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Donald Michael Kraig
Donald Michael Kraig

Donald Michael Kraig graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy. He also studied public speaking and music (traditional and experimental) on the university level. After a decade of personal study and practice, he began ten years of teaching courses in the Southern California area on such topics as Kabalah, Tarot, Magic, Tantra, and Psychic Development. He was a member of many spiritual and magical groups and was an initiated Tantric.


don@dmkraig.net
Modern Magick
Modern Magick
Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts
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For over two decades, Donald Michael Kraig's Modern Magick has been the world's most popular step-by-step guide to working real magick. Tens of thousands of individuals and groups have used this... Read more

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ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR
Date: 2013-05-01
More than a magician, Dr. John Dee was also one of the most interesting and fascinating figures of the Elizabethan Age; his work with Edward Kelly has persevered for centuries. However, written in an obscure form of Latin, they are not readily accessible. Donald Michael Kraig describes the new tools available to those wishing to access Dee's work.
Date: 2012-11-05
Scott Cunningham wrote numerous books sharing his explorations of magic, Wicca, and Paganism, many of which have long been guideposts for others on their journeys. In additional to the books he authored, Scott also contributed articles to Llewellyn's annual Magical Almanac. These decades-old articles have now been collected and published; here, his friend and old roommate Donald Michael Kraig discusses the beauty of Cunningham's Magical Sampler.
Date: 2012-04-16
Magick is one hundred percent natural; there is evidence of its use as far back as the earliest humans. But how has magick grown and evolved in that time span? Author and magician Donald Michael Kraig investigates three newly-released books from Golden Hoard Press that, in their original forms, were used by the teachers of the teachers of the teachers who are teaching magick today.
Date: 2011-03-02
STEP ONE. Remove the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana. Take from the twenty-two cards (which should be numbered from 0 to 21) the cards numbered 6, 7, 10, 13, 15, and 18. These will not be used at this time, so put them with the remainder of the deck. Keep the remaining cards of the Major Arcana with you while you perform the relaxation ritual. STEP TWO. Immediately after completing the...
Date: 2010-09-27
Llewellyn is the worldwide leader in publishing and distributing the widest range of occult and New Age information. Simply put, nobody produces more material for this community than Llewellyn. Llewellyn has continually strived to publish books for all levels of students, from the beginner to the advanced. To that end, Llewellyn is proud to distribute intermediate and advanced occult and magick books from the Golden Hoard Press, featuring exclusive illustrated, hardcover editions of important grimoires and rare esoteric texts. From Enochian Magick to Feng Shui, Donald Michael Kraig discusses the first Golden Hoard Books that represent the start of this powerful relationship.
Date: 2010-09-13
When the original version of Donald Michael Kraig's Modern Magick was published, 45 and 33 rpm records were nearly obsolete, the Berlin Wall was gone, and AIDS was a growing social concern. Since that time, over 150,000 readers have made Modern Magick the most popular and successful book of its kind, but, as Donald Michael Kraig himself admits, the book is no longer "modern." Here Kraig discusses the eighteen months he spent revising, rewriting, and updating the new edition of Modern Magick.
Date: 2010-01-18
The popularity of conspiracy theories seems to ebb and flow with the times, and right now there could not be more popular conspiracy books than those of Dan Brown. The author of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons has recently released his third book featuring symboligist Robert Langdon: The Lost Symbol. Dealing with Freemasonry and its "influence," how can myth be separated from fact? John Michael Greer's new encyclopedic Secrets of the Lost Symbol details, word for word and topic by topic, the truth of the who, what, when, and where of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol.
Date: 2009-10-05
Scott Cunningham's posthumous Book of Shadows has now been released, reminding us all of Scott's dedication to the Craft and to solitary Wicca. But for those close to him, no reminder is necessary. Donald Michael Kraig, Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, Raven Grimassi, and Merilee Bigelow share their memories of Scott Cunningham.
Date: 2009-08-20
In the United States, and increasingly throughout the world, many people see October as a month that culminates on its last day of All Hallow's Eve, Samhain, Halloween. But during October the days continue shortening and we draw ever closer to winter, mirroring another journey, causing many to realize that each passing day takes us one step closer to the incredible but unknown adventures that...
