Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays To All

     Having been absent from the blogosphere for a couple of weeks now due to a pair of deaths among my friends and being overtaken by events in general, I wanted to drop in and extend my best wishes to one and all and hopes that the holidays were good to all my friends, fellow bloggers, readers and practitioners of this, our art. While I am a rather outspoken critic of all things catholic in particular and mainstream christian in general, this time of year has been sacred since long before Constantine's Council ever sat and before Yehshua lived, and one need not be of them to enjoy this time of year. Below is a graphic I've, er, appropriated, from one of my brethren's profiles which says it far better than I could. 

     I'm working on a handful of articles to be posted here over the next couple of weeks wherein I'll be getting back to what this blog is all about - DOING MAGICK, and expect to be announcing the completion of one of the previously mentioned projects soon as well, but for now I'll  take my leave. I hope that the holidays and the forthcoming new year are fruitful to one and all!


Monday, December 12, 2011

New Year, New You. And Me.

     Opening my reader this afternoon to see what adventures my fellow bloggers are presently engaged in, I discovered several posts entitled, you guessed it, New Year, New You. Interesting title, and when the likes of RO, Jason and Jow are all talking about the same thing, as a general rule, you know something cool is about to happen. Opening first Head For The Red, by the 4th sentence I was IN. (that sentence being "Basically its about doing Magic like a motherfucking boss") My prerogative throughout life has always been thus, and in everything I have done I have employed that philosophy. If something is worth doing, it is worth doing like a King, and if a mile is to be gone, the only way to go is HARD. RO's one sentence explanation of Deb's project therefore was sufficient to send me right over to her blog to see just what it was we were talking about.

     I'm late to the party and so I'm sure you're all familiar with this project which began as "An experiment in magical, radical transformation" over at  "Charmed, I'm Sure" I hadn't previously known of this blog, it having somehow escaped my searches for quality Magickal dialogue, but I'm happy to have had it brought to my attention. I find that I enjoy the author's writing style, and if this experiment is any indication of what one might find there, I look forward to what comes next.

     This is going to be a busy year for me, as I believe I've mentioned on a few occasions and in a few venues, packed with Magick, books and travels, all of which will, in the immortal words of RO, be done in a fashion befitting a motherfucking boss.

     What, you ask, will I be doing?

     More than I can begin to relate. Seven months into this year I will, for the first time in 10 long years, be free to travel the world. Hither and thither shall I go, sneaking and peeking, snooping and pooping wheresoever I wish!


  • I will fulfill a promise made in 2004 by setting foot on the sands of Giza, Abu Simbel and Luxor. 
  • I will, for the first time, attend the excellent events held by my good friends at Scarlet Imprint, to wit the Summer of Love and the Day of the Dead. 
  • I will attend Crucible in NJ and share a long overdue drink with Misters Miller and Opus
  • I will spend ten uninterrupted days, sans any electronics or communication of any kind, in my beachfront cottage doing absofuckinglutely nothing but meditating, relaxing, and recharging. 
     As it stands, and barring any unforeseen circumstances, the thrust of my Magickal work this year will be Jupiterian in nature. My work with Marduk will be taken to its next level. I will concentrate nearly all my efforts at expansion and empowerment. Abundance. Rebuilding a Kingdom I lost 7 years ago. 

     Nearing completion right now is a collaboration between myself and Trident Books (yeah, TRIDENT). Next is When Kingdoms Come, the Gentlemen For Jupiter anthology of which I recently spoke and which is going to take its place among the modern classics. Following that, still this year, a Grimoiric work with Nephilim Press, who will be releasing E.A. Koetting's next and possibly last work, The Book of Azazel. 

     Its going to be a big year folks... Stay tuned



     

Thursday, December 8, 2011

When Kingdoms Come - Gentlemen For Jupiter, Coming To A Bookshelf Near You

     I am very pleased to announce that Gentlemen For Jupiter is now engaged in the work of bringing to life our first book, tentatively entitled "When Kingdoms Come", which will be published with our good friends at Hadean Press. This work is a collaborative effort comprising essays and articles by a dozen or so members of our Jupiterian Cult. The work will be prefaced by a history of G4J as well as brief biographical notes on each of the members contributing to the work. Following that you can expect articles packed with both theory and praxis by a stellar cast of characters, some of which are 

Chris Bradford, who's just released a superb Guide to The Underworld
Derik Richards, who I recently mention as author of The Lunar Formula of IAO
Logan Hillier

And many others whose replies we await and will be announced as they confirm. 

     In this volume we have brought together many of the brightest and boldest minds in modern Magick under the rule of Jupiter, and this work promises to be one of which the Lord of Abundance himself would approve.   For those G4J members who've not yet been contacted and who would like to propose a contribution of writing or art, Sef Salem is collecting and reviewing submissions for inclusion, after which I will edit and place them, so see him with your material or suggestions. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Book Of The Offices Of Spirits


     Today I've have the pleasure of sitting back and reading Teitan Press' newest addition to the Fredrick Hockley collection, of which I am a big fan. As usual, the book itself is beautiful, in all its powerful black and gold simplicity, but that's just the aesthetics, and the real value lies in the content. 

     What we have here is a complete Grimoire of the Solomonic Tradition, never before published, which is drawn from an MS which represents one of the early examples thereof, dating at least to 1583, placing it around the time Dee and Kelley began their work, but likely having origins even further back into antiquity. 

     Contained herein you will find a hierarchy of spirits, similar in nature to that which is found in the Goetia of Lemegeton, describing the rank of each spirit, number of subordinates. Of particular interest, to me at least, is that we find spirits with whom I've worked before, in The Black Dragon, albeit having been herein reassigned. (i.e., Amaymon is, in this work, found in the South, Lucifer is herein restored to his place of glory as the sovereign of all infernal spirits whereas in the Black Dragon he is relegated to rulership of one of the days of the week) This aspect of the work is of value to me as it ties in to another project I am presently working on, for myself if no one else, which evaluates the tendency of a spirit such as those named to appear in one Grimoire holding one office, and in several others with as many ranks.

     Also of interest to me is that the listing of spirits contained herein far exceeds that found in Goetia not only in number, but also explicating in greater detail the hierarchy of the spirits contained in the work, their subordinates, superiors, etc...

     Also included are workings of Magick for various purposes, one of which purports to be the charm with which the Roman empire prospered and through which they gained knowledge of the past, present and future.

     I have been a fan of the Hockley series since the first volume, the now out of print and sold out Complete Book of Magical Science, but for me, as a Grimoiric  practitioner whose focus is evocation, this edition is the best of the bunch. I would recommend this book to anyone who has interest in these areas of Magick. It can be found at the Teitan/ Weiser Antiquarian site

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stregheria, The Formula Of IAO And Other Such Updates

     Having received not one, but two emails from readers wondering why I've "gone silent" after 11-11's monumental workings, I figured it behooves me to take a few moments to update the blog. I hadn't, in fact, "gone silent",  I was simply overtaken by events and opportunities over the past couple of weeks. 

