Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wanted - New Students For Global Apprenticeship Program

A couple of months back I began taking on students for an apprenticeship course which I had planned and begun in a Beta testing stage, allowing me to begin teaching deserving, earnest and worthy aspirants while designing the structure of the course.

As the program has now been fully developed,  the bugs worked out and the first batch of students are already beginning to experience growth and success, I am ready to open the doors to another 6 apprentices.

This second group will have the benefit of coming in now, after the trial run wherein the difficulties were worked out and my teaching methods were perfected, and will therefore be able to begin immediately with no "growing  pains"

Those coming aboard will have an introductory skype meeting immediately, including a tarot reading to discern if there are any obstacles to your participation and success. (For each new student I do a rite to remove all hindrances and obstacles that would impede them). Following the reading is a brief interview, and subsequently your first written lesson and a rite to be performed daily. Skype meetings are helf on Weds and Fridays and any & all students having studied the previous lessons or experienced anything of note they'd like to discuss, or for which they need instruction are able to meet with me on those days anytime between 9 and 4, or outside those hours by appointment.

This course is Alpha to Omega, inclusive of all the basics and taking you through every field of Magick with which I am proficient, and culminating in VERITABLE Evocation.  The first group has thus far walked this path:

Lesson 1 - Meditation for Ceremonial Magick

Lesson 2 - Lucid Dreaming and Magick Therein

*Homework - identify 3 entities you'd like to work with, describe the reasons why, any difficulties you foresee and benefits you'd expect. 

Lesson 3 - Astral Separation

*Invocation of Isis for her blessings in this pursuit

Lesson 4 - Techniques For Achieving Astral Travel "At Will"

*Calling of the Sevenths introduced to daily routine

Lesson 5 - Evocation in Theory

Lesson 6 - Intro to Planetary Magick

*Apprentices use divination to select a planet, formulate a rite based on my instructions, I review and ALL willing students perform, including myself.

Those who are interested in this program and the unique educational opportunity it presents, please email me using the contact me link above. This is unfortunately not a free course, however any of the students can attest that the tuition will fit any budget

Monday, October 13, 2014

Free Books And Items To Be Listed on Listia From Now On

Those who've been here a while know that as an avid collector of occult books, a few times a year I post a list of books I no longer need and allow you all to pick and choose, giving them away free. From now on, in order to make sure more of you get a chance to pick some up and also so my inbox doesnt get flooded, I'm putting them all up on this Freebie Auction site, Listia. (No this isn't some promotional thing). I was reluctant to use the site first, but after trying it I must admit it's a nice concept. Give stuff away, earn credits you use to get stuff other people are giving away, no money involved. If you want more credits to bid on items, you can do things like post on facebook, surveys or whatever, but the premise is give away stuff, get other stuff. Basically a karma, save the earth by recycling your stuff instead of throwing it away type thing, but personally I just like being able to give shit away without needing to answer dozens of emails.

At present I have a few tarot decks and some misc household electronics up, but will be putting up a dozen paperbacks throughout the week as well as a couple items from an order that was canceled (a Solomonic Ring and a Talisman). I am thinking of also doing a weekly Tarot reading there as well as putting my older eBooks up rather than having to send those out manually, and so you all can pick them up without opening the wallet.

To sign up, use this link so I get some extra credit for sending you and you get a few hundred to start.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Last Batches of Talismans Received

In the interest of reaching the handful of you at once instead of sending multiple emails, I thought I'd post a brief update here to let those 4 of you whom have not yet received  their talismans that I have received the latest batch from the 3D printer today, and they will be consecrated in the coming week. This batch took longer than usual, but if speed and not POWERADE is what you wanted, you'd go to ebay, not me.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Zeus In Need of a New Home

     With the move to my new home having provided significant additional altar space and the opportunity to upgrade my statuary. With a beautiful new marble statue of Zeus on his shelf in my temple, the idol shown below which has adorned my altar since 2011 is now in need of a good home. It is a hefty piece, a replica of the statue of Zeus in the collection of the National Archaeological Museum, in a bronze/ resin. 16" in height, quite solid.

