My Palmer Eldritch Moment Became a Valis Moment…or…What Happens When you Put PKD and the Zuck in an Atomic Blender

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What happens is you go far out. I mean way far out, beyond the stratosphere and all rationality. But then what happens is you wake up, and remember what the important things are.

If you read this blog you know I like to talk about my dreams every now and then.

So it started a few weeks ago on Facebook. You know it’s happened a thousand times before. Words there-delivered with the best of intentions turning into an explosive shit storm results in misunderstanding and resentment. Instead of strengthening my connections with others FB was only damaging them.

It had been building for so long anyhow, getting sucked back in to that sick world of delusion controlled by that grinning millennial Mark Zuckerberg who has called all the people that subscribe to his network “dumb fucks” and laughs because he knows they don’t have the strength of independence to leave. It’s all out there in the media anyhow – his belief in socialism, his design of the Like button to act as a form of crack for lab rats, how they intentionally started piping highly charged news articles into the FB feeds in an effort to compete with Twitter’s perceived ‘news-worthiness.‘ There’s even a movie made about the Zuck’s sub-standard character, but still his power and influence continues to grow from a morass of willing sublicants.

You notice throughout this I move back and forth between he/they, Zuck/FB…it’s because they do indeed blend. This should surprise no one, again, the Zuck has always been very open about his Collectivism. And for those still confused about Collectivism and think it represents some sore of grand equity scheme – this should be the great lesson that now, it’s not one-for-all and all-for-one, it’s just all-for-one as far as the Zuck is concerned.

The biggest mistake people make about Facebook is thinking that it is an open forum – that it is a free and neutral-zone for the exchange of ideas. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a totally manufactured zone and designed toward one purpose – keeping you in the system for as long as possible and using you to bring more people into the system and keeping them there for long as possible.

Again, there is nothing esoteric or even conspiratorial about this. Remember when FB went public with their stock? Most good analysts were skeptical. Why? Because FB doesn’t actually create anything of value. How can a company be successful without actually creating or providing anything of value? The answer was advertising, and how much can FB incorporate before people stop using their free services.

I realized the Zuck was a perfect real world manifestation of the protagonist of the PKD book the Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. I’d read the book before (it’s on the EOB reading list) but decided it was time to read it again. Also, it was time to finally quit Facebook for good, I did so. It was Quit-FB-Lite meaning I could always log back in at anytime in the the future and be Remanifested in that false and energy -sucking world.

I felt freedom, but also stress. I think the stress might have been from other things – like my job which involved the fate of a entire hospital in Iowa and whether they would be able to continue, or leave hundreds of good people unemployed. Also on of my favorite people there, and one of the main people I was relying on to help get us through it, had her husband in the hospital on dialysis ready to depart this world at any moment.

There were other things too, too numerous to mention, but the end result of it all was laying in a hotel room alone trying to go to sleep, but having trouble breathing due to this incredible tension in my chest. Jesus is this how it ends? Am I going to have a heart attacks just laying here? Or maybe I’ll just lay here all night and not sleep and have to go work at the Hospital tomorrow after no sleep? I think of my wife, a thousand miles away in Texas with our dogs. If feel so far away. Eventually I start slipping into that twilight mentality. Not asleep but seeing things. Eyes closed but seeing things in the room through the darkness.

I’m with my wife and some others. We’re going to an event. It’s a building exactly like MFAH in Houston at dusk. We’re going to see some kind of exhibit that involves walking through a maze, and there are supposed to be some kind of “alien attraction” in the maze. At the top of the stairs behind the ticket table is my old friend Charles Lamkin taking tickets. My wife says “isn’t that that guy you used to know in TOS?” I say, “yeah, but I don’t know if he will acknowledge us…it’s been like 20 year after all.”

The thing is, whenever I see one of these sorts of people in a dream, it alway means something, I don’t dream about these people all the time, it’s rare, I mean a decade or so rare.

Anyhow, someone else gets us our tickets and we never even talk to old Charles. So then we are going through the maze. Round one corner, then another, wondering what we’ll find around the next. Eventually we round one and then they are – the aliens. There’s three of them but one in particulars up up close. They are all green. Green body cloaks and green skin with frog like faces under Greg cowls. The main one up from looks up at me from under the cowl, and he has big Metallic-Eyes like Palmer Eldritch. The metallic eyes start to turn pink, and then without warning fire pink lasers right into my eyes and into my head. This is where the Valis part enters the scene – like the pink laser that shot up PKD in his book Valis.  It was a huge changing point for him, after that happened is when he became aware of this connection with an ancient Gnostic Priest and other epi-phenomena. It felt like a changing point for me but I’m still trying to unpack what it all means.

But for sure one thing in corresponds with is the idea of the Supersubstantial. That consumption of a higher influence is the only thing that can really transform you.  You have to open to it aslo. Obviously I was open to it in my dreamscape – I went to the event willingly and event paid to get in. In my dreamscape, as the alien’s pink lasers penetrate my psyche, the transubstantiation is immediate. My whole aim changes. No longer concerned with gravity, I begin floating up toward the ceiling. In total ecstasy and joy I bounce against it and continue moving down the halls. Down below my wife follows along apparently not distressed by any of these events. In fact some other tourists have joined her and are walking along, as she explains, “yeah, he does this sometimes.”

We’re about to turn another corner and I come back down to join her, right were I belong.

Like I said, you go way out. Sometimes that laser is actually there to cut. Like a Light Saber, cut you off from the things that were holding you in place. It’s like Luke had to lose that hand, so he could finally to balance himself internally. Cut loose, without gravity you start to spin out of the safe orbit you were accustomed to. Way out there in the cosmic zones you can look back down, you see everything is so small, you can’t even see the people anymore, only the principles, the forms, the movements. You know which movements might lead somewhere good, and you damn well can see which ones are bad. Meanwhile that laser is also nourishing you. Making you stronger. Strong enough to stand up for what you know is right, and to push away that which is bad. Like Superman, you finally fly back down to Earth, and there’s Lois Lane. Waiting.


Kona Talk – Design for Divinity

Follows is transcript from the talk I gave in Kona. You can listen to the live recording here:


Kona Talk

October 2017

Design for Divinity


I have some very good news for ya’ll today. You already have everything you need to have total Individuality, Freedom, and immortality.


You have already made a conscientious decision in favor of these things, and have already taken responsibility for them. You’ve already made the most important decision of your life; The key, is in the remembering.


And when this discussion is over you will have a clearer picture of who you are, why you came here, and where your destiny lies. You will have a better understanding of how to unlock what is already in you – the possibility of achieving the ultimate potential endowed upon you by Prince of Darkness.


I’m going to talk about design, and the idea that we are designed for individuality, freedom, and immortality. We were made this way, and, built to achieve certain ends…And as it turns out we’re actually quite good at it.. even though we may suffer occasional memory lapses.


You see, when we talk about ideas like Set, or Isolate intelligence, we’re actually talking about that design. The design of a rational mind that is inextricably individualistic, isolate, and self-reflexive; and whose decision are necessarily personal and arbitrary.


But the apprehension of that design is axiomatic – everything else flows from it; from this fundamental ability to apprehend the principle of causality, and our ability to naturally ratiocinate; to form judgements by a process of logic and reason, to use the rational mind.


Think about it…an average adult human being, once advised of the existence of logic, does not need to be told why logic is significant. We understand instantly that logic is real, significant, correct. That it’s logical.


This is because the structure for it is preexisting; it’s part of our design. And sure, we can use our rational mind for solving algebra problems, or working out logical proofs. But the fact is we use it in very practical sense to make decisions about life on a daily basis for all manner of things. Man is designed to be a very efficient evaluator and decision maker. Some estimate the average person makes as many as 35,000 decisions a day, assessing things like time, place, value.



So I want to talk now a little bit LHP vs RHP, and how they take man, how they approach the significance of human life on earth


The RHP – and by this I mean the Abrahamic Religions like Judaism, Christianity, Islam, AND most political systems…Marxism, Fascism, Socialism etc. Begin not with observing man as he is, but with the vision of an idealized Social Order into which man must fit.


  • They begin by establishing expectations and guidelines for this order, and from here work their way backwards to man as the individual.


  • So here they find man as a component of that order, and oblige him to abide by certain guidelines and requirements, socially, economically, even sexually.



  • They do not ask the individual how he feels about this, whether he thinks it just, or even desirable. Both is mind and his body are obliged to conform, almost always with coercion…by force or the threat of force.
    • THEY know what’s best for you, and THEY have a plan for putting everyone in their proper place.


  • This also where the idea of Collectivism comes from, and in particular it is the presence of coercion which distinguishes Collectivism from from voluntary cooperation amongst free individuals.



  • Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group—whether to a race, class or state does not matter. It does not mean voluntary cooperation or collaboration between free individuals. There is no mystical authority or divine imperative mandating that we must accept the evil of coercion, subjugation, or enslavement of our fellow-man in order to exist as a society.


