“AFRICA” and “THE EAST”

I was reading one of my daughters books to her last night and in it Olivia compains that all the girls only want to be princesses. After talking about other things she likes to be she later reflects: “Why is it always a pink princess?  Why not an Indian princess or a princess from Thailand or an African princess or a princess from China?”

While I applaud the message of the book and the thought given to non-European cultures, there is still something wrong here. India is a country. Thailand is a country. China is a country. Africa is a fucking continent that contains 54 different countries with a land mass larger than all those other places combined. Why not South African, which is where the Ndebele people are from?

Why am I writing about this on a magic blog? Because every time someone refers to a teaching from “The East” or “From Africa” your bullshit detector should go on high alert.  Everytime someone suggests that a practice will work for “Easterners” or “Africans” but not Westerners because we are fundamentally different, you are listening to bullshit. I am not talking about regional, cultural, or tribal practices that are specific (though often that is bullshit too, just of a different sort). I am talking about the broad stroke nonsense.

Here is an example that I have hear several times: Single pointed meditation is fine for easterners but we westerners are used to complexity and need to meditate on something like a tarot card. Khabbalah is the Zen of the west because in the east they respond to simplicity, but in the west the Khabbalistic Complexity will bring us to the same state by overloading the brain.

This idea is utter nonsense. The people that have religions with thousands of Buddhas, Dieties, protectors, and spirits, and who score higher in math and science than the west does  are NOT more responsive to singlepointed meditation, Zen, or anything else. I also refute the notion that Western brains that can handle string theory and nanotech are somehow going to be tossed into Samadhi by doing Gematria. 

Apart from painting a false exotic blank slate upon which we can project any kind of magical fantasy we wish, referring to “The East” and “Africa” also leads to some very sloppy magic.

Last year I was contacted by someone who was putting together a Samhain rite for their coven. Their High Priestess wanted to call upon Ghede and Santissima Muerte as “The God and Goddess” in the ritual because they were both concerned with death (fair enough) and they wanted to work in the “African” Pantheon. This person wanted to know if I had any advice.

I explained that neither was from Africa. Ghede was from Haiti but is part of the African Diaspora. His female counterpart, if you absolutely HAD to work that way, would be Manman Brigitte not Santissima Muerte who is from Mexico. The only advice I have is to ask the Priestess to step down and disband the coven before someone gets hurt.

The funniest part is, that if you were to suggest that Lugh and Aruabrhod be called together you would be subjected to a rant about how one is Irish and one is Welsh and the differences between the two cultures, and how they are SO different. But hey, fuck it! Mexico and Haiti are both non-white right? So they are African!

Obviously this is an extreme example, but it is all a matter of degrees.

While I am not against cultural mixing, synchretism, or even appropriation in some cases, there are ways to do this with respect. There are a lot of ways to show this respect but the first one has to be acknowledging the many different cultures and traditions that exist within “Africa” and “The East”.

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Strategic Sorcery Course is $150

Chess teamAs I mentioned a few months ago I raised the price of the Strategic Sorcery Course to $200 starting with this cycle. Over the holiday weekend, I had a change of heart.

Though people were signing up at the new price without complaint, I started to to think about the economy and the product. While several people have noted that my course is underpriced, the fact remains that the course is the same as it was for the previous cycles. The economy has not changed drastically for the better. The course has been providing the income that I needed it to. Why change the price?

I have decided that for now I am holding the course at the old price of $150 until I either add something new to the course to warrant the price hike or general inflation warrants the price hike to keep up with costs. I wanted to keep the course accessible to everyone and the $150 price seems to do that. If you cannot afford even that, please contact me anyway as I have payment plans, and occasional scholarships available.

If you want to sign up for the best one year of training in practical magic available, and partake in a global success rite, sign up before the end of April.

To join the course send an e-mail to me at inominandum@gmail.com with the words STRATEGIC SORCERY in the subject line. I will send you the information packet.

