Sunday, January 15, 2017

Update: At The Printers

For all of those who have reached out to Cat and I asking for an update on our forthcoming book, I am happy to confirm that the volume is back at the printers being readied for release. The endpaper and cover design we had originally chosen didn't look quite as we'd expected when the proof reached us, so we contracted with a talented artist well known in the community, and last week we approved his proposed art and sent the book off to be born. 

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Forthcoming Title, A Collaboration With Cat Work

Greetings, friends, fraters, readers and haters! Having spent the better part of the last year in relative isolation awaiting the birth of my first child, undergoing an initiation and focusing on the growth and development of a brotherhood to whom I belong, I now surface with news of interest to all. 

First, this winter will see the release of a new book; a collaboration with my sister and partner Cat Work, of http://originalninjacat.com, and the first release in my previously announced series The Castillian Grimoires of Alfonso X. This volume includes a direct translation of a previously unpublished manuscript that fits perfectly into the category of "Books of Secrets", and deals largely with magics of seduction, love, lust and romance (while still including token rites of evocation and the usual prosperity, protection etc.)  The manuscript, however valuable on its own, would be of little use to the novice if presented as a standalone volume.  Therefore, in keeping with my commitment to making the magic of our predecessors both accessible and practical today, I enlisted the most innovative, skilled and talented mind in the field of rootwork, hoodoo and natural magic, Cat Work as a collaborator. Alongside the direct translation Cat has provided both modernized versions of the rites contained therein (Much as I did in Abrasax) and a complete course/Grimoire in the form of Magic used throughout the work, as taught to her own students. 

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Evocation - How (NOT) To Do It

This weekend I had the distinct pleasure of working with a young man who has been ardently pursuing mastery of Evocation and who, despite having made several dozen attempts, has had no luck whatsoever and was quite perturbed at the universe's complete ambivalence to his adjurations. (his words, not mine). Having read some posts on various fora indicating that for Evocation, I was the man to see, he decided to reach out and find out just why MY calls are answered when his are not. 

After the preliminary stuff, i.e. finding out where he learned his methods from and if he was practicing from a manuscript then which, I dug into the matter at hand directly and asked him to describe his ceremony and from start to finish how he performed his rite. 

As it turns out, while he had very good intentions and was sincere in his desire, his actual practice was inspired by something found online that purported to be a failed ceremonial evocation. He found a video on Youtube which, he thought, was a recording of a genuine evocation; albeit one that failed and left the evocateur angry and impotent. In keeping with what he saw there, he had googled "evocation of demons", printed out what he believed to be the most authentic "seance", and replicated what he had seen in the video.  Intrigued by the idea of an actual evocation on film, I asked him to find it and send me the link.

This is what he had been watching. 


video 



DON'T. DO. THIS. EVER.  


Even the most inexperienced reader of this blog will, I'm sure, be able to point out any number of issues with this "seance", but I figured it would give everyone a bit of chuckle so I decided to share it along with this post. The full video can be found on Youtube, including all manner of preparations and "aftermath" videos where the subject of the video describes in detail how his life has gone down the drain since this ceremony and all of the horrible things he sees in his dreams since "selling his soul to the devil". Quite the conundrum this poor gent finds himself in. 

Anyway, to the point, while almost comedic, this video does demonstrate one of the behaviors that prevents aspiring evocateurs from succeeding, and that is the "matter of factly" way he carries himself, reading the script of his conjuration as if he was reading a cookie recipe, wearing the clothes he had on all day and just a lackadaisical manner. While the above video can be ruled out as an obvious gag and not at all a serious attempt to summon Lucifer, many are the times I have encountered students who mirror his halfhearted effort when engaged in ceremonial magick, condemning their rite before even completing it. 

While we needn't carry ourselves with the stodgy, stick-up-the-rear up-tightness of say an AE Waite (as portrayed in Moonchild anyway), we DO need to keep in mind that we aren't hanging out with friends watching Sunday Football. One way I tend to illustrate the point is to tell the aspirant to recall how they behave when they are in their manager's office at work, discussing a possible raise. Then, imagine how they'd carry themselves if the vice president of the company walked in that office, and then the CEO. Well behaved, focused and on task, right? So why give less than that when addressing angels and deities? 















Monday, September 21, 2015

Some Books Offered For Sale

Cleaning out my closet as I periodically do I have found it necessary to prune my collection once again, and so I am offering a handful of titles for sale here to interested persons.

To purchase any of these titles, send me an email or use the contact link found here

1) Hell Fire Club Books - Pyramidos, Fine Edition. (More Info Here) comes with personally signed card from the author.  - $100
2) Society of Esoteric Endeavor - Horseman's Grip and Word, Standard HD with Dust Jacket - $30
3) Clavis Journal, #2 - $20
4) Aletheia: Astrology For Thelemites - $40
5) Seven Spheres, HC  - $60
6) Book of Abrasax, Leather Edition, Signed  - $150
7) Ritual Offerings - $50
8) Magic Circles in The Grimoire Tradition - $40
9) Liber L Vel Bogus  - ?
10) Hadean Press & Occult Consultancy's "Spirit Cards" Divination Oracle (Limited to 50)
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Friday, August 21, 2015

New Home On The Web

Not long ago I removed my website from the internet when my web host's failure to implement basic security protocol resulted in a large breach and loss of user data & personal information. Since then I've been without a web presence. This wasn't a major concern for me since I have no desire to attract those with idle curiosity or whose google search for "spellcaster to get me girls" brought them my way, and since for me what's important is practice, teaching and writing, not having a super cool website with all sorts of dark imagery.