  • In reality, societies form themselves quite naturally and productively by the action of will-full and self interested individuals creating value, and voluntarily exchanging value – value in resources, goods and services, ideas, energy, and magic.



The LHP – takes man as we find him. An individual who again, is able to independently make thousands of decisions a day that are based on his particular needs and in relation to his own unique point in space and time and his own personal and idiosyncratic preferences.


  • For instance Gurdjieff, found individual man as largely a machine that serves nature, with a small part of him that is essential and that can grow into something conscious and willful. He said that Man as he is has no individual But there are, instead, hundreds and thousands of separate small “I”s – and yet will and individuality is part of his providence – part of his design and thus potential, that he might yet fulfill. It might be buried down in there somewhere, yet it is there. The key is in the remembering.


  • Anton LaVey, found individual man as a carnal being. As just another animal sometimes better but more often worse that those who go on four legs. A being endowed with the potential for responsibility, wisdom and kindness, and whose natural aim is his own personal vital existence and indulgence. If nothing else, LaVey was a champion of private ownership of the body.


  • Michael Aquino – took this same line of thinking and extended it to man’s metaphysical existence. That in addition material sovereignty – the ownership of our bodies; we also have sovereignty of the mind – the psyche, and that this is embodied in the idea of isolate intelligence, which is indelibly part of our design based on a first iteration of same – the Principle of Isolate Intelligence.


And really it’s the metaphysical fact of isolate intelligence, that leads to the next thing I want to talk about…




From Isolate Intelligence flows the principle of Individuality. It is the metaphysical fact of isolate intelligence that forms the basis for the emergence on the social level, of the experience of individuality.


Oxford Dictionaries define Individuality as


  1. The quality or character of a particular person or thing that distinguishes them from others of the same kind, especially when strongly marked.
  2. Separate existence….which really very similar to the phrase “isolate intelligence”


Isolate Intelligence means that for intelligence to exist it must enjoy separate existence from other intelligence. That each instance of intelligence must occupy different space and time, and that for it to exist, it must be able to distinguish itself from others.


Dr. Flowers elaborates on this in the Crystal Tablet:


“The distinction is the result of the existence of the principle of isolate consciousness within the universe, and the presence of the Gift of that Intelligence within individual members of the human species. The LHP solution is then to cultivate and nurture this intelligence as a separate and unique quality, that it may Xeper, Xeper leads to individually-determined freedom.”


Individually determined freedom. Not group-determined freedom. Not socially-determined freedom. Or organizationally determined freedom. The true freedom promised by Xeper can only be self-determined.


Isolate intelligence means that we are individuals, isolate intelligence FACILITATES individuality. As our own particular unique experience of Isolate Intelligence emerges from the principle of isolate intelligence, we realize that it is part of our design.


We see that Xeper is part of our design.


We see that responsibility is part of our design.


It is only we as humans, as children of the Gift of Set, that can take responsibility. We don’t speak of animals as taking responsibility, it would make no sense.


And finally we realize that being able to distinguish slavery from freedom, voluntary acts from coercive acts, is also part of our design.


It means that we have rational self interest and that we have a right – a natural right – to claim our psyche, and body, as our own property to do with as we will. It is the fundamental state upon which Aleister Crowley’s Law of Do What thou Wilt is based.



This free and sovereign isolate intelligence is literally the Gift of Set. Violating the natural rights of individuals that are indissoluble from that gift – whether by coercion, steeling, slavery – literally profanes and denigrates the Gift of Set, for clearly we were designed with purpose to be free individuals.
So, from isolate intelligence and individuality flows the concept of fundamental natural rights.
The 17th century Enlightenment philosopher John Locke articulated these fundamental rights well as life, liberty, and property. He used the term ‘natural rights’ to refer to these.


The New Oxford definition of ‘Right’: “A right considered to be inherent or inalienable, especially in connection with the individual’s relationship to the state and to society.”


Interestingly, John Locke was also the first to define the self through a continuity of consciousness, which is something we spend a lot of time studying in the Order of Leviathan.


These rights must be understood as something that flows from your fundamental nature, rather than as something granted to you…i.e. not applicable to things that you need other people to give you, like food or water, or goods and services.


You see, you can’t have a right, not a natural right, to something that someone else has to provide for you.


You don’t have a right to be served in a restaurant- ex

You don’t have a right to receive services


This is what they used to believe under slavery, that you have a right to be served by some people, and therefore it is morally permissible to force certain people to serve you. Or to rob certain people in order to pay for those services.


You do have a natural right to your Life, that means a right to not have it taken away from you against your will. You have a natural right to not be unjustly killed or aggressed against. And in turn, you have a natural responsibility not to unjustly kill or aggress against another conscious being. Again, this would be a denigration of the Gift of Set.


You have a natural right to liberty, to live freely. To not be forced into a cage. To do what you will so long as it causes no harm to others, or interferes with their rights to life or liberty.





Due to isolate intelligence and the nature of perception we are naturally inclined to feel ownership over our body.


Further, through our works we can claim other external aspects of the universe as our own property.


Example: I worked and saved money, and bought this shirt – it is my possession. We establish ownership through Working – In a truly magical and natural act of applying our mind to the universe to cause change in accordance with will. It is Dr. Flowers’ formula of See/Awaken/Act, applied to a certain object, from which ownership arises.


And for John Locke, the concept of private property begins with your very self, the body. In his Two Treatises on Government  he says


“… everyman has a property in his own Person. This no body has any right to but himself. The labour of his body, and the work of his hands, we may say, are properly his. Whatsoever then he removes out of the state that nature hath provided, and left it in, he hath mixed his labour with, and joyned to it something that is his own, and thereby makes it his property. It being by him removed from the common state nature placed it in, it hath by this labour something annexed to it, that excludes the common right of other men.”


So, by the interaction of the mind and will – the subjective universe, with the conditions we find ourselves in, that is the objective universe, new creations are brought forth that we might call our own.


Sound familiar? It’s Black magic. It’s LBM and MBM, where the SU moves to establish dominion over the OU. It’s GBM where the Subjective universe transforms itself into a perfected sovereign being.


Free Will


Isolate intelligence means we are fundamentally free beings. Free from the laws which govern the cosmos.


We were designed not to be slaves, not to be lorded over by masters, and most of us find it undesirable to be in that situation, or to see others in that situation.


We were designed not to be governed, but to be self-governing individuals.


Freedom means we have the opportunity to become responsible beings. That we are able to take responsibility, rather then have it given to us…or assigned to us.


It makes no sense to say that something without isolate intelligence should behave responsibly. Again, we don’t talk about animals as being responsible. We don’t say the universe is responsible for giving us something. It is only through a misapprehension of the role of authority, that we imagine that other people – under the guise of church or state – are responsible for giving us anything, or providing us with services.


The psychologist Victor Frankl saw responsibility as so important and fundamental a virtue that he believed a Statue of Responsibility should be erected on the west coast of America, to balance out the Statue of Liberty that stands on the east. Freedom is, of course, important, but Frankl believed that it is ‘in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness

Victor Frankl, was a psychologist and probably one of the greatest proponent of free-will from within that discipline. He also wrote the book Man’s Search for Meaning under incredible conditions, for he was also a Jew in Vienna in the late 1930’s when the Nazis invaded.


The Nazis forced him and his young wife to abort their first child.


A short time later they and his parents were arrested and deported to the Theresienstadt Ghetto north of Prague. After half a year there his father died of exhaustion.


Shortly thereafter, he his wife and mother were transported to the death camp Auschwitz. His mother was immediately murdered in the gas chamber. He was separated from his wife as she was sent to Bergen-Belsen, where she was to die at the age of 24.


Later In cattle cars Viktor Frankl was transported, via Vienna, to Kaufering and Türkheim (subsidiary camps of Dachau). Even under the extreme conditions of the camps Frankl found his theses about fate and freedom corroborated.


In the last camp he came down with typhoid fever. To avoid fatal collapse during the nights he kept himself awake by reconstructing his book manuscript on slips of paper stolen from the camp office.


On April 27 the camp was liberated by U.S. troops. Frankl purportedly said, “I must publish my book then!”


Even in the degradation and abject misery of a concentration camp, Frankl was able to exercise the most important freedom of all – the freedom to determine one’s own attitude, to take ownership of ones own perspective. To make a decision. No sadistic servants of the state were able to take that away from him or control his inner world.


So rather than give in to the oppression and denigration of being that comes with imprisonment, he mentally battled his way to an unwavering belief in the power of free will, and the realization that it is the individual’s responsibility to make the decision, each for him or herself.


In Man’s Search for Meaning, he says:


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”



Our Will, our freedom to choose, is evidenced a thousand times a day in the decisions that we make. Big decisions, small decisions. Small decisions like should

  • Should I order the Big Mac or the Fillet of Fish?
  • Should I tell someone what I really think?
  • Should I write down these instructions?


Or we make very big decisions

  • Should I get married?
  • Should I take a new job offer?
  • Should I join a kooky religion that worships a cosmic ant-eater?