The lessons are as follows:

COURSE OUTLINE

1. Meditation Part 1
2. Subtle Bodies and Channels
3. Zone Rites
4. Thought management
5. Offerings
6. Offerings 2
7. Subtle Body Power Centers
8. Prayer
9. The Elements
10. The Elements Part 2
11. The Planets
12. The Planets Part 2
13. Azoth
14. Materia Magica
15. Materia 2
16. Materia 3
17. Amulets and Talismans
18. Tools
19. Magic of Place
20. Dream Sorcery
21. The Planes
22. Astrral Projection
23. Astral Mechanics
24. Artificial Spirits
25. Spirits of Place
26. Necromancy
27. Necromancy 2
28. Grimoire Spirits
29. Grimoire Spirits 2
30. Grimoire Spirits 3
31. SS Mini Grimoire
32. Spirit Houses
33. Meditation 2
34. 10 Principals of Strategic Sorcery
35. Set Point and how to Move it
36. Tactical Timing
37. Will and Willpower
38. Intelligence Gathering
39. Information Sorcery
40. Persona and Influence Work
41. Time Management
42. Strategic Sorcery Group Work
43. Healing
44. Attack Magick
45. Causal Level Magick
46. Financial Sorcery 1
47. Financial Sorcery 2
48. Financial Sorcery 3
49. Working for others
50. Sex Magic
51. Advancing the art of Magic
52. The Strategic Sorcerer

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SCRYING CONSULTATION REPORT

BeFunky_Seal of Sorcery - Centering.jpgMy favorite new part of my business is teaching viw phone or skype consultations. While my courses and books allow me to give a lot of valuable info to a lot of people, these consultation sessions are great for teaching something very specific in a way that is tailored to the individual student.

A few weeks ago I did a consult on someone that was having difficulty scrying and astral projecting at will. I got the following feedback yesterday and asked if I could post it here on the blog.

“I’m just writing in to say how deeply pleased I am with the outcome of our Skype session, and the huge impact that switching from a “less obsessed with scrying” training approach had in obtaining success with just that, among other things.

 I’ve been regularly spontaneously scrying nearly every day in whatever few minutes that I wake up during the night, while fully conscious. It’s often quite entertaining.

 My meditation sessions became very pleasant, in that I’m constantly looking forward to my next one. I’m thinking I had never properly meditated until I became acquainted with your course material.

 Threading the path became as fulfilling as achieving any goal I had with magic. So thank you for that!”

I get so jazzed when I get feedback like this, I just have to share it.

If you want to book a consultation, choose your time below and I will get back to you with available time slots.

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STRATEGIC SORCERY COURSE AND GLOBAL HELIOS RITE – MAY 2nd

 

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The weather is finally starting to get warm, the trees are starting to bloom, and the time has come to begin yet another cycle of the Strategic Sorcery Course.

Cycle 17 will begin on May 1st, Beltane, 2014. 

The course consists of 52 lessons arriving by e-mail every Tuesday morning for a year. In addition to this there is a student’s forum, and access to me for questions.

The cost for the class is $200

To kick off this cycle I will be organizing a GLOBAL SOLAR SUCCESS RITUAL that is open to anyone that joins before the end of April and all former students. The following is a field report from someone that participated in the last Global Rite:

“I performed the Hekate/Helios rite at the turning of the calendar year.  While I have worked with Hekate some in the past, I had not worked with Helios in the slightest prior to this event.  All I can say is that the operation has been a great success, and that success continues to work its way into my life.  The day after the Hekate portion of the rite, I received a bonus at the office for a project that I had recently completed.  Along with that bonus came some great recognition from the upper tier of our company.  Earlier this week, I received a request for two freelance projects that I wasn’t expecting.  (Two more projects equals more income.)  And in my personal practice and studies, things have picked up a new vibe, and I am receiving results that I have not experienced before.  All of this is in direct alignment with my petition to both Hekate and Helios.  There’s a noticeable difference in my personal interactions with others, and I have found that I have had more positive attention from other people in just these two short weeks.  I will continue to uphold my end of the deal, and I know that Hekate and Helios are going to rock my world in 2014.”