     As seems to be the norm for me, I have stumbled upon an opportunity to study a new field of Magick, to wit, genuine Stregheria. (referring to the Pre-Etruscan form of withcraft prevalent in Sicily and the rest of Italy between 1000bc and until the time of christianity's legalization, Not Raven G's version thereof, which I'm told is very different) Those who follow this blog as well as those who tuned in to the Witchtalk interview may recall that my introduction to each of the forms of Magick I've studied have always come about blindly, with me simply "happening" upon an opportunity. A relative who happens to be a GD initiate walking by my room when I was 15 and seeing DMK's Modern Magic taking me under his wing; The same relative, nearly two years later, making a sarcastic, tongue in cheek comment making mention of the Goetia leading me to investigate the book that would lead to my setting out on a Grimoiric path; My being in a local botanica and striking up a conversation with the owner who happened to recognize my name from CK and invite me to study with him. 

     My invitation to study "traditional" Sicialian Stregheia came about in a similar fashion. After an hour with a frustratingly hardheaded individual at work, who provoked in me an irresistible urge to beat him about the head with a stapler, I decided that while doing so might very well be the most satisfying thing I did all day, it likely wouldnt be good for me legally or professionally, and so I sought my release where all the Sicilian men of my family do. At the Italian bakery. 

     While enjoying my cannoli, and picking out a half dozen chocolate covered strawberries, I struck up a conversation with someone whom I'd noticed had a mano cornuto medallion on his chain, and who, it turns out only relocated here from Sicily a few years back and who is deeply involved in the practice of Stregheria. So, in addition to my own work and research, my Saturday explorations of the Santeria/ Brujeria of my botanica operating amigo, and now once a week meeting to learn a bit about the Magick of my cultural ancestors, I am a busy, busy Magus.

     That, taken alongside my current writing projects, which include the restoration and rescue from obscurity  of yet another set of obscure yet wildly effective Grimoires, an instructional volume on Veritable Evocation, and more, leaves me exhausted, to say the least.

     I'm also anxiously awaiting the release of my friend and fellow gent Derik Richards' Guide, The Lunar Formula of IAO wherein he explores the origins of the divine name IAO and its modern applications. Yet another excellent addition to the Guides To The Underworld Series made available by the good folks at Hadean.

   

     



Monday, November 21, 2011

The Conjure Codex; A Hadean Press Anthology



     Having received my copy of Conjure Codex, the very first anthology to which I have contributed, and spent last night reading through the various essays and articles presented therein, I would like to encourage everyone to pick up a copy. This is an excellent collection of insights and wisdom by a great group of occultists, jam packed with jewels of knowledge from several walks of life. 

     Prior to receiving the book I had no foreknowledge of what it would contain, except for the brief descriptions of each essay provided by Hadean. I was pleasantly surprised that each contribution seemed to flow seamlessly into the next, and one complimenting the other. 

     Many thanks to Erzebet and Dis @ Hadean for conceiving such a beautiful book, and to Jake for helping to bring this one together

     


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Crossed Keys Fine Edition




     If anyone out there missed out on the opportunity to purchase one of these extremely beautiful volumes and has been waiting for another chance, send me an email at mikececc(at)ymail.com. This is the edition of which only 55 copies were offered and which sold out in hours. The one available will be one of my own personal copies, sigilized and consecrated. 

     

Saturday, November 19, 2011

On WitchTalk Tomorrow..... ME

Tomorrow I will be appearing on WitchTalk, discussing Crossed Keys, my current and future projects, and taking questions from listeners. The show airs at 4pm Eastern Standard Time. Anyone who isnt otherwise occupied, drop in; it promises to be a good discussion!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Blog Malfunction.

I've been notified that for some reason my blog is showing up blacked out for some users. I believe it may be limited to those using Google Reader, or other Tabs. I'm trying to find out why this is happening, so bear with me. If anyone else is seeing the same thing, please comment and let me know. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Another Day of Jupiter



To Zeus, Kronides , Hypatos

I will sing of Zeus, chiefest among the gods and greatest, all-seeing, the lord of all, the fulfiller who whispers words of wisdom to Themis as she sits leaning towards him. Be gracious, all-seeing Kronides, most excellent and great!"

Homeric Hymn 23 to Cronides

O father Zeus, who shakest with fiery light the world, deep-sounding from thy lofty height. From thee proceeds the ethereal lightning’s blaze, flashing around intolerable rays. Thy sacred thunders shake the blest abodes, the shining regions of the immortal Gods. Thy power divine the flaming lightning shrouds with dark investiture in fluid clouds. 'Tis thine to brandish thunders strong and dire, to scatter storms, and dreadful darts of fire; with roaring flames involving all around, and bolts of thunder of tremendous sound. Thy rapid dart can raise the hair upright, and shake the heart of man with wild affright. Sudden, unconquered, holy, thundering God, with noise unbounded flying all abroad; with all-devouring force, entire and strong, horrid, untamed, thou rollest the flames along. Rapid, ethereal bolt, descending fire, the earth, all-parent, trembles at thine ire; the sea all-shining, and each beast, that hears the sound terrific, with dread horror fears: when nature's face is bright with flashing fire, and in the heavens resound they thunders dire. They thunders white the azure garments tear, and burst the veil of all-surrounding air. O Zeus, all-blessed, may thy wrath severe, hurled in the bosom of the deep appear, and on the tops of mountains be revealed, for thy strong arm is not from us concealed. Propitious to these sacred rites incline, and to thy suppliants grant a life divine, add royal health, and gentle peace beside, with upright reasoning for a constant guide."

Orphic Hymn 19 to Zeus of Thunder

Abramelin Oil And Incense: French vs German

Received a question with regard to mention I made in Crossked Keys about my use of the German edition's recipe for Abramelin oil as opposed to the French, and why I find this of import, how I make it, etc... Since I've begun using a new supplier instead of taking the time to make my own, I thought I'd offer up some insight here as well as provide a resource for anyone looking to switch. 

First thing you need to know is that there are 3 (and some say 4) variations of Abramelin Oil, and all Abramelin Oils were not created equally.  In mathers edition of The Book of The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, he erred greatly in translation, and omitted some portions of the MS that were in fact valuable. Among the errors we find in this work is his recipe for the oil, which is 4 parts Cinnamon bark quills in powder form, 2 parts of fine ground Myrrh resin, 1 part powdered Galangal sliced root, and half the weight of all these ingredients in olive oil. He here substitutes galangal for calamus, which is incorrect. 

Crowley differs, instead offering 8 parts of cinammon, 4 parts myrrh and 2 of galangal, each in essential oil form, mixed with 7 parts olive oil. Crowley again leaves out Calamus in favor of galangal, as did Mathers. In Book 4, chapter 5 he provides his own reasoning, which I will not reproduce here for times sake. 

The recipe of which I make use is that of the German MS of Georg Dehn's Translation, which is:

Take of Myrrh in tears, one part; of fine Cinnamon, two parts; of Calamus half a part; and the half of the total weight of these drugs of the best Olive Oil. The which aromatics you shall mix together according unto the art of the apothecary, and shall make thereof a balsam, the which you shall keep in a glass vial which you shall put within the cupboard of the altar.


For quite some time I was forced to make my own, simply because most suppliers either carry only the erroneous versions above as it is the most well known and common, carry only one sort and dont specify which formulation was used in its creation, or just dont know the difference. I'd found two suppliers that do use the correct formula, but one is prohibitively expensive, changing $25 for a small bottle, and the other is, well fucking nuts.

