This is in fact the formula of our Magick; we insist that all acts must be equal; that existence asserts the right to exist; that unless evil is a mere term expressing some relation of haphazard hostility between forces equally self-justified, the universe is as inexplicable and impossible as uncompensated action; that the orgies of Bacchus and Pan are no less sacramental than the Masses of Jesus; that the scars of syphilis are sacred and worthy of honour as much as the wounds of the martyrs of Mary.
..the existence of “Evil” is fatal to philosophy so long as it is supposed to be independent of conditions; and to accustom the mind to “make no difference” between any two ideas as such is to emancipate it from the thralldom of terror.
The Magician should devise for himself a definite technique for destroying “evil”. The essence of such practice will consist in training the mind and body to confront things which cause fear, pain, disgust, shame and the like. He must learn to endure them, then to become indifferent to them, then to analyse them until they give pleasure and instruction, and finally to appreciate them for their own sake, as aspects of Truth.
Aleister Crowley, Liber V vel Reguli (Ritual of the Mark of the Beast) 
I will just say it.
The global accounting, banking, and ‘money’ systems, are Satanic.
All three systems are based on and operate according to fundamental principles that are identical to those in the philosophy and practice of satanism.
They are also identical to those in the “system of thought” that George Orwell described as doublethink.
An honest observer should be able to see this clearly, with a little thoughtful reflection.
- Moral Relativism
- Social Darwinism
These principles can be discerned in just one passage from the most notorious and influential Black Magician of the twentieth century:
We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit:
let them die in their misery. For they feel not.
Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the
wretched and the weak: this is the law of the
strong: this is our law and the joy of the world.
Think not, o king, upon that lie: That Thou
Must Die: verily thou shalt not die, but live.
This is emphasised by the Fraternitas Saturni (Brotherhood of Saturn) in an oxymoronic, ‘blackwhite’ expansion on Crowley’s dictum “Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”:
Love is the Law, Compassionless Love.
In Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None, nihilist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche equated pity with self-annihilation. For the satanist, or Black Magician, rejection of pity is “the magical equivalent of the rejection of self-annihilation.”
In other words, to “emancipate” or “liberate” oneself entirely from the “bond” of compassion, of empathy for other beings, is seen as an act of Self-Preservation.
In our time compassion is even forbidden by science, as is already happening in England, where they have political economy.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, 1866
‘Modern’ accounting, banking, and ‘money’ – the foundations of global finance, markets, economic and political life – all operate on the Double Entry Bookkeeping system.
Many historians and economists, including (eg) Werner Sombart, Max Weber, and Joseph Schumpeter, have traced the development of modern capitalist business practice to the Double Entry system, attributing to it the “pitiless” spirit of modern commerce in its “unending, systematic pursuit of profit”:
In [Schumpeter’s] view, double entry’s “cost-profit calculus” drives capitalist enterprise – and then spreads throughout the whole culture: “And thus defined and quantified for the economic sector, this type of logic or attitude or method then starts upon its conqueror’s career subjugating – rationalizing – man’s tools and philosophies, his medical practice, his picture of the cosmos, his outlook on life, everything in fact including his concepts of beauty and justice and his spiritual ambitions.” For Schumpeter, capitalism “generates a formal spirit of critique where the good, the true and the beautiful no longer are honoured; only the useful remains – and that is determined solely by the critical spirit of the accountant’s cost-benefit calculation”.
Karl Marx – the 19th century arch materialist – stated that accounting is even “more necessary” for a communist system:
As unity within its circuits, as value in motion, whether in the sphere of production or in either phase of the sphere of circulation, capital exists ideally only in the form of money of account, primarily in the mind of the producer of commodities, the capitalist producer of commodities.
Bookkeeping, as the control and ideal synthesis of the process, becomes the more necessary the more the process assumes a social scale and loses its purely individual character. It is therefore more necessary in capitalist production than in the scattered production of handicraft and peasant economy, more necessary in collective production than in capitalist production.
As we have seen in previous essays (here, here), Double Entry Bookkeeping was not created as a neutral, objective tool for value-adding producers or manufacturers to manage their costs. It was developed by merchants (traders) from the dawn of mercantile capitalism, as a tool whose real “use” value was to conceal their illegal practice of usury from Church-State authorities. It also served as a psychological tool of self-deception, enabling the merchant to convince himself that his actions were morally (thus ‘divinely’) justified – as “proved” by his meticulously-recorded and balanced books.
Merchants or traders have been condemned by true sages and religious divines throughout history and across many cultures, because their actions were seen as parasitic, and immoral; not adding to the common wealth of society, but merely taking from that produced by others. The merchant is an intermediary, a middleman between producer and consumer, who aims to “buy low and sell high”, whether by fair means or foul (hello storytelling: advertising, marketing, “Public Relations”). He profits in whole or in part through taking advantage of what many today euphemistically call “information asymmetry” – which in other, more honest words, means the relative (to oneself) ignorance of others.
Double Entry embodies the satanic doctrine of Self-Preservation. The goal of the Black Magician is to become ‘as god’ – the Absolute, the One, the All, the Nothing, the ‘Divine Mind’ or ‘Pure’ Intellect – without sacrificing* his or her “individuated existence”.
(*The exact opposite of the Christian doctrine of self-sacrifice, and its ultimate aspiration of self-less union with, or complete self-annihilation in, the Divine; e.g., Matthew 16:20-25.)
Double Entry is a numeric and sophistic tool of control over the real or imagined events of the past, present, and future. It offers the possibility of becoming ‘as god’; of attaining Ultimate Power over the material realm (“Money Power”), which the magician equates with power over the imaginary (‘divine’ mind) realm as well.
This serpent, SATAN, is not the enemy of MAN, but HE who made Gods of our race, knowing Good and Evil; He bade ‘Know Thyself!’ and taught initiation. He is ‘the Devil’ of the Book of Thoth and His emblem is BAPHOMET, the androgyne who is the hieroglyph of arcane perfection.
According to Lewis Mumford (Myth of the Machine), accounting’s “concentration on abstract pecuniary rewards” – Profit (or Loss) – “introduced a driving motive into daily life, equivalent on its own base level to the monk’s search for an eternal reward in Heaven. The pursuit of money became a passion and an obsession: the end to which all other ends were means.”
Double Entry Bookkeeping also embodies the satanic doctrine of Moral Relativism.
The core of Crowley’s magical philosophy is the willed dissolution of opposites – “Let there be no difference … between any one thing and any other thing.” – in greater unity (agape, love).
[As we have seen, ‘love’ in satanic doctrine is “Compassionless”, “pitiless”.]
Every single transaction recorded by Double Entry, is entered twice. The one action or event (real or imaginary) is dissolved or divided into two records which, in effect, cancel out or an-nihil-ate each other: a debit entry, and an equal and opposite credit entry.
Debits must equal Credits.
Negatives must equal Positives.
‘Evil’ must equal ‘Good’.
Black must equal White.
The union of both – the “sacred marriage” or “union of opposites” – equals Nothing:
I am God, I very God of very God; I go upon my way to work my Will; I have made Matter and Motion for my mirror; I have decreed for my delight that Nothingness should figure itself as twain… [two]
I am the None, for all that I am is the imperfect image of the perfect; each partial phantom must perish in the clasp of its counterpart, each form fulfil itself by finding its equated opposite, and satisfying its need to be the Absolute by the attainment of annihilation.
The World LAShTAL includes all this.
LA … represents the Ecstasy of Nuit and Hadit conjoined, lost in love, and making themselves Naught thereby. [..]
AL, on the contrary, though it is essentially identical with LA, shows “The Fool” manifested through the Equilibrium of Contraries. The weight is still nothing, but it is expressed as it were two equal weights in opposite scales. The indicator still points to zero.
[“ShT” is “Fire” (Sh) and “Force” (T); it “expresses the secret nature which operates the Magick or the transmutations.” Abbreviation of “Shaitan”; Satan.]
The Double Entry system embodies what George Orwell referred to in his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four as “the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink [..] a vast system of mental cheating”:
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
The key word here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary.
The Double Entry system also embodies another “essential” principle of Satanism, and applies it in the same way, for the same purpose: as its means to an end – the practice of Antinomianism.
The [left-hand path] practice .. often manifests itself in antinomianism, that is, the purposeful reversal of conventional normatives: ‘evil’ becomes ‘good,’ ‘impure’ becomes ‘pure,’ ‘darkness’ becomes ‘light’.
In [Crowley’s] “theology” the results of the application of this antinomianism are that opposites, such as the Beast and the Lamb (Rev. 13:8) and the Whore of Babylon and the Woman clothed with the Sun (Rev. 12:1) are only apparent, and that from a higher perspective they are unities or equivalencies (Beast = Lamb; Whore = Woman).
LaVey sees as natural [the] indulgence in all the so-called seven deadly sins of Christianity: greed, pride, envy, anger, gluttony, lust and sloth. Each of which he views as a possible catalyst for positive and natural human activities or attitudes … (See the Satanic Bible, ch. III). The fact that most people today, and the whole “western industrialized economy” is really driven by the desires of the masses to indulge in all of the seven deadly sins is a powerful argument for the presence of a Satanic Age.
The capitalist scheme of values in fact transformed five of the seven deadly sins of Christianity – pride, envy, greed, avarice, and lust – into positive social virtues, treating them as necessary incentives to all economic enterprise; while the cardinal virtues, beginning with love and humility, were rejected as ‘bad for business,’ except in the degree that they made the working class more docile and more amenable to cold-blooded exploitation.
Double Entry causes much confusion (“Babel”, from Hebrew בָּלַל balal, Babylon), not only with beginners (‘novice’, ‘apprentice’) but even with experienced practitioners (‘adept’). The reason why is because its ‘logic’ is the exact opposite of what a normal person would naturally expect, based on the words used.
In common understanding, the word “credit” implies something Good. A positive. Something that adds to, increases, or improves. “Well done! That work is a credit to you.”
A “debit”, on the other hand (see etymology), is commonly understood to mean the exact opposite; something Bad. A negative. A loss, deficiency, or deficit. “On the biographical debit side there are the usual miscellaneous acts of thoughtlessness, rudeness and generally shabby behaviour.”
In Double Entry, however, the operating ‘logic’ is reversed. In its fundamental process – recording entries – words actually mean the exact opposite of what we normally understand them to mean.
A “debit” does not subtract (-) from an account. It adds to it (+).
A “credit” does not add (+) to an account. It subtracts from it (-).
(That is, for an Asset account. For a Liability account, the same words mean the reverse: a “debit” subtracts, and a “credit” adds. Doublethink.)
The satanic principle and practice of antinomianism – the deliberate inversion or reversal of values and conventions; the breaking of rules, laws, taboos – is embedded in Double Entry’s basic operation.
The results are plain to see.
Confusion (“chaos”). Error. Deception. Corruption. Crime.
It is pitiful to see, how strangely some Men of Quality and Fortune, are to seek in Accompts; and how they are blinded and bambouzled by the Mists, that artful Men raise up before their Eyes, with Estimates, as they call ’em, and Representations of Values, drawn out of immense Books of Accompts, while the proper Judges know the Way neither into, nor out of them, and listen to the Jargon, as if it were Coptick, or Arabick.
Roger North, The Gentleman Accomptant, 1714
“For every debit there must be a credit, and for every credit there must be a debit” – Alas! How few consider that if this must be the case, the rule to go by, nothing is more easy than to make a set of books wear the appearance of correctness, which at the same time is full of errors, or of false entries, made on purpose to deceive!
Edward Thomas Jones, Jones’ English System of Book-Keeping by Single or Double Entry, 1796
The whole difference, and the only difference, between the two systems of accounting is in the fact that single-entry bookkeeping always uses literal language, while double-entry bookkeeping always uses figurative language except when speaking of persons.
In single-entry bookkeeping, cash means cash. Merchandise means merchandise. Interest means interest. Expense means expense. But in double-entry bookkeeping cash does not mean cash; it means the imaginary person who owes the amount of the cash. Merchandise does not mean merchandise; it means the imaginary person who owes the amount of the merchandise. Interest does not mean interest; it means the imaginary person who owes or is owed the amount of the interest. Expense does not mean expense; it means the imaginary person who owes the amount of the expenses. Net Capital does not mean net capital; it means the person (real in the case of an individual owner, imaginary in the case of a firm or a corporation) who is owed or owes the amount of the net capital.
Charles M. Van Cleve, Principles of Double Entry Bookkeeping, 1913
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Jesus, called Christ
Consider closely “The Fool” (‘0’) tarot card (shown above), as designed by Aleister Crowley. His exposition of its symbolism can be found here.
At some point in future, I hope to discover the necessary motivation to begin the task of elaborating on the colour green and its far-reaching symbolic significance, not only as the “colour of money”, but also in alchemy, Cabala, sex ‘magick’, human biology, chemistry, metallurgy, and in Hollywood movie ‘entertainment’.
UPDATE 8 June 2018: included clarification (in parentheses) regarding the opposite application of debits and credits for Asset and Liability accounts.
 In the ‘Jewish’ festival of Purim, conventional normatives (such as social roles, e.g., teacher and student, adult and child) are reversed, and revellers are encouraged to drink until “he cannot tell the difference between ‘blessed be Mordechai’ [‘Good’] and ‘cursed be Haman’ [‘Evil’]. See Jeffrey Rubenstein, Purim, Liminality and Communitas, Association for Jewish Studies Review, Vol. 17, No. 2, 1992
 Aleister Crowley, Liber V vel Reguli (Ritual of the Mark of the Beast); retrieved 5 June 2018
 Aleister Crowley, Book of the Law, or Liber AL II: 21; retrieved 5 June 2018
 Gregor A. Gregorius, G. Mitleidlose Liebe (cited in Flowers, Lords of the Left-hand Path, 1997, p. 148)
 Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (cited in Flowers, Lords of the Left-hand Path, 1997, p. 149, fn 68)
 Stephen E. Flowers, Lords of the Left-hand Path: A History of Spiritual Dissent (1997), p.149
 Jane Gleeson-White, Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Shaped Modern Finance (Kindle edition, p. 169)
 Karl Marx, Capital, Vol 2, Chapt 6; retrieved 5 June 2018
 I suspect it is no coincidence that the ancient Babylonians broke the convention of Sumerian and Assyrian culture, in celebrating only the Spring barley-cutting or “reaping” festival, and not the Autumn barley-sowing festival as well. Compare and contemplate John 4:34-38.
 Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice, Book IV, Chapter 21, fn 4; retrieved 6 June 2018
 Stephen E. Flowers, Lords of the Left-hand Path: A History of Spiritual Dissent (1997), p.144
 Aleister Crowley, Liber V vel Reguli (Ritual of the Mark of the Beast); retrieved 5 June 2018
 George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (2003 Centennial edition), Plume Harcourt Brace, USA. p. 220
 ibid., p. 218
 Stephen E. Flowers, Lords of the Left-hand Path: A History of Spiritual Dissent (1997), p. 144, 185 – “‘Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!’ is [..] a specific exhortation to indulge in those things which collective or mass culture may call sins – because by virtue of their very rejection by the mass they can be exalted as worthy aspirations for the individualistic Satanist.” (p. 186)
 Lewis Mumford, Myth of the Machine (1967)
 Joel H. Amernic and Russell J, Craig, Accounting as a Facilitator of Extreme Narcissism (2010), Journal of Business Ethics 96(1):79-93.
It’s not good for women to go through the procedure and have something living sucked out of your bodies. It belittles women… Every time a woman has an abortion, it just crushes her self-esteem, smaller and smaller and smaller.
– Dolores O’Riordan, The Cranberries
This essay was prompted by an exchange on Twitter. An account named @LiveAction tweeted a paraphrase of the above quote, to which I responded with an excerpt from the Apocalypse of Peter (c. 2nd Century AD):
For those with eyes to see, the blue highlighted sentence revealed what was in my heart. The motive and intent.
