Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
One of the teachings that really ingrained itself in my psyche from my Tibetan training, is how to determine the essentials of a practice, and choose between elaborate, unelaborate, and extremely simple forms of practice based upon needs at the time. For instance, the main Kilaya sadhana that I do takes about 30-40 minutes. I could however do a much shorter sadhana that takes 10-15, and even a bare practice taht could be done is 5-10. On the longer side, there are Kilaya sadhanas that could take me all day long, and one that takes three days to perform.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine.
By Ivo Dominguez Jr.
Living in and around
Spirit Speak is exactly what it says it is and more. Many books like this tend to try to make encyclopedic lists of spirits and mythical creatures that stem from different cultures the world over. These occult taxonomies are interesting to read but have little to offer in the way of practical information. Dominguez avoids this pitfall by dealing with large general groups of spirits that the practitioner is likely to encounter, and than makes subdivisions within each category. Rather than rely exclusively upon tradition for these divisions, the author parses on the basis of the observable qualities of the beings. In so doing he provides a genuinely useful taxonomy of the occult that describes the nature, behaviors, and ways in which we can communicate with the spirits.
But the book offers more than just information on spirits. In the first four chapters he presents his vision of the subtle body, examples of various levels of spirit contact, common impediments to communication, and exercises for facilitating contact and for dealing with problems that can arise from spirit contact. These potent exercises are original and won’t be found anywhere else. The emerald heart technique alone is worth the price of admission. These exercises and rituals are fleshed out further in the appendixes of the book.
The book is not written in the voice of a Witch or Ceremonial Magician, though it is clear Dominguez has a profound understanding of both. This book is written simply from the perspective of one who knows. Spirits are spirits after all, and tech is tech no matter what tradition of magick or witchcraft you approach from. Not to be smug, but after twnty plus years of intense study and practice, there are few occult books that I learn a lot from anymore. I learned quite a bit from this book, which is the highest recommendation that I can give.
Summer Solstice 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I dreampt of a future where people had mastered the art of guiding their way through the bardo that lifespans were no longer thought of as extending from birth till death. Instead, much like the way that the Tibetan Tulku system is "supposed" to work, each individual incarnation was thought of as another stage in a longer life. Through a combination of drugs, controlled death, and psychic practice people would recover full memory of previous incarnations within a couple years after birth.
In the dream I was planning a trip to a distant planet to do some kind of missionary work. Since planets that supported life are so few and far between, the only means to travel from planet to planet was to die, navigate your way through the bardo, than get re-born on the destination planet. It also solved the problem of acclimation to foreign atmosphere and germs since you would be born into a body that was indiginous to the destination planet.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Heather Graham apparently does Sex Magick.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
What are the common mistakes that folks make when they first embark on a magickal path?
Not doing enough practical magick that will actually effect your life. People spend way to much time on the sidelines for fear of the danger or the feeling that they need to read every scrap of paper penned on drawing a circle before actually doing it. Get in there, get your fingers burnt, mess shit up. At least you will know that its real.
What are the common mistakes that are made by folks that 'ought to know better'?
Doing to much practical magick to effect your life. After you know its real, it can seem like the answer to everything. This causes problems. Spells can become like lies, one built upon another holding a patchwork life together. If you are always looking to influence people, you run the risk of not listening to what they say. If you are always looking to keep yourself from getting fired or evicted, you run the risk of missing the opportunities that come from having things dissolve down to a blank slate.
For those of you that have been on a magickal path for more than three years and two months, has anything happened that your beginner self would have a hard time even believing could happen?
Not really. I started pretty young, so I had a pretty wild imagination of what the potential of magick could be. If anything the opposite is true. I have been surprised at how bad magick is at certain things.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
So I wrote a "Naming Ceremony" tonight that I wiull perform on Sunday for my Nephew.