Balance Point: Trump Binding Ethics

On Friday, February 24 2017 at midnight EST, witches across the globe joined together to cast a binding spell against President Trump and his cohorts. The spell was designed to keep the President from doing harm against himself and others.
The spell “was allegedly created by a member of a private magical order who wishes to remain anonymous.” It was made public on February 16 by author Michael M Hughes, who described himself as an “eclectic magician” (he stresses he is not a Wiccan). Within a few days the spell went viral being shared worldwide.

Trump binding poster
So, just what is a binding spell and is it ethical to cast one?

Bindings in the Ancient World
John Goodrich Gager, retired William H Danforth Professor of Religion at Princeton University, states in his definitive text “Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World”:
“In the ancient Greco-Roman world, it was common practice to curse or bind an enemy or rival by writing an incantation on a tablet and dedicating it to a god or spirit. These curses or binding spells, commonly called defixiones were intended to bring other people under the power and control of those who commissioned them. More than a thousand such texts, written between the 5th Century B.C.E. and the 5th Century C.E., have been discovered from North Africa to England, and from Syria to Spain. Extending into every aspect of ancient life–athletic and theatrical competitions, judicial proceedings, love affairs, business rivalries, and the recovery of stolen property–they shed light on a new dimension of classical study previously inaccessible.”
The curses and binding spells used very extensively in ancient times most often took the form of thin lead (or lead alloy) sheets inscribed with a bronze stylus. From the first century CE onwards, they were normally prepared by professionals for a fee. Almost all of these were sealed by rolling, folding, and pierced by one or more nails. As Gager points out, the function of nails is “to fasten, to fix, to tie down, and thus to bind.”
Bindings have continued to be utilized by many magickal traditions over the centuries employing various other materials including candles and runes. They are still used in American folk magic.
On the Facebook page “Mass Spell to Bind Donald Trump Feb. 24th” it is stated:
“In this document, binding, which seeks to restrain someone from doing harm, is differentiated from cursing or hexing, which is meant to inflict harm on the target(s). It is understood, in this context, that binding does not generate the potential negative blowback from cursing/hexing/crossing, nor does it harm the caster’s karma.”
I can’t imagine the spell propagating virally if it actually meant to inflict physically harm.

The Ethics of Binding
In a binding spell, the caster effectively imposes their will upon a target, preventing the target from exercising their free will. So, while there not be any physical harm, there is a loss of free will on the part of the target.
According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
“’Free Will’ is a philosophical term of art for a particular sort of capacity of rational agents to choose a course of action from among various alternatives. Which sort is the free will sort is what all the fuss is about. (And what a fuss it has been: philosophers have debated this question for over two millennia, and just about every major philosopher has had something to say about it.) Most philosophers suppose that the concept of free will is very closely connected to the concept of moral responsibility. Acting with free will, on such views, is just to satisfy the metaphysical requirement on being responsible for one’s action.”
The expression of free will, however, is normally restricted somewhat by having to adhere to the laws of the land:
“When a person is born into a society/country, they are bound, without signing a paper contract, to abide by those laws and agree that those laws will govern them. If as they grow they do not wish to live by those laws, they must either lobby to change them, or move away to a society that allows the laws they want or pay the price if convicted of breaking the law.”
It is normally ethically wrong to interfere with someone’s exercise of their free will, particularly if they are not breaking the laws of the land. Clayton Morgareidge, Professor Emeritus of Lewis & Clark College states in “Imposing Values on Others”:
“Every individual has the right to decide independently how to live; no one has the right to tell anyone else what is right or wrong. To make moral judgments about the beliefs or actions of other people is to try to make them live by our values. It is to impose our morality on them. Therefore morality is only a personal choice, and there are no universal moral principles.
Many students of elementary ethics courses begin by thinking this way, and it is often the view they go away with. Yet the view seems quickly to refute itself by making its own universal moral claim: it’s wrong for anyone to impose a morality on others. Isn’t this an attempt to ‘impose’ upon everyone else the value of complete moral autonomy? Moreover, nearly everyone has felt moral resentment about something and has been moved to use words like ‘wrong’ or ‘unfair.’”
A wrong action, in this case imposing our will or values on others, normally results in a karmic backlash.
There are extreme examples, however, when we are morally bound to prevent the exercise of free will in another. Surely, if we learn of a regime engaged in mass atrocities, we are obliged to step in, even though this would prevent the exercise of the free will by the despot ruling the country concerned.
But at what point are we morally obliged to oppose injustice in a society? Should we be concerned when minorities lose their rights? Or do we wait for mass atrocities? Each of us have to draw a line in the sand as to what we consider acceptable, and the location of that line will vary from person to person.
If history has taught us one thing it’s that people tend to overlook injustices unless they’re personally effected. Similarly, warning signs tend to be overlooked. Hitler, for instance, wasn’t taken seriously by most Americans until it was too late. Please note that I am using an extreme example and not equating Trump to Hitler.
It’s quite appropriate to repeat a remark often attributed to Irish political philosopher, Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797):
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
So, from an ethical standpoint, the decision of engaging in a binding is a personal one.

What does the Binding Spell Involve?
The witches are instructed by ‘writer, speaker, and magical thinker’ Michael M. Hughes to cast their binding spell on every night of the waning crescent moon … using ‘an unflattering photo of Trump,’ the Tower card of a tarot deck, a pin or nail, a white candle, a feather, bowls of water and salt, matches, and a dish of sand.

