THAUMATURGY

Magick, Neuromancy, Occult, Sorcery, Spirituality

“Before me, RAPHAEL
Behind me, GABRAEL
To my right hand MICHAEL
At my left hand, URAEL
About me flame the pentagrams,
And in the column the six rayed star.”
– Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, The Golden Dawn.

The Hebrew term for angel is Mal’akh, meaning ‘messenger’. The word angel itself comes through the Sanskrit angeres, Persian angeres, to the Greek angelos. Such pre-Christian roots are apparent even in the angel’s names, which commonly end with the singular -El, meaning ‘being of light’; Michael, Uriel, Gabriel, Rapahael etc. The word is of Sumerian origin, and is synchronistic with the Akkadian ‘Ilu’, Babylonian ‘Ellu’, Old Welsh ‘Ellu’, Old Irish ‘Aillil’, Anglo-Saxon ‘Aelf’, English ‘Elf’, and perhaps even our modern term ‘alien’. In all these interpretations the ‘beings of light’ are understood to be more evolved, or vibrating at a higher frequency, than mortal humans.

From Moses onwards magicians have attributed angels governing the powers of the planets, the days of the week, the hours of the day, and the four seasons; the celestial mysteries of the previous ‘pagan’ age took upon themselves new masques. As with old gods, these mysteries also extended to rule over the terrestrial realms; places, plants and principles of every kind. Enchantments and incantations calling upon angelic powers were in abundance as late as the 13th century, as are recorded in the grimoires.

Even our classical image of the angel has its origin in pagan imagery; in the 8th century, when the foundations of Church doctrine were being laid, the visual artists were no less influenced by their heritage than the writers were. Two of the common inspirational sources of their works depicting angels include the Hellenic Greek god of sexuality, Eros, and ‘the winged victory’, Nike. Such continued to provide models for the Renaissance artists of the 12th-15th century, with a more Eastern influence recognisable in the ‘Peacock Angels’ of Fra. Fillipo Lippi. Yet the symbolic use of wings to denote supernatural beings has Near Eastern roots older even than this; consider the superb winged bulls from Nebuchadenezzar’s palace in the British Museum. Such no doubt provided the inspiration behind the Merkobah, which in turn passed to the Christian symbolism of the four Evangelists Cherubs; winged lion, ox, man, and eagle, corresponding to the four elements.

Angelology, like the pantheistic cosmologies that precede it, reflects our human psychology. That is, the various spheres of angelic influence; love, protection, vengeance, even death and disease, are human concerns. We should not be surprised, then, to find striking similarities between the ‘spheres’ attributed to the various angels and those of the older pagan gods; the reader is referred once again to the charaktēre of the Kabala, to which the hierarchy of angels may be most obviously corresponded. What can hardly be disputed is that the angels, as with their relatives the demons, have been imprinted into the collective imagination of our culture over thousands of years. Thus, whatever beliefs have been adopted in this modern age, their images and invocations still provoke a powerful response in our consciousness.

The association with light, and the Gamma frequencies, suggests evolved of consciousness of a higher level than that normally experienced by humans, corresponding to the transcendent circuits. This understanding of the Ael or ‘beings of light’ as a higher frequency or ‘vibration’ of consciousness is not at all alien to Catholic angel lore, Kabalist magick, or even the runic tradition where they are known as aelves. In all these belief systems it is similarly understood that consciousness is a continuum; an angel may descend to become human, or further to become demonic, just as even a demon may ascend to the redemption of At-One-Ment. Similarly, a human may sink lower in their behavior and spirituality, literally operating from lower areas of the brain, or they may – also through their own behaviour – increase their vibration to become a more highly evolved consciousness; potentially, at least, a ‘being of light’.

As with the seven rays of the archetypes, the forms the transcendental forces take when interacting with human consciousness are various. As has been discussed, these beings of light are known universally as the ‘ael’, or its equivalent variations such as aelf, angael, aelian etc. All these masks are valid.

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Nathanael

In angelic lore Nathanael (Xathanael, Zathael) was the sixth Archangel of Vengeance after Creation, alongside Michael, Gabrael, Raphael, Urael, and Satanael. As an Angel of Vengeance he is relentless, and never fails to deliver Punishment to transgressors. In modern terms he is the transcendent personification of the principle of inevitable consequences; what one might call ‘karma’, ‘the law of Wyrd’, or even simply the inevitable results of cause and effect over time.

In The Goetia his name is given as the Archangel of Fire, residing in the eastern quarter of the Sacred Circle. He is said to know many secrets of the Arte, which he will teach to those who successfully call to him. As the Archangel of Transcendent Fire, he burns away all impurities, and all illusions of separation from the eternal Light of God (the Absolute). Although an obscure figure in occultism during much of the ‘occult revival’ from the Golden Dawn onward, Nathanael was well known to Kabalists, cunning men, and the magician’s of Solomon’s day. During the last decade he has increasingly made himself known again to mediums, a number of which have made his messages known in books and over the internet, as a simple Google search will verify; he especially makes himself known to psychics involved in the healing of trauma.

In healing trauma, or punishing the selfish, the process personified in Nathanael remains the same; the ‘burning up’ of the illusion of separation from God (the Absolute). As with the disillusion of the ego by any means, whether this is an ecstatic or painful experience depends entirely upon the ego in question. According to the reports of those working with him, Nathanael also offers his aid in overcoming resistance to change; a quality also attributed to higher Gamma.

Excerpt from THE NEURONOMICON, Nathaniel J Harris

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Since I can provide links from this blog, I here provide evidence of Archangel Nathanael’s resurgence in modern spiritism:

Messages From Archangel Nathanael

Archangel Nathaniel – Lightworker Support. The Archangel Series, Anaya Jol Hollily. – “Archangel Nathaniel will open the doors to your deepest desires and give you the passion and charge to move forward with your life or divine purpose with much ease and conviction. The patron saint of Lightworkers. Nathaniel will help you awaken to your life purpose, and give you all the energy and the tools you need along the way.”

Journaling With the Archangel Nathaniel, Unite in the Light. “Journaling is a personal experience and journaling with Archangel Nathaniel will help you understand the cause and effects of life, as well as giving you the nudge you may need to follow your lightworker path. Our Unite In The Light Journals includes Information on the Archangel and exercises to assist you.”

MIND CONTROL ⸫ Θ⸫ THE BLACK ART

Mind Control, MK Ultra, Neuromancy, Occult, Psychology, Sorcery, Spirituality

Wherever we go we are watched, recorded and triangulated. Our every email, tweet, message, text and conversation is open to scrutiny by their thought police. Every day we are bombarded with overt lies and covert commands: subliminals, neurolinguistic programming, black psy-ops.

They call it the battle for hearts and minds, by which they mean the battle to control the emotions and thoughts of their target population. The very word ‘government’ – govern ment – means mind control. Their weapons combine modern technology with ancient magick. Their strategies constitute a sustained assault upon consciousness. Their intention is nothing less than the complete subjugation of humanity: hypnotising us into consent whilst clouding awareness of our own slavery. To live in the modern world and imagine we are not mind controlled amounts to the same kind of dangerous denial that allowed the systematic exploitation and murder of millions in the Holocaust.

It may seem dramatic to compare the actions of our modern governments with the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, yet for far too many the comparison is wholly justified. Indeed, it was in these concentration camps that much of the mind control strategies and technologies employed by our modern governments were first developed – Project Paperclip and MK Ultra being two examples that have been well documented by historians and researchers. It is no coincidence that the mind scientists of Nazi Germany were also almost universally practitioners of a most abhorrent form of occultism, or that psychological operations generally are referred to within the intelligence services as the Black Art.

