Mystical vs Paranormal Experience

I did a consult this weekend and there was some confusion in terminology that was tripping the student up. I laid out the following simple rule, which he thought others might find helpful so I place it here. Is that a synchonicity or just

A Paranormal Experience often causes you to question the reality of that experience. Was that a real voice of a spirit or just my imagination? Did that light bulb explode because of the working or was it coincidence? Is what I am seeing in the crystal real or just my own fantasy?

A Mystical Experience tends to cause you to question the reality of everything you have ever experiences BUT that experience. It seems hyper-real, as if everything till that point had been an illusion or a play that you have been getting too into. Depending on the experience it can shake the foundation of your perception of the outer world, your own sense of inner world, or both.

NOTE: I anticipate a flurry of comments from people with paranormal experiences and magical results who will tell me that nothing about the experience caused them to question its reality, and that they know the spirit/god/angel speaking was real and the vision in the crystal was 100% reality. I am not interested in that argument. Suffice to say that I don’t think unquestioning acceptance of our own experiences is a great idea or good foundation for work.

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Emotional Clearing

Last week I had the privilege of  getting a free Emotional Clearing session with Langston Khan.  It was an interesting shamanic technique that I found very useful. Not only does Langston lead you through a session that is useful for what you bring up in that session, but he gives you tools that you can go back to and use time and time again.

There are still a few spots open in his Healing Your Triggers: Emotional Clearing Webinar which starts next Saturday 5/30 and runs for 5 weeks from 11-1:30pm:…

He is also kindly offering a $50 discount code for readers of this blog and members of my course. Just type in: Strategic_Heart

Here is his description of the webinar:

We will hone our ability to discern when we have been triggered, pull back our projections onto others and use the trigger to clear the pain at it’s root in the past rather than being paralyzed by pain or obsessive thoughts. We will also be working to understand the language of our body and allow that language to show us the next steps needed to further our healing process.

In addition as a fun bonus– the techniques also improve our abilities to sense (and clear) energies within ourselves, improve psychic abilities and I find improve our signal clarity and ability to discern accurately when speaking with spirits.

Above all, participants will leave the class with an ability to truly engage with life as a teacher and the foundational skills needed to truly be compassionate with themselves and others.

Here is a brief outline of some of the tools and concepts we will cover:
• What is Healing? Exploring ideas of healing and developing a mature relationship with the archetypal energy of Healing
• The Felt Sense: Learning to listen to your body, interpret it’s language and come into relationship with your body’s unique processes
• Presence Language: Using linguistic tools to come back into presence with your body and emotions even when facing challenging emotions
• Developing an awareness of your inner landscape
• Turning over stones: Understanding what energy needs to be cleared and how to track it in your body
• Mirrorwork: Using your relationships to uncover internal wounds
• Your body is much bigger than you think: Different techniques for clearing all that you might encounter including beliefs, memories, emotional patterns, artifacts and past lives.
• Integration: Making sure the sense of renewed energy and joy you feel after a clearing sticks and you can bring the energy fully into your life.
• Tips for supporting a partner in their clearing process and helping yourself and your partner stay in presence throughout

Check it out!

Also check Langstons personal page HERE

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Field Report: Art Auction Success!

I think everyone has a fantasy about going to a garage sale and finding something worth big bucks. Below is a field report from a Student who used magical techniques on multiple platforms to do just that.

From the information about its worth, to pumping up the price at the end, this is Strategic Sorcery at its best. A combination of her own work, the Strategic Sorcery Global Rites, and some hired help from yours truly all played into her strategy, and generated a fantastic result.

“FIELD REPORT: I received Kurukulle and Simhamukha transmission from Lama Vajranatha the summer of 2014, but only began accumulating mantras at that time, did not try to begin working with Kurukulle in earnest until studying with Jason. October 31, 2014, I casually, as I was putting away my new Kurukulle talisman that I had ordered from Jason and had magically arrived that high holy day morning, thought to myself (ha ha) that when I felt I had accumulated enough mantras to begin asking favors, I would like to ask Kurukulle to help me earn significant amounts of money in ways that would not make me work any harder and which I couldn’t even think of myself at the moment. I almost immediately got my menstrual period which was early, painless, light and such bright red I knew Kurukulle was talking to my body (I offered some of the blood to her thangka and the talisman, thanking her for the response). Perhaps a week or so later, November 2014, my husband magically found out in conversation with an art dealer of his acquaintance that 3 small pieces of art I purchased years ago for $25 each directly from the artist could possibly be worth quite a bit of money, as another work by the artist (who died in 2001) had recently broken world auction records for her work and for the auction house. I immediately thanked Kurukulle for the opportunity she clearly had delivered, and the art dealer then helped me get my pieces to the auction house where the first piece was deemed best presented at an auction taking place Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

In March and May 2015 I performed the global Jupiter and Juno rites, and was surprised at the amount of connection I experienced with both–some funny little synchronicities also popped up making me realize they have actually been around me all along, and that it’s time to work with them in earnest. So I decided that before the May 12 auction, I would petition both Jupiter and Juno in addition to another puja to Kurukulle.