Recently however I've found a supplier who is both reputable AND who kay even know the recipe better than I, and who doesn't gouge you on price. For that reason I'd suggest anyone who wants to work with the authentic product check them out, its called Ancient Road. Thus far I've used their Abramelin Oil and Incense as well as their Jupiter Planetary Incense, and all of the above are of great quality.  For the most part, I can usually tell when a supplier, and even moreso a manufacturer, of these types of items is what I'd call reputable.  The ability of the shop owner to explain all the differences between the version of Abramelin and derivations of each quite frankly impresses me and lends me confidence that I'm dealing with someone who, for lack of a better term, knows their shit.  


While many areas of our Magickal work can be readily tweaked and adapted as necessary, as I did with the Conjurations from Black Dragon, there are other areas you want to get right, and this is one of them. Kudos to Ancient Road. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Favor To Ask...

Yes, I know, I am supposed to be on R&R for the next day or two, and I am! But I wanted to drop in and ask a favor of everyone that wont cost you a penny and will help my favorite charity organization - the Villalobos Rescue Center, which is the worlds largest pitbull rescue site. If you watch TV, you may have seen them, as they have a show they do to raise awareness and generate concern in Pitbull Rescue. The Show is called Pitbulls and Parolees. 

Chas* Bank has established a 3 million dollar grant for charity organizations, and the winners of the grants are determined by votes. They have several categories including breast cancer research, feeding homeless etc... and the one that brings me here today, which is for charities that help animals. I'd love to see VRC win their category and take home the prize for animal welfare charities.  Its free and only requires a click on their "Vote For This Charity" button from Chas*'s Facebook page, and right now Villalobos is holding steadily in second place, with 8 days left to vote. I'm asking everyone to please do so, as this is truly a worthwhile charity.

Below is a message from VRC's page:

Keep those votes coming, we can't even dare to dream that we might finish in first place. No more struggling with broken down laundry machines, we could get a heavy duty machine in place AND keep up with blanket washing. Move the dogs to their new location and get them set up in the comfort they so deserve. Vote for us here, http://bit.ly/uoWhxW and don't forget to share this with everyone you know, there are only 8 days left to vote!

I would be very grateful if everyone would take 30 seconds of their time and vote. Here is the link  http://bit.ly/uoWhxW

Sunday, November 13, 2011

R&R

     I find myself in need of a day or three of R&R. My work yesterday was a FAR greater experience than I could have possibly foreseen. Those who read my post yesterday morning wherein I encouraged the reader to partake of the day's special power will recall that I was quite excited about the work I'd be doing and expected it to have an additional "kick" because of the day. I am at once pleased and overwhelmed to report that those expectations were exceeded ten fold. I can say, in all honesty and with no shred of doubt, that I am far better and stronger today than I was on 11-10. Whether the boost in Magickal power generated yesterday was a product of 11-11-11, 11:11pm as I believe or simply resulted from the meticulous prep, planning and anticipation put into it is a subject which undoubtedly some will argue, and yet one about which I have no doubt whatsoever.

     Accompanying the success of the rite is a great deal of fatigue, and I am therefore in need of a day or so of relaxation. I've taken the first half of the forthcoming week off from work, and  during that time I intend to sleep, fast, meditate and contemplate. So if you contact me via email and dont receive a reply until Wednesday, that's the reason why.

     Of the working itself I can say little. It involved myself and ten others I led, including she to whom CK was dedicated, 3 students of mine, one of my first teachers, a fellow Grimoiric Magus, a Thelemite and a couple Santeros. It was in fact multiple rites divided up into 11 parts, one of which was a full on evocation. While we originally allotted 5 hours for completion, we did finish in just over 4 as the whole was well rehearsed and planned, and flowed like clockwork with successful evocation occuring much sooner than anticipated. Despite ending sooner than expected, the work has left me exhausted as very few before it have, and I am definitely looking forward to a couple days of solitude. I wish it could be longer, but work and duty call and so I'll be back at the office and blogging by Wednesday.

     I hope everyone who did partake of 11-11-11 and fit some type of Magickal work into their day found it empowering and enlightening!


Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11/11

     As mentioned in one of my very earliest blog entries, I have plans this evening. Magickal plans. Large Magickal plans. In commemoration of 11/11/11 which is, aside from all the superstition attached and the "based on Feng Shui" emails going around about it, a very, very powerful day for me personally and I am going to take full advantage of it, as should you all. 

     This evening at precisely 11 seconds past 11:11pm myself and a partner will begin the largest single working I have ever undertaken. The rite in question will include a full evocation of "Ishtar" in her role as governess of Venus, and a working with the Goddess that is of a greater magnitude than anything I've previously undertaken. 

     Although I have broken my traditional preparation period by not forgoing all communication prior to the ceremony, I have employed the progressive fast as described in CK, a large amount of purification which will culminate in washing using water from the river jordan, and a few other steps I can't go into here. 

     All in all, this evening promises to be one to remember, and one from which I draw considerable power for the foreseeable future. For those of you who dont have something planned for this evening or havent yet decided how you'll work, I strongly encourage you to think it through and, even if its a usual Venutian Rite of offering or evocation, DO SOMETHING. The Magick and power upon which we can draw today is immense. 


Crossed Keys Now Available In eBook

     For those who've not yet picked up a copy of Crossed Keys, a new option for its purchase is available thanks to our friends at Scarlet Imprint. In keeping with the times and to make their excellent works available to a wider range of readers, Scarlet Imprint has now begun offering their titles in eBook format, as mobi or epub files. 

     For those who have embraced new technologies such as tablets, androids and eBook readers, Scarlet Imprint's decision to release these tomes in this easily accessible and immediately available format is a blessing. While I will always be an avid lover and collector of fine Talismanic and Antiquarian Books, as one who does an tremendous amount of research which often takes place in S.I's books, I am definitely going to pick up the eBook versions for sheer convenience and search-ability. The prospect of reading Geosophia from my Droid while, eh, working diligently at the office, is a most tantalizing one indeed. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mastering The Mystical Heptarchy

     Although I'd planned to devote this past weekend to revising www.grimoiremagick.org, by Friday evening I was resigned to the fact that this was not going to happen.  Foremost among the reasons why that didn't happen was the arrival of a handful of books I'd just ordered 2 days prior, and which I didnt expect until today. Among them Jade Sol Luna's Asterian Astrology, which I have yet to open, Koetting's Ipsissimus, and, as the astutely observant reader will have guessed, Scott Stenwick's Mastering The Mystical Heptarchy. 

     Of these, it was Scott's that occupied the majority of my time this weekend, and it is this book I'm going to talk about now, albeit briefly since I'm on my lunch break. The first thing that impressed me about the book was to be found in the first page following the table of contents, (always a good sign when you find yourself agreeing with the author before the third paragraph) and that is that Scott differentiates between Ceremonial and Ritual Magick, which is something he and I have in common, and also where we diverge from the majority. Though out definitions are different, I like that he too makes the distinction where most just lump both practices together and use the terms interchangeably. 

