The Hat Speaks: One Taoist’s View on Satanism, Tantrism and the Left Hand Path

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Hello dear readers, I’d like to take a moment to talk about Satanism. Someone asked me, quite recently, about my views of it and if I am, or not, one of the Black Brotherhood. Do you have some time? Would you like some Coffee or Tea? Please, take the green chair over by the fireplace, it’s quite comfortable…

Modern Satanism is, in the West, essentially what one certain form of Tantrism is in the East, i.e. the primary form of anti-nomian religious and moral dissent from mainstream herd practice. This is characterized in BOTH by a preference for the physical and material over the purely spiritual; physical pleasures over physical denial, and the fully acceptable use of magic for selfish worldly purposes. This pretty much describes those elements common to the “Left Hand Path” in both Western (LaVeyan, Setian, Theistic, Gnostic, Zen-Baptist..Ok, I made the last one up, but if they don’t exist, they do now.  ) and Eastern (Tantric) usage of that term today. So clearly the Left-hand Path encompasses both Modern Satanism and one (or even a few if we bring the Red Hat Taoists in to the mix) of the forms of Tantrism.

 

“LEFT-HAND PATH” IN THE EAST
Tantrism can be found in Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist varieties. Hindu Tantric practice is generally divided amoung two paths; The Vamamarga (or vamacara or vamachara) or “Left Hand Path” or red tantra and the Dakshinachara or “RightHand Path” or white tantra. The most obvious but not the only distinction between these two is that LHP Tantra involves actual sexual practice as part of its rituals while RHP tantra uses non-sexual yoga practices instead. It is interesting to note that in common usage in India today, the term “Tantra” has come to mean “black magic” while in the West that term has come to refer to hippie-like “sacred sex” yoga classes. Experts say both interpretations cloud the full picture of what Tantra is fully about, and I agree .Here are just two of the many credible references that note this same primary distinction between the two paths of Tantra:

http://www.swamij.com/tantra.htm

http://www.tantrayogacouture.com/#!about-tantra/c18ci

There is little question that Tantra (both Buddhist and Hindu) arose in part as an anti-nomian revolt against restrictive mainstream Vedic, Buddhist and even Muslim morality. So those who would say it has nothing to do with taboo-breaking are quite obviously wrong. Taoist forms of Tantra are much more sexual and dare I say pragmatical then the Buddhist and Hindu forms, as the primary purpose behind Taoist Tantra is the transformation of sexual energy into healing energy and vitality, resulting in better health and potential immortality. The primary Taoist technique to achieve these healing effects is called the inward orgasm (in-jaculation), whereby the orgasmic energy rises up the spine, stimulating the endocrine glands, energy systems, nervous system, and organs. Taoists teach that an inner orgasm (in-jaculation) stimulates life and vitality, while the outer orgasm (e-jaculation) brings death or loss of health and vitality. An in-jaculation is the most effective tool for transforming a physical orgasm into an energetic orgasm. Of course, there are even higher levels of orgasm as well, including a soul-level, total-being orgasm.Hindu Tantra and Taoist Tantra are each an ancient form of sacred sexuality. Also, in both traditions, sexuality is practiced in a spiritual context.Nevertheless, the differences are very distinct. For example, Hindu Tantra uses more ceremony and ritual, while Taoism is more scientific and focuses on the body, its meridians, and energy systems. Hindu Tantra is an art, while Taoist Tantra is a science (and when you strip away the Jade Rabbits and Red Cocks, Very Left Hand Path).
“LEFT-HAND PATH” IN THE WEST
Prior to LaVey, not many occultists running around in funny hats and applying the term “Left-Hand Path” to their work or to anyone else in a positive way in the West. As far as I can find, the term first appears as a perjorative in Western literature in Helena Blavatsky’s “The Secret Doctrines” of 1888 in which she uses it as a blanket term for bad-guy, I dress-in-black-and-eat-babies, selfish, materialistic, evil black magicians.Blavatsky postulated that from the days of Atlantis there have been evil adepts of the Left-Hand Path who used their Black Magic for self-serving,materialistic and destructive purposes as contrasted with their opponents, the adepts of the Right-Hand Path who only pursue alturistic magic for the betterment of others (much like the Democrats and Republicans see themselves today). She obviously picked up (and partly misunderstood) the term “Left-hand Path” during her long study in India because the term does not appear in her earlier work, “Isis Unveiled” at all. In subsequent writings, Blavatsky’s disciples have specifically made this moralitistic judgemental error in understanding of the basis of Vamacara or Left-hand Path segment of Tantrism.

