Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays To All

     Having been absent from the blogosphere for a couple of weeks now due to a pair of deaths among my friends and being overtaken by events in general, I wanted to drop in and extend my best wishes to one and all and hopes that the holidays were good to all my friends, fellow bloggers, readers and practitioners of this, our art. While I am a rather outspoken critic of all things catholic in particular and mainstream christian in general, this time of year has been sacred since long before Constantine's Council ever sat and before Yehshua lived, and one need not be of them to enjoy this time of year. Below is a graphic I've, er, appropriated, from one of my brethren's profiles which says it far better than I could. 

     I'm working on a handful of articles to be posted here over the next couple of weeks wherein I'll be getting back to what this blog is all about - DOING MAGICK, and expect to be announcing the completion of one of the previously mentioned projects soon as well, but for now I'll  take my leave. I hope that the holidays and the forthcoming new year are fruitful to one and all!

Monday, December 12, 2011

New Year, New You. And Me.

     Opening my reader this afternoon to see what adventures my fellow bloggers are presently engaged in, I discovered several posts entitled, you guessed it, New Year, New You. Interesting title, and when the likes of RO, Jason and Jow are all talking about the same thing, as a general rule, you know something cool is about to happen. Opening first Head For The Red, by the 4th sentence I was IN. (that sentence being "Basically its about doing Magic like a motherfucking boss") My prerogative throughout life has always been thus, and in everything I have done I have employed that philosophy. If something is worth doing, it is worth doing like a King, and if a mile is to be gone, the only way to go is HARD. RO's one sentence explanation of Deb's project therefore was sufficient to send me right over to her blog to see just what it was we were talking about.

     I'm late to the party and so I'm sure you're all familiar with this project which began as "An experiment in magical, radical transformation" over at  "Charmed, I'm Sure" I hadn't previously known of this blog, it having somehow escaped my searches for quality Magickal dialogue, but I'm happy to have had it brought to my attention. I find that I enjoy the author's writing style, and if this experiment is any indication of what one might find there, I look forward to what comes next.

     This is going to be a busy year for me, as I believe I've mentioned on a few occasions and in a few venues, packed with Magick, books and travels, all of which will, in the immortal words of RO, be done in a fashion befitting a motherfucking boss.

     What, you ask, will I be doing?

     More than I can begin to relate. Seven months into this year I will, for the first time in 10 long years, be free to travel the world. Hither and thither shall I go, sneaking and peeking, snooping and pooping wheresoever I wish!

  • I will fulfill a promise made in 2004 by setting foot on the sands of Giza, Abu Simbel and Luxor. 
  • I will, for the first time, attend the excellent events held by my good friends at Scarlet Imprint, to wit the Summer of Love and the Day of the Dead. 
  • I will attend Crucible in NJ and share a long overdue drink with Misters Miller and Opus
  • I will spend ten uninterrupted days, sans any electronics or communication of any kind, in my beachfront cottage doing absofuckinglutely nothing but meditating, relaxing, and recharging. 
     As it stands, and barring any unforeseen circumstances, the thrust of my Magickal work this year will be Jupiterian in nature. My work with Marduk will be taken to its next level. I will concentrate nearly all my efforts at expansion and empowerment. Abundance. Rebuilding a Kingdom I lost 7 years ago. 

     Nearing completion right now is a collaboration between myself and Trident Books (yeah, TRIDENT). Next is When Kingdoms Come, the Gentlemen For Jupiter anthology of which I recently spoke and which is going to take its place among the modern classics. Following that, still this year, a Grimoiric work with Nephilim Press, who will be releasing E.A. Koetting's next and possibly last work, The Book of Azazel. 

     Its going to be a big year folks... Stay tuned


Thursday, December 8, 2011

When Kingdoms Come - Gentlemen For Jupiter, Coming To A Bookshelf Near You

     I am very pleased to announce that Gentlemen For Jupiter is now engaged in the work of bringing to life our first book, tentatively entitled "When Kingdoms Come", which will be published with our good friends at Hadean Press. This work is a collaborative effort comprising essays and articles by a dozen or so members of our Jupiterian Cult. The work will be prefaced by a history of G4J as well as brief biographical notes on each of the members contributing to the work. Following that you can expect articles packed with both theory and praxis by a stellar cast of characters, some of which are 

Chris Bradford, who's just released a superb Guide to The Underworld
Derik Richards, who I recently mention as author of The Lunar Formula of IAO
Logan Hillier

And many others whose replies we await and will be announced as they confirm. 

