Review: OUROBOROS by Ray Sherwin

 

For those who do not know the name Ray Sherwin he is the chap who originally coined the term ‘Chaos Magic’ and put the work in to form the original Illuminates of Thanateros. Without Ray none of it would have happened. It might surprise you to learn he is no peacock, swanning around boasting and claiming responsibility for everything – which is why his name has remained relatively obscure compared to certain cuckoos in the nest we shall not name here. It might also surprise you to learn that he does not consider any of this to be some kind of legacy, or anything to be particularly proud of.

There is more wisdom in this one book than in the entire corpus of Chaos Magic published so far. It contains, hands down, the most important information that anyone interested or in any way involved with the ‘path’ at any level could possibly read. In a time where certain big names have been so intent on covering up the true story of Chaos Magick and the I.O.T.’s origins  – including, among other atrocities, crimes of extreme child abuse and the death of three youngsters – it is a great relief to see that at least one of it’s innovators has the balls to tell the truth. Occultism in general can only benefit from such honesty.

But there is much more to this book than blowing away the false glamours of pretentious and abusive fools. There is also real magick, from a reappraisal of sigil magick to musings upon the nature of Self in relation to Kaos and Kosmos. Ray presents us with insights drawn from decades of experience; arguably more than any other person associated with the Chaos current. This is not so much a book of instructions of ‘how to do’ so much as a book about ‘how it was done’. As Ray puts it himself, the secrets of magick can be written on the back of a postage stamp, which may be oversimplifying things but you get the point. What we find here are examples as to how those secrets were applied.

What stand out for me personally, apart from the great relief that someone with some real ‘weight’ behind them has finally outed all those nasty paedophiles in Chaos Magick (and Satanism, too), is that Ray actually has some TALENT. The poetry and prose in the rituals published here are a joy to read, and to re-read. There are things that can only be expressed as ‘sidereal’, as Austin Spare put it, and not everybody is capable of doing this.

But what about his ‘results’, you ask? Other than inventing Chaos Magick, that is?

I happen to know all the supposedly ‘big names’ in the Chaos current. The only one who made himself even slightly wealthy (not ‘rich’, as he claims) did so by copying Ray’s business model. Apart from this, he is also the only one who seems to have married well. Have you ever noticed how plain most of the women in Chaos Magick are? Or how the men who have wives keep them hidden, and you never hear from them? And before anyone accuses me of being ‘sexist’ for having said so, it is not me who adheres to the myth that a woman cannot be both intelligent and beautiful at the same time.. a myth certain unnamed Chaos magicians seem to use to excuse themselves for having such butt ugly wives, and an attitude similarly shared by most of the women they associate with, who cannot take women seriously if they are better looking than they are.

Not only is Ray’s wife Lorraine beautiful, she is also talented. Her artwork graces the pages of Ouroboros, and she also did the covers for this book and Ray’s previous publication V.I.T.R.I.O.L.

Sell all your old Chaos Magick books, give them to a charity shop, better yet burn them all, and read this one instead. When you have finished reading it, read it again.

You won’t be disappointed.

 

FRA. ANIMI IMPERIO Ɵ

 

Ouroboros

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A Note on ‘False Memories’ by Pat Mills

Ritual abuse and False Memory Syndrome are subjects I’ve heavily researched myself and Nathaniel’s analysis (BeastWing 666) is thoughtful, compassionate and authoritative with useful guidelines. A couple of details I would add for the benefit of anyone told they are suffering from “False” Memories.

The British False Memory Syndrome Foundation (“Syndrome”?!!) not only has a formidable battery of very well connected people on its advisory board but usually receives very positive reports in the British press such as the Mail and the Guardian. Yep. They have good lobbyists. So if that is your only information source, you could well think you were imagining what ever happened to you. And that’s their objective. Please don’t let them influence you.

There’s a quick example you can find easily on line that will prove otherwise: Frank Fitzpatrick, a private detective, experienced recovered memories which led to the successful prosecution of the notorious paedophile Father James Porter. Thanks to Frank’s work, there are now on line 53 similar cases in America where the guilty were prosecuted because of recovered memories confirmed by other objective evidence. Would the Guardian ever report this? Of course not. And that’s so wrong, because Frank Fitzpatrick is surely a hero of our times.

Sadly, our media has a mental stranglehold on us which is why we desperately need more works like Nathaniel’s.

Pat Mills

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BAPHOMET

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Baphomet. Acrylic on paper, N.J.H. 2009

The Knights Templar began as a crusading order, whose purpose it was to protect pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land, and to defend the Kingdom of Jarusalem. They were also devoted to rebuilding the famed Temple of Solomon.  They grew to become a rich and powerful order, and were denounced by the Church as heretics on Friday, 13th October, 1307.

