Spiritual Counterfeits |
Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: September 30th. 2002
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Next we find a glossary of terms which includes the following definitions:
- "Witchcraft: Is the practice of sorcery or magic. Magic is the attempt to influence or control people or events by supernatural means. It consists of spells, charms and other techniques intended to give man what he cannot achieve with his normal human power".(27)
NOTE: Obviously WATCH doesn't recognize Wicca as a religion. To them Witchcraft is simply magick.
- "Coven: A group of six male and six female witches with a high priest or priestess. Satanic rites are parodies of Christian worship. One such rite is the Black Mass. Satanists practice a form of baptism and have their own corrupted kind of communion services. Sometimes human flesh and blood are used in this communion service. The Black Mass is celebrated over the body of a naked young woman. Satanists believe that all forms of perverted sexual indulgences are good".(28)
NOTE: Here again, Witchcraft and Witches are simply treated as an aspect of Satanism.
- "Esbat: A meeting of witches to accomplish an evil act".(29)
NOTE: It was the Egyptologist Margaret Murray who first used the term "Esbats" to describe mundane gatherings of witches. She obtained it from the Old French term "Esbatment", which means "to divert oneself" or "an amusement". Today Wiccans use it to describe a ceremony occurring during a full moon. These are regular meetings where Wiccans worship, discuss business, perform tasks such as healing, and enjoy each others' company. Occasionally Wiccans may also meet during the new moon in "Dark Moon" ceremonies and even during the first quarter (called "Diana's Bow") or the last quarter (called "Hecate's Sickle"), depending on what kind of work they wish to accomplish. For example, the period of the waning moon is considered by Wiccans to be a good time to work on banishing negative influences from your life. Wiccans are restricted from carrying out "evil acts" by the "Wiccan Rede."
- "Sabbat: A meeting of witches and satanists to bring in new members".(30)
NOTE: Sabbat is a term derived from a Hebrew term, "shabbath" ("rest"), which later became "Sabbaton" in Greek, "Sabbatum" in Latin and ultimately "Sabat" in Old English (circa 950 CE). In Christianity, the Sabbath is a day of rest, being the seventh day after the creation of the world, according to the Bible. In Judaism and some Christian sects this is Saturday, but in most other Christian denominations it is Sunday. In Wicca a Sabbat is a major Wiccan festival, marking the turning of the seasons of the year. There are eight evenly spaced throughout the year. The Wiccan use of the term "sabbat" was derived from the works of Margaret Murray. Murray used the term "Sabbats" to refer to the major celebrations of Pagans persecuted as witches during the Inquisition. Murray borrowed it from the works of early demonologists, who used the term to describe alleged meetings of witches because the same demonologists held Judaism to be the antithesis of Christianity. For this same reason Modern day Satanists use it to describe their ritual meetings too. One does not find Witches and Satanists at the same Sabbat, however, as they are two different spiritual paths.
- 5) "Pit Bull: Official dog of Satan".(31)
NOTE: You'll recall seeing this ridiculous definition of several of the other manuals that we have examined in this series.
- "Pentagram: Symbolizes the morning star, a name that Satan has taken. This symbol is used within witchcraft and in occultic rituals in the conjuration of evil spirits".(32) On page 56 they add: "It is worn by witches involved in black witchcraft".(33)
NOTE: This is a combination of several different definitions that I refuted elsewhere in this series. "Morning Star" is one of the meanings of the name "Lucifer" which is why they are suggesting that it is associated to Satan.
- "Ankh: Practitioners of witchcraft that devise sexual abuse wear the ankh with a star (sic)".(34)
NOTE: A very imaginative interpretation, but not true.
- "Signs of the Zodiac: Are used in the satanic or the occult worship of the gods and goddesses that seek after the lust of Ishtar. Conjuring the spirits of fertility to produce every type of immoral lust after and for the gods of procreation is done through these emblems. The practitioners of the zodiac are acknowledging their god as Baal, or Lucifer [sic]".(35)
NOTE: This one is even more imaginative than the last definition. WATCH is obviously not even aware of what a person who uses the zodiac is called. "Practitioners of the Zodiac?" Try astrologer. Astrologers would be most surprised to learn that they supposedly worship Baal or Lucifer, since many of them aren't practising any particular religion. Astrology is certainly not a fertility religion as WATCH suggests here: It is an art of divination using mathematics and the positions of stars and planetary bodies.
- "Goathead: The Horned God, Goat of Mendes, Baphomet, God of the Witches, the scapegoat. It is a satanist's way of mocking Christ as the 'lamb' who died for the sins of humanity".(36)
NOTE: This is more of that "horn phobia" that people of this sort seem to be obsessed with. These people really should read their own Bible. The association of the goat with Satan probably originated in the custom of the scapegoat, as is hinted at here. In Israel the sins of the tribes were ceremonially loaded onto the head of a goat. This "scapegoat" represented the god Azazel, 'Messenger of the Lord', who took these sins away each Day of Atonement. The Horned God Azazel was actually a divine redeemer who took human sins upon himself and atoned for them by his exile and/or death, and you can read this for yourself in Leviticus 16:20 in the Bible:
"An when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat; and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins; and he shall put them upon the head of the goat, and send him away into the wilderness by the hand of the man who is in readiness. The goat shall bear all their iniquities upon him into a solitary land; and he shall let the goat go in the wilderness."
