WikiLeaks: John Podesta Invited to Bizarre Occult Ritual, 'Spirit Cooking'
In the email, Tony Podesta forwards an invitation to attend a "spirit cooking dinner" from performance artist Marina Abramovic to his brother John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton campaign. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Abramovic is considered "the grandmother of performance art."
Practitioners of the bizarre and gory ceremony mix blood, breast milk, urine, and sperm together and use the mixture to paint messages on the walls.
In the June 28, 2015 email, Abramovic wrote:
I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place. Do you think you will be able to let me know if your brother is joining? All my love, Marina.
Tony Podesta forwarded the email to his brother John Podesta, asking him:
Are you in NYC Thursday July 9 Marina wants you to come to dinner.
Abramovic allegedly uses pig blood "as a medium to connect the spirit world with the material world."
In Thelema, "spirit cooking" is considered a sacrament "meant to symbolize the union between the microcosm, Man, and the macrocosm, the Divine, which is a representation of one of the prime maxims in Hermeticism":
The ritual takes place in the kitchen, which is considered the heart of the home. The goal of the ceremony is to convert matter into energy so spirits can feed on it. Marina "...derives her inspiration from the popular belief that the spirits still need food even though it is no longer solid, but in the form of light, sound, and emotions."
In the video dated from 1997 called Spirit Cooking, Marina is seen writing in blood various statements, including "Mix Fresh Breast Milk With Fresh Sperm," "Fresh Morning Urine Sprinkle Over Nightmare Dreams," and "With a Sharp Knife Cut Deeply Into Your Middle Finger Eat The Pain." The video shows Spirit Cooking appearing to be a combination of an artistic performance and an occult ceremony.
Marina Abramovic has said that the context in which a ritual performed in is what defines its intention. If it is performed in a gallery, then it is art. Yet, if its performed in a private setting then it is much more intimate and spiritual.
Since the event to which the Podestas were invited took place at Abramovic's "place," it is reasonable to assume that those involved were there for something more "intimate and spiritual" than merely watching a performance. Note also that the brothers are on a first name basis with "Marina."