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#38651 - 05/18/10 12:48 AM Reading Lists
MatthewJ1
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I have been looking at a number of books and films lately and ordering a whole lot more.

I like to supplement and enlarge on my practice with good and relevant study and reading. I practise as a black magician day to day, but I see the value of further learning from written and visual sources.

I have been going through the reading list for The Temple of Set in Dr. Aquino’s TOS ebook and also have been looking at the bibliography for The Compleat Witch.

Some Brief Info on the Reading List of the Temple of Set

The TOS reading list can be located in the TOS ebook as Appendix 14, pages 305 to 430. The point should be made that this is not the most contemporary reading list and this is consistent with the secretive/initiative nature of The Temple.

The reading list in the TOS ebook runs from 1976 to 2003, so it does represent nearly 30 years of work. I imagine that many books and films have been considered for inclusion in the list and have been rejected and only books of real quality and historical significance have been included.

Comments on the listed books are made by Dr. Aquino, Don Webb, James Lewis and also comments by Dr. LaVey are included. There are additional comments by others, including Dr. Stephen Flowers, who writes about his own work.

The reading list is divided into 24 sections. At the moment my main interest is in Section 3: Religion and Daemonology in Historical Perspective: Section 4: Occultism in Contemporary Perspective: Section 6: Satanism; and Section 7: H.P. Lovecraft.

The reading list also contains research level numbers running from one through to five. I refer you to Page 307 of the TOS ebook itself for a definition of these research level numbers.

Letter codes determine which works are relevant to which “initiatory system currently embraced by The Temple of Set.” Some of these letter codes are “TOS” – Temple of Set and “CoS” – Church of Satan etc.

Three Books from The Compleat Witch Bibliography

The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish (1968); The Morning of the Magicians by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier (1964); and The Satanic Mass by H.T.F Rhodes (1955) are all older books which appear in Dr. LaVey’s bibliography. These three books also appear on The Temples reading list in the TOS ebook and are briefly reviewed by both A.S.L.V and M.A.A.

If you are keen to buy some books to learn some further things about Satanism and the occult etc. than you may as well take some good advice from Dr’s LaVey and Aquino and get these ones. I have ordered these three and am looking forward to getting them and reading them.

Research Level Number 5 Works

These works need to be treated with care and with a studious mindset. I refer you to the research level number definition in the TOS ebook.

I am interested in how these works are regarded as magical and are considered as dangerous to some extent. I am interested in how they can be safely used as a tool of power.

I have ordered the following books, defined as research level number 5 works:

Seven Footprints to Satan by A. Merritt
The Hastur Cycle by Robert M. Price (ed.)
The Passing of The Great Race by Madison Grant
The Stars my Destination by Alfred Bester
The Book of Opening the Mouth by E.A Wallis Budge
The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker

There are a number of works which are out of print or being sold for an exorbitant price – damn it. There are also some works which I will have to buy at a later time.

I certainly have some new and interesting magical works to study. They will be challenging, some more than others.

At the moment I am reading The King in Yellow by R. W. Chambers. This is a most unusual book and I am sure many members have heard of it before. A strange book, like an onion, I think. I am hoping to provide some sort of interesting review of it in the future, along with a review of the mysterious Circus of Dr. Lao.

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#38652 - 05/18/10 02:07 AM Re: Reading Lists [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: MatthewJ1
At the moment I am reading The King in Yellow by R. W. Chambers. This is a most unusual book and I am sure many members have heard of it before. A strange book, like an onion, I think. I am hoping to provide some sort of interesting review of it in the future ...

You're in good company:

 Originally Posted By: Anton LaVey, "The Greatest Stories Ever Told", Cloven Hoof 7/73
When I think of a purely Satanic work, it is of one which contains such complex allegory as to require intelligence while reading, yet remain readable to an almost childlike level of continuity. It must contain All and One. Its statement must be as the sound of the world - so profoundly and infallibly correct that to understand each line must either drive one mad or set one straight, depending upon the reader’s stability.

First on my list is The King in Yellow, for it is the work of a writer of cheap romances who became demonically possessed after being involved in espionage work of a delicate nature, the implications of which are still cycling. Chambers, in his literary emergence from the Impressionists of his day, cast a die for Lovecraft, Orwell, Huxley, and many others. Yes, the reading of The King in Yellow in its entirety can drive one mad, if one realizes the insidiousness of the thing.

