When I was very young, because of the death of my father, my mother, brother and myself were very poor. My grandfather had made a deal with the bank (they did that back then) so we could stay in our house until my mother was able to get her life together and earn money. Still, although we had a nice, small house, we lived in poverty for a long time.
I remember driving in our old, smelly (the upholstery was molding) Plymouth to the Fairfax district where my uncle worked in a butcher shop. I believe he probably gave us food for free or at a deep discount. I always hoped to get a piece of spicy, smoked meat known as a "schtickle for a nickle." For me that was a great treat. My "new" clothes
I begin this post with some good news. Twenty-five years ago, while I was deeply studying the teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, I was looking for aspects of the tradition that few people were researching. I came across a complex divination system used by that Order known as Enochian Chess. Enochian Chess is a completely unique system. Although it uses a standard-sized chessboard, each square was seen as a "truncated pyramid," looking like a pyramid with a square bottom and its top cut off. That resulted in each square having five spaces for information on it.
Truncated Pyramid as Seen from Above
But that's not all. Enochian Chess has four players instead of
Over a year ago I made a post where I shared this story about 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 all of a sudden, a strange man, dressed in yellow, comes darting through the café, babbling in a strange, foreign language. To his surprise, nobody was paying any attention to this obviously crazy man. The shocked café-goer asks the head waiter if something should be done. The head waiter replies, “Oh no, sir. That’s just Mr. Crowley being invisible again.”
Like him or hate him, there are many things you can say about Crowley. Claiming he was an idiot is not one of them.
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