Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cellini's Marvellous Banishing Rite of The..., Wait, the WHAT???

Under the category of more magickal levity, an entry from Cellini's autobiography by way of JSK's Geosophia.

In his autobiography, the author presents the details of a hugely successful evocation he undertook with others, where "thousands" of the fiercest demons appeared outside their circle. Apparently, when Cellini and his brethren gave the "License to Depart" as prescribed in the text from which they worked, they discovered "demons" aren't so easily commanded and do not bow in obedience, as the demons flat out refused and continued to terrorize the hapless mages who quickly became convinced they would be killed.

Until...

"Agnolo, in that moment as he moved, made a flatulent trumpeting with so great an abundance of excrement as was much more powerful than the asafoetida. The lad, at that horrible Stench and that noise raised his face a smile, on hearing me laugh, and plucking up courage, he said that the Spirits were departing in great haste."

Using our greatly developed Magus' powers of visualization, can't you just see this happening? Lucifuge in all his glory surrounded by all the legions at his command barely held at bay by the magickal circle yelling "Puny mortals, know ye not that I am the great prince of the infernal regions and that I will tear ye limb from... wait, what the.. thats not asafoetida what the fu.., dude, wait, did you just..? Oh COME ON, dude REALLY? You freakin cra.. you know what, nevermind. Thats not even cool, I'm going home."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Coolest Materia Magica I've Seen In a Long Time

One of my G4J brethren posted pictures of some of the magickal tools he's created for his work, and I am quite impressed. Especially with the materials from Trimethius' "Art of Drawing Spirits Into Crystals" and the Solomonic Sword. Really beautiful stuff. Check him out here

Monday, June 20, 2011

New Looks At Old Projects Demonstrate The Evolution of a Magus

In one of my recent posts I mentioned that I'd undertaken to complete a work I began several years ago on Evocation. When I set it aside in favor of the work that became Crossed Keys* (which, by the way, I've just received the proof of and it is absolutely amazing) the manuscript was already at 300 pages. Well, handwritten pages to be more precise, which turned out to be about 150 pages typed. 

Now that I am revisiting the work, correcting, updating and supplementing, I am discovering just how much my own practice has evolved since then, as well as how much I've learned. I've always prejudged authors who release "revised" or "updated" editions of their books, believing it to be an attempt merely to cash in twice from the same work, similarly to how singers release several remixes of the same song. This assumption, however, is now proven wrong. If I'd have published this work back then it would have been a thorough, comprehensive and exhaustive exposition of the art of evocation. And yet now when I look at it, I see many ways in which I can improve it, supplement it and add to it.

It also illustrates just how much my own practice has changed between then and now. How much I have added to it and adapted it and what has yielded the best results. For lack of a better term, how much I have "evolved" as a Magus. At that point, having achieved what I considered remarkable success, I believed that I had perfected my own system and that nothing out there could improve upon it. And yet now I look back on that work as just the beginning of what has come. 

The result is that this project is going to be a thing of sheer beauty. If I'd have published it back then, I have no doubt it would have been highly regarded as there was (and still isn't) anything of its depth on the subject available. What it will BE when finished, however, is something far greater.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Conjure Codex Coming To Life



As you can see from the above photo, Hadean's Conjure Codex has begun is journey to manifestation. I am honored to be counted among its illustrious authors and excitedly anticipating the finished product. My contribution consists of detailed instructions for two works of evocation; One Angelic and one "Infernal". In keeping with my policy of teaching only those techniques with which I have found success, the two chosen for inclusion are ones from my own Magickal repertoire which I and students I've mentored have used successfully. 

Get the book! It promises to be well worth its weight in gold!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Jupiterian Experiment - Evocation and Consecration Completed

Amar.Utu, or Μαρδοχαῖος
(Marduk)



Pleased to report that the work performed last night was an unqualified success, and that despite the monumental thunder storms which absolutely terrified my dogs, no tornado occured. The materials for the experiment will be sent to the 4 other participants this weekend, in hopes that we can kick this into high gear at once.

On a side note, two project updates;

First, I am quite pleased to announce that a short work on Angelic and Demonic Evocation, including two workings with which I have had a good measure of success, will be published by Hadean Press as part of their forthcoming Conjure Codex. I am honored to have my work bound in the same volume as that of Frisvold and Dhr. Balthazar as well as all the others contributing to this important work.

