Our Marketing department very occasionally encourages us to write blog posts in the form of lists. You know the type: 5 Ways to Cast a Spell, 7 Things You Must Know About Mayans, 14 Beauty Secrets of Witchy Women, 101 Ways to Procrastinate at Work. We’ve all seen these kinds of articles on the internet, and there’s a reason for it: people simply click on those more, apparently.
This fact really sunk in when I was at my parents’ house over the holidays. They’d just bought a hot spot so they finally had an Internet connection at home (yes, in 2012), and my dad spent a good hour just clicking on articles like “The 10 Top-Paying Jobs with 2-year Associate’s Degree,” "The Top 10
Are you familiar with Tantra?
If you live in a Western culture, you probably know that Tantra is "that sex stuff." It's about "spiritualized sex," the Kama Sutra, weird sex positions, and sex that lasts for hours. Didn't Sting say so? (Okay, now he admits it was a joke.)
Even in India, the birthplace of Tantra, most people think of Tantra as either "that sex stuff" or "black magick" or both.
Here in the West, the Tantra most people are familiar with is really more accurately called "Neo-Tantra." It has a focus on extended periods of ecstatic sex and, supposedly, leads followers to a more spiritual state. Practitioners will talk about moving energy, breathwork, and visualization—all
Raven Grimassi recently uploaded a YouTube video in which he explains some of the concepts behind his book, The Cauldron of Memory: Retrieving Ancestral Wisdom & Knowledge.
This book is a particular favorite of mine, because as I like to say – we all have dead people! Rather than focusing on Wicca or Italian witchcraft as he has done in many of his previous books, Grimassi really branched out with this book, writing for a wider audience of Pagans. You don’t need to be a Wiccan to read and benefit from this book – you just have to be open to the idea of contacting and communing with your ancestors, whose blood runs through your own veins. The book illustrates how
The tools of magick—wands, chalices, robes, altars, pentacles and more—can be daunting to an aspiring magician. If you read some books such as those involved with Solomonic magick or Enochian magick, these are just the beginning tools. If all you want to do is perform a few spells or begin to move along on your magickal path, that's a lot of stuff to find or make. Some of the things that are required for more advanced, specialized, or group work can be expensive (banners, triangles of the art, rings) and rare (a lion-skin belt).
When I started with magick I was eager to obtain all of the appropriate tools. I sewed my own robe. I built an altar. I bought an expensive dagger to be my