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

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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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IT’S JULY – ASK ME ANYTHING

13537687_10207974627218375_9360633051336578_nI remember a few years back the blogs would occasionally take questions for a few weeks at a time. It’s summer and I have relocated to Vermont, and with the change of location comes a change of perspective, and a good time to open up.

SO, if you have any questions that you would like me to answer here on the blog, shoot them over to me at jason@strategicsorcery.net with the subject line “QUESTIONS FOR JASON” in the subject line.

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Take Back Your Mind Starts on 7-11

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“Excellent course. I’ve been a meditator for a long time. Take Back Your Mind rocked. I got a lot more done in a lot less time.”
– C.R. Student from cycle 2.

JUST 5 MORE DAYS TO SIGN UP FOR THE NEXT CYCLE OF
TAKE BACK YOUR MIND

Most teachings on mindfulness talk about finding calm and peace. Calm and peace are important, and you will attain those for sure, but that that is a side effect, not the goal.

The goal is to take back what has been stolen from you: your attention span, your self-awareness, your ability to act from will rather than habit. The Goal is to wake up: to be present, self possessed, and in command of tools and powers you did not even know you had.

Some meditation teachers make it sound like they want you to be dead from the neck down, I want you to be fully alive. Fully transcendent and fully engaged with the world at the same time.

WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS COURSE THAN OTHER MINDFULNESS COURSES?

Most meditation programs are based on systems that were designed for retreats or monastic life. The methods are great in and of themselves, but when placed into the context of ordinary, present-day, lifestyle, they lose their context and become watered down versions of what they were meant to be.

Take Back Your Mind (TBYM) focuses on practices and exercises that give a high return on time investment while providing a context for these practices within YOUR lifestyle: not a renunciate, or someone on retreat.

HOW THE COURSE WORKS

Every other Monday for six months you will wake up to a recording in your inbox that gives the mind-training instructions I want you to focus on. Submit questions to me via e-mail or via the TBYM Facebook Community and the following Monday you will have a recording of all the Questions and Answers.

In addition to this, for this round I am introducing regularly scheduled e-mail meditation prompts, recordings of different lengths to meditate along with, and a bi-weekly challenge for those who like to put themselves to the test.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

Dedication. That’s it. You need to do it to get it. 20 minutes a day is the minimum that I ask of you. You do not need to practice at a particular time every day – but you do need to commit to a practice.

WHEN DOES IT START?

The next cycle of Take Back Your Mind begins on JULY 11th.

THE COST

Fee for the course is $108 a month for six months, payable by paypal subscription.




 

A REPORT FROM A STUDENT THAT JUST FINISHED

Now that I’ve finished the Take Back Your Mind program, I have a bit of crow to eat. When I started the program, it was on good faith and no small dare on my part as I had been trying to meditate for years and had given up by declaring that meditation was not for me, could not be done by me, and I would be better off chasing more attainable skills like underwater basket weaving.

Well. Here I am 12 lessons later, with an established meditation routine, already experiencing positive effects from meditation in private and professional practices, less haggard when surprises disrupt my scheduled actions, and very pleasantly surprised by my achievements.

The program did not so much give me a goal to achieve but the foundations to have a good place to start. I didn’t have to rearrange my life, my beliefs, or my circumstances to fit a Best Model of a meditating life. I was shown how I could begin in the circumstances and habits I have now, and how I can modify both habits and practices to accommodate my limitations.

This program has been money well spent, and I am glad I also invested the time to follow through on the lessons. I don’t consider myself a great meditation practitioner by any means, and I still have trouble with a few of the advanced techniques, but I have benefited greatly from this program, and I would recommend it to all nay-sayers as I was.

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Persistence

I am in Vermont today, and its the 4th of July so naturally the mind turns to Calvin Coolidge. Not only is this Independence day, but his birthdate.

The quote above is such good advice that I have it laminated on my desk at home.

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Is Magic Dangerous?

Yes.

Anything real is dangerous.

Teachers that insist that what they teach is perfectly safe are either A)Lying or B)Not teaching anything that actually does anything.

Driving is dangerous.
Business is dangerous.
Meditation is dangerous.
Spirits are dangerous.

Pretty much anything worthwhile is dangerous.

Does this mean that we do not engage? Of course not, we take precautions. We have safeguards. We mitigate the danger as best we can, and…. still dangerous.

Anyone that says different is selling you something….
Well, ok, I am often selling you something, but I try to be as honest and up front about it as possible.

