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Is Tantra a Religion?

As you get more and more into your study of magick, metaphysics, and the occult, you’re going to hear about Tantra. For most Westerners, Tantra is just “that sex stuff.” Some think it’s all revealed in the book, The Kama Sutra. So how could I even ask if Tantra is a religion? Sources Tantra is […]

The Map is NOT the Territory

The expression “the map is not the territory” is a concept found in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). It’s meaning is very similar to the concept of Maya in Tantra. In ancient Tantric concepts, as in modern Western science, the physical universe is seen as an incredible collection of energy. The stars are energy. The chair you’re sitting […]

Setting the Record Straight

Thank You, S.F. Bay! First, I would like to thank everyone who showed up for my workshops at Ancient Ways in Oakland, CA, this last weekend. I’d also like to thank shop owner Glenn Turner for her hospitality and friendship, as well as nods to Marilee, Michael, and everyone else at the shop. If you’re […]

Magick 101 #1: Heroes Brush Their Teeth

With this post I’m beginning a basic course in ceremonial magick. From the beginning. It may be too basic for some readers, but if you’re advanced enough to think that, then perhaps these occasional posts will help expand your ideas when teaching others. Getting Ready for Magick Among the mystics of India it is said […]

Tantra: It’s NOT What You Think

People have a natural interest in sex. Without sex, we wouldn’t be here. And yet, we seem to have a love-hate relationship with sexuality. To many Westerners sex is a gift from God but we should only experience this gift under certain limited situations. To others, sex is at best a necessary evil and shouldn’t […]

Secrets of the Kaula Circle

Many years ago there were two bookstores in Hollywood that I would frequent. One, just east of Cahuenga on Hollywood Blvd, was Gilbert’s Books. This was a full bookstore that offered both new and used books. It also had a large selection of occult books, some of which were quite unusual and rare. I’ve heard […]

The Book Game

Gordon at Rune Soup has presented a “game” that has been firing up the magickal blogosphere. Here is the idea: Let’s say you would like to introduce someone to the world of magick using only books. This person is going to be in a deserted house with no outside communication for a month and they’ve […]