What is the difference between the Left Hand Path and the Right Hand Path?

There are many people out there that are confused to the differences between the Left Hand Path (LHP) and Right Hand Paths (RHP). The facts are it is really simple to understand once you get educated. My hopes are that this article does this for you.

Please look at this pictures below where we have Madonna, Baphomet, our first President, George Washington and a Tarot Card all indicating AS ABOVE, SO BELOW. But also their hands signify the two different paths as well.

As you can see from the pictures above, you have the right hand pointing up and the left hand point down. The right hand is pointing to the light which is the right hand path to represent illumination and a higher consciousness. When you take this path, you choose the light. You are AS ABOVE, SO BELOW.

The path of pure spirituality that you take in order to rise above your flesh to gain Christ or Buddha like consciousness.

Those initiates and adepts who walk this path DO NOT walk the left hand path, but they may have done so unintentionally before their awakening.

The Left Hand Path (LHP) is the opposite of the Right Hand Path. This image below clearly shows you how this works. When you choose the Left, you choose to turn your natural and spiritual nature upside down. You are sacrificing yourself to the dark

As you can clearly see from my words and pictures above, there is a big difference between these two paths. It is important that you understand how the occult world works in order for you to take the proper path in this incarnation. You either will or have already haven taken either the left or right paths because the facts are there is no middle path. People who choose the Left Hand Path are choosing to live a materialistic type of life where you place your fleshly desires above your spiritual pursuits. Therefor, those who take this path choose the dark.

When choosing your path in this life, it is akin to that proverbial fork in the road where you must choose to go left or right. It is a Y in the road. If you do not take a path, you simply do not live. When you go left or right, this is called living. This is where your good or bad Karma is formed.

This Karma is simply just the manifestations of your thoughts and acts into the real world as energy or creations. How and when you die at the time of these thoughts and acts into the real world will determine where your ethereal spirit will travel to.

A Christ or Buddha like consciousness is the Right Hand Path.

You go up the light when you die.

A Satan or Aleister Crowley like consciousness is the Left Hand Path.

If you choose this path when your die, your ethereal spirit leaves your flesh and stays down in the lower regions based on that dark energy which is then tormented here on earth where animals roam until you reincarnate again.

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  1. Steve King April 26, 2016 at 5:53 am - Reply


    I was looking for information concerning this subject when I came across the article, it’s an interesting one. I would like to add some food for thought.

    Illustrating with images and words, the article seems to indicate taking a left-hand path is morally inferior and / or against the grain of developing one’s higher consciousness. In this article’s context, right-hand path indicating life and left-hand path indicating death, it would be advantageous to one’s development to choose a right-hand path (life). The article however has an intermixing of contexts and images, seemingly skewing it an adversarial direction.

    Historically the phrase “left-hand path” in Western understanding, was coined by Madame Blavatsky from her own translation of the Indian / Sanskrit term Vamachara meaning “the left-hand way”. She later went on to write “… followers of the LHP were practitioners of Black Magic who were a threat to society.” This was her understanding and interpretation which others ran with. As time moved forward other writers, philosophers, etc. utilized this and similar definitions of left-hand path as representing something which is morally inferior. The judgment of the left-hand path as morally inferior is an intellectual error, both the right-hand and left-hand paths have proper merit provided they are taken to their goal – knowledge, understanding, higher consciousness, etc.

    Aside from external usage of one’s preferences in iconography, symbolism and path working, the left-hand path represents a difference in intensity. The right-hand path utilizes calmer, softer imagery and means, whereas the left-hand path utilizes imagery and means which engender a breaking of internal barriers at a more intense rate. In this way seeming forbidden behaviors can be utilized to gain higher consciousness. The paths are not opposites or opposed, they’re a difference in degree not in kind.

    A path much be chosen, yet as illustrated by the “Y” above, both paths ultimately lead to the same direction / goal provided they are properly used.

  2. Obi Wan Kenobi December 21, 2015 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Only a Sith deals in absolutes.

  3. Jonathan Cracchiolo August 23, 2015 at 2:20 am - Reply

    You guys are tripping out on this left hand/right hand paradigm, sound like a bunch of fundamentalist to me. Fucking absorb what is useful and enrich the self and share abundance, what you don’t have two hands? Fuck my bad I didn’t mean to be offensive…

    In all honesty, by pursuing a higher state of consciousness one has to feed their carnal desires at the same time control those desires so they are the ones feeding those desires not that those desires are feeding off of them. The duality of man and beast, giving the beast what it needs to thrive and be fulfilled whilst maintaining the order of a conscious thought driven being.

    To say that one leads one path or the other is just fucking shit brained at best. You want strict rules and regulations in which to argue about? Welcome to the world of organized religion folks.