 

 

And so, not-so-genital reader, it is pretty safe to assume that LaVey read Blavatsky and rejected almost all of her philosophy even to the point of recognizing himself and his outlook as the villain of her cosmology. When she shuddered about selfish Black Magician of the Left-hand Path, LaVey probably smiled, stroked his goatee, and recognized himself in that role. This was apparently the extent of Tantrism’s influence on the Satanic Bible and LaVey’s other works, since LaVey never mentioned it ( He was much to busy wearing Fedoras and fucking movie stars, so who could blame him?). But even badly filtered through Blavatsky’s misinterpretation, the essential truth of what the Left Hand Path is all about was recognizable to Lavey: indulgence instead of abstinence, pleasure instead of pain, selfishness instead of altruism, flesh instead of spirit.But, while Vamachara Tantra and Modern Satanism are both Left Hand Path, there is an essential difference between the two that keeps Tantra from being strictly speaking, “Satanic.” Modern Satanism expects its adherents to be their own gods without any need for personal instruction or permission from any guru to be a “Satanist.” Vamachara Tantra however is not so individualistic and, in fact, strictly requires its initiates to study under the tutelage of a Tantrik guru. Tantra teaches that performance of the rites of Vamachara without the oversight of a guru will not only be ineffectual but warns that it might even be dangerous. So while both Vamachara Tantra and Modern Satanism are both LHP, Tantra cannot truly be said to be “Satanic” per se in the sense that Satanists use the term.

 

 

So the roots of the idea in the West are Eastern.Doubtless in every age and culture the antinomian urge has arisen. We can talk of the native South Africans (Nguni peoples) refer to Sangomas and witches´ as two distinct entities, the one benign, the other supposedly malign? And then we have the poor, oppressed, and infamous Yezidi of the Middle East? While they hold that there might be some great universal being that created the universe, it is Melek Taus, the peacock angel, that arouse their worship and devotion because it is he that has authority upon this earth. Although humanity has often struggled with sexuality and similarly related issues, there have always been arts and sciences devoted to honoring the sacred, sexual self, and let’s face facts, in the west, the Devil and sex are inseparable to our mob mentality.I’ve found that is just as it should be,  and perfectly fine with this Taoist….so if it pleases you, go out and have mind blowing sex and walk with the Dark Lord, or not. Now finish your Coffee, you rapscallion, it has gotten cold……

 

That’s all I have for you today my friends, Stay Gold…

Sources:In Praise of the Left Hand Path Feb 10, 2011 by Anthony Greyling, Tantrism and the Left Hand Path Oct 16, 2013 by ashishpuri, http://www.swamij.com/tantra.htm

The Hat Speaks: One Taoist’s View on Satanism, Tantrism and the Left Hand Path was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

5 Good Books About the Evil one (AKA. The Devil )

“Son, the greatest trick the Devil pulled was convincing the world there was only one of him.”
― David Wong, John Dies at the End

They say,“Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.”I often write about the Devil and Demons from a Occultist’s point of view,but what about the great stories in Literature and the Pulp postmodern novel? As any Priest or Satanist will tell you, the Devil has exercised the strongest attraction upon the human mind. The imagination of man has from earliest times persistently played with the Personality of Evil. The fiend has never failed in fascination. He is an everlasting fountain of pathos and poetry,Horror and even Romance. A perennial power for interest, inspiration and achievement. So large a place has Diabolus taken in our imaginations.,whether or not we favor the belief in the Devil’s spiritual entity apart from man’s, we always show a deep interest in his literary incarnations.Let’s take a Look at The Hidden Left Hand’s 5 Good Books about Old Mr. Scratch, shall we?

