“Neglect not the dawn-meditation!” Liber 333 Chapter 48 – which can be performed in front of a mirror with a razor, necktie, lipstick or other Magickal weapons to hand! The plain facts are that successful people dress for success. One of the only occultists who seems to have recognised this was the late Anton La Vey and his treatise The Complete Witch should be studied by all aspiring magicians.
Who is the better magician – the freak (with an aversion to water) in the confronting tee shirt and cheap inverted pentagram medallion or the guy in the business suit, who has the right connections and is in league with a legion of demons? The Western World has greater wealth, cheaper commodities, more opportunity and efficient modes of product distribution than at any other time and yet the majority of sheeple choose to dress like “a refugee from Purgatory, living in Limbo”. Fashions change as quickly as lager turns to piss, but style is eternal.
In large part, clothes make the man or woman. All societies are stratified. If you want to get ahead – get a hat. Remember that clothing and jewellery should compliment the wearer, not themselves and that if being a femme fatale is your thing, a stiletto heel of at least 7.5 centimetres is not only a great weapon if wielded correctly, but has a number of uses – including effective body movement.
Many occultniks tend toward the sartorial ‘default position’ of black, but having little (and no conscious) knowledge of the Magick of black, fail to powerfully employ it. Black is mysterious, powerful, sexy and ethereal which was why the S.S. wore it, Xtian priests and nuns wear it, goddesses can and authority figures do – but all colours can be used; for example, brown clothing (particularly dark brown clothing) subconsciously projects that you are poor.
Decide who you want to be. Research the look you wish to invoke. However, if you want to be as different and as fashion conscious as everybody else and are happy with your life, continue to think what you always think, do what you always do, dress as you always dress and you will get what you always get!
The Society Ordo Templi Orientis International advises its members to read Dress for Success and The Women’s Dress for Success Book by John T. Molloy, but it is one of the very few occult organisations that bother with the topic of dress. The others are the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set. This can be confirmed by simple observation. The occultist’s world is a shallow one populated by insignificant, marginal types and replete with social security recipient ‘could have beens’. Given that, is it any wonder whatsoever that the public’s perception of Magick has increasingly been relegated to the obscure, angst filled shadows of adolescent longing?
The real magicians have no need to flaunt their strangeness, because they are not strange at all, just powerful and in control. We may not like or agree with them but that does not concern those leaders of business, politics, arts or academia. True magicians have always ruled the many and the known! Most would deny that they are magicians. They dress with elegance - timeless and calculating; networking and conspiring in a dream that money alone cannot purchase. Often their personalities have a force that distorts the contours both of judgement and of everyday perception. Take a look around and you will discover successful magicians everywhere and all of them start fashions, not follow them!
Sadly, the arts of mimicry have a higher position in the Japanese Temple of Set than in any other lhp orders.