The Shadow Life

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I read a quote from Derek Sivers last night and it made me think about the upcoming Jupiter Global Rite and the Strategic Sorcery Course in general.

Ambition is the most primal and sacred fundament of our being. To feel ambition and to act upon it is to embrace the unique calling of our souls. Not to act upon that ambition is to turn our backs on ourselves and on the reason for our existence.

When we’re terrified of embracing our true calling, we’ll pursue a shadow calling instead. That shadow career is a metaphor for our real career. Its shape is similar, but a shadow career entails no real risk. If we fail at a shadow career, the consequences are meaningless to us. Like getting your Ph.D. in Elizabethan studies because you’re afraid to write. Ask yourself what your current life is a metaphor for.”

– Derek Sivers

I am really really happy to know that many of you are not following a shadow calling, but a real one. I am both elated and proud that I have, to some extent, helped some people do that. But how about you? You reading this.

Even being “into” the occult or magic or spirituality can be a metaphor for what you really should be doing in that field. For many years I was planning on following in my teachers footsteps and being a Translator and Lama. A worthy endeavor to be sure but that would have been a metaphor for what I really felt my calling was – to blaze a new trail of Sorcery and Mystic practice, and teach it in a way that ONLY I could do.

Years ago, Louis Martinié told me that he was trying to focus on those things that only ‘he could do. and leave the rest to others. That stuck with me, and is one of my trigger thoughts when I ask myself “what should I do with this day?”

So I ask you Sorceresses and Sorcerers:

What are you doing today that is a shadow metaphor of what you SHOULD be doing?
What is it that only YOU can offer the world?
What is your current life a metaphor for that you are NOT doing?

I am going to be commenting on this more this week in the Strategic Sorcery Group, and offering some specific teachings related to it. If you are thinking about signing up in time of the Global Jupiter Rite, these are good questions to help focus on what you really want to achieve.  If not, this is still a helpful inquiry to go through with yourself on occasion.

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Sigils, Services, and Spirits: Astrological Magic Classes with Dr. Alexander Cummins

Historian, Poet, Diviner, and, if I may say so, master lecturer, Al Cummins is giving a series of classes on Astrological Magic through Kepler College.  I am signing up and I think you should too.

There are Three Modules that break down three essential aspects of astrological magic: Sigils, Services, and Spirits.

Click click click to find out more…

Fundamentals of Astrological Magic I: Sigils
(Saturday 13th August 2016)

Fundamentals of Astrological Magic II: Services
(Saturday 20th August 2016) 

Fundamentals of Astrological Magic III: Spirits
(Saturday 27th August 2016)

Each one of these costs just $39, or you can take all three for $97 – a full 20 bucks off. If, like me, you cannot attend live, you will get a recording of the webinar after it happens.

While the modules on Sigils and Spirits are of course going to be amazing, of particular interest to my students and readers of this blog is the second lecture on services. “astrological ‘fallout shelters”? Body Postures? Magical Breathing? – Yes Please. This is the stuff that is most often lacking when people tell me that their magic isn’t bearing fruit – the role of the magician him/herself in the operation.

If you haven’t heard of the Doctor, you should go check him out at http://alexander-cummins.squarespace.com/

Then go sign up for the course.

 

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Jupiter Global Rite: August 1st-3rd

Jupiter Global Rite

Just a reminder that the Jupiter Global Rite is happening August 1st through 3rd. Whether or not you believe that there are spiritual forces at work, poor astrological conditions, or just business as usual, it is clear that the economy is changing and powers are shifting – Jupiter is your friend in times like this. I have seen this in my own life, and in reports from my students and Global Rite participants. Jupiter can aid in:

  • Establishing personal sovereignty so that, to the most degree possible and desirable, you can govern yourself free from the push and pull of outside forces. This might mean something as small as starting a side business, to something as dramatic as planting your Six Flags or going full on Simon Black.
  • Establishing a good relationship with the powers that be. None of us are completely free, so having Jupiter on your side when interacting with the Governments is never a bad idea.
  • Helping others in need. As THE Major Benevolent planet Jupiter can be petitioned to help others in your immediate circle, as well as the world at large.

This rite, and other Global Rites throughout the year are part of what makes Strategic Sorcery what it is. If you want to participate with hundreds of others across the globe, be part of what I am told is the most productive and supportive communities around, and receive a years worth of Lessons in practical magic – all you have to do is join!

STRATEGIC SORCERY ONE-YEAR COURSE AND GLOBAL JUPITER RITE- $150




Want more details on the course? Here ya go….

