The pentagram (five-pointed star) is an ancient symbol known to virtually all peoples and cultures of the earth; it has even been found on rock carvings dating back to the Stone Age. In the Western tradition of magic, it represents the five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Spirit or Ether. At the same time, it symbolizes a person with legs and arms outstretched to the sides. Each of the...
Reader Question: For quite some time now I have been trying to separate my astral body by using the following method: I lie flat on my back, breath deeply and slowly, and enter a state of deep relaxation, as I learned to do through autogenic training. Then I try to separate my astral body from my physical body until it floats roughly a foot and a half above me. But I still have not had any luck,...
Ritual magic is just one of the many branches of the
magical arts. For example, when a magician charges
a sigil or travels into a tattwa realm, it really does not
have much to do with ritual in the technical sense of
the word. The same applies to other magical workings, such as astral travel or healing with a magic mirror. However, with your expression dramatic fuss, I feel
Editor's Note: This article was written by Louis T. Culling during the 1970s. His book, The Complete Magick Curriculum of the Secret Order B∴G∴B∴, is being re-released. Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, publisher of Culling's original edition of this book, has edited, revised, and expanded the original version.Dr. Carl Jung has written about the large impact that occultism has had upon...
Dion Fortune, one of the most striking, enigmatic, and least known women of the twentieth century, can be credited for much of what we consider to be "New Age" today. To get to the essence of her for the new reader, how can she be summed up? Alan Richardson, author of the forthcoming Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune – Logos of the Aeon, Shakti of the Age, discusses just why we should credit DF.
There are many differing opinions on what chaos magic really is, many of which evoke an image of something dark, sinister, and dangerous. Andrieh Vitimus, author of Hands-On Chaos Magic, dispels the myths and details what chaos magic really is and how, in these uncertain times, it can provide a framework by which we can improve magical results and achieve whatever outcomes we desire.
This exercise is practiced alongside the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. During the first month of practice, you should perform the entire exercise at least twice a week. On each of the other five days you can do one of the five steps of the exercise (letters a, b, c, d, or e) after performing the pentagram ritual. In doing so, during the first month you should pay close attention that...
Ever since I read my first books on yoga and self-hypnosis at the age of nine, I’ve been involved in spiritual studies and occultism in the broadest sense. The “winds of dharma” had certainly chosen a convoluted path for me. In time, my palette of ...