REJECT THE RETROGRADE!

Advanced Planetary Magic cover VenusMercury Retrograde got you down?

Have no fear.

Grab a copy of Advanced Planetary Magic, and learn how to not only reject the retrograde but summon success no matter what the planets are up to.

Check out what these folks had to say about it:

“What I am most excited about in Advanced Planetary Magic are the 7 planetary seals. They are simultaneously very contemporary and brand new, being newly generated and at the same time highly traditional, created by inspiration from the Anima Mundi! I am very inspired by these seals and looking forward to working with them.”
- Christopher Warnock – Renaissance Astrology

“It is a better and more practical employment, or rather deployment, of the planetary magick system I use than any other book I’ve read
- Michael Cecchetelli, author of The Book of Abrasax and The Crossed Keys

“These things are mind-blowingly awesome.  They are essentially a grimoire, not of spirits, but of time itself.”
- Patrick Dunn, author of Post-Modern Magick

 This booklet truly deserves the word “Advanced” in every sense. As he always does, Jason has gone deep into the applicability of the magic he discusses and returned with a system and methodology that lets the reader utilize his insight, experience and initiation into the spheres in a way that they may not yet have actually earned on their own.
- Frater Rufus Opus, author of the Modern Angelic Grimoire

This 62 page book/audio package is designed to take your planetary work to the next level. Covered within is:

  • How the Greek Vowels act as seed syllables of the planets, and four possible arrangements for working with them.
  • A full explanation of the seven Strategic Planetary Seals that have been introduced in my books and courses.
  • Methods for empowering and healing the body with planetary force.
  • Methods of optimizing planetary influences at any given time.
  • The 49 Interplanetary Calls – short invocations and spells that fully explore the planetary combinations to achieve more nuanced and powerful results.
  • Audio files of me reading the 49 calls.

ADVANCED PLANETARY MAGIC $25





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Opting Out of the System

 

Last month there was quite a lot of hubbub about financial magic created by the “Poor Magician Post”.  I made a note to myself that when I finished the manuscript of “Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit” that I wanted to revisit that topic and offer some practical tips to address issues that arose during the discussion.

One comment that caught my attention had to do with the very validity of the financial system itself, and whether it’s really a good idea to even be participating:

“What about those who can perform magic extremely effectively, but absolutely hate the current socioeconomic system so much that they refuse to use magic to fit into it better? To such a person every dollar of fiat money for example may be nothing but a symbol of the value being placed on force and fraud, which can easily lead to interesting results magically-how many of us for example cast spells specifically to protect ourselves from force and fraud? If you see government issued currency as being such then you may find yourself protected quite well indeed.

The effects of ones worldview are something to consider, and not necessarily in a “these are the values you need to give up” way; if your spell isn’t compatible with your deepest values you might want to change it to something that is.”

Given that I wrote a book about how to use magic to work within the financial system to get ahead, you might think that I would completely reject the premise of the question, but I don’t. I have the HIGHEST respect for this. I respect it more than the path I have chosen for myself in fact.

The” system” is a house of cards that is perpetrated by force and fraud. I think that taking a stand against that in terms of magic and lifestyle is a worthy thing. But just like I say to people that reject materialism as anathema to spirituality: You must really live that view for it to have meaning.

It is not a matter of your values and your magic being in line. It is a matter of making your life be about something.

If you believe that the entire economy is force and fraud, and you cannot stand the idea of using magic to participate in it, then you need to do what it takes to extricate yourself from it: generate your own power, grow your food, limit your income to  off the books labor and limit your needs to fit that budget. You would be using magic, and lots of it, to create an extraordinary life. A life that is really about escaping and rejecting a system you despise.

If however you are just working a dead end, low-wage job for 45 hours a week and refuse to get a career because you feel it would be “participating in the a system of fraud” then I have no respect for that. That’s not dedication, that’s laziness masquerading as activism. Besides which: you are still participating in the system. You are just limiting yourself to the worst and most disenfranchised part of it.

