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MesmerIt's midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Franz Anton Mesmer, Austrian physician, occultist and Rosicrucian initiate, who publicized "animal magnetism" in late 18th-century France -- yes, that's pronounced "ki" in Japanese and "nwyfre" in old-fashioned literary Welsh. After his death, his system of energy work was stripped of its occult dimensions and of every reference to the life force to produce the first draft of what we now call "hypnotism." 

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Date: 2019-03-18 04:11 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
A slightly belated Happy St. Pat’s Day to you, sir (and to all the readers). ☘️ Begorra and may the saints add preservatives to ye!

You remember we touched on the really psycho, hateful Hillary fans a while back. Could they be possessed by demons? Could SHE be possessed? (She’s reputed to have such an evil temper that Secret Service agents have demanded hazard pay to work with her.). More frightening, could many American politicians be possessed? A lot of them seem to have no problem with slaughter of the innocent for no easily definable purpose.

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Date: 2019-03-18 04:13 am (UTC)
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What does it mean if you dream of a monster with a horse’s head and a woman’s body, wearing a blue dress? It was not hostile but certainly was rather spooky.

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Date: 2019-03-18 04:13 am (UTC)
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Hi John,

I've seen a few times on this blog a certain working involving "releasing someone into the hands of the Infinite" using cayenne pepper, salt, a photo, etc, with the lot of it going into a river. A few questions about the particulars, if I may:

1) I've seen it recommended for keeping someone physically distant or out of contact with someone or somewhere. Does it also apply to diminishing their ongoing influence in one's life, or is some other working better suited to that purpose? For the person I'm considering it in relation to, I haven't the faintest idea where they're actually located, save for keeping up an inordinate presence in my mind despite our not having had contact in years.

If this is indeed a suitable working:

2) How full of the cayenne pepper/kosher salt mix should the jar or bottle be?

3) I've known the person in question for most of my life, and consequently there are various mentions of them, photos, etc, in my home. They're well out of sight and out of mind, but should they also be removed for this process to work best?

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Date: 2019-03-18 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] synthaeses
Hello Mr. Greer and thank you again for your kind hosting of this forum and generous answers.

I've been wondering about the significance of crossroads recently after a confluence of "unrelated" mentions of the concept.

They seem to be sources, connections, spiritual gateways, good, bad, and usually definitively "other" in most mentions.

But, cities are full of crossroads (e.g. "intersections") and we don't hear so much mention of these as having the same sort of meaning.

Are "intersections" different from "crossroads", and how best to understand this city/rural difference? Are crossroads actually all they're made up to be, and does it depend on your religion, culture, geographic location, or particular flavour of magic?

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Arthur Findlay College

Date: 2019-03-18 04:43 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Dear JMG,
A dear friend of mine wants to attend some classes at the Arthur Findlay College of Spiritualism in England. My friend recently lost her, much loved, husband and was surprised and very pleased when he found ways of communicating with her after his death.

My friend is still very raw and traumatized by her loss. I wonder if you or any of the other members has any knowledge of this college?
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Date: 2019-03-18 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] sea_spray

I remember you saying previously that, contrary to the authors recommendations, the practices in Mouni Sadhu's book "Concentration" are fine alongside occult practice.

Can you please confirm that its fine alongside the DMH system in particular.

Would it reinforce other occult training?

I've just got too the clock watching exercise in his book. Now to climb the mountain an inch at a time.

Thanks for all your advice.

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Date: 2019-03-18 06:42 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I've noticed something odd, and would like to know if there's any occult dimension to it. What I've noticed is that a number of left-leaning commentators on blogs have a stereotyped routine when presented with a claim they don't like.

They'll ask for examples of something, and then, when presented with the examples respond with, "So no examples. Got it". The sentiment is bizarre, but no more so than a lot of what passes for thinking these days, but what has me confused is the fact that so often it is word for word exactly the same as others, despite popping up in dozens of different places.

If this is a real thing, do you know what could cause many different people to all respond to things in exactly the same way?

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Date: 2019-03-18 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
FWIW, I also ran into that phenomenon during my period of activity on PoliticalWire years back. A spell of self-blindness? An attempt to banish unwanted reality?