As human creatures we do all these things quite naturally. We never even question our capacity for making these evaluations. Because the structure for it is always in place. It’s always been there. We cannot legitimately recall a time when it was not present.


There have been those who have tried to make the case that all of this decision making is purely mechanical, purely predestination. B.F. Skinner who developed the Behavioral School of psychology was famous for promoting this idea of man as a machine.

Pavlov – really just a creepy torture artist – who cut holes in the faces of dogs in order to observe how they salivate and prove the mechanicalness of life.


All for the name of science and to prove that we have no free and individual will,


The ideology that goes along with this is that since are lacking individual free will as people, we are incapable of making good decisions for ourselves; and therefore a central authority, guided by the hand of science, must therefore take responsibility.


This was the guiding thought behind the Eugenic s Movements in England and America in the early 20th Century, the Nazi Death camp human experiments, Soviet Scientists trying to cross bread apes with humans to create super-soldiers. All these atrocities were under the auspices of man’s best interests.


This is why when I hear Neil DeGrasse Tyson saying we need more Scientists in government, I feel like we should really think about that, as historically the sciences fueled by unchecked state-power have tended to have a de-humanizing effect on things.

Eventually, all these Centralized Authoritarian solutions always come to the same conclusion, that Free Will must be obliterated. A key point in George Orwell’s 1984, when O’Brian explains to Winston Smith, “If you want a vision of the future Winston, imagine a boot stepping on someone’s head.”


Yet despite all these attempts to divert or sublimate, Free Will endures. Evidenced by your own ability to make decisions, and by having made the most important decision – the decision that brought you here.






Remember in the beginning, I said that you had already made the decision in favor of Individuality, freedom and immortality.


Isolate intelligence also means that we are immortal. The keys to this are in the structure of the psyche. The psyche is designed to perceive infinitely into the past as well as into the future. The Egyptians represented this idea with the KA. Dr. Aquino describes this in his book Mindstar:


“While the Ba may, particularly posthumously, lose awareness of itself through the paradoxical expansion of that consciousness into its entire perceptive field, the Ka remains immortally finite, distinct, and otherness-separate. Thus in an expressive, active sense it becomes the externally-identifiable individual beyond physical death.”


The winged image of the Ka, is reiterated in the Mazdan system with the Fravashi. Also sometimes translated as the pre-soul. Gurdjieff called it “The Causal Body” The idea in Mazdaism is that we are all iterations from the ultimate principle of consciousness. Much in the same way that we as Setians view personal psychecentric Intelligence, to be an iteration from the Principle of Isolate Intelligence.


But in the Mazdan system the Fravashi or pre-soul can simply remain there in the arms of the Creator – in the Cosmic Crib if you will – for as long as it wishes. We remain in this sort of larval state, with all the other pre-souls, really for as long as we want. It’s like a wonderful place in the arms of peace and love, like staying in the womb surrounded by amniotic fluid. And we love and are loved and could really just stay there forever if we wanted to. But eventually, we became aware of something. Something wrong somewhere far away from us.


These are the echos from what is called the Druj, or the Lie, which exists in this world. The Middle World. The forces of ignorance, nonconsiousness, cruelty, coercion, pollution, degradation, slavery, violence.  In our dream world, a vague sense of great cosmic injustice, a great suffering, a confused and fitful presence begins to intrude upon our peaceful slumber.


This realization alone starts to create a sort of wakefulness in us. And a sense of urgency. And a sense of needing to do something. To Fight. Because we realize if it can eventually win and take over everything in the Middle World, then it will be able to reach us here in the amniotic pre-soul world as well. The forces of evil and the Lie could then directly encroach upon the principle of consciousness. Upon the Principle of Isolate intelligence itself.


And indeed in the Book of Coming Forth by Night Set says


“alone I cannot preserve my Elect, but I would teach them and strengthen their Will against the coming peril, that they and their blood may endure. To do this I must give further of my own Essence to my Elect, and, should they fail, the Majesty of Set shall fade and be ended.”


So we have a sense that we can loose. That it can all end, that consciousness and isolate intelligence can be over. And so we make a conscious decision to go and fight. Fight against the Lie. To join in the constant effort of Slaying Apep and dispelling delusion.


We Volunteer to do this. We Volunteered to come to this world. This simple idea alone, dispels all the nonsense about original sin, and establishes responsibility as our own.


The Fravashi is in many ways like the Egyptian idea of the Ka. Both are represented with huge wingspans, and both send forth another aspect of the soul into the “ordinary” world. The Fravashi sends the Urvan into the world, and this Urvan is very similar to the Egyptian idea of the Ba. And the Ba will one day be reunited with the Ka, in the same way the Urvan will one day be reunited with the Fravashi.


Ka and Fravashi also both correspond with the Greek idea of the Daimon. That self ahead of itself, or that Holy Guardian Angel of Aleister Crowley, that has total knowledge of all past and present and steps in every now and then to help us out in times of great need.


(the image, a guy in wing contraption)


So in these interaction of Fravashi and Urvan, pure finite consciousness maintains continuity; with unlimited vision into the past and into the future.


as Dr Aquino ponders further in Mindstar:


“Is attainment of the immortality of the ba or psyche a technique which the individual has to “learn”? Must one hurry to do so, lest ones’ body expire before the transition is mastered? Quite the contrary, as the sage in Her-Bak emphasized: The immortality is innate in all conscious beings. You possess it already, by evidence of that same consciousness which enables you to read and comprehend these words. It is nothing which initiation, either Setian or natural, “confers” on you; rather it is something to which conventional churches have resolved to blind you, and which materialistic science has denied simply because it is an aspect of existence which transcends that science.”






A final aspect of our design that is integral to all the others is that we are designed to be able to receive a certain quality of nourishment.


All instances of organic life – plant, insects, reptiles, mammals and on up the chain, are designed for consuming only specific types of food.


In the same way, different ordering of life are able to process different qualities of energy, or as is represented in the Mazdan Way, different qualities of Fire.


  1. There is a kind of fire that is found within the bodies of humans and animals. This fire requires it’s own food and water in order to be sustained. It may be understood as LifeForce Energy, and in Setian terms may correspond with Aeonic Utterance of Arkte. It is the fire that binds man and animal together.
  2. Then there’s a kind of fire found in plants. Which needs water but no food. They say 4 fingers out from the surface of the plant, is where the limit of it’s fire reaches.
  3. There’s a kind of fire in the clouds, that we call lightening, or think of as ‘heavenly fire’.
  4. Then of course there’s ordinary fires, which require food of fuel, but don’t like water.


And then you come across some more cosmic sorts of fire, or what I like to call Supersubstantial Fires:


  1. There’s the fire of the original creation, which takes us back to the origins of the universe. I like to think of it as the Red Flame alluded to in The Diabolicon in the Statement of Leviathan, where it is said Heaven must perish, Hell must perish, and man alone must remain ere the Black Flame becomes Red in the glory of its perfection
  2. But the really special and Supersubstantial Fire is something Mainyu Athra, the fire that illuminates the way of truth. This certainly must correspond to the highest frequency of fire – Black Flame and Most Most Holy Fire Supersubstantial.


But notice also, that all the different manifestations of Fire are connected with ideas about consuming                     something; They are connected with the idea of nourishment, and different fires are needed for nourishing different orderings of organic life.


For man it is the fire called Mainyu Athra, that he needs to feed his conscious evolution and growth, and it is this fire that only he can consume by virtue of his deign. Man was designed to be able to consume, digest, and integrate this highest substance – this Supersubstantial fire.

It is only man that is able to consume it, for it is only man that is able to digest it, and integrate it in order to produce a higher state of being.





Everyone has heard these words before, and everyone has uttered these words before:

“I Am”
In some accounts these are the first words of god. The first conscious utterance.


In Exodus 3:14 it is the response of God when Moses asks for his name. I AM THAT I AM


In Roman Catholicism, it is found in the revealing of the mysterious name of god YHWH “I AM HE WHO IS”, “I AM WHO AM” or “I AM WHO I AM”


The expression also factors heavily in much of Egyptian Creation cosmology, and in one version it the Goddess of Magic, Heka, uttering I AM from within the voide of creation.


It is reiterated from some of sets first words in the Book of Coming Forth by Night – I am the ageless intelligence of the universe


Of this Dr. Aquino says in his Analysis and Commentary:


“The Universe as a whole is mechanically consistent, but it does not possess a “God” personality that favors one of its components — such as mankind — above others. The Set-entity, however, is a finite intelligence within the Universe and can draw such distinctions. Set is a being operating independently of the order of the objective universe, not in enforced or unconscious concert with it.”


Psychologists like to tell us our first impressions of self awareness occur and are often expressed in these words, I Am, somewhere around the age of 2.
But according to Zarathushtra we said these words before we came here to this world, when we were still in the pre-soul state. And in our first act of awakening so is the first conscious action taken.