     I picked this up a few years back while visiting the Parthenon. (The full scale replica of the Parthenon found in Nashville, TN. that is).

     $75 brings this piece to your door, as long as you're in the U.S. Otherwise email me to figure out international shipping costs. Interested parties, email me using the contact link above and at left.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Book of Abrasax, The PGM and REAL Ancient Magick

     Just a few short years ago, there was no definitive work on the Magick of the PGM in print. A few authors had touched on it briefly, recognizing the limitless untapped potential of this most ancient and venerable of systems, and others incorporated bits and pieces of it into their own work, albeit with a Thelemic or Golden Dawn flavoring to suit their own worldview; but for the aspirant seeking not to "use" the odd bit or piece of the system, or who wasn't content to simply throw some of the voces magicae contained exclusively in the PGM into their own rites and actually wanted to practice THE Magick of our forefathers, not as part of another system but AS the system it was and is, there was no definitive "Go To" book. Betz' translation, while great for the academician for presenting the unaltered text as it appears, is all but unusable from a practical perspective. Flowers' "Hermetic Magic" was about the best of the bunch, and certainly provided one of the stepping stones and points of reference when I set out to build, or rather rebuild, a whole and complete system of Magick from the PGM, but beyond this volume and perhaps Seven Faces of Darkness (which in and of itself was heavily flavored to the authors LHP taste), there was nothing even resembling a practical, workable manual from which one could actually LEARN Graeco-Egyptian Magick, and the aspirant was left to fend for themselves in a noble but lofty quest to make something of the scholarly works available. For this reason, many turned from this path, electing to pursue a field more "user friendly", or for which such instructional materials abound.

     In 2012 I had the honor of releasing what was immediately touted as THE definitive work on the PGM and related Papyrii for the practicing magician, and which has remained the "go-to" guide for anyone interested in the genre of Magick to this day. Much to my surprise, The Book of Abrasax was accepted by even my critics. Hell even those who find me personally rather unsavory, lacking the social graces, sensitivities and formal group training a right and proper magician must surely have, committing frequently the sins of telling my contemporaries and fellow authors when their work just plain sucks instead of calling it innovative and groundbreaking, not being born a Brit, etc., even THEY had to admit Abrasax was a classic. But I digress...

     While I have loved the warm reception The Book of Abrasax continues to receive, and moreso the now 167 success stories I've received from its readers, those of you familiar with the work will recall that in my introduction I said that chief among my motivations was the hope that the readers would be inspired to continue building upon its framework, and my gdeepest wish was for one of those greater than I to take on the task and supersede my book, producing an even deeper treatise than anything I would be capable of.

     Today I am quite pleased to report that the latter has indeed occurred, and the business of making a practical, workable, credible and formidable system and a veritable manual of training for it has indeed been taken up by one who I look up to in the same way a student of military strategy and war might look up to Sun Tzu. While I don't presume to think he was in anyway inspired or motivated to take on this task by my work with the PGM or The Book of Abrasax, (or for that matter even aware of its existence). And NO, I'm not a fucking groupie, I'm just that rare bird who actually appreciates QUALITY over horseshit bound in gnome scrotum and sold for $300 a copy, the pages of which are useful only if one unfortunately runs out of toilet paper, and to any serious student or practitioner who intends to USE the material, one of this gent's old titles in user $5 paperback from Amazon is immeasurably more valuable than a specialty press' deluxe $400 "Order of Astaroths Unholy Assrabbits Edition"



     I am happy to surrender The Book of Abrasax' Crown to Stephen Skinner, who has just announced the release of Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic later this month. While I have yet to read the book, I am perhaps more familiar with Stephen's books than my own, and I can say in all honesty and without a shred of doubt, 390 pages of his caliber of work on the subject of the PGM will be the best book of the year, bar none, and if it is in the aspirant's budget too by only one book, look diirectly past my Book of Abrasax and GET THIS ONE. I will be doing a full review of the book as soon as it is released to discuss it in more detail, and as always I will be dead on honest, but I can say truthfully that I fully expect this title to be a classic. 

     Disclaimer - Lest ye, oh skeptical reader, begin to think this review is less than objective, let me state emphatically that I have NO acquaintance with Stephen Skinner. I have him as a Facebook friend, along with 600 other people I don't know, but the only time I have ever spoken to him one on one was to say "I would love to review this book. I have a blog with a very large following, most of whom are highly interested in the PGM having found me and the blog after reading my own "Book of Abrasax" which is on the same subject, and I'm quite sure they'd be precisely the type you want hearing about your book", to which he replied "Sure. Let me have your address and I will send you a reviewers copy. By the way, "Frater MC", whats the MC stand for?"





    

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Something I Had To Share

     A few weeks back, I began taking on students for a beta program in distance learning Magick. For those of you who are long time readers of this blog or followers of my work, you'll recall that for years I had spoken of students whom I tutor offline, and the Magickal Education I offered them, yet despite the hundred of emails I received asking how one could apply, I always responded that I was not yet accepting any students who were not in my geographical area, or who could not travel for face to face instruction. The reason for this was, quite honestly, I didn't know *how* to teach in my style without having the student here present. This because my style of training is tailored specifically to the individual; I do not provide a series of written lessons that applies to all under my tutelage, because I don't know how to write an instructional lesson that fits everyone. Anyone, long story short, after much brainstorming I opened the doors to a beta group of students who would receive weekly skype meetings, one on one instruction, and be handled as if they were my only student. 

     In order to provide as much room for success as possible for each individual and to not allow the course to be thwarted by outside interference or obstacles, when I accepted someone into the program I perform a series of rites, one of which uses this statement of intent:

"...That N. be freed of all that restrains him/her, that all obstacles be removed leaving his/her path  clear of hindrances and all that could impede their studies, practice and ascension. Let all opposition, be it in the form of another, be it manifested as hardships or distractions, or be it geography, be torn asunder, so that N is free to pursue this noble and sacred art unencumbered"

     Last week, as the new students and I began our weekly Skype meetings with a Tarot reading and preliminary lesson on the fundamentals, the following was sent to me by one who has rapidly become endeared to me. Typically, when posting such reports, I would omit the sender's name and any circumstances or specifics that could identify them, however as those of you on my Facebook page or her own are aware, she's been very vocal and more than willing to be known. 

     THIS, this right here, is why I do what I do, and why I love the art of magick for taking me as one of its children. 

