New Pronouncement from the Sabian Order of the Adept Chamber of the Moorish Orthodox Church

“Paganism, which used to be the object of public celebration in this world, is our heritage, and we shall pass it on to our children. Lucky the man who endures hardship with a well-founded hope for the sake of paganism! Who was it that settled the inhabited world and propagated cities, if not the outstanding men and kings of paganism? Who applied engineering to the harbors and the rivers? Who revealed the arcane sciences? Who was vouchsafed the epiphany of that godhead who gives oracles and makes known future events, if not the most famous of the pagans? It is they who blazed all these trails. The dawn of medical science was their achievement: they showed both how souls can be saved and how bodies can be healed. They filled the world with upright conduct and with wisdom, which is the chief part of virtue. Without the gifts of paganism, the earth would have been empty and impoverished, enveloped in a great shroud of destitution.”
– Thabit ibn Qurra

For millennia the real old time religions of the West have remained dormant and forgotten. Fragments of papyrus in ancient rubbish heaps, indecipherable stelae locked away in museums vaults, or the fairy lore of the grandmothers were all that remained of those traditions consistently stamped out by the dogmatists of domination. Once “magic” referred to the occupation of highly respected, itinerant Persian priests, but the civilizations of the north Mediterranean gradually transformed the word into something disreputable and wicked. Even after a century of nascent revivalism, practitioners of the spiritual arts are reluctant to make known their work. Hisses of “magic” and “sorcery” are still heard issuing from the mouths of our enemies. So persist blood-curdling accusation, grounds for exile or execution, grist for grisly scary tales. The subterranean stream of magic has resurfaced, but witch hunts continue. The necessity to protect and cultivate this precious legacy in this new era has led to the establishment of the Sabian Order of the Moorish Orthodox Church.

Marco Pasi states in his Theses de Magia: “The study of magic cannot be carried out only from the perspective of intellectual history. It should obviously also include a study of the practices, of the social behaviors, and of the beliefs that have been historically associated with the concept of magic.” We further this inquiry by focusing this study less upon dominant cultures which have had the prerogative to define “magic.” Rather, we turn our attention to those minor cultures who were the targets of their slander.

The original Triple Rose of the Adept Chamber of the Moorish Orthodox Church sought to deepen their understandings of the mysteries of the three primary monotheistic faiths of the world using heresy as a lens to harmonize all three. This fourth rose, the Sabian Order seeks a somewhat different task. We do not seek to use heresy to harmonize our work with monotheism, for in the light of the temples of Abraham and his offspring we are already heretics. While the other three Orders certainly appreciate how magic exists in their respective monotheisms, we appreciate magic as it exists in cultures that have had to contend with these often aggressive doctrines. So while we appreciate and love Agrippa, Ficino, and Bruno (and actively study and practice their works) we place a special emphasis on non-Muslim/Jewish/Christian groups like the Sabians of Harran, the Druids and other indigenous European spiritual traditions, as well as the “magical” content of the Atharvaveda Samhita, the Hermetists of Alexandria, the Greek Magical Papyri, etc. who all shared the same space-time and exchanged techniques and notions which later were deemed damnable.

In the holy texts of Moorish Science we find affirmations of the importance of our work. In the “Circle Seven” Koran, there is a description of the significance of the planetary and celestial spirits of antiquity in the work of the Adept found in the very first chapter: “(L)et him know that cherubim and seraphim that rule the stations of the sun and spirit of the mighty Allah who rule the solar stars are his protectors and his guide, and they will lead to victory.” In the Mysteries of the Silent Brotherhood of the East we read “Allah is one; but like the one of light, in essence he is seven. And when the Triune Allah breathes forth, lo, seven spirits stand before his face. These are Creative attributes. Men call them lesser gods, and in their image they made man.” These seven spirits, these lesser gods can be seen as the planets themselves revered in the Navagraha in India and in the Picatrix/Ghayat al-Hakim of Pseudo-Majriti. Our Order’s ability to uplift fallen humanity resides in connecting to the seven creative spirits which are embodied in the planetary spheres as well as the spirits “upon the Earth and under the Earth, on dry land, or in the Water, of whirling Air or of rushing Fire.”

We are compelled to this course through our souls’ true calling outside of any liturgical provision or edict that tells us otherwise. Our souls’ song has Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, Justice, and Beauty. We let that song chart our course regardless of threats from any mullahs, rabbis, parsons, or priests. As the Blessed Circle 7 says of the soul: “Action is her delight, and she will not be withheld from it. Her motion is perpetual; her attempts are universal; her agility is not to be suppressed. Is it at the uttermost parts of the earth? She will have it. Is it beyond the regions of the stars? Yet will her eye discover it, Inquiry is her delight. As one who traverseth the burning sands, in search of water, so is the soul that thirsteth after knowledge.”

The Order bestows the title of Chevalier/Chevaleresse Ovate de Harran on those who provide us with certain proof of their dedication to these principles. Our initiations may be performed either together as a group or (more than likely) by oneself. Since the focus of our Order tends to incorporate both the “high” urban paganism of antiquity as well as the “low” paganism of indigenous cultures we encourage aspirants to construct their own initiations based on Telluric or Ouranic rites as they see fit. However, we can provide you with helpful suggestions and symbolism for either or both upon request.

The Genius Loci needs to hear from you! The Venereal Daimons have knowledge meant for your ears only! Join us in fulfilling Noble Drew Ali’s dream of mending “the broken wires” and connecting “them with higher powers.” El or Bey, do not delay! Contact us today!

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