We were purposefully and intentionally designed by our creator to live freely, independently, and willfully; can any act be called justifiable, that seeks to incarcerate that freedom, crush that independence, or nullify that will. Is not any such unjustified aggression against this distinctly divine state, a denigration and profanation of the most sacred work of creation, and of our designer, his Gift.


When you realize that you have already made that decision – to come here, to fight for the good, individuality, success – it empowers you. It fills you with confidence and strength of mind from knowing that you have already done it.


That’s the hardest part usually – making the decision and committing to something. Well you’ve already done that. But now you remember. And when you remember that it opens you up to this whole new world of energy and potential. And its always been there before, you just weren’t aware of it and aware that you were designed to absorb it and process it and integrate it into your being so you can become the full potential of what you have been endowed with by Set.


Why are we interested in Xeper? Well, we were designed for it! We’re Designed for Xeper. And we are Designed to able consume the right kind of Fire to Remanifest Supersubstantial Being. Let us seek only to cultivate and exalt that unique indwelling essence in our self, that it may in turn cultivate and exalt the essence of the worlds that we inhabit, thereby making them wonderful.


Austin Talk – Black Flame and Liberty


Photo by Andreas Feininger

This is from a talk I gave in Austin in 2015. This was the year L (50) by the Aeon of Set calendar and had been dubbed simultaneously the year of Leviathan and the year of Liberty.  This was the same gathering where Stephen Flowers gave a talk on Zarathushtra, and I seemed to get some huge sense of congruence with Libertarian ideas, and the Mazdan ideas about our existence here being based on a fundamental voluntary act.  I started working on the Morality of the Left-Hand Path pieces shortly after this, so this talk might be considered a ‘prequel’ to those.

There is an audio for this somewhere too which I’m looking get out on a future episode of Daimonosophy 2.0, but in the meantime here’s the transcriptional version.


A teacher was teaching her second grade class about the government, so for homework that one day, she told her students to ask their parents what-the-government-is.

So when Little Johnny got home that day, he went up to his dad and asked him what the government was.

His dad thought for a while and answered, ”Look at it this way:

I’m the president,

your mom is Congress,

your maid is the work force,

you are the people

and your baby brother is-the-future.

”I still don’t get it” responded the Little Johnny.

”Why don’t you sleep on it then? Maybe you’ll understand it better in the morning,” said the dad.

”Okay then…good night” said Little Jonny and went off to bed. In the middle of the night, he was awakened by his baby brother’s crying.

He went to his baby brother’s crib and found that his baby brother had taken a crap in his diaper. So Little Johnny went to his parent’s room to get help. When he got to his parent’s bedroom, he looked through the keyhole to check if his parents were asleep. Through the keyhole he saw his mom loudly snoring… but his dad wasn’t there.

So he went to the maid’s room. When he looked through the maid’s room keyhole, he saw his dad having sex with the maid.

Little Johnny was surprised, but then in a flash of inspiration he exclaimed,  ”OH!! Now I understand the government!

The President is screwing the work force,

Congress is fast asleep,

nobody cares about the people,

and the future is full of s**t!”


Leviathan and Liberty

But I don’t think the future has to be shit. I don’t think that part has been written yet. It can be different; there can be more liberty, more freedom, more independence; rather than more mechanicalism,

more obedience,

more coercion,

more control.


I believe the Temple of Set has an important role to play in making that future happen. In fact I tend to think of it as part of the Temple’s Wyrd.

In this year that Ipsissimus Webb as dubbed a year of Leviathan and Liberty, I want to pause for a moment to consider one of the most enduring and well-known American symbols of Liberty, the Statue of Liberty.

There are many fascinating aspects of this colossal example of neoclassical sculpture. Erected in 1886, it’s a representation of the Roman Goddess Libertas and around her is inscribed the American Declaration of Independence. The seven rays of her crown form a halo – evoking the power of the sun,

In her left hand she holds tabula ansata – a tablet of evoking the law – and in her right she hold aloft a flaming torch – a mighty light and burning-flame-of-comfort.

And what of that light that she bears, that beacon she holds so firmly. Certainly this is not merely ordinary fire, no simple lamp for practical navigation. But given its context – and the fact that so many thoughtful men of exceptional values and integrity had a hand in the statue’s constructionthis fire must bear some special connection to ideas like liberty and independence.


To me it reflects an old story about a Supersubstantial fire of ancient and cosmic origins; the same Fire that the 2nd Great Beast called down from the sky in Revelations 13:13 and the same fire that Ra En Set summoned with the Book of Coming Forth by Night in Santa Barbara in 1975.



It’s the same fire, the same holy fire that Noah’s Great Grandfather Enoch accounts beholding in the large house of crystals, in the apocryphal Book of Enoch….When he states,


…I went to another place to the west of the ends of the Earth. And I saw a burning fire which ran without resting, and paused not from its course day or night but blazed without respite. And I asked, saying “what is this flame which burns unceasingly?” Then Raguel, one of the holy Angels who was with me said, “This is the Dark Fire in the West which persecutes all luminaries of Heaven.”

Persecutes, that is, the enemies of liberty, independence, and consciousness.


Before Enoch it was the Greek Titan Prometheus bringing the fire down to man. In Plato’s Protagoras, is recounted that after the gods had molded men and other living creatures with a mixture of clay and fire, the two brothers Epimetheus and Prometheus are called to complete the task and distribute among the newly born creatures all sorts of natural qualities.

Epimetheus sets to work, but, being careless and unmindful, distributes all the gifts of nature among the animals, leaving men naked and unprotected…unable to defend themselves and to survive in a hostile world. Prometheus then steals the fire of creative power from the workshop of Athena and Hephaistos and gives it to mankind, liberating him from animal existence with the fiery substance of independence, inspiration, and invention.

And even before all that buried somewhere deeply in our racial memory we recall that it was Lucifer gathering the Daimons of the Diabolicon around the Black Fire.

As the Daimon Azael spoke: on Earth, where man wandered in mindless bliss, the firmament blazed forth with fiery tongues, and all the land was covered by the Black Flame, which burned not, though it be-wildered the eye to see it.

And Raphael and his guardian Angels were dismayed, for nowhere could they see man or the spirit which had come to him. Then did Raphael call upon Michael to strike the Black Flame with the force of God, but even then was the Flame vanishing of its own accord. And at first it seemed that Earth was unchanged, but in the eyes of man did Raphael see the first gleam of thought.

And Raphael turned to Michael, who had now answered his call, and said, Satan hath come to Earth, and man is no longer pure in the sight of Heaven, for his Will hath become his own.

What finer expression of Liberty is there, than that ones will has become ones own.

It is not a guarantee,

Its not a given,

Its not a matter of birthright. No Monotheistic or Monarchical despot stands to benefit from your independence,

your self-consicousness,

your liberty.

Rather, it is something that must be


fought for….


And if these other mythological patterns are to be taken as relevant, this self-born will is something that occurs only as a result of consummation of the Black Flame.


I’m gonna say it again…“for his Will hath become his own.”

Become… is one of the simplest translations of the Aeonic principle of Xeper; reminding us here that a certain sense of liberty and independence occurs only as a result of Xeper.

While the force of Runa and the wish for being may lead us toward the promise of the Light of Liberty, it is only through Xeper – itself an alchemical combining of substance, energy, and purpose – that a higher sense of Liberty and Independence may be experienced.

Now Again I think of the Statue of Liberty, and the solid, almost martial gait, as though preparing-for-conflict. Perhaps against a legion of anti-conscious and anti-liberty angels lead by Masleh, (or maybe Karl Marx), and the forces of



and control.



This idea of an energizing substance that inspires freedom, will and liberty runs throughout history. And here also the idea that we – both as a race and as individuals – must first find that fire – that Supersubstantial Fire – before we can start seeing by it’s light.

And you start to see, that in all these stories is the idea that we really-areunable to find and integrate it completely on our own…We need help…We need Help from the outside. Help, from others who have gone before. Help from others who have learned to carry the fire within themselves, and to hold it aloft as beacons in the night;

…as have the Priestood of Set.

We are all as blind men before the force of Runa begins to draw us toward-the-Light of Liberty; and simultaneously draw the energy of the Black Flame…toward us. When these forces all finally converge at a single point in space and time we for a moment awaken and see that there is a possibility for Liberty….a possibility for conscious, willful existence.


Isabel Patterson

The idea of an energy stream associated with liberty is not limited to ancient mythology, or to our contemporary the narrative of the Black Flame. The pattern emerges in many other works on society and economy, many of which seem to drink strongly from the stream of Enlightenment era ideas.

Isabel Patterson, a Canadian-American Journalist, novelist, political philosopher and literary critic of the early 20th century, developed an energy model of history.

In her master-work The God of the Machine, she argues that the material and spiritual well-being of man requires the free flow of energy through the structures of society that encourage individualism; noting also that whenever government regulation blocks that flow, human progress is devastated.

