In Luce Spesi In our discourse upon the feast of the Vernal Equinox, and the theme of hope in light, we have espoused the feminine flavour of the festivities which preside over the equal period of night and day. This, in turn, is analogous of the light and dark in balance, while the festival traditionally utilises the mystery of life and death illustrated in the paradox of the conception and crucifixion of the Christ upon the cross of the elements… Read more

Within every man and woman is a force that directs and controls the entire course of life. (Regardie, 2007)⁠ The Art of True Healing In 1937, Israel Regardie published The Art of True Healing, a short discourse focussed around the curative and spiritual effects garnered around the use of a single and expanded meditation technique. This simple and important work has been utilised in magical lodges and orders ever since, using the technique in breath and visualisation, applied through Qabalistic… Read more

The Wanderer is an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poem, ostensibly written in a narrative form, surviving in the 10th Century Exeter Book. Reflecting upon the  condition of the poet and his world, The Wanderer includes classic AS moralising imperatives at its close, imparting the wisdom of the poet. This modern translation and interpretation was undertaken by Ian Chambers for the Maid of the Clan of Tubal Cain, Shani Oates, for her book Star Crossed Serpent, as a dedication to past Magister, and… Read more

Well, you asked for it … There probably aren’t many pagans who have ever considered the Abramelin Operation, but it is something that nearly all will have heard of in some form. Whether it’s from the Abramelin oil or incense on the shelves of your local friendly occult shop, or the work of the Golden Dawn, MacGregor Mathers’ translation, elements of this grimoire have overshadowed pagan and occult works one way or another for 100 years. But isn’t it Qabalah/Thelema/Christian/ceremonial/magick/delete… Read more

A Pagan myth of Christian origins, of pagan inception As Neopaganism matures, the unveiling of several layers of history and mythologising are gradually peeled away, revealing some fascinating and telling truths. Much of the pagan myths we live with today tend to be borne out of the romanticising of the Victorian era, and unfortunately reflect much of the fantasising and speculation that accompanied it. However, through the decades of living this paganism, certain truths have become regularised within the structures… Read more

Lady Day, 25th March The first king reigneth in the east and is called Oriens, and … he appeareth with a fair favour and as a woman. (Harms, Clark and Peterson, 2015)⁠ This curious description of the daimōn of the East, Oriens, from the Book of Oberon provides a fascinating insight into the genius of the easterly wind, which is found commonly throughout the grimoire tradition of the Middle Ages. The O Antiphons are “Magnificat antiphons used at Vespers of… Read more

The primary function of myth serves to inform our narrative in order that we may better relate to that first and great cosmic principle Life, allowing for understanding through the transformations undertaken during the measure of change that is Time. Most recently, that narrative has had to accommodate some rare weather phenomenon and see how the myth adapts or conforms to such occurrences which represent that outlier in the scheme of things. Indeed, one might argue that the test of… Read more

Without further ado, here is presented a daily practice of adorations to the sun, hailing Apollo Helios, as he achieves the Castles of the four Winds and assumes the mask-face of those resident energies Read more

Being an initiation rite within the witchcraft current, a genesis point, a spring board into the mythos and magicks of the witch proper. Read more

 In spite of all the evidence to the contrary, the witches’ staff, or ‘stang’ as we name it, is not phallic, but has the same position as the Tree of Life in your system. (Cochrane and Jones, 2002)⁠ In his 1960s letter to the Qabalist Bill Gray, the pioneering witch magister Robert Cochrane makes the bold assertion that one of his most enduring symbols is not, as many might suspect, representative of the male reproductive organ, but is in fact… Read more

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