Not the pretty picture plastic shamans espouse, is it? And about as accurate.
We got this letter a while ago, (I’ll show it to you below) and a recent interaction on reddit/occult called to my mind the increasing insurgence of interest in American Indian ritual magick, prophecy and superstition that comes along every few years.
The shallow and culturally poor glom off bits and pieces of really badly copied magick, from a people they don’t know. The slipstreaming never stops. The cry of “But I have so much respect for Native Americans/First Nations!” is very shallow. To respect a people, you must first know about them! I have actually been to the reservations of many many different tribes, and talked to the people. I have family living on reservations, do you?
The post I had an issue with on reddit was presented by a boy, of working age who had a father divorcing a mother. The mother was an “alleged” witch, and was using magick against the father to gain the upperhand in the divorce. Fine by me. I am not going to get in the way of another occultist’s will. People started trying to help the son, even though he was a self admitted plebian/non-magick user, and had no evidence that the father was not an abomination. Then they started pimping out American Indian culture to him, like a cheap and easy cure all.
They kept repeating the New Thought zany mantra to buy some sage and “smudge” the house. These are sacred traditions. You cannot buy sage at a Wiccan store and call it good. It has to be harvested respectfully, with will and intent, at the right time of year, during a specific part of the plant’s cycle, and from a specific species, which is very rare and not available commercially, generally.
Occultists, we are better than this. Stop repeating plastic shaman tripe. If you genuinely want to learn about a tribe’s medicine ways, move to the reservation. Find an elder to teach you. Commit yourself to serving his or her family and taking care of them. This is what students of the medicine ways do for their teachers in real tribes with real medicine traditions, all over the world.
Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth. – Madhasudhana, Krsna
This symbiotic relationship in the oral tradition between teacher and student, where the teacher gives the tradition and the student gives service is sacrosanct and dates back to the dawn of man. This is what is lost on these people who go to a sweat lodge ceremony and pay $500 to do it. Medicine ways taught by the elders are free in American Indian cultures. Pay it forward by buying their artwork in return. Do their yardwork. Bring them food, blankets or other necessities. This is the red way, which none of the plastic shamans are going to teach you.
The letter (anonymous)
I have watched a video caller the Secret Alchemy, which made a connection with the Holy cross and Hopi prophesies of The Blue Kachina.First thing came into my mind when I saw the name Blue Kachina was the Blue Twinstar, and I have been wondering if they are connected. As the video suggests, the Blue Kachina is actually a massive explosion in the center of our Galaxy that happens every 13000 years, and some people have estimated that next explosion will happen on the winter solstice of 1212.One of the reason why I thought of the Blue Twinstar was because I though that the description of the effects of The Kachina explosion on a macrocosmic level seem to fit the changes that one would encounter on a microcosmic level, perhaps as a total result of the Great Work, effects such as transcendence of the Soul over Matter and the Unification whilst remaining individualized.I hope I wont offend anyone with my curiosity, as my thoughts are solely based on my own subjective observations.
I don’t know that the video you watched (link was removed) is made by the Hopi people. The maker does not name any elders or medicine people in the video description or credits. This is important. If it’s not made by the Hopi people, or someone who has lived with them a long time, it is highly offensive and should not be taken seriously at all. We’re allowed to speculate on syncreticism as much as we like – for example, wondering if the TwinStar is the Blue Star Kachina, but making a factual statement about a culture we don’t belong to like this is wrong. The Hopi as a people are not generally ready to join the global conversation on magick and the occult, and until they are they need to be left alone, and their ideas need to be left to them to disseminate on their terms. This is the same right any culture has.
If you want to find out about anything American Indian, it’s not untoward to call the tribe. Ask them. They might put you in touch with someone who is very passionate about the topic and wants help getting the word out. They might laugh at you. They might tell you to fuck off. It’s the only right way to find out. You can also visit in person. Set up a visit at the hotel they run and spend a few days or preferably a few weeks there. Accept the place and people for what it is. The truth is that the Hopi know about as much as anyone else. It’s a form of cultural genocide to put a people on a pedestal and then be dissapointed with them when they fail to meet expectations. White tourists do this all the time with American Indians, forgetting that the reservations they are visiting are some of the most poverty stricken places on earth with all of the problems that face afflicted areas.