A compassionate desire to give something, some small amount of consolation, of encouragement, of hope, to the heart of a stranger who, presumably, feels sufficient inner pain concerning the topic to have committed some part of their own life – Time, and labour energy – to public activism.
Perhaps little more would have resulted from this gesture, if not for a third party reply. An attempt at alchemical transformation; of extracting a more ‘pure’ essence from the base material – a ‘higher’, more ‘en-light-ened’ form of ‘knowledge’ – by the “royal Art” of philosophistry:
My interlocutor attempted to justify the killing of the unborn, based on the ‘logical’ reason-ing that a belief in the idea of the baby going to heaven “would arguably outweigh any bad thing about abortion”.
In doing so, he willfully ignored the majority of the quoted excerpt, detailing the punishments to be suffered by both women and men who cause their children to “be born untimely”; who “delivered us unto death”.
This perfectly manifests what is the reigning spirit – and mental-ity – of our times.
(n) from Greek: anti “opposite, against” + nomos “rule, law”
Or, stated more clearly, Satanism:
True Lords of the Left-Hand Path will .. identify with the cultural norms of ‘evil’ [..] The practice .. often manifests itself in antinomianism, that is, the purposeful reversal of conventional normatives: ‘evil’ becomes ‘good,’ ‘impure’ becomes ‘pure,’ ‘darkness’ becomes ‘light’. [Flowers, 1997]
Where have we heard that sort of inversion-of-values philosophistry before? In my previous essays, where I have explained the ancient origins of the ontological sex magick principles of Eastern and Western alchemy, that are deeply embedded in the ‘modern’ (neo-Babylonian) double entry accounting, banking, and credebt promise-based ‘money’ systems:
[The third] justification for the “transgressions” of the Vajrayana consists in the Bodhisattva vow of Mahayana Buddhism, which requires that one aid and assist every creature until it attains enlightenment. Amazingly, this pious purpose can render holy the most evil means. “If”, we can read in one of the tantras, “for the good of all living beings or on account of the Buddha’s teaching one should slay living beings, one is untouched by sin. … If for the good of living beings or from attachment for the Buddha’s interest, one seizes the wealth of others, one is not touched by sin”, and so forth. In the course of Tibetan history the Bodhisattva vow has [..] legitimated numerous political and family-based murders, whereby the additional “clever” argument was also employed, that one had “freed” the murder victim from the world of appearances (samsara) and that he or she thus owed a debt of thanks to the murderer. [Trimondi, 2003].
The same perverse form of messianic, “heal the world” (tikkun olam) by practicing evil, utopian philosophistry, appears in myriad writings of philosopher ‘luminaries’ from the Hermetic Reformation (“Renaissance”, Fr. “rebirth”) and the En-Light-enment, through to modernity’s John Maynard Keynes:
I see us free, therefore, to return to some of the most sure and certain principles of religion and traditional virtue. [..] But beware! The time for all this is not yet. For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still. For only they can lead us out of the tunnel of economic necessity into daylight. [Keynes, 1930]
Satanism is self-Deification; specifically, the deification of the supposedly ‘rational’ individual’s “Divine Mind” – the “Absolute Intellect”, or “Absolute Reason” – associated with the left hemisphere of brain activity.
The Left-hand path ideology identifies with the “eternal rebel” (and trickster) known variously through the ages as (among other names) Prometheus, Hermes, Mercury, Satan, and Lucifer.
The “Light-bringer”. Intermediary agent of the gnosis: the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The archetype of “absolute freedom” from all social, moral, and legal taboos; “unfettered” from all restrictions to the attainment of “ultimate sovereignty” in (or rather, over) the material realm.
On the path of jnana (knowledge) the practitioner is himself transformed into a being of the divine typos without sacrificing his individuated existence… [Flowers, 1997]
The eight “fetters” (does that number ring any bells?) that restrict the “liberty” of the witting (or unwitting) satanist – that hold him/her back from becoming a ‘god’ – are, in the Hindu left-hand path tradition of vamachara, “Sympathy. Delusion. Shame; the idea of sin. Fear. Disgust. Family, kinship, clan. Caste. Customary rites and precepts. As each of these bonds or fetters are broken the [initiate] becomes progressively more liberated.” (Flowers, 1997)
The phase of Blackening which usually marked the beginning of the work, was brought about either by heating the prima materia in the process of Calcination (the ‘dry way’ of the alchemists), or by the process of Putrefaction, a slow rotting or digestion over a period of weeks or months (the so-called ‘wet way’). The Black Crow or Raven was often associated with this Calcination, for on vigorous heating the calcined material would usually carbonise and layers would flake off and move like a crow’s wings in the flask. The Toad was a better symbol of the Putrefaction, the decaying mass slowly pulsating and shifting as gasses were given off, while the substance rotted down to a black mass. [..] The alchemists paralleled these experiences in their souls as a withdrawal into the darkness of their interior space, a darkness pregnant with possibility. [McLean]
The coat of arms traditionally attributed to Satan in European heraldry. In the book The Heraldic Imagination by Rodney Dennys (1975), this is traced back to the late 13th-century Douce Apocalypse manuscript, in an illustration to Revelations 20:7-10. The design is based on the “three unclean spirits like frogs” of verse 16:13. Green frogs on a red background contravene the heraldic Rule of Tincture – presumably deliberately.
Removing these “fetters” necessarily means eliminating all feelings of compassion, empathy (“sympathy”), and most importantly, guilt (“shame”).
In other words, in order to become fully “free”, one’s own “ultimate sovereign”, and thus “divine”, one must become lawless (“Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”), and a psychopath:
He may have to participate in exercises of cruelty and other aberrations of social and religious norms as a way of placing himself totally outside of profane society. Thereby he is ‘unfettered’ from the bonds and tabus of society as a way of unfettering himself from spiritual bonds. [Flowers, 1997]
Satanism – or Left-hand Path ‘magic’ – seeks “liberty” from “the servitude of conscience.“
In essence, the Left-hand Path is an egocentric philosophistry of separation or “non-union”, that prescribes the willful deception, manipulation, domination, theft, and ultimately, the destruction of one’s Right side – the faculty of emotion, empathy, holistic thinking; the intuitive, compassionate, nurturing Female principle – the Mother Nature felt in us all – in order to attain apotheosis as an individual, Intellectual ‘god’:
[A] symbolic murder is hidden behind this. The black matter, a symbol of the fundamental feminine and of powerful nature from which we all come, is burned or in some cases vaporized, cut to pieces or dismembered. Thus, in destroying the prima materia we at the same time destroy our “mother” or, basically, the “fundamentally feminine”.
The European adept does not shy away from even the most crass killing metaphors: “open the lap of your mother”, it says in a French text from the 18th century, “with a steel blade, burrow into her entrails and press forward to her womb, there you will find our pure substance (the elixir)”. [Trimondi, 2003]
[T]he essence of the vamachara [Sanskrit: “left-handed attainment”] is the total transformation of the human initiate into something superhuman or god(dess)-like. This lies at the root of why antinomianism (inversions of all kinds of normatives) is so important in the methodology of … the left-hand path.
An eternal separation of the individual intelligence from the objective universe is sought in the left-hand path. This amounts to an immortality [divinity] of the independent consciousness… .
[O]n the leftward way one does not worship a god but rather one enacts divinity from a subjective perspective. [Flowers, 1997]
“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,
then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.”
In the Genesis story, the archetype of Woman (Eve) was doomed to suffer “greatly multipl[ied]” pain and suffering in pregnancy and childbirth, in consequence of disobedience to God’s (cosmic, natural) law, and the resulting Fall from innocence: a pure, ‘god’-like state of being, of not knowing both good and evil.
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
The symbolism of the pear – having the form, or silhouette, of a woman with “child-bearing hips” – has important relevance in religious and alchemical lore.
The pear tree represents the Tree of Life. It is mentioned in literature and folklore connected with love and temptation. An aludel is a pear-shaped earthenware bottle, open at both ends, used as a condenser in the sublimation process, and so came to signify the end-stages of transformation. It is also called the Hermetic Vase, the Philosopher’s Egg, and the Vase of the Philosophy.
In Greek and Roman mythology, pears are sacred to three goddesses: Hera (Juno to the Romans), Aphrodite (Venus to the Romans), and Pomona, an Italian goddess of gardens and harvests. The ancient Chinese believed that the pear was a symbol of immortality. (Pear trees live for a long time.)
During medieval times, however, (if you will excuse the dreadful pun) the symbolism went pear shaped, and the pear, as a whole tree and fruit, then symbolised masculinity, which would seem extremely strange until one realises that the symbolism applied largely to the tree and not the fruit. According to Albertus Magnus, writing in the 13th century and accepting the ancient and orthodox view of his time, the pear is considered masculine because of “the hardness of its wood, the coarseness of its leaves and the close texture of its fruit.”
Sephardic Jews – in other words Jews who followed the Kabbalah and were thus part of the mystic groups, used a pear tree as their emblem.
The great Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519) reveled in collecting cryptic puns, aphorisms, fables, prophecies, jests, mottoes, and fantastic tales. Codex Arundel 67 contains several botanical fables including one involving the laurel, the myrtle, and the pear:
The laurel and the myrtle on seeing the pear tree being cut down, cried out in a loud voice: ‘O pear tree where are you going? Where is the pride that you had when you were laden with ripe fruit? Now you will no longer make shade for us with your thick foliage.’ The pear tree replied: ‘I am going with the husbandman who is cutting me down and who will take me to the workshop of a good sculptor, who by his art will cause me to assume the form of the god Jove, and I shall be dedicated in a temple and worshipped by men in place of Jove. While you are obliged to remain always maimed and stripped of your branches [while] men shall set around me in order to do me honor.” (Embode, 1987).
Earlier in the Genesis story, the Creator is portrayed commanding Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful and multiply” (1:28). In Judaism, this commandment (mitzvah) – the First Commandment, to the First Man and Woman – is called peru u’rvu (Hebrew: פרו ורבו).
Rabbinic lore, however, overrides this First Commandment, with an exemption:
Jewish law traditionally exempts women from the obligation of peru urvu [..] This is because pregnancy endangers her life, and one is not obligated to endanger oneself. Such an exemption strengthens the woman’s right to protect her health over that of a fetus that endangers her. [Grossman, 2006]
Rabbinic lore is replete with mutually contradictory exemptions – loopholes – devised by the Sages.
For example, the Sages teach that Leviticus 18:5 (“You shall keep My statutes and My Judgments, which a person shall do, and he shall live by them”) really means that “the mitzvot were given to provide life, but they were not given so that one will die due to their observance.” (Sanhedrin 74a)
Based on this interpretation, the Sages derived the precept that “protecting life” overrides all other commandments (Tosefta Shabbat 15:17).
(Example: the subjective, arbitrarily applied – according to self-interest – “Responsibility To Protect” [R2P] euphemism as justification for U.S. “interventionist” foreign policy.)
However, while pregnant women are not obligated to endanger their own lives for the sake of an unborn child, the rabbinic Sages also insist that one is obligated to endanger oneself rather than violate the commandments against murder (?!?), sexual violence (incest, rape, adultery), and idolatry:
The Gemara now considers which prohibitions are permitted in times of mortal danger. [..] With regard to all other transgressions in the Torah, if a person is told: Transgress this prohibition and you will not be killed, he may transgress that prohibition and not be killed, because the preserving of his own life overrides all of the Torah’s prohibitions. This is the halakha (rabbinic law) concerning all prohibitions except for those of idol worship, forbidden sexual relations, and bloodshed. Concerning those prohibitions, one must allow himself to be killed rather than transgress them. [Sanhedrin 74a]
In other words, according to the ‘wisdom’ of the ‘Sages’, on the one hand, a married or betrothed woman must choose to be killed, rather than submit to rape:
[S]o too, with regard to a betrothed young woman, if she is faced with rape, she must be killed and not trangress the prohibition of forbidden sexual relations. [Sanhedrin 74a]
But, on the other hand, if she is pregnant, then she may commit murder of the unborn, if the reason given is that doing so will preserve her own life and “health”.
Notably, in Satanic lore, the first main tenet (principle, or doctrine), is Self-Preservation. The second tenet, is Moral Relativism.
True black magic is performed with the aid of a demoniacal spirit, who serves the sorcerer for the length of his earthly life, with the understanding that after death the magician shall become the servant of his own demon. For this reason a black magician will go to inconceivable ends to prolong his physical life, since there is nothing for him beyond the grave. [Hall, 1928]
Contrast the first principle teaching of Jesus of Nazareth: “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Both the Torah and rabbinic lore have much to say concerning the binary notions of Life and Death.
We have seen in earlier essays that Jewish mystical philosophy (Cabala) openly confesses its origins in “Old Chaldean” ontology – a worldview, or philosophy of being and reality, in which every thing in the universe is believed to be created from the sexual union (merging, mixing, fusing, binding, blurring) of exact opposites.
This is illustrated in the Cabalistic ‘Tree of Life’ or ‘Gates of Light’, where the ’emanations’ or attributes of God and Being are depicted as gendered pairs, joined together in a sequence of mystic, ‘sexual’, father-mother-son-daughter unions of opposites.
We have also seen that the ‘trick’ of alchemical sex magick, is the cunning inversion or reversal of the natural “flow” of the (pro)creative fluids, which are considered “energies” – the semen virile and semen feminile.
To reverse the left to right pattern, contrary to nature and cosmic law requires an exercise of the faculty of will. This is an act of rebellion against nature and against divinely ordained cosmic order.
Practitioners .. may often rely on what appears to non-initiates to be chicanery and tricks involving slight of hand.
What is important here is the left-hand path technique or philosophical model of inverting or reversing natural processes through the power of will and consciousness. By being able to reverse natural ‘flow patterns’, be they in the body (subjective) or in the world (objective), practitioners of the left-hand path demonstrate or exercise their independence from the natural universe – thus establishing that which is divine in their individualities. [Flowers, 1997]
In left-hand path sexual alchemy, rather than the male fertilising the female – which would mean giving his vital “energies” to her – he steals the female’s “flows” by a secretly-practiced sexual exercise, or (for the less skilled) by drinking them.
“After he has streamed forth,” Mircea Eliade quotes a text as saying, “he draws in and says: through my force, through my seed I take your seed — and she is without seed”. The man thus steals the seed of the woman under the impression that he can through this become a powerful androgynous being, and leaves her without her own life energy. [Trimondi, 2003]
This secret Tantric practice is tacitly affirmed in Lurianic Cabala:
[Isaac Luria’s disciple, Chaim] Vital describes how the face-to-face status of the Father and Mother [sefirot] visages was maintained by ‘feminine waters’ (mayim nukvim) emanating from the interior of the Mother. [Drob, 2003]
Naturally – or rather, un-naturally, since antinomianism (inversion or reversal of normatives) is fundamental to satanic practice – it is believed that the greatest power is obtained from internalising those things that have been traditionally considered impure, unclean, and thus off-limits or taboo.
The magical principle of transforming or ‘purifying’ any substance or experience to serve the purpose of the pure Will of the magician is typical at all levels of the left-hand path.
When discussing antinomian left-handed tantrism Renou states “… we observe the inversion of normal worship and common ethical principles. The fact that those objects are ‘worshiped’ is evidence that the stage has been passed at which they would be considered sinful.” So objects or practices which would normally inspire shame, hate or fear in the orthodox .. will be willfully worshipped and engaged in with a sublimated attitude of sacrality.
It is by breaking these taboos [incl. cannibalism and necrophilia] and going beyond the barriers of good and evil that the [initiate] attains new levels of power and ‘liberation’ (from his human limitations).
It is this third category, the libertines, which [Marquis] de Sade saw as the apex of humanity. Libertines, through active use of the imagination, transform themselves through acts of will… . For de Sade the greatest pleasures were to be found in overcoming things which may have at one time inspired fear or disgust. [Flowers, 1997]
This explains why left-hand path philosophers and practitioners throughout the ages and across many cultures have evidenced a peculiar obsession with the cyclical monthly “flows” of the female.
