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Magick 101 # 6.2.3: Sounds of the Kabalistic Cross

The Challenge of Language As readers probably know, there are specialized words in the LBRP, and in the first section of the LBRP known as the Kabalistic Cross, that are in Hebrew. There are many challenges with pronouncing them “correctly”: Hebrew is at least 2,600 years old and its antecedents are much older. It has […]

Spare Cards

What do you do with spare cards? How do you even acquire spare cards? Amassing Spare Cards 1. if I get a deck that I don’t really like to read with, I’ll relegate those cards to the “spare cards” pile. 2. if I lose a card or wreck a card from a deck, I’ll consider […]

Dragon Watching on the Long Trail

Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Shawn MacKenzie, author of The Dragon-Keeper’s Handbook. From Acadian shores to the Green Mountains, Northern New England is one of the most Dragon-rich regions in the lower forty-eight. Craggy outcroppings, forests full of game, and waters full of fish add up to idyllic habitats. The relative dearth […]

Tarot for Cat Lovers

There have been no formal studies regarding the number of tarot readers who have cats. However, informal observation leads at least one editor to believe that a majority of tarot readers own and/or love cats. For those of you who do, Lo Scarabeo offers two decks that might be of interest. The Tarot of the […]

Magick 101 # 6.2.2: More Secrets of the Kabalistic Cross

In my previous post, #6.2.1, I shared some background concepts of the Kabalistic Cross section of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. I would encourage you to read or re-read that post before reading this one. It gives a rather thorough understanding of what this part of the ritual means. Visualizations and Actions In […]

Sun Enters Libra 2011: The Year Ahead

Libra, The Balance September 23 to October 23 Modality: Cardinal Element: Air Ruler: Venus Keywords: Balanced, just, charming, diplomatic, artistic, sociable, passive, indecisive, sophisticated, accommodating, kind, likable, respectful As a Libra you are a charming people-pleaser. You make a natural mediator, not only putting people at ease in any situation but also making sure that […]

Magick 101 # 6.2.1: Secrets of the Kabalistic Cross

Secrets of the Kabalistic Cross Part 1 In my previous blog post I described why the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram remains a valuable rite. In this post I’m going to begin looking into the first section of the ritual, known as the Kabalistic Cross. According to Regardie’s The Golden Dawn, the book responsible […]

Cards Having Conversations

We ask the cards questions all the time. And we all know that the type of information you get depends on the questions asked. So we know what kind of conversations we have with the cards. But what happens if we shut up and let the cards talk amongst themselves? Of course, they cannot actually […]

Tuning In

This is a quick little blip on tv shows I’m pretty excited about this season. When the weather gets chilly and wet and especially when the days get shorter and we’re shrouded in darkness, sometimes all I want to do is put on my jammies and curl up on the couch to watch a good […]

Magick 101 # 6.1: Why the LBRP Matters

In previous “lessons” of Magick 101 I’ve given you some personal preparation and theory. In this first part of lesson 6 I’m going to talk about the first formal ritual, The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. What? That ol’ thing? Yes. That old thing. Most of the time I see the LBRP performed it […]