I was dozing off to bed reading the end of The Greeks and the Irrational, a classical work of mid twentieth century classicism, when I bolted up right with shock as the author, E.R. Dodds, gave me a very important clue in my wider research.
As I have mentioned, it is one of my central theses that the magical tradition (Chaldean magic, Orphism, theurgy, Indo-European shamanism, etc.) lived on in Eastern Orthodoxy after the dissolution of the Platonic academy (which was doing more magic than philosophy at the time).
Well, I had known that there was some connection between the 11th century Orthodox monk Michael Psellus and Neoplatonism and perhaps theurgy, I did not know that, as Dodd writes, Psellus watched an Orthodox bishop perform a ritual “on the lines of pagan theurgy.”
Now E.R. Dodds was a mainstream, rationalistic classicist. He was not conspiracy theorist by any means. But in this passage he is saying outright that not only were there Orthodox monastic cells practicing theurgy, but at least one Orthodox archbishop was practicing Neoplatonic magic in the 11th century!
Is this the cult practiced by Alexander Dugin and Vladimir Putin?
Is this the cult practiced by our good friend Jay Dyer?
Is Orthodox theology infected in toto with theurgic magic?
I am plowing through Michel Pastoureau’s The Bear: The History of a Fallen King for an academic article that I am writing. I came across an interesting story of the pagan sanctuary at Brauron, which is close to Athens, Greek.
Apparently, at this sanctuary, young Greek girls under the age of ten dressed in yellow and white and performed the roles of priestesses of Artemis while a female bear was sacrificed.
Pastoureau suggests that this ritual of the Classical and Hellenistic periods of Greece was a toned down version of an earlier ritual that involved abuse and then sacrifice of children.
This scene made me think of two phenomenon: one cinematic and fictional and the other real life.
It is a common trope and horror films for a good looking woman to engage in indecent acts (and sometimes even be raped) before being horrifically murdered by some monster or serial killer.
It is weird how much this narrative mimics ancient pagan rituals of defilement and sacrifice.
What the bear sacrifice at Brauron also makes me think of his the hidden story behind the Weinstein scandal.
It has been repeatedly noted that Weinstein’s indecent acts were done as much for his pleasure as to degrade the American, culturally Christian girls whom he was attacking.
It also has been suggested that the scandals of heterosexual rape of adults are hiding the scandal of child abuse in Hollywood.
Is it possible that this abuse involved ritual murder as well to some postmodern incarnation of the demon that was worshiped by the Greeks as Artemis.
One of the many interesting things that I have found in E.R. Dodds’ The Greeks and the Irrational, is the concept of ate or some manifestation of divine wrath. One of the manifestations of ate is in madness, rage, and anger with which a victim is inflicted.
This sudden seizure of one with madness was also linked to shamanistic rituals in which divine madness was instilled in the subject.
This experience of rage as the effect of shamanistic ritual may have a connection with the deterioration in not only sexual continence but also control of the irascible appetite that is produce by the watching of movies.
While Catholics generally give often gruesome violence a pass when choosing films, the effect of such violence on even a natural level has a debilitating and even traumatizing effect.
Combined with the trance-like state in which the audience glued to a screen, this experience of realistic, graphic violence could have a shamanistic or theurgic magical effect of shocking the pneuma or spirit of the audience and may even induce demonic oppression or possession that would inspire, terror, rage, depression and other manifestations of what the Greeks would call ate.
I am reading through E. R. Dodds’ excellent The Greeks and the Irrational (in which I found a poem written by the previous owner of the book!), and came across a description of theurgy depicted in Homer, which, interestingly resembles the phenomenon of the Viking berserkers.
Apparently Homer used the word “menos” to describe the gods’ implanting of what Plato would call furor in the warrior. Thus Homer is describing his heroes as being temporarily mad or possessed especially when they are in a state of fury performing their aristeia or even and perhaps especially when they are in a state of combat with the gods.
Thus Achilles, Odysseus, and Hector and other all resemble Vikings in a shamanistic trance, and thus there is another link between Mycenaean and Germanic culture. Clearly the classical Greeks that we know as a the pinnacle of Greek culture were a combination of Mediterranean Indo-Europeans and perhaps Germanic, Celtic, or Slavic? northern Europeans.
The phenomenon of a hero being required to be in a state of trance or be given menos while combating with a god also presents a link to demonic mystical experience that later theurgists would have when performing rituals to summon demons.
This god fighting in poems like the Iliad also may be either a memory or a demonic imitation of the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel.
Finally, we might ask if modern experience of movies under the influence of the “magic” of psychiatric drugs is a modern experience of menos or the berserker experience. The common narrative of many of the mass shooters–especially the Batman killings–is a young man who, under the spell of psychiatric medication, was triggered by the ritual of the movie. Was this done intentional as some sort of occultic-medical experiment? Are we all affected in a similar manner when watching movies?
If it is true that most movies, not just explicitly occultic ones, are a form of shamanistic experience, then I would, once again advise extreme discretion when viewing them.
Does anyone have any intel on connections between movies and shamanistic or theurgic ritual?
A common story given as to why the goat is often used as an image of Satan is because of the ancient story of the scapegoat, that is, Satanists, beginning in about the 19th century with Eliphas Levi, adopted the image of the goat for Satan in order to claim Satan as a scapegoat for evil when, in fact, the devil was, as Lucifer-Prometheus and the serpent of the gnostic myths, merely trying to help humankind.
While it is true that the baphomet figure as we know it does have its origins in Eliphas Levi, the use of the goat figure is ancient.
The satyr, a half man-half goat figure, was depicted in often very crude anatomically detailed manner on Greek vases as well as some Roman mosaics as well as a variety of myths. He is always associated with sexual degeneracy, and, very interestingly, degenerate music.
Is there a connection with Orphism here?
I would be willing to say yes.
The satyr figure was associated not with fertility per se, but with bestiality, rape, orgies, and other transgressive and degenerate forms of sex. What is further interesting is that in the stories of satyr rapes, like the story of rapes by gods such as Zeus, Poseidon, and Apollo, there is usual a bestial metamorphosis of some kind involved as well as a narrative of the loss of innocence of a young girl or nymph in a garden or other rustic settings.
The goat as animal thus became associated with sodomy, bestiality, as well as with magic rituals associated with these acts.
Thus we left with a few interesting points.
- The satyr and goat have traditionally been associated with transgressive sexual activities; thus, Eliphas Levi’s use of the goat as the hermaphroditic baphomet is an old trope. Satan as the adversary or tempted is defined by his desire to break the natural law and rebel against God’s order. Thus transgressive sex has a Satanic mystical element to it.
- Secondly, although St. Augustine dismissed the idea outright that Eve had sexual relations with the serpent in the Garden of Eden, could all of the stories of bestial rape of a virgin by a god in classical mythology be perverted tales of the fall of Eve?
- Were the bestial occult sex rituals performed in the Mediterranean reenactments of this seduction of eve by the Serpent?
- Is every transgressive sexual act a participation in this ur satanic ritual?
- Is this is what is going on at a black mass in which degenerate sex activity is being performed?
- Is this a clue to uncovering the human trafficking epidemic, the abuse of children in the Church, and even the Weinstein Hollywood stories of rape?
I am currently investigating Cardinal Bernardin for a newspaper article I am writing. Please comment below if you have any links or intel. CK