Thursday, May 7 at 2:03 EST, the hour of Jupiter here in NY, I sat at the base of an oak tree (Jupiter’s sacred tree), invoked both Jupiter and Juno as a sort of Tantric conjoined pair, offered them and the tree Sambuca Romana, and petitioned them thusly: “My beloved Patron and Matron, I thank you for your magnanimity, I ask that you favor me with your general good fortune, bestow upon me wealth and opportunity, and most urgently, at the auctions and sales of my artworks, please inspire purchasers to spend in excess, and let me receive far greater sums than estimated or expected by anyone.”

I consulted with Jason Miller on Friday May 8 as to whether I should do any further work myself before the auction and as to whether I should hire Jason to do any work on my behalf. The divination suggested I only add to my own work an offering of a red torma to Kurukulle, and to hire Jason also to do a puja to Kurukulle. (Note: actually Red Dzambhala in union with Kurukulla.)

Tuesday May 12, the little painting I paid $25 for in the late 1990s was auctioned for $18,725.

I immediately posted a public thank you to Kurukulle, Juno, Jupiter and Jason here on the Strategic Sorcery Board; I am also donating some of the proceeds when I have access to them, to one fund I am keeping secret, and to Nepal relief efforts (specifically to a fund managed by Lama Rangbar and concentrating on Sainkhu-area, where there are Vajrayogini and many red dakini shrines).

 I really directly credit Jason’s teaching, work and relationship with deities for strengthening my own connections with same deities (even if I had met them earlier via other routes), as well as work he is able to do for hire; AND I thank all my fellow sorcerers for performing the global rites together, because I feel those are really us together cooking a delicious stew we can all share!


I don’t normally share too many personal details with folks and primarily shared this out of gratitude to all parties involved– and also because I hope it is inspirational for other folks working, especially those who doubt themselves or doubt magic (I myself experience doubts on a regular basis) So I am wishing you all many many successes with your work, and I have no doubt that we couldn’t ask for a better teacher and mentor!

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Magic is an Influence

Element.jpgCrowley defined magic as  “the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will.”

This definition has had an enormous impact, and has deeply influenced other attempts at defining magic since then.

Dion Fortune clarifies “changes in consciousness”, but I think my readers already know that I think that’s only a part of it.

Donald Michael Kraig expanded on Crowley also “Magick is the science and art of causing change  to occur in conformity with will, using means not currently understood by traditional Western science.”

Frater U.D. attempts to bridge the gap by saying: “Magic is the Science and Art of causing Change, on a material as well as a spiritual level, to occur in conformity with Will by altered states of consciousness.”

Phil Hine says that  “A magical act may be defined as causing reality to conform to will.

The list goes on. In fact you can find many great definitions listed in this convenient Spiral Nature Article.

The key word that I wanted to address here about these definitions is the word cause. It is a fine word because whatever magical acts you do are in fact a cause in a chain of cause and effect. When it comes to understanding practical application though, I think influence is a better word.

When we say that Magic causes things to happen it gives the impression of a process that is as sure as turning your car on or heating water. If you turn the key it will cause the car to start, if you heat the kettle it will cause the water to boil. If people start thinking about magic in such black and white terms it leads to ethical quandries and misunderstandings.

Despite my own writings, and the writings of many others to the contrary, I STILL regularly talk to people who have done a TON of magic to obtain a result yet almost no other work to influence their situation. The classic example is the bad resume, which I bring up a lot only because it happens a lot. I have known people that have college degrees, relevant experience, and have done everything from simple candle magic to Goetic Evocation but still cannot find a decent job. When I do the consult and see the resume, I know why. Your Batchelors in Chemistry does no good if the first thing listed under education is your Reiki Master certification, your dates are incomplete and formatting non-existent.

If we understand magic as the cause of getting a job this should not matter. If we understand it as an influence upon your search for a job, this makes total sense.

