The thing we probably never really think about is, that most people on the Left Hand Path, are drawn to the Dark Deities, or at least to those whose dark aspects primate above all.
Has this to do with the power these forces radiate, the fact that it appeals to our inner darkness and hidden emotions, or is it a pure coincidence? Well, most of you will rule out the last opportunity at once, as we no there is no coincidence. Everything is a matter of action and reaction, we take a road, vibrate energy towards the universe, gods or archetypes, whatever you see in them, and a reaction comes towards us. So we can rule out this factor, remains only two options, so if you have a guess, its a 50/50 chance that your response will be correct. At least, if we need to make a choice here, as both remaining answer can apply.
We are automatically drawn towards the Dark Deities/ Archetypes, because of the power or force, they radiate. When we make contact with these beings, we can feel their strength running through us, and strengthening that aspect in us, where they stand for. They recreate us in their name, we become one of essence, and rise above our limitations. This is an ongoing process, don't expect that you are changed in one day, or over one ritual or path working.
You need to make time for this, and work on and with yourself, as you are your greatest friend or enemy. Only you can raise yourself to supreme heights or the lowest depths, no one else. If you believe in yourself and in what you do, then the way and opportunity will come, and change has started in you. But if you doubt or reject the powers, if you fear to look into your self or recognize your own darkness, then you throw yourself in a bottomless pit.
In any working, when you call dawn the power(s), you will have the opportunity to proceed on the Sinister Path, to explore your inner darkness and emotions. Don't be afraid of this, but cherish the chance, confront yourself with your most secret desires, and if no one gets hurt, when you practice them, go your way.
Life is to be enjoyed, not to be thrown away on empty matters, let the energy of the universe, the gods or archetypes run through you, inflame you with their lust, their love, power and life. Call on the power(s) of the gods, however you see them, and let them flow freely through you.
Let your body be the vessel of those who you invite, feel how their energy radiates through you, inflaming you with their strength, recreating yourself, after their image, giving you the key of an immortality, that is only known, to those, who reach self deification, and know that you are a god.
You don't need to feel any shame, to be seen equal with the gods or archetypes, but take your path & roll upon yourself, and grow to the fullest of your possibilities. You can do this in a ritual, through visualisation, meditation, or other ways. In the end, it all comes to the same point, be one of essence with the gods, be one of essence with Darkness. There you will find liberation and rise about your own limitations. There you will find fulfillment of your desires.
The path of Darkness is factually one of light, as it frees you of hypocrisy and false humility, but it also tells you to be responsible for your own deeds and choices, you can't hide no longer in the flock, but stand at head of it, in the spotlights. Only few survive it here, so call on the strength of the Dark Ones, that you may hold your position and don't weaken. Their strength can help you, but you must take the steps, no fluffy thrust here in an all loving god. The Dark Ones, give you a choice, rise above yourself and feel their powers, which draws you to victory, or fail and fall in the faceless mass of the world population.
Yours is the choice, yours is the power, yours is the kingdom to build, with and through the powers you call on, and for whom you are the vessel, so raise yourself above manhood.
My path has become clear in Sutekh, all hail and glory to Him, who is part of myself, and radiates through me, to create the world and destiny that I chose. So think careful, whatever you wish for, as all has a price to pay, but when done well, the reward will be much greater then the price and you yourself will be one with the gods/ archetypes.
"There is a beast in man that should be exercised, not exorcised" -Dr. Anton Szandor LaVey-
This is one of my favorite quotes, as its very true in two ways. First of all, we need to live out our desires, even our most secret ones, for as far that this doesn't break any laws, hurt children or animals. But mostly people are fascinated by things, which are seen as taboo by society. For example, we can think of any fetish, Bdsm or further.
Why keep struggling with these hidden feelings and desires? Live them out to the fullest and rise above the limitations of your life. As such you will become much stronger and come closer to self deification. The best example I can show you is Sutekh, who wasn't held back by men or even god made limitations, to rise above all around Him and become the being of Chaos and Rebirth. Not into any fluffy and spiritual afterlife, but in true sense, here on earth.
Closer to our modern days, we have Carl Gustav Jung, who learns us, to look inside, to the things we hide away from others & many times even ourselves, and accept these things as essential parts of our being. If we don't accept these shadow aspects of our self, we will remain a limited being, always bowing for the demands of others and on a road of self destruction.