As she wrote:

“ Nations are not powerful because they possess wide lands, safe ports, large navies, huge armies, fortifications, stores, money, and credit. They acquire those advantages because they are powerful, having devised on correct principles the political structure which allows the flow of energy to take its proper course.”

In seeking an answer to the question of why some societies throughout history had enormous scientific and material development while others stagnated, Patterson makes an acute study of ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe, and the American Founding. In all cases of highly charged victors, can be seen that superior political structure. A structure that allows for, even encourages, individualism, freedom and entrepreneurialism.

As she writes:

“The only difference between past and present in respect of energy is quantitative, a higher potential available at a higher flow, which makes a wrong hook-up more appalling in its effect by the given ratio, becoming apparent literally in a world explosion. The principles of the conversion of energy and of its appropriate mechanism for human use cannot change; these are universals.”

And in regard to history’s failures she observes:

“The Society of Status is obliged to restrict production to the energy potential it can accommodate. It does so by collectivism. Group ownership as the norm of property requires the denial of liberty to persons”

Another 20th century thinker, Wilhelm Reich, studied the suppression of energy by authoritarian movements via scientific method. In his early work the Mass Psychology of Fascism, he makes the case that the intentional suppression of certain qualities of energy in a society consistently result in the expansion and growth of authoritarianism.

From the Catholic Church to the Nazi Party to ISIS; from the doctrine of original sin, to our public schools and overcrowded Federal Penitentiaries – it is in the vested interests of all power possessing groups – to control and/or suppress the flow of liberating energy though out society. If studied closely it may be seen that many of the features and institutions of governments and religions in the end really serve no other purpose than to repress the people and advance the authoritarian structure.

One of the hard lessons of liberty, is that with freedom comes responsibility; and with great freedom, comes great responsibility. You cannot have one without the other. It may seem counterintuitive but if examined closely the truth of this axiom cannot be denied. As ones liberty increases, so does ones sense of responsibility.

We learn this in initiation as well. Responsibility takes on an entirely new meaning to one reborn in the clarifying vision of the Setian First Degree. Responsibility expands again with ones sense of freedom as one becomes Adept; and for the Priest of Set the marriage of freedom and responsibility becomes paramount.  Ponder for a moment, the terrible responsibility taken up by the Magi.

On the other hand, it seems that really quite a lot of people are initially drawn to the idea of Black Magic really out of a desire to avoid responsibility. These are the ones who think that by the power of magic, they can avoid such drudgeries as education, or work, or developing basic social skills. What these folks will eventually learn – sometimes the hard way – is what Dr. Aquino reminds us of in the Crystal Tablet – There is no free lunch.

And it’s so important he says it again,

There is no free lunch.

Sometimes people like this – “The Free Lunch Crowd” I like to call them – find their way to the Temple Set, thinking Black Magic represents the quick and easy way. What they hopefully learn is that real Black Magic, or what we like to call Greater Black Magic, is neither easy, nor quick. It’s hard, and rather than being a short-cut to by-passing responsibility, it is in fact a life-long pursuit, that leads to increasingly greater vistas of responsibility as well as freedom.

Causing change to occur in the Objective Universe requires taking on more responsibility; It also teaches us the lesson that responsibility can only be taken, not given.

Responsibility can only be taken, not given

It can only be taken, consciously and willfully, because of its connection to liberty. It can only be taken by a conscious being; An unconscious being cannot be responsible; a slave cannot be responsible, nor can a subject.

Nor can an animal. The taking of responsibility is one of the great lessons of the Aeonic principle of Arkte. We know that an animal cannot be considered responsible; therefore we must take up responsibility. And we know that we cannot give that responsibility to others. We can only take it ourselves. I can’t make someone else responsible…make them feel a sense of responsibility. I have to take it up myself.

Governments, church’s and all sorts of collectivist movements always try to pervert this truth about responsibility by trying to stick it on you. You are responsible for this person’s healthcare, or you are responsible for that person’s education, or responsible or his retirement. But of course they can’t do this. They can’t make you responsible in actuality… but they can make you feel guilty. And if they have a monopoly on force – as all governments do – they can force you to comply.

An American rocket engineer, chemist, and Thelemite named Jack Parsons visualized this duality of liberty and responsibility in his famous essay Freedom is a Two Edged Sword,

In it he wrote:

“Freedom is a two edged sword of which one edge is liberty, and the other responsibility, on which both edges are exceedingly sharp; and which is not easily handled by casual, cowardly or treacherous hands. For it has been sharpened by many conflicts, tempered in many fires, quenched by much blood, and, although it is always ready for the use of the courageous and high-hearted, it will not remain when the spirit that forged it is gone.”

I like to think of that spirit as the spirit of Liberty, and the eternal flame held aloft. And also in regard authoritarianism Parsons wrote:

“No man, no group and no nation has the right to any man’s individual freedom. No matter how pure the motive, how great the emergency, how high the principle, such action is nothing but tyranny.”

As a Thelemite Jack Parsons was of course influenced by the Magus of the Aeon of HarWer, who in his Aeonic utterance of Thelema, said “Do What thou Wilt shall be the whole of the law.” Which is another way of saying that liberty is a precondition for anything else. In fact for any of the other Aeon principles we embrace to have any meaning at all, – Indulgence, Xeper, and all that is borne from Xeper – there must first be liberty.

All of these words and ideas that are at the core of our philosophy are contingent on the wish for freedom. And at the same time we believe that embracing them will lead us inevitably toward a future of greater liberty.

People who live in places with little or no concept of liberty, will have trouble seeing the significance in something like Xeper. Liberty is a precondition for it. As horribly as it often seems our own freedoms are eroding here in America, we at least have an idea about liberty. We have things like that huge statue in New York to remind us.

Perhaps the Statue of Liberty is a modern Legominism. Gurdjieff liked to talk about the Pyramids and the Sphinx as being examples of a Legominism – a method by which wisdom is transmitted in a form that appears to be of an entirely different purpose and of which is able to endure over millennia.

How long will that Statue and it’s message, endure?

Last few years I’ve taken quite an interest in economics in general, and the Austrian school of Economics developed by Ludwig Von Mises in particular. And I must here acknowledge people like Priest Pittman and Adept Bunch as being great teachers for me in this regard.

I find the field fascinating not only because it helps me understand the nature of the world we live in, it’s values, it’s culture, and it’s mechanics. But also, I am fascinated by how the natural laws governing economics often seem to correspond with the laws governing Black Magic and initiation. There seem many correspondences.

For instance, in an approach called Methodological Individualism The Austrian School sought to understand economy by examining the social ramifications of individual choice. They theorized that the subjective choices of individuals – including individual knowledge, time, expectation, and other subjective factors – cause all economic phenomena and determine value. Concluding as we have on the Left Hand Path, that the subjective universe is a defining feature of what makes something like individuality even possible.

Just as it is the subjective universe that determines meaning, it is the subjective universe that also determines value; and makes decisions based on value judgments. And we generally decide what is in our best interests; what we perceive as holding the greatest value. And its subjective universe that is the final Remanifestation of the Gift of Set, and providence of the Black Flame.

Two other significant concepts in the Austrian school are Consumer Sovereignity and Political Individualism.

Consumer Sovereignty states that the influence consumers have on

  • Supply
  • Demand
  • prices

is not merely a hard fact but also an important objective, attainable only by complete avoidance of governmental interference with markets. In other words, consumers, not the government should determine if smoking is allowed in bars, or we can buy absinth in the States.

Sovereignty is certainly a significant core value for many Setians. Uncle Setnakt makes a very strong case for it in his Essential Guide to the Left Hand Path. The challenge is how far we can project that value into the worlds that we live, work, and prosper in. And how far do we acknowledge and allow for the sovereignty of others? How do we cultivate it? Nurture it? How do we take responsibility for its cultivation?

Another key Austrian School idea is Political Individualism – this idea states that only when individuals are given full economic freedom will it be possible to secure political and moral freedom. Restrictions on economic freedom always lead, sooner or later, to an extension of the coercive activities of the state into the political domain. This happens without exception. A dampening of the flame, if you will, undermining and eventually destroying the essential individual liberties which America and other free-market societies were able to attain in the nineteenth century;

Which is, interestingly, the same era in which the Statue of Liberty was erected. There is something very important about this time period. For one thing they were “allowed” to use gold for money, they didn’t have a Federal Reserve, and they didn’t really have inflation.

In fact, the Nineteenth century was a period of deflation, rather than inflation. From the end of the Napoleanic Wars in 1815 until the start of World War I in 1914, there was practically no inflation in most countries, and in many cases prices were lower in 1914 that they had been in 1815.

And it was on the crest of this wave of energy and economic prosperity, that people like Crowley, Lovecraft, Blavatsky, Gurdjieff, Jack Parsons and many others were able to get their ideas out there.


The theoretical fusion of energy, economics and liberty became a life-long pursuit for another Austrian-School Economist – Murray Rothbard. In his classic work, For a New Liberty he presented what he called “the Libertarian Creed” The Libertarian creed he said rests upon one central axiom: that no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone else.”

