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I Want You to Write!

I honestly believe that Llewellyn publishes some of the most important and valuable books around. The authors you read today may be the Gerald Gardners, Doreen Valientes, Israel Regardies, Aleister Crowleys, and Arthur Avalons of tomorrow. Which authors today will take their place in that pantheon of names? I don’t know. My guess is that […]

Don’t Take My Word For It

Preston Sturgis was one of the top screenwriters and directors in Hollywood’s history. His Sullivan’s Travels manages to be wildly humorous, inventive, and touching while dealing with serious social issues. His mother, Mary Estelle Dempsey, married a traveling salesman, but moved to Paris to be a singer when Preston was just 3. She moved back to […]

Apocalypse NOT—and the Future of Occult Training

I am writing this just a few days before the supposed Mayan Apocalypse on Friday, December 21, 2012. The belief that the “end times” are here is nothing new. This LINK will take you to a page that lists over 200 dates where experts and religious leaders said the end of the world was coming. […]

Putting the X in Xmas

Ever since I was young I’ve had a “thing” about religion and spirituality. Although I often found myself disagreeing with various religious beliefs, or with ideas being presented as supposedly representative of various religions, I still had respect for the underlying concepts. Sometimes, I found that people would create religions not to help others, but […]

Wondering What to Get?

Some people like money as a gift. While there’s a part of me that thinks, “Good! Money! I can do something with this,” there’s also another part of me that thinks, “They sure didn’t think much about this gift!” I prefer receiving something that someone has actually spent time considering. “What is Don like? What […]

A Great Loss for the Occult Community

Recently, I’ve begun to think that maybe the Mayans—or more accurately, some interpreters of the Mayan calendar—were right. I’ve seen a great deal of personal loss this year. Musically, I learned that a guitarist I had played with had died. Before we worked together he had played with the early group, The Music Machine, and […]

Where the “New Age” Goes Wrong

According to Thelemites, followers of the beliefs of Aleister Crowley, we entered the new age (or more accurately, New Aeon), in 1904. According to astrologers, we are either at the cusp or beginning of the new Age of Aquarius. Some say that this new age is an era of invention and universal brotherhood. Others say […]

Magick & Forgiveness

We just experienced a blue moon. Popularly, this means the second full moon in a single month. The original meaning of a blue moon, however, is based on a seasonal view of the year. Each season (winter, summer, spring or fall) typically has only three full moons. Because of the way the moon orbits the […]

From “Inner Secret” to Minor Diversion

When Aleister Crowley was initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, he was initially impressed with the intensity and seriousness of the vows he took never to reveal any of the secrets of the Order. He quickly became disappointed, though, when those “secrets” were revealed to be relatively mundane—or at least well known—things […]

Energized Enthusiasm

In the Spring of 1913, in Crowley’s Equinox journal (Volume 1 #9), Aleister Crowley published a short article (now available separately) entitled Energized Enthusiasm. While actually focused on sex magick, there are concepts included that extend to all forms of magick. Being a musician myself, I like that Crowley relates music and magick. He writes, […]