[E]very woman knows that she has two kinds of flow that come from her vagina. Ancient sources called these the River of Life and the River of Death, meaning the clear or white flow at the time when a child is more likely to be conceived; and the forbidden flow of menstruation, when it is most unlikely that a child can be conceived. [Lishtar, 2000]
In the Hevajra Tantra the adept must drink the menstrual blood of his mudra out of a skull bowl. [..] As a tantric saying puts it, “What binds the fool, liberates the wise”, and another, more drastic passage emphasizes that, “the same deed for which a normal mortal would burn for a hundred million eons, through this same act an initiated yogi attains enlightenment”. According to this, every ritual is designed to catapult the initiand into a state beyond good and evil.
According to the tantric logic of inversion, that precisely the worst is the most appropriate starting substance for the best, the yogi need not fear the magical destructive force of the menses, as he can reverse it into its creative opposite through the proper method. [Trimondi, 2003]
“Hyle” (matter, materialism; semen virile), Left-hand side
“Menstruum” (spirit, solvent; semen feminile), Right-hand side
This may also offer a deeper insight into, and explanation for, the Western Establishment’s “liberal” support for abortion … and the sale of body parts.
“Modern philosophies and political ideologies have fully embraced principles basic and fundamental to the left-hand path, almost all of which have become the accepted norm in the west.”
“It’s not good for women to go through the procedure and have something living sucked out of your bodies. It belittles women… Every time a woman has an abortion, it just crushes her self-esteem, smaller and smaller and smaller.”
– Dolores O’Riordan, The Cranberries
Stephen E. Flowers PhD, Lords of the Left-hand Path: A History of Spiritual Dissent (1997)
V. and V. Trimondi, The Shadow of the Dalai Lama: Sexuality, Magic and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism (2003), transl. by Mark Penny
John Maynard Keynes, Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, Essays In Persuasion, The Future (1930)
Adam McLean, Animal Symbolism in the Alchemical Tradition (alchemywebsite.com)
Mark Passio, Natural Law: The Real Law of Attraction (2013)
Rabbi Susan Grossman, Mikveh and the Sanctity of Being Created Human (2006)
Sanhedrin 74a, The William Davidson Talmud, (sefaria.org)
Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)
Sanford L Drob, Towards a Kabbalistic Psychology: C.G. Jung and the Jewish Foundations of Alchemy (2003)
Lishtar, The Avenging Maiden and the Predator Gardener: A Study of Inanna and Shukaletuda (2000), citing Shuttle and Redgrove (1989)
The magic chain of speech was typified among the ancients by chains of gold, which issued from the mouth of Hermes. Nothing equals the electricity of eloquence.
To make the Magic Chain is to establish a magnetic current which becomes stronger in proportion to the extent of the chain.
The Great Work in Practical Magic .. is the formation of the magnetic chain, and this secret is truly that of priesthood and of royalty. To form the magnetic chain is to originate a current of ideas which produces faith and draws a large number of wills in a given circle of active manifestation. A well-formed chain is like a whirlpool which sucks down and absorbs all.
– Éliphas Lévi, Dogme et Ritual de la Haute Magie, (1855)
“You Marched. Now We Fight For Our Lives.”
Thus urges the slogan on the website of March For Our Lives, Inc.
But whose lives, exactly, are the “our” lives that you marched for?
To find the answer, let us examine the hidden forces behind this well-organised, well-funded social movement, one that is purported to be “created by, inspired by, and led by students.”
It’s not hard to see the hand of the Democratic party behind the tens of millions in corporate contributions and free media accorded the March For Our Lives mobilization.
Democratic strategists probably view the public uproar over the Las Vegas massacre and the continued persistence of school shootings as a gift from heaven or hell.
No, it is not simply the Democrats. Their involvement, and that of the liberal celebrity set, is hardly hidden – it is plain for all to see.
Depending on one’s philosophical leaning, these forces are either “miraculous” (Jewish), or “magical” (left-hand path, ‘Black Magic’).
The “miraculous” is associated with beliefs derived from the Babylonian Talmud, and commemorated since the Middle Ages as The Great Sabbath – a celebration of the mythical “War of the Egyptian Firstborn” against their own government.
Last Shabbat was Shabbat haGadol, the Great Shabbat, the last one before Pesach. It was also the occasion for another ritual, that national gathering called the March for Our Lives.
– Rabbi Robin Podolsky, The Jewish Journal
The “magical” is associated with Cabalist theurgical beliefs derived from ancient Babylonian astrology, numerology, alchemy, and the conjuration of “spirits” (angels and demons).
How well stated it was, how timely. This week, for the Sabbath before Passover, Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Sabbath .. Could the connection be any better?
– Sandy Wasserman, The Times of Israel
As we will see, March For Our Lives also has much in common with the ‘Black Magic’ ritual methodology used by the Nazi Third Reich, “to focus attention on the cause and shape and nature of the cause.”
The importance of ritual and spectacle, public and private, is obvious to anyone who has seen films of Nazi rallies, parades, and so on. The National Socialists were modern masters of symbolism and ritual – what would be called Lesser (Black) Magic in left-hand path circles today. (Nowadays only rock concerts and sporting events remain as pathetic attempts at this kind of spectacle.)
As individuals can be transformed by rituals, whole cultures can also be metamorphicized through collective participation in such rituals. Even marginally effective ones, if repeated often and long enough, will have some result. But it may take only one good jolt from a highly potent rite to have a profound and lasting effect. The Nazis used both kinds.
Please note that our purpose here is not to comment on the pros versus cons of the gun control debate – whether in the U.S.A., or elsewhere. Our exclusive focus is on examining the occult ‘magic’ ritual devices that have been employed to influence public opinion.
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
To whet the readers appetite for this necessarily lengthy exposition, here following are the subject areas covered. Clicking on each title links to its respective segment. It is recommended however, that they be read in order. A brief summary is included here, for the impatient or time-pressed reader interested only in the bare minimum, sans historic illustrations, photos and other evidences, and explanations. Please consider the words of George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four as you continue:
Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest of arguments if they are inimicable to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.
Shabbat HaGadol – War of the Egyptian Firstborn
Talmudic legend: Egyptian firstborn took up arms against their own government, hoping to compel Pharoah to grant freedom to the Hebrews, and thus save themselves from Moses’ 10th plague, the Angel of Death. Jews cannot lie on Sabbath; the firstborns’ intervention, driven by self-interest, saved them from need to lie. Seen as “miraculous” transformation of evil into good for the Jews.
The “Tactical” Sefirot – Hod (8) – Means to an End
Claim of 800,000 Washington attendance, 800+ global rallies debunked. Significance of number 8 in Cabalist ‘magic’ and mysticism. Feet as “means to an end,” hidden motive exact opposite of one presented. Hod (8) = left foot, evil side, retribution. Alchemical symbolism: left foot forward. Left-hand Path, occult magic, Tarot divination in context of 8, the Four Eights, Tetragrammaton, mirror reversal, and March For Our Lives logo.
‘Magic’ – Time-ing is Everything
Time-dependency: key to success in invocation and command of angelic/demonic powers in medieval Cabalist texts. Brief overview of Cabalist ‘magic’ influences on Renaissance through Enlightenment to post-modern humanist philosophy. Western Establishment culture “spawned from intersections of modernist rationalism and occultist magic and mysticism.”
The Babylonian Sun Seal – Magic Square 111/666
Magical significance of David Hogg speech timing, and social media user names. Babylonian priests’ Magic Square, Sigillum Solis gold amulets. 111/666 connection. Washington rally stage symbolism, and the Rule of 72. The alchemists’ 🜓. “Dragon’s blood.” The Star of Raiphan / Chiun / Saturn / Satan and Shabbat (Sabbath) SaturDay. Lunar cycle: March 24 Half Moon, left side in darkness. Talmudic legend: Ashmedai / Asmodeus the “king of demons,” ruler of “good” Jewish demons, compelled through ‘magic’ to help build Solomon’s Temple, using his feet. Child sacrifice. Nachiel – the “intelligence of the sun”; angel controlling the sun: Hebrew letter gimel, “person in motion.” The Four Princes of the Evil of the World. Conjuration of the Four spirits of darkness.
Hollywood Hamsa – Evil Eye amulet for Sabbath
Pussyhat creator’s “Evil Eye Glove” promotion. History of Jewish hamsa (Evil Eye-in-palm of hand) talisman. The “Hand of Miriam” connection to timing of Great Sabbath celebration. Talmudic law allows carrying an “approved amulet” on the Sabbath, rabbinic exception to biblical prohibitions against magic, divination, and working on Shabbat.
Nazi ‘Black Magic’ – Weaponisation of Youth
Ritual devices and methodologies. “Ceremonies of the Reich and the Course of the Year” liturgical calendar, replacement for orthodox Christianity. Springtime (late March) “commitment to the cause.” The Pledging of the Youth – David Hogg’s speech mirrors Hitler-Jugend / Bund deutscher Mädel rite of passage formula. Nazi “Holy Nights”, and leaving a chair for Elijah. The Chariot card. ‘Lesser’ Black Magic.
Shabbat HaGadol – War of the Egyptian Firstborn
The March For Our Lives public rally was planned long before the Parkland school incident on Valentine’s Day. It was conducted on March 24, 2018, the same day as Shabbat HaGadol, a Jewish ritual celebration of a mythical story in the Babylonian Talmud.
Hear the Chabad-Lubavitch organisation recount the tale:
The Talmud relates what happened when 600,000 Jewish heads of household began rounding up their lambs on the 10th of Nissan. The lamb was worshipped as a deity in ancient Egypt, so this caused quite a commotion. The firstborn of Egypt, who held the key social and religious positions in Egyptian society, confronted the Jews, and were told: “We are preparing an offering to G‑d. In four days, at the stroke of midnight, G‑d will pass through Egypt in order to execute the tenth and final plague; all firstborn will die, and the people of Israel nation will be freed.”
The firstborn, having already witnessed the first nine plagues occur exactly as Moses had warned, approached Pharaoh and his generals and demanded that the Jews be freed immediately. When Pharaoh refused, the firstborn took up arms against Pharaoh’s troops, killing many of them.
Furthermore, on this day it was demonstrated that the Egyptians were powerless against the Jews.
This “great miracle” is commemorated each year on the Shabbat before Passover, which is therefore called Shabbat HaGadol, “The Great Shabbat.”
Why do we commemorate the miracle on the Shabbat before Passover rather than on the tenth of Nissan, the date on which it actually took place? We see that the Torah itself mentions only the date rather than the day of the week.
It is because the miracle is closely connected to Shabbat. The Egyptians were aware that the Children of Israel observed Shabbat and did not busy themselves tending animals on that day, so when the Egyptians saw them taking lambs and binding them to their bedposts on Shabbat, they were surprised and decided to investigate what was happening.
The Children of Israel were in great danger when they were confronted and were saved only by virtue of a miracle. We therefore commemorate this miracle on Shabbat rather than on the tenth of the month of Nissan.
Moreover, had it not been Shabbat, the Children of Israel would not have needed a miracle to save them. They would have been able to deceive the Egyptians by diverting their attention or making up some kind of explanation. On Shabbat, however, they would not do so, for, as our Sages said, “Even an ignorant man will not tell lies on Shabbat.” Thus, we see that they were endangered because of their observance of Shabbat, and they needed a miracle to save them.
A further reason why we recall the miracle on Shabbat rather than on the tenth of the month is that, forty years later, Miriam [Moses’ sister] died on that day and the well which accompanied the Children of Israel and provided them with water in the wilderness, disappeared.
The implication that it would be quite acceptable to lie and deceive – to break the 9th Commandment – on days other than the Sabbath, bears highlighting.
As does the first two tenets of satanic ideology: Self-Preservation, and Moral Relativism.
For Hasidic and other esoterically-inclined Jews steeped in ‘magical’ interpretations of the Torah, the Babylonian Talmud, and cabalist texts such as the Sefer Yetzirah (ספר יצירה), Sefer Razi’el HaMalakh (ספר רזיאל המלאך) and the Zohar, this legend has long held another, “higher” significance. It symbolises the “miraculous” transformation of evil into good:
But is this simple victory of good over evil the final goal of Jewish teaching? Chassidic thought presents a higher ideal: transformation of evil into good, of darkness into light. On the national level, the enemy becomes a friend; on the inner personal level, the Evil Desire is transformed to good, and now works energetically in service of G‑d. [..]
This Shabbat before Passover, called the Great Shabbat (Shabbat HaGadol) also expresses the idea of transformation of bad to good.
The ancient Egyptians had enslaved and tortured the Jews. When Moses came with the Divine mission to bring the Jews to freedom, working one miracle after another, Pharaoh continued to resist. Yet on the Shabbat before the Exodus, commemorated by this Shabbat today, the Egyptian firstborn began to side with Moses, actively attacking their own government.
The Sages tell us that the attack was a response to the idea that the final plague, which had been forecast by Moses, would mean death for the firstborn. We might see it as no more than a reaction to personal fear. However, the Lubavitcher Rebbe points out that it was more than that. It was a transformation of the inner spiritual nature of existence. Ancient Egypt represented the depths of evil, implacably opposed to holiness, as indeed we see in the figure of Pharaoh himself. Yet on that Shabbat, what the Sages term a “great miracle” took place. Within Egypt itself, in fact the firstborn of Egypt – meaning the future leaders – began a movement on behalf of the Jewish people.
True, Pharaoh and the Egyptian authorities were not transformed at that point, and the tenth plague and then the Splitting of the Sea, destroying the Egyptian forces, had to follow. But the rebellion of the firstborn was a taste of the transformations of the future, when all darkness will be changed to light, and all violent evil to good.
The “Tactical” Sefirot – Hod (8) – Means to an End
According to the website of March For Our Lives, Inc., the Washington DC rally was mirrored by “800+ sibling marches across the globe”. NBC and many others reported the event organisers’ claim that “800,000 people attended the march” and that, globally, “there were approximately 800 marches organized on Friday and Saturday — even one in Antarctica.”
This was sharply contradicted by CBS News, who reported the findings of Digital Design & Imaging Service Inc (DDIS), a Virginia-based firm which uses a proprietary method for calculating crowd size using aerial photos. According to DDIS, the peak crowd size was 202,796 people – one quarter (1/4) of the organisers’ claim – and the crowd reached its largest size at 1 pm.
Why tell such a bold lie? Is there perchance (or per design) a ‘magical’ significance to the number 8? If so, is that significance in some way relevant to this particular event?
Why yes. Let us count the ways.
In Cabalist doctrine, the eighth sephira (emanation) of “G-d” is the left “foot” of Adam Kadmon (Primordial Man), and is named “Hod” (הוד). Its opposite in the Cabalistic “Tree of Life” or “Gates of Light” is the seventh emanation (right “foot”), named “Netzach” (נצח).
The Jewish Encyclopedia (1906) informs us that “the conception underlying the cabalistic tree, of the right side being the source of light and purity, and the left the source of darkness and impurity” traces back “ultimately to old Chaldea.”
Rabbi Shimon Lieberman explains the meaning of the “feet”:
Netzach and Hod: Means to an End
Just like a loving parent may seem cruel when harshly disciplining a child in order to instill good values, the “tactical” sefirot of netzach [“victory”] and hod [“awe”] are often not what they seem.
When we call these sefirot “tactical,” we mean that their purpose is not inherent in themselves, but rather as a means for something else.
For example … I may use the tactic of kindness, though my intent may be antagonistic. I could lure an enemy into a trap by inviting him with a smile and a pleasant demeanor. The exterior façade of the act is pleasantness, its interior is punitive.
Netzach refers to actions of God that are chesed, “kindness,” in essence, but are presented through a prelude of harshness. Hod refers specifically to those events where the “wicked prosper.” It is retribution — gevurah, “strength/restraint,” in essence, but presented by a prelude of pleasantness.
Gun control activism, presented with a pleasant façade, as a prelude to retribution?
Recall the praise of Jesus for the approaching Nathanael, who, on receiving news of him, had artlessly responded, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” — “Here is an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor duplicity!”