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1.Melmoth the Wanderer (1820):By: Charles Robert Maturin. John Melmoth, in a satanic deal, exchanges his soul for immortality and wanders through the world offering to release the sufferings and hardships of the one who will next take over his deal with the devil.”Melmoth” can be compared to Cervantes’ “Don Quixote,”. Where Don Quixote was a wandering knight, pledged to help the helpless, Melmoth is a wandering agent of evil, whose mission is to prey on the helpless. Melmoth has 150 years to tempt the indigent and desperate into selling their souls for wealth, power, or simple relief, and trading places with him.I enjoyed it as a young man and found it the goto Gothic story with a Satanic twist.It even has a bit of Stoker’s “Dracula”, writing style.The various stories are pieced together by eyewitnesses, interviewers, and ancient manuscripts, often at several removes from their originals. There is even one poor sod in the novel who is collecting material to write a book about Melmoth the Wanderer.

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2.The Divine Comedy: The Inferno By Dante Alighieri, There is no getting around listing this here, if you have never heard of it before you live in Borno, keep wild pigs, and have never seen paper.All I will say about it is that in each circle, Dante chose a well-known figure of the time or from history or legend to illustrate the sin. As Dante descends from circle to circle, he encounters sinners whose sins become increasingly hateful, spiteful, offensive, murderous, and traitorous. He ends with Satan, eating the three greatest traitors in the world, each in one of his three mouths, at the center of the Earth.Hell of a story, no?

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3.Memnoch the Devil , 1997 by Anne Rice , in this, the fifth book of her Vampire Chronicles she requests sympathy for the Devil( this was before her lapse back into heavy catholicism). Having survived his near-fatal reacquaintance with human mortality in The Tale of the Body Thief (1992), the world-weary vampire Lestat is recruited by the biblical Devil, Memnoch, to help fight a cruel and negligent God. The bulk of the novel is a retelling of the Creation story from the point of view of the fallen angel, who blames his damnation on his refusal to accept human suffering as part of God’s divine plan.I have only one thing to say, if you want religion read the bible, if you want an amazing story read memnoch the devil.

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4.The Scarlet Gospels 2015 by Clive Barker,  the culmination of the Hellraiser mythos that began with the novella The Hellbound Heart. It features the world-weary detective of the occult Harry D’Amour locked in a death-struggle with the most fascinating fictional satanic creation since Milton’s Satan (in the great epic poem Paradise Lost) led his dark minions in an infernal revolution: the master Cenobite, Pinhead. This comparison has greater significance than you might think.Let me put it to you this way,Pinhead has now developed much grander ambitions that involve Lucifer’s unoccupied throne,so once again, is it Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t?

 

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5.Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann, John E. Woods (Translator), How could I not end with Faust? This story has been retooled so many times to fit the place it was written,Thomas Mann’s last great novel, first published in 1947 and now rendered into English by John E. Woods, it is the tale of one Adrian Leverkühn, born early in the 20th century, who trades his soul for the ability to compose brilliant music. Of course this is a limited pact, in his case for 24 years. His story is told by a childhood (and adult) friend Serenus Zeitblom, who also presents the changes in German culture during the years, ending with the bombing of Germany by the Allies and the encroaching Russian army. Leverkühn’s life story is a brilliant allegory of the rise of the Third Reich, of Germany’s renunciation of its own humanity and its embrace of ambition and its nihilism. It is also Mann’s most profound meditation on the German genius – both national and individual – and the terrible responsibilities of the truly great artist. The allegories are plentiful, the writing is often amazing and at times, not an easy read.But, would the Devil have it any other way?

 

In the DetailsIn The Details, By: Vincent Piazza

 

I know,there are many more just as good if not better; but with only 5 to list is the cream of the crop for me to lay at your feet, I plan on reading I, Lucifer By Glen Duncan soon, so if I find that one worthy of you,My Diabolical Friends, I shall Review it here as well.

