February 14, 2020

One: The Trip is Only Part of the Journey I did a lot of reading and talking to people who had travelled to India before I left. While I was in country I spent every night researching what I was seeing. When I came back I had a lot to assimilate. I’m doing this by writing about it, because I’m a writer, but I’m also doing it by meditating and talking to my colleagues, because I am a practitioner. I… Read more

February 12, 2020

As a magician I draw inspiration from the women who came before me. Generation over generation we remember the contributions of famous men but lose the women’s stories. We’re always playing catch-up reinventing what other women have already accomplished. So to celebrate the publication of my piece “The Future of Ceremonial Magick” in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Ceremonial Magick I have asked Denny Sargent, Aion 131, to write a quick biography of a woman magickian whose visionary and community work… Read more

September 26, 2019

There are three pilgrimages a Thelemite can make: Scotland, Egypt, and India. This week I’m heading for India. I’ve made the pilgrimage to Egypt. In 1904 Rose Kelly Crowley visited a Cairo museum and led her newlywed husband Aleister to the funerary stele of the priest Ankh-f-n-khonsu. Their magical workings resulted in the reception of the Book of the Law, the founding revelation of Thelema. Aleister dubbed the funerary plaque the “Stele of Revealing”. The day I visited the Museum… Read more

September 4, 2019

The Pagan community I dreamed has become a reality at Sacred Harvest Festival. In my Pagan youth my friends and I put on festivals. We rented outdoor conference centers and staged elaborate rituals based on the Eleusinian and Orphic mysteries. We dreamed of a day when we could look back and say, we did it! We built a real community! The gatherings and conferences I’ve attended in my maturity have been held in hotels and haven’t generated as much of… Read more

July 18, 2019

I sing of the Black Goddess Nuit. I sing of the limitless velvet expanse of space, which is not empty, it is her body, spangled with stars. I sing of the dark and fertile loam of the earth. I sing of the smooth cool depth of the obsidian cave where we reach the most profound mystery. I sing of the Black Goddess Nuit: She creates, She sustains, She destroys, She redeems. Is it surprising to see the word “black” to… Read more

July 8, 2019

In the era when I converted to Witchcraft my religion could endanger my my place to live, my job, my family relationships, my friendships. Read more

July 1, 2019

Theurgy always been about both the personal and the communal. It speaks to the individual need for spiritual experience and the community need for every member’s support. Read more

June 24, 2019

St. John’s wort, feverfew and comfrey: this trio of herbs of the sun blooms at St. John’s Day. The Feast of St. John on June 24 is the Christian version of the midsummer holiday that Pagans and magicians celebrate. As a Pagan magician I know that herbs blooming during the summer solstice carry a lot of solar power. This came up during a theurgy forum podcast last week when our host Hercules Invictus, guest Tony Mierzwicki and I discussed health… Read more

June 17, 2019

Babalon Rising manifests the freedom of Thelema. This is the second year I’ve attended, and I learned even more than the seven things I learned from Babalon Rising on my first trip. At a time when online rhetoric hardens positions and isolates communities, a four day camping festival in the rural Midwest brings a broad diversity of people together to live the freedom promised in Liber Oz. Dress: This is the most visible sign of freedom. Babalon Rising is a… Read more

May 29, 2019

What is the benefit to creating a magical womb? This operation renews the body and spirit. When I perform the Star Garnet give birth to myself. While I experience this renewal as a woman, the Star Garnet is a magical operation which can be performed by any gender. Read more

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