Eclectic from the Old Line PART 1

Seal of Sorcery Iga Ryu2In his Open Letter to Bri Saussy, Aidan Watcher declares himself a “hard-core, traditional Eclectic from the Old Line. The Old Line being ‘from before ‘eclectic’ was a slur!”. I can relate. I myself draw upon several paths in my teaching and practice and felt a resonance with his description. Eclectic is a word that I used to use to describe myself but stopped using precisely because it has become a slur, or at least has a connotation that I don’t want to be associated with. 


The question of why eclecticism became a slur is easy to answer in one word: Idiots.

You know who I am talking about. The person that grabs a Wippler book on Santeria on Monday, and by Friday have developed a version of the LBRP or Circle Opening that calls the Orishas and by the end of the weekend is referring to themselves as a  “Santero”. By the end of the month, Santeria has ceased to be new and shiney and now they are on to Peruvian Shamanism.

The idiot eclectic is the person who buys a phurba because it looked cool in Uncharted 2 and declares it to be their Athame. Or maybe its the person who is High Priestess of Hekate who will argue to the death that she is a Crone because that is what she read in the Encyclopedia of Goddessses. Or maybe it is the truly wild Eclectic who’s Goddess is Kali and whose God is Jesus Christ, but who knows next to nothing about either one of them. Sometimes its the I.R.A.B., which stands for I Read A Book – and of course am therefore an expert. There are so many idiots, but really that shouldn’t sully eclecticism itself.


Apart from simply not wanting to be associated with idiots, there is another aspect to eclecticism becoming a slur: Cultural Appropriation.

Appropriation is a deeper issue than just people being idiots and flitting about from one exotic thing to the next. It is people actually claiming to represent cultures, traditions, and practices that they do not represent. People offering Palo Ngangas who themselves have no knowlege or initiation are not only making themselves out to be idiots, they are misrepresenting a tradition and muddying the stream for people looking for the real deal. People claiming to teach Tantra when all they are doing is teaching sex techniques are doing the same. For a great article on this problem as it exists in the ATR’s read the  SAFE Alert – Cultural Appropriation of Lucumí Religion by Non-Initiates.


So with all that is wrong with it, why should anyone want to call themselves Eclectic? Why should we re-claim the word?

Because it is the best word for what a LOT of great magicians do. In fact, I would argue it is the best word for what most magicians and witches do, even those that treat it as a slur themselves.

Merriam Webster defines eclectic as:

1: selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles
2: composed of elements drawn from various sources; also : heterogeneous

That beats “syncretic”, “multi-form” or some of the other words I have heard people use when trying desperately not to use the word Eclectic. Some people describe themselves as “Multi-Traditional” but that is not quite the same thing. When I think of someone who is multi-traditional I think of someone like my friend who has separate altars or even rooms for each tradition that he is involved with, and treats them all as completely separate streams that should never intersect. His argument being that if Santeria and Buddhism never interacted in history it would be wrong to acknowledge them together in practice. This of course completely neglects the fact that NOW is also part of history, and no matter how many traditions you belong to, or how much to try to separate them, they meet and mix in the altar of your own spirit and mind.


Once upon a time you would have been more or less primarily exposed to the culture of your birth, and whatever mystical, religious, or magical system they had or did not have to offer. You might have bumped into people from other cultures and lands, but there would have likely been barriers to you jumping ship and doing something beyond your borders. There was some synchretism, but it was slow due to modes of travel and communication and general xenophobia that comes from lack of exposure to other cultures, as well as the harsh lessons taught by invasion, slavery, and conquest.

2500 years ago, Buddhism started spreading across Asia. It was the first really missionary religion that wanted to spread itself widely regardless of race or culture. Others followed. Manichaens, Christians, Muslims, and too many mystery cults to name started mish moshing with one another creating new and interesting things, changing the nature of the things that they came from, and generally evolving. Periods and places in intense synchretism started occuring here and there. Every time it happens people complain about the loss of what came before and others express excitement about what is to come.

The rampant syncretic approach that led to the PGM and Gnostic cults of the 2nd century, generally seen as a boon by occultists of all stripes, are bemoaned by others who see it as a corruption Khemetic religion and magic. The interface of Tantra, Sutra, and Shamanism that happened in 8th century Tibet was likewise seen by many as a corruption of all three. In a very real way, it was – even though all three still exist on their own.

