Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Rant Worth Reading

Midian Books' oft inactive blog has come alive again, if only for a day, and provided food for thought well worth the moment of time it will take you to read Mr. Midian's "2013 Mini Rant" 

Midian expresses my own sentiment and frustration perfectly, pointedly at the ever growing number of "Trash for Cash" books being marketed as the next big thing, the darkest of the dark, the most forbidden of all, yadda yadda yadda. Long time readers of this blog will know well my own disdain for these books, their publishers and especially the semi-retarded authors pushing them on the unsuspecting or more naive among the occult community as if they contained anything more than does a used diaper. 

Fortunately, for those who actually READ Magick books and consider them anything beyond an interesting coffee table piece or excitingly rebellious shelf filler, there remain authors dedicated to producing works of a higher caliber and better quality of content than at any time in history, and a handful of publishers devoted to bringing them to life. They are, to be sure, in the minority, with more and more of these "We're darker than you!" and "12 Easy Steps to Adepthood and Godship" publishers popping up every other week. But they are out there, and thanks to them we have greater access to Magickal works of true QUALITY than ever before. So lets be thankful for the few that outweigh the many, and whose devotion and tireless efforts produce what will in future generations be considered the classics of our day. 



"They take a rotten, a rancid, foul smelling, horrible salad, all rotten, every ingredient, make you sick just smelling it. A thing you wouldn't feed an animal. They wrap it up all nice, package it all pretty-like, call it something fancy, tell you its something good, and they hope you don't look to closely inside, or if you do, you're too stupid to see its all putrid once you get past the fancy label. They do this and the people, they fucking gobble it up. Smoke and mirrors. But in the end, the fancy packaging, the fancy dressing they put on this rotten, putrefied salad, it doesn't change whats inside. It's still no good. It still smells. It still makes you sick."

Bruce Cutler, explaining the Governments "RICO" Case against John Gotti

 


3 comments:

  1. I too saw Mr. Midian's recent entry. It seems we are all in agreement on this subject. The last year or two has seen a tremendous increase in esoteric publishing (particularly occult journals). At first glance such robust output appears to be a positive (though rather perplexing) change, but as you pointed out, the quality has overall gone downhill. One could possibly ascribe this to industry 'growing pains', as scores of fledgling publishers make beginner's mistakes and have difficulty attracting high quality authors. Hard lessons early on is all part of the business. However, I'm not convinced there are enough readers to support such growth. Its a relatively small market, smaller than many think. It might be a viable enterprise with a wider array of topics and themes (thus attracting a larger audience), but that is not the case; a large number are focused solely on various permutations of "Dark-Gnostic/Satanic/Qliphotic/Lovecraftian" mumbo-jumbo. Is this B-Horror movie current really that popular? I doubt it-- certainly not popular enough to keep all these publishers in the black -- no pun intended (with more popping up I'm sure).

    Some of these publications could be fun if done in a satirical/tongue-in-cheek way, but most come off as brooding, formulaic, mumblings by authors who are more concerned about creating sinister atmospheres than they are doing real work or research.

    Simply put, mediocre authors and their 'qliphony' books are greatly over-represented, creating a mine-field of disappointment for earnest readers.

    It also illustrates the need for more constructive criticism and unbiased peer reviews to serve as a guide (or warning) for readers.

