Zero Equals Two is a blog on magical news and culture sponsored by U.S. Grand Lodge, O.T.O. A diverse collective of contributors comb the worlds of magick, art, science, history, philosophy, and more every day for articles and events of interest to Thelemites and other modern free-thinkers and explorers, collecting them on this blog for your enjoyment.
- Was Hillary Clinton The Result of Parsons’ Babalon Working?
2018EV has seen a bumper crop of media exposure for erstwhile OTO member Jack Parsons: an episode of Drunk History, the Strange Angel streaming TV series and an episode of…. But this is the cherry on the ice cream Sunday — allegations that his notorious Babalon Working succeeded in its goal of prompting the incarnation of the Thelemic deity Babalon! Born, Hillary Clinton — I guess it works this way: “Hillary(Clint)on, right? Well if you think that’s not sound Qabalism, check out the video presentation embedded in this news story JoeMyGod included in its news item:
“Today, SkyWatch TV posted a program in which End Times author and SkyWatch TV CEO Tom Horn suggested that Hillary Clinton is the “Whore of Babylon” who was conceived during a ritual carried out in 1946 by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
“Horn claimed that stolen emails posted by Wikileaks revealed that Clinton had filled her 2016 presidential campaign with “occultists” who believe her to be the biblical Whore of Babylon who will usher in the Antichrist.
“Citing a ritual that took place in 1946 called ‘The Babylon Working’ in which Hubbard and others allegedly attempted to conceive a goddess through ‘ritual sex magic,’ Horn claimed that Clinton may have been the result of that effort ‘to bring through, into our reality, the archetype divine feminine, the Whore of Babylon.’
I’m kind of impressed that this yoink was even vaguely aware of this bit of modern occult lore, but puzzled that he’d venture there and get so many niggling but widely documented details wrong: it’s “Bab-A-lon”! This was Parsons’ working, not Hubbard’s and the latter hadn’t even hatched Dianetics yet, let alone launched its rebranding as Scientology!
Oh — and we still want our boat back!
PS – of course if it’s true then Bill Clinton has been pouring his blood in the… WOW!
- Makeup Magick in the Mainstream
As most ceremonial magicians know, there is power to be found in correspondences of colors, herbs, scents, and more. Different traditions may assign different meanings, but still, it’s not something one sees in the mainstream very often. Recently, however, Allure magazine published an article about color magick with an eye to makeup, decor, and fragrance.
“Color magick is using the color spectrum and the intention of each color to invoke its magical response,” says witch and art advisor Sarah Potter. To experiment with color magick, you can place items of different colors around your home to help create different energies. If you’re on a budget and want to try it out without spending a lot of money, Potter suggests trying placing flowers around your home to see how they change the mood. Who knew home decor could be witchcraft? Personally, I most often use color magick when working with candles. For instance, I choose green candles for money drawing spells and pink for conjuring up some self-love.
- First Kaaba Colloquium Women’s Leadership Retreat
Great things happen when we come together.
U.S.G.L. Kaaba Colloquium would like to announce our first Women’s Leadership Retreat, to be held at Bubastis Oasis in Dallas, TX, March 8-10, 2019 E.V. A group of up to 30 female-identifying or non-binary siblings will come together in a safe and supportive space to share in an intimate weekend designed to discuss issues facing us in our Work as part of a minority gender group, with presentations given and topics led by invited regional leaders and sisters from the Kaaba Committee.
Join us for a full weekend of self-development and problem-solving. Registration is $40, all of which goes to Bubastis Oasis to provide us with food and beverages throughout the weekend, and to reimburse them for the resources we will be using by taking over their temple.
Click the button above to register. We will contact you to confirm registration when payment is received. Reservations are not accepted. Registration will close when 30 paid attendees have been accepted or on March 8, 2019 e.v., whichever comes first.
We look forward to sharing in this amazing experiment.
- Perception vs Projection
Here’s a cool post by Jason Miller I wanted to share with ya:
“Every interaction you have ever had with any person, place, or thing was a combination of accurate perception of actual events and your own mental projection. Your memory of that moment is just that: YOUR memory. If you go back and look at it with others who were there you will see how different it was perceived by others. Want to watch something that will scare the pants off you? Watch“How Reliable Is Your Memory” by Elizabeth Loftus. You do not have any experiences outside of the tool you use to process those experiences, your own mind.
“What does this have to do with magic? Well, if your mundane interactions are a combination of your perception of actual events and your mental projection – than how much MORE susceptible to mental projection are interactions with spirits, gods, and other subtle beings?
Perception vs Projection
“I hear people talk about their experiences with gods and spirits in very absolute terms. “This is what God X told me to do!” is all too often the justification for shady behavior, sketchy claims, and “history”. Just yesterday in fact I was informed that I must not know much about Hekate because she rules over the part of hell that punishes rapists. Where does this claim from? Apparently,
their asspersonal gnosis. I am ALL FOR personal Gnosis, but we need to separate it from historical fact, and not just accept it as holy writ.
“On the other hand there are people who are so afraid of engaging in fantasy that even when the spirit is appearing in visions at the ritual, in dreams at night, in omens throughout the day, and spelling messages in their Alpha-bits over breakfast, they STILL can’t accept it. “Maybe I am just fantasizing” they say ” but Agaliarept told me to sell all my bitcoin, and three days later it tanked…. but I am probably just imagining it”. Uh. No, and even if it was your fantasy, if it stays that wierdly specific and helpful do you care?
“If we are to get anywhere in magic, we need to embrace the potential, and the limits, of projection and perception.
“Students in the Black School and Sorcery of Hekate are probably sick of me prattling on about the Perception/Projection Ratio, but it’s a really friggin important concept if you are gonna go about living a life with spirits in it…”
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- Tumblr and FOSTA-SESTA
Poor Tumblr. In an effort to comply with the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), the social media site has announced that it will be removing all adult content starting December 17. Salon asks, “Is the Tumblr decision a move toward discouraging exploitation, or a blow that make the lives of sex workers more dangerous?” The Verge adds:
Tumblr is home to a myriad of sex-positive and body-positive blogs, in additional to indie porn blogs and curated archives that provide something not found on Pornhub, YouPorn, or any of the other mainstream adult portals. It’s also been relatively unique among social media sites for allowing nudity and sexually explicit content to be posted. Most sites, like Facebook and Instagram, prohibit nudity and regularly remove posts that are flagged. With Tumblr gone from the equation, creators and readers fear their hubs of sex-positive and body-positive content will vanish.
Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio said, “There is no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content,” he said. “We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.”
As the Prophet of the Lovely Star himself said in his Commentary to The Book of the Law, “The Beast 666 ordains by His authority that every man, and every woman, and every intermediately-sexed individual, shall be absolutely free to interpret and communicate Self by means of any sexual practices soever, whether direct or indirect, rational or symbolic, physiologically, legally, ethically, or religiously approved or no, provided only that all parties to any act are fully aware of all implications and responsibilities thereof, and heartily agree thereto.”
Where will the adult content users go to interpret and communicate themselves?
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