August 7th, 2014
Dear Frater MC,
I have been sitting here, struggling to find the words to express to you the immeasurable gratitude I am feeling right now.
How do you properly thank the person who saved you from being sued into oblivion?
How do you properly thank the person who saved you from legal extortion?
Call me a cynic, but the sad truth is if you do not have the money, if you do not have the political connections, or have a fierce, competent attorney at your disposal, you are screwed.
What about the Truth? Please.
What about Justice? Don’t make me laugh.
Money is what determines the outcome of a trial. He with the bigger war chest wins. It’s not fair. It sucks. BUT we’re not left without hope, are we, my brother? There are magicians who can turn any hopeless situation around. Talk about alchemy!!!!!
YOU are one of these rare, blessed souls, MC.
On July 18th, you announced on your blog that you were looking for six new students to mentor. I decided to apply and I was completely open, honest and upfront about myself and all my fucked up baggage, including a frivolous lawsuit I’m currently involved in. Why?  I wanted you to know exactly what you were getting into. I like to tell it and like it told to me straight, with no fucking chaser. I also told you I was heading to court. I applied and on July 23rd, I was shocked to learn that you had a slot for me. I was FLOORED. I cried like a baby. I was so grateful.
Please note that this was July 23rd, 2014.
Like I stated above, I was being pressured to sign a settlement agreement that was unfair to me and only benefited the man suing me. My former attorney even asked and was granted a motion to relieve himself as my counsel. I was headed to trial in just a few short weeks with NO attorney. In other words, I was fucked. Sure, I could go Pro Se. But the adage “He who represents himself has a fool for a client” is true. I was up against the wall but I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees. Shit, if I was going down, I wasn’t going down without a fight. I was going down SWINGING!!!!
On July 25th, 2014, just two days after you informed me I was going to be one of your students, I received a letter from my former attorney. He informed me that the man who had steadfastly refused to dismiss this lawsuit, decided to DISMISS IT ENTIRELY!!!!!  
Then today, August 7, 2014, I see the “Notice of Voluntary Dismissal” on the civil case database. This makes it OFFICIAL.
IT IS OVER.
Words fail me as I struggle to find the words to properly thank you, MC. This horrific ordeal almost cost me my son when he was hospitalized for a suicidal depression. This ordeal almost broke up my marriage. My son has left the country and no longer even speaks to any of us.
BUT he is still alive.
My marriage is still together.
And now, with this lawsuit dismissed, we can all, FINALLY, try to move the hell on.
Now, if the evil bastard ever tried to re-file, you think I’m calling an attorney?
Please, be serious.
I’m calling YOU, MC!!!!!!
May your beloved gods, goddesses, and especially your Mother Isis, continue to bless, prosper, and protect you and yours.
Gratefully and Respectfully, EB
              





Friday, July 18, 2014

Magickal Apprenticeship and Education Program


Over the last several years I have mentioned a Magickal course and apprenticeship that I have, from time to time, provided to individuals who have requested my mentorship and guidance in their study and as they traverse the Magickal path. In that time, I have received numerous requests for information on how one could go about applying for apprenticeship, but due to prior commitments I have been unable to take on any new students. I am now prepared to take on a small number of motivated, driven and deserving individuals.

Due to the nature of the course I have developed, I will only ever take on 6 students at a time – Because I am thus limited, I need to gather as much information about the prospective students’ history, ability and goals in order to select those who are most likely to succeed in a distance learning environment. Therefore I ask anyone interested to fill out this application, then  email it to mikececchetelli (at) live.com

http://www.mediafire.com/view/zx4jpaii8y8vrd8/Application.pdf
Regardless if what level of attainment you have already reached in your own study, I do start each student at the beginning, reintroducing meditation, ritual breathing, and other prerequisites that are necessary for successful evocation and in other areas of Magick. From there we work at your pace, with you and I meeting weekly on skype, one on one, to discuss the previous week’s progress, for instruction, and for me to provide you new areas of study and exercises. Aside from the once weekly skype meetings, I also remain available via email throughout the week for any questions, or to walk you through any exercises we’ve agreed on for you. Since we are working with a geographical distance between us, I make myself available whenever necessary to provide guidance and feedback you would normally receive during in person instructional sessions. As a rule, I only take on 6 students at a time and only take on those who I can dedicate significant portions of my time to, and if I can’t, I would refer you to someone else instead of giving you only half of my attention.

I dont send you pre-written lessons or course materials; I tailor my approach and lessons to YOU

Because you’ll be pursuing a general, rounded education as opposed to taking on one aspect of Magick as your “major”, we would spend several weeks on each of the core fields of study, afterwards moving into evocation. Prior to delving into evocation, you will be given instruction on preliminaria, such as energizing, attaining single minded focus, cleansing of yourself and your work area, opening rituals by balancing the appropriate influences and elevating yourself spiritually, working with the planets and elements, offering, establishing patronship, the Holy Guardian Angel and helpful spirits, and then lessons in the more specialized areas of Magick and overviews of the different systems and techniques (Graeco-Egyptian & Coptic, Solomonic, Theurgy, Thaumaturgy, etc… During this introduction to higher magick we would work with divination and discussion around which entity your will tells you should be the subject of your first evocation, and then begin immersing you in the lore and history of that entity, making offerings, work with their sigil, all designed to establish a preliminary bond between you and that entity (entity being a general term encompassing Gods, Goddesses, Angels, “Demons”, etc…) so that once you have passed all the first lessons and are ready to make your first approach through evocation, you are “expected”, and your call is welcomed.