I know this because I was like this myself in my 20′s. Working at retail jobs or temp positions, we would think of ourselves as”within, but not of” society, or even that great occult canard that we were actually elite. But after clandestinely “printing” Behutet on AIG’s machines during my lunchbreak, I would again have to spend the afternoon on those TPS reports, just like everyone else.

Being a slacker and rejecting society is great when you are young but the practical realities of the economy will hit as you get older – usually around age 60 when its not quite so comfortable to live hand-to-mouth and too late to get re-trained for anything meaningful. You realize that you need meds, and comfort, and you have another 30-40 years of life ahead of you that are just going to get harder.

So my advice to you is that if you are serious about rejecting the system then reject it!

In my book I suggested becoming a Monk or Nun or wandering homeless mystic, but you don’t really need to do that. Just move out somewhere that you can grow food, work for cash off the books, barter, generate your own electricity or live entirely without it.

Keep your internet connection though, because there are oodles of great resources:

http://www.wikihow.com/Dumpster-Dive

http://www.off-grid.net/

http://offgridsurvival.com/living/

http://realestate.msn.com/best-places-to-live-off-the-grid

If you are not serious about this, than be serious about what you are already doing: participating in the system. Whether you are looking to change it from the inside or just trying to make a comfortable life for you and yours get serious about it, and employ the skill set that you have: Sorcery.

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Vajra Armor Talisman Update.

They are all sold.

Thank you so much !

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VAJRA ARMOR TALISMANS

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Dorje Gotrab, or Vajra Armor is a manifestation of Padmasambhava and is, in the opinion of several Lamas, the most supreme healing and protection mantra of all. The practice, a revealed treasure of Dudjom Lingpa, is connected with many types of magic such as consecrating talismans like this, and making special healing water.

I have been working on these for quite a while, and have finally finished the mantra accumulations on them. All that remains is a large Puja and to dedicate each one to its owner, which means I am putting them up for sale now. The puja will occur in a few weeks.

The talismans protect are said to heal and protect against 404 types of disease and all manner of magical attacks from humans, spirits, or heavenly beings.

The talismans are $75 and there are only 24 of them.

I am setting four talismans aside for people who cannot afford the $75 and who have serious illness. The magic in this talisman is not a replacement for proper medical care, but can be used in addition to that care. If you truly cannot afford the talisman and have an illness that fits the bill, please let me know and I will set one aside for you.

Please include $5 if you are outside the United States.

VAJRA ARMOR $75





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The Book of St Cyprian, The Sorcerers Treasure

I have been in hard-core writing mode on my own book all month, so it would take something truly remarkable and important to steer my attention away to another book. As it happens, just such a book came my way, one I have been waiting for for YEARS.

THE BOOK OF ST. CYPRIAN, THE SORCERERS TREASURE

If you have any interest at all in St Cyprian, in witchcraft, in Christian magic, in Sorcery, or just in religious history you must purchase this book.

It is 522 pages of sheer awesome.

That’s right – FIVE HUNDRED AND TWENTY TWO PAGES.

This is because not only is it a translation of O Grande livro de S.Cypriano ou thesouro do feiticeiro but it contains extensive commentary from the translator. This commentary is worth its weight in gold, and José Leitão has shown himself to be an expert occultist as well as, scholar and historian. His commentary takes the book beyond mere historical curiosity and makes it a usable text. He fits it not only into its historical context, but relates it to the work of modern occultists such as Andrew Chumbley’s writings on the Crooked Path, and Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold’s expositions on Quimbanda where St Cyprian is deeply revered.

Many of the spells in this book are not for the feint of heart, and require fresh animal sacrifices. I am glad to see that this was not white-washed. Readers from Urban and Suburban Western Europe and America may be repulsed at such spells, but in areas where your meat comes directly from the animals out in the field and the knife in your hand, nothing could be less shocking. For the most part it is a variation on something that happens every day. Some operations: such as sowing the eyes of a living frog shut are more cruel than simple sacrifice, but better we have an accurate record of spells that we choose not to perform than the lose the truth of our Sorcerous heritage.

