The Blooming Staff: On Thelemic Catholicism — Mary or Nu-Isis?

The practice of Catholic syncretism — in which gods and spirits of non-Christian origin are glyphed or veiled in Catholic images of Jesus, Mary, and the saints — is a common practice in Afro-Caribbean religious culture. But, is there a way to appropriately glyph the Thelemic deities in Catholic guise? [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: “I Say Unto Thee, Arise!” – Emerging from the Tomb in the Aeon of Horus

There are other synchronicities, personal, ethical, and spiritual, that pushed me to finally visit my local OTO temple and participate in the Gnostic Mass, and to finally commit to a practical and theological exploration of Thelema. For now, however, the starting point is here, in my realization that the divine spirit, like the Thelemic Hadit—“the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star”—is militant and active in all corners of creation, and that there is no need any longer to subsume all human artistic and religious expressions under the one symbol of a dying and rising god. [Read more…]

What’s New on Patheos Pagan (May 2014)

New blogs and columns at Patheos Pagan! Thelema, being a witch in the South, recovery resources for Pagans, Wayland, bioregionalism, dual Hindu/witchcraft practice, more. [Read more…]

The Best of the Equinox, Vol 3: Sex Magick

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)

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…]

The Best of the Equinox – Vol 1: Enochian Magick (Review)

It is strangely ironic that Crowley chose the prophetic language of the very group he was critiquing to lead the world into its new aeon. It was this deeply flawed choice that left Crowley’s powerful, if Byzantine, work to languish in relative obscurity while the less spiritual but more accessible Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell went on to deeply influence the direction of personal spirituality in the new age. [Read more…]


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