CALL OF THE VOID:
SPECTRAL EVIDENCE /
SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF
by THE HELL PRIEST, XUL
“I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.”
‘Et quid amabo nisi quod aenigma est?’
(‘What shall I love if not the enigma?’)
—Giorgio de Chirico
1. belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine.
“Huss was burned for heresy”
o opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function
—F. Scott Fitzgerald
While understanding the psychological mechanism(s) behind belief one cannot fathom how persons are still looking for The Loch Ness Monster/Bigfoot or Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life/Grays or Ghost/Demons or even, alas (gulp) Witches and Wizards unless willful deceit is utilized and the mere placebo effect embraced. The Trophic System dictates that only 10% of all available resources may be utilized by any given creature, or to put it bluntly “big fish, small pond”. Nothing that large could sustain itself, nor keep its location hidden ad infinitum. This same approach would apply to a Sasquatch (or Yeti) whom would also suffer from a lack of available resources and would need to go venture further and farther out until either it would die from overexposure to the paparazzi or wander beyond its comfort zone and bequeath us it’s bones and skat for posterities sake. Despite whatever the TRVL channel has led you to think, or Destination America On Demand, coon capped curmudgeons and their cabins are safe from both an overactive imagination and visitors. But alas no one is safe from my almighty alliteration.
1. each of several hierarchical levels in an ecosystem, comprising organisms that share the same function in the food chain and the same nutritional relationship to the primary sources of energy.
1. the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.
While we look endlessly to the sky and wait for Arrival-esque tones in our SETI headphones, or make an alien monolith in our mashed potatoes, the thought ultimately resonates, “Where is everybody at”? Fermi’s Paradox postulates that even if another advanced civilization were to attempt communications with us it would likely be on another wavelength or far beyond our ability to reach and ultimately decipher. Vast distances and billions of light years worth of emptiness decrease the likelihood of first contact ever being effectively established (though as I type this NASA has began to receive random radio burst from an unnamed source. (Update: Fake News)
The Fermi Paradox is the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence and high probability estimates for the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations.
While these aren’t The Burning Times many might feel persecuted– instead of broken on The Catherine Wheel– by many a keyboard warrior. One where The Malleus Maleficarum circa 1486 (or The Hammer of Witches) is being used to punish those who were known, oft times after being tortured, to be in the devil’s consort. Such signs were strange birthmarks, living alone, mental illness, and even cultivation of medicinal herbs for private use or holistic healing. The most insidious tactic used was that of “spectral evidence”. The victims would swear that a phantom or visage of the individual had visited them with malicious intent one moonlight night. Even going so far as to imagine a transformation into a magical familiar, such as a cat or wolf. No alibi would suffice, nor rebuttal suffered when a God-fearing Christian set their sights on such baseless accusations, even if financially motivated.
Spectral evidence was testimony that the accused witch’s spirit (i.e. spectre) appeared to the witness in a dream or vision (for example, a black cat or wolf). The dream or vision was admitted as evidence. Thus, witnesses (who were often the accusers) would testify that “Goody Proctor bit, pinched, and almost choked me,” and it would be taken as evidence that the accused were responsible for the biting, pinching and choking even though they were elsewhere at the time
While Paranormal Experts, warn of the dangers of spirit boards, pretend that every hastily scrawled symbol is evil and believe that everything happens in threes to mock the holy trinity; including scratches that never are deep enough to produce scars and have more to do with a galvanic skin response and goosebumps than any electromagnetic manifestation. Place said hyper suggestive individuals with documentary style footage equipment in a highly agitated state in an environment they already presuppose is haunted and cut out the lights to deprive them of all rational stimuli. Boo!!! Essentially this creates a sensory deprivation environment where even the slightest of sounds echo down the seemingly infinite emptiness that is the chambers of one’s heart. And no that doesn’t explain intelligent EVP responses in seeming Realtime unless one believes that these are rogue programs glitching in and out of higher and lower dimensions of a matrix type membrane of multidimensional reality aware of its own sentience, yet non-corporeality; communicating nothing of true worth or of a very limited scope.
The mind thrives on two things, maybe three if oxygen counts and me and anoxia think it might, sugar and stimulus. Don’t believe me stare at any mirror (no less than 10 min.) with a flickering or low light source and see what happens. The brain begins to feed on itself. This is the essence of scrying, deciphering the amorphous shapes. All information is suggestive and scrambles the more one focuses on the lack of…anything concrete or definitive. No, Bloody Mary need not become the mantra here. Go without sugar and the strongest of minds is now a drunken sailor adrift on legs that are less than stable, with a diabetic coma looming inevitably in the distance. Some leeway, leniency and handicaps must be accepted here, it is the paranormal after all and nice gheist don’t always finish last.
An isolation tank, usually called a sensory deprivation tank (also known as float tank, flotation tank, or sensory attenuation tank) is a lightless, soundproof tank filled with salt water at skin temperature, in which individuals float. They were first used in 1954 to test the effects of sensory deprivation. Flotation tanks are widely advertised as a form of alternative medicine but beneficial health effects are unproven.
While I enjoy many movies and shows covering everything from Demonology/Hauntings to Sci-Fi/Fantasy to Alien Abduction/Exorcism(s) I do so with the impunity of one who realizes that cognitive dissonance is a necessity. In a ceremony of opposites if I’ve found myself fin a darkstate I switch gears and embrace something foolishly lighthearted, cartoons being a childhood favorite and Adult Swim an adult indulgence. Our minds cannot hold two diametrically opposed truths simultaneously; however, it can juggle and often with hilarious results. I find that the questions become more interesting than those questions we thought so mysterious and burning themselves. Willingly suspend belief and find yourself transformed into a world of near infinite possibilities. If a Satanist Ritual Room is to be thought of as an “intellectual decompression chamber” then let me be the first to welcome a few of you to open that perceptual door, make that metaphysical threshold expansive and allow your day-to-day environment to truly be a place where lesser or greater magic(k) can occur. Embrace the enigma and learn to love the ambiguity of questions. Pierce The Veil and find an enlightenment that will absolutely transform one is ways that are both destructive and painful. Being that from nothing, nothing can be produced, we celebrate our demise and subsequent rebirth in funeral pyres we set ourselves.
Embrace all duality as it is coming from a need for a conflict/resolution, a closure that we’ll never achieve.
Take a hand, holding them upwards and extended, this is the parenthetical nature of our lives.
*With little regard to what constitutes a forethought or a footnote.
suspension of disbelief or willing suspension of disbelief has been defined as a willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe something surreal; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment.
“We are caught inside a mystery, veiled in an enigma, locked inside a riddle.”
Agios Lucifer & Hail Satan.
THE HELL PRIEST, XUL