Spells & Hexes

Traditionally speaking, spells and magic hexes are astrological concepts. Incantations are not mere words being spoken, but rather, have specific astral implications involved⁠—utterances of power by means of corresponding celestial phenomena. 

Explicit examples of traditional incantations can of course be found in The Egyptian Book of the Dead. For instance, the recitation for the day of burial (ch. 1B.) speaks of the deceased being delivered from worms which feed upon them; yet, the spell is nonetheless placed in the context of the heavens, concluding with Ra (the sun). Or, you have the some what "lengthy" spell of chapter XVII, which is emphatically astrological in its description. The incantation even speaks from the point of view of Ra himself (108-109), commanding the movement of Osiris. Preceding this setting you have the mention of "the seven Shining ones," a clear depiction of the constellation Ursa Minor, as they are distinguished from Ursa Major (i.e. the Thigh)1 "in the northern sky" (92). This spell basically commands the constellation: "grant that I may come to you." In other words, it is an effort in controlling the power of the stars. Plates XXV-XXVI even describe transmutation, becoming a star in the sky after death. 

Moreover, when it comes to magical curses (or hexes) in particular, one may look towards the Key of Solomon. Within the conjuration of chapter VI, you have the mention of the curse "unto the depth of the Great Abyss."Given the nature of the Key of Solomon⁠, its connection with the Testament of Solomon (an explicit astrological work), such a notion can likewise be seen as celestial. Right before this instance, the pentacles "which proceed and come from heaven" are mentioned, later followed by "Angels of God" and "Celestial Spirits." Within the confines of Hebraic culture, angels are "stars" (e.g Revelation 1:20; 12:4, 7; cf. Psalm 103:19-21/Deuteronomy 4:19).2 This all cuts into a sky context therefore⁠—evidently an effort of opposition (standing in contrast to certain luminaries).

Furthermore, the Key of Solomon is basically the Book of Leviticus with variations (see Hebrew Grimoire). And, the Book of Deuteronomy likewise contains magical language—specifically the curse lists of Deuteronomy 27:15-26; 28:15-19 where the people were to say אָמֵן ("Amen," i.e. "so be it"), just like in the Key of Solomon. The Hebrew term for "cursed" (אָרַר) in these passages is also connected with the heavens, as exemplified in Job 3:8-9 where those who curse the day "are ready to wake up Leviathan." This flows into ecliptic dragon lore, an effort in bringing about darkness upon the day (the sun). Basically, the dragon swallowing the sun and spitting it out (fire) is a solar eclipse.4 Thus, cursing the day is an attempt at bringing about this event of darkness.

Additionally, notice 2 Kings 2:24 where the prophet Elisha places a hex upon the 42 stars ("children" = "stars" e.g. Genesis 22:17; 26:4; 37:9-10). The astrological nature of this story is quite obvious when understanding the concept of the chariot of the sun in the context (2 Kings 2:11; e.g. Helios, Sol, Surya). The practice of such cursing is perceived through the lens of the mystical heavens and earth: "As above, so below" equating "As below, so above." The writing of such mythology itself is an attempt at controlling heavenly occurrences; in the case of this story, it is as the Key of Solomon: an attack aimed at heavenly powers.5

Moreover, The Curse of Agade is also worth mentioning.6 In this Mesopotamian lamentation, nature itself (i.e. the gods, e.g. Suen, Utu, Enki) curses the city of Agade (Akkad). Beginning with "the Bull of Heaven" (i.e. Taurus), followed by the practice of extispicy (divination by use of animal entrails), this story ends with quite a graphic depiction of ruins as the city is cursed by the gods. Unlike the modern world, ancient civilization⁠—understanding calamity from a mystical perspective⁠—attributed such atrocities to nature itself. It is no surprise therefore to come across literature that speaks in opposition to the stars (as shown above); vengeance is often sought. Yet depending on the context, one may use the corresponding heavenly phenomena7 in an effort of returning it back below, cursing their earthly enemies in this manner (Lamentations 3:65; Joshua 6:26). Such is the power of incantation.

Lastly, there is also the Greek work: Oedipus at Colonus (Sophocles); in this writing, Oedipus indeed mentions the utterance of a curse in the context of the sun,yet what is particularly worth noting is the statement: "Thus to remove the inveterate curse of old . . ." Removing the curse? Obviously this describes not a mere instance, but rather, an ongoing curse. This likewise fits the Book of Revelation (another Greek writing) which says: "And there shall be no more curse" (Rev 22:3). In other words, the curse (καταναθεμα) was removed

Robert Anthony

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Footnotes:


1. Ursa Major being one and the same as Osiris (they are used synonymously in the text).

2. The Key of Solomon mentions "Angelical Powers which are in the Heavens" (ch.VI). Notice also Judges 5:20, "They fought from the heavens; the stars from their courses fought against Sisera." Also note Revelation 12:7 where an angelic war occurs in the heavens.

3. The grimoire even instructs to perform this conjuration turning towards specific directions (East, and if not, South, West, and North). The practice is not the mere speaking of words. And moreover, the conjuration also mentions: "Jacob heard, and saw the Ladder which touched Heaven, and the Angels who ascended and descended upon it." This draws from Genesis 28:12 and depicts the "above and below" involvement of the stars (angels). Basically, God (power) is above the ladder (28:13), yet among Jacob (on earth), as he calls this location "El Bethel" (God of the house of God) later on (Genesis 35:7). Thus, the powers above descending below.

4. In Revelation 12:4, right in the context of the heavens (12:1), "the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born." The Child can be seen as Christ via "was to rule all nations with a rod of iron" (cf. Rev 19:15), Christ (God) being the sun of course (e.g. Psalm 84:11).

5. Psalm 148:2-3 well demonstrates taking control of the heavens. Actually, "Psalms" and prayers can be seen as incantations. The prayers to Yahweh in the sky are in essence an attempt at controlling his actions (e.g. Psalm 109). Of course, Yahweh is simply nature itself⁠—be it the sun (Psalm 84:11), "the morning star" (Revelation 22:16), or other concepts; he is one with all things (e.g. 1 Corinthians 15:28; Colossians 3:11; Hebrews 13:8; John 14:8-11; 17:22-23), including the earth itself (Job 12:8a).
O LORD, in distress they looked for you; they uttered incantations because of your discipline. (Isaiah 26:16, NET)
Here, the word לַחַשׁ ("incantations") is used in a good light. This is a classic example of Christianity being unbiblical. The NKJV has "prayers" in this passage instead of "incantations" (illustrating my point), but the word's usage elsewhere depicts "incantation" (Isaiah 3:3; HCSB "necromancer"; Ecclesiastes 10:11) and even "amulet" (Isaiah 3:20). The term is from לָחַשׁ (lâchash) which is used in Psalm 58:5 for "magicians" (NET) "who skillfully weave spells" (HCSB). Or note the usage in Psalm 41:7 where the "wicked" are whispering (יִתְלַחֲשׁוּ) against him, and the next passage fits a hex: 
“An evil disease,” [they say,] “clings to him. And [now] that he lies down, he will rise up no more.” (Psalm 41:8)
6. Then again, so is the Amorites and "the spells of their incantations" (2 Baruch 60)

7. Notice Deuteronomy 21:22 which says: "he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree." This is explained as crucifixion via Acts 5:30; 10:39; Galatians 3:13 (cf. Genesis 40:19; Joshua 8:29; 10:26). The one crucified on the tree is described as cursed (Deuteronomy 21:23). Of course, crucifixion is a celestial concept, as seen with Jesus in Luke 23:45; "the sun was darkened" in the context of his death (Luke 23:45-46). Well, back in Deuteronomy 21:23, it specifically notes that "his body shall not remain overnight on the tree," and that if it did the land would be defiled. Notice, the sun does not come out at night! This is a classic example of "above & below" in the context of a curse.

