Before starting this post I have a couple of things to announce:
First, this Sunday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (10:00 Eastern) I will be interviewed on the Breath of Terra Show with Teresa Sixberry. You'll be able to hear it over the internet and you can call in with your questions. For details, just click on this LINK.
Second, I'll be giving workshops in Florida May 3–6 at the Florida Pagan Gathering. Also featured there will be my friend, Raven Grimassi, as well as the dynamic Orion Foxwood and other speakers and entertainers. This is a family friendly festival, so come and say hello. I'll be giving workshops on hypnosis and the magickal powers of the hands using the
One of the most common questions I receive seems to be the most basic: How does magick work? Why is it that when you properly perform a ritual or spell you get the desired results?
The simplest and most honest answer is: I don't know. It seems weird, then, that we should literally depend upon something when we have no idea of how it works. However, we do this all the time. We depend upon gravity holding us firmly to the Earth without knowing how it works. Oh, we may know that large masses have a quality of attraction, but this really gives us no more information than knowing if we properly perform a ritual we get results. We may somewhat understand how Einstein's General Theory of
As I reported in a previous post, author and occultist Kenneth Grant left his current incarnation last month. I never met him. I wish I had. My copies of his first trilogy of books are well worn from study. There was a time when he only had a few books published and nothing new had appeared for several years. I used to say that more people talked about what they thought Grant had written than had ever actually read anything by Grant. Today, a lot of his books are available—some quite expensive—and if you're interested in reading his works I would strongly urge you to read them in their order of publication.
I wish I'd met him and had a chance to talk with him. Reading is one thing,