Easter Message for 2017

The place of the Resurrection within Christian Mysticism: the Purgative Life, the Illuminative Life, and the Unitive Life.

I’d originally planned on just saying a private Mass, but ended up broadcasting over Google Hangouts and Facebook Live (hence the background noises). That meant preaching an impromptu sermon, and here’s what I ended up saying.

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Magic for People Who Can’t Visualize

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This is a subject that doesn’t get talked about often.

Most “beginner-level” books ignore it or take an attitude of “you’ll grow out of it.”

Others take an attitude of “you’ll never get anywhere if you can’t do it.”

What I’m talking about is visualization. Nearly all modern western magic since the late 19th-century has enshrined visualization as the foundation of all practice.


Table of Contents

Why Is This Important?
A Childhood Conversation
I’m Guilty of It, Too
Yes, It’s a False Belief
Is Visualization Necessary?
What Should I Do About It?
Why Does This Work?
Concluding Thoughts


A Childhood Conversation

In a way, I’m reminded of something my mother told me when I was a child: “people think in pictures, not words.”

I responded, “Well I think in words.”

She said, “Think of a cow.”

I did, and told her so. She asked me, “Did you think the word ‘cow’ first, or did you think of a picture of a cow?”

I thought the word “cow,” but she wasn’t exactly accepting my answer.

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Daily Magical Devotions. FREE ebook!

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My labor is your gain! Originally I wrote this for the convenience of having each day’s morning and evening prayer work on one page, and now I pass it on to you.

The prayer-exercises in this book are the daily routine I’ve developed over the course of the past year, and are the beginning exercise I’ve begun prescribing to students: attune yourself with the daily cycles of sunrise and sunset, get in touch with the forces each day represents, and open yourself up as a channel for manifesting divine energy into the world.

Make no mistake, the prayers in this book are magical prayers, though disguised as “normal” devotions so the average person would think nothing of them (as is my normal method). These prayers also admit to being used in ways other than just regular devotion, and that’s a method I may discuss in future blog posts.

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A Theology of Self-Defense

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“And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one . . . And [the disciples] said, ‘Look, Lord, here are two swords.’ And he said to them, ‘It is enough.'” — Jesus (Luke 22:36, 38)

With the exception of one passage in Matthew (5:39), there is no point at which Jesus decries weapons or self-defense, and even that passage is intensely debated — nonresistance? another chance before resisting? Et cetera.

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No, Priests Are Not Better at Magic than Laypeople

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Would a spirit react differently to someone with the Power of Order than to someone without it?

I doubt that it would, since Power of Order isn’t required to exorcise (the whole question in Canon Law revolves around Power of Jurisdiction), and every pre-1965 exorcism formula contains within itself a conjuration.

Of course, though, we’re also looking at the fact a lot of the grimoires were written for clergy, at least one (Honorius) assuming Power of Order since it directs the operator to say Mass, while scholars such as Kieckheffer (Forbidden Rites, 1999) and Peters (The Magician, the Witch, and the Law, 1978) speak of clerical magicians — Kieckheffer claims clerical magicians were as scandalous then as child-molesting priests are now — we even see Chaucer’s parish-clerk Absalom resorts to a “true-love herb” (some texts say “talisman”, go to p. 70) to seduce the carpenter’s wife Alison (“The Miller’s Tale,” line 3692). Poem 54 of the Carmina Burana (“Omne genus demoniorum”) also takes the form of a magical rite, conjuring and banishing dryads and the elves Gordan, Ingordin, and Ingordan “by the seal of Solomon, by Pharaoh’s magicians,” and “through the miraculous and ineffable name of God, Tetragrammaton.” (my translation)

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Energy Flow and the Latin Mass

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(Adapted from a post I wrote for the Catholic and Orthodox Esotericism Facebook Group. This is a long post, and possibly somewhat schizophrenic. It contains thoughts I haven’t fully organized yet.)

As esotericists, occultists, and magicians, it behooves us to scrutinize and learn what we can from the official rituals of our religion. In fact it forms a part of the “outside-in” approach I’ve advocated for many years now – the approach that you start with what is on the outside (exoteric) and work your way to what’s hidden inside (esoteric).

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When working on the liturgy for the Church of Esoteric Christianity, that period forced me to take a long, hard look at the Western liturgy, in a context very different from what I had to do in my previous ministry.

My previous ministry was exoteric and slightly “soft” leaning, meaning what the people there valued was a worship order that was accessible and understandable. There was a tension between Catholics who’d followed me out of the Traditionalist Movement, and the Protestants there (mostly Baptists), and I pretty much split the difference down the middle. This difference can be found on p. 87 of My Everyday Prayer Book, and it’s a service order I still use on occasion. Continue reading

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Morality and the Magician

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With the season of Lent fast approaching, there’ll be talk of “penance” and “sin.” The flip side of this coin is talk of “morality.”

What does morality mean to a practicing magician?

Sex? Really?

When many people hear the word “morality,” they automatically hear “sexual repression.” This is reflected in people’s figures of speech, such as the term “loose morals” being a euphemism for sexual promiscuity. Be that as it may, the idea of “morals=sex” is grounded in flawed thinking, rooted in a socio-economic change that took place in Ireland around the time of the Potato Famine.

Yet we find plenty of pre-1970 occultists speaking out on this too. Gareth Knight tells us occultism “is much on the side of ‘old-fashioned’ morality” (A Practical Guide, p. 156), and none other than Gerald Gardner, when talking about the Templars, subtly hints that “the witches” equate homosexual behavior with sin (Witchcraft Today, p. 69). While most modern-day occultists would dispute this, the fact remains these authors’ words are in print for the entire world to see. Continue reading

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