Secrets of Magic No 33: Saturn sets limits

Saturn is the last planet the ancients could see. The next planet from the sun after Jupiter, Saturn too is a gas giant, one surrounded with spectacular rings, photographed by the spacecraft Cassini-Huygens during its exploratory mission beginning in 2004 and ending in 2017. As the slowest and farthest planet known to the ancients, Saturn […]

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Prayer to Pomona, Goddess of the Orchard

Hail to thee Pomona! Pomorum Patrona, Guardian Goddess of the orchard, With your gentle touch may our trees grow strong, Free from blight, And heavy with healthy fruit!

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Invocation to the natural powers

I call on the powers that govern nature. Let the rain fall and damp the fires. Let the winds subside and the storms disperse. Let the floods subside and the ground take in the water. Let the shaking cease and the earth quiet. Let the weather fall into accustomed patterns.

Secrets of Magic No 32: Jupiter conveys authority

Jupiter, the next planet out from the sun after Mars, is the first of the gas giants, planets composed primarily of gases rather than rock. Recent exploration vehicles have sent home more information about this planet. In 1994 the comet Shoemaker-Levy collided with Jupiter over several days, causing spectacular explosions captured by the spacecraft Galileo, […]

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Resources to study racism in esoteric thought

These will eventually inform an essay. If you are following along in your reading ping me! Would love to discuss. Racism in Aleister Crowley’s works: Catherine Yronwode, Racism, Gender-Bias, and Other Forms of Bigotry in the Writings of Aleister Crowley Racism in Theosophy and Rosicrucianism: Karen Swartz, Views from the Great White Brotherhood Racism in […]

Secrets of Magic 31: Mars is power

Mars is the next planet after ours from the sun. In many ways Mars seems like a smaller sibling to our planet. This planet may have housed life at some time. It has an atmosphere something like ours and bears evidence that seems to indicate that the planet had water in the past. The red […]

Secrets of Magic 30: Venus inspires art

Venus is the planet between the Earth and Mercury, the next closest to the sun. Its orbit causes it to appear in our sky at times as the morning star and in other seasons of the year as the evening star. Humans have long found the star near the crescent moon to be beautiful. Over […]

Secrets of Magic 29: Mercury grants knowledge

Little Mercury circles the sun the most quickly of any planet because it is the closest planet to the sun—close enough that the curvature of space and time near the sun affects the duration and shape of Mercury’s orbit. That quickness suggested to the ancients the same qualities that are suggested by the lightness of […]

Secrets of Magic 28: The moon cycles

Next to the sun the moon is the brightest thing in the sky. It lights up the darkness, bathing the world in a silvery glow—when it is there. While we see the sun every day, we do not see the moon every night. The moon cycles through a monthly pattern, showing at first as a […]

Secrets of Magic 27: The sun gives life

We owe our lives to the sun. This is one point on which ancient and modern observers, astronomers and astrologers, scientists and occultists all agree. Without the sun the earth would be a lifeless ball of rock. The sun provides all the heat and light in the solar system, and is the source of energy […]

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Ten Ways to Diversify Magical/Pagan Groups

Look around the room. How diverse is your group? Are there ten guys and one woman (the Wendy and the Lost Boys configuration)? Half men and half women, all white? No kids, no seniors, no one in a wheelchair? Why does it matter if the room is filled only with our friends? It means our […]

Secrets of Magic: The Planets

Most of us learned in school that there are nine planets, all revolving around the sun. Tiny Mercury is closest to the sun, followed by Venus, then our own planet Earth. The red planet, Mars, is next, about a third of the size of the Earth, and the first planet which has moons like our […]