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Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: October 14th. 2002
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The next group listed in this section on organizations is labelled "Witches," a term that they appear to be using as a synonym for Satanism here. This is one of the most inaccurate sections of the entire manual, which commences as follows:
"Groups of this type can operate independently or associate with larger organization. They believe in a spiritual realm with an agent (demon) who can be assigned tasks through proper ritual practices. They hold to the philosophy that man controls his own destiny and can emplore (sic) the spiritual realm to determine that destiny to a certain degree. They worship different names of deities or gods such as Lucifer, Baal or Pan."(17)
This sounds like a description of Occidental Ceremonial Magick, which is a system based on Christian and Judaic mythology, with the exception that while the practitioners do not worship Lucifer, Baal or Pan, they may invoke them to assign them tasks:
- I mentioned earlier that Lucifer is a Latin name meaning "bringer of light" ("lucis" ("light") and "ferre" ("to bear")). Lucifer first appeared in the Bible in Isaiah 14:12: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" The original word translated as "Lucifer" in the Bible was "Helel" in the Hebrew texts. Some scholars argue that this indicates that it was, in fact, a reference to the King of Babylon, who was compared to the morning star. Others point out that the story of Helel, a Canaanite diety, was very similar to the later story of Satan. Fundamentalist Christians have mythologized Lucifer as a rebellious angel who fell from grace and took the name Satan. Lucifer appears in the Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, in the , in the Pseudo-Monarchia, in the Grimoire of Honorius, in The Magus, in LaVey's Satanic Bible and the companion Satanic Rituals, in the The Royal Masonic Cyclopedia, in Crowley's Liber Aervm Vel Saecvli, in the Diabolicon, in the Grimoire of Armadel, and in Milton's Paradise Lost.
- Baal was originally a Phoenician vegetation and storm God whose name translates as "Lord". Baal is mentioned many times in the Old Testament, an example being Judges 2:13: "And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth." In some places in the Bible Baal has become a demon. In other instances the Bible uses the name Baal simply as a synonym for "Lord", as in the name Baal zebub ("Lord of the Flies"). In The Zohar Baal is cognate with the angel Raphael. Baal appears as a demon in the Grand Grimoire, in the Pseudo-Monarchia, in Levi's Transcendental Magic, in Grillot De Givry in Witchcraft, Magic and Alchemy, and in the Dictionaire Infernal.
- Pan is a Greek woodland deity, half man and half goat. He is a fertility and nature God, not an angel of evil like the Devil/Satan. Wiccan traditions that use Greek deities in their worship, recognize Pan, but other Wiccans may use deities from Roman, Celtic or Egyptian sources instead. Pan is frequently mentioned in the works of Aleister Crowley and in the works of many magical and Theosophist lodges from the turn of the last century. The inference made by Westhoelter here is that Pan is cognate with Lucifer and/or Baal, which is not true. This is an example of the way the Inquisition began to identify horned Pagan gods with Satan, as we mentioned in the second chapter.
We can see here that Clark and Valdemar are confusing references to these names in magical grimoires based on Christian mythology with Satanic practices. While Lucifer and Baal are considered demons in Judeo-Christian grimoires, Pan certainly is not.
In this section on "Witches," Clark and Valdemar introduce the concept of "black, grey and white witches," stating:
"There are three classifications within this group called witches and they are:
"1. White witches: Those who desire to use spells and rituals to do good to people.
"2. Gray Witches: Those who use both types of spells to do good and evil.
"3. Black Witches: Those who use spells and rituals for destruction and cursing purposes."(18)
Clark and Valdemar then state:
"During a ritual, their site will be guarded by armed guards. They carry hand weapons and automatic weapons. Many members are also black belts in the martial arts. Their rituals include criminal acts such as:
1. Destruction of property,
2. Animal mutilation,
3. Sexual perversions, tortures,
4. Ritual organized child abuse,
5. Human sacrificing,
9. Skyclad (naked dancing) and
10. Drugs and alcohol.
"They have also been accused of starting fires, setting boobie traps and digging fire pits. Identifiers of this group would include paint, candles, fire pits, medallions, chalk drawings, blood, symbols, Hebrew names (YHVH, El, Elah, Yahweh, El Shaddai, Eloim)."(19)
Here again Valdemar and Clark are claiming that ritual practices such as using blood, magical symbols and Hebrew names are a part of Wiccan religious practices. In fact they are part of Occidental Ceremonial Magick that utilizes Judaic and Christian mythology as its basis, not Wiccan practices. All of the Hebrew names listed by them here are titles of Jehovah, the Christian God. None of them are used by Wiccans, who do not recognize Jehovah.
