book review: the brazen serpent by soror n.o.

When I received a request from the author’s husband to review The Brazen Serpent, I thought to myself, “Are they mad? These people must not know me at all…or…they are extremely confident in their work.” I am possibly the most brutal critic of anything remotely Hermetic in the entire occultosphere. The opinions of people never really matter where Abrahadabra – or reality – is concerned. While I didn’t expect to be handed something in the vein of Llewellyn trash, I presumed from the very outset that I would be delicately attempting not to club the book to death…too hard…they seemed like nice people.

After finishing the book, the most pressing arguments I have with the points found within are simply matters of the perspective and degree of the paths taken to those answers – similar in nature to the differences bhakti yoga versus jnana yoga. Given the advanced nature of the material within, this is very impressive. I do believe there is an objectively correct answer to all things that lies at the heart of all existence and beyond illusion, though that answer will shift in appearance from one path to another. So, while it is important that I get all of the final accounting correct right out of the gate, it isn’t so important that I agree with everyone else all of the time, since there is a lot of ground to cover between our current state and Completion itself, which is where we strive to maintain an asana at most of the time.

It is well worth the cost just to read the killer introduction. The book is authentic to its source. It’s written from the point of view of a female philosopher in the A.’.A.’. lineage. Although she already possesses a degree in philosophy, she is currently attending Manly P. Hall’s University of Philosophy in Los Angeles, which was founded in 1934. 

When I received the package from the couple’s L.A. home, I chuckled to myself. The return address had “R.H.K.” as the name. A few weeks earlier, I had a very successful invocation of Ra Hoor Khut, which had become the catalyst for an extensive series of acknowledgements from the god, woven throughout my life so prominently I couldn’t ignore it. It seemed like every other event in my life prior to the arrival of the package was some kind of joke involving Montu making a meme of my life. The initials are the first names and last name of the couple, which I found interesting. The author, Soror N.O. (Helen Kirkby,) is an American author and artist married to Russel Kirkby, another artist who has done a couple of really cool occult short films which m1thr0s and I had already enjoyed together a few years ago. 

The prominence of the couple’s relationship woven throughout their correspondence with me, the dedication and the flavor of the book, piqued my curiosity. While the book is written solely by Soror N.O., the couple seems to share many occult adventures together on their blog. It’s unusual to see couples working in the occult together, professionally, and this is always heartening to see, considering the rarity of our lifestyle. Last year, the month before TAI opened its doors to initiates, Ray Sherwin, the father of Chaos Magick, released Ouroboros: A Grimoire. The cover sports an illustration by his wife practitioner, and throughout the book he goes on to assert the primacy of couples’ work over any kind of coven.

This is not a new idea; the essence of the highest alchemical workings rests in the arms of a heterosexual monogamy, a dyadic monad: “Male, Female, Quintessential One;” as the ancient principle states. This isn’t meant to be a derisive snort at other ternary patterns; sexual pairings – the alchemical axiom merely emphasizes an alchemical law – forces of nature really couldn’t care less about one’s feelings or political sentiments. In other words, Yin and Yang will always be important to one another, in some special kinds of ways, and the variety of biological sex is not insignificant – it certainly can’t be politicized away either. (All of the arrangements of sexuality are merely bigrams and trigrams of various sorts, to the Mutational Alchemist. There is nothing emotional about it – not personally, and not objectively, and I try to keep contemporary politics out of my occultism.)

While the book isn’t written from the perspective of the couple whatsoever, and has a single author, it’s really hard to ignore the influence that a couple’s working brings to the table, as it is apparent in the writing, at least to me, and I’ve read a lot of occult titles. The book does nothing to overtly press this point – it cannot be classified as a true male-female working, although that’s simply an observation, not a judgement. I only mention it here due to the fact that it is unusual and makes the book more interesting to collectors. Both its quality and the fact that the author is a woman in a predominantly male dominated field – unchanged for the past 500 years or more – makes it an extremely attractive title for collectors. 

While not explicitly related to The Brazen Serpent, there are some special features involved in a couple’s working occult relationship. First it’s the Magus-Priestess dynamic, which is all important for major alchemical work. Despite the importance of Yin and Yang, or, perhaps because of their individual potency in the universal hierarchy of the so-called “ten thousand things” it’s unusual to find powerful and overt male-female workings. The history of such dates back to the dawn of Man. Famous examples of this include the legendary P’an Ku and Nu Kua of ancient Chung Kuo, who created mankind and invented marriage among other early stirrings of civilization; Pythagoras and Theano of Ancient Greece; and of course Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel who famously (although perhaps mythologically,) answered a question about his rumored alchemical gold creation by saying that he and his wife knew the secret and created it every night in their bedchambers.

