With the season of Lent fast approaching, there’ll be talk of “penance” and “sin.” The flip side of this coin is talk of “morality.”
What does morality mean to a practicing magician?
When many people hear the word “morality,” they automatically hear “sexual repression.” This is reflected in people’s figures of speech, such as the term “loose morals” being a euphemism for sexual promiscuity. Be that as it may, the idea of “morals=sex” is grounded in flawed thinking, rooted in a socio-economic change that took place in Ireland around the time of the Potato Famine.
Yet we find plenty of pre-1970 occultists speaking out on this too. Gareth Knight tells us occultism “is much on the side of ‘old-fashioned’ morality” (A Practical Guide, p. 156), and none other than Gerald Gardner, when talking about the Templars, subtly hints that “the witches” equate homosexual behavior with sin…
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