About how to distinguish a performance artist from a magician

Yesterday I read an article about Marina Abramovic who allegedly invited Clinton Campaign chairman John Podesta to an occult spirit cooking dinner. This story was the result of the leaked Hillary Clinton Email Archive proudly presented by Wikileaks.marina 1.pnghttp://vigilantcitizen.com/featured/chairman-clintons-campaign-john-podesta-attended-occult-spirit-cooking-dinner-hosted-marina-abramovic/

The article was discussing this story as if they had uncovered a Satanist cult group which was intending to … do what? Although the article was highly suggestive, the purpose of this supper was not hinted to. The reader would have to fill the blanks himself. Obviously, one might assume that in these election times one might be inclined to make a pact with the devil, sell his soul in order to win the election, right?!

While reading this story I also began to question if Marina could indeed be a black magician. As a performance artist, she is purposefully investigating all the dark and rejected aspects of our soul. While doing this she is not shy at all of using occult symbolism. To me personally, I feel that she is doing a great job in bringing our rejected parts back into the light. I admire her mission and immense courage.

Curious, if she was indeed a black Thelematic magician, I searched the internet. Surprisingly enough, I was not able to find any conclusive confirmation that she actually was a Satanist!

And thus I had to figure it out for myself. And I came to ask myself the question: what actually is the difference between a performance artist and a magician? After some consideration I came to the following two criteria: intention and skill.

Let’s start with intention. Marina as a performance artist describes exactly what she does: she performs. Her main focus is on the outer form. By showing rejected images and symbolism from our subjected subconscious, she helps is to reintegrate our darker aspects into ourselves. And as a result, healing can arise. From an outer perspective, it might look like Marina is doing the same as a magician. But for a magician, the main focus lies in achieving a goal, rather than the display of outer form. Magic is the art of changing consciousness at will in order to achieve certain goals. Certainly, a magician uses certain outer forms (regalia, robes, etc.) but this is only secondary for what he actually tries to achieve.

The second criteria is skill. Let’s visualize Marina performing an open heart surgery on a living person. Although, it might look like she knows what she is doing, I am quite sure that after the operation the patient will be dead. And nobody in their right mind would be surprised of this: Marina does not have the many years of studying and training to perform such operations. She could be interested in them: yes. She could have read about open heart surgery: sure. But nonetheless she will not be able to bring the operation to a successful conclusion. The same goes for the magician. A magician in the Western Mystery tradition has many, many years of training. When he is initiated to a certain degree, he is only qualified to perform rituals up to this degree. A magician works mainly on the so-called astral planes. These are energies which cannot be seen with the untrained physical eye, but which can be felt by sensitive persons. He works with energies and forces which he is able to control completely. And similarly as an open heart surgery, a ritual is only a success when the goal of the ritual is achieved. Marina can make draw symbols with blood and sperm on a wall, but in the end the following matters: was she actually able to successfully raise certain energies in order to achieve a certain goal?

And this brings us back again to intention. If Marina is able to perform magic, what is the purpose of these rituals? Is this to banish poverty from Earth, to create a lovely soup or to generate bad health to someone? Magic based on the intention of the latter would be black magic. The other two examples can be considered to be white magic.

Based on the above, I do not believe that Marina is a Satanist. She is a very inspiring and talented performance artist, but she most likely lacks the skills to perform satanic rituals. Also, although she explores the darker sides of human nature, I do feel that she has a good intention.

Later in the day, a response from Marina was published where she stated that the allegations were complete nonsense. The spirit cooking ritual was actually a normal meal and John Podesta was not even present at the dinner. Interestingly enough, for this dinner Marina did make an outstanding traditional soup which did make her guests feel remarkably uplifted and reborn…

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