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…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

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…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

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…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

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…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

On the Necessity of Awakening

I have settled on the term Awakening as the best label so far for this sort of experience, which has been variously called Mystic, Conversion, Cosmic Consciousness, Enlightenment, etc., all of which are misleading. Awakening is a neutral term; the experience does feel like waking from sleep; and, more importantly, that is the term used for it in both the New Testament and the Gnostic writings. [Read more…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

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…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

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…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

“History” — Part I

In December 1963 I had a spontaneous series of altered states that lasted for about three weeks. In the center of it was an ecstatic conversion experience much like what had happened to me at age 14. Most people have no idea that such an experience is even possible. Those who do know about it [Read More…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

A History of the Craft in America: The Council of Earth Religions and the Green Egg Yellow Pages

[I apologize to my dedicated readers. It has been rough. I plan to resume posting something almost every day.] Tim Zell’s discussions with the groups he had visited in California in August 1972 established the basis for dividing the Council of Themis into two separate organizations; hence various groups formed the new Council of Earth [Read More…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

Post-Doctoral Witchcraft (or something like that)

I am thinking about how to teach what I actually know, which is far more than just the Craft, although I would include the advanced but non-oathbound information I have about the Craft, and about religion in general, about spiritual progress, how to reinvent oneself. [Read more…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook: