The right hand path/ the left hand path

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The Right-Hand Path is commonly thought to refer to magical or religious groups which adhere to a certain set of characteristics:

They divide the concepts of mind, body and spirit into three separate, albeit interrelated, entities.[2]

They adhere to a specific moral code and a belief in some form of judgement, such as karma or the Threefold Law.[2]

The occultists Dion Fortune[3] and William G. Gray[4] consider non-magical Abrahamic religions to be RHP.

Left-Hand Path Edit

The historian Dave Evans studied self-professed followers of the Left-Hand Path in the early 21st century, making several observations about their practices:

They often reject societal convention and the status quo, which some suggest is in a search for spiritual freedom. As a part of this, LHP followers embrace magical techniques that would traditionally be viewed as taboo, for instance using sex magic or embracing Satanic imagery.[1]:197 As Mogg Morgan wrote, the "breaking of taboos makes magic more potent and can lead to reintegration and liberation, [for example] the eating of meat in a vegetarian community can have the same liberating effect as anal intercourse in a sexually inhibited straight society."[5]

They often question religious or moral dogma, instead adhering to forms of personal anarchism.[1]:198

They often embrace sexuality and incorporate it into magical ritual.[1]:205

Added to on Oct 16, 2015
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