     Another point of convergence between Scott's beliefs and my own is in the correct pronunciation of the Enochian tongue. As I've mentioned before, I am no Enochian scholar or adept and defer gladly to most of the authors who've written on the subject, but I just cant agree with the elongated Golden Dawn style pronunciation. 

   The rites he presents herein are easy to follow and, much to my liking, do not require one to have attained the understanding of the Enochian system that accompanies lifelong study. Part of what has stopped me from delving into this system despite its  power is that it is overwhelmingly complex and I simply lack the time to study it in depth. This is a book that will enable those interested in the field of Magick to dive on in, and do so in a far more logical and true manner that works such as Schueler's, bringing us one step closer to the Magick OF John Dee, as opposed to the modern adaptations which bear little resemblance. 



     

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Talisman Field Report #1

I'll have a very interesting (if I do say so myself) post later this evening, but before I head out I wanted to throw this one up. After this I'm going to cut back on posting these field reports, simply because the blog is starting to look like a fucking Finbarr book with all these testimonials, but as the sender has specifically requested this be posted, I'll indulge this last one. 

Frater MC!
I  wanted to share with you and ask that you post this as a field report in order to give  Ishtar the honor she rightly deserves. Ive began singing the hymn's you emailed me with the talisman of venus you sold me three weeks ago and visualizing reunion with my ex and I have to say against all odds it has worked! Let me tell you why I know this. You know since she moved to Annapolis we havent seen each other and we decided long distance relationships werent healthy so we split 4 months ago like I told you, and her job there is going so well I didnt expect her to ever want to leave, and we hardly ever talk now because its akward. Well as soon as I got your talisman I started holding it in hand doing Ishtar's hyms and visualizing a reunion, and alsmost immediately afterward she started calling more often, asked me to come visit for a weekend and things like that which were cool, but now yesterday she calls me and says the job isnt worth it if it means she has to lose her love and she would always resent the job thinking what if I was the one for her and she lost me for it, and she was going to move back to Boston! Ishtar moved me to make a sacrifice for love, so since my job here is nothing special I offered to move to Annapolis and we're going to live together again! I want Ishtar to get all the honor and recogniztion she deserves here so I hope you can post this and share it with everyone so everyone who can will light a candle in her name and know she is a good goddess who loves love and wants it to thrive! 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Grrrrr....

Much to my dismay, I've just learned that the template I chose and customized for GrimoireMagick.org and which I've had up for a month now is in fact already in use by another occult author, albeit one of a different path. So, this weekend, which I'd earmarked for solitude and meditation, will have to include selection of a new template, application of that template on my site and transferring of my current posts to the new format. "man plans, the gods laugh"

Incidentally, if anyone has any suggestions for a good and fittingly themed template, I'd be grateful for the help. 

Also, if anyone else has been trying to reach me via the email address on the site, m@grimoiremagick, please forward all correspondence to mikececc(at)ymail.com as I havent yet set up webmail or pop3 access for the grimoiremagick.org domain. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

New Items Available

The electricity and cable/ internet being out over the past few days, I've had an abundance of time to create. A few of those I've created and/ or consecrated are now available in the Materia Magicka section of my own website, including a unique, handmade Solar Talisman of Helios, and a custom wood burned Table of Practice I made myself. 

Take a peek. I'm going to be listing some of my own Materia there in the coming weeks, including a Handmade Black Dragon Wand. 

Conjure Codex Is Born

     Conjure Codex, the first anthology to which I have contributed and a work about which I am extremely excited, is now available for purchase directly from The Hadeans. I am pleased to be published alongside such an illustrious cast of Occultists as Jake Stratton-Kent, Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold, Humberto Maggi, Drac Uber, and all others who contributed to this project. This, I promise, is going to be a wonderful release. When you take this many of the occult's most creative and and innovative practitioners, tell them the only guideline is that the theme is Spirit work and then leave them to their wiles, with the little wheels and gears in their minds turning, spinning and smoking, you just know something good is going to happen.



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ten Magical Books Worth Remembering

This morning my google reader was alight with a baker's dozen of new blog posts for me to read throughout the day. While this in and of itself is always enough to brighten up an otherwise dreary morning, one of them stood out. First, because it provided some insight into the mind of a practitioner I respect and which books he holds to be the most memorable and which have helped him develop. Second, because it provided me with my daily food for thought, and compelled me to contemplate which ten (or so) books would make MY list.

For me, though, some of them werent of the 20th Century, so I'm going to deviate from Ian a bit here and make my list consist of my most valued Magickal Books from any century. Oh, and Like Ian, I find myself unable to limit myself to ten, so I've cheated a bit and let the list run on.

In no particular order:
Hans Betz - The Greek Magical Papyrii, In Translation, Including the Demotic Spells
Stephen Flowers - Hermetic Magic; The Postmodern Papyrus of Abaris
Pablo Torijano - Solomon The Esoteric King incl. Magical Treatise of Solomon*
Rufus Opus - Modern Goetic Grimoire*
Ouroboros Press - The Picatrix, Vols 1 and 2. 
Skinner & Rankine - The Veritable Key of Solomon
Skinner & Karr - Sepher Raziel 
Skinner (Trans.) 4th Book of Agrippa
FL Griffith - The Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden
Joe Peterson - Lesser Key of Solomon
Jason Miller - Sorcerer's Secrets 
Nineveh Shadrach - Magick That Works
Denning & Phillips - Magical Philosophy, 5 Vol.

If, for some horrific and dreadful reason, I had to reduce my personal library to bare bones, these, I think, would constitute the very barest without which I could not do. Well, I guess I could, I'd just be very, extremely pissed.

*Prior to Golden Hoard's release of a definitive and complete edition of the Magical Treatise of Solomon, Pablo Torijano's work for academia contained the only printed version thereof. I havent yet received my eagerly anticipated deluxe edition of the Golden Hoard release, but I am certain it will soon supersede the former.
*Available only in PDF format and no longer sold by RO, this is nevertheless one of my all time favorites and one which I strongly recommend. His Modern Angelic Grimoire is likewise excellent, but, well, I'm a a blasphemous little bastard and I do love my "demons". Dammit RO make this one available in print form!!



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Not A Fan Of Mother Nature...

Couple of you have noticed I've been unusually silent over the past few days here, in the forums and on facebook. Well, it appears that whatever horrific offense my city has committed against mother nature, whether real or imagined, hasn't quite been paid for by the 2 blizzards, the hurricane, the tornado or the earthquake we've been stricken by over the past 9 months. This past weekend she once again bent us over her knee and provided a good spanking in the form of a nor easter, which has knocked out 100%, yes 100% of the power in my city and 80% of the power in the surrounding ones. 

Luckily the building in which I work a few cities over was originally a bomb shelter and was nto affected, so I'm able to get online once in a while here to follow up on emails and charge my trusty smartphone. 

Nonetheless, all Talismans and other orders will be shipped on time tomorrow, so no worries there and everyone who has ordered one can expect it without delay. That goes for the books I promised a few readers as well. I'm hoping the electric co. has us up and running again this week.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturnian Magick Via Marduk

     This evening I will be undertaking a rite of introduction to Ninurta, son of Enlil and Ninlil, slayer of Anzu. In Babylonian Magick, Ninurta is the deity associated with Saturn, and during Thursday's work with the God Marduk, I was prompted to make his acquaintance. The rites used will be those described in Mardukite Magick, albeit modified according to the lore of Ninurta as opposed to Marduk's. 

