We just experienced a blue moon. Popularly, this means the second full moon in a single month. The original meaning of a blue moon, however, is based on a seasonal view of the year. Each season (winter, summer, spring or fall) typically has only three full moons. Because of the way the moon orbits the Earth, occasionally a fourth full moon may occur within a season. A blue moon is the third full moon during a season with four full moons. The next blue moon won't occur for a few years, so such events are rather rare.
It was during this period that I had a conflux of things occur. First, I broke a tooth. It's going to cost me over 600 dollars, even with insurance, to get this fixed. Then,
Aleister Crowley thought that developing the "magickal memory" was an important part of magickal training. The magickal memory is the ability to recall past lives. In Magick Without Tears, chapter 37, he points out that one of the values of remembering past lives is that it helps you overcome a fear of physical death. In Liber ThIShARB he goes into methods for remembering past lives, but for a different reason. Here, there is far more than merely overcoming the fear of the inevitable. Rather, remembering past lives has the goal of seeing a thread that unites all of the past lives and how those lives apply to your current life: "let him apply them [memories] to his own career, forging the
The title of this post is taken from the title of an album by the Firesign Theater. It's also the name of a song by Weird Al Yankovic and a book by Russ Kick that supposedly reveals the "secrets and lies" that everyone thinks are true.
Now, it appears that social psychologist Diederik Stapel has admitted that thirty of his research papers that have appeared in peer reviewed journals, were faked. His papers have included such things as claiming that environmental issues (such as litter) can result in discrimination and the way beauty products are advertised can affect self-esteem. His faked "studies" have appeared in prestigious journals such as the internationally known as
This is the concluding section of lesson 6 in my series on basic magick. In this lesson I've so far covered the following topics:
Why the LBRP Matters
Secrets of the Kabalistic Cross
More Secrets of the Kabalistic Cross
Sounds of the Kabalistic Cross
Understanding the Formulation of the Pentagrams
The Names that Charge the Pentagrams, and
The Formulation of the Pentagrams
As a brief recap, so far you've performed the Kabalistic Cross and the Formulation of the Pentagrams. You now return to the center of your magickal circle (just east of the altar, if you have one) and face to the East. Filling you with energy vertically is spiritual energy from the Divine. Mixing with