Donald Michael Kraig graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy. He has also studied public speaking and music (traditional and experimental) on the university level. After a decade of personal study and practice, he began ten years of teaching courses in the Southern California area on such topics as Kabalah, Tarot, Magic, Tantra, and Psychic Development. He has been a member of many spiritual and magical groups and is an initiated Tantric.
Don has worked in telephone marketing, managed a courier service for a major bank, managed costume shops, worked in a sleight-of-hand magic store, and he has worked at occult shops. He worked at a used book store for one month and ended up owing them more money than he earned. He has also worked as a professional Tarot reader (he is a Certified Tarot Grandmaster) and has helped teach computer classes as U.S.C. As a musician he has performed in concert choirs, madrigal groups, and in bands that have opened for groups ranging from Elton John to Great White.
Don has received training and is certified as a clinical hypnotherapist by the American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH), the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), and the Association for Integrative Psychology (AIP). He is also certified as a hypnosis instructor by the ABH and as a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming by the AIP.
Don is best known as the author of books including Modern Magick, Modern Sex Magick and Tarot & Magick, published by Llewellyn. Recently, his first novel, The Resurrection Murders (see www.resurrectionmurders.com) was published by Galde Press. He has given lectures and workshops all over the U.S. and in Europe. He has been the editor-in-chief of Llewellyn's New Times magazine and FATE magazine. He helped start Llewellyn's free on line journal and is currently the editor of their free Encyclopedia as well as writing for New Worlds. He lives in Southern California.
In my two previous posts I presented some basic ideas for astral projection and astral travel. In that second post I pointed out that astral travel was about more than going to the moon or visiting a girlfriend or boyfriend. It's even more that visiting someone to help heal them from the astral plane or to have consensual astral sex with them. Astral travel can lead to the fountainheads of spiritual wisdom. However, as they say in the infomercials, "But wait! There's more!"
Most practitioners of magick didn't just chant a spell or wave a wand and woosh!, magick happened. And yet, you wouldn't be reading this if you didn't believe or hadn't experienced the fact that magick works. So
In my previous post I shared a surprisingly easy method to consciously project Out of Body also known as Astral Projection. But after you do that, then what? Here's what I wrote in Modern Magick:
Once you are able to freely project your consciousness into your Astral Body and travel around in that state, what good will it do you? Why even learn how to Astral Project in the first place? Sure, it is fun and exhilarating, but going to a movie can be fun and going dancing can be exhilarating. And movie-going and dancing take a great deal less preparation and practice.
There are many books which discuss how wonderful it is to be out-of-body. But once you achieve the ability of Projection,
As I described in Modern Magick, one of the important tools of a magician is pathworking. The concept behind this skill is simple. It holds that the Tree of Life is a map of the levels of the astral plane.
The Tree of Life
Design: Kircher ——— Colors: Golden Dawn "Queen Scale"
In my book I wrote, "Magicians can use this map to chart their way to meeting with higher spiritual entities, non-physical consciousnesses capable of giving any information needed."
For this post, that leaves a lot of questions. First is the term "pathworking" itself. When I first became involved with the practice, the term exclusively described the process of projecting astrally up
There has been a debate on the internet concerning the future of magick. I saw a discussion about it on Aaron Leitch's Blog. There, Aaron discusses comments by Jake Stratton-Kent concerning the future of magick.
One of the problems in this discussion is the use of jargon. Aaron reveals, "Jake is a goetic magician, but that doesn’t mean what you probably think it does. When Jake uses the term “goetia” he’s not talking about the Renaissance grimoire of that name (which we will refer to as the Goetia of Solomon) – nor about something so simplistic as “working with demons”. Instead he is referring to one of the most primordial foundations of Western occultism: the ancient