When I was 16 I bought Magical Childs edition of The Goetia at a Renaissance Festival in Lakewood NJ. Hal, the guy I bought it from said “Do you know how to use this?“. I said, yes. He said: “What do you do when the spirit blows the book and the papers outside the circle?” 

Hehe. That stuck with me.

That my friends is why even if I do not have a full ritual memorized (which is not something possible in some cases or even desirable) I have my favorite exorcisms, offering formulae, closings, and little tricks memorized. Its why I have a Phurba at hand even if I am doing something having nothing to do with Tibetan Magic.

Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say.

Go out and get your fingers burned.

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Saint Sarah E Kali and Jesse Hathaway

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A few weeks ago on the feast of Saint Sarah La Kali I wrote about her feast and celebration in France and how I was honoring her that morning at at the seaside as well.

What I did not say is that on that same day Jesse Hathaway of Wolf and Goat fame was washing and loading a statue of Saint Sarah that he brought up for me from Brazil. I purchased her amazing oil to go with it and it is fast becoming one of my go-to oils for serious divination.

Saint Sarah is closely linked to the Black Madonnas but there is a different twist to her mystery that relates more to the future than to the past. She can be petitioned for practical reasons, but I mostly relate to her for divinatory and mystical practice.

If you are considering working with Saint Sarah and want a strong boost for your practice, let me recommend the Oil from Wolf&Goat as well as hitting them up for a loaded statue. I know that many people know them for Troy’s incredible custom work, but they also load and consecrate traditional statues, something I am not sure many people know.

If you are shy about the price of the oil, keep in mind that the scroll that comes with is packed with pithy pieces of practical magic.

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Why Chaos Magic Rocks

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A few years back I wrote a few pieces critical of bits of Chaos Magic. I stand by those five criticisms, but I think it gave the impression to many people that I was anti- chaos magic in general. That is not the case. It’s SO not the case that I am writing a short commentary to Carrolls Liber KKK for use by the Strategic Sorcery Group.

Dubious Monk’s recent post in response to Aaron Leitch prompted me to comment a little further on Chaos Magic and why I think it has a bright future.

I stand my by “5 Criticisms”. but especially now, Chaos Magic is so much more than that.
A few years ago I suggested it was heading to towards “Post Chaos” but that was a bad projection, and I was wrong. If anything it is a fuller embrace of Chaos and Animism that arises from it as the cosmological model rather than a neat and tidy emanationist order with a designer at the helm that is taking us forward.

While I loathe the “fantasy/fiction” based gods, I LOVE the re-embrace of Mystery Gods and Magicians Gods. Carroll’s Apophenia and Pareidolia are great examples. This has a lot more resonance with ancient figures like the Headless One and the lion Headed Serpent, and even Abraxas than many people like to give credit for. For me these symbolic beings should arise from states of Gnosis rather than deliberate construction, but it’s still pretty cool.

Chaos Magic is not Tidy and neither is the universe. Even in studies of traditional magic and religion when things are Tidy its almost always a false picture that you need to cut through. Chaos magic does this by cutting through to what lies underneath and focusing on results that matter. In bad hands Chaos Magic prompts people not to ignore history and tradition in favor of whatever the hell they feel like doing or whatever is easiest. In great hands however it asks for deeper digging and engagement, cutting through some of the Byzantine Bullshit that gets layered on through the ages, and getting back to the sparks that lit the fire in the first place.

I am still not a chaos magician, but it played an important role in my formation. People like Gordon White and Tommie Kelly and Andrieh Vitimus are taking it to the next level.

Speaking of the next thing in Chaos Magic, have you heard about the Pieces of Eight?

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Take Back Your Mind Course Begins on July 11th.

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“Excellent course. I’ve been a meditator for a long time. Take Back Your Mind rocked. I got a lot more done in a lot less time.”
– C.R. Student from cycle 2.

Most teachings on mindfulness talk about finding calm and peace. Calm and peace are important, and you will attain those for sure, but that that is a side effect, not the goal.

The goal is to take back what has been stolen from you: your attention span, your self-awareness, your ability to act from will rather than habit. The Goal is to wake up: to be present, self possessed, and in command of tools and powers you did not even know you had.

Some meditation teachers make it sound like they want you to be dead from the neck down, I want you to be fully alive. Fully transcendent and fully engaged with the world at the same time.

WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS COURSE THAN OTHER MINDFULNESS COURSES?

Most meditation programs are based on systems that were designed for retreats or monastic life. The methods are great in and of themselves, but when placed into the context of ordinary, present-day, lifestyle, they lose their context and become watered down versions of what they were meant to be.

