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; this 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 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 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. In other words, he's 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. It was 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.


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