American Conjure Doctors have noted similarities between the Black Cat Bone spell and the Toad Bone spell possessed by Essex Cunning Folk. This book provides several examples of both and may be a missing link between the two traditions.

This book is not just filled with grisly spells though. There are explanations of the magical uses of different types of crosses, the Sino Saimao Dubrado or double knot of solomon, as well as a Unicursal Hexagram for the floor used in the disenchantment of magical treasures. There are also explanations of a 40 card system of Cartomancy, methods of making magical oil in a wine vinyard, and well…. To much to be described in one review. This really is a HUGE work.

Also throughout the book are many stories from the life of Cyrpian. Folktales of his Sorcerous exploits. My favorite has to be the tale of him coming home from a Christmas Party and taking shelter under a bridge in a rain storm. While staying dry he hears a Witch casting a spell that invokes both him and Lucifer in order to win love for her rich client. St Cyprian comes out from under the bridge, converts the witch to Christianity AND helps her with her spell.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK

I wanted to note two significant experiences I had with the book already.

There is a body of lore that surrounds not just the knowledge in the book but the mere possession of the book itself. After I received my review copy I placed it on my St Cyprian altar for safe keeping. That night I received an invitation to join the Order of St Cyprian as a Priest, something I had been hoping to do for some time. It seemed that the rumors of the books presence were true. Such is the power of the Martyr Magus!

Later in the month I incorporated the Just Judge Oration from the book into some work I was doing for a client. The court case with dismissed, which was beyond even my hopes for my client. Such is the power of the Sorcerer Saint!

YOU SHOULD BUY THE BOOK TODAY

No really I am serious. It just dropped this morning, and St John’s eve is less than a month away. This is a very important date for many of the spells in the book and I myself and preparing to so the spell of harvesting Holly on the 24th of June. If you want to experiment with some great Sorcery, you don’t have much time before St Johns eve. Also you will want to have the material digested before the Feast Day

 

http://www.hadeanpress.com/2014/05/the-book-of-st-cyprian/ (the official release) 
http://www.shop.hadeanpress.com/the-book-of-st-cyprian/ (where to buy) 

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MRA’s, PUA’s, and the Santa Barbara Shooter

I have seen numerous articles and Facebook posts about the Santa Barbara Shooter, many of them linking him to Men’s Right’s Activism (MUA) and Pick Up Artists (PUA). In fact many of my friends who are Pagans, Occultists, or Witches have expressed relief that this will bring attention to those two groups.

I have something to say about this connection, but first wanted to give a brief statement about MRA and PUA separately.

On MRA:

I was blissfully unaware of MRA’s until a few years ago. On the surface this seems like a good idea right? I mean, there are areas that men should be looking at insuring rights for. In a world where there are an increasing amount of Dad’s who do primary care for the children, custody of children after divorce is an area that comes to mind. Men get targeted disproportionately by law enforcement for drug crimes. In jobs that deal with children, men often get viewed as more likely to molest despite the large numbers of women now getting caught for doing just that – who receive much lighter sentences when they are convicted. Men who suffer domestic abuse and cannot physically defend themselves without instantly being seen as the abuser. Men falsely accused of rape, or corced into paternity. These things do happen.

Are Mens Rights groups about any of this? No.

Turns out Men’s Right’s Activists are much more about hating women than they are about advocating for themselves. You don’t hear about much about Men at all in fact. You hear a lot about how women should know their place. You hear about “them” taking “our” jobs. You hear a lot about “legitimate rape”, and how rape of drunk or drugged or provocatively dressed, or women who change their mind, or women who wont put out, is not really rape*

If you do hear about these issues, you hear about them in a sort of bizarro reversal. How domestic abuse of men is equal to or even worse than that of women. How rape of men by women is the real scourge of society, both of which is just patently false. You hear about how men are being discriminated against in the workplace by affirmative action – despite all numbers and studies showing that women are still far from even getting a fair shake.

In short, I think these guys are assholes. Fighting for your own rights is great. Being threatened by someone else fighting successfully for theirs is not, and it sure ain’t manly.

