Monday, May 20, 2013

Hermeticism: "Ancient Western Ceremonial Magic"

From the description: "The Magick of Solomon: Lemegeton Secrets Revealed - The Truth about Angels and Demons! - FREE MOVIE"

I found this video to be very interesting, especially as it was described as "ancient Western ceremonial magic." I'm not certain of what that means exactly; as to whether that means that it has ancient Greek origins (Hermes Trismegistus), or perhaps from a combination of magical rites that grew specifically within "the West." Probably both. Hermeticism, also called Hermetism, comprises beliefs and practices whose purpose is the influencing of the world by means of contact with the heavenly forces. (Wikipedia).

Another interesting part of it is that these rites are clearly based on the four main Archangels, which appear in many ancient traditions; including, at a later point, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The shaman in the video is Carroll "Poke" Runyon M.A., who was the author of a well-known occult book entitled 'The Magic of Solomon' (1996) and many other easily located materials. He is the founder of The Church of the Hermetic Sciences (Ordo Templi Astartes), but I couldn't find a website for it. He is currently the host of an online podcast called the Hermetic Hour, found on YouTube and Blog Talk Radio.

Over the years, certain individuals have taken Hermetic ideas into a Satanic direction; however, I don't think any Satanic rite would use the Archangels. Also, since Satanists claim to be Atheists, there would be a contradiction there. But even if there were non-Atheist Satanists, there's still a major contradiction. This video seems clearly to represent "Archangelic Hermeticism." ...the word "archangel" itself is usually associated with the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. (Wikipedia).


UPDATE: 6-3-13

I found the website for the Church of the Hermetic Sciences based in Orange County, whose official name I will link it under: Ordo Templi Astarte.


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