The statement is essentially indistinguishable from Jack Parson’s statement that  “No man, no group and no nation has the right to any man’s individual freedom.”

And all of these sound like but a rewording of Crowley’s proclamation of  “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” and “thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall-say-nay.”

What finer expression of justice is there, for one who has accepted that independence and free will are the natural rights of every individual?

The first reaction might be, wow, did Rothbard read Crowley? Possibly…more likely the similarity is there because there is a universal truth lying beneath.

Rothbard in fact traced this tendency toward liberty-mindedness throughout human history and noted proto-libertarian tendencies amongst various pre-modern cultures.

Looking at European history he noted it was The Germanic – and particularly the Celtic – tribal structure which succeeded in disintegrating the Roman Empire with strong libertarian elements. Instead of a mighty State apparatus and exerting a monopoly on violence, contending European tribesman resolved their disputes by consulting the elders of the tribe on the nature and application of the tribes’s customary and common law.

Rothbard also considered the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu as being one of the first Liberty minded philosophers. Lao Tzu Who living in the midst of ancient Chinese despotism, saw no hope for achieving liberty in that totalitarian society except by counseling quietism, to the point of the individual’s dropping out of social life altogether.

It’s kind of like how the Lucifer of the Diabolicon, and Milton’s Paradise Lost, finds the only possibility for Liberty to lie in an exodus from Heaven. A complete dropping-out-of and withdrawl-from that particular ordering life.

As we often learn in our own real-life experiences of seeking liberty through Xeper and the cultivation of self-consciousness, the real struggle comes when you realize there have grown-many-forces in place that are opposed to your Liberty and your conscious evolution away from their established laws of the average and acceptable.

The challenge of the Fire of Liberty is that you burn away those constraints. That you dismay all challengers to your freedom. That you break those laws, rise above the average, and redefine the acceptable. Walk away from the crowd like Lucifer did, reaffirm and Remanifest yourself with that same fire, and then feel yourself rising above them.

In the end Rothbard distilled the concept of the erosion of Liberty to one simple pattern “the seizure of control over the money supply by government.”

He explains the chronic and worsening monetary inflation of the world and the United States as the product of a continuing shift from gold, to government issued paper money; and the development of central banking, i.e. the Federal Reserve. A central bank to which all other banks dependend.

And if you look at history you can see these same things at the roots of the demise of many Wiemar, from Weimar Germany all the way back to the Byzantine empire (more about Byzantine quitting gold)

It’s all beyond of the scope of what we can talk about here, but

This is precisely the same pattern that emerges from the Diabolicon, wherein the Angels of Masleh endeavor to seize control of the Black Flame “supply” in order to maintain control over a docile human population.

 And they fought a huge war over it too.


Consider for a moment that the stories of the Diabolicon represent not Jungian racial memories of past events, but rather an apprehension or pattern recognition of future events. Perhaps an instance of Synesis, giving us clues to our own immediate possibilities for liberty.

Consider the possibility that we are the Daimons here and now, faced with the question and responsibility of what to do next with the Black Flame. With awesome power comes awesome responsibility, and Liberty can not exist with-out responsibility.

If we can come to see these patterns clearly – the divine patterns of Set, of Luciferian Exodus, of Supersubstantial Fire – If we can see these patterns clearly in ourselves, and in our Subjective Universe, then perhaps we may begin to perceive them in the Objective Universe – In the real world we all live.

Man in his current incarnation has existed on the earth for only a sand-grain of time in the cosmic hourglass. Perhaps there were others before… I wish there to be others after. Or perhaps we are the “others after,”… perhaps we are the last in line.

In the end we will be able to reap only what we have sown.

In the end we will produce only grape juice, or wine.

In the end we will not Remanifest, or we will Remanifest with the Holy Fire of Liberty.




The (real) Devils of Ken Russell


Ken Russell’s The Devils is indeed a classic in occult/cult circles. If you’re a fan of this film you might have heard of the new unrated and restored version of the film that you can see by joining Shudder:

We haven’t gone that far yet but the buzz about it got us jazzed to see this again, and my wife managed to track down a rare DVD which we watched last night. I know it was a special event for as I inserted the disc into my Xbox One I got an error warning that I needed to download an app to play DVDs. Really? I hadn’t even tried to play a DVD in how long? 3…4 years?

It was in this “let’s-not-think-about-the-passing-time” moment that I realized I hadn’t seen The Devils since I’d rented it from an old fashioned video store in Lincoln in the 90s. This was when I was going through my Adept phase in TOS trying to rent everything I could find from TOS reading list. So I saw The Devils around the same time I saw The Satan Spectrum, Rosemary’s Baby, Omen Trilogy, The Devil’s Rain, and so forth.

At that time I evaluated it as being largely about mass hysteria,  and recall being mildly disappointed by a lack of representation of supernatural forces. This is probably due to expectations more in line with the Exorcist, the whole thing being based on the famous Loudon Possessions, occurring in Loudon, France in 1634, and also all those other films I mentioned where at least you get a moment in the end to cheer for the Man Downstairs and flash the sign of the horns in victory.  I also remembered being totally disturbed by all the torture stuff (Torture genre films happen to rank pretty low on my personal list, just above Gore).

The torture thing in this film was one thing that hadn’t changed for me, but almost everything else did. Watching it this time I found it totally layered with meaning and significance.  The fundamental theme of this film is stated clearly in the opening sequence – a conversation between Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu, then freeze-framed with the title “The Devils” superimposed over them. In other words, Church and State are the real Devils in this story. As well their moral basis is clearly stated – Collectivism and coercion to fleece the masses of their freedom and wealth.

However you interpret Russell’s film it must be admitted that his narrative deviates from the already blurry historical facts, so you can assume he has his own story to tell with the key events. So while it is based on a true story, what Ken Russell actuallygives us is clearly the classic story of the Individual versus the Collective. In this case the Collective is the partnership/collusion of Church and State, bound together in the shared goal of robbing the masses. Each character is used as a symbol for either the Individual or the Collective or various collator effects of from the struggle between them.

The hero here is the Jesuit Priest Grandier. In the opening sequences the Governor of the town of Loudon has passed away and left Grandier in charge. In the first 10 minutes of the film Grandier establishes his moral basis in his eulogy to the Governor, and it is of Freedom, cooperation, mutual respect, peace and so forth. The Governor is noted for having kept the town safe during the recent Protestant/Catholic conflicts. He’s a good guy, and Grandier is his narrative progeny.

With an established moral conflict of the Individual vs. the Collective the remainder of the story really has more in common with an Ayn Rand novel than the Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist – the bad guys are all totally bad – all medieval forms of Peter Keating, Elsworth Tooey, and Gayle Wynan; while Grandier represents a medieval Howard Roark or Hank Rearden – fully dedicated and unwavering to his principles all through his trial, torture and on up to the bitter end where he is burnt at the stake. He even has a powerful courtroom speech about freedom in the spirit of Howard Roarks courtroom speech from The Fountainhead. There is no such thing as supernatural forces in this film, only the evil that corrupt men do to each other. There are many great examples of what Anton LaVey referred to as ‘Man’s Inhumanity to Man.’

The whole conflict starts when the representative of the State – Laubardemont – arrives with Orders from the King to demolish the city to discourage future protestant uprisings. Grandier stand up to him and puts him off.  Laubardemont is now looking for a way to put him down, starts finding dirt on him from the local Ursuline convent of oversexed Nuns.

Meanwhile Grandier gets the ‘good’ girl – Madeleine De Brou – an applicant to the Ursuline convent of nuns ends up becoming his lover. Grandier makes love to his moral equivalent and sexual counterpart like Hank Rearden and Dagney Taggart while their enemies are plotting against them.

And the nuns – led by Vanessa Redgrave – and their bizarre and often comical sexual antics will distract you and lead you to think they are the central point of the film if you’re not careful. The antics of the Nuns of Loudon are indeed what history recalls, but I feel Ken Russell while appeasing that appetite is also trying to show us something deeper. They represent the idea common to Rand, Wilhelm Reich, and many others from the Modern period that when sexual energy is oppressed, eventually it explodes and forces it’s way through, often in unexpected, perverse, and unhealthy ways.

Grandier may well play the Medieval Randian Hero to the end, but unlike, Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged – where the hero ‘wins’ either by getting his way or else vacating and establishing a new ‘Eden’, The Devils ending is more like Rand’s We the Living – where there is no such thing as overcoming or surviving the force of Central Authority, not even for a hero who sticks to his principles. In the end everyone who was good dies and all that is left are fragments of a story that someone was here and they fought for the good.

So as a narrative piece, the Devils is ultimately nihilistic. The good are punished, the evil are rewarded and evil Totalitarianism wins in the end. All the more disturbing when one realizes that even in the world we live in today Church and State are generally considered to be the good guys. The final shot of the Devils pans up over the piles of bricks of the fallen walls of  Loudon to and endless white road that winds off into the distance lined with Breaking Wheels, reminiscent of the road to Rome lined with the crucified; just like the real Devils of Church and State, leading profane humanity down a road that ultimately leads only to more of the same.



