In 1973, the Aquarian Press published R. G. Torrens' The Secret Rituals of the Golden Dawn. This came four years after Spearman had published his The Inner Teachings of the Golden Dawn. A close reading of them showed variations, but not major differences, between the content of those two books and Israel Regardie's The Golden Dawn. I remember reading Regardie's review of the books by Torrens, and he was not enthused, claiming the information appeared to be just re-writes of his own book.
Later, Regardie came out with another version of the Golden Dawn's rituals and teachings that were closer to the Torrens' books than his previous writings. It seems that the minor differences found in
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
Logic that is Illogical
The psychology of argumentation and public speaking is filled with clever tricks. One that you'll often see is the setting up of a false choice between two possibilities. In philosophical logic this is expressed by saying: "Either A or not-A, you can't have both." For example, a person is either pregnant or not. Nobody can be a "little bit pregnant."
But sometimes, the answer to a question is not yes or no, left or right, or a similar clear choice. "You're with us or you're against us!" shouts the politician. But why can't I be with you on some things and against you on others? A modern presentation of this is the approach of some politicians who say, "Either
I don't know who originally stated it (maybe one of my readers knows), but there's a statement running around the U.S. political blogosphere that "Republicans look for a leader while Democrats look for a consensus." Whether or not you agree or disagree with this description, it would seem that the organization of occult groups seems to fall into one of two major categories: Those that have a leader whom members follow and those that seek a consensus from all members. Each has benefits and negative aspects. I contend it's important to understand which format your magickal group, order, coven, etc. follows. By stressing the positive aspects and being aware of the potential negative aspects