Today the speed of digital communications and jet travel has created a period of intense openness and sharing unlike anything the word has ever seen. Whereas in the past one would have gone to extraordinary lengths to learn about magic or mysticism outside of your own culture or religion today you kind of have to go to extreme lengths not to.

It takes far more effort to force yourself to disregard what you know about other traditions than it does to incorporate some of that.


When you are a person who makes offerings to the spirits, who keeps promises and pacts, and who respects and walks well with beings, many other spirits seem to want to get in on the action – even those not of whatever tradition you belong to.

See we are spirits too, and just as we get benefit from beings who are primarily aware and active on a more subtle plane of existence than we are on, they get benefit from interacting with beings who are primarily aware and active on a more physical plane.

This doesn’t mean that you should disregard tradition or bypass it or make up your own connection. It means you start there and branch out as needed, and be honest and clear when you depart from tradition – especially if you are a teacher or selling services and products.

As an example about four years ago I read a Kiumbanda, a Complete Grammer of the Art of Exu. Halfway through the book the words Maria Padhila kept repeating in my head over and over. To the point where I had trouble falling asleep. It was not an attack, it was a spirit reaching out to me for acknowledgement. The thing is that I am warry of getting involved with high maintenance spirits, especially those that might require offerings that would conflict with other spirits I work with, such as tobacco. I did not banish or anything, but I waited it out until it went away because I was absolutely sure that I was not interested in doing what was required by a Pomba Gira.

Then a couple years ago I listened to Conjureman Ali on Candelo Corner and it started all over again. Since he is a Tata I reached out for a reading to see if this is an authentic communication from Pomba Gira, and to see if there was a way to make offerings without using tobacco, taking initiation, or getting deeply involved in a tradition that would make time demands that I could not keep. He confirmed it was authentic, gave me alternate offering structure, confirmed that my  Exu’s and Pomba Gira knew I had a full spiritual court but wanted to open the paths should I wish to contact them. I made a small altar, statues from Brazil, and followed the instructions and found that they actually REALLY enjoy some of the Tibetan style offerings of Tormas and such. Some Quimbandeiro’s I have shared this with see how this makes sense, others would probably think its wishful thinking on my part, but oh well…

Point being, that if you are a person of power, spirits want to know you, and often they are less concerned with culture and race than human practitioners are.


One of the best compliments I have ever gotten about Strategic Sorcery is that it did for magic what Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kun Do did for martial arts. Sometimes traditions be the magical, martial, or material can get weighed down and stagnant under their own weight, People who can draw correlations, learn lessons from, and borrow from other traditions are valuable for keeping things moving and developing. Those who feel that all power comes from the past and from doing the same things as they have always been, or who believe that the power comes from following a text to the letter, will naturally disagree, but to me things change or they die and become pointless.

This does not mean that they change for no good reason, nor that they disregard their lineage and their past, simply that the evolution continues – always.


Beyond the combination and cross-fertilization of methods and techniques is the fact that eclectics seem better able to see what lies beneath all these traditions. Unless you think that Zeus’s name is actually Zeus and that humans had nothing to do with naming him that, you have to aknowlege that there is more there than we know and perhaps, to bastardize a quote from Dawkins, more than we can know. There is a quintessence of spirit that lies behind it all.

One of my favorite Andrew Chumbley quotes is from the beginning pages of the Azoetia:  “Magick is the transmutability of the Quintessence of all nature … Sorcery is the knowledge of the universal points of transmutation.”

Traditions simultaneously make the quintessence accessible and usable, but also can mask that there is a quintessence that lies beyond culture and language and race and border. Something that our stone age forebearers were able to access directly before the pantheons and cults. Something that adepts still need to find if they hope to seek the initiations that lie accross the abyss.

In Part 2 I will take a look at some of the arguments against Eclecticism and while I feel they do not hold water.


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The First Harvest has arrived, which means it is time again to begin another cycle of the Strategic Sorcery Course.


The course consists of 52 lessons arriving by e-mail every Tuesday morning for a year. In addition to this there is a student’s forum, and access to me for questions.

To kick off this cycle I will be organizing a GLOBAL VENUS ENCHANTMENT. This will be a rite to invoke the blessings of Venus: Attractiveness, Influence, Magnetization, and  upon all who participate.

