Summary for the week ending Jun 25, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending June 25th, 2017.

This week I posted Black Brothers and Secret Chiefs, the next new Symposium topic on the BBS. Consider this writing prompt and share your response in the thread. For a reminder about what Symposium is all about, check out the pinned post about the symposium category.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

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the drugs they use to control my pain and mood sometimes make me see things.

Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

Lilith—The First Eve

Renee Rosen-Wakeford reviews Lilith—The First Eve: Historical and Psychological Aspects of the Dark Feminine by Siegmund Hurwitz in the Bkwyrm archive.

Unlike many Jungians, such as Barbara Black Koltuv (author of “The Book of Lilith”), Hurwitz can clearly separate the historical from the archetypal, and he divides this book accordingly into two separate sections: a historical overview of Lilith and a Jungian interpretation of the archetype she represents. His historical section is very good for the most part, but the psychological section is marred by both his anti-feminist stance and the typical Jungian essentialist approach to gender. Hurwitz seems sincerely afraid that women might identify with or draw strength from Lilith, and he goes to great pains to disparage those women who attempt to do so. For instance, he rightly criticizes many feminist writers for their lack of historical accuracy when discussing Lilith yet does not call to task the many non-feminist writers who do the exact same thing. Fortunately, the historical overview leaves out much of his anti-feminism and gender essentialism and serves as a decent survey of previous research on Lilith and her origins.

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“In the jungle the strong slay the weak until only the strong remain,” said Tanub. “And then the strong prey upon each other?” asked Orne. “That is a quibble for women,” said Tanub. “It’s too bad you feel that way,” said Orne. “When two cultures meet like this they tend to help each other.”

Frank Herbert, Missing Link

Liber Null and Psychonaut

Julianus reviews Liber Null and Psychonaut by Peter J Carroll in the Bkwyrm archive.

This seems to be the seminal text of the Chaos Magick movement and is comprised of the instructional papers of the Illuminates of Thanateros (IOT.) Frankly, I don’t think much of it. Much of the material is best described as a paraphrase of Crowley’s Magick in Theory and Practice, without credit and so abbreviated that I doubt a beginning student could really use it successfully. Carroll does include a version of Austin Spare’s sigil Magick in the curriculum but there really is not much original material here.

Another thing that struck me is that, while Carroll talks so much about “Chaos” and rants against “dogma,” he is himself one of the most dogmatic writers on Magick I have ever encountered.

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