this article is co-authored by m1thr0s and Izi Ningishzidda
The fact has been made clear since the beginning that The Abrahadabra Institute distances itself from many other schools of magick and ritual in the Western and Eastern Mystery traditions. From the start I knew m1thr0s regarded the entirety of the Western Mystery tradition as being in a state of disrepair, especially with regards to the orders and alchemy. What is not so clear is the often stark contrast in ideas and doctrines that set us fundamentally and forever apart from the thinking of other schools of occult thought. What follows are a few of these differences which may help our contemporaries come to an understanding of the importance of separation from other schools.
Rejection of Arbitrary Revisionism, Even if It’s Old
The Abrahadabra Institute involves itself in syncretic study of world occult topics. Our work relies on the saying “Revisionism is the bane of syncreticism” and we apply this broadly and much further into the past than most, rejecting altered godform lineages that deviate too far from their ancient origins for unsound reasons. These changes are usually ones based on modern politics (and in some cases these changes may be considered ancient) or attempts to tie up “loose ends” in a roughshod manner. Some of these attempts may be well-intentioned but all too often they are shortsighted and shallow, trampling right over the sacred masteries which are beyond the understanding of those with average intelligence. Most of our research into correspondences look only to the most ancient origins of the godforms. “Horus” or Hrw (Heru) predates the Osiris cult by over six centuries, and belongs to a class of deity colloquially known as “elder gods” to use American occulture terminology. This special status, only of interest to occultists is otherwise undefined by most scholarly archaeological texts, but the professionals do analyze major shifts in the mythologies to our benefit. The Abrahadabra Institute refers to the most ancient deities as “primordials”. Qualifications for belonging to this class of deity require that the mythology be rooted in prehistory, and that the form has special traits and qualities predating any politically motivated mythologies (for example cthonic underworld queen Ereshkigal before her “marriage” to Nergal signifying the war god’s new status from Akkadian to Sumero-Akkadian figure.) Sometimes the new links are correct, especially where mankind’s understanding of science reaches new heights, so that we may make a connection between Ra and nuclear energy, or Hephaestus and computer tech for example.
Not all neo-mythology is discarded, but in the end it does need to be analyzed for mistakes and inconsistencies if the attributes and ideas are to be useful at all in ritual and the very refined conditions of consciousness Mutational Alchemists should work under. Not having worked with the high powered invocations possible with our mirrors it is difficult to explain to the neophyte or journeyman occultist just how serious we view all of this. The trappings of Man’s ill-founded imaginings all too often lend no strength to these most primordial forms representing forces of nature, forces of our own consciousness. More often they will just add up to bad alchemy. An incorrect godform can and will lead to failure, and in some cases prove to be quite dangerous to the health of the mind and body.
With the Osiris-Isis-Horus myth we have a latter day revised edition of the young energy of Ra, and a tale of betrayal of the Master Ra as insulting and damning as the Marduk-Tiamat tripe that came out of Babylon and its priests mucking about with the far more ancient Sumerian pantheon. (The murder myth which depicts the thug butcher Marduk as a heroic conquerer of the Great Dragon Empress of the Oceans radically reformed the terrain of the ancient Sumerian religion thousands of years after the original. Contrived, shallow, and useless, the purpose of this revisionism is foolish pride and shallow thinking bent on taking something one does not understand for false purposes using cultural appropriation.) The fact that Babylon and latter-day Egypt are now ancient by today’s standards changes nothing, a falsehood will always snag in Mutational Alchemy practice, it is for this reason every mirror we produce must be perfect down to the last pixel. The velocity at which we run these tools can lead to disaster even over a short period of time due to the unpredictability in the system. Mutational Alchemy demands perfection of everything and everyone, with no exceptions.
Relatively new deities, dating back to the late Old Kingdom of Egypt 5th Dynasty, Isis and Osiris simply do not exist for The Abrahadabra Institute. The moping morbid scene of Isis trying to put her dickless frankenstein lover back together is inelegant and ill-formed, not worthy of any mystery school The Abrahadabra Institute would attach itself to. The adoration of suffering and grief is especially inconsistent with Mutational Alchemy thought, for this same reason Catholicism is almost entirely rejected, save for those elements filial to the Mithraic religion it bastardized. It is this very factor of similarity to suffering-worshiping religions however that has made the mythos so attractive to ex-Christians seeking an “alternative” Mary and Jesus scenario to satisfy their diseased minds.
Isis and Osiris may exist as egregores in the minds of many people but that is none of our concern. Heru Behdety, or the Behutet, the winged disc that vibrates with the pulse of a million lightning storms a second, this is our Ra Hoor Khut. Son of Ra, the ancient old emperor who remains untouched by the silly tribalist fairytales of unfilial ancient Egyptians who placed him at the mercy of the “treacherous woman, eternally weeping bovine” cartoon character that is Isis. The Kemetic obsession with dead bodies to the exclusion of much else is most unhelpful and would certainly have assisted in their eventual fall from power. Today the historically xenophobic Egyptian people have been reduced to a tiny persecuted minority barely connected to their ancient heritage in a country overwhelmingly inhabited by descendants of Arabs and Bedouins.
