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Aaron Leitch Must Be Stopped! – The Realities of Being an Author   30 comments

Greetings inquisitive minds!

So the other day it was brought to my attention that I am under attack.  Not in the physical or magickal sense – but in the informational sense.  Apparently, someone out there with a blog and waaay too much free time on their hands has got it into their mind that I am a dastardly minion of Evil who delights in inciting hatred and strife across the Western magickal community.

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Yeah that’s what I said…

This blogger “outed” me as a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (and by “outed” I mean he quoted my ‘About the Author’ blurb found on my website).  He then went on to provide a screenshot of a State corporate registration page that displayed not only my home address, but also the addresses of two of my close friends.  Wow.  And what did all of this prove?  Why, my membership in the HOGD was somehow proof-positive that I am promoting anonymous hate blogs here at Ananael and in my forums, and that perhaps I’m even the one writing those hate blogs myself!

See the above graphic…

Of course, those of you who actually read my blog, my forums, my essays, articles and books already know that these are all safe-havens from the drama, politics and trolling that are all-too rampant on the Internet and in various occult communities.  (And, to be honest, literally any and every sub-culture of which humans are a part.)  At no time ever have I promoted or linked to any hate blogs, and I sure as hell don’t have the time to go anonymously writing them!  (And if I did, do you know how fast Chic would have me out of the HOGD on my ass??)  For that matter, I strictly moderate anyone who tries to bring their fights to my forums - which quite often gets me accused of “censorship.”  (No shit, that’s what “moderate” means, sherlock!)

You might wonder why this person would accuse me of things I’m clearly not doing, and even consider me evil enough that perhaps putting my home and family in danger is worthwhile.  Is he someone I know and fell out with?  No.  Is he someone who I expelled from one of my forums?  Nope.  Is he someone that I’ve ever met or even spoken to before?  Not that I can tell.  Maybe this is entirely random.  Or maybe it’s because I count as friends some folks this guy doesn’t like.  (Note:  As of this writing he has removed the screenshot of my address, and simply provided a link to it instead.  I suppose that’s something…)

Don’t worry, I’m not intending to suddenly port in drama and trolling here now.  I’m not going to tell you who is doing this or link to them (because, contrary to what this person thinks, I don’t link to hate blogs!).  In fact, this blog isn’t about him.  I’m looking at a bigger and more important picture.

I’m sure many of you have already quit reading and are hitting the reply button to tell me what I should “do” about this attack.  But you should save your breath, because I don’t intend to “do” a goddam thing about it.  You see, internet fights are what I like to refer to as “tar baby traps.”

That'll learn ya!

That’ll learn ya!

A “tar baby” is a kind of bait.  It is intended to piss you off enough that you throw a punch at it.  But once you do, your fist is stuck.  Then you escalate the fight in an effort to get free – but all that does is enmire you further.  By the time you’re done thrashing around, you’ve become so entangled you have no hope of extricating yourself from the muck.  And it doesn’t do one bit of damage to your opponent – they just stroll along and scoop you up when they’re ready – laughing the whole way at how easily they played you.

But.. But... My HONOR!!

But.. But… My HONOR!!

And, that, dear friends, is at the very heart of every internet flame war you’ve ever seen.  The troll will stoop to any depth to find out how to push your buttons, how to get you nice and angry.  Then when you respond with ranting and raving it’s you who look like the asshole.  You become “just another one of those jerks who like to fight on the internet.”  No one who reads your rants cares that “he started it!”  In fact, no one who matters is going to read any of it anyway – the only ears you’ve captured belong to the trolls and the unwashed masses who can’t look away from anything with “Housewives” or “Swap” in the title…

Anything with Tabitha in it doesnt' count.  She rocks.

Anything with Tabitha in it doesn’t count. She rocks.

Back when I was getting my first book ready for publication, Chic told me to beware.  The moment you become an authority, he warned, people you’ve never even met will line up to take you down a peg.  And how right he was!  Just look at the reviews for my books on Amazon – specifically the few one and two star reviews – and you’ll find people who appear to be honestly enraged that I exist and am sucking up their precious air.  And, like our intrepid blogger, these are folks that I don’t know, have never met, and most certainly have never wronged in any way.

I found a great documentary on this subject called Heckler – you might enjoy giving it a watch.  Especially if you are yourself an artist, creator or performer who is in the public eye.

Fortunately, I’m not a stage-performer whose show can be ruined by a heckler.  I’m an author who gets to have my full say in each and everything I write.  (Except in forum posts – those almost always lead to trouble!)  Those who like what I have to say will read my work and enjoy it.  And those who don’t will rant against me to little avail.  The fact is internet arguments never change anyone’s mind about anything – ever.  And online ranting and libel is so common these days, hardly anyone even sees it anymore.  You can shout all day every day that I promote hate blogs, or eat babies, or mercilessly beat puppies and kittens (which somehow sounds worse than eating babies… hmmmm…) but its chances of causing me any real harm are slim to none.

So the next time you feel like you’re being baited on the internet – or even in real life for that matter – just think of the tar baby and ask yourself, is this really worth getting stuck in?

99% of the time, the answer is “No.”

Posted August 30, 2013 by kheph777 in psychology, social commentary

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Spirits and the Human Mind   Leave a comment

Oct 16, 2010

Greetings faithful bloggers!

