"He is, therefore, more precise than many about the practical and conceptual heritage of the werewolves' ritual and worship." - Jay Johnston senior lecturer in the department of studies in Religion, University of Sydney Australia, and co-convenor of the Religion, Science, and Philosophy research cluster, at the Centre of Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, University of Groningen, Netherlands. - The Occult World - Routledge - copyright 2016
Christopher Belmont Johnson has been heavily involved in the
occult for over 19 years.
He is a Initiate of the Builders of The Adytum:
a western mystery school, former member of the Horus Maat Thelemic lodge,
the Order of The Black Dragon, the Temple of The Vampire and the
Church of Satan, and The Satanic Temple. He has also appeared on the Moncrieff program of
NewsTalk 106-108 FM Ireland. He is also the former host of the pagan
program Hermetic Philosophy and Magick. He has been a consultant
for television programs involving occult topics. He is a former student
of Monte Plaisance (author of Reclaim the power of the witch) who founded the Church of Thessaly and the Hellenic Society of Archaeos Temenoi Hellenica. He was attuned to the
forces of Italian Witchcraft (Stregaheria) by Raven and Stephanie
Grimassi through their Italian Witchcraft course and was part of their
Walnut Witches group. He is a Hereditary Warlock, his father
was at one time a high priest of his own occult group. He is the former
high priest of the Wiccan Earth Coven of Power. He is the founder of
the Werewolf Pagan Tradition. A non Wiccan, Pagan tradition which
focuses on a realist approach to paganism and Witchcraft without
christian moral and ethical influence. As well as the high priest of The
Werewolf Cathedral, a dark pagan coven. He has earned degrees in
both computer information systems and master art.
He is also a musician his music website is www.livingnightmare.net
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Greg Henderson: Good afternoon Mr. Johnson. Is it true that TWC is merely trying to profit from pop culture trends?
Christopher Belmont Johnson: Not at all. These rumors are started by people that see the word Werewolf and think of the movies like twilight and make an assumption that there is somehow a link when in fact there is none. In fact after I founded TWC I discovered the twilight movie and almost abandoned the entire TWC concept because I knew people would make that assumption without educating themselves to the facts. Something told me however that I shouldn’t let small minded people like that stop me, and use my idea to benefit the Pagan community. If you actually take a good look at what we are about we are diametrically opposed to almost all the pop werewolf notions. So I fail to see how I could be using TWC merely to be trendy. In fact it makes more sense to me that I am anti trend in regards to the Werewolf.
Greg Henderson: Did you merely adopt the Werewolf symbol because it is a pop culture idea?
Christopher Belmont Johnson: Not at all. In fact there Werewolf is not a pop culture idea at all it is a very old idea. In fact the Catholic church used to burn people at the stake for being Werewolves just like they did Witches. The truth of the matter was those “Werewolves” were just magicians. So you can see a type of alignment between the Werewolf and Witchcraft. The Werewolf has been around a lot longer than pop culture and if pop culture chooses to adopt something as the flavor of the day I’m not so feeble as to let that shackle me. The fad will come and go but we will still be around.
Greg Henderson: Do you support the idea that Paganism is some sort of fashion accessory instead of a real spiritual practice.
Christopher Belmont Johnson: Absolutely not! Paganism is a very deep form of spirituality and spiritual practice that covers a lot of areas. Some of the deepest being theurgical experiences with the Gods and Goddesses of Paganism. It is a way to live in tune with nature and to use nature to benefit yourself and others. It should be given the deepest respect and taken very very seriously. It is something to be lived everyday as Raymond Buckland says in his book on Scottish Witchcraft. People seem to get this notion in there head that because we use the word Werewolf we are trying to capitalize on a modern trend in media. WE AREN’T! The word Werewolf was used to describe magicians in the past. Also learning to astral travel as a Were creature is part of Witchcraft as well. We are merely using the term Werewolf as a archetypical representation of our views in a symbolic way. In other words if you asked me to show you a symbol which sums up the whole of our ideology I would show you a Werewolf. Those that think we are trying to be trendy are victims of the trend themselves. They have become the voice box of the trend and speak it’s mantras like trained sheep. The truth is I can’t wait for the Werewolf trend to die out. It causes more trouble then you might imagine. The people that want to ramble on about trendiness and pop culture need to quit watching so much television.
Greg Henderson: Why do you think TWC has gotten so much bad press.
Christopher Belmont Johnson: There are a lot of contributing factors. One the internet is a place where anyone can say anything. In the real world they would know better because their would be immediate consequences. Another is the lack of respect the youth have overall and their ability to mouth off unchecked over the internet. Another is flat out jealousy and stupidity. The other is close mindedness and the simple fact they don’t want to take the time to educate themselves because it’s easier to pass judgment based on assumptions. Another is that it is new and people are afraid of change.
Greg Henderson: I noticed you are a church of satan member. Are you a Satanist?
Christopher Belmont Johnson: Funny I just wrote an article about this. The answer is NO! I use my CoS membership for marketing purposes and yes it has worked. I respect Anton LaVey a great deal, but I also disagree with aspects of his religion and am strong enough in my character to state so. When you research what Satan is, a prosecuting attorney for god (read job), you see how utterly ridiculous it is to call yourself a satanist in the context of Anton LaVey’s bible. To me a Satanist is a just a pagan that can’t let go of Christianity.
Greg Henderson: So you are a Pagan?
Christopher Belmont Johnson: Yes I am a Pagan. I practice my own tradition which I founded in the same way others have before me.
Greg Henderson: What do you think of ritual magicians that put down TWC so much?
Christopher Belmont Johnson: They all have the same “I am a superior HIGH magician attitude.” Unless a ritual takes forever and follows some so called ancient classical grimoire, crowley, or the golden dawn they do not believe it is powerful. They need to research Greece more. As Monte Plaisance says in his book “A Witch is a magician of the highest order practicing high magick.” The funniest experience I ever had with a ritual magician was when I asked him how to break a curse. He had been practicing for many years and still didn’t know. I have personally witnessed members of ritual magick orders get affected very harshly by one witch’s simple candle spell. Bottom line they are arrogant and close minded. I must state however not all ritual magician’s are like that. Those are the ones that are adults.
Greg Henderson: Why did you decide to make TWC?
Christopher Belmont Johnson: To share my practice, teach it, and improve Paganism over all.
Greg Henderson: Thank you for you time Mr. Johnson I believe I have learned a lot about TWC and you as well. Blessed Be.
Christopher Belmont Johnson: Thank you so much for taking the time to ask questions and not make assumptions as so many have. Blessed be!