The course consists of 52 lessons arriving one each week. There is also a facebook forum for students to interact with each other and access to me for personal questions.

  • The lessons will come from strategicsorcery@gmail.com via mailchimp. They may show up in your promotions or spam folder.
  • A copy of “The Sorcerer’s Secrets, Strategies in Practical Magick” is required for the class. Many lessons will refer to practices in this book as a jumping off point. You can start the class without it, but you will need it by the time you are a couple weeks in. It can be purchased through B&N, Amazon, or your favorite bookstore.
  • If you or someone you know cannot afford the class, please contact me as there are payment plans, and sometimes even scholarships available.
  • I learned the art working at my own pace and let others do the same. There is no requirement of daily meditation or ritual to do the class .The class is designed to be worked on its own or alongside other systems that you may be involved with, so everyone will have a different pace and priorities.
Lesson List

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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Whats Going On With The State Of The World? – Questions Answered – Part 4

Just one question today…

Jason, would you be willing to share any insights on the bigger picture of WTF is happening in the world?

I got this question via facebook over the weekend during the coup in Turkey. That coup of course came in between two attacks on police here in America, which is in response to American Police shooting more unarmed black people. All the while a racist reality star has taken the nomination of a major party. while the Candidate for the other party is widely considered to be somewhere between untrustworthy and criminal*.  Britain is leaving the EU, Terrorist attacks in Europe are amping up, the economy sucks everywhere, and….. well the world feels like it is going to Hades in a hand basket.

So what is going on?

Here is my answer: Nothing.

Nothing is going on. Shit is happening as it tends to do. There are no spiritual powers converging upon us. There is no apocalypse level event we need to prepare for. Reality is not coming undone because David Bowie died.

I kinda feel like people who were born in the 80’s or 90’s have been experiencing an unusually calm period of human history and perhaps that is starting to be upset a bit, but really not much. Humans suffer from a terrible condition known as human nature. We fight, we ignore things, we act selfishly, we do heinous and crazy things. This has not changed.

What has changed is the media and our hearing about every last thing that happens everywhere. We are inundated by it. It was not always this way. Really important global stuff made the evening news and newspaper, as well as the important local stuff. If a child was abducted four states away, you wouldn’t hear about it unless you lived near there. In some ways this is good and in some ways this is bad.

Now people are largely ignorant of important local issues like politics, or zoning, or even just the police blotter, but are absolutely slammed with whatever the most disturbing (ratings) news is from anywhere on the globe. It all feels like it is happening to you and your neighborhood, and it feels like a constant barrage of horror, when in fact, its just how things are.

There was a coup in Turkey. It failed. But even if it didn’t, stuff happens. There have been over 30 changes to the map since the Animaniacs sang Nations of the World.

The news is reporting a War on Police, but in fact Police fatalities are at a 20 year low.

Despite a Harvard study that has some holes in it, many people agree that Blacks are being targeted by police in America at an increasing rate.  I am not so sure that its happening more than it ever did. Instead I tend to think that the proliferation of video cameras on both citizens and police are allowing up to bring attention to a problem that has always been there, but been denied.

Trump is the logical conclusion to the GOP strategy of gaining votes through making people feel that their way of life is under seige. I still meet people who believe Obama is a Muslim Terrorist despite the fact that he has been in control of the most powerful military on the planet and not done a damn thing that you would expect a terrorist to do. You cannot spend 15 years telling people that their way of life is threatened and that extremists have overthrown the constitution without them eventually electing an extreme candidate that matches the rhetoric.

Clinton is likewise the logical choice of a DNC that is absolutely dominated by insider politics and an obsession with the halcyon days of the last Clinton administration.

At this moment in human history there are virtually no large nations at war with one another. Yes, there are civil wars in Syria, South Sudan, and Libya, disputes in the China sea, unrest in Iraq, and a host of terrorist actions, but compared to many other periods of even recent history we are in a pretty peaceful time.

In Western countries women and LGBT peoples are making unprecedented strides in human rights. There is still much to do but things are moving in the right direction. You can even see recent racial unrest as a reaction to the strides made.

The environment is one area where we are perhaps screwed good and proper, but we are WELL past conserving our way out of this mess. I hold out hope for climate control technology to arise and have faith that as it becomes profitable and necessary – solutions will emerge.

I keep in mind that there are 7.4 Billion people on the planet right now, so the horrors of any given day are far outweighed by the people that just lived a normal day.

