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So Where Did Real Tantra Come From?

As with most ancient traditions, everyone wants to claim that theirs is the oldest and that all other traditions came from them. In the Western Abrahamic religions, both Christianity and Islam arose out of Judaism. Interestingly—some claim due to the monotheistic approaches of these faiths—they all claim that their’s is the real religion and their […]

A Study of the Fool’s Journey 5

For an overview of and foundation for this series, see HERE The second row shows the questioning of everything learned in the first row and the inward search for self. Modern psychology really comes into play here, as we confront the illusions of ego, defensiveness, and rigid habits of the past. The first two cards, […]

Real Tantra is More Than Tantra

Tantra? It’s that sex stuff, right? Chances are you’ve heard of Tantra. If you’re involved in occultism, you’ve probably heard something like “it’s an Eastern form of sex magick.” If you’re more involved in what might be called popular New Age beliefs, you’ve probably heard that Tantra is about having long periods of ecstatic sex. […]

Are Astral Initiations “Valid?”

Recently, there has been a great deal of blog-flutter concerning whether astral initiations into magickal groups are valid (see, for example, here, here, and here). I’d like to share my ideas as this topic has clearly struck a collective nerve. What is an initiation? According to the free, online Llewellyn Encyclopedia, here is the definition […]

A Study of the Fool’s Journey 4

For an overview of and foundation for this series, see HERE Part 2 HERE Part 3 HERE If you have successfully met the test or challenge of the Emperor, you will experience the Lovers, in both its traditional and modern forms. Traditionally, the Lovers is about choices. If you have been successful in integrating your […]

Hear Me Interviewed This Friday!

I’m going to be interviewed by Dorian Wallace on his Blog Talk Radio program, Desperate Housewitches. Date: Friday, July 12 Time: 9:00 p.m. Eastern— 6:00 p.m. Pacific Here’s the LINK to the show’s blog. Here’s the LINK to the live show. You can listen through your computer from anywhere in the world. Be sure to […]

Truly Connecting to the Wheel of the Year

Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jane Meredith, author of Rituals of Celebration. Many of the most powerful times I’ve had in ritual have been during celebrations for one of the eight festivals of the Wheel of the Year. Moments of powerful community; of ecstatic spiritual revelation; of deep self-knowledge and of pure […]

A Study of the Fool’s Journey 3

For an overview of and foundation for this series, see HERE Part 2 is HERE In this article, we look at the main test or challenge of the first row, which is represented by The Emperor. The flanking cards, The Empress and The Hierophant, show the energies the create or intensify the challenge. Many people […]

Contest Still On—Win a Free Tarot Deck!

Yes, the first prediction contest is still on. The person who makes the most accurate prediction will win a Tarot deck of his or her choice, and that may be chosen from all the decks offered by Llewellyn. To read all of the rules and make your entry, please go to this LINK. This contest […]

What’s an Anaretic Degree? Where Can You Get Graveyard Dust?

I have the wonderful luck of being able to provide several services to Llewellyn. As you may know, I write some books, I’m an acquisition editor, and I write this blog. What you might not know is that I’m also the editor of Llewellyn’s free, online encyclopedia. As the editor of the encyclopedia, my work […]