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Power Generation: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Economic

I made this short video back in December and forgot to release it!  So here you go.

I didn’t talk about it in the video, but those of you are into Hermetic philosophy and/or alchemy will probably notice something very esoteric in this, which is the union of opposites.

As is attributed to the legendary alchemist Mary the Jewess, “Join the male and the female, and you will find what is sought.”  I will explain no more, so as not to rob you of this realization.  Meditate on this and you will see.

Hermetic Warrior: Training Involution #108

May’s Cabal Fang concentrations were Wrestling and the Hourglass.  But since we gave over one session to a member trial and were several times forced by rain into doing stand-up work inside the park shelter, we decided to carry over both concentrations for another month.

It’s really difficult to wrestle in the pouring rain.  We did it once and it was actually really fun.  It’s the wet gear and drive home that stinks.

So it’s still Wrestling Month and we’re still focusing on the Hourglass symbol (see Chapter 9 in Cabal Fang: Complete Martial Arts Study Course from Querent to Elder).  But just because our martial focus is the same, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your non-wrestling skills sharp.  So…

Hermetic Warrior: Training Involution #108

  • As many kicks as you can in 20 minutes.  Count them, log them in your training journal, and next time you work the drill beat your number.  If it’s not in your training journal it didn’t happen.
  • Weapon half pyramid to failure.  I used my cane but you work with a non-lethal version of your chosen EDC (wooden knife or training folder,  rubber gun, flashlight, tactical pen, etc.).  Perform 1 of each exercise, then 2 of each, then 3, etc. See how high you can “climb” before you have to take a break longer than a 12-count.  Jackknifes, Get-ups, Side Lunges and Push-ups.  Attack while you move whenever possible and don’t drop or put down your weapon for the duration.  Better figure out those Push-ups during training — do them with one hand in a fist, wrist bent, etc. — or risk getting stuck with no answer in a self-defense situation.
  • Learn a little about Hermeticism.  Watch the video below.  My Patreon supporters got it last month by the way.

Blood Symbols and Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #27

This week’s workout is a three-parter.  You can just watch the video (see below) or if you like words over pictures, here are the details.

Calisthenics.  Complete 3 sets to failure  of Narrow Push-ups and Hindu Squats. We’re not keeping score.  But if we were, you’d get extra points for doing more than 50 of the Push-ups and more 100+ of the Squats.  This segment was created using PTDICE.  Getcha some.

Shadowboxing with 1 pound weights.  Set a timer for 10 minutes — no breaks! — and shadowbox with #1 hand weights or 16 oz boxing gloves.  If you don’t imagine your opponent you’re wasting your time.  Really visualize what you’re striking at!

Meditation on blood.   Violence is a serious matter, and blood is not to be spilled lightly.  How can you call yourself qualified to draw blood in defense of yourself or someone you care about if you haven’t even take the time to understand and appreciate the sacredness of blood and what it symbolizes?  There are four types of blood — the mythological blood of Gods and Goddesses (holy blood), the blood of ancestors and kin (family blood), the blood of friends and heroes (royal and/or cultural blood), and the blood of sacrifice and nourishment (the blood that’s spilled to keep us spiritually and/or physically fed).  Set a timer for 10 minutes, assume the meditation posture of your choice, and spend this time meditating on these four types of blood.  For a deeper experience, meditate on just one of the four types of blood and do this exercise four days running.


Big Announcement and WOOTW #13

Cabal Fang is now a proud sponsor of the Hermetic Library!  See there below?  That’s us, right there in the middle!


The Hermetic Library is an amazing resource for anyone interested in Hermeticism, the Western Mystery Tradition, or the Perennial Wisdom.  Check them out for hours and hours of reading, browsing and listening pleasure (they have a magical music project as well).

Don’t know what Hermeticism is?  Read this.

And now for Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #13.

20 minute Kickboxing Footwork Conditioner: Set timer for 1:00 intervals. Alternate heavy bag rounds and animal calisthenics rounds.  When striking bag, practice covering foot movements with strikes. Example: Throw Left Jab then Right Cross. As you throw the RC — same time! – slip and stutter step left foot outside and throw a perfectly spaced Right Roundhouse. Calisthenics as follows: Shrimp, Gorilla Walk, Mule Kick, Crab Walk, Scorpion.

You’re a Hermeticist? What’s that?

Emerald Hourglass2Yes, I’m a Hermeticist.

What’s a Hermeticist?  Someone who studies or practices Hermeticism, which is a philosophy based on wisdom teachings attributed to a mythical figure called Hermes Trismegistus, a conflation of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth.

Hermeticists believe that there are certain universal, timeless truths (“the Perennial Wisdom”) which have always been, and will always be, accessible anyone through the powers of symbol, parable, analogy, myth and initiation.  Hermeticism is, in the words of the great Valentin Tomberg, the search for the “communal soul of religion, science, and art.” 

This is why Hermeticism seeks to  infuse all human endeavor with sacredness — to align all human activity with the Divine Will.  This idea is embodied in the great Hermetic axiom, “As Above, So Below.” 

There is no conflict between Hermeticism and Christianity whatsoever.  Christ Logos, the Truth Itself, was with us from the beginning (John 1).  Humanity’s brushes with Logos are revealed in ancient art, architecture, and philosophy.  Pagan religions were mis-hearings of God’s approaching voice, and the greatest pre-Christian sages and philosophers were the distant rumbles of thunder before the lightning strike of Jesus Christ.

