If you switch on the telly, or read a newspaper - you are almost assuredly going to come across something concerning discrimination. Be it against gender, race, age, belief...you name it and it happens. It is all around you. So, do you recognize this discrimination in another part of life? You probably do...the world of the Occult.
People in general tend to look down upon others who doesn't look like them. It's a built-in primal aspect of mankind that assures that you will automatically be more helpful and understanding to those who are your same age, race or gender...and even belief. If someone shares a certain trait with you - you automatically give that person favor above another who you cannot associate with. As you can see - this is actually a very "animalistic" quality of humanity...and has no place in this day and age - let alone the world of the Occult.
But why do people do this? The simple answer is fear. We'll let you think about this and come to your own conclusions...
This is a post about discrimination in magick and the Occult. Ask yourself honestly - in your journey, did you ever come across people or even grimoires stating things like: "Diana is a Deity that can solely be worked with by females" ... "Male practitioners cannot be witches" ... "If you are not Asian, you cannot work with the Taoist Deities" ...and much more of these examples are floating around. Do you see the falseness in this?
Magick and the Occult is blind - blind to race, age, gender and everything else. The only thing that Beings and Spirits may look at is your level of spiritual power. This spiritual power has nothing to do with anything physical - it has to do solely with your spiritual development and ascension.
This is food for thought - will you discriminate or be discriminated against due to ridiculous limits placed upon by the masses...or will you become the Divine Creature you are meant to be?
The world of Magick and the Occult has been an alluring field for many, many aeons. From the dawning of mankind to where we are now - even in this day and age where science and technology are at the forefront of every human's interest...something more internal, ancient and powerful dances on the threshold of the human psyche. Even the most devout religious groups (who ironically claim that magick is "evil") - have this same wonder and awe behind closed doors.
The reasons for people to seek out the Occult Arts are as numerous as the people practicing it. From controlling the aspects of one's life, fame and fortune, controlling others and gaining power to teaching others, growing spiritually and much more. No-one can say that your reasons for pursuing the Liberal Arts are "wrong"...however some people are a bit covert in their reasoning. Let us elaborate. Take as an example that you go visit people you don't really give a shit about (such as family, friends etc)...while you are there, you are friendly, kind, polite and act as if you actually want to be there. But in reality - you're just there because the drinks are on them, or because your aunt's cooking is better than your own and you're not in the mood to cook. This simple example is how people are sometimes blinded to their true reasons for pursuing the Arts.
Sometimes, a person will claim that they are on the road to true power etc - but what they will not admit (perhaps even to themselves) is that they want proof of life after death or they want proof that there are Forces out there in existence beyond humans. The most of these kinds of people are insecure of their own beliefs and capabilities - and will thereby seek a Higher Power or Force to make them feel comforted in their own existence. This is a clear indicator that they are being ruled by their Negative Ego or Shadow-Self...the primal part of humanity where you want to be part of something greater than yourself, because you feel that by yourself, you are insignificant. This is also the driving force for many to worship Deities and Beings blindly. People - by nature - are very insecure and need approval etc in order to feel as if they matter.
So, dear reader - regardless what your motives are in pursuing Magick or the Occult Arts...be aware of your actual motives. Know that all magick stems from YOU first and foremost, regardless of Beings and Deities. After all - if you work with a Being to get a new job (as an example), YOU set things in motion by your own Will and Desire...and YOU called upon the Being to assist you in your goal. The Being did not approach you and told you what you want. Beings are simply there to assist you in your goals until you grow so much in your spiritual power, that you do not need Their assistance any longer. As any true practitioner can tell you - in your path, regardless what it may be - you will grow spiritually, and a time will come when you can create change yourself with no need for calling upon External Forces. At all times and places, be true to yourself! Conquer your Negative Ego that insists that you are insignificant, and see your true potential and worth.
When we first eyed the Occult market on a International level-it looked a bit bleak. Then we came across names such as "E.A Koetting" and then it seemed hopeless. Was this the Creme De la Creme of the modern day Occultist? Thankfully not! Just another quick money maker like the scammers from old. Remember the age when every Tom, Dick and Sally claimed to be Mediums? The exact same scenario.
We discovered very few fellow Master Occultists along the way - and some simply disappeared from the "radar". Perhaps we too will disappear into obscurity. Not yet though, not yet! We scoped the market and joined some Neophyte Forums in order to determine what these individuals were being taught. Except for arrogance (LOL) not much. Circulated, mainstream material that we have long since stored into the vaults of yesterday. Most of these Neophytes where in fact arm-chair practitioners, adept only in the art of bookworming. All talk and no action as the saying goes. However a select few have A LOT of potential, however there are not alot of dedicated Adept teachers out there. It's a terrible shame really...
While we did our market research, we came across alot of pestering individuals. Some begging spells from you like broke dick dogs taring at garbage bags for scraps. These very individuals might turn out to be our world's next politicians. Then you encounter others that will attempt to befriend you with ulterior motives, like wolves in sheep's clothing, not knowing that they have entered the lair of the two man-eating Tsavo lions. We usually tag them along on a poisoned leash, like a hangman waiting for the grand finale!
The time will come when you discover your path, then be merciless in your pursuit. Do not give way to man or god. Stand your ground and fight with Hell's fury to achieve your result. If you lose family and friends because of this, SO BE IT! If your family and friends cannot support your ambition and passion, let them go, you're truly better off without them. And if they do support you, listen to lucid reasoning, consider their council and keep them close to you.
