Updates

If you visit on a regular basis, you may have noticed some changes. My recent spate of unemployment has left me more time to tweak the site.

I know I owe you a post on my own personal banishing ritual, but I’m going to do it a little differently. Everyone who signs up for our mailing list will get the banishing ritual in their inbox. Not that I think it’s the most awesome banishing ever. Not that I think it will get rid of all the demons on your block and clear up your case of herpes. But I do believe it is a good example of taking the basic form of the modern hermetic banishing ritual, and how to change it to meet personal needs. I don’t expect anyone to replicate it, but I think it is something to get ideas from. Making it yourself is always best, right? So sign up for Hieroglyphs and get some extras in your email.

I will be posting a regular update tomorrow, and a new Roll of Thoth on Friday.

You may also have noticed that I’ve monetized the site. If you purchase something off our Amazon suggestions, or use our Amazon search box to find stuff you want, we get a small cut. I do this with a heavy heart. I don’t believe in performing magick for money, but I also believe we provide some interesting content. I’m one step away from adding a paypal button so I can do some begging. Let me know if you think it detracts from the site. I truly value your opinion.

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Episode 2: Magical Training in the OTO

In this episode we talk with Jay Lee, otherwise known as Kikhos-Ba-Midhbar, Bodymaster of the Anabasis Encampment of the Ordo Templi Orientis in Indianapolis, Indiana. James and Colleen talk with him about magical training within the OTO, and the goals of their magical system. Plus, some words about Babalon.

You can listen by clicking the link below, download by right-clicking, subscribe to our RSS feed View RSS XML  in your favorite pod-catcher, or find us on iTunes.

People and things mentioned in the show:

You can find Anabasis Encampment at their website or on Facebook. Make sure to check out their magick section for the articles on Manus et Sagittae and others. Also, they have a Youtube channel with examples of many of the major rituals from Magick In Theory and Practice.

If you’re near Indianapolis, check out their Meetup group and find out about all the events they host.

You can read Liber O, the book the training is based on, in its entirety online.

Signal Boost!: Refereed to an interview with Lon Milo DuQuette about his book Low Magick on the Occult of Personality podcast.

We mentioned the book, Initiation in the Aeon of the Child, by J. Daniel Gunther.

Colleen asked everyone to get involved with the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, either locally, or in Indianapolis. And invited everyone to join Novices of the Old Ways for their Beltane celebration at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis on April 27th, at 1:00 PM.

James is shilling his books again. Matchmaker, a sci-fi short story is now available on Amazon Kindle. Go to his writer’s site jameslwilber.com for more information.

 

 

Roll of Thoth – Banishing

Every week I share with you seven websites with great resources or fantastic art to raise your knowledge and your gnosis.

Banishing, you should be doing it. What the fuck is it? A basic meditative ritual to clear your mind and your space. I will let others convince you of its importance.

I personally do not like the standard Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, but you should know it before you build your own. Some time this week, I’ll share mine with you.

Phil Hine: An Introduction to Banishing Ritual – http://www.philhine.org.uk/writings/rit_banishintro.html   Because he’s an awesome chaos magician, Mr, Hine is going to tell you why and how before you  get started.

Open Source Gold Dawn: Meditations – http://www.osogd.org/library/study/gradeMeditations.html   The Golden Dawn created the standard Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. Here’s how they do it.

WikiHow – http://www.wikihow.com/Perform-the-Lesser-Banishing-Ritual-of-the-Pentagram    Yes, the ritual is that basic it’s on fucking WikiHow. They actually do a good job explaining it.

Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETNJaXbblOo   Now sit back and watch it being done.

Star Ruby – http://www.anabasis-oto.org/2011/09/star-ruby-with-a-paian-with-io-pan-and-signs-of-n-o-x/   Some people say the Star Ruby is an advanced banishing ritual. Since it starts with, “Away from here evil spirits,” I but it.

Star Ruby Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT4-Mal4GA8

Chaos Magick Banishings (PDF) – http://www.serenitystreetnews.com/HERSTORY%20CRAMNOTES/5dterra%20NOTES%20AUDIO%20VIDEO/robin1440/Chaos%20magick%20-%20Banishings.pdf   A whole slew of crazy chaos magick variations to get you creative juices going.

Putz

This week, I started a new organization, the Consilium of Tumblr Magicians, and declared myself Grand High Pooh-Bah. I did it on a lark, it’s not to be taken too seriously, but I did have my reasons. One, just because I love tumblr and the magicians I follow. The endless scroll of mind-altering images has become a major source of gnosis for me. Second, because one of the rules of the Consilium is that you have to actually get off your ass and practice magick.