8. "Goddesses, allow Thy suppliant to utter yet one curse! Wretch, now my eyes are gone thou hast torn away The helpless maiden who was eyes to me; For these to thee and all thy cursed race May the great Sun, whose eye is everywhere, Grant length of days and old age like to mine." (Oedipus at Colonus)


Ouroboros

The ouroboros: a depiction of infinite cycle and seasonal continuance. It is often portrayed as a serpent/dragon eating its own tail, but as a motif of nature, its meaning actually expands into various differing contexts.

For one, the ouroboros is a cosmological perspective. Unlike the common worldview of time beginning (or being created) at some point, the ouroboros displays just the opposite, time (and nature in general) having neither beginning nor end. Furthermore, the early concept of "God" was understood as part of nature itself, and thus the concept also manifests in this manner, as The Egyptian Book of the Dead describes Ra (the sun) as being "self-begotten" (ch. XV). This is also the case with Jesus who begets himself in the Bible (John 1:14; 14:7-9). These are classic examples of the ouroboros in ancient literature. It actually springs up repeatedly in different forms: Jesus taking his own life, and raising himself from the dead (John 2:19-21; 10:17-18); King Saul falling upon his own sword (1 Samuel 31:4-5); Melchizedek the priest "having neither beginning of days nor end of life" (Hebrews 7:1-3). In fact, Wisdom itself is described as being birthed in Proverbs 8:24, and since God/Christ was understood as Wisdom (e.g. 1 Corinthians 1:24), this is yet another instance of a self-birth taking place. Wisdom, brought forth? By what wisdom? Such is the mystery of nature⁠—and so it is displayed. 

There is also an alchemical correlation, the ouroboros understood as "the change and return of the year" (Atalanta Fugiens) being consistent with the "lion devouring the sun" imagery seen in alchemy⁠—the lion (vitriol) purifying the sun (matter), resulting in gold, of course paralleling the solar eclipse (see Ecliptic Lore). Thus, you have the "change of the times upon ecliptic purification" notion coinciding with the renewal of circularity (ouroboros). A good example of this is the astral story of The Book of Job, where the darkness comes suddenly upon his life, and yet at its departure, the resumption springs forth (Job 42:12-17) as Job enters into a brighter eon⁠—quite the transmutation process. 

Finally, the concept of self-cannibalism shows up repeatedly in ancient mythology, and this is yet another form of the ouroboros. Such a thing is found in Book 8 of Ovid's Metamorphoses, as Erysichthon "gnawed his own flesh, and he tore his limbs and fed his body all he took from it." In other words, like something out of Antropophagus (1980)! 

Additionally, the Tanakh describes the Hebrews eating their own children (e.g. Leviticus 26:29; 2 Kings 6:28-29; Jeremiah 19:9; Ezekiel 5:10; Lamentations 4:10), which of course is an esoteric description of them eating themselves, as Deuteronomy 28:53 states: "You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters" (cf. Genesis 15:4). Even the symbolic eating of Jesus' body (Matthew 26:26) describes self-cannibalism, as the congregation eating his flesh is described as "the body of Christ" itself (1 Corinthians 12:27; 11:24-26). Thus, Christ eating himself.

Robert Anthony


Christian Falsehood

Christianity: a spiritually deprived religion of deceit and compulsion—there is really no disputing that this is the case. Yet what is also just as bad (if not worse) is today's community of commercial based occultism, and their complete and utter inability to discern the difference between the Bible (an occult source) and Christianity (foolishness). Note: the Bible is not a Christian concept; rather, it is coated in esoteric astrology and mystery teachings; it is one of the largest bodies of occult literature that we presently have. When this simple and basic point is missed, what follows after is total confusion and chaos⁠—quite a depiction of today's so-called dark arts community.1

Simply put, Christianity is a cavity of society. It teaches its adherents an unwarranted mentality of credulousness—typically based on eternal damnation (see Turned into Hell). This of course creates a vulnerable mindset of susceptibility, leaving the individual thoroughly powerless at heart.2 The occult on the other hand is in one's favor, beneficially focusing the mind towards spiritual matters (the obtaining of mystical wisdom). These perspectives are quite in contrast to one another, and surely enough, the Bible is likewise in contrast to Christianity. This is why Christians can often be seen rejecting its doctrines.3

What's more is, typically those who see the Bible as mere "nonsense," haven't even studied the writings in any kind of extensive manner. So, it is really no marvel to witness so many minds being controlled by the deceiving church, as people often get puppet-stringed into this lie that the Bible is a "Christian" thing. Accepting and going along with the mere Christian claim that the Bible is "their book" is simply giving in to the bear trap; it is very gullible and senseless. Why? Because the Bible is actually coated in ancient occultism! Truly, one cannot even read Eliphas Levi's book Transcendental Magic unless they are learned in the Bible, since he references Biblical notions left and right in such a work (e.g., p. 81, 245, 237, 307, 335, 339-342, 399). It is no wonder Levi spoke of the concept of being "advanced far in exegesis" (ibid. p. 128); he obviously was not duped as people today often are.

Additionally, much of the problem is due to misperception regarding the actual Biblical stories. In other words, those who are of this above mentioned mentality may think: "The Bible? I am not believing in Jesus as a savior who died for my sins!" Yet, such fools fail to understand the enigmatic culture of the literature at hand (as do Christians). For instance, Jesus is a solar character; the Gospels are Gnostic writings. The crucifixion and resurrection are a solar eclipse taking place (Luke 23:45-46; 24:2-3). This is esoteric mythology in other words, and such people fail to recognize this. It is no different than Greco-Roman culture, as the Bible basically is Greco-Roman culture (at least when you understand the nature of the Septuagint and the Greek New Testament). Such "salvation" spoken of is simply the enlightenment of this eon (John 10:10), a salvation from corruption in this present time period ("you have" 1 John 5:13); the receiving of wisdom through the necromantic context of light in other words (see Necromancy). This is simply Gnostic teaching (not Christian), and modernized "occultists" simply reject such dark arts knowledge.

