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From here perhaps we could ask why one would want to encounter night-side entities such as Cthulhu. I believe that Grant‘s work has an unfairly gained reputation for being overly dark, and that perhaps this reputation is due to ‘fluffy-bunny’ occultists not really understanding that the Universe (and by extension ourselves) is composed of both light and darkness. It is vital to carefully (and safely) explore these energies, since on one level they are out there and nasty, but they are also within us and potential. Remember Freud’s ideas of the need to express, then assimilate repressions; in a magical sense this is why one faces the darkness, to bring it into the light rebirthed as a wholesome energy rather than left as a repressed dark time bomb ready to explode. A lot of Grant’s work here is really an insightful glimpse into the Theosophic concept of the Dweller on the Threshold – and serious occultists do not work with the dark-side to harm, but rather to regenerate their own darker repressions into the light of a loving self.
The highest grade of occultism according to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is “Ipsissimis” which means “one’s self complete”: one has healed and assimilated all one’s fractures, all one’s broken parts, all one’s personal demons into a perfect being in knowledge of their true (unified) will. This is more potent and far more healing than meditating upon dolphins and unicorns, and I feel that to misunderstand “dark” as being creepy and scary is to totally miss the ideas in Kenneth Grant’s writing, which in actuality shows him to be one of the sanest occultists out there. In that respect, the mythos serves perfectly as a vehicle for these ideas.
References and notes
1) Pertaining of information, contacts and concepts which originate from “elsewhere” and enter sphere of human consciousness via the unconsciousness.