Aquino wrote a little gem of a book called Black Magic. It’s legally freely available. So many topics are covered in this book. But one topic I’d like to focus on, is the nature of the soul.

Without having read this work on Aquino, I’ve already postulated or asked some of the questions he answers in this book called “Black Magic.”

Quotes from the Book

An early question I had was, does the Temple of Set have a view of the “self,” outside the scope of the body only. To which Aquino writes:

Aspirants to the Temple come to us because they do not accept the premise that rational curiosity must be limited to the OU.

This power of the soul is thus both apprehensive [reaching beyond the limits of the OU] and creative [enabling one to generate meaning, to initiate existence]. This creative aspect may be called the Subjective Universe (SU) to distinguish it from the OU.

A classic approach that I’ve used to discuss the self not being just the body/brain, is in the scope of the mind. In other words, if you lose 30% of the body, do you lose 30% of your self? This is a classic Buddhist argument. Aquino discusses this as well:

Essential to the notion of the soul is the sensation that it is somehow alien to the physical body – a passenger in a vehicle, so to speak. It is the “ultimate you” that, through the machinery of your physical brain, moves your arms and legs, sees through your eyes, hears through your ears, and in other ways interacts with the OU. If you lose 20% of your body in an accident, however, you do not lose 20% of this soul. Is it simply a freakish by-product of the brain’s natural functioning – an illusion or delusion incidentally caused by interactions of electrochemical energy? (#19G) True, when damage is done to the brain, the consciousness fragments. This is also true when the brain deprives itself [through sleep] (#19E) or is deprived of [through sensory deprivation] (#19N) contact with, and continuous reinforcement by the OU.

Another approach that’s common, and something I’ve discussed with other spiritualists, is in the seeking of paranormal and/or out-of-body experiences. Aquino brings this up as well:

But the search [searching through out of body experience] can also be motivated by honest curiosity, and that is the raison d’etre of the Temple of Set.

ba: The living, immortal, eternal, and ultimately divine living soul in Egyptian religious belief represented as a bird with a human head and believed to leave the body at death and return eventually to revivify the body if it is preserved.

Plato defined this suprarational quality of the mind asnœsis and held that it was capable of perceiving the eternal, transcendent principles of all existence beyond even the most rigorous reasoning (dianoia): the Forms or First Principles.

The ability of any intellect to generate and operate the SU is not automatic [beyond the level of ordinary imagination]. It must be deliberately learned and exercised. The experience of such perspective and power can be exhilarating and stimulating; more often – to those unprepared for the sensation and psychologically unable to accept it – it has been frightening.

Subsequently this led the initiated psyche to confront the implications of an existence which is radically distinct from the OU. The existence of the psyche as something not the product of natural forces – created and energized by Set – necessitates comprehension of its future beyond finite interface with the natural/material.

Historically the issue of the psyche has been gradually oversimplified into a “this-life-only” (TLO) vs. a “life-after-death” (LAD) debate. As the debate has raged throughout many ages and mythologies, these two alternatives have tended to become mutually exclusive.
The TLO proponents have passionately denied that anything of “this life” can continue past the destruction of the fleshly shell, even though they have no positive proof of the simultaneous extermination of the psyche. Since they can no longer detect its presence through their own fleshly interfaces with the OU (the five senses), they presume that it no longer exists. When challenged on this over-extension of logic, they retort that the burden of proof is on the challenger … to prove that a posthumous psycheexists by establishing a material/5-sensory channel of communication with it.

The ancient Hebrews drew no distinction between human souls and the animating force common to all animals (nephesh). Although some part of this animating force was thought to survive the destruction of the body, it was regarded with superstitious terror and referred to ambiguously by the terms elohim and rephaim. By the 2nd century BCE Hebrew doctrine had changed to include the revivification of the material body, but Hebrew theologians never extended this principle to the Pythagorean/Platonic concept of an independently- surviving psyche.

It will be recalled that Christ’s ultimate promise upon his Second Coming was to reunite all souls with their ex-bodies, so that they would once again enjoy their original corporeal shells.

Viewed in this context, the Church of Satan’s initial Satanism was, in effect, Judaism with a YHVH who would let you do anything you wanted rather than one who was a vengeful sadist. Yet both systems – the nice (Satanic) one and the vicious (Jewish) one – came to a screeching halt at the grave.

The essence of the psyche, stated Set in the Book of Coming Forth by Night, is such that its existence is neither dependent upon the material nor imprisoned in it for testing or task-fulfilling purposes. Rather the physical body provides a vehicle in which the psyche can become aware of itself and then reach out towards the limitlessness of its conscious existence. [It is this process which the Temple defines by the hieroglyphic term Xeper.] “This life” may be likened to a springboard or launching-pad towards the psyche’s ultimate Self-awareness and state of Being.

The essence of the psyche, stated Set in the Book of Coming Forth by Night, is such that its existence is neither dependent upon the material nor imprisoned in it for testing or task-fulfilling purposes. Rather the physical body provides a vehicle in which the psyche can become aware of itself and then reach out towards the limitlessness of its conscious existence. [It is this process which the Temple defines by the hieroglyphic term Xeper.] “This life” may be likened to a springboard or launching-pad towards the psyche’s ultimate Self-awareness and state of Being.

The Initiate is challenged to find, in the words of Dr. Raghavan Iyer,
‘… not the shadowy self or false egoity which merely reacts to external stimuli. Rather there is that Eye of Wisdom in every person which in deep sleep is fully awake and which has a translucent awareness of self-consciousness as pure, primordial light.’

This is accomplished through reflective, non-reactive thinking. Thus the individual becomes aware of his authentic self (psyche, soul); and upon activating this as the locus of his consciousness, looks outward at phenomena at the same depth. In other words, the superficial “self” looks out at its level and sees OU events – like bodily pleasure/pain, blue sky, ringing telephones, time defined by clocks and calendars, and so forth. The core or true self, however, exists as a neter and, when looking outward, sees a SU not of the works of other neteru, but of those neteru themselves. One “machine” sees other “machinery”; one “creator/operator” sees other “creator/ operators”.

Immortality of the self is. Your ability to align your consciousness with your neter, rather than your superficial, animal, illusion of “self” is Xeper.

These ancient initiatory keys to immortality were energetically attacked and suppressed by Christianity, as that cruel religion correctly perceived that fear of death was one of the most powerful weapons it could use to enslave humanity.

It is all too easy to perceive “life” as only the active functioning of one’s material, OU-constituted body. Such an attitude fosters a disease of thepsyche far worse than any of the body. It numbs you to that immortality which is inherent in the Gift of Set, and it makes you the prey of everyone who, in the profane world, seeks to control your life by threats against your body.

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