Here is a recent comment by a student that has completed the course:

“Four years ago, I accepted a job that I wasn’t at all sure that I could do. I knew that it was going to challenge me on a lot of levels — physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. In an industry known for its conservatism and lack of innovation, I was asked to come in and create a ruckus, and shake things up. I was asked to create a new kind of classroom where kids would learn how to use their hands, as well as their minds, to learn in school. I was asked, in essence, to deliver a wonder-working. At the same time, I learned about Jason’s course, and I figured, “why not?” I could use the help of the spirits, and find ways to know myself better, and learn how to work smarter — as a magician, as a teacher, as a learner. I would need all the help I could get for a job like this. Four years later, this innovative classroom has won a prestigious “Gold level” state-wide award for creative and innovative work — not from an academic institution, but from a committee of engineers, designers and inventors.

Starting from a not-very-sure footing in design and engineering, I learned from Jason’s course how to think smarter, how to ask spirits for help, how to learn complicated subjects faster, and how to manage my time and money more effectively. The results have been exactly what I needed and wanted — strategic sorcery worked for me.
– A.W.

If you want a year of the best practical magic training available and participate in a global Venus Enchantment , now if your chance.

To join the course send an e-mail to me at with the words STRATEGIC SORCERY in the subject line. I will send you the information packet.

Or you can just click the link below and join right now.




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


Write me at INOMINANDUM@GMAIL.COM for an information packet.


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The Upside of Being an Entrepreneur

My Office this afternoon.

My Office this afternoon.

A week ago I wrote about the downside of being an entrepreneur. A lot of people, especially other entrepreneurs got it, but some people seemed to think I was suddenly now trying to steer people away from it, or that I was yielding to, and spreading fear by talking about such things. Of course I was not, and said so in the post itself.

I love working for myself. Right now I am writing this from a cabin I am renting in the Mountains of Vermont for the Summer – something I never would have been able to do while working a wage job. But there is a downside to it, and here is a little secret: there is a downside to EVERYTHING.

When people talk only about the upside of something, and refuse to talk about the downside they are either selling you something through mis-representation, or can only function when being ridiculously and insanely positive. This is not the kind of positivity that yields a can-do attitude and overcomes fear, this is the kind of baseless positivity that makes you believe that your occult store located in the middle of rural Kansas is going to start making a profit any day now just because you believe. The wise entrepreneur knows when to change tactics or even quit and move on to something else.

Anyway, there are major Upsides to being an Entrepreneur.

  1. RESPONSIVE TO MAGIC: If you own a business, you make money based on your sales, not a wage that is static from week to week. Even if you pay yourself a regular salary, there are bonuses based on performance and other perks that you draw from the business. It is much easier to get Financial Sorcery to increase customer count or sell higher end widgets than it is to increase money from a wage job.
  2. FREEDOM: In the Downside Article I mentioned that your work follows you wherever you go, which is true. But that also allows you to handle it how you will. It is less about work/life balance and more about integration of the two. Plus, if you work via the net like I do, you can work from anywhere. Did I already mention that I am working from Vermont this summer? I am writing this from the deck of a Cafe next to a waterfall with a great view of the Mountains. I have the best office in the world today. Yesterday I scheduled a five element consult and answered client questions in between walking from the pool stairs and the diving board every few minutes.
  3. GEO-ARBITRAGE: If we did not have kids and family ties to NJ I would move out of the country in a fucking heartbeat. I might one day go full PT and Five Flags when the kids get older – we will see how it goes. The idea is that if you can make an income based on a business on one economy (say the US and Western Europe) and live somewhere cheaper (at the moment it would be Chile) your money means that much more. 60K a year in NJ gets you by in a decent manner. In South Carolina it gets you an upper class lifestyle. In Nepal it gets you pretty much anything you want – including the ability to do some real good for the community with your money.
  4. SERVICE: Entrepreneurs can do good for the community by running a business in a responsible way in a world of corporate disaster stories, they can provide honest and valuable services in a world where even major banks act like con men, they can create jobs in world that is cutting them left and right. Please don’t confuse this statement with the “we are job-creators, so don’t tax us” nonsense. Jobs are created by work needing to be done, which relies upon everyone having money. Responsible businesses are a boon to the community, not a drain.
  5. JOB SECURITY: That’s not supposed to be a benefit of the Entrepreneur is it? It never was in the past. For the last 100 years being an Entrepreneur was about the risk of it and a wage-job was about security. There are still some secure jobs, and Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs made a convincing argument that people should be out training for blue collar jobs if they want happiness and job security. That said, for most jobs the potential of getting laid off, or underpaid to an extreme is so high that it makes the risk of starting your own business seem small by comparison. Also, the internet makes the start-up costs of many types of businesses almost nil, thus mitigating some of that traditional risk. Rather than taking out a heavy five or six figure loan, you can throw a website up, do some promo and see if it sticks. If it doesnt, do something else.
  6. EXCITEMENT: One of the reasons that work and other areas of life conflict for the entrepreneur is that we want to do what we are doing. We are thrilled by the prospect of creating something new. We think about it on the weekend because it is more fun to think about than whatever is on TV. I have a dozen playstation  games floating around at home, and work on a gaming laptop that cam handle Skyrim or Bioshock Infinite with ease, but I never play them. They are boring in comparison to my work.
  7. KEEP THE VALUE YOU CREATE: If you want to build real wealth being an entrepreneur is a path to that. Half of all Millionaires work for themselves. If you want to read a great intro to being an Entrepreneur by someone who also is a capable Sorcerer, check out this post from Reject Dogma.

