Great Wizard Fights of History: Antichrist Harry Potter vs. Mary Poppins (Warning: NSFW. Or near your children. Also spoilers)

So I’m an Alan Moore fan. I suppose that’s no secret to anyone, as he has shown up in my blog before. When the final volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen came out I was not really excited, because the critics have a point and Moore can get up his own ass with this mapping of Fiction-Landhe has started up. Never the less, I like Alan Moore and was going to give him the benefit of the doubt, maybe Century works better as a whole. I actually think that this may be the best example of the

But that’s not what I want to talk about. It’s not what you want to hear either. What you want to here is if Antichrist Harry Potter really shoots lightning from his penis.

Why yes. Yes he does.

So there was a lot of controversy, to say the least. I’m not really sure about this entire bit of Alan Moore’s oeuvre. I’m not sure what the point is, besides a general “our time period sucks,” thing, which I’m not really sure it communicates well. Maybe we’re a bit to close to the subject matter to tell, the Victorians would probably be offended by having Allen Quartermain be a washed up junkie, or Mina Murray be in charge of the League, or Allen and Mina boning each other in the woods. Having Harry Potter become the Antichrist may be a bit harsher on a cosmic level, but it’s not particularly different.

So yes, Harry Potter is the Antichrist, but what gets me is the Deus Ex Machina. Not that I’m complaining about Deus Ex Machina, that’s cliché to complain about Deus Ex Machina. We should have more Deus Ex Machina, if only because it will piss of those Strident Atheist Fuckers. What gets me is that God in this book is Mary Poppins.

So one could say that this is just Moore and O’Neil having a big pull on our leg, but there has got to be more going on here. Why Mary Poppins, and not some other fictional god figure. Heck, why not Aslan? If Harry Potter is to be the Antichrist, why not have the fictional aspect of Christ? Well, this is probably because Alan Moore is about as Christian as a snake-worshipping wizard. Aslan just wouldn’t fit. There’s also a certain gendered thing now that I think of it. Aslan’s nemesis is the White Witch, a female. In League, we have the female God figure against a male figure of evil.

(Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t think the League Universe Harry Potter is strictly evil. He’s basically just an angry young man who was manipulated by forces of evil. He’s basically just a kid who needs to calm the fuck down, and probably needs more of a sympathetic ear then he was given. Still doesn’t excuse him for trying to destroy the world, but that’s what you get when you let evil wizards run your school.)

Anyways, back to Mary Poppins. I ended up finding an article that gives much to this. I have been looking around and reading that Mary Poppins is an embodiment of the Thelemic Goddess Babalon. This didn’t really mesh with me at first since Mary Poppins doesn’t seem to fit entirely well with Babalon. I then read this.

Amy: The question of who Mary Poppins actually is should be fairly easy to answer for anyone who slogged through the marathon Kabbalah lec..I mean story arc in Promethea. The clue’s in her first name…. Mary is a manifestation of the sephirah Binah, and with a little inspection it seems she embodies both of the sphere’s attributes. A nanny (read: mother) to all, she’s the bottomlessly compassionate Marie, but, stern house-frau that she is and consort to the filthiest and most ‘fallen’ of all the victorian/edwardian stock characters, the chimney sweep, she also doubles up as Babylon. Her stated concern for ‘the healthy development’ of childrens’ imagination just serves to underline this promethean connection (and Moore’s concern, if it was ever in doubt, that Harry Potter is the imaginative equivalent of poison). – Mindless Ones “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Century: Part Three

This makes sense. Skip past Babalon, and Mary Poppins is an emanation of the Sephirot of Binah. So I have that as my answer, and I’m sticking to it. I will now publish this post, because it has been taking to damn long, and I have not given any new information on this text.

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Follow up from Last Post: eBay and the Occult

I have had more time to read about the whole eBay banning occult things, and I may have been mistaken. In my rage, which probably hade nothing to do with the occult items, I got carried away and did not do much research. eBay will continue to sell magic items (tarot cards, occult books), but actual services (tarot readings, psychic attacks on rival businessmen, fertility spells for the barren). There are still problems with this ban, which is dealt with in the Wild Hunt article below. I just felt it was best to alert you all to the current events.