All the sefirot are likened to different parts of a body, and netzach and hod are likened to the two feet of a person: right foot and left foot.
Feet are usually only the means for a person’s activity. The hands are the main instrument of action and the feet are simply a vehicle to bring the person to the place in which he wishes to execute that action.
Secondly, the distinction between right and left foot is nowhere as pronounced as the distinction between the left and right hands. Similarly, while the distinction between chesed and gevurah is sharp, the distinction between netzach and hod is less sharp. Both are a mixture of chesed and gevurah and therefore the distinction is blurred.
Revolution is “pleasant”, and pleasantness conceals retribution?
March For Our Lives,
Readers of my previous essays on alchemy (“transformation”) may have noticed that in alchemical texts from both the East and West, the adept is typically illustrated in a left-foot-forward posture.
In occult traditions, the 8th sefira hod is described as “a force that breaks down energy into different, distinguishable forms, and it is associated with intellectuality, learning and ritual.” This is the ideology and method of the Left-hand Path: deifying the individual “Divine Mind.” Hod is said to be the sphere in which the magician mostly works. According to 19th century French occult magus Éliphas Lévi, hod represents “Eternity of the conquests achieved by mind over matter, active over passive, life over death.”
In Hermetic-Qabalah, hod’s polar opposite in the Qlippoth (קְלִיפּוֹת), the Dark Side of the “holy sefirot” representing evil or impure spiritual forces, is a demon “called by the Hebrews, Samaël; by other easterns, Satan; and by the Latins, Lucifer”, the “angel of Mars” (male, active, war); “The Desolation of God, or The Left Hand,” and its planetary symbol is Mercury ☿ . In his book 777, the “Wickedest Man in the World” Aleister Crowley associated hod with the Four Eights of occult tarot, and with Anubis, Thoth, Hanuman, Loki, Hermes, Mercury, Jackal, Hermaphrodite, Opal, Storax, and quicksilver.
Éliphas Lévi affirmed this divinatory association (“The four Eights. Four times he triumphs on the timeless plane”), emphasising that “The Key to the Great Mysteries will be established on the number four — which is .. also the number of the square and of force”:
Turning now to the four suits, namely, Clubs, Cups, Swords, and Circles or Pantacles, commonly called Deniers all these are hieroglyphics of the tetragram [יהוה]. Thus, the Club is the Egyptian Phallus or Hebrew jod; the Cup is the cteïs or primitive he; the Sword is the conjunction of both, or the lingam, represented in Hebrew preceding the captivity by vau; while the Circle or Pantacle, image of the world, is the he final of the divine name.
Observe carefully the four black silhouettes in the March For Our Lives logo, positioned exactly under the “UR” (meaning original, prototypical, primal; name of Abraham’s native city). Note the subtle difference in their forms: male-female-male-female (Left to Right), mirroring the jod-he-vav-he יהוה (male-female-male-female) in the (Right to Left) Hebrew script.
In either case, always Male first.
Note also four words, plus four silhouettes.
The eighth Major Arcana card in a traditional Tarot deck is Justice, and the eleventh card is Strength. Note the (“blurred,” “tactical”) correspondences to Jewish Cabala’s hod and netzach. Many modern Tarot decks, especially in the English-speaking world, have switched the numbering of these two cards to make them better fit the astrological correspondences derived by the English freemasonic Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Éliphas Lévi tells us that the days of the moon possess a special character, corresponding to “the twenty-two Tarot keys.” The eighth day (Justice) is a “Day of expiation”, and signifies the “Murder of Abel” – the second-born (good) son of Adam and Eve – by Cain, the first-born (evil) son.
Perhaps not coincidentally, in Jewish tradition the ‘magic’ covenant ritual of circumcision is performed on male children on the eighth day from birth.
The eighth letter in the Hebrew alphabet (“Ḥet” or “Chet”, ח) represents the numerical value 8. Its shape traces back to a hieroglyph for “court-yard.”
Éliphas Lévi informs us that Ḥet ח represents “Balance, attraction and repulsion, life, terror, promise, and threat.”
There is one more interesting observation:
In chat rooms, online forums, and social networking the letter Ḥet repeated (חחחחחחחחחח) denotes laughter, just as in english, in the saying ‘Haha’.
‘Magic’ – Time-ing is Everything
It requires only a superficial acquaintance with the contents of cabalist, occult and ‘magic’ texts, to recognise the great importance placed on the timing of magical practices, in order to maximise their effectiveness, and potency:
Inscribing the names of angels on sigils was also thought to be efficacious, a tradition begun in the thirteenth century by the increasing influence of Jewish cabalistic texts such as the Sefer Yezirah and the Sefer Razi’el. These works were used by Jewish astrologers who served as courtiers in medieval Spain, and were later incorporated in Pico della Mirandola’s cabalistic theses in 1486.
The texts claimed that the ‘secret names of the God and the angels provided the means by which the powers were called down into the sublunar levels of the cosmos’, and hence used an intricate and often bewildering angelology in ritualistic magic. The Sefer Razi’el at its beginning gives directions for invoking the angels ‘that change according to the month, day and hour, and for using them for a peculiar purpose, such as prophecy’ or protection. Because astrological influences were also thought to be time-dependent, it is not difficult to see how the two magical traditions of astrology and cabala merged in the casting of sigils.
Mirandola’s Oration on the Dignity of Man, written in defence of his cabalistic 900 Theses, was a key text of Renaissance humanism. A paean to self-Deification and the Hitlerian “Triumph of the Will” (cf. Nietzsche’s der Wille zur Macht, “will to power”), Mirandola’s Oration has been called the “Manifesto of the Renaissance.” According to Left-hand Path adept and writer Stephen E. Flowers:
From the time of the Renaissance, the dawn of the Modern Age, there has been a steady development toward secularization, rationalism, and even materialism within the establishment of western culture. This has manifested in everything from the growth of free-trade capitalism, to representational democracy, to “secular humanism,” to Marxist political theory. But at the same time during the course of the most recent and accelerated phase of modernism (from about 1880 to the present) there has been a growing “occult revival” running below the surface of established norms. In this counter-cultural phenomenon the keys to the current manifestations of the left-hand path can be found. It will be found too that these keys help unlock many mysteries housed in the establishment culture, which were in many cases spawned from intersections of modernist rationalism and occultist magic and mysticism.
Readers who may be interested to discover for themselves the airbrushed-from-history history of occult and magical philosophy, belief and practice, and its influence on ‘science’, politics and culture, from the Renaissance (known as the “Hermetic Reformation”) throughout the so-called Enlightenment and into the 20th Century, are encouraged to begin with the works of English historian Dame Frances Yates.
Flowers explains that:
In reality the true Devil, the exemplary model of the magician of the left-hand path, is fully liberated again from the theological dungeon of medievalism with the advent of Classicism [1700–1800]. The gate was opened during the Renaissance, and his chains were broken by the Enlightenment, but only with Classicism does he begin to walk the earth freely again.
The Babylonian Sun Seal – Magic Square 111/666
The Washington DC March For Our Lives crowd size peaking at one o’clock meant maximum impact for several timely ‘coincidences’.
At 1:11 pm, the figurehead speaker David Hogg concluded his speech with the defiant raised fist salute, a symbolic gesture commonly associated with communism and other revolutionary movements since its use by the Industrial Workers of the World in 1917, the year of the Bolshevik Revolution.
His prepared speech was precisely 4 minutes long. We have already seen a little of the occult significance of the number 4.
The time of Hogg’s triumphant finale – 1:11 – also has a ‘magical’ significance.
Gematria is “an Assyro-Babylonian-Greek system of alphanumeric code or cipher, later adopted into Jewish culture, that assigns numerical value to a word, name, or phrase.” In the Mispar Shemi method, 111 is the value of alef / aleph א, the first(born) letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet (1 + 30 + 80; obtained from its spelling, אלף).
111 has explicit ‘magical’ conjuration connections with 666, the Number of the Beast in St. John’s book of Revelation.
Babylonian priests wore gold amulets – Sigillum Solis – inscribed with the Magic Square of 36 (6×6) – photographs below. The sum of any row or column (including the two diagonals) in the Magic Square, is 111. The sum of all the numbers (1–36), is 666.
The March For Our Lives logo, with its four (4) words plus four (4) silhouettes, was displayed 9 times (3×3) behind the speaker at the Washington DC rally. There are two plausible interpretations: 9 x 4 = 36 = 6×6 Magic Square (also, 36 = 3+6 = 9, 3 3’s); or, 9 x 8 = 72 (and, 7+2 = 9, 3 3’s), the Cabalists’ “Seventy-two-Lettered Name” of Yhwh (יהוה), and the Rule (or “Power”) of 72.
Also noteworthy is that the march was held from noon to 3 p.m. (12 (1+2=3) – 3; 33), on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd street and 12th street NW (3 – 12 (1+2=3); 33).
From 12–3 pm (33). On 3–12 St. (33).
The alchemists’ symbol for the synthesis of Mercury ☿ (Hermes) + Sulphur 🜍 (Satan) – Mercury(II) Sulphide, or Cinnabar – is 🜓.
I urge readers to ponder each detail in that sentence. Very carefully.
Many scholars and researchers believe that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified at Passover, 33 AD.
The art of extracting elemental mercury from natural cinnabar (HgS) appears to have been common practice by the end of the fourth century BC. The reverse process – artificial synthesis of cinnabar from mercury and sulphur – has been known since before 400 AD.
Vermillion is a brilliant red or scarlet pigment made from powdered cinnabar. It was widely used for art, decoration, and cosmetics in ancient Rome, in illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, and in Renaissance art. Differences in hue, from bright orange-red to a duller reddish-purple, are created by varying the fineness of the ground particles. It was highly valuable; in the Middle Ages, despite alchemists then having knowledge of artificial manufacture of cinnabar, vermillion pigment remained almost as expensive as gold leaf.
In the Roman triumphus, a civil ceremony and religious rite celebrating and sanctifying the success of military commanders in the service of the state – traditionally, through victory in foreign wars – the victors’ faces were painted with vermillion, as also the face of Jupiter (alchemical symbol ♃ ), supreme deity in the Roman pantheon, on Capitoline Hill.
Vermillion was used to paint the walls of some of the most luxurious villas in Pompeii, including the Villa of the Mysteries. The principal source of cinnabar was the Almadén mine in Spain, worked by slaves; a death sentence, due to the highly toxic dust of mercury ores. According to Roman historian Pliny the Elder:
Nothing is more carefully guarded. It is forbidden to break up or refine the cinnabar on the spot. They send it to Rome in its natural condition, under seal, to the extent of some ten thousand pounds a year. The sales price is fixed by law to keep it from becoming impossibly expensive, and the price fixed is seventy sesterces a pound.
In the Byzantine empire, cinnabar and the vermillion colour were reserved for the use of the Imperial family and administrators; official letters and imperial decrees were written in vermillion ink, made from cinnabar.
The records of antiquity show that from ancient Rome through the Middle Ages, there was always great confusion in distinguishing between the highly expensive vermillion-coloured pigment derived from the toxic mineral cinnabar, and that derived from the resin of the Dracaena tree species. The Romans were most familiar with Dracaena cinnabari, the Socotra dragon tree or dragon’s blood tree, native to the Socotra archipelago – part of Yemen, in the Arabian Sea – an important trading centre on the Incense Road to ancient Europe since at least the time of the Ptolemies. It is mentioned in the 1st century Periplus (30: 10. 17) as one of the products of Socotra. “Dragon’s blood” was not only an alternate source of vermillion pigment but also a ‘magical’ cure-all medicine. It was used in medieval ritual magic and alchemy, and remains popular to the present day in a wide variety of occult circles.
Note if you will the historic confusion of opposites, by virtue (or vice) of identical colour – deadly (and valuable) mineral cinnabar (Hermes-Satan), versus medicinal curative “dragon’s blood.”
But I digress.
The Babylonian 6×6 / 111 / 666 amulets mentioned above were used for fortune-telling, and “the conjuration of angels and demons”:
The ancients claimed that God works by mathematics. Their religion was a conglomeration of religion, astrology, alchemy, physical and mental science, and mathematics. Ancient astrology divided the starry heavens into 36 constellations. These were represented by different amulets called “Sigilla Solis,” or the sun seal. These amulets were worn by the pagan priests, and they contained all the numbers from 1 to 36. By these figures they claimed to be able to foretell future events. These amulets were usually made of gold, yellow being the sun color.
These [..] photographs taken in 1910, show actual amulets then in the Berlin Museum. They reveal the veneration the ancients had for the sun-god. On the front side of No.1 we see the god of the sun standing on the lion. This indicated the sun’s position in the constellation of Leo during the hot days of August. On the back is inscribed “Nachyel,” meaning “intelligence of the sun,” and in 36 squares are arranged the numerals 1 to 36 [..] in such a way that adding the numbers of any column either horizontally or vertically, and also the two diagonals crossing the square, the total is the same – 111. The sum of the six columns, computed either horizontally or vertically, is 6 x 111, or 666.
The second illustration is also a solar seal, but it honors the star Basilisco, which was the diminutive form of the Greek basileus (king), thus meaning the same as the Latin regulus. Now, Regulus is the only first-magnitude star in the constellation of Leo. The sun and the moon are again clearly seen on this amulet, and on the reverse side is the same arrangement of numerals, with the actual figure given of the total 666.
Likewise the “magic sign or seal of King Solomon, known to the medieval Jew as the Magen Dawid [✡]” is a representation of 666 (6 points, 6 triangles, 6 sides of inner hexagon). In antiquity it was the Star of Raiphan / Rephan / Remphan ρεμφαν, from Hebrew Chiun כִּיּוּן or Kewan, probably derived from Old Babylonian Kayawanu (name of the planet Saturn / Satan), from whence the Roman god Saturnus’ (Greek “Kronos”, time) Day, our ‘modern’ Saturday, the 6th day of the week.
Jewish observance of the Shabbat (Sabbath) day similarly derives from the Old Babylonian Shabbatum, 15th day of the month, day of the Full moon, and of its transformation from waxing to waning; a liminal time, considered unlucky as the evil god Kayawanu / Saturn was believed to scupper attempts to work on this day.
The Great Sabbath, March 24, 2018 in Washington DC was a First Quarter moon, so named for when the moon has reached one quarter of its full orbit around Earth. It is often called a Half Moon, as we can see exactly half of the Moon’s surface illuminated. In the northern hemisphere, the left-hand side of the moon appeared in darkness on March 24.
The Jewish Virtual Library informs us that “[t]he Castilian kabbalists, Isaac b. Jacob ha-Kohen, Moses of Burgos, and Moses de Leon (in his Hebrew works and in the Zohar), linked the existence of demons with the last grade of the powers of the “left-side” emanation (the sitra ahra, “other side,” of the Zohar) which corresponds in its ten Sefirot of evil to the ten holy Sefirot“:
Doing things in pairs, especially drinking an even number of cups, invites the malevolent activities of demons; an exception is the four cups enjoined in the seder on Passover for which reason that occasion is called “a night of guarding” (Ex. 12:42), i.e., of protection from demons.
In the Zohar it is thought that .. there are also good-natured devils who are prepared to help and do favors to men. This is supposed to be particularly true of those demons who are ruled by Ashmedai אַשְמְדּאָי (Asmodeus) who accept the Torah and are considered “Jewish demons.” Their existence is mentioned by the Hasidei Ashkenaz as well as in the Zohar.
Asmodeus is said to be the king of the demons in Jewish lore. He is the demon of lust, responsible for twisting people’s sexual desires. According to the Testament of Solomon and Talmudic legend, King Solomon acquired the archangel Raphael’s secret knowledge of ‘magic’, by which he was able to place Asmodeus in chains and compel him to help in building Solomon’s Temple, making clay with his feet, and serving as a drawer of water (water boy). Solomon would not give him his liberty “because that fierce demon Asmodeus knew even the future”.