I have a confession to make. For the past six months, I’ve been a shitty magus. Wrapped up in writing my new book, my day-to-day magical operations have gone by the wayside. I am a putz, a terrible example, a lousy magician. Or am I….?

I have believed for some time that Uncle Al’s greatest accomplishment as a magician was that he created a religion and got people to follow it. In essence, the Book of the Law became real for a whole bunch of people. He changed reality on a massive scale. I’m not saying it was all nefarious, although his ego did get in the way a lot. I do believe that Crowley thought the world would be a better place if we all followed the law of Thelema. Maybe it would be. What greater task is there for a magus than to change the world for the better?

This in mind, and having an ego of my own, I wanted to do something similar. Why not model at least a part of the world in my own image? The first problem I ran into was that no one would accept a new holy book. We are simply too jaded as a culture to accept new revelations whole-clothe. I don’t want to run a cult. I have no desire to be a guru. So I needed a way to disseminate my paradigm outside of my direct teaching.

I thought about writing a book on magick, but really, what are my qualifications? I’ve never been initiated in a magical order. I have done very little teaching. In comparison to others, Lon Milo DuQuette, Peter J. Carroll, Phil Hine, Rodney Orpheus, Peter Grey, I’ve done jack and shit.

But while we don’t produce holy books anymore, we do produce stories. That I can do. In many ways, stories are better than holy books. They’re subtler, and are not seen as unalterable commandments. The meaning of a story can change much easier over time than a holy book can.

So I wrote My Babylon, which in some respects can be seen as a Thelemic fairy tale. I don’t push any specific morality or way of living in the book. The characters are human, and flawed, and should not be emulated. But I do present a way of looking at the world which may change your mind.

So for me, writing is a magical act. There are times, when I’m really into it, that I reach of state of gnosis at the keyboard. The words fly from my fingers without thought. Writing is also an act of devotion for me. With every letter I make I praise Thoth, god of magick and writing. The book I am writing now is also a devotion to my sweet goddess Babalon.

So there you go, that’s what I’ve been doing on the magical front. The book is winding down now, however, in a few days the first draft will be complete. I have begun cleaning out my temple, which I have let fall into complete shambles. When the book is done, I will go there, thank the gods, and get back to ritual and meditation. Until the next book takes over my life.

Roll of Thoth – Goetia

Every week I share with you seven websites with great resources or fantastic art to raise your knowledge and your gnosis.

Good information on goetia can be hard to come by. Much of what’s out there is young folks, stumbling in the dark, attracted to the “evil” of demon summoning.

I don’t think this is all a bad thing. Perhaps they sense the need to get rid of all the baggage they’ve accumulated, so they can get on with their adult life. It does, however, making finding good information a hassle. Here’s some Scroll approved resources.

Esoteric Archives: Ars Goetia – http://www.esotericarchives.com/solomon/goetia.htm   Why not start with the source material? A good presentation of the Lesser Key of Solomon can be found here.

The Shadows of Goetia – http://hermetic.com/goetia/   Once you’re done with the basics, delve deeper into the other grimoires

Occult of Personality Podcast – http://occultofpersonality.net/   Occult of Personality is an incredible resources, and I recommend all of it. Of particular interest for the study of goetia, interviews with two leading experts: Lon Milo DuQuette and Jake Stratton Kent.

The Lion’s Den – http://thelionsdens.blogspot.com/   The website of Michael Cecchetelli, author of Crossed Keys published by Scarlet Imprint.

Demons of the Ars Goetia – http://ars-goetia.tumblr.com/   A tumblr blog for entertainment and inspiration.

Strategic Sorcery – http://www.inominandum.com/blog/be-nice-an-approach-to-goetia/    A different perspective on goetic summoning.

Enochian.org – This is the second time I’ve posted this link. Keep in mind, this is not a recommendation  I have never purchased from this retailer. On the other hand, I have never seen such a variety of the hard to find items used in goetia.

 

 

Game

A few weeks ago,The Snows of Summer, by Paizo Publishing came out. It contains what will probably be the last piece work I’ll do for the RPG industry for quite a while. It makes me sad, but I need to concentrate on my novels. Writing without direction, doing what you really want to do, is the only path to true satisfaction for a writer.

This post, once again, comes from a tumblr ask. A follower asked me, “What has been the most useful book in your magical learning? What has been the most useful book in your life?”

I’m going to surprise you a little here. To find my answer about a useful magical book, you’ll have to follow my tumbr. I’m going to answer the other question here. It requires a lot more explanation.

Laugh if you want, the most useful book in my life has been, The Player’s Handbook by Gary Gygax . For you uninitiated, that’s the first rule book for the game Dungeons & Dragons.