For goddesses we have Sekhmet, consort of the far more ancient and venerable Ptah, and excellent alternative current to Kali ma, another deity who predates her upstart interloper consort shallowly shovelled in next to her today. (Siva). It seems that even in the ancient world, great ideas were quickly trampled on by useless mediocrity profaning and overshadowing the great minds with their shallow and brash idiocy.
Mutational Alchemy, Not Your Mother’s Trad
There is no other meditation process on earth quite like Mutational Alchemy. A hybrid between the art of Budo, Yoga, Pythagoreanism, Taoism, Kabbalah, Tetragrammaton and Western Magick, it can only be described by completely overturning the average student’s ideas about magick and meditation, and slowly tweaking their programming towards a more logical, streamlined and martial thought process. We refer to this process as “hacking away the inessentials” and it is a wisdom path known to the Chinese Taoists. The goal of our work is empowerment, protection, higher intelligence, serenity and strength in mind and body. Furthermore Mutational Alchemy is not a demanding practice. The rituals can be done anywhere at any time, in a hospital, in prison or at work, quickly and efficiently. Yet it can take decades to fully master these meditations. Aleister Crowley stated that another would come along who would completely redefine meditation as the world understood it, and it is our belief at The Abrahadabra Institute that the nearest and closest approximation to this is m1thr0s’s Mutational Alchemy, as a hybrid branch of Hermetic Alchemy. Everything we do is very far removed from all of the other mystery schools both active and extinct in the world today. It meets all of the criteria for the proper meditational practice of the next evolutionary branch of humans, humans that might live in deep space and master the ever more complex world of technology we live in. These are what we like to call Praeter Humans or Homo astralis or “Man of the Stars”.
Aligned with the West and The Enlightenment
Unlike many schools The Abrahadabra Institute is not aligned with Eastern ideas. We utilize ancient Chinese thought but with discretion and a strong distaste for anti-individualism and the aversion to analytical thinking that broke Taoism and opened the floodgates to those who betrayed The Dragon. Western thinking as it was born and fostered in Athens and as it sustained a strong unyielding thread of hope for the individual and individual rights up until the very founding of America is what we base our political alignment on. As an American occult organization we are opposed to the way of life and the value system of the East as it is defined and promoted generally: brute tribalism that embraced communism, “sacred cows”, taboos, traditionalism and so forth. This places us at odds with many in the occult who value these methods and romanticized ways of living in the occult, including many famous authors. We soundly reject the racist and collectivist ideas of Blavatsky, the anti-Western fundamentals of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, while “tearing out their flesh” as commanded by Ra Hoor Khut; that is, stealing the best parts of each for our own more rigorous devices.
We reject these schools especially where they oppress action and initiative, or self-responsibility. Many New Age and Occult schools promote the idea of killing the Ego, sacrificing one’s self to the “Universal Will” (in order to attain some kind of enlightenment) or various kinds of submission to a “higher power”. At The Abrahadabra Institute we believe that the higher power is consciousness itself, and Man is destined to take its reigns, directing his or her own destiny, rather than succumbing to random and thoughtless whimsy pushing from unknown and unseen sources. This is why it seems that The Abrahadabra Institute often aligns with sinister paths such as the Satanic orders, but we are not of them. Science and technology are both extremely important to us of course, and we do not align with the back-to-nature extremism of some primitivists within the occult.
Bhakti Yoga, or worship of the godforms, does have its place in the practice of some members work, but consistently the intelligences behind the mirrors we have and work with command individuals to strive, achieve and struggle towards victory and Completion. With the axiom There is No God But Man we have no conflict with any invocation, evocation or ritual worship practice, in fact this empowers us to fully embrace the possibilities of union with our own birthright, awareness of the wider network of consciousness.
The sacred law of Thelema is also held in esteem by us, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law, love is the law, love under will” a commandment to value Liberty, individual rights and rational thought over emotional thinking, the very pillars of The Enlightenment.
Our goals are still quite similar to other orders and schools. We believe in enlightenment and its unfolding along our path, and we believe in the idea of Man achieving Completion. The Great Work is the fundamental driving force behind our efforts, and there are those among us who work with Eastern ideas. Overarching all of this however is a commitment to Western values and Western thinking. This is what will forever define us and set us apart from the Eastern orders.
A Hybrid Branch of Original Hermetic Alchemy, Pythagoreanism and Aristotlean philosophy
It cannot be overstated that Mutational Alchemy is a Hermetic discipline, and in the most ancient sense of the word. We have little to nothing in common with the hybrid branch of Hermetic Gnosticism which arose with the Christian churches, instead the ideas we have can be traced to “true” Hermeticism, the worship and adoration of Hermes as personification of God-made-flesh. The ancient Greeks understood that Man perfected was Hermes, furthermore that the Gods themselves were inferior to Man, there only to act as servants to the much more powerful magician. (The Egyptian Hermes, Garth Fowden pg 79) Our advice with most of the Gods is to destroy them if they displease you, as according to our doctrine that is the only way to access the purest and truest forms of deity. In other words, nothing real will care or be bothered if you destroy it. This runs awry of many modern pagan doctrines, but it is completely adherent to original Hermeticism in its purest form. It may be our embrace of entheogens that is the difference, as all of the ancient religious practices, pagan and monotheistic incorporated soma of one kind or another.
