Names and Magick
One of the strongest aspects of magick is the use of names. By this I mean the use of one word or phrase to represent something much grander.
For example, if someone were to mention my name, you might think of a blogger, a writer, a workshop leader, a hypnotherapist, an occultist, a magician, a Tantric, a musician, or something else. Perhaps you might think of several of those things. To me, my name is a representation of all of those things and more.
The same is true of designing a word to represent a magickal goal. You don't have to think of "After doing a divination to show a positive outcome of doing a ritual, I'll be doing that planned rite to obtain $1,000 to
Here are five short stories, my retelling of events that happened to me I'm calling "True Tales." They illustrate magickal concepts in a way I think is much more interesting than simply describing those concepts.
The Gods May Have Plans for You
that You Don't Expect
I was living in a house in the city of Encinitas in the North County area of San Diego. I was sharing the house with a man, Michael, and his son, Joe. Michael had been working as an engineer in a company that made amplifiers for people who wanted to boost the transmission power of their amateur radios. People who did this referred to themselves as HAM radio operators.
Michael had also studied acupressure and
One of the most popular and successful aspects of working magick involves what is known as Gematria (pronounced with a hard G as in "good": gem-ei-tree-uh). Gematria is a Kabalistic technique for taking the letters of Hebrew (and later other languages) and assigning them a numerical value. It is believed that if two words had the same numerical total they had a significant relationship to each other, and in some cases could be considered synonyms. As an example, aheva = 13 and echod = 13. Therefore, aheva is the same as echod. Echod is the Hebrew word meaning “one.” Since in Judaism there is only one God, it also represents God. Aheva is Hebrew for “love.” Therefore, according to
There is no Kabalah
Or more accurately, there is no single thing, belief, or system, no single book, technique, philosophy or theology, that is the extent of the Kabalah. Whenever someone says, "according to the Kabalah…" or "the Kabalah says…" they are at best being incomplete and at worst showing their lack of knowledge about the subject.
In fact, there are many Kabalistic traditions. Although they rarely outright disagree with each other, they often focus on completely different things. One of these schools is based on the teachings of the sixteenth-century Kabalist, Isaac Luria. Lurianic Kabalah focuses on the way God created the universe and then on purifying or "fixing" the