ON PUA’S

Though I was married long before “The Game” was published I wrote a bit about Pick Up Artists in The Sorcerers Secrets. Since then I have gotten to know a few, have done some work for a few, and even have been a consultant for a PUA school that wanted to incorporate my methods.

In general I find that most PUA’s fall into one of two categories:

1. Guys that believe men and women are playing a game together, and who would like to learn to play better.

2. Guys that believe men are playing a game where women are the targets.

Guys in the former camp tend to veer away from the creepy NLP, Hypnosis, and Negging garbage; focusing more on “inner game”. These are methods to make yourself more confident, overcome fear of rejection, change your appearance a bit, and generally give a shit a bout yourself. I have seen some PUA’s do more serious spiritual work than a lot of occultist. I guess the potential to get laid is a good motivator.

Other guys that view women as targets to be manipulated are a shame, but really its nothing new. These days these guys meet up in special chatrooms and clubs to discuss this Alpha Male anti-female shite, 75 years ago they didn’t have to because society itself was the chatroom, and the club was pretty much everybody. I would like to see the marginalization of creeps as being a sign of society moving in the right direction.

THE SHOOTER

Ok, with that out of the way all I really wanted to say about the connetion with the Santa Barbara Shooting is this: MRA’s, PUA’s, and any other group you hate is not to blame.

Dungeons and Dragons were not to blame for Christopher Pritchard’s actions.

Marylin Manson and Video Games were not to blame for Eric Harris’s and Dylan Klebold’s actions.

The OTO and Thelema were not to blame for Matthew Murray’s actions.

Satanism and Witchcraft are not to blame for Miranda Barbour’s actions.

As people into occultism, Witchcraft, Magic, etc we often find ourselves defending our paths and beliefs when others who self-identify the same way we do, wind up committing heinous and criminal acts.

All I am saying is that if you don’t like to be treated like you are responsible for encouraging murder then don’t treat others like that. No matter how reprehensible or distasteful I find MRA’s and some PUA’s, I have yet to meet one that encouraged murder or anything close to it.

Anyway, that’s it.

 

 

In case there is some confusion about this: if either party is passed out or near passed out or so out of it that they cannot clearly give consent, its rape. If someone invited you to their bedroom, initiates sex, but after five mintes says  “NO, I CHANGED MY MIND, GET OFF ME” and you don’t get off of them – its rape. Ok? Good. Sex without consent is rape. Consent can be withdrawn.

 

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A Serpent Sigil Story

One of my students in the apprentice program*, wrote up an experience of receiving a sigil directly from Hekate. Rather than generating it from letters, inventing something that looked good, or something like that, this method of seeking sigils creates very potent and multi-faceted organic seals. It is something that even he did not think would work, and really blew him away when it did.

Sadly, we cannot share the actual sigil as it is very much still a part of his private and active work, but here s his description of the work:

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Hi everyone, I wanted to share a story that may interest those of you who want to learn about artificial spirits and obtaining sigils for various uses through direct channeling. It’s about a servitor in the form of a snake, about Hekate, and an awesome sigil she kindly provided.

The original concept for this artificial spirit was that of a guardian for my wealth altar. During the last four months, my training with Jason has made my practice evolve a lot faster than anticipated, so that when the time came to write the programming for this spirit, I could see many more possibilities than what I was able to see only a few weeks earlier.

I have some experience in screenwriting, and I wrote this servitor – a snake reminiscent of Simbi, though I didn’t know the Simbi when I wrote it – as a character in a novel, or a movie. The writing process took about one month and a half. The snake has a psychological profile, a set of basic features, and about 20 special powers than can be combined in different ways. It may seem like a lot, far too many to allow the necessary focus, but as Jason will conferm, these abilities appear entirely consistent and “natural”, as if it was an actual living creature. Here’s the trick. The programming is entirely based on:

- the Serpent as an archetype, legends (charming, hypnosis, immunity to fire..)