I’m posting this while I get ready to head out to GSG for the workshop today.  I wanted to take a few moments to respond to a comment posted this morning on my Solomonic Yahoo Group.  Since this is pretty foundational stuff, I thought I would share it with all of you:

In solomonic@yahoogroups.com, a member wrote:
> >
> >  I think we need to study the mind rather than seals. But then seals are

> > representations of aspects of the mind….

Crowley’s intro to the Goetia would agree with you.  I would say it is over-simplistic to the point of being dead wrong.

The seals represent the 72 Spirits.  Those Spirits represent forces of nature.  Those forces of nature have their correspondences in the human mind (example: storms often evoke melancholy).  Thus, the presence of a spirit can activate the portions of the human mind to which it naturally corresponds.  (And, in fact, summoning a spiritual entity properly involves manually activating the appropriate mental states to begin with, and avoiding the activation of the wrong ones.)

When one suggests that spirits, or their seals, merely represent portions of the human psyche, one is missing out on their true nature.  I concede the fact that the names, images, descriptions and seals we have for any spiritual creature (even God) evolved strictly among humans- and represent our unique ape-interface with the spiritual world.  *However*, the forces of nature they represent neither depend on humans for existence nor care whether we exist at all.

Great example:  Our own Kathy McDonald learned about the personalities of the spirits of the seven planets by working metallurgy.  (See her “Pauline Arts Adventure” – which should be in our files section.)  She didn’t do it by reading psychology textbooks.

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Aaron

Posted November 24, 2010 by kheph777 in evocation, magick, psychology

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Astral Travel and Cyber Magery   Leave a comment

Aug 31, 2010

Greetings faithful readers!

The other day, I was watching a fun little documentary (on Discovery Science) about the human mind.  IIRC, it was called “Finding My Mind.”

One short segment of the documentary really sparked my enthusiasm.  In it, a scientist sat the show’s host in a chair and placed a head-mounted display (HMD) on his head.  An HMD, for those that don’t know, is basically a set of goggles that present sterioscopic  (3D) images to your eyes. 

In this case, the goggles were not linked to a computer-generated virtual world, but were instead linked to a camera showing live footage of the real world.  The camera was located in the same room as the host, positioned a few feet directly behind him.

Here is where it gets really cool.  The scientist walked up to our host, obviously holding a bright red pen in his hand.  He began to thrust that pen directly toward the camera (the host could see it through the goggles) while at the same time poking the host in the chest with another pen (which he could not see).  The host’s brain was fooled – he felt as though he were being poked in the chest with the red pen.

Having established this mental condition, the scientist then went and retrieved a large hammer.  He returned and swung the hammer with great force toward the camera.  The host – still sitting several feet away from all of this- reflexively recoiled as if he were about to be struck with the hammer.

I found this exciting because it was a scientific illustration (using VR no less!) of a principal I have taught my own studients:  The secret to out-of-body projection and astral travel is to simply “trick” your mind into thinking you are somewhere other than where your physical body is located.  Do this enough, and the mind will eventually be able to assume this non-local state at will.  I developed my method over years of trial and error, and have offered it as a course in astral travel.  Students have reported results with this method within as little as a week, though in the lessions I suggest giving it at least a month.  You can read it here:

Astral Vision and Travel
http://kheph777.tripod.com/art_astralview.html

To accomplish the “trick”, I make use of visualization (either behind a blindfold or in a pitch-black room) coupled with repeated physical stimuli.  The documentary’s virtual-reality version merely replaces the visualizations with the HMD and camera.  (The physical stimuli remain.)  This increased its effectiveness to the point that an utter layman achieved results after just a couple of minutes in one sitting.  This has potential…  :)

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Aaron

Posted November 24, 2010 by kheph777 in magick, psychology

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Personality and Spirit Communication   Leave a comment

Aug 19, 2010

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/solomonic/message/11777

— In solomonic@yahoogroups.com, “kathy” .. wrote:

> This distinctly reminds me of something I am sure Aaron has written
>somewhere but I cant seem to find it anywhere to quote (have looked
>a few times for it in the past) about “magic happens in the space
>between minds”.

I’ll have to look to be sure, but I’m nearly certain that is in chapter 3 of “Secrets…”

For those tuning in:  This is based on the observation that personality is *not* something that resides within yourself.  Instead, personality exists between yourself and someone else – literally within the matrix that forms between two minds when they interact.  This is why you are a different “person” when talking to your boss than when talking to your kids, or talking to your wife, or talking to a friend, etc.  (Daddy, Mr. Jones, Honey and Jonesy are all distinctly different people living in the same head.  We all have multiple personalities.  Someone with MPD simply has unnatrual breaks between each one.)

A second observation about human psychology is our natural tendancy to anthropomorphize nearly anything and everything.  Cars, boats, buildings, appliances, toys, etc, etc, (even concepts) – we can assign a personality to anything at all.  Everything has its own quirks and idiosyncrasies, which we humans recognize as personality.  This leads us to interact with even inanimate objects as if they were alive- which also means we have distinct personalities even for interacting with objects/concepts.

I think these two things are what make magick possible – especially spirit communication.  They say “every blade of grass has an Angel over it bidding it, ‘Grow.’”  And it is our ability to interact with literally anything that allows us to communicate with those Angels (or spirits).  We form that matrix between ourselves and another- animate or inanimate, incarnate or discarnate- and that allows us to interact with it on an extra-physical level.

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Aaron

Posted November 24, 2010 by kheph777 in evocation, magick, psychology, students

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