Good question, though. I will be interested in John's take on it.

David BTL


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Date: 2019-03-18 07:04 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Our dog is 16 years old and failing. I'd like to be as prepared as I can when her time comes. Neither of us has much in the way of a spiritual practice. Is there a ceremony or ritual that we can do to help her transition to the afterlife?

Thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge and taking the time to answer our questions.


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Date: 2019-03-18 07:37 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Do various types of physical training affect the energy body differently? A marathon runner and a powerlifter not only look different but have different metabolisms and energy systems in the material world. Does this have a knock on effect in the etheric?

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Date: 2019-03-18 07:39 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] booklover1973
Hello, I have some questions:

I have read in some old travelogues about Tibetan monks who took an oath, retreated into an unheated, unlighted cave which was then sealed off except for a small opening for tea and butter, and spent the rest of their lives there meditating and praying with the aim to immediately get to Nirvana after their death. Do you happen to know what occultism has to say about this practice?

Secondly, you warned last Magic Monday that when one is practicing ceremonial magic there is no safe way back to the state before. Is this true for Natural Magic, too, and in which manner?

Thirdly, a question about discursive meditation: Does it make sense to meditate one by one about the different aspects and symbolisms of the Ogham fews, as laid out in the Druid Handbook?

Diseases and neurotransmitters

Date: 2019-03-18 08:20 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)

Good magic monday to everyone!

I have couple of questions:

1. Does diseases (viral, bacterial, chronic illnesses etc.) have egregores?

2. If I recollect correctly last week it was mentioned, that LSD is plutonic by nature. This made wonder could neurotransmitters have astrological qualities?

Thank you!

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Date: 2019-03-18 09:31 pm (UTC)
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For question number one, consider:

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Date: 2019-03-18 08:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Dear Archdruid,

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and compassion. I would like to ask another Geomancy question on a subject of great personal importance, if I may.

I cast a chart to see if I should quit my second job in palliative care (well-paid, well-organized, with a very nice team and recognition of my work), because it is starting to wear me down. I got the following:

I Rubeus
II Fortuna major
III Acquisitio
IV Tristitia
V Populus
VI Amissio
VII Rubeus
VIII Caput draconis
IX Caput draconis
X Rubeus
XI Amissio
XII Fortuna major

So there is perfection (I-X), which should mean yes (quit), but with a very bad figure. And what does occupation and the passing to VII mean in this example?

Am I reading houses II, III and VI right in that it is good for money and meeting new colleagues, but bad for my health? (Like, prolonged bronchitis I had, with Amissio standing for this part of the body).

The text you translated for “Earth Divination, Earth Magic” says that the figure in the fourth house indicates how things will end. Meaning the quitting would entail sorrow and being stuck?

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Date: 2019-03-18 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] barefootwisdom
If I may, there are a few things to note here:

(1) Rubeus in the first house is one of the classic warning signs in geomancy. While I will not personally go so far as some of the Renaissance texts to interpret this as "burn the chart and don't try again for at least two hours," it does indicate that the querent is not being entirely honest with the geomancer, or with himself. You might reflect on whether there are hidden motives here, whether you are testing the oracle vis-a-vis a decision you've already made, etc.

Rubeus in both house I and the house of the quaesited (here, house X) is traditionally a sign that the querent is deliberately lying to the geomancer.

It's probably best to stop here. But if you would prefer to go on anyway...

(2) The Judge is Amissio, which says either "yes, you should quit," or "yes, you are going to quit."

(3) Provided that the concerns in point (1) do not apply, then you are correct about the I/X perfection. It's an affirmative answer: yes, quit. As to the quality of the figure itself, (a) see point (1) above, and (b) Rubeus can mean an intense, "burn it all down and start again" kind of energy, or a kind of tunnel vision which is passionately focused on the specific goal to the extent of causing unintended consequences elsewhere due to single-minded carelessness.

(4) The Sentence (Cauda Draconis) speaks to some salient part of the outcome. Quitting will mean putting a final ending on things, and perhaps burning bridges in a way that there's no going back. It will also quite likely be a transition to a challenging time ahead (think of the South Node in astrology here), and may speak to regret down the line.

