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

Baphomet's Woods

 

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

Decisions on Good and Evil….

A fly on the wind

Decisions on Good and Evil, what makes a Luciferian or a Satanist this or that. All points that bring the fools running and the opinions flow like milk from the teat. Now, I’m a Taoist before any other label you would care to hang on my tattered Hat, so my point of view comes from such bias. First eliminate all thoughts of gods and devils.
As a Luciferian the goal is to beyond good and evil. Philosophically, whatever is, is exactly the way it is supposed to be as a result of cause and effect, birth, decay and death, cycles and reversion.
Evil is a construct of man. We place our moral judgement on events and say that such and such is either good, evil, or it doesn’t matter.
Pain is a physical thing. All living beings experience pain of one form or another. Just part of life.
Suffering is psychological. Even though we might be in pain we need not necessarily be suffering because of it.
Evil exists only because man has stated that certain things are evil. If one of these things that has been classified as evil has been enacted the evil has been done.
From my point of view, creation is the same as destruction, birth is the same as death, just changes of name and form.Evil, being just a name or a descriptive then it can only be temporary in nature. For example the evils of times gone past are the accepted norm of today … mini-skirts for example,Is it evil if I ended the life of a living being and ruthlessly chopped it’s limbs from its living body?
That might cause you to react by saying “YES!!”
But what if I am just pulling up weeds from my garden, cutting them up and tossing them on my compost heap?
So “evil” is just a concept of the mind relative to social standards and my world view.laughs at the whole concept of good vs evil. In other words, a satanic or Luciferian perspective is that what’s considered good and what’s considered evil is relative and personal.Dressing it up in a hat and red claws and saying “Look at the evil over there in the night” is a really old trick, but it’s not a trick the LHP will profit from adopting.
By: That Old Diabolist= The Hat

Art; Fly on the wind, Vincent Piazza Copyright 2015

Decisions on Good and Evil…. was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

The Meme as a Magician’s tool…

memes

 

meme (m m)
n.
A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated
action from one mind to another.
We’ve got a slight problem here, when we go over the definition of a meme and what it is. How is cultural
information relevant to us, and what does it shape? How does it function? How does culture spread information throughout the vast network of human minds? Thankfully, or perhaps not so thankfully, we have memes to
help us along.The meme functions on a symbolic level, being the connector-between-ideas. In other words, all
those times that we immediately have an “in-grained” or taught thought when something we hear about
appears, we’re dealing with a meme.

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In a way, a meme can be looked at as a “cultural sigil” – when we create sigils, we’re encoding memes for our-
selves… And if memes get powerful enough they can act as egregores.Take a look at Nike or Disney for a
moment and tell me those corporations haven’t “fed” something that jumps into our subconscious, imaginative
mind? The meme is the first little connector. Give it several more, maybe hundreds or millions, and suddenly
you have an idea that’s as alive and awake as any other.
In this way, we can say that the “Satanic Scare” of the 80’s did actually occur. People really did believe they’d
been raped, had the child aborted, and then gone on living… Especially when thought transference, or hypno-
sis was involved, it was easy to “guide” them to these confessions.The belief in a wide-ranging Satanic con-
spiracy even today posits that people on this very list are actually murdering women left and right in the name
of Satan…satbaby

 

This is a meme, alive and well, infecting human minds when it can.So, how do we defend against something we unconsciously create in large groups? Well, the answer is typically we don’t. Most humans simply aren’t capable of such a fight. On the other hand, as Magicians and Witches we can. Simple Meditation routines when performed daily can “harden” the aura (subconscious) of the Magician to a point where it is very hard to “infect.”
So how is it done: avoid the media.Turn the goddamn television off, avoid the traps of TV advertising… Stop watching the news. Just stop fucking watching it. Memes are culturally embedded in the so called “Daily News” to help further the cultural agenda. “Black Men are Dangerous” is a typical one,complete with a picture of the crying family that some sap just shot…