“By now it should be clear that everything in magick is sexual. Did Siva fail to teach this to us? Mahakala?” – m1thr0s 729

Crowley himself, one gold standard occultists, produced two prominent male-female workings; Liber al Vel Legis with Rose in the Giza pyramid, and THOTH with Lady Frieda Harris. It’s primordial – Yin and Yang – and it carries with it the authority of those first two prime divisions. Yet this is a book written by a female, classically regarded as the embodiment of Understanding, which is bestowed upon her by the masculine, as she bestows upon him Wisdom. 

Before introducing readers to the book itself, I wanted to write more about Nephilim Press, since so little is known of them, generally speaking. There isn’t much, and they are tight lipped about it – and by tight lipped I mean they refused to provide any information – they told Mr. Kirkby to tell me to look on the web, where, there’s almost nothing. All I could get came from the ICANN info, which is almost always spoofed. They’re based in South Carolina and have asserted themselves as a high quality occult publisher and book store: focusing on quality information over mere vanity items with a limited number of printings. As many occultists have found out, these pricy grimoires can often be very disappointing, but the entirety of Nephilim’s offerings are priced at or below $50, which is incredibly affordable. At the time of this writing they updated their website with something a bit more helpful:

Our selection of occult literature covers topics ranging from Enochian magick, necromancy and black magic to Satanism, left hand path, divination, and so much more. We aim to find the best information, old and new, and make it available to you at competitive prices – Nephilim Press’s website

As one might expect, a title named after the English translation of Nachash will probably deal with matters pertaining to Hermetic Qabbalah, and from a fairly lofty vantage point. While I wasn’t quite sure these expectations would be met when I received The Brazen Serpent, as I didn’t bother reading the ad copy, I was soon happily finding myself shifting into a higher gear in order to apprehend the style of writing. 

For those who have partaken of the sacrament of entheogens alongside their theurgy and alchemy, or, for those who are naturally sensitive, the peculiarity of discussions pertaining to higher states of mind is very clearly delineated from all others. The experienced can discern when someone has been *out there* so to speak, so that all true explorers can recognize each other, even across very different cultural environs.  

While our goals at TAI are far removed from O.T.O. lineaged practitioners to ever find any broad common ground on any particular subject, this is not a judgement against the book. I found myself neither snorting with disgust nor confused about where the ideas in the book were coming from; they were firmly within the lineage the work claimed to be affiliated with; a passing mark in my estimation for any serious piece of occult literature.

Aesthetics

The physical book itself is very beautiful. You’ll never hear me complain about serpents, black and gold, ever. Still, even those occultists who prefer silver and black will find little to complain about here. It is not overdone, as is the case with so many occult grimoires.

Eggshell finish jet black leatherette, with bright gilting of the Nachash, or brazen serpent on the front, and the Sephiroth on the spine is understated and elegant. The end papers are matte black. The book does not fit into my Oberon leather book covers, being slightly too long, for those occultists who like to use them. The plain pages are cut smooth edge and there is no gilt edge. The book is graced with a black satin bookmark. It’s easy to handle and made for reading.

Initially I thought it was a reference book, a bit like a Sephiroth oriented 777. The introduction, as I have previously mentioned, is highly analytical and insightful. I could tell the author was speaking from her highest house. This is a difficult mental asana to achieve. I remarked to one of our members and students, Lugh, after the initial speed reading “It’s dealing with such lofty subjects I kinda have to be in the right frame of mind to read it;” to which he replied, “That’s a compliment if I ever heard one.” He wasn’t wrong, and I will say right now this is a book any serious student of the occult would want to have in their library as a regular touchstone of reference. It’s just one of those books written from such a lofty and cautious scholarly perspective, that reading this is a great way to see what is going on through the filters of another deep thinker. Any occultist uninterested in what is going on in the minds of other consciousness stars is not going to achieve much success.

It is not a book for neophytes, but neither is it inaccessible (at the very least one might want to memorize the Sephiroth before tackling the Brazen Serpent.) I was curious about where the tome actually stood in the classification scheme of occult literature. I read through it again, but not from cover to cover. Instead I thought of a Sephira or path I wanted to read about and flipped to that section. It worked – but it was of a very different flavor than most reference manuals. This is an abstract reference manual for advanced Hermetic Qabbalists coming from the A.’.A.’. lineage and Thelemic current. 

The Bad

I do not agree with all of the assertions made – a few, are outright wrong, but, I recognize that these statements are true to the classical A.’.A.’. and O.T.O. traditions, so this is only to be expected. We are not affiliated with O.T.O. and we are clearly set apart from their traditions in several significant ways.

It should be noted that The Brazen Serpent is not filial to Judaic Kabbalah, despite the fact that the author was influenced by Lurianic Kabbalah. Qlippoth are treated here – as they are treated in the A.’.A.’. tradition – as something which influences us and our world, constantly – clearly a Western Magick stance. By contrast, the Abrahadabra Institute does not recognize the Qlippoth as influencing anyone directly or anything in one’s path working.

