absorb knowledge, philosophy, and learning. Be confident, for in wisdom you will find the key to human happiness and Mastery of Self."
Father Damion Sterling
What is the Right Hand Path?
The Right Hand Path, which can also be referred to as religion, is an approach to spirituality which places a significant emphasis on the nature of the divine. To be considered Right Hand Path, the system adheres to three core principles. The first principle is absolute faith in the existence of Divinity. This is true whether a religion is monotheistic (as is the case with Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) or polytheistic (as is the case with Asatru, Druidry, Haitian Vodoun, Palo Mayombe, Santeria, Wicca, and any other pagan or neo-pagan religion). The second principle is that Divine Law exists. Divine Law, also referred to as Sacred Morality, is a code of conduct that is believed to have been handed down to humanity directly from the divine which must be obeyed. Examples of this Divine Law are the “Ten Commandments”, “Sharia Law”, The “Threefold Law”, the “Wiccan Rede”, etc. The third principle of the Right Hand Path is that failure to obey Divine Law will enact some sort of Divine Punishment. Examples of Divine Punishment are hell, purgatory, sheol, karma, etc. It is these three principles which constitute theism and also the Right Hand Path.
What is the Left Hand Path?
The Left Hand Path, unlike the Right Hand Path, is best described as a “spiritually atheistic” or “spiritually agnostic” approach to the magickal arts. The terms “atheist” and “agnostic” are used very loosely in these regards and refer explicitly to the disbelief in an “all powerful” god that influences the affairs of humanity. The Left Hand Path also denies the existence of Divine Law and Divine Retribution equating those two concepts to spiritual coercion and spiritual slavery. Instead the Left Hand Path, in particular the Spitzalodian and Dakmonian current, approaches all interactions on the physical, spiritual, and causal planes from a position of ethics. Ethics being the voluntary use and expression of one’s dharma and din, not for fear of divine law or divine retribution, but because one truly knows an action or inaction is the right thing to do. In other words, the Spitzalodian and Dakmonian practitioner is an adherent to what we see as the lost art of accountability.
If you do not believe in the existence of gods, how do you practice magick?
The Left Hand Path is best described as a “spiritually atheistic” or “spiritually agnostic” path; in that there is no belief in an all powerful god. Practitioners however do acknowledge the existence of the spiritual realms; and are able to work with beings that inhabit the spiritual, astral, and causal planes of existence. In laymans terms, some examples of the classifications of beings that are worked with are often referred to as Powers, Gods, Goddesses, Angels, and Demons. The difference between the Right Hand Path and the Left Hand Path is the manner in which practitioners interact with these beings. The Right Hand Path interacts with these beings in a worshipful manner. They offer prayers, praise, and other forms of devotion and view themselves as subservient or inferior to these beings. The Left Hand Path interacts with the same classes of beings, however in a different manner. Instead of worship, the Left Hand Path works with these beings as Associates during ritual and/or spell work. In essence they are viewed as guides, teachers, mentors, and protectors with the purpose of aiding us in our quest of Mastery of Self.
What beings do the Temple and the Spitzalodian and Dakmonian Tradition work with?
The Temple of the Triple Flame and its membership work with a class of beings known as Powers. There are two classifications of Powers, Greater Powers and Lesser Powers. The term “Greater” and “Lesser” do not refer to the power that these beings possess. It merely refers to where they are on the hierarchy.
The primary Greater and Lesser Powers of our Tradition are Spitzalod, Isis, Milianthros, Dakmonias, Darmon, and Adrian. Of course there are many more Powers that the Temple and the Spitzalodian and Dakmonian Current work with, however these are the primary ones.
I have never heard of them, they must be fake, right?
Though this may be construed as committing a “dodging the question” fallacy, I will initially answer this question with a question. Do you know the name of every star or planet in the universe? Does anyone for that matter? The answer is most definitely not. The same holds true regarding the name of spiritual beings that reside on the spiritual, mental, and causal planes of existence. Just because we haven’t heard the name of a particular being (keep in mind there are millions of them out there) doesn’t mean they do not exist.
What is Mastery of Self?
This is a loaded question with both a short and a long answer. For the sake of time, the short answer will be given here. In order to understand the concept of Mastery of Self, one must first understand the traditional notion of Ascent within the Left Hand Path; as well as the traditional attributes of divinity or what many groups refer to as the “Three God-Like Powers” found within the Right Hand Path. According to both the Right Hand and Left Hand Paths, gods are perceived to be omniscient (All Knowing), omnipotent (All Powerful), and omnipresent (In All Places). When a Spitzalodian and Dakmonian practitioner, refers to the concept of Mastery of Self, they refer to the process in which one strives to not only obtain these same “Three God-Like Powers”, but to transcend the very meaning of what it is to be human. This creates not only a spiritual change but results in an even greater power, wisdom and discernment. In doing so, one not only learns to master themselves; but also develops the ability to forge their own destiny and to create their own reality.
Does the Temple practice sexual magick?
The use of sexual magick is a time honoured tradition within the magickal arts. As such, it is taught and practiced within the Temple of the Triple Flame and the Spitzalodian and Dakmonian Tradition. The use of sexual magick is not a requirement or expectation for study and practice with the Temple. It is merely one of the tools available in attaining Mastery of Self. All sexual magick must be performed by consenting adults who have reached the age of majority (18 in most jurisdictions). Violation of this policy will result in the appropriate authorities being contacted and expulsion from the Temple of the Triple Flame and its Orders.
Is there an age requirement to join?
Due to the nature of some practices within the Spitzalodian and Dakmonian current only individuals that have reached the age of 18 may apply for admittance.
I have reviewed the information on this site and want to learn more, now what?
There is a process to follow in order to be accepted as an Apprentice. If you are interested send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our staff will reach out to you regarding the next steps.