Because always living to the demands of others around us, family, organised religion & society in general, we can't deal with our shadow, and as such only get frustrated. And usually this is a vicious circle, only bringing us down, instead of up.
So stop with this self destruction and deal with your feelings and desires, you will feel much better doing what you want, then always listening to those around you. If it's not accepted to those who give you advice, don't tell them. That the easiest way, and soon you will be strong enough to stand up to the people that hinder you and even when you inform them, this will aid you in your growth, for people that only hinder you in your growth and way of life, don't need to be close to you. Dump them and set your feet firmly on the path of Sutekh, towards deification.
A second way, we can look at the above mentioned quote is in calling the energy of the gods you honor. It doesn't matter if you see them as true beings or archetypes. Call down the energies that are connected with the gods and feel them going through your being, strengthening you and giving you insights on the Left Hand Path.
Calling down the powers, can be done in many ways. Through ritual, meditation, but also in dance and many other possibilities. The only limitation is your fantasy.
When I call upon the power of Sutekh, I visualize how this flows to and through me, remodeling myself after His Image, becoming a god in His name. When doing this, I feel a enormous power flowing from the universe towards me, it can be as a kind of electricity, but also be a sexual feeling. I happens that I feel strong vibrations in my body and that my limbs will shake, as out of control.
Don't be afraid of this, but explore the numerous possibilities and feel the power of the gods in you, as they use you as a vessel and fill you with their strength.
If this happens to a christian, people quickly call a priest and say the person needs to exorcised. Strange enough in many other culture they see this as a blessing, not as a curse. For example think of shamans, possession in santeria and in animistic rites.
So step out of yourself, or at least the person that has been created by your tutors, family and society in general, live your life to the fullest and become a god in your own right. You will see a multitude of changes to grow, while others will talk of sin and devil worship. Don't let other control your life, but take over control and become who you really are deep in you.
And in all bless and thank the energies, Archetypes and Gods that aid you on this path, as I say thank you to Sutekh, my Benevolent Father, who shows me a multitude of ways to live a life, i never could dream of, before I found His Sinister Path and Power.
Most practitioners of the Left Hand Path, will use or used rituals to influence the surrounding world, a working which we call magick. We can ask ourselves what the essence of a ritual is, and most likely will get very different responses to it.
Some will name the book with specific rituals, which they use, others will name candles, chalice, incense and so on. But only few will name the fact that you need to believe in what you are doing, because without the conviction that you can influence the elements around you, you will not focus your thoughts / mind, and accomplish nothing.
The most important element of any ritual or working is your brain or thoughts. If you really believe that your spirit can influence your life path and the elements needed to accomplish this, then factually you already took the main obstacle.
You can use a fantastic text, buy the most expensive tools, wine, incense & offerings, but without the basic faith, that what you do, will work, your success will be zero. Everything works or fails with what you accept for yourself.
If you believe in predestination, you can forget any use of magick or rituals, as you will block any success yourself. But if you accept that action equals reaction, then you have started a difficult way to live to your fullest.
Years ago I saw the movie "The Guru of sex", where a would be movie player acts as a guru and speaks about having and enjoying sex, and he states, that the most important in this is your brain, without this no fantasy or pleasure and factually the same goes for ritual or magick.
Your mind needs to build the ritual in advance. Belief that it works, focus your thoughts during the working and see the finished result coming your way. Then you have the perfect base for a successful ritual or working.
Do we in fact need rituals to furfill our desires? The answer is no, but it does help most practitioners to focus better, on what they wish to do, or want to get. You can do the same, without any ritual, but its a different way of working.
Through meditation, visualisation and energy working, we can get the same result. Which of the two is best, is up to you to decide, what matters is what works best for you. So experiment with both ways, and see what goes best for you.
I have been always very fond of rituals, got some very good results with them, but over time I turned towards working more with the essence of thoughts / energy.
In what ever way you accomplish your goals, see it as a way to live to the fullest on the path to self deification, after the image of Sutekh.
As such don't be afraid to do battle with elements of your past, most likely many things that you learnend and were said by your parents, family or tutors, no longer work for you and even hold you back, so get rid of them and accept in your life, that what makes you free and more powerful.
Sutekh is our guiding light, He Himself had to fight for his right to rule and be, who he is. May we become one with Him, so changing our path to our desires, to live as gods among men, in honor of Sutekh.