The problems I have with O.TO. or various other A.’.A.’. lineages is not insignificant, and I should explain this somewhat…I have never witnessed anyone in my entire life solve very many of the real problems and mysteries facing us in regards to the physics of the Body of Light from the perspective of Hermetic Alchemy with the exception of m1thr0s 729. Knowing what I know today about the O.T.O. and their ilk, I am very suspicious of anything that comes out of their camps. What Viktor Blåsjö wrote on Christiaan Huygens and G.W. Leibniz’ discourse also applies to the Body of Light and its mastery – the only goddamned thing that we are interested in here and the only thing we are ever actually discussing when we talk about any of the subjects here at the Institute; 

“We don’t study nature because we refuse to admit value in abstract mathematics. We study nature because she has repeatedly proven herself to have excellent mathematical taste, which is more than can be said for the run-of-the-mill mathematicians who have to invent technical pseudo-problems because they can’t solve any real ones. “

– Viktor Blåsjö

What applies to math applies to Qabbalah. When anyone brings up some of the more decadent and ornate theories of Western Magick, such as the idea that there “is a tree and abyss in each sephira” or that we can interact with the Qlippoth, and they do not bring a valid argument apart from mere dogma or the guesswork of antiquity, I must politely decline to hop on board ‘Ye Olde Victorian Hoopla and Rumors About the Occult’ bandwagon. So I am cautious – yet the book is not so overloaded with Thelemic dogma that it is oppressive, or sycophantic in any way. That is a welcome reprieve from most modern Thelemic texts; usually only matched in quality by the old devil Crowley himself, who understood, perfectly well, the abomination that is dogma and flattery. I would be remiss, however, not to mention this important distinction between Abrahadabra doctrines and those of the author and her lineage. 

Another influence I noticed as I skimmed through the text is the Christianity, again, typical and to be expected from any O.T.O. or A.’.A.’. text – we’re talking about the same organizations that runs the Ecclesiastica Gnostica Catholica, and not a branch of Satanism. Angels, God, Lucifer and the Christian mythos feature prominently enough to be noticeable, and there is a very slight criticism of the left hand path. These ideas and their sources share very little in common with TAI – they simply don’t enter into our way of life or our value systems in any way, and there is a good reason for why we are are counted separately from the rest of the occult world. Some sinister oriented magicians will find the Christian influences heavy handed, but again, this is a typical example of Thelemic literature, and it never claims to be anything other than this.

Much the same kind of deist rhetoric will be found within Israel Regardie, Dion Fortune and Helen Blavatsky, all of which feature within the extensive bibliography of The Brazen Serpent.  The bibliography is concise and accurately represents the pedigree of the book and its author – it’s also a very useful reading list for occultists looking for their next book. The author and publisher advertise it as a Thelemic text with A.’.A.’. influences speaking on the subject of classic Hermetic Qabbalah in the Western mystery tradition, and this is exactly what it is. 

While the book’s contents are ordered neatly in the correct Sephira and path chronologies, this is where the consistency ends – don’t expect to find correspondences ala 777 or Duquette’s Understanding the Thoth Tarot, in a neat little table at the beginning of each section. When attributions are given they are mentioned in passing randomly, and where they have a semblance of consistency between sections, they are scattered in various places rather than being placed in a summary at the beginning of the section, for example the Gematria attributions and Hebrew letter are given but they are not in the same place each time. This limits the book very slightly as a reference manual, however, most experienced Qabbalists will have cheat sheet charts lying around anyways (and if you’re really nuts like us here at TAI they will be the size of an entire wall.) In the final assessment the book works just fine as a reference manual for advanced Qabbalistic theory in the A.’.A.’. and O.T.O. traditions. 

The Emperor is yet still placed at Teth, although concessions are made to his connection to Tzaddi. I do not agree with the argument here on the face of it, but that is a matter of personal experience and opinions based on that experience, and it is the official doctrine of The Abrahadabra Institute, as established by m1thr0s 729, that the Emperor is positioned at the path of Tzaddi. I personally have no problems with these discrepancies. We have always gone our own way and I expect others to do the same where they see fit. There’s more than one way to Completion, and being unable to recognize this would be incalculably stupid of us to presume.

