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Could it be…..SATAN???!!!

This post was written by Donald Michael Kraig
on March 23, 2011 | Comments (4)

When I went to high school the only good musicians were in the school’s jazz band. I didn’t want to play jazz, I wanted to rock out! I ended up in a variety of bands playing all over. Here is an early picture of me playing on my highly customized Hammond B3 organ. The small box on top of it was a theremin I had built from a kit.

Rock on, dude!

The photo was taken at a huge rock concert on Venice beach in southern California. I was also in bands that opened for groups such as Great White and Elton John. So when it comes to rock and roll, I know it.

For a time, I lived in a small apartment right next to the famous Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. If you want to see where I lived, get a copy of the movie, The Day of the Locust staring Donald Sutherland and Karen Black. Many of the characters lived in a quirky court with a fountain at the center. I lived with some other band members in the apartment where famed actor and little person Billy Barty lived in the movie. We practiced in the garage behind the apartments. You can’t see the apartments today because the Chateau Marmont bought the complex and walled up the entry to them. You can, however, still see a few of the stairs going up to the walled in area right off of Sunset Blvd. and down the street from Greenblatt’s Deli.

Our drummer was incredible. But he liked cocaine far too much. High on the drug, he fell off a second floor balcony at a party. Two days later he was dead.

The cocaine didn’t kill him. Band life didn’t kill him. Some people simply become so attached to one or more drugs that nothing else matters. He was one such person. He could go weeks without any drugs. Then, when at a party, he’d go on a bender. He was responsible. The drug and fall may have been the bullet, but he pulled the trigger.

So what does this have to do with magick? So far I’ve just been establishing my creds.

Dave Mustaine

On the Augoeides blog, Scott Michael Stenwick draws attention to the recent comments of Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine. To understand Mustaine you really need to look at his history. According to Wikipedia, he had a rough childhood and by 15 was on his own, living by dealing drugs. Eventually, he learned guitar and in 1981 joined the band Metallica. The owner of the band’s record label claimed that although very talented, Mustaine “had an incredibly large problem with alcohol and drugs. He’d get wasted and become a real crazy person, a raging maniac…” By 1983 the rest of the band were through with him. “Mustaine was officially fired from the band because of his alcoholism, hard drug abuse, overly aggressive behavior, and personality clashes…” Mustaine, however, went on to form the band Megadeath.

So far, this sounds just like rock and roll. Recently, however, Mustaine released his autobiography. He claims that he “…became fascinated in [W]itchcraft as a teen and he’s convinced spells he cast have come back to haunt him.” He claims, “When I got into black magic I put a couple of spells on people when I was a teenager and it haunted me forever, and I’ve had so much torment. People say, ‘G*dda**, Dave never gets a break, he’s had such a hard life,’ and I just think, ‘No, Dave didn’t – he got into black magic and it ruined his life.'”

I call steer excrement.

A ruined life? The lead singer and guitarist for one of the most successful bands in history? A man with sponsorship deals, record contracts, and now an autobiography  (co-written by Joseph Layden who specializes in “helping” people write autobiographies)?

I call steer excrement.

The person responsible for his drug and alcohol use was Mustaine. Yes, he had a difficult life as a boy. So have millions of other boys and girls who didn’t become drug and alcohol abusers.

The saddest aspect of Mustaine’s confessional is that he didn’t learn one of the most important principles of magick: you are responsible for what you do. Each of us is responsible for our actions. Because they realize they can use magick to obtain what they need, real magicians are especially cognizant of personal responsibility. So what is it that has caused Mustaine to blame anything other than himself and not take personal responsibility for his actions?

Mustaine was primarily brought up by his mother who was a member of a strict Christian sect. Now, he is again following a fundamentalist Christian path. Contrary to much of mainstream Christianity (which is not the extremism that is so often represented as Christianity per se on TV), in Mustaine’s style of Christianity the responsibility for anything you’ve done that is bad get’s pushed off onto Jesus’ shoulders. Jesus not only died for your sins, but is responsible for them. Therefore, you are not responsible for anything you do. This particular style of Christianity removes the problem of personal responsibility completely.

But there’s another problem. If Jesus gets the blame for everything you do, then it follows (in their logic) that you’re also not the cause of anything you do. So what is the cause of everything bad? To quote The Church Lady from the old “Saturday Night Live” skits, “Could it be…Satan?”

Yep. Do you have an ailment? Satan or one of his demons is the cause. Are you broke? Blame Satan. Lost your job? Blame Satan. Abusing drugs and alcohol? Satan was the cause, or in the case of Mustaine, his alleged dabbling with some form of magickal work.

To slightly change the quote from “2001: A Space Odyssey’s” HAL 9000 computer, “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t buy that.”  We’re each responsible for our own actions. That’s what you should have learned from your time with magick. I believe that’s what all magicians should know. Your failures are not due to dabbling with Wicca or something supposedly like it, they’re due to you.

Personal responsibility is at the core of magick. We are responsible for what we do.

Reader Comments

Written By AstroHerbalist
on March 24th, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

AH, I haven’t thought about him in ages! I didn’t know he got involved with any form of the Craft, but what is it with people who are raised strictly fundamental Christian, find the Craft and then their intentions are NOT in the highest good, or even ethical or moral? Then, when things go bad, it is not due to the person’s awful intentions, but the Craft itself? I see this happen so often it is nauseating (and I bet that is why you posted on this topic hehe!). I never met Dave in person, but know many people who have, and while I won’t repeat what most of them say about him here (mostly due to language), I think his ego, amongst other things, may have gotten in his way. You can’t treat people badly and expect good things to come of it, regardless of religion, and talent will only carry so far. However, if his decision to embrace Christianity helps make him a person who treats others better, then I must admit I would support him in this decision. Maybe some people cannot truly handle magick.

Written By Random Xtranj
on March 24th, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

I get your point, and I agree.

It is also incredible to see you rocking out!!

Written By Brother MOLOCH 969
on March 25th, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

Good post, Don. Mustaine is obviously trying to drum up interest because he’s an aging rock star & he’s not had much that’s been out in the past few years that’s worth a squat.

Further, this is S.o.S.D.D. because we have Ozzy who came before him with all of this proto-Satanic claptrap and let’s not forget the lurid tales of Jimmy Page’s obsession with “Satanism” ala Aleister Crowley’s magicKal paraphernalia he bought along with Crowley’s Boleskine house on Loch Ness. The media tried to blame Robert Plant’s son’s death on Page’s involvement in “black magic”.

Last I heard, Mustaine as well as Black Lawless from the 80’s metal band W.A.S.P. have both become born again Xians.

Nothing but a pile of steaming feces to feed to the masses. Bah.

Written By Cass
on May 31st, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

I’ve heard him on countless interviews, and am firmly a fan of Megadeth, however I knew when he said, “dubbed in black magic, and then look to the skys and turned to Christianity.” Knew he was full of it, it must be his immense insecurity within himself. I hope now, this path will get him to be act more of human.

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