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.