Further, to exemplify just how such mystery culture works, notice how the apostle Paul in Galatians 4:22-25 understands the character Hagar from Genesis; he understands her as a mountain. As he says: "for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia" (Galatians 4:25). This is a classic example of the proper Biblical perspective; it is obscure reading. Jesus (the sun, Ps. 84:11) taught in the same esoteric manner (e.g. Mark 4:10-12; John 4:5-14, 32-34; 6:51-52, 60-63). As Paul also says in 1 Corinthians 9:9,
For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about? 
In other words, the text of Deuteronomy 25:4 reads as "oxen", but oxen is not the concern nevertheless (even though it reads that way). And so it is with the Bible in general; people frequently have no idea how to read it. And, this is the same kind of culture as Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, Norse, etc. They are all mystery cultures whose writings contain esoteric symbolism, stories of the sun, moon, and stars (and in some cases mountains, trees, etc.). It is just as the Native American Ojibwa tribe tale of The Sun and the Moon. Basically, the story tells of a husband chasing his wife, going after her; yet at the end of the tale, it explains both characters as the sun and moon the entire time.4 This is the same exact way the Hebrews understood things (see Genesis 37:9-10; Psalm 19:4-5).

Moreover, another emphatic example of the Bible teaching in direct opposition to Christianity is the topic of divination. In Genesis 44:15, the "righteous character" Joseph says to his brothers: "Did you not know that such a man as I can certainly practice divination?" This statement is made in the context of verse 5, where Joseph rhetorically reveals that he "indeed practices divination" (as he says in the passage). A Christian website argues against this Biblical teaching however, stating:
"If Joseph did practice divination with the silver cup, it was not divination in the pagan sense but seeking God’s will through a particular method." (https://www.gotquestions.org/Joseph-divination.html, fourth paragraph)
The fact of the matter is, it is in the pagan sense, as this is actually a pagan practice of divination known as scyphomancy. The Bible is very pagan. In fact, that is one of the common errors people often make: they are totally fine with paganism, yet repudiate the Bible, even though the Bible parallels the paganism. Such an unsubstantiated bias is anything but "occult," as it is not a perspective of wisdom or harmony, but rather, of confusion and incoherence.

Furthermore, Proverbs 16:10 says point blank: 
Divination is on the lips of the king; his mouth must not transgress in judgment.
This puts divination (magic) in a good light. Also, the "wise men" of Matthew 2:1 are literally magicians (Magi), since the Greek term used there is actually μάγοι, a nominative plural form of μάγος which means magician (the same Greek is used in Acts 13:6, 8 for the "evil" magician). Thus, "magicians from the East came to Jerusalem." Aaron (Moses' brother) can likewise be seen practicing magic in Exodus chapter 7. There, the Concordant Literal Version even states that the magicians "did so with their occultisms" (Exodus 7:11); if you read the verse prior, Moses' brother Aaron is doing the same thing they are.

However, one may also wonder about a passage like Leviticus 19:26, which actually condemns the practice of divination. Or, Deuteronomy 18:10 which condemns witchcraft. Is this not in opposition to the above passages with Joseph? Welcome to ancient literature⁠:

What needs to be understood is that Bible does not teach the Bible. Instead, it teaches the concept of scrolls, tablets, and writings in general (e.g. Exodus 24:12; 31:18; Isaiah 30:8; Hosea 8:12; Daniel 10:21; 2 Timothy 3:15-16). It never demands "one book" containing consistent teaching (as Christians believe with the doctrine of innerancy). To the contrary, the Bible teaches against the idea of innerancy (e.g. Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Jeremiah 8:8-9; Revelation 22:18-19), and even describes men as "perverting the words" in Jeremiah 23:36. Thus, it is no surprise to find opposing teachings scattered. This is not unusual when dealing with the ambiguous nature of ancient literature⁠—such is archaeology, and should be expected in regards to the compilation of differing documents. This kind of issue also fits the "warring of perspectives" notion (see Witches & Prophets).

Moreover, this sort of thing is only problematic in the Christian kind of world view; for the occultist, when it comes to cultures of antiquity and their mystical writings, all of them can be used; any of the texts can be studied and tested (1 Thess. 5:21) regardless of the variation in teachingsWhy? Because comparative mythology is a tool of divination. The earth itself works in patterns and variety⁠—whether it is crops, animals, or even human idealogies in general, all are a product of the earth, and can therefore be utilized in magical studies. As Job 12:8 says: "speak to the earth, and it will teach you." This of course falls in line with the micro/macrocosm perspective, the world understood as a body.5 When this is all understood, the occult nature of the Bible suddenly becomes manifest.

Finally, one may argue that Acts 11:26 mentions the disciples being called "Christians" in Antioch. Acts 26:28 has a king saying "You almost persuade me to become a Christian." And, 1 Peter 4:16 says "Yet if [anyone suffers] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed." The issue? These are English Christian translations of the Bible. And, they are anachronistic therefore. The Greek word used in each of these instances is actually Χριστιανός, and its context is esoteric Gnostics, the astral Christ (Christos), not Protestantism or Catholicism (Christianity). It is an entirely different concept in other words, as the latter teaches a very mundane, force-fed ideology, while the former presents traditional spirituality.

Robert Anthony

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Footnotes:

1. If you are unaware of the difference between true occultism and commercial occultism, you may want to watch my video on the subject.

2. Which is totally against Moses in Exodus 32 of course. Instead of "giving in" to Yahweh's ideas, Moses put forth his own idea (directly in contrast to God's idea), and ended up changing God's mind to his point of view (Exodus 32:7-14). This is a good example of self empowerment.

3. An emphatic example of this is well demonstrated on www.carm.org (a Christian website) which says: "God does not create evil in the moral sense" (https://carm.org/does-god-create-evil). Aside from the fact that Isaiah 45:7 point blank says that God creates evil (KJV), Lamentations 3:38 likewise asserts:
Out of the mouth of the most High proceeds not evil and good?
The Hebrew word for "evil" here is רַע, and it is used in the "moral sense" (e.g. Micah 2:1). What Christians completely lack wisdom on is the correspondences of good and evil (the equilibrium of opposites). This occult philosophy cuts back to early perspectives, and is well illustrated here in the Hebrew Bible. Keep in mind, Yahweh is being understood from an ouroboros point of view, a primary source in nature, just as Ra is described in The Egyptian Book of the Dead ("self-begotten" ch. XV). The good and evil balance is simply part of nature (the ancient idea of "God"), and Christianity is completely in the dark on this issue.

4. Native American Myths and Legends, p. 161-162

5. Note 1 Corinthians 15:12-27 where the apostle Paul uses this sort of ancient occult philosophy to explain the congregation as the body of Christ. 


The Inverted Cross

The notion of the inverted cross⁠ has undoubtedly been "flipped on its head" over time. What is often displayed today in a setting of merchandise and satanic band imagery, really has very little to do with the actual dark arts of antiquity. 