If there are "white witches" as the National Information Network manual contends, why would they require such extreme security precautions? Many Wiccan traditions practice skyclad (nude) rituals, but in a private home with consenting adults this isn't illegal. To date no Wiccan group has ever been found to be practising any of the criminal activities listed by Westhoelter here. Most Wiccans do not engage in criminal acts. Security personnel are a common sight at major Pagan gatherings, but not because they are trying to protect the group from criminal prosecution. Misinformation of this sort can easily lead to misunderstandings between such security personnel and the local law enforcement authorities.
Irresponsible statements such as these could easily lead to tragic misunderstandings between police and pagan groups. Police, lead to believe by manuals like this that Wiccans or members of other harmless Pagan religious groups are armed and dangerous have confronted innocent Pagan celebrants who have no idea what the police have been lead to believe about them. Several incidents of police agencies receiving calls about suspicious ritual activity have already resulted in apprehensive police, guns drawn, approaching Wiccan covens practising outdoor rituals. It is fortunate that so far no one has been injured. Fortunately in every case so far the police and the Wiccans involved have been able to successfully resolve these misunderstandings afterwards.
Clark and Valdemar then state:
"[Witches] tend to be hostile towards Christians. Examples of these groups include the Druids, the Celts, Voodoo practitioners, and Wicca".(20)
The Celts were a huge collection of tribes spread across Europe from about 1000 BC to a few hundred years CE, not a religious sect. Today they exist as an ethnic and cultural group, most of whom are currently Christians. The Druids were the scholars and teachers of the Celts, only some of whom concerned themselves with religious matters. Voodoo is a Haitian spirit religion based on African tribal beliefs, syncretized with Catholicism, and in no way related to Wicca or the Celts. Clark and Valdemar list Wicca as a type of Witch, when in fact the terms are synonymous. None of these groups are inherently "hostile" to Christians.
The next section in the NIN manual based on Clark and Valdemar's information is "Satanists." The authors claim that Satanists "are frequently called occultists,"(21) although they don't point out that the only individuals who "frequently call Satanists occultists" are Christian authors like themselves. NIN calls Aleister Crowley a "prominent" Satanist and accuses Satanists of carrying out basically the same criminal activities of which they accuse Witches. In fact they state that "Members of this group which is similar to witches, also hold rituals and meetings with basically the same patterns and style"(22) and "Also like witches, they call on the spiritual realm."(23)
Satanists are in no way "similar to witches" and do not "hold rituals and meetings with basically the same patterns and style." Wiccan rituals are based on pre-Christian Celtic systems, Satanism is basically a parody of Christianity. Therefore, Satanic rituals bear a closer resemblance to Christian rituals than to Wiccan rituals.
The next chapter in the NIN manual is "Current Active Groups." Like the earlier material, this chapter was also based on intelligence supplied by Officer Dan Clark and Sgt. Rich Valdemar. It includes the following listings:
- "WICCA":..."Witches International Coven Council Association".
NOTE: Here is the "W.I.C.C.A. Letters" myth again.
- "Ordo Templi Orientis(O.T.O.)"
NOTE: The description given in this manual is actually a biography of Aleister Crowley rather than a description of the O.T.O. itself. Crowley was a member of the O.T.O for a time but was not its founder. This biography is fairly accurate as far as dates and names are concerned, but written from the fundamentalist Christian view point that "Crowley resisted the faith of Christ and turned to Satan as his god of worship"(24) which is inaccurate.