Through the game, I’ve met the most important people in my life. I’ve met my closest friends through the game. Those who I met outside the game, I taught the game and made them better friends. The game is always the excuse to gather, laugh, tell stories. It brings us together in ways modern media fails. We aren’t just passive spectators. We do it together, for each other. We create.

My wife, my entire marriage, the greatest thing that I have ever done. I owe it to the game.

People who play RPGs can be defensive, for good reason. They are often maligned as a starter drug for magick, devil worship, and other unsavory practices. Most players try to distance themselves from such claims, and for most of them, it’s true. They don’t feel a need to explore alternative spiritual paths.

But if you say there’s no connection, you’re a liar. Mr. Gygax presents a wealth of information on mythology, correspondences, and magical practices, wrapped up in the game. It’s not the point of the game. It certainly wasn’t his intention to turn players into pagans. But it’s there for any who want to see. I didn’t learn magick from Dungeon’s & Dragons, but I learned a lot about what’s in magick.

It’s fair to say, I learned some skills for magick from the game. Math, note taking, construction of dramatic storytelling, things that serve a magician well. When you’re doing it right, you seem to channel the personas that you’re portraying.

Of course, it’s in how you approach it. If you come to a gaming table looking to roll dice and add levels, game the system, that’s what you’ll get out of it. I think, however, like many things in life, you only discover the true value when start asking why? Why do I play this game? What do I enjoy about it? Why does it change how I feel about myself and others? Where does the background information in the game come from? When you look deeper, you find the connections, to magick, to the Great Work, to everything. The microcosm of the game, can reflect the macrocosm of your psyche. As above, so below.

I’m not ashamed to be a gamer geek. In fact, I have a podcast about that too. I’m not ashamed to say it influences my magick, even though my magick is not a game.

 

Roll of Thoth – Blogs

Every week I share with you seven websites with great resources or fantastic art to raise your knowledge and your gnosis.

Technical difficulties with the podcast have kept me occupied, so once again, no long form blog this week. Instead, how about a list of other great blogs you can read instead?

The Blog of Baphomet –  http://theblogofbaphomet.com/   From the people who brought you the Book of Baphomet. Serious chaos magicians.

About.com Paganism & Wicca – http://paganwiccan.about.com/   I can’t count the number of times I’ve turned to this blog as a resources. There’s a lot of great material here.

Rune Soup – http://runesoup.com/   A great mix of technology, esotericism, and opinion from a chaos magick perspective.

Occult Sentinel – http://occultsentinel.com/blog/    Reviews and opinions on new occult related media and news

Technoccult – http://technoccult.net/#archive    Psyco-social commentary for culture jammers.

The Wild Hunt – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildhunt/    The best source for current events that involve paganism.

IAO131 – http://iao131.com/    A blog on all things Thelema. Io Pan!

Episode 1: Peter J. Carroll

2778_html_m6d9cfb4fIn this first episode, your hosts, James L. Wilber, and Colleen Kelly discuss The Philosophy & Practice of Magic, a lecture given by Peter J. Carroll, founder of chaos magick. The lecture is part of the Chaos Magick Audio Vol. 1, produced by the Original Falcon Press. Original Falcon has graciously allowed us to play it for you in its entirety.

You can listen by clicking the link below, download by right-clicking, subscribe to our RSS feed View RSS XML  in your favorite pod-catcher, or find us on iTunes.

01 SoT Ep1 Peter J. Carroll

 People and things mentioned in the show:

You can find out more about Peter J. Carroll’s current projects at his blog, Specularium.org. Also, see his course offerings at Arcanorium College.

We also mentioned Andrieh Vitimus, and his podcast, Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole.

And don’t forget to check out all the great books and other media at Originalfalcon.com.

Roll of Thoth – Artwork

Every week I share with you seven websites with great resources or fantastic art to raise your knowledge and your gnosis.

I’ve been promising you art from the beginning  time to deliver. While I am a man of words, it is hard to deny that the realm of the subconscious the realm of magick, is a visual realm.

Iconomancy – http://iconomancy.hrmtc.com/    The new art and image tumblr blog from the Hermetic Library. How can you go wrong.

The Genius of Zos – http://www.banger.com/spare/    The art of Austin Osman Spare. Check the links for scans of his entire books.

Sigil – http://sigil.pl/?lang=en   A Polish language website with much art and crafty things. Google will translate it well enough.

Art Magick – http://www.artmagick.com/   Not necessarily occult images, but 19th century paintings, many with occult themes.