When we do get into evocation and spirit work, I take you through a graduated program of study and practice – first evoking into a medium such as an obsidian mirror or bowl, then using smoke as a base for manifestation, then evocation sans visible manifestation where you are required to use your senses to discern presence, and finally,

VERITABLE EVOCATION

Collaborative Magick - Big Guns For Big Targets

     Recently I have become involved in a collaborative effort at the behest of a client. While this isn't my first such experience, this go around has proven particularly powerful and opened up countless doors for exploration of this undocumented and likely unexplored area of Magick, and started the wheels in my head turning in all sorts of directions. 

     Before going further, I should explain to what I am referring when I say collaborative magick, and because I am a long winded writer who loves to belabor a point, I'll do so by offering some backstory to help illustrate how this particular joint venture came about. In order to protect the privacy of the client for whom myself and this Magickal "Dream Team" are working, I'll omit anything that could point those who know him in his direction.

     One of my students who I am presently tutoring in traditional Solomonic and Grimoire Magick recently fell victim to a series of unfortunate events which, in a true demonstration of the domino effect, created the "Perfect Storm", taking his personal, professional and home lives from zero to "oh fuck!" in a matter of weeks. The event that set this unholy hell of a chain of events in motion was a car accident wherein he was not at fault. Nice guy that he is, in the face of a teenage driver who was absolutely terrified at the prospect of her parents taking away her keys thus condemning her to the fortress of solitude better known as her house and totally ruining her life, our protagonist decided since his car was old and had seen better days anyway, he would just let it be and not involve police or insurance, but would just let the young lady go on her way after exchanging phone numbers and accepting her promise to pay for his admittedly small damages with her next pay check. In the interests of brevity (Oxymoron to use the word brevity alongside my writing, but hey...) I won't detail the specifics of the ensuing events, I'll just say that this act of kindness brought about legal, financial, and marital complications. The young lady, apparently still in fear of her parents' wrath, decided to alter the story a tad bit, placing our hero in the role of the at fault driver, and apparently lacking skills of improvisation, when asked why SHE didn't call the police, she could think of no better explanation than to say he was, like, totally nice about it and had given her his number promising to call her and arrange for repairs, and besides, she just wanted to leave because he was way flirting with her. The chain of events that followed involved the police being contacted when our client failed to call the young lady to pay for her damages as she'd assured her parents he would, a call to the insurance company, a visit to his home by the police, a cancelled auto insurance policy, a wife on the verge of leaving, a civil court case, the suspension of his drivers license, and half a dozen other unpleasant issues stemming from his attempt to call her to talk some sense into her and tell her how much she was ruining his life. 

     The magnitude of this man's issues was just overwhelming. The walls of his home and life had fallen and the remains thereof were closing in on him faster than me on a chocolate covered cannoli.  This being a student of mine, and one of the most promising of the few I currently have, I wanted to help. But where to start? My training, both in Magick and in other areas of my life, holds that when there are too many wheels in motion, too many forces aligned against you, too many targets in the air, you grab your favorite weapon, aim at the first one in sight and start pecking them off without over thinking it. In this case, however, what was needed was rapid deployment of multiple rites to hold at bay the problems already arisen, and subsequently to start reversing the damage done by each individual issue. 