One of the best Chambers websites can be found here.

 Originally Posted By: MatthewJ1
... along with a review of the mysterious Circus of Dr. Lao.

 Originally Posted By: ASLV, ibid.
Charles Finney's The Circus of Dr. Lao tells it all - every human foible is dissected, yet few read it as anything other than pure fantasy. It is the story - nay, the epic - of man's desire and futility. Zarathustra under canvas. And, like The King in Yellow, it was not written by an occultic-minded author, and barely made publication. Finney was a Marine stationed in China. In the entertaining but grossly deviant film of several years ago, The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, Finney's name was almost obscured on the last frames of credits, actually placed in smaller typeface than wardrobe assistants, etc. Yet the book is an excursion to the highest Lamasery of the Red Monks for those who can read it.


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#38653 - 05/18/10 02:47 AM Re: Reading Lists [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
MatthewJ1
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To Dr. Aquino,

I am very glad you still come to the 600C to post now and then. Am particularly glad when you post on the threads I start.

I just wanted to ask a question.

I was looking through the reading list for The Temple and came across a book on Page 379 (14Q) of the TOS ebook called: Wewelsburg 1933 bis 1945: SS Kult - und Terrorstatte by Prof. Dr. Karl Huser.

This book is rated (TOS-5) and (TRP-5) and you mention “Here is bedrock: bewildering to some, but a gate to the Order of the Trapezoid.”

Are you able to elaborate a little on what you meant here? I have to admit I am a fascinated by the Order of the Trapezoid (both CoS and TOS) and its meaning or function and its philosophy.

I am trying to think the relationship between the order and the SS or the Nazi’s more generally.

Sorry, you may not be able to speak about the order beyond providing some historical detail and in terms of the CoS 1966-1975 period.

Hope you are well and your work on the TOS ebook is going well.

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#38655 - 05/18/10 01:28 PM Re: Reading Lists [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: MatthewJ1
To Dr. Aquino, I am very glad you still come to the 600C to post now and then. Am particularly glad when you post on the threads I start.

Objective-Universe time being finite, I've had to budget more of it to work on The Temple of Set, but I thought Anton's comments on those two books deserved resurrection here.

Huser's book was the first postwar examination of the Wewelsburg. Since then there have been two more insightful books: Russell & Cook's Heinrich Himmler's Camelot and Jan Erik Schulte's (Ed.) Die SS, Himmler und die Wewelsburg. Unfortunately the former is now out-of-print, and apparently available only at excessive prices. The Schulte anthology is very current and packed with information, but is in German. It was done with the participation of the official Kreismuseum Wewelsburg [and myself], and is complemented by a new exhibition at the Castle. [I can't believe what they've done to the Walhalla (the "crypt")!]

The current (11th) draft of The Temple of Set includes a chapter on the Wewelsburg Working and some photos back in the Plates section. This chapter addresses your questions, I believe.

Well, back to the drawing [and quartering] board ... ;\)
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#38656 - 05/18/10 02:55 PM Re: Reading Lists [Re: ]
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It occurs to me that I should probably mention this website. If you can't glaze your eyes over with Nazi occultism, weirdo science, and pre-Hunter-Thompson Gonzo Wewelsburgism here ...
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#38658 - 05/18/10 10:09 PM Re: Reading Lists [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
MatthewJ1
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I realise that I may have been drinking a bit too much of the kheft here and neglecting to regard the national socialist movement from a purely magical research point of view. It may be useful to put emotion, hysteria and some of the dogma aside in order to do some research here. I don’t condone, but I wish to suspend judgement in order to learn what I can, learn what is useful from a magical point of view.

I tend to admire cold intelligence and I like the idea of cold dark space. I like dark designs and orders and also the trapezoid as a symbol.

A powerful black magical work seems to me to be one which articulates and projects a unique and comprehensive reality, either explicitly or implicitly as a subtext, which threatens to rupture and break through, or which generates and supports a more mundane and manifest language.

To successfully access the unique reality of a dark magical text carries risks, in so far as, one is confronted with a system of values, an ontology, which may conflict with the individuals own values or worldview. The dissonance created can be dangerous I think.

