If you have not heard, spirit cooking is all over the internet today due to the latest email drop from Wikileaks. Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man John Podesta is in hot water for being invited to a spirit cooking ceremony held by extreme performance artist Marina Abramovic, a ritual that has its roots in Aleister Crowley and his religion of Thelma.
So what is all this stuff and why does it matter? Aleister Crowley who in his day was known as the “wickedest man in the world” is a 20th-century occultist that originally hails from Britain. Born to a wealthy family, he rejected fundamentalist Christianity in favor of Esotericism and joined several orders throughout his life including A∴A∴ and Ordo Templi Orientis. He traveled to Mexico, India, Egypt, and several other places and over time developed his doctrine of Thelma and wrote down it’s principles in The Book of Law. Some people view him as a Satanist while others see him a prophet. He was a known recreational drug user who toward the end of his life struggled with opiate addiction until his death.
One of the sacraments listed in The Book of Law is known as the Cake of Light which contains honey, oil, menstrual blood, and sperm. Crowley likely learned about the ceremony by studying the occultic arts of the past. The ritual is meant to represent how the microcosm is a representation of the macrocosm and vice versa. It is here where Crowley draws the connection to the perpetrated author Hermes Trismegistus and his maxim “As above, so below.” His writings and his doctrine of Hermeticism had its origins in Ancient Egypt and propagated throughout classical antiquity. “As above, so below,” has been the inspiration to some of mankind’s greatest achievements including the Pyramids of Giza and Angkor Wat; both of which mirror star constellations above.
It is clear that Aleister Crowley has been an inspiration to Marina Abramovic and that her interpretation of the Cake of Light came to life in the form of Spirit Cooking. In an artistic performance of the ritual, it appears that she mixes a combination of pigs blood, breast milk, and sperm and paints various sayings while dumping the brew in a coordinated fashion throughout the exhibition throughout the exhibition.
It is important to note that Abramovic has said that context is everything when it comes to rituals. If her Spirit Cooking is performed in a gallery, then it is art, yet, if it’s performed in a private setting then it is much more intimate and spiritual.It is the setting that defines the intention. So when John Podesta’s brother Tony is inquiring about if he is available to go to dinner at Abramovic’s apartment, he is clearly asking him if he wants to participate in an occult ceremony.
Now is this as big of a deal as people draw it out to be? I think that this has been way overblown. A lot of people do not know that the world occult does mean “satanic” or “evil,”but actually translates to the the word “hidden.” Spirit Cooking takes place with people who choose to participate on their on will and they are not hurting anyone else in the process. I will admit that drinking pig’s blood, breast milk, and sperm is extremely weird, but every religion around the world has strange rituals attached to them. In addition, this ritual is so outlandish and so far removed from what people deems acceptable that it goes to show how truly detached those in power are to the American public.
If anything, Spirit Cooking just leaves me with more questions about the belief systems of people like John Podesta and his associates. What other rituals similar to Spirit Cooking do they engage in? Is there a goal attached to performing such rituals, and if so, what is it? I guess I’ll have to order a copy of the Book of Law to find out.