Speaking of population, 20 years ago the great fears were about overpopulation. Now it seems the fertility rate is declining dramatically and world population is expected to decrease. This solves some problems, but of course creates others. Funny how that happens isn’t it?

I am not saying the world is peachy. There are incredible amounts of suffering and oppression, and a need to fight the good fight.

What I am saying is that this is how it has always been, and in many ways the feeling that things are worse, is just a feeling. An illusion cast by those that profit from spreading fear and paranoia – either for ratings, or money, or votes.

My advice is to seek out the news that is important to keep you informed then shut it off. Decide what you are going to do in any given week towards helping the situations you know of, then do that and get on with enjoying your life. Do some magic to make it better.

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Controversy, Critics, and Haters – Questions Answered Part 3

More questions answered:

Any opinion on “Scarletgate?” As a guy that wrote a book on Sex Magic I thought you would have had more to say…

 Yes. It should have been called Scarletghazi. The ‘gate’ suffix is so 20th century.

 How is Financial Sorcery any different than Prosperity Gospel? You and other teachers of money magic are just Creflo Dollar with spellbooks instead of the Bible. 

Well, I can’t speak for anyone else you might be thinking of, but my teachings are the polar opposite of the Prosperity Gospel. The prosperity Gospel teaches that God awards you money for faith. I have seen similar teachings stating that spirits do it or gods or whatever. Financial Sorcery says that you make money by the ordinary ways of making money: business, jobs, good products etc. and that Sorcery can help you do these things.

I teach nothing about spells producing money by themselves, and in fact Financial Sorcery is my worst selling book precisely because it demands people take money seriously as part of their lives. not just cast spells for cash or pin hopes on winning the lottery.

Financial Sorcery doesn’t even acknowledge an idea that there is any force, be it Karma or God, that determines what you should get. It is purely mechanics. if you want financial success then work for it and use magic as part of that strategy.

Here’s a Question for you: how dare you charge money for teaching magic? The sacred art is not to be turned out for quick cash.

I have been in magical orders where I paid dues and gave donations and learned a bit, but not as much as I had hoped. I have been involved with spiritual communities that work by donation only, but it always seems like those who donate more get special access and that there is often a hidden, or sometimes obvious, drive for more and more and more donations – again with no guarantee of learning anything at all.

I find straightforward business to be the most honest and best way of disseminating teachings. This is the list of topics and how I am doing it: this is the cost. There are no hidden costs. No further donations. No manipulation or pressure.

Whether its teaching magic or running a hardware store, in business money should be the second thing you are concerned over. The first is quality of product or in my case teaching. But money should immediately follow that. If it doesn’t the business collapses. This is true for Churches, Monestaries, and Magical Orders as well as businesses. To pretend that money doesn’t matter or factor into it, is what I find to be problematic.

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Dzogchen, Colored Lights, Psychedelics, and Overload: Questions Answered Part 2

It’s the beginning of a new week, time for some more answers to your questions. I am trying to group these together thematically. This post is focused on mind and energy.

You’ve mentioned before that you are (or were) a practitioner of Dzogchen.  Is there a particular lineage and/or teacher that you would recommend? Are there any that you recommend in the USA?

Namkhai Norbu is the most accessible, but sometimes the actual Dzogchen can get lost amidst all the vajra dance and other stuff he has going on. Still, he is solid. Lopon Tenzin Namdak doesn’t teach much in the US, but he is one of my most important Dzogchen teachers. Grab his book Heartdrops of the Dharmakaya.

I’ve noticed at times when I’m focusing more on magical practices I will see coloured lights in my peripheral vision or when my eyes are closed and sometimes when they’re open. They’re usually small and bright, of different colours like blue, green and yellow. Any ideas what these are?

Thigle’s. Bits of the pure elemental makeup of reality popping into the appearance. In Dzogchen they appear when resting in Rigpa and interacting with them using darkness and light is a key component of Thodgyal. They also appear during some magical operations, this is not necessarily because your mind is resting in Rigpa though. It can be caused by disturbance of the space around you, literally unwinding reality a bit, or it can be cause by a build up of prana in the channels that lead to the physical eyes. I used to see them a lot when I did Regardies Watchtower ritual as a regular practice.

Could you kindly describe in detailed manner sandpiling practice once again – its purpose, background and how it should be done, in what time frame you should expect results and so on.

