Secrets of Magic 14: Take it in steps

Some of us have great imaginations and a lot of self-confidence. We can take large steps toward achieving our dreams. For others of us it is hard to accept a large change in our lives so quickly. For example, imagine a future in which you have won the lottery. Do you see negative as well […]

What Does the Stele of Revealing Reveal About Reincarnation?

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What would you feel if you came face to face with a monument commemorating your death 2500 years ago? This is what happened to Aleister Crowley. He and his wife Rose conducted magical operations during their honeymoon in Cairo in 1904, and in the course of those operations Rose led Aleister to a funerary stele […]

Secrets of Magic 13: Dream big

Life presents us with many challenges. We might be struggling to regain our health, recover from a bad relationship, take care of people who depend on us, move out of poverty, establish physical safety for ourselves and our families. These immediate needs focus our everyday efforts and energy. Magic helps us to meet those challenges. […]

Learning about choice from an interactive game

Last night I played straight through a game. It’s an interactive novel called Creatures Such As We. I was searching for a game that wasn’t a shooter or an endless runner or a puzzle but a story. I also wanted a game where women were actually people and not just props to be killed or […]

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Was Aleister Crowley a Witch?

Aleister Crowley from Wikimedia Commons

Gardner’s version of his meeting with Crowley Gerald Gardner met Aleister Crowley in the last year of his life. We know that Crowley initiated Gardner into the O.T.O. and issued him a charter to form an O.T.O. camp. There are persistent stories that the initiatory currents went both ways – not only was Gardner an […]

Secrets of Magic 12: Frame and focus

One of the secrets to creating powerful affirmations is to specify the result that we want and leave open the specifics of how the affirmation will manifest. Suppose you want a new job. You look in the paper and find a job that you think is exactly right. You make an affirmation, “I get the […]

Prayer to Hermes for effective speech

We all face times when it is important for us to be heard and to be believed. At those times I turn to Hermes who the Greeks called “friendliest of the gods to people”. He was known to the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, medieval Europe, straight through to today where he continues to be a lively presence […]

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Was Gerald Gardner head of the O.T.O.?

Aleister Crowley from Wikimedia Commons

Many Witches are unaware how deeply involved Gerald Gardner was with Ordo Templi Orientis. How Gardner came to think of himself of head of the O.T.O. in Europe, however briefly, shines a light on Gardner’s wide contacts in the esoteric communities, the last days of Aleister Crowley’s life, and the chaos caused by the Second […]

Secrets of Magic 11: Act as if

Affirmations often make statements about things we want to happen in the future. Even though the events haven’t happened yet, we frame them in the present tense, as if they have already happened. Instead of saying, “I become the weight that is most healthy for me,” we say, “I am the weight that is most […]

Magical Working to Affirm Human Rights

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Indivisible and the Woman’s March and Resist have great ideas about getting involved in local and national politics. Those of us who support human rights are getting out in the streets and making phone calls and writing emails and sending pink postcards to make our voices heard. There’s a place in the resistance for magic […]

The Best Devotional Method

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I’ve been doing devotionals to deities for several decades. When I started it was difficult to find instructions on how to do it. My working group (Coven of the Mystical Merkabah) invented a method we call the temple-research feedback loop: study the deity, go into temple, use what you’ve learned to refine your research. In […]

Secrets of Magic 10: Affirm the positive

Another way to say this is, don’t use negatives! Affirmations are one of the most powerful magical tools in existence. Every magic spell or ritual has a statement directing the magical energy to a particular end. Although it is helpful to use tools to achieve a magical result, the root of any magical act is […]