Most descriptions of magickal altars describe what goes on them. They advise that you use a box, a small table, or just about anything, then cover it with a cloth and put all of your ritual items on it.
The ceremonial magick altar is different. Often, it will have no cloth cover at all. The design and shape of the altar, however, is fairly specific. Let's look at why:
It is a double cube. The reason for this is simple. When you form a magickal circle, you literally become a small version of the universe within the circle. The two cubes represent all things: the smaller (microcosm) and the greater (macrocosm). They also remind us of the principle, "as above, so below." What we
A new year has begun, and with it, a new calendar of witchy and Pagan festivals crops up. There are two important conferences I’ll be attending next month, so if you’d like to meet me at either of these for advice on submitting book proposals to Llewellyn, or just to say hello, please let me know!
First of all I’ll be at PantheaCon in San Jose, California, from Feb. 12-15. This is a huge hotel event, and the hotel has been booked solid for months; however, if you’re interested in attending, there may still be space at the overflow hotels nearby. Attending will be authors Z Budapest, Amber K and Azrael Arynn K, Deborah Blake, Donald Michael Kraig, Kenny Klein, Gus diZerega, Brandy
As I mentioned a few posts ago here, Cunningham’s Book of Shadows is now in our warehouse and being shipped out to stores all over the world. I thought I’d share the quirky story of its discovery for those of you who haven’t gotten the book yet and read deTraci Regula’s first person account, contained in the appendix.
If you really want to know how we are happening to publish a book by an author who has sadly been in the Summerland for many years now, you’ll have to start with my boss, Bill Krause. Bill is Llewellyn’s Publisher, which means that he oversees the day-to-day operations of acquiring and publishing books. (Carl Llewellyn Weschcke continues as Llewellyn’s owner
One of the most common discussions I've had (or seen) about magick concerns psychic attack. I deal with this in Modern Magick, and point out that I agree with concept that Denning and Phillips present in their book Practical Guide to Psychic Self-Defense, that real psychic attacks are rare. After all, if someone has the ability to use magick to cause you major problems, they also have the ability make major improvements in their lives. If somebody is really going to waste the time, energy, and effort to try and give you a headache or have you lose a job rather than improve their own situation, then they're idiots and probably can't do anything anyway.
Sometimes, we misinterpret events