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.
Here in the U.S., most people think of Influenza—the flu—as not much more than a serious cold. In fact, the flu is a terrible disease. In the U.S. alone, the CDC estimates it causes about 36,000 deaths yearly. Worldwide, the estimates are 250,000 to a half-million deaths per year. As of July 6, 2009, the total number of deaths worldwide from the dreaded and fearsome Swine Flu you've been hearing about is...
wait for it...
Not 40,000. Not even 4,000. Just 429. In the entire world.
I'm not trying to be callous. As far as I'm concerned even one death from the flu is one too many. But does it really make sense to be terrified over the loss, terrible as it is, of 500 people
Do you scour the internet? I'm a regular internet user but not an "I've gotta be online every minute of the day" type of person. Even so, because I'm interested in Tantra and sex magick, I often come upon sites and pages that have a bit of internet slang on them: NSFW. Have you seen it? Do you know what it means?
Not Safe For Work
Usually this code is attached to a page that is going to have some sort of nudity. It may be as benign as a woman's breasts. Although I certainly have nothing against breasts, I have to acknowledge that there are some people in a work situation who may be offended by them and even consider it sexual harassment if I were to have them on my computer monitor.
Thank you for taking a look at the first post in my new blog for Llewellyn the World of Magick. If you aren't familiar with me, please look at my profile on this site. If you are familiar with me—and even if you aren't—I'd like to tell you about the focus of this blog.
I've been writing and teaching about magick for several years. One of the things I've tried to stress is this:
Magick isn't something you do.
Magick is something you are.
This means that magick isn't simply about some ritual or spell. It's a way of life. It's a way of approaching life. It's a way of living in this world. So my goal with this blog is to share how I live magickally in this world, ways to view the