Textually speaking, the concept of inverted crucifixion actually links back to Gnosticism—specifically The Acts of Peter, a Gnostic1 text which people may confuse with The Acts of Peter and Paul (a completely separate work). The latter has the Apostle Peter being crucified upside down in a context of him not being worthy to die in the same way as Jesus. The Acts of Peter on the other hand gives an entirely different explanation.
And the Lord said unto him: I go into Rome to be crucified. And Peter said unto him: Lord, art thou (being) crucified again? He said unto him: Yea, Peter, I am (being) crucified again. And Peter came to himself: and having beheld the Lord ascending up into heaven, he returned to Rome, rejoicing, and glorifying the Lord, for that he said: I am being crucified: the which was about to befall Peter. (The Acts of Peter, XXXV)
Now of course, when many people hear concepts like "Jesus" or "the Apostle Peter" brought up, they immediately think Christianity. Why? Because they do not understand the occult nature of the Bible. This is Gnosticism, ancient occultism in its traditional form. Jesus and Peter are solar characters;  these texts are mystery writings, covered in enigmas and motifs. This is not "Christianity" as many have been deceived into thinking. In fact, notice here in the text that there is an equation made between Peter and Christ. Jesus being crucified again, is in fact, Peter being crucified. As he says: "I am (being) crucified again" referring to Peter's upcoming death. This of course cuts back to the ancient belief of unified manifestation⁠—a plurality of being; the same concept can likewise be seen in the Gospel of Thomas where James the Just is spoken of as Christ himselfby means of description (1:12), and thus, the equation.3

Moreover, notice how Jesus ascends into heaven (above) while Peter remains on earth (beneath) in this story, the "As above, so below" apothegm being displayed in such an equation of opposites. In fact, Peter goes on to describe this very concept after:
Concerning which the Lord saith in a mystery: Unless ye make the things of the right hand as those of the left, and those of the left as those of the right, and those that are above as those below, and those that are behind as those that are before, ye shall not have knowledge of the kingdom. (The Acts of PeterXXXVIII, bold added)
This is all said while he is hanging upon the upside down cross, as he previously describes saying: "I beseech you the executioners, crucify me thus, with the head downward and not otherwise." Plus, in essence, the text subsequently leads into traditional Necromancy, his death signifying the idea of "man that first came unto birth" (as Peter adds). In other words, this inverted death on the cross is teaching somethingsomething of mystery and secret knowledge. This can be learned from the death (i.e. necromancy). 

Additionally, the symbol of the inverted cross is often associated with Satan today. However, as misinformation hailstorms upon individuals within the acquisitive "satanic culture," the ancient concept of satan shows itself to be quite the adversarial mythological archetype. Satan is simply a motif (e.g. Samael, Azazel, Demiurge), not a specific single being or character (as the Christian church evidently has confused many people into thinking). And, Satan is not lucifer either; lucifer is a latin term astrologically referring to the king of Babylon in Isaiah 14:12 (parallel to the Hebrew word הֵילֵל), as well as referring to Jesus himself in the Latin Vulgate (2 Peter 1:19 "morning star"). And, of course, the Apostle Peter is identified as satan, as Jesus says:
Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”  But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” (Matthew 16:22-23)
This is the same exact Greek construction used in Matthew 4:10 when Jesus says to the devil: "Get behind me Satan!" (ύπαγε οπίσω μου σατανά). The term satan simply means adversary, specifically in a solar ecliptic context. In other words, it is a concept that takes the opposite position of light (e.g. Zechariah 3:1), and consistent with the Trismegistus aphorism, there is a correspondence put forth. This is emphatically seen in the Book of Job where satan is seen in opposition to Yahweh, yet nevertheless "by his side" (so to speak) in the heavens; thus, the equivalence.4 It is the same with Matthew 4, as Jesus and Satan are in contrast to one another, the devil nonetheless is in the position of power as he is ("All these things I will give You if . . ." Matthew 4:9). And so, this same pattern is seen with Peter and Jesus—Peter is an offense to Christ, satanic, and yet on his side as an Apostle simultaneously.

Lastly, some may argue for a difference between the Gnostic Peter and the Peter of the Biblical Gospels; yet such people fail to discern that the Gospels are indeed Gnostic (see The Gnostic New Testament). Further, compare the reversed crucifixion in the Acts of Peter to Jesus' words to him at the end of the Gospel of John:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry [you] where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.” (John 21:18-19, bold added)

Robert Anthony

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Footnotes:

1. Gnosticism being quite the occult practice, as Richard Cavendish was even able to grasp (The Black Arts, p. 131), but apparently many others fail to see.

2. Compare "for whose sake heaven and earth came into being" to Colossians 1:16.

3. Also see John 14:7-10; 17:20-21 [10:30-31]; Matthew 25:34-45; Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 15:28 for more on a "oneness" concept.

4. Actually, the entire Book of Job seems to just be one big solar eclipse. Notice, it starts off good, sudden darkness arises, but towards the end, light comes into Job's life as things are restored. What is relevant here is the coinciding notion of Yahweh and Satan as opposites. Basically, once the "lunar darkeness" (Satan, the eclipse) comes into the picture, the anguish begins. Later on when God steps in for the restoration, all is well again.


Demons & Spirits

When encountering the topic of demons and spirits, a multiplicity of sources can be brought to the tableone of the more well known being the Ars Goetia (a book of seventy two demons, included in the Lesser Key of Solomon). However, contrary to what is noted in the Lesser Key itself (i.e. "The spirits of the Goetia are portions of the human brain"), some seem to be under the impression that the demons spoken of are actual existing beings⁠—ones that can be summoned. Yet, such a perspective is not only at odds with ancient ideology, but also holds no solidity as far as the literature itself goes.

The underlying text (The Testament of Solomon) shows itself to be coated in astro-theological content, the demons being connected to the stars and constellations (e.g. TSol 4:6; 5:4, 8; 6:7; 7:6). In chapter 14 you even have the mention of the esoteric dragon (similar to Revelation 12 in the Bible), the context of "the heavens" being quite conspicuous. But this is no surprise of course, given the ancient Hebrew culture (one of star-tales, e.g. Genesis 37:9-10; Job 38:7; Isaiah 14:12). In fact, the Tanakh does not even speak of demons as "spiritual beings" at any point. Aside from the Hebrew term שֵׁד, the Septuagint utilizes the Greek δαιμόνιον, a word in reference to graven images⁠ and insentient idols (e.g. Psalm 105:36-37 LXX).1 Where the Masoretic text says "all the gods of the peoples are idols" (Psalm 96:5), the Septuagint has "all the gods of the nations are demons [δαιμόνια]." And so, this was "demons" in the ancient perspective⁠—inanimate objects of silver and gold (Psalm 135:15-17).2

This also comes down to canonization, as the apocryphal Book of Tobit (not included in the Masoretic tradition) does indeed speak of a "demon" (δαιμονιον) as an evil spirit (πνευμα πονηρον). However, it is in the context of clear solar eclipse mythology. Notice, the angel instructs Tobias to open up a fish, take out its heart and liver (Tobit 6:4), and burn them in order to create smoke which drives the demon away (Tobit 6:16; 8:2-3). This burning of what came out of the fish depicts "the sun" which chases away "darkness" (the demon). How so? Notice, this same story is told in the Gospel of Matthew (17:27), where Jesus instructs the apostle Peter to open the mouth of a fish, take out a coin, and "chase away" the tax receiver (like the demon). Such stories clearly fit the motif of Jonah and the fish,3 Jonah being the sun of course (Christ/God, Psalm 84:11; Matthew 12:39-41; 16:4; Luke 11:29-32; see Ecliptic Lore) who comes out of the fish (these correlations are quite specific). And so, you do have the concept of the demon as an evil spirit in the Book of the Tobit, but, it's a solar eclipse.

More than this, Christians may attempt to read demonic beings into the Old Testament term mentioned above. Actually, certain Christian Bible translations of Leviticus 17:7 mention sacrifices to "demons" (e.g. NKJV), but in the Hebrew, this passage is actually referring to goat worship.4 The same Hebrew word (שָׂעִיר) is in the prior chapter, used in reference to the sacrificial goat (Leviticus 16:8, 10). Interestingly enough, the "scapegoat" in these passages is specifically the word for "Azazel" (עֲזָאזֵל), one of the fallen angels in the Book of Enoch (e.g. ch. 8-10, 13). Azazel is also mentioned in the Apocalypse of Abraham (e.g. ch. 13), appearing as a talking bird who tells Abraham of the destruction which would come upon him if he "ascends to the height." Later on in the story, Azazel is seen as one who is likened to a dragon with 12 wings (23:7-12), the esoteric signification being quite emphatic.

Further, the New Testament has its usage of δαιμονιον, likewise referring to idols as demons (e.g. 1 Corinthians 10:19-21; Revelation 9:20), but for the most part, "demons" are seen as the embodiments of sicknesses and diseases (e.g. Matthew 4:24; 8:16; Mark 1:32-34; 6:13; Luke 9:1), things like blindness (Matthew 12:22) and epilepsy (Matthew 17:15-18). Indeed, they are found speaking as characters, but it is in an enigmatic context.Basically, when the evil spirits left people, it was the sickness leaving them (e.g. Acts 19:12). And keep in mind, the Greek word for "spirit" is πνεῦμα, and it literally means "breath" (e.g. 2 Thess 2:8 "breath of his mouth").This term is repeatedly used in reference to ones "context." For instance, if the "spirit [breath] of deep sleep" was to come upon someone, it meant they were tired (Isaiah 29:10). Or, the girl who was possessed with a spirit [breath] of divination" (Acts 16:16), she was a fortune-teller in other words, for once the apostle Paul commands the spirit out of her, her fortune telling ceased.7 

So, this is "demons" in ancient culture. Essentially, today there remains a very common misunderstanding regarding these sorts of topics, as many confuse esoteric symbolism with "the supernatural." The problem? It makes a butchering out of the texts, removing the initial setting and placing things into an abyss of disorientation.

[Also see the accompanying video: Demons & Spirits]


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Footnotes:

1. Also used in Deuteronomy 32:17, "They sacrificed to demons, not to God . . ." Compare this to Exodus 32:8. Also, Isaiah 65:3 has "they offer sacrifices in gardens, and burn incense on bricks to demons, which exist not." Exist not? Such fits the perspective of graven images, as 2 Kings 19:18 says: "for they [were] not gods, but the work of men’s hands–wood and stone." Also, in Isaiah 65:11 there is "they . . . prepare a table for the demon."

2. There is also the usage of Isaiah 13:21 which states:
But wild beasts shall rest there; and the houses shall be filled with howling; and monsters shall rest there, and demons [δαιμόνια] shall dance there, (LXX)
The context of demons here is wild beasts, actual living animals (unlike idols, e.g. Psalm 115:4-7). Such a usage appears to fit "evil animals" (Genesis 37:20, 33; Leviticus 26:6; Ezekiel 5:17; 34:25) or something similar (as idols [the normative usage of the term] are evil). This also may be the intention of Psalms 90:6 LXX, "nor of an evil thing that walks in darkness; nor of calamity, and a demon at noon-day." There is also Isaiah 34:14 which says:
And demons shall meet with satyrs, and they shall cry one to the other: there shall satyrs rest, having found for themselves [a place of] rest. (LXX)
Yet again, the context is living animals (Isaiah 34:13, 15). This "satyrs" translation is from Brenton, but the Greek term is ὀνίνημι, and its usage in Philemon 1:20 shows that it has to do with profiting. The Greek word for satyr is actually σάτυρος. Moreover, the Hebrew text of Isaiah 34:14 mentions "the night creature" using the term lilith (לִּילִית). However, nothing in this particular setting suggests the demoness character as the meaning. Although, you do have the Dead Sea Scrolls mention of Lilith:
"And I, the Instructor, proclaim His glorious splendor so as to frighten and to te[rrify] all the spirits of the destroying angels, spirits of the bastards, demons, Lilith, howlers . . ." (Songs of the Sage, Lines 4–5)
Left to the Tanakh however, you have no such theme given.

3. Notice Tobit 6:2, "a fish leaped out of the river, and would have devoured him."

4. You also have the 2 Chronicles 11:15 usage: "for goats, and for calves, that he made." In this case, it is a handcrafted goat idol. In the Leviticus 17:7 case, you have no such specific mention, and the Hebrew term is used for actual goats throughout Leviticus (e.g. Leviticus 4:23-24; 9:3, 15; 10:16; 23:19).

5. This is simply how Hebraic mythology works. Notice, the evil spirit who speaks in Acts 19:15 is identified as a disease in the context (Acts 19:12). Thus, it is a talking disease in the passage, and this brings the point across; Paul and Jesus held power over the sickness, while the traveling exorcists had no such power (Acts 19:16). This is a good example of an ancient medical perspective—it was spiritually related (like a witch doctor). In Leviticus 14, the leper was to be taken to a specific priest (regarding the healing). As for Jesus and the herd of swine tale (e.g. Matthew 8:28-32), it is the same motif as the scapegoat in Leviticus 16:21-22; the animal bears their iniquities into the wilderness, and likewise the pigs carry the "sickness" (demons) into the sea (iniquity and sickness are likened, Mark 2:17). Yet, the story is told in the form of talking demons (as in Acts 19:15). Inanimate concepts "talking" is simply part of the ancient form of literature. Notice in Judges 9:8-15, it describes trees as talking, having a conversation. 

6. Notice in Revelation 16:14, "breaths of demons" coming out of the mouths of the dragon and the two beasts ("unclean breaths" 16:13). 

7. Additionally, in 1 Timothy 4:1 Paul mentions some "giving heed to deceiving breaths and doctrines of demons." Doctrines of demons? Notice Habakkuk 2:18, it calls the molded image "a teacher of lies" yet says "mute idols" (also see Jeremiah 10:8; Isaiah 19:3 "consult the idols"). How is a mute idol a teacher of lies? By means of depiction of course, as the earth itself can even teach (see Job 12:8; Isaiah 19:3 LXX). A field even teaches in Proverbs 24:30-32.