On the ethical side of things if a spell to get Woman X to love Sorceress Y always worked directly like a movie, I think that a lot of the “will infringement” arguments would hold a lot of water. But thats not how it works. That spell is an influence upon Woman X to love Sorceress Y. How much of an influence depends upon the actual work, the probable chances of success at the beginning and many other influences. There are still ethical concerns and lines that you may or may not want to cross, but the whole idea that “any magic that infleunces the will of another is eeeeeeeeeeevil!” loses some of its standing when we see enchantment as an influence rather than a cause.

This is also important to keep in mind when you hire someone to do magic for you. What you are hiring is someone to do the work. Just like a Doctor or a Lawyer, they will hopefully do their best, and hiring a good one increases the influence that their work will have the desired impact, but they are just an influence. In some cases the patient does not rest and the client keeps incriminating themselves, and no matter what the doctor or lawyer does, their influence is outweighed.

This is not only true in the practical sphere, but in the spiritual as well. Many people are solely concerned with “change in consciousness”, which is fine. But again you can walk the planetary gates and gain initiation from the angels and it is but an influence upon your path. Same with meditation, energy practice, prayer, and anything else. Ordinary consciousness has STRONG gravity and the chattering Monkey Mind is a potent enemy to take on. I know people that have done months of retreats, but no work outside of that, and have ended up the same or worse.

Magic is a powerful influence, don’t waste it.

Later today I will post a field report from a student that understands this very clearly and used different types of influence to attain a GREAT result.


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Extraction Magic

One of the points that I try to convey in my course is the difference between a quality that is inherent of a correspondence that magicians use as a tool to do magic. Most things like elements and directions, or planetary hours and days, are IMO a correspondence that magicians use to do magic and not inherently true. For instance I do not think that the west is inherently more watery, of that Thursdays are inherently more Jupitarian than Saturdays.

Just like a scientist might take a cell and use enzymes and alcohol to extract the DNA, magicians use colors, directions, days, and hours to extract the force that we want to address in our magic.  Certainly some people believe that these things are inherent, and that their system of hours, days, etc is the correct one. They believe Thursday is more Jupiter than Saturday as sure as the sun is in the sky, and that is fine – I am not really writing this to convince them otherwise. I am writing this because if you don’t think that way, some things can throw you…

Once you start adhering to a system you begin standing in its current, and those things can effect you even if you unknowingly make a mistake. Just because it’s a tool, does not mean that it is all in your head. If you start invoking elements and planets using the Pentagram and Hexagram directions, but you cock up the direction there is every chance that you will get the result of the mistake, rather than the intent.

If a deity does not have a planetary correspondence or direction, there is no NEED to assign one. Use the name and symbols and history. No need to limit yourself. You CAN assign one, but be careful. In the process of seeking to find a special time or direction, you might be limiting yourself in other ways.

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MY advice for young occultists

So there has been a big kurfluffel about Nick Farrells advice for young occultsists and various people critiquing it, and now lots of people issuing their own lists. Its altready overdone and my mind is on other things, but someone specifically asked me to do it because there has not been a really good blog-go-round in a while.

So here than are my few pieces of advice for young occultists.

1. If you CAN do something else, do that. I am serious about this. Most of the world doesn’t even believe that this stuff is real. It is not the best way to get money, sex, power, or anything else. So unless you absolutely, feel a call to this that overshadows just about anything else, spend your time doing something else.

2. If you do feel that call to do it, DO THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF IT. There is noting better then doing what you love, so if you are gonna be about it, then be about it.

3. MEDITATE. I know, I know. It’s the most un-magical thing you can do. You want to get up and shout invocations to the quarters and meditation has you sitting down and shutting up. You want to see strange things and have visions, and meditation tells you to not pay attention to those. You want to talk to the gods and spirits and meditation tells you that if one interrupts your meditation that you should ignore it. Do it anyway. There is nothing you know outside your own mind, so having a clear one is REALLY important.

4. Keep your fantasy like separate from your occultism. It might SEEM like a cool idea to start making talismans in the language from Skyrim, but because magic is itself a subtle thing, and even the best of us can confuse a spirits messages and signs with our own projections, it is almost never a good idea. This is not to say that there is no overlap, or never a place for it, but become an occultist first. Then think about how fantasy and the occult impact each other.

5.Realize that you know a LOT. Because of ease of information you can actually get detailed and more accurate information faster then when I or Nick were your age. Sometimes you won’t have the proper context to process this information, but simply having the access gives you a leg up on where we were. That said information is not wisdom, which will come in time. You can benefit a LOT from having older people take you through the ropes and point out the mistakes that we made, but don’t let that cut you off from the tools and information that we did not have.