Despite doctrinal conflicts with The Abrahadabra Institute’s lineage, I can safely assure anyone interested in The Brazen Serpent that they shall be richly rewarded delving into Soror N.O.’s thoughts here, especially if they are attracted to the A.’.A.’. and O.T.O. doctrines and methodology. It’s also a great primer for becoming familiar with the lineage without having to undergo the initiation itself, as it accurately represents A.’.A.’. material without any bold revisions. Anyone considering applying to the A.’.A.’. or O.T.O. would do well to review The Brazen Serpent first.  I for one greatly look forward to more titles from this author and would be happy to add her thoughts to my top shelf materials. 

an overview of the jungian personality theory (mbti) and the mutational alchemy tarot

A few weeks ago one of our members was asking me about how we arrived at the syncretic merging of the 16 Court Cards of the traditional tarot with the Meyers-Briggs 16 personality types. I realized then that nothing has actually been written covering this very important topic. This is a really good excuse to lay out the inner workings of the way we do research and establish doctrine here at The Abrahadabra Institute, which is very different from the way almost everyone else in the occult goes about doing this. We apply to a very rigorous standard of logic. Everything must justify its existence here, and if it’s merely speculation, this must be disclosed honestly, from the very beginning. 

The theory of 16 personality types is credited to Carl Gustav Jung, considered to be a prominent occultist amongst our more sophisticated kindred. The theory is a simple Tetragrammaton base – a tetragram composed of two binary values. The values are not labelled “Yin” and “Yang” but this is exactly what they are, in the eyes of the trained Mutational Alchemist. 

Over 90% of the more than one thousand members we have had registered here at The Abrahadabra Institute are members of the NT group. Response to our request for registration of one’s MBTI on Abrahadabra Forums 1.0 was extremely successful. The results were surprising. Not shocking, but surprising – and a little worrisome. If we were only reaching the rarest of types, representing a little less than a quarter of humanity – what were we doing wrong? [Continue…this article is for members only]

the rational ordering of the elements in mutational alchemy

There are different orderings of the four (or five) elements, and in the 12 banners system, for example, every possible ordering is examined. In the doctrine of the Four Elemental worlds, sometimes overlaid on the Tree of Life, there are two common orderings which will be covered below.

Traditionally, according to most doctrines you will encounter, Fire always comes first, followed by Air then either Water or Earth. (Spirit, whence from Fire arises, self-created, does not come into being, its essential nature is unborn and eternal and is usually assigned the place of Ain Soph Aur when the Four Elemental Worlds are aligned along the Qabbalistic Tree of Life.) It depends on whether we are descending by gender or by generation. In the generation descension, Fire and Water come out first, because they are the oldest. In gender descension, Fire and Air come out first, because they are male in nature. Heaven precedes Earth in that lineup of elements. In all Alchemical discussions, Being precedes Matter. Since you’ll run into at least 2 predominant arrangements for *four elemental worlds* with virtually no rational explanation for either of them, it can be difficult to trust which one is real or useful.

Getting clear on this topic is vitally important since this is where the magickal universe begins; this is our *starting assumption* from which all other 4-elemental rationales proceed. Indeed the Tree of Life itself is built upon these starting assumptions, yet there has been almost nothing published in the form of a coherent thesis explaining why the Four Elemental Worlds might align one way vs another. What I will now reveal is one for the history books, a powerfully lucid and relevant solution. (This article is for members only, to continue, click “Join us” on the left to learn about applying for membership, otherwise, if you are already a member of The Abrahadabra Institute, click here to go to the full article.)

first principles (abrahadabra: the anatomy of the body of light 001.01.01)

