Monday, September 15, 2014

I'm Training in The KKK

"Personal Training at a Gym - Cable Crossover" by www.localfitness.com.au CC BY-SA 3.0

Did I get your attention? Good. I'm not joining the Ku Klux Klan, however, but rather going to begin working through Peter J. Carroll's systematic magical training program entitled Liber KKK (Here KKK stands for Kaos Keraunos Kybernetos, which Caroll translates as "The Chaos Thunderbolt Steers All Things"). Some time back I posted that I was about to work through a magical manual/training program written by Geof Gray-Cobb - namely, his The Miracle of New Avatar Power (you can read that here). While I had every intention of doing so, the more I read of the material and worked with the system (albeit, only in its beginning stages) the more I began to realize that this method of approaching magic was not for me. I know I will be chastised by many for not having the determination to work the system once chosen, but try as I might, I could not follow this system and be intellectually honest with myself. The rituals seemed hokey to me and I could not bring myself to believe in the existence of the entities that facilitated their success. So, I now find myself about to embark on a journey through Liber KKK. I have actually wanted to work through Liber KKK for some time but for whatever reasons never did so. Now is a good time. I must admit though, the pace at which I will complete the exercises will be painfully slow. There is no need for me to rush through the work. I wish to savor the workings and drink them in like a fine wine. Before I begin the first stage or "Conjuration One" of Carroll's work, however, I will set out to devise a suitable banishing ritual for myself. I'm not fond of The Gnostic Banishing Ritual (suggested by Carroll), and while I find The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram a powerful and effective banishing ritual, I can not share in its effectiveness since I remain outside those currents of magic for which it is best suited.

While magical diaries are advocated by most practicing magicians, I can not bring myself to use them. In lieu of a diary, I will use this blog to record some of my successes and failures along the way. Hopefully, someone will find something I record to be helpful.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Passing Of Geshe Lhundup Sopa

Geshe Lhundup Sopa
1923-2014

Truly the end of an era. May you pass through the bardo swiftly and safely, Geshe-la.
 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Shhh...I Will Be NAPping

"Taking A Nap" by Rosino CC-BY-2.0

Last year I became aware of a system of magic detailed in a "modern grimoire" entitled The Miracle of New Avatar Power written by Geof Gray-Cobb. Intrigued by many of the claims of magical success attributed to this work found on the Internet, I decided to obtain a copy for myself. My initial reaction to the book was not favorable. It seemed bogus or hokey. In his book the author promotes a system of magic that functions due to an all-powerful force intrinsic to human beings (though dormant and unrecognized by most) that can accomplish anything. Anything? That's an awfully big claim, indeed. Moreover, the success stories presented in the book seem incredible and contrived. Time after time we read of an individual going from rags to riches in virtually no time at all. Despite my initial reaction to the book I now find myself preparing to work with this system of magic. Why? I'm not entirely sure. Maybe because I'm desperate to find a way to make changes in my life that I am unable to presently accomplish. Maybe its because I know that reality extends beyond my house of beliefs and that there may be truth in the author's claims that I am currently prevented from seeing. You may ask, "How can you possibly hope to succeed with this magical system if you don't BELIEVE?" Well, first off, I'm very good at suspending disbelief. Secondly, the author assures his readers that belief in his system is not required for success. He makes it very clear in the beginning portion of his book that he presents his system in such a way that it bypasses the conscious mind and begins to awaken the New Avatar Power  (NAP for short) within the unconscious mind. So, I have nothing to lose and everything to gain by exploring this system of magic. As I do so, I will post anything that seems noteworthy.

For those interested, there is a whole Forum section devoted to NAP at Evocationmagic.com
Also, Brother Moloch has some interesting things to say about NAP in a three part blog post, the first of which can be found here.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Public "Thank You" To Saint Expedite.



THANK YOU, SAINT EXPEDITE, FOR QUICKLY PROVIDING ME WITH A NEW JOB AND DELIVERING ME FROM AN INTOLERABLE WORK ENVIRONMENT. MAY THIS POST INCREASE YOUR RENOWN, ELEVATE YOUR STATUS, AND GIVE HOPE TO THOSE WHO NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Curse Them With Kindness!



