"It won't tire me," said I. "I love children."
1. However, how's this for Freedom's land?
"Out in Colorado is a case illustrating the point. A female spy of
the office department wrote to a physician for information as to means of
preventing conception. She made a eugenic plea, telling a story of a husband
discharged from an asylum, defective children already born and a desire to
avoid others. The desired information was sent by mail. The spy changed her
name and location, wrote a similar appealing letter and received the same
information. That doctor is now serving a ten year sentence in a federal
prison -- five years for each of these letters" (Theodore Schroeder in "The
Forum," Jan. 1914).
2. Vide the articles of Samuel Hopkins Adams in the N. Y. Tribune. I do not
agree, though, that newspapers should be responsible for their advertisers.
3. She also heard from the Legislature "We have a law on the way to make the
practice of astrology a misdemeanor instead of mere disorderly conduct. I
think I can get it sidetracked. If I succeed, will you and your colleagues
give me a little freewill offering of say Two Thousand Dollars?"
4. In America naked statuary is "disgusting." The only decent statue ever
produced by any one even remotely claimed by America, the Bacchante of
McMonnies, was barred in Boston. No man ever fashioned sculpture purer than
that. On the other hand, on the door of the lavatory of the Claridge, one of
New York's best hotels, is a copper relief, crude and clever, of two naked men
embracing as they micturate. "Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites, who strain at a gnat and swallow a camel!"
5. Evening Post, Feb. 9, 1915.
6. I wrote this at random. On re-reading, I remembered Poe's "Moon-Hoax,"
which did actually fool a number of quite responsible people in the United States.
Similarly, I happened to be discussing chemical theory the other
day with a most distinguished man of science, who can change the colour of
precious stones. I suggested certain experiments to him. This conversation
took place in the presence of a third person who told me jokingly that all
that had come of my suggested experiments was that the man had spoiled several
diamonds, so I chanced to ring him up today, and began, "I hear you've spoiled
a million dollars worth of diamonds over my experiments." An Englishman would
have replied "Well, the exact sum is nine hundred and ninety-seven thousand
dollars and eight cents, and I'm expecting a cheque from you in the morning."
But my friend replied quite seriously that it was not through my suggestions
at all, and that the diamonds spoiled were few and valueless.
7. N. Y. World, Aug. 2, 1914.
8. To illustrate the difference of English and American ideas of the
ridiculous, the "Forum," a high-class "advanced thought" magazine, printed
"The Sermon on the Mount" by "Jesus of Nazareth" just as if it were an
ordinary article by a promising young writer. The idea of the publication was
to influence opinion against war!!!
I despair of getting any American to see the complex ribaldry, the
ludicrous blasphemy, and the childish fatuity of the act. To any European
mind it is a masterpiece at which comment stands agog and agape. One gets a
real God-glimpse at humanity, knows not whether to be more amused at them, or
ashamed of them.
9. They treat even their doctors like children. A medical man may not buy
more cocaine, morphine, etc. than some lay official thinks is good for
10. The idea of self-control is altogether absent. A man killed his family
and himself with a "Maxium silencer" on the rifle. The only remedy suggested
was to stop the sale of "Maxium silencers"! [1994 e.v. editor notes here
"Rest of footnote illegible."]
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In March 1951 e.v. Grady McMurtry, then working on a Masters degree in Political Science at the University of California, was recalled to active duty from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Captain in the Ordnance Corps. He left his young family in Berkeley, and spent a year at Fort Holabard in Maryland, followed by nearly sixteen months abroad in Korea and Japan. Discharged at the beginning of October 1953, he moved back in with his wife and son at 2217 Channing Way, apartment D, and re-enrolled in graduate studies at the university. He now had a fresh grant on the G.I. Bill from his new service, which supported him for three more years at Berkeley. He earned extra money as a Teaching Assistant, and by working odd jobs, such as clerking at the Campus Smoke Shop (where he also bought his pipe tobacco) and ushering at the Campus Theater. For the school year 1956-57 he had an internship as an administrative analyst for the university, but during that year he failed in his doctoral exams to qualify for candidacy to continue his studies. After being allowed to re-sit the exams but still failing to qualify, Grady found himself suddenly out of school and out of work. He ended up selling used cars along Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley for a summer, until he could secure a government job in Sacramento, from which he eventually moved on to the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. During the mid-'50s in Berkeley Grady was still interested in poetry, but found little time to work on it. (Most of his surviving poetry, which was serialized in these pages for eleven years beginning in 1987 e.v., was written during the second World War, or later in Washington in the early 1960s e.v.) His only major verse project at that time was an attempt to organize some of his memories and impressions of Korea. He produced one long poem -- about a dozen pages when he typed it out complete -- sending a few sample passages to one or two friends, but afterwards either forgetting the project or deciding not to include it with his other poems. It was not at all like the lyrics or ballads he had written in the '40s, and consisted instead of disconnected quotations and fragments of memory narrative, very much in the "modernist" literary style. The following excerpt is the beginning of the poem, consisting approximately of the first twelfth of the whole, which will be continued in this column over the coming months.
Memo Pencilled On a Helmet Skull
by Grady L. McMurtry
By tunnel trip to Moji
Down the southeast coast of Honshu
Past heaven soaring Fuji and the tranquil Inland Sea
Then by naval transport
Out the port of Sasebo
And through the island studded sea lanes
To Pusan in Korea
"Land of the Morning Freshness"
Where the GI is furnished the exquisite pleasure
Of being rinsed in a heavy dew of his own perspiration
On a hot and humid day
In the Chosen land.
And so here we go again
Sweating out the boredom and the tedium
The new faces and the strange land
The hurry up and wait The heroism, the horror
The endless drive of the foreign campaign
As once again we man the frontier garrisons
Against barbarian assault
(Oh Mother of Sorrow, when will this agony end?)
The eternal sameness of moving up
Through the wreckage and debris of war
By slow train to Taegu
(Where the pensive peasant "boy-san"
In the immemorial squat of the Orient
Watches the long limbed anthropoids
Litter his station platform
With the tin can offal of their C rations)
And on past the graceful architecture
Flaunting its tattered rice paper windows
As the ghosts and gods of other days
Look down on a renewal of conflict.
How have the mighty fallen
From the high days when the Mongol Horse
Thundered out of Asia
And the Emperors of East and West
Paid tribute to the Tartar Khan.
-- to be continued --
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Foundations of Magical Practice
The Victorious City
by Brother Gregory Peters
"By Bes-na-Maut my breast I beat;
By wise Ta-Nech I weave my spell.
Show thy star-splendour, O Nuit!
Bid me within thine House to dwell,
O winged snake of light, Hadit!
Abide with me, Ra-Hoor-Khuit!"
Liber CCXX, III:38
"Now riseth Ra-Hoor-Khuit, and dominion is established in the Star of the
[An adaptation of A A Liber Samekh. Only to be performed during the course
of the waxing gibbous or full moon, never during the dark phase. Let the
aspirant be armed with the Bell, Vajra, and Mala. Incense of Abramelin or
Red Sandalwood should be lit. Flowers, a bowl of water, and a white candle
should be present on the altar.]
Also is the Star of the Flame exalted, bringing benediction to the universe."
Liber CCXXXI, vv. 4 - 5.
000. [Stand, facing East. Take three deep cleansing breaths and exhale,
letting the breath out slowly, relaxing the body. Establish a rhythmic
00. [Assume the Sign of Silence, seeing yourself in the form of the Divine
Child Harpocrates, standing upon two crocodiles afloat in the Celestial
Nile (cf. Atu XX). Visualize your entire form encased in an egg of fluidic
blue astral water. Do not proceed until the protective Silence is firmly
0. [Drop the arms to the sides, releasing the previous visualization. See a
vast, dark ocean with no waves. It is night, and the sky is dark and filled
with myriads of radiating stars. During the following sequence, visualize
the Sun rising above the waters in east with the brilliance of a Golden
Dawn. By the completion of the third line, the Sun will be in all its
glory at the zenith of the sky, radiating streams of light in all
directions, in the middle of the night:]
Nu is my Refuge [raising arms slightly]
As Hadit my Light [continuing to raise arms]
And Heru-Ra-Ha is the Strength, Force, Vigour of my arms.
[Arms are now raised outstretched.]
1. [Drop the arms to your sides. Visualize the crown center (Kether) as an
intense pulsating sphere of white brilliance.]
2. [Give the Sign of Typhon-Apophis (the Trident), striving with all of your
being to aspire unto the Light, while invoking:]
Thee I invoke, the Bornless One.
Thee, that didst create the Earth and the Heavens.
Thee, that didst create the Night and the Day.
Thee, that didst create the darkness and the Light.
Thou art ASAR UN-NEFER1, whom no one hath seen at any time. Thou art IA-BESZ2
Thou art IA-APOPHRASZ3.
Thou hast distinguished between the Just and the Unjust.
Thou didst make the female and the male.
Thou didst produce the seed and the fruit.
Thou didst form humanity to love one another, and to hate one another.
I am [motto], thy Chosen One, unto whom Thou didst commit Thy Mysteries, the
Ceremonies of Thelema.
Thou didst produce the moist and the dry, and that which nourisheth all
Hear Thou me, for I am the Angel of NU, Angel of HAD, Angel of RA-HOOR-KHUT:
this is Thy True Name, handed down to the Prophet of Thelema.
3. [Assume the Sign of Baphomet (The Chalice), allowing the stellar dew to
descend into you, relaxing the invocation and allowing the Light to descend
and enter into your heart. Maintain this as long as desired, then say
This is the Lord of the Gods.
King, Ruler and Helper!
This is the Lord of the Universe.
This is He whom the Winds fear.
This is He, Who, having made Voice by His commandment is Lord of all Things;
4. [After a pause, assume again the Sign of Typhon-Apophis, seeing a blaze of
radiant stellar light coruscating from out of your heart center in all
directions, inflaming you with starry fire while saying:]
I am He! the Bornless Spirit! having sight in the feet: Strong, and the
I am He! the Truth!
I am He! Who hate that evil should be wrought in the World!
I am He, that lighteneth and thundereth!
I am He, from whom is the Shower of the Life of Earth!
I am He, whose mouth ever flameth!
I am He, the Begetter and Manifester unto the Light!
I am He, The Grace of the Worlds!
"The Heart Girt with a Serpent" is my name!
Come thou forth, and follow me: and make all Spirits subject unto Me, so that
every Spirit of the Firmament, and of the Ether, upon the Earth and under
the Earth, on dry Land, or in the Water, of Whirling Air or of rushing
Fire, and every Spell and scourge of God the Vast One may be obedient unto
5. [Assume again the Sign of Baphomet, the currents of stellar radiance
descending gently, a fountain of starry light, into your being. See your
sphere of sensation ablaze with the brilliant light.]
6. [Assume a position of meditation. See yourself seated within a diamond
vajra and moon upon a lotus throne, the Vajra slowly rotating clockwise in
the depths of space. Light beams stream out continuously from your heart,
and are matched with brilliant white fire from the Vajra, which flow out
into the universe in all directions. Maintaining this visualization,
recite the mantra of Horus:]
Heru Mani Padme Hum4
7. [As the mantra fades, allow the Vajra Throne to dissolve into your heart.
Gradually see all of the Light refocus into the Tiphareth center with the
Sign of Silence, leaving a warm afterglow over your entire body.]
8. [Ring the bell and close with the intonation:]
Such are the Words!
1. "Myself made perfect." If known, replace this with the Name of the Holy
2. "The Truth in matter."
3. "The Truth in motion."
4. "Heru (Horus) the Jewel in the Lotus." The mantra should be recited as
many times as possible.
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Gnostic saint Simon Magus, active in the middle of the first century of the common era, was traditionally disdained by Christians as the father of all heresy. A traveling preacher and spiritual showman, his gnostic doctrines and the erotic appeal of his prostitute partner Helena were widely popular, and especially hated by promoters of the new Christian sects. Both of the following hostile accounts were produced by Christian "fathers" in the following century. They are reprinted from The Ante-Nicene Fathers:
Translations of the Writings of the Fathers down to A.D. 325, edited by Roberts & Donaldson (Edinburgh: 1867), volume 1, pages 171 (Justin Martyr) and 347-8 (Irenaeus).
Two Early Accounts of Simon Magus
Simon the Magician
from the First Apology
(chapter 26, "Magicians Not Trusted by Christians")
by Justin Martyr
After Christ's ascension into heaven the devils put forward certain men who
said that they themselves were gods; and they were not only not persecuted by
you [i.e. the citizens of Rome], but even deemed worthy of honours. There was
a Samaritan, Simon, a native of the village called Gitto, who in the reign of
Claudius Caesar, and in your royal city of Rome, did mighty acts of magic, by
virtue of the art of the devils operating in him. He was considered a god,
and as a god was honoured by you with a statue, which statue was erected on
the river Tiber, between the two bridges, and bore this inscription, in the
language of Rome:
"Simoni Deo Sancto,"1
"To Simon the holy God."
And almost all the Samaritans, and a few even of other nations, worship him,
and acknowledge him as the first god; and a woman, Helena, who went about with
him at that time, and had formerly been a prostitute, they say is the first
idea generated by him. And a man, Menander, also a Samaritan, of the town
Capparetaea, a disciple of Simon, and inspired by devils, we know to have
deceived many while he was in Antioch by his magical art. He persuaded those
who adhered to him that they should never die, and even now there are some
living who hold this opinion of his.
The Doctrines and Practices of Simon Magus
from the treatise Against Heresies
(book I, chapter 23)
by Bishop Irenaeus of Lyon
Simon the Samaritan was that magician of whom Luke, the disciple and
follower of the apostles, says, "But there was a certain man, Simon by name,
who beforetime used magical arts in that city, and led astray the people of
Samaria, declaring that he himself was some great one, to whom they all gave
heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This is the power of God, which
is called great. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had
driven them mad by his sorceries."2 This Simon, then -- who feigned faith,
supposing that the apostles themselves performed their cures by the art of
magic, and not by the power of God; and with respect to their filling with the
Holy Ghost, through the imposition of hands, those that believed in God
through Him who was preached by them, namely, Christ Jesus -- suspecting that
even this was done through a kind of greater knowledge of magic, and offering
money to the apostles, thought he, too, might receive this power of bestowing the Holy Spirit on whomsoever he would -- was addressed in these words by
Peter: "Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of
God can be purchased with money: thou hast neither part nor lot in this
matter, for thy heart is not fight in the sight of God; for I perceive that
thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity."3 He, then,
not putting faith in God a whit the more, set himself eagerly to contend
against the apostles, in order that he himself might seem to be a wonderful
being, and applied himself with still greater zeal to the study of the whole
magic art, that he might the better bewilder and overpower multitudes of men.
Such was his procedure in the reign of Claudius Caesar, by whom also he is
said to have been honoured with a statue, on account of his magical power.4
This man, then, was glorified by many as if he were a god; and he taught that
it was himself who appeared among the Jews as the Son, but descended in
Samaria as the Father while he came to other nations in the character of the
Holy Spirit. He represented himself, in a word, as being the loftiest of all
powers, that is, the Being who is the Father over all, and he allowed himself
to be called by whatsoever title men were pleased to address him.
Now this Simon of Samaria, from whom all sorts of heresies derive their
origin, formed his sect out of the following materials: Having redeemed from
slavery at Tyre, a city of Phoenicia, a certain woman named Helena, he was in
the habit of carrying her about with him, declaring that this woman was the
first conception of his mind, the mother of all, by whom, in the beginning, he
conceived in his mind [the thought] of forming angels and archangels. For
this Ennoea leaping forth from him, and comprehending the will of her father,
descended to the lower regions [of space], and generated angels and powers, by
whom also he declared this word was formed. But after she had produced them,
she was detained by them through motives of jealousy, because they were
unwilling to be looked upon as the progeny of any other being. As to himself,
they had no knowledge of him whatever; but his Ennoea was detained by those
powers and angels who had been produced by her. She suffered all kinds of
contumely from them, so that she could not return upwards to her father, but
was even shut up in a human body, and for ages passed in succession from one
female body to another, as from vessel to vessel. She was, for example, in
that Helen on whose account the Trojan war was undertaken; for whose sake also
Stesichorus5 was struck blind, because he had cursed her in his verses, but
afterwards, repenting and writing what are called palinodes, in which he sang
her praise, he was restored to sight. Thus she, passing from body to body,
and suffering insults in every one of them, at last became a common
prostitute; and she it was that was meant by the lost sheep.6
For this purpose, then, he had come that he might win her first, and free
her from slavery, while he conferred salvation upon men, by making himself
known to them. For since the angels ruled the world ill because each one of
them coveted the principal power for himself, he had come to amend matters,
and had descended, transfigured and assimilated to powers and principalities
and angels, so that he might appear among men to be a man, while yet he was
not a man; and that thus he was thought to have suffered in Judaea, when he
had not suffered. Moreover, the prophets uttered their predictions under the
inspiration of those angels who formed the world; for which reason those who
place their trust in him and Helena no longer regarded them, but, as being
free, live as they please; for men are saved through his grace, and not on
account of their own righteous actions. For such deeds are not righteous in
the nature of things, but by mere accident, just as those angels who made the
world, have thought fit to constitute them, seeking, by means of such
precepts, to bring men into bondage. On this account, he pledged himself that
the world should be dissolved, and that those who are his should be freed from
the rule of them who made the world.
Thus, then, the mystic priests belonging to this sect both lead profligate
lives and practice magical arts, each one to the extent of his ability. They
use exorcisms and incantations. Love-potions, too, and charms, as well as
those beings who are called "Paredri" (familiars) and "Oniropompi" (dream- senders), and whatever other curious arts can be had recourse to, are eagerly
pressed into their service. They also have an image of Simon fashioned after
the likeness of Jupiter, and another of Helena in the shape of Minerva; and
these they worship. In fine, they have a name derived from Simon, the author
of these most impious doctrines, being called Simonians; and from them
"knowledge, falsely so called,"7 received its beginning, as one may learn even
from their own assertions.
The successor of this man was Menander, also a Samaritan by birth, and he,
too, was a perfect adept in the practice of magic. He affirms that the
primary Power continues unknown to all, but that he himself is the person who
has been sent forth from the presence of the invisible beings as a saviour,
for the deliverance of men. The world was made by angels, whom, like Simon,
he maintains to have been produced by Ennoea. He gives, too, as he affirms,
by means of that magic which he teaches, knowledge to this effect, that one
may overcome those very angels that made the world; for his disciples obtain
the resurrection by being baptized into him, and can die no more, but remain
in the possession of immortal youth.
1. It is very generally supposed that Justin was mistaken in understanding
this to have been a statue erected to Simon Magus. This supposition rests on
the fact that in the year 1574, there was dug up in the island of the Tiber a
fragment of marble, with the inscription "Semoni Sanco Deo," etc., being
probably the base of a statue erected to the Sabine deity Semo Sancus. This
inscription Justin is supposed to have mistaken for the one he gives above.
This has always seemed to us very slight evidence on which to reject so
precise a statement as Justin here makes; a statement which he would scarcely
have hazarded in an apology addressed to Rome, where every person had the
means of ascertaining its accuracy. If, as is supposed, he made a mistake, it
must have been at once exposed, and other writers would not have so frequently
repeated the story as they have done.
2. Acts viii. 9-11.
3. Acts viii. 20, 21, 23.
4. Compare Justin Martyr, Apologia i. 26. It is generally supposed that Simon
Magus was thus confounded with the Sabine god, Semo Sancus; but see our note,
5. A lyric poet of Sicily, said to have been dealt with, as stated above, by
Castor and Pollus.
6. Matthew xviii. 12.
7. 1 Timothy vi. 20.
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