RIGHT HAND PATH AND LEFT HAND PATH: The Contrast of Belief

Michal Mozolewski

Image: Michel Mozolewski

“It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Oh, NR, do we need to have a talk…

When I asked the Universe to help break my writer’s block and lack of motivation this is not what I had in mind. Yesterday I shared an article on the page about accepting the Gray in Magick; accepting that Magick and life are not black or white but a balance of all things. I agree with that point, in fact, I agree with most of the article, but one part I do not agree with is that you can walk both the RHP and the LHP. This isn’t about right and wrong, either, this is about what is. (Ponder that.)

For those who are unfamiliar: RHP= Right Hand Path and LHP= Left Hand Path.

A gentlemen commented how he didn’t agree with being able to walk both paths and I replied in agreement. Whew, did a shit storm erupt!

The onslaught of comments didn’t stop for 10 hours. It was not until the 9th hour that I totally lost my shit and surrendered after having stated my point in about 40 different ways to no avail. Only later to be called a Masochist for putting myself through such pain. Ha. The irony…

The main point I need to make is that I am not trying to tell anyone how to practice or believe, and during the discussion yesterday people kept bringing that up insinuating that is what I was doing.

If you are familiar with me and/or the page then you know my feelings were hurt because that is not who I am as a person; I am not one to impose anything, especially belief, on to another.

Thank the Gods for my good ol’ Capricorn Rising/Taurus Moon because when they kicked in all the fucks I gave seemed to disappear right out the window. These two aspects of my personality are still in full effect as I write this and I am no longer going to sugar coat, or walk on egg shells to spare another their comfort or be diplomatic because I have a page to run.

The paths are mutually exclusive to say they are not being a clear indicator that you understand neither.

Let’s see how many people get offended over that. I hope in the middle of being offended you take the time to read the links I have provided from many perspectives about the differences between the paths.

I cannot express how important this is: Left does not equal Dark and Right does not equal Light. It has long been my belief that each path has aspects of both Light and Dark, as they should in order to be balanced; the paths themselves are not two halves to a whole though.

I don’t know when this happened, why it happened, or even how it happened, but it just isn’t the case. I know, I know, historically speaking the Right hand was always pure and the Left un-pure, but that is a weak argument to make in this debate and context.

This is the biggest point of confusion because people have come to associate the Spectrum of Magick with Personal Philosophy. I know plenty of Luciferians who also define themselves as Witches and they do not practice what many would consider “Dark Magick”. Conversely, I know many self-proclaimed Lightworkers who have summoned all 72 Goetia Daemons, and have zero moral compass; probably a poor example because clearly these kids have that definition misconstrued as well but I think you get my point.

Light and Dark are part of the bigger whole and I agree BUT in my opinion RHP and LHP do not allow for polarity, or duality because they not only contradict each other, the end goal of each is entirely different. One is about the individual and one about the collective.

I used the example of “one cannot be a Luciferian and a Wiccan” and I stand by that. The core beliefs of each do not allow for the other to exist. Just like you cannot be a Satanist Christian, or an Atheist Muslim; you cannot walk both paths.

Please don’t get me started on TMP or “The Middle Path” because in my opinion that is a cop out on choosing a set path and destination.

As people were stating their case and how you can be both, I sat in amazement wondering how the fuck this happened. I found an answer in one of the links provided at the bottom and here is the excerpt that helped me understand, perhaps, where some of you were coming from. The part where the Author brings up the Tree of Life is what I am referring to:

“Given the history of the terminology, I see the main difference between RHP and LHP as being simply one of relative social respectability, both within the Pagan/occult scene and in society at large. Wiccans and Wiccanesque Pagans are RHP because they dominate the Pagan/occult scene. And Christian occultists are RHP because of their identification with the most popular religion in the world at large. On the other hand, “LHP” was a label claimed by some of the more marginalized groups, in an attempt to turn their very marginalization into a badge of honor.

“Another difference is that RHPers tend to believe in some sort of automatic cosmic moral law enforcement (e.g. the “Threefold Law”), whereas LHPers tend to believe that justice happens only insofar as people make it happen.

“Another difference is that LHPers tend to be fonder of “dark” imagery, whereas RHPers tend to be fonder of “white light” imagery.

“And another difference, of course, is that LHPers tend to be more individualistic — at least in theory. Self-described LHPers typically define the difference between LHP and RHP in terms of individualism.

“But most of these differences, especially that last one, are only relative. For example, Wicca is considered RHP, but the Wiccan Rede (“‘An it harm none, do what ye will”) is pretty individualistic for the most part. Unlike most traditional religions, Wicca does not prescribe an elaborate set of social norms. The only norm is “harm none” (admittedly not an easy rule to follow, if you really think about it).

“So, to use any one of the above differences as a definition of LHP and RHP is a vast oversimplification of the paths categorized.

“Some people have defined LHP and RHP in terms of pillars of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. According to this definition, LHPers emphasize the energies of the left pillar (the “pillar of severity”), whereas RHPers emphasize the energies of the right pillar (the “pillar of mercy”).

“However, if defined this way, neither the LHP nor the RHP can possibly be a balanced path. Obviously, the only sensible option would be a middle path. In order for LHP and RHP both to be viable paths, neither one of them should be defined in a way that excludes the possibility of balance.”