- "The Brotherhood: A group of people who are directly controlled by and worship Satan. They have two major centers in the United States... This group is extremely secretive. No written records of membership are kept. Even the contracts with Satan that are signed in blood by the members are burned by the High Priest or Priestess... Members infest every level of society from rich to poor, businessmen to policemen, women and children, even government officials. Most attend local Christian churches and are considered 'good citizens'... They lead double lives and are good at it."(25) The manual goes on to describe the usual nonsense about sacrifices and ritual. It claims that "There is an elite society within the group called the Sisters of Light or the Illuminati."(26)
NOTE: "The Brotherhood" is the name given to a shadowy international Satanic organization described by Mike Warnke in his book The Satan Seller, and their description of it is identical in most aspects to Warnke's. This organization is a creation of Warnke's active imagination and does not exist. There is a group calling itself "The Brotherhood," but it is a white supremacist group active in prisons with ties to Aryan Nations and the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, an Identity Christian extremist group and not Satanic at all.
The Illuminati is an organization founded by Adam Weishaupt, a professor of law in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, in 1776. It was a secret society whose aim was to work towards the abolition of all monarchies in order to bring about scientific and political enlightenment of mankind. The society was secret because such republican ideas were very radical in that time and place. Weishaupt disguised the group's aims under a veil of occultism, adopting the grades of Freemasonry in his organization. The organization grew rapidly and in 1780 an influential Freemason, Baron Von Knigge, became actively involved, linking the Illuminati with the older Freemasons. It was a short lived relationship, however, and Knigge and the Freemasons withdrew after much squabbling. Eventually some disgruntled members, discovering that the organization was simply a front for Weishaupt's anti-royalist activities, informed the royal authorities. Weishaupt fled and the Illuminati and Freemasonry were outlawed in Bavaria.
The idea that the defunct Illuminati was still in existence came from a treatise by a Jesuit named Abbe Barruel in 1797. Barruel claimed that The French Revolution was the result of an ancient conspiracy which could be traced back to two organizations: The Knights Templar and the Moslem sect called The Assassins. Barruel claimed that the Templars had not been stamped out in 1314, but had gone underground and ultimately resurfaced as the Freemasons and the Illuminati. Barruel claimed that this secret network was allied to the "Sons of Satan", Barruel's name for Jews. Barruel claimed that the leader of this international conspiracy was a Grand Master who ordered assassinations and started revolutions to bring about a single world government led by the Anti-Christ. None of Barruel's claims were true, but some of his ideas were later picked up by other authors and organizations, such as the Nazi Party in Germany and now by NIN.
- "The Church of Satan": This is a very brief description of Anton LaVey's group. It is followed by what the authors describe as "page one of a newsletter mailed out by Church of Satan".(27)
NOTE: This page may have been mailed out as part of a Church of Satan newsletter, but it is actually an excerpt from the US Armed Forces manual, Religious Requirements and Practices of Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains.(28)
- "The Temple of Set": This is a brief description of the organization of US Army Lieutenant Colonel Michael Aquino, which split away from the Church of Satan years ago. It claims that the Temple of Set "consists of possibly thousands,"(29) when in fact it has only a few hundred members. It is accompanied by a copy of an old Temple of Set "General Information and Admissions Policies" brochure.
- "The Nazi Connection": This section doesn't actually describe any particular group. It discusses the Nazi Party's use of mythology and occult trappings in order to give the reader the impression that all of the occult is connected with the Nazi party and that the Nazis practised Satanism.
NOTE: In fact a significant number of modern Neo Nazis are members White Supremacy groups like Christian Identity fringe groups.
- "Heavy Metal Satanism": Again, this is not described as a specific group. The authors argue here that listening to rock and roll music leads teenagers into Satanism. They treat the terms "'stoners', 'self-stylists', 'punkers', 'skin heads', or 'heavy metallists'"(30) as if they were interchangeable, which they are not. They then make the statement that "The most likely candidates for being involved with a 'stoner' group would be those students who want to be adults, who have a strong fascination in wanting to be an occult teacher or witch."(31)
NOTE: Teenagers who involve themselves with "stoner" groups share a fascination for drugs and loud music, which is not conducive to being a teacher of any subject within the public school system or with being a responsible adult for that matter. Punks and Skin Heads are not involved in Satanism. Most are not involved in Neo-Nazi activities either. Some, such as Straight Edgers (sXe) abstain from alcohol, drugs and promiscuous sex.