     In this volume we have brought together many of the brightest and boldest minds in modern Magick under the rule of Jupiter, and this work promises to be one of which the Lord of Abundance himself would approve.   For those G4J members who've not yet been contacted and who would like to propose a contribution of writing or art, Sef Salem is collecting and reviewing submissions for inclusion, after which I will edit and place them, so see him with your material or suggestions. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Book Of The Offices Of Spirits

     Today I've have the pleasure of sitting back and reading Teitan Press' newest addition to the Fredrick Hockley collection, of which I am a big fan. As usual, the book itself is beautiful, in all its powerful black and gold simplicity, but that's just the aesthetics, and the real value lies in the content. 

     What we have here is a complete Grimoire of the Solomonic Tradition, never before published, which is drawn from an MS which represents one of the early examples thereof, dating at least to 1583, placing it around the time Dee and Kelley began their work, but likely having origins even further back into antiquity. 

     Contained herein you will find a hierarchy of spirits, similar in nature to that which is found in the Goetia of Lemegeton, describing the rank of each spirit, number of subordinates. Of particular interest, to me at least, is that we find spirits with whom I've worked before, in The Black Dragon, albeit having been herein reassigned. (i.e., Amaymon is, in this work, found in the South, Lucifer is herein restored to his place of glory as the sovereign of all infernal spirits whereas in the Black Dragon he is relegated to rulership of one of the days of the week) This aspect of the work is of value to me as it ties in to another project I am presently working on, for myself if no one else, which evaluates the tendency of a spirit such as those named to appear in one Grimoire holding one office, and in several others with as many ranks.

     Also of interest to me is that the listing of spirits contained herein far exceeds that found in Goetia not only in number, but also explicating in greater detail the hierarchy of the spirits contained in the work, their subordinates, superiors, etc...

     Also included are workings of Magick for various purposes, one of which purports to be the charm with which the Roman empire prospered and through which they gained knowledge of the past, present and future.

     I have been a fan of the Hockley series since the first volume, the now out of print and sold out Complete Book of Magical Science, but for me, as a Grimoiric  practitioner whose focus is evocation, this edition is the best of the bunch. I would recommend this book to anyone who has interest in these areas of Magick. It can be found at the Teitan/ Weiser Antiquarian site

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stregheria, The Formula Of IAO And Other Such Updates

     Having received not one, but two emails from readers wondering why I've "gone silent" after 11-11's monumental workings, I figured it behooves me to take a few moments to update the blog. I hadn't, in fact, "gone silent",  I was simply overtaken by events and opportunities over the past couple of weeks. 

     As seems to be the norm for me, I have stumbled upon an opportunity to study a new field of Magick, to wit, genuine Stregheria. (referring to the Pre-Etruscan form of withcraft prevalent in Sicily and the rest of Italy between 1000bc and until the time of christianity's legalization, Not Raven G's version thereof, which I'm told is very different) Those who follow this blog as well as those who tuned in to the Witchtalk interview may recall that my introduction to each of the forms of Magick I've studied have always come about blindly, with me simply "happening" upon an opportunity. A relative who happens to be a GD initiate walking by my room when I was 15 and seeing DMK's Modern Magic taking me under his wing; The same relative, nearly two years later, making a sarcastic, tongue in cheek comment making mention of the Goetia leading me to investigate the book that would lead to my setting out on a Grimoiric path; My being in a local botanica and striking up a conversation with the owner who happened to recognize my name from CK and invite me to study with him. 

     My invitation to study "traditional" Sicialian Stregheia came about in a similar fashion. After an hour with a frustratingly hardheaded individual at work, who provoked in me an irresistible urge to beat him about the head with a stapler, I decided that while doing so might very well be the most satisfying thing I did all day, it likely wouldnt be good for me legally or professionally, and so I sought my release where all the Sicilian men of my family do. At the Italian bakery. 

     While enjoying my cannoli, and picking out a half dozen chocolate covered strawberries, I struck up a conversation with someone whom I'd noticed had a mano cornuto medallion on his chain, and who, it turns out only relocated here from Sicily a few years back and who is deeply involved in the practice of Stregheria. So, in addition to my own work and research, my Saturday explorations of the Santeria/ Brujeria of my botanica operating amigo, and now once a week meeting to learn a bit about the Magick of my cultural ancestors, I am a busy, busy Magus.

     That, taken alongside my current writing projects, which include the restoration and rescue from obscurity  of yet another set of obscure yet wildly effective Grimoires, an instructional volume on Veritable Evocation, and more, leaves me exhausted, to say the least.

     I'm also anxiously awaiting the release of my friend and fellow gent Derik Richards' Guide, The Lunar Formula of IAO wherein he explores the origins of the divine name IAO and its modern applications. Yet another excellent addition to the Guides To The Underworld Series made available by the good folks at Hadean.