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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Fear of Being Wrong is Worse than Being Wrong

Nobody appreciates the idea that they might be wrong, especially not those of us who are inclined towards the divinatory arts.  We’re supposed to know the unknowable, after all.  And it’s not just a matter of pride, either – our society puts a great emphasis on scientific materialism. If our divinations are wrong, it becomes […]

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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 […]

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