Warlock leaps to the defense of the Gatewalking system, citing his interview of Denny Sargent, a man who knew Simon and those who practiced the system well (correction to original post: he did not practice the system himself). Warlock claims that I am taking Sargent’s remarks out of context:
It is clearly evident that Historian Denny Sargent was stressing the importance for preparation before jumping into Simon Necronomics. It is a very serious step because the system will engage the practitioner with very serious powers.
But what was Sargent saying? Here’s the key passage:
It doesn’t matter what system it is these are your steps to awareness via magick- if Simon’s system helps you do any of these (Im very doubtful about it helping with [Contacting your H0ly Guardian Angel) Go for it!
My #1 suggestion? That everyone achieves a clear connection with your Guardian Angel (Spirit, Self etc) before doing Simon’s Necronomicon system.
I think Warlock is being disingenuous to handwave this as a need for “preparation.” In Western esoteric terms, getting in touch with your higher self is “preparation” in the same sense that climbing Mount Everest is “a little hike.” In fact, many would insist that this is the whole point of magical practice, with all other aspects only significant as they help or hinder that goal.
Thus, though Sargent is sympathetic to the system and sees it as holding power, he is actually presenting a trenchant critique of its usefulness. After all, why perform a system that doesn’t accomplish what your goals are? Warlock might not agree with him, but he should at least acknowledge that this critique is staring him in the face.
Last time, I presented some guidelines that I use for assessing how spiritually satisfied I find people to be. For example:
Does the person view their detractors with respect, or does he or she cast aspersions on their motives, suggest they are pawns of darker powers, or otherwise seek to emphasize personality and motives over substantive issues?
Perhaps I was being harsh with Warlock on these. Let’s see what he has to say in response:
It is interesting to note that at the time of posting this article, Harms had only one other individual to comment on his article. Venus Satanas stated the following… I guess everybody can see now some of the friends that Harms considers to be part of a “spiritual system.” Just one look at “Venus Santanis’ website is a testament to this…
I think that says it all, doesn’t it?