeating itself. Now, I want to state, this is not an attempt at mud slinging and so I will not name the organizations I am referring to. People are capable of seeking the information out on their own if they are so inclined. But, I have seen Luciferianism defined as a strictly atheist philosophy, same as Satanism was. On Luciferian and Satanic forums I have been attacked and mocked for holding theistic beliefs. I have been told I am not a “real” Luciferian because I worship Lucifer. I have seen pieces of propaganda officially published by Luciferian organizations stating that people only hold to theistic beliefs because they are too fearful to face reality, and that it is a Luciferian’s duty to help these cowardly theists “evolve” for the sake of humanity. When I publicly, and politely, confronted one of the heads of this organization about their redefining and apparent propaganda, I was accused of wanting to convert people to the “dark arts”. 

What is the purpose of castrating the spiritual elements of these philosophies? Why adhere to a LHP title, and then change it’s very meaning? And this is not to say that one can’t be atheist and Luciferian, of course they can. Anything LHP is individualistic by it’s very nature, and if someone finds that the archetype of Lucifer inspires them to be a better individual even without any belief in a spiritual element then good for them. The issue arises when one of these groups says something like “a Satanist does not worship Satan” or, “a Luciferian does not worship Lucifer”.

BULLSHIT! 

Some do, and some don’t. Defining either Satanism or Luciferianism as philosophies that must be atheistic is anti-individualistic, dogmatic, and an outright lie. Is it really so hard for so called “light-bearers” to speak the truth?  I see a bunch of adults clinging to a “scary” title for pure shock value and it’s no wonder we are all such a laughing stock to the mainstream. The LHP is becoming a parody of itself. These new organizations and “churches” want the title of Luciferian, and Satanist because it’s attention grabbing, it makes the headlines, it’s controversial, but the moment they have people’s attention they cower and say “No! We aren’t like THOSE people!” It’s a disgusting publicity stunt to gain membership dues, and it’s disrespectful to the rest of the occult.

Beyond this, a colleague of mine was telling me just recently that on a Luciferian forum he frequents, a woman made a post regarding cursing her rapist. The responses she received were saying that one should not practice dark magic, that she’d be best just forgiving the person and moving on with her life. Many others simply told her that there was no such thing as magick and that she was wasting her time. No one on the entire forum supported her or offered any useful information. Everyone who responded attempted to dissuade her.

Let that sink in for a moment.

An alleged victim of a violent crime came to a self proclaimed LHP forum, looking for LHP information, and was instead told to turn the other cheek. Whether you believe magick and curses work or not is beside the point. If someone is a practitioner and wants to practice dark magick, who on earth is anyone else to tell them they should not do so? If someone has been victimized and is looking for ways to bring about justice, who is anyone else to tell them to simply accept their victim hood instead?

I say fuck that! If someone assaults me and my only method of recourse is magick, you bet your ass I’m going to use it. If one can’t curse their rapist, then exactly who could one curse? When is dark magick socially acceptable to these castrated and Christianized LHP organizations? What is the purpose of dark magick at all, if not for in such horrendous situations?

There is such a push to be respected in the mainstream. I understand that desire, I truly do. But not at the expense of alienating actual practitioners or redefining words to better fit an agenda.  I find myself growing increasingly disgusted with the state of the modern occult. Over and over these philosophies are neutered and dressed up in cheap goth garb before being paraded around in the public eye. There will be no respect because there is nothing to respect. It’s a fucking joke.

 

9 thoughts on “Dogmatic Attention Seekers

  1. These are the reasons why I stick to blogging and stay away from organizations and forums. There is nothing more pathetic than dogmatic self-proclaimed LHP practitioners. They are cowards that crave group acceptance over personal freedom. They can have it.

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  2. Aina Tawamba

    I’d be lying if I said I didn’t see this coming. I’ve been watching this unfold for awhile now. Seems like too many people on the LHP are too busy trying to “fit in” with the RHP. It’s amazing how fast people lose themselves. I hope the woman in the forum didn’t listen to everyone else and cursed the hell out of attacker.

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    1. I know what you mean. It’s seems they very often do want acceptance from RHP traditions rather than just standing up and doing their own thing. My guess is there’s more money to be made that way…

      I don’t know what happened with that woman, but I hope she didn’t fall for their bs and that she cursed his ass too.

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  3. You said LaVey turned Satanism into a joke in the 1960’s. I have to ask, what do you think Satanism was before then? I have read about the subject and last time I checked there was no Satanism until the 1960’s. Before then, there was only devil worship and black-magick, but no Satanism as a formal spiritual philosophy centered around individualism.So I can’t help wonder what you mean by Satanism before Anton LaVey’s period. At any rate, Anton LaVey’s Satanism and the Church of Satan weren’t purely materialistic or entirely atheistic until into the 1970’s.

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  4. Reblogged this on the Road to Asgard and commented:
    Echoes much of my own thoughts on the matter. The LHP is rapidly becoming a front of atheism that will tolerate no theism. To be atheist and hold onto ‘Satan’ in iconography is a mere publicity stunt. Groups should avoid the use of any theistic iconography if they are atheist — otherwise, it is mere carnival foolery as LaVey resorted to. A good article.

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  5. Brycon

    Thank you for writing this up. One of the reasons I left behind the LHP is because of other people in my generation who use the occult as an excuse to seem cool, or to be even more of an “edge lord”. It disgused me when I would look up this topic and came across Goths and emos who we’re holding up expensive grimoires from small high quality publishers who just owned them to look good in the occult community. These expensive books probably get flashed off in public or is collecting dust on their book shelf. In conclusion, I left the LHP because the community was a joke. After seeing serious people writing these articles like you, I might just reconsider it (Even if Azerate is not a big fan of me).

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