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My Ring

  Here is a photo of my magick ring:    This ring has been part of my life for many years. Part of the concept for it (pentagrams on the front and sides with two circles around them) were suggested by my friend, Raven Grimassi. At the time, I was living north of San Diego […]

A Call to Leaders of the Golden Dawn

In Modern Magick I described why I thought the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was important. Imagine a simple hourglass: The sand in the top half represents the  forms of occultism known in the West during the middle to late 19th century, ranging from ceremonial magick to Paganism. They were filled with differences and […]

Discovering Tarot: Learn From the Old—Create the New

There is more than one mythic history of the Tarot. It’s important to note that by mythic I don’t simply mean that the stories were made up and imaginary. Rather, myths are information conveyed in a story to indicate the importance of something. Aesop’s fables, for example, are myths explaining timeless truths in simple stories. […]

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 […]

Religion—>Spirituality—>Mysticism—>Magick

On Monday, September 10, 2012, the Dalai Lama wrote the following to his friends on Facebook(!): All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This […]

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 […]

A New Blog You Should Follow

I have had the honor and privilege of knowing Chick and Sandra Tabatha Cicero for many years. The Ciceros They refer to themselves as “Senior Adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn,” which is sort of like Johnny Depp calling himself just a guitar player (he does play guitar, but that’s not his […]

French Lick?

Yes, I know the name sounds like something from a bad porno film. In actuality, French Lick, Indiana, is a real town. It is the home town of NBA great Larry Bird. People visiting the casinos there included boxer Joe Lewis and gangster Al Capone. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his intention to run for President here. […]

Labels, Cults, and Politics

In the blog Gleamings from the Dawn, Morgan Drake Eckstein seems surprised to hear that on another blog, a person wrote that you shouldn’t use the term “cult” to describe “Golden Dawn groups.” Eckstein writes, “If we cannot use the word ‘cult,’ especially in its technical sense, then what word are we supposed to use?” […]