Subtle Energy now available!

Subtle Energy is a book which explores the theoretical bases of psychic energy work in order to cultivate good habits and skills for developing your own techniques, rather than relying on those of others.  Starting with a brief review of the history and foundations of psychic energy working, we then explore the basic skills upon which to build a practice of subtle energy.  Each chapter builds on the previous until, in the end, the psychic energy working is able to produce magical effects in the world as well as augment other magical actions by integrating the practice of subtle energy…

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Magic isn’t real!

It’s surreal. Someone asked me, How do you become adept at sensing? I mean sensing/seeing entities around you. I can’t do it because my imagination is always playing tricks on me. Does it mean that I don’t fully achieve gnosis and should work harder on that? There is a time and place for objectivity and trying to ensure that everything is “real,” but we have to take care not to drink too deeply from that, too. It is of course no good to just imagine up everything, but in the end that’s really all any of us are doing at all:…

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Causes, conditions, and results

When we perform magic, we’re ultimately trying to accomplish something.  Doesn’t matter what that something is, we’re looking to achieve a result.  Sometimes the result is something that could be normally achieved without magical intervention through some physical action we cannot or will not perform.  Sometimes it’s something we absolutely cannot achieve through conventional means, and we’re resorting to magic because otherwise it is beyond us.  The result, the goal of the spell, is important mainly in that it should be attainable commensurate to our ability to create causes and conditions. Nothing arises spontaneously, and everything requires a cause to begin,…

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Being is Boring

Perhaps the greatest obstacle to any development is accomplishment.  We spend our lives grasping after end goals, only to find that when we achieve them we only have some kind of momentary inadequacy.  We can call ourselves sorcerers, astrologers, psychics, accountants, physicians, construction workers.  It doesn’t matter if we call ourselves those things, if we become content to be those things then the discussion is over.  For much of my life I have sought certifications and endorsements, first as a means to power, and then as a means to identity.  We all do this, striving for degrees and qualifications to allow…

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Sometimes there are babies in the bath.

Stripping down and homogenizing or syncretizing practices is certainly not new.  The free exchange of cultural ideas, and the adaptation of those ideas into a pre-existing framework, is something humans have been doing from the beginning.  We don’t like to abandon our own beliefs, practices, or magical frameworks – but we also don’t like to skip over things that work for someone else.  For example, some Buddhists will still practice Ganesha, as the practice works.  This despite that Ganesha is a distinctly Hindu deity.  Buddhists will also practice protectors from one another’s sects, when appropriate, if those protectors are known to…

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A few words about ghosts

The following is excerpted from a book I am working on on the subject of hauntings, ritual magic, and how the marriage of these things can shed light on a haunting and even make it useful. Ghosts are defined differently throughout the world.  In a large part of the world, perhaps the larger part, they are rarely understood in the way we do in the Western world.  Here, we often hold that ghosts are particularly the spirits of deceased people or animals that somehow linger on in a place.  The idea that this is in fact a persisting soul, that…

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The Importance of Magical Continuing Education

A few years ago I was in college and asked to quickly perform a banishing ritual at a friend’s house.  I had been out of “the business” for a while, exploring some other spiritual paths, and the last exorcisms I’d done had been using Christian priesthood authority.  This obviously functions very differently than a generic pagan banishing, and now I had to look some things up again.  It’s not that I didn’t know what I was doing, it’s that I didn’t know immediately. My Tibetan astrology teacher once told me that there’s three kinds of astrologers.  The best astrologers only need…

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A Peaceful Ritual for Haunted Houses

One of the more mainstream popular topics in magic, perhaps even one where it overlaps with the interests of the general public, is that of hauntings, ghosts, and so on. This seems to fall under the broad umbrella of the “paranormal” and so is approached somewhat differently than magical work or sorcery or conjuration or so on. And interestingly, this is despite that the tools of sorcery and magic are in fact some of the very best for working with ghosts or haunting spirits and so on. Most people, when asked about “tools for ghost hunting,” are more likely to…

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It’s Nice to be Nice

When people first begin dabbling in the magical arts, it seems to me that the first thing anyone runs to is defensive spells, banishings, generally forceful, wrathful stuff. Regardless of what initial approach one takes, this always seems to be the first go-to. No matter what one’s approach, the first thing they learn tends to be how to make spirits go away. Beyond this, it’s such a common and pervasive thing that people tend to double down on it long after they have learned that not every spirit in the area is a demon sent to destroy them. “Just in…

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For Whom We Toll Bells

Magical ritual comes in a wide variety of forms united in common purpose but generally differing in details. When we look at ritual, we can approach it from many directions, depending on our own predisposition, prior knowledge, and so on. For instance, on a practical, operational level we may focus on the details of the performance of the ritual; what incenses are used? What words are said? By whom? On a larger scope level, we may look at the purpose the ritual is intended to bring about. Is it an initiation? A propitiation? An offering? A practice of self-transformation? Somewhere…

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