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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Only Built 4 African Kings Who Sing & Rock Mics

Solomonic Magic was introduced to Europe by the Moors who were the practitioners of traditional West African life sciences which are still vibrantly alive in islands like Jamaica and Haiti although filtered through Christianity in many instances.

However this syncretism of spiritual concepts did not begin with the African slave trade, for it was already achieved by West African Moors who ruled Southern Europe while simultaneously ridding the Trojan horses of Islam and Christianity in between the Pillars of Hercules.

There was a violent push to spread Islam and Christianity throughout the African continent between the 9th and 20th centuries, so many Africans—including those commonly identified as Moors—masked their natural life sciences under the guise of the two AbraHamic religions. The Muslim greeting  Asalaam alaikum, is used by the practitioners of the Congolese science known as Palo Mayombe.

If you notice, the so-called “Goetic” sigils used in Solomonic Magic look very much like the veves and other mystic seals used in West African religions. According to Hermetic lore, Solomonic Magic was taught to King Solomon by the Phoenician master craftsman Hiram. The Phoenicians, who were actually known as the Kena’Anu, shared an ethno-cultural relationship with the Ethiopians that is largely overlooked by historians and anthropologists.

I say this because in both the Geez (Ethiopian) and Ugaritic (Phoenician) languages the word “Ras” means “Head.” This is not a coincidence. Of course Ras is the root word in Ras Tafari which denotes the Head Creator in Ethiopian Geez. For nearly a century, aspects of this culture has been embraced by Jamaica’s Rastafarian community.

                                           Bunny Wailer

Reggae legend Bunny Wailer, who has been suspected of being an Obeah man for years, is often seen in pictures wearing a headband with a gold lion’s head positioned on his forehead. The lion, as I noted in my Eye On the Throne series, is a solar symbol and Wailer is the founder of Solomonic Records—which brings us back full circle to the subject of Solomonic Magic. Some may ask themselves what does music have to do with magic, but some of the world’s greatest magicians are in fact the singers and players of instruments, whom Wailer can proudly count himself among. You will see him in the video below alongside Bob Marley and Peter Tosh wearing a maroon-colored Moorish fez. Again, the Moors brought what has been called “Solomonic Magic” to Europe.

Peter Tosh criticized Wailers decision to make rap music (he recorded Electro Rap in 1982 ), but even in the early ’80s, Wailer  obviously had more insight than Tosh did as to where the musical winds of change were blowing and he wanted to be a part of it. In 2005 he recorded another rap song entitled Reggae Hip Hop. His people reached out to my magazine that year to do a cover story discussing this song along with his Cross Culture LP. I was given an advanced copy of the album and was ready to engage in a discussion with the reggae icon, but the interview was mysteriously canceled and he didnt release the disc until 2009. The LP didn't receive much promotion.

The literary foundation for “Solomonic Magic” is the Lesser Key of Solomon which is a book of spells. Within the European occult tradition a book of magical spells is usually called a “Grimoire” from which we get the word “Grammar” because in high magic the effectiveness of a spell depends heavily on the careful use of grammar that is employed by its writer. A written contract is a perfect example of what I am talking about. A contract is a binding agreement. 

To “bind” means to cast a spell. A contract that is strong and enforceable contains precise wording, grammar, and spelling.  A drafter of legal documents who knows correct grammar and can spell is a powerful sorcerer who can cast spells. 

The spells within magic grimoires usually rhyme because the magician who recites these beautifully woven words is harnessing the life-giving hydrogen energy that is generated in the brains of the listener who hears the rhythmic rhymes. This hydrogen energy that is generated thereby empowers the magician to materialize their occult agenda on the objective plan of existence.

It is my opinion that The Notorious B.I.G., who was of Jamaican descent, carried within his bloodstream the DNA of ancestors who had mastered the art of casting spells by rhyming words together in a hypnotically rhythmic manner. When I listen to Big’s song “My Downfall,” I’m always amazed by the ease in which he rhymes. He makes his craft sound easy likes he’s talking to you and just happens to be rhyming while doing so. This is one of the things that distinguishes him from other rappers past and present.

The dark-skinned fire breathing dungeon dragon that kidnaps the white damsel in Western European medieval mythology is a subtle reference to the Moor who mystified the European female with his fiery oratory skills and breathtaking poetry. Busta Rhymes, another rapper of Jamaican descent, may have been subconsciously aware of the medieval Moorish poet’s relationship to the dragon when he dubbed himself “the dungeon dragon,” on A Tribe Called Quest’s classic Scenario track. 

Ive known a few crazy people who say that they cant listen to Raekwon the Chef and Ghostface Killah because their rhymes are way too abstract and they dont completely understand what the brothers are saying. These people miss the whole point because they dont comprehend the purpose of the art. Art is supposed to stimulate your mind and challenge you to break conventional thought patterns so that you can ponder the extraordinary.