For anyone worried about their karma, Hughes writes that binding ‘seeks to restrain someone from doing harm’ and is ‘differentiated from cursing or hexing, which is meant to inflict harm on the target(s).’”

The full text of the binding can be found here:

Those Supporting the Binding, including Lana Del Rey
When the binding spell was first made public it called on witches. The only celebrity to publicly confirm participation was Lana Del Rey, as reported in Pitchfork:
“Lana Del Rey tweeted out a cryptic series of dates last night: Feb. 24, March 26, April 24, and May 23. As previously noted, the dates lined up perfectly with the ‘waning crescent moon ritual dates’ observed by members of the occult, which recently made headlines as witches around the world plan on casting a ‘binding’ ritual on these dates over President Donald Trump, in an effort to remove him from office. After much speculation, a representative for Del Rey has confirmed that the singer-songwriter’s tweet was in reference to the occult ritual dates.”

Trump binding Del Rey

The binding spell recommended requesting protection:
“Say a prayer for protection and invoke blessing from your preferred spirit or deity. Reading the 23rd Psalm aloud is common in Hoodoo/Conjure/Rootwork traditions.”
Michael M Hughes wrote on February 19th:
“I have been made aware of a number of Christian magicians who will be calling upon Jesus Christ to bind Donald Trump, some of them utilizing Psalm 109, in fact. So this is a very ECUMENICAL movement :-)”
The groups involved are:
“Mass rituals have also been planned in multiple covens, during which men and women will perform a spell to bind President Trump and all those who abet him by delivering a chant and holding a brief ceremony.
This is not an exclusive witches-only event wither, with Wiccans, shamans, Heremeticists, cunning folk, sorcerers and sorceresses, hoodooists, occultists, magicians, Ceremonialists and Ritualists also invited and urged to take part.”

At the time of writing this blog, the current Facebook page, Bind Trump (Official) features photographs of altars used by a number of participants in the binding.
Vicky Adams, owner of Hollywood occult shop, Panpipes, and a witch herself stated:
“This is like a rally. It’s a magical rally … We’re gathering together to fight this fight … the coordination around the world came together much like the Women’s Marches. … The goal is to bind him and anyone who is supporting him from harming us … Protecting him from himself, from harming us, from harming our world. … Using the element of fire on the photo reduces him and his actions to dust.”

Those Opposing the Binding
Opposing the binding spell are Christian Nationalist Alliance who announced that they would be fighting back with a “Day of Prayer” to protect Trump:
“This is a declaration of spiritual war and it requires a response. As such the Christian Nationalist Alliance is announcing a Day of Prayer on each of these days. We beseech all Christian soldiers to answer this call to action by reading from Psalm 23. We ask you to join us in praying for the strength of our nation, our elected representatives and for the souls of the lost who would take up Satanic arms against us.”
American televangelist, businessman and ultra-conservative political activist, Pat Robertson discussed the Trump binding on “The 700 Club” mistakenly referring to it as a “curse”:
“He also warned that witches are trying to put a curse on President Trump: ‘I read that a bunch of witches have gotten together to put a curse on Trump, and I think the Christians need to be praying for him to defend him,’ he said.
Co-host Wendy Griffith added that ‘probably millions’ of Christians were recently in prayer ‘canceling out those curses by the witches.’”
Joshua Feuerstein, an evangelical pastor who has previously condemned Starbucks for taking Christmas symbols off its seasonal red cups, issued an ’urgent warning’, saying ‘millions of witches’ were trying to curse the president.

‘Their bippity-boppity-boo isn’t more powerful than the name of Jesus!’ he declared in an online video.”

Trump binding protection

A Facebook group, “Chaos Magicians for Trump” who describe their function as “We are practicing chaos magicians that back a Donald Trump presidency through ritual magick,” were allegedly involved in opposing the binding, but the last activity on their page was in November 2016.

Precedents
Dion Fortune responded to Britain’s declaration of war with Germany in 1939 with a series of letters to her peers in the Fraternity of the Inner Light, a sisterly spin-off of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. These letters gave effectively built a disciplined magical army out of her meditational group of followers, working in concert with the troops.
In 1941, a group of voodoo practitioners gathered to put a hex on Adolf Hitler. While the hex failed, the participants did have quite an enjoyable evening by all accounts.

 

Advice to Participants
On the day of the binding, 24 February at 15:47, I decided to upload some recommendations on my Facebook page to those who decided to participate:
“If you’re thinking of getting involved in this binding of Trump, I’d like to share some advice I’ve been given both publicly and privately.
Firstly, if you’re at all worried about any sort of backlash or consequences to innocent parties, do a divination.
Secondly, as there is active opposition to this binding since it went public from a Christian group and a Chaos Magick group, and possibly others, do some sort of protection ritual or prayer.
Thirdly, if you’re uncomfortable with any aspects of the binding but still want to perform it, modify them, as it’s the end result that matters.
Fourthly, begin and end with a banishing, and ground at the end.
Lastly, be mindful that this binding is not a substitute for real world action, but rather an addition. You still need engage in Muggle activities such as contacting elected officials and supporting groups whose interests mirror your own.
If you don’t want to be involved at this time, that’s fine as the binding will be repeated monthly just before the dark moon, so there will be other opportunities.”
I am quite happy with the advice that I gave, however, I should have added that participants need to be aware of all the others working at manifesting a binding, and should will their efforts to blend in with, and augment, those of others. While I’m sure that most others will be working towards a binding that is physically harmless, there may be a few whose intentions tend a little darker. It’s important to not contribute to any of those efforts, should they actually exist. The protection ritual or prayer chosen should not be just a defensive protocol against opposition, but also against others performing the binding whose energies aren’t compatible with your own.

