Donald Michael Kraig

I had been dabbling with magic from books in the library for a year before I found Modern Magick at the age of 16. It was a complete paradigm shift. Magic was no longer something you did just when you wanted to cast a spell, it was something you did every day so that you yourself would become a conduit for magic. Donald Michael Kraig gave me that.

I practiced the LBRP, BRH, Middle Pillar, Circulation of the Body Light as a daily practice well into my 20’s. The tools from Modern Magic are the first ones I ever constructed for myself. His pagan-style lunar talisman was the first successful talisman I ever made for someone else – a talisman for $50, which turned up for the “client” in a wallet that had fallen out of someones pocket on a Roller Coaster at six flags 5 days after I made the talisman.

I kept reading more books and studying with anyone I could find, but Modern Magick served as a center-post for it all to revolve around. Even after I gave those excercises up for others, and started to differ on various points he presents in the book, the basic message of the book held true – A Magician is something you become by doing magic every day, not by knowing a bunch of arcane trivia.

When I stepped out into the larger pagan/occult community I found out that I was not alone. Through that book he seemed to touch the lives of everyone in the community. Through this one book be was mentor not just to a few people, but an entire GENERATION of Magicians.

I never met him in person, and had put the book behind me for years when in 2010 he made a blog post that referred to me and my work. I remember how cool it felt to have someone whose work so deeply effected me as a teenager comment on my own writings.

Today I will light a candle for Donald Michael Kraig and make a donation to help cover medical and funeral expenses.

O, nobly-born Donald Michael Kraig, your path hath set you face to face before with the Clear Light wherein all things are like the void and cloudless sky, and the naked, spotless intellect is like unto a transparent vacuum without circumference or centre. At this moment, know thou thyself, and abide in that state.

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12 Responses to Donald Michael Kraig

  1. He was less popular in the occult circles I saw when I was younger, but nowadays everyone seems to have read him and worked with him at least a little. I started with him for a while before I got hooked on John Michael Greer’s stuff for sure…

    All in all, though, I think he stands as one of the giants of the tradition. Maybe he wasn’t an innovator. But he was an excellent explainer and synthesizer of a lot of other material, and he remains an important reference point for me in starting up conversations with people about magic.

    It saddens me that I will never meet him in person. But I hope that it is not too untoward to rank him among the Mighty Dead already, for I think he is destined for that role if only because so many copies of his grimoire are in circulation, and each of those is a point of contact for his great soul in the years to come.

  2. Simon Tomasi says:

    His was the first Western Mystery book that I read, it was a really good introduction.

  3. Paulo Tarso says:

    My first book on magick too. I can remember I was looking forward for reading and studying this book. I was very very happy and excited when the mailman brought my order from Amazon here in Rio de Janeiro in August 2011. I was still having English lessons, but immediately started reading the book. I was improving my English while I strengthened my spirit with daily exercises. As a matter of fact I’m still doing that. Forever unforgettable. Rest in Peace DMK !

  4. Dawidek says:

    His introduction was not my first book about Magick, but the best I’ve ever read.
    Though I am roman-catholic, I practise Magick, because Kraig and others pointed out, that Christianity and Judaism also practised it in ancient times.
    So my prayers are with him and others, who have this awful disease, too.
    Greets from Germany and thanks for this post!

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