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Names, Magick, and the Subconscious

Names and Magick One of the strongest aspects of magick is the use of names. By this I mean the use of one word or phrase to represent something much grander. For example, if someone were to mention my name, you might think of a blogger, a writer, a workshop leader, a hypnotherapist, an occultist, […]

True Tales 3–7

Here are five short stories, my retelling of  events that happened to me I’m calling “True Tales.” They illustrate magickal concepts in a way I think is much more interesting than simply describing those concepts. The Gods May Have Plans for You that You Don’t Expect I was living in a house in the city […]

On Gematria

One of the most popular and successful aspects of working magick involves what is known as Gematria (pronounced with a hard G as in “good”: gem-ei-tree-uh). Gematria is a Kabalistic technique for taking the letters of Hebrew (and later other languages) and assigning them a numerical value. It is believed that if two words had the same […]

Tzimtzum?

There is no Kabalah Or more accurately, there is no single thing, belief, or system, no single book, technique, philosophy or theology, that is the extent of the Kabalah. Whenever someone says, “according to the Kabalah…” or “the Kabalah says…” they are at best being incomplete and at worst showing their lack of knowledge about […]

Kabalah vs. the “Bible Code”

Last Saturday morning my wife Holly and I drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to attend the Pagan Pride day celebration. It was small, but diverse, and there were some great workshops. The area was covered for shade, but still hot and very dry. I hope next year the attendance will be even better. […]

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 […]

Reincarnation: Its Value and a Proof

Even though billions of people around the world believe in reincarnation, and the belief in reincarnation has existed for thousands of years, it remains a highly controversial subject. Personally, I believe that’s a good thing. We should examine our beliefs to determine whether they are based in reality rather than fantasy. Most occultists, but definitely not […]

Why Tarot?

Why is it magical people are so interested in the Tarot? There are numerous forms of divination. Currently, I’m beginning to study palmistry. Here are a few great resources if you’re interested: You Can Read Palms by Richard Webster Instant Palm Reader by Linda Domin Palmistry Quick & Easy by Peter Hazel Palm Reading for […]

Magick 101 # 6.3.2: The Names that Charge the Pentagrams

In previous posts I’ve discussed the value of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram and its first section known as the Kabalistic Cross. In the previous post of this series (LINK) I discussed how to form the pentagrams and the importance of circumambulating as part of the ritual. I’d like to clarify by pointing […]

Magick 101 #4: TRUE Meditation

[Part One of this Series: Click HERE] [Part Two of this Series: Click HERE] [Part Three of this Series: Click HERE]   People make a big deal over meditation. Unfortunately, there is more bad information about meditation than there is good. This is a shame, because it is a valuable and important technique for people learning magick. A levitating gnu, […]