Shouldn’t the Binding be Secret?
This injunction will be familiar to many:
The Four Powers of the Sphinx – To Know, To Will, To Dare, and To Keep Silent”
French occultist Eliphas Lévi, who was instrumental in the revival of Western occultism in the nineteenth century, wrote in his most popular work, Transcendental Magic:
“To attain the SANCTUM REGNUM, in other words, the knowledge and power of the Magi, there are four indispensable conditions–an intelligence illuminated by study, an intrepidity which nothing can check, a will which cannot be broken, and a prudence which nothing can corrupt and nothing intoxicate. TO KNOW, TO DARE, TO WILL, TO KEEP SILENCE–such are the four words of the Magus, inscribed upon the four symbolical forms of the sphinx.”
The sanctum regnum, or Kingdom of God, is the goal of those who practice magick, and Lévi’s instruction regarding the Four Powers of the Sphinx has been adopted by many schools.
Over the last few decades, the instruction TO KEEP SILENCE, seems to have been relegated by many to be no longer relevant. Apart from in a few regions on the planet, the practice of magick is no longer as dangerous to the practitioner as it once was. While there are many covens and magickal groups that demand silence from their members, most practitioners these days are solitaries using an eclectic approach downloading spells of questionable effectiveness from online sources.

Did the Binding Work?
The new Facebook page states that the spell will be:
“Beginning February 24th, 2017
Ending when he is driven from office.”
The description of the binding mentions six waning crescent moon dates:
“February 24th (Midnight, Friday evening into Saturday morning); March 26th; April 24th; May 23rd; June 21st (especially important as it is the summer solstice); July 21st; August 19th; etc.”
Thus, the binding will not be instantaneous, but will take several months to manifest. As such it is far too early to call.
A couple of things really jumped out at me regarding this working. There were self-identified Christians and Pagans on both sides – some working to bind and others opposing the binding. Also a number of people on both sides used Psalm 23 as part of their rituals or prayers. I would also assume that members of both sides were praying to Jesus, angels, Saints, and various gods.
I am reminded of Homer’s Iliad, where the Greeks and Trojans both prayed to the same gods, but in the end the gods chose to support the Greeks. But, I digress…
The new Facebook page has a couple of interesting accounts from people who were writing the day after performing the binding:
“I wonder…did you all not feel the call last evening? It was amazing. We all began to show up here so quickly. I watched the numbers rise steadly until I went to sleep. Strong magic is in the air. Blessings to each of you.”
“Oh yes I felt the pull. I performed the ritual at the same time as the US – 4pm Oz EST – and felt the collective energy for several hours after. It was wonderful :)”
The “likes” on this post suggest that others also felt something. I had a number of people contact me privately who all felt a powerful energy that they were tapping into.
So, clearly something was happening during the binding. Whether the desired results manifest or not will depend on how well the casters sustain their efforts and the effectiveness of those opposing it.

Tony Mierzwicki

Balance Point: Meth and Demons

In the late 1990s, I was introduced to a speed freak who lived in inner city Sydney. He was prescribed methamphetamine tablets which he’d crush, dissolve, filter to remove binding agents, and then inject into his arm. So as to not be led into temptation, he delivered himself from evil by removing anything up to half the tablets in the bottle, and then placing the remaining tablets in a padded envelope and mailing them to himself overnight. He’d tell me that while in the shower he’d look down at the drain and see sparkling entities dancing around. He assumed they were hallucinations, but I asked him if he had entertained the possibility that his doors of perception were cleansed by the methamphetamine allowing him to see things he wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. As a side note, when this guy was speeding he’d talk faster than I thought was possible, with his eyes darting around the room and his hands flailing wildly – I helpfully suggested that by wearing dark sunglasses and keeping his hands in his pockets he’d address two of the three giveaways.

 

A day before the full moon on January 12, 2017, in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, hotel room 33-year-old Chase Clarkson Wall allegedly beat his mother leaving her for dead. She was found with two black eyes and a swollen nose, and blood running from her head down the side of the bed she was laying on. She also had a demon’s name scrawled on her chest in black ink. He “has a lengthy criminal history, which includes convictions ranging from public intoxication to domestic violence to a first-degree felony for manufacturing meth. Wall’s email address has been tied to drug forum posts advertising ketamine, MDMA and other ‘other research chemicals for sale’. The same email was also left in comments claiming his mind was being controlled through ‘remote neural monitoring’.”

I will return to the actual demon later. First I want to explore the connection between meth and demons in general.