LAShTAL – http://www.lashtal.com/portal/    The home of Aleister Crowley Society. It does much to promote the Beast’s artwork and other artists influenced by Thelema

Harold Arthur McNeil – http://haroldarthurmcneill.wordpress.com/   One of my favorite occult artists, also a musician but I am not familiar with his music. It’s hard to find one website with a breadth of his works. Also see – http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/09/the-paintings-of-harold-arthur-mcneill/

John Coulthart – http://www.johncoulthart.com/index.html   Great art both commercial and fine (if there is a difference). I am for some reason drawn to his basic iconographic Major Arcana.

 

Gallows

It seems like months have gone by since my last post. It’s been a long week.

Last Thursday, at the hotel where I work, at 7:30 AM, a man checked-in. The person who took his money had no idea that six hours earlier, the man had shot another person dead only a few miles away.

At 7:30, I was finishing up my morning writing and getting into the shower. While the water poured down on me, a strange question came. Why, as a pacifist, do I venerate gods of war? I often berate Christians for holding dear a genocidal deity. Did calling on the All-Father make me a hypocrite? I wasn’t sure. But I did reason that I don’t believe my gods are omnipotent. They can be wrong. When Odin chants in my ear, calling to me to take up arms, I can tell him no. I can remind him that times have changed. That winning by force of arms is only beating a man’s body, not their mind. Not the true source of their will. “It’s not only generals that plan battles.”(1) That usually calms him down.

At 11 AM, my work day well underway, and I was already planning how I can sneak in some extra writing on the clock. The same woman that checked the man in was looking out the window.

She’s way more observant than I am. “There’s a cop out here running license plates.” She said.

I got up to see what she was talking about. Sure enough, a police cruiser prowled the parking lot.

My maintenance man chimed in. “He’s scanning bar codes on the license plates.”

The officer seemed to finish what he was doing, whipped around, and gunned it, flying down the street.

Huh, I thought, and went back to my desk. I’m not the type to jump to conclusions.

Twenty minutes later, an officer came in. He shoved a sheet of paper towards me. “Is this man staying here?”

Less than impressed with the cop’s urgency, I took my time and looked it up on the computer. “Yeah, he’s here.” I let the man in black into the building and gave him the room number. The most I expected was to see him again fifteen minutes later, perp in handcuffs in tow. I was terribly wrong. My day, and my worldview was about to change.

Fifteen minutes after, two more officers arrived. One wore a brown tactical vest, hugging an M-16 against his chest. The seriousness of the situation came crashing down. They asked their questions. “Have you seen him? Was he carrying anything? How did he act?” They dropped the bomb. They had reason to believe the man had shot another.

I made the phone calls. I brought the employees under my direction into the office for safety, and any guests who happened to be out in the hall at the time. The parking lot was sealed. An armored car arrived. More cops. The detectives in suits. The SWAT team. My area manager.

The cops asked me, and the person who checked him in, the same questions over and over. They gave us information in dribs and drabs. They had a negotiator. They had called the room. He had made threats. We had a standoff.

We waited. For six hours we waited. No one in, no one out. The TV cameras arrived. Endless phone calls from those concerned. Half the hotel was evacuated. And we waited and waited.

I realized another reason why I would want to follow warrior gods. Because as much as I wish otherwise, we still have warriors in this world. I prayed to the All-Father to give these warriors the wisdom not to fight. There was no answer.

A half-hour before the end, exhausted by stress, I leaned back in my chair, closed my eyes and meditated. On the tiny speakers of my phone I played Corona Radiata, a song I use to help me enter trance states. Works like a charm.

I saw him. I swear to you I saw him. Not as Glad-of-War, and certainly not as Father Yule. He was dressed in black, hat pulled down over his one eye, a single raven on his shoulder, Thought or Memory I knew not which, a spear in his hand. He came as the Gallows God. He came to collect.

I got out of my chair and paced. Up until then I was calm, without real fear. I believed it would all turn out in the end. I stopped believing that when I saw him.

I went to my camera monitor, and looked down the hall by the room where the fugitive made his stand. I saw Odin again. He came out the stairwell, and walked on down the hall.

Five minutes later we heard three bangs. The door being bashed in. Two soft pops, the tear gas being shot into the room to drive him out. Then the loud one. The report of a forty-five pistol.

The old officer, the one they had put at the door to help people by, a friendly guy. He came up to the counter, solemn in countenance. “He shot himself.”

A few minutes later, my maintenance man, still young and eager to see blood, came running in. “He shot himself in the eye.”

The Gallows God got his man.

I know now, the next time I call a god, by prayer or invocation, it will be with more respect, and a little fear. Our gods are not perfect. Our gods may not be what we want. But they come, bidden or unbidden, to do what they were meant to do.

(1)    M. K. Gandhi