A few weeks ago I found myself in need of performing some instant magic. As I did not have the time to construct and perform a elaborate ritual, I decided that the best course of action would be to create a thrall/servitor to work my will. This thrall/servitor would have only one purpose ... to create obstacles that would prevent two individuals from perusing a particular course of action. During the birthing process I instructed the thrall/servitor to put obstacles on the path that these two individuals where traversing. At the time I saw these obstacles to be negative in nature in that they would thwart the plans being made by direct sabotage. Sometime later, however, something rather interesting occurred. My thrall/servitor contacted me and informed me that my will could be more easily accomplished if it could "bless" the two individuals with favorable events rather than thwart their plans through sabotage. I had not thought of this approach when I created the thrall/servitor, so I was somewhat surprised when my little creation suggested it. In any case, I gave the thrall/servitor permission to work my will by bringing about some favorable events for my "victims."

So, the moral of this story is ... favorable events can also function as obstacles to a particular path. Moreover, the victims will never realize they've been cursed.

*Just in case you are interested, my thrall/servitor failed to carry out my will and was promptly destroyed.


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Friday, December 20, 2013

The Three Modes of Magick in Donald Michael Kraig's "Moden Magick"


*While I was cleaning out my computer recently I happened upon several files that I created ages ago but had forgotten about. Before deleting them I thought I would post them here. Below are some initial thoughts I had about DMK's discussion of magick in its three modes of operation.




I have a problem with Kraig's discussion concerning the definition of magick in Chapter One. I do not have a problem with Kraig's definitions per se. My problem arises when Kraig gives examples of the various magickal modes (White, Grey, Black) in actual practice. In Kraig's definitions of the three magickal modes, each mode of magical operation is seen as a method for bringing about a willed event. In White Magick the willed event is the Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel, whereas the willed event in Grey Magick is something beneficial to oneself or others, and the willed event in Black Magick is something detrimental to oneself or others (irrespective of whether one wills them consciously or unconsciously). Thus, each mode of magic is set apart and distinguished by the particular event that is willed. In Kraig's examples, however, he tries to show how one magical mode can become another as a result of secondary events that are the result of engaging in one of the three magickal modes. For instance, Kraig shows how a ritual to obtain a thousand dollars (good for oneself = Grey Magick) can become Black Magick if, for example, your uncle dies and you are given the money from his estate. In this example, Black Magick results not from that which is willed (attaining a thousand dollars, i.e., a good to oneself) but rather an unwilled negative secondary event to the primary willed event. This is clearly at odds with his definitions regarding the three modes of magick. If we follow Kraig's lead, a Black Magickal operation could become White. For example, a Black Magical operation to make another ill (willing something detrimental to another) is transformed into White Magick when the ill person (or his family members) realizes the impermanent and unsatisfactory nature of existence and seeks out a spiritual path (a good to another). I think this problem arises because Kraig wants to attach some type of moral (karmic) responsibility to a magickal operation irregardless of what is willed by the one undertaking the ritual. According to the Buddhist tradition, however, to receive full karmic retribution three things must occur: 1) the willing of some event, 2) engaging in an action to cause the willed event, and 3) the manifestation of the willed event. If any of these three are missing, one does not experience full karmic retribution.


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Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Dance Of Earth Spirits

While I was cleaning out my computer recently I happened upon several files that I created ages ago but had forgotten about. Before deleting them I thought I would post them here. 

This morning I drove my wife to our veterinarian. As I waited outside in the van I thought that I, being in a rather isolated mountainous area, would work with some earth energy (Franz Bardon style). After completing my meditations, I began to notice my surroundings more vividly and became more aware than usual of the living energy of the neighboring trees and grasses. While observing the scenery I got the impression of something playful weaving around the trunks of the trees. Shortly thereafter, I got the impression of something else dwelling near the ground, at the base of the trees. It was the impression of something very old. It was not a negative impression, but I did feel a little queasy in its presence. I then decided to observe the trees near me. The closest tree gave me the impression that it wanted to be played with. I instantly felt the desire to go up to the tree and feel its needles and bark. I wanted to climb into it. I thought that if I were a child I most certainly would have spent some time exploring this tree. A short distance behind this tree grew two others. The impressions I got from these two were somewhat mixed. They seemed friendly enough but rather preoccupied. They were of different varieties and their limbs were intertwined. The impression I got was that they were new lovers, too busy with themselves to be bothered by me. To their left were two other trees whose limbs were somewhat also intertwined. They too were a couple, but were not new to each other … they had grown old together. The biggest and dominant of the two partially obscured the smaller from my view (though I don't recall having this thought at the time, I think now that the big dominate one was the female of the pair). While I received no negative impression from this couple, I clearly sensed that they wanted to be left alone.


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