Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Magus And The Witch, A Meeting Of The Winds



As I am quite certain that the title of this post has piqued the interest of my regular readers, let me jump right in and explain... While this blog has, since I began it, focused wholly on my work in the Grimoire Tradition and related fields, this post will delve into an area of Magick that has, until recently, been completely alien to me - Witchcraft. 

Although I have always made a point of gaining at least a basic knowledge of fields of Magick other than my own, for example Enochiana, Thelema, Conjure and many others, if for no other reason than to understand what I read on friends' blogs and in conversation with practitioners from these traditions, I had long dismissed "Witchcraft", never bothering to open a book or follow a blog. This is because I had, quite foolishly, grouped Witchcraft with the touchy-feely new age watered down wicca strains*.

Several months back I received an email from fellow author and practitioner Mark Alan Smith, after some of his readers discovered that a website template I'd used for my first draft of GrimoireMagick.org was the same as he'd used some time earlier when building his site for Primal Craft. Following that introductory email, Mark and I have stayed in contact and spent some time discussing parallels between his work and my own, and the fact that although we have both worked with Lucifer and Belial, (myself far, far less than he) the methodology of our practices are quite different, as are the peronas of the Gods as we know them. More importantly, for me at least, was the discovery that Mark's path, that of true Witchcraft, stands in stark contrast to that of the "McWiccan", and is wholly devoid of the aforementioned fluffy bunny magic.

Quite the contrary, in fact, as I learned after reading The Queen of Hell, The Red King and The Scorpion God. In fact I can report that, while entirely different from the Magick I know and love, the Primal Craft is fucking powerful.

Mark teaches that what he has rediscovered and has tapped into has its origins in the Magick of the Atlanteans - a very lofty claim indeed. Except that after only a brief foray into The Book of Belial, and the practices therein, it is one with which I cannot take issue.

I won't stand before you and insinuate that the little I have learned of this path is sufficient to convince me that Mark's Primal Witchcraft is in fact the source of all Magick or that it was that which our Atlantean forefathers practiced. The truth of the matter is that I have absolutely no idea of the source of this power or by what mechanisms it works. I know only what is available to all in Mark's trilogy, and that which he has spoken to me of. That basic understanding, however, was enough to prove to me that Mark is on to some seriously powerful stuff.






*Even as I write these words I can foresee the number of angry messages and comments it will engender

13 comments:

  1. I've been following Mark's work since his first book. I'm convinced he is onto something great here. I can't tell you how many times I've seen something within his books that rang true to my own experiences. I find his work really fascinating.

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  2. It looks to be fairly interesting. While my own initiation has been with the other rising dark goddess - Lilith, I've been seen a great deal on Hecate lately around the web. Her followers are throwing off the mcwiccan soft spoken compassionate goddess trapping to reveal the very real - and often times terrifying dark goddess and Queen of Hell. The only Titan to lose none of her powers, and only supplanted by Hades or Pluto on a much more recent historical basis. Powerful stuff indeed. It's good to see this sort of shift occurring. You might want to check out http://hellfurian.tumblr.com the blogger besides being a follower of Hecate in this same vein also makes some damn fine statues and altars. He's under Hellfurian on Facebook as well. For examples you can see his blog or even some on mine which I've had commissioned.

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  3. ooooo Mark's page is lovely, and it does seem wonderful. and yes, I can only imagine the rants about things "mcwiccan" which I am trying to avoid here. I will say this though, in all of my research into "tradcraft" (which is the sphere of influence his work belongs in) I have yet to find anything more traditional/historically accurate about it then any kind of wicca, even Gardenerian. or as one person has put it "they're all fakes, but at least they are honest fakes."

    that being said, my two criteria for anything occult is 1) does it work? ie... does this person have a life worth living or are they homeless junkies living on the dregs of society living from trauma to trauma, proclaiming themselves to be the next messiah/incarnation/walk-in or coherent, thoughtful people living a life that they find comfortable, peaceful and joyous, able to help themselves and others to the best of thier ability?

    2)Is it interally consistent and coherent? having come across many things in the new age/occult section where it really does read like a horribly connected mish-mash of everything magical/occult/fantasy fiction and it has wild and unbased claims purely connected to that authors personal unverified gnosis that they received but never actually worked with or tested or experimented vs well thought out, practiced and tested methods that may be a combination of various sources or just one direct stream but indicates that the author has done thier work and created something worthwhile from that direct experience and the reflection upon it.

    generally, if the work seems to meet these criteria for me, it could be called "Atlantean Violet Flame Alchemy Merkaba of Archangel Michael" and while I may not practice it, I would certainly give it a nod as something solid and decent.

