There has been a debate on the internet concerning the future of magick. I saw a discussion about it on Aaron Leitch's Blog. There, Aaron discusses comments by Jake Stratton-Kent concerning the future of magick.
One of the problems in this discussion is the use of jargon. Aaron reveals, "Jake is a goetic magician, but that doesn’t mean what you probably think it does. When Jake uses the term “goetia” he’s not talking about the Renaissance grimoire of that name (which we will refer to as the Goetia of Solomon) – nor about something so simplistic as “working with demons”. Instead he is referring to one of the most primordial foundations of Western occultism: the ancient
Although I have been studying and practicing hypnosis and hypnotherapy for a long time, I took my first formal training in hypnosis just 15 years ago. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are unbelievably powerful tools for personal change. It can help people change beliefs they no longer want to have. It can help people overcome behaviors that are hurtful to themselves or others. The list goes on and on.
One of the most difficult concepts a new hypnotherapist has to learn is what is called the scope of practice. Its formal meaning concerns what you legally may and may not do. For example, legally I cannot cure any phobia. Some people call any personal fear a "phobia," but legally the term is a
Tantra? It's that sex stuff, right?
Chances are you've heard of Tantra. If you're involved in occultism, you've probably heard something like "it's an Eastern form of sex magick." If you're more involved in what might be called popular New Age beliefs, you've probably heard that Tantra is about having long periods of ecstatic sex. Either way, Tantra is still "that sex stuff." If you're into sex stuff you've probably looked at the "pop" books on Tantra with cute names published by enormous super-publishers. Otherwise, chances are you've primarily avoided it.
When I first started studying occultism I ignored Tantra for a different reason. I was simply following what I thought was my
Recently, there has been a great deal of blog-flutter concerning whether astral initiations into magickal groups are valid (see, for example, here, here, and here). I'd like to share my ideas as this topic has clearly struck a collective nerve.
What is an initiation? According to the free, online Llewellyn Encyclopedia, here is the definition of initiation:
A ritual or event that indicates a spiritual and/or psychological change and movement to a new period in life or a new awareness. Traditionally, the candidate for initiation would symbolically die and be reborn into this new way of being. In some traditions, being initiated is supposed to confer various spiritual powers.