- the biology and behavior of actual snakes (venom, hybernation, predator, powerful sense of smell, mimic, simulation…)

- his natal chart, that is, the chart of the moment I have selected for his creation/birth

Though this will be my first artificial spirit, the idea is to keep him around long-term. Since this creature will require maintenance, I wanted my snake to be useful in a wide variety of ways and situations.

He specializes in tracking people, their wealth, and transfer it to me via the informational and the astral level, but these abilities are rooted in basic powers that also enable him to do many more things. It could easily work as a messenger, a healer, a hacker, a detective, a bodyguard, perform psychic and physical attacks attacks of various kind, and much more.

Now, though I was entirely satisfied with the servitor as I had written him, actually CREATING it would require much more than that. Jason instructed me to do two things:

1. establish a strong connection with the “universal” Serpent by meditating with the Serpent’s Song (Protection and Reversal Magic, page 85) 

2. use the Song to obtain a sigil for the spirit, that I would have to use in the creation ritual.

Number 1 posed no challenge, as I meditate daily, number 2 was a different matter. Anyone can create a decent Sigil with the A. O. Spare method or linking letters on a square, but Jason insisted the best sigils are always the ones that are obtained through direct intuition or revelation. Now, I had never tried to obtain so much as a yes/no answer in this way, let alone an intricate visual design. 

So I practiced the Song for a few weeks, but as the date of the ritual  drew near, I didn’t feel at all more confident that I could make it. Having never tried it before, I couldn’t even picture how it COULD be done, how it would happen. Luckily for me, it just so happened that I was also doing my first Hekate Suppers during this same period, trying to propitiate the goddess in order to lay a foundation for an entirely different project. Since I wasn’t asking for anything in particular during the Suppers, it came to me that I could ask to be helped in obtaining a sigil in this way, despite my complete lack of experience. 

I always get a very good feeling when I work with Hekate, and she had given me unexpectedly powerful results before. Maybe she would be willing to help me with this.

A few more days passed, and it came to me that since the Serpent features as HER servitor in the ritual I got from Jason, and since her relationship with snakes in general is a very close one, I could just try to ask HER for the sigil. And so I did.

On the last dark moon, I prepared an altar with my written program for the snake (4-5 pages of bullet-points divided into sections like Character, Look, Basic Abilities, Special Abilities), I did the standard invocation, and offered her two hard-boiled eggs, honey, 15 or so peeled garlic cloves, a glass of red wine, and an incense I made with crushed juniper berries and powdered benzoin.

I wrote a prayer, and read it out loud during the ritual. Jason said I had to go into a trance with the Song. Yeah, well, that would be a first too…but as soon as I uttered the prayer, I started to feel calm and confident, letting go of expectations and tension. I closed my eyes, entered meditation mode and started chanting, still kind of wondering HOW on earth I could “receive” something visual, since I didn’t see anything at all. But I relaxed and just kept my mind empty and open. I expected a looooong chanting session, long enough to make my mind receptive the hard way. 

I couldn’t have chanted the Song more than 30 times when it started. 

I don’t know how to describe what happened other than to say that instead of the image I was looking for, it was the “idea” or intuition of the image that entered my mind. Like REMEMBERING an image.  The sigil came through starting from the center, the core, the essence, and was completed in three or four “steps”, gradually adding the missing parts. I couldn’t have got it all in one “packet”. I first got the “memory” of what looked like empty eyes, then the lines that connected them, and then a spike where the mouth would be, and every time I got something, I just put some more incense on the coal and started chanting again. Within seconds, I “remembered” what I should add next. The whole process lasted about 5 minutes.

An interesting detail is that though I was immersed in a cloud of smoke, the incense had almost no smell at all, way less then when I had burned it on other occasions. Perhaps a sign that Hekate was “taking in” the offerings.

Anyway, when the sigil was completed, I was astonished at how powerful and appropriate it looked. Jason was right: it was not something that I could have made by shuffling and combining letters. I couldn’t even have invented it, certainly not in mere minutes. It looks both “mine” and “not mine”, appropriately so since I wrote the servitor, but not the sigil. I am quite good at drawing and visualizing, but I could never have captured the character and qualities of this creature with such perfect synthesis. 

