Thursday, September 16th - Becoming No-Man
Thursday, September 16th – Becoming No-Man
This is a talk about devotional witchcraft that was presented by Peter Grey, co-founder of the occult publisher Scarlet Imprint, at the Trans-States conference in 2017.
From the conference proceedings: “The transformation of the male erotic landscape through magical and witchcraft practices as constellated about the female mysteries of Babalon. Special attention is given to the pact of transformative blood rituals: menstruation, modification, ordeal and the meaning of animal sacrifice. An account of ongoing magical work by a modern practitioner following the skein of menstrual magic anticipated in such partnerships as Marjorie Cameron and Jack Parsons, Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove.”
Becoming No-man, Peter Grey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Ec28pFmrE,
The essay is also present in The Brazen Vessel (Collected Works 2008-2018) by Peter Grey and Alkistis Dimech: https://book4you.org/book/17102309/4a9b85
Add-on: so far as I can tell, Grey is most widely known in anarchist circles for an essay from 2014, “Rewilding Witchcraft”, a polemic assertion that witchcraft is “quintessentially wild, ambivalent, ambiguous, queer. ” That pamphlet is available here: – Audio: https://immediatism.com/archives/607 – Text: https://scarletimprint.com/essays/rewilding-witchcraft – Also in The Brazen Vessel (linked above), and via littleblackcart.
Here is the second installment of notes from the seminar I am currently giving on Capital, Volume 1, which addresses the middle of Chapter 1. I will have the final notes from Chapter 1 posted in the next couple of days.
Had a dream about being in the woods late at night.
There was a thin and shallow trench like a stick drawing of a human body.
Spread within the trenches were red pink braids of a nervous system.
At the deepest and widest point of the sigil, where all the nerves led to, was a grey/pink brain.
A shiny, clear, viscous liquid leaked out from the back of the brain at a quick enough rate that the trench soon filled to the brim.
I shoveled dirt on top of the pool.
Now I can't help but feel like a brain and some nerves planted into fleshy soil.
“Resilience becomes a deeply conservative technique, one especially well suited to governance; you encourage bodies to strengthen so they will not succumb to pressure, so they can keep taking it; so they can take more of it. Resilience is the requirement to take more pressure; such that the pressure can be gradually increased.”
- Sara Ahmed