 

Demon vs Daimōn

It’s important to note that the word “demon” is a corruption of the Ancient Greek daimōn (and Latin Dæmon). A daimōn was intrinsically neutral, and was considered an intermediary spirit between men and the gods. A good daimōn was called an “eudaimōn” (“eudemon”) and was considered to be a guardian spirit, giving guidance and protection to the one it watched over. “Socrates said he had a life-time daimōn that always warned him of danger and bad judgment, but never directed his actions. He said his daimōn was more accurate than omens of either watching the flights or reading the entrails of birds, which were two respected forms of divination of the time.” A bad daimōn was called a “kakodaimōn” (“cacodemon”) and led people astray.

 

I will be using the term “demon” to mean kakodaimōn, but it should be remembered that not all spirits are bad. For more information have a look at “Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures” edited by Joseph P. Laycock

 

Long Term Brain Damage from Meth Usage

There is a lot of reputable information available correlating meth use with permanent brain and body damage:

“Changes occur in a meth user’s brain that may take years to heal, if they ever come all the way back. … Because of the stress on blood vessels, there is an increased risk of stroke for a methamphetamine abuser. A stroke can result in permanent brain damage or death. Prolonged meth use can cause the user to develop symptoms like Parkinson’s disease. … Even after a year of abstinence, methamphetamine abusers showed impairments in memory, judgment and motor coordination. These changes were thought to result from lasting damage to parts of the brain. … The heavy abuse of methamphetamine can cause lasting changes in personality and intelligence. … A current meth user can become so disorganized that he is unable to cope with daily life. His risk of becoming aggressive, nervous, irritable, violent, suicidal, delusional or psychotic is very high. Some people suffer from schizophrenia. These mental effects may improve but not disappear after a person stops abusing the drug. Former methamphetamine users suffer from anxiety, paranoia and depression that do not necessarily cease when the drug use stops. After ceasing use of this drug, a former user can suffer from an inability to experience any pleasure. This effect alone is enough to send some people back to use of the drug. Users often experience delusions that they have insects crawling under their skin, causing them to pick at their skin for hours on end, resulting in deep sores. This effect results from changes in the brain that trigger compulsive, repetitive actions like twitching or picking at things.”

 

The Meth, Demon and Shadow People Connection

Most of the anecdotal information I’ve come across connecting demons with meth are from very Christian sources. I’ve trimmed away the Biblical quotes so as to discern what is actually being claimed.

Meth can be administered a number of ways including being injected (intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous), swallowed, smoked, or inhaled (snorted).

 

One article, titled “Crystal Meth Smoke Demons” focuses exclusively on smoking through a glass pipe, and discusses the pictures of alleged demons appearing in meth smoke that are being posted online. The article claims that “crystal meth is capable of housing demons with its crystal like appearance. These crystals associated with meth are also capable of being portals from hell, and in fact, this is the true purpose of crystal meth… to help deceiving spirits escape from a dark realm to ‘your room’ to ultimately destroy you and your family.”

The article goes on to make another point which I will refer to later:
“Your enemy is present, you even see them in the smoke, and since then you have most likely experienced mysterious scratches everywhere, including on your body. This shows that the situation is BAD! Not only do you have proof of a demons in your meth smoke but you now also have physical proof outside of that picture. When demons are present in this realm they will often scratch things and people, most commonly in the form of three scratches or even demonic writing on the walls, floors, furniture etc. You’re not crazy. You are in a spiritual battle and you know it so…. “

 

In “Of Ignorance And Demonic Possession: Metaphysical Pot-Pouri For Today’s World: And Then, 3 Big Cheers For PETS” Dr Joseph Chiappalone, MD writes:
“The various molecules in the brain act as keys on locks to allow communication at the quantum level with non-physical manifestation. The various agents, usually called neuro-transmitters, such as serotonin, acetylcholine, dopamine, epinephrine, endorphins (which can appear to heighten pleasure) in regulated concentrations allow stability to manifest. Agonists and hallucinogenics disrupt the transmissions and swing the Centres open as a consequence. This lets the consciousness exit into the now opened astral and demonic dimensions and sub-dimensions, and also lets entities, partial or whole, always EVIL, to enter the aura, the emotional body, the astral body, etc.
Depending on the dosage and strength, damage can occur to the Centres, and then the individual has less control over what his mind does and does not do. This explains the spontaneous and often unwanted trips that occur long after drug ingestion. LSD is the classical offender in that case. The more common disruptive manifestation is mental disease in the form of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Dissociative Disorder, Anxiety and of course, Depression.
Who would not be depressed having a demon in the aura? These are vicious, malicious, destructive and very lecherous entities. Crystal meth (L.A. Ice), for example, turns users into insatiable, lustful demons because of the energy that has invaded their lower centres. Invariably they become psychotic. In truth, once damaged, they live a vile, demonic reality due to their indiscretions and drug abuse.”

 

In “The Truth About Crystal Meth, Witchcraft And Demons” we read:

Crystal meth is in a league of its own. … We have seen countless people fall to the deceit of crystal meth and have their families and relationships disintegrate as a result. Our new goal in life is to educate people about the spiritual battles they’re engaged in every time they pick up a needle or that little glass portal to Hell. …
First off, we do not believe in crystal meth-induced hallucinations. … We do believe other drugs cause hallucinations but crystal meth actually causes your eyes to be opened to an evil and invisible realm. …
On crystal meth, people will commonly report seeing shadowy figures, blurry faces, tall men in dark cloaks appearing and disappearing quickly with a small flash. … Shadow Men are real, not in your head. They are really there in the corner of your eye, spying on you from behind, always lurking, and these Shadow Men have been seen by drug users and non-drug users alike. Some people are naturally sensitive to the spiritual realm so when that person uses crystal meth, the evil realm explodes into their life. The thing about Shadow Men is that they aren’t men at all. They are demons, written about in the Bible. They are Fallen Angels who chose the path of unrighteousness to follow Satan. … On crystal meth, your soul and spirit are closer to the jaws of demons. You can see them more clearly, and you’re more susceptible to giving into their wishes.”