Date: 2009-04-16
Theodore Sturgeon was one of the most important science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century. He is also known for what has come to be called “Sturgeon’s Law.” Tired of defending science fiction as a literary art form, when asked if he didn’t agree that 90% of science fiction was “crap,” he allegedly responded, “90% of everything is crap.” I have a personal library of several thousand...
Date: 2009-03-30
Virtually all comprehensive systems of occultism include methods for developing the ability to recall past lives. For some people, the desire to investigate past lives stems from the need to understand that the soul survives physical death. For others it may be to discover something about themselves, to get at the root of a particular issue. That past lives have been experienced by some cannot be debated; however, is a subjectively real experience an objectively real one? What is the difference between subjective and objective reality? Author Donald MIchael Kraig details just what value understanding past lives has to occultists.
Date: 2009-02-24
I am often asked if there is an ultimate secret to magick. Most of the time, this is asked from a position of obtaining power, and frequently, this is based on the desire for power over others. People who stay with magick learn the truth: the real power is power over yourself. Curiously, the more you try to obtain power over others, the less likely you are to obtain it. The more you obtain power...
Date: 2009-01-06
For some time, back in the 1970s, I had been ordering items from an odd occult shop in Great Britain. I say “odd” because their catalog made rather quirky claims and had products that nobody else carried, often with the “warning” that only their products were “official” (whatever that meant!). One of the things they described in their catalog was something called Chaos Magic. Over time, I started...
Date: 2008-11-17
While the Internet now provides information and cmmunication at the click of a button, Pagans of yesterday needed to find information elsewhere. Donald Michael Kraig recalls when Silver RavenWolf saw this necessity and created the Wiccan/Pagan Press Alliance, as well as how this HedgeWitch got her literary start.
Date: 2008-09-29
A “nightmare scenario” is a situation where everything goes wrong beyond all expectations. Legends of magick are rife with such stories. Perhaps the most famous occurs in Goethe’s poem, Der Zauberlehrling, which was popularized in Dukas’ symphonic poem, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. In the story, an apprentice magician casts a spell on a broomstick to fetch water. When he doesn’t know how to stop...
Date: 2008-09-29
This is a very magickal time of the year. Numerous secular, spiritual, and magickal traditions focus on this period as a time for change. Sometimes, perhaps without even being aware of it, we get stuck in the proverbial rut, including in our magickal practices. And when you’re in that rut, doing things by rote, you may not notice that slowly your success, or the degree of success, starts to fade....
Date: 2008-07-16
Several years ago, Scott Cunningham and I shared a two-bedroom apartment not far from the horseshoe-shaped sports stadium in San Diego. One day, I came back from working as a courier with some business cards I had made for myself at a local printer. I gave one to Scott and he asked what it was. “Something new,” I replied. For some reason he found my tone of voice combined with the two words to be...
Date: 2008-07-16
As with many of Llewellyn’s authors, I frequently travel to give workshops and lectures. Over the past few years I have been to New York and California, Florida and Washington State, and to many places between. I’ve given workshops in Hawaii and Switzerland. As I write this I have most recently given workshops in Connecticut and northern California. One of the most common questions I receive...
Date: 2008-07-15
One of the questions I receive frequently via email and when I give workshops and lectures is “Where are the more advanced books?” The answer is a bit complex, because it deals with both economics and people’s understanding of magick. First, many people think that what they see in novels, TV, and movies is an expression of the reality of magick. Fake magick in fiction is used to help advance the...
Date: 2007-11-26
Scott Cunningham wrote about so many different topics that it’s easy to find spells and rituals to cover just about anything. As we come to Thanksgiving and the end of the year, reflect on the magick of Scott Cunningham and the power of Wicca in the kitchen with Donald Michael Kraig.
Date: 2005-09-01
Many books that give a general introduction to magick have a section on astral projection. They focus on its difficulty, how important it is, how it is a major part of magickal work and so on. But after reading these books, I’m left with a feeling ...
Date: 2005-07-01
Francis Israel Regardie died in 1985. He was perhaps the last and most important link between modern occultism and the powerful occult revolution, which began in 19th century France and, for all practical purposes, ended with WWI and the European ...
Date: 2005-03-01
Talismans are powerful magickal tools that anyone can use. Many books, however, aren’t very clear as to what they are and how they’re used. In Modern Magick, I define a talisman as “any object, sacred or profane, with or without appropriate symbols, ...
Date: 2005-01-01
Before you rip up this issue of New Worlds screaming, “Kraig has finally gone off the deep end,” read on. One of the disappointments many people have — especially after watching shows like Buffy and Charmed or seeing numerous horror films — is ...