There's also another line on Cauda Draconis, which aligns with the concerns raised in (1) over Rubeus in I and X. It's traditional that Cauda in the first house means that the querent has already made up his mind. While here it is, instead, in the Sentence, I am concerned that some of that meaning may be in play, especially given the situation with Rubeus. Thus, the answer given by the I-X perfection, and also shown the Judge and Sentence, all gives a final judgement: If things continue as they are, you're going to quit, and that was true even before—and regardless of the outcome of—this geomantic reading.

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Date: 2019-03-18 08:33 am (UTC)
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What sort of relationship is there between the Welsh gods and the gods of the rest of mainland Britain? For example Brigantia, Goddess of the Pennines. There may be some bad blood there as when the last Welsh druid to resist the Roman Empire fled to the Brigantes and asked for sanctuary we might have...accidentally...handed him over to the Romans in chains... :)

Astral Projections and NDE

Date: 2019-03-18 09:02 am (UTC)
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Do astral projections and near death experiences operate on the same levels?


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Date: 2019-03-18 09:47 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)

Not so much a question as an observation from my practice of the will exercise in Learning Ritual Magic where you focus on watching the minute hand of the clock.

I had thought I was doing pretty well with this exercise. Thoughts would pop up in my mind and I would simply ignore them. Every now and again, I would follow a thought, consider that a fail and start again.

However, in the last week or so I've experienced another level where the focus becomes so acute that thoughts do not even enter the mind at all. In which case, there's no need to ignore them. They simply don't come to consciousness.

I have felt this level of focus in certain other activities but this is the first time I've felt it as a phenomenon in its own right. It makes me realise how much time I spend just drifting along mentally. A bit like a novice horse rider who does what the horse wants rather than the other way round.


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Date: 2019-03-18 10:54 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)

Do you know of any correspondence between the Druidic elements and the three aspects of human life (fate, will, destiny)?

What traditions are there associating the points of the Tetraktys with the Sephiroth?

Do you happen to know if the Bahir is also metaphor? I’m only in the raw text itself and not to the commentary section of the book yet, but it is rather like reading a collection of Zen koans. (On the order of — What is the sound of the Splendor of God? Orange, because it is written: “The third house shall hold the threshing floor.”)

David BTL

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Candle holders and CGD

Date: 2019-03-18 11:19 am (UTC)
packshaud: Photography of my cat. (Default)
From: [personal profile] packshaud
Is it possible to use a candle holder for three candles (with the middle slot taller) for CGD practice?

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Date: 2019-03-18 11:20 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Dear JMG, I started doing the basic daily exercises in the DMH two weeks ago (SOP, Ogham readings, meditation), I know that one is not supposed to mix different systems, but I attended a percussion improvisation workshop yesterday, and as part of the warm up, the person leading the workshop did 10 minutes of qi gong exercises to relax the shoulders, back and neck. Would this interfere with the daily DMH practice? I don't otherwise do any qi gong exercises.

I ask because since then, almost a day later, I've felt quite drained and a little queasy, but that could also have to do with a stomach bug going around, general fatigue from work, and fatigue from several hours of improvisation and close listening to other percussionists. I just want to make sure it has nothing to do with the qi gong, bearing in mind your warnings about mixing different systems.

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Date: 2019-03-18 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
My experience has been that the systems don't mix at all and that I got progressively more ill, starting with fatigue, a sick headache and general pain everywhere when trying to mix TaiChi and LRM. I don't get that effect from light yoga.

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Date: 2019-03-18 12:05 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi JMG,I saw in a previous week where you mentioned that pulling Straif was more akin to having to return a library book in the rain rather than doom and gloom so to speak.
I have been reading my fews on the more dramatic side :-)
Is there any chance you could give one word or sentence description of the other ones?
I have your druid magic book,just found the library book explanation to be more relevant somehow.

Tarot Deck Questions

Date: 2019-03-18 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Good morning and thank you for this open forum!

Over the holidays last year I received a Tarot deck in a dirty santa gift exchange. It was a novelty Vampirella themed deck. I have been using the method outlined in the MM FAQ to learn the deck for about a week now and have a couple of questions.

