Xeper Starts at Home

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Austin is a beautiful city, with a thriving outdoor culture. It’s no surprise, then, that the Capital City has ranked as the #1 fittest city in Texas for years. Visitors to Austin often comment on how healthy and happy everyone looks, and it’s true. Living in a town with pleasing outdoor spaces makes you want to get out and experience them, move through them. Being surrounded by a populace who take care of themselves has an effect on you, and it often doesn’t take long for new residents to take up a healthy lifestyle of their own.

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So what does this have to do with magic? Plenty, as it turns out. Historically, of course, occultists and magicians have been *ahem* not the most athletic bunch. We were often mired so deeply in philosophy and meditation that even thinking about working with our bodies never entered the picture.

This kind of neglect not only creates an imbalance between the parts of the Self, it leads to more significant difficulties in all areas as we age. More and more scientific studies are proving the importance of the body/brain connection, showing how vital it is that we care for, maintain, and challenge our bodies in order to keep our brains at optimal function throughout our lives.

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We’re now beginning to see more black magicians who understand the importance of Working with their bodies, the value of physical challenges, and the real need to maintain bodily health. After all, your body is your home from birth until death, and can never be replaced. It makes perfect sense that, in order to create a more perfected Self, we should start with caring for and ordering that home.

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Photo by Kid Clutch

Establishing a solid foundation of physical health is an investment of time and energy, which will pay significant dividends towards your overall well-being. It teaches discipline, focus, and will. It transforms your inner world, while making your outer world more beautiful. It creates new avenues and possibilities.

Xeper is not only concerned with altering one’s inner landscape, or with creating change in a person’s outer life (such as that new job/car/girlfriend). Xeper can happen anywhere. It might be in a gym (or your living room), alone at 5 AM, testing your own limits. Creating change in your body by force of will.

Like magic.

Walpurgisnacht 2017

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Walpurgisnacht is here again, and it’s a great time to think about desire.  Take some time to examine your desires, what you want to bring into your life, or the changes you want to see.

 

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The veils between worlds are thin tonight, at state which can be used to manifest one’s wishes. This means the barriers between worlds are weakened, and intent may be more easily transmitted from one’s inner world into the objective universe.

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Photo by Helena.

May all your bonfires burn bright tonight!

 

 

A Gate Opens

For as long as anyone can remember, Austin has been a veritable magnet for magic, mystery, and high weirdness.  Whether attracting artists and magicians like Elisabet Ney and Aleister Crowley, or spawning its very own legendary dark stars such as Roky Erickson, the current that flows here is undeniable and powerful.

Some say it’s the ley lines.  Others, perhaps the underground caverns and springs.  But there’s no doubt among anyone who’s spend a significant amount of time in Austin – it has a very unique and singular something.

It’s an oasis of freedom within a conservative state.

Sacred to the Left Hand Path is the principle of antinomianism, which simply means to consciously think and act against the accepted rules.  Austin is, itself, an antinomian city.

So, it’s no surprise that this is the home of the oldest Pylon of the Temple of Set – the Bull of Ombos, of which I am the Sentinel.

Because we are fortunate enough to reside in this place, this bastion of free thought and the open exchange of ideas, the Pylon has decided to make some of our Work public.  We are living in an incredible time and place.  The purpose of this blog is to share what we do,  both as a form of record-keeping, and to fan the spark of the Black Flame in others.

The goal of the Bull of Ombos Pylon is the enhance the very powerful, special magic of Austin and Central Texas, while also drawing upon this energy for our own growth.

For more information on the Temple of Set, please visit www.xeper.org

Questions about the Pylon and its work may be directed to bullofombos@gmail.com

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