     While I am unsure of why I should seek Ninurta, I am somewhat anxious since Saturnian Magick has proven to be of great use to me in the past when the goal was expansion of my Kingdom and elimination of boundaries, obstacles, etc... Never a dull moment, I say! 

     

Friday, October 28, 2011

One More Field Report For Mardukite Magick

Mike:


I ordered your ebook Mardukite Magic on Oct. 16th. I had an interesting experience after I read this manuscript. I ordinarily wouldn't bother you with this, but your blog post of Oct. 23rd of 'Another Field Report' detailed experiences with your manuscript that closely matched mine so I thought I'd forward the following email I sent to a friend right after it happened on Oct 17th. The email is as follows:


"Just before dawn yesterday morning when I was still near a dream state but aware, I sensed a tall imposing figure near my bedside. I felt strongly that I was being regarded, not in a friendly or unfriendly way, but as one might examine something of interest. I had a sense of this figure being robed and bearded. I felt at the time that this was 'Marduk'. I fell into a dream state, and went into a story where my family was being threatened by a rattlesnake. This snake was hiding out under a bathroom sink in a cabinet. When I wakened, I scanned my house and sure enough there was something there. It seemed to have gotten through my house shields... This snake didn't have immediate hostile intent towards us but was just hanging out. It was a nasty piece of work though, and my family has a long history of being plagued by snake-like entities. I find it funny that just reading a summoning might be enough to catch Marduk's attention. It was a nice initial offering on his part."


The thing that caught my attention was that my description of how Marduk was regarding closely matches the field report reported in your blog on Oct 23rd. It's always nice to have outside validation! What also wowed me was that reading the manuscript was enough to connect me to Marduk. Keep up the great work!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

One Down, Three To Go


"Calling The Sevenths To Induce Equilibrium"

I received a handful of messages from people interested in the work I spoke of in my post earlier today that I prescribed for a client to bring him back into balance, so I figured I'd make it available here. It is one of the rites from the PGM corpus which has been published elsewhere on several occasions, so many of you will recognize it. 

It is originally from PGM 824-834 and is called, as you've likely guessed, Calling The Sevenths To Induce Equilibrium" and it uses the 7 vowels of the Ancient Greek alphabet to open the 7 gates, planets, spheres, etc... and I use it frequently for Balancing and "Inducing Equilibrium", among other things. Its very simple and, I've found, very effective.


 Facing East – Stretch out right and left hands to the left, chant “A” (Alpha.)
Face North – Put forward your right fist, chant “E” (Epsilon)
Face West – Extend both hands forward, chant “Η” (Eta)
Face South – Both hands holding the stomach, chant “I” (Iota)
Face East - Touch the ends of the toes, chant “Ο” (Omicron)
Face East – Right hand on the heart, chant “Υ” (Upsilon.)
Face East – Looking to the sky with hands on the head, chant “Ω” (Omega)



A Busy, Busy Week Magickally. And I Love it!

God how I miss the days when I had nothing to draw my focus away from Magick and the only serious decisions I had to make were what Evocation I would work next, which Talisman I would create and empower, which grand change I would attempt to make in the scheme of things. 

Those days are long gone and I have the world at large to concern myself with once again, including all the minutiae thereof; Bills, work, dating, family obligations, and my guilty pleasure TV shows, The Borgias and Supernatural. This week and the one that will follow it, however, I can flashback to those days. Having taken a handful of vacation days at work and received a matching number of new Magickal projects at the same time, I  am thrilled to be back in my element. 

This week I was hired on to assist a fellow practitioner resolve an issue with what appeared to be a rogue, and quite rude for that matter, spirit which had taken up residence in his Kingdom and has been draining him of energy, inspiring in him anger and frustration and in many other ways just being a PITA. The methodology I found most appropriate was a series of planetary work commencing Tuesday with an Evocation of Mars to shore up defenses and make an initial offensive effort, from which it was made abundantly clear to the client as well as myself that the spirit in question is powerless to do him any harm. Following that, last night was an Evocation of Mercury to bring insights into the nature of the spirit. Tonight will be, in conjunction with my own G4J work, an evocation of Marduk and consecration of a protective talisman I've decided to send him to establish a lasting connection between he and the energies of Jupiter as represented by Marduk. Tomorrow brings a Venutian working to restore peace, tranquility and happiness to his Kingdom, and Saturday I follow up with Kronos to issue a final salvo on his behalf, expanding his area of influence, dispelling all remaining disorder and chaotic elements or remnants. 

I've given him some individual work to do as well, to firmly establish a balance of planetary energies in his own life by opening the gates to each of the spheres as outlined in the PGM, and will continue to do his readings and any "touch up work" until his Kingdom is firmly in order and free of any undesired influences. 

Besides this, I will be consecrating Talismans of Venus, Mars and Saturn for others, each drawn from the Key of Solomon. And my own daily work and offerings. 

Did I mention this was going to be a busy couple of weeks? Oh and I got a couple beautiful gifts today too, one of which is:




Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cleaning Out My Closet. er, Bookshelf.

So I find myself engaged in the daunting task of cataloging my collection of rare, out of print, limited and current books as well as other items in order to get a full appraisal done for insurance purposes. During the course of this I've come across a bunch I no longer need and which aren't quite collectible, but are still pretty good books. There's probably about a dozen of them, some of which are listed below and the rest will be posted when I get home. 

They're free, and if you're in the US I'll mail them to you via media mail for free too. Leave a comment if you'd like any of them including your email address. (I wont publish the comments) I will update this post when they're taken.

Lon DuQuette - Low Magick, Its All In Your Head - GONE
Nineveh Shadrach - Magic Squares and the Tree of Life - GONE
A.E. Waite - Book of Ceremonial Magic, Paperback Copy - GONE
Elizabeth Clare Prophet - Fallen Angels and The Origin of Evil - GONE
Joseph Karika - Liber 767 vel Boeingus - GONE
Maggie Whitehouse - Total Kabbalah
Phyllis Currot - Witchcrafting 
Alan Richardson - Magicians Tables; A Complete Book of Correspondences- GONE
Brotherhood of Light - Astrology

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Another Field Report

Just sharing one more field report before I get back to "Business As Usual" tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this with me T. and I hope it continues to work for you!

Dear Michael,

Thought you might be interested in another field report. 

I'll begin by noting that almost as soon as I opened the email containing your note and the book, I felt a definite presence, a kind of tingly electrical sentience.  It was very palpable and pervasive and it lingered throughout the room for  a few minutes.  I found it neither threatening nor overly friendly, I simply felt as though I was being observed.  It was a more benign feeling than that sounds, though.  At the time, I wondered if it was Marduk "checking in" on me, or even if it was a spirit that you had sent for some reason.  I now think that it was more likely that it was Marduk making himself felt.  Perhaps my ordering the book acted as a kind of conjuration?

I had wanted to perform the rite on the day and hour of Jupiter, but this was not possible, so I decided to perform it today, the day of Venus.  I did begin the rite in the hour of Jupiter, thinking that it might help me a bit in establishing contact.  I followed the text closely, using Abramelin incense and two blue 7-day candles on which I had painted Marduk's name in Greek and cuneiform the day before.  I did manage to do that and my other prep work (reading the Enuma Elish, going over the names, &c.) in the hour and day of Jupiter yesterday, so as to make the items as Jovian as I could. 

