Over the last thousand years there have been several distinct streams of Western magical practice. Running parallel are the grimoires, which focus on preparation and complex procedures to produce effective communication and interaction with spiritual beings, and the Books of Secrets, full of simple techniques using easily available ingredients. Both of these traditions have influenced many of the more recent magical traditions and practices that have developed in recent centuries. However, until recently the importance of the early Book of Secrets tradition has been largely ignored. Here magician David Rankine explains the rich, magical history behind these books.
Most magicians have a routine they follow prior to casting a spell: creating a ritual space, casting a circle, and consulting a Book of Shadows. From where do these practices come? David Rankine, co-author of The Veritable Key of Solomon, discusses how the Key of Solomon helped shape ritual as we know it today.
Theodore Sturgeon was one of the most important science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century. He is also known for what has come to be called “Sturgeon’s Law.” Tired of defending science fiction as a literary art form, when asked if he didn’t agree that 90% of science fiction was “crap,” he allegedly responded, “90% of everything is crap.” I have a personal library of several thousand...
Here we are, once again at the cusp of summer and fall, which means it’s time for my favorite Witchy Update issue—“Back to School”!
This is where I like to remind everyone, year after year, just because some of us are no longer pursuing degrees or diplomas, it doesn’t mean we are done learning. Far from it! As Witches we are always looking to broaden or deepen our knowledge on just about...