In the Bible, the 6-pointed Star of Chiun / Saturn ✡ – called the Double Triangle and/or Seal of Solomon in occult circles – is associated with child sacrifice to the Canaanite god Moloch / Melech מלך (Hebrew for “king” of the Jews). (Acts 7:43, cf. Amos 5:26).
In cabalistic lore, “Nachyel” (also “Nachiel”) is the name of the ‘angel’ of Leo’s governing planet, the Sun. In Hebrew, Nachiel is represented as ג (Gimel, 3rd letter of the aleph-bet). In Gematria, gimel represents the number three. It is said to be written like a vav ו (6) with a jodי (10) as a “foot” – by a vertical inversion of the jod, apparently. It is believed to resemble a person in motion. The word gimel is related to gemul (גְּמוּל), meaning ‘justified repayment’, or the giving of reward and punishment. Spelling out Nachiel’s name (NKYAL נכיאל) gives a numerical sequence 30 + 1 + 10 + 20 + 50 = 111, and multiplied x 6 = 666:
The geometric figure for the intelligence of the Sun is formed by joining the numerical values of the letters forming the name of the angel Nachiel on the Sun’s magic square, the tens and hundreds often expressed by ones if the number is not extant in the square. So, in the case of our magic square for number 6, table of the Sun, beginning with the first row, we connect 3 + 1 + 10 + 20 + 5…
In gold amulet No. 1 shown above, this figure of the ‘angel’ Nachiel, reversed 180 degrees horizontally, appears on the front side near the upper right edge (approximately 2 o’clock position).
Israel Regardie (né Regudy), Aleister Crowley’s personal secretary and transcriptionist, and fellow adept in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, explains further:
The method proposed by Abramelin for calling forth the Four Princes of the Evil of the World is by means of magical squares containing, in certain formations, various letters and names. These squares when charged and energized by the magical will set up a magnetic or electrical strain in the Astral Light to which certain beings consonant to that strain respond in the performance of acts ordered by the Magician.
A century earlier, Éliphas Lévi affirmed:
Talismans are consecrated by the four exorcised elements, after conjuring the spirits of darkness by the Conjuration of the Four.
Observant readers may find further remarkable coincidence in the knowledge that the pig is forbidden meat in Jewish law, and that the 4 minute speech of David Hogg included a simple, two syllable, cleverly oxymoronic (Grk ὀξύς–μωρός: “sharp-dull”) crowd energy-invoking chant of defiant rebellion – “No More!” – exactly 6 times.
George Orwell’s blackwhite, the key word illustrating the principle of doublethink – “a vast system of mental cheating” – springs analogously to mind.
Hollywood Hamsa – Evil Eye amulet for Sabbath
Hollywood screenwriter Krista Suh sought to reproduce the award-winning success of her Pussyhat Project™ – the symbol for the anti-Trump protest march on Inauguration Day, 2017 – with a new promotion for March For Our Lives: the Evil Eye Glove.
It came to me in a dream, just minutes before waking up – I had a dream of a protest, a huge peaceful crowd with their hands outstretched toward the sky – each palm had a huge EYE drawn on it.
It was a Sea of Eyes.
Her promotion gained wide support from the mainstream media worldwide, and from prominent politicians such as Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi and the Mayor of DC, Muriel Bowser.
Menechem Wecker explains the history and relevance of this ‘magic’ amulet:
You’ve probably seen these uniquely shaped symbols on pendants worn by Jewish women or displayed in Judaica stores. And in Israel the hamsa — whether on necklaces, keychains or displayed on walls — is as ubiquitous as the Star of David.
But what is a hamsa exactly? And what makes it Jewish?
This symbol of an eye embedded in the palm of an open hand has had numerous other names throughout the ages, including the eye of Fatima, the hand of Fatima, and the hand of Miriam. The form is sometimes rendered naturally and other times symmetrically with a second thumb replacing the little finger.
The hamsa has been variously interpreted by scholars as a Jewish, Christian, or Islamic amulet, and as a pagan fertility symbol. Yet even as the magical form remains shrouded in mystery and scholars debate nearly every aspect of its emergence, it is recognized today as a kabbalistic amulet and as an important symbol in Jewish art.
As the references to Fatima (Mohammed’s daughter) and to Miriam (Moses’ sister) suggest, the amulet carries significance to both Jews and Muslims. One of the most prominent early appearances of the hamsa is the image of a large open hand that appears on the Puerta Judiciaria (Gate of Judgment) of the Alhambra, a 14th-century Islamic fortress in southern Spain.
It would not be unusual for an Islamic symbol to find its way into Sephardic Jewish culture, which flourished alongside Islam. However, amulets are somewhat problematic in Judaism because the Bible prohibits magic and divination. Still, the Talmud refers on several occasions to amulets, or kamiyot, which might come from the Hebrew meaning “to bind.” One law allows for carrying an approved amulet on the Sabbath, which suggests that amulets were common amongst Jews at some points in history. (Shabbat 53a, 61a)
In an article for The Jewish Magazine titled “Angels and Demons,” Norman A. Rubin explains that “the use of magical powers was seen as normal during the Talmudic era“:
In the ancient and medieval worlds, Jews were reputed to possess much knowledge about magic: amulets and spells to heal from sickness or harm one’s enemies, mystical incantations to ascend to heaven or bring angels down to earth, and information about the beneficent angels who assisted humans in their fight against the demons of illness and madness. Jewish magic has been part of folk Jewish knowledge and elite rabbinic practice through the years. [..]
Written testimony to the magic formulae in Jewish literature can be found in the Bible, the Mishnah, the Talmud, and the Midrashim – and in archeological finds, i.e. in Qumran a fragment of a scroll was found containing magic compositions that was written in the Hasmonaean era.
Indeed, in Judaic tradition the hamsa is believed to be referenced in Deuteronomy 5:15, stated in the Ten Commandments as the “strong hand” of God who led the Jews out of Egypt.
Some hamsa artifacts have the colors red and blue, both of which are said to thwart the Evil Eye. The symbol of the hand, and often of priestly hands, appears in kabbalistic manuscripts and amulets, doubling as the letter ‘SHIN’ [שׁ], the first letter of the divine name ‘Shaddai’ (one of the names referring to God).
There is much more to the history of the Evil Eye, the concept having appeared in many cultures since antiquity. Wikipedia’s entry offers an extensive overview.
Nazi ‘Black Magic’ – Weaponisation of Youth
Let us conclude our examination of the occult and ‘magical’ methods utilised by March For Our Lives Inc., with a comparative overview of ‘Black Magic’ ritual in the Third Reich.
In Lords of the Left-hand Path, Stephen E. Flowers debunks numerous examples of war-time and post-war propaganda, arguing that “the whole ‘Occult Nazi Mythos’ is bogus in character, and misses the whole point of any real Black Magical, or left-hand path aspects that might have been occurring in the National Socialist movement”:
The magical methodology of the National Socialists, as we can construct it today, extended from private chambers to mass rallies, from traditional folk-festivals to high-tech electronics, from the rites of war to the rites of spring. As with all magic, however, the aim must be kept firmly in focus when attempting to understand it. In this instance the aim was the forging of the Master Race – the Volk made divine.
The most massive problem was cultural in nature – how to motivate millions of the most modern, well-educated people in the world to cooperate in the most radical social and magical experiment in history? The attempt to manipulate the mass-mind to these ends was the underlying factor in much of that which we can readily identify today as real “Nazi occultism.”
The ritual devices were often complex and manifold, but they generally consisted of these elements: ritually shaped space, motion within that space, color, sound (music), and the spoken word. All this was played out in a pattern of dynamic tension between the individual and the gathered mass – nowhere is this more symbolically clear than the sight of the Führer addressing the faithful troops at Nuremberg.
The methods described here must be interpreted as “magical” because they are intended to cause changes in conformity with will and they are making use of theories that exceed, or stand outside of, the established science of their day or ours.
According to Flowers’ research it “was clear from the beginning of the Third Reich that the Party was actively trying to displace orthodox Christianity.” To that end, the Nazis instituted their own “sacred calendar,” named the “Ceremonies of the Reich and the Course of the Year.” One example can be seen in how the German Christmas festivities “became the targets of Nazi liturgical reinterpretation”:
Himmler was especially interested in re-Germanicizing the festival as the Yule-Fest. Goebbels and Rosenberg both used more subtle means. In all cases, however, since this festival always had been (even in pagan times) a private family or clanic and not a public affair, it did not become a candidate for massive Nazi liturgy. It posed a new problem: how to develop National Socialist traditions in private homes. It was 1942 before this began to take on set forms.. .
During the Christmas seasons of 1943 and 1944 the Ministry of Propaganda issued a book called Deutsche Kriegs-weihnachten (A German War-time Christmas) which… went so far as to present the legend of the dead soldier who returned for “Holy Nights” to participate invisibly in celebrations with the family.”
This ritual bears a curious and remarkable correspondence to the Jewish Passover ritual of opening the door and leaving an honorary empty chair for Elijah – the biblical prophet believed to have been taken to heaven alive, and expected to return as forerunner of the Messiah-ben-David:
Chariot of Fire, March for Our Lives
This is one of those texts on which Messianic hopes are built. The prophet promises that God will send Elyahu haNavi, Elijah the Prophet to herald the day and to “turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents” ([Malachi] 3:24), to bring reconciliation at long last.
Who is this prophet Elijah? He is the one for whom we will open our doors on Seder night after beginning the ritual with a call for whomever is hungry to come and eat. Our Tanakh teaches that the prophet entered paradise while alive, that “he went up in a stormwind, Elyahu, to heaven,” (2 Kings:2:11) on a “chariot of fire.” Therefore, Elyahu is understood by our Rabbis and Sages to be a kind of emissary between worlds*. In the Talmud he shows up in the heavenly yeshiva and in gatherings on earth.
(*Compare Hermes – the Egyptian Thoth – the alchemists’ trickster god, patron of travellers between ‘worlds,’ merchants, hegemons, orators, and thieves. See Albrecht Dürer’s “Allegory of Eloquence” engraving at top this essay)
We might observe here that Major Arcana card number seven (7) in the Tarot deck – “The four Sevens” according to Lévi, corresponding to netzach, the seventh Sefira (’emanation’) in Cabala, and preceding Justice (8), corresponding to hod (left “foot”) which we examined earlier – is known as The Chariot.
The fourth ritual celebration in the Nazi liturgical year was held on the last Sunday in March. It was called the “Pledging of the Youth”:
This was analogous to confirmation in the Christian churches. It was the day on which the 14 year old boys and girls could transfer to the Hitler-Youth (Hitler-Jugend) or League of German Girls (Bund deutscher Mädel) from the corresponding “junior leagues” of these organizations. Although this was an individual rite of passage, it had national significance as a time of celebrating the commitment of youth to the movement.
Note the parallels with March For Our Lives’ express encouragement of American youth to enrol to vote – an individual rite of passage – and urging their commitment to the movement and the cause.
Indeed, David Hogg’s speechwriter appears to have understood these ‘magic’ techniques all too well – these very themes were embedded throughout his oration. Pay careful attention:
Now, who here is gonna show up and vote in the 2018 election? If you listen real close, you can hear the people in power shaking.
We are going to make this the voting issue. We are going to take this to every election, every state and every city.
We are going to make sure the best people get in our elections to run, not as politicians but as Americans. Because this .. this (points to Capitol Hill behind him) .. is not cutting it.
Now is the time to come together, not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Americans. Americans of the same flesh and blood that care about one thing and one thing only, and that’s the future of this country and the children that are going to lead it.
Now, they will try to separate us in demographics, they will try to separate us by religion, race, congressional district, and class: they will fail!
We, will come together, we, will get rid of these public servants that only serve the gun lobby, and We Will Save Lives! You are those heroes.
Note carefully the messianic implications of this rhetoric.
So let’s take this to our local legislators, and let’s take this to mid-term elections, because without the persistent heat*, without the persistence of voters and Americans everywhere getting out to every election, democracy will not flourish; but it can, and it will.
We can, and we will, change the world!
The timing of these rituals (Jewish Shabbat HaGadol / War of the Egyptian Firstborn, Nazi Pledging of the Youth, and March For Our Lives) is also noteworthy – the beginning of Spring, celebrated since antiquity for its association with rebirth, change, the fresh and the new, the blossoming of new life after the ‘death’ of winter.
This was also the time of the 11 day Akitu harvest (barley-cutting, or “reaping”) festival in ancient Babylon, honouring their supreme god Marduk, whose star was Jupiter, and his son Nabû, the god of writing, for their victory over the monster of primeval chaos.
Messiah Hogg’s speechwriter also made reference to these associations, at the very beginning, the middle, and towards the end of his speech.
One might even perceive a cryptic reference to the Talmudic legend of the Egyptian firstborns’ revolt against Pharoah, the “miraculous” transformation of evil into good (for the benefit of the Hebrews, enabling their “liberty”), in his very first words:
The cold grasp of corruption shackles the district of Columbia. The winter is over. Change is here. The sun shines on a new day and the day is ours. (0.02)
Today is the beginning of spring, and tomorrow is the beginning of democracy. (2:14)
This is the start of the spring and the blossoming of our democracy. So let’s take this to our local legislators, and let’s take this to mid-term elections, because without the persistent heat, without the persistence of voters and Americans everywhere getting out to every election, democracy will not flourish; but it can, and it will. (3:15)
Doubtless many will forgive the speechwriter taking .. ahem .. liberties, with the truth. Even on the Great Sabbath. After all, an “approved amulet” – like the hamsa Evil Eye – is an exception to the ‘divine’ rules. The official beginning of Spring 2018 was .. ahem .. 4 days earlier, on 20 March.
There are some interesting conclusions that may now be drawn.
Stephen Flowers’ review of Nazi ritual in the Third Reich must be understood in context of his being a practicing member of the Temple of Set, and his work being an openly stated apologia for left-hand path philosophy. He is, understandably, reluctant to voice interpretations that non-practitioners of the left-hand path might seize upon as confirming a ‘Satanic’ or ‘demonic’ (i.e., metaphysical) dimension to Nazi rituals and practices. The following should serve as a summary example, and speak volumes for the discerning reader:
In the final analysis we must again ask ourselves whether the Nazis are in any real sense to be aligned with the left-hand path. On the essential element of self-deification, the Nazis present a mixed picture. [..] The deification in Nazism is contained not in the individual, and not in the whole of the human species (as with Communism) but in the particular organic strain known as the Aryans. It is the Volk as an organic construct which will reach the state of divinity in the National Socialist model.
The Nazis were to separate this new “god” from all others, and develop it to a new level of being. If there is a crux to the issue of whether they practiced any sort of “black magic,” surely this is it. The Nazi represents a race-based nationalistic rebellion against the natural cosmic order (or perhaps modern “conventional order”), just as the true Black Magician represents that rebellion in the individual ego.
This fact negates the viability of the essential individualistic component to the practice of the left-hand path. The individual is almost totally irrelevant in the ideology of Nazism – except as a mythic heroic model for behaviour suited to the aims of the State.
One feels compelled to suggest the possibility of uncomfortably close correspondences with other self-idealised and separated ‘heroic’ groups, such as (paradoxically, at first glance) Party goodthinkers in George Orwell’s dystopian 1984, and the messianic “heroes” of March For Our Lives.
In context, we might also think to take a much closer and far more critical view of the mainstream media, the ‘entertainment’ industries, technology industries (in particular, those associated with genetic and gender ‘modification’, Big Data, artificial intelligence, transhumanism), and various sects of Christian determinism, Islamic fundamentalism, and rabbinic Judaism.
As a form of Lesser Magic these rituals had many functions. Among them were the forging of a focused “mass will” of the Volk, the creation of a deep sense of self-consciousness as an organic entity, the bonding of that entity to a set of symbols, the projection of the entity through those symbols back in time to the ancestors and forward in time to the descendants.
