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A Deity a Day

Religion has two modes. The first is the worship of a deity or deities. The second is the evocation of a deity or deities.

The first mode is that of everyday mundane religion in which mankind is relegated to a subservient position in relation to the spiritual realm. The second mode is the one followed by mystics of all religions who desire a union of sorts with the spiritual realm.

Let us speak here of evocation. (Or, rather, let me write, and you read, of evocation.)

Evocation allows the practitioner to manifest a deity within his own body, to become that deity. In Christianity, monks sometimes call upon saints or angels to possess them, while devils can possess the unwary. In magick as practiced by Aleister Crowley, a number of different deities and spirits can be called upon, ranging from the ancient gods of Egypt to Biblical entities.

The person in whom a deity manifests itself is thought to be strengthened by the manifestation, to thereafter possess some measure of that deity's power, knowledge, or insight. He has seen the world through new eyes.

What these manifestations may be in psychological terms is open to debate. Skeptics who compare the "multiple personality" to the possessed mystic may be close to the truth. The "deities" may be literal gods or subconscious archetypes or inherent personality types.

And yet, there is undoubted value in being able to change one's perception in so drastic a manner. A person able to evoke a host of "deities" within himself would have a tremendous insight into the nature of his own personality, an insight unavailable to others. Experimental evocation would allow the practitioner to gain the knowledge of many deities, to see through many new eyes.

A deity a day. The recipe for the superman.

--Thomas Wiloch