"Thus ye have star and star, system and system..." Liber Al vel Legis 1:50

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Updates


I have a new post over at Gods and Radicals, "The Luck of the Times: A Ritual", in which I craft a ritual for the achievement of luck in dark times. In it I offer a call I wrote to the Roman goddess of luck, Temporum Felicitas i.e. "Luck of the Times", as well as using two rituals from the Greek Magical Papyri calling forth the Greek goddess of luck Tyche and the Agathos Daimon. The entire thing is book-ended by the assistance of the god Janus. Check it out, there is also a fair amount of investigation into the nature of luck, its connection to place, time, and the Good Daimon, as well as its distinction from Fate, Necessity, and Destiny. There is a lot more I wanted to discuss but the piece is probably already sufficiently packed with investigations into various more or less obscure occult and religious connections. However, I am tempted to pursue a future post, probably here, concerning the role of the serpent symbol in presenting both the goddess Ananke and the Agathos Daimon along with the interesting idea that the Agathos Daimon is potentially the serpent on the Rod of Asclepius, god of healing.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

"Pagan Anarchism" Review


I would like to take a moment to review the excellent book, Pagan Anarchism, written by my friend and colleague at Gods and Radicals Christopher Scott Thompson. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I know it has been a while...




Hey everyone, I realize it has been a while - things have been very busy. Amidst the things that kept me busy was having an essay and poem published in Fenris Wolf 8. The essay is called "Neo-Chthonia" and I am very proud of it. Check it out if you get a chance. I have some future posts planned, both for here and for Gods and Radicals, so stay tuned. I've also received some very interesting questions in my email that I have unfortunately not had the time to fully answer - but I am thinking of a series of blog posts offering some thoughts on the topics. In the meantime, check out the memes drawn from some of my writings over at "Gods and Radicals"!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A Preponderance of the Dead

It's been a dark week and I feel drawn to offer some minor reflections on death. The horrors of three mass shootings in one day certainly makes its contribution to the darkness, but even before that there was a weight and shadow to this week that left me consistently a little breathless and disturbed. Teaching was difficult, I was distracted, there were voices on the wind. Then, this morning, I awoke to find this truly breathtaking piece by Rhyd Wildermuth over at the Wild Hunt: Gates of the Abyss:
"But under this all is Death, the pale voiceless corpse, our lost stories, our tales tapering off into silence not for lack of words but absence of tongue. What meaning can we derive from death, when it is itself the Abyss into which all meaning leaks out?" 
Historical image, Brown Lady Ghost photo. Originally taken in 1936 by Captain Hubert C. Provand (Indre Shire Inc.), and published in the magazine 'Countrylife' in the same year.  

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New Post at Gods and Radicals

I have a new post up over at Gods and Radicals and am super excited that the Gods and Radicals journal, A Beautiful Resistance, is spreading its way through the world even as we speak including a piece by yours truly! I do hope you will consider checking the journal out.

My piece today in Gods and Radicals is entitled "Magic is the Revolution" and is a rumination on the revolutionary potential and essence of magical practice.

I am also cooking up some new ideas for some posts here, keep your eye open for them, as well as writing some material for another project I may be updating you about soon. Exciting things on the horizon.

Hekate, William Blake1795 


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Samhain!

Here's to wishing a very happy Samhain to you all! May you bring something of the unexpected and impossible into the world. May the dead walk with you. Joy to they who came before, they from whence we came.
"Reconciliation" A soul painting by Duncan Crystal

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Beautiful Resistance forthcoming

In a bit over a week the first issue of the journal of the Gods and Radicals website, A Beautiful Resistance, will be released. This issue is entitled Everything We Already Are and has many exciting contributions including an excellent forward by Peter Grey. You can read Rhyd Wildermuth's Introduction here to get a sense of what is in store for you as you dig into the text. I should confess that I also have a piece in it. You can order a copy or subscribe to the journal here. I do hope you will check it out. I have a bit of other news in the works, but will have to wait before I have more to share about that.