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.
Over a decade ago I was feeling frustrated over seeing the way most Westerners thought about Tantra. If you're like most people, Tantra is "that sex stuff." Or perhaps you know a bit more about it and thought that it was all about sacred sexuality and extending periods of sexual bliss. In fact, Traditional Tantra consists of some of the oldest, continually practiced Pagan traditions in the world. To say that Tantra is just about sex is like saying Wicca is just about the Great Rite or that the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the worlds fastest production car, is just about its gas cap.
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There are lots of books that can function as powerful resources for magicians, from my own, wide-ranging Modern Magick or The Complete Magicians' Tables to books going into depth on more specific topics such as Geomancy in Theory & Practice, Hands-On Chaos Magic, or Magickal Self Defense. In my experience, however, many magicians today don't start research into magickal practices by going into their book collections; some, quite frankly, don't have many books at all. Instead they depend upon that ubiquitous internet repository of information, Wikipedia.
I love Wikipedia. I think it's a great tool. But as I have repeatedly pointed out, Wikipedia is a great place to start research but
Recently, Nick Farrell blogged on why he believes magical rituals fail. Whether you agree with it or not I think you will find it interesting.
One aspect that is not mentioned there is that it assumes magick works. I agree. Therefore, if it doesn't work, there must be a reason. If you worked by yourself, you were obviously at fault for the failure. If you worked with a group, you or someone else, or perhaps several people were at fault for the behavior.
Understanding magickal theory and then analyzing what happened during and following a failed ritual is certainly important. However, saying that you or someone was at fault for the failure is ultimately not only useless, it can also
Two days ago was the Spring Equinox. The Sun was exactly overhead at noon. This solar influence has been so important on the history of humanity that it is celebrated in numerous cultures going back thousands of years. Zoroastrians call it Nowruz. Jews identified it with Pesach (Passover). Some Pagans associated it with the goddess Eostre and Christians adopted the name and timing for Easter. Some Pagans call it Ostara, Other pre-Christian names include Alban Eilir and Bacchanalia. Some refer to it as Lady Day and many consider it the start of the new year.
Billions of people have considered this time the end of the cold darkness of winter. Life is returning and plants begin to show