Mysterious Universe and its doughty contributor Nick Redfern provide me with yet more blogging material in an interesting article titled “The Cult of the Moon Beast”. In this text, we read the story of Rob, a young man traumatized as a teen by a sheep mutilation on his family’s farm. Rob becomes convinced not only that there is a group of “magicians” responsible for this atrocity but that these selfsame “occultists” are part of a larger plot to provide psychic assassination services for government and private entities.
Now, before we set aside Rob’s story as the ramblings of a paranoid, we need to be aware that such things actually are possible. Dion Fortune, in her book The Secrets of Dr. John Taverner, chapter 6, The Death Hound, describes a scenario in which a member of a “Black Lodge” sends a thought form to scare a man with a weak heart to death. While this book is a work of fiction, it is widely known amongst occultists that Taverner was modeled on one of Fortune’s magical mentors, Dr. Theodore Moriarty, and that the novel is a fictionalized series of real life case histories.
Evocation, the practice of calling forth spirits and having dealings with them, is a magical skill as old as magic itself. While I am not going to go into the specifics of how evocations are done, I will say that animal sacrifice has been practiced in association with some of these rites throughout history and that, generally, the spirits called by such rites are of a lower vibration (that is, they are not angels or other such beings of light). The spirit is generally brought into manifestation within a protected space and is only released to do the evocators bidding once a “deal” has been struck between the two. While some of the old grimoires supplied Names (usually of God) by which the spirit might be bound to the evocator’s will, it is actually much simpler to treat with the spirit and agree to give it something it wants in exchange for something that you want. Payment for services rendered.
As an example, an evocator might choose a particular spirit from a grimoire (basically a magical text) because it is said to excel at providing access to buried treasures. The evocator summons this spirit and asks the spirit to provide him or her with the location of a treasure. The spirit replies that it will provide the location if the evocator is willing to make its name known to others. The worker of the rite agrees and the spirit provides a location. The treasure is duly discovered in the indicated location and the summoner publishes the story in an occult magazine or other very public source.
Sounds easy, does it not? What I neglected to point out in the example is the years of training it takes to develop the necessary concentration and energy raising abilities to perform a rite like this. I also should mention that these spirits tend to be very literal – if you tell the spirit you need 10,000 dollars right now and you do not care how the spirit gets it, be prepared for your house to burn down so that you can collect insurance. This has actually happened.
Back to Rob’s story. While it is certainly possible that a group could call forth some very nasty entities through the use of animal sacrifice or that the animal sacrifice might be the required “fee” for the spirit’s work, I find Rob’s story to be weak on a couple of points.
First, such a group would, by necessity be working in a protected space. Given the somewhat public location of the rites, it is almost certain that the “cult” would also set up wards, basically a magical alarm system, around their work. I find it highly doubtful that Rob could have followed these people and witnessed their rites without being detected. Given the obvious secrecy required for this sort of work, detection by this group would have turned their full resources against our erstwhile percipient and, unless he happened to have become an adept himself, he would not have survived to tell Mr. Redfern the story.
Second, Rob’s story of the plot ascending into the high levels of the corporate world and government does not ring true. Monied groups and especially governments have access to intelligence or former intelligence resources who are quite capable of making someone disappear or of killing in such a way that the death appeared accidental or of natural causes. Why on earth would they need to hire magical “hit men” – essentially loose cannons – to do their “wet work” for them? My bet is that some government and perhaps even private entities have experimented with ways to psychically assassinate someone but that they have found that such methods are not as reliable as sending in a skilled physical operative.
As with most things, I think that the truth here lies along a continuum. While I do not completely buy Rob’s story, I think that it is clear that he suffered a traumatic event as a teen and that this event propelled him into a search for the why and how of the event. We are not told what turned his attention away from the oft touted UFO explanation of livestock mutilation and towards magic but, as he researched this aspect, I suspect that he began to see pieces fall into place, which formed a theory, which became an obsession that produced some pretty wild ideas. I hope that, wherever he is today, he has found some peace around this subject.