A few mornings ago I received a phone call from a friend on the opposite side of the country. Alay'nya started out as a hard-driving scientific researcher. We met at a psychic fair in San Diego where she came and received a Tarot reading from me. Although we've rarely seen each other in person, we have kept in touch.
Alay'nya has gone through enormous changes. Today she is a professional belly dancer, teacher, and more. You can learn about who she is and what she's teaching and doing by going to her website.
We talked about a new book she's completing. We also talked about how she's setting up classes combing spirituality with dance in a highly structured format.
Although there are
Some of the most advanced work and theories when it comes to magick are currently appearing in blogs on the web. Because much of this is "cutting edge," there are going to be disagreements. As long as these are arguments based on logic (a series of premises or ideas that lead to a conclusion) as opposed to simple personal attacks ("You're wrong and your mother dresses you funny"), this is a good thing. People present their arguments, the logic goes back and forth, and people reading the information can come to their own conclusions.
Recently there has been a spate of posts debating the value and even the reality of what is commonly called "magickal energy" and working with that energy.
Sexuality, Magic, and Perversion is the name of a book by Francis King that was originally published in 1972. It was eye opening for the time because it revealed practices of sex magick that had developed over the previous century or so. It is more of a historical and theoretical book where my Modern Sex Magick is far more practical.
But the thing I'd like to point out is that although it is a good book, it still has a very moralistic sense to it. The title itself shows what is being implied, that the use of sex and magick is somehow a perversion. A recent post by Frater A.I.T. in his blog, "Heavens Within Earth," offers another view, that sex magick is fine, but that watching porn can
One of my favorite websites for many years has been The Witches' Voice. It's a great site for magickal people of all sorts. A recent blog post by Rose Hollow interested me. It's entitled, "So, You Want to Write a Pathworking? Take a Lesson From Jane." In it she writes:
Pathworking is a great tool to help you along your spiritual path. It can be defined in any number of ways, but for this purpose, pathworking will be defined as: A way to understand our own divinity, incorporate it into your live, and grow in your journey. Usually, a pathworking is given to a student by a teacher and begins with some form of astral work, a meditation, daydream, etc., and these have a profound effect on the