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“Who’s Listening?”

One of my teachers, Chris Monnastre, told a story of a lesson she learned from her teacher, Israel Regardie. She was just beginning to work under his personal instruction when she showed him how she performed the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. Quietly, she started sounding the first word. “Ahhhhhhhhh-tahhhhhhhhhhh.” Regardie stopped her and […]

If Wishes Were Horses…

As I reported in a previous post, author and occultist Kenneth Grant left his current incarnation last month. I never met him. I wish I had. My copies of his first trilogy of books are well worn from study. There was a time when he only had a few books published and nothing new had […]

A Sad Loss: Kenneth Grant

When I first started an in-depth study of occultism, I tried to read everything that was available. I quickly realized that the available books generally fell into two large categories, books that were mostly ridiculous inventions by their authors to take advantage of people interested in occult topics and books that were older material or […]

The Truth About The Secret Order G.’. B.’. G.’.

More than 40 years ago, a book came out called The Complete Magick Curriculum of the Secret Order G.’. B.’. G.’. by someone named Louis T. Culling. I purchased my copy from Gilbert’s, a bookstore just east of Vine on Hollywood Blvd. Israel Regardie used to hang out there near the occult books and listen to […]

The Magickal Name

I read an interesting blog post by Leigh-Ann Anderson called Choosing a Magickal Name. It give some interesting ideas on how to choose a magickal name, but it doesn’t approach the topic historically. Magickal Names in the Past Anciently, there’s no evidence that people used magickal names. While this may be because magickal and mundane […]

Updates and a Secret Order Revealed

Update 1: The winner of the free quartz crystal pendulum contest, Leo O, lives in Mexico. So it took a bit longer for him to receive his prize. However he informed me via email that he did receive it today. If you’d like to see his amazing entry, go to the page here and scroll […]