 

“Doug” from Calvary Chapel Sweetwater in “Just Thinking………Again: Shadow People” writes:

“Shadow people are defined as shadow like creatures. They appear as dark forms in the peripheral of people’s vision. They appear, disintegrate, move through walls and disappear like smoke. Shadow people aren’t like ghosts because they don’t have human features, they don’t appear with period clothing, and they don’t try to communicate. Witnesses have reported being chased or terrorized by them. The encounters typically accompany a feeling of dread.
… Crystal Meth addicts see shadow people all the time. My first response was ‘so what, drug users hallucinate all the time.’ But it’s rare for a group to hallucinate the same thing. When groups of crystal meth users were together they reported seeing the same gathering of shadow people, moving in the same way, in the same place. They all saw the same number of them.
One recovering meth addict says:
They were so dark that they were blacker than the black in the room and they would sometimes be in groups. Sometimes they had dark clothes hanging like gypsy clothes. He always felt like they needed something from him or wanted something from him, like they were weak.
Another former addict gave this testimony:
I would see what looked like patches of smoke or mist. It seemed there was a person lurking in every shadow, THE SHADOW PEOPLE. I would hear voices and see things that weren’t there. The voices were faint whispers faint whispers plotting against me

In looking into this it becomes clear there is a sure link between the shadow people and drug use. I found a couple testimonies where folks weren’t drug addicts but they were seeing a doctor for a mental illness. The doctor had given them prescriptions just prior to starting to see shadow people. There is a movement out there in the world that believes the pharmaceutical industry is poisoning us.”

 

Saint Jimmy in “The Shadow People: An Experience with Methamphetamine” describes an experience with a group of fellow meth addicts:

“… a large vortex was forming in the corner of the hotel room. From this vortex, which looked like a smoky grey cube imploding on itself, emerged hundreds of shadowy figures. They were roughly human in shape and seemed to be composed entirely of shadows. They had no facial features or clothing or any type of distinguishing marks. Being avid researchers of the paranormal, we instantly recognized these creatures to be Shadow People. Panic quickly set in as the shadow people began to circle the room. … Shadow people are not malevolent beings. They are horrible extradimensional beings that prey on human energy. Not a good situation to be in when we are spun and paranoid enough as it is. We began talking about what we thought the shadow people were and came to the conclusion that they were beings from another dimension that had entered our dimension through the vortex. Methamphetamine had allowed our bodies to vibrate at a higher resonance than usual and this attracted the shadow people.
… Soon, a mass about the size of a human torso began forming underneath the table. It was a large, translucent blob with no discernable form. … The blob started speaking to me telepathically, telling me that it was going to spiritually possess me and use my body to murder my friends. As it was speaking it began climbing up my body. It inserted three tentacles into my navel and began to enter my body. Where the tentacles touched me, I felt a sensation similar to ice-cold needles being pushed through my skin. I wanted to get up and run away but the creature had me completely paralyzed.”
While Saint Jimmy’s friends managed to remove the creature on this occasion, “The shadow people stayed with me for a few months. I saw them constantly, even when I wasn’t high. I personally believe that what we saw that night was real. … Meth basically ruined my life through a long series of events. In the end, I ended up with methamphetamine-induced schizophrenia.”

 

I was recently informed of what I believe is an unreported case in a Santa Ana (California) drug recovery house, where the residents were people fresh off doing drugs. A few months ago, one girl showed up who was a former meth addict, and this led to poltergeist activity, with things flying around. This girl would wake up with bite marks and scratch marks. The phenomena of scratch marks was covered in the above quote article, titled “Crystal Meth Smoke Demons” Neighbors would see people running out of the house at night. The recovery house is currently closed as nobody is prepared to stay in it.

 

The Meth and Jinn Connection

Jinn, also romanized as djinn or anglicized as genies, are “supernatural creatures in early Arabian and later Islamic mythology and theology. … The Quran says that the jinn were created from a smokeless and “scorching fire”, but are also physical in nature, being able to interact in a tactile manner with people and objects and likewise be acted upon. The jinn, humans, and angels make up the three known sapient creations of God. Like human beings, the jinn can be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent and hence have free will like humans. The shaytan jinn are akin to demons in Christian tradition, but the jinn are not fallen angels and the Quran draws a clear distinction between the two creations. An exception is Iblis, the islamic devil … some scholars and especially mystics argue, that he was once an angel named Azazel, but turned into a jinn, then he was cast out of heaven.”
Jinn can thus be seen as similar in broad terms to the ancient Greek daimōn.