Well, there’s been complications with my microphone from Razer, I’ve had to send it back yet again. In lieu of the podcasts I really wanted to do this month, instead I’ve had to settle for getting this project kicked off.
      This is the first of a series of excerpts from The Anatomy of the Body of Light, the “much larger work in progress” m1thr0s 729 had hinted at, in many of his articles, after the completion of the Mutational Alchemy Tarot. He and I both decided that it would be best to release the book as a series of articles, in order to both serve our member body with information immediately, as well as to gauge reactions and feedback, so we could identify where we might be going wrong (or right) with the elevation of students’ understanding of our school of thought and praxis.
      It’s not that we are trying to be intentionally complicated, it’s just that we don’t always know where gaps in understanding might lie with any of this. m1thr0s formulated the system himself – he understands it instinctually, and once said to everyone on the original forums, that it would be nearly impossible to retrace all of the steps that lead him to the accomplishment of this thesis as something worth examining on its own merits, when it was clear that it was a uniquely distinct system from all other forms of philosophy, meditation and magick.
      I spent 10 years studying with him, nearly all of them in daily work and discussion. There was never a day that went by that we did not talk about the work. Translating that methodology of learning: the process of creation itself, direct experience, and oral tradition, into a book has proven to be a daunting task. It is more daunting, however, when the students are not asking the right questions about the gaps in their understanding. So, I encourage all of our students to ask those questions of these articles in the months to come, as I begin laying them all out in the Book of Mirrors section on the forums. Since our membership opened in July of 2018, none of you have asked any stupid questions, so don’t be afraid to put it out there if you just don’t get something. I am here to serve the court of the king, and that king is you
      Even despite our best efforts, many individuals simply do not possess the instinct for Mutational Alchemy. They need to be action oriented individuals, with a strong will, focused on mastery over themselves and over the external world – without that becoming something indistinguishable from mere brutishness and methodologies that fall into the category of “unconscious ignorance.” In other words, we found that, while a certain amount of intelligence was involved, there was a far more nebulous sort of thing going on with those who could achieve understanding of Mutational Alchemy, having more to do with their internal universe rather than any mere genetic predisposition. We have always maintained that counting to ten was ultimately the only skill required of a successful Mutational Alchemist.
      Skeptics react well to the system, mostly because they are willing to challenge the work on its face, and then, come to a greater appreciation of its internal strengths. It is perhaps because they are not lazy thinkers that they also manage to pursue the system to effective result, whereas people who are used to less difficult systems that take things step by step will ultimately walk away confused and frustrated with the internal depth and logical cohesion found within it. 
     Abrahadabra: The Anatomy of the Body of Light is a seven-volume series that lays out m1thr0s’ thesis on Abrahadabra and Mutational Alchemy in its entirety. This system was produced over the course of more than 40 years of intensive research by m1thr0s. The series of books that detail the system are incomplete, even though enough data exists to fill all of them easily. Much of the information is stored in the thousands of charts and mirrors he and I produced – all that is lacking is a proper written explanation. We had tried to I suspect that before they are finished, we will have added to this body of knowledge substantially, as this is exactly what occurred when I joined TAI and began assisting in this work. At that time, the doctrine of the P’an Ku mirror, and its subsequent heir, the Twin Trees, was only partially understood. The Hidden Diamond wasn’t even on our radar yet. But the system was already attracting the attention of remarkable minds invested in the Western Mystery Traditions. 
      The biggest problem that m1thr0s faced, and indeed, that I face, is also the very thing that attracted us to this frontier of Kabbalah, Hermeticism, Alchemy, Occultism and Western Magick: the model is enormous and it is changing every day that a talented occultist considers it and shares their findings. The task of speaking to an audience that hasn’t even been born yet is daunting and frustrating at times, but more than this, it requires a certain kind of language and instruction that will not become dated even after three hundred years or more. There are authors throughout history that have achieved a certain timeless clarity and continue to be read today: amongst the ancients, the nameless sages of the I Ching’s images, for example, the poetry of Sappho, the historical accounts of Iamblichus, and the Corpus Hermeticum. There are also the philosophers and scientists of the Great Western Enlightenment – Descartes, G.W. Leibniz, Voltaire and so on. This is a very high bar to hope to attain to, but I was assured by m1thr0s that it would be entirely possible, due to the inherent strengths of the system itself. This has proven to be true. 
      Below is the first short excerpt from the volume series, of many more to come, and I will be posting them in order. Let us know what you think on the boards, here: <http://abrahadabra.freeforums.net/thread/457/abol-volume-001>. 

The Anatomy of the Body of Light, Volume I, Philosophical and Metaphysical Overview of Mutational Alchemy and Abrahadabra, Part 001, First Principles. 

“Stars are a literal anatomical reality…an accessible inheritance to humankind but not without mastering the underlying physics. You can bounce off the ceiling all you like but it will not secure the foundation. This is the gist of future science: there is a physics to that which we have called godhead and we have the wherewithal to grasp it.” – m1thr0s 729

