Monday, August 15, 2011

Political Magic

In this post today, Scott discusses the Demon-cratic party, because the Democrats are ruled by demons according to a fundie Christian. I love Scott's posts. He's consistently informative, and the things he posts are usually relevant in some aspect in my daily life, or at least tangentially. I like his Mercurial approach to things too.

In the last two paragraphs, he closes out saying as a sorcerer it would be great if the political parties were really controlled by demons because he could conjure them and fix everything, but sadly this isn't the case.

Au contraire, mon Frater! It is exactly the case! Sort of.

One of the things John Dee gathered from the Angelic Spirits he contacted in what became known as Enochian Magic was the list of names of the spirits that governed the 91 Parts of Earth. Each spirit could be conjured and worked with, ideally, to make the world a perfect, prosperous, peaceful place. You could get information about WTF is going on, information that could help you in your political interactions and economic negotiations. You had the perfect spies. Also, you could totally smite your enemies without having to go to war.

Agrippa mentions this too, in Book 1, Chapter 31 of his Three Books of Occult Philosophy. He says:
But he which knows how to compare these divisions of Provinces according to the divisions of the Stars, with the Ministry of the ruling Intelligences, and blessings of the Tribes of Israel, the lots of the Apostles, and typical seals of the sacred Scripture, shall be able to obtain great and prophetical oracles concerning every Region, of things to come.
 And in the Bible, it talks about the Prince of Persia wrestling with Michael in Daniel chapter 10, and in Ephesians 6:12  it says "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." From my fundy days, I know these are the main Biblical sources of the element that tries to cast down the demons of institutions like the Democratic Party.

In Agrippa we learn to get the names of the Genius and Evil Daimon of any event if we have the time and place that it first began manifesting in the physical realm. The initiation point, the moment in space and time when the first action was taken to manifest an Idea. So if you had the time and date and location the Democrativ Party was formally launched, you could get the name of the Genius and Evil Daimon. You could conjure the Genius for divinatory purposes, and the Evil Daimon to cause it all kinds of problems.

Today the term "egregore" has become pretty common among occultists to refer to the spirit of any group. The term tracks back to Pierre Mabille, a French artist and magician from the early twentieth century. It got really popular in the 1980s, and we've been using it comfortably ever since.* It's a concept we're familiar with that deals with the type of magic we're talking about.

So in theory, we can conjure the spirits that rule over our government. Getting in touch with them is actually fairly easy, in fact. The problem is getting them to do anything you want them to do.

I conjured up the Prince of Persia after 09/11, and discovered that me and he operate on completely different scales. His Sphere of Influence was much, much larger than mine, and the power he had at his disposal to accomplish his purpose in existence dwarfed mine by a great margin.

The encounter taught me a lot about global politics in general. There's a reason the things that happen in the world happen. The recent riots in London were planned before time began, for example. Events have the momentum of eternity behind them, and if it's not your Fate to alter the course of history, chances are pretty good you'll just get swept away. It's an intricate dance of forces manifesting to express specific Ideas according to a time table that's rooted in Saturn.

That's why Agrippa says these spirits can be conjured for oracles of things to come. They know the Fate of the region, and are the masters of its unfolding. They also knew you were going to conjure them, and exactly what you were going to ask for, and whether or not they would comply.

But here's the thing: the way you figure out your Fate is by trying to do stuff. If it works, it was your Fate. So if you feel called to set the world to rights through conjure magic, by all means go for it! The only way to know is to try. At the very least, you will understand what's going on and why, and you'll be able to adapt yourself to it.

And maybe you'll even get the entire nation whipped into shape in no time.

* Well, looks like it peaked in the 1990s, but whatever. You probably know what it means.