Mark of the Beast

The number 666 is quite popular within satanic/occult culture today. It is often put to use in a "blasphemous" context of t-shirts, band logos, and dark arts display in general. However, what is absolutely baffling about this is, such individuals typically stand in complete opposition to the Bible. Yet, the Bible is what made 666 evil in the first place (Revelation 13:18). And it is here we come across the very common and confusing mentality of modernized commercial occultism⁠⁠—an inconsistent position void of any substance. 

Aside from The Egyptian Book of the Dead, The Odyssey, and many other esoteric sources that could be listed, the Bible reveals itself to be quite a large body of ancient occult literature; sources of magic, witchcraft, and necromancy making their way⁠—oddly enough⁠—into the hands of Christians for some reason (as Christianity is in direct contrast to the Biblical content).
Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of man: His number is 666. (Revelation 13:18)
Firstly, there is a Greek textual variant in this passage. In papyrus 115 the number is actually 616 (χις), which is completely different. Thus, it is all a matter of which Greek reading one goes with. Dogmatically speaking, the concept is left ambiguous.

And additionally, this number is usually associated with "the Antichrist," a character foreign to the book of Revelation. The Antichrist is mentioned in 1 John 2:18, but nothing textually demands that the beast of Revelation 13 is this same exact character. So, the entire context frequently tacked onto the number is without justification as well. 


Ornithomancy

Within the cryptic paradigm of ancient divination, ornithomancy not only ranks as one of the most powerful in its practice, but was also put to use⁠ in particular by the Greeks and Romans. Aside from its usage in The Odyssey, such omens can likewise be spotted within the Hebraic texts of the Bible (e.g. 1 Kings 17:4-6; Job 12:7; Matthew 26:34; Mark 14:30). Be it the flight, sounds, or actions of birds in general, this practice mystically allows the interpreter to cut into the hidden knowledge of nature⁠—pattern correlated depictions pointing in directions of obtainable mastery.

What you are seeing here (in the picture) is an example of an actual ornithomantic omen taking place. The photo was taken at about 6am, this instance of roaming birds following hours of previous meditation (in that same patio area). Let it be noted: this kind of event of wandering turkeys is emphatically unusual for this location. It took place at my family members house, such a thing having never occurred there before (see below).

Nevertheless, omens work in this manner (context, timing, uniqueness). I document this for the purpose of exemplification, as I practice this art on a periodical basis (among other things). And let it further be noted: this is not a supernatural event—although some may consider it to be⁠—but instead, a motif of nature. Actually, cicadas are a perfect example of nature working in this kind of way; the insects arrive only in a seasonal manner (13-17 years), but the earth is in no way limited to such a phenomenon, as many other things likewise act in this way. It is simply a matter of being studied in the patterns and timing.

Additionally, about only a month or two prior to this event, these four birds (to the left) showed up one day, but this time in the front yard (my wife and I were staying at this home temporarily). Both of these events were unique to this particular summer⁠ of 2019. These birds camped out in the yard for some time, with only one of them "crowing," the others following along in their journey of movement. However, the next morning, only one of the birds showed up again in the yard, and after that, they were never spotted again.

The meaning? What we are seeing here is a ten year recurrence pattern. These four birds signify four recurring events which parallel things that took place ten years prior (2009). The single bird which revisited the next morning of course implies the mark of the new season which would take place after. I am actually convinced (based on the examination) that this was specifically an equilibrium of opposites pattern, as four specific events that pertain to my life which took place in 2009 parallel four others in 2019, only in an "opposite form." When things on this earth align (so to speak), they can be matched with other phenomena (and this allows one to tap into the foretelling of events, similar to the prediction of an eclipse, based on positioning).

These things may sound highly odd and unusual to a layperson who is unfamiliar with true divination, but it is not unusual to the ancient practitioner. For instance, read Genesis 41 in the Bible; Joseph (who admits to practicing divination, Genesis 44:5, 15) is seen interpreting an omen of cows⁠ which took place in Pharaoh's dream. Notice, seven cows "randomly" represent seven years of famine. One may wonder how in the world this could even be possible, but again, it is only another day in the life of the diviner (understanding such symbolism on an expert level).

- Robert Anthony


Tarl Warwick?

Tarl Warwick (perhaps better known as Styxhexenhammer666 on YouTube) not only claims to be an occultist, but has also edited/authored quite a large number of occult books, as seen available on his amazon.com page. To put it briefly, Tarl was once a Christian, later became a Satanist, and now calls himself an occultist (but is actually more of a political speaker, since he basically uses the occult as mere "candy at the register," running a periodic series entitled Occult Literature alongside his political videos).

Moreover, what most people are unaware of is, that Tarl and I debated years ago (before his rise to "fame" on YouTube) by means of what is known as ICQ Chat, as we both attended the religious section there quite regularly for discussion at the time. This of course was before the high increase in usage of social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, I myself being more known for Paltalk, engaging in many different kinds of theological disputations over the course of time (especially in 2008-09). On ICQ however, it wasn't long until Tarl and I debated in 2012; the encounter ended up leading him forth to record a 19 minute YouTube video (still available), ranting on about our discussion, only to contradict his entire argument towards the end of the rant.

Furthermore, at this time Tarl was calling himself a Satanist⁠—not an occultist—I myself still being ensnared in a certain form of Christianity (which highly differed from your typical Protestantism).1 My interest was in complex theological discussion (e.g. Greek manuscripts, textual variation, etc.), while Tarl insisted on detouring us towards the very general and common debate of "the existence of God." At the time, I was putting forth a misusage of Romans 1:18-23, arguing for the "self evidence of God" (which later, based on the Greek text of Romans, I realized was not accurate). Thus, Tarl put forth his assertions, I put forth mine, and he took things—at least as he understood them—to his YouTube channel. In the end, he was unsuccessful in refuting the argument theologically of course. He simply resulted to philosophical and logical means, which although may be sufficient for some, speaks absolutely nothing towards those engulfed in such a Christian perspective. In fact, Tarl doesn't seem to be very knowledgeable of the Bible at all, but nevertheless attempts in handling such doctrinal subjects as a layperson (e.g. see his video: Hell, Sheol, Gehenna, Tartarus, Hades, etc). This is actually quite an issue I see within the alleged occult community, even today⁠—they are frequently unable to properly debunk Christianity, even in standing in direct opposition to it (for an example of what an actual refutation looks like, you may see my post entitled Turned into Hell).

And so it was, Tarl would go on to sit at home and make more videos for his channel, and I myself (in 2013) would go on to join a commune based cult group in Oklahoma, living on a ranch for 10 months among rattlesnakes, copperheads, deadly spiders, coyotes, and severe tornado warnings (only to later outsmart the leader with the Bible, several others following the exit door along with me after my departure).2 Taking a 25 (or so) hour bus ride with my wife across the country back to some family, I would then engage in further Biblical studies (along with examining nature in general from a more sincere perspective). This followed much more examination into comparative mythology, and resultantly, ancient practices which would lead inevitably to true enlightenment, exploring deep and dark hidden esoteric knowledge (which I continue to engage in to this day).