All-Female Lord of the Flies Remake


In case you hadn’t heard, some Hollywood jokers have announced they are making a an All-Female remake of The Lord of the Flies.

Yes, it’s disturbing if you are a fan of the book, and as many know this book holds a special place for me and the Esoteric Order of Beelzebub; for it’s cameo appearance by the Horned-One himself, and also for the important questions it raises about the need for structure and authority in society.

You can google it yourself to see all the hype it’s creating, but here’s a couple of gems from :

Feminist writer Roxane Gay commented that “the plot of that book wouldn’t happen with all women”.


The author said he made his book all-male because a group of men can be boiled down to be representative of society in a way that women, in his opinion, cannot. He said: “I think women are foolish to pretend they’re equal to men – they’re far superior, and always have been.

It’s not even really clear yet whether it’s supposed to be empowering or dis-empowering to women, whether it’s about challenging traditional roles or more about sex-ploitation.  But I’ll tell you either way I think it’s bullshit.

What really bothers me about this is that it comes down to revision of a historical classic. When people go back and revise historical classics for the most part this creates outrage. Like if they went back in to Lord of the Flies and just took out the violent parts – people would be outraged, because this would be changing the story and not true to what the author intended. But in the case of simply reversing the sexuality, this completely changes the story and is totally not true to what the author intended but we are expected to accept it under the threat of being accused of sexism. In this way one faction basically gets a free pass for historical revision and censorship.

Think if you spent a decade writing a book and it became a classic and got made into movies and taught in schools then 30 years later a couple of Hollywood wise-guys come along and decide to arbitrarily change the sexuality of all the characters – characters you’d spent all that time developing and pouring your soul into? Wouldn’t you be pissed off?

It would be different if they re-titled it “Lord of the Flies: a Re-imagining” or “Queen of the Flies”. But if they named it Queen of the Flies it wouldn’t even connect with Beelzebub anymore and then everyone would realize how ridiculous the whole thing is.

Actually I wonder if they WILL just white-wash the Beelzebub part out as well? In fact, why not just have them stuck in a mall overnight instead of a desert island? Where does it stop? Will they remake Call of the Wild and make Buck a female cat? Will they remake Moby Dick with a female Captain Ahab? Re-writing classic literature boarders precariously on re-writing history and we are supposed to be against that because that’s what Nazi’s, Communists, Christians, Muslims and other Totalitarians do.

Hanbledzoin and the Supersubstantial


Fire feeds being, and being feeds fire.

The idea of different kinds of fire that nourish or are fed by different orderings of being may have originated with Zarathushtra, but was kept alive in various esoteric traditions for long after. Finally it was Remanifested in the teachings of Gurdjieff, before being once again called down from the sky by the Second Beast of Revelation Ra En Set.

The 20th Century philosopher and spiritual entrepreneur G.I. Gurdjieff taught that man’s existence occurs largely in a state of relative sleep, and that to awaken to a state of being that is able to perceive truth, it is necessary to aright the flow of energies within his internal system. With a background in esoteric teachings and techniques, Gurdjieff attracted a body of sincere students – ‘seekers of truth’ – and expounded upon these ideas via literature, music, and movements.

Gurdjieff utilized a variety of tools, models, and terms; but one central theme is that different forms of energy ‘feed’ different aspects of being. In a man’s ordinary state of relative sleep, most parts of being are cut-off from certain higher sources of nourishment. Much of the work of ‘awakening’ comes down to reconnecting with those higher sources; reopening those channels so dormant and higher-functioning aspects of being can be re-booted and begin functioning with a more conscious aim.

So there are really three things that must come together for man’s awakening: 1) the man, 2) his desire to awaken, or his hunger for higher being, and 3) the energy, or source of food for higher being. The man is Substance, the food is Energy, and the desire is Telos = S.:E::T

Reflect for a moment on that: the idea that there is a special kind of food for higher being – this manifests to us a parallel to our concept of the Black Flame – that Supersubstantial source of energy and purpose that Lucifer delivered to the human race in pre-historic times that led to man’s awakening and exodus from the paradise of simple mammalian existence. Two of the most outstanding terms for this energy are found in Gurdjieff’s magnum opus ‘Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson’: “Hanbledzoin,” and “Aiessakhladonn.” Both refer to significant aspects of a substantial form of energy, manifesting in different forms as it travels through different worlds of magnitude. One energy form is food for what is called the Emotional (or Kesdjan) Body, the other feeds what is called the Spiritual Body. As Beelzebub states in his Tales to His Grandson:

“Now, my boy, I find it necessary for the given case and also perhaps for my further explanations to inform you in more detail about the cosmic substance called ‘being-hanbledzoin.’

“’Hanbledzoin’ is nothing else than the ‘blood’ of the ‘kesdjan body’ of the being; and just as the sum total of cosmic substances called ‘blood’ serves for the nourishment and renewal of the planetary body of the being, so in the same way ‘hanblezoin’ serves for nourishing and perfecting the kesdjan body.”

An external or higher source for something that is or could also be a part of the individual body and being.

“You should know that in general the quality of the composition of the blood in the common presence of your favorites, as in all three-brained beings, depends on the number of being-bodies already completely formed in them.”

In other words man must first form within himself something able to receive, process, and contain those higher substances.

“Blood, in the presence of three-brained beings, may be composed of substances arising from the transformation of three distinct and independent ‘cosmic sources of actualization.’

Three cosmic substances the feed three aspects of the internal being-complex –  compare with the idea of different kinds of fire.

“The substances of that part of the being-blood designed by Nature for serving the planetary body arise from the transformation of substances of that planet on which the given being is formed and exists.

“But the substances designed for serving the kesdjan body of the being, which in their totality are called ‘hanblezoin,’ are obtained from the transformation of elements of other planets and of the sun itself of that system where this tree-brained being has the place of his arising and existence.

The kesdjan body is also called the Emotional Body and it grows in fact out of the Emotional Center. It is possible for the Kesdjan Body to linger after the death of the Physical Body, even for a relatively undeveloped person, do to the extreme emotional energy spike that can occur with – especially a violent or unexpected – death. This explains the superstitions about ‘ghosts’ and many other so-called paranormal phenomena.

“Finally, that part of the being-blood which almost everywhere is called the sacred ‘aiessakhladonn,’ and which serves the highest part of the being called the ‘soul,’ derives from the direct emanations of our Most Holy Sun Absolute.”

This is the highest substance, or SuperSubstance, what Ouspensky called Influences C, or what Zarathushtra called Mainyu Athra, or Holy Fire. The fire-aspects are acknowledged in Beelzebub’s Tales with the symbolism of the Most Holy Sun Absolute.

And how do we receive these various substances?

“Substances required for the blood of the planetary body of beings enter into them through their ‘first being-food’ or what your favorites simply call ‘food.’

“But the substances needed both for coating and for perfecting the ‘higher being-body,’ that is, the ‘kesdjan body,’ enter into their common presence through their ‘breathing,’ and through certain what are called ‘pores’ of the skin.

Recalling the connection of the Kesdjan Body to the Emotional Center, we might note the calming of emotions that can occur through moderated breathing, or the extreme disruption or loss of breath that can occur in heightened emotional states, like crying, laughing, or feeling terror. Regarding pores of the skin consider the effects of sun on mood – sunshine being associated with happiness, a lack of sunshine associated with its opposite.

“As for the sacred cosmic substances required for the coating of the ‘highest being-body,’ which they call the ‘soul,’ these substances can be assimilated and correspondingly transformed and coated in them, just as in us, only through the process of what is called ‘aisirtoorassian contemplation,’ actualized in their common presence with the conscious participation of their three independent spiritualized parts.”

It is through self-consciousness that the highest SuperSubstance is accessed. An act called self-remembering, or perhaps something akin to what Plato referred to as the state of Noesis. The act causes a certain ‘opening’ in one’s being that allows for the reception of something that is ordinarily by-passed.

Like the Black Flame, these things wind through the cosmos and touch man in ways that effect his evolution – personally, culturally, and genetically. They are ‘fiery’ for their transformational potentials, the are black for they are mostly hidden and generally forbidden by the powers that be.

For us the most tangible aspect of Gurdjieff’s life-force energy is what comes to us through the emotions – Hanbledzoin. This is the manifestation focused on largely by Wilhelm Reich and his study of the ‘Orgone’ energy. Reich claimed that the emanations from the passions could be quantified, studied, and observed through waves and heat-signatures. This is the Fire that emanates from the passions and may be passed easily from one person to another.

The Aiessakhladonn is the aspect of the fire that feeds the soul and originates in the absolute. Awakening to it further opens up possibilities well beyond the limitations of this solar system, and connects us with a much higher source. We awaken to it by learning to receive impressions consciously. In order to do this, we first make certain efforts to streamline the flow of the more tangible energy forms like Hanbledzoin, and then an effort to be fully conscious of our being in the moment. Then the higher-being aspects of our energy-environment become not only visible, but digestible.

