Happy Holidays

I have been sick with a bad bug for a few days. You know its bad when I don’t drink any coffee for three days. It came shortly after my yearly astral journeys on Yule and while a pain, it was accompanied by some really great insights and ideas for the work ahead. Fever can be good that way if you let it- cleansing for the body and inspiration for the mind.

That said the combination of being ill AND having the kids home all week basically halted my productivity. I apologize for not posting a Yule message or one at the beginning of Hanukkah, but I hope everyone is having a happy holiday.

Those that celebrate Christmas, I hope you get a chance to enjoy the silence of Christmas eve tonight – religion aside the night is psychically pregnant with hopes and dreams of millions of people, and its a wonderful vibe to tap into.

To those that celebrate it – Have a merry Christmas Season
To those that celebrate it – Have a blessed final night of Hanukkah
To those that celebrate it – Enjoy Sol Invictus tomorrow.
To those that don’t celebrate anything – just enjoy time with family and the time out from the rate race while most everything is closed. 

What follows below is the re-post of a re-post about the three keys of Christmas. It’s a message worth repeating I think, and I didn’t have time for a new one.

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Today is Christmas Eve, one of my favorite days of the year. I have kids now of course, so the day will be filled with teaching them geography via the NORAD Santa Tracker, traipsing the munchkins around for visits to get sugared and gifted up, tearful goodbyes to our elf on the shelf, then finally off to bed before Santa visits, and I spend three hours putting toys together.

Somewhere tonight though, after the children are nestled all snug in their beds will be a moment to contemplate the meaning of Christmas. This is not some mandatory belief in a savior as some Christians would have us believe. Nor is it just a mockery of Yule or just another another Solar God tale. Certainly it is not the materialist excess that I am as guilty of engaging in as anyone else is.

Specifically, when it comes to Christmas, there are three things to the story that I think are compelling. Three sacred keys to understanding what the story of the nativity is really trying to communicate, and Linus was kind enough to articulate them all in a Charlie Brown Christmas:

 ”And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’”

Here are the three mysteries. The three things about Christmas that I think are important.

1.  ”The Glory of the Lord shone round about them”. This is HUGE, and very few people get it. The Glory of the Lord is the Shekhinah. It is not figurative, but a literal light that indicates the lords presence. Until this point in Jewish history, the Glory of the Lord shone in the temple and only in the temple. It shone in response to the efforts of the hereditary line of High Priests. Now, on Christmas it is appearing to lowly shepherds in a field! Things are changing…

2.  I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. The key words here are “all peopleIn our age it is easy to lose sight of how territorial religions were at the time. Gods were the god of a particular people – not of everyone. But divinity itself is too big to be contained in such a small vessel as a race or culture. It is beyond that or it is not divinity.

3.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. This is not just instruction on where to go find the child, it is a SIGN. Divinity manifested in one of the quietest, meekest, and lowest possible manners: as a defenseless child laying in an animals feeding trough. The idea here is that Divinity is not the providence of kings or priests or even the well off. The highest possible level of divinity can manifest in the poorest and meekest.

These three keys are not just for those that call themselves Christian. Christ never drilled people on belief, the way some of his modern followers do . They are sacred keys of understand a truth. Divinity is accessible not only to a select lineage or special vocation – it is available to everyone, even lowly shepherds. Divinity is for all people, not just a single group or race. Divinity manifests from the highest to the lowest in status or stature. Becoming “Christian” is about the least important thing you can take away from it.

Merry Christmas to All and to all a Good Night.

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Strategic Sorcery Hekate Helios Global New Years Rite

Hekate+Helios banner01New Years is upon us now, and it is time once again for a Hekate-Helios Global Rite for success. Of all the global rites I have offered, none have been as successful for people as the Hekate-Helios combo.

Here are some comments about the results from last years ritual:

“I got proposed and married in 6 months; my practice improved 300% and I have all kinds of interesting abilities manifesting; I got more free time and more money; I even took up my miniature painting hobby back.
I had a long list full of things that I listed in the ritual and most of those are crossed now.”
- RC

“Both my spouse and I did the rite last year, and within 3 months, my spouse landed their dream job which lead to our moving into a much better apartment for a trivial increase in rent, and I started down a path that would ultimately lead to almost tripling my base salary these past couple months. On top of that, we’ve deepened our own relationship and resolved some important but ignored issues, and grown our cadre of friends to include several new local ones after spending 2013 knowing almost no one locally. Basically, we got everything we asked for and more.”
- BB

Hekate and Helios have been linked together in the myths of Persephone as well as by Sophocles, who wrote a hymn that honors them both together. I have been working with them both for years to great effect,

Heres how it works: On one of the first Four Nights of the New Year, along with hundreds of people that have already taken the course, you can offer a ritual honoring Hekate asking her to be a guide in the dark, initiate you into the mysteries, and help unfold the secrets of Sorcery. The Next Morning or afternoon you will perform a ritual honoring Helios and the powers of the Sun. You will ask him to increase your wealth, power, potency, and grace.

