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.
It was about fifteen years after the events in True Tale 1 when I returned to Las Vegas. This is how the experience came to be.
I had been studying music since before I was in grammar school. By the time I reached high school, I was pretty good at playing rock organ. To my disappointment, all of the rock bands from my high school were really, really bad. A friend of mine since junior high school, Ricky R., played quarterback on the football team. I was left guard. He played organ in a band. He used a small, "chord" organ, which, beside standard keys, had neatly-labled button where pressing one would play chords of several notes. I never saw him play using more than two fingers.
When I was about five, my father had a massive heart attack died. My mother, without a job and left on her own to manage a home and two young children, couldn't cope and had a nervous breakdown. My brother and I were sent from our home in Los Angeles to live with relatives in Chicago. My mother, with the help of a psychiatrist, began to recover.
One evening, my brother and I, desperately missing our mother, sneaked downstairs and called her on the house's only phone. In tears we begged to come back. The call had a startling effect on my mother, shocking her into reality and, with the help of her psychiatrist, began a quick road to vast improvement. Soon, she had a job as an
The other day I was at a friend's house and we began talking about books. I have several thousand books on various occult topics. Some are very old. Others are quite new. My friend and I both knew of people who had well over ten thousand books, although most were fiction, especially fantasy or science fiction.
I started wondering about why people keep large quantities of books. For me, it is so I can do research. Why people keep vast quantities of fiction, since I don't do that, I can't say.
But when you go into someone's home and there are shelves that make the place look like a bookstore or library it's, I don't know, impressive? weird? It certainly tells you a great deal about the
When I was very young, I loved to watch and listen to baseball games. I'd fall asleep listening on the radio to Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett* call the Dodgers games. I started playing little league baseball, and in my last year I had the highest batting average in the league. Today, I find listening to baseball or even watching it incredibly boring. For me, there is just no way sitting on your behind and being passive can compare to actually playing the game.
When I first started studying magick and occultism, I didn't know anyone who was actually trained in the subjects. As a result, I did a lot of study out of books. Some of the books were really good. Others, I came to realize, were