Magic Is Good, Until It’s Not

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“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.

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Help! My Guardian Angel’s Being a Dick!

“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?).

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Why Can’t Catholics Pray to St. Uriel?

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“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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Lent, Fasting, and Abstinence

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The Second Precept of the Church commands all Catholics to “observe fasting and abstinence from flesh-meats at the prescribed times.”

Lent is such a prescribed time, and fasting is known the world over as a powerful spiritual practice. This means it a good time to review what Fasting and Abstinence actually entails. The rules given here are those in force prior to 1966, as these rules are still in use by Traditional Roman Catholics today.

After we discuss the traditional rules, we’ll give a brief consideration to the new rules, the exceptions, and when/to whom the rules apply.


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Candlemas and the Eternal Law

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Candlemas. The Feast of the Purification.
The official last day of the Christmas Season!

As subject of meditation, this is linked to the “Fourth Joyful Mystery” and its spiritual fruit is coming into perfect obedience with Divine Law.

In the Theurgical system I use and teach, this subject leads us to approach Divine Law first by looking at Nature (see Romans 1:20). I say this because human accomplishment has not come about by contradicting the laws of Nature but by obeying them.

For example, look at our harnessing of electricity or of the atom. Not a single instance of our technology has come about by arguing against or overcoming the laws of gravity, friction, inertia, or any number of natural laws. But rather it has ALL manifested because human beings STUDIED the laws governing Nature, realized they could NOT go outside those laws, and then figured out how to work within those laws so as to make things happen.

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Why Dogma Can Be Good for Spirituality

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Most people seeing this post’s title would either curse against it or scroll on, depending on their mental state. I’d like you to hear me out for a moment, though, because I believe this can be helpful.

Okay. Now that I’ve got your attention, you’re probably asking How the hell is dogma good for anything, let alone spirituality? I think the best answer can be found by exploring, What is dogma?

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Announcing “My NEW Everyday Prayer Book!”

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Happy New Year!

A year ago, I compiled and released My Everyday Prayer Book as a free download, the first file in our Free .pdf Library. Today I’m proud to introduce the second edition, MY NEW EVERYDAY PRAYER BOOK!

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