When I read the names, I definitely felt a presence, pretty much the same kind of feeling I had felt when I got the book.  I felt it most strongly behind me, to the South.   At one point I turned around briefly, but I didn't really see anything.  When the energy was more or less as it's peak, there was a brief but intense moment of total silence - the traffic outside, all the other ambient noise completely disappeared and I felt a kind of suspension of time.  Around this time, I smelled something quite distinctly that was definitely not the incense of Abramelin that was burning or the Jupiter Oil that I had dressed the candles with.  It was a clove type of scent. 

Unfortunately, near the end of the reading of the names, my apartment manager decided to make a bunch of noise and start talking to someone in the hallway right outside my door, accompanied by some kind of loud electronic beeping.  Needless to say, this did little to help the rite.  I tried to tune it out as best I could, but it was difficult to maintain my concentration, especially while I was trying to visualize the moment I had chosen from the Enuma Elish.  I have a very low tolerance for beeping.

After the visualization, I spent some time looking at the image of Marduk I had printed out and tried to integrate the energy that was remaining in the room.  I then delivered a brief and simple thank you and farewell to the god and waited for the energy to dissipate.  After I had collected myself a bit, I made some notes in my journal and broke down my temporary set-up (I have a small studio apartment, so I have to improvise a bit for these rites).  I plan to leave the candles burning when at home until they are used up.

I would say that the rite did make successful contact with Marduk (I'll assume it was him, anyway).  I think I may have had better results if I had performed it on the day and hour of Jupiter and if mundane annoyances had not intruded.  That said, I have yet to see a spirit and the presence I felt was much stronger than in nearly any of my previous attempts at conjuration.  I will be on the look-out for synchronicity and shifts of awareness, especially in anything related to the Jovian current.  I have been a bit preoccupied, unhappy and anxious as of late, due mostly to certain stresses and difficulties with particular people and their triggering memories of unpleasant past events.  It is my hope that my contact with Marduk may help alleviate some of this.  I did not make any specific requests of the god, but I do think that having made his acquaintance will make itself felt in my life in some way soon. 

Let me now take a moment to thank you for making this text available and for your part in my seeking of the Mysteries.

All the best,

Friday, October 21, 2011

Field Report

Just received another field report.

Dear Mike,

Yesterday evening, at the hour of Jupiter y made the Ritual for establishing contact, despite i was all day with the flu and feeling  little tired, i decided to do it. My girlfriend a i prepared a table for the candles and the incense and printed a picture of marduk.

She was a little scared, because she isn´t into magick a i am, we´ve done the Gates of Jupiter rituals described by RO and she liked them, but i don´t know why yesterday she was scared of this ritual...

The ritual was very good, when i said the 50 names i really could feel a presence over the table, it was like if someone was standing there. That presence didn´t scared me or my girlfriend, in fact, i felt comfortable with that... i welcomed him, gave him the offerings and told him that we would like to establish a relationship with him in order to receive his blessings... then i said goodbye, and closed the rite....

The rite was about 15 to 20 minutes, i left the candles burning and the flames were high and beautiful.... i hope my offerings were received and to start a good relationship with Marduk...

after the rite i felt like a boast of energy in my body... the tiredness disappeared !!! ... i felt good !!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Quick Note To Former Customers

Just received an order for Mardukite Magick from someone who'd been part of my Candle Magick experiment and rather than emailing each of you who were part of that and who have ordered Talismans of Jupiter, Mars or Venus I thought I'd say it here where (hopefully) all of you can see it. 

If you've ordered a Talisman or been part of the Project involving Marduk a few months back you DO NOT NEED TO BUY the eBook - Just email me and I'll send you one ... Buying a Talisman gets you these little things like eBook gratis, so dont go buying it!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Questions, Questions and Questions

     Over the past few weeks I've received a few dozen questions, here and on facebook, and even more so since the release of Chasing The Dragon and now Mardukite Magick spanning such a wide variety of topics as to include everything from my own religious beliefs to political views. A handful or so have popped up with more frequency, and so I figured I'd post them along with their answers here despite having replied to each of them individually. .

Q." I cant figure out your path, you have written about work with Archangels at EM, and you used the Enchiridion which  is totally Christian, but you also say you're not a Christian and you also encourage work with demons. I remember you said you pray to "your" god every night, are you talking about YHVH or what? I'm not christian myself so I never tried to use books like Enchiridion because they praise Jesus, so help me out, how is it possible? And are you like a Satanist or what?"

A. I do work with Archangels and I do work with "demons". I'm NOT a Christian, I do not believe "Jesus" was a god and I do not pray to him. I am, however, a follower of the historical Yeshua, who was Man, Master and Magus but not God. The God to whom I pray and from whom I have drawn immeasurable blessings is variously referred to as "The Man of Light", "The Good" or simply "The Father", and is the God who was known to Yeshua, and of whom spoke Poimandres. The one who is before the first beginning, of whom all of nature has become an image and who the inferior hath not formed. Not the god of the old testament, the one of The Gospel of Thomas or Baruch. The Source of all, who the Gods and Goddesses are descended from. Working with the "demons" does not in any way contradict my faith in Him because they are not in opposition to him. The "fallen" angels, the "demons", those who rebelled oppose the god of the old testament who thought to enslave all and falsely decreed that he was the one and only god when in fact he was but a product of Sophia and one of many. 

Q. "What do you think of the Enochian System? Do you use it at all? Ever thought of mixing it in with your Goetic invocations when you summon the Goetics?".

A. Enochian is a very powerful system when used properly. I know someone who is adept in its use and who does things that are mind blowing. I, however, have very little knowledge of it and have used it only sporadically (Ex. in my GD time during the Watchtower Ceremony and SBRP which dont quite qualify as using the Enochian system, just borrowing words from it) I'd love to delve into it at some point, but right now I have no where near the time that it would take to begin to understand such a complex system, and while I'm all for logical syncretizing, throwing in Enochian language with my Grimoiric Conjurations isnt something I'm likely to toy with. 


Q. You seem to have contempt for Golden Dawn Magic, why is that?

A. While I've never been initiated into any inner order or been in the tomb of Rosenkreutz I did spend a couple years devoted to learning the system, and before that working through Modern Magic by DMK. I cant say GD isnt a valid Magickal school or that they dont, well, practice Magick, because I havent been on the inside of a temple to find out what goes on there. I can however say that my original teacher WAS an inner order initiate and I have a good friend who currently IS 6= and both of them admit that they do far less "Magick" than most people you'd talk to here in the online community who arent affiliated. (They admit this grudgingly, but admit it nonetheless). I'm not into pageantry and theatrics, holding elaborate costumed initiations and grade ceremonies or quasi masonic pomp and ceremony, I dont want to spend a year learning the hebrew alphabet or paths and tarot associations, I want to dig in and do Magick, and I've done very well at it without using a LBRP or Qaballistic Cross in the last decade or so, and the dozen or so students Ive had and have now, one of whom quit GD after reaching Exempt Adept have better results with my methods than anything else. For some the GD is a lifesaver and the greatest thing they ever do, and I commend them for that. Its just not for me. If I was going to be a part of an order I'd prefer Sangreal Sodality, Astrum Sophia or OAE. 


