As we come to the end of the year, I'd like all who practice magick of any kind, but especially those who do group rites, to consider a simple question:
Are you doing ritual…
or ritual theater?
There is nothing wrong with either. There is nothing inherently "better" doing one rather than the other. I think there's great value in both. But there are major differences between ritual and ritual theater.
Ritual, if done well, is magick
Ritual theater, if done well, is magickal
Ritual, if done well, can help you achieve your magickal goals
Ritual theater, if done well, can remind you of your past and/or provide catharsis for the present
Ritual, if done well, is designed to change
Just a few weeks ago I made a blog post entitled "I Wouldn't Have Seen if If I Hadn't Believed It." I'm surprised that I need to revisit it so soon after posting it, but after the furor resulting from a side issue related to my post last week, I feel it's important to do so.
The statement that was the title of last week's post was by Marshall McLuhan, and it's something I agree with. The same idea is presented in NLP where there is a belief that "perception is projection."
The basic concept is very simple: if you have an idea or perception of the way things should be—that is, if you have a belief or set of beliefs about something—you will project that on your own actions and the
For many years I have stated that there are only two times you will read about magick and the occult in the media. The first time is around Halloween. The second time is when there has been some sort of crime that is even vaguely (or just supposedly) related to the occult. I think it's important to understand what is going on in these media appearances and how best to deal with them.
I wouldn't have seen it if I didn't believe it.
In the past, reporters were supposed to be honest and objective. Unfortunately, many reporters today have abandoned that approach. Even in the past when objectivity was the rule, and perhaps more so today, each reporter "comes to the