So if you want to get a year of the very best practical magic training available and participate in a global Solar Success Rite, now if your chance.

To join the course send an e-mail to me at inominandum@gmail.com with the words STRATEGIC SORCERY in the subject line. I will send you the information packet.

The lesson outline is as follows:

COURSE OUTLINE

1. Meditation Part 1
2. Subtle Bodies and Channels
3. Zone Rites
4. Thought management
5. Offerings
6. Offerings 2
7. Subtle Body Power Centers
8. Prayer
9. The Elements
10. The Elements Part 2
11. The Planets
12. The Planets Part 2
13. Azoth
14. Materia Magica
15. Materia 2
16. Materia 3
17. Amulets and Talismans
18. Tools
19. Magic of Place
20. Dream Sorcery
21. The Planes
22. Astrral Projection
23. Astral Mechanics
24. Artificial Spirits
25. Spirits of Place
26. Necromancy
27. Necromancy 2
28. Grimoire Spirits
29. Grimoire Spirits 2
30. Grimoire Spirits 3
31. SS Mini Grimoire
32. Spirit Houses
33. Meditation 2
34. 10 Principals of Strategic Sorcery
35. Set Point and how to Move it
36. Tactical Timing
37. Will and Willpower
38. Intelligence Gathering
39. Information Sorcery
40. Persona and Influence Work
41. Time Management
42. Strategic Sorcery Group Work
43. Healing
44. Attack Magick
45. Causal Level Magick
46. Financial Sorcery 1
47. Financial Sorcery 2
48. Financial Sorcery 3
49. Working for others
50. Sex Magic
51. Advancing the art of Magic
52. The Strategic Sorcerer

Write me at INOMINANDUM@GMAIL.COM for an information packet.

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FIGARO FIGARO FIGARO!

“Just because you are some kind of big lord, you think you are some kind of big genius. Nobility, money, titles, estates, rank—all that just makes you stuck-up and vain, and oblivious when you overstep the bounds. And what did you do to merit your assets and advantages? You went to the trouble of being born, and nothing more. Otherwise you’re really quite common. Whereas I—oh when I think of it!—I, lost in the faceless mob, had to muster more tactical skill and judgment just to scrape by than your gang has used to govern the whole Spanish empire for the last hundred years. And you want to go up against me?! “

Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro by Pierre Beaumarchais adapted by Stephen Wadsworth

I saw two of the three Figaro plays this weekend and was struck by this quote. Figaro is an interesting role model for the Money-Minded Magus. He is wary, and critical of the Aristocracy – yet he seeks fortune for himself and games the system from the inside rather than revolt openly or reject the concept of wealth itself.

He speaks in the play about his early attempts to reject or fight the system itself, and how he basically gets swatted down at every turn. The System is just too big and too powerful. Also, as you get older, you start to need some kind of comfort and sustenance. You realize that the Aristocracy and Government is not going to go anywhere, but that if you are cunning you can work it to your advantage and run rings around the slow-witted people born into position.

The game is stacked against the people today almost as much as it was in 18th century Spain and France.  What we do have going for us is what Figaro had – cunning and genius forged in the fired of necessity. Today we have unprecedented opportunity to apply magic and cunning to make our way in the world – to game it from the inside and change it to whatever degree we can. By being FORCED to rely on our wits and magic we gain a skill set that the entitled sons of the 1% will never have.

The world might seem like it is against you. In a very real way, it is. Use that knowlege as fuel. You cannot fight it head on. You cannot wish it away. You CAN look the gaps. The small opportunities that you can exploit to your advantage for fortunes sake.

Unleash your genius.
Banish your fear.
Ensorcel your fortune.
Be cunning and clever and always a step ahead of the game.
You cannot be defeated.