This is a meditation in the Strategic Sorcery and TBYM course, so I don’t want to go deep into it here. But to answer your three questions:
Purpose: to concentrate the mind and disturb normal perception leading to expanded consciousness.
Backgound: some crazy ass new-age lady taught it to me, but it works really well and I love it.
Timeframe: if you are not getting results within three times, its not for you. It’s one of those “OMG this is incredible” or “what? I don’t get it!” kind of things.

The use of psycho active substances in ceremonies is something that seems to come up quite often in my reading. So my question is more of a request for your thoughts and opinions on the subject. Is there a legitimate use for these substances in sorcery and / or general spirituality?

Yes there is a place for it for sure and when I was younger I dabbled…  If you read my Genesis of Thelesis article you can get a glimpse into that period of my life. I think that there is a lot written about it already, about set and setting and all that, but I would give the following pieces of advice:
1. I don’t find it useful as a permanent fixture in practice. Get in, get out. Find your way back to those open doors using other  methods that don’t involve substances and you will be able to stabilize them and make them a part of you.
2. Let it teach you, don’t try to force it into a ritual context it was not designed for. For instance don’t do a long ceremonial evocation and expect a substance to let you see and speak clearly with the spirit or scry or anything else like that. That’s not how it works.
3. Know what the stuff does. They are not all the same do not do the same thing. People in western magic need to get a lot more discerning about altered states and the differences between them
4. Going gonzo is not always or even often what you need. There are folks out there who make flying ointments and such with legal psychoactive elements that do make you trip balls, but shift you just enough for you to do the actual work with ease.
5. It is not a necessary part of work.

How do you deal with some of the more spontaneous and overpowering experiences resulting from energetic practices such as the one you describe in Sex, Sorcery and Spirit?  In particular, how do you ensure that you are stable enough to deal with normal mundane life when you are undergoing such experiences?

First thing is I don’t do exercises that will cause such experiences before I have to function at full capacity.

The second factor is that I did a lot of the work that overpowers the mind and disturbs reality back in my 20’s when I did not have much of a career to worry about or family to care for. I had the freedom to fall apart if needed, and I did several times. My 30’s were more about taking those experiences and stabalizing them and deepening them and integrating them into my normal consciousness. My 40’s has  thus far largely been about teaching the stuff I learned in my 20’s and 30’s…. :-).

There are still those overpowering experiences, and I still push myself to hit new levels, but the basic grounding as well as the ability to operate without grounding at all, is all established.

TL;DR there is no one quick fix for this. You just gotta keep at it and make it the new normal.

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A Pause for Silence

I was planning more Answers today, but I am pausing because of the attack in France last night.

Another attack in France last night.

Too many.

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Genii Loci, Royal Stars, Presidential Predictions, and my Goofy Hat: Questions Answered Part 1

I asked for some questions earlier this week and they have been pouring in.  

Lets get right into it.

Can you give any advice on how to best conjure Genii Loci? I’ve tried several times to no avail. Thanks!

Yes. What works for me is a combination of study and offering. Study of a place, or plant, or site can reveal specific keys to unlocking its subtle geography and the spirits that inhabit it. Making offerings, first a very general feat for all the spirits of an area, then later more specific offerings aimed at specific spirits. So for instance I would have a spirit feast at my home and invite all the spirits of the land, underworld, air, elements, mountains, oceans, etc…. Then later I might make a more focused and intimate offering to spirits of a certain garden or tree or graveyard. Recently I made a large offering to the dead of the area that I am living for the summer and was then directed to a specific site for a specific spirit.

Offerings will help you gain favor, but if you want contact you will need to develop your capacity for seeing and communicating in that other world. Scrying practice just for practice, meditation, and inner heat practice all help immeasurably in this.

Now just because I am suggesting offerings does not mean that you never need to compel or be forceful. First of all you need to be able to exorcise if things go south, which can happen. Secondly some spirits ONLY appear when compelled and approached with frankness if not outright force. Be humble yet frank in your requests.

If you are in a place where the Genii Loci are well known and have established protocols, use those protocols. Do not assume that they will dig whatever it is you normally do.

G’day sir, About the royal stars, I notice spica in your seal of
sorcery ..why is this ?

Good Catch. The other three stars in that seal are Alderbaran, Regulus, and Antares – all Royal Stars. Fomalhaut, the fourth Royal Star is replaced by Spica because Fomalhaut is far from the eliptic and thus not one of the 15 Behenian Fixed Stars that have seals. There are Greek sources that use Spica’s qualities to stand in for Fomalhaut. That grouping was given to me by Hekate to use for “whirling the stars in your favor” and I published it as part of the spirit Trap in Protection and Reversal Magic. Honestly it was as much a mystery to me as it is to you until I did some more research on why she would have chosen those seals.