Take Back Your Mind (TBYM) focuses on practices and exercises that give a high return on time investment while providing a context for these practices within YOUR lifestyle: not a renunciate, or someone on retreat.

HOW THE COURSE WORKS

Every other Monday for six months you will wake up to a recording in your inbox that gives the mind-training instructions I want you to focus on. Submit questions to me via e-mail or via the TBYM Facebook Community and the following Monday you will have a recording of all the Questions and Answers.

In addition to this, for this round I am introducing regularly scheduled e-mail meditation prompts, recordings of different lengths to meditate along with, and a bi-weekly challenge for those who like to put themselves to the test.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

Dedication. That’s it. You need to do it to get it. 20 minutes a day is the minimum that I ask of you. You do not need to practice at a particular time every day – but you do need to commit to a practice.

WHEN DOES IT START?

The next cycle of Take Back Your Mind begins on JULY 11th.

THE COST

Fee for the course is $108 a month for six months, payable by paypal subscription.




 

A REPORT FROM A STUDENT THAT JUST FINISHED

Now that I’ve finished the Take Back Your Mind program, I have a bit of crow to eat. When I started the program, it was on good faith and no small dare on my part as I had been trying to meditate for years and had given up by declaring that meditation was not for me, could not be done by me, and I would be better off chasing more attainable skills like underwater basket weaving.

Well. Here I am 12 lessons later, with an established meditation routine, already experiencing positive effects from meditation in private and professional practices, less haggard when surprises disrupt my scheduled actions, and very pleasantly surprised by my achievements.

The program did not so much give me a goal to achieve but the foundations to have a good place to start. I didn’t have to rearrange my life, my beliefs, or my circumstances to fit a Best Model of a meditating life. I was shown how I could begin in the circumstances and habits I have now, and how I can modify both habits and practices to accommodate my limitations.

This program has been money well spent, and I am glad I also invested the time to follow through on the lessons. I don’t consider myself a great meditation practitioner by any means, and I still have trouble with a few of the advanced techniques, but I have benefited greatly from this program, and I would recommend it to all nay-sayers as I was.

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Orlando

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I wasn’t going to comment on the shooting, but now that I sit here ready to post the first of the planned posts for the week, it feels impossible not to. Events like this have a psychic weight to them and for a while, everything gets pulled in by its gravity. It should be like that.

Yesterday was just for sadness and reflection, and today, Monday morning as people return to work and are faced with people that are not their close friends and audience of people that think along the same lines that they do, things are bound to heat up. Friends of mine who are appalled by proliferation of guns, homophobia, and anti-Muslim sentiment will be encountering those who are celebrating because they hate both Gays and Muslims and are mainly concerned with saving the guns…

If you are a person that instantly took the opportunity to prove how this event proves you are right about X, I am not going to reach you with this, and I am not even going to try, because really if there is a message I have for people its to think further. To engage the people that are on the other side and have a real chat. A civil one. Be a statesman in your own circle. Don’t pass memes, share your own thoughts and listen.

As for me, some of the thoughts that are running through my head…

I hope that the race to talk about Guns and Islam does not overshadow what I think is the Prime Evil in this case: Homophobia. This is Pride week, so show yourself as an ally. Being an ally BTW means just that: supporting others peoples leadership and listening. It is not about telling people what they should do. Just like with feminism and racism I think its important that the main strategy and mover should arise within the community and be given support.

I am pro-gun control, but jumping on tragedies doesn’t work. If it did, the bills introduced after Sandy Hook when 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7 were killed along with 6 adults. If 20 children are not enough to move Congress to action, 53 people at a gay club won’t either. Time for a different approach.

I am still perplexed at why we can’t talk about Islamic Terrorism without hating Islam itself. Before we knew the shooters name several people were calling it Christian Terrorism, but the moment it was revealed that the shooter was Muslim those same people claimed you could no longer call it terrorism. You can’t have a dialog with Muslims about it, if you can’t even utter its name. And many Muslims WANT to talk about it. They don’t get any press because if they did the news would not be able to say “why don’t Muslims stand up against this kind of thing?”. News flash: They do. Regularly.

Maybe you agree with the above, and maybe you don’t, and that’s fine. I am not asking for agreement. I think what I am asking for is for people to give a little more thought to what their positions and how they are going to act upon those positions. Talk to the people that make you uncomfortable. Have a real conversation with those who are willing to be civil.

In the meantime, do something that can immediately help the situation: donate some blood and some money.

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