So yeah. I am still a true believer. I love doing what I do because I get to do what I love. Knowing the downsides does not detract from that, it just makes it more real and more precious. It’s also not the holy grail for everyone. People that cannot put money second or third in their priorities, people who cannot manage their time, people who are not driven to do it are probably better off doing something else. For those of us that are suited to it, it is the gateway to an extraordinary life.


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Today is of course July 4th, Independence Day here in the U.S.A.. But here in Vermont there is also some attention payed to the birthday of one of its native sons, Calvin Coolidge.

Not my favorite president, or even a very great president by any measure, he did produce a quote that I live by. I actually have it framed on my desk at home. It is true in magic, and in business, and in pretty much every area of life.

I will take a person willing to take action and be persistent over a talented, well educated, genius any day of the week. Like Coolidge I know my fair share of people with , amazing genius or advanced degrees that do nothing but gripe about how the world does not recognize or reward them.

Every day that I wake up and feel lazy, or pissed off that the world has not just recognized my genius with an inexhaustible grant of discretionary funds, I look at that quote and get down to business.

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Results from Uncharged Venus Talisman

10449967_10202908245962010_5617794224339948681_nI am on vacation this week, taking time to settle in with the family here in Vermont for the summer. I am wearing one of the Copper Venus Talismans that I am getting ready to charge. These are specifically for Magical Minded Entrepreneurs.

NOTE: I have not charged them yet, not even mine.

That said, since being up here I have been:

  • Offered a job (not looking for a job, didn’t ask, just struck up a conversation with a guy at the hardware store and he wanted to hire me).
  • Offered a Gig playing guitar at the local coffee house (havent played to an audience forever and the guy that owns the shop has never heard me play or sing. If he did I am sure he would rescind the offer)
  • Offered occult herbs and supplies at discount.

These are gonna be good talismans.

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5 Element Consultations

Element.jpgAs most of you know I have been doing phone and skype consultations now for several months and it has been a very fulfilling way to connect with people individually and give personalized teachings. I like doing it so much that I decided to figure out how to do it at a deeper level.

A month and a half ago I contacted a few people that expressed interest in a deeper level of consultation and who I knew were looking for next-level stuff. I offered them the opportunity to be guinea pigs for a new type of comprehensive consultation that takes place over five one-hour calls. Each call is ruled by one of the five elements and consists of ritual, divination, teaching, and conversation.

I got this testimonial today regarding the Five Element Consultation:

“I have all Jason’s books and am in both his courses, but this consultation is what unlocked the whole system for me. It’s about context. It’s one thing to have all these rituals and methods, but having a master place them in the context of my life makes all the difference. To have someone work with me to develop a practice around my schedule, my space, and my goals just made it all click. I know what to do going forward and I know how to do it”

Having done a few of these now and proven their worth I am excited to offer them more widely.

So here is the rundown:


IT IS: A comprehensive consultation about who you are , where you are headed, and how Sorcery figured into that for you.

IT HAPPENS: Over five separate hour long phone calls, each one rules by an element. These can be spread out over two to five weeks depending upon our schedules and availability.

IT COSTS: $777

IT IS FOR: People who have their basic stuff together and are looking to ascend to the next level by integrated sorcery, spirituality, and strategic living.

Write me at to schedule your consult.


If you are just looking for a basic consultation I am available for 30 minute and 90 minutes sessions.