I am now left with the responsibility of putting this powerful gift to good use – I haven’t created the servitor yet – and a sense of deep gratitude and awe for the great goddess that gave it to me. It never fails to surprise me how peaceful it feels to work with Hekate. You would expect “dark” tones from a Witch Goddess surrounded by untimely dead and wild, violent spirits of every kind, but no; to me, it just feels deep, strong, and actually maternal. The greatest gift she gave me that night was perhaps a sense of great accomplishment, the feeling that I am finally starting to tap into the power I was seeking.

I also feel that all the hours I spent on practicing the basic exercises during the last eight months or so are really starting to pay off. I only tried to get a sigil this way because Jason recommended it, and because I think you must be willing to fail a few times, before you succeed; I didn’t expect to actually get the sigil, and a very powerful one. But I did, and if Hekate thought I was ready, it is no doubt thanks to the many hours I spent practicing meditation, sandpiling, working with the elements, and so on.

I hope this story will provide some inspiration for your own work with Hekate, with the Serpent and artificial spirits, and to practice the basic exercises Jason gives in the books and Strategic Sorcery Course. There is a LOT more to them than meets the eye at first.

*The apprentice program different then the Strategic Sorcery Course. This is a long term program where I give personal mentoring based on individual interests, gifts, and goals – exactly how I received most of my own training. It is closed right now, but if you want to be added to the waiting list, write me at inominandum@gmail.com. I will likely be accepting more apprentices later in the summer.

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My Poor Magician Post

Strat Sor envelope orangeSo the Pagan and Occult world has exploded with chatter this week about an article in Patheos called “A Poor Magician Is A Poor Magician”. The article is pretty well reasoned and doesnt accuse anyone of anything, and just makes some common sense suggestions. The comments in forums, facebook, and elsewhere however have veered into the absurd.

As the author of Financial Sorcery, a book that took a pretty strong position on this issue, I was tempted to start commenting all over the place, but to save time I figured I would just do a post here on the article and on several positions that people have since taken regarding it.

IS A MAGICIAN WITHOUT MONEY BAD AT MAGIC?

It depends. Is money even on their radar? Being a magician means a lot of different things to different people. If their practice is not really much about material prosperity and practical sorcery than I would hesitate to judge them based on that. You see Christians all the time assuming that people with lower means are not as blessed by god, and you see Buddhists blaming the poor for their bad karma. These are examples of people being shitty Christians and Buddhists though, and has little reflection on the spiritual worth of the person they are judging. Let’s not have magicians and pagans start doing the same.

Maybe their practice does involve practical sorcery, but they are simply existing at a lower economic strata than what is normally considered middle class. Jack Faust pointed out in a facebook post that just because he strikes a deal with a fairy to never starve does not mean that the fairy is going to make him rich, and that there is a long history of magic of the lower classes. This is very true, but just because something is tradition does not make it very good or wise. I have been down and out in life, and I have studied magic that is stems from that place in life.  Some of the practices and mind-set that comes with that reinforces that state. Is it bad magic? No, there is beauty and power in it, but that doesn’t make it good magic for dealing with money either. If you are happy then its good. If you are constantly bitching about you lot in life, then yes, its bad magic – do something else.

As for the person who is a full on Sorcerer, claims that their magic effects material reality, and that betterment of circumstances is part of that success, yet is constantly in financial disarray – yes, that person is a shitty magician. Too many people have taken high titles and bragged about the worldly power that their magic gives them, yet cannot seem to afford even the basics. I judge those people by the criteria that they set for themselves. I cannot seriously take your talk of being one of the “elite” when you cannot afford the payments on your Ford Focus.

This is not to say that good magicians will not have financial woes from time to time. Everyone has problems – its how you handle them that makes you a good magician and wise person financially.

This is also not to say that people must live opulently. I don’t, and chances are that if you are a magician, money is not your first love in life, and thus you may not be working as a hedge fund manager.*  No one is saying you need to be rich, I am just talking about not wallowing in fiscal chaos.

