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Initiation rights

Having started my occult path before the arrival of the internet I am “old school” and believe that initiation is not something you get automatically. A friend of mine in another school is having problems with a student who felt he should be initiated because he said so. He had shown up, paid his dues, and he felt he was ready. He was so shocked when his teacher said no, he left in a huff and then started to attack the teacher online for not noticing his greatness. Like many modern “magicians” he has failed to see that his very actions are exactly why the teacher did not want him initiated yet. The assumption was that rejection was the ego of an

Repealing the Law of Attraction

One of the sadder manifestations of the 20th century was the dumbing down of esoteric thought to simplistic New Age mantras like the Law of Attraction. What amazes me is not so much that the Law of Attraction draws in so many muggles, but that occultists try to incorporate it within their practice. Builders of the Adytum’s Paul Case was one such person who included these simplistic New Age visualisation techniques in his correspondence course. When I was a teen, it was easy enough for me to understand and I used it. The only problem is that it does not work, and with it comes a pile of baggage which is counter-productive to magical work. For those who came in late, the

Ancient astrological planetary signs

Most people believe that the astrological symbols we use are truly ancient. In fact they were a renaissance invention. This knowledge is rather important when you consider that John Dee’s Hieroglyphic Monad, and several Golden Dawn diagrams depend on these being the correct symbols. In early astrological drawings  images of the gods were used to represent the planets they controlled. Each god had a symbol associated with them, so slowly these became the symbols of the planets. The first example we have of this is Roman where the gods are shown with their symbols. Jupiter has his staff (although sometimes he has a lightning bolt); Saturn his scythe; Mars his spear; Mercury his caduceus; The moon has a lunar crown and

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