Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Donald Tyson, author of a vast number of books, including The Serpent of Wisdom, The Demonology of King James I, and Necronomicon.
Schools of magic begin with the inspired leadership of one human being. That person is always guided by spirits, who are the true teachers of the school. We see this again and again throughout the history of Western occultism. A school rises under the leadership of an individual who psychically receives esoteric revelations. It prospers for a number of years, then usually dies when the individual who led it comes to the end of life. Sometimes, however, there is a transfer of authority to another person,
In my previous post, I described why I decided to quit a small, Crowley-oriented group from when I lived in the San Diego area:
First: One of the leaders attempted to cover up his clear lack of knowledge. There is so much information available today, it is quite impossible to know everything. One of the great values of groups is their ability to bring together people with a wide range of interests and centers of knowledge. When you don't know something it's quite likely there will either be someone else who does have that knowledge or who knows how to access it. But when a supposed leader gives a talk on a subject with superficial preparation and the inability to
Delta T and Delta C
One of the challenges of being involved in the study of occultism is to find people with similar interests. The pool of occultists interested in studying magick is even smaller. The pool of magickal students who want to practice magick is smaller still.
It is true that today you can find people on the internet who are practicing magicians…at least they claim to be practicing magicians. However, the truth is the so-called "social media" is antithetical to actual socialization. Besides, the time I'm talking about in this True Tale was pre-WWW, so other than through the use of "snail mail" and telephones, the only way to be part of a group was to actually meet
As I wrote at the end of my previous post,
This coming Saturday, September the 14th, I'll be giving a workshop for the San Diego Pagan Pride day event. This family friendly (and dog friendly!) day will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 6th and El Prado/Laurel in beautiful Balboa Park. If you haven't attended in the past, come on out to hear me give a workshop at 11:00 am. There will also be other workshop presenters, live music, rituals, and vendors. The event is free, but please bring some non-perishable foods as a donation for Mama's Kitchen, a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers food to men, women and children who are affected by AIDS or