Even the simplest organ must do two things to continue existing – move, and eat. The same principle endures, even as we discover new and higher bodies of existence.



The Six Kinds of Fire


Fire has a central role in Setian philosophy and practice, from the central flame source in ceremonial magic, to the conceptual Black Flame of consciousness spoken of in the Diabolicon.

But a religious focus on fire goes back much further to at least the 4th century BCE to the prophet Zarathushtra. In the most ancient times, before Zoroastrians built temples, and possessed no religious imagery and had no books on the teachings of the faith, light served as the focus of their religious practices. Fire – or Athra – was a means of producing light.

Eventually Fire Temples appeared as central pillars to early communities where Zoroastrian Priests – or Magi – would tend the fire to ensure it never died out. In addition to the spiritual focus, the Fire Temple also served a practical function to the community ensuring the incredibly valuable resource of fire was always available. It would have been quite a claim of technological success for a community to be able to boast they had kept their fire going without interruption for decades, or perhaps centuries. Event today Fire Temples exist in Persia and India claiming to have fire that is thousands of years old, for instance the city of Yazd in central Iraq.

Zarathushtra mentions fire eight times in his hymns, the gathas: Yasna 31.3, 31.19, 34.4, 43.4, 43.9, 46.7, 47.6 and 51.9. In Zoroastrian scriptures and literature, the word ‘athra’ (later adar and azar) is sometimes used to mean a flame and at other times to mean the energy within an entity. It is also the agency that produces energy. The same sort of multiplicity is found in the Setian conception of The Black Flame, where it can refer to consciousness, the agency that inspires consciousness, or the energy that fuels and feeds consciousness.

Different Kinds of Fire

In Zoroastrianism there are further found different qualities or ‘degrees’ of fire which can be identified by their different functions. There are five kinds of what I would call Substantial Fire, and then two kinds of what I would call Supersubstantial Fire.

The idea that the fire itself can change through a process of qualitative evolution is also represented in the Diabolicon where it is said that the Black Flame might become Red signaling a state of perfection.

From the Statement of Belial:

To council with Satan I also was called, and the Lord of Light said to me, Into thy charge, Daemon of essence, I give the essence of my own being, the Black Fire whose power alone can effect creation by force of Will. Against thee who wield the Black magic no law shall stand, and thus I call thee Belial, who art One Without Master. And as I have bequeathed this essence to thee, so let it come finally to man, who shall overcome the great balance and bring to the Flame a change, for in supremacy it shall become Red with the perfection of the Will of man.

Eternal Flame

The Four Substantial Fires

The five fires or energies mentioned in the Avesta’s Yasna 17.11 and described further in Zoroastrian texts such as the Chapter 17 of the Lesser Bundahishn and Chapter 18 of the Greater Bundahishn, are:

  • Vohu-Frayan (good propagator): Such as that found within the bodies of humans and animals. This energy or ‘fire’ requires both food and water in order to be sustained. This can also be understood as Life-Force Energy, or in Setian terms may correspond with Arkte. It is the fire that binds man and animal together. It is also connected with the first kind of Food in Gurdjieff’s food diagram.
  • Urvazisht (most useful): Such as that found in plants. This energy or ‘fire’ requires water but no food in order to be sustained. Urvazisht is connected with the Second Kind of Food in the Food Diagram, and can manifest in carbon dioxide and oxygen.
  • Vazisht (most supporting): Such as that found in clouds (manifest as lightning). This energy or ‘fire’ requires neither water nor food in order to be sustained. Corresponds with ‘heavenly’ fire.
  • Spenisht (most brilliant and beneficent): Such as that found in a flame – the temporal fires. This energy or ‘fire’ requires ‘food’ (fuel) but no water in order to be sustained.

The Two Supersubstantial Fires

Spiritual Fire – Mainyu Athra – The Black Flame

In Yasna / Gatha 31.3, Zarathushtra makes reference to the Mainyu Athra – the spiritual fire – as one that illuminates the path of asha (truth). The universal laws of asha govern and bring order to the spiritual and material existences. Asha is available, through individual choice, to bring order to human thoughts, words and deeds. As an ethical choice, asha represents principled, honest, beneficent, ordered, and  lawful living.

A study of Mainyu Athra takes us back to the origins of man in the universe, and man’s current place in the universe.

In the Diabolicon it is represented in the Statement of Azazel:

And before our sight Satan lost shape and became again the essence of Lucifer, and we beheld a brilliance that infused all of Hell and sent great bolts of prismic light into the surrounding void. And the brilliance said, I am Lucifer revealed, who am the Eternal Flame. I go now to Earth, for no longer shall man be confounded in Godly ignorance. And then the brilliance became as a flash of fire in the vastness of space, and we knew that Satan had departed from Hell.

But on Earth, where man wandered in mindless bliss, the firmament blazed forth with fiery tongues, and all the land was covered by the Black Flame, which burned not, though it bewildered the eye to see it.

Mainyu Athra corresponds to the highest frequency of the Black Flame, Epiousios the Supersubstantial, and Holy Fire. Mainyu Ahtra also corresponds to Gurdjieff’s Influences C – the Higher Impressions that also serve as food for higher being. This conception of Higher Impressions also correspond with the Zoroastrian mantra of Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds. It is ultimately not for the good of others that you practice these, but for the good of you own soul as the practice helps to complete, refine, and feed you soul. Strong is the soul that is nourished with Holy Fire.

Fire of Creation – Barezi-Savangh – The Red Flame

As the study of Mainyu Athra takes us back to the origins of man in the universe and man’s current place in the universe; Barezi-Savangh takes us back to the origins of the universe itself.

The fire of the original creation is the only element of creation that is called the ‘child’ of God (Athro Ahurahe Mazda puthra* cf. Atash Niayesh**, Litany to Fire, verse 5).

In Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh Zarathushtra held up a censer containing a flame and said to King Vishtasp “Look upon the heavens and the earth. God made them not with dust and water. Look upon the fire and behold therein how they were created.”

In the Avesta, fire as the cosmic fire of creation is intimately connected with asha, the cosmic laws through which order in the universe is maintained. The temporal fire is seen as a symbol of asha.

While Zarathushtra does not refer to fire as God’s child, Zarathushtra does refer to the fire of creation as God’s fire or “Thwa athra sukhra” meaning ‘Your radiant / brilliant (all pervading?) fire’ (of creation).

One possible interpretation of these quotes is that the fire or energy of creation (referred to as Barezi-Savangh in the Bundahishn), is a direct creation of God, Ahura Mazda, and that the material universe (gaetha / getig) coalesced from the ‘fire’ or energy of creation. Further, the energy of this original creation continues to pervade the material and living creation through the other forms of energy listed above. While they are different degrees they are all fire in essence, the way different people can have common DNA strains.

From a perspective of modern science we could equate Barezi-Savangh with the Big Bang – the huge explosion from which our universe sprang. Finding clues to its existence takes us back in time through a universe that is in constant motion.

Recalling the Statement of Leviathan, that ‘Heaven and Hell must perish, and man alone must remain for the Black Flame to become Red in the glory of its perfection’ we see that in the conception of perfection is an idea of return to the fundamental nature of the cosmos, as well as the ability to remake the cosmos from a new perspective.

This may be seen to correspond with the Avestan word “Frashokereti” which is the idea that there will be a final renovation to the universe after evil – mechanicalness and ignorance – is dispelled from the world.

All of this points to a return to – or Remanifestation of – the original cosmic fire of creation – the Red Flame.

Eternal Flame 

In Zoroastrian ritual, the passing of esoteric ideas and values from one person to the next is symbolized by a new flame being lit from an existing one. When these ideas and values are passed from one generation to another without interruption, we have the notion of an ‘eternal’ flame, one that will endure the passage of time. The ancient system of maintaining an ever-burning fire in a community-centre and from which household fires were lit also contributed to the notion of an eternal flame.

This is also commonly acted out in Setian practice, in lighting the flame, and in passing the flame around to others. The idea of wisdom spreading mouth-to-ear by oral tradition is also represented in the symbolism of the Black Flame. This is also illustrated througout the Daibolicon as the Daimons pass the flame along to each other.


Just as the word itself moves through different forms to to highlight various subtleties – Epiousios, Supersubstantial, Holy Fire, Black Flame – so does the ancient conception of fire acknowledge various qualities or frequencies of manifestation.

The most immediate emergence from Holy Fire is the duality of Black Flame/Red Flame; Mainyu Athra/Barezi-Savangh; Isolate Intelligence/Creative Continuity; the soul/creation;  These two fires are essential in understanding Epiousios, and are linked with each other. This is why when we connect with the Principle of Isolate Intelligence (Synesis) we may also catch a glimpse of the birth of the universe via the omnipresent Red Flame of continuity.