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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 […]

Words Have Power and the Hypnotic Difference

It wasn’t until I was in college, taking a class in children’s literature (OK, it was supposed to be easy, but it had tons of reading), that I read Ursula K. LeGuin’s classic book, A Wizard of Earthsea. It’s an incredible tale filled with Jungian overtones as well as a great version of Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey.” […]

Are You In Time?

Magick is more than making changes outside of you, it is also making changes to yourself. If there is something you don’t like about yourself, you can change it. Well, there’s nothing new about that! There are numerous systems for personal growth, change, and empowerment, some more effective than others. To effectively use any of […]

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. […]

Throw Out the LWB?

One of the blogs I like to read is by Alan Joel, called the Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic Blog. In his most recent post he advises that when you get a new Tarot deck you should “throw away the book that comes with the Tarot deck.” By that I assume he means the “Little […]

The Problem Is With Your “But”

Many years ago I read the book Meta-talk: How to uncover hidden meanings in what people say by Gerard I. Nierenberg and Henry Calero. The basic concept is sort of like interpreting body language for the use of words. With body language, the position and motions of the body can amplify or refute the words […]

Perception is Projection

Just a few weeks ago I made a blog post entitled “I Wouldn’t Have Seen if If I Hadn’t Believed It.” I’m surprised that I need to revisit it so soon after posting it, but after the furor resulting from a side issue related to my post last week, I feel it’s important to do […]

Questions of the Month

As a fairly visible and accessible writer, primarily of non-fiction, I get questions about what I’ve written. In fact, I get lots of questions. I used to get stacks of snail-mail letters. Now I receive lots of email. While many of the questions are not connected, it seems like I’ll go through periods where I’ll […]

The Myth and the Reality

One of the things I rarely see discussed is the fact that books—fiction and non-fiction—are products of the times in which they were written. Well, that’s not completely true. Literary criticism often discusses the milieu in which a book was written if the book is fairly recent. This is true even for books a few […]

Magick and the Nature of Evil

If you’ve ever seen a “slasher” film, this scenario is going to be familiar to you: The mad, “pure evil” slasher comes after his victim with an axe. There’s a loud “thump!” and a scream. The victim looks in horror at his shoulder, now issuing copious spurts of fake red blood. Jason Voorhees character from […]