Hermetic Virtues is one of my favorite journals. The latest issue, Volume VI Number 2, continues their record of excellence. This issue begins with an article by Chic and Tabatha Cicero (You can pre-order the new edition of Israel Regardie's The Philosopher's Stone with the Cicero's incredibly valuable notes and additions now) on "Osiris in the Golden Dawn System." There is a section, here, that's fascinating:
…the Throne of Osiris—the Throne of the Spiritual Realm—is situated upon the Dais in the East of the Neophyte Hall, the place of "Light." Aaron Leitch has pointed out that this was exactly how the Egyptian Gnostics described the Spiritual Realm. In the
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
The tools of magick—wands, chalices, robes, altars, pentacles and more—can be daunting to an aspiring magician. If you read some books such as those involved with Solomonic magick or Enochian magick, these are just the beginning tools. If all you want to do is perform a few spells or begin to move along on your magickal path, that's a lot of stuff to find or make. Some of the things that are required for more advanced, specialized, or group work can be expensive (banners, triangles of the art, rings) and rare (a lion-skin belt).
When I started with magick I was eager to obtain all of the appropriate tools. I sewed my own robe. I built an altar. I bought an expensive dagger to be my
Thanks to the People at FPG!
I'd like to cordially thank all the people at the Florida Pagan Gathering, especially the people who put it on for making it such an incredible event. I had a great time, shared information both in workshops and in individual meetings, and had a lot of fun with the Grimassis, Orion Foxwood, and got to see my new wife (that still sounds weird), Holly, shine. The people who put this on, The Temple of Earth Gatherings, did a remarkable job. I know all the presenters hope to return soon!
And now, on with the show!
A Story of Aleister Crowley
There is a story of a young man, sitting in a café (I've heard of different locations where this story occurred), when