I think this quote exemplifies the point how esoteric practices are often - if not always - empowered by some form of inversion. The inversion is built upon a deeper understanding of the exoterically obscure ritual components. As above quote, these inversions shift power, at least in the inner dynamic of the ritual components, and thus in the psychological (and, if one accepts the possibility, the metaphysical) energies.Kavi wrote: ↑Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:41 pmNow since we have made mention of the god Lunus, it should be known that all the most learned men have handed down the tradition, and it is at this day p21 so held, particularly by the people of Carrhae, that whoever believes that this deity should be called Luna, with the name and sex of a woman, is subject to women and always their slave; 4 whereas he who believes that the god is a male dominates his wife and is not caught by any woman's wiles. 5 Hence the Greeks and, for that matter, the Egyptians, though they speak of Luna as a "god" in the same way as they include woman in "Man," nevertheless in their mystic rites use the masculine "Lunus."
Then there is the question, how much more deeply are these components understood, and most of all, what are the intentions behind the power shifts. The latter could be the one thing that makes the vital difference between outwardly similar selfish rite of black magic, and an antinomian left handed ritual that is based on tantric woves that tie the practioners to ideal of compassion.