I’ve been exploring the meaning of “darkness” both in my philosophical reflections and in my magical workings. I’m curious about how people will answer this question because I feel that the light - darkness dichotomy reflects an unrealistic metaphysical dualism.
For me personally, light corresponds to “order” both in the socio-political sense and in the psychological sense. Systems of order are created in order to sustain life, to allow for a certain level of control that allows people to focus on more than just survival. This notion of “order” can be extended to concepts of morality, collective belief, and social normalcy. But “order” tends to become a source of limitation that needs to be overcome and eventually transcended.
Darkness, in my mind, has to do with death, fear, chaos, and the unknown. All the things that weak people try to run away from and ignore, both within themselves and within the world. And in that sense black magick is especially powerful because it draws upon something more atavistic, more fundamental.
I’m curious about other people’s thoughts and experiences on this matter. Please share your thoughts.