[Continuing a series of RAW letters to Green Egg, shared with me by Mike Gathers -- Tom.]
Forum, Green Egg, Volume 7, No. 61
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
Somebody should write a new biography of Victoria Woodhull from a Wiccan (or at least occult) viewpoint. The first woman to address the U.S. Congress, the first female to run for president of the US, the first female stock-broker on Wall Street, the most radical of all the 19th Century feminists, the boldest of all free love advocates, etc. etc. Victoria Woodhull was also the first President of the National Association of Spiritualists. Spiritualism meant many things in the 19th Century -- more than it means today. Victoria practised "magnetic healing" in the manner of Mesmer. She based her metaphysics on the system of correspondences of the medieval hermeticists. She tried to popularize a form of Christian Tantrism, saying Genesis was an allegory, the human body was the Garden of Eden, and humanity could evolve to a higher level by directing the sex energies properly. In many ways, she anticipated not only Blavatski but Crowley. She was in constant communication with various disembodied Intelligences and it is even alleged that she raised a child from the dead on one occasion. She was also a clairvoyant. Radicals remember her for advocating socialism and accepting a black ex-slave as her running-mate in the 1872 election, women liberationists remember her as the forerunner of the pro-sex wing of feminism ("I have an inalienable constitutional and natural right to love whom I may, to love as long or as short a period as I can, to change that love every day if I please!" was her battle-cry) and it's time occultists realized she was one of our prophets, too. Radical historians generally apologize for her "superstitions."
Dr. Timothy Leary is the latest to report possible communication with extra-terrestrial intelligences. His new book, Terra II, explains in detail how, by using the methods of Dr. Dee and Edward Kelley, he received 21 transmissions from a Higher Intelligence which appears interstellar. Dr. Leary suggests that Dee also recognized the cosmic source of his own Enochian transmissions but called them "angelic" because Giordano Bruno had been burned at the stake a few years before for speculating too boldly about intelligent life in outer space.
I find Dr. Leary's transmissions especially interesting because Mr. Kenneth Grant, current Outer Head of the Ordo Templi Orientis, has lately been describing Crowley's guardian angel as "extra-mundane or extra-terrestrial." It is also noteworthy that Dr. John Lilly — neuroanatomist, cyberneticist, dolphinologist, psychoanalyst, etc. — describes several encounters with possible extra-terrestrial beings in his book, The Center of the Cyclone. Like Dr. Leary, Dr. Lilly carefully specifies that his contacts might be hallucinations: he also suggests that they could be superior humans living on earth in the present or the future.
Dr. Andrei Pujarish, whose work with clairvoyant Peter Hurkos and the psychedelic mushroom, amanita muscara, is described in his book, The Sacred Mushroom, recently was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle saying that ESP seems to have an extra-terrestrial basis. He didn't explain what he meant and the dumb reporter didn't ask him, alas.
The kind of work on the heart chakra used in Sufic or Tantric training seems especially needed by Occidental magicians and mystics. Paranoia, intolerance, hostility and milder forms of glandular fear-rage activation syndromes seem to afflict Occidentals in general, not just the Christians. Indeed, those who complain loudest of Christian chauvinism seem most inclined to replace it with Neo-Pagan chauvinism. It is a serious business to be conscious in this universe and those who fritter it away on bickering, backbiting and bellicosity are occluding their own Light.
Love is the law, love under will.
Mordecai the Foul
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