 

By way of introduction to the anecdote below, the Bahá’í Faith, founded in 19th-century Persia, is “a monotheistic religion which emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind. Three core principles establish a basis for Bahá’í teachings and doctrine: the unity of God, that there is only one God who is the source of all creation; the unity of religion, that all major religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same God; and the unity of humanity, that all humans have been created equal, coupled with the unity in diversity, that diversity of race and culture are seen as worthy of appreciation and acceptance. According to the Bahá’í Faith’s teachings, the human purpose is to learn to know and to love God through such methods as prayer, reflection, and being of service to humanity.”

In “Djinn spirits & crystal meth” the writer, who grew up in the Baha’i Faith, stated:
“I met this interesting Baha’i who’s in his mid-20s through another friend. he’s a recovering crystal meth addict. i was over at his place a couple of nights ago just chilling and we started talking about drugs. he spoke about how crystal meth can make you feel like superman for 24 hours. not only that, it apparently opened him up to the spirit world. big time. he told me that he started seeing what he identified as Djinn spirits all the time, some benevolent and some malevolent, some average-sized and others as big as a house. he even said that he met some Baha’i Djinn. towards the end of one of the Baha’i holy books it’s stated that each letter that flows from the pen of Baha’u’llah, the central Baha’i prophet, has 71 different meanings attached to it. the Baha’i Djinn spirits told my friend that they knew all of them.
he then told me that his girlfriend was a Djinn. imagine my shock as he informed me of this casually over a cigarette…she told him that she was 20,000 years old and he said that she could manifest in any physical form that she chose. her physical presence was overwhelming but he managed to carry on an intimate relationship with her. one time he said she manifested in this not-so-human-looking humanoid form which scared the shit out of him and when he told her to stop it hurt her feelings! he hasn’t seen her for two years.
… it’s generally understood that Djinn spirits have the power to take on the gross form of any creature on our frequency, be it stones, animals, or humans. apparently there is a history of humans procreating with human-incarnated Djinn, as well. there is a disparity between our time and their’s, so any interaction with Djinn spirits requires patience on the part of humans. two years is nothing to my man’s girlfriend. (lol)
then i googled “crystal meth spirit world” and discovered that there is a precedent for what this guy experienced. many people who take crystal meth have encounters with the shadow world and shadow beings, and the accounts almost always match each other. this is probably why some religions, like the Baha’i Faith, warn against taking heavy drugs, for the same reason that they warn not to mess with witchcraft and black magic. it really opens you up to realms you may not be ready to face.”

 

A comment to this article is well worth extracting information from:

“All of my immediate family, including myself, practices Islam. My oldest brother in Harlem fell victim to the streets and started doing things way harder than Marijuana. He laced his blunts with crystal meth. No lie son, the case is identical, only more terrifying. He’s not only seeing and hearing them, but he almost committed suicide because he couldn’t deal with the portal that he had just opened.
Personally, I’ve had a few experiences like this with Marijuana back in my younger days. I think very few people talk about this because weed has a safer rep than cocaine or meth, but the fact is, all of these substances widen the perception of the user. For better or worse. I’ve seen Djinns change form right in front of me. I’ve heard them converse around me when there was only one other person there with me. Most of them, in my experiences, were threatening. There were a select few that were gentle and loving.
The one thing that I carry from both mine and my brother’s experience is this; I know that they exist and while I don’t know what relationship they have with us, I know that there is a reason for them to be here. Perhaps so that we (humans) can understand that there are other forms of life that, although we can’t see them all the time, function in the same way that we do. They need food, water and sleep too. …
Also, the most dangerous thing about taking any mind-altering substance, is being unprepared. We always take these things without really knowing what waits for us on the other side. The evil ones among mankind AND Jinni count on this. Believe me when I tell you, nothing is as terrifying as being terrified when not in your regular frame of mind. It’s best to leave such substances alone. If your path calls for interaction with these spirits, then seek the safer means of contact.
Word to the wise, evil spirits can’t stand Frankincense.”

 

Asmoday or Asmodeus

Thea demon’s name scrawled in black ink by Chase Wall on his mother’s chest was Asmoday or Asmodeus.
In the Lesser Key of Solomon, he appears as the king ‘Asmoday’ in the Ars Goetia, where he is said to have a seal in gold and is listed as number thirty-two according to respective rank.He “is strong, powerful and appears with three heads; the first is like a bull, the second like a man, and the third like a ram; the tail of a serpent, and from his mouth issue flames of fire.” Also, he sits upon an infernal dragon, holds a lance with a banner and, amongst the Legions of Amaymon, Asmoday governs seventy two legions of inferior spirits.

In the Dictionnaire Infernal by Collin de Plancy, Asmodeus is depicted with the breast of a man, a cock leg, serpent tail, three heads (one of a man spitting fire, one of a sheep, and one of a bull), riding a lion with dragon wings and neck, all of these animals being associated with either lascivity, lust or revenge. His best known representation comes from this text:

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The Lesser Key of Solomon or Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis, is an anonymous 17th century grimoire, and one of the most popular books of demonology. Much was taken from texts of the 16th century, and some of the material in the first section, concerning the summoning of demons, dates to the 14th century or earlier. The Lesser Key of Solomon contains detailed descriptions of spirits and the conjurations needed to invoke and oblige them to do the will of the magickian. “It details the protective signs and rituals to be performed, the actions necessary to prevent the spirits from gaining control, the preparations prior to the invocations, and instructions on how to make the necessary instruments for the execution of these rituals.”

In other words, there are various safeguards in place to prevent the magickian from coming to any harm.

