It's been an amazing two-and-a-half days at Pantheacon!
I spent Saturday rehearsing for my workshops later in the day. Then I went to the exclusive Llewellyn party. Thanks to Elysia for setting it up. I had a great chance to meet and greet long-time friends and meet some new Llewellyn authors. Unfortunately, the room was rather dark and since my camera didn't have a flash, the pics didn't come out. Sorry.
Then I gave my first workshop: why the LBRP (Lesser Banishing ritual of the Pentagram) matters. I presented the idea that magick requires three things:
The ability to raise or generate magickal energy (both from interior and exterior sources)*
The ability to manipulate the
Francis Israel Regardie's The Golden Dawn is one of the most important books in the history of modern occultism. Recently there have been a spate of attacks on Regardie's book as being incomplete or not "the real stuff" leading to new books and claims by individuals to have received new information from the Secret Chiefs. Frankly, all of this reminds me of Macbeth's speech (act V; scene V):
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
In my opinion, these claims and counterclaims all miss the point. Real magick is not about some new secret
As we come to the end of 2010, people are naturally interested in what will happen to them and those they care about in the coming year. Many of us will ask questions of astrologers, Tarot readers, etc., while others of us will investigate the charts and cards for ourselves.
But are such divinations accurate and correct? The ancient oracles used to speak in puzzles rather than clearly giving answers to questions. This resulted in plenty of room for interpretation and misinterpretation. Although the interpretation may have been in error, the divination itself was correct.
In 1994, Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero edited the first volume of The Golden Dawn Journal (recently republished as
I read an interesting blog post by Leigh-Ann Anderson called Choosing a Magickal Name. It give some interesting ideas on how to choose a magickal name, but it doesn't approach the topic historically.
Magickal Names in the Past
Anciently, there's no evidence that people used magickal names. While this may be because magickal and mundane lives were one and the same, I'm more inclined to believe that they simply weren't needed. The need for a magickal name developed as the military might of the Christian Church expanded. If you were caught doing magick, you could be imprisoned, tortured, or killed…but not before you revealed the names of your "co-conspirators." So people would take on