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  2. I personally feel that the marketing of "instant power" is what adds fuel to this fire. Many people simply do not want to make the personal sacrifices and spill the sweat, blood and some cases tears that real magickal work often requires. Instead they are looking for a fast-track to elevated power ( or kudos that they believe they will attain through some occult title or position with one of these false paths). The danger with some of these of these books is that they are written by people who have not fully practised the systems and work within (having partaken of a little training or mere reading before proclaiming themselves "Master") but who have an over-inflated sense of themselves. This leads to the books containing half opened "lesser gateways" or entirely false paths. The unwitting reader who actually performs the work within these types of books is walking a path that is lacking in correct devotion or formula and also part fiction. In some cases this can damage a person's spiritual ascent; or worse. In that aspect, the books do actually serve a purpose (though I would happily we were without them and their money grabbing, ego-driven authors entirely) by dragneting many of those who see and approach the occult texts as some form of instant "buy it now" means of attaining power. However, it is the genuine students - the inexperienced ones that do actually have promise but who unwittingly get caught up in this rubbish - that I feel for. In a few select cases these people may suffer a tad more harm than a depleted bank account and dented pride. I have already been approached by a few whose minds have become entangled by the garbage put forth by some of these self proclaimed gurus. Fortunately most of these people have come to their senses in time to realise that they were following paths that will lead solely to mental and spiritual entanglement. Many of this so-called masters and authors have very little in the way of in-depth gnosis in any one select devotional path. This does aid the beginner in ascertaining whether or not they are genuine. Basically if the author or teacher in question is claiming mastery over a range of pantheons and writing instructional books across the board ( on said subject paths that require many years of study and/or devotion) it illuminates a lack of in-depth gnosis on each particular path, thereby highlighting the need to swap from one path to the next and the next etc etc. They write what Boris correctly terms B-movie stuff but in their lack of true knowledge on the chosen subject matter, they are then forced to hop to the next path/pantheon/subject matter. In their attempts to be seen as the next multi-faceted all-knowing guru - these teachers/authors/gurus reveal themselves to be nothing more than jack of all trades and master of none. These people do not write books for the Gods, the spirits or the aspiring student - they write rubbish for themselves to fuel their bank balance and because they require some form of public attention... not for their work or their Gods, solely for themselves! Fortunately, as the recent posts show, people are becoming wise to this.

    Best for 2014 to you all.

    In Nomine Hecate,

    Mark.

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  3. I personally feel that the marketing of "instant power" is what adds fuel to this fire. Many people simply do not want to make the personal sacrifices and spill the sweat, blood and some cases tears that real magickal work often requires. Instead they are looking for a fast-track to elevated power ( or kudos that they believe they will attain through some occult title or position with one of these false paths). The danger with some of these of these books is that they are written by people who have not fully practised the systems and work within (having partaken of a little training or mere reading before proclaiming themselves "Master") but who have an over-inflated sense of themselves. This leads to the books containing half opened "lesser gateways" or entirely false paths. The unwitting reader who actually performs the work within these types of books is walking a path that is lacking in correct devotion or formula and also part fiction. In some cases this can damage a person's spiritual ascent; or worse. In that aspect, the books do actually serve a purpose (though I would happily we were without them and their money grabbing, ego-driven authors entirely) by dragneting many of those who see and approach the occult texts as some form of instant "buy it now" means of attaining power. However, it is the genuine students - the inexperienced ones that do actually have promise but who unwittingly get caught up in this rubbish - that I feel for. In a few select cases these people may suffer a tad more harm than a depleted bank account and dented pride. I have already been approached by a few whose minds have become entangled by the garbage put forth by some of these self proclaimed gurus. Fortunately most of these people have come to their senses in time to realise that they were following paths that will lead solely to mental and spiritual entanglement. Many of this so-called masters and authors have very little in the way of in-depth gnosis in any one select devotional path. This does aid the beginner in ascertaining whether or not they are genuine. Basically if the author or teacher in question is claiming mastery over a range of pantheons and writing instructional books across the board ( on said subject paths that require many years of study and/or devotion) it illuminates a lack of in-depth gnosis on each particular path, thereby highlighting the need to swap from one path to the next and the next etc etc. They write what Boris correctly terms B-movie stuff but in their lack of true knowledge on the chosen subject matter, they are then forced to hop to the next path/pantheon/subject matter. In their attempts to be seen as the next multi-faceted all-knowing guru - these teachers/authors/gurus reveal themselves to be nothing more than jack of all trades and master of none. These people do not write books for the Gods, the spirits or the aspiring student - they write rubbish for themselves to fuel their bank balance and because they require some form of public attention... not for their work or their Gods, solely for themselves! Fortunately, as the recent posts show, people are becoming wise to this.

    Best for 2014 to you all.

    In Nomine Hecate,

    Mark.

    ReplyDelete