Riddles in the Dark: Socrates’ Prayer in the Phaedrus

 

Dear Reader,

It is one of the underlying theses of the book on which I am working that there is an occult shamanistic and theurgic tradition buried in Plato’s dialogues on love, the Phaedrus and the Symposium. I have also written here on how we got our contemporary depictions of the devil as a satyr.

Well,  these two streams converge in the Phaedrus when Socrates offers a prayer to Pan, a satyr god of Arcadia.

Socrates prays, “Dear Pan, and all you other gods who live here, grant that I may become beautiful within, and that whatever outward things I have may be in harmony with the spirit inside me. May I understand that it is only the wise who are rich, and may I have only as much money as a temperate person needs.”

Let’s take a look at this prayer. The second part of the prayer is a pretty straightforward Leo Strauss, “Great Books” Platonism: wisdom is better than riches; it is better to live a good life than the life of pleasure, etc.

It is the first part of prayer that is so interesting. In it, Socrates asks to become beautiful or clean within and to live according to the spirit inside of him.

Socrates also earlier in the dialogue had strangely performed an invocation to the muses. Why all this invocation to spirits and prayers asking for interior transformation? It sounds a lot like shamanism and theurgy–even if we admit that Socrates may simply be being ironic.

Also, why is the dialogue set in a pastoral and Arcadian locale, and why does Socrates pray to Pan?

Is it possible that Pan, the satyr god, who, like satyrs, steals young women and nymphs, is an image of the serpent who seduced Eve?

Remember, Platonism is the metaphysical engine of gnosticism, theurgy, and the occult tradition all the way through theosophy to the present day.

What did all of these occultists find in Plato and his later followers that made his thinking amenable to them?

As a final note, I am not suggesting that Platonism is essentially diabolical. Obviously the first 1000 years of Christian theology was Platonic in as much as it was Augustinian, but there clearly is an esoteric teaching in Plato that later occultists picked up.

St. Augustine, pray for us!

A Tiny Clue in the Hidden History of the Occult in Eastern Orthodoxy

 

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Dear Reader,

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?

Why is the Goat Used as an Image of Satan?

Dear Reader,

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. Were the bestial occult sex rituals performed in the Mediterranean reenactments of this seduction of eve by the Serpent?
  4. Is every transgressive sexual act a participation in this ur satanic ritual?
  5. Is this is what is going on at a black mass in which degenerate sex activity is being performed?
  6. 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?

Leviathan, Hecate, and the Ouroboros

One of the prevailing theories of Christian “deep” mythological research is the idea of an ur religion that is at the basis of all nonChristian religion. While this may sound rude and predjudicial, the idea is that all of these religions are basically identical in outlook and are fundamentally diabolical.

Whether or not one agrees with this view, it is clear, from my own research, that in the West and to a certain degree the Islamic, Hindu, and East Asian world (as well as diasporic, Talmudic Judaism, there is an Ur religion from which all these religions sprang.

An early manifestation of this religion in the West has been called Orphism.

In Orphism (as well as Gnosticism), the World Soul (called Hecate as well as Psyche by the Chaldeans and theurgists) is called the “serpent” and “Leviathan” and is combined in Greek religion in the image of Hecate surrounded by serpents.

Interestingly, some schools of Talmudic Judaism venerate this serpent.

It is a “no brainer” who this serpent is in the Bible. However, how could Satan be the animating principle of the universe or even earth?

Is this simply a lie or trick? Or do demons play some function in the mechanical workings of the universe similar to the good angels?

Is there a deeper mythological-occult significance to Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan and the modern state?

UFOs and Chaldean Magic

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Just a brief note on something I read from the ancient Babylonian text, the Chaldean Oracles.

A description of the “conjuring of Hecate” says that the magus will see “either a fire like a child, stretched over the vortex of the air, or a formless fire, from which a voice rushes forth, or an abundant light, rumbling spiral wise around a field.”

This fiery apparition of summoned demons sounds a lot like UFO phenomena that has been recorded en mass–especially in the 21st century: the majority of the “UFO’s” are fiery spiraling lights.

If some of these lights are not advanced military craft and are, in fact, demons who is summoning them?

Maybe “Lord” Rothschild knows

 

The “God” of Praise and Worship

 

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Dear Reader,

I have been reading a work on the Chaldean Oracles, the work that is the basis of most of Western magic–especially Neoplatonic magic and theurgy.

One curious elements I have come across in the work  (and in all of my student of Neoplatonic magic and Gnosticism, in fact) is that Neoplatonism, theurgy, and Gnosticism all use images and words that are similarly used by Christians. “Father,” “Heavenly Father,” “Father of Lights,” etc.

However, these titles, when used in pagan prayer, clearly refer to other demons or Satan himself, not the Most Holy Trinity.

Why?

First of all, because Neoplatonists are not offering The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass when worshiping but rather are practicing shamanic rituals that induce possession and ecstasy.

Secondly, these pagan services include worship of other gods and daemons as well.

Finally, Gnosticism and theurgy have been repeatedly condemned by the Church as demonic.

However, if it is possible to use “Christian” names for God and even the name of Jesus (as New Agers do), in self-identified pagan worship, then it is also possible that the “Jesus,” “Father of Lights,” and even “Holy Spirit” invoked at self-identified Christian worship, which is actually a contemporary form of shamanism and theurgy, is actually demonic worship.

It is my contention that such rituals take place during “praise and worship” festivals that use the name of Jesus and other holy names of God but are actually worship of demons.