I do not agree with everything quoted above so let me be clear about that; I just like to research all points of view, and then deliver them to you; my opinion on the matter has long been formed.

One of the commentators said that she was using the terms as verbs instead of nouns but they ARE nouns. They ARE terms used to define or identify ourselves, or group of people.

Example: I am a Luciferian Witch who incorporates Rootwork into her Magick.

A Luciferian is what I am (Luciferianism being a LHP Philosophy), what I do is something else entirely; though it should always align with my Luciferian way of living or else I am simply a hypocrite.

Just because I practice Rootwork does not automatically make me a Vodouisant. As mentioned above, I am first and foremost a Luciferian, my mentality is always in line with Self Deification, free thinking, rebellion, going against the status quo and questioning everything.

I have stated many times in the past that I don’t want any of you to think like me just for the sake of it, I want to evoke thought; I don’t want a bunch of readers who yes me to death and agree with me on all points; I rather enjoy our differences, and I love learning about different practices.

This discussion of RHP vs. LHP is one that comes up so often and I have tackled it on the page directly, but never in a blog, and I know I didn’t do this topic justice but something had to be said and further resources provided because yesterday truly made my head hurt.

Resources:

http://theisticsatanism.com/pagan/LHPvsRHP.html

http://www.detoxorcist.com/left-hand-path-and-right-hand-path.html

http://gnosticwarrior.com/difference-between-the-left-and-right.html

(This link is provided so that you may read further about individuation):

http://www.cgjungny.org/d/d_mythpsyche.html

About the Author

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Jaclyn Cherie, who is also known by the name Noir has her roots in New York. She is an Author, Writer, Hedge Witch Luciferian, and Wild Woman. © Jaclyn Cherie and The Nephilim Rising, 2015-2017

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The Left Hand Path

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For a very long time I have been under the idea that spirituality/magick is a range of degrees between two extreme points: one being ‘light/right’, and the other being ‘dark/left’. We are the pendulum and swings between them. We have access to the whole spectrum and are not required to be held out of balance with either/or. There’s too much in between with various degrees of light/dark, left/right. Decisions and actions depend on the situation and other various factors of the moment.

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I would agree that Magick is a range of degrees varying between Light and Dark but we must, as a community, remove the Left and Right terms associated with the Light and Dark; they hinder our growth. One can be Gray or Light on the LHP just as someone can be a bit Darker and still consider themselves on the RHP.

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Yahh.. Jeez, that is correct. I as a “young” witch get so fed up with someone telling me what I have to be. I grew up under the Christian thumb and since I started walking the path of sorcery, I get hit in the forehead with the same thumb. I define myself as “me”, and as a student constantly learning.

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I think the most powerful definition/label/form one can take on is I Am; I believe any Mystic would agree with me. However, we live in a society and are part of a community where labels seem to be necessary, and in the case of being a Luciferian, I do not mind wearing that label. I quite enjoy it actually. I believe that everyone should be true to themselves, and we are all students who are constantly learning and evolving but we shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that we can walk both paths. Witches can do a lot of things, that is simply not one of them.

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True. However we seem to live in a world that wishes to sort specific traits into categories. it is hard to speak without using the common lexicon. But yes, I do agree with you. There are aspects of both within everything we chose to do. We chose the RHP or the LHP or neither because we feel attuned to them as a form of familiar we see within our self. We are grey beings with many different facets and masks depending on what is going on and what we decide to do. There really is no ‘light’ or ‘dark’, there is only best guess choices. Some benefit us/others, and some don’t. But they all come from the same place.

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I believe in the Spectrum and we as Adepts should be able to move freely among that Spectrum in regards to our Practical Magick.

I refer to “one can only curse if they can cure” often as a talking point. I think a Witch needs to be proficient in both to understand either.

I also agree that Energy/Magick/Power/Intentions all come from the same place. You can call it the ether, ethereal, other world, “Our higher Self”–whatever you want, but it comes from that place. Haha.

What I am rambling on about is that I agree with you.

I just really got wound up when people tried to say you can walk both paths and it had to be addressed.

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This is a topic I used to talk about a lot when I first went on forums, and I was quite puzzled by people’s answers. My perspective was that I communicate with angels, and I’ve noticed they base everything they do on being on the right hand path or on the left hand path. I’ve known them to cross over between the two, or even to cross over and then go back!

The humans just wouldn’t have it, though. They insisted that ‘we are all in the middle’ ‘we have two hands’ ‘we are both paths on different occasions.’

I said once on my blog that I constantly try to choose between the two and I always end up on the left-hand path but with a kind of right- hand path ideology. OK, but that’s ME who is mixed up. All those angels can’t be wrong! So I agree with you.

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What a brilliant comment! You have given me much to think about. I still stand by everything I said, and disagree with most of what you said, haha, but it gives me a lot to research and play with. For that, I am forever grateful. I love learning and Seeking.

You managed to get many conflicting points across without being disrespectful. Thank you.

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Thanks for the feedback, the idea was to bring into the table what you said “things to think about”,no more, no less, its nice to be understood on that way, because that was the idea more than come into agreement. Indeed I admire your post because our differences wich I would call “lovely disagreement”.

I think you take the prize being enough kind to let yourself explore the thoughts expresseds. I love to give “options of thoughts”, its not about being agree, its about sharing and increase the both side access to our own discoveries. Thanks to u.

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