90 Minute Consultation: $200

30 Minute Consultation: $75


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The Downside Of Being An Entrepreneur

So many books hold being your own boss or running your own business out as the holy grail that I sometimes think it can be misleading. Because I have stressed the role that side incomes can play in scalable financial magic, and because I now work for myself, I worry about over-idealizing the entrepreneur as the only path to wealth and stability.

Don’t get me wrong, I love working for myself. When I get to start a work day by jumping in the ocean, then heading back to my backyard and doing consults or writing under a beach umbrella it feels awesome. When money comes in from putting something new into the world that I loved making and think is really great, there is nothing better.

But it is not for everyone. There is a serious downside.

As more and more books seem to be pushing people into self-employment as the key to freedom and wealth, and as the economy makes regular jobs harder to come by and hold, I think that there are some things that people may overlook:

  • Regular salary is a thing of the past. Every penny you make is directly tied to something you did. Have a bad week and that reflects itself in your bottom line. There are also fluctuations on your customer side as well. Some weeks will not be as busy as others. Screwing around or losing focus has a very real cost.
  • You are never not at work, especially if you work from home. It bleeds into everything. You try to separate time, but when you know that responding to something “real quick” on a Sunday afternoon can mean an extra $500, it feels idiotic to chance it and wait till Monday. The advent of smartphones makes this even worse and enables you to check in on everything at any time. I just recently disabled my notifications to stop myself from doing this.
  • Because you are maybe doing something you love and maybe work from home people sometimes do not see you as actually working. Whether its the wife asking for things to be done while I am working, because I am after all at home, or family thinking I can just be called upon to do whatever whenever, sometimes people act like I sit on the couch and play video games all day. I am in fact far busier and working every minute of my work day than I ever was in a wage job.
  • Your identity is hard to separate from your work. Especially if you are doing something you love. As Jay-Z said “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man. ”
    Failures in business feel like personal failures and thus you work and work. Criticisms of your work feel like personal criticisms. There is a deep psychological cost to this that is just now starting to be discussed.
  • There is a haunting fear that at any moment the jig will be up. Some call it Entrepreneurial Terror. It is a fear of failure that almost everyone I know who works for themselves share. I know that I can have a week where I double my sales goals, but if that Sunday – a day I don’t even work – comes and goes without e-mails asking about the course or money appearing in the account I can freak out if I don’t catch myself. Thankfully I know meditation, and other entrepreneurs are borrowing techniques from Buddhism to  special forces training to combat it.
  • You risk turning a great passion into a bad job. Some people simply do not like what money does to something that they love. You may love doing readings and magic, but hate doing it professionally. It happens.

Please don’t read me as saying that you should not start your own business. For me, the rewards FAR outweigh the risks and I have never been a very good employee anyway. It is not a path for everyone though. It takes drive and sacrifice and a willingness to take risks.

Of course, in today’s economy the risks of getting downsized from your steady job are actually running as high as the risks of entrepreneurship. You are not likely to fire yourself after all. But anyone who does take the plunge into working for themselves should know that beyond the hype that they read in the books, there is a cost that not everyone talks about.

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Check out the Jupiter Altar!

The Wandering Fool has constructed an amazing Jupiter Altar that uses the Strategic Sorcery Jupiter Symbol and all 16 Lightning Glyphs. He is incorporating the work he does on it with the 49 calls from Advanced Planetary Magic.

Awesome work.

Check out his blog for more details. 

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Thank You

BeFunky_SORCERY-SEAL.jpgI just wanted to post a thank you to everyone that joined the course last week, Cycle 17 is now the largest cycle I have ever done!

Thanks also to everyone that has joined the course in the past. Also to all my apprentices, clients, and readers. You enable me to live a truly awesome life and I could not do it without you.

So Thank You.

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Strategic Sorcery Summer Sale Ends Tomorrow!

Chess teamI just got off the phone with an apprentice and he gave me a great compliment about the Strategic Sorcery Course:

“I probably have 1000 occult books and your course has prepared me for a career in magic better than all of them combined. Not only that, but I now understand how to actually use all those other books.

I have studied with other teachers, and even been an apprentice before, but your course and now your apprenticeship, has given me far more than the others” 
- Taodog

Stuff like that is what keeps me going and why I keep offering my Strategic Sorcery Course.

The current Summer Solstice Sale ends tomorrow at Midnight Eastern Time though, so if you want to get the course for just $100, now is the time!


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