 Q. "Hey on The Lions Den you mention students, Do you accept new students or offer lessons?"

A. No.  The students I speak of are offline and close enough to make face to face lessons feasible. Currently there are 5 of them and the farthest one from me is about 60 miles away, but makes the trip down here for one weekend a month. I do think making courses and curriculum available to prospective students online is a great idea and immensely valuable thing, I just dont have the time to create a lesson plan or materials. I DO however respond to ALL emails and questions here on facebook, and am always available to provide any advice or guidance you may need.  If you are looking for a teacher who will take you where you need to be and give you a first rate education see RO's Red Work Courses and Jason's Strategic Sorcery .

Q. "Damn I missed out on the Jupiter Talismans can you let me know if you ever get more? Of if you can do one for me of Venus for attracting love?"
A. Jupiter Talismans can be created at any time as Botanica Santa Barbara right nearby has made them readily available to me. They can be consecrated using methods from Crossed Keys OR through Evocation of Marduk. They are available on my website here if you want the same style as shown in the link above, or you can email me for other types/ styles or ones cast in different metals. I DO also create Talismans for Venus, Sol, Mercury and Mars.  I also consecrate Statues of the Egyptian Gods for Altar using ACTUAL Nile water and Sand from Giza.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

If The World Ends On Friday....

     Once again we're told that the end is nigh; This time but a few days away. While I won't dignify this blatant fuckery with discussion, instead silently hoping that come Saturday morning he has the decency to, well, die, this subject in conjunction with a now widely known speech by the late Steve J. wherein he says "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" has me thinking. 

     Adding further fuel to the fire and greasing those little wheels within my head which have begun turning incessantly is that the universe seems adamant about me giving this some thought as it have twice today provoked me in that direction. Turning on the car today the song that immediately filled my ears was "If you had 24 hours to live:, and arriving at work today I discover a new poster of Steve J. with the aforementioned quote.

    For me though, the question I'm mulling over in my head and which I'm going to explore here is different, you know, since I'm not a raging asshat who thinks I can predict the end even though I've made a total dick of myself on several prior occasions. MY question therefore is. "If my next Magickal work were to be my last; If I knew beyond any doubt and with absolute certainty that following my next rite, be it an Evocation, a Conjuration, Consecration of a Talisman or whatever else, it was going to be the last, what would I want to do? "

     Its a tough one. Would I want to Evoke and spend my last magickal moments with my patrons, who have been as loved and revered family to me, or would I want to use my last ounce of juju to attract fortune and success. Or, in keeping with my own nature and disposition would I want to throw caution to the wind and do something huge, such as the full evocation of the biggest, baddest and most primeval sumbitch I could manage to dig up in my research. 

     Oh sure I could go all mother theresa and shoot for a goal of a globally benevolent nature, such as inspiring peace and kindness in the hearts of world leaders, but really, how often does our Magick work on that level? Its not out of the question, and if I knew my next work were to be my last I would devote every fiber of my being to it and it would therefore have a huge power boost, but nonetheless, that's a pretty big order to fill, and wouldn't you rather not gamble your last dollar on a long shot? 

     This in mind, I think what I'm going to do is take this week to decide just what I would do under those circumstances, and then begin planning to make it a reality. Not as my last work, but as a work to remember. Then I'll start planning whichever I chose as runner up. 




Saturday, October 15, 2011

First Field Report

This will be a brief post as I'm writing on my droid and have not yet mastered the art of touchscreen typing. (Fat fingers and small keys are not the most compatible combination) Besides that, I'm at a restaurant awaiting my amaretto sour and rib eye and  at the moment I'm being given a remarkably dirty look by my date. Nonetheless, I'm extremely pleased with a field report I just received and wanted to share it immediately. Below is the portion that has me excited enough to risk the wrath of an angry lady dinner companion.


     "Dear Mike, I am happier than I've ever been right now and I had to write and thank you! First letme tell you honestly because you need to know. I have been practicing magic for 6 years and lately Ive been having doubts because despite my effort I never was able to contact spirits and could never communicate with them. I went through modern magic and then bardon but never succeeded in invocation or evocation, until now. I used the introduction and calling to Marduk from Mardukite Magick of yours yesterday and for the first time ever I succeeded! Marduk appeared beautifully and in regalia like a warrior with a lightning bolt in his hand and he spoke very clearly to me as if he were right there in the flesh!! This is a super super thing and I am in tears! ........"

I've omitted the remainder as he here gets rather personal and inclusion of the rest of the story wouldnt add anything more.

CONGRATULATIONS JUAN!!!

OK Back to my date

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Now Available - A Mardukite Magick eBook





     Based on the responses I've received to my earlier blog post about the pros and cons of releasing works in eBook format vs hardcover/ paperback, as well as the discussions taking place on Facebook and other forums, I've decided to float a test balloon and release a brief work which I've spent a lot of time developing as an eBook, similar to those RO offers.

     The work in question is a brief one on the Magick of Marduk which was originally going to be released in a 15 page chapbook/ pamphlet form. Having received a great deal of interest via comments here and emails after my brief blog post on working with Marduk, I decided to offer a much more comprehensive tutorial wherein I take you through making initial contact with the God, introduction, offering, petitioning his aid and establishing a long term relationship with him as I've begun doing myself over the last half year or so. 

     This brief work contains 5 complete rituals of which you can readily make use, an opening rite, an invocation, an introduction to the God, a petition to the God for his aid, and a method of offering to him. Also included are the true 50 Names of Marduk taken directly from the source, which ARE quite different from those you find in the Necronomicon along with detailed info on the virtues, powers and specialties of each name and a means to petition whichever suits your need at the time. In addition I've provided the Hyms and Incantations in the original Sumerian for those ambitious enough to attempt them in their original tongue.

     The Conjurations, Hymns and Invocation are NOT those you will find in the Necronomicon or any other modern work - I have pulled directly from Enuma Elish, An:Anum, The Cuneiform Tablets and other original sources and everything presented here has been and is still used by myself, every Thursday.

ALSO
  
     Everyone who orders this eBook will be invited to participate in a Group Ritual dedicated to Marduk on Thursday November 17th. On that day, in the hour of Jupiter, all who wish to participate will perform a group conjuration of the God in his name GUGAL - Lord of Abundence and Opulence.

     In order to make it available to anyone with any interest in working with Marduk, the price is only $10 payable via paypal. Delivery will be via email.  Paypal address is mikececc(at)ymail.com If you'd like the eBook delivered to an email address other than your paypal address, just note it in the comments section of the payment page and I'll send it there instead.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Picking A Path

Yesterday Jason posted with regard to the fact that his Magickal Practice is eclectic and diverse as opposed to that of others who are able to say that they've chosen a single path which provides all that they need. RO followed up explaining the ways in which his own journey hasn't been as singular as one might have thought and includes as variant work as Taoism and even Chaos Magic (that one was a surprise to me)

Jason's post got me thinking on my own path and how it has changed and evolved over the years. When describing my own style of work I invariably refer to myself as a Grimoiric Magus, which most tend to interpret as one who practices strictly from the "Classical" Grimoires. Thats partially correct, and for a handful of years working with the most well know Grimoires (Lemegeton, Red Dragon, The Key of Solomon, Verum, The Arbatel, etc...) did constitute the whole of my work. Oh I certainly didnt stick to the script so to speak, as shown in CK and Chasing The Dragon I kept the formulas intact but modified the structure as necessary and thought outside the box, finding new ways to work with the Spirits identified in the Grimoires. But the dozen or so classic Grimoires were about all I needed (I thought) and I rarely looked outside that comfort zone.

