Let it be known, that I do not represent any group, individual, sect or creed. My thoughts are my own.
This blog is a personal set of notes and study into the Left Hand Path. A bit about me – I grew up as the son of an evangelical minister, I transitioned into Buddhism, then Hinduism, the occult by way of groups (Golden Dawn, A.’.A.’., Temple of the Silver Star, Aurum Solis, etc.) and even joined Scientology for a short stint. I had a wonderful Enochian tutor, I worked with the Kabbalah Center and revisited Buddhism a few more times. Most recently I was working / learning from a psychic/mystic based organization, when I came across some writings by Mark Luskin. I was impressed with his ideas and that lead me to investigate something I had never thought to investigate – the Left Hand Path of magic and philosophy.
What you’ll see here, is an attempt (on my part) to distill the ideas and philosophy of LHP philosophy throughout history.
Meaning of Highlighted Text
Before getting into the details of what this site is about, I should point out my usage of color:
Anytime you see blue highlighting on this site, those are elements I was in disagreement with at the time of writing. These are areas I may return to later to consider if my feelings have changed at all.
Likewise, anytime you see yellow highlighting, those are ideas I am in harmony with at the time of writing.
The word “Skotadi” (σκοτάδι) is Greek and it means “darkness.” Originally the site was about Taoism, Vipassana and magick. I’ve reworked the site quite a bit.
Today, skotadi.org is my online NOTEBOOK about my studies of the Left Hand Path. I’m looking at it from a variety of perspectives and organizations. Putting it together, I jot down notes from books, interviews and the like. I highlight things in blue I don’t agree with, and in yellow that I do agree with. I think about it some more and revisit the ideas to see if they have shifted at all.
Let’s clear the air and talk about what is meant by “Left Hand Path,” as well as what I mean when I talk about Darkness. These terms can be loaded terms, invoking ideas and concepts to those not familiar with them.
When I use the term “darkness,” I am referring to the state from which all things come. In the Tao Te Ching, it reads at the end of Chapter One (translated by Stephen Miller):
Darkness within darkness.Tao Te Ching as translated by Stephen Mitchell
The gateway to all understanding.
Another inspiration quote on the subject of Darkness is from St. John of the Cross:
If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.St. John of the Cross
What About Unity?
Those who know me, know that I’ve been very big on unity concepts. Divine unity, unity vs. separation of self… I’ve written a book or two on the subject.
But there’s an interesting take here with the LHP – does it offer something that I have missed or overlooked?
That question is why this online notebook exists. The posts here are mostly from LHP books and material. I’ve tried to create a series of posts that explain LHP concepts, as well as document any areas I currently agree or disagree with.
Identifying elements I’m not in harmony with, is a good practice. This allows me to further digest the section at a later date and see if my ideas on the matters have changed.