Grateful Thoughts for Peter Dybing

I am quite grateful for Peter Dybing’s praise for my writing in a comment he left a day or so ago. His focusing on how I “process” in my writing, rather than merely present conclusions, seemed, well, unexpected; at least, “process” was not a term that would have occurred to me. [Read more…]

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On Gnosticism, the Book of Shadows, and Sex

I received a few days ago my monthly statistical report from Patheos on how many hits I received last month, total, per day, per blog, etc. It was interesting to see that the greatest number of hits were on two blogs: “On Jesus as a Gnostic” and “Some New Pages for the Book of Shadows.” [Read more…]

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Why the Gods Are Infinite

A dialog about whether the Gods are infinite or not often begins with “Gerald Gardner wrote that the Gods of the Wica are ‘little gods.’” Yes, he did, but he was not very interested in abstract theology. [Read more…]

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Aporrheton5: The Laws of Magic (Revised), Part III

[Yes, this is the third and last part, for now.] 9. You must not betray the secrets that cannot be told. This Law addresses the Arrheta. Insofar as Craft Laws are simply observations of how psychic reality works (and it is for that, really, that we should value them), then they are “self-enforcing” like any [Read More…]

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Aporrheton 5: The Laws of Magic (Revised), Part II

Information on magic, psychic talents, and necessary precursors for a successful magical working group. [Read more…]

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Aporrheton 5: The Laws of Magic (Revised), Part I

In the early 1970s I wrote a series of “Flying Scrolls” for internal use in the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn. I chose to call them Aporrhetons, meaning “not to be spoken.” [Read more…]

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Some New Pages for the Book of Shadows

A Daily Litany for the Lady. To be said at sunrise, or on rising in the morning: ‘Lady of the Lightning sky, Lady of the Newborn Sun, flood your light into our lives, and let this day be well-begun.’ [Read more…]

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A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, VII: A Church for Witches

After the second Pagan Ecumenical Council meeting in June 1974, Gwydion and I continued to discuss the problem of how to organize a “church” for Witches, now that we had a reason not to have to include Pagans in general. In a way, it was like trying to set up an organization for anarchists—so that [Read More…]

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A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, VI, The Second PEC

In discussing the first Pagan Ecumenical Council meeting afterward, Gwydion, Alison, I and several others realized that we had not arrived at a specific proposal for an organizational structure because, in fact, the Pagan groups represented at the meeting did not have enough common ground to define any goals or structures. [Read more…]

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A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, Part V, 1974-1975

As I mentioned, many important changes took place in 1973 within at least half a dozen different Traditions. I’m starting with events in California in the mid-1970s, not because they were the only developments at that time, but they turned out to have national implications. [Read more…]

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