On an individual level, Hermeticists strive to unify thoughts, desires, actions and beliefs — to behave with integrity — which is exemplified in the Hermetic Quaternary: “To Know, To Will, To Dare; To Keep Silent.”

Hermeticits believe that there is no conflict between science, religion, and art.  The three of them should walk arm in arm.  So it’s no surprise that a list of famous Hermeticists includes scientists (Sir Isaac NewtonDr. John Dee), authors and poets ( William Butler Yeats and Arthur Machen),  artists (Pamela Colman Smith). and clergy (Giordano Bruno, William Alexander Ayton).

The mot enduring Hermetic text is the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, which makes a fitting end to this brief definition.

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus

  1. True it is, without falsehood, certain and most true.
  2. That which is above is like to that which is below, and that which is below is like to that which is above, to accomplish the miracles of one thing.
  3. And as all things were by contemplation of one, so all things arose from this one thing by a single act of adaptation.
  4. The father thereof is the sun, the mother the moon; the wind carried it in its womb; the earth is the nurse thereof.
  5. It is the father of all works of wonder throughout the whole world.
  6. The power thereof is perfect.
  7. If it be cast on to earth it will separate the element of earth from that of fire, the subtle from the gross.
  8. With great sagacity it doth ascend gently from earth to heaven; again it doth descend to earth, and uniteth in itself the force from things superior and things inferior.
  9. Thus thou wilt possess the glory of the brightness of the whole world, and all obscurity will fly far from thee.
  10. This thing is the strong fortitude of all strength, for it overcometh every subtle thing and doth penetrate every solid substance.
  11. Thus was this world created.
  12. Hence there will be marvelous adaptations achieved, of which the manner is this.
  13. For this reason I am called Hermes Trismegistus, because I hold three parts of the wisdom of the world.
  14. That which I had to say about the operation of sol is completed.


The Antidote of We

Sunday we spent three hours taking pictures for the upcoming martial arts book. Here’s a sample.

[Intrigued? Click here for pre-order links.]

I’m a little under the gun because I announced a release date of 9/1/16, which means the final draft needs to be to the formatter no later than 8/1.

So I was hoping the editors would be mainly positive, but to the contrary, they lumped me up pretty hard.  How hard?  More red ink than black.  I now have more scabs than skin.

The criticism was largely valid, and I’m glad I got it because I want the book to be perfect.  Although it wasn’t expressly stated by any of the editors, one of the things that became apparent was how much ego-stroking was in the book.  It was painful and embarrassing to suddenly realize how self-centered some of the material was.

So I went through the text using “Ctrl-F” and looked for capital “I.”  If the ideas were salient and could be re-expressed using “we” then I did so.  If it was clear I was just monologuing, bragging, or verbal vomiting, I cut that junk out.

The good news is that writing this book has become a personal, spiritual, self-analytic and Hermetic exercise.  The bad news is that I should’ve started with that knowledge, and now I’m figuring all this out while being pinched for time.  That’s not easy.

But, at the risk of unleashing the very ego I’m trying to tame, I really do love a challenge.

Hermetic Vision in the Martial Arts

This morning I had an email conversation with my friend John (name changed to protect anonymity).  If you have any interest at all in Hermeticism or the martial arts I think you’ll find it interesting.

If you fell into my rabbit hole and have no idea what the Hermetic Quaternary is (a.k.a. “the Powers of the Sphinx” which I reference in the exchange) I have pasted in a handy table of correspondences at the very bottom of this post.  That should help you better understand my point.

And if you don’t have the slightest idea what Hermeticism is, you can read what I have to say on the subject or you can dive headfirst into the relevant Wikipedia article.)


From: Mitch <12thkey@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, May 5, 2016 at 9:20 AM
Subject: Re: Martial arts
To: John Citizen <j_citizen@totallymakebelieve.com>

Yes, I agree with him about the nuts and bolts.  He’s a smart and experienced Navy Seal, and he seems to have honed his scientific and gnostic vision to a razor’s edge.  His logical and intuitional grasp of things is very strong.

I hope he would also admit the need for magical vision to tap into the ego and mystical vision to destroy it.

Because without all four forms of vision — “To Know, To Will, To Dare; To Keep Silent” —  where is the wisdom that makes us worthy of being trusted with our weapons?  How can we ever hope to reconcile the Above and the Below?  How can we ever realize our ultimate selves?

Have a fun day, and see you tonight!


On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 10:22 PM, John Citizen <j_citizen@totallymakebelieve.com>  wrote:

Very much like the stuff you say…



The Gnostic Hermetic Quaternary Evangelist Holy Animal Archangel
To Know Matthew Lion Raphael
To Will Mark Ox Michael
To Dare John Eagle Gabriel
To Keep Silent Luke Man Uriel
The Magic Hermetic Quaternary Element Alchemy Tarot Suit
To Know Air Azoth Swords
To Will Fire Sulphur Wands
To Dare Water Mercury Cups
To Keep Silent Earth Salt Pentacles
The Scientific Hermetic Quaternary Forms of Matter Season Astrology
To Know Gas Fall Equinox Leo
To Will Plasma Summer Solstice Taurus
To Dare Liquid Winter Solstice Scorpio
To Keep Silent Solid Spring Equinox Aquarius
The Mystic Hermetic Quaternary Mode of Vision Direction Qabalah Worlds
To Know Gnostically (“I AM THAT”) East Yetzirah
To Will Magically (“I”) South Azitluth
To Dare Scientifically (“I AM”) West Briah
To Keep Silent Mystically (“I AM THAT I AM”) North Assiah