Delta T and Delta C
One of the challenges of being involved in the study of occultism is to find people with similar interests. The pool of occultists interested in studying magick is even smaller. The pool of magickal students who want to practice magick is smaller still.
It is true that today you can find people on the internet who are practicing magicians…at least they claim to be practicing magicians. However, the truth is the so-called "social media" is antithetical to actual socialization. Besides, the time I'm talking about in this True Tale was pre-WWW, so other than through the use of "snail mail" and telephones, the only way to be part of a group was to actually meet
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
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a linchpin in Western occultism, was founded in the late 1880s. Within 15 years there had been schisms dividing the Order. With the internet today, events happen much faster. Various groups claim to be "the" Golden Dawn and fight for the use of the name. New groups claim to have the "real" teachings. People get kicked out of one group or they split off from groups to form their own "real" Golden Dawn.
These games don't matter. It is the work that matters. All of these games are about ego. The Order is about the work.
When the Order was founded, they included a document that revealed the Order's supposed history, going back before its modern
When I first started an in-depth study of occultism, I tried to read everything that was available. I quickly realized that the available books generally fell into two large categories, books that were mostly ridiculous inventions by their authors to take advantage of people interested in occult topics and books that were older material or about older material, perhaps with modern commentary. After a period of reading everything, it became fairly easy to separate the good from the bad, the serious from the ridiculous, the wheat from the chaff. And then came Kenneth Grant's first book, The Magical Revival.
Original cover of first edition in my collection.
I read this book not knowing what