This twofold approach has worked wonders for me in my personal work, and now I am inviting you to take part.

If you are in the course, you will already be receiving the rites automatically. If not, then now is the time to join!

BEGIN A YEAR OF THE BEST SORCERY TRAINING AVAILABLE AND PARTICIPATE IN A RITE DESIGNED TO BOLSTER YOUR SUCCESS.

If you need more info about the course, click here.

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




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Only Five More White Tara Talismans Left

 

 

TTara_w18here are only Five White Tara Talismans Left. If you want to grab one and the healing rituals that come with it grab it now.

Click here for more details on what they are and how to purchase one. 

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Two Posts of Note

Some people have been complaining that Facebook is detracting from the longer-form blog-o-sphere. While I think that the platforms work best together and don’t necessarily see the problem that other people do, I am going to start taking the time once a month or so to point out posts that I think are important and relate to the overall methods of Strategic Sorcery.

The first of these is a great post by Polyphanes “On Making Vows To The Gods” and why most of the time its a bad idea. The idea that your own vows and failure to upkeep them can be the cause of crossed conditions, and even active attack is something I brought up in my first book, and something that has happened to me personally. This type of thing can actually set you back years but can be very difficult to admit to yourself. He makes some very good points.

The second post I wanted to point out is by Patrick Dunn writing about being a “Fair-weather Wizard”.  This post gets to the heart of something that all adepts confront: sooner or later magic for yourself becomes less about particular spellsand workings and much more about living magic as part of your life: offerings, meditation, maintaining familiars etc. Almost all magic in my life is accomplished automatically through the relationship I have developed with the spirits and indeed the universe itself.

Both of these posts are by people who are thinking Strategically about their Sorcery. You would do well to keep up with their blogs.

 

 

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Self Parenting

A few years ago I had the pleasure of potty training not one, but two, children at the same time. This is harder than it sounds. It takes a long time, and you maybe have to switch tactics a few times before you figure out what works.  Eventually though the child gets potty trained. Not just my children, but just about everyones. Even the worst parents in the world manage to potty train their kids, because to do otherwise is unthinkable and would cause more problems then not doing it.

I am currently teaching my kids to read. It takes a long time, it can be very frustrating and may require more than one tactic (I HATE the leveled readers they bring home from kindergarten) but they are now reading at a rudimentary level. You stick with it because to do otherwise is unthinkable and causes more problems than not doing it.

I wish that adults thought more like this about our own goals.

I know too many 40 years old’s that have just given up on financial stability.
I know too many 40 year old’s that have given up on being healthy.
I know too many 40 year old’s that have given up on being loved the way that they want.

Barring serious disability no one should ever give up on these things for themselves. It should be as unthinkable as not reading or needing diapers your whole life.

It is better if you can get a grip on these things when you are younger, but if you didn’t you mustn’t give up. If you are 40 now, you may be alive for another 60 Years.

Stan Lee didn’t create Spider Man until be was 40.
Ricky Gervais didn’t start comedy till he was 38 and didnt get healthy until he was 48.

Health, Wealth, and Love. These three things effect each other more than you may think and not meeting these goals should be as unthinkable as shitting your pants.

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WHITE TARA HEALING TALISMANS

Tara_w18I just finished up a batch of White Tara talismans that I have been accumulating mantras over since the summer. These were done the old fashioned way – little by little each night with 10,000 mantras breathed into them over the course of months. They will go up on the blog in a few days, but as promised I am giving people on this list first shot at them. There are 21 of them available.

White Tara is for Healing, and they will be shipped with a short practice for White Tara as well as two healing practices that you can do with her mantra and amulet. Below is a picture of the front and back of the talisman.

Cost for the Talisman is $75





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I had a great e-mail about how an apprentice used several of their talismans, including Wite Tara, over the course of a few months working on a new business project that was very successful. Its a good testimonial to the power of talismans AND an example of how an adeptworks with the tools at their disposal in the Strategic Sorcery method.

A few words on how the TALISMANS are helping me during this difficult time.

Kurukulla has inspired me during the creation of the launch videos, both the writing and the recording. I noticed the talisman puts me in a relaxed, “flirting” mood.The narration I have worked into the first video a little after minute 2:00 was her suggestion. I think. You know what I mean. I think it works rather well, but I haven’t got any feedback so far.

“White Tara has saved me from various small illnesses several times now. That’s the one talisman I have always on these days, day and night. I take it off, the long hours at the computer immediately start taking a higher toll, and my health starts crumbling. I put it back on, I am well again next morning. Beautiful.