Art piece “In the Details”  and Words By; Vincent Piazza Copyright 2015

 

 

 

5 Good Books About the Evil one (AKA. The Devil ) was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

So a Satanist, a Luciferian, and a Setian walk into a bar…

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Pentacolo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Delightful Lady Satanist that I know was told by some troglodyte that she wasn’t a “True Satanist” because she doesn’t look like one nor post anything Overtly Satanic on her Social Media pages. What Balderdash! The most “Evil” and Satanic folks that I know Look like well dressed Bussines Men and Disney Princesses.

So how do you Identify a Satanist? According to Dr. James Phillips of Birmingham, England, a British “expert” in the occult, here are 10 ways to know for sure that someone is in league with the Dark Lord.

1. They come and go at odd hours, especially late at night and just before dawn.

2. They never attend church or celebrate religious holidays.

3. They often have no visible means of support, yet live well.

4. They carry strange bags and bundles, never revealing the contents.

5. They rarely laugh, or laugh under the wrong circumstances – for example, when a child is hit by a car.

6. They are often openly interested in magic tricks or the occult.

7. They may excite instinctual fear in children and animals.

8. They are not afraid of blood – in fact, they seem attracted by it.

9. They collect weird things, such as animal skeletons or fingernail clippings.

10. They tend to dress warmly even in hot weather, as if they constantly feel chilled.

If you went by the list above, it just takes one more step to use a person’s height and weight as concrete provable testable concepts Whether or not a person is satanic is not.That is just how arbitrary the whole idea is, I think the idea that we have to have a definite criteria and testable standard of who is or isn’t satanic is just silly because it’s something humans made up, and have made up badly at that.

If I want to think my roommate’s dog is satanic then hellfire, the dog’s a Satanist. Why not? She doesn’t believe in god and acts with a very carnal philosophy. My point is something that’s a man-made abstraction can only be determined by man-made abstract standards which are purely subjective.,,.llk

If I decided Anton LaVey or  Venus Satanas aren’t  Satanists, it doesn’t change a thing about how they view themselves.And that is THE ONLY THING that matters when it comes down to belief on the Left Hand Path. I can believe this or that with no scale or method. Whatever I believe is true to me because there’s nothing about it outside my own mind.

The only reason I can see to even bother asking whether or not you should conciser yourself or someone else is a Satanist is if you have doubts and insecurity about it. Meaning you require the approval of others for personal belief. CONTRADICTION.

Don’t use anybody else’s standard and don’t expect anybody else to use yours. And for that matter stop worrying about whether or not something is labeled at all. Whether or not you think your buddy Jake is a Satanist isn’t going to change what Jake is.This goes for Luciferians and Setians, at times more so because often they enjoy separating themselves from their Satanic Brothers and Sisters ( I’ve been guilty of it myself a time or two ). But Like Satanism, their are various types of Luciferianism, a “True Luciferian” is just as subjective as a “True Satanist”.Satan and Lucifer originally had nothing to do with each other until the bible mashed them together, as Lucifer originates from ancient Rome while Satan originates from ancient Mesopotamia/Sumeria.This is a simplification on Lucifer and Satan, and it has been debated to death on the Origins of these two figures so I’m not going to go into it here.My point is without Satanism, there would be no Luciferians or Setians to begin with.We have all come from the same stock, and since virtually all Christians believe that Satan and Lucifer are interchangeable terms, who does it matter to, outside of your own subjective self what you are called, or call yourself?

So the next time someone tells you that “You’re not Satanic Enough”, Just Smile and Quote Dan Brown, from the book Angels & Demons “Langdon quickly explained how most people pictured satanic cults as devil-worshiping fiends, and yet Satanists historically were educated men who stood as adversaries to the church. Shaitan. The rumors of satanic black-magic animal sacrifices and the pentagram ritual were nothing but lies spread by the church as a smear campaign against their adversaries. Over time, opponents of the church,
wanting to emulate the Illuminati, began believing the lies and acting them out. Thus, modern Satanism was born.”

So a Satanist, a Luciferian, and a Setian walk into a bar… was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand