Hoodoo? But what of the Christianity!

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I feel I should do a post on Christianity, and the occult.

So to start, let’s establish that while I don’t claim to be a Christian personally, it was the religion I was raised in and the culture I live in is colored by Christian traditions and memes.

The religion you were born into will forever have its hooks in you. If you work with the concept of a collective unconscious in your magical paradigm, know for sure Christian paradigms touched your ancestors and those that precede us.

And what’s so bad about Christianity anyhow?  Well, for folks living modern lives there are conflicts. I personally prize critical thinking over blind faith, I’m a gay man that understands sex is as positive as it can be negative, and Old Testament God does a lot of things (tormenting Abraham to see if he’ll kill his son, killing all the Egyptian innocent newborn …. Old Testament God really was a Jewish People’s God.

For me, mostly it was the Gay thing – too many people making Noise that Christian God can’t accept my homosexuality or even me unless I do the impossible and stop being homosexual. This caused me to read the Bible critically and evaluate it as nonsense. The Upanisads are better religious literature anyway.

But the problem is, as a reality hacking magician, great power lay in my subconscious and unconscious – and these parts of my mind are conditioned already, perhaps irrevocably, to accept the Christian paradigm as true. I know my Father, a life long Atheist with an Atheist father , he died with his mind riddled with alzheimers, a devout Christian!

I can blame DT Suzuki, his writing made too much sense to me and as a result I now am comfortable claiming a Buddhist identity (and if you’ve been paying attention, Zen has had a profound influence on my magical practice).

But there’s Hoodoo, the practice of reciting psalms for their occult potential! This African American magical art is steeped in Christian belief. If you take the Christianity away, I’m not sure it still can be called Hoodoo.

Hoodoo is more powerful for it’s Christian influence! It’s why I am drawn to Hoodoo. Because even as I reject Christianity personally, the memes of duality and the power of God, Jesus, Mary and maybe even the saints – my unconscious is open to accepting that as real! And why not? Enough people believe in a supernatural God, there’s no resistance! Compare that to belief in supernatural magic!

Now, is Hoodoo Christian? Really it is not, it is folk magic. But many people that practice Hoodoo are also Christian. For me it’s a way to work with Christian memes, use their power in my unconscious and subconscious, their power in the collective unconscious.

The religion you were born into is the religion you are and always will be if not consciously, even if you now pride yourself on Atheism or another faith. Being a magician means knowing yourself, knowing what you know to be magical already.


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