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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Catching Up

Art by Gianluca Gambino

Catching Up

              I'm tempted to spill out a bunch of events and ramblings which of are no consequence to anyone but myself.  That is not the purpose of this blog, so I'll refrain from boring myself in the future and any other reader.  I'll try to make my successes and fuck ups as helpful and entertaining as possible.

             For those of you that don't know me personally, I take on many personal projects (magic and mundane) at one time and treat them like wet spaghetti.  I work on a bunch of them and I throw them at the wall in the hopes that a couple will be successful and stick.  I fail more times than I succeed for great results, but more times than not I succeed in a result that produces at least a life lesson and a small measure of success.  Below is a list of my more recent magical projects.

START A MAGICAL FRATERNITY:  I put the foot forward to organize a magical fraternity with a friend a little over a year ago that is modeled and named after the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

Short falls:  Early on ego and ignorance was a personal problem.  Without going into too much self butt kicking, I felt that it was my duty to fulfill all roles and stretch myself too thin in trying to get the group to gain traction which led to a bruised ego. 

Achievements:  The Order is going strong, I've cooled my heels on involvement in aspects of governance of the Order that doesn't concern my position and I couldn't ask for a greater group of people with which to study, learn and practice the mysteries and magic.  Sincerely, some of the most wonderful people I've ever met.  You can check out our Facebook Page here     

OCCULTIST MAGAZINE:  I wanted to start a quarterly in a magazine format that contained articles on the occult of an eclectic variety.  

Short falls:  The magazine was self published through blurb and because of the buying format the magazine did not sell well.  To add insult to injury, I bought 10 copies myself and discovered that the resolution of the print came out really low causing the print and graphics to be blurred.  Luckily, it did not sell well, otherwise I could have been inundated with return requests.

Achievements:  Getting articles was not an issue as there are many, many occult writers.  I also learned that occult publications should be done for personal passion and not for financial gain.

CRAFTING AN ENOCHIAN CHESS SET:  Around Christmas I spent a good deal of time, effort and money in gathering materials and tools in order to make an enochian chess set.

Short falls:  I suck at crafts.  First, I tried to craft the pieces out of wood with a dremmel tool.  When the dremmel tool didn't work, I tried modeling clay.  The modeling clay attempt was also short lived.  I started with the easiest pieces, the canopic jars.  They came out looking like dildos.

Achievements:  I did learn a good bit about how the game is supposed to work and about the methods for using the boards for divination and various operations.

DRAWING SPIRITS INTO CRYSTAL:  Recently I tried my hand at crafting again for an operation of drawing angelic interface into a scrying crystal.  The operation was first published in Francis Barrett's "The Mage" and was based on an operation designed by Abbot Trithemius of Spanhiem in the 16th century.  

Short falls:  Again, I suck at crafts.  The operation calls for a pedestal and wand made of ebony, a disc made of gold and the construction of a floor circle.  Well, the circle turned out "ok", the wand I ordered online, the disc of gold is leafed and "doable", but the ebony for the pedestal I murdered with a circular saw.  The end result was a stand more than a pedestal and I tried the operation anyhow.

Achievements:  I made contact!!...although it wasn't exactly the Angelic being with which I was hoping to  converse.  The spirit was of the correct alignment, but not in my opinion primarily angelic.  Anyone that has experienced an angelic presence will understand what I mean by saying that you can judge the presence of a spirit vs an angel by the degree to which the atmosphere of your physical surroundings change.   Nonetheless, I am encouraged.  The spirit is friendly and helpful and if to be believed will live up to its statements in the very near future.  I place full confidence in God, the Christos, the Sophia, and in the Arch-angelic hierarchy that governs this spirit to fulfill its promises.  

THE COMPLETE MAGICIAN'S DECK:  Currently I have published a set of cards which display the symbols in flashing colors for: the elements, the planets, the zodiac signs, geomantic sigils and the Hebrew alphabet.

Short falls:  So, I made the deck primarily using Microsoft paint and it took many, many edits to come up with a version that pleased me and that I could feel confident with providing for sale to the general public.  It was time consuming, but worth the effort in my opinion.

Achievements:  I think that I have a really good training aid that can be expanded into real ritual training tools.  You can check out and order a deck here.  A ritual and astrological board set is set to be published fairly soon.


That's the scoop for now,
Peace and Light,
LiS

            

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cannabis and Ceremonial Magic


Cannabis and Ceremonial Magic

I have wanted to do a write up on this subject for a while now, but it seems that the subject has been written about overly by other "magicians" with very polarizing views either for or against.  As for myself, I am on the fence and I see the benefit and detriments to using Cannabis as a component in ritual or ceremonial magic.  The purpose of this write up will be to portray what I have found to be Pros and Cons of the plants' use and maybe throw in a quick opinion at the end of the article.  To be clear, this is the intake of marijuana / cannabis for the inducement of an altered state before, during or after performing ritual / ceremonial magic.

 Pros:

  1. Easily induced altered / relaxed / meditative state.
  2. Easily rendered "astral" visualization.
  3. Easily rendered spiritual awareness.
  4. Easily rendered emotion / feeling awareness.
  5. Easily rendered energy flow in both projection and intake.
  6. Scrying skills such as intuition seem to be heightened or made stronger.
  7. Focus tends to be positive and energy flow feels wholesome.

Cons:

  1. May be illegal in your area.
  2. Short term memory loss affecting ritual mechanics and the retention of ceremonial oratories (for example; specific invocations, evocations and etc.)
  3. May become a "crutch" to achieve altered state easily without proper breathing techniques and altered state inducement.
  4. May cause the magician to become lazy due to "couch lock".
  5. Marijuana is an herb of Saturn and depending on the nature of the rite the herb smoke may cause a conflict.
  6. May cause loss of focus on the intent of the rite.


 IMHO:

          I cannot come out completely for or against the use of marijuana in ritual.  In my humble opinion, the herb has its place, purpose and time.  It is quite an ironic plant to use in ceremonial magic, which calls on the magician to memorize motions, visualizations and great oratories in order to achieve the state which marijuana readily and easily produces.  But, as if in a great cosmic jest, the use of the plant causes the magician to bungle and forget the ascribed motions, visualizations and oratories.  So, rather than pooh-poohing or touting the herb as the best thing since the lotus wand, I will make a couple recommendations in the case that you wish to partake of the herb for ritual purposes:

a.  If it is illegal in your area - don't get caught.
b.  Marijuana would seem to be better for use as a divination or energy exercise aid, which call for more feeling than mechanics or oratory.  The intake of marijuana would not be recommended before an initiation ceremony or an evocation / invocation.
c.  If you find that you are using Marijuana for daily exercises for long periods of time and not practicing other types of altered state inducement such as self hypnosis or breathing exercises, then it may be time to slack off a bit.
d.  Check your planetary correspondences!  Make sure that an herb / incense of Saturn is not going to conflict with the energy you are looking to produce in your rite. 

Peace and Light,
LiS