Pular para o conteúdo principal

Some Considerations on Self Initiation and Self Immolation

You feel the pull and the thrust of something out there that drives you, by desire, to a meeting in a glare in the wood, intoxicated by something undefined that calls you. You go to the glare to unite or you perform some arcane ritual promising a certain connection. You believe you are following a calling, the whispers of the ancient ones calling you back to their fold. At times this can be right and true, but quite often this perceived call speaks of sentimentalism and nostalgia, a longing for something real. This is by all measures a good point of departure, but still we have to, as Andrew Chumbley commented make a distinction “between those with Vision and those without”.  The Vision is the token of inner guidance, that a true and real connection is obtained. The Vision is always augmented by portents transcendental and equally real. If the blood recognizes the blood should not deny. And herein lays word and key. ‘Traditional Witchcraft’ has been accused of elitism, but it is all about belongingness, which makes the accusation of elitism a matter of envy.  

The whole idea of self initiation is curious, the self as an initiator – to what? Solitary initiation makes far more sense, but here we are confronted with the Vision and the Pull. In all honesty, self initiation is detriment to the nature of initiation. Either spirit initiates the flame or the flame initiate horizontally by virtue of a human intercessor.

Here we enter into a field where fantasy and vision commingles as the vipers of oath and lie. The pure desire towards a connection accompanied by fantasy will lead to immolation and its child will be confusion – and at worst hubris, the misconception of ones placement in the world. On the wings of selfish fantasy certain greatness is achieved in the world of illusions. A true connection will bring something else; it will temper the blood-seeking faculties into humility – a faint recognition of ones place and not ones supremacy.

The experienced desire to connect can take many shapes and quite often it takes the form of purification and putrefaction – an immolation of self. The seeker flies onwards on the wings of fantasy and strands in an illusion of distorted perfection, committing an error in the name of the blood – thus generating a greater distance, declaring by action that he or she do not belong.

This is a safety the Craft possess, because ultimately the word and the oath represent the keys of entrance and denial. By the door and the crossroad a multitude is gathering. What we are left with is a herd of lost souls that strives to belong and find the doors closed. This situation is cause by the torments of the soul itself demanding to be known. It is in the end about being true to who you are no matter if the call is of desire and fantasy or Vision. Be true to yourself, reject fantasy in favor of truth - and the path towards happiness will open even if it is not the one you focused all your desires to attain…          

Postagens mais visitadas deste blog

The ‘firmeza’ of Quimbanda

Quimbanda is a cult centred on the direct and head on interaction with spirit, hence developing mediumistic skills and capability in spirit trafficking is integral and vital to working Quimbanda. Possession is a phenomenon that intrigues and also scares. After all we have all seen movies like The Exorcist and other horror thrillers giving visual spectacles to how hostile spirits can take over the human body, mind and soul in intrusive and fatal ways. But possessions do find a counterpart in the shamanic rapture as much as in the prophet whose soul is filled with angelic light that makes him or her prophetic. Possession is not only about the full given over of your material vessel to a spirit that in turn uses the faculties of the medium to engage various forms of work. Inspiration, dream and to be ‘under the influence’ are potentially valid and worthy avenues for connecting with spirit. Yet another avenue for good spirit trafficking is the communion, or what Jake Stratton-Kent ca

A Quimbanda FAQ

In this article I will try to answer some questions concerning Quimbanda that surfaces with frequency. Questions concerning how to work this cult solitary and somehow dislocated from the cultural climate of understanding here in Brazil are frequently asked as are questions concerning the magical tools, such as guias, patuás and statues, available to the general public. I want to be initiated in Quimbanda, how do I proceed with that? When we speak of initiation in the perspective of Quimbanda we are speaking of a true and intense merging with spirit that involves a pact/agreement, a spirit vessel (assentamento), ordeal and oath. There are elements used in this process that are common to every house/terreiro/cabula/lineage of Quimbanda that reveals a common origin. There are different varieties of Quimbanda in Brazil, and the expression of the common root, will always depend of the constellation of spirits we find in the tronco. In other words, a ‘Casa de Exu’ that is dominated

Luxuria: The Seven Sins - part II of VII

"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." - James 1: 14 - 15 -      Luxuria , or better known as lust is by John Cassian understood to be the very womb of sin and death in accordance with James 1. Whereas pride/hubris is the seed of sin, lust is the womb of the sinful seed. Today the word ‘lust’ carry an overtly sexual and hedonist flavor and in truth one of the predecessors of ‘luxuria’ is found in the activity related to porneia or prostitution, but more than this, luxuria is a thymus , an appetite. Perhaps the most proper idea that still carries on the inherent idea of ‘luxuria’ is actually luxury – in other words, an excess. In Antiquity as in galenic medicine all disease was caused by excess of something, in the cause of ‘luxuria’, we are speaking of an excess of pleasing oneself. This self pleasing is of a nature tha