You made a prediction months ago about the Democratic Primary that cause quite a stir, but which proved accurate. Who is going to win the Presidency?

Yes, I interpretted the Emperor card as Bernie Sanders and people lost their minds, which I still don’t understand. He was running for president after all.

Ok…. lets ask the cards…. who will win the general election for president…. oh fuck.

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The man who has been playing the fool is going to slip right past and behind the woman who has the judgement and discernment and take the throne. Not what I want to see, and I hope I am wrong, but that’s what the cards say.

What’s up with your hat? Are you Indiana Jones or something?

Nope. Not even the same kind of hat. He is wearing a Fedora. I am wearing a Tilly Hat made from Hemp. A TH4 to be precise.  Cannot recommend Tilley enough: guaranteed for life, insured against loss, the works.

My eyes have gotten much more sensitive to sunlight in the last few years and a good hat helps A LOT. I am 43 and not as concerned about looking like a dork as I was.

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All Sorcery is Local – A visit with Black Agnes

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All teachers have these annoying axioms that they are always repeating. One of mind is “All Sorcery is Local”. I encourage all my students to make contact with the local spirits of where they live and visit as well as researching the local origins of “big” spirits with global reputations.

Anyway, I have relocated to Vermont for the summer and as soon as I got up here I started to feel a call to honor the spirits of the dead. As soon as I did though I had a vision of a woman in a black shroud who my spirits suggested I honor. I knew immediately that they must be talking about Black Agnes.

It is said that if you sit in Black Agnes’s lap that you will die in 7 days, 7 months, or 7 years. I don’t buy into that, and know plenty of people that have sat in Agnes’s lap, but I do understand how spirits can take up residency in statues with symbolic resonance to their nature, and decided to take a drive to make some offerings.

You will notice I said “take up residency in statues with symbolic residence” rather than “inhabit statues of themselves”.  That’s because Black Agnes is not on a grave of anyone named Agnes. Its not even the statue of a woman. It’s a statue of John E Hubbard, a philanthropist that left most of his fortune to the town, which eventually paid for the park, the library, and the gates to this cemetery.

So why did this statue become known as Black Agnes then? Well, as it turns out, there are a few Black Agnes statues all over the United States. For instance in West Virginia there is a Black Aggie statue also on the Grave of a man, one General Felix Agnus.

All of this might remind my UK readers of “Black Annis”, a legendary witch or monster (or both) who dwells in a cave in Leicestershire. Legends surrounding her are the typical “child-stealing” variety that get leveled against female spirits and witches going all the way back to the Empusae and Mormo of ancient Greece and even further back to Lilitu of Babylon. Just the kind of woman you find running around with Hekate on a New Moon Night.

Whether the legends arise from spirits inhabiting the site, or spirits inhabit the site because of the legends, I do not know. But I made several offerings, followed by a short Chod rite. Scheduling forced me to visit during the day rather than the night, but I feel that my offerings were well received.

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I also made an offering to John Hubbard, whose grave this is on after all, and i promised him I would share one of the inscriptions he has on the site:

“APPROACH THY GRAVE LIKE ONE WHO WRAPS THE DRAPERY OF HIS COUCH ABOUT HIM AND LIED DOWN TO PLEASANT DREAMS.” 

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GLOBAL JUPITER SUCCESS RITE – AUGUST 1st-3rd

Jupiter Global Rite

Jupiter is one of those beings that I have developed a special relationship with, and who has communicated teachings to me that eventually took shape in my book Financial Sorcery. He is speaking again, this time about weathering the storms that are coming, and how best to weather and even prosper in such times.

This rite has three goals

1. To be a catalyst for the financial growth and well-being of the participants in the rite.
2. To have this influence spill over from us and uplift those closest to us.
3. To give a global blessing against poverty and powerlessness.

The Global rites are only open to those in the STRATEGIC SORCERY COURSE.

If you are in the course, you will already be receiving the rites automatically. No need to do anything further.

If not, then now is the time to join!

Begin a year of tested training in practical magic with a Global Rite designed to increase your own success as well as that of others around you.

STRATEGIC SORCERY ONE-YEAR COURSE AND GLOBAL JUPITER RITE- $150




 

For more information about the Strategic Sorcery Course, write me at jason@strategicsorcery.net

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