Now, however, I've evolved considerably. I do still consider myself A Grimoiric Magus, as the thrust of my work is, in keeping with the Grimoire Tradition, Evocational and Spirit Work. (Yes the Grimoires do prescribe other techniques and methods such as Talismanic Magick, but by far the focus is on Evocation and communication) But now my work is drawn from the Grimoires AND such diverse sources as Enuma Elish and Starr's Conjure, and I'm happier and more successful than ever. 

As I've admitted before, when I first set out on a Magickal path, or more accurately said, when I realized my path in life WAS a Magickal one, I began with a Golden Dawn/ Inner Order Adept who was my teacher. He took me through the knowledge lectures, the curriculum, the LBRP/BRH/ Rose Cross Ritual, Don Kraigs Modern Magic,  the whole 9. I learned the Hebrew alphabet, the paths and correspondences, drawing the tree of life, everything he gave me I absorbed. But through it all, despite my earnest sincerity and desire, I always felt it was more theatrics than magicks. Daily LBRP's, Middle Pillars, Watchtower Ceremonies, etc... Sure I felt pretty cool afterwards, but then I'd always find myself thinking, "Great, but what did I actually DO?" Ok, I cleared my temple of Astral Nasties, I Pore Breathed Fire until my eyes felt like they were boiling, I invoked and banished the poor little salamanders and gnomes via pentagram rites with such rapidity that they surely though I was bi-polar, inviting them then kicking them the hell out so frequently, but at the end of all this daily work, what really had I done? How was my life any different than it had been beforehand?Sure as hell wasnt making any tangible improvements in my finances or station in life, so what exactly was I accomplishing? 

I asked my teacher that question so frequently that finally I elicited an exasperated "Mike, GD isnt about gettin rich or improving your life in temporal ways, its about fucking spiritual development and enlightenment, its about learning how the fucking universe works and our place in it and its a fucking brotherhood like the masons, if thats what you want then youre in the right place. If you want to conjure up wealth and power and talk to demons go get the fucking Goetia!" 

So later than night when I was reading the Goetia I'd just purchased (Mathers/ Crowley Edition BTW) I was immediately fascinated. Reading of Bune, I remember thinking "See?! THIS is the shit I'm looking for!" And while my reasoning over the last decade and a half has changed, every time I crack open a new Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic release, a new Joe Peterson Edition or another such work, I still think "THIS is the shit I'm looking for." 

Except that now I'm learning, courtesy of Strategic Sorcery, Conjureman Ali, RO among other sources, ways to incorporate traditions and methods as diverse as my background into my Grimoiric work giving it a power boost akin to throwing a NOS tank in a performance car. Now when I work from Cyprian's Clavis Inferni I can make offerings TO Cyprian courtesy of Conjureman's recent blog post. When I intone the God Name IAO I can use the corresponding Mudras thanks to Jason Miller, and I can use Grimoiric Evocation to say hello to my departed dog thanks to RO. 

I guess, then, that my point in this typically long winded article is that while Grimoiric Magick may have been everything I needed, my new style provides additionally everything I want.

Gotta Love Divine Subtlety

Received a new tarot deck I'd ordered a couple days back, sat down at my desk, cracked open the box and gave the deck a good shuffle before a three card spread and pulled



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A New Work On The Magick Of Saint Cyprian

Just placed an order for Conjureman Ali's new Guide To The Underworld, Saint Cyprian - Saint of Necromancers. Since his recent blog entry where he provided an example of his work with Cyprian that I love, I've been hoping he'd offer up further insight into the subject of Cyprian as the emeritus patron of Magicians and even more so his own methods of working with him. 

Although it is altogether unlikely that anyone reading this post is unfamiliar with Conjureman or his blog, here's the link.

Get his work on Saint Cyprian from the good folks at Hadean




A Brief Review Of Palo Mayombe; The Garden Of Blood And Bones

As mentioned in an earlier post, this past weekend I received my copies of both Palo Mayombe and Pomba Gira by Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold. I havent yet begun Pomba gira, simply because Palo Mayombe has had me engrossed and will require at least a couple more read throughs to begin to grasp, and so it is Palo Mayombe alone that I will speak of in this post.

Although I am usually skeptical about books touching on the subject of Palo, since it is a highly guarded tradition and one previously spoken on only in exalted circles of those lucky enough to be initiates, I has quite hopeful that this book would be something special simply because Nicholaj is an author with whom I am familiar and I know first hand that Scarlet Imprint releases only the best of the best. 

I am quite happy to say then that the faith I had put in both Nicholaj and Scarlet Imprint to produce a worthwhile tome on this most elusive of traditions has proven to be well justified, and Palo Mayombe; The Garden of Blood and Bones is most certainly going to be one I read over and over again as years go by. 

My introduction to Nicholaj's writings came via Kiumbanda, A Complete Grammar of the Art of Exu, which I picked up immediately after its release and which is also a volume I can highly recommend, and everything he has written that I've read since then has proven equally valuable.

Palo Mayombe has, although wholly alien to me, always been a fascination of mine simply because despite being in the company of Santeros since I was 15, I had never met anyone who would admit to any knowledge of Palo. In fact anytime it came up, it would inevitably bring with it a sense of fear among those present. While may field of study and practice has always been Grimoiric (with the exception of a couple short years in the tutelage of a GD initiate in the very beginning), I have always been in the company of Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Mexicans, Domincans, Columbians, Venezuelans, and every other Spanish speaking peoples due to my affiliation in a certain, eh, fraternal organization which consists of 23,000 members across the US, 94% of whom are one of the above. So whether it was visiting one of my brother's homes and meeting their parent's who are Santeros, or consulting one who at the time owned the only botanica in the city, Santeria and related traditions have always been within arms reach to me - and yet I never found anyone willing to speak of Palo or who didnt shiver when hearing it mentioned. 

For that reason I am extremely grateful to Nicholaj for finally bringing it the widespread attention it deserves and allowing me to break down the long held assumptions instilled in me by the aforementioned shudders of terror among Santeros that it is a horrifying anomaly among traditions. 

Speaking from an author's perspective, I love the way that Nicholaj takes a very complex topic and explains it in a way that makes it easily understandable to even those with no prior knowledge of the subject. It is a testament to his teaching ability that someone can pick up this book, having never before heard of Palo, and upon finishing it have an excellent, lucid and clear understanding of all that was presented therein.

In summation, this is a work for which we can all be grateful. Not only is it an insider's perspective into the most secretive and elusive of Magickal traditions, but it is as masterfully written as if inspired by the spirits themselves.


OH and lest I forget, it is a truly fucking beautiful book externally as well!