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For the Thinking Ones: A Sermon for the Political Pagan

Rain drops beat against my window, as low thunder rumbles in the horizon past the palm trees. I think about all the places this water has been. What experiences it’s shared. My mother-in-law lies in the other room with a lesion that could kill her at any moment, fixable perhaps, but we wait for a charity to find us funding.

I think about the rain, rage boiling in my gut. I think about how many skies these clouds drifted over.

I think about you, Reader.

I know you, or perhaps, I know experiences we probably share.

I know what it means to be hungry, what it means to live without power or water. I know, as surely as you do, the fear created by a landlord and the violence created by the police.

Perhaps you remember one of your parents crying, as I do, because you have no food and there is no money to get any. Perhaps you recall the time your father spent his life working for a company, enjoying the perks of being their best salesman. Maybe you remember later how he got injured on the job, and was then thrown away as if he never even mattered. Perhaps, in your younger days, a spark that never died caught tinder in your belly when officers terrorized your friends and ended up putting your brother in the hospital. Maybe it was a boss who extracted every bit of profit from your bones yet refused to give you enough money to survive.

Perhaps our stories are not the same dear Reader, and yet our hearts beat in unison. Between us exists that unutterable solidarity of having been there, that same belonging that soldiers have that can’t be faked. You and I have been there, done it. We can see it in each other’s eyes.

These things we survived made us who we are today.

For both you and I these experiences helped strengthen us, helped forge our personalities. We bastard children, we valorous tramps were thrown to the wolves and given nothing but our own wits and will to survive.

And we did. Though plenty of us perished to drugs, death, depression or dependency, we have survived.

It was in this Nietzschean struggle against the powers of the world that we learned, often by force, the TRUE nature of this planet, of this country. In those moments of bleak despair an obsidian forge was built in our hearts, and tossed into it was every lie and piece of propaganda we had been fed since we were children.

To us the holy sacraments of Flag and Country, Dollar and Economy, Jehovah and Hierarchy were reduced to mere ash, cast out upon the winds formed by our screams of RAGE. We would not settle, we would not be subdued, and rather than play the hand we were dealt we began to demand the whole deck. It was only a matter of time before the Spirits found us, those willfull souls who refused to bend and yearned for something greater.

And yet…not all who know the spirits are like us. Not all have been born in struggle, in tempests, and many still have no fucking clue what is going on. These destitute of vision would gladly bind you in chains AS PART OF YOUR SPIRITUALITY to some ideal, some ideology, some spook that was implanted in their head in the first place!

They are nothing more than CHILDREN misdirected who play with witch hats rented on weekends!

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A planet in catastrophe and a species on the decline, and there are those among us who with religious faith unparalleled by century-old monastic orders proclaim that “all will be well” or that, contrary to our own eyes, if we just “work hard enough” we’ll all be alright! What’s worse is those who have walked hand-in-hand with spirits are among them!

Our very existences refute their theories!

Where were these magical merchants of capitalism when you and I were hungry? Where where they when the door had to be locked to keep out the landlord? Where were they and where was the GLORY of this entire wretched and filthy system to be found as we sobbed together in darkened rooms, unsure of how we would survive the next day?

“Because we — violent celebralists and passional sentimentalists at the same time — understand and know that revolution is a necessity of the silent sorrow that suffers at the bottom and a need of the free spirits who suffer in the heights.

Because if the sorrow that suffers at the bottom wants rise with the happy smile of the sun, the free spirits who suffer in the heights no longer want to feel the petty offenses of the shame of vulgar slavery that surrounds them.” – Renzo Novatore

These dupes and willing servants of modern slavery will have you spending your days summoning money to pay your debts, rather then be free of them; to sweeten your boss, rather than seize your workplace; they would craft you tools to hide your self before your “superiors” rather than leveling all class distinctions!

These daft ones, these blind seers! You who proclaim to be “liberated,” to manifesting your “inner will” are mere laughing stocks. Your “true wills” are nothing more but focus-grouped and carefully tested marketing schemes, your mind a portal to another world yet wrapped in logos, shrouded by flag-draped prison bars!

Are they kin of ours, dear Reader? These aloof ones, these titled “wellborn” who haven’t seen a day of desperation, let alone a week, year, or LIFETIME? Abandon their temples, these deluded witches that tell you that you’re “muddying the waters” between religion and politics; vacate the premises of ANYONE that would dare to sell you the idea that your LIMITLESS POTENTIAL and your practice that literally WARPS SPACE/TIME is to be used for getting ahead in the corporate ladder!

NO, a thousand times NO I say!

Whoever said magical training brought wisdom was a knave! All around me I see individuals so proud of their manifestations, yet unable to imagine a world beyond the current one!

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From “The Illegalists” by Stefan Vogel

Do not let yourself be ensnared! Do not let yourself be sold to these sell-spells!

