The Elixir Vitae is as far as the next breath.

To conspire means to “breathe with.”

The ultimate conspiracy is between your breath and the breath of the universe.

Yuan Qi, the original cosmic breath is always there, it’s the confusion in between that gets in the way.

Know your own breath, know the cosmic breath … 1000 Victories.




“A good stew is worth more than false philosophy.” (Rene Daumal)

Theology is what happens when didactic philosophy replaces animistic ontology.

This is a byproduct of a civilization’s increasing urban complexity, specialization, and logocentric separation from the primacy of direct participatory experience with the cosmos.

As this happens, direct contact…

““But exceed! exceed! Strive ever to more! and if thou art truly mine — and doubt it not, an if thou art ever joyous! — death is the crown of all.”

Liber AL 2:71,72

Remembering Richard Chaney who I studied with for five years at UofO before his untimely death…

“It’s all right to conform to a person’s wishes if it ultimately benefits you. But only fools follow along with the herd, letting an impersonal entity dictate to you. The key is to choose a master wisely instead of being enslaved by the whims of the many.”

(Anton Lavey)


“I believe in one secret and ineffable LORD, and in one Star in the Company of Stars of whose fire we are created, and to which we shall return” (Creed from the Gnostic Mass)

Some people critique that Americans are too individualistic and thus not amenable to cooperative and communitarian…

“Hell was invented to scare to death the unruly human mind and bring it to obedience.”

― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

All advancement ultimately depends on paradoxically self disciplined and unruly indviduals casting off the fear of punishment.

This punishment is ultimately conceptualized in the notion of Hell. Behind…

Regardless of the nature of that Will, a unified and coherent one usually overcomes a fragmented one.

This same principle that applies to the individual scales to the group

This is why fragmented coalitions don’t usually do well against the focused and faithfully convicted over time unless that coalition has…

“all must be done well and with business way” (Liber AL III:41)

Some place in Oregon could be a future Monte Verite.

Monte Verite was a visionary community in Ascona Switzerland Pre-WW2 that promoted natural living, free love, spiritual practices, art, and social experimentation.

It inspired writers like Herman Hesse…

On Building a War Engine III

In the past several years I’ve heard people use the word “Gatekeeping” as a form of moral censure when it comes to communities of practice.

The underlying moral position is that there should be no barriers to knowledge and that egalitarianism is virtuous.


Mark Thomas Shekoyan

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