That dissonance or conflict could be extreme if the work is of such power that a new magical Word is being introduced and established.

In my opinion, using a powerful black magical text as the basis of a magical working assumes that the magician has a detailed awareness of the meaning of the text and further an understanding of the underpinning or theoretical context within which actions take place. Being aware and responsible for the foreseeable consequences and outcomes of actions is a given. The translation of the dark magical text into action in this “real” world can be dangerous without some sense of the pragmatic effects I think.

I am interested in any comments members may wish to make in regards to this.

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#38674 - 05/19/10 08:29 PM Re: Reading Lists [Re: SkaffenAmtiskaw]
MatthewJ1
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I can appreciate (to some extent) the highly unusual types of economic, social and political conditions in place in Germany during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s.

I am thinking here of The Great Depression, the huge unemployment, the 10,000% inflation, the humiliation of losing the First World War and the difficulties imposed upon Germany by the war reparation payment arrangements existing under Versailles. On top of all this there was also the political instability and the violence taking place amongst military and nationalist militia elements, and other political groups.

I think these rather extreme conditions helped set the platform for Hitler and the Nazi’s rise. It would seem that the prevailing conditions gave rise to the tactics employed.

However, having said that there must be some very fundamental psychological principles, in place, within that movement, which deeply appeal to people (particularly people who can be identified as dependent types or herd types as you mentioned), and which to some extent prey upon and exploit the natural instincts of people.

Nationalism, honour and victory through permanent war, the organic state, the myth of the blood, the need for a scapegoat etc. are all powerful tools, particularly at that time and place.

A cult with a leader who has the will and imposes it upon the world and an irrational “system” where belief is privileged and intelligence or critique is suspended is fundamental I think.

What I would like to do is research these psychological principles through an examination of the works Dr. Aquino has identified in the TOS reading list under the category of totalitarianism, fascism and magic. Also I think Dr. Flowers works may be relevant.

My knowledge regarding the occult and mystical elements behind the national socialists is fairly miniscule at this stage. I am interested in learning more here and working out how these elements may relate to the psychological principles.

Jake, if you are out there and wish to comment, I would be interested in your own point of view and also I am wondering what Dr. LaVey thought of Hitler and the Nazi’s and their occult influences.

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#38681 - 05/20/10 06:11 AM "Martians at Nuremberg" [Re: ]
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Most discussions about Hitler/Nazi Germany get bogged down into their generally-accepted practical & historical impact, which, in the history books of the WW2 victors, is a raspberry.

But at the same time everyone remains fascinated with H/NG because they seem to be somehow a tear in the fabric of normal human civilization's stroll through the centuries - in a way that, for example, the fascist regimes of Spain, Japan, and Italy weren't. Pauwels & Bergier caught the flavor of this in their Morning of the Magicians by describing the postwar efforts to come to grips with this as "Martians at Nuremberg"; e.g. the defendants were so alien in their thought-processes that they might as well have been from there.

I would venture to clear it up a bit thus: that NG was not a political episode as ordinary people understand the term, but rather an artistic vision impressed into physical manifestation. Culturally this is perhaps best explored in this book:

 Originally Posted By: Temple of Set Reading List
14T. Metapolitics from the Romantics to Hitler by Peter Viereck. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1941. [Deutschland: WU: 25/16-504] (TOS-4) (TRP-1) MA: “This is quite simply the definitive history and analysis of the Germanic mystical and magical tradition as it has been applied to society and politics. No other political analysis of Nazi Germany compares with it, and an understanding of the Nazi phenomenon is impossible without it. Major sections deal with Romanticism, life-worship, Kultur, dynamism, Wagner, Chamberlain, Fichte, Hegel, Rosenberg, and Hitler.”

Until recently it was also very difficult to get at Hitler's personal artistic/magical vision. Conventional biographies just rubberstamp him as a homicidal nutcase, which fits the required historical agenda. But he is only understandable in terms of the artistic and magical visions which drove him, and which he attempted to transfer from his Subjective Universe into the Objective one.

The annotated Schertel book, my Amazon review of which I see "COTUM" has quoted in another thread here, handles the magical aspect. Hitler's artistic SU is now explored pretty well in this book. Together they unlock his "personal mystery".