We have very few people we consider "friends", however those individuals we confide in from time to time are those we will always support and consider. In all our years practicing our Craft, we have learned many lessons of life, however we became wise. Now, other things seems trivial to us and even insignificant because of our spiritual growth. As time progress you too that pursues Spiritual Ascension, will find it so and this in turn can become a great sorrow. The truth can be a very bitter pill to swallow for some.
The moral of this story, dear reader, is that you should be very vigil and not believe everything at face value. In order for you to know your path is to properly dissect it, until you discover all it's hidden shadows and bring it to light of your own reasoning.
We wish you the best of grace on your journey!
In your everyday life, you encounter limits. You know the limit of your energy while exercising, you know the limit of your appetite while eating, you know the speed-limit while driving and more. What are the purpose of these limits? To get to this, we must first understand the two different types of limits.
1) Limits placed by something/someone external from you.
2) Limits placed by yourself.
Now, because this is not a writing on your non-magickal life - we will discuss the different limits in your own magickal life.
In the world of the Occult - you will encounter limits. Some self-imposed and others not - some for your own good, and others not. The key here is understanding your limits and if they are productive or not.
Before you say that all limits are bad - think on this. You must know your limits as you know yourself. This means that if you, for example, just started reading about magick yesterday...you shouldn't attempt to Evoke today. This is a recipe for disaster. You must know your current level of knowledge, skill, capabilities, your Will and Desire and if you are ready or not. This doesn't mean that you will never get the opportunity to Evoke - no! In the world of the Occult - especially when you first start off - there is no easy way to reach your goals. It will take a lot of effort on your behalf - and this includes experience. Obviously, to get experience, you must push yourself past your usual limits - stepping out of your comfort zone - after all, theory will only get you so far. Here's where knowing your limits are important...if you do not know your limits, you won't know how far you can push yourself. In magick, it is usually not better to "jump into the deep end" (again, especially if you are a neophyte) - and it's best to take it step by step at first...even though you want to run. The world of the Occult has been there since the dawning of time - and will remain until the end...so it's not going anywhere. Know your current limit and know if you are ready to overcome this limit.
Another self-imposed limit (as we discussed in another thread) is specific paths or religions. We are not criticizing any paradigm, belief or those who follow them. We are simply showing you that if you're not careful - they can limit you...in a bad way. These limits cause you not to grow spiritually beyond a certain point, or to not grow spiritually at all. Look at some of the most prolific practitioners in history - they never simply stuck to one paradigm, and most of them didn't have any religious beliefs. It is in the human nature to want to believe and even worship something greater than you are - but if you are reading this, we believe you don't want to be like the rest of the masses, and you actually wish to pursue greatness. You cannot pursue greatness if you are crawling around in something else's shadow looking for approval. Know if your paradigm or beliefs are limiting you - and choose to break free, or to remain.
Then there are the limits posed on you by...you guessed it...that old devil called society. "Practicing magick is evil"..."There are no such things as Spirits or Beings"..."The only real things are things you can see and touch"..."There is only one true belief/religion"...society wants you to dress like them, speak like them, think like them, act like them - ultimately be them. Females should wear mini-skirts and crop-tops, must look anorexic, must go for plastic surgery, must go for males with lots of money and must have long blonde hair and a tan. Men must be muscular with a beard and short hair, must like cars and booze, must be attracted to the above-mentioned females and must have lots of money...no knowledge, wisdom, free-thought or even spiritual growth ever needed nor wanted. These people are society's darlings...as they cannot stand and be themselves - they can only follow. The rest who don't follow - who have the potential to become great in the Liberal Arts...are discarded as "unwanted mistakes". Have you ever wondered why? We can tell you that they are jealous, yes...but we will not. There are two types of people in this world - lions and sheep. So, will you take the easy way out and betray yourself by becoming a sheep, or will you see that this world and this life is only temporary and be true to yourself, knowing that while the sheep are crawling around in their own spiritual hells...you will tower above them like the god you are. The sad fact is that even if this reaches every single person in the world, only 5% will truly think deeply about it and apply this. Know the negative limits society places upon you and decide to overcome them.
Adding on to this - is another face of society - perception. "All Satanists or Satanic Witches must wear only black, blaspheme every chance they get, must work only with the Infernal Masses and must be sexually depraved." ... "All Shamans must be on a constant high with braided and beaded hair, carrying crystals and perfumes wherever they go."..."All Chaos Mages must have a paradigm that seems unorganized and must be eccentric and must have some mental condition." ... "Alchemists' sole practice is to transform physical metals into other physical metals and have nothing to do with the spiritual"..."Your race or gender determines your paradigm and you cannot choose." ... "All practitioners, regardless of their practice, must skulk around in the shadows and look like Goth rejects." Well surprise, surprise - we know people practicing all the aforementioned paradigms...and guess what? Those who are actual practitioners are absolutely nothing like society's perception on them (if you're reading this, you know who you are LOL). You most likely heard things like this floating around...and another sad fact is that people play into these roles! It doesn't matter what you practice, what gender you are, what race you are, where you live - what matters is YOU being TRUE TO YOURSELF! Know the limits you play into blindly and overcome them.
We're not writing all this to try to dictate how you must be and mustn't be...nor is this everything on the subject matter. We're only writing this so that you can open your eyes, open your mind and think, grow and reach your full potential. Whether you make use of this or not is up to you.
Baron and Baronessa Araignee
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