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  4. All traditional witchcraft is mostly new age, witchcraft is literally dead, maybe sometimes some gods can choose the one who born witch to this craft, regular people can't be so-called witches in the real meaning of it.

    I would review one of his book if he got any practical (like grimoires) books. Mostly witchcraft books I touched are straight trash and even if they are pretty good as trad witchcraft still weak in results.

    He got any techniques to gain familiar like old witches ?

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  5. What is called "traditional witchcraft" today is wicca, that is, folk themed masonry, but with darker mood. No authentic practices out there.

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    1. Not exactly...British Traditional Witchcraft is Wicca, but so so Eclectic Wicca...Traditional Witchcraft is different and differs from one path to the other.

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  6. Hi Michael,

    I wanted to thank you for your strong and very positive views on my work here. I am very pleased that you enjoyed the book. Re the comments on Traditional Craft: I wouldnt class my work or this current as TD at all - TD brings the thoughts of Xoanon and this type of (very good) work to mind, and whilst A.Chumbley/D. Schulke and co have a very powerful current, this is not the same thing. The magickal currents exist throughout the Aeons - it is the people who choose, or are chosen, to tap them that bring them forth - this happens when man interacts with spirit and daemon. The testimony to the power of any work comes from working within its current. If we want to tap the gnosis that existed before what remains of (re-written) recorded history then this can only be done in direct contact. The most accurate reply to any question asked of the success of the work is simple: It is in the performance of said work i.e. Perform the rites. This is the path to gnosis-- It is the knowing that the current has power and when drawn forth through the soul, grants results - that is not to say that it cannot be felt by holding the books themselves. At this time there are many people scattered around the world who work this Craft and are having the same or similar experiences, manifestations, results etc - confirmation of the work by people who live thousands of miles apart and do not know each other.

    @ Benzimienny : Nothing dead about Witchcraft - only people's personal views - perhaps not the best mental approach to initiate contact with familiars, some of whom will be millenia older than your own soul - but yes, there is potent familiar work within the books ..some are granted through the rites, some are from pacts but ALL are worked hard for and the bonds are very powerful once made.

    A good discussion above though - Many thanks to all who took the time to comment after Mike's appraisal.

    In Nomine Hecate,

    Mark Alan Smith

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  7. Hello Mark, thanks for replay.


    I work in traditional grimoire approach in orthodox sense. I like to read about real witchcraft which for me is dead, I read many authors about it like Nicolas Frisvold (I like his books but don't seem them real practical), Artisson etc. if you saying that Xoanon guys and Chumbley stuff is powerful (which is obviously new age not real deal) this is very bad first look.

    I didn't saw really good book about Real witchcraft with results in pre-christian meaning.

    Maybe I will give a try, which of your book is the most practical with grimoire-like stuff ?

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  8. Hi BM,

    Re the Xoanon stuff: it isnt the content that I refer to, its the current that AC tapped. Have you actually tried working with it, or are you simply making observations from the outside? What Chumbley did in the case of Azoetia was tap a genuine current and weave it (for better or worse) into a system; it wouldnt be my path but I respect the work. The point is that it works, but it does need a level of understanding and an ability to cut through the archaic language veil. Books are an outer gateway - the current that lies within and beyond them is there for the individual to tap. Chumbley's work is connected to some elements of Hecate and some of Lucifer, amongst others. Granted it isnt for everyone but to write it off as not real deal is a bit of slight to his actual devotion. It was his offering to magick. At least he tried to put something worthwhile out there for people(many people find it very workable, others dont)It doesnt matter what AGE these works came into manifestation, its about how effective the current is for the individual who is able to tap it. The grimoires themselves are not that old. christianity is not particularly old (it is stolen from other older cultures and twisted to suit its own needs though) hence everything at one time appeared to be new. The Gods themselves however are not new (despite the attempts of some to white wash them in the new age) My own work is born of pure devotion and it is all practical. It is not, however, for the casual user or any of the people who wish to drop in, use a rite to obtain something and jump out again. The books are progressive and it depends on the level of the individual as to where they will find their own level and depth of experience within the works. ...

