With the new year comes lots of new things. I'd like to draw some of them to your attention and also ask you to share something with readers...
1st Up: Prediction Contest
Yep. I'm going to be announcing this for some time to come. In my last blog post I announced a prediction contest. It's very simple: make a prediction for this year. The contestant with the most accurate prediction wins his or her choice of any Tarot deck published or distributed by Llewellyn. For full details click on this LINK.
2nd Up: The Latest Issue of Hermetic Virtues Magazine
Hermetic Virtues is rapidly becoming the premier journal of traditional ceremonial magick, following in the great tradition of magazines
Some people like money as a gift. While there's a part of me that thinks, "Good! Money! I can do something with this," there's also another part of me that thinks, "They sure didn't think much about this gift!"
I prefer receiving something that someone has actually spent time considering. "What is Don like? What does he need? What does he want? What will he use?" That's the type of gift I prefer to give, too. For me, spending time considering what someone needs, will like and will use is a pleasure for me. It can also be challenging if I don't have in mind a variety of things to choose from that might appeal to a person.
There's a surprisingly different problem when selecting a gift,
Many years ago, when I lived in San Diego, I was a member of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood, AMORC, and a founding member of the lodge there. Most people familiar with AMORC from their at one time omnipresent ads in magazines such as Popular Mechanics and FATE know them for their mail order lessons. What many people don't know is that they also have actual group meetings and sites.
AMORC's Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California
One of the things I remember about the public meetings was a statement at many of the rituals about the two great questions of existence:
Life, and what comes before, and
Death, and what comes after.
People seek to know that our very essence, our soul or spirit,
Winter has started here on the Sea of Trees in Southern California. We've had the heaviest rainfall in a decade and it's been quite cold (for us), dipping down below freezing. So I've got the heater on and I've been enjoying a lot of great reading with some fairly recent books. I'd like to share some of them with you.
First, I've been overwhelmed with the amazing books by Stephen Skinner and his Golden Hoard Press titles. I especially like The Goetia of Dr. Rudd and the Veritable Key of Solomon (with David Rankine), but all of his books are excellent and highly recommended. These have never been published before and have information crucial to anyone doing evocation magick, especially