Indeed the Nazis did use magic of a most sophisticated and modern kind. The Lesser Magical use of symbolism and spectacle to manipulate and direct the masses is only rivalled by Madison Avenue. [..] The degree to which these methods could be called Black magic is open to interpretation. In that the aims are usually collectivist and thought to be “ordained by Nature,” they would seem to be more “white magical.” But seen from the level of the selected (separated and independent) folk-group the picture becomes darker. The separated group, with its own idiosyncratic characteristics, imposes its will on the environment around it – contrary to the “natural” flow of convention and historical development.
National Socialism might best be described as a uniquely post-modern, organic school of the left-hand path. They have an organic, collective basis (Folk), but do have a gradual (initiatory) perspective on the transformation of the entity in question from its mundane into its divine state using magical means – a triumph of the will.
As can be seen, the key concepts associated with ‘Lesser’ Black Magic are (1) separation of a selected (“chosen”) group, (2) having its own “idiosyncratic” characteristics, that is (3) bonded to a set of symbols, and that (4) seeks to impose its will on its environment, (5) contrary to the “natural,” the conventional, dare one say “traditional” and historic flow… and, most importantly, with an aim, motive, or intent, that is self-Deifying or messianic in character.
In this context then, consider the defiant declaration of intent to impose its will on others evidenced in the Mission Statement of the March For Our Lives movement. Observe that this imposition of the will – the ‘magic’ of transforming one’s environment in accordance with self-interest – is rhetorically justified by self-identification with a messianic ideal; a form of self-Deification that is fundamental to the left-hand (‘satanic’) path:
We came together on March 24th and through continued unity, we will save lives. We will not stop our advocacy until we see the change we demand – a change that is necessary in order to save innocent lives across our nation.
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 Rabbi Jack Riemer, Appreciating and knowing the Bible, then and now, Jewish News Syndicate, June 11, 2017 (retrieved 8 April 2018). For more detailed examination, cf. Hebrew and Babylonian Traditions, The Haskell Lectures delivered at Oberlin College in 1913, since revised and enlarged, by Morris Jastrow, Jr., Ph.D. New York: Scribner, 1914 – “Jastrow holds that the waning of the moon was in Babylonia a time of anxiety, and that the people were especially anxious to propitiate their gods before entering upon it. He finds several passages of the Old Testament (II Kings 4:23; Amos 8:5; Hos. 2:13; Isa. 1:13; Ezek. 46:1) in which the feast of the New Moon and the Sabbath are classed together, and thinks that the Sabbath in Israel also began as a festival connected with the full moon.” (George A Barton review, American Journal of Theology, doi/pdfplus/10.1086/479398, pp. 426-7)
 Demons and Demonology, jewishvirtuallibrary.org (retrieved April 8, 2018)
 Kaufman Kohler; Lewis Ginsberg, Asmodeus or Ashmedai, jewishencyclopedia.com (retrieved April 10, 2018)
 Menachem Wecker, What is a Hamsa?, myjewishlearning.com (retrieved April 10, 2018)
 Rabbi Robin Podolsky, Chariot of Fire, March for Our Lives, jewishjournal.com 28 March 2018 (retrieved April 6, 2018)
Every body may give forth from it self, the good or evil,
Venome or Medicine latent in it…
Therefore, you are to know, that in Antimony also there is a Spirit,
which effects whatsoever in it, or can proceed from it,
in an invisible way and manner, no otherwise,
than as in the Magnet is absconded a certain invisible power…
[T]he efficacious Spirit, and operative power of Antimony,
manifests its gifts, and distributes them among Men,
being first loosed from its own body,
and freed from all its bonds, so, that it is able to penetrate,
and render fit to be applyed to those Uses,
which the Artificer proposed to himself in Preparation.
Basilius Valentinius, The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony, 1604
Happy International Women’s Day!
Did you know that the global celebration of women began with the International Socialist Women’s Conference in 1910? Or that the active participation of Russia’s women workers in 1917, who celebrated this day with a strike against hunger and World War 1, unintentionally brought on the October (Bolshevik) Revolution, the creation of the USSR, and the gruesome “Red Terror” slaughter of between 40 and 66 million of their fellow Russian citizens?
Alexandra Kolontai, a feminist leader of the socialist revolution, wrote about the fact and about the 8th March .. “The Women Workers’ Day on the 8th March 1917 was a memorable day in history. The revolution of February had just begun.”
[Leon] Trotski wrote, “23 February (8th March) was International Woman’s Day and meetings and actions were foreseen. But we did not imagine that this ‘Women’s Day’ would inaugurate the revolution. Revolutionary actions were foreseen but without date. But in [the] morning, despite the orders to the contrary, textile workers left their work in several factories and sent delegates to ask for support of the strike… which led to mass strike… all went out into the streets.”
It is, alas, a tragedy unsurprising, that the noble, virtuous and peaceful, mother’s-love intentions of Russia’s women workers were used, manipulated and abused, by and for others’ – the Artificers’ – malicious and malevolent ends.
Such has long been the sine qua non of the alchemist in the art of words and letters; that is to say, the Cabalist:
The Cabala has been interpreted as a means of understanding the cosmos, the emanations of God, “the framework of practical magic,” but also as a psychological technique.
Cabala and alchemy are comparable in their methods of manipulation; the former lexical, the latter elemental. The transmutation of letters to their prime state can be seen as parallel to the alchemical discipline of transmutation of metals to their base elements.
I would like, if I may, to mark this International Women’s Day with some reflections, of a paradoxical nature.
That is to say, reflections on the coincidentia oppositorum. The union of opposites.
And perhaps, more importantly, on what is understood, just quietly, by ancient through post-modern alchemists, as the “law of inversion.”
Or, as lords of the left-hand path might say, the law of reversal.
I am motivated to do so by my deep concern for the future, indeed, the survival of the human race; and, in particular, my concern for the very essence, the principle, the “efficacious Spirit”, of the Mother nature in the Female of the human species:
If someone had told you 10 years ago that it would soon become tantamount to a speechcrime to say ‘Men cannot get pregnant’, you would have thought them mad. That would be like punishing someone for saying, ‘Humans need oxygen to survive’. And yet here we are, in
2017 , where PC has spun so violently out of control, and the cult of gender-neutrality has become so unwieldy, that one of the most controversial things you can say these days is: ‘Only women can get pregnant.’
We are living through a collapse of the most basic moral and biological categories of speech and understanding. Avoiding offence is now prized more highly than physical reality and truth. And one of the worst consequences of this rush to institute trans terminology — above the heads of a mostly bamboozled populace — is the erasure of womanhood. The very term ‘women’ is in serious danger.
The idea of womanhood, the terminology of womanhood, is being erased from public life. We are effectively saying there is nothing special or distinctive about being a woman. Anyone can be a woman, simply by declaring it. We can dress this up as much as we like in the language of tolerance and open-mindedness but it strikes me as plain old misogyny to treat womanhood as such a casual, easily achieved thing.
I put it to you, dear reader, that this is not an accident.
Rather, it is the intended result of lexical transformations.
It is the result of alchemy.
Alchemy practiced on the mind matter of human nature.
The Female nature, in particular.
Consider the words of Edward Bernays, founder of the ‘modern’ alchemical art of “Public Relations” – or, to use the title of his own book, the art of “Propaganda”:
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
The erasure of womanhood is the intentional result of “those Uses which the Artificer proposed to himself,” in setting his skills to work on the mind matter of Venus – of Mother Love herself.
[O]f the highest things the lowest are made,
and the lowest the highest,
so that, a Medicament is produced of Venome,
and of Venome Medicine;
of the sweet, bitter, acid, and corrosive;
and on the contrary of the corrosive,
another thing more profitable.
Previously, I have written at length explaining and evidencing the history, and method, of the adepts in the art of Hermes the trickster god, and his magnetically-attractive “golden chains of eloquence”.
Simply, the ancient art of lying, and cheating.
Today, I would like to draw your attention to an alchemical symbol with which you will most likely be quite familiar – the symbol of the female, Venus ♀ (copper) – and its exact symbolic opposite, inversion, or reversal, antimony ♁.
French alchemist and esoteric author Fulcanelli conceived antimony as “a chaos, the foster mother of all metals.” Sendovogius (1659) spoke of it as “the womb and reef of gold and the seedbed of its tincture.” Chevalier and Gheerant (Dictionary of Symbols) inform us that antimony “was also held to be ‘the bastard child of Saturn; passionately loved by Venus’.”
It is Venome and a most swift poison,
also it is void of Venome
and a most excellent Medicine…
Soon you will see why.
Antimony is a lustrous, brittle, blue-white crystal, one of six commonly recognised metalloids; that is, a chemical element with liminal properties, in between metals and non-metals, or a mixture of both. It has been known since ancient times, found in nature in a toxic, compound form called stibnite (antimony trisulphide). Stibnite is a lead-grey (Saturn ♄) colour, tarnishing to black or iridescent with exposure to air, but when polished, turning white.
Known as كحل “kohl” in Arabic, powdered stibnite has been used in the Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean regions since 3100 BC as a cosmetic, to darken the eyelids, lashes and brows. Roman historian and naturalist Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) mentions several other names, including the “very common” platyophthalmos, “wide-eye” (from the effect). Kohl (from which comes the English alcohol) is blue in colour.
In Biblical Hebrew, kohl is known as כָּחַל kâchal. It is mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel (23:40) as the eye paint of Hebrew whores. Along with the modern Israeli Hebrew word כחול \ כָּחֹל kaḥól (“blue“), these words all derive from a common Semitic root, k-ḥ-l.
Curiously, according to the Talmudic midrash Numbers Rabbah 14:3 (cf. Exodus 24:10, Ezekiel 1:26), a sapphire blue, not unlike that of the modern Israeli flag – a darker shade than the biblical blue of holy garments (תְּכֵלֶת tchélet) – is seen in rabbinic tradition as symbolising God’s Glory and purity, and his Gevurah (severity, judgement).
Bearing in mind what we have learned previously about the alchemists’ all-important “Rebus” (punning) principle, it is interesting to consider also the Hebrew word קָהָל qâhâl or kahal, meaning a convoked (“called out”) group or assembly “for evil counsel, war or invasion, religious [judicial] purposes”. Kahal is the name for the theocratic organisational structure in ancient Hebrew society, and, in later centuries, the title of Ashkenazi Jews’ autonomous governments, notably in Poland and Tsarist Russia. These became the subject of some notoriety when Jacob Brafmann, a 19th century Russian Jew who converted to Orthodoxy, authored two books (The Book of the Kahal, and The Local and Universal Jewish Brotherhoods), claiming the kahal was “an international network under the control of the Alliance Israélite Universelle and had as its aim undermining Christian entrepreneurs, taking over their property and ultimately seizing power.”
Returning then to antimony ♁ as an ancient eye cosmetic, associated both with female nobility and royalty (Egyptian) and also with whores (Hebrew), readers of my previous essays (here, here, here) will recall that alchemical (and Cabalist) lore is radically misogynous at its core. The universe, and every thing in it, is conceived as being a union or “sacred marriage” of opposite principles – Male and Female ‘genders’ – wherein the Male is identified with all that is Good, and the Female with all that is Evil.
For the alchemist, the Female aspect, present in all things, is “represented by every conceivable repulsive female figure — by witches, mixers of poison, whores, chthonic goddesses, by the ‘dragon mother’ so often cited in depth psychology. All these are metaphors for the demonic nature of the feminine.'”
In order to achieve the alchemists’ (and Cabalists’) ultimate goal – the transformation of himself into a god – he must first destroy the autonomous existence of the ‘evil’ female principle, stealing her gynergy or feminine birth-force powers in the process, in order to “absorb the Mother of the Universe into himself” and so become an androgynous superMan:
Experimenting around with the primal material sounds quite harmless to someone who is not initiated. Yet a symbolic murder is hidden behind this. The black matter, a symbol of the fundamental feminine and of powerful nature from which we all come, is burned or in some cases vaporized, cut to pieces or dismembered. Thus, in destroying the prima materia we at the same time destroy our “mother” or, basically, the “fundamentally feminine”.
Naturally, the sensible female is hardly likely to go along with such malevolent designs.
Thus, the alchemists’ ‘need’ for the art of deception.
And a mercurial (quicksilver) tongue:
Since at the end of the sexual magic rituals the masculine principle alone remains, the verbal praise of the goddess, beauty and love (♀) could also be manipulative, designed to conjure up the devotion of a woman.
[W]e must regard such charming flattery of the female sex as at the very least a non-committal, albeit extremely lucrative embellishment. But they are more likely to be a deliberately employed manipulation, so as to draw attention away from the monstrosities of the .. ritual system. Perhaps they are themselves a method (upaya) with which to appropriate the “gynergy” of the women so charmed.
On this International Women’s Day, let us remember how this celebration of women came to be.
Let us remember how actions borne of virtuous female hearts – the Mother’s love, the beauty of the nurturing, life-giving feminine, of Venus in all her glory – were transformed from a protest against hunger and war, into the catalyst for more.
By many orders of magnitude.
Let us remember, and never forget, the alchemists, the Cabalists, and their clever philosophistries.
Their “royal art” of deception.
Seeking to destroy the autonomous existence of the Female – to steal the essence, the very principle of Woman herself.
By the inversion of values.
Lying and cheating.
The circle – is it closed? And is there really no way out? And is there only one thing left for us to do, to wait without taking action? Maybe something will happen by itself? It will never happen as long as we daily acknowledge, extol, and strengthen – and do not sever ourselves from the most perceptible of its aspects: Lies.
When violence intrudes into peaceful life, its face glows with self-confidence, as if it were carrying a banner and shouting: “I am violence. Run away, make way for me – I will crush you.” But violence quickly grows old. And it has lost confidence in itself, and in order to maintain a respectable face it summons falsehood as its ally – since violence lays its ponderous paw not every day and not on every shoulder. It demands from us only obedience to lies and daily participation in lies – all loyalty lies in that.
And the simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation lies right there: Personal non-participation in lies. Though lies conceal everything, though lies embrace everything, but not with any help from me.
– Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Live Not By Lies
Adam McLean, Basil Valentine: His Triumphant Chariot of Antimony, with Annotations of Theodore Kirkringus (1678), transcribed by Ben Fairweather (accessed 8 March 2018)
World March of Women International Secretariat, 8th of March – International woman’s day: in search of the lost memory, 13 March 2011 (accessed 8 March 2018, web archive copy)
Brendan O’Neill, The word ‘woman’ is being erased from public life, Spectator Magazine, 23 October 2017 (accessed 8 March 2018)
Jean Chevalier & Alain Gheerant, Dictionary of Symbols, Blackwell Publishers (1994)
Faust struck a chord in me and pierced me through in a way that I could not but regard as personal. Most of all, it awakened in me the problem of opposites, of good and evil, of mind and matter, of light and darkness.
The modern psychologist occupies neither the one position nor the other, but finds himself between the two, dangerously committed to ‘this as well as that’ (…) This is undoubtedly the great danger of the coincidentia oppositorum – of intellectual freedom from the opposites. How should anything but a formless and aimless uncertainty result from giving equal value to two contradictory hypotheses?
The connecting-link I was missing for so long has now been found, and it is alchemy.
Which do you think is the worst Batman movie?
Featuring on many “Worst Ever” lists are Batman Forever (1995) and Batman and Robin (1997).
While they may indeed be terrible movies from the perspective of a film critic or a superhero afficionado, for a semiotician they are treasure troves of symbolic meaning.
Batman Forever (1995) was the last of the franchise entrusted to producer Tim Burton. His previous film, Batman Returns (1992), was accused of having anti-Semitic themes by two Ivy League Jews:
[He] “depicts the Penguin as one of the oldest cultural clichés: the Jew who is bitter, bent over and out for revenge, the Jew who is unathletic and seemingly unthreatening but who, in fact, wants to murder every firstborn child of the gentile community. [..] The Penguin feigns assimilation into society and gains the citizens’ trust for a time. But eventually even the ignorant masses understand this false prophet for what he is, a primordial beast who seeks retribution, ‘an eye for an eye.’”
[The Penguin] “is not just a deformed man, half human, half-Arctic-beast. He is a Jew, down to his hooked nose, pale face and lust for herring.”