If the above seems paranoid it is because their mind control has worked. Your next inevitable assumption is that there is no evidence for our argument, and the next after that is that this lack will be considered by us as proof of a government cover up: the typical circular logic of the conspiracy theorist. Quite probably you will already have associated such ideas with the lunatic fringe and people who believe the world is flat and is secretly run by baby eating extraterrestrial Luciferian lizard wizards of the Zionist Illuminati. Yet these conclusions are not the result of your own independent thought or research: it is the response of a mind programmed through repetition. The more dumbed down and controlled you are, the more likely you will be to dismiss this statement in anger.

If instead you recognise the above as plausible it is also because their mind control has worked. You have been groomed into thinking of yourself as a powerless slave, whilst attributing God-like omnipotence to your masters. You have been hypnotised into believing your mind can be controlled. These conclusions are not the result of your own independent thought and research: it is the response of a mind programmed through repetition. The more dumbed down and controlled you are, the more likely you will be to dismiss this statement with laughter.

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Tell-Lie-Vision

Most of us were exposed to TV’s glare from an early age. A focal point for the family to gather, its position in the home is analogous to the domestic shrines of earlier religious cultures. It is here we are instructed in the myths of our age and the ways of our ‘tribe’. It is here too that the narratives of reality, from mundane concerns to our place in the cosmic scheme, are defined for us. The parallel is also illustrated by modern TV evangelism, with their followers literally placing their hands on the screen as they pray for salvation.

We might like to think we are more evolved than tribal pagans, or less gullible than evangelical Christians, yet our faith in TV is such that anyone without one is seen as an outsider to the ‘tribe’ of normal society. In the UK failure to pay for a TV license results in a veritable witch hunt – streams of letters implying the right to search your home and threatening to prosecute in a court of law, and this is whether you own a TV or not. They have claimed since the 1960s to possess detection devices that can tell if you have an unlicensed TV in your home, but these seem to be another lie.

TV has become the most ubiquitous of all mind control technologies: the medium par excellence to shape mass opinion on everything from religion, or politics, to fashion and musical taste. To point out the empirical evidence of what the TV really is – a weapon of persuasion – is to commit an act of contemporary heresy. Yet it is a matter of record that we are only permitted to see those programs sanctioned by our governments and their secret thought police.

In the USA, on January 14th, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into effect Directive 77, giving the government and CIA full power to determine the contents of any news their population receive. In the UK journalists are bound by the supposedly voluntary D-notices that effectively make honest journalism an act of treason: sanctions that have been in place since WWII and the days of MI7. The presence of Military Intelligence at the highest level of our broadcasting corporations is almost an open secret. Similar restrictions exist on TV broadcasting across Europe and Russia, and in all mainstream journalism, and online propaganda sources such as WiccaPeadia.

Whilst this ‘information’ is fed to us through our TV sets or the internet, the screen flickers at a rate of 30 Hz; putting us into a sleepy, dream like and uncritical trance. The visual information fed to our brains enters through the yellow spot of the eye, feeding a panoramic view into the point of actual focus and concentration, making it all but impossible to look away. Our eyes fix on one point rather than roam around, active and alert to our environment. Brain activity diminishes and we soon find ourselves motionless, staring like zombies.

After only 30 seconds the brain produces Alpha waves, associated with meditation and sleep, which do not usually occur when the eyes are open. Yet this does not mean we are unaware, or not absorbing the information; it is neurologically comparable to the mental states induced by hypnotherapists for suggestion therapy. The switch from Beta (waking) to Alpha (trance) means we are less able to critically evaluate the information fed to us than we would from other sources. Any suggestion from the TV screen bypasses the logical, critical faculties and is transmitted directly to the brain as raw experience. Even if you are reading text from a screen the brainwaves are lowered considerably.

After around five minutes or so our brains produce Alpha and Theta; engaging the intuitive subconscious associated with sensations, emotions and memories. Video games have been proven to lower brain activity even further, into Delta. This has harrowing implications for their effects upon brain development, especially in the younger generations, inducing epileptic seizures, attention deficit disorder, a lack of motor skills due to immobilising viewing habits, as well as impact on literacy, speech, listening, depth perception, observation, and critical thinking. The average attention span was once more than an hour; now it is around two to three minutes – the length of most scenes in a TV program, news broadcast, or advert.

There is also considerable evidence that TV, and the screens of computers, are addictive. Overexposure to the glowing light of the screen results in a rush of the brain’s natural opioid peptides; endorphins, including beta-endorphins and enkaphilins. These are structurally identical to opium and its derivatives such as heroin or morphine, and act on the same receptor sites. Even occasional TV viewers may experience genuine withdrawal symptoms if they do not watch for extended periods of time; such as restlessness, depression and anxiety.

These well documented negative effects have been deliberately engineered and exploited by sorcerer- scientists intent on controlling the minds of humanity. It is no coincidence that TV transmissions are called programs, because this is exactly what they are designed to do. In terms of ceremonial magick the TV set really is an idiot’s lantern. The same neuroscientist who discovered the Theta and Delta brainwaves, a certain Dr. Grey, also provided the research defining the flicker rates of our TV sets – and our modern computer screens. The fact that out TV sets effect our brains as they do is not an accident – it is by deliberate design.

Consider also that the first true TV broadcasting stations were developed in Nazi Germany. Hitler was extremely impressed with the technology’s potential in mass manipulation. If it seems unlikely that this had anything to do with magick, remember that his mind scientists were among the regime’s elite citizens, and there is much evidence of their initiations into the esoteric Thule society. Also well documented is the fact that many of these mind scientists were ‘swept up’ after WWII and allowed to continue their experiments in America and the UK; Project Paperclip and MK Ultra.

Sometimes, just sometimes, reality is crazier than the worst delusions of the most hopelessly lost paranoid schizophrenic; and just as isolating when you see it. Furthermore the technology is being advanced to make the TV an even more effective means of mass mind control. Still sounds like a far fetched conspiracy theory? Google this patent number; US6506148 B2.

The reader is encouraged to ceremoniously destroy their TV set; an act of heresy at least as significant to the contemporary magician as the Black Mass was during the age of Christianity, when church and state were one – and certainly of more relevance than the degenerate parody that is modern Satanism. Yet it will not be enough to simply destroy – the mere absence of the TV will not be sufficient to empower us. There may even be withdrawal symptoms, more subtle yet just as all pervading as withdrawal from opiate addiction. There will not just be a gap in the front room where the TV used to stand, there will also be a gap in the daily routines and habits of our lives. This needs to be filled with something else, or the old habits will simply sneak back in, as with overcoming any addiction. Far better to replace these old habits with effective behaviour strategies.

In place of the TV instead build a domestic altar to whatever principals you choose or imagine. Rather than adopt any predefined religion turn this simple tool of mind-control to the purposes of magick – techniques of causing willed change in one’s own consciousness. Replace the psychic apathy of TV viewing with spiritual activism. Use the focal point of your domestic altar for discoveries in self-knowledge. If reality is to be defined, let it be through our own narratives. Where mental vacuity and relaxation are desired let this be achieved instead by meditation, strengthening and sharpening the mental faculties rather than dulling them. There are also a rich variety of shamanic methods for releasing the body’s natural endorphins, all of which can be turned to practical ends. If our minds are to be programmed, let it be with empowering messages of our own devising – not just changing the program but creating our own programs of change.

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Mind Control Technology

The New World Order employs mind control technology to target ‘domestic extremists’ and turn them into babbling conspiracy theorists that nobody listens to. What do you do if you really are being targeted by shady government agents conspiring to make you look like you are a delusional paranoid?

Driving a target insane can be as final as murder, and these clandestine psychological attacks are intended to reproduce the symptoms of mental illness. If this is not already sinister enough, none other than Dr. Michael Persinger has suggested that the technology previously employed in TV broadcasting – now defunct due to digital technology – may be ‘re-tuned’ and weaponised to effect the brainwave activity of a human target. Furthermore, he has conjectured that this technology could be employed to remote control all of humanity, throughout the entire world.

