(Edit to mention this was split from a topic about having relationships while on the LHP, where some members were not sure it would be right for them.)
I have a question, though, and no offence intended to anyone personally, just a thought: isn’t choosing to be “forever alone” just so you can have sigils of Lucifer on the walls or whatever, putting some really quite self-indulgent stuff ahead of a certain duty to your own ancestors and descendents?
To carry your bloodline forward?
Yes, we ARE spiritual beings, but we are having a physical experience (as the old saying goes), and suitable physical forms are needed in which to have that experience.
Most magicians who speak publicly are quite proud to have had one ancestor who was a witch, or more, and we know that genocide, erasure of entire families, was attempted in the past when witches’ children were also murdered or forced into outcast life, or sent into convents and monasteries (along with the psychically gifted) which was the early-days equivalent of being sterilised.
Not everyone is cut out for parenthood but I am concerned we’re encouraged to live in the moment for selfish gratification, and discouraged from thinking we have any duty to our ancestors and to our potential future descendents, to pass on these gifts instead of selfishly hoarding them for really quite petty reasons.
I also wonder to what extent our new consumer goods - books, altars iconography, and so on - play a factor in whether to bring someone into our lives, marry them, and raise a family, and whether someone 300 years ago communicating with spirits and keeping it somewhat undercover would have had that same barrier and same self-neutering tendency, all because a date may squick at their “satanic” books?
Remember folks, you can always hide a lot of dark stuff in seemingly normal new age items like crystals and meditation, which are socially acceptable in most places, and this has precedent, the slaves in Haiti did that using Catholic iconography.
i would be horrified if anyone chose their edgy interior decor over passing on to the next generation, the tendency to be psychic and want to do magick.
That souls incarnate in families that share a vibrational resonance and genetic potential is attested to in the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, as well as more modern sources: it would literally be the dream of those who want to enslave mankind if we self-selected out of the genepool.
And go from tragedy to farce, if it was just because we can’t give up our altars and materialist accessories.
I realise this is controversial, but reframe the exact same thing: “Society says you may freely do magick if you agree to be sterilised so that you terminate your own bloodline” and the situation would become more clear.