 

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THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGEL

So in case you have not heard yet Nephilim has released THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGEL. 

I just got to read it myself and it is fantastic. This is now the one book that I will recommend to anyone and everyone that wants to attain K&C of HGA.

I know I wish I had it when I performed the operation in 1996. Aaron’s commentary alone would have made the whole process much easier and less fraught.

The book is over 200 pages divided into four parts with several pieces in each:

 

Part 1. The Nature of The Angel
1. A Solar Spark Of Light And Fire – Darren Scriven
2. Nine Pieces of Heart Advice For Those Seeking The Holy Guardian Angel – Jason Miller
3. The Descended Angel – Scott Michael Stenwick

Part 2. After The Angel
4. Never Again Alone – Rufus Opus
5. After Abramelin; Working With Your Holy Guardian Angel – Aaron Leitch
6. Passing Through The Void; The Journey to Unite With Your Holy Guardian Angel – Bryan Garner

Part 3. The HGA In The Magickal Schools
7. The Voice of Light; The Holy Guardian Angel in The Ogdoadic Tradition – Derik Richards
8. Knowledge & Conversation of The Holy Guardian Angel; One Thelemites Perspective Kevin Abblett

Part 4. The 2011 Blogosphere Debates
9. Holy Guardian Angel(s)? – Conjureman Ali
10. Holy Guardian Angels, Helpful Spirits, S.A.’s and The Genius – MC
11. Some Clarifications on Previous Post – MC
12. 2 Years Later, The HGA Revisited – MC

If you are interested in the HGA and  have not already bought this book you should. There are still copies left, but they are selling fast. 

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SOMA WEBINAR SAT April 5th 10pm Eastern Time.

Sex Book CoiverI am going one of those SOMA webinars this weekend. Its kinda late for us east coasters but if you wanna grab your laptop and slip into bed with me to learn about Sex Magic, this Saturday at 10pm eastern is the time!

She should have him suck her Lotus and show his pleasure. Inhaling the fragrance, he should enter with his tongue, searching for the Red and White secretions. Then she should say to him: Eat my essence! Drink the Waters of Release! O Son, be a slave as well as a father and a lover. This is the best diet, eaten by all the enlightened ones”
- Chandamaharosana Tantra

To join the Webinar click here:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1178210629544664834
Webinar ID: 114-895-531

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Last Day of Spring Sale

Chess teamJust a note that today is the last day to get the Strategic Sorcery Course for $100.

If you are interested in the best one year training in practical magic available, shoot me an e-mail at inominandum@gmail.com by midnight tonight with the words STRATEGIC SORCERY in the subject line.

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PETER CARROLL on DEEPER DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Once again, Andrieh and Jason deliver another great show. In case you have not listened yet, you really ought to go listen to Peter Carroll on DDTRH.

Contrary to popular belief I am not against Chaos Magic and am especially not against Peter Carroll. I have my very specific criticisms of it, which have been done to death here and elsewhere, but Liber KKK was one of the very best training experiences of my life and Carroll’s focus on streamlining and results is something that always stayed with me.

In this podcast he is the elder statesman of Chaos urging magicians to action to save the planet. If I was not so busy with my own projects I would sign up for the Knights of Chaos right now!

He also talks about his new book Epoch, which apparently has a system of duo-planetary work. Those that have read Advanced Planetary Magic will know this interests me greatly.

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STRATEGIC SORCERY SPRING SALE EXTENDED!

Chess teamBecause so many people have been signing up in the last few days, and because it is five days into spring and there is still snow in my yard, I have decided to extend the sale through Monday the 30th.

GET THE STRATEGIC SORCERY COURSE FOR JUST $100

If the promises of warm weather and renewal have you looking for a way to maximize your mojo, this is your chance.

If you are interested in receiving the course, please send an e-mail to inominandum@gmail.com with the words STRATEGIC SORCERY in the Subject Line. I will send you the info packet and you can decide if you want to join.

 

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