As for Anton LaVey, during our 1969-75 acquaintance I never noticed him to be much concerned with H/NG one way or the other. The "Satan & Swastika" chapter in my Church of Satan history pretty much sums it up. He was oriented to Satan & Satanism, after all, and H/NG weren't in the least. Hitler considered Judæo/Christianity superstitious nonsense, with which he had to put up only because it still permeated Europe. And Himmler's occultism was pagan Norse/Germanic, not J/C-anything. Not to mention that ethnically Howard "ASLV" Levey was of course Jewish, which would have made dalliance with Nazism a tad awkward.

After 1975, with the advent of the "skinhead" movement, Burton Wolfe comments in his The Black Pope biography of Anton:

 Originally Posted By: Burton Wolfe
Seeking more privacy and not as much publicity as before, Anton discontinued the staging of rituals in the newly colored house. He instructed leaders of the so-called grottos that had been established in the way to conduct the rituals, left that part of his past activities to them, and began leading a rather secretive life compared to what had gone before. He wrote articles for his newsletter The Cloven Hoof and for a variety of publishers of books and articles, worked on his own books, taped some of his music for possible production, and took more and more time for research into his obsession with the idea that there had been a “Black Order” in Germany that had practiced such staples of Satanism as the Black Mass and had attracted Nazi leaders who adapted ideas from its members. Once that obsession of Anton’s began consuming him, and neo-Nazis bearing swastikas were to be seen in his house, I knew that the good times for Anton were on their way to hell on earth.

Anton’s feeble excuse was that through these characters he hoped to learn more about the “Black Order” and even gain connections with its remaining members. I saw another picture: Anton’s increasing cynicism and contempt for the mass of humanity was leading him into certain ideas to be found in the writings of fascists. I remember his reading to me from a book in German by an author (whose name escapes me), and becoming especially enthused and emoting at the passage where that clearly German author wrote: "Ich hasse die massen [I hate the masses]." Anton did not like it when I said to him: “We are all the masses.”

There was of course no such "Black Order" [other than, of course, the SS]; the closest thing to a LHP occult society in Germany would have been this:

 Originally Posted By: Temple of Set Reading List
24J. Fire and Ice: Magical Teachings of the Brotherhood of Saturn, Germany’s Greatest Secret Occult Order by Stephen E. Flowers. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn, 1990. (TOS-1) (TRP-2) SF: “This is a general and fairly comprehensive introduction to the history, ideology, structure and rituals of the Fraternitas Saturni, which is a Thelemite (but non-Crowleyan) lodge which has dominated the German occult scene since the time of its inception in the late 1920s. With this book, I took a step out and back to my occult roots in the ‘mainstream’ western magical tradition. One of the main reasons for undertaking this study and writing this book was to explore the way in which an Æonic Word finds expression beyond the bounds of its Magus. A preface by Michael A. Aquino is scheduled to appear in future printings.” D.Webb: “Michael Aquino’s preface is available from Runa-Raven Press. Certain technologies from this book have been adapted with great success by Pylons such as the Bull of Ombos and the Black Phœnix. A good study of the Black Flame as perceived before the coming of our Æon.”

Somehow I can't help concluding with this.
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#38701 - 05/20/10 03:39 PM Re: "Martians at Nuremberg" [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino

As for Anton LaVey, during our 1969-75 acquaintance I never noticed him to be much concerned with H/NG one way or the other.


Pretty accurate for the period in which I interacted with Dr. LaVey as well. He was pretty much Apolitical, if not just bored with the concept of politics as a whole. I will say that he KNEW about the processes and the concepts of Hitler's Nazi regime, and he found some of the abstracts of it interesting, from a cultural standpoint.

Like Dr. Aquino said, LaVey's heritage was Jewish. We were talking one evening about some magazine article that said he was "anti-semitic," and that there were no Jews in The Church of Satan, and he said, "The problem is that they're just concerned that they see no "hooked noses," so they assume some form of restriction, like we're some goddamned hotel in the Hamptons. They're smug and they're arrogant. OF COURSE there are no Jews in the Church of Satan. There are no Jews in the Catholic Church, or Presbyterian either. A Satanist may have been a Jew at one time, but when they affiliate with us, the Catholics or whomever, they shed that former self to become a member of their new group."