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We need to extract these influences from our lives if we want to function on a level that most simply can’t.Facebook, the dark overlord of our social lives would never allow such a thing,the Meme is here to stay,and as long as we have Social media, and Cats to talk about,it will only get worse.The easiest way to do this is by beginning to combat the memes themselves….with your own Memes.Fight fire with fire, as the saying goes, just remember that if you look at a meme as a sigil, this opens up all of the rules about sigils that you’ve been taught, and with great power comes great responsibility.
Another problem we’re going to face is, in all honesty, the “meme” attached to Satanism.You say, “Satanism”
and people automatically assume “Devil-Worship.” Let’s be honest: we haven’t helped this by the name we’ve
chosen. Lavey could have used Prometheans, or anything else, but he didn’t. I assume this was because he
hoped to finally crush his opposition.Well folks, we’ve failed so far.
So, how do we deal with this? We can cut our losses, move back, and re-name ourselves. However the Old
Guard aren’t going to want to do that. And so, some of us are actually left at a Stand-still… Or you get the Political activism of the TST waving signs and horns at folks,with no Magical underpinnings at all.While we are “Left Hand Path” and fully agree with most Satanic thought (aside from maybe some of the ONA’s creepy-ass teachings, and those of a few madcap cult leaders) we also realize we cannot combat this meme functionally without additional weaponry. Something needs to be done about this…funny-bill-gates-million-meme

Memes can be assaulted on an astral level; just like a servitor or an Egregore, they’re vulnerable to psychic
assault.If we assume that astral projection is 90% the creation of imagery in the mind of the practitioner followed by
the expulsion of energy radiations that spread beyond him and attempt to “Sense” and interact with the
“other” that means that there are less astral barriers in a workplace than in a single human mind.That’s
because so many are involved, and so many – haha – memes might be combating each other at that one time.
Of course, there is another theory that they are vulnerable because those toiling day in and out for nothing
more than pay under a single name and logo (in essence, what you need for a Servitor) creates a being that
then “lives” on an astral level rather than a “real” level.
What we need to do is, essentially, begin our own psychic warfare strategies.The first way is to implant another “idea” where the traditional one was.This is easier if the idea is negative because for some reasons memes seem to thrive on negativity. Given enough time, and enough people spreading the basics of this mimetic implant, the original meme itself will be subverted and altered…
A major question that needs to be asked is this, “if we can do this with memes and Egregores, what about
God?”
I think this answers a lot of questions about his sudden “change of heart” in the New Testament… Enough
people assaulted the “Meme” of the Hebrew God for such a long time that they subverted the original meaning of what it was. Interestingly enough, the Christian God is currently under psychic attack in the same way
from Quantum Mechanists and Physicists.

For the next week you could declare yourself a Christian; for the entire week, any time you have a theology debate with a Christian, or a discussion on religion, insist that you are in fact, a Christian – even say you’re searching for a church as we speak – and during the discussions allow yourself to slowly slip in bits and pieces of Gnostic heresies. Or perhaps a bit of Luciferian thought.

I believe that if, in all honesty, each of us conducted this experiment for a good enough length then given time
we could fundamentally fracture the Christian-Meme.
In that way, we could subvert it from within without ever having to have “gone to war” as far as ideologies go.
In fact, if we cracked their meme, we would alter reality on a level where some “truths” might
become… universally recognized in a way that would subvert the meme even further.
It is of course, simply a theory, but well worth considering.We don’t have to shake our fists at the sky to get
this shit down; nor shout Hail Satan at people (Or “Hail Eris” for you Discordians holding apples right now.).
But if you wish to, that’s quite alright with the Hat and I….867

 

(Special Thanks to St. Faust for the idea and Inspiration)

The Meme as a Magician’s tool… was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

Satanic Taoism

It is quite amazing to me how similar Modern Satanism is becoming to Taoism. The Principal of Active Non-Interference (Wei Wu Rao)is a main tenant in Satanism and Luciferianism,it echoes the ideas of the Taoist sages almost exactly.People, Nations, Political Factions, and religions love to tell others how to Live, but Daoists prefer to leave people alone, just as they wish to be left alone.Most of those on the Left Hand Path feel the same,your Path may not be my Path,so why should I interfere?