The Abrahadabra Institute’s Body of Light techniques, and its highest expression, Mutational Alchemy constitutes a modern Hermetic-Taoist hybrid school of so-called Inner Alchemy. It references an evolved system of elements built upon simple binary and ternary mathematical structures, (historically referred to as Bigrams, Trigrams, Tetragrams and Hexagrams). These can be observed in the geomantic classics such as the I Ching and the Tai Hsuan Ching from ancient China, among others. Mutational Alchemy is especially focused on the physics of the Body of Light as understood via these most fundamental of all mathematical systems. People who study the traditional Hexagrams (also called permutations) are called Mutationists, since what is generally being studied is change itself as it moves through these various geomantic houses, or structures. Mutational Alchemy is especially focused on the elemental characteristics of these permutations and how they can be proactively combined, providing a logical means of simulating resonant and reactive energy fields.
      Mutational Alchemy is one of the highest expressions of Taoism in this world, even though generally Taoist principles rejected analytical process. This constituted a betrayal of Taoism from the beginning, and the reader will find that TAI diverges sharply from various root disciplines it draws from, often at event markers dating back over a thousand years. There is a historical precedent for asserting this divergence, from the revolutionary rise of Tantra against the oppression of Vedic priests, to the syncretic style of Hermetic Alchemy which absorbed anything full of wisdom and usefulness, so that there is a distinctive form of unorthodox Kabbalah, called Qabbalah, within Hermeticism itself that is in itself a very advantaged, but very different school, from traditional religious Kabbalah. The astute practitioner who already posesses familiarity with the complexities of more refined Hermeticism will also recognize Mutational Alchemy as one of the highest expressions of Hermeticism in the world, although modern Hermeticists have become greatly degraded from the Hermeticists of the past, who eagerly adopted new knowledge, rather than clinging to old orthodoxies.
      The term Mutational Alchemy is used consistently throughout this book to identify its principles under a general heading that most people should be able to grasp without too much difficulty, once a few basics have been assimilated. In order to understand why this term has evolved, it is essential to recognize what is meant by the term elements, and to understand how these elements compare and differ from their historical counterparts. It is also important to understand where Mutational Alchemy fits in with other major philosophical and occult schools of thought historically. The elemental definitions being employed here will be dealt with in future chapters and take up the majority of Volume II. Ideas completely new and specific to Mutational Alchemy will also be discussed, but a generalized philosophical foundation can be addressed in less time and should logically come first in this initial volume.
      Mutational Alchemy does not exist in a vacuum. It is linked to virtually every form of transcendental thought that has ever found expression in this world. It comes as close to an alchemical universal solvent as anything ever published. Clarifying why and how such a claim could be taken seriously will be the challenge and focus of this book. It is my contention that this thesis exhibits all of the known attributes of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone sought after for millennia.
      Naturally, it will ultimately be up to each individual to decide upon this independently, but I would not presume to make such an outrageous claim if I did not consider it unequivocally true. Though not entirely complete, this advanced transmutational physics is too important to be left lying in shadow. The time has come to make every effort to communicate its content to the world at large.
      It will not be possible in this book to explore all of the philosophical and scientific parallels contained within its framework, but it is important to hyphenate the most apparent of these to establish an irrefutable pattern of continuity with past and present models of perfection on a global scale. I have deemed it best to begin from a basic overview of its most apparent traditional influences. Additionally, before we begin this book it is important for readers to know that when I use the word Man or Mankind I am referring to all genders. In the Chinese system of polarities, Yin is Earth (female), Yang is Heaven (male), and Jen is Man (neutral).
      The goal with this series of introductory writings is to guide the neophyte through the murky waters of magick and mysticism to grasp a short and concise synopsis of each branch of occultism, the veritable “best of” that has contributed to the rise of the advanced physical and mental discipline of Mutational Alchemy. It is not intended to be a complete history, but rather a distillation of what must be covered in each area so the student does not have to spend months or years poring over the meanderings of this or that ancient occultist – never knowing whether or not their flowery language has a shred of truth or value in it or not. One can waste a great deal of time poring over ancient tomes and never achieve a measure of success beyond simply becoming a walking dictionary.
I will now conduct a brief presentation of each pre foundational element involved in the synthesis of Mutational Alchemy.

(Continue in 001.01.02)

february newsletter

The Abrahadabra Institute

Class of 2019 Curriculum has Begun

This is orientation week, we officially begin on the 10th of March, so I will be expecting hexagrams either in my inbox (on the forums, or in my google mail) or in your journals by March 17th! Registration for these guided classes is ongoing until June, so you still have time if you want to get in on it. My order for paper was delayed, so I went ahead and posted the entirety of the March curriculum, so if you’re chomping at the bit just go ahead and start. Otherwise, I am available for questions all week by phone (please leave a message if I’m not there) or on Discord <https://discord.gg/3vrApsM>

Those of you who will not be taking the guided curriculum will still be given access to all TAI materials, and as my microphone will be replaced within the next couple of days, that means we will be shifting away from articles and back towards podcasts. If you have a request, ping me on Discord or e-mail me.

Visitors

I will be booked through the week at the end of March, as a student of mine will be visiting me for one week to get his Westworld on with the local scene and maybe if he’s lucky I’ll teach him some Mutational Alchemy. Visitors will still be welcome to join us but I will not be able to offer you a bed or a room. 

Also, please make sure you give me a reasonable amount of time to prepare before coming over, especially if I don’t know you very well. A minimum of three days’ notice is almost always required, and more than two weeks is best, so I can make sure my schedule is clear, and I am not entertaining any other visitors. (Who knows, I might be already having my English lover over, I do have a life too, people!) Also we do NOT offer initiations to neophytes as I have explained in the article below.

A Theory of Aeonic Progression

"Yes! I was frightened when the God of Things as They Ought to Be told me that They Were to Be. I was born under a German Queen, and I did not believe in the Revolution that I willed. And lo! it is upon us, ere the Fifteenth Year of the New Aeon has dawned." - Baphomet 729

A re-release of a previous article, for members only, discussing a new theory of Aeonic progression via the lense of Mutational Alchemy.

