posted on Oct, 21 2004 @ 10:14 PM
BlueMeanie: Alistair Crowley claimed he could evoke the devil - I wonder which one he meant as there are so many of the bstds!
Well, in my opinion this is unlikely to refer to Satan, if such a statement was made which I am unaware of any references to, doesn't seem to fit the
cosmology of the individual concerned. It could refer to Pan or Baphomet if mentioned in this way. Which could just be an evocation of wine,
"women", song. Satan seems to have been conceptualised to as a natural construct similar to the pagan view. Why bother invoking angels with
questionable agenda's - whose existence can be brought into doubt where there is a wide pantheon of Gods and powers from which to choose from. Having
the ability to evoke spirits (not necessarily that difficult), if not balanced with some understanding of consequences is ultimately sets up some very
self destructive currents IMO - even if the spirit or God is not necessarily negative. Bringing them to visible manifestation is another percolator of
fish, much more difficult. Presuming such things are possible...
On the topic of Satan:
"The early Christians also were accused of worshipping an ass or ass-headed god, and this again is connected with the wild ass of the wilderness, the
god Set, identified with Saturn and Satan....He is the South, as Nuit is the North: the Egyptians had a Desert and an Ocean in those quarters." The
Book of Thoth, by Aleister Crowley, Samuel Weiser Inc., 1944; page 67.
"This 'Devil' is called Satan or Shaitan, and regarded with horror by people who are ignorant of this formula, and, imagining themselves to be
evil, accuse Nature herself of their own phantasmal crime. Satan is Saturn, Set, Abrasax, Adad, Adonis, Attis, Adam, Adonai, etc. The most serious
charge against him is only that he is the Sun in the South. The Ancient Initiates, dwelling as they did in lands whose blood was the water of the Nile
or the Euphrates, connected the South with life-withering heat, and cursed that quarter where the solar darts where deadliest." Magick, by Aleister
Crowley, Ed. John Symonds and Kenneth Grant, Arkana Books, 1973; page 172.
There was an evocation of a spirit from the Goetia - "Buer" mentioned which was reported to have been bought to semi-visable appearance by AC, with
a fair degree of effort and relatively positive consequences in a well managed ritual.
If by devil you mean ultimate evil then IMO that in this framework may very well be Chronozon - which was also invoked and made to manifest with the
assistance of Victor Neuberg.
Re: the Vatican
"understandable for popes only" - doubt this.
The Vatican probably has more rituals for invoking Lucifer than Satan, given its prevalence in medieval literature. Its bound to have more than are
commonly available due to its reputed collection of unique historical documents. Material exists in a lot of mainstream places, Faust for example. I
would guess that the number would be in the 10-100s minimum. Interesting historical documents..
The question would be in these times, what purpose would it serve to perform on of these the you can contact God?
The "If I understand evil then I can truly understand good" heresy which existed for a time, doesn't seem to have brought many results and seems a
little outmoded philosophically.