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The Myth of the Will

For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect. —The Book of the Law, Chapter I, Verse 44 Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. —Dan Millman, author of Way of […]

The Middle Pillar: Part 1—Why It Matters

Over a year ago I started an eight-part series on the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram or LBRP. To the best of my knowledge it’s still the most complete explanation of the ritual available on the web, although I do imagine some people may have put more of a focus on different sections. You […]

Beware the Grand Poobahs!

The term “Grand Poobah” is derived from the brilliant comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado. In it, there’s a character named “Poo-Bah.” Poo-Bah has a long series of titles after his name, such as Commander-in-Chief, Lord Chief Justice, and Lord High Everything Else. According to Wikipedia, the term Grand Poobah is used today “as […]

The Secrets of Real Love Spells—Part 4

In the first part of this series I discussed why the common, non-magickal concept of a love spell was a bad idea, but that real love spells were a practical option for magickal folks. In the second part of this series I described how it’s a myth that “opposites attract” but an occult truism that “like attracts […]

Magick 101 # 6.4: The Evocation of the Archangels

This is the concluding section of lesson 6 in my series on basic magick. In this lesson I’ve so far covered the following topics: Why the LBRP Matters Secrets of the Kabalistic Cross More Secrets of the Kabalistic Cross Sounds of the Kabalistic Cross Understanding the Formulation of the Pentagrams The Names that Charge the […]

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 # 6.3.1: Understanding the Formulation of the Pentagrams

This is part of a continuing series of posts that form a Magick 101 class. I hope you’re enjoying them. Previously, I have shared a great deal on preparations. Most recently I’ve been going deeply into the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, beginning with why it still matters and then going into the first […]

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 […]