    • Moe August 24, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

      That is one of the most ignorant and stupid comments ever left on my website. You must be some lil kid Satanist wanna be who thinks he is a wise man here to set me straight. Do us all a favor and start reading some good old books by real philosophers and occultists and stop cherry picking your disinformation from Satanist douche bags who have no fucking clue.

  4. KwiteGiphted May 26, 2015 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    dude, this article is bunk… Whoever wrote it is not a proponent of the gnostic tradition and probably doesn’t even understand the gnostic perspective. We aren’t believers, we’re knowers, and there is no demonstration of actual knowledge in this article. the symbolism imparted by the images of Madonna,washington,baphomet and the tarot is not a message of divisiveness, “as above, so below” is the law of correspondence. Good and evil are not forged against one another in these symbols, the symbolism is actually meant to provide a solution to perceived duality. Conduct is as follows… Right hand: sober contemplation, meditation, introspection, silence, solitude, order…
    Left Hand: Chaos, intoxification, belligerence, selfish ambition, irrationality, etc..
    A human being is capable of exhibiting in his/her conduct the full range of the spectrum from left to right and vice versa in the span of moment to moment… It is in fact impossible to “choose” one over the other as they are both complicit in the source of all things. I’m done with this

    • Bob January 23, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      The best comment. Why even call yourself gnostic if you simply spew out fundamentalist christian conspiracy theory and whatever you read on wikipedia?

    • AquariusCrone January 28, 2016 at 5:37 am - Reply

      I was soooo ready to write soooo much on this horrifically close-minded, between-the-lines-fundamentalist [#notcoolbruh] text, which completely shattered my initial content of finding a website of someone who presents themselves as Gnostic Warrior…..but then you NAILED IT.

      ‘As Above, so Below’ is the ultimate expression of the unity of ‘opposites’ and their absolute dependance on one another – i mean, even if it’s a very simplistic and cliche example, you have to agree that we wouldn’t even know darkness without light and vice versa? Satan would not be able to exist without God and vice versa, each of them would completely lose their point and meaning without the other?

      Let me just say that even though I have always been walking LHP, even before I knew its definition and name, I can assure you that I lead an incomparably more moral and peaceful life than many of those who are part of RHP. To me, choosing a spiritual path is merely choosing preferred methods and ways to independently build your own path to enlightenment and personal growth, without [so many] dogmatic restraints. How you live your life in reality and practically has nothing to do with that choice.

  5. Truth January 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I tell you what sick to the kjv bible and choose God and his son Jesus Christ ! It’s as simple as lh nd rh I suppose…. it’s either God or Satan… simple…. Jesus dies for your sins repent and accept him into your heart…. the bible states you cannot go to god without having Jesus Christ as our personal savior!

  6. Patrah July 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    This very last comment before mine is what I am interested in but do not fully comprehend.
    Sometimes I give using my left hand, sweep floors and deal cards like a left hander.
    For intensive purposes though I alright handed.
    My concern is that I wonder if the precepts of Christianity, and right hand magick have influenced me to try it that way.
    And is this why I have had difficulty in manifesting and making things happen they way I would have them be.

  7. Namaste July 28, 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    It is even simpler than that: left hand path (oriented towards self) right hand path (oriented toward others). It is even true in physics, with what we know as the right hand rule: if you lift your right hand, your thumb (denoting the force) is directed towards you, your palm and your fingers (magnetism and current, are directed towards others) whereas it is the opposite with left hand, force directed at others but current or magnetism towards yourself (in other words, you are a taker using the lh vs a giver on the rh)

    You should read ‘the law of one’

    • Moe July 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      I really like that simple explanation. Short and simple and it makes perfect sense. Thanks for adding your great comment!

  8. Steve June 30, 2014 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Rebellion is not a left-hand trait and Obedience is not a right hand trait, except in matters of true natural law, which offers freedom

    • paul July 5, 2014 at 2:29 am - Reply

      Well met, Steve …. Freedom is such a Good word …isn’t it?
      @ Moe – I’m not trying to say anything at all …. Other than offer perhaps , that what you see and what you judge is or may well be of your own construct as much as it is a collective construct.
      Mostly I prefer Self Honesty …And purely for my Self in speaking of “this world” for example , I have come to notice how many things I sense are projected onto others …from insecurity and desire ….. or other …eg
      Dogma doctrine and condition (arising from nurture nature psychological argument also, if u like)
      I also notice that there appears to be a certain Divine ego that senses Good –
      That being a GOOD which is serviceable for the individual and yet (ref Rob comment) also for the common ..
      However One must sacrifice aspects of “i” in order to create the space for the “Good” …And most people on this Good Earth including yourself oh so do not wish to seem or appear “wrong”

      And when apoatently challenged, usually the reaction is to challenge

      the “need” for good and bad and judgement of either is one of the first obstacles to Spiritual insight …discrimination lets say?

