Some Thoughts on the Development of the Warlock Self
Warlock Otto T.
This is indeed a most unique time in our social history and the prospective Satanic Warlock would do well to make every effort in order to fully capitalize on it. There are rare periods where is becomes laughably easy to stand out above the herd as a god among sheep. History has shown that too much recognition for one’s perceived power and charisma can be fatal if not expertly managed. The example of Grigori Rasputin comes to mind however, these days developing and sustaining a “bigger than life” persona that automatically cultivates acclaim, wealth and a sheen of the magical has never been safer or more rewarding. Of course, the Warlock is Satanically obligated to be the embodiment of refinement in all areas before moving among the masses as a living ideal. This takes effort. It also takes a natural sensitivity to social currents and the behavioral cues of the people one interacts with. Today’s red carpet demigods are tomorrows burning effigies if certain basic principles are ignored. These fundamental approaches to developing and successfully employing the “Warlock Self” are introduced and explained in depth in The Satanic Warlock. Here I offer a few of my personal insights into the art of crafting the magical self, wrought over decades of experience and personal immersion within sometimes starkly contrasting facets of society.
Mastery can be easier than you think.
To become a master of anything first you have to become really good at something and do it until it becomes so natural for you that the desire for accolades and attention for your particular art is utterly diminished. I personally feel true mastery should originate in a natural passion for something, but accomplishing it is not necessarily always the result of a drive to pursue such a state. I for example, have become a master in the art of speaking. I specialize in dramatic and persuasive speech leaning heavily toward the theatrical and bordering on the manipulative. I did not pursue this path intentionally, but instead developed it from a seed of natural ability that I groomed through use in both a professional and personal capacity. My employment as a “Master of Ceremonies” began at a very early age as I was thrust on stage by my overbearing Irish Catholic Mother for every conceivable pageant and play offered to the pious congregation at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Schenectady, NY. I memorized lines and played dramatic biblical characters thinking it nothing more than a complete bother and something I was forced into. The small kernel of enjoyment that being the center of attention and able to alter an environment through the use of words filled with intent came into existence during this time. Eventually, I came to understand that people thought I had a “nice voice” and decades later when my now ex-wife told me her boss; a local strip club DJ and manager, wanted me to try out for a job as a DJ/exotic dancer announcer, my subsequent success rapidly confirmed my inbred talent. Over the years I went through very distinct stages of development that I have come to understand as necessary for the growth of mastery. In the beginning I had all the normal apprehensions one has when trying to impress others with one’s personal performance in whatever form it takes. For a number of years I cared what people thought about what I did, in this case announcing beautiful ladies and selling such delights as private “couch” dances and slightly overpriced bar food. It was not until I began enjoying the job and reaping the benefits inherent in such an occupation that I started to become good at it. The most important feature in my art as a speaker became my total indifference as to how I am received by my audience. Confidence in my own ability combined with my studied knowledge in whatever arena I am dealing with at the time and my cultivated indifference all result in the lack of self-reflection or self-consciousness necessary to speak, act and move seamlessly and with a flow that is perceived by others as natural, genuine, artful and powerful. I am convincing because the bottom line is that I have nothing to lose and don’t give a fig about the end result of my efforts. This, to me is a most overlooked key to mastery. Practice can indeed make perfect, but unless a genuine confidence is attained true mastery will elude. This is because in order to love what you do and have that reflect outwards, one must utterly eliminate the fear of being judged. Average people fall short of mastery because they typically give up any pursuit or interest as soon as it becomes difficult. Push past that natural stage of inertia and you are well on your way to real achievement.
The world loves a character.
However, these days a selective presentation of the Warlock Self is extremely important (remember the burning effigy). This holds particularly true in the realm of social media where people are continually over-stimulated by whatever they react to most and the ability to rant, rave, “unfriend” and “block” has sadly become the online cultural norm. The fact is that you can’t “block” a true legend or for our purposes, a Satanic Warlock who has carefully crafted their image and presented it to the world in a way that guarantees impact and longevity. This is again, an art form that comes naturally to the Satanist. It is developed over time but allows for very little error in today’s hyper-sensitive social climate. I personally recommend starting out with a real-world presentation. An exclusively online introduction to your desired audience is easier to manage if there is tangibility to back up all those skillfully selected “selfies.” Go into the world, grab the attention of those you desire, show them something they will remember and talk about and then retreat back to your lair. Then, after you have been encountered a few times and have flexed your lesser magic you can find a way to ensure the members of your target audience seek out and “friend” or add YOU to their online social environment. Remember, pertaining to a presence on social media, less is always more and any instant friend acceptance or flurry of “likes” on your part most often indicate someone sitting at their computer or constantly looking at their phone with very little else going on.
Back in the early 1990s I was the lead vocalist for an “alternative” rock band originating from one of those medium-sized upstate New York cities complete with several respectable colleges, an active underground music scene and a world renown local venue where a multitude of artists performed weekly. I had an innate understanding of the value of the obscure and I used rare and unpredictable appearances combined with occult imagery and rumor to consistently generate interest in my band’s music and in myself. Our performances were almost always packed and we accrued stacks of press clippings and a devoted following. All went well and I was on my way to ever increasing popularity until I made the dread mistake in becoming exclusive with, and then marrying a traveling exotic dancer who was featured at one of the local gentlemen’s clubs, but that is a topic for another lesson.
People want to believe in magic
My wife and I rarely get visitors to the shared total environment we call our home. I would say once or twice every five years or so is the norm. Recently, my wife’s cousin and her two young children happened to be in town and arranged for an overnight visit before heading back to upstate NY. It was during this rare occasion that I gained a better appreciation for the true need people have for magic and the impact encountering the genuinely magical can have on those all but starved of it.
Being Satanists, our home is a unique mosaic reflecting our passions and pursuits. A gigantic 10-inch crystal ball on a round antique table sits séance-style in a corner of the formal dining room while floating shelves hold magnificent seashells brought back from our world travels. My cherished watercolor of “The Black House” by Lewis Barrett Lehrman is neatly hung between two front windows looking out to the most average of suburban house-scapes imaginable. The “Satan in the Suburbs” contrast is a constant source of stimulation for me.
The unusual decor, natural wonders and oddities combined with the old world charm of their hosts made a noticeable and unanticipated impact on our three guests. They had no fearful Christian reservations and I could palpably feel the effect the sense of wonder had on them. They left obviously rejuvenated after one short visit and my wife informed me later that her cousin had brought the children to the book store as they were requesting to purchase a “book of spells.” It was apparent that our magic had quite possibly changed the world view of at least the two children by not only exposing them to strange and unaccustomed sights but by demonstrating that one can be successful in the outer world while retaining and embodying those qualities usually assigned to the denizens of fantasy literature and entertainment. Real magic makes an impact on others, particularly those most receptive to it.
My stories are solely geared to illustrate and emphasize the necessity of developing the Warlock Self by aggressively pursuing vital existence. As explained in depth in The Satanic Warlock, confidence is the key ingredient in all one pursues. It is the foundation on which we execute and construct our “is-to-be” and it cannot be developed in a vacuum. Take full advantage of this potential golden era and get out from in front of the gaming console or computer screen and into the world. True success will not be achieved solely through an artificial, online presentation of the Warlock Self. The beast within those you seek to seduce cannot be fooled for long and if its physical senses are not satiated with your actual developed and refined presence you are bound to quickly lose their attention and fade into obscurity.