This morning I achieved a happy medium, publishing a rather pleasant looking site that captures my own personality through the design and which serves to convey the necessary information without taking up a huge amount of my time to maintain. 

Thus I am happy to introduce my new website, found here:



As my practice and personal system of magick have evolved, the term "Grimoire Magick" has become less and less appropriate. While the thrust of my work remains rooted in the classical Grimoires, my primary interest these days is in reconstructing the Coptic/ Gnostic Magick as espoused in The Book of Abrasax. For that reason, I have switched from the GrimoireMagicks.com domain to AncientMagicks.com which, at this point in my career, feels more appropriate. Because let's face it, some of the shit I'm doing and winning with would likely piss off the authors of the Grimoires, albeit impressing them at the same time. 

The site is a work in progress, a couple of the sections are as yet untouched but will soon be complete.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Contact Form Fixed

According to a couple of readers, the contact form I use for this blog (Top left of the page) was disabled recently, so I have replaced it with an easier one. I apologize to those who were unable to reach me - you can now enter your message directly without having to navigate to another page.

Those who were trying to contact me for the leather copies of the Book of Abrasax, the course or the leftover talismans please do so now using the new form.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Apprenticeship Course Reborn

     Some time ago I began accepting students for participation in a beta test version of an apprenticeship program and magickal education course that I had been planning for many years. After several bumps in the road and a brief "pause" to reorganize, I have reopened this program on a new, more efficient and available platform. 

     Taking a cue from MIT and innumerable other respectable institutions of higher learning, I have turned to the cloud to make the textual portion of the course available in an e-Learning format. Lessons 1-360 will be available here, released weekly. As new students join they will have access to the portal immediately. 

     The course, however, will not be limited to textual lessons found here. We will have webinars also hosted on this portal, group and individual chat sessions, group rituals and, for those able to attend, day long in person seminars with group rituals in Tampa and Philadelphia.


     I am excited about this launch, and invite any questions or inquiries via email, using the link above at left, or by leaving your email address in the comments section to this post and I will email you. (Comments are private and seen only by me unless I publish them, so no, your email address won't be seen by spam bots)







Monday, June 8, 2015

Practical Grimoire Magician's Rejoice - Techniques of Solomonic Magic Released


     Not long ago I had the pleasure of reviewing a volume that quickly superseded all other works on the subject, including my own Book of Abrasax, and took it's place as a classic of modern magickal thought.  That book was Stephen Skinner's Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic; the first of two volumes intended to make accessible one of the most venerated and powerful systems of magick. 

     Today I awoke in a rather foul mood. That unpleasantness, however, quickly abated when I opened up Feedly for my daily blog and feed check and I was greeted by the news that the selfsame Mr. Skinner had recently released a similarly intended volume, this time for Solomonic Magic. I don't think I need to tell you how big of a thing this is - While myself and a couple of others who, for lack of a better term, "know our shit", do teach the Magick of the Grimoires (See also Aaron Leitch, Ashen Chassan, et. al) there has never been anything like this - a genuine textbook that makes the Grimoires "do-able". 

     The Grimoire Tradition is, at present, a bountiful field from which an aspirant can choose any number of paths. With new, critical and corrected translations of known and unknown manuscripts coming out at a rate of two or three each year, there is no shortage of material available to the student from which to practice. - The availability of source materials in abundance, however, is rendered moot for most because while these Grimoires contain the conjurations, voces magicae, divine names and seals necessary to accomplish your work, never has there been a single framework, ritual structure or reference book to teach you the when, where, at what time, with what incense, facing what direction, after what type of fast, with what prep and preliminaria, etc...

    To demonstrate the importance of the teachings you'll find in this volume, let us consider a man who owns a solid gold, diamond studded rolex watch, but who cannot read a clock. Sure, he has an incredibly valuable watch, definitely fun to show off and certainly a conversation piece, but practically speaking if he can't tell time it may as well be a plastic one received in the bottom of a cereal box. So it is with Grimoire Magick. Opening one of the works released by Joe Peterson, Dan Harms or Stephen Skinner you find yourself in possession of a system of magick both ancient and powerful, one of the precious few modern books of true value and which explicates magick ritual as known to our forefathers. But, however beautiful the conjurations and however accurate the seals, if you don't know the basics you may as well be reading something by Migene Wippler or some other such fuckery. 

     And that is where this volume comes in. A cursory glimpse at the contents suffices to convince me that this volume is something that could have saved me several years of trial and error while attempting to create a ritual structure for use with the evocations found in the classics. 




     In addition to covering all of the practical considerations we can see that this volume offers sections on Major Magical Techniques, forms of divination, a treatise on the concept of imprisoning spirits and material of great value to the academician. Without a doubt, this book is poised to be my top pick for 2015. 

     * As a final note - as I always do, let me offer the following disclosures. I do not know Mr. Skinner beyond having a few minutes of chat on facebook when he released TGEM a year or so ago. I have no stake in this book, no connection to Golden Hoard and no motivation beyond a sincere admiration for the author and appreciation for his work.