Reducing Stress, Increasing Joy: The Stoicism of Epictetus

I am in a new state, in a strange part of the country, with three suitcases and a backpack. I don’t have a lot of money, and all of my options seem confusing. Yesterday was a rough day, and today is shaping up to be more of the same. I am a weepy, worrying mess [Read More…]

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The Great Beast 666: Taking Another Look At Crowley

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. This is my 666th post for this blog. I thought long and hard about what to write for this post. Numerology, sun worship, the influence of Christian eschatology on Pagan traditions, or the obsession with the anti-christ. In the end, I decided to write [Read More…]

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Life Moves Pretty Fast: Learning to Love the Law

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Having a crisis of faith on top of a Saturn’s return is a weird thing. The whole purpose of a Saturn’s return is to shake your foundations until all the rotten pillars come loose. It’s very unpleasant. Part of the process involves you clinging [Read More…]

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An Occult Memoir of New York: A Review of James Wasserman’s “In The Center Of The Fire”

My feelings regarding books sent to me for review are mixed. I don’t have a lot of free time for reading. Reading a book and then reviewing it requires a significant time and energy commitment on my part. So although I feel obligated to review the books sent to me for that purpose, most of [Read More…]

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Needful Stories & Good Advice: Reviews of Low Magick (Lon Milo DuQuette) and The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley (Rodney Orpheus)

I read a lot of news and opinion, and reading for leisure hasn’t been a big priority in the past couple of years. I have had a strange week though, and it afforded me some offline downtime. So I read two books, one a recent Kindle purchase, and the other a book that I’d had [Read More…]

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Will, The Great Work, World Religions, and Other Things

Wyrd bið ful aræd. (Fate is inexorable.) This is one of my favorite phrases from Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon saga, and it’s grim certainty somehow fits his protagonist, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, like a glove. It seems to dovetail nicely in with Lord Summerisle’s quote from The Wicker Tree: “Can fate be altered? This is a question [Read More…]

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Beyond Roses Red and Roses White (Possibly NSFW)

Writing can become a bad habit, and a simple question can set loose a torrent of words. So when Niki Whiting asked me what I thought of Peter Grey’s The Red Goddess last night, I gave a long and complex answer when a simple one would do. Now that all the words are just sitting [Read More…]

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Should Pagans Create Meaning From Scratch? Out of nothing?

I’ve been sneaking reading into my day, much like the old days under blankets with a flashlight. I got a copy of All Things Shining to review, which rumor has it basically recommends polytheism as the cure for modern nihilism. In the second chapter I found an idea that made me pause, and I invite [Read More…]

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Book Review: Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley

{Aleister Crowley. Diary of a Drug Fiends. Weiser Books 2010. 368 pages. $18.95} Review by Star Foster Why on earth should you read this book? I know I asked myself that question. What moral, spiritual or religious value could be found within? It is the story of a couple who ride the highs of heroin [Read More…]

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