The radical magi encountered a world wherein one world-image was locked in place—not just the geocentric cosmos but the whole Christian orthodox value system that went with it. Their subversive purpose revolved around the project of a free circulation of imagery, a breaking-up of the stasis and the creation of a more responsive model. The single world-view of orthodoxy was seen as stifling, tyrannical, oppressive. Inasmuch as the self interiorized this view it reproduced the oppression on the level of the subjective. The hermeticists opposed the very singleness of this worldview with a contradictory multiplicity, a critical form of “paganism” based on difference.
Hakim Bey, The Obelisk
Put in the context of global fascism, we could end up being one of the last wee bastions of a progressive culture abjected as decadence by the reactionaries, a bit of a heaven in a world going to hell.
Hal Duncan quoted in Chris Kelso, Burroughs & Scotland: Dethroning the Ancients: The Commitment of Exile [Amazon, Local Library]
Thus it is with the world, Lomellino; what is one person’s misery is another’s happiness.
George W M Reynolds, Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf [Amazon, Amazon (Dover), Gutenberg, Publisher, Local Library]
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 & the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world.
Aleister Crowley, Liber Al vel Legis, II:21
My voyage to the world of Betelgeuse was decreed by a superior consciousness. It is up to me to show myself worthy of the choice and to be the new savior of this human race in decline.
Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]
Even when the magic goes away, the world moves relentlessly. It’s Life, the cycle of living and dying.
J Damask, Wolf at the Door
what I really want is a world wherein I feel generously supported in having disreputable adventures, free to be my expansively weird self.
Carolyn Elliott, Awaken Your Genius: A Seven-Step Path to Freeing Your Creativity and Manifesting Your Dreams [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher]
Odd Jobs: so called not because they were varied or petty but because they could only be collectively described as odd; Missions into a world of mysticism, the occult and sometimes even the horrific and nightmarish. A world beyond a war, beyond man and his understanding.
Nikolai Bird, Cthulhu – Something in the Mud
Echoing all that has been written on and in favor of women, I am only trying to say that in the mystical and initiatory world “they do exist” also.
Hélène Bernard, Great Women Initiates
In every dictatorship which is tottering, there is an urge towards destruction. Of self, if that only is possible. Of the world, if that is.
Peter Bryant, Red Alert