My journey is quite similar to other occult authors of the past actually (and I would only learn this later on, after my deconversion). Aleister Crowley is said to have been raised into Christianity, only to later point out inconsistencies he saw with the Bible, resulting to occultism. Eliphas Levi and ⁠Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa were very theologically based, utilizing the Bible itself in their occult teachings. To put it bluntly: only those who are learned in theology (e.g. Christianity, the Bible), actually living out these kinds of things (as displayed above) are fit to speak with understanding on magick and the dark arts, as Agrippa once said: 
"if he be not learned in theology . . . he cannot be possibly able to understand the rationality of Magick. (Natural Magic, Ch II).
True occultism/magick is an experiential process, one of authenticity and sincerity. If one is not sincere in their journey, then what realness is there to it? What power do they hold? What wisdom do they even acquire? I did not plan these things out, but instead, was lead by nature into them (Proverbs 6:23). Thus, occultism is something that is lead to through a gradual learning process, not merely "put on" one day out of nowhere. In today's "occult community" however? Many seem to be here for the clothes evidently—it is about image for many people. In fact, such is the case with Tarl as well, since he even admits (in an interview) that he wears his signature leather jacket for the purpose of fashion and image. Clearly, he is an entertainerI of course find this sort of occultism (if we dare even use the term) to be fraudulent, lacking substance and purpose. Really, having absolutely no idea what you are talking about (when it comes to religion, doctrine, mythology, and ancient texts) is not occultism. Attempting to imitate Crowley, putting on chains and leather, and walking around "angry" is not an occultist. Instead, becoming an occultist involves a unique process of metamorphosis, receiving correction and advancing in a path of wisdom and instruction. It can take many years to obtain.

Additionally, I was not even aware of the name "Tarl Warwick" until more recently. See, aside from my 2 Volume Pseudepigraphal set (which contains the Testament of Solomon), one day, as somewhat of an "add on item," I purchased the Tarl Warwick edition of the Testament of Solomon through Amazon. Afterwards, upon searching who the editor even was, I found out that it was in fact "Styxhexenhammer666," or as I know him: some guy from ICQ that I debated years ago who made a video rant about me after. Nowadays? He leads slightly under 400 thousand people on his YouTube channel, apparently being viewed as some kind of "occult authority" (which I myself find comical). Moreover, I have not conversed with Tarl since our discussion back in 2012. However, I must say that the woman who runs his website and merchandise is a very kind soul (as we have both met unintentionally through the Instagram hashtag system, and discussed some of my work, which she was very complimentary towards). 

For whatever it's worth, this above has been written for documentation purposes. Although I might add, Tarl is lacking some serious basic knowledge regarding the ancient concept of demons. Based on his testimony, he seems to think that an actual being he supposedly saw was a "demon." In antiquity, demons are the embodiments of diseases and sicknesses (e.g. Matthew 4:24; 8:16; Mark 1:34; 3:15; 6:13; Luke 9:42). A spirit (e.g. 1 Timothy 4:1) is simply a breath, the Greek term πνεῦμα, and it gets used esoterically for symbols (e.g. lamps, Revelation 4:5). In the Testament of Solomon you have, for instance, the spirit of the ashes (Tephras), which brings darkness and sets fire to fields, in correlation to the season of summer (hence the astrological implication), the demon's star likewise being mentioned (in the tip of the moon's horn). Those who claim to be seeing ancient demons are simply missing the obvious spirituality involved in the concept. For more on this topic see Demons & Spirits.

[Also see the accompanying video: Tarl Warwick? A Commercial Occultist]

- Robert Anthony

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Footnotes:

1. The Christian doctrines I once held to exceeded that of even the most extreme Calvinist, holding to views of predestination (to eternal condemnation); understanding God as the cause of all things, including sin; holding no room for disagreement among churches (based on 1 Corinthians 1:10), so on and so forth. They were not your typical "Sunday church" views (to say the least). Of course, the Christian perspective I held to would not allow me to make it through the Bible in totality (without reading dogma into certain passages, along with making other gratuitous assumptions). You may want to see my article: Is The Bible Biblical? for more on this topic.

2. Some of them having been in the group for 15-18 years.


True Divination

Particularly common within ancient ideology, divination reveals itself to be a practice not only of observational relevance, but also one of enlightenment and prognostication. It is a meticulous practice, one that seeks to obtain both hidden knowledge in general, as well as the precognition of future events (more specifically).  However, on the downside⁠, its frequent association with the "supernatural" is quite misinformative. To the contrary, the traditional art is very natural and realistic.

Similar to the foretelling of an eclipse (based on astronomical observation), or the 13-17 year seasonal marking of cicadas, divination allows one to foretell an occurrence before it even takes place. This is not based on "supernatural powers," but instead, a disciplined study of the earth itself. As the Bible says in Job 12:8,  "speak to the earth, and it will teach you." The earth works in patterns and timing; thus, not only will the diviner expediently search for synchronistic occurrences in nature, but will also be quite learned in this practice⁠—on an expert level. Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa well defined the magician as "a wise man" (Natural Magic, Introduction). One who is well learned in this field becomes "at one with this earth" (so to speak), memorizing patterns, signs, and harmonious phenomena in general. This is exactly how divination works.

So why the equation of the supernatural? Such a thing apparently comes from a gross misunderstanding of ancient esoteric symbolism. For instance, primitive civilizations would depict the sun as a man (or woman) riding a fiery chariot across the sky each day, for this was their understanding of transportation. They saw the sun as an object which races across the heavens1 and therefore described it in such a way. One reading this kind of literature from a modernized standpoint however would obviously misapprehend such a description, viewing it as superstitious and impossible (missing the entire idea). The fact of the matter is, the ancients simply worked in riddles and enigmas, and so it is with their writings on divination.

There are many different forms of divination, one of the more "well known" being necromancy. In antiquated literature, this occult practice was often pictured as individuals conversing with the dead, as if they were in fact alive (quite the contradiction). Based on the evidence however, this was simply a form of expression in the writings, since in reality, the corpse "speaks" as a motionless object by means of depiction.2 It is similar to the carved image in Hebrew mythology which is described as a "teacher of lies" in Habakkuk 2:18, and yet elsewhere is seen as a mere object that does "not speak" (e.g. Psalm 115:4-5). Thus, this inanimate "teacher" fits the knowledge being obtained by means of observance (this same concept likewise fitting with the corpse). In fact, the Egyptians were apparently obsessed with this practice, as is evident in their decorative display of tomb imagery (or the Book of the Dead).

