posted on Sep, 16 2010 @ 07:39 PM
I'm not here to argue with anyone in particular, if anyone here knows me they can attest to the fact that I find such argument rather fruitless.
However, I feel compelled to comment adversely to those members professing that Chris Angel is in fact utilizing occult forces. Anyone who has
studied enough esoteric material to become even remotely adept at what we can call physical manifestations of manifest forces would see the deployment
of such knowledge for simple entertainment as exceedingly blasphemous and a direct insult to those that taught him or her. I have studied stage magic
as well as true occult topics and I can say, without a doubt in my heart, that Mr. Angel is in no way utilizing any form of occult powers and to say
so is truly an insult to those of us that take such study seriously. What Mr. Angel does is no different from what any other Vegas magician does and
is nowhere near as impressive as Penn & Teller's catching a bullet in the teeth trick. More over, speaking to his character, I have met Mr. Angel
and found him lacking the attributes normally attributable to someone possessing of great power. (In addition to this, he couldn't find the
bathroom, which was located underneath a huge sign that said "Bathrooms", when I pointed this out he complained about the lack of a private
In regards to the Necromicon, it is not real in the sense that it is not a true occult work and is not related to any other occult works by which you
could cross reference it. There are a few ways to know if a book is in fact a true occult text, a knowledge of reputable authors is always useful,
names such as Papus, Regardie, Crowley, Fortune, Levi etc are well known occult scholars. Another way is cross referencing it with other works and
with other traditions. Generally, if you are reading a true occult work it will be applicable to many different philosophies through out history as
the true knowledge of the divine is always true and the truth, as Levi said, is always the truth and will continue to be the truth throughout the rest
True "magic" has nothing to do with conjuring demons or making people disappear, it's main concern is the union of the practitioner with the
divine, it is knowledge studied in the hopes of transcendence. It is the quest for ultimate knowledge and understanding and a union with the
unmanifest creative force from which all is derived . When one realizes one's existence in the universe and the falsity of separation from the
divine it becomes possible that the occult student can affect change in the manifest physical world that may, to the uninitiated, seem "magical" but
to the initiated will seem as an enacting of the classic Hermetic axiom "As above, so below".
What a study of the occult offers is not "magic", you will not receive impressive powers to fly and make things disappear, such is the folly of many
a Renaissance magician. What you will receive, however, is peace in your heart and truth in your mind. You will understand things as they are, not
as they seem, and therefore, may be able to affect a change where the ignorant may not. Spitting horrendous sounding words at a river will not make
it change it's direction but a proper study and understanding of hydrodynamics gives one the basis on which to build a dam or canal to reroute the
water. It is the same for the occult, you may do what you wish but without a proper understanding of the universe, of creation and an intimate
knowledge of the the divine you will not have the intellectual and spiritual resources necessary to reroute the forces of existence.
Beware of those who promise power, who claim secret knowledge and the ability to summon demons and cast spells, such abilities are of a lower sphere
of existence and are not truly concerned with transcendental knowledge of truth and of the divine. Many may profess knowledge but their lack of peace
and the instability of their beliefs is evidence of false knowledge and a misunderstanding of the universe.
Why would one concern themselves with the manifestation of lower sphere beings and abilities when the true reward is oneness with the unmanifest
origin of all?