Ganesha is obviously clearing the way in the macro-enchantment, but the talisman specifically is helping me with the writing and the editing, helping me finding the right ideas in a much shorter time than it would normally be necessary for them to emerge. Plus a number of small things. Last night I used it to silence a croaking computer fan that was messing up my recording.

White Mahakala is the one that has had the most intense effects. I find it helps me channel my anger at being late and having still so much to do in a constructive way, to focus it. When I put it on, I go into a kind of “tunnel vision”, I forget about the negatives and just cut through it all, for hours and hours at a time. It is strangely more intense than the others, did you do something different with it? I suspect it may be some kind of interaction or combined effect between it and the Gada, which works on alertness and determination, so much so that I had to take it off at night, as it is IMPOSSIBLE to fall asleep when I have it on.”
- Stone Dog

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Interviewed by Rufus Opus

VIRAL MARKETING GLYPHCheck out the latest installment of  ROpocalypse Now, where you can hear Rufus Opus and I talk about:

  • Sex Magic
  • Crossing The Abyss
  • The Nature of True Will
  • Ditching the Day Job
  • The Role of Prior Incarnations.
  • The Relationship between Spiritual Ascension and Practical Magic
  •  Stuff.

BONUS!: You get to see me look like an utter slob because I forgot that this was a video interview!

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You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Spell Is About You

Ever since my first book I have argued that curses and other types of malific magic happen. People that deny they happen are not paying attention or are simply insulated from people that use magic to get things done. I know it happens because people try to hire me to do it on a weekly basis. I refuse almost all requests for it, but I have had serious requests from clients willing to pay into five figures for it, so you can bet that someone out there would take them up on it. I have done some work like that on personal matters myself, so I can tell you that curses happen. Ask anyone that sells supplies and they will tell you that curse materials are a hot seller.

Apart from people casting deliberate curses, there are spirits can take actions against humans in retribution for acts that defile their space. This can be something as simple as building or pollution or as esoteric as a ritual in a park that infringes upon spirit habitat. This is an old level of practice and the work of early shaman was primarily about managing the relations between worlds on behalf of his people.

So Curses happen, but they don’t happen as much as some people think.

Yes, there are crazies out there who imagine that they are under attack by everyone that they have ever met, but I am not talking about them. I’m talking about us. 

By us, I mean practicing Sorcerers, Witches, and Magicians. We all like to think that we are the center of everything, and magicians perhaps fall to this more than most. This is why I like to have students balance out exercises like seeing themselves in the central pillar of the universe, or doing evocations to speak with angels do meditations that give rise to emptiness and awareness of how small they really are. This is why I insist that for me the goal of magic is to become more fully human, and not a Living God. Even the word Ipsissimus simply means one who is their very own self.

Anyway, I have noted a rash of people thinking that they are cursed or experiencing crossed conditions when really they just had a completely normal but unpleasant thing happen.

  • Car broke down? Look at the odometer. They don’t last forever, especially when you have done magic to keep together longer than it should have. Its run its 250K, let it go.
  • Laid Off? So were the other 20 people you were in the meeting. To quote Bill Clinton: “It’s the economy stupid”
  • Can’t find a job after 6 months? That is well within the normal. See Bill’s Quote above. Same applies to having to take a pay cut or change careers. No magic is going to get you rich as a Travel Agent these days…
  • Feeling tired and run down? Are you 45 and eat like shit? Probably not a curse. Maybe think about chewing some spinach and getting up from the desk every now and then.*

In my first book I taught people signs and symptoms of possible magical attack, but I also taught to look for constellations of these signs in your life, not single examples. Also look for reasonable sources. Over the last few years three people have thought or been told that I cursed them – I did not curse any of them. I don’t curse over you not liking my book, or us getting into a row on facebook. Neither do most people.

To most people, none of this stuff is important, but it does make people feel important to think that they are cursed. Don’t be that Sorcerer. Evaluate the signs, get someone else to do a few divination’s. Think about what is really happening and if it is more of less the norm for people. It may feel terrible, but everyone gets punched in the face by life occasionally, even Sorcerers. What makes a successful Sorcerer is not the absence of trouble, it’s your response to it.

*This one is squarely aimed at myself BTW. I am often in need of my own advice.

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Scrying advice from Kevin Smith

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Sorcery Sans Stuff.

A Student wrote a question on the Strategic Sorcery Group this weekend that I think bears answering to a wider audience:

Question: how do you continue your practice when you can’t house any altars or any physical support gear nor burn candles and incense for offerings and workings? I had to break down and hide my supplies, images, statues as well as my altars (sadly in the midst of some powerful workings) due to the need to protect from destruction from those who would not approve… The only option I can think of is to wait until I get my own place to resume…

A lot of people find themselves in a living situation that they cannot practice openly. Sometimes because of relatives and roommates, and sometimes because of the state. Since starting the Strategic Sorcery course I have been floored at the amount of people that diligently practice the art in places that they could still be arrested or persecuted for it. Even those who can practice openly may find themselves in situations where they cannot practice with lots of equipment due to tight living quarters or extended travel.