Additionally, divination is quite at one with the interpreting of omenseven in a necromantic context. For instance, 1 Samuel 2:34 notes that the death of Hophni and Phinehas would be a sign to Eli. Receiving such knowledge from ones death is exactly what necromancy is. And, such a thing is also what is witnessed later on in the story of King Saul and the medium (1 Samuel 28). The dead (Samuel) is called up out of the ground, only to speak of King Saul's forthcoming doom. In essence, the implication of this tale is: Saul was a walking dead man by the very fact he was in opposition to God and His prophet, the esoteric attestation being that one in contrast to the righteous dead is himself cursed with death (as in Acts 5:3-5). It is no wonder that Saul in Hebrew means death.3

Furthermore, omens commonly have to do with animals, as the book of Job also asserts:
But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you. (Job 12:7)
This actually cuts into another form of divination known as ornithomancy which has to do with the receiving of knowledge via the actions (or flights) of birds, a practice condemned in the Septuagint reading of Leviticus 19:26 ("nor divine by inspection of birds [ορνιθοσκοπήσεσθε]"). An explicit example of this practice can be found in the second book of The Odyssey. There, Zeus is found sending forth two eagles which end up taring each other, the people subsequently pondering what was to come from this event. Immediately following the incident, Halitherses interprets the omen to mean that Odysseus will return.

Furthermore, one may also take note of the ornithomantic omen that takes place with Elijah and the ravens in 1 Kings 17:6, as the birds give him the bread instead of eating it themselves. The bread? Indeed, such is an enigmatic depiction of the sun, as Christ defines it in Matthew 26:26, identifying the bread as his own body (Jesus is the sun, e.g. Psalm 84:11 [cf. John 20:28]; Malachi 4:2; Revelation 1:16). Keep in mind, Elijah is of the same exact solar motif as Sol and Helios, the chariot of fire (2 Kings 2:11; see Eliptic Lore); in Norse Mythology, Skoll is found chasing Sol (the sun). Since Elijah is parallel to Sol, who is after him in the story? Jezebel is (1 Kings 19:1-3). However, unlike Skoll (who eventually catches Sol) or Rahu in Hinduism (who swallows the sun), Elijah is found escaping from Jezebel. So, instead of the bread (the sun/Elijah) being eaten (caught), it is given by the birds (i.e., he escapes his pursuer). Thus, this would be an example of an ornithomantic interpretation.

Moreover, another traditional form of divination is scyphomancy which involves the utilization of a cup. This practice of course is seen in Genesis 44:5 with Joseph, who even says: "Did you not know that such a man as I can certainly practice divination?" (Genesis 44:15). However, confused with the occult teachings of the Bible, some Christians may attempt to argue against a passage like this. For instance:
"If Joseph did practice divination with the silver cup, it was not divination in the pagan sense but seeking God’s will through a particular method." (https://www.gotquestions.org/Joseph-divination.html, fourth paragraph)
This is a classic example of what I call "consecrating evil." Basically, it is when one comes across the occult or pagan teachings of the Bible, but instead of condemning the teaching (as they normally would given any other culture), they justify it, setting it aside as holy and proper! The fact of the matter is, the Bible is not a Christian source; it is rather an accumulation of ancient esoteric teachings, assuredly "pagan" in its content. Notice also, Joseph is found interpreting an omen early in Genesis 41 (the cows, seven years of plenty, seven years of famine, etc.). Even in Genesis 37:9-10 an astro-theological context is seen with his dream. Actually, Jeremiah 27:9 speaks of prophets, diviners, dreamers; soothsayers, and even sorcerers all as synonymous (also see Micah 3:6-7). And, like Agrippa's idea of the magician above, Joseph defines himself as "a wise man" in Genesis 41:33. He is clearly seen as a diviner, one who interprets omens (Deuteronomy 18:10).4

Finally, as far as fortune tellers prophesying, we can look to Book XI of The Aeneid (Virgil). There, the prophetess is identified as a "foreknower of the future." In this setting, Aeneas seeks help from the god Apollo, and yet goes to the Sibyl. It is here where she results to divination, and like the fortune-teller in Acts 16:16, she becomes possessed by Apollo⁠—prophesying of what was to come. Interestingly, in the story Aeneas claims to have already guessed and prepared for what the prophetess foretold (i.e. the war to come). The difference? A diviner is well learned and skilled in the practice of divination, while Aeneas simply took a guess at it.

This story is coated in symbolism of course; beside the necromantical scene that follows after (a desire to descend into the underworld in order to visit his dead father, a golden bough required to be plucked, and a corpse to be placed in a tomb), this idea of Apollo (the sun/light) possessing the woman fits well with what is known as a high level of enlightenment (cf. Psalm 119:99-100). Basically, the ancient concept of "god" was understood as wisdom itself (e.g. Yahweh [Proverbs 8:14; 1 Corinthians 1:24]; Athena; Minerva; etc.). Therefore, this possession was a way of describing wisdom and understanding overtaking the individual. This is how the "divine" concept fits in actually, since wisdom was thought of in such a way. Divination is practiced by the wise (the sage), and only through strict discipline and industrious study will the hidden knowledge be properly obtained.

[Also see the accompanying video: Ancient Divination]


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Footnotes:

1. Psalm 19:4-5 is a good example of this.

2. As Isaiah 66:24 says:
"And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh."
Notice, even though these people are dead, they are nonetheless an abhorrence to the others. Why? Aren't they mere corpses? Well, that is the point, they are seen through the lens of a specific context⁠—how they lived previously on the earth (i.e. as transgressors). Thus, their dead bodies depict this idea, and cause them to be hated by the living. It is an understanding based on looking upon the corpses in other words.

3. Minus the vowel pointing, Saul and Sheol [grave, death] are the same exact word: שאול. Does this matter theologically speaking? Of course, as the Dead Sea Scrolls lack vowel points, and this would make the words identical therefore (not to mention Saul's context is killing himself [1 Samuel 31:4], pointing death in his own direction).

4. In Deuteronomy 18:10, a practitioner of witchcraft, a soothsayer, an interpreter of omens, and a sorcerer are all in the same spiritual theme. Yet, it also mentions those who make their children "pass through the fire." This is another concept that often gets pulled out of its mystical context. It turns out that this actually has to do with one going through suffering and discipline, as 1 Peter 1:17 well shows, their faith being tested by fire (cf. Revelation 2:10; Isaiah 43:2). The condemnation of this in Deuteronomy 18:10 evidently had to do with those who suffered for the name of other gods instead of Yahweh, as it is used in Ezekiel.
For when you offer your gifts and make your sons pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols, even to this day. (Ezekiel 20:31)
As it says in 2 Kings 23:10, "pass through the fire to Molech." One offering their own child is code language for giving up their own body (e.g. Gen 15:4) in the Bible, and this had to do with suffering (e.g. 1 Corinthians 13:3). It is similar to the "crucifying yourself daily" notion (Matthew 16:24/Galatians 5:24), giving yourself up as an offering to the gods spiritually (as it says above in Ezekiel 20:31, "offer your gifts").


[Note: if you are interested in topics such as divination, I will be covering this concept (among other things) in much more detail in my upcoming book, Consecrated Evil]