     The inspiration for what we've now begun was a comment made by yours truly in my typical wiseass fashion. "Too bad I can't just put together a magickal version of the dream team". Moments after that offhand comment, I had Inominandum and Rufus Opus in a chat with me explaining this situation, and asking if I was crazy, or did they like the idea. After a skype meeting wherein RO and Jason met the client, heard his side of the story and were convinced he was sincere and honest, the Three Magickal Muskateers were in battle mode, each looking into our respective repertoire and identifying aspects of our friend's situation which resemble ones we'd had previous success in handling. 

     The Theory behind this type of magickal collaboration is quite sound, so long as each practitioner involved is on the same page and all of our efforts were coordinated, we are all aware of our individual roles, and we use complimentary techniques as opposed to conflicting ones. (i.e., not working the same angle but employing deities from two adversarial pantheons). Far from the "Too many hands in the pot", or "Too many chefs make a foul tasting stew" type results you would assuredly get when hiring several practitioners to work on the same project unbeknownst to one another, this coordinated, highly planned, and from every angle examined approach has yielded tremendous results. 

     In addition to the coordinated individual work the three of us have been doing on behalf of our client, the culmination of our work for him will be a rite designed and carried out by the three of us commencing at precisely the same moment, with all of our work tied together by a sigil representing our collective goal and the ultimate victory of our client over all the obstacles he presently faces. 

     While such collaborations aren't always indicated, and even when they can be the answer they need to be approached carefully, selecting magicians whose skill compliments one anothers, who work well together and do not feel "in competition" with each other, and who can work together to formulate a thoroughly cohesive plan of attack, we have demonstrated in this work that with these conditions met, this type of work can be a life saver, both literally and figuratively.










Monday, July 7, 2014

The Book of Abrasax - SOLD OUT

     Just a quick note to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to all who ordered The Book of Abrasax! As of yesterday, both the standard and practitioner's versions of the first edition have completely sold out.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cleaning Out The Closet (Again)

     As I prepare to move into a new house, I find myself once again in need of a shelf space reduction. As most of you know, in addition to writing books, I am also an avid collector of antiquarian editions. The following is a half dozen books being released back into the wild along with prices. To inquire or order, simply use the contact link above and at left. All books sold will be shipped with tracking and insurance within 24 hours. Feel free to send your best offers! Finally, all books are in Like New/ Fine Condition unless otherwise specified.

  • Conjuration, And An Excellent Discourse... Society of Esoteric Endeavor, Deluxe Limited Edition. See the publishers site for info.  - $500 OBO. (eBay prices are as high as $1200)
  • West Country Witches... Three Hands Press Deluxe "X Series", Octavo, original red cloth titled in gilt on spine. 250 copies of the hardcover edition were published, but this copy is out of series (or X-Series) with a large "X" across the limitation statement on the copyright page. Unlike the standard edition, this copy has no gilt stamping on the upper cover. Only a very few copies were issued as such. $150 OBO
  • Sepher Reziel Hamelach - Steve Savedow, HARDCOVER Edition, only 200 copies made in HC, w/ Dust Jacket  $250 OBO
  • Jake Stratton-Kent, The Book of the Law and its Qabalah, Published in 1994, only 220 copies exist. The first published work by the now famous JSK.   - $250
  • Heptangle Press, The Arbatel, VG Condition in Good Dust Wrapper -  $175 OBO
  • Heptangle Press, The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, VG Condition in Good Dust Wrapper, $125 OBO
  • Ouroboros Press, The Heptameron w/ The Arbatel, Deluxe Full Leather Limited Edition, $250 OBO

On an entirely different and yet related note, two items offered at discounts, only ONE of each available:

The Ring of Solomon, per the Arabic Tradition, 14k Gold Plate


$50

The Ring of Solomon, Bearing the Seals of The Seven Planets, 14k Gold Plate


 $50

     Many more items will be offered in the coming weeks prior to my relocation. Until then,

To Order, EMAIL ME