<http://abrahadabra.com/theory-aeonic-progression/>

What is Self-Initiation?

“Lately I have been getting a lot of requests for more information about initiation. It’s not surprising to me – many are unfamiliar with these classical Hermetic concepts, which are stripped out of, or just missing, from revisionist texts. The concept of initiation is so basic to Hermetic praxis, some of the older texts presume that one understands what is meant by the term. While self-initiation is always a respected process in the Hermetic ouevre, there is a very clear difference between self-initiation alone, and initiation into a lineage.”

<http://abrahadabra.com/what-is-self-initiation/>

Reading the I Ching – Tips and Tricks

“Reading the I Ching is pretty simple. The key is to pick a method of casting you like and stick with it. Yarrow stalks are valid as is the m1thr0s method of d10 dice. The dice even have a precedent in early I Ching history, as bones were often shaken inside of a turtle shell to determine lines, using an undocumented method. Below are some tips and tricks to get you on the right footing with your I Ching journey.”

<http://abrahadabra.com/reading-ching-tricks-tips/>

Pentagrammaton Part I: Introduction

“5-Line Structures are known as Pentagrams. There are exactly 32 Pentagrammal Structures corresponding to the 32 Paths of Wisdom in the Tree of Life so it is very important to know about them, even though so little is known about them generally. I discovered them early on in the formation of the Mutational Alchemy Tarot, and with a ton of help from m1thr0s, developed them more systematically about 3 years later.”

<http://abrahadabra.com/an-introduction-to-pentagrammaton/>

Sanatana Dharma

The Consequences of an Indian Raj

Of late there has been alarmist talk of India succumbing to its most hated and despicable dark ages mentalities, specifically the caste system as it was understood in the past 100 years – nothing like the ancient caste system, that is – and a thousand times more backwards and oppressive. Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) has been leveraged of late to motivate Indian nationalists to stand against the admittedly real threat of a Muslim incursion in the face of an aggressive Pakistan and the rise of ISIS in years past. India has enjoyed a a high level of respect and support from other Western Nations due to its generally sincere support of Democracy and Western ideals. It is for this reason that India is counted as a Western Nation, the only one in Asia as a matter of fact (Japan is technically a constitutional monarchy.)
      Political writers have been ringing the alarm bell that India is beginning to look a lot like a theocracy, and less like a democracy, of late, and that there is a real danger of it losing its Democratic status. The West has never taken kindly to countries which talk Democracy and practice tyranny, so the consequences for this direction would be most dire.
       To this problem Devdan Chaudari has written a thoughtful article discussing the very real possibilities and consequences of India becoming a Hindu Rashtra, or even a Raj, in the Daily O, India’s trendiest hipster rag. 

<https://www.dailyo.in/politics/hindu-rashtra-hinduism-bhagavad-gita-bigotry-religion-love/story/1/22571.html>

Hindu Priestess Initiated As Tantric Leader in Kerala

Kerala has a long history within Tantra, and is discussed in one of our classes this year. This article details the life and initiation of an 18 year old girl into the Tantric priest profession, something usually reserved for men today, but more acceptable in India as neocon ideas revert back to the more natural ideologies of ancient Bharat and Sanatana Dharma. The priestess is going on to acquire a degree in Vedanta in order to study Tantra, the Deccan Chronicle reports. 

<https://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/viral-and-trending/270218/heeding-a-spiritual-call.html>


Gatherings 

Occult Conference in Wales, June 2nd 2018

<http://wildhunt.org/2018/01/occult-conference-organized-in-wales.html>

Ma’at Watch

5-Year-Old Girl Permanently Disfigured in Voodoo Ritual, Police Say

As usual, there has been NO public outcry from leading Voodoo or occult organizations…fortunately the girl is now with a foster family and these terrible people are being prosecuted. 

http://time.com/5132317/child-burned-voodoo-ritual/

Lodoe Gyatso for Free Tibet Arrested

Lodoe Gyatso recorded a video calling for the release of Tibet from Chinese hands, and an end to the persecution of the Tibetan people. He was promptly arrested and still sits in a cell.

<https://twitter.com/freetibetorg/status/963187113876389888>

Occulture

Occult Act Siva Six has released its new remix album “Nyx”

Our favorite occult musicians are at it again.

<http://abrahadabra.com/siva-six-new-remix-album-released-nyx/>

Katy Bohinc’s Invocatory Reading at Treadwell’s, UK

Video in the link below: “Katy Bohinc’s sold out invocatory reading of her ode to the divine feminine, Trinity Star Trinity, recorded by Tony Torn at Treadwell’s Bookshop in London on Friday 23rd February.” – Scarlet Imprint

<https://scarletimprint.com/journal/katy-bohincs-invocatory-reading-at-treadwells>

Katy Bohinc’s Trinity Star Trinity is a long poem dedicated to the divine feminine, written in response to her experiences and encounters with faith and deity during a sojourn on the islands of Lesvos, the home of Sappho; Samos, the birthplace of Hera; and Patmos, where St John wrote the Book of Revelation.”
 

