Last week I sat down for an interview with Harper Feist for the Thelema NOW! podcast. We covered some of the material in Mastering the Thirty Aires and my general approach to magick as a practical science involving the activity of consciousness and quantum information. The interview is available here.
My article “The Field Ritual” has been published in Volume One of the new occult zine Scavenged Rituals. The article is an expanded and updated version of this one that I published on Augoeides back in 2016. The Field Ritual is a general or foundational ritual that combines elements from the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram and Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram according to the “field model” that I teach my magical students.
The zine also includes a number of other excellent innovative articles covering aspects of ritual practice from various other contributors, with a fresh look and high production value. I already am looking forward to Volume Two!
Scavenged Rituals does not appear to be available from any of the big online platforms at the time of this post. You can order a copy here.
This weekend I will be presenting on Thelema and Ordo Templi Orientis at Paganicon 2023 here in the Twin Cities. My presentation will be on Sunday, March 19th at 2:45 PM. The link to my talk on the Paganicon schedule is here:
Last year I presented on Enochian magick at the convention with a talk featuring material from Mastering the Great Table. This year I will be presenting to support Leaping Laughter Lodge rather than to promote my own writing. If you are curious about Aleister Crowley’s what spiritual system Thelema entails or what we actually do at the local OTO lodge, this will be a great opportunity to get those questions answered.
Yesterday evening I sat down with Ryan at Praxis Behind the Obscure to discuss Mastering the Thirty Aires. We covered some of the differences between the modern approach of scrying Aethyrs and the original function of the Aires, which was to serve as a powerful system of political and zodiacal magick. We also digressed into various topics related to Thelema and magick in general.
All of you have been so patient with me on this, and believe me, I appreciate it. It’s finally time.
Mastering the Thirty Aires will be released September 22nd. Not next year, this year. Like in three days. If you want to pre-order from Amazon, you can do so here. This is Book III of my Mastering Enochian Magick series and covers the system of the Aires or Aethyrs, the final major component of the Enochian magical system received and documented by John Dee and Edward Kelley in the 1580’s. As with the previous two books in the series, I stick with attributions drawn from the Dee diaries themselves but also include various modern techniques such as pentagram and hexagram rituals within the context of a straight-forward ritual template.
The original system of the Aires or Aethyrs was not intended to serve as a sort of scrying map for “rising on the planes” and the like. It certainly can be used in this way, and Aleister Crowley did so to great effect as recorded in The Vision and the Voice. The original intent was for the system to be a complex and highly powerful system of political magick. The various Aires are linked to particular Parts of the Earth, and by opening the corresponding Aire followed by the corresponding Part, the magician can influence events within that region.
The system is interlinked with zodiacal attributions, and thus can be thought of as the zodiacal portion of the Enochian material, with the Heptarchia Mystica comprising the planetary portion and the system of the Great Table the elemental portion. Thus, with the release of this book, my Enochian series now covers the full set of fundamental qualities employed in the practive of the Western magical tradition.
Again, thank you all for hanging in there. It’s been a long road getting here, and I hope you all will find that it was worth the wait.
Yesterday I sat down for an interview with the folks at Magick.TV. We talked about my experience with Enochian magick, the approach I take to teaching it in my books, and the differences between how common ritual forms are traditionally taught and my operant field method.
My thanks go out to the folks at the channel – it was a fun interview and hopefully one that will prove informative to viewers as they develop their magical practices.
My paranormal vampire mystery novel Written in Blood, co-authored with Sheila Marshall, is now available from Moonfire Publishing. Written in Blood is my first collaboration with another author, and I enjoyed the process of putting the book together. It took longer than I expected to get it out and available to readers, but over the last couple of years things have been pretty slow in the publishing industry. At one point we were discussing turning the book into a series (The Northern Vampire Saga, which I still think is a cool title for a series), but for now it is available as a stand-alone novel.
Here’s the synopsis:
David Killian is an ancient vampire with the power to write the fate of the Northland in his own blood. When he writes the ideal lover and companion into life, he summons artist Kristie Slay from Chicago to the little town of Castle Danger on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Kristie is drawn by the town’s mystery, and the surprise of a new love springing from her past. But she carries with her a hidden secret that may lead to both their undoing.
Interestingly enough, if you drive up the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, you will in fact pass right through the town of Castle Danger. It’s very small, practically an intersection with a couple of stores, but the name is practically begging for some sort of paranormal mystery to be set there. So that’s where we decided to set much of the action of the book. Some of it also takes place in the two of Two Harbors, which is about ten miles down the highway from Castle Danger. Castle Danger is an unincorporated township, so police, fire, and other government functions are handled by the larger town of Two Harbors, the county seat of Lake County. The little town shares its name with the Castle Danger Brewery, which is actually located in Two Harbors.
So if you like vampires, like paranormal mysteries, and would like to explore the unusual setting of Minnesota’s North Shore, pick up your copy today! Click here for ordering information.
This year I will be presenting at the Babalon Rising Festival. Babalon Rising is a pan-Thelemic festival held at the Midian campground in southern Indiana from June 9-12, 2022.
I will be presenting at the Main Pavilion on Thursday, June 9th at 3 PM. My topic is “Enochian Magick as Modern Grimoire Magick,” and my presentation will include an Enochian ritual performed using methods covered in my Mastering Enochian Magick series of books.
The festival website can be found here if you would like to register and attend. This will be my first time at Babalon Rising, and I am really looking forward to it.
Hope to see you there!
UPDATE: The Babalon Rising Festival has been cancelled for 2022 due to problems with the venue. So I won’t be presenting this year after all, which is disappointing because I was really looking forward to it. I’ll keep you all posted here on other events as they are scheduled.
It’s been a long time coming, but in-person events are finally starting up again. Back in 2020 I was scheduled to present on Enochian Evocation at Paganicon, a large convention of pagans and occultists held here in the Twin Cities. But then the pandemic hit, they moved the convention to the following fall, then moved it to the following spring, and finally took the whole thing virtual for 2021. I submitted an introductory video presentation on Enochian magick to the virtual convention, but of course it was not the same.
Paganicon 2022 is now scheduled for the weekend of March 18-20 and I will finally be giving my in-person Enochian Evocation presentation that was originally slated for two years ago. You’ll have to get up early because I’m scheduled to present at 9 AM on Saturday, but the early bird gets the magick, right? It’s something like that at any rate. This presentation will include a talk on Enochian magick in general and include a ritual calling on the four Watchtower kings according to the methodology outlined in Mastering the Great Table.
This last Thursday I sat down the Magick Without Fears podcast for an interview that covered a lot of material related to my magical work, Enochian and otherwise. I was trying to figure out how to do a direct link to it, but that’s turned out to be more work than I expected so I’m just linking to the main page. You can click here or on the image to get to the site where you can listen to the interview. This was another fun conversation – it’s always nice to connect with other practitioners and share notes, even virtually.