Time for a democratic heaven

I was reading a paper by Alessandro Roccati, of the University of Turin in which he suggested that demons were a reflection of the lower classes in society. He noted that while demons tend to get talked about using street language, gods tended to get addressed in the formal language of the higher classes (in this case he was talking about Egyptian). Throughout human history, the structure of the divine hierarchy has reflected the political systems of human society.

This evolution exists in magical texts with the move to feudalism having a direct impact on the structure of the status of demons and angels. An Angel or demon might be a Duke of heaven or hell.

So, I started thinking – why did this evolution stop?.  Civilised societies don’t have autocratic divine-right monarchs any more, so why do magic systems still uphold them, when do things get more democratic?

For some reason, this development ends abruptly with the rise of democracy and the nation state. It seems curious that humanity had worked out that the divine right monarch system no longer worked, but seemed to believe that it did for Gods and angels?

It is not difficult to update the religious hierarchies to match a democratic human government, yet for some reason, no-one attempted it. It is as if, following Homer, magicians said: “A multitude of rulers is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king.” Possible reasons for this are:

1. Magicians are not progressive and look to the past rather than the present or the future.
2. democratic governments were “weak and human” next to the glories of a divine court or a platonic rule of the elite.
3. Magicians were part of a conservative society that secretly holds to ideas of platonic rule by an elite team of occultists rather than democratic “mob rule.”
4. There is a belief that the universe is not democratic and cannot be represented by such a hierarchy.

All four of these reasons are somewhat weak and miss a significant magical opportunity for magicians. If divine hierarchies were adapted to follow more democratic systems, then we are allowing heaven and earth to match each other. Our political regimes might benefit from divine wisdom (as above so below).

In a medieval society if you were against the king you were a traitor and therefore “evil” in a democratic structure the forces which opposed evolution and light would be the “official opposition.” Their job would be to keep the forces of light from calcifying (something which is seen when a government stays in power too long). However, it would remove good and bad guys from the equation. The universe would be created and sustained by an interaction between the forces of light and darkness rather than a war. If the two sides have equal powers, then the final vote will be decided by the Prime Minister who appoints a cabinet. The situation would not be party politics but an ideal democracy where the best person for the job would be appointed (much like the war council in the UK during WW2), but decisions would be made by the final democratic body of spirits. The good part about it is that since they are spirits and daemons, they are not going to need to play political games but will instead focus on function.

The question as to who or what would rule is ultimately moot. There is always going to be One Divine being, but it is going to be removed from government (much like a constitutional monarch or president). It might be relatively stable too because the government works, its ministers are not going to be embroiled in corruption scandals or get caught by the tabloids sticking their sexual organs in dead pigs. However, like parliamentary democracy, it would be more efficient at making decisions.

The operative part of democracy is that not only do politicians vote, but we get a chance to choose the government. If we think about it, this has largely happened. We have seen the more religious daemons take a back seat to those who offer more secular “things” and objects. It should be possible to see the changes in humanity and the planet regarding a democratic history of heaven.

 

Alt-Right needs to learn from history before lecturing others

While I am relieved that the Alt-Right is taking a sudden interest in history whenever they open their mouths they are repeating some howlers and clearly history is new to them. Here are several which crossed my news feed this week.

1. Hitler was not a socialist… sure his party was called “national socialist” but names mean very little in that way. Hitler did not, as all socialists did, nationalise property. Stalin who was a socialist did nationalise property. National socialism was German fascism.

2. The Great Pyramids were not built by slave labour (other than in Hollywood movies) They were built by skilled labourers in the off-season. Not only where they paid, but they also had a comprehensive medical scheme which would be the envy of many modern Americans. All this has been found by the recent archaeology of the labour “camp” for the pyramids which was actually a temporary town.