Their Op-Ed in the New York Times sparked quite the controversy. It was republished across the country, generating numerous commentaries and letters to the editor. One reader and fellow Columbia alumnus, who had initially dismissed their observations, changed his mind after seeing “this vile motion picture,” and wrote in “to add a few of my own”:
One of the Penguin’s chief underlings — whose duties include driving the train on which the Penguin hopes to cart off Gotham City’s first-born children — strongly resembles the stereotype of the haggling Jewish peddler, who holds nothing sacred save the making of a profitable deal. Certainly, Tim Burton’s vision of the Penguin, with hooked nose, absurdly bloated body and plutocrat’s attire, bears more than a passing resemblance to Nazi caricatures of manipulative Jewish financiers, down to the ghoulish, perverted lust for fair, fresh-faced gentile maidens.
The Anti-Defamation League hotly denied the allegations; curiously, using only vitriolic ad hominem:
We are bewildered that you gave a major portion of the July 2 Op-Ed page to “Batman and the Jewish Question,” a bizarre and ludicrous pseudo-analysis of the allegedly anti-Semitic implications of the blockbuster movie “Batman Returns” — produced by the lurid and overheated imaginations of two college students. One suspects that what began as a satire for the campus newspaper took itself too seriously somewhere along the way. Students are often earnest, but unaware of their own limitations. [..] It should be left to the movie’s creators, if they so desire, to rebut the article’s many fatuous and overreaching analyses.
Screenwriter Wesley Strick also responded, “as the lone Jew among director, producer and credited writer, and as the architect of the Penguin’s scheme to murder Gotham’s first born.” His putative refutation too is curious, both for its subtle admissions and for its absence of denials:
Some of the points by Rebecca Roiphe and Daniel Cooper are obvious — of course, I was referring to Exodus. Others are clever: the love of herring, parodic Wagner. Still, more metaphors seem a stretch: Penguin’s umbrellas and Moses’ magic staff? Alas, arguments are won by omission or distortion; for example, the “eye for an eye” line (in the movie, it’s “die for a die”) is spoken by Catwoman, whose subtextual meaning the authors oddly skirt.
Need another red herring, Mr Strick?
In context of Tim Burton’s next (and last) Batman production, there are numerous reasons why all of this is noteworthy.
I propose that he redeemed himself – pun intended – with more than a little help from his friends, by producing a Batman Forever with comprehensively Cabalist themes.
Bear with me. Some background information is in order.
First, scholarly and encyclopaedic Jewish sources confirm the association of alchemy with the Jewish people “since ancient times.” Like the authors of ancient alchemical texts, some even claim the origin of the “Royal Art” is Jewish.
“Do not touch the philosopher’s stone with your hands;
you are not of our race, you are not of the race of Abraham.”
Second, the father of the “new science” of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, fancied himself to be the folk-hero Messiah-ben-Joseph (“coat of many colours”, the interpreter of dreams), a militant warrior-king, redeemer, and martyr, who prepares the way for the messianic reign of the spiritual Messiah-ben-David :
Freud’s emotional identification with the military Messiah of the Jews catches in metaphor several critical aspects of Freud’s personality. The military Messiah, blessed by Moses, can violate one of the strongest taboos among the Jews, the commandment against killing, and the derivative taboo against thoughts of aggression which might involve bloodshed. Thus by participating in this image, Freud could feel free to indulge in thoughts of killing oppressors in a way which would have been otherwise traditionally closed. His ego could tolerate murderous thoughts. We need only remind ourselves of the great significance in Freud’s writings of death wishes directed against others, particularly the father, and its formulation in the fundamental paradigm of the Oedipus complex.
He refers to Oedipus as that mythical lawbreaker*. Evidently Freud conceives of the Oedipal crime as prototypal of all law breaking.
Freud plays the role of a new Moses who comes down with a new Law dedicated to personal psychological liberty.
That Freud saw himself as an alchemical Messiah-ben-Joseph, ‘healing’ his people of their guilt, and conquering their enemies – reducing them to Base Matter (Massa Confusa, “confused mass”) – is evident in his own words to his associates:
Do you not know that I am the Devil? All my life I have had to play the Devil, in order that others would be able to build the most beautiful cathedral with the materials that I produced.
It is also evident in his “royal road to the unconscious” (1899) – a ‘scientific’ theory of the “dream-work”: mental transformations (condensation, displacement, representation), which supposedly unify the opposites of conscious and unconscious mind content (mind matter, the ‘Above’ and ‘Below’), by means of symbolism. Here we find a remarkable precursor to what Orwell described exactly fifty years later in his dystopian novel 1984 as doublethink – “a vast system of mental cheating”:
In The Interpretation of Dreams Freud describes the process by which “dream-thoughts” may be turned into their opposites.
Nor does Freud limit these considerations to dreams. In the same paragraph he goes on to tell how this technique of resolving elements into their opposites is also used in social dissimulation!
In his view, different and contradictory interpretations could be maintained simultaneously… .
Freud’s double nephew, Edward Bernays – great grandson of the “leading monarch of the mind” of the Jewish world of his time – became the (in)famous father of public relations (“Propaganda”) and thus, of modern “consumer culture” and the Century of the Self:
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
There are invisible rulers who control the destinies of millions. It is not generally realized to what extent the words and actions of our most influential public men are dictated by shrewd persons operating behind the scenes.
Third, Jewish scholars have demonstrated that psychoanalysis is founded on the ontological mysticism and theurgy (practical ‘magic’) of Lurianic Cabala.
Sefer HaKavanot U’Ma’aseh Nissim records that one day Luria’s father remained in the Beth kneset alone, studying, when Eliyahu HaNavi appeared to him and said, “I have been sent to you by the Almighty to bring you tidings that your holy wife shall conceive and bear a child, and that you must call him Yitzchak. He shall begin to deliver Israel from the Klipot [husks, forces of evil]. Through him, numerous souls will receive their tikkun [rectification, healing].”
Freud’s theories on the human psyche are essentially those found in the Babylonian Talmud tractate Berakoth, wrapped in a ‘scientific’ re-presentation of the schema and quintessence of Isaac Luria’s cabalist mysticism – a metaphysics of (bi)sexual ‘alchemy’ between the father/mother/son/daughter ’emanations’ of Ein-Sof – with the antinomian tendencies of infamous 17th century false Messiah, Sabbatai Zevi.
It is one of the more important characteristics of psychoanalysis that it views evil as a distortion of love. This paradoxical identification of good with evil pervades all of Freud’s writings so that their classical polarity is virtually obliterated.
[T]he whole burden of psychoanalysis may be regarded as a fulfillment of the Sabbatian ethos.
In our century it has often been pointed out that modern science and psychoanalysis have seemed to “take the place of” religion. Modern psychoanalysis plays a “religious” role in people’s lives, especially with respect to their “sins” as sins are defined by the Mosaic code. The deepest violations of the Mosaic code – aggression, murder, sexuality, incest, etc – are the very subject matter of psychoanalysis. The psychoanalyst stands .. as a nonpunishing superego.
As evidenced in his own words, so too are the theories of Freud’s estranged collaborator, Carl Jung, the promoter of transformative “individuation”, through rectification of the conscious/unconscious ‘opposites’.
The Cabala has been interpreted as a means of understanding the cosmos, the emanations of God, “the framework of practical magic,” but also as a psychological technique.
Lurianic Cabala was created by Isaac Luria (1534-1572) and, based on the Zohar, revitalised Cabala with the theory of tsimsum – God’s withdrawal from himself. This act was seen as a hierohistorical symbol of divine exile, implying that evil is an intrinsic creative force not solely attributable to humanity. The doctrine of shevirat-ha-kelim (breaking of the vessels) and tikkun (restoration) explained how evil is impermanent and called for humanity to restore perfection to the cosmos… . This is significant because of humanity’s active role in redemption; it called for Jews to be part of the cosmic process, interacting with the cosmic scheme and divinity itself, giving humankind divine potential. [..] Tikkun bears a very similar semblance to the alchemical idea of transmutation and Coudert draws a parallel between alchemist physicians and Cabalists in their role as creative and even redemptive agents, placing them heretically among the semi-divine.
[T]hese ‘heretical’ Kabbalists believed that acts which benefit God included deliberate forays into the world of sin, where the illusory nature of evil could be more readily exposed, and the sparks thereby elevated to their Source.
Fourth, Akiva Goldsman’s Jewish parents were child psychologists, who ran a group home for emotionally disturbed children. He says they were occupied with their work and “[b]y the time I was 10 or 12, I realized they had taken my parents away from me.” His scripts often deal with psychological themes, including Silent Fall (1994), and the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind (2001).
Sixth, the plot, characters, and dialogue of Batman Forever are all based on alchemy, the principles of duality, unifying the opposites, and psychoanalysis.
Its female lead character – the lust/love interest and ‘healer’ of Batman/Bruce Wayne’s conflicted opposites – is a blue-eyed blonde psychologist, Dr. Chase Meridian.
The story-tellers’ many-faceted pun was clearly intended.
Batman Forever is deeply Cabalist, right from the opening credits.
From a total running time of 121 minutes, I have (so far) identified almost 60 clips – around 45 minutes in total – depicting cabalist and alchemical themes, all set within the central plot narrative of psychological duality and tikkun (“rectification”).
In Jung’s words, the “great danger” of the coincidentia oppositorum – of “intellectual freedom from the opposites” of good and evil, portrayed as a ‘divine’ superhero ideal.
[E]ssentially alchemy may be described as lying somewhere between science and religion and in contrast the Cabala may be seen as lying between religion and language. In this way both the Cabala and alchemy are ars liminæ, liminal disciplines.
Exemplified by syncretic texts such as Voarchadumia (1550) Cabala and alchemy are comparable in their methods of manipulation; the former lexical, the latter elemental. The transmutation of letters to their prime state can be seen as parallel to the alchemical discipline of transmutation of metals to their base elements.
In the opening credits, the colours assigned to the actors’ names are traditional alchemical symbols. They accurately reflect each actor’s character narrative, and covertly convey an eye-opening depth of multi-layered meanings.
These 44 seconds actually reveal The Key to decrypting the many interpretations of alchemy, Freud’s “new science” of psychology, and the antinomian, self-Deifying philosophistry of the Left-hand Path.
In all of their many disguises, ancient and ‘modern’.
1. Lead dominated by Saturn ♄ ()
2. Tin dominated by Jupiter ♃ ()
3. Iron dominated by Mars ♂ ()
4. Gold dominated by Sol ☉ ☼ ()
5. Copper dominated by Venus ♀ (also: )
6. Mercury (quicksilver) dominated by Mercury ☿ ()
7. Silver dominated by Luna ☽ ( )
Would you like to know why VAL KILMER (Batman) is blue? Or why the credits for NICOLE KIDMAN and CHRIS O’DONNELL change colour?
If you are a Christian, you will be appalled. But not for the reason you may think (spiritually, it’s far worse, but that is not for today).
Think colour … and analogy. As quoth Éliphas Lévi, 19th century French occult magus and lord of the left-hand path:
Divination is .. an intuition, and the key of this intuition is the universal and magical doctrine of analogies. By means of these analogies, the magus interprets visions, as did the patriarch Joseph in Egypt, according to Biblical history. The analogies in the reflections of the astral light are as exact as the shades of colour in the solar spectrum, and can be calculated and explained with great exactitude.
To separate the subtle from the gross, in the first operation, which is wholly interior, is to set the soul free from all prejudice and all vice, which is accomplished by the use of the philosophical salt, that is to say, wisdom; of mercury, that is, personal skill and application; finally, of sulphur, representing vital energy and fire of will. By these are we enabled to change into spiritual gold things which are of all least precious, even the refuse of the earth.
Come, my love, my dove, & pour
From thy cup the serpent wine
Brimmed & breathless -secret store
Of my crimson concubine
Surfeit spirit in the shrine-
Devil -Godess -Virgin -Whore.
– Aleister Crowley, Leah Sublime (1920)
Ponder thoughtfully the blue within its gold leaf ‘womb’ ▽ in the following emblem, found in the earliest illustrated alchemical text to be written in the German language, Buch der heiligen Dreifaltigkeit (“The Book of the Holy Trinity”). It has been attributed to a German Franciscan, Frater Ulmannus – a latinisation of the given name Ulmann, from Old High German uodal–man: Ancestral Man; the cabalists’ Adam Kadmon or Primordial Man.
Think “blue blood” … and, “dragon’s blood.”
Consider the Antichrist, Diabolic, or Luciferic (i.e., Putrefaction) Rebis titled Contra Justiciam (“Against Justice”): a crowned, bat-winged hermaphrodite; the conjunction of Hermes-Mercury and Aphrodite-Venus …
Note that the male’s (right side; left for viewer) armour is not black, but rather silver leaf that has tarnished with age. There are seven different coloured crowns on the body of the hermaphrodite: at the head (silver), chest (green), belly (black), right hand (red), left hand (gold), right foot (black) and left foot (grey). The colours vary in different manuscripts; each crown has been identified with one of the seven deadly sins.
Compare with the next emblem, the now-transformed Mercurial Rebis, crowned with a six-pointed star. The two streams flowing from the ‘stones’ at the hermaphrodite’s feet to the hills from which grow the Solar Tree and Lunar Tree, are known as “Oil of the East” (male side) and “Oil of the West” (female side).
Alas, for a more detailed explanation – in particular, of the metallurgical and spiritual transformations that are symbolically depicted, and far more importantly, secreted, in accordance with the Talmudic-Cabalist ‘law of inversion,’ we must wait for a future essay.
Or rather, a series of essays. In setting out to expound the opening credits sequence alone, dear reader, I failed to foresee the enormity of the task. After some 4,400 words had barely scratched the surface of just three colours, it became clear that a lengthy series of essays – or indeed, a book or three – is required in order to adequately expound the alchemical-Cabalist significance of the entire movie.
I must confess that the prospect of labouring to do so inspires many misgivings.
What I have presented in this essay, is barely the tip of the iceberg.
Having spent over two weeks on identification and editing of clips, and the compiling of 10,000+ words in notes and references, the growing enormity of the task weighs heavily. In consideration of the miniscule readership of this blog, I am compelled to question if the effort to explain the many, evidentially-connected layers of meaning – retracing 2700 years of world history, to Sumero-Assyrian word lists of then-known chemical compounds – would truly represent a worthwhile expenditure of my life energies.
Just as the Devil is said to have tempted Jesus in the wilderness, using the philosophistry of cunning, willful mis-contextualisation of Hebrew scripture, in another classic proof that gemstones of truth can sometimes (but not always!) be found concealed within mountains of ‘clever’ lies, a famous aphorism of nihilist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (The Antichrist), from his lauded Beyond Good and Evil, fits well with my own personal experience of recent weeks in researching this topic:
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.
To slowly have one’s eyes opened to the sheer scale, the almost unbelievable breadth depth and height, of eloquent, malevolent, systemic deception, whose continuity can be traced back over many millennia; to understand the base simplicity of the system – lying, by punning, to the ear and to the eye – and thus, to sense more deeply the non-necessity of suffering, oppression, theft, and murder of billions of human souls over those æons in direct consequence, is truly to gaze into an abyss, and to feel one’s spiritual energies drain away beneath clouds of despair at the futility of one’s own efforts to bring any redress, or even to meaningfully assist in slowing the ‘progress’ of humanity’s acceleration down the Left-hand Path into that abyss.
In recent weeks I have felt increasingly impressed that while exposing the works of darkness continues to be a necessary task, what is more urgently necessary still – at least for me – is to assign a greater proportion of one’s days to looking on the true light.
And so, in consideration of this, I leave for you now a montage of (mostly) narrative clips from Batman Forever, in illustration of what I have written above. A spoiler alert: do not watch if you would prefer to see the movie in its entirety.
In a similarity to a central character in the film – an irony that is far from being lost on me – I too am of two minds, on the question of further elaboration of this research in a series of future essays, or, the retention of it, with a view to a published volume/s in future.