      When it comes to lhp rhp …I think the OP tries to allude to the individuality of the self in lhp as opposed to the sacrificing of self for one whole of rhp
      And yet …. As per Rob …I would maintain with my own ‘notes’ that it is only the difference between viewpoints which is spacial – ie for something in Potential other than (as well as) The Light to enter.

      The Choice you make to suffer or not …is entirely personable

      The real issue in philosophy is that the intellect is self contradictory in nature and this can be difficult to accept and mediate
      In fact ..this world might be a great example …a world made up of assumed truths

      • paul July 5, 2014 at 3:16 am - Reply

        And no, not saying suffer and sacrifice because His Kingdom is coming . ..
        . in those terms …I guess I might imply towards a principle as True as it was apparently written in scripture to stand upRightly and Truthfully and Feareth not as a man of God …because Your Kingdom is
        But I’m not telling you anything @@@ all

  9. Steve June 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I consider myself a right-hand path taker. I have tried to understand the left-hand path mentality. I understand to some extent their rebellion to man-made laws but I disagree with their attempts at breaking laws of natural morality. As I understand it, they seek to become Gods of this realm or while in the flesh (since some believe this material life is all there is), lords of this realm living in opulence. I see the right-hand path as being the path that obeys the law of morality written into the hearts of men and the path that believes in some form of other realm/ higher plane based on light/love (as Fred Allen Wolf describes the nature of photons being like love) Science is proving that light can be converted into matter and that this entire material universe will die some day in the distant future. Right hand pathers know that there was something before this universe and there will be something after it.

  10. Rob March 15, 2014 at 2:04 am - Reply

    I disagree. There is a middle ground. Indeed the more spiritually mature one gets and the more illuminated one becomes the more it becomes apparent that a balance between the right and the left is not only essential but natural. I also feel your description of the left hand path is shallow and misinformed. What I will say is that one must be aware that the two paths are not equal in weight and so an equal amount will lead to an imbalance.

    • Moe March 15, 2014 at 7:12 am - Reply

      Sure, you can be walk the middle path by being lukewarm on your own accord. But you have been warned; “‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:16

      33rd Degree Freemason, Manly P. Hall had written in the The Secret Teachings of all Ages –

      The famous Pythagorean Υ signified the power of choice and was used in the Mysteries as emblematic of the Forking of the Ways. The central stem separated into two parts, one branching to the right and the other to the left. The branch to the right was called Divine Wisdom and the one to the left Earthly Wisdom. Youth, personified by the candidate, walking the Path of Life, symbolized by the central stem of the Υ, reaches the point where the Path divides. The neophyte must then choose whether he will take the left-hand path and, following the dictates of his lower nature, enter upon a span of folly and thoughtlessness which will inevitably result in his undoing, or whether he will take the right-hand road and through integrity, industry, and sincerity ultimately regain union with the immortals in the superior spheres.

      • paul June 30, 2014 at 9:08 am - Reply

        Although, Mr Moe, there is Rightfully a Great Potential, for One to pick out some scripture or evidence in application AT a wrong time, IN a wrong place !
        ….Context, is something which salience does not Fear !…
        I might do the same in this moment:
        “For all is Vanity, under the sun”

        Balance and Equilibrium very truly appear Factors in Spiritual Maturity;
        Whether even spiritual maturity is debated as a Matter – in method or value – between rhp lhp practitioners, is just a debate for the intellect.

        BUT Quicksilver or Gold ?

        I agree , Rob – imexperience
        Someone that Knows themself, knows the Keys and has eyes to See, that Choice!

        Mind body spirit
        Not trickster of Mind
        Nor whiner of the Carcass

        And yet ….
        There is no place which God, or The Light of god, is not

        • Moe June 30, 2014 at 9:26 am - Reply

          You either sell out your soul and higher self for a place in the material world or you do not. You either obey natural law or man’s laws. Everyone is born and knows what is right and wrong. This is how pyramids get built from ignorant slaves who are artificially influenced people to choose wrong for some cash, gold, pussy, degrees or a title. To me, it is that simple.

          Those who do not sell out their souls walk the right hand path and those that sell out their souls and that of their children walk the left hand path. More often than not it is for a paycheck and a groovy title while they live their dark lives. This is how we got to where we are now and based on my calculations, the time for these dark soul sell outs are numbered because the pyramid is done built and this is all for shits and giggles. Or I could be totally wrong and TPTB plan to have hell on earth for eternity for them when they are reborn and their children. That just doesn’t seem to wise.