Is it ignorance that makes them so? Perhaps some wizards, safe in middle-class suburbs or high rise city lofts are too far removed from empty bellies and the terror of a cop’s baton. Could it be stupidity? What irony, that so many so named “illuminated ones” fall prey to Nationalist propaganda or corporate advertising, images of fake people loving fake things for fake reasons enough to sway what atrophied free will they had!

Walking ashtrays, flicked with butts neither lit, smoked, or enjoyed themselves but by other ideas that live through them!

But you know better….

Perhaps in your trance states you’ve heard the painful yelps of the planet or the groans of the human spirit as it writhes in chains! You saw bloodied faces made by badges and ropes strung up in closets, BUT THEY TELL YOU IT’S ALL ALRIGHT. How can magic be non-political when my very existence is at the mercy of the forces around me unless I repel them? Was it political when Marie Laveau used her nearly goddess-like abilities to stop the New Orleans police from raiding her home? Was this NOT an Insurrection of the Individual against the State? Louisiana itself bowed before her, and no civil authority would dare to question her, to molest her.

Do we not desire this freedom? Is this not our ideal?

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From “The Insurrectionists” by Stefan Vogel

We vagabonds, we tortured, we bottom of the pyramid say YES! But among the magical folk there are those who do not share our vision, fools who either deny they have been lied to or greedily devour those same lies and lose their Unique.

Do you want to know the truth?

Those fools that would deny the pain that has forged your very existence, would doubt that there are MILLIONS of us, that would disbelieve every fact, figure, and statistic you might give them revealing that each and every injury is something SYSTEMIC and NOT ISOLATED, all while remaining wedded to a dying ideology, are in fact OUR GREATEST ALLIES!

Their indifference only fans the flames of fury in our hearts, dear Reader. Their indifference allows the cancer to spread and forces more souls to be raked across the coals of Capitalism!

And it is this suffering, this pain, that is our greatest gift, for in it all the lies The Blind Ones still stutter are instantly burned to cinders! Before we became well-read, before we found our philosophers, we knew our path: our politics rose from indignation, our theories from nightmares of insignificance, and our dreams built on struggles of Insurrection!

Take heart comrade and let them never steal your fire, and in the face of any who might question your motives may you deliver the most derisive LAUGHTER.

“And laughing, we keel the bow of our pagan will to enjoy always strained toward the full integrity of life.
And we write our truths with laughter.
And we write our passions with blood.
And we laugh!” – Renzo Novatore

Make no mistake: your liberty will be seized upon everywhere, and many choices will be far from freely made. The difference is this: the Blind Ones will teach you how to make your choices more comfortable and how to bear the taste of a whip on your back. The Free Spirits may too have to kneel, but they do so not with indifference or being the best servant of the house, NO! The body may bear the lash but the spirit is never touched, nor is her pride, owness, and desire to be free from such beatings whatever the cost!

AWAKEN! RISE UP! My words are not for the many or the well-mannered but the dispossessed and ready!

State, Capitalism, these phantoms and the spaces they occupy are the great Nothing of our magical focus!

To those who know not our struggle, may they have the blessing to endure them!

To those that do, may we have the glory to abolish them!


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Dr. Bones is a 9 year practitioner of the Southern occult tradition known as Conjure, Rootwork, and Hoodoo. A skilled card-reader and Spiritworker, Dr. Bones has undertaken all aspects of the work, both benevolent and malefic. Politically he holds the Anarchist line that “Individuality can only flourish where equality of access to the conditions of existence is the social reality. This equality of access is Communism.” He resides in the insane State of Florida with his loving wife, a herd of cats, a house full of spirits. 

He can be reached through facebook and writes for Gods & Radicals and Disinfo.


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  1. An old problem. We have had it ever since Starhawk used magic in ritual in demonstration and protest. In fact people often joke where is she in jail now because they see it as silly, out dated and useless.

    Most people do not want change if it requires that they change their thinking and their action and learn almost anything different from what they already do or know. The old saying, “Better the Devil that you know.” expresses their reluctance to do most anything different.

    They know the present system, they know how to survive in it, how to mostly stay out of trouble, and that for most of them is quite enough. They don’t trust that any other system will be any better and it might be even worse is their worry, especially as they get older and have more invested in the present system, no matter how badly if gives them any return for their dedication to the old system.

    As for Communism, or Marxism, where has it ever actually worked the way promised and not turned in to a terror if dictatorship and repression. Not that much difference from Capitalism really, and capitalism looks more comforting to them.

    So perhaps to make people hope, to make them try, there needs to be a new and different dream, not based on outdated and worn out old political and economic theories of the past. Whatever happens we face a world of growing shortage, even if we strip the wealthy of their wealth.

    We haven early exhausted there sources of this planet. Even the oceans are dying. In the last forty years half of all the remaining plant and animal species have gone extinct, and much of the rest will disappear in our present generations life time. All the easily attain minerals, even most of the forests are gone. We will literally have to mine our cities for ore. So we are heading in time of shortage and suffering, and how do we prepare for that? Just preventing our extinction as a species is going to be full time work for the human race.