It may have been these early traditions that lead later Christian clergy to associate the goat with Satan, their personification of evil. Since many Pagan religions have nature deities that have horns or antlers, these too were associated by early Christians with the Devil, and this also may have played a part in the later association of goats with the Devil. Clearly this wasn't meant as a Satanist's way to mock Christ.
The Goat of Mendes is another association that keeps cropping up in manuals like this. Mendes is a contraction of the Greek name Mendesius, given to the kingdom of Lower Egypt. The God of Pa-bi-neb-tat ("the dwelling of the Lord of Spirit, Lord of Tat"), the principal city of Mendes, was Nesa-Bi-Neb-Tat, represented as a man with the head of a ram. This deity was later associated with Ra, the Egyptian Sun God, the ram headed man becoming a symbol of Ra. The Goat of Mendes appears in Western magickal literature: In the magickal system of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn the Goat of Mendes is a mythical figure mentioned in the Rite of the Pentagram and the Five Paths. In modern Christian and Satanic literature the Devil is depicted as a man with goat attributes so it was perhaps inevitable that these religious groups should interpret the Goat of Mendes as a Satanic symbol. For example, the Goat of Mendes is described as an aspect of the Devil that is half man and half goat in Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible.
Baphomet was a bisexual idol or spiritual symbol, usually with goat attributes, that the Knights Templar were accused of worshipping in the 14th Century CE. There are several theories about how this name was derived. Some suggest that it is simply a corruption of Mohammed, a theory probably first advanced by the Crusaders who considered the Islamic faith demonic. Some say that it comes from the Arabic "abu-fihamat" (pronounced "bufihimat"), meaning "father of wisdom". Some say that it is from the phrase "Baphe Meteos" ("baptism of Metis"), Metis being a Greek Goddess of knowledge. Others suggest that Baphomet is "Tem ohp ab" backwards, this being an abbreviation for the expression "Templi omium hominum pacis abbas" ("the father of the temple of peace of all men"). The most common image of Baphomet is a drawing in Eliphas Levi's Transcendental Magic. Anton LaVey created what he called the Sigil of Baphomet for his Church of Satan. It consists of an inverse pentagram with a goat's head superimposed on it, surrounded by the Hebrew letters lamed, vau, yod, tau and nun (LVYTN). These letters spell the Hebrew rendering of the name Leviathan. The goat is supposed to be the Goat of Mendes. The name Baphomet also appears as one of the Infernal names listed in Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible and in the Black Mass and Satanic Baptism in his Satanic Rituals. Baphomet is a name mentioned in Aleister Crowley's Liber Samekh and his Liber A'Ash, appearing in Crowley's version of the Gnostic Mass.
- "Horned Hand: The 'horned hand' is the sign of recognition between those who are in the occult".(37)
NOTE: The "horned hand" or "cornu" is a closed fist with index and little fingers extended. Many Christian "experts" claim that it is a Satanic salute or recognition sign. Actually it means a lot of different things in different cultures. To the Wiccan in the Georgian tradition it is an integral part of the first degree initiation and is used in invocation to the God prior to admitting the candidate to the Circle. In American sign language this hand symbol means "bullshit." To some Native American groups it is the Sign of the Buffalo. Piru (Bloods) gang members use it as a recognition symbol. It is also a recognition signal for members of the Texas Longhorns football team.
Be Aware then lists astrology, ouija boards, seances, levitation, hypnosis, ESP, heavy metal rock, mental telepathy, numerology, astral projection and "power through mind control"(38) as "An overwhelming awareness of the presence of demonic forces. Both visually and audibly. Demon possession (most times diagnosed by psychiatrists as schizophrenia); terrifying nightmares; insomnia; fear of being alone; suicide; homicide; sado-masochism; child abuse; rape; mutilation of animals and/or humans; theft; and pornography are some of the results."(39) In other words they figure that the cause of all of the world's problems and all of humankind's shortcomings is Satanism.
Be Aware then lists "some occultic practices":(40)
- "Groups usually meet on Friday nights in secluded areas. Large bonfires are built, often using tires because of their lasting brightness. Many times participants wear hooded robes and masks".(41)
NOTE: I cannot imagine anyone standing around a stack of burning tires to worship. I suppose you'd have to wear a mask to prevent the smoke from the tires from asphyxiating you.
- "Rituals involving animal and even human sacrifices are performed..."(42)
NOTE: We have to take their word for this, as they offer no proof.