6. Make Money a part of your path. I am not talking about becoming a writer or professional occultist. I am talking about making money part of your life’s strategy. Unless you are a Monk or wandering Yogi you are NOT serious about being non-materialistic in your spiritual path, so make it a part of your path. Money is too big a monster to let run amok: if you are not going to banish it, then you have to master it, or it will master you. 

7. KEEP TALKING. Your theories are not fully formed yet, but unless you talk about them, they never will be. Your brain is more flexible than ours is, and if you can manage to take advantage of the experience of your teachers AND the flexibility and vigor of your youth you can break new ground. Everything that I teach today is rooted in stuff that I tossed around with peers and elders when i was in my Teens and 20’s.

8. KEEP QUESTIONING: By all means ask real questions, but there is a method of asking genuine questions that ALSO display how smart and serious you are. If there is one technique that I have used to get people who are older to open up and spill details about higher teachings, it is asking questions that show I know what I am talking about,

That and alcohol….

PS: The pic above is of me and some other occultists with Lama Vajranatha. We took him to the woods, got him beer, then learned some magic. Do stuff like that.

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One of the things I love most about Asian magical systems is that it does not position itself against technology in any way. People in the west have gone so far as to tell me they cannot light ritual candles with a lighter because they were not invented in whatever the time was that they are all hot and turned on by. By contrast you can get electronic prayer wheels or make offerings to Rahula to help you with computer problems.

I just received an Omamori of Inari from a dear friend of mine that just came back from a year in Japan, which of course prompted me to do some Shinto research when I found this little beauty in the picture above. Its a jōhō anzen kigan 情報安全祈願 blessed memory card that you can buy from Denden Shrine in Kyoto.

At that shrine you can pray to Myojin, the Kami of Telecommunications and electricity to cless memory cards, as well as RFID wallets and so on. This is the kind of thing that can get lost when we try to hard to re-construct a system. It is wonderful to recover broken links to the past, as long as we don’t lose our Sorcerous links to the present in the process.

So tell me, how does technology feature in your magic?


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Global Juno Rite and Strategic Sorcery Cycle begin tomorrow.

Strat Sor envelope orangeEveryone has been logged in and the rite has gone out, but there is still time to join in.

Anyone who signs up for the course between now and noon Saturday will have time to participate in the Juno Prosperity Rite.

For the info on the Juno Prosperity Rite, click here

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I have gotten a lot of questions regarding the Juno Global Prosperity Rite this weekend.

She is not a goddess you see invoked a lot and while it makes total sense to some people to do this, others have been puzzled and even frightened at the prospect.

We have done several prosperity rites focusing on Jupiter and if you have read Financial Sorcery you know that old Jove holds a special place in my spiritual court. He does represent a sort of very male perspective on prosperity though , one that I thought should be balanced by his wife/sister – Queen of the Gods – Juno.


First and foremost we are calling upon Juno because she is a Queen and the patron Goddess of the Roman Empire. Keeping the theme that what we are working for is rulership over our own lives as well as peaceful and prosperous relations within the society we live within she is perfect.

Juno is also not simply the wife of Jupiter, she is his sister as well. If we were talking about humans this would be a big no-no, but in terms of the Gods this shows Juno is equal to Jupiter. She is not dependent upon his wealth or power. Strong independent women are awesome.


I see too many pagan rites focused on either young maiden figures or ancient crones. Juno is interesting in that she represents Maturity – there is no mistaking that Juno is a WOMAN not a girl – yet she also rules over vital force and youthfulness. The need to carry youthful inquisitiveness, inventiveness, and ingenuity into maturity is definately needed in this fast changing economy. In a world where workers  over-50 are the “new unemployables” this power to maintain ones ability to change with the world in a youthful way is more important than ever.


Juno Sospita is a savior and warrior. See that spear in her hand? She means business.

As real capitalism gets perverted into centrism, causing suffering to countless citizens, Juno’s motherly instinct to protect her children can serve you well.

Those that have been finding themselves having hard times, without even the basic structure for Jupiter to work on expanding, may just find a strong ally in Juno.


Juno is the goddess of marriage, which may not seem relevant to prosperity rites until you consider that the number one cause of marital problems is money and the lack thereof.


One of the epithets of Juno is MONETA from which we get the word Money. Roman coins were minted in her temple. She is not only a protectress of people but of funds.

Juno’s oracles frequently issued warnings about fiscal instability. If you are currently unstable in your finances, protecting investments from loss, or concerned about the economic upheavals we are all experiencing there is no better power to call upon.

Can I get an Ave Juno?


Apart from the reasoning above, I wanted to answer a few specific questions that came from more than one person.