                                      Rae & Ghost

Whats the meaning behind enjoying a great meal at a restaurant or taking a walk on the beach on a warm, sunny day? There is no meaning however theyre both pleasurable experiences that make you feel good. Oddly enough, Rae and Ghosts rhymes actually make a lot of sense because they generate vivid images  in your head that tell coherent stories. Rae and Ghost's approach to writing is very similar to Beatnik writer, William Burroughs, who was the author of Naked Lunch.

Unfortunately, a lot of people cannot think in a non-linear format so they get intimidated by the non-linear lyrical delivery. They would rather listen to Gucci Mane and 2Chainz who are very straightforward with their lyrics but fail to capture your imagination by making you think outside the box. Shit Hop sucks, but thats another story for another day.Watch me swing the John McEnroe because I'm a Tidy Bowl pro.

As I have stated already, Solomonic Sorcery is a reinterpretation of the West African mystical tradition. It is nothing new or special, nor is it of European origin; at least not from a conceptual standpoint. The same hypnotic effects employed by the Solomonic Sorcerer is achieved by the D’Jele who is erroneously referred to as a “Griot” which is essentially a word that originated with the French (pronounced “Gree-au”).

The D’Jeles of Mali and Senegal were priestly poets who served as the Masters of African Ceremonies. Today, we would call such a person an “MC.” The word D’jele has a strong linguistic relationship to “D’Jedhi” which was a title for ancient Kemetic priest-scribes. It is well documented that the Kemetic Annu priesthood took its cosmology and cosmogony on the road to Mali. The Annu creation story survives among the Dogon clan of that country today.

                                  The Notorious B.I.G.

Many Black people who have obtained a new and improved sense of Black cultural awareness, tend to adopt Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) names and posture themselves as reincarnated Kemites. Unfortunately, they tend to express a genuine disinterest in learning anything about West African cultures that are not nearly as celebrated. When you ask some of these people why they tend to neglect West Africa they will say things like “The West Africans followed more of an oral tradition. They don’t have an abundance of written texts. They didn’t write things down so that their ancient knowledge would be preserved accurately.”

Theres nothing wrong with having this opinion, since an opinion is just that, an opinion. What I find very interesting, however, is that many of the people who talk like this are more inclined to obtain their information on Black high culture—and the world at large—from charismatic lecturers, than they are to actually read or write for themselves. In other words, these individuals—who are usually men—are PRIMARILY followers of a modern oral tradition, which in this case, would be the metaphysical lecture circuit. 

The ancient Kemites also had an oral tradition, but there is nothing that tangibly suggests that it was as prominent as those of West Africa. What we do know, is that the Kemites placed a great emphasis on the importance of reading and writing. As anyone who writes often will attest, writing is also a viable means of learning, because it allows you to crystalize your thoughts and conceptually enhance ideas that are already in your OWN head.

People who don’t know what they are talking about have said that writing is a left brain activity. However, in order for you to write effectively (whether your writing is creative or not) you MUST use BOTH hemispheres of your brain equally. This is Ma’at (Balance). Different people have different styles of learning, and they are all valid as long as they facilitate true learning. But don’t pose as an ancient Kemitic priest when your preferred style of learning favors that of an ancient West African initiate. The West Africans placed greater importance than the Kemites did on memorizing their knowledge so that they would not have to rely on Books. Anyone seeking insight as to why they would do that, I suggest you watch The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington.

Whenever Kemet was invaded and conquered by outsiders it always turned to its neighbors in Africa’s interior to reestablish its cultural identity. These neighbors were more inclined than the Kemites were to commit their knowledge to memory instead of writing it down. The only reason why Blacks in the Caribbean as well as North and South America are still in touch with certain elements of African culture is because their ancestors in West Africa, who were kidnapped and sold into slavery, had the culture written in their hearts and could therefore pass it down to their offspring from generation to generation.

The Kemites built those temples and pyramids for you and I, not for themselves. Although much of the culture was retained in West Africa, they knew that we would also need visual aids to remember who we were and gain insight into what we are destined to become. The ability to recite rhymes without having to jot them down is a skill that many hip hop artists have claimed, but few have mastered. 

Jamaican Obeah is the synthesis of African religions from the Gold, Ivory Coast and Congo. These  traditions form the basis for the spell-casting art that Europeans call “Solomonic Magic.” Unbeknownst to many, the island of Jamaica is actually the birthplace for the artistic phenomenon that we now know as hip-hop music.

American hip hop music is a fresh, highly sophisticated, and relatively new application of West African magic that evolved out of Jamaican dancehall music.