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(LHP) Left-hand Path/Evil/Black Arts/ Black Magic:
Slandered under one topic of Satanism, Dark Arts, Evil,

The term Left-Hand Path (LHP) originates from Hindu Tantra:’Tantra is a set of esoteric Indian traditions with roots in Hinduism and later Buddhism (which is a separate Dharma formed from Hinduism). Tantra is often divided by its practitioners into two different paths: dakshinachara and vamachara, translated as Right-Hand Path and Left-Hand Path respectively. Dakshinachara consists of traditional Hindu practices such as asceticism and meditation, while Vamachara also includes ritual practices that conflict with mainstream Hinduism, such as sexual rituals, consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants, animal sacrifice, and flesh-eating. The two paths are viewed by Tantrists as equally valid approaches to enlightenment. Vamachara, however, is considered to be the faster and more dangerous of the two paths, and is not suitable for all practitioners.

Modern usage of the term Left-Hand Path often refers to those belief systems and religions that see themselves as diametrically opposed to mainstream religions, the ‘darker’ religions, choosing often to use inverted symbols, such as inverted cross and inverted pentagrams (e.g. Satanism). Examples of those religions and groups that label themselves as following the ‘Left-Hand Path’ including Satanism (Theistic/LeVey/Setianism/Polytheistic), Gnostic Luciferianism, Luciferianism, Ordo Templi Orientis (Typhonian), Dragon Rouge, Dark Paganism etc.

In Practise:
The Left-Hand Path could be considered to be about philosophy, wisdom and illumination (illuminism). It is often associated with hedonism, sex, gratification of the senses, dark magic, excesses in many areas of life, materialism, apathy, pride, contrarianism, a desire for self-power, and drug use; sometimes power over others. It often embodies the concept of Nietzsche’s Power to Will. Defined as self-actualisation, self-deification and the preservation of individuality. It is the pursuit of the self. Self-deification has many connotations, and can mean different things to different people, e.g. an ego trip; gaining psychological, magical and spiritual power through occult ritual (witchcraft), conditioning and symbolism; taking on more qualities and spiritual power of the Pane theistic deity ( e.g. God or Satan); learning to use the gifts from God, i.e. healing power, channelling and building Qi etc.; gaining insight into God and Gnosis in order to later join with a god/ or God but reaping the benefits of wisdom in the interim, etc. The Left-Hand Path holds the premise that one is reliant upon oneself for one’s happiness and fulfilment. It represents the interests, rights and freedoms of the individual over the collective (and not usually directly at the expense of the collective or of other individuals).

If paths and all that follows under the occult is to be accepted then we must all act as we call ourselves “the enlightened”, “the wise ones” and so on. One intent can be set out to be good however bad on the receiving end of another crossing it completely over to another path. As we humankind mostly live on an ego trip thinking that we know it all, I know it will be a very long road to truly living up to what we inwardly would like to demonstrate.  However, whilst we are conscious of this repetitive fault, I encourage you to invoke your WIll to NOT let yourself fall short of staying in this mess that has no business being present in the 21st century!

The question still remains… is there a difference between the RHP and LHP? Is there a Right and a Wrong…a Good and Evil? It solely depends on the perspective of the many faceted position you are coming from at a given point and time: so with this there can only be one conclusion that there is no difference when looking at the complete sphere but to know that it is forever turning only meaning no one perspective remains true. 

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2 Comments

  • Coming from an artistic perspective, both sides; if you want to label them, should only be the tools to paint a simple picture. I don’t put labels on anything because after awhile you realise your dealing with other’s psychology and too much influence, debating, and Magickal interaction can poison your own progress.

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