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Alan LeoIt's almost midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Alan Leo (real name William Frederick Allan), a prominent British Theosophist and one of the prime movers of the late 19th century revival of astrology. 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all.

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With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***

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Druidry Higher Self

Date: 2018-12-04 02:27 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)

What is the Druid Revival definition of the Higher Self/Higher Genius in relation to the Golden Dawn teachings? Is it the same framework with different names, or is there a different conception from the Druid standpoint?

(no subject)

Date: 2018-12-04 02:32 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey jmg
Are there and golden dawn techniques for inducing longevity?
The taoists have many but I’m unsure of any golden dawn ones.
From: [personal profile] alexandermarcus
I've recently purchased a copy of The Druidic Order of the Pendragon, which was listed in the bibliography of either your The Druidry Handbook or The Druid Magic Handbook, I can't recall which.

I've got two questions:

First, what is your opinion of the book, in particular its claims of its own origins?

Second, There is an exercise in the book (called "the Pendragons" pp. 108-111) that is very similar to the Rising Dragons exercise from The Druid Magic Handbook and Dolmen Arch, complete with the three cauldrons in the same colors and a comment suggesting that the exercise will cause a tree to "grow within thee." There are some notable differences, but overall the similarities struck me. I know you rebuilt the Dolmen Arch from pieces of an older tradition, and I'm wondering if you know of any connections between the Dolmen Arch and the Druidic Order of the Pendragon that might shed some light on the similarity of those exercises.


House Magic

Date: 2018-12-04 03:24 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I was intrigued by your comments above about the conversation with the house spirits above. Do any of the magical systems you have studied have a particular emphasis on workings for mundane buildings such as offices, apartments, or stores?

I'm sure there is plenty on Magical Lodges, and your book Secrets of the Temple deals with churches and other ceremonial buildings, but those are special-purpose spaces. Since the workaday buildings are where most of us spend the majority of our time, I wondered if you have any suggestions for further research into that area.

General spirit workings

Date: 2018-12-04 03:45 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Curious what your thoughts are about generalized spirit workings to develop a working relationship with a spirit for a variety of purposes. (Is it safe, useful).

Like setting up altars, giving daily offerings of food, greeting it every day. Assuming you choose the spirit wisely (no demons...) and are careful, do banishings as needed, etc.

I know ritual magic is your area of expertise, but simple spirit workings like that have intrigued me and seem fairly common among folk magic practitioners.

Thoth Publications - Paths of Wisdom

Date: 2018-12-04 03:50 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)

Roughly 4 years ago, I purchased a book online called ‘Paths of Wisdom - A Guide to the Magical Cabala’ by John Michael Greer, published by Thoth Publications, Loughborough Leicestershire. Based on a recent comment from you (among other things), I would like to know if this was a legitimate purchase.

Interestingly, despite being a HUGE fan of your work, this book has stood out as an anomaly that I couldn’t really get into. I thought it was because of the Judeo-Christian orientation.

If I did purchase an illegitimate copy, should I toss this copy? Or what do you advise? And what would be the appropriate, legitimate title of the equivalent book for me to purchase?

As always, thank-you for your time and attention.

Re: Thoth Publications - Paths of Wisdom

Date: 2018-12-04 04:40 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I am sorry to hear about what happened with the publisher. How infuriating.

I will purchase a proper copy so you will get proper royalties.

I have not yet read any of your other Golden Dawn books, so I don’t have a good comparison for you, but certainly when I saw your previous comment about Thoth Publications, it clicked a bit perhaps as to why I hadn’t gotten into it.

I purchased the book prior to Well of Galabes and prior to deeply entrenching myself in the CGD, where I am quite content. I was very curious about this occult knowledge that my favourite writer had mentioned here and there on his peak oil blog, and I was so excited to get that book...and then I just didn’t get it.

I’ll be re-excited to get a proper copy along with the related books. Since I will be, essentially, starting fresh, do you recommend a particular order to read them? Learning Ritual Magic sounds like a good place to start.

(no subject)

Date: 2018-12-04 04:08 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Many, many thanks for your ongoing generosity with Magic Mondays. Earlier you wrote "... it's when the death was by violence, suicide, or certain other causes such as drug overdose that you can count on problems."

a) do you have a sense of why dying in these ways reliably create problems?

b) what are the nature of the problems?

(no subject)

Date: 2018-12-04 04:14 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Is it possible to use discursive meditation to overcome writer's block? As in, could one do so by meditating on a particular plot point or story that one wants to use?

Silliness and ritual redesign

Date: 2018-12-04 04:37 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Happy Monday, JMG, and thanks for hosting this forum-

I am starting out with the GD system, currently at the LBRP-and-meditation stage of things, and it's going reasonably well so far. Looking ahead, though, I'm afraid of hitting a problem with later stages of the practice; in particular, I'm wondering if I can perform some of the later rituals without feeling so *silly* that they would be ineffective. Seriously! For instance, consider the Ritual of the Hexagram. (Taking it as it's written in Circles of Power.) Calling out "The sign of Osiris Slain!" and etc while making the signs feels like an anime character calling out fighting moves; the invocation of "L, V, X" with the same signs feels like the Village People; the mention of the "light of the cross" gets me by my typical millennial-occultist dislike for Christian inflection in ritual; and so on. With all that, it would be a challenge to hold on to sufficient concentration and psychological self-assurance to perform the ritual effectively, to say the least.

I'd like to keep with the GD, because for all that I dislike some of the aesthetic choices made by some 19th century occultists, I haven't yet found a credible system of ritual magic I like much better. (With apologies, your Druidic and Celtic GD systems have so far failed to grab me.) Which tempts me to make changes to the ritual, when I'm still a relative beginner, something you've often warned people on this very forum not to do. But what if they're really small changes? Could I get away with shortening "The sign of Osiris Slain!" to just "Osiris Slain!"? Or could I replace L, V, and X with the appropriate letters from Hebrew or another alphabet? Things like that.

Is there a principle for distinguishing cosmetic changes that don't impact the ritual's symbolic structure from important changes that do? Another way I should approach the problem?


Santa Muerte

Date: 2018-12-10 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)

For those interested in the North American genesis of new religions I found an interesting podcast by a Mexican cop who was initiated into Santa Muerte. Mentions that they take things from western occultism, drops Crowley's name.

Discussion of SM @ 1.16

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