The following represents just a portion of the mind control technology patents available in the public sphere; they may be verified with a simple Google search. Black Ops technology is of course excluded; Intelligence Agencies have access to still secret equipment around 30 – 40 years ahead of anything the public are allowed to know about. The abilities of our governments to manipulate our brains, emotions, and responses either indirectly or directly through media broadcasts are evidently far beyond those most citizens are aware of.

Brain Wave Inducing Apparatus US5289438

Method & System for Altering Consciousness US5245666

Method & Recording for Producing Sounds & Messages to Achieve Alpha & Theta Brainwave States US5562597

FM Theta-Inducing Audible Sound US5954629

Brain Wave Inducing System US5935054

Manipulation by Electronic Fields from Monitors US650148

Nervous System Manipulation by EM Fields from Monitors US6488617

Method and Device for Producing a Desired Brian State US6487531

Method & Apparatus for Controlling Auditory Hallucinations US6426919

Method & Apparatus for Analysing Neurological Response to Emotion Inducing Stimuli US6258022

Pulse Variability in Electronic Field Manipulation of Nervous System US6135944

Method of Inducing Harmonious States of Being US6122322

Pulsative Manipulation of Nervous System US6081744

Electric Fringe Field Generator for Manipulating Nervous Systems US6052336

Apparatus & Method of Broadcasting Audible Sound Using Ultrasonic Sound as a Carrier US6039688

Subliminal Acoustic Manipulation of Nervous Systems US6011991

Communication System & Method of Inducing Brain Wave Analysis US6006188

Speech Signal Processing for Determining Psychological or Physiological Characteristics US5954630

Magnetic Excitation of Sensory Resonances US5922016

Apparatus for Electrical Stimulation of Auditory Nerves of a Human Being US5868103

Method & Apparatus for Controlling an Animal USP5784124

Supraliminal Method of Education USP5649061

Device & Method for Estimating a Mental Decision US5644363

Apparatus for Superimposing Visual Subliminal Instructions on a Video Signal US5586967

Method & Apparatus for Reducing Physiological Stress US5551879

Dream State Teaching Machine US5539705

Ultrasonic Speech Translator & Communication System US5507291

Method & Apparatus for Remotely Determining Information as to a Person’s Emotional State US5522386

Apparatus for Determination of the Condition of the Vegetative Part of the Nervous System US5480374

Device for Inducing Altered States of Consciousness US5392788

Method & Device for Interpreting Concepts & Conceptual Thought USP5352181

Method & Recording for Producing Sounds & Messages US5330414


Personal Subliminal Messaging System US5270800

Subliminal Message Generator US5224864

Method of Recording & Reproducing Subliminal Signals that are 180° Out of Phase US5221962

Subliminal Device Having Manual Adjustment of Perception Level of Subliminal Messages US5215468

Method & Apparatus for Introducing Subliminal Changes to Audio Stimuli US5213562

Method of Inducing Mental, Emotional & Physical States of Consciousness US5194008

Subliminal Image Modulation Projection & Detection System & Methods US5175571

Glasses with Subliminal Message US5170381

Method for Mixing Audio Subliminal Recordings US5159703

Silent Subliminal Presentation System US5151080

Method & Apparatus for Inducing & Establishing a Changed State of Consciousness US5135468

Method & Apparatus of Varying the Brain State of a Person by Means of an Audio Signal US5134484

Superimposing Method & Apparatus Useful for Subliminal Messages US5128765

System for Implementing the Synchronized Superimposition of Subliminal Signals US5123899

Method & System for Altering Consciousness US5052401

Product Detector for a Steady Visual Evoked Potential Stimulator & Product Detector US5047994

Supersonic Bone Conduction Hearing Aid & Method US5036858

Method & Apparatus for Changing Brainwave Frequency US5027208

Therapeutic Subliminal Imaging System US5017143

Method & Apparatus for Producing Subliminal Images US4958638

Apparatus for Generating Sound through Low Frequency & Noise Modulation US4889526

Method & Apparatus for Translating the EEG into Music US4877027

Hearing System (V2K) USP4858612 Hearing Device (V2K) US4834701

Apparatus for Inducing Frequency Reduction in Brain Wave USP4821326

Non-Audible Speech Generation Method & Apparatus US4777529

Auditory Subliminal Programming System US4734037

Message Screen USP4717343

Method of Changing a Person’s Behaviour US4699153

System for Assessing Verbal Psychological Correlates US4692118

Video Subconscious Display Attachment US46116261

Method & Apparatus for Generating Subliminal Visual Messages US4573449

Method for Stimulating the Falling Asleep and / or Relaxing Behaviour of a Person US4395600

Auditory Subliminal Message System & Method US4388918

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Excerpt from The Neuronomicon, Nathaniel J Harris.

THE GHOST OF AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE (II)

Art, Occult, Witchcraft

The first time I met the ghost of Austin Osman Spare was in the Summer of 1988, not long before my eighteenth birthday. I was boarding at my grandmother’s, in her witchy town cottage. As friends, relatives, and readers of Accidental Antichrist will know, she was a ‘spiritualist medium’, which Spare might have frowned on, and also a hereditary East Anglian witch, which he would have respected. Not that I knew either of these things at the time. Although I had recently acquired a badly photocopied collection of his written works, accompanied by some vaguely discernible illustrations, I had yet to learn much about him. Nowhere in the collected works did it say anything about his connection to Essex witchcraft.

One day during the summer I broke into a terrifying fever, my stomach a swelling ball of poison, and passed out. My grandmother rang round every doctor in Colchester before she finally got through to one who did not fob her off.

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Watching from the ruins of a monastery stronghold, a glassless stone crossed window arch overlooking a lush grassy valley, where naked witches circled in a Sabbat Dance, skinshifting into animal forms and back again. It is neither night nor day. Austin Spare is there beside me, having appeared suddenly to my left, smiling. He wears a velvet jacket and cravat, his hair wild and curly, as he did at around my own age, when alive. He wouldn’t have been out of place on a Saturday night at The Three Cups, or playing guitar in our local goth band. He tells me secret things known only by those neither living or dead.

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A fever dream. I had passed into unconsciousness from the pain. I’m not stupid or crazy. I’m not making an extraordinary claim requiring extraordinary proof. Not yet.

I returned to consciousness in hospital, post-operation. The dream had been so very real it confused me that I had gone from talking with Austin Spare to this strange and frightening place. I was in a ward where people were dying. I learned that a surgeon had cut me open, hurriedly pulled out my intestines, removing my appendix just seconds before it exploded. If my insides hadn’t been in a pile next to my unconscious almost flatlining body I would have died a truly horrible death. I wasn’t out of trouble yet, and had attained an infection, causing a different agony that kept me awake, crying to the nurses for stronger painkillers.

All my friends came to visit, and my arch-goth girlfriends pulled round the blinds. Perhaps it was my joy at seeing them all again that helped me recover in record time – so quickly it raised the doctor’s eyebrows.

By the time I left the hospital, I had been in the same room as three men had passed to.. wherever it is they were off to.

THE GHOST OF AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE

Art, Chaos Magic, Humour, Illuminates of Thanateros, Magick, Occult, Sorcery, Witchcraft

It is undeniable that Austin Osman Spare has a huge influence on modern occultism, having been made posthumously ‘famous’ in this context through the works of Kenneth Grant. Ironically, Spare held nothing but disdain for such pretentious and pompous ‘society’ when he was alive. You would not find him hanging out with Crowley, or even Gerald Gardner. As he wrote in The Book of Pleasure: The Psychology of Ecstasy;

“[Some] praise ceremonial Magic, and are supposed to suffer much Ecstasy! Our asylums are crowded, the stage is over-run! Is it by symbolising we become the symbolized? Were I to crown myself King, should I be King? Rather should I be an object of disgust or pity. These Magicians, whose insincerity is their safety, are but the unemployed dandies of the Brothels. Magic is but one’s natural ability to attract without asking; ceremony what is unaffected, its doctrine the negation of theirs. I know them well and their creed of learning that teaches the fear of their own light. Vampires, they are the very lice in attraction. Their practices prove their incapacity, they have no magic to intensify the normal, the joy of a child or healthy person, none to evoke their pleasure or wisdom from themselves. Their methods depending on a morass of the imagination and a chaos of conditions, their knowledge obtained with less decency than the hyena his food.”

Which was Spare’s way of saying he thought were are all a bit pretentious. Having explored the world of ‘ceremonial magicians’, and having fallen out with nearly all the biggest poseurs for all the right reasons, I am inclined to agree with him. Nevertheless, Austin’s friend Kenneth Grant seems to have been a jolly good chap. I reproduce some of the good things he had to say about me in The Neuronomicon.

Nor, as a ghost, is Spare impressed by the ever recycled fad of Chaos Magic, or fools as Peter J. Carroll, who dared claim heritage of the Zos Kia Cultus. In his Austin’s words, “Don’t blame me for this crap. They’re all cursed. Every single fucking one of the dirty lying cunts.”

That’s not a quote from one of his books. I heard him say it.

I have met the ghost of Austin Osman Spare a few times. I know how that sounds. Everyone has their opinion on the existence or non existence of ghosts, and there are enough of us that believe in them that you cannot call us all crazy. We all have our own experiences. Nobody can prove whether ghosts exist or not in absolute terms, but I have had several persuasive experiences that, at least at the time, convinced me they do. But I am not making any claims as to their absolute reality.

Spare would say it was our belief in them that made them real. His definition of real might not be the same as a closed minded materialist, and nor is mine. My experiences of meeting the ghost of Austin have been amongst the most persuasive, often coinciding with significant turning points in my life.

I have also known others with similar experiences of meeting the ghost of Austin Osman Spare, along with someone who seems to appear in several of his drawings. It has always been out of kindness on the part of his ghost that he appeared to us, because we needed to know we were not alone. Because we were struggling, like he did as an artist with integrity, refusing to bow to any ‘scene’ and selling his art in local pubs. It is never because he has been ‘summoned’ or has lowered himself to appear at a seance – everyone who has met his ghost, or experienced meeting his ghost, agrees on his contempt for ceremonial magicians and spiritualists. I know there are plenty of people who claim otherwise, but as Spare put it, “Their formula is deception and they are deceived.”

That is not a quote from his books either.

We get along well, Spare and I. We have a lot in common. We are both witches, originating from East Anglian tradition, what have walked what he calls “The Path Direct”. That sounds pretentious, and he is, because what he means is simply “straying from the beaten track”. Going your own way. So we are both connected to the same tradition. And we are both uncompromising magical artists, although I make no claim to be his equal as a draughtsman. The last time I laid eyes on an original Spare was at an exhibition of works by Aubrey Beardsley – which as a ‘footnote’ also included a portrait of Beardley’s wife, which Beardsley himself had commissioned from Austin Osman Spare. We both, his ghost and I, agree that he is unequalled. But I have also experienced his displeasure and even his anger. I am glad I have never pissed him off enough to get cursed, although its fair to say he has knocked me for six a couple of times. You really don’t want to meet the ghost of Austin Osman Spare when he shifts into his atavisms.

SATANIC TEMPLE ARE PEADOPHILE PROTECTORS WHO RETARGET SURVIVORS AND THERAPISTS

Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Colin Batley, Conspiracy, Cover Up, Illuminates of Thanateros, Mind Control, MK Ultra, Murder, Occult, Paedophilia, Paganism, Ritual Abuse, Ritual Murder, Satanic Ritual Abuse, Satanism, Temple of Satan

This bunch of f***tards need shooting. They, and people like them, are the reason therapists are afraid to help victims of ritual abuse. Their leader Lucien Greaves has also claimed that paedophilic abuse does no harm to children. He is too intelligent not to know what he is doing, so one can only conclude he gets off on increasing the suffering of victims. He needs to be sacrificed asap, and his following need to be reconditioned from his brainwashing. Reciprocal justice would be to gang rape him and make the films available to sadists to laugh at his suffering for the rest of his pathetic life – because THAT is what the people he is protecting DO, and quite possibly (since he chooses to discredit survivors) what he is directly involved with. Please TAKE A STAND against these brainwashed creeps. Make them PAY for the damage they have done.

 

Let me remind any brainwashed Satanists, Pagans, etc. that Satanic Ritual Abuse is not only real we have seen successful prosecutions. The ‘Batley’ cult had connections to Wales, Devon, Bristol, London.. and to others in Europe. They were a large cult AND ARE STILL OPERATING.

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/bristol-prostitutes-satanic-sex-cult-2262149

Ralph Tegtmeir – a matter of record

Chaos Magic, Child Abuse, Colin Batley, Conspiracy, Cover Up, Crime, Elite Paedophile Network, Illuminates of Thanateros, Occult, Paedophilia, Ritual Abuse, Ritual Murder, Satanic Ritual Abuse, Satanism, Sorcery

This is occultist Ralph Tegtmier’s response to my sending him a video exposing extreme child abuse within the occult community, involving at least one person he is familiar with – and my response to him. It deserves to be made public and a matter of record.

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Extreme child abuse is not a matter to remain neutral on – and no occultist can afford to. All those who pretend they ‘did not know’, along with all those who claim they ‘do not believe’, have been made aware of enough evidence that any rational human would at least have questions. Instead, all these charlatans have to offer is disrespect.

If you haven’t by now had at least the instinct towards truth, you are not some kind of ‘psychic’, nor any kind of ‘magician’. And if you do have an instinct, and do nothing, you are an enabler. No decent human being, knowing the truth about you, would piss on you if you were on fire.

Ralph is, of course, welcome to engage in rational communication regarding this issue. He will, of course, remain ‘aloof’ – a matter which most onlookers will rightly interpret as nothing more than shameful. I doubt he will have the courage and grace to respond at all.

Power and wisdom to the real magicians among us – and shame to those who allow paedophiles to hide in our ranks.

The Bristol prostitutes and the paedophile Satanic sex cult which horrified a country

Chaos Magic, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Colin Batley, Conspiracy, Cover Up, Crime, Elite Paedophile Network, Illuminates of Thanateros, Mind Control, Murder, Occult, Paedophilia, Paganism, Ritual Abuse, Ritual Murder, Satanic Ritual Abuse

I don’t know how we missed this one November last year in our local BristolPost. This cult is still operating under new leadership. The full story is yet to be told – because it is STILL GOING ON. He was not simply a self-style Priest of Thelema; people believed in his because he held rank in the Orodo Templi Orientis (the ‘religious order’ founded by Crowley). Others involved include leading members of the Illuminates of Thanateros and a shocking number of others among the Pagan / occult community.

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/bristol-prostitutes-satanic-sex-cult-2262149

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Capture

Two Bristol prostitutes were part of a Satanic sex cult which took over a quiet Welsh village as their leader brainwashed and then raped children in sickening rituals.

Shelly Millar and Jacqueline Marling worked in brothels in Bristol – but were forced into prostitution by evil cult leader Colin Batley.

The full story of how the evil former Tesco security guard established the depraved cult in Clos Yr Onnen, Kidwelly, in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, has now been told for the first time, reports Wales Online .

As residents in the Carmarthenshire estate went about their daily lives , they had no idea the horror which was being inflicted in Batley’s home.

One victim, who was raped by leader Colin Batley when she was just 11 said he told her she would “go to the abyss” if she did not have sex with him.

Another said she was passed around to have sex with strangers during Satanic parties where members wore hooded robes and referred to Batley as the High Priest.

His actions saw children and young adults intimidated into having sex in the most horrific circumstances.

The full scale of the abuse perpetrated by the cult came to light when they were jailed for a total of 36 years in 2011 – with “quasi-religious” sect leader Batley warned he may never be freed.

But the roots of what happened in Kidwelly began some two decades before when Londoner Batley moved to Carmarthenshire.

They were followed by Jacqueline Marling and Shelly Millar, who each moved into the same street and were part of the cult.

Inspired by the works of arch-satanist Aleister Crowley, who died in 1947, female members of the sect referred to Batley as “My Lord”.

Women in the cult, which they called “The Church”, filled their homes with ancient Egyptian idolatry and wore Eye of Horus protection symbol tattoos on their arms. This celebrated Crowley’s worship of the Egyptian hawk god Horus – something Batley was interested in.

Cult members would dress in hooded robes during occult rituals which usually took place before group sex.

A number of houses in the same cul-de-sac were used for the regular cult sex sessions as part of their swinging lifestyle.

Scruffy and jobless Batley, who had several missing teeth, would read from the occult bible, The Book of The Law, written more than a century ago by Crowley as well as his other works Equinox of the Gods and The Book of Magick.

He would also order cult members to have sex together and ensure that other members were present to film it.

The recorded material, though, is all believed to have been destroyed before Batley’s arrest.

He was apparently tipped off by friends in London about the impending raid on his home two days before it happened.

Batley, who was 48 when he stood trial over five weeks at Swansea Crown Court in the early part of 2011, was said to have used the cult as a form of brainwashing to justify abuse to his victims.

One schoolboy, by that time an adult, told the trial Batley had repeatedly abused him as a child.

A schoolgirl, also by then an adult, said she was forced into joining the cult through fear for her life.

Batley told her a cult assassin would kill her if she did not take part in an elaborate initiation ceremony.

It started with a 10-minute lecture on the occult by him but concluded with sex.

The schoolgirl said she was later ordered to Batley’s home on regular occasions when she would have to have sex with him.

She was also taken to satanic sex parties where she would be passed round to have sex with strangers. The Satanic cultists all had secret Eye of Horus tattoos.

At one an altar was set out with a goblet of red wine, an incense burner, and salted bread and sect members later disrobed – or, in their words, “became skyclad” – and had sex.

Giving evidence against Batley via videolink during the trial one victim claimed all he had to do was “click his fingers” to make a woman strip.

And she claimed that soon after she met Batley, when she was just 11, he told her to have sex with him or she would “go to the abyss”.

“I did not want him to do what he was doing but I did not have a choice because what Colin said was what happened. What Colin said went.”

Batley was also accused of stepping in to try to prevent a young woman from aborting a baby he believed he may have fathered so it could be “a child of the occult”.

During the trial prosecutor Peter Murphy QC told the jury: “The offences were committed against a background of persistent psychological coercion and fear using the vehicle of the occult. The victims were brainwashed, frightened – they felt they had no choice.”

The perverted events described in court took place over several decades in both Kidwelly and addresses in London.

Following the convictions of the cult members one neighbour in Clos yr Onnen recalled of Colin Batley: “The day of his son’s funeral he was sitting outside his house laughing and joking like he didn’t have a care in the world.

“It was the sort of behaviour that no normal person could comprehend.”

Batley – who smirked as the horrific allegations against him were laid bare in court – repeatedly denied the accusations against him as he spoke out in his own defence.

He denied he ran a cult or was in any way a leader. He did admit having an “open” sexual relationship with his wife and enjoying threesomes with co-defendant and “second in command” Jackie Marling, with whom he had a long-standing affair without the knowledge of his wife.

The cult was smashed by police in the summer of 2010 when two courageous victims, a man and a woman, went to them with their stories of abuse at the hands of Batley and the other defendants.

Five complainants, whose identity is protected by law, came to the subsequent trial to describe how they were taken or lured to the homes at Clos yr Onnen and subjected to sex attacks.

Several broke down and sobbed as they recalled what they had been through.

They also said others, who had not come forward, were also made to perform unspeakable acts.

Forced into selling sex

Batley also forced victims into prostitution, with prosecutor Mr Murphy saying the “controlling” and manipulative sect principal took a 25% cut of any cash other members earned.

Millar, then 35, was said to have got through 3,000 clients in a two-year period while acting as a prostitute in massage parlours in Swansea and Bristol.

The trial heard how Batley purchased a £21,000 luxury caravan in February 2010 using a £3,210 cash deposit despite having no obvious income.

Batley, who dismissed his role as a feared high priest of his own religion as “a load of rubbish”, claimed he made £10,000 a year breeding pedigree rottweilers for sale and said he also bred Siamese cats.

And he claimed some of his money came from “gambling on the dogs and horses”.

During the trial it emerged that following their arrests the preceding summer the Batleys had separated.

While giving evidence she accused her husband of laughing at her from the dock as she stood in the witness box.

She said: “I feel embarrassed to be married to him.”

And she added: “I’ve changed, you won’t get the better of me now.”

She told the court that while she and Marling had been involved in “threesomes” and had had a fling together she only found out later that her husband and Marling had been having a long-term affair.

The discovery was made when Marling sent him a birthday card with the words “To my husband” on it.

Of her marriage, Elaine Batley said on one occasion he sent a photo of her to the Readers’ Wives section of a pornographic magazine and this led to them meeting “other couples for group activities”.

As the defendants were led down the steps to court cells after being remanded in custody following the guilty verdicts against them Elaine Batley could be heard screaming “I ******* hate you” at her husband. Crying and sobbing was audible from the cell steps.

Barely containing his contempt for the defendants as he jailed them for total of 47 charges, Judge Paul Thomas QC told them: “You besmirched the unsuspecting community of Kidwelly by setting up a community within a community which involved rape, child sex abuse and prostitution.”

The trial was so harrowing that jurors were offered counselling.

Cult leader’s son died ‘during sex act’

Colin and Elaine Batley’s home was also the scene of the death of their son Damian during a sex act gone wrong.

On February 1, 2008, the former Asda cashier filmed himself on his mobile phone as he accidentally hanged himself.

A family member found Mr Batley naked and hanged, an inquest heard.

The police were called and when they arrived at the scene they found video footage on his mobile phone.

Deputy coroner Pauline Mainwaring recorded a verdict of accidental death from hanging.

She added: “There is no evidence to suggest suicide.”

She confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances and no-one else was involved.

The defendants and their sentences

Colin Batley

The self-styled ‘high priest’ of the cult grew up in Shoreditch, London, and once worked for Tesco as a night security guard.

He also ran a fruit and vegetable stall. He spent 28 years married to wife and co-defendant Elaine.

Batley claimed his late lorry driver father sexually abused him as a child.

Asked in court about his fascination for Egypt the 48-year-old just said: “Egypt? I don’t mind Egypt.”

He was convicted of 35 offences including 11 rapes and numerous child sex crimes.

Sentencing him to an indeterminate prison term on public protection grounds and ordering him to serve at least 11 years before being eligible for parole, Judge Paul Thomas QC told him: “When this case was opened to the jury you Colin Batley were described as evil.

“That in my view is an accurate statement of your character. You set yourself up as the ruler of a sick little kingdom surrounded by three women who danced as your willing attendants regarding you as their master.

“It’s clear you dedicated your life since the age of 12 or 13 to satisfying your sexual urges by any means at your disposal.

“You left your victims psychologically scarred and treated them as sexual playthings.”

Elaine Batley

She grew up in East London and had tattoos including the Eye of Horus on her arm, a pentagram above Egyptian script on her leg, Tutankhamun on her back plus another Egyptian script on her back which she claimed she did not understand.

When asked if she had ever been to Egypt during her trial the then 47-year-old said she would like to have gone but had not visited “because of the heat”.

She also told the court she liked the ancient Egyptians because “they were good to their slaves”.

She admitted to an affair with Jackie Marling and “a fumble” with Shelly Millar and told the court she was interested in Aleister Crowley and read his work.

According to one of the victims in the case Batley’s wife was treated “like a slave” but the judge said she became a willing participant in her husband’s “wickedness”.

The jury heard how a young boy was tricked into having sex with her

She was jailed for eight years after being convicted of indecency with children.

Jacqueline Marling

She grew up in Poplar, East London, and was 42 at the time she stood trial.

Marling initially denied to police officers that she was a prostitute but her car was spotted making regular trips to brothels in the centre of Swansea and Bristol.

She sported an Eye of Horus tattoo on her arm and had a figurine of a cat goddess in her home plus a drawing of the Mask of Tutankhamun and one of the hawk-headed Egyptian god Horus.

She had affairs with Colin Batley and Elaine Batley.

Described as ringleader Colin Batley’s “second in command”, she was jailed for 12 years for aiding and abetting rape and child sex offences.

Jailing Marling, the judge told her: “After Colin Batley you are the most culpable in this horrific scenario. Your relationship with him brought together two kindred evil spirits.

“You were clearly besotted with him and The Book Of The Law and I view you effectively as his second in command in all this.

“You may or may not take this as a compliment but you have fully lived up to the ideals of your mentor Aleister Crowley.”

He added: “Throughout the trial you have not displayed a flicker of emotion. The tears in your eyes now I take to be tears of self-pity.”

The 35-year-old sobbed as she was found guilty of two counts of indecency with children, one of which involved having sex with a 12-year-old boy.

Having grown up in Kent, Millar had an Eye of Horus tattoo on her arm and admitted to having around 3,000 clients as a prostitute during a two-year period working in Swansea and Bristol.

She was jailed for five years.

The aftermath

In the aftermath of the court case neighbours in Clos yr Onnen described Batley as an “evil bully”.

His rundown home had a torn and ragged England flag pinned outside while two rottweiler dogs – named Sekhet after the Egyptian lion goddess and Toots, short for Tutankhamun – could often be heard leaping at the door.

People nearby described how Batley – who also had a cat called Rameses – used to walk around the estate with his two dogs as if to intimidate people.

“Colin Batley is the most disgusting and vile man you could meet,” one neighbour said at the time.

One woman said: “Batley and one of his friends used to have a van calling regularly, with a consignment of contraband tobacco and, we think, pornography. They used to head off to France on fortnightly trips and sometimes were gone for as long as six weeks. It makes you wonder if part of their cult activity was going on there too.”

Seven years later street resident John Wheatland still remembers being able to hear one of the victims crying at night.

He didn’t know why and says he had “no idea whatsoever” of the awful reality of what was going on.

“She would cry every night, sobbing,” he said.

“I didn’t know why and I never raised suspicions but I should have known something wasn’t right.”

Mr Wheatland also described an extraordinary incident as he worked in the garden of his home and saw a teenage girl “done up to look like a film star” nearby.

He estimated her to be aged 14 or 15.

“She looked at me and said: ‘Do you want sex then?’ I was shocked. I don’t know what I said but I went inside.

“I’d never heard anything like that before.”

The woman who had dressed her, her said, “used to dress up in very short skirts and high heels and walk to Batley’s house”.

Recalling the day the cult members were arrested in the summer of 2010 he said he had been leaving his house at around 8.30am when he saw police cars in the street.

“When I came back they were gone,” he said. “I had no idea what it was about.

“This is a quiet neighbourhood. When all those Londoners came down it was very strange.

“Batley was very arrogant. Apart from that there was nothing suspicious about him. We didn’t speak.”

Speaking in 2014 one of the victims of the cult – who published a book under the pseudonym Annabelle detailing what she had been through over 11 harrowing years of abuse – described how her own mother, Jackie Marling, abused her under Batley’s orders.

“Nothing can hurt me as much as my mum and that man,” she said.

“My mother was an evil woman and I’ll never forgive her.”

By then a mother herself and living happily in another part of the UK, she told how she was just seven years old when first forced to watch her mother perform a sex act on Batley.

At the age of 11 she was raped by him in her own home and three years later she was made to take part in group sex with her mother.

“I went to the sentencing in court because I wanted to see her one last time,” she said. “I wanted her to reach out to me, to say it was all his fault and she was under his spell.

“But she didn’t. She just made a face and asked what I was doing there.

“She went to prison unrepentant and I suppose that made me realise it wasn’t just him. She was evil too. As a mother myself I can hardly believe how she treated me. It was unnatural and cruel.

“But there is no point getting depressed about it, you have to live for the future. But I never want to see her again. Nothing can hurt me as much as they did but that is what makes me stronger.”

She described how the children abused by the cult were cut off from their peers and forced to take part in long church services and obey Batley’s every whim.

“We weren’t even allowed to look in his eyes,” said Annabelle.

“He ruled our little community with an iron will and we were made to do what he ordered for fear of angering the Gods.”

In Batley’s ‘Church’, children were led to believe they were proving themselves to the Gods by passing tests, which usually involved sex with either him or other cult members.

Annabelle recalled the first time he raped her when she was just 11 years old.

“The worst thing about it was the fact that he made me think I was doing it out of choice,” she said.

“It was awful. The most painful and shocking thing that had ever happened – but it was my path, that’s what he told me, and if I didn’t do it I would go to the Abyss, which was our version of hell.

“Colin knew how to manipulate you, to make you believe anything he said.”

But Annabelle’s most horrific experience was when her own mother assaulted her at the age of 14.

“Afterwards, Colin asked me if I enjoyed it and I knew what I had to say – I had to say yes. But inside I felt like dying.”

The tests did not end there – at 14 she was forced into a relationship with another cult member five years her senior and by then she was having regular group sex with Batley and her mother.

“I was a schoolgirl by day and a sex slave at night,” she said. “It got so bad that at one point I tried to take my own life.”

Aged 18, three months after having Batley’s child, she was forced into prostitution.

It was the love of her daughter that saved her and gave her a reason to live – she bravely escaped in the dead of night when her baby was one year old.

By the time of her escape she had slept with over 1,800 men – the proceeds of which had all gone towards ‘the Church’.

After the case another victim described how Batley forced her to put on a satanic symbol and raped her as a teenager.

The woman described how he ruled the cult by fear.

“[Colin] was the boss. He barked orders at everybody including me.

“People just did what they were told. He had Rottweilers that were scared of him but vicious to everyone else.

“At 15 I had to have sex with Colin. He said it was an initiation into the occult.

“He said he did not want to do it but it had to be done. He said if I did not follow orders I would be killed. People ‘higher up’ in the cult would do it, he said.”

Reflecting on his jail term she added: “A hundred years would not be enough for Colin Batley.

“But at least now myself and the other victims can start to rebuild our lives outside of the shadow of that contemptible man.”

She was originally from London but was brought to Wales by Batley where she was abused and “passed round” to other cult members who had sex with her.

She said: “He said the occult was strong in Wales.”

 

University of Dundee -Views and Experiences of self-identified Ritual Abuse Survivors on the use of Online Forums and Social Media Platforms – Survey

Mind Control, MK Ultra, Occult, Paedophilia, Psychology, Ritual Abuse, Uncategorized

To participate: https://dundee.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/views-and-experiences-of-self-identified-ra-survivors-on-t-4

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General Information 

I invite you to take part in an online survey, which aims to understand your views and experiences as a self-identified ritual abuse survivor on the use of online forums and social media platforms.

This research is being carried out as part of my PhD study at the University of Dundee School of Education and Social Work. The results from this study will be used to inform other survivors on the advantages and disadvantages of using online forums and social media platforms. The findings will also be used in improving online services for other survivors.
The aim of this study is to

1.    Understand the barriers encountered by ritual abuse survivors when using face to face or telephone-based services that have encouraged them to use online forums and social media platforms.

2.    Understand how online forums and social media platforms have helped ritual abuse survivors to overcome or minimise barriers encountered in face-to-face or telephone-based services.

3.    Understand how ritual abuse survivors have utilised the benefits of online forums or social media platforms to offer support to others, access support, talk about ritual abuse, engage in advocacy work, raise awareness on ritual abuse and connect with other ritual abuse survivors.

Eligible participants for this online survey are those:

·      That self-identify as Ritual Abuse (RA) survivors

·      Aged 18 years and above

·      Able to read and write in English.

·      Who have used or are currently using online forums or social media platforms to talk about their ritual abuse, support survivors or engage in advocacy and awareness campaigns about ritual abuse.

Please read through these terms, and if you agree to take part, please tick the ‘yes’ box below. You may ask any questions before taking part by contacting the researcher (details below).

Details of the Online Survey

You will need to respond to 3 questions on your eligibility to participate, approximately 20 questions on your views and experiences of using online platforms, some demographic questions and your future involvement in an online focus group interview.

It should take about 30 minutes. It is recommended that you complete the survey in one sitting. However, if you are not able to complete the survey in one sitting, you will be given the option to return to the survey at a later time. If possible, please try to complete the survey in a location where you will be undisturbed. No background knowledge is required.

The survey will be open for 2 months effective from the 15th of February 2019 and will close on the 16th of April 2019.

Do I have to take part? 

Participation in this study is completely voluntary, and you are free to refuse to take part or to withdraw from the study at any time, without having to give a reason, and without this affecting your membership of RANS message board and any other online forums accessible to you. You can be involved with the research to whatever degree you choose including the possibility of being involved in an online focus group via the RANS forum https://ransforum.org.uk

What if I decide not to take part?

If you choose not to take part in the study, nothing will change. If you decide to withdraw from the study at a later stage after it starts, the data you have provided will be anonymised and used for analysis. I will not collect any further information from you.

How will your data be used? 

The information you provide as part of the study is the research data. Your survey answers will be completely anonymous. The survey itself will not collect any identifying information, such as your name or birthdate, and your IP address will not be stored.

I will paraphrase the direct quotes used in my publications.

I have included a ‘Don’t know/Prefer not to say’ option in the main survey, and you will be able to skip questions if you prefer not to answer.

Are there any potential risks in taking part?

The following risks are involved in taking part:

  1. Potential psychological discomfort. To reduce any possible risks, I will not ask you anything of a sensitive nature (for example about graphic details of the ritual abuse). I will not ask you to share anything that is personal, or that might be sensitive or upsetting for you. I am purely interested in your views and experiences as a self-defined RA survivor on the use of online forums and social media platforms. I am keen to find out what you use online forums and social media platforms for, why you use them and how they have enabled you to talk about ritual abuse, access support and as well as supporting others. I will also provide information on resources that may help reduce any discomfort you experience.
  2. The potential for the collected data to be compromised. The research data will be stored confidentially using the secure server at the University of Dundee School of Education and Social Work, and all data will be anonymised.

Who will have access to your data? 

Jisc Online Surveys and the University of Dundee are the data controllers for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR. Data will be downloaded from Jisc Online Surveys after the survey has ended. Once this data has been downloaded to a secured server, information will be deleted from Jisc Online Surveys. Your data will be stored confidentially in password-protected files using the secure server at the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. Research data will be stored on a secure server for a minimum of three years after the publication of my PhD thesis, at which point it will be deleted from the server and submitted to the UK Data Archive. All submitted data will be completely anonymised

Data will be used in academic publications. However, no identifying information will be included. Rather, answers to questions will be summarised broadly.

What is the purpose of the study?

This online survey is for my PhD study. The principal researcher is a PhD student in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. This PhD is being completed under the supervision of Dr Susan Levy and Dr Victoria Jupp Kina.

Data protection

The University of Dundee is the data controller concerning your data, and as such will determine how your data is used in the study. The University will process your data for the research outlined above. Research is a task that we perform in the public interest.

Further information about your rights concerning your data is available from https://www.dundee.ac.uk/information-governance//dataprotection/

Ethical approval has been received from the University of Dundee’s Research Ethics Committee. If you have any ethical concerns with this study, please contact Dr Murray Simpson, Education and Social Work SREC Convener on m.k.simpson@dundee.ac.uk.

What if there is a problem?  

If you have a concern about any aspect of this project, please speak to the researcher, Joseph Lumbasi; j.a.lumbasi@dundee.ac.uk or my supervisors, Dr Susan Levy s.levy@dundee.ac.uk or Dr Victoria Jupp Kina v.juppkina@dundee.ac.uk who will do their best to answer your query. The researcher should acknowledge your concern within 10 working days and give you an indication of how they intend to deal with it.

If you wish to make a complaint about any aspect of the way you have been approached or treated during this study, the normal complaints procedure will be available to you. You can send an anonymous complaint by email to Dr Murray Simpson, Education and Social Work SREC Convener on m.k.simpson@dundee.ac.uk. The Convenor will seek to resolve the matter in a reasonably expeditious manner.

Please note that you will not be able to go back to previous answers once you have gone to the next page during the survey.

1.Please note that you may only participate in this survey if you are 18 years of age or over.

The Devil’s Door

Magick, Occult, Religion, Sorcery, Spirituality, Witchcraft

‘Just as there is a door which opens unto God, so is there a Devil’s Door which opens upon the recremental deeps. Let the aspirant be in no doubt that once this door is opened that the deeps will come in.’ – A.E. Waite

‘The cornerstone that the builders rejected is the place from which I come. The gate that is not a gate is the source of the living One.’ – The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

There is a peculiar feature to many of England’s medieval Churches, being a smaller entrance commonly situated in the North side of the building. This door is only opened during the Ceremonies of Baptism and Communion, and at no other times. Lore tells that Devils may reside within the Spirit of an unbaptised child, and that its spirit is Exorcised during these Rituals. It is also at this door that the aspiring Initiate of the Black Art may meet their Master, and make their Pact. For all these reasons, it is called the Devil’s Door.

In Christian lore, it is said that the Lord will rise again in the East; thus this side of a Church is regarded as the most sacred. It was common practice for the dead to be buried with their feet pointing towards to East, so that they could meet Him at the time of Resurrection. Next is the South, then West, and finally the North – this from the belief that the dead would rise in this order. The East is considered God’s side, where His throne is set; the West, man’s side, the Galilee of the Gentiles; the South, the side of the ‘Spirits Made Just’ and Angels, and the North is the Devil’s side. Criminals and paupers were frequently buried in the North side of the churchyard.

References to the North as the direction of the Evil One may be found in the Bible. In Jeremiah 1-13/14 we find; ‘What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north. Then the Lord said unto me, out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.’  In Jeremiah 46-20; ‘..destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north’.

The cardinal direction of North was associated in the Middle Ages with criminality. An accused person would stand facing his judges to the North. If a thief or criminal was being chased by the authorities, they could seek sanctuary within a church, as no violence was to take place there. If they could get to the Devil’s Door and take a hold of its handle, they could not be arrested until such times as they had let go. Ecclesiastical sanctuary is believed to have developed through usage from the Anglo-Saxon period until James I abolished the right altogether in 1623. Nevertheless, it was still practised in some parts of the country until the 19th century.

Many early churches in Britain were built upon the very spots used by previous generations of pagan worshippers. Perhaps it was that the sacred space usurped by the church would have been entered only from the North. In ancient Britain and the Germanic territories, the direction was central to the pagan Mysteries. Might we see here the presence of the Sorcerer-God known to us as Woden? That Master of Darkness, Initiator of Sorcerers, and Knower of the Dead? It seems a strong likelihood that these Mysteries may have informed the lore of the Devil’s Door. Amongst Woden’s many names we find also that of ‘Grim’, once again associated with the Devil as the ‘Church Grim’. The God Tyr, also, is associated with the North; indeed his Rune is an arrow pointing to the North Star.