    Civilization in any form will not survive the strain of our planets changes and it may be another thousand years before any new civilization can arise again. Meanwhile our work has to be to learn what we need to know to survive, to change a lifetime of useless habits and work on saving what we can save for as long as we can hold on to it. Holding onto our human knowledge may be critical as well a developing more practical knowledge, as what is on our computers is not going to survive the loss of our technology.

    I am not sure that our radicals are any more realistic than our white lighters and do no harm. Personally I don’t think our gods will interfere, they will let us suffer until we learn our lesson. We will have to work long to clean up the mess that we created ourselves. We will have to struggle much as our distant ancestors did, and then create anew the idea of a different kind of civilization that can be maintained with a more modest population without using up the resources of our planet.

    That assumes of course that we have not messed things up so much that our extinction is not the only possibilities. There have been five major extinctions that we are aware of. Each destroyed over 90% of all life and what survived had to learn to live on a completely different planet with a completely different circumstances.

    We are not even the first species to destroy life by pollution of the other life forms. there was a Earth of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, in our oceans and our atmosphere. There was almost no free oxygen. Then a bit of evolution and some of what we later would refer to as plants when they developed further developed the ability to better use carbon out of the ocean and later the air by using Chlorophyll and Photosynthesis. The side effect was to increase the amount of free oxygen which was poisonous to most of the rest of life on our planet. So the rest of life mostly died off and living things that could use oxygen had to develop to create a new balance.

    So that is the question have we changed the planet and polluted too much so that our survival as a species may not be possible for much longer? If that is the case it may not matter what our economic system will be, or what political system, nor even what technology exists, nor our religions, nor our magic. In which case the sixth great extinction will happen and new forms of life will have to develop. Perhaps one day one of those lives will develop a new form of civilization, but they will never guess that anything existed before them and think that they are the reason for creation and only they are special to the gods.

    This does not mean give up pushing for change, even revolution. None of us know for sure what the future will be, or what might work in that future time. But we might consider that maybe mankind is not that important to the gods, and that they might not consider us much different from the other life that they have created and destroyed. Remember over ninety percent of all of species of life that ever existed, created or otherwise, exists today. Perhaps only our ego thinks that we are special enough to survive this next great extinction. Just the thoughts of an old geezer near the end of his own life. Who listens to old geezers?

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  2. Yeah, that’s it. I have taken the red pill and now I can’t unsee it. The oppression and the inequality and the utter indifference, not just to human life, but to ALL life, that is endemic in our world under unchecked, so-called Free Market Capitalism. Governments are supposed to protect us from this through regulation, but as Capitalists gradually buy more and more of our politicians, those protections are stripped away in return for multi-million dollar honourary Board positions upon retirement from political office. The problem is that those who have not been directly touched by it don’t see it, and they don’t even want to see it. But I remember supporting my entire family on my busking income and learning a lot of different ways to cook rice. And I remember that I was unable to pay the gas bill one fall, and I had to heat the house with space heaters, and the stove and lots of candles during a 40 below cold snap, and that I came down with pneumonia anyway. I think our job here is to show them what they don’t want to see.

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    • I’ve never been quite that poor. But I do see it, and like you write, I can’t unsee it now. I know too many people stuck between the rocks and hard places and I can see that the system itself put them there and keeps them there. It sickens me.

      The people here have helped me move from despair to anger. Now I need to see what actions I can take. Now I want to.

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      • YES! That’s the goal; raise awareness, inspire people to grow beyond apathy and despair, to realize that the only reason why this stuff happens is that we allow it to If we were to all band together and refuse to tolerate it, it would stop. Glad you could join us and welcome to the struggle. 🙂

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  3. Sable, as they say we have the best government money can buy. But if you have not bought it, it does not represent you. The main purpose for running for congress is to get rich quick and get bought by all the right people. Now the difficult question,are any politicians in any form or government any different. I fear not from what I have seen in my seventy years, and that includes those in Communist governments unfortunately. The purpose of government seems always to be to keep the status quo, keep those with wealth, and those with power, safe and make sure no one can challenge them. Any system will work if you have honest and dedicated people in charge, that kind is never what becomes politicians unfortunately, in the entire history of government and civilization. So perhaps we need to create a system with no politicians and no government at all, but cooperative of people. Think of it as an interconnected network of cooperating groups for mutual survival and success. No one should be in charge for a life time. Power always corrupts.

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      • That leaves only us, the ordinary people who are most affected by bad government. Yet getting most of us to even pay attention is very difficult. We have been too well trained to believe that it is all to complicated and should be left to the experts and the professionals, except no one has ever proven if the experts or professionals even give a damn about us and our needs.

        We are too easily distracted and that is the main job of the media to distract us. Our educational system is not designed to make us think or question. No it is only designed to memorize false information and regurgitate it back as needed, while thinking that thinking is hard work and boring and that it can never be fun and and exciting. We are trained be good little interchangeable gears in the great machine and be orderly. So most of u s have to do a lot of unlearning, learn how to question and determine what information is real and what is false and to trust our own gut feelings, while questioning all the information we are being told.

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