Alchemy was one of the few disciplines to mostly escape Christian contamination from the Gnostic sects of Hermeticism, and one could even say it benefited from finding religion completely useless to its designs because of the tyrannical restrictions placed upon individual rights by the wholly evil Church. The Enlightenment, especially by the hand of the Scandinavian Protestants purged the heretical Catholics, but by itself it could not repair the damages done to Hermeticism through its marriage to Christianity and other co-opted traditions. However, the Age of Enlightenment eventually resulted and culminated in the events leading to the founding of America, the dawn of modern science and other triumphs of Western Civilization. This is where one can find the line in the sand, in the war between the two great meta factions of thinking in every sphere in our world. They have arisen in other areas of the world under different names and banners, (especially in Taoist China which succumbed to all but utter destruction for very similar reasons, constituting an inward betrayal of its own principles due to its scholar’s gradual aversion to analytical thinking) but nowhere were they so clearly outlined as in battlefield Europe. Essentially in the human and political sphere it is a choice between individual rights and the rights of the collective. (This was later very well outlined and identified clearly by the American philosopher Ayn Rand, who described her wyrd in one sentence “ “Metaphysics—objective reality. Epistemology—reason. Ethics—self-interest. Politics—capitalism”, but anyone interested in the philosophy behind the original Greek Hermeticism without all of the Christian (Eastern) contamination, as well as a modern facelift should read through her work for a complete understanding) It is true these ideas cannot very well be tied directly to ancient original Hermeticism alone, but the seeds of the ideas are rooted directly in ancient Greek thought through multiple individuals, chiefly Aristotle and Pythagoras. Somewhat ironically, an example of what happens when going in the opposite direction of Neolithic style government which survived in ancient Greek thought can be found in modern Greece today, which is a socialist, anti-individualistic disaster born on the crest of Christian thought. If not for the Arabs in fact, Aristotle’s works may have been completely lost, proof that one should never take reason and enlightenment for granted wherever it sprouts up. (to be fair, Greece suffered the most under the evils of the Crusades, and the bitter hatred of Christianity that was sparked could only fully catch fire in America, the first country founded on moral principles of freedom and individual rights. The lineage between ancient Greek thinking and modern Greek thinking was almost completely severed within Greece herself, and this is evidenced by the rate of successful assimilation into the Christian church within the Greek population, which formerly prided itself on more sophisticated concepts.)
We’re Not Defanging the Book of the Law
Most modern Thelemites try to make the Book of the Law, in particular, the third chapter, out to be figurative instead of literal. The idea that Ra Hoor Khut is spreading an ideology of peace and love is quite contrary to The Abrahadabra Institute’s position on it. The chapter starts off on line three: “Now let it be first understood that I am a god of War and of Vengeance. I shall deal hardly with them.” Ra Hoor Khut is unique in that he represents both Mars and Jupiter. He is the twin god, Hoor Paar Kraat, his second half. It is all a part of his continuous reign. Mars and Jupiter form two parts of the most ancient version of the Capitoline Triad, called the Archaic Triad. In the book, “The Victorious City” obviously points to Rome (although a few have argued London, which isn’t wrong, it’s just one of the many double-meanings strewn throughout LAVL) so this is an important factor that cannot be ignored.
The Abrahadabra Institute anticipates the future to be fundamentally warlike in scope. Historically speaking, really significant change has never come easy. It has almost always been preceded by a prolonged period of strife and conflict. The writing is on the wall today, suggesting the same type of change as we are discussing here. There seem to be a number of people who want to argue otherwise, and who want to paint a picture of love and harmony preceding revolutionary transformation, but historically there is no basis for this kind of transition. Thus, when Ra Hoor Khut specifies War and Vengeance we have every good reason to suppose that he means exactly what he says, and is not alluding to some lovey-dovey change of minds and hearts that just miraculously occurs as precedent. This way of thinking is dangerous. If the enemy can convince us that some deus ex machina is coming to save us, then we have missed the entire point of the Book of the Law. At the same time the change will be forced in one way or another, but those who do not heed the call are going to be left out. Had has something to say about this:
- I am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star. I am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the knowledge of death.
- I am the Magician and the Exorcist. I am the axle of the wheel, and the cube in the circle. «Come unto me» is a foolish word: for it is I that go.
Everyone knows what’s going on, and those who pretend not to are pretending. The Abrahadabra Institute is reality based – it’s a reality based organization. It does not pretend to futures that sound wonderful but cannot possibly occur. When Ra Hoor Khut says he is a god of War and Vengeance, whose time has come, then we should should expect exactly that from him. Not that we can’t win, but we can’t win shit with fluffy daydreams or the fanciful chasing of clouds.