- "The Continental Association of Satan's Hope (CASH)."
NOTE: CASH was actually a mail order outfit in Montreal that put out a newsletter called The Rage which you could subscribe to for $23 per year. The Rage is a tabloid rag full of the huckster stuff about how to attract women, how to attract money and how to achieve miracle cures. It is basically a money making scheme for it founder, Eric McAllister, whose small group in Montreal will give a membership certificate to anyone that sends them money. Actually it is really just a money making scam, not a serious Satanic organization.
- "Other Cult Groups": The NIN manual now lists 38 different religious groups that they claim have been involved in various forms of criminal activity. In some cases this is true, but many of the organizations listed by NIN are Christian sects and none of them are Satanic, which is odd, since this is supposed to be a manual on "Satanism and the Occult," not cults generally. Some of those listed are not even religions, for example The Billionaire Boys Club, which is a fictional television movie. This list, compiled by Special Agents Bradford and Craig, both members of the Defence Investigative Service in Wichita Falls, Texas, includes: Unification Church (Moonies), Hare Krisnas (ISKCON), The Way International, Scientology, The House of Judah, Family of Love (Children of God), Children Of Bible Understand (COBU, We People), Tony and Susan Alamo Ministries, Ramtha (J.Z. Knight), Body of Christ (Garbage Eaters), Lifespring, Bible Speaks, Rajneesh, Anada Marga, Transcendental Meditation (TM), Muktananda (Siddha Foundation), Nicheron Shoshu of America (NSA, Soka Gakkai), Synanon, Eckanar, Black Hebrews, Faith Assembly, Love Israel, Church Universal and Triumphant, National Democratic Policy Committee (Lyndon LaRouche), Crossroads Church of Christ, Elan Vital (Divine Light Mission), Northeast Kingdom (Island Pond), Posse Comitatus, Alive Polarity, The Billionaire Boys Club, Identity Movement (The Order and the Covenant, Sword and Arm of the Lord), Charles Manson, Worldwide Church of God, The Forum (est, Hunger Project), University Bible Fellowship, The Farm, M.O.V.E. and The People's Temple at Jonestown, 1978.
Immediately following this list is another, also compiled by Bradford and Craig: "Other Occult Groups." This of course infers that the groups on the previous list were occult groups, which they are not. Bradford and Craig begin by stating that "The following is a very partial listing of known Satanic Groups,"(32) inferring that all occult groups are Satanic. But their list includes several groups that are not Satanic at all. The list is as follows:
1. Church of All Worlds
2. Temple of Truth
3. Shrine of Sothis
5. Order of Thelema
6. Process Church of the Final (sic)
7. Order of the Circle
8. The Chingons
9. The Four P Movement
10. Brotherhood of the Ram
11. The Satan Senate
12. The American Church of Satan
13. The Church of the Green Door (Egg) (sic)
Number 6 on the list should read "Process Church of the Final Judgement," which is a Satanic group.
Number 13 on the list doesn't exist, unless they are referring to the Church of All Worlds, which is number one on the list. The Church of All Worlds published a newsletter, called "The Green Egg," which seems to be what they are referring to in the thirteenth entry on the list, unless they are thinking of the erotic film "Behind the Green Door." Neither the Church of All Worlds nor their newsletter (nor the film Behind the Green Door) are Satanic. In fact the beliefs of the Church of All Worlds are derived from Robert Heinlein's science fiction classic Stranger in a Strange Land.
Nemeton is a tree planting and forest conservation society founded by the late Gwydion Penderwenn, a Wiccan musician in California.
Thelema is a Greek word meaning "will" used by Aleister Crowley. Hence the "Order of Thelema" is probably an Occidental magical lodge, not a Satanic one.
"Sothis" is the ancient Greek name for the dog star Sirius. The Greeks adapted the name from the Egyptians, who called this star Sopdet, after an Egyptian Goddess by that name. In the magickal system of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn Sothis was one of the Pyramid Gods. So an organization with the name Shrine of Sothis is more likely to be practising Greek or Egyptian ritual or Occidental Ceremonial magick than Satanic ritual.
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