Not your normal astrology

Tibetan Astrology is a different thing from what most people expect when they think about astrology. In the West, we’ve become accustomed to astrology being a tool for esoteric psychology. People look at their zodiacal sign and the arrangement of the celestial bodies within different houses as a map to the person or the personality. A Taurus sun will be stubborn, an Aries moon will have strong emotional opinions, and so on. While some astrologers will consider the interactions of elements and their modes, most will look instead at pre-determined analysis and intuited characteristics of the various signs. In any…

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Energy, Matter, and Consciousness

Everyone knows that metal takes an imprint better and that it’s easier to psychometrize. Crystals harmonize energy and help organize it for different things. These are essentially psychic and New Age truisms. Questioning the efficacy of crystals for energy work is a New Age heresy. Doubting that metals take charges better than plastics is a violation of the deepest dogmas of psychic work. Even within the ritual magic world, we can see the properties of different materials being invoked for its ability to interact with magical energies. One recurring criticism of all energy work is the question of why this…

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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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Crucible 2016 Recap

I’ve just returned from Crucible 2016, having been invited by organizer Arthur Moyer of Omnimancy to present Divination without Self-Deception.  The contents of the presentation will be made available over time on this blog as well as in an eventual book.  I had the amazing opportunity to sit on a panel with Jason Miller of Strategic Sorcery.  For those of you who don’t know Jason’s work and have an interest in the occult, I highly suggest it.  Jason’s presentation talked about the Tarot de Marseille and how to throw Tarot without engaging in vague esoteric twaddle. His talk so well corresponded to my own inclinations…

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