I have already written that praise and worship ceremonies clearly resemble Gnostic rituals. However, even the magic ceremonies of the Chaldeans included such things as “enchanting songs” and “ineffable words” (praying in tongues?) that induced “prophets” to speak in prophesy by summoning spirits.

This sounds a lot like praise and worship ceremonies in which the “Holy Spirit” (or more likely the demon called Apollo by the Greeks and Romans) is conjured through Evangelical praise music and a sweaty, narcissistic charismatic begins to babel and tell the people words of consolation in the form of “prophecy”–remember the demons have no problem telling the people super nice and affirming things.

Is this how the Holy Spirit works? Can He be conjured by a layman and to come and reveal New Age platitudes?

 

 

 

Our Lady and the Triumph over Hecate

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One of the more famous churches in Rome is a former temple dedicated to Athena or Minerva, which has been converted to a Catholic church titled “Maria sopra Minerva” or Mary over Minerva, celebrating Our Lady’s victory of the degenerate pagan goddess Athena.

While I had known that Our Lady was presented by early Christians as superior to the various goddesses that were venerated in the Mediterranean world, I was not aware of how great a contrast Our Lady has to the goddess Hecate–especially as read in the tradition of Neoplatonic magic.

Like Artemis-Diana with whom she is linked, Hecate, the goddess of the underworld and witchcraft was linked with the moon. She further had snake hair (a Gnostic symbol) and was adorned by fiery snakes. Finally, and most interestingly, Hecate was an image of the world soul, the “membrane” between the intellectual-spiritual world and the physical world. Thus, there is the connection with magic and witchcraft as those who mediated the power of Hecate could mediate between the spiritual and physical world, summoning demons and powers.

As a result, Hecate is a demonic mediatrix, a diabolical mockery of Our Lady.

Finally, it is weird how common the image of the veil or membrane between the spiritual and physical world is in everything from faerie tales with magic mirrors (remade by Walt Disney); to the Early Modern Chinese novel, The Journey to the West, to the poetry of Percy Shelley; to Stephen Spielberg’s 80s film, Poltergeist.

In fact, Hecate’s function sounds a lot like the screens of electronic devices that mediate the demonic world of the internet into our homes.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for us.

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Orpheus as Shaman, Mage, Artist, and Scientist

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One of the dominant ideas of Renaissance Neoplatonism and contemporary occultism is the belief that that prior to Plato there was a tradition of magi that included Pythagoras, Empedocles, and Zororaster in which a theological tradition was passed down called the prisca theologia.

While one might readily dismiss this idea as ridiculous fantasizing, several professional scholars have written on the idea that these mystery teachings do, in fact, crop up in Aristotle.

The father of this tradition was allegedly Orpheus whose myth has a number of shamanistic and magic elements in it, including the following:

  1. A marriage that was never consummated with Eurydice, his wife.
  2. A serpent that stings Eurydice (a memory of the serpent in the Garden of Eden)?
  3. A descent to the underworld and power via music over the demons in the underworld.
  4. The failure to bring his wife from the underworld.
  5. The power to enchant nature and animals and plants to do his bidding via ritual music.
  6. The creation of pederasty and sodomy (as possibly a cultic ritual) after failing to retrieve his wife.
  7. His own death and dismemberment and prophesied future resurrection by women who desired him (human sacrifice?)

All of these elements would later serve as the basis of later Western magic up until the present day.

Interestingly, in French cave paintings, this “Orpheus” shaman shows up as a shape changer (possibly a constellation) associated with animals and phallic activity as well as music (I could not find the cave painting of the musical shaman).

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The Corpus Hermeticum, Ur-Gnosticism, and the Idea of An Antediluvian, Atlantis Civilization

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One the most tantalizing bits of information floating about in occult research is the idea of an antediluvian, that is, pre-flood civilization. In this theory, there was a unified civilization of high technology, occultism, and moral degeneracy that was destroyed by God in the Great Flood. Echoes of this time have been preserved in both Western and Eastern mythology and some residue of the pre-flood technology, including the use of magic, was carried into Egypt (for the record, I strongly doubt that this civilization had electronics or space ships–but who knows?).

It was a goal of pagan religion to revive this ancient civilization after a period of “apostasy” in which Christianity would triumph.

In the Renaissance, occultists such as Giordano Bruno, John Dee, and Francis attempted to either discover or revive Atlantis and Egyptian magic and technology, and one of the vehicles of this religious teaching was thought to be the Corpus Hermeticum.

Scholars today largely argue that the Corpus contains Neoplatonic and Gnostic ideas that were current only after the time of Christ, and there is no real “ancient” Egyptian teaching in it.

However, I have just finished reading an academic essay by Clement Salaman titled “Echoes of Egypt in Hermes and Ficino” that seems to prove that the Corpus does contain earlier Egyptian magic and religious teaching from such works as The Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Thus, the possibility remains open that the Corpus is only one of many vehicles of a very old teaching that was unearthed in the Renaissance and has been used to build the Egypt in which we now live.

“Sing a New Song Unto the Lord”: Gnosticism and Praise and Worship

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Dear Reader,

I just came across an interesting tidbit on Gnostics: apparently the heretical Christian sect, engaged in “the recitation of communal exercise…meant to produce mass ecstasy.”

I had previously believed that the only people engaged in ecstatic chanting and singing in the ancient world would be found at Dionysian rituals, but it is interesting to note that the Gnostics engaged in such activity as well.

What is important in all of this is that the Christians were NOT engaged in singing hymns that were meant to produce ecstasy as some charismatic Christians claim today. Rather, it was the pagans who summoned spirits to put them in ecstatic trances.

This is not the method of singing to the only Ultimately and Ever-living God.

This is: