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The Sinister, Hidden, Adversaries from SamaelSwine's blog

The left hand path is that part of esoteric mysteries that promises concrete results. It whispers of horrors and pleasures conceived in the magicians mind, which can be spewed forth into the world. Like any tool, this ability can be used to cause harm, restore, or something that isn't quite either of these. I won't go into a full etymological treatise here, but I believe the word sinister means left handed in Latin, and is part of the reason why the path I have described has come to be known as that of the left hand. Those of us who dare to want something in this life and are far too impatient to wait for our stored up treasures were labelled sinister. The left hand itself has an evil connotation because it was customary for guards of the king to check only one side of a possible assassin for weapons, and since most people are right handed, they got into the habit of checking only the corresponding side. Assassins therefore tended to be left handed in order to gain the advantage of not having their hidden daggers taken away. Keep in mind I heard this explanation from a Christian youth pastor, and have done no fact checking, because I think the premise of the post would be moot if I did. It seems like a stretch that guards would never check the right side. In that case even right handed assassins could get through just but wearing their dagger on the right hip. If you do things that even just look sinister, then you can accomplish those things which are sinister. There may be something in that in the way of a lesson for those of us on the LHP, but I won't get further into it here.


Occult means hidden in greek. Again we see some similarity between the Satanist and the words of the categories into which he might fall. Many Satanists are "in the closet" in order to avoid possible negative consequences, or just because they prefer their privacy. In any case, the assassin and the Satanist both must hide as part of their existence. The assassin's work is hidden by necessity, while the Satanist's is hidden mostly out of ignorance, for few people care to learn about his path. Perhaps they are right not to care, because I can't ignore the possibility that everything I think I know about Satanism and the LHP is total bullshit, and there is no benefit at all to what I do. This is a frame of mind necessary to take at every step of your the magical journey, because self deception is the easiest form of magikkk to master. How unfortunate would it be to become an adept in self deception, but deceive oneself so fully that you cannot see how you are doing nothing but deceiving yourself.


The word Satan itself initially carried the meaning of something close to "enemy", or "one who brings temptation." If you have the idea that Satan is a symbol for the self, then you must realize that some part of the self which you allowed yourself to become is an adversary to everything else. You bring temptation to the masses, and evil. What evil is can be fairly subjective. Since I'm not a complete maniac, for my purposes evil means more just things that are condemned by humans. Humans condemn many things which are not damnable, but rather are commendable.


The obvious place to go with this idea is to embrace the absurd, the rebellious, the punk rock. All of those things are well and good, and are a little further from the infamous bell curve human behaviour, especially in certain parts of the world from a lot of behaviour. But even these are just variations on a theme: The consumption of cultural products. I want to be an enemy of much grander things than bad music or derivative art, but if I find nothing else, I guess those will do. I also don't want to fall into the trap of, "Just being an individual" though perhaps that is the greatest height a Satanist can aspire, as hard wired to being a pro-social animal as humans appear to be. Maybe thinking without the influence of the people around you, whispering messages and values into your subconscious ears is the Nirvana of the Satanist. 


If you feel like you have reached the state of mind where none of your decisions are affected at all by those around you, let me know.




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SamaelSwine
Aug 21 '17
Yeah I think that's all correct, yet more reasons why "the left handed path" is an apt metaphor for Satanism; society wants desperately to change it, and fears it.
SamaelSwine
Aug 25 '17
I don't see the metaphorical link between self-destructive behaviour and the left-hand path? Enlighten me if you would be so kind.
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