Date: 2004-11-01
One of the things I have commented upon in my writing is that for some practitioners, certain aspects of the Kabalah and ceremonial magick are very “left-brained.” These practices, which are a focus for some people, though logical and well thought ...
Date: 2004-09-01
I have been asked many times what magicians do on a daily basis. My usual response is, “They go to school and go to work. They participate with their families. They go out and enjoy time with friends. And they do rituals.” But that’s only part of ...
Date: 2004-07-01
In my last column I talked about advanced magick and why there aren’t more books on the subject. This issue I’d like to share what kindergarten and magick have in common — and why this is such good news. When it comes to drawing, I am not naturally ...
Date: 2004-05-01
When is someone going to put out a book of really advanced magick? This is a question I receive frequently in my mail and email. I also hear it from people I meet when I travel to give workshops and lectures. Lately, I’ve been pondering this ...
Date: 2003-11-01
Many years ago I purchased some copies of an old British magazine called The Occult Review. In the January 1933 issue was an article entitled “Ceremonial Magic Unveiled” by noted occultist Dion Fortune, defending the writings of a young man named ...
Date: 2003-09-01
When magicians get philosophical, they often move to the discussion of the very nature of magick. What is mag-ick? How is it different from anything else? The answer to the first question usually comes through definition. There are many definitions ...
Date: 2003-07-01
Many people use the term karma without truly understanding what it means. “It’s my karma to be poor,” they say. Or instead of poor they say “ill” or “lonely.” In doing this they make karma appear to be the same as fate. It is not. In fact, the ...
Date: 2003-07-01
Where does it come from? This is one of the most frequent questions I receive about magick. There is no simple answer to this question. Every time a source is discovered, if you pull back a leaf you find another behind it. We could go back to ...
Date: 2003-01-01
Elsewhere in this issue of New Worlds you will find a description of my new book, Tarot and Magic. I have been doing magic with the Tarot for a long time, and teaching some of the techniques I use for several years. In Tarot and Magic I have given ...
Date: 2003-01-01
Your Tarot reading says that for better success you need to improve your relationships with people at work. How do you do that? Your Tarot reading says that you need to change the way you look at your spouse in order to strengthen your ...
Date: 2002-07-01
When many people become interested in the world of ceremonial magick, one of their first interests is with the system of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn as revealed in Israel Regardie’s book on the magical techniques of that Order. Many people ...
Date: 2002-05-01
“Magick is for all.” Aleister Crowley wrote this at the beginning of his text, Magick in Theory and Practice. He went on to say that magick is for bankers, boxers, biologists, poets, grocers, women working in factories, mathematicians, ...
My column this issue is not yet another repetition of how Dr. Dee and his assistant Edward Kelly discovered a magickal system (I actually consider it a set of systems) that has come to be called “Enochian Magick.” I’m also not going to get into ...
Sometimes, we are fortunate enough to meet someone who changes the world. Scott Cunningham was such a person, and I was fortunate enough to have shared an apartment with him for half of a decade. It’s now been more than 12 years since the Goddess ...
By the time you read this I will have traveled to and returned from Hawaii — not for a vacation, but to give a workshop on the subject of the Sri Yantra, an important diagram for practitioners of some paths of Tantra. Its main image is that of nine ...
In my last column I wrote about the similarities between the Kabalah and Tantra. Part of the column discussed the idea that classical or traditional Tantra involves far more than the sexual aspects of Tantra — more accurately called Neo-Tantra — ...
Over the past century or so, the model of society has undergone a drastic change due to a variety of influences. We have moved from a society where people lived with extended families — grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, ...
Afew years ago, I took part in the opening day of a relocating bookstore. As part of the day, several people were giving brief talks. Speaking just before me was Ed Fitch, and when he was finished, after some nice applause, people started talking ...
I often have people who want to be authors ask me for tips on creating a successful book. One of the things I like to say is that a key to success is often the title. I like crisp, short titles that clearly indicate what is in the book. The reason ...
Recently, I heard a series of advertisements for a mortuary. In them, parents mention that they’re planning for their deaths, and adult children or friends consider the topic to be morbid and something to avoid. This is because most Westerners, inculcated in the orthodox Christian “one life and you’re through” philosophy, fear death. But sometimes, you have to face death. Many years ago I was a...



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