Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The Revelation of St Midnight

At Amid Night Suns I am always trying to create provocative, intelligent and empowering art, with something to say about the spiritual condition of the human race.  I have spent a lot of time reading and researching the darkest aspects of organized religion, especially Christianity.  I am not an enemy of religion or peoples most deeply held religious beliefs.  However, I do find religious institutions themselves to be very dark places indeed.  Most if not all established religious institutions have a history of corruption and depravity going back for centuries.  I am not going to give you any particular example of this depravity; the information is available if you wish to seek it out.  What I will say is that I'm familiar with the appalling history of the Catholic Church and the many genocides and depravities it has engaged in since its inception.  This is not to tar all Catholics with the same brush, by any means.  Not at all.  I only want to point out the fact that Church and State have been two of the most powerful forces for human spiritual enslavement in history.  I would never deny anyone their heartfelt faith.  But I will never deny the truth either.  And the truth  is often horrifically unpleasant.


In the alternative media there is always talk of Illuminati and Satanism and worldwide occult conspiracies.  While I believe in the existence of what might be termed 'occult magick' both good and bad, and that some of these occult conspiracy stories have glimmers of truth hidden amid the modern mythology, I believe that the overwhelming majority of these stories are a stage-dressing of the banality of evil.  At the base psychological reality of things, Evil is usually squalid and petty and ugly - not grandiose, mysterious and portentous.  In our world Darkness often poses as Light, extremism as moderation, and perversity as officialdom.  If you truly doubt this, go and read any textbook about the histories of religious warfare, for example.  It will chill your blood more completely than any tale of Illuminati nefariousness.  My point here is that the Witchfinder Generals and Grand Inquisitors of actual history are far more terrifying than any satanic occultist dreamed up in today's alternative media.  The Catholic Church is an exceptionally powerful organized-crime fraternity, for example -- with countless notches on it belt in terms of violence, exploitation and oppression.  Don't believe me?  Go do some reading.  

Let me make something very clear here.  Black Magick is very real.  But it is often not what we think it is. Magick of any shade is simply Art and Psyche and Intention all working in concert to create real-world specificity.  The host of interconnected imagery associated with such things in the popular consciousness is sometimes frighteningly accurate in literal terms, but more often than not it is the imagery of the mythic imagination -- symbolic imagery from the Underworld of Psyche that is then used to hide a multitude of sins.  Often this imagery from the Shadow Realms of Psyche is knowingly appropriated by occultists and traditional religions.  This imagery is dangerously potent, and can be used to liberate individuals or control them.  The Catholic Church understands exactly what I'm talking about here -- using the aesthetic power of the imagination to create various associations and a kind of intense gravity in the minds of its followers.  Leaders and Adepts of organized religions who have an understanding of this aesthetic power are often frighteningly morbid, debased and sociopathic; more so than any so-called 'occultist'. Sometimes it is hard to even distinguish between them.


The real question that true seekers should be asking is "Where do I want to go - to the Plenty or the Abyss?"  Because that's what we as the human race are collectively faced with.  I do not believe as Voltaire's Pangloss does that we are living in the best of all possible worlds.  Rather I believe, as Candide comes to understand at the end of Voltaire's satire, that we must cultivate our garden.  We must choose between a life of witless, sightless aphorisms, or the grim reality and hard work of trying to make this hellish world a better place.  After all, we don't just wish to survive here...we wish to live here, and to flourish.  This becomes harder and harder to do when a handful of powerful religious and corporate elites decide what is holy or sacred or worthy for the billions of souls who dwell here.  

So, dear reader, yet again I implore you to begin making your own sacred magick.  Don't be afraid of creating a personal relationship with God, or the Divine, or Art, or Magick.  We can give the Creative Force any name that makes us comfortable and empowers the stories dearest to us -- whether those stories are Abrahamic, Pagan, a hybrid of some or all of these, or something else entirely.  The point is to suffuse these stories with your own meanings and your own intentions, to counteract the dark gravity that the corporate and religious elites have used to control us with for millennia.  We must take back our churches and symbols and signs from the predators and tyrants.  We must wrest back control of our psychic spaces, because these Realms of Psyche are holy and extremely powerful.  Religions could not have got to where they are today if this were not so.  Your magick can be a true spiritual liberation, so long as you intend to harm no-one and take full responsibility for what you conjure or bring forth.  As I've said here before, real magick can be so dangerous because it is SO powerful.  Religions understand this.  They understand that organized religion is nothing more or less than ritual magic.  The only true and salient difference between occultism and religion is that one claims to practice its magick in secret while the other claims to practice out in the open.  Both these positions are not entirely true, as anyone intimately familiar with magick or religion will realize.

We can only begin changing the world by changing ourselves.  Do you choose the Plenty or the Abyss?  What is your Revelation?  What do you choose to see?        


  1. Good post Raj. I agree with you about many but not all organised religions. The religions of control are always belief religions. This way they can control people with concepts such as "blasphemy" and "heretic" and they can insight different groups into conflict with one another. Sadly the West was long ago taken over by this kind of religion as was the Middle East. They are really children's religions.

  2. Dear
    Raj, For the past couple of months I have not even given your posts the time they deserve but I hope to get a handle on my life a little better soon. I am looking forward to reading this post and responding. Many thoughts go out to you from me, sending you good energy always. I have enjoyed your writings for so long!
    Your friend who has been very quiet lately, Delorus

  3. Thank you, Delorus. I can imagine that your life has been complicated as of late. I wish you all the best in getting a handle on your life and I send you much love and positive energy, my friend.