1. Does the fact that it is a novelty deck based on a comic book affect the deck in way? Is it less authentic because the manufacturer's intent may not have been in creating an actual deck for divination or is it my intent to use them that way what really matters?

2. As I study the cards, the impressions that I get from the cards are sometimes very different from what the little white book says. When interpreting the spread, should I be using my impressions or the key words from the little white book?

3. The little white book does not give any guide to reversed meanings of cards and I've read in a couple of places that some readers do not use reversed cards at all. What is your opinion on reversed meanings and should I go find another guide to interpret the cards?

Thank you again!

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Date: 2019-03-18 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Of the people you know who've done the karma clear ritual, assuming they survived the process, what were their lives like after it had run its course? What sort of lives will they most probably have next?

What would happen if someone tried to do KCR but had far too big a backlog to clear in one lifetime?

Could the KCR be scaled up so a whole country could clear its backlog quickly and at a time of its choosing? Though I presume if you did that, you'd pretty quickly get into 'Plagues of Egypt' territory. :)

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Date: 2019-03-18 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] grandswamperman
Good morning JMG,

I just finished reading Monsters and in the section on ritual magic you mention that there are 360 energy centers in the human body. I'm curious about where this number came from since you don't mention it in your other books on magic that I have read.

acupressure lore

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unstick myself

Date: 2019-03-18 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)

I was wondering if there is a working to help me unstick myself? I need to face some challenges head on but I procrastinate – I know journaling for 15 minutes will help me to understand why I do this but it boils down to fear, lack of will and staying stuck in my comfort zone. Would a Mars or hoodoo working help?

Also – what orb do you use in astrology and do you consider a planet to be in the next house if it is close to the end of a house? How close does it have to be and why does it commonly get pushed into the next house?

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Date: 2019-03-18 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tony_a
Hi John
I have been an avid reader of all your on-line blogs since 2008....and firstly, thank you for being such a truly precious (and free) source of information, knowledge and wisdom. Some questions, if I may:

1) I have been doing the polytheist (Hellenic pantheon) LBRP you posted, for about 6 months – to quite noticeable positive effect. Being a lapsed and disillusioned childhood Catholic, and having had to overcome the usual prejudices inherited, I am curious...what is it about the pentagram that makes it such a significant symbol in these GD rituals? Where does its use originally come from?
2) I have also been doing the MPE, using a slightly more eclectic collection of deities....Hellenic, Christian and Buddhist. These do not include any of the deities from my LBRP, including my patron. Have I broken the rules here?
3) Am I the only person that’s ever wondered what the odds are (in this ‘random’ universe) of the moon and sun being identical in apparent size, as seen from earth? This has always struck me as truly profound. What is the main astrological significance of this?
4) I generated a natal chart a while back, and it strikes me as somewhat, umm, challenging....
I have Neptune in the 10th house (Scorpio); Uranus and Pluto in the 8th (Virgo); Venus in the 5th (Gemini); Sun, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury in the 4th (3 of them in Taurus, with Mars in Aries); Moon in the 3rd (Pisces); and Saturn in 2nd (also Pisces).
I read recently on MM’s that Neptune in the 10th can be indicative of a tendency toward delusion, illusion and addiction – and must say those words struck hard and true. I am yet to obtain a copy of the ‘A to Z Horoscope Delineator’, and was wondering if you could assist me with a rough overview?

Yet to try divination or ‘formalised’ discursive meditation, but planning to start on the OCT ritual soon. Thanks again for your generosity and indulgence, and warm greetings from the far away “city of lights” in the ‘land down under’.

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Date: 2019-03-18 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I found it very interesting what you wrote last week about how beginners often experience a burst of success when they start their ritual practice and it then tapers off and only stabilizes if they build the groundwork through meditation etc. I have experienced that too, but why do you think this happens? And does a person have to meditate on aspects of the ritual they are doing in order for the "stabilizing" to happen or is any meditation going to work?

(Though personally I'm not in a hurry. The previous times I tried to get into ceremonial magic, it was very exciting at first and then I felt more and more stupid every time I did the ritual. With what I'm doing now I feel *less* stupid every time, which is enough "success" for now. I really do think it's because this time I call on deities I actually have a connection to. But I'm still curious about what's going on in the background.)
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