The Neo-Pagan Mysteries, Part 6: Descent to the Underworld

The psychological process which is symbolized by Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey is not a one time event, for while each “death” and subsequent rebirth results in an expansion of consciousness, this expansion is always necessarily partial, for the creativity of the unconscious source is inexhaustible. Therefore, the Hero’s Journey is never complete. [Read more...]

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Tarot: As Above So Below

You’re going to think I am a big Tarot-fiend, after describing two castings in one month, but last night I really felt the need for some re-focusing after the dream I had and the flashes of inspiration I have had during my Descensus ritual. I used the Vertigo Tarot.  I only use the Major Arcana [Read More...]

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Descensus Averni Day 6: Sacrifice

Today is Day 6 of my Descensus Averni ritual. I have to admit, I passed out last night without doing the ritual. I think fasting and then gorging myself afterwards took its toll on me. I have debated whether to break my fast before or after the ritual.  I’m not sure which would be more [Read More...]

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Descensus Averni Day 4: Ego Death

So I am wondering now what the purpose of my Descensus Averni ritual is.  I am not experiencing any altered states of consciousness during the ritual.  Of course, I didn’t the first time, years ago, either. I came across this quote by Joseph Campbell in his Masks of God: Primitive Mythology: “When the will of [Read More...]

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Descensus Averni Day 3: Tarot

I drew a 5-card Tarot spread on the first night of this ritual, using the Vertigo Tarot.  I only use the major arcana and I cast them in a five card cross pattern: the left arm is the past, the center is the present, and the right art is the future.  The top arm represents [Read More...]

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Descensus Averni Day 2: Palingenesis

Seek not, my soul, the life of the immortals; but enjoy to the full the resources that are within thy reach. — Pindar Last night, before I did my ritual, I felt strongly compelled to watch Darren Aronofsky’s movie, “The Fountain”, again.  It’s my favorite movie and is almost a religious experience for me to [Read More...]

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