Hardship is a tool by which we can raise ourselves above ourselves – this amazing article by Damien Echols tells not only of how we can grow our character with Magick but more radically it shows the lack of freedom and appalling excess of paranoia in the today’s “moral” atmosphere.
I fear for having certain books in my home. I’ve been asked to shut down this very page, my social media accounts and my occult shoppe because it “scares people”. People are failing, on a widespread scale, to take responsibility for illuminating to themselves that which they do not understand, the unknown. When people live in a state of fear – everything is incriminating.
“In 1993, when three eight year old boys were found murdered in my small town, attention immediately turned to me. Why? Because I was the town weirdo. I dressed in all black, had long hair, and listened to heavy metal music. As if this wasn’t enough to make me suspect in a small, hardcore fundamentalist town in the midst of the era of Satanic panic, I also practiced magick. Some of the most damning evidence brought against me during the trial was my love of knowledge of Crowley, and the fact that I owned Stephen King novels… My interest in magick may have contributed to my being sentenced to death, but it was also a huge part of what allowed me to survive for the better part of two decades in the American prison system.”