In light of my deeper, spiritual preference, I have made a point of leaving abundant clues here for readers to research further and discover the correct conclusions; both in the text and images chosen, and of course, in my selection of clips for the montage.
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 Jung, C.G. Memories, Dreams, Reflections, New York: Random House (1961), p. 235, cited in Henderson David, The Coincidence of Opposites: C.G. Jung’s Reception of Nicholas of Cusa, (2010), Studies in Spirituality 20, 101-113
 Jung, C.G. Collected Works, H. Read ed., New York: Pantheon (1953-79), Volume 8 p. 679, cited in Henderson, David, The Coincidence of Opposites: C.G. Jung’s Reception of Nicholas of Cusa, (2010), Studies in Spirituality 20, 101-113
 Batman Wikia – “[Lee Batchler] met producer Tim Burton and together they agreed that the screenplay should have focus on the duality of Batman. The Batchlers were hired by Burton and new director Joel Schumacher [..] The final script was revised by Akiva Goldsman…”
 Hamilton, Andrew, Batman Returns: An Anti-Semitic Allegory?, Counter-Currents, June 2012. (accessed 27 Feb 2018)
 Corwin, Nicholas, Anti-Semitism in ‘Batman Returns’? Be Serious; Gratuitous Bigotry; Opinion, The New York Times, July 20 1992. (accessed 27 Feb 2018)
 Salberg, Melvin, & Foxman, Abraham H., Anti-Semitism in ‘Batman Returns’? Be Serious; Opinion, The New York Times, July 20 1992. (accessed 27 Feb 2018)
 Strick, Wesley, Anti-Semitism in ‘Batman Returns’? Be Serious; Who’s Really Divisive?; Opinion, The New York Times, July 20 1992. (accessed 27 Feb 2018)
 Patai, R., 1994, The Jewish Alchemists, Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, p. 76; cited in Vladimír Karpenko, Alchemy as donum dei, HYLE, International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry, Vol. 4 (1998), No. 1, pp. 63-80; — “In the Hellenistic world particular attention should be paid to Mary the Jewess, one of the most influential personalities of this science. God appears in connection with her, but in a slightly different manner than later. To Mary, alchemy is donum dei, a gift of God; but this gift was given only to ‘chosen people’, Jews. She is reported to have said: “Do not touch the philosopher’s stone with your hands; you are not of our race, you are not of the race of Abraham.’* Thus alchemy was not for alchemists in general, but for the race of Abraham. Alchemy is presented here as the spiritual property of Jews. As pointed out by Patai, the singular form ‘God’ is used strictly in texts attributed to Mary, and this claim that alchemical secrets were revealed to her by God became a part of the medieval alchemical tradition about her.”
 Bakan, David, Sigmund Freud and the Jewish Mystical Tradition, New York: D. Van Nostrand Company Inc (1958), Chapters 21-22, pp. 160, 165, 167, 168, 170, 169-183; * p.165, footnote 7: Freud, Col. Papers, IV, p. 383 – In Moses and Monotheism, he refers to the murder of Moses as “the murder of the Father.” (p.165). Freud admitted to selectively choosing what suited him from various scholars’ Biblical analyses, some of whom postulated that Moses was murdered (e.g., Sellin, Robertson Smith). Bakan writes: “The actual evidence for the murder of Moses is very tenuous, but the murder of Moses is something which Freud must assert as fact. What he is doing is projecting a current fantasy onto a past situation, which is done in all mythmaking. It is Freud who wishes that Moses were murdered… Jacob Frank’s assertion that the Torah was dead, Freud repeats with psychoanalytic sophistication.”
“In his writing, Freud frequently did refer to the significance of his own Oedipus complex. Furthermore, he made the infantile relationship of the child to his parents the critical feature in the analysis of human personality. Besides this we find frequent identifications in Freud’s writings of father and God, father and Moses, and father and superego.” (p.165)
“Hence it is necessary for Freud to kill Moses. [..] ..the Moses of Freud’s murder is the Moses each person carries about with him. And in this too he identifies himself with all Jewry. For in his fantasy he is not alone in the murder. The myth he fashions is not of one person murdering Moses. It is a murder which is committed collectively by all Jews.” (p. 167)
“The Jews, because of their endogamy, characteristically had an incest problem, and part of the role of Jewish mysticism was to provide devices for coping with the intense feelings of guilt associated with incest wishes.” (p. 292)
“Thus by writing this book, Freud becomes a Jewish hero in the history of the Jews. He performs the traditional Messianic function of relieving guilt, the very same function he ascribes to Jesus.” (p.168)
“That psychoanalysis should have grown up in the context of the healing of the sick who were incurable by orthodox medical means accords with the Messianic quality of the psychoanalytical movement. For Messianism characteristically proves itself first by miraculously healing the sick. Thereafter it reaches out to large-scale social reform.” (p.170)
 Sepehr, Robert, 1666 Redemption Through Sin: Global Conspiracy in History, Religion, Politics and Finance, Atlantean Gardens. Kindle Edition, p. 12, citing Scholem, Gershom, The Messianic Idea in Judaism: And Other Essays on Jewish Spirituality, (NY: Schocken, 1971) – “Mystical Lurianic speculations about the nature of the redemption, and the ‘restored world’ (olam ha-tikkun) which follow upon its heels, added new content and dimensions to the popular messianic folk-myth of a conquering national hero, raising it to the level of a supreme cosmic drama.”
 Bakan, David, Sigmund Freud and the Jewish Mystical Tradition, New York: D. Van Nostrand Company Inc (1958), Chapter 22 Freud’s Messianic Identification, p. 181, citing Laforgue, R, “Persönliche Errinerungen an Freud,” Lindauer Psychothereapiewoche (1954), pp. 42-56
 ibid., pp. 146-147, 262 – “There is yet another alternative in which the dream-work can deal with affects in the dream-thoughts, in addition to allowing them through or reducing them to nothing. It can turn them into their opposite. We have already become acquainted with the interpretive rule according to which every element in a dream can, for the purposes of interpretation, stand for its opposite just as easily as for itself. … We can never tell before-hand whether it stands for the one or for the other; only the context can decide.” (Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, p. 471)
 ibid., p. 57 – “Freud’s intimate association with the Bernays family may also be significant. Rabbi Isaac Bernays of Hamburg had been called the ‘leading monarch of mind’ for the Jewish world at his time. He is described as ‘a queer and eccentric personality and his philosophy of Judaism was full of mystic vagaries, some of which were contrary and foreign to the true Jewish spirit.’ As we shall see later, the mystical mood often spilled over into apostasy. As a possible instance of this trend, it should be noted that Isaac Bernays’ son Michael, uncle of Martha [Freud’s wife], was converted to Christianity. Freud’s sister married Martha’s brother; and Martha’s sister, Minna, lived in the Freud household for many years and evidently provided Freud with assistance in his work and also moral support.”
 ibid. Chapters 9-10, 31-33 (Part V Psychoanalysis and Kabbala); see also Drob, Sanford L, “This is Gold!”: Freud, Psychotherapy and the Lurianic Kabbalah. – Besides its singular emphasis on sexual and family relationships, the Zohar shares with Freud’s psychoanalytic writings the following characteristics: views on anti-Semitism, the conception of man as bisexual, a theory of sexual-social development, and, perhaps most important, a set of techniques for the interpretation of linguistic productions. (Bakan, p. 84)
 Bakan, David, Sigmund Freud and the Jewish Mystical Tradition, New York: D. Van Nostrand Company Inc (1958), Chapters 14-15, 20, pp. 105, 158 – “From time to time events occur in which a vast variety of social forces come to a focal point, and the meaning and implications of these events are active for centuries forward. The appearance of Sabbatai Zevi was such an event. The set of events which surrounded the personality and acts of Sabbatai Zevi, the “false Messiah,” was of the deepest moment for the psychological and emotional patterns of the Jews in the modern period. Sabbatai Zevi may have been a psychotic, as Scholem suggests. He may have been a homosexual, and a confirmed egoist as is suggested by Kastein. The fact remains that to the Jews of the world, he was for a time the Messiah. The Kabbala..had prophesied that the year 1648 would begin the Messianic era. It was also the year of the great Chmielnicki pogrom. With the pre-existence among the Jews of a strong Kabbalistic ideology, particularly of the Lurianic type with its intense Messianism, the suffering and the devastation of that year were interpreted paradoxically as confirmation of the coming of the Messiah. The pogroms were, presumably, the cleansing in preparation.” [..] “Since the year 1648 had failed to produce the redemption, Sabbatai Zevi placed his faith on another year which, paradoxically, had a source quite different from Jewish Kabbala. Sabbatai Zevi had heard from his father, who was an agent for an English firm, that some Christian calculation, based on the Book of Revelation, had assigned 1666 as the beginning of the Millennium. The year 1666 was now the redemption year.” (p.95, 97-98)
See also Sepehr, Robert, 1666 Redemption Through Sin: Global Conspiracy in History, Religion, Politics and Finance, Atlantean Gardens. Kindle Edition, p. 3, citing Scholem, Gershom, The Messianic Idea in Judaism: And Other Essays on Jewish Spirituality, (NY: Schocken, 1971), and Chamish, Barry. Shabtai Tzvi, Labor Zionism and the Holocaust. (Modiin House: 2005) – “The ‘magical’ emphasis given to the numerological value of dates contributed greatly to the widely held expectations and hope placed on the coming of a Messiah at the time of Sabbatai Zevi’s advent, the 18th day (6+6+6), of the 6th month, of the year 1666.”
 Garrard, Samuel, The Syncretic Esotericism of the Renaissance: Historical and Thematic Congruencies in Cabala and Alchemy, pp. 3-4, 7 – “The magical implications of this are evident in the popularity and controversy that surrounded the Cabala in the preceding centuries. Allison P. Coudert, professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, discusses the specific restorative and salvational role of this activist Cabalism as comparable with the art of alchemy and contributory to the “Rosicrucian Enlightenment” as explored by Frances Yates (1899-1981).”
“[Gershom] Scholem asserted that the Lurianic Cabala, with its messianic or utopian dimension, was the driving force behind the Sabbatian movement which was formative of secular, reformative Judaism that followed and was ‘one of the most powerful forces ever to affect the inner development of Judaism, both horizonatally and in depth.’ [Kabbalah, p. 190] The Cabala was directly responsible for the abolishment of the halakhah law. In seeking to reveal paradoxically ‘what is by definition hidden,’ the followers of the Cabala performed their own act of transmutation by transforming a dogmatic law to a symbolic one.”
“The theme of potentiality, borne by both Lurianic Cabala and alchemy, stood in opposition to the Christian doctrine of the fall and original sin and provides a link with the tradition that began with the translation by Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) and Lodovico Lazzarelli (1447–1500) of the Corpus Hermeticum originally written in the second and third centuries AD. The theme of Hermetic potentiality is apparent in the monadic tradition and, rooted in the approach of medieval alchemy and strengthened in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Frances Yates proposed the theory that this divine potentiality in the individual human was responsible for the confidence and determinism behind the enlightenment and scientific thrust that was to follow.”
“Coudert provides further speculation on Frances Yates’ theory that Hermeticism and Renaissance occult philosophy provided the sine qua non for modern science… . One can detect in Hermetic texts, alchemy, Cabala (in particular Lurianic Cabala) and in Neoplatonism a ‘monadic Gnosis;’ a Gnosticism with no mediator between humanity and God. Cabala and alchemy were formal means by which one could interact direct with God.”
 Sepehr, Robert, 1666 Redemption Through Sin: Global Conspiracy in History, Religion, Politics and Finance, Atlantean Gardens. Kindle Edition, p. 13, citing Antelman, Rabbi Marvin, To Eliminate the Opiate (Volume 2), The Zionist Book Club: 2002
See also Bakan, David, Sigmund Freud and the Jewish Mystical Tradition, p.101 – “Scholem advances an interesting hypothesis which is particularly relevant to our interest in Freud. Scholem holds that Sabbatianism .. passes into a rationalism which tends to conceal its Sabbatian origins [original italics]. After the French Revolution, it was the Sabbatians within the Jewish fold that fostered the movements [in the Jewish world] toward reform, liberalism, and the enlightenment. Sabbatianism articulated with rationalism in several ways. For one thing, although Sabbatianism had its own collection of myths, it was opposed to the myths of orthodoxy. For another, the Sabbatians held to a doctrine of the necessity of the descent into evil in order to attain spiritual liberation, a doctrine which was endowed with specific sexual reference by the Frankists… The ‘holiness’ of participating in all things, evil or non-evil, already contains a harbinger of the more enlightened view of pursuing truth no matter where it might lead, with full confidence that ‘truth’ must lead to good. But perhaps most important is the fact that Sabbatianism, as a form of mysticism, shares with rationalism the conviction that the world of reality, all reality, may be apprehended by, and encompassed by thought.”
 Bob Kane, Wikipedia, citing Irish Independent (“Holy sunflowers! How Batman drove Van Gogh out of Gotham”), March 20, 2010, and Bloom, Nate, Cleveland Jewish News (“Jewish Stars”), July 18, 2008. (accessed 27 Feb 2018)
 Garrard, Samuel, The Syncretic Esotericism of the Renaissance: Historical and Thematic Congruencies in Cabala and Alchemy, p. 8, and p. 11 citing Françoise Bonardel, Alchemical Esotericism and the Hermeneutics of Culture, in Modern Esoteric Spirituality, pp. 71-100 (p. 92) – Note carefully the “transmutation of letters to their prime state .. as parallel to the alchemical discipline of transmutation of metals to their base elements.. ,” echoed in Lurianic Cabalist philosophy, particularly in its Sabbatian interpretation: the kellipot (husks of evil) being analogous to the alchemists’ Prima Materia (“First Matter”, “Base Matter”) or Massa Confusa (“confused mass”) – there are over one hundred synonyms.
 Theta, Wikipedia. (accessed 27 Feb 2018) – “lθve”: the Greek letter Theta (θ) is the eighth letter in the Greek alphabet, derived from the Phoenician letter Teth . In its archaic form, θ was written as a cross within a circle (as in the Etruscan or ), and later, as a line or point in circle ( or ) – i.e., the alchemists’ symbol of the Sun (Sol); interpreted by medieval- through Enlightenment-era cabalists seeking to syncretise Jewish mysticism with Christian theology as a symbol of the Son of God, Jesus the Christ (Messiah), divine representative of “love”. In left-hand path lore, Sol is interpreted sexually: as the phallus, and/or, the phallus (point) within the female or male orifice/s (circle).
Compare Foxbrunner, Dr Roman A., Habad: The Hasidism of Schneur Zalman of Lyady, New Jersey, Jason Aronson Inc, (1993) pp. 108-109, quoting the founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch chassidic sect, Rabbi Schneur Zalman (1745 – 1812) – “Gentile souls are of a completely different and inferior order. They are totally evil, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever… Their material abundance derives from supernal refuse. Indeed, they themselves derive from refuse, which is why they are more numerous than the Jews… . According to Rabbi Zalman, ‘All Jews were innately good, all gentiles innately evil… For RSZ (Rabbi Schneur Zalman) … gentiles were simply the embodiment of the kelipot…”
 McLean, Adam, Pandora series, alchemywebsite.com (accessed 24 Feb 2018). Note that the Hebrew word “bat” (עֲטַלֵּף`atalleph) is a word used for a “daughter”. The bat (flying in the dark) is “reckoned among the birds in the list of unclean animals [Leviticus 11:9, Deuteronomy 14:18]. To cast idols to the ‘moles and to the bats’ means to carry them into dark caverns or desolate places to which these animals resort (Isaiah 2:20: In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.).” According to Hoffman (Secrets of Judaism Revealed on Purim), rabbis claim that “bat” (daughter) actually means “bayit” (home), a euphemism for “wife”.
 Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886, Aphorism 146, Hollingdale transl., Wikiquote.org via Gutenberg-DE. (accessed 1 March 2018)