3. While there were other reasons for going to war, The American Civil war was mostly about the right to keep other human beings as property – something which was outlawed in the rest of the civilised world. This view was laid out by confederate politicians at the time.,

4. Most confederate statues in the South were not built to commemorate the Civil War but were a statement by Southern Whites against Blacks. The first wave went up It was not until the turn of the century, as southern states began to enact so-called Jim Crow laws designed to deprive recently freed slaves of equal rights. The second wave were built as a reaction against the growing Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. As such they are not “historical” but are tools of oppression and incitement against blacks. This is not true in all cases. Some statues were set up as tools of reconciliation, but these are much rarer.

5. While some of the founding fathers including Benjamin Franklin and George Washington did keep slaves, it was not part of their movement. By 1781, however, Franklin had divested himself of slaves, and shortly thereafter he became the president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. George Washington, freed as many of his slaves as he could saying he wanted a world where blacks and whites lived together as equals. Jefferson, rejected this vision. He acknowledged that slavery violated the natural rights of slaves he was worried that conflicts over slavery might one day lead to the dissolution of the union. The founding fathers succeeded in gradually abolishing slavery in the Northern states and Northwestern territories but permitted its rapid expansion in the South and Southwest. It is important to realise that this was many decades before the Civil War and attitudes had changed considerably.

6. U.S. General John J. Pershing never ended a wave of Muslim terrorism in the Philippines by executing prisoners with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood. It was about the only thing he did not do. Pershing’s slaughter of civilians and fighters at Bud Bagsak that all but ended the Moro Rebellion. It was a trick he learnt in the Indian wars… you don’t have a rebellion if your enemy is all dead.

7. George Soros was never a member of the SS. A picture which claimed to be Soros in a Nazi uniform was released Soros was born in 1930, thus, making him only nine years old when World War II began and 15 when it ended in 1945. Therefore, he could not have been that man nor have joined the SS, whose minimum age requirement was 17, even if he had wanted to. Moreover, Soros would have failed the SS requirement for pure “Aryan” heritage. Rather, Soros was a persecuted Jew in Nazi-occupied Budapest.  The bloke in the photo was a death camp soldier Oskar Groening, a Nazi who served at Auschwitz from 1942 through the end of World War II. Ironically Alt-right hates Soros because he finances left wing causes.

8. Counter-reformation Spain did not benefit from expelling is Jewish and Muslim population. I was told that moves to expel the Muslims from Spain made the country a world superpower. While it was a popular move, Spain’s glory days were coming to an end and this “white supremacist” move destroyed the Spanish economy. The move boosted the legitimacy of the Spanish Inquisition, whose stifling effect would be felt by the society until the 19th century. It also stripped 2% of Spain’s most urbane, educated and affluent inhabitants. At a time when Europe’s economy was shifting from agrarian to industrial economies, Spain could not afford this loss. The Spanish Inquisition managed to have 300,000 Muslims expelled a century later. The Jews went to more secularist, and tolerant London and Amsterdam where they established financial houses, and insurance companies… and made the countries into economic powerhouses. The expulsion of the Muslims or those who were forced to convert to Christianity was a crippling blow to the economies of Aragon and Valencia where there were not enough Christian workers. Spain collapsed into an economic rump state in Europe and a text book case as to why immigration is vital to the evolution of state.

The paperback Hermetic Tablet has been released

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This issue includes articles written by the following writers: Mike Magee, Aaron Leitch, Nick Farrell, Jayne Gibson, Tony Fuller, Wynn Westcott, R.W. Felkin, Harriet Felkin, A.E Waite. Ina Cüsters-Van Bergen Carman Lawrick, VH Soror MRMV, Eirini Tsotsou, João Pedro Feliciano, and Cynthia Caton The Hermetic Tablet covers a wide range of different subjects all related to Western Ritual Magic, including Goetia, Golden Dawn, Wicca, Theurgy, Angelic Magic, Ancient Egypt, and pagan ritual. There is something for anyone, from all spiritual traditions who wants to know about practical Western Ritual Magic