 

Witchcraft

Witches and Pirates

Captain Tonz is a retired marine captain and self-proclaimed pirate, currently based in Italy. He has worked  the South China Sea, the Red Sea, the North sea, the Med, Baltic, Atlantic, Philippine sea, Andaman sea and the Mekong river. Recently he wrote an article for Witchvox explaining the relationship between pirates and witches! Pretty much this guy is the epitome of cool. As well as this, he implies the later origins of the caduceus and its connection to medicine!

<http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=itxx&c=words&id=16018>

Shamanism

In Our “Duh” Column, Yes, Art is Magick

DJs are like shamans, says Chicago nightlife star Eris Drew.

<http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ott-chicago-music-local-sounds-eris-drew-0302-story.html>

AJ the Sage

Aj the Sage, aka AJ Morgan, swears constantly throughout his occult videos and makes us laugh with all of the likeability of John Lemon crossed with the looks of Black Panther, plus, we’ve been watching him for a while to make sure his information is on point, therefore, we put our stamp of approval on it. Be aware these videos are targeted more towards the neophyte side of things, but they’re fun enough to watch that adepts won’t regret letting them play, I think.

Damh the Bard, Druid, Describes Death Rites

The Express draws readers in with the most prurient sounding title of all time and then just goes on to let one of the local druids describe the weird shit they get up to in caves, faux murdering people. m1thr0s 729 composed a similar ritual over 20 years ago which is still in use here at TAI, officially. 

<https://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/922666/Druid-Damh-the-Bard-pagan-ritual-slit-throats-Occult-Conference-Glastonbury>

Sealaska Heritage Institute asks Tourism Company to Stop Commercially Exploiting Shamanism

California is once again embarassing itself by sending its faux shaman into American Indian territories and pretending to be them. 

<https://www.ktoo.org/2018/02/08/juneau-shamanism-retreat-leaders-financial-cultural-spiritual-legitimacy-challenged/>

If you want to be a shaman, maybe don’t keep protected species in jars and sell them?

A Scottish shaman has been selling wildlife parts online to other people interested in shamanism. This is really stupid and constitutes a betrayal of shamanism. They’re supposed to be respecting Nature and yet they’re keeping body parts of protected species. Not just roadkill, or for personal use, but catching and killing them in order to sell them to other assholes. That’s not Shamanism, that’s wasichuism. The Daily Record reports.

<https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scottish-shaman-kept-owl-heads-12052238>

Land Battle Over Santuário dos Pajés, the Sanctuary of the Shamans


Indigenous leadership Marcia Guajajara poses for a photo in indigenous land Santuario dos Pajes in Brasilia, Dec. 3, 2017. Photo Karia Mendes (Reuters) “When the developers arrived, we were already here. They think that money always wins,” she said.

Developers are hemming in on the sanctuary’s legal rights again, federal prosecutor Felipe Fritz Braga said the sanctuary is crucial to ensure the Fulni-Ô Tapuya’s tribe’s future in the area. Due to the presence of sanctuary, the area has gone up in value. This happens all the time in “artist havens” in the US as well, where the presence of artists naturally gentrifies a very poor, destitute area, famously the meat-packing district in New York and Seattle’s Capitol Hill and Wallingford districts. These places then become the cool spots in town, but then, as it becomes trendy and attractive to the wealthy over time,the artists can no longer afford to live there and it just becomes another urban sprawl. Art and Shamanism are intrinsically linked and have been since the dawn of time. Now more than ever, Shamanism has become the new “hot” trend with yuppies and places like the Sanctuary are in danger of being annihilated by their popularity and the greed of developers who try to bend or break the laws to get their way. Voa News reports.

<https://www.voanews.com/a/land-fight-simmers-over-brasilias-shrine-of-shamans-santuario-dos-pajes-/4252723.html>

Arunachal Pradesh Opens “Shamanic Centre”

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday inaugurated the ‘Mipi Pene Centre’ – the state’s first Shamanic centre. Arunachal Pradesh is one of the 29 states of India and is the northeastern-most state of the country. Due to its close proximity to Tibet, it is one of the havens of traditional Vajrayana Buddhists and Tibetan shamans. The centre’s name translates as ‘the place for Shamans’ in Mishmi dialect and will be a place for Shamans to perform and offer their priestly service.

<https://www.northeasttoday.in/khandu-inaugurates-arunachals-first-shamanic-centre/>