Second is that my work over the last weeks on the article for Conjure Codex has motivated me to resume work on a project I began years ago - a full volume of instruction in the practice of evocation. When I set it aside to work on The Black Dragon some years ago, it had already reached 300+ pages and is textbook-like in its depth and detail. Originally, in fact, it was intended to be just that - a textbook - for a group of students I had taken on who had grown weary of the Golden Dawn tradition in which they'd spent some years, and in whom I saw potential. This one will likely take until the end of the year, but promises to be of great interest to all who share my love of Grimoiric and other ancient Magick.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jupiterian Experiment - Back To Business

Tonight is the date for which I've rescheduled my evocation of Marduk and the consecration of the materia for my Jupiter Experiment. This work was originally planned for Thursday of last week, but that proved impossible as my city was hit by the most powerful tornado in the state's history which was also our first tornado of ANY size in 30+ years. As I sit in preparation for this evening's work, I just received a weather notification on my android weather app that our county has been placed under a National Weather Service severe thunderstorm warning and that they have reports of the sighting of, you guessed it, another tornado.

Have I mentioned how much I fucking hate tornadoes??

Nonetheless, this evening I am determined to be undeterred, and barring any unforeseen circumstances, the work begins 4 hours and 50 minutes from now at the commencement of Jupiter's 3rd hour of the day.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Recommendation

Just wanted to drop a quick recommendation for anyone interested in Grimoiric Magick; I've been following The Practical Solomonic Magic blog and I'm loving it. Right now the blogger is posting original translations of the Conjurations found in Kieckhefer's work Forbidden Rites, part of the Magic in History Series of which I am so fond. In addition, today they posted a video which will be of great value to those needing a little help with the pronunciations.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thanks and Gratitude For Assistance Rendered



Paimon, as described in the Goetia, is the 9th spirit and a great King, more loyal unto Lucifer than most, who
teaches all arts, philosophy and sciences, and secret things; he can reveal all mysteries of the Earth wind and water, what the mind is, and everything the conjurer wants to know, gives good familiars, and bestows and confirms dignities, binds men to the Magus' will. Paimon appears also in many other sources, identified with other offices and diginities as Paymon, Bayemon and other variations. Although at times classified as a demon or evil spirit, by both renessaince and modern practitioners and theorists, Paimon has proven more forthcoming and helpful than some who are classed as "Holy Angels". At least in my own experience with him which, while not extensive, has been substantial in scale. My thanks go to him for that


Paimon, from an 1863 edition of



 




Friday, June 3, 2011

Jupiterian Experiment, Update 2

So, as some of you know, we got hit by the largest tornado in the state's history on Wednesday. Completely unforeseen, without any warning whatsoever, and the weather service had no idea until Mister Twister decided to pop in downtown and say hello. Literally, just like that. Needless to say, I've been tied up. fortunately the extent of the damage to my own property was a 6 foot stockade fence being blown across the street and an iron post from which I hang my pitbulls tire swing being uprooted and tossed like a salad. Nonethless, despite the damage being rather minimal in comparison with others, I spent yesterday repairing fences rather than Evoking Marduk.

SO, while the experiment is most definitely on, the candles and items won't ship until next week, as I need to perform the evocation on the day of Jupiter.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Jupiterian Experiment, Update

Because of the overwhelming response to my request for volunteers to help in my Jupiterian experiment (almost a dozen of you have offered to jump in, and one even suggested a way it might be improved) and  because many of those who have shown interest are perfect for the task, I've decided to kick it up a notch and create, consecrate and ritually empower Jupiterian candles for 6 people rather than two. This will, of course, mean more work for me tomorrow, but it promises to be well worth it based on the divinations I've done.

The consecrations will take place tomorrow, 3 candles at 9:49pm, the other 3 at 2:17am. (3 is a number which is of great power and significance to me specifically and also in magick as a whole) I'll be providing greater details to those who will be participating, but the gist of it is that a full, formal evocation of Bel Marduk will be conducted, for which my preparation has already begun with a progressive fast, as outlined in my book Crossed Keys. (The progressive fast begins with a day of diet modification and culminates with zero intake other than spring water for 24 full hours prior to commencement) During the rite, offerings will be made to Tzadkiel as the patron of G4J, followed by the evocation proper and a ceremony recreating the Babylonian Genesis in an attempt to tap the creative juices thereof.

I am actualy quite excited about this; It promises to be a rewarding experience for all involved, and if it proves to be as effective as I hope it will, a source of power from which we can draw in perpetuity.