Rune Soup – “Mere Words, No Matter From the Heart” – Also talks about the use of the word “witchcraft”

The Wild Hunt – eBay’s Magical Ban: The Problem With Selling Speech

Things that Piss Me the F#%& Off: eBay Dosen’t Care About Occult People, and The Media Dosen’t Care About Mexico’s Protests

Well, fuck me. Here I was, preparing to post a message on some stuff that was really toasting my onions when I lose the entire thing. I’m sorry if I sound rude, but my anger is starting to boil over and I need to express my rage with the, what, five people subscribed to my blog? I don’t know how to check.

Anyways, the first thing is that eBay will not be selling occult materials. This bothers me as an armchair occultist, which I admit is rather hypocritical considering I only buy occult stuff and don’t do much actual work, but this still falls into oppressing religion. I may be overreacting to the entire thing, but the fact is that banning this means it’s being pushed out of the cultural dialogue. Also, take a look at this little newsclipping

Indeed, the company knows not what it does, unaware that the hour of the dragons grows near. Not only has eBay banned the sale of spells, but it has also prohibited the sale of potions. Yes, that even includes the +2 Potion of Dragonslaying — the fools! Psychic readings are similarly forbidden. Your knights will no longer have the confidence of entering into battle with their victory guaranteed by a seer, nor will your anteater be able to tell you the outcomeof the NBA finals for a price.

The dismissive way this guy talks about the news really gets to me. It feeds into the fact that occult ideas are outside the cultural dialogue. Anyways, this just bothers me.

Along with this, there is the situation I just learned about in Mexico. It all started with a picture on Facebook, which had a huge sky-view picture of a million people in the streets of what I am lead to believe is Mexico City. It said that a huge protest against media control and that the mainstream media is ignoring it. This got me really angry, but also curious. Personally, I have not had many problems finding information about it, but I am a bit unsure about what constitutes “mainstream media,” as I have never really put my feet in that particular body of water in so much as it comes to news. Once for the election of Obama, but not really in any other situation.

As near as I can figure the problem is this. A guy called Enrique Pena Nieto bought the Presidency of Mexico because he had enough money and traction with one of Mexico’s two television companies (his wife’s a soap star). There has been talk that one of these channels, Televisia, has put out Pro-Nieto propaganda as news. He also belongs to the PRI, which is a conservative party that was kept in power for 71 years through corruption, patronage and vote fraud. Basically, it’s like Republicans and Fox, but with free grocery store vouchers if you vote for Mitt Romney.

In retaliation, a group called Soy132 has been launching protests against Televisia and the PRI and the whole sorry state which is the Mexican political system. The combined group of people has created the biggest protest the world has ever seen, and in retaliation the world media has apparently decided not to pay attention to this. A picture of the protest will be pictured, but even know I don’t know if I can take this seriously. When I look at the picture, I can see little squares, like the pattern of those papers you used in math class was overlayed. I don’t know if the picture is fake or it’s just some effect with the camera that makes it look like that. Either way, I am fairly certain that there is a protest going on in Mexico, and it is likely that it is the world’s largest, if only that Mexico City has a pretty large population.

I have had time to ruminate on these two stories, and as I type this up on my WordPress Dashboard I am not as angry as I once was. This gives me the chance to look over the affairs. The thing that comes up to me is that while these two stories don’t have much on the surface to begin with, there is a connection. Both involve a stronger discourse preventing a discussion of a discourse with less influence. In the case of eBay it was the elimination of “occult” matters, which reflects a wider cultural narrative that says the occult is either a) dangerous and satanic, or b) a joke for the gullible. The situation in Mexico, particularly with these PRI types, involves eliminating the voices of those who would disagree with the power structure. Ultimately, both of these topics come down to a matter of dialogue.

FOR DETAILS ON EBAY’S OCCULT BAN

Technoccult – eBay Bans The Selling of Magical Items and Psychic Services – has link to a Warren Ellis post on similar situations. Very good points about the ambiguity of what the word “occult” means.

FOR DETAILS ON MEXICO’S PROTESTS

Global Post – Mexico’s revolution will not be televised