I have been studying the Tarot and giving readings with it for many decades, thousands of readings. I used to give readings at psychic fairs for as many as forty people a day. That can be really exhausting.
The Tarot was one of my earliest occult studies. I've read hundreds of books on the Tarot. I wrote the introduction for one book on the subject (The Rabbi's Tarot), use the Tarot as part of the work in my own books, including Modern Magick, and wrote an entire book on the subject, Tarot & Magic. My novel, The Resurrection Murders, includes the use of the Tarot, too. I was awarded the title of Tarot Grandmaster by the American Tarot Association.
I'm sharing these bona fides
With the new year comes lots of new things. I'd like to draw some of them to your attention and also ask you to share something with readers...
1st Up: Prediction Contest
Yep. I'm going to be announcing this for some time to come. In my last blog post I announced a prediction contest. It's very simple: make a prediction for this year. The contestant with the most accurate prediction wins his or her choice of any Tarot deck published or distributed by Llewellyn. For full details click on this LINK.
2nd Up: The Latest Issue of Hermetic Virtues Magazine
Hermetic Virtues is rapidly becoming the premier journal of traditional ceremonial magick, following in the great tradition of magazines
Four decades ago, two men, Herman Slater and Ed Buczynski, started a small occult store in New York City called "The Warlock Shop." They were at the right place at the right time offering what people wanted. Eventually they outgrew their location and moved, renaming their shop "Magickal Childe."
They put out a wonderfully strange and complete catalog, in tabloid format, offering everything from the strangest herbs to "Aleister Crowley's altar" (well, I think it was a night table from the last place he lived and that might have served as an altar). The owners eventually went in separate ways, and Slater kept the store.
It was many years later that I finally met "Horrible Herman," and
On another forum I saw a question about spirits. The poster wanted to know how to do magick to get rid of a spirit that had linked with another person. The poster was worried that he would be working against the Wiccan Rede by forcing the spirit to do something it didn't want to do.
You may have seen similar posts or heard questions like this. I have a few problems with it.
What is a Spirit?
My first question is what does this person think a spirit is? Today, some people (notably members of religious sects) put the blame for all their problems on spirits or demons. Are you an alcoholic? Are you broke? Are you unhealthy? Did you lose your job? Are some of your teeth missing? Did you get