The TwinStar is alive, readily accessible, a proof of Abrahadabra. It has been created by m1thr0s alone, it’s not a nebulous prophecy, and it is presented on its own terms, outside of exclusive cultural boundaries. It doesn’t need to appropriate the Blue Star Kachina prophecy to legitimize it. It’s logically tight and can be experienced directly without taking anyones word on it. Sloppy intuitive and artistic interpretations are not for the serious occultist, especially when they are taking advantage of an exclusive culture that wishes to keep its ceremonies and beliefs secret for now.
There is an account of some Hopi etchings that have been reproduced for study within the tribe. The story goes that the etchings were made by lightning and the originals are in the Grand Canyon. It depicts a person surrounding by a serpent like an ouroboros serpent, and the persons head is cut off by the serpent. The elder referred to the serpent as the Purifier. The Purifier is a more sinister figure than the plethora of New Age and Conspiracy wingnuts seem to want to believe, and considering there was a lot of human sacrifice going on in the past in the Hopi tribe, the cultural fixation on a REALLY BIG sacrifice is not far off from simply being a deeply embedded cultural memory and a longing to be redeemed by a big powerful sky god. The prophecy states that the sky will be red one day when we wake up and the red star kachina, the Purifier will arrive to begin purification. Not much else is known (or else the Hopi have not been forthcoming about it). I assume it means a lot of blood shed and head rolling if its just a myth, and if it’s a real prophecy that will come true someday, your guess is as good as mine. Any assumptions are pretty much useless at this point, sort of like Eliphas Levi’s crackpot flowery theories about attaining World-of-Warcraft-esque occult achievement awards.
“To attain the SANCTUM REGNUM, in other words, the knowledge and power of the Magi, there are four indispensable conditions–an intelligence illuminated by study, an intrepidity which nothing can check, a will which cannot be broken, and a prudence which nothing can corrupt and nothing intoxicate. TO KNOW, TO DARE, TO WILL, TO KEEP SILENCE–such are the four words of the Magus, inscribed upon the four symbolical forms of the sphinx.”
“You are called to be king of air, water, earth and fire; but to reign over these four living creatures of symbolism, it is necessary to conquer and enchain them. He who aspires to be a sage and to know the Great Enigma of Nature must be the heir and despoiler of the sphinx: his the human head, in order to possess speech; his the eagle’s wings, in order to scale the heights; his the bull’s flanks, in order to furrow the depths; his the lion’s talons, to make a way on the right and the left, before and behind.”
Oh so it’s about despoiling the Sphinx, I get it. People fall too easily for “You have won a special prize” routine. This whole line of shit is about a misconception about man’s relationship to nature. And that, the Hopi have not made the mistake of doing, which is perhaps the great lesson one can learn from all American Indian people, at least those that still follow the Good Red Road.
It baffles the wannabe tribe. “How could anyone not lose touch of their proper relationship to nature?” It’s the 1/16th Cherokee man’s disease to take the price of technology and equate it with the inevitable rape of nature. It’s sort of taken for granted that this will happen. That’s just not how it is all over the world among literally thousands of tribes of people. This is not how it is with very advanced science and the kind of science and technology the Abrahadabra Institute is interested in. However, the idea that nature must be conquered could never be more obvious to a person who is a part of the wannabe tribe.
I mean Nature created you, you worthless dweebs, it’s not like you can return the favor. “Oh no no no, Nature didn’t do that, God did that”. God. What the fuck is God?
The Hopi people have never espoused that this is to be translated as a comet, or Nibiru or whatever else the New Agers think up next. So it is important at least that if we want to make such theories, that we base them on our own thesis, and not on the prophecies of another people. They have access to all of the information we do today in astronomy but they do not equate the prophecies with stellar events.