“ In one sense Magick may be defined as the name given to Science by the vulgar.” – Aleister Crowley
Although I once embraced the term magick, today I find it the term belittling of the tremendous gift bestowed on humanity. Although I do not believe it is unique to humanity, of all the creatures I have known on this earth, we humans seem to have the most promise in this department. The term magic is most often associated with trickery or primitive superstitions. Hardly a worthy term for something so sacred. I will use my little dance with the “Dancing Wiccans” to illustrate.
“Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” – Aleister Crowley
Shortly after my traumatic brain injury, while I was still filled with rage and lacked the tools to manage that rage, I thought to bring attention to a blight on low brow new age (pronounced newag) mumbo jumbo. For the pedophilia content of the book The Witches Bible, I chose to target its authors Gavin and Yvonne Frost. Although I remained focus on these individuals and the most serious topic of pedophilia, the real subject of my protest was a far broader topic.
While pedophelia is a very serious matter, the broader matter is misplaced tolerance and the divorce of that which I call God. Call it what you will, I feel very strongly that there is a difference between right and wrong, moral and immoral, ethical and unethical, and (dare I say it) good and evil.
While I am sincerely glad humanity has begun divorcing the labeling and cataloging of good and evil created by ancient institutions of religion, I feel we have gone too far in distancing ourselves from the core concept that their is a difference between right and wrong. After all, specific instruction must change with the changing world. Fortunately, the social evolution of humanity addresses this very challenge.
Consider the issue of Birth Control and the Affordable Care Act. Many Americans object to the birth control mandate out of religious conviction. They feel it is wrong because their religion instructs that one should be fruitful and multiply. How dare the government encourage birth control when scripture indicates it is wrong?
Where being fruitful and multiplying once served an important issue of survival, now that resources are challenged by humanities girth, the same instruction might dwindle our chances of survival. I do not believe we have to divorce right and wrong to distance ourselves from what was right and wrong 5,000 years ago. I believe that while we can still turn to ancient advice, the more important issue is that we turn to our own mind and our own heart. To seek guidance from that portion of god which lives within can live within each and every one of us.
So then, my goal was to bring attention to what Gavin and Yvonne Frost had written for the purpose of demonstrating that tolerance had run a muck. I sought to steer folk back to the idea that there is right and there is wrong. That reading pedophilia instruction should not be met with tolerance for the authors point of view. That claiming religious freedom or freedom of speech does not negate the concept of right and wrong. You see these freedoms are worthless to a society if they are not balanced with the equal right to say “no”, to object wildly, to call shenanigans.
To that end, I used shenanigans of my own.
“Illustration: It is my Will to inform the World of certain facts within my knowledge. I therefore take “magical weapons”, pen, ink, and paper … The composition and distribution of this book is thus an act of Magick by which I cause Changes to take place in conformity with my Will.”- Aleister Crowley
At the time of my shenanigans, several Pagan Pride festivals not only tolerated Gavin and Yvonne Frost’s writings, they paid to have them speak at their events and welcomed their sales of The Witches Bible (retitled The Good Witches Bible). Other authors by far ignored and overlooked what the two had written, what they claimed was the foundation of the Church and School of Wicca, what they claimed was the very foundation of Wicca itself. There was very little discussion of how their instructions were just plain wrong.
To cause change, several friends and I created a stink. While you might google my name and read that I burnt Gavin and Yvonne Frost in effigy, that never occurred nor was it ever planned. Instead, during a public ritual at the final Real Witches Ball, my wife and I tore the offensive book in half. We each then shoved our halves of the book into a cavity fashioned in realistic life size effigies of the couple. That cavity was located where a rectum would be on a human. As we did, we announced we were returning the book to whence it came.
So we did not burn the Frosts in effigy. Instead, we anally fist fucked them with their own book in effigy. I am not sure why so many folk are hung on the idea of burning things. The way I see things, burning people in effigy might be overly offensive to a community that feels it was once burned at the stake. However, returning something to where it came is a happy happy joy joy sort of act. Their book is shit, we returned it to its natural habitat. Kind of like returning a baby fawn to the woods or a whale to the ocean.
As planned, the minions of tolerance were outraged. How dare a person use freedom of expression to dissagree with freedom of speech? Of course I did what I could to egg them on until things to to the point where I knew the thing had a life of its own. That point was when someone announced that I was the Pagan Hitler and some mucky muck with the Covenant of the Goddess was shooting me in effigy, and another numb nut was threatening to crush my skull with a baseball bat. Taking my cue from the idea that when the name Adolph Hitler is invoked, the discussion is over, I just sort of let things follow the path I had intended.
Now, years later, it is clear that my will has manifest. Although I am kind of confused as to why someone would think I am rotting in prison, note the first comment in response to the new rebuking of Gavin and Yvonne Frost.
“Well…I guess AJ Drew can rot in prison knowing that his personal campaign has achieved it’s goal. ” – Kate at Wild Hunt
Yes Kate, my personal campaign has achieved its goal. But not in opinion turning against Gavin and Yvonne Frost and not from a prison cell. Instead, the goal I have achieved was to nudge folk into addressing the idea that God, Goddess, or what ever you want to call it is alive, well, and waiting in our hearts to be consulted. I have watched it happen silently from my family homestead here in the foothills of Kentucky where I am living the life I have written about, with goat kisses for all.
That, my dear, is magick.