The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians (Review)

The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians - by Anita Kraft

Kraft’s main objective is to get the readers off the page and into the Sephiroth, the 10 points on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The quote from the back cover neatly sums up the book’s ethos: “Qabalah is experiential, as is mysticism and magick. If all you do is read, you are not a mystic or a Qabalist. You must do!” [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Seeking the Mystery (Review)

Nimue Brown

I love books and teachers that give me frameworks to hang my own ideas from, or who offer me a map and encourage me to go and explore. I like broad, flexible ideas I can adapt to fit my own ways of living and being. I don’t want to be led, I want to be inspired! Seeking the Mystery gives some really good DIY tools to get a person thinking about and exploring theology on their own. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Reviewing SEEKING THE MYSTERY by Christine Hoff Kraemer

Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies

SEEKING THE MYSTERY is an excellent jumping off point for intelligent interfaith dialogue outside of the Pagan community. Kraemer’s straightforward writing style, coupled with extensive research and a wide range of perspectives, creates an accessible text for anyone with an interest in modern religious practice. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: The Hero’s Journey (Part 1)

Persephone, by Blackeri

The study of the Craft requires us to face our own personal journeys to the Underworld. Sable Aradia explains the Hero’s Journey and how it can apply to our personal myths. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Building Echo Chambers Instead of Communities

Vicious Circle, 1897

How do we relate to the idea of community when we do not have to worry about the repercussions of our actions? When we can simply insulate ourselves in groups of like-minded people, when we can build up little virtual echo chambers, how do we know that we are actually engaging with the community, and not just forming high school cliques? [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 3

Joan of Arc, 1865, by John Everett Millais (1829-1896)

The power of the “Invocation of the Graces” to grant victory over one’s enemies should not be seen as something given in addition to the feminine charms listed in the first verse, but because of them. The word buaidh, after all, means “victory.” When Brighid bathes your palms and cheeks in Her “lustral fire,” in Her milk and sunlight, in Her honey and wine, She not only grants you Her beauty and elegance but makes you “more victorious than all persons.” [Read more...]

Hills of the Horizon: Reconstruction and Mysticism

Amduat Amduat Hour 10 - Detail. Image by Asaf Braverman via Flickr. CC license.

Instead of building a procedure to ancient blueprints, we are left with building a container, discovering what experiences can be held in that space, and elaborating, refining, and rearranging that container until the desired experiences arise naturally and reliably from the format. [Read more...]


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