The past 24 hours put me in the middle of an unpleasant conversation. However I think the reflections are worth sharing, so here’s the story:
On a group I manage, a recent member mentioned how she’s a student under “esoteric ISM bishop” (name withheld) and she’s getting a lot out of his teachings. Now a visit to said bishop’s website left me with more questions than answers, but any misgivings on my part are neither here nor there. He’s neither breaking my leg nor picking my pocket, so it doesn’t concern me; if she’s getting the spiritual food she needs then I’m happy for her, full stop.
Another member of the group expressed his misgivings about said bishop, and while his concerns were valid if we’re talking about clergy in the mainstream churches (I moved the conversation to PM because I wanted to hear more of the story), it brings a question of how we should approach talking about clergy in our particular subculture.
When medigani talk about “Italian Folk Magic,” they’re talking about something that goes by more names than there are regions in Italy and exists as an amorphous mass of folk religion, superstition, and empirical observation, and defies the attempt at being neatly defined or categorized. In her debut title Italian Folk Magic, Mary-Grace Fahrun doesn’t make the mistake of trying.
Instead, Fahrun takes the autobiographical approach, beginning on a Saturday in 1974 when a visit from a “Signora Cristina” left one of her cousins with “The Eye” and what the women in her family did next to remove it. Ironically I was born in 1974, but I digress.
In the not-for-the-squeamish story Necromancer, an underlying theme has the protagonist progressively shedding all links to his previous life.
Now I don’t know much about the author except that I suspect he’s from Michigan; his word-choices remind me of when I lived in western MI, and the characters in TRASH specifically remind me of the Maple Valley Estates trailer park outside Zeeland, despite the scene in the bar where they’re depicted as southern (even as close by as Ohio, trailer parks have a decidedly different feel). But what I do know is that he’s outlining an important process for anyone following a spiritual or “occultic” path: you’ve gotta let it go. Continue reading
“Now thaumaturgy and natural magic are in themselves good and lawful, as any art is of itself good. But it may happen to become unlawful: first, when it is done for an evil purpose; second, when it gives rise to scandal being thought to be done with the help of demons; third, when it involves any spiritual or bodily danger to the conjurer or the spectators.”
— Fr. Francesco Maria Guazzo, Compendium Maleficarum, 1608. Book I, Chapter 2.
I can’t help but find a changing attitude about magic in the years after the Council of Trent. Now don’t get me wrong, because magic was never fully authorized even in the best of times (though an educated magician typically had an easier time than uneducated folk magicians and witches), but there’s still a change of mentality.
“In like manner it must be said that the angel guardian never forsakes a man entirely, but sometimes he leaves him in some particular, for instance by not preventing him from being subject to some trouble, or even from falling into sin, according to the ordering of Divine judgments.”
– St. Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologiae. I, 113, 6
Today’s post is mostly a guest post from Frater Abdiel, an Antiochian Orthodox occultist whom I first met on the Christian_Occultism Yahoo group back in 1998 (do Yahoo groups even exist anymore?).
“Why doesn’t the Catholic Church let you pray to Uriel?”
It’s a big question, and you can find it all over the internet. And every time someone asks it, some well-intentioned priest, seminarian, or layperson always says “Because in 745 people were worshipping angels, so Pope Zachary called the Council of Rome and outlawed all angel-names not explicitly mentioned in Scripture: Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael.”
In fact Pope John Paul II upheld this ban in 2002, and I myself referred to this exact same Council in The Magic of Catholicism. In fact clergy and laity alike tend to consider this the final answer to the question.
But guess what? Whenever somebody gives this answer, they never quote exactly what the Council actually said.
Okay THAVMA readers, if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, then you’ve already figured out exactly what I’m about to do. Let’s dig in!
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