'Dark Metaphysics' Articles
There are very few frank and well reasoned discussions of the dark side of metaphysics. So I thought a class focused on the darker side of metaphysics might serve a valuable role.
What I classify as dark actually falls into what might be called the “shadowed” real of the already occult. This series on Dark Metaphysics is not for indulging anyone’s morbidity. Nor will I advocate the egotistical behaviour associated with many posers to the dark side. It may mirror for you your own path, and thus teach you more about your own way, and you may discover that it is your personal way.
What do you want to know about the dark side?
“The laws and descriptions which make up the literature of occultism can never be a substitute for experience. They indicate directions in which experiment may be made, and in many cases their validity may be known quite promptly to those who will pursue their indications with resolution and energy. They are not intended as a field for … speculation.” Hugh Shearman, An Approach to the Occult
There are more paths than this. You may find in your practice that the reflective work is not clicking. There are common elements of the mind, but there are notable deviations also. Mine is one such. The Greeks used to seek out those who suffered from the condition I had as a juvenile to serve as oracles, and the Native Americans used to do the same to choose their shamans. Before puberty, I used to suffer from seizures, and seizures tend to rewire the brain in interesting ways. I learned that the mind and the brain are not the same.… Seek More
There is a force in the world that makes the frogs stay in their ponds and guides the birds in their flights. Makes all things seek their place. It is not outside of you, but has a connection to things outside. In magick, it’s the law of affinity. The animals themselves need not normally seek it. They don’t resist their instincts so they are rarely out of touch with it. Though we humans often change that for them and thus they become distressed until they adapt or they die. Humans are the seeking ones. Either seeking with spiritual guidance or… Seek More
Possession is a common theme for paranoid schizophrenics, but there is something real behind it and it isn’t what you see on TV or movies. We don’t exist in a world of matter and objects. We exist in systems of energy, and that idea that we are nicely self contained, is a half truth at best. There is no space, yet you think your body takes up space, and that for you to be possessed something has to crawl inside your body. This is flat nonsense. The stages of possession aren’t even commonly recognized for what they are. It’s a psychic… Seek More
How to spot possession? It’s actually not that hard, and it’s also not that common. A deluded person will create a shallow schism. They will be projecting a role more than an actual different consciousness, and the mental processes thought messy, will be connected to each other like badly written fiction. Some people adopt a Christ complex, or a devil made me do it delusion. They will show inconsistency in their reasoning? Well, and actually still some consistency. There will be an effort by their mind to preserve it. In the case of a possession it will be sudden and… Seek More
On the subject of exorcism, and partially why it doesn’t seem to work really well in this day and age, is for an exorcism to free the host it has to mirror the same process as the possession, sort of like deprogramming a brainwashing subject. At one point invoking the Catholic principles was pretty universal. The host would hear the challenge, the priests belief in the powers they were invoking, that the host believed in, and there was often the necessity of some physical trauma just as the possessing entity had used though stopping short of a lot of it.… Seek More
We are discussing necromancy. Keep in mind, I can discuss many things that I may or may not practice. Necromancy is actually very simple, as well as being highly controversial. It has been called a lot of things, and maybe one of the clearest is bone reading. Do any of you have in your possession the remains of one of your loved ones, like an urn with ashes or something? My own deceased family members urns are buried. My Mom wouldn’t like anything like that in the house. It would be uncomfortable for her. Ah, good point. People have an… Seek More
What amounts to a necromantic practice is that of the Sin Eater. The Sin Eater was a person who performed a rite that is based on a Christian concept. Every sin must be atoned for, yes? If one could not receive final absolution, then one of the village, a Sin Eater, would perform a rite over you by which it was believed they could absorb the spiritual burden of sin. Ah yes, they were employed in Ireland. It was seen eventually as the lowest profession. Yes, as any necromancer would have been, but it’s still basically that, and in this way… Seek More
The tribes in Indonesia that eat the brains of their loved one’s are practicing necromancy? In a sense they are, but for them it hasn’t broken from their shamanism. So it is in a sense a spiritual sacrament for them, and in some traditions of necromancy eating portions of the dead was practiced. I would require two or three bottles of ketchup to eat that. Yuck! Yes, I wouldn’t want to eat the dead either, but people can be overcome with powerful spiritual feelings. In Indonesia, they aren’t saying “Hey, lets snack on dear, dead Grandpa.” Even Christianity practices a symbolic eating… Seek More
If you view a living soul a specific way then the dead are the same. A good bulk of the late medieval era/early renaissance necromancy had prayers to God, the Christian God, and many seemingly very pious acts, as did Nostradamus rites of invocation before he divined. Usurped like many of todays festivals? Actually, yes. This is part of why in later reckoning necromancy came to be associated with demonology, because they demonized the Gods that originally were involved in necromantic ritual. Maybe like has happened very often, the church called people demons, or demon possessed, to serve its own… Seek More
Usually children or pets tend to be aware of the world differently. The young animals that have bonded with people, and the children not brainwashed by imperialistic schooling. So often, someone who has a surviving pet, or a child that was born just before the death of a family elder, will see the departed person. I still want to understand why we find spirits so chilling? I want to understand that also. How can I know the spirit is really there or just my over active imagination? Well, I had a belief about that. Have you noticed how your eyes function?… Seek More