FINANCIAL SKILLS

In reading through the responses of many people that felt compelled to defend their lifestyles and lack of financial stability in the face of this article, I found one that made an astonishing statement, that I must quote here.

“Lack of Financial Skills has nothing to do with why people are poor”.

Now I get what this person is hopefully trying to say: that race, class, and the general downturn of the economy places people in shitty positions. Too many people of privilege have thought of the poor as lazy because they truly have no idea what it is to not have opportunity. That said: your financial skills have nothing to do with it? Come on, of course they do.

In almost every situation there are factors that are not in your control, and there are factors that are. We should never let the factors that are out of our control, be an excuse for not working with the factors that are.

I hate it when people on the right say that the poor should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and work harder – it does not address the root causes of poverty in the country and is an unreasonable response to give to the millions of people that live in poverty in this country. Here’s a secret though: It IS good advice to give to an individual with no catastrophic mental or physical conditions.

Thinking that it is only your race, class, age, area, or the general downturn of the economy that are keeping you in poverty is foolish. Those things certainly can be stacked against you, but if you think it is the only thing that matters then you are dooming yourself to your situation because you have removed even the hope of making a better world for yourself. And yes, THAT would make you a poor magician.

THE MONK THING

The original article spoke about those that sacrifice material comfort for spirituality, and specifically mentioned Monks.

“Monks agree to live in great simplicity and at times in deprivation.  It’s a hard life that’s not for everyone, but most of us can recognize the monks’ poor material condition is a sign of spiritual maturity, not weakness.”

There are several things wrong here.

First is that the monks poor material condition is not a sign of his spiritual maturity, its a path to spiritual maturity. People become Monks for all kinds of reasons, they may just have no where else to turn. I have seen Buddhist monks sneak out of the gompa to gamble, get into knife fights with each other, and gather at a room to watch porn: trust me the robes and the lack of cash does not make one holy. It can make you holy if you take it as a path, but it is not a sign of your spiritual maturity.

Second is that Monks and Nuns who are serious about it have chosen to REALLY make non-materialism part of their spiritual journey. People that are 40 years old and work a shitty retail job they hate are not expressing spiritual maturity and non-materialism. They are expressing bad choices that they have made and the terrible state of the economy that may have forced them into those choices.

I have a lot of respect for Monks and Nuns, and I have a lot of respect for poor wandering Yogi’s. Please do not compare your retail or warehouse job to that kind of commitment.

THE FINANCIAL APOCALYPSE

In the days since the article came out I have seen ever increasing talk of the financial apocalypse. It went from people talking about the “shrinking middle class” to “there is NO middle class”. It went from “fewer opportunities” to “zero opportunities”.

To be sure, the economy is not what it once was, but those of us that have lived in places where there really is no middle class can tell you that, yes, there still is a middle class in America and there will be for quite a while to come. There are still opportunities to be had. There are still ways to move upward. Yes, they take more will and skill and determination than they did for earlier generations but the opportunities are there.

In the last week I have seen way to many people treat the economy as an excuse to do nothing. The irony is that for all the privilege middle class white people have in this country, and trust me we have a lot, it is largely white people born to middle class families that I have seen use the economy as an excuse. African Americans and immigrants are already used to not having the world handed to them on a platter, and so maybe are not quite as quick to use these factors as an excuse.

YOU CAN DO EFFECTIVE MAGIC AND STILL BE A BAD MAGICIAN

Getting back to the original topic of magic – if your magic is not creating opportunity for what you are aiming at, then yes you are bad at it. If you are aiming magic at improving your financial situation and you are living in a constant state of abject poverty and chaos then yet, you are a bad magician.

Since writing Financial Sorcery and getting to talk with a lot more people on this topic I have discovered that there are a lot of people who fall into a category that some people do not even know exists: those who can do effective magic, but are still bad magicians.

You see, being a magician is about more than just effective spells. It’s about using it to attain things that will be useful. Its about making your mundane efforts meet your magical ones. It’s about moving along a path and not just zapping situations willy nilly.