This perspective aligns with nature.For example, I have often Observed birds sitting on power lines on the road,but I’ve never seen one bird tell another bird it’s feathers aren’t right, or that it should only eat red seeds, not blue ones.Only Humans spend time telling each other how to behave.

To Dr. Faustus in his study Mephistopheles told the history of the Creation, saying: “The endless praises of the choirs of angels had begun to grow wearisome; for, after all, did he not deserve their praise? Had he not given them endless joy? Would it not be more amusing to obtain undeserved praise, to be worshipped by beings whom he tortured? He smiled inwardly, and resolved that the great drama should be performed. “For countless ages the hot nebula whirled aimlessly through space. At length it began to take shape, the central mass threw off planets, the planets cooled, boiling seas and burning mountains heaved and tossed, from black masses of cloud hot sheets of rain
deluged the barely solid crust. And now the first germ of life grew in the depths of the ocean, and developed rapidly in the fructifying warmth into vast forest trees, huge ferns springing from the damp mould, sea monsters breeding, fighting, devouring, and passing away. And from the monsters, as the play unfolded itself, Man was born, with
the power of thought, the knowledge of good and evil, and the cruel thirst for worship And Man saw that all is passing in this mad, monstrous world, that all is struggling to snatch, at any cost, a few brief moments of life before Death’s inexorable decree. And Man said: `There is a hidden purpose, could we but fathom it, and the purpose is
good; for we must reverence something, and in the visible world there is nothing worthy of reverence.’ And Man stood aside from the struggle, resolving that God intended harmony to come out of chaos by human efforts. And when he followed the instincts which God had transmitted to him from his ancestry of beasts of prey, he
called it Sin, and asked God to forgive him. But he doubted whether he could be justly forgiven, until he invented a divine Plan by which God’s wrath was to have been appeased. And seeing the present was bad, he made it yet worse, that thereby the future might be better. And he gave God thanks for the strength that enabled him to forgo even the joys that were possible. And God smiled; and when he saw that Man had become perfect in renunciation and worship, he sent another sun through the sky, which crashed into Man’s sun; and all returned again to nebula.’

Once we are the perfect servant and listen to what the World sees as God has to say for us to do, or not to do(in the form of his representatives on earth)the ball stops rolling, and the play starts over.One of the main forms of Interference is the act of giving unsolicited advice to others. To often those on the Right feel they are the only ones who are right so feel the need to correct and advise others according to their viewpoint.

The Taoists had this to say: “The one who Knows does not know all. The one who Know all does not know at all.”But the world of fact, after all, is not good nor evil; and, in submitting our judgment to it, there is an element of slavishness from which our thoughts must be purged. For in all things it is well to exalt the dignity of Man, by freeing him as far as possible from the tyranny of non-human Power,or the power that some feel they have from religious authority .Shall we worship Force, or shall we worship Goodness? Shall our God exist and be evil, or shall he be recognised as the creation of our own conscience? As the Zhuang Zi states : “If People abide by their own heart and treat it as their teacher, who then would be without a teacher?”

Nonconformity in the View of Daoism, as well as the Left Hand Path,is not about doing whatever you please or disregarding responsibilities.To do that will only create problems.The Ideal of nonconformity is to commit yourself to leading the life you wish for yourself,no matter how many around you tell “It’s the wrong thing to do”.

Whether you want to be Married or Single,Satanist or Pastafarian,become a Monk or a Nun,Scientist,Cook, Defend the Law, Or destroy the Law- No matter what Path you wish to follow in life, it takes sincerity and unwavering commitment to produce a good result. As an Adapt of the Left, I respect the choice even if I don’t agree with the decision.Satanic Taoisim

Satanic Taoism was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

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

Pentacolo

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