BUT WHY MAY DAY? Because signs and omens indicated it would be beneficial. Strategic Sorcery is not a Pagan religious cult, we often take advantage of the immense power of cross-quarter days to kick off cycles and hold global rites, but I am not obligated to follow any kind of particular cycle. The powers of Spring and Growth are certainly within Juno’s domain and vital to the growth of prosperity and power as much as anything else.

SHOULD MEN BE SCARED TO WORK WITH JUNO? Were women scared to work with Jupiter? No. Why would you be scared to work with Juno? Juno is very-much pro-woman, but that does not make her anti-man. If you beat your wife or are working to limit the freedom of women then yes, I think you should avoid working with Juno. If not, you are cool. She will even help you loosen your wife’s girdle….

BUT ISN’T SHE JEALOUS AND VINDICTIVE? You are confusing her with Hera from Greece. They are not the same. Juno and Jove played tricks on each other all the time, but in general they were playful than vengeful. Also, Jupiter is not Zeus. If you were married to Zeus you would probably be jealous and vindictive too.

I hope this sheds some light on Juno and why we are doing a Global Juno Prosperity Rite.

If you are not a student of the Strategic Sorcery Course and would like to take part in this rite, you need to sign up by midnight on Friday so you can join with hundreds of people all over the world performing this rite.




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STRATEGIC SORCERY COURSE – 5 Days left till the beginning of the new Cycle!

Chess teamThe next Cycle of the Strategic Sorcery Course begins on May 1st, but the window for the associated Global Juno Prosperity Rite will be open until Sunday, so really you have all weekend to get it together, sign up, and participate if you want.

I will write more about the Global Juno Ritual soon, but for now I wanted to share some clips from some field reports that show the breadth of what can be accomplished with the course….


“I just received lesson 52 and wanted to thank you for this course. Over the last year I used the material to improve my finances and fulfill my dream of finally astral projecting. The real blessing though has been the meditation and contemplation practice. You are not kidding when you say it is the key to everything. With a clearer mind I was able to lose weight, lower my blood pressure, and increase my overall happiness. Honestly I can say now that I feel like there is nothing I cannot handle. I cannot wait to see what the Strategic Self Course brings…


” I prayed the Novena spell on the morning of Day 5. About an hour later, I received an email offering 32 hours per week–exactly what my husband had suggested–along with the flexible hours he’d previously promised. I submitted my security paperwork and application today, and am looking for the offer by the end of the week. Day 6 of the Working: I just received an email with my compensation offer. Six figures, as promised


“At the meeting I announced that my financial troubles forced me to get a
second job, and that I wouldn’t  be available for only God knows how long to
provide my usual services (which they hadn’t purchased for a while). They
seemed disappointed.

The meeting was last tuesday. On wednesday they called me asking for a second
meeting, which took place yesterday. They gave me the money I needed as a GIFT.

They gave the money because, they said, they need me to be free and available
when they need my services. The sum they gave me nicely covers all the debts and leaves me with more or less 2500 USD in my pocket.

What can I say? I am flabbergasted myself… but this shit really works! I am happy, and I’m planning a rather gorgeous Spirits Feast, this evening or tomorrow.”


“My goal would be to get a visa here in COUNTRY X. I have been living my partner for 5 years, but as I am in an homosexual relationship, I don´t have any rights in this country, so couldn´t find a job, etc. I am waiting for my papers to come via mail, but they are very late. After that, we will try a civil union, and then,try to get a visa. I don´t know if it is possible to enchant our way into the state´s bureaucracies :-)’

First I tried the Justice spell from The Sorcerers Secrets, no results. I also tried St Expedite and it was clear he wasn´t doing his job. Then I tried Patotriel from the SS grimoire combined with Ganesha.

Suddenly, after two years, it all got solved in less than a week, no huss no fuss, nobody asked none of the numerous documents that have been asked over and over… nothing. I got my visa this December 30th and I give many thanks to Patotriel and Ganesha. I will also begin a new job (lousy payment but what to do) this Tuesday.


“I tend to stick very close to the Pre-Golden Dawn Solomonic tradition, and am skeptical of almost all new techniques of magic. When I saw that Frater Ashen, who I hold in high regard, recommended your work I decided to try it out and see if it could help me with my Heptameron experiments. After taking your course and receiving a consultation from you I have to admit that energetic techniques that I originally dismissed have greatly improved my ability to communicate with spirits. Your advice to make offerings to a wide array of beings has likewise greased the wheels of success. I am still working on getting a regular meditation practice down. Thank you.”


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