I have met magicians who conjure work almost instantly, but refuse to place any magic towards job training. I have met magicians who can conjure exact amounts needed in an emergency but would never even think of conjuring for money to be put into savings. I have met magicians who are so incredibly effective at enchanting minds, and situations that they have been stuck in the same shitty relationships, jobs, and hovels for DECADES longer than they should have because they were able to use magic to keep the statues quo. That is a danger of magic worse than any demon.

THE ONLY QUESTION THE MATTERS

Are you a poor magician? I dunno.  Do you like your life?

Thats what it really boils down to: DO YOU LIKE YOUR LIFE?

If so then no matter what your financial state, you are probably a good magician.

If you don’t like your life, and you hate living in financial chaos, but you resent being thought of as a poor magician because of that then the question is: WHAT DOES MAKE YOU A GOOD MAGICIAN?

 

 

 

 

 

*Though since writing Financial Sorcery and starting doing consultations I am FLOORED at the amount of Hedge Fund Managers, Brokers, Investors, and High End Accountants that are really VERY good magicians.

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Spirit Bottles

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I stopped making them by request for a while because they take too long and have too many variables. Every one is different and the contents are more or less dictated by the spirits that inhabit it and the gods to whom it is dedicated if any.

BUT. I just completed the Venus one shown above for a client and I have to say that there is something really pleasing about the whole process. Very fulfilling to do something genuinely complex and nuanced for someone that can really use it.

SO, after I wrap of the work on the Vajra Armor Talismans I am making this quarter, I will be once again open to doing some of these. If you think you want a spirit bottle from me write me and let me know. I will probably stop taking orders again at the beginning of the summer.

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The Nature of Jupiter

”And as for Jupiter… finally someone has called it like we should all be seeing it. That’s an astral Manhattan skyline in the background. Praying to Jupiter has always struck me as waving a little flag as the Queen goes by. This is a god of kings and Rothschilds. It is Jupiter that allows Wall Street criminals to avoid jail and have you foot the bill for their crimes. That’s what kings do. Few forms embody having different laws for the wealthy than the rest of us quite like Jupiter.’ - Gordon White, Runesoup

I adore Gordon and think that his approach to practical Sorcery is spot on. In this case though I do disagree with him on the nature of Jupiter. Since Jupiter is the main Patron of my Financial Sorcery Book, and has blessed me quite abundantly, I wanted to comment a little on the matter.

Jupiter is not only accessible to the ruling class. Indeed there are many instances where Jupiter looked out for the welfare and interests of the Plebians in Rome. During the Struggle of the Orders, it was Jupiter that the common people turned to aid them in winning the right to hold office and in politics and priesthood. It was Jupiter that they dedicated a hill that served as their sanctuary during the strike. 

Jupiter is the god of Aristocrats, but is also the god of Justice. As God of Aristocrats I believe that he has an interest in the common good, and preventing abuse of power. He does not suffer Idiots, and I mean this in the original Greek meaning of the word – someone who only has their own self-interest and not a common good. ἴδιος – private or for ones own good. 

Gordon has done a great deal of wonderful work on the economic apocalypse, and is right when he singles out the abuses of the ruling class. The difference between my approach and his is that I and other Jupiterian magicians hope to make changes by partaking in the system and rising within it. As such Jupiter is exactly who you want on your side.

I think that if you hold a “occupy-esque” mind set about the situation: that the wealthy are the bad guys, the poor are the good guys, wealth itself is wrong and should be re-distributed, and that all problems would be solved if everyone decided to live in a Utopian Socialist Collective, that Gordon is correct: Jupiter is probably not the being you want to work with. 

If however you see a happy and comfortable populace with room for growth and prosperity as being ultimately beneficial even to those at the top – than I think Jupiter is your guy. Greed and Self-interest need not be traits of the wealthy, and very often are not. 

In all things, let success be our proof.

Also, since I buy all of Peter Carroll’s books and wanted to spread the word that Gordon put out yesterday: Epoch is being distributed in the US by Weiser Antiquarian. Go Grab a copy. 

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