The Blooming Staff: On the Papal World-Tree, or, An Esoteric Meditation on the Papacy

Nicholas Laccetti reflects on the history of occult interpretations of the Papacy, and what the office of the Pope could mean for esotericism today. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Five Witchcraft Resolutions for 2017

Many witches are feeling uncertainty for what the new year will hold. I’d like to suggest some resolutions to build a strong magical foundation for it. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Magic on the Mountain

My relationship to my locale is literally physical. I live here. I work here. I express the physicality of my love of the land in my traditional witchcraft. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: Prisca Theologia, Pansophy, and Integral Truth – Some Notes on Universal Reformation

Universal Reformation has been a goal throughout Western esoteric history: for Renaissance magi, for Rosicrucians, and today in the Universal Brotherhood. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Goddesses, Mountains, and Potions

I’m an opportunist and my days have magical themes. Today it was: local landscape, wormwood and wine. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Potion Making

The manner in which a witch makes recipes into a spell is by carefully selecting components fit to the potions purpose and ensuring the elements included know the goal and work towards its completion. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: “What We Shall Be” – Illuminati, Otherness, and the Grand Consummation

The idea of a peaceable planetary commonwealth, founded on the universal principles of wisdom enshrined in the world’s great religious traditions, and respecting the inalienable rights of all human beings, seems to be a laudable goal. But the Illuminati quickly fell due to infighting, political repression, and the usual institutional failures. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Masks and Guising on Samhain

In the sense that the mask serves to kill the ego masks for the duration of Halloween night, we can face death itself head on. Traditionally masks and guising served to trick ghosts and goblins into thinking the living were one of them and pass us over, or to threaten and scare the dead and unseelie hosts back into the underworld. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Hekate’s Hounds: Warders Between Worlds

In ancient times, the goddess Hekate was worshipped as the Leader of the Dogs (Skylakagetis in Greek). Black dogs in particular were sacred to her. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: Eschatology – The Marker of Christian Occultism

As I continue my research into post-Crowley forms of Thelema, Christian theology, and other occult traditions (especially the teachings of the Universal Brotherhood, which Frater Achad led as Mahaguru starting in the early 1930s), one major point of difference has emerged for me between Christian forms of occultism and non-Christian traditions like Thelema: eschatology. [Read more…]