The accusations against them included the holding of an obscene mass, during which they trampled the cross, denounced God, and indulged in licentious acts.. The very same charges as had previously been made against the Gnostics, and were later made against the witch cult. Similarly, they were charged with Devil Worship; knowing their master under the name of Baphomet. Our only descriptions of this ‘Devil’ are those gained from the Templars under torture, or made by their accusers. Whilst some denied any knowledge of the Baphomet, others confessed saying it was a severed head, a cat, or a head with three faces. This compares favorably with the description of Ba’al as given in the Lemegeton.

  Various theories have been presented as to the meaning of the name Baphomet. According to Levi, it is a reversal of tem. o. p. ab, an abbreviation of Templi Omnium Hominum Pacis Abbas (Abbot of the Temple of Harmony). More recently Dr. Hugh J. Schonfield has suggested that Baphomet is an Atbash (Themura) cipher for Sophia. The name has also been speculatively translated as deriving from the Greek baph metios, meaning ‘baptism of wisdom’ or ‘absorption into wisdom’. The name might also be a vocēs magickae, combing Ba’al and Ashtoreth as the ‘Black Sun and Red Moon conjunct’, to whom the Temple of Solomon is said to have originally been built. There are many such examples of ‘names of power’ being fused this way; it was a particularly popular method amongst Roman sorcerers, and examples may also be found amongst surviving European inscriptions from this period through to the modern day. The technique was also applied within rites of evocation, as described in the traditional grimoires, and for purposes of enchantment.

These translations all indicate the influence of Gnosticism, with which they had contact in the Levant. Alternatively, or inclusively, the Templars may have found something akin to the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ concealed within the Temple of Solomon. Such ideas, especially if supported by documentation, could have proved devastating to the Church’s hold over Europe.

Others have speculated that Baphomet might be an Old French corruption and misspelling of the name Mahomet (Muhammad). The Templars are said to have made contact with the cultus of Hiram Abif. It is possible that esoteric philosophies passed through this heretical Muslim sect, which may in turn have influenced the rites of the Templars.

Consider also the Hebrew word for ‘Beast’; Bahamut, being the source of the name Behemoth as it appears in the Bible. It is not impossible that, despite alternative esoteric historicizations, the Templars really were Devil worshippers.

The accusations made against the Templars are usually discounted by modern writers as unfounded, being the result of Philp IV of France and Pope Clement V’s desire to gain the Templar’s wealth. However, in recent years several Templar and Templar connected Churches have been realized to contain daemonic, winged, horned and bearded hermaphroditic figures in their architecture, alongside various Gnostic symbols. The Temple at Lanleff, Brittany, contains no Christian iconography, but is adorned instead with carvings of human, ram and goat heads, copulating sheep and patterned lines suggesting the pentacle.

This same image is presented to us in the famous illustration in Eliphas Levi’s Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, 1854, in which he identifies Baphomet with the Sabbatic Goat; ‘The goat.. carries the sign of the pentagram on the forehead, with one point at the top, a symbol of light, his two hands forming the sign of  hermeticism, the one pointing up to the white Moon of Chesed, the other pointing down to the black one of Geburah. This sign expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice. His one arm is female, the other male like the ones of the androgyne of Khunrath, the attributes of which we had to unite with those of our goat because he is one and the same symbol. The flame of intelligence shining between his horns is the Magick light of the universal balance, the image of the Soul elevated above matter, as the flame, whilst being tied to matter, shines above it. The beast’s head expresses the horror of the sinner, whose materially acting, solely responsible part has to bear the punishment exclusively; because the Soul is insensitive according to its nature and can only suffer when it materializes. The rod standing instead of genitals symbolizes eternal life, the body covered with scales the Water, the semi-circle above it the atmosphere, the feathers following above the volatile. Humanity is represented by the two breasts and the androgyne arms of this sphinx of the Occult sciences.’

Human and beast, male and female, Angel and Devil, Light and Dark.. all are unified and transcended in this Mystery. Baphomet is thus identified with Ba’al-Ashtoreth as the Black Sun/Red Moon ‘tetrad’ conjunction, which Revelations 6:12 tells us foretells Apocalypse.

NJH

NOTHING IS TRUE & EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED

“Nothing is true, everything is permitted.”

– Adam Weishaupt, founder of The Bavarian Order of the Illuminati

 

“One of the great fallacies of our time is that the Nazis rose to power because they imposed order on chaos. Precisely the opposite is true – they were successful because they imposed chaos on order. They tore up the commandments, they denied the super-ego, what you will. They said, “You may persecute the minority, you may kill, you may torture, you may couple and breed without love.” They offered humanity all its great temptations. Nothing is true, everything is permitted.
― John Fowles, The Magus

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Everything is permitted,” exclaims Ivan Karamazov. That, too, smacks of the absurd. But on condition that it not be taken in a vulgar sense. I don’t know whether or not it has been sufficiently pointed out that it is not an outburst of relief or of joy, but rather a bitter acknowledgment of a fact.. The absurd does not liberate; it binds. It does not authorize all actions. “Everything is permitted” does not mean that nothing is forbidden.

– Albert Camus, The Absurd Man

Let us examine this Absurd philosophy. Here again, I cannot help but adopt my persona of ‘Fool’.