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In Like a Lion

Well, as the old saying goes, this month is roaring in like a lion. A couple of people are arguing over who is the real Golden Dawn. So what else is new? There are Witchcraft groups that are disagreeing with each other and separating. So what else is new? Actually, there are a couple of […]

Sunday Evening at Pantheacon

It’s been an amazing two-and-a-half days at Pantheacon! I spent Saturday rehearsing for my workshops later in the day. Then I went to the exclusive Llewellyn party. Thanks to Elysia for setting it up. I had a great chance to meet and greet long-time friends and meet some new Llewellyn authors. Unfortunately, the room was […]

“Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

Do you remember the first time you heard that line? I do. There had been an enormous line around the theater in San Diego. A friend and I walked to the front of the line and asked if there were any tickets left for the current show. “Only in the front row,” we were told. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Three Experiences of Initiation

Initiation is one of the most valuable experiences in any person’s life. Many religions have initiatory rituals such as Confirmation, Baptism, Bar Mitzvah, and so forth. Generally, initiations are one of two types: initiation into a tradition and initiation into a group. For example, a person might be Baptized into the Christian tradition, but not […]

Setting the Record Straight

Thank You, S.F. Bay! First, I would like to thank everyone who showed up for my workshops at Ancient Ways in Oakland, CA, this last weekend. I’d also like to thank shop owner Glenn Turner for her hospitality and friendship, as well as nods to Marilee, Michael, and everyone else at the shop. If you’re […]

The Baal Shem of London

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a linchpin in Western occultism, was founded in the late 1880s. Within 15 years there had been schisms dividing the Order. With the internet today, events happen much faster. Various groups claim to be “the” Golden Dawn and fight for the use of the name. New groups claim […]