It occurs in Phaerie Lore that the human wishing to make contact with the Hidden Folk may do so by circling a mound beneath which they live, anti-clockwise, and ending in the North. Perhaps here we see the continuation from the Elder Faith, carried through yet adapted to a Christian interpretation. Indeed, as we shall see, there are many practices that remain essentially unchanged from their origins within Phaerie Lore, the service of the Old Ones, and those that are later defined as Infernal Witchcraft.

Yet just because we find a strong correlation, we should not assume to have solved the Mystery in its entirety. Here we have one of many examples where myths have wound together like twisting roots, revealing an intricate pattern.. The association of the North with Devils, and the realms of the dead, may also be found in the Magick of the Zoroastrians. In a Rite of Exorcism, performed in the name of Ahurumazda, the Druj is cast out with these words; “Perish away to the regions of the North, never more to give unto death the living world of the Holy Spirit.”

According to the book of Bahir, amongst the oldest of Kabalist texts, the North is the abode of evil, and Satan comes from the North. It may be noted that the Northerly direction, the cold wastes of the Abyss, and the darkness of perpetual winter, are attributed within Kabalist Lore to the ‘Sephiroth that is not a Sephiroth’; Daath. The significance here is that Daath is indeed the Devil’s Door upon the Tree of Life, leading to the alternate dimensions of the Tree of Death – and the realms of Hell.

It is congruent, also, that within the Egyptian Mysteries the North is associated with Set- the original archetypal ‘Devil’ who was Invoked with Rites we would otherwise describe as Witchcraft pure and simple. For now it is enough to draw attention to the associations with Set, funerary Rites, self overcoming, and the Pathways of the Tree of Death which have been called the Tunnels of Set.

This Mystery may also be found within the Rites of Freemasonry. It is told of the Temple of King Solomon that; ‘….the Sun and Moon….could dart no ray of light into the North part thereof.’ Thus it is that the first degree Mason is taught the North of a term of darkness. This is more than mere allegory, for whilst the Sun progresses through the ecliptic it never reaches beyond 23 degrees North of Earth’s equator. Thus, a building constructed any further North will receive light only on its South face when the Sun is at its meridian height.

According to Witchcraft Lore, it is at this Devil’s Door that the candidate meets their Initiator. Such provides the culmination of a Rite taking place over a series of consecutive nights, during which time the candidate visits the church at midnight and circles the building Widdershins, walking backwards, a variable number of times (usually 3, but always an odd number).

On the final night the Devil is called upon to appear, perhaps as a person, a toad, a large black dog, or any other creature it might choose. The candidate offers a Consecrated host, which must be fed to whatever awaits. As with the formulæ of Witchcraft generally, it must be stressed that there are many variants to this tradition.

It is of relevance that the Rites of Initiation take place at locations bordering the dimensions, as may be understood to be the symbolic aspect of the Devil’s Door itself, or at the crossroads, the seashore, bridges, and so on. Initiation concerns the worlds of the Visible and Invisible, hinging upon the point where the dimensions intersect. The mythic function serves to accentuate occult reality, allowing it to obsess us temporarily that we may once again reabsorb it.

In all these traditions the Initiator may be specifically identified with the Devil. Evidence of such goes back at least to the Middle Ages, with many signs appearing in the Persecution records. In all such depictions, the Rites are portrayed as overtly Satanic. It is that mythic formula concealed also within the tale of the Fall, of Eve and Adam’s partaking of the Forbidden Fruit.

Within many of the old Trade Gilds, which in their day celebrated the Mysteries of their Craft and gave offering to their Gods at their gatherings, the Initiator also became identified with the Devil. Such things were true of the Society of the Horseman’s Word. The Devil is also recognised as the Mystery behind the closely related Initiatory formulæ of the Toad Witches.

Another formula of Self-Initiation is recorded by Scot in his Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584), amongst the most commonly employed books within the Cunning and Art of England, in which the candidate places one hand upon their head, the other on the sole of their foot, giving all between their two hands to the Devil and declaring their self the enemy of all organised religion.

Yet Nature presents one grand and useful lesson more; the knowledge of Self. She teaches, by contemplation, to prepare for the closing hours of existence; and when she has led through the intricate twists and turns of mortal life, she finally brings the lesson of Death. Such are the peculiarities of the Rites of Initiation. They are an invitation to reflect upon that awful subject and teach that, to the Upright Man, death has no terror equal to that of error and illusion.

The formulæ of Initiation, whether into primitive societies or advanced fraternities, are of symbolic death and resurrection; as typified in the myths of Osiris, Christ, and Hiram, amongst many others. Such symbolism is present in the tradition of meeting one’s Initiator at the North side of the church- being that part of the graveyard where the poor are buried, and where sunlight does not fall.

Through the nearness of darkness and death we are inevitably reminded that our own life is but a transient dream. It is analogous, also, to the Inner Darkness, through which we may be presented with glimpses into the Mysteries. It is a symbolic renewal of the candidate’s connection with the embryonic Void; the gateway to the Mysteries, living and breathing the Rite as a dreamer dreams a dream. The shadows of the graveyard serve to remind us of the shifting shadows of Self, ever descending into reincarnation, attempting even death for its satisfaction. This darkness is embraced in its totality that the flame of Illumination may ignite spontaneously within the Self, as the Limitless Light first emerged from the Void.

This is that symbolic death that allows us to mature, imperceptibly, within ourselves. It is not a physical death, but the death of the candidate’s inertia upon the Path of Self; their unawareness and alienation. The aim of Initiation is to kill this death, uncovering the Self buried beneath so much sand and mud. It is as if the candidate were reincarnated ‘this time around’- and let us not forget, that through this symbolised death, the Initiate may come to expand their awareness of mortal death. It is not entirely unknown for Initiates to regain certain memories of previous incarnations at such times. This death corresponds to the Alchemical processes of transmutation, and does not in itself present the culmination of the Rite.

This Harrowing of Hell, called also the Journey Unto the Centre of the Earth, is not merely one of introspection. It serves also as an Enchantment cast upon one’s own Self by the aid of the Devil. The descent into one’s Self foreshadows Infinity; its aim is the perception of a complex reality revealed through various components of the Rite. It is at this stage, having attained the very heart of this realty, that the tangible world opens itself up to the Mysteries.

Herein lies the paradox of Initiation. It is easy to comprehend the need to Become One’s Self in order to realise one’s potential, yet it is difficult to comprehend how the seemingly finite Self is to identify with the infinite Mysteries.

By the process of Initiation, the aspirant rediscovers their Self, stripping it of those beliefs and miscomprehension that hindered them from becoming their own creator, which the Alchemists understood by the phrase Son of His Works. The Initiate enters into this Mystery, revealing the cruel beauty which runs as a current through the Self, as it runs also through the world.

Much superstition and misunderstanding has been accumulated around the formulæ of Initiation. It is often supposed that the candidate acquires by these Rites great Mystical insight as if by a single moment of Illumination, and that great powers are to be granted them suddenly by the agency of the Devil. In reality, however, the Rites of Initiation provide a function that might better be described as poetic, stirring the Greater Mind within the individual as great poetry may serve to awaken the Secrets of the Soul; which is as Danté called the Straight Track.

Nor is the Devil’s Door representative of some singular and finite Attainment. Rather, it is a vow that must be continually reaffirmed. It is not enough to perform this Rite but the once, and consider oneself a ‘Witch’ from this moment on, and forever. The enigma may be decoded through the dictum ‘The object of the Quest is the very way of the Quest’, by which is meant that the goal of our journey is not the aim of our embarking, for it will be to us forever Mysterious. Rather it is the journey itself that is its own purpose. Thus, in the old gilds (the forerunners of ‘guilds’, preserving trade secrets and lore), the candidate for Initiation was sometimes known as a Journeyman. The Rites themselves serve as a momentary Enchantment, a marking of the beginning of a journey that may have no ultimate destination other than death, itself as illusory as life. It is a spelling out with action, and may never replace the endless journey of maturation it represents.