He also found it amusing from time to time that people would try to say he was a Nazi or a Nazi sympathizer. Apparently this stemmed from the use of red and black as "Satanic Colors," and he assumed some items someone might have seen that he owned... a luger, or a pennant someone sent him with a swastika... he had a lot of things that people sent him. The right person seeing his Cardinal's vestments (the whole schmere from the Catholic Church) might have assumed he was a radical Cardinal escaped from the Vatican.

One book that he turned me on to regarding Hitler and his personal ideas was HITLER'S TABLE TALK (1941-1944) translated by Norman Cameron and R.H. Stevens. The book was basically Hitler's real-life conversations with his closest inner circle members when the were just talking. From the dust jacket:

"On Martin Borman's instructions the secret conversations at Hitler's hedquarters from July 1941 to November 1944 wiere all recorded. This extraordinary document is the result.

In the relaxed atmosphere of his inner circle, Hitler talked freely about his aims, his early life and his plans for further conquest and a new German empire. The full text of Hitler's Table Talk preserved by Borman, is presented here."

It's a great book for really getting into Hitler's head from the horse's mouth, and a damned good idea that Borman instituted! I have a great memory, but there were so many things LaVey said in this same type of setting that I even remember thinking at the time, "somebody should be taking this down." Hindsight.
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#38702 - 05/20/10 03:44 PM Re: "Martians at Nuremberg" [Re: Jake999]
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As an afterthought, I checked EBAY, and there are a few copies of HITLER'S TABLE TALK up for grabs. I think it's out of print now, although I could be wrong.
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#38706 - 05/20/10 04:50 PM _Hitler's Table Talk_ [Re: Jake999]
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 Originally Posted By: Jake999
As an afterthought, I checked EBAY, and there are a few copies of HITLER'S TABLE TALK up for grabs. I think it's out of print now, although I could be wrong.

You can find new/used copies on Amazon too. Like you, I was impressed:

 Originally Posted By: Temple of Set Reading List
14K. Hitler’s Secret Conversations 1941-1944 by H.R. Trevor-Roper (Ed.). NY: Farrar, Straus and Young, 1953 [simultaneously published in England as Hitler’s Table Talk by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London]. [Deutschland: Hitlers Tischgespräche im Führerhauptquartier, Picker, Goldmann Taschenbuch Nr. 11234, München, 1979 (Englische Ausgabe Herausgeber Trevor-Roper)] (TOS-5) (TRP-3) MA: “Martin Bormann was sufficiently fascinated by Adolf Hitler’s private conversational comments on various topics that he persuaded Hitler to allow them to be stenographically recorded. After 1945 the transcriptions were found among Bormann’s private papers and were ultimately compiled and published by Professor Trevor-Roper (who also edited and published the final entries of Dr. Goebbels’ diaries). Hitler’s conversations cover an astonishingly broad spectrum of topics - organized religion, metaphysics, dogmatism, Voltaire, origins of the human race, æsthetics, Egyptian & Greek culture, Hoerbiger’s cosmology, genius, philosophy of law, superstition, mental diseases, etc. An impressive look into the mind of an individual whom the postwar world has been conditioned to dismiss as a crude, criminal, and unintrospective thug. Read, then judge for yourself.”

However in Englishland we are still awaiting a direct translation from the original German, e.g. the Picker edition cited above. The Trevor-Roper one made a trip through French first, and there is reason to believe that it was somewhat tinkered with en route. See this article for a discussion.
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#38709 - 05/20/10 11:01 PM Re: _Hitler's Table Talk_ [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
MatthewJ1
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Thank you kindly Dr. Aquino and Jake for your comments and for the reading recommendations - I want to get and study all the books mentioned, particularly Table Talk/Hitler’s Secret Conversations (14K), Dr. Flowers’ work (24J) and the work by Viereck (14T) from The Temples reading list. Those last two works are (TRP 1) and (TRP 2) I believe, which will be very useful.

“But he is only understandable in terms of the artistic and magical visions which drove him, and which he attempted to transfer from his Subjective Universe into the Objective one.”

I realise that I have a rather deep seated view or position regarding H/NG, which I have been indoctrinated with. The above quote really tends to highlight that for me. I sometimes forget that Hitler did make art objects and architectural designs.

The Triumph of The Will comes across as a record of a mass GM ritual with its own symbols and imagery and its specified spaces. This film is on the TOS reading list as well.

I have had a copy of this film for a while. It is so strange to see those individuals on the screen. Their personalities and voices, their flesh, uniforms, and their characters have been so overwritten and scratched out by propaganda, feeling etc.

I don't wish to throw around the word magical too freely, but that process of investing those historical figures with a meaning, which may in fact bear little to no relation to who they really are/were may be propaganda, but it is also magical in nature. But Dr. A did mention this in another thread.

I hope to be able to reclaim them in some way through study.

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#38789 - 05/25/10 09:50 AM Re: "Martians at Nuremberg" [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Hitler understood that the magic word can only be spoken not read. The written word remains silent but the spoken word has the power to mesmorize. The written word can be analysed, discussed, deconstructed and interpreted. The Nazis were right to burn books. Books cannot be trusted. The written word is fixed but the word when spoken can be conjured with. Martin Heidegger called Socrates the greatest of all philosophers for the simple reason that he wrote nothing down: his seminars must have been an exercise in sorcery, like Hitler's speeches.

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#38797 - 05/25/10 10:45 PM Re: "Martians at Nuremberg" [Re: School Bully]
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This position may be consistent with Derrida’s notion of the primacy of phono-centrism in Western culture, or, in other words, the priority accorded the spoken word over the written word as a bearer of immediate and full meaning - speech as the fullness and vehicle of the metaphysics of presence, as truly centred within/by a logos.

Speech, in this sense, is supposed to be a less corrupted tool than writing – less subject to the trace and the slippage of the signifying activity. It means more clearly and truthfully. Derrida is interested in the deconstruction of this notion, but I am interested in something else here.

I agree that Hitler’s speeches as spoken are of more magical power than written transcripts of those speeches. I would tend to argue that magic is of a far greater power when spoken than written/read. The spoken is more compelling and convincing for an audience and the speaker hands down.

A knowledge and appreciation of the Western prejudice for the spoken over the written is useful for the magician I think.

This reminds me of Dr. Aquino’s definition of Lesser Magic:

“Lesser Black Magic (LBM) is the influencing of beings, processes, or objects in the objective universe by the application of obscure physical and behavioural laws.”

I am not suggesting that one study the whole of Derrida’s Of Grammatology in order to understand this, but a basic knowledge of it may allow one to employ a more powerful form of Magic – the spoken over the written with a conscious understanding of the way each has been traditionally viewed; a view which your target may not fully appreciate or understand.

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#38934 - 05/31/10 12:04 AM Re: "Martians at Nuremberg" [Re: ]
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Reality is something that exists even if you ignore it and postmodern philosophers only interpret reality rather than change it. The ancient world regarded writing simply as a method of chronicling. The test was always the spoken word.

In 1918, a World War 1 gas attack caused Hitler to go temporarily blind. While recuperating in hospital, he heard the news of the end of the war and of Germany's defeat. His anger and feelings of betrayal shaped his and the world's destiny. Chanting in darkness and repeating over and over the Wrath of Achilles, he discovered Homer 's secret of blindness - the artist is always the seer.

As Goebbels once stated:

One should not overestimate the role of written or printed words in revolutions, but the secret magic of the spoken word reaches directly the emotions and the hearts of people. It reaches the eye and the ear, and the electrifying force of the masses seized by the human voice sweeps with it the wavering and the doubting.

Hermann Otto Hoyer painted the nativity of Nazism in a Munich beer-hall where Hitler found his first disciples.



Parodying the Christian myth of genesis, Hoyer called the picture: Am Anfang war das Wort (In the Beginning Was the Word), and like Jesus Christ himself, the beatific word had to be spoken, not read. But whereas Christianity seeks to satisfy moral and metaphysical ends, magic is a functional art which seeks to accomplish tangible results. In this respect magic resembles technology and science.

The Japanese heard their emperor's voice for the first time in 1945 when he announced their country's surrender on radio. Unaccustomed to being addressed by a descendent of the sun, they expected he would command them to atone for national shame by committing suicide. Demi-gods cannot use technology for their mystique depends upon silence, on an absence like that of God, but magicians like Hitler could, which is why radio sets were issued free to all German households. Hitler retribalised Germany into warriors and slaves, but used science and technology to achieve this. Books were simply old technology.
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