A few minutes online will reveal that a few magickians have been summoning Asmoday or Asmodeus.
I did a long rambling podcast interview titled “Exorcism in the Ancient World” back in June 2016 where I discussed my reservations about invoking Asmodeus at 12:14.

 

 

Concluding Thoughts

The safeguards in grimoires such as The Lesser Key of Solomon were put there for a reason. So long as a magickian is of sound mind and takes precautions and limits himself to evocations he should come to no harm – as in such a case he stands protected in a magick circle with the demon safely constrained in a triangle of manifestation. I am concerned with invoking a demon as this entails giving the demon permission to enter. Very strong willpower is required to then compel the demon to leave, unless of course the magickian desires to be a human vessel.
In the case of Chase Wall, his drug use along with his belief that his mind was being controlled indicate that he had no business at all dabbling in the occult.

Tony Mierzwicki

Balance Point: Oloshas United LA Wemilere for Obatala

On Sunday, December 11, I was privileged to attend an event put on by Oloshas United Los Angeles which welcomed all Orisha communities of Southern California to come together for a wemilere to pay homage to Obatalá, so that he may assist humankind to heal and promote world peace.

A few words of explanation might be in order. According to their website, Oloshas United was founded in 2014. They “promote solidarity, tradition, and service for the preservation of our global Orisha community. Oloshas United is made up of Orisha Priests, devotees, academics, and interested individuals.”

According to Orishanet, “Santería or La Regla Ocha (Rule of the Orishas or deities) is the primeval and powerful Afro-Cuban religion now practiced worldwide. As much a culture and a world-view as it is a religion, La Regla Ocha retains the rites, music and even much of the language as practiced when brought to the New World from Africa during the slave trade. This ancient body of shamanic wisdom was adapted to the modern urban world by these slaves, among them some of the greatest minds in history.”
The same site has this to say about the spirits known as orishas:
“The orishas are the emissaries of Olodumare or God almighty. They rule over the forces of nature and the endeavors of humanity. They recognise themselves and are recognised through their different numbers and colors which are their marks, and each has their own favorite foods and other things which they like to receive as offerings and gifts. In this way we make our offerings in the manner they are accustomed to, in the way they have always received them, so that they will recognise our offerings and come to our aid.
The orishas are often best understood by observing the forces of nature they rule over. … As you observe the orishas at work in the world and in your own lives you will gain a better understanding of them and their ways. Yes, they are complex, but no more so than any other living being such as you or I. We are also blessed from time to time in the religion with the opportunity to meet the orishas face to face during a wemilere (drumming ceremony) where one or more of their priests will be mounted.”

From the same site, “Obatalá is the kindly father of all the orishas and all humanity. He is also the owner of all heads and the mind. Though it was Olorun who created the universe, it is Obatalá who is the creator of the world and humanity. Obatalá is the source of all that is pure, wise peaceful and compassionate. He has a warrior side though through which he enforces justice in the world.”

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The Wemilere is a ritual celebration to honor to a particular Orisha, in this case, Obatalá. While there are rules for initiates, the most important thing for non-initiates is to be respectful, displaying courtesy and manners.

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There were a number of elements in the ritual which stood out to me as an outsider. Greetings and prostrations between practitioners were based on a ritual hierarchy. According to one of the resident initiates, Jesse Barboza, “the saluting prostrating on floor of one Olosha to another is based on years of full Orisha what we call Kari Osha initiation.”

I was told that new initiates would dedicate themselves to a particular Orisha whereupon they would shave their heads and wear white clothing from head-to-toe for a year, both as a symbol of purity and as an energetic protection against misfortune. At the end of this process, they would be “crowned”, either with a white crown or of the color(s) aspected to the Orisha in question.

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I am reminded of the Abramelin Operation where an initiate dedicates himself or herself to the pursuit of accessing their Holy Guardian Angel, or higher self, depending on your viewpoint. The difference is that the Abramelin Operation is done in secret by a rich person who has a servant catering to their needs. Here, initiates have the support and encouragement of their community, after which their accomplishment gives them higher standing than they would have otherwise.
Divinations are normally done to determine the needs of the Orisha being worked with. At this event, Obatalá requested that a number of doves be released so as to bring about healing and world peace. A number of doves were removed from a cardboard box and carried around the ritual area so that they could absorb the energy of the altar, practitioners and drumming prior to being released.

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It is well known that spirit possession plays an important role in African diasporic traditions. Towards the end of the ritual, one man experienced possession during the prolonged drumming and dancing. He was clearly in a safe place to do so as he was in experienced hands.

Here are my photos from the event:

https://www.facebook.com/Tony.Mierzwicki/media_set?set=a.1350481264962975.1073741997.100000033427117&type=3

Tony Mierzwicki

Balance Point: 2016 Krampus Ball

December 2nd marked the fourth annual Krampus Ball. To quote Wikipedia,
“In Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as ‘half-goat, half-demon’, who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Regions in Austria feature similar figures and, more widely, Krampus is one of a number of Companions of Saint Nicholas in regions of Europe.”

The highlight of the evening was the Krampus parade put on by Krampus Los Angeles, a costumed troupe intent on recreating a fun, but slightly dark, Bavarian tradition. However, to facilitate the immersiveness of the event, there were Bavarian snacks and beers, and some of the music and dance also hailed from Bavaria.

Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening was St Nicholas, played by the multitalented Rick Galiher who is perhaps better known as R.I.P. The Undertaker of Dearly Departed Tours and Gallery.

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The opening act was Ironwise, a small group of artists from a broad spectrum of influences exploring dark themes. To quote the evening’s program, “Singer Laura Shodire celebrates those of iron-strong wisdom and will, in lyrics delivered over an eclectic brew of folky rock doused in gothic ether.”

Samples of their music can be found here.

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Next, three members of the Bavarian music and dance group, G.T.E.V. D’Oberlandler, demonstrated the 10’ alpenhorn, an array of cowbells [there is no music in the world that cannot be improved with more cowbell], and folk dancing.

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Next, Christina Linhardt and Rasputin’s Marionettes demonstrated some of their macabre puppetry bringing to life the poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Der Erlkönig, which they translated as the goblin king, but is more properly the Elf-king or “king of the fairies”. The poem has been set to music by several composers, most notably by Franz Schubert, and this was the version which was sung by Christina, who is a classically trained singer.

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Next, Talea, a one-of-a-kind duo offered a unique mix of ambient/electronic soundscapes, tribal percussion, ambient and abrasive guitar from Topper Anthony, along with spoken word and operatic vocals from Talea Talea.

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During any breaks between performances, St Nicholas would take it upon himself to select a sinner in the audience and bring them to task.

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Finally it was time for the main event. Following a “gathering din of clanking cowbells … the ballroom doors burst open and a massed attack by the two dozen or so devils and mountain spirits of KRAMPUS LA” ensued. Talea remained on stage, to provide percussion for the Krampus appearance. While at least year’s Krampus Ball the devils and mountain spirits circled through the audience a number of times, this year, after the first circuit, they were invited on stage. St Nicholas then invited a number of the sinners on stage, one by one, and had them walk from one end to the other while being beaten by birch sticks so as to atone for their sins.

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Here’s my film footage from part of the ordeal faced by the sinners:

https://www.facebook.com/Tony.Mierzwicki/videos/vb.100000033427117/1339384932739275/?type=3&theater

Looking around at the audience, the reaction was the same as at every other Krampus event I have been to – everyone was smiling and laughing. Even though the Krampus legend is traditionally used to scare children into being good, it is actually a lot of fun.

Following on from the main event can be challenging, but Hammerstein Musik Bavaria rose to the occasion. This 4-piece ensemble is fronted by Bavarian-born Andreas Becket, and also includes an accomplished accordion player wearing a chicken on her head, a tuba player and a drummer. They describe themselves as an authentic Bavarian polka rock band. Their music was primarily traditional Bavarian peppered with Schuhplattler dances [Bavarian slap dancing] and yodeling. Remember “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred? These guys did a version that began with “I’m too sexy for my Krampus” which brought the house down.

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The band is best known for Wienerschnitzel’s Bratwurst commercial made in time for Oktoberfest 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYE5vNyj-k4

All in all, it was a great evening, and was just as much fun as last year’s event. Now I’ve got to wait a full year for the next ball!

Here’s a link to my Facebook photos from the event from this year – 2016 Krampus Ball.

Here’s a link to my Facebook photos from last year – 2015 Krampus Ball.

Tony Mierzwicki

Blog Launch – Balance Point.

It’s been a few years since I’ve written a blog and I thought I should get back into the groove, but perhaps with a name change. I don’t want to limit myself to esotericism, but rather to meander through a broad range of additional topics including, health, diet, exercise, the arts and science.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s the wisdom of avoiding extremes and choosing a path of moderation, which I like to visualize as the Balance Point. It feels right to use this as the name of my new blog.

The online Your Dictionary provides the following definition:
“The definition of a balance point is when a place’s heat output equals the heat input, or when weight is equally distributed when resting on a single spot.
An example of a balance point is when a home’s loss of heat is equal to heat created in the home.
An example of a balance point is when both sides of a seesaw are at an equal level.”

Another way of looking at this is as the points on a lever where the applied forces need to be relative to the fulcrum as to achieve balance. Unless both forces are equal, the fulcrum will not be midway between them.

From a spiritual standpoint, the balance point concept is featured in at least a couple of instances.

Firstly, in Buddhism, Gautama Buddha described the character of the Noble Eightfold Path he discovered that leads to liberation as the Middle Way or Middle Path. This is a path of moderation, between the extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification, and is thus the path of wisdom.

Secondly, the Qabalistic Tree of Life, can be divided into three vertical pillars. The three pillars are called: The Pillar of Severity, The Pillar of Mercy and The Pillar of Balance (or Beauty).

The Pillar of Mercy Is found on the right hand side of the Tree of Life, and is associated with the left hand side of the body. The Pillar of Severity lies on the left hand side of the Tree of life and is associated with the right hand side of the body. The Pillar of Balance (or Beauty) the ‘middle pillar’ which runs up the centre of the Tree, is associated with balance, holism and integration. The two Pillars of Mercy and Severity, represent the two extremes or polarities in Nature. Obviously the most direct path of ascent up the tree is along the middle pillar.

 

While my intention is to explore the balance point concept in various disciplines, I will depart from this at my discretion to give a review of events which I attend and anything else that captures my interest.

Tony Mierzwicki