Over the course of my career I have maintained a practice with virtually every conceivable scenario. 

As a teen I started with stuff in a box and an altar that I would put together and take down for every working. When I came out as an occultist at 17 and my parents were cool, so not only did I built an altar in my bedroom but my parents built a stone circle in the NE corner of the back yard, complete with Gargoyles at the quarters. More space less secrecy.

Living in apartments with roommates left with little space for personal altars, but tons of space for large workings. Matthew Brownlee and I would clear the living room of furniture for everything from Goetic Evocations to OTO Initiations. 

When I bought a house I finally had a dedicated Temple Room and kept money altars, Tibetan Altars, Sorcery Altar etc. I spread out all over. Then we had kids and I gave up the Temple room.  and put a lot of stuff in storage. Started working with a small altar in the bedroom, and would set up larger altars as needed for special workings. – just like in High School. Now-a-days I am in the same house but I have a Bedroom altar for meditative stuff. A divination/Business altar right next to my desk. And a large shrine in the Garage that is sectioned off with curtain that I keep peoples active spells and candles on.

But ultimately I think that any Sorcerer worth their salt should be able to continue without any of it.

This was the advice that Khenpo Namdrol gave to me when I went showed him how I was streamlining a rather extensive ritual: “You have a commitment to do this practice regularly correct? How would you keep that commitment if you were in prison? How would you keep it if you had to travel without books? You must be able to practice even in these situations…

Here are some tips for those who have to keep their practice a secret.

  • You are a Temple. Your mind is the innermost secret temple of practice. Your body is the inner temple. If having outer tools and an outer temple causes you to lose sight of this, than they are doing you no good at all. If you find youself unable to conduct outer ceremonies, that may be a sign to work on the mind and the body.
  • Astral Temple. No longer fashionable to talk about but exceptionally useful. I go to mine on an almost daily basis, and have written before how I “discovered” part of it by accident which I believe to be a remnant from a past life (because there is no way in this life that I would choose Rococo as a design style :-) For all kinds of rituals, evocation, and training for astral work the astral temple is excellent.
  • Keep plain tools. Not every tool needs to have arcane sigils and names engraved upon them. Plain chalices, sticks, mirrors, etc do not draw much attention.
  • Visualization. Another practice that seems to be falling out of fashion is visualization. Someone recently told me that you could tell a practice was fluffy new age if it had visualization because no authentic magic involved visualization. By authentic magic I am assuming that they mean contained in a Grimoire written between 1300-1600 because I know of hundreds of practices in Asia that date before that time frame which involve intense visualization. Visualization is a potent tool and undetectable by anyone not gifted with clairvoyance.
  • Hand Gestures. Many hand gestures can stand in for offerings and tools. I talk about this in my own course and in a short piece I wrote for Mike Cecchetelli’s Book of Abrasax. Whether you have tools of not, the combination of bodily gesture, visualization, and pure will make for a powerful act. Be it a spell or an offering this is a mode of practice that garners results.
  • Hidden Symbols. Sometimes you want to work with physical symbols as an anchor and nothing else will do. Inscribe candles just at the bottom so that it is hidden by the candle holder.  Hide glyphs and sigils behind objects and pieces of art. Some of this is cursing 101 – nothing like a huge demonic sigil hidden behind a painting to drive someone batty, or black arts powder mixed in with their regular bath powder to give them a spiritual itch they cannot scratch. You can use the same ideas to hide things from prying eyes in your own home.
  • Use What Is In Front Of You. Want to play a fun game? The next time you are in a room with other occultists see who can make the best spell or ritual just using what is in the room. Herbs from the Kitchen, toys from the kids room, statues and knick nacks. The world is alive with magic. If you have a strong connection to the spirits you can ask for their guidance: watch how certain items suddenly jump out at you as you instantly understand how to use them.

Even if you do not have to scale down or hide your practice, I think its something that everyone should try. It’s a great way to find out what is absolutely necessary, what is just helpful, what is superfluous, and what is actually holding you back.

A couple years ago when I started to explore Zero Point Magic*, I put everything away. All of it. I would go into the shrine room which had nothing but Black Curtains some candles and Scrying Mirror. It was an awesome experience and I recommend it for people who feel spiritually over-extended or who want to explore the full potential of their art.

*Zero Point Magic uses reality itself as the only symbol set. You ignore all tradition and approach reality as if you were the first person to think of magic – the zero point. I hope to have the Zero-Point Chapbook ready for Spring 2015.

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