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  9. ..continued from above....
    It is a soul path, and like any genuine soul path if you perform the rites to expand the spiritual being it will bring changes to the physical existence (ones that resonate through subtle and mundane existence alike) It really depends on what you are looking for in Witchcraft. This current is very old and very potent. Everything that we had in the way of rich gnosis is well gone through re-written history, or burned in the fires of great libraries. What is left is fragmented at best- BUT, people have had it for a few hundred years and so they accept it as the All - its good, but dont you think we should have the actual ALL of the knowledge (as oppose to fragmented bits and the individual person's - often biased - opinions of what is real or not) because that, through my devotion to Hecate, is what fuels me to do this work. I am working to bring back practices and knowledge (for better or worse) that were lost before their fragments formed the meat of the magickal practices of the Egyptian dynasties, amongst others. So when you are talking about REAL Witchcraft are you talking about the actual magick of the First Faith of Freedom and soul ascension as taught by the Gods/ Watchers etc or are you looking for YOUR own personal view of something that is grimoiric in its presentation. Just food for thought because you do appear to have a pre-conceived of what Witchcraft is and what it should be and I rather feel that that view is based on something that is not much more than a few hundred years old. The books we write are the Grails ( in the case of the truly devoted they are sometimes fashioned in conjunction and in aligment with the instructions of the Gods)--these Grails may be 500 years old, 1000 years old or 3 weeks old. In bygone eras these Grails were written on parchment, or even stone. it isnt the Grail that is as relevant so much as what it contains i.e. the water from the stream ( the current) that they dip into - The currents are there and they are ancient regardless of what AGE we live in. its the ability of the individual to tap the currents (or in my case assist others to, through my work) that matters.

    Queen of Hell is the opening doorway- The early stuff is very introductory -- the later soul transmutative stuff is quite heavy (ranging from the Toad rite to the Phoenix rite and beyond) TRK is the next step. They are all practical. I dont do history or gloss over, write ups as I find it has been re-written too many times - hence the need for direct contact with the Gods and spirits themselves ( direct contact also negates the stupid egotistical trait of holding the student back that can be found in many so called orders) My advice would be to read the reviews of the books before you seek them - you can find Stephen Sennit's, Asenath Mason's, Freya Aswynn's and Richard Derk's reviews from the Primal Craft website ( news column). Then if you think it interests you, borrow a copy from someone and take the time to have a good read- all 3 books follow each other but all are at different layers of the soul and the planes themselves. If you like the work you can pursue it further - if you dont then you havent given anything other than the time to explore another avenue of curiosity. Hope that helps a bit.

    Whatever you decide I hope that it widens or enrinches your perspective of Witchcraft and its encompassing elements.

    In Nomine Hecate,
    MAS

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  10. Im skeptical of anything that uses Lucifer as a dark lord, from all written accounts other than the Latin version of the bible, Lucifer was a minor Roman deity of light, no where anything like the false Latin Christian idea.

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    1. The work that is within these books is born of direct contact with the Gods and spirits through the inner planes. All the written accounts that we have left are but a fragment of what was. Therefore the true nature of any God or spirit is only revealed when you work with them directly. This has been my experience and these books are the path that I have mapped for others who are now following this work and connecting to Lucifer et al with great result - as oppose to merely commenting on fragmented writings. The Trilogy actually ( and in detail) describes Lucifer as the Lord of Ascending Flame - Perfect Red King of Alkhemical Soul Transmutation etc not to mention His relation and source of creation re the Supreme Dark Goddess - perhaps read it before commenting on it in skepticism would be my advice.

      In Nomine Hecate,

      MAS

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  11. The work within the Trilogy is born of direct contact - the only way to truly know the nature of the Gods and spirits - as oppose to leaning on the fragmented writings of older texts for definitions of the nature of spiritual beings. This work is my own experience and a path that I have mapped for others who are now following it with great results and reward re connection to Lucifer et al. The Trident Trilogy describes, in detail, Lucifer as the Lord of Ascending Flame, Perfect Red King of Sulphur (Alkhemical Soul Transmutation), not to mention His connection to - and source of creation from - the Supreme Dark Goddess. May I suggest at least actually reading the work, if not performing it, before commenting in skeptiscm - that would at least illuminate that you had seen the distinctions between the descriptions of Lucifer within these works and those of the biblical works of the christian franchise. True Gnosis and Varification only comes in Direct contact when you actually work with this beings.

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