Be Aware then asks: "What are the special 'unholy' days celebrated by satanists and witches?"(43) They answer this question by reproducing the appalling Satanic ritual calendar taken from the Calvary Chapel of West Covina's Passport Magazine Special Edition. I'll be discussing Passport Magazine in a later article.
As you can guess from their earlier remarks and unlike some of the supporters of the Satanic Conspiracy myth, WATCH Network does not believe in psychiatric help for "occult practitioners." Be Aware tells us: "We have observed that the use of psychiatry, psychoanalysis and drugs do not alleviate the problems, but in most cases, only magnify them."(44) WATCH believes in "hope and freedom from the occult by acceptance and acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as Lord and renouncement of Satan and any ties to his kingdom"(45) and that "there is no other way to total freedom from the occult."(46) They conclude: "It is the feeling of the WATCH Network members that those involved in the occult are truly captives."(47) According to WATCH we should just throw modern psychiatry out the window and replace it with Bible studies.
As you can see, this WATCH Network manual on "occult crime" is useless to the serious investigator, given that the material in it is hopelessly inaccurate and biassed in the extreme.
In 1990 a project at Texas A & M University came to my attention. This project was entitled the "Occult Crime Project 90" and was the brainchild of professors Ben M. Crouch, PhD, and Kelly Damphouse of the Texas A&M University Department of Sociology. Crouch and Damphouse devised a 17 page questionnaire on "experience with and perceptions of the occult and crime."(48) Crouch and Damphouse stated to questionnaire recipients: "Your name and address came either from the mailing list of the Killeen, TX, police academy or the Cult Crime Impact Network. Instead of releasing these lists to the researchers, academy, and the CCIN officials, printed the address labels themselves and mailed this questionnaire directly from their offices."(49) In fact, endorsements of this project by Lt. Larry Jones of CCIN Inc and Walker M Veal, Jr, are right inside the front cover of the questionnaire. You met Larry Jones and his CCIN Inc earlier in this series. Walker M. Veal, as I pointed out earlier, was the academy coordinator of the Killeen Police Academy in Killeen, Texas. Veal is a supporter of CCIN Inc who has coordinated two "ritualistic crime" seminars that I know of: one in May 1988 featuring Lt. Jones and one in January 1989 featuring Pat Pulling of BADD, Father LeBar, Det. Cynthia Burgin, and Det. William Lightfoot.
The questions in this seminar make it quite obvious that the researchers involved have embraced the Satanic conspiracy myth and its associated trappings. The following are some of the questions in this questionnaire:
"OJ3h. What types of crime do persons involved in this occult activity usually commit?"
"OJ4. To your knowledge, are there organizations (as opposed to individuals and informal groups) which actively promote occultism and/or satanism in your jurisdiction?"
"OJ7. Consider occult activity as it promotes crime and deviance generally. For each time period below indicate how serious you believe such activity has been in your jurisdiction."
"YI19. Below are some statements dealing with your feelings about the occult and society generally. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with each of the following statements by circling the appropriate number:
a) Churches today seem to offer less moral guidance than they used to...
f) Police have the primary responsibility to inform the public about satanism.
g) Occult practices directly threaten basic American Values...
n) People involved in satanism really need my help.
o) Media coverage of occult or satanism stories is typically accurate.
q) TV seriously undermines the moral training of young people...
w) Satanism and the occult could become as much a problem as drugs in this country...
z) The 'son of Sam' killings (David Berkowitz) were the direct result of satanic influences...
cc) Sometimes I think there is a secret, organized effort to promote and protect satanism in America...
ee) The information given at occult seminars is typically factual and valuable."
OC1. How important are each of the following factors in causing people, especially youths, to become involved in satanic and occult practices in this country?
a) Some popular music, like heavy metal music.
b) Music videos, such as MTV.
c) Fantasy games, like Dungeons and Dragons.
d) Use of drugs.
e) Breakdown of moral values.
"Next, we'd like to think about how satanism and the occult relate to other difficulties facing young people today."
"OC4. First, in your opinion, what are the three most serious problems (other than satanism and cult involvement itself) facing American young people?"
"OC6. Thinking about satanic and occult activity as it promotes criminality and deviance, consider each of the time periods below..."
"YA4. Do you believe in God?"
"YA5. Do you believe in the Devil?"
"YA26. What is your religious preference?
"Protestant (please specify, for example, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran)[these are all the choices offered]"
"YA27. How often do you attend church services?"
"YA28. Do you hold an office in a church such as a deacon, reader, elder, lay preacher, Sunday school teacher?"
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Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles Ennis. Ennis, a former child abuse investigator, is the author of several articles on child abuse investigation that appeared in Law & Order Magazine. Better known to the Pagan community by his Wiccan name, Kerr Cuhulain, Ennis was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his beliefs 28 years ago. Kerr is now the Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write four books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing), Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications), as well as a book based on this series: Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet (Spiral Publishing).
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