Queer of Swords: Oh What a Great Rite!

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In many traditions, particularly in lines descended from Gardnerian and Alexandrian British Traditional Witchcraft, it is common to assign particular roles split along gendered lines. Gendered polarity was also directly reflected in the ritual itself, with all that dagger-and-cup stuff. Oh what a Great Rite! But from my experience, queer people also make extremely good witches and magicians. So is it really necessary to throw the polarity baby out with the inclusiveness bath water? [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 3 – The Grace of Fortune

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The grace of fortune is not the condition of being lucky, but a lighthearted and graceful acceptance of change and loss, a spirit of gratitude without attachment, a conscious embrace of the fact that fortune always changes and will go on changing. Christopher Scott Thompson presents a prayer and ritual for Brighid that emphasizes the transitory nature of fortune. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 2 – The Grace of Voice

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The second of the nine “pure choice graces” is the grace of voice. While the grace of voice could refer to ordinary speech, Brighid’s association with poetry makes it especially appropriate to cultivate this grace through singing aloud in a pleasant tone. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 1 – The Grace of Form

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Bathing the head, feet and hands was once an important part of the Imbolc celebration. The first verse of the “Invocation” refers to a similar practice, bathing the palms and then the face in the lustral fire. The provided ritual is meant to help the practitioner internalize the nine graces. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Johnny’s Mnemonics

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Do you struggle with remembering things? Sable Aradia explains mnemonics, techniques designed to enhance and aid your memory, and explains how to use them in studying the Craft. [Read more...]

The Best of the Equinox, Vol 3: Sex Magick

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Part of the duty of anyone receiving the secret of sex magick is to “make sure as many worthy individuals as possible discover the secret by discerning it themselves.” Thus Crowley, like so many writers of his era, is bound to two diametrically opposed masters: secrecy and evangelism. [Read more...]

The Best of the Equinox – Vol 2: Dramatic Ritual (Review)

Dramatic Ritual: The Best of the Equinox

Crowley infuses these plays with the energy of sacred invocation, making explicit the implicit magic of good drama; he is turning (or perhaps returning) the magic of performance to a sacred end, calling upon a specific deity and sharing that energy a group. In doing so, the audience is (hopefully) initiated into the mystery of the conjured divinity. [Read more...]


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