When fiction becomes reality, Black Lodges
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When fiction becomes reality, Black Lodges

Black Lodges

When fiction becomes reality, Black Lodges

In the occult scene of the late nineteenth and mid twentieth centuries, a black lodge was a term for occult orders and secret societies dedicated to the study and routine of evil magick. Many of the occult authors of this period treat the presence and activities of the Black Lodges as a matter of common knowledge, and discuss in detail the contrasts between the genuine way of occult  initiation and the corrupt way offered by the Black Lodges to their disciples and inaugurates. Practically speaking, however, the term was utilized by individuals from adversary occult orders to criticize their opponents. Even Aleister Crowley, although he himself was considered as a black magician by his contemparies in the occult societies, utilized the term to portray his doctrinal adversaries.

Particular meanings of the Black Lodges shifted relying upon the convictions of the lodge or occultist characterizing them. In the teachings of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, for instance, the Black Lodges were composed of magicians working with the energies of the Dark Satellite and its hierarch, Ob. Theosophical writings of the same time frame asserted that the Black Lodges celebrated the different singularity, while the Great White Lodge tried to lead all souls into the Divine Unity.

In fact, to judge by all the proof, Black Lodges of the sort portrayed in occult novels did not really exist in the late nineteenth and mid twentieth centuries. By the last decades of the twentieth century, nonetheless, a few organisations appeared that fit perfectly the old definitions as portraited in the occult fictional novels. Orders, for example, the Temple of Set, drawing on present day Satanism, copied the teachings and practices of the Black Lodges as depicted by occult authors of a century before. Fictional secret societies inspired real ones so often that the bases of today’s “Black lodges” may incorporate plenty of inspiration from their nonexistent nineteenth-century equivalents. Could it be that creating fiction is also creating a new reality? More on that later …