words mean things...
for years now I've been absolutely astounded by the depth of idiocy run rampant throughout the occult world, and in particular, the obsessive devotion to judaeo-christian paradigms that is part & parcel of ceremonial magic.
personally, i'm much more likely to ascribe a neurosemantic label to an autonomous servitor than a theologically derived label - gods, demons, or angels, all these manifestations come out of the same paradigm I want to destroy - why would I muck about feeding energy into this superstructure when my intention is to find a way out of it?
taking this stance puts me (as an occultist) into a very shaky situation - nearly every available grimoire comes out of a theological framework, and the majority of them are christian or kabbalistic in origin
the obvious answer seems to be technoshamanism - directly experiencing and interpreting the numinous reality - but pure submersion in the stuff of the universe does not make a mage
my introduction into workable ritual came from the appendicies of Illuminatus! - a primer of evocation, where I realised that if it's possible to call the energies of anything into oneself, then it becomes important to be somewhat coosey
and that's what I'm kinda spiralling about here - I'm choosing to step around any magical system that reeks of religion (that means anything requiring the names of god written in a circle, anything that interprets reality as a series of concentric circles ruled by angelic beings, etc)
this is part of the reason why i've been so enamoured of t. leary's 8 circuits, and why I was trying to provide a basis for self-structured ritual in Altar, Consciousness parts 1-4, and where I'm headed with my future ritual working
there will be more on this from me in some form soon.
(yeah, I hate everything sacred, & everything blasphemous. we'd be better off if there had never been the concept of worship installed in our linguistic structure)
update: Part Two of this meandering rambling