          • paul June 30, 2014 at 9:33 am

            The question might be
            “what’s in it for ME”

            ….And “how” One responds?

    • Moe March 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Tis your path to choose your walk along that path and destiny. My path is the RHP. My balance comes from balancing my spiritual pursuits with my material. Hence, AS ABOVE, SO BELOW. If you walk 2 paths, then you will do the splits with one leg on each path and that my friend, you can only walk so long 😉

      • paul June 30, 2014 at 9:24 am - Reply

        There is no spoon
        It’s an easy trick to fall foul of, ‘balance’
        Easy to remain focused in the logical knowledge that “these two such things are thus balanced”
        even easier therefore to Now become aware of what one may not do
        …’because of’ …these two (and very definitely separate) things
        Causally and Effectually

        Perhaps it might be better stated
        We each choose where we are??

        • paul June 30, 2014 at 9:28 am - Reply

          Apologies …”how” we are 😉

        • Moe June 30, 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

          Yes, TPTB set up this system of magic where we have free will to choose the RHP or LHP. We are not forced to choose. But of course the game is lopsided towards the LHP because that is how you get ignorant slaves to build pyramids thinking they are building roads to freedom, create their own prisons, invent weapons to be used on their own selves and poisons that we call medication that they use to kill their own children. Essentially we are slaves enslaving, killing and exploiting one another under free will and crony capitalism with the help of the black magicians who pull the strings.

          All this could end whenever TPTB choose since they control all aspects of the system.

          • paul June 30, 2014 at 10:24 am

            That question, “what’s in it for ME”
            The illuminated person does not entertain it , nor react to it, for good or for bad, knowing “His Kingdom is coming” indeed they literally See it

            And – like a True Warrior – they Act.

            As above so below implies balance and equality in everything.
            Everything includes everything
            No dark corners
            No excuses
            No exclusion
            For in the Balance of Equilibrium One may be elevated and See that which impedes the Light.

            Light is in part of everything
            What are we prepared to sacrifice to See past smoke and mirror of …even Time?

            Sacrifice and Humility affords us a different question
            “trust what you see in the mirror …Or trust He who is looking in?”
            (this ‘sounds’ v. Lhp actually)
            But the *real* enemy will hide in the last place you will ever look
            An enemy the mirror is only a *perceived* enemy
            Even if they actually exist through the processes and perversions of creation et al

            And if one is limited in concepts even of say , duality
            Then one IS so limited

            As above so below


          • Moe June 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm

            What are you trying to say in simple terms? Enjoy my slavery, take my poison and sacrifice my children because I know the kingdom of heaven is coming?

  11. Anonymous January 30, 2014 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Yeah, its simple once you free your mind to accept the things that most are unable to. The ones who control the world are right in plain sight, if you know where to look. Both the Right-hand pathers & Left-hand pathers are of the same stock, neither is more or less important than the other, they operate as ONE, and most don’t see the importance in this. Its like yin & yang, salt & pepper or any other of the cliches where what appears to be opposites, are actually working together. You have one in plain view for the public to see, then you have the other operating out of sight behind closed doors, yet both are working for & with the other in attaining the same goals. I’m not talking about the pions, but those at the head, such as you have the US Department of Justice & FBI/Homeland Security operating in the Light, then you have the CIA & other Agencies operating in the Dark, both working for the same goal. Just as you have the Government in DC we see, there is also a special Body that does the same behind the scenes in the dark, ready to take over should an emergency happen. There is also an agenda that is being worked right in front of the American people that is about to or in the near future change America drastically, for the good or bad, that is to be seen when it happens and which belief system you hold. Enough of a rant for now. I also went and subbed your YouTube channel.

    PeaceB2Ya, JimmyCarol100=YouTube ID

    • jeremy holtom January 8, 2016 at 5:17 am - Reply

      The depth with which we have been brainwashed, the extent of the basic corruption of spiritual belief into these simplistic indeed childish views of the nature of reality is breath taking. As we have a right and a left brain an ego and a soul so I believe there is balance. It is the polarisation between people of the right who hide their conformity in moral fog and people of the left who can live so selfishly that they must alienate themselves that is at root of all conflict and division in the world.

      We were born to be free with freewill but we were also born to enjoy the fruits of the world and to have a purpose and a destiny which requires discipline. Without the left hand path there can be no original thought and without the right hand path there cannot be the discipline to turn that thought into a world changing reality. We have been misled into a fear of the dark whereas we need a balance of dark and light to achieve anything of lasting value both spiritually for ourselves but in term of the part we play in the world and the evolution of consciousness and the universe.

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