(Note from Daven: Some might question the necessity of this piece of information here, but I think it’s necessary. So long as we are living in the United States, it behooves us, as Wiccans and Pagans, to take a hard look at those in power and in charge of our government and look at the weapons that we can use and what can be used against us. Even if you live in another country, you may want to think about the points raised here.)
Magick and the Second Amendment
The “anti-witchcraft” pogroms of many times and cultures have in some sense been the esoteric equivalents of the current “anti-gun” and “anti-self-defense” movements now in full cry in the USA. Or perhaps it is more accurate that the “anti-gun” movement in this country at this time is a secular analogue of all “anti-witchcraft” movements, and that both are just different expressions in different times and places of “anti-self-defense movements” and laws and official penalties of all kinds the intent of which is to restrict, hinder, even ban outright any and all forms of self-defense, especially citizen self-defense against oppressions visited upon them by state, religious, or other authority. Magick is just a generalized form of engineering and technology that includes biophysical — psychic and telekinetic — applications as well as strictly physical ones, and can be used to produce very effective methods of self-defense against any and all comers. Aleister Crowley was just the Ned Buntline or the Winchester of esoteric Art and Science; Anton Szandor LaVey is their Gatling — or maybe their J. Robert Oppenheimer or Leo Szilard or Enrico Fermi. Whosoever is truly serious about banning Magick — or any of the other disciplines upon which it dependent for its theory and techniques, such as astrology or Alchemy — is therefore just another manifestation of the same spirit that would cripple or destroy the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
This Amendment was put in place so that the people would be able to guard the other rights guaranteed them by the Bill of Rights, especially those covered by the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It is only by exercise of the First Amendment that men’s souls are kept alive. If a man’s* soul is dead, not all the guns in the world will give him the Will to take charge of his life or act of his own initiative, for his own reasons, in his own behalf or those he loves. And if his soul and Will are dead, Magick is impossible for him — for Magick is the Art and Science of causing change in conformity with Will, and is only possible for live-souled men with healthy hearts and Wills. The First Amendment is to esoteric engineering and technology — Magick — what the Second is to physical engineering and technology: an end-product of weapons technology by which men are capable of defending themselves, their loved ones, and all else they hold dear — especially their liberty, their right and ability to determine their own destinies, free of interference by tyranny of any sort. The right to Magick springs from the same roots that the right to possession and responsible use of physical weapons of all kinds does: the love of liberty and the determination to defend it from any and all would-be tyrants and oppressors, whatever it may take, whatever does the job best. Pagans, NeoPagans, and occultists of all kinds therefore are on the same side of the political fence as those dedicated to defending and preserving the Second Amendment, whether either realizes it or not: for all of them are dedicated to preservation, study, development, and application of technologies which can enable _anyone_, of any age or gender or ethnic background, to defend him- or herself against oppressors of any kind. I therefore think we’d better hang together, gang, whether we are “evil sorcerous nigger-lovin’ queerboy Jewboy nerd wimp bra-burnin'” occultists/Pagans/NeoPagans/etc and/or “religious right-wing Fundamentalist gun-nuts” promoting the Second Amendment — because otherwise, one of these days the Conspiracy is gonna hang us all separately (assuming that they don’t just do a mass barbecue trip on us, instead, or blow us to smithereens with a pocket nuke that CNN then tells everyone was a “fertilizer bomb” . . .).
*_Nota bene_: “Man” here is meant generically, the same word used in German to mean “one,” “any designated sentient individual of either sex and any age,” etc., rather than “adult male human being.”