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WMT Kabbalah is no longer my personal magical system’s backbone

When I started in practical magic I was told to treat kabbalah, and the tree of life like a filing cabinet. It was, I was told an effective system of syncretism which allowed similar ideas to be catalogued. The ultimate expression of this was Samuel Mather’s 777 which was pirated by Aleister Crowley. Over the years, I have become less enthusiastic with the Tree of Life model which is the basis of the Western approach.  I don’t think it productively works and falls to bits too easily if it is changed. Most obviously, there are the planetary attributions which are way off. Placing Saturn in the Supernal triad makes no sense at all and results in some rather daft polarities. Venus

Review: Sephirothic Odyssey – a Journey into magical Tarot

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Reviewing a book, which describes a project you were involved in for seven years, is a bit like reviewing one of your own books. You are naturally going to be biased in favour of it and most of your readers are going to think you are in favour of it even if you are being objective. However A SEPHIROTHIC ODYSSEY: A Journey in Consciousness with the Golden Dawn Temple Tarot  by Harry and Nicola Wendrich [click on the link to buy it]  is important for anyone following the Golden Dawn system and Tarot in particular, so am going to have a stab at it. For those who came in late, Harry, Nicola and I were involved in creating the Golden Dawn

TEN REASONS WHY PUBLIC OCCULTISM IS DYING

The writing is on the wall for Public Occultism.  Its glory days are over and even those who are trying to keep the lights on are finding it hard to pay for the power bill. I have been quiet lately because I have had a few breakthroughs that have provided me with all the answers I needed to make magic work and why it doesn’t. This is pretty big, but unlike the other revelations which I have tended to share with the wider occult community, I don’t have much impulse to share any of this outside my own magical order. It is the sort of thing I will hint at if I write my books, but I don’t really feel like

THE SUMMER EDITION OF THE HERMETIC TABLET IS OUT

The Hermetic Tablet is a bi-annual Journal of Western Ritual Magic where people, from all traditions, share their experiences. Some of the contributors are well known names in the occult field, while others are just those who want to share knowledge and experiences with the public. This issue includes articles written by the following writers: Jake Stratton-Kent, Mike Magee, Chic & Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Aaron Leitch, Christine Zalewski, Nick Farrell, Paola Farrell, Jayne Gibson, Tony Toneatto, Michael Straw, Samuel Scarborough, Tony Fuller, Wynn Westcott, Ina Cüsters-Van Bergen , Morgan Drake Eckstein, and Carman Lawrick. The Journal covers a wide range of different subjects all related to Western Ritual Magic, including Goetia, Golden Dawn, Wicca, Theurgy, Angelic Magic, Ancient Egypt, and

Pythagoreans and the Golden Dawn

 The triangle refers to the supernal triad formed by the Kether, Chokmah Binah spheres but that does not explain the Red Cross.  So lets look at something else. The tetractys was a triangle symbol which was considered holy by the Pythagoreans.  It showed the whole of created matter as a series of ten dots. The first dot represented the One Thing, the Second the Duality, the Third the Mediating World Soul and the fourth the four elements of the material word.    Now the central dot was the most important as it represented the mediating influence of the World Soul from the upper to the lower words.  At the time of the Chaldean Oracles this role belonged to Hekate, but was similar to

THE LESSER RITUAL OF THE HEXAGRAM

I have published one of my online lectures on YouTube.  It explains how, that as the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram is not about elements, so the Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram is probably not about planets and together these two rituals have an important function, in magical work.  

Golden Dawn Vault revealed

I have released a a paperback of my Magical Machine book... It contains some extra photos and is larger so that the graphics take up more space. It is full colour and expensive to make (the price is higher than I would like). It can only be ordered on Lulu. It is still the only book released with detailed pictures of the vault and how to create one. You can get it only from here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/nick-farrell/the-magic-machine/paperback/product-22012302.html    

Monty Python Does a Golden Dawn Debate

I could not resist.  It is just a gag guys, but there are moments where the latest GD debate does sound a bit like this   Dead Parrot The cast: PRALINE John Cleese SHOP OWNER Michael Palin The sketch: A customer enters a shop. Mr. Praline: 'Ello, I wish to register a complaint. (The owner does not respond.) Mr. Praline: 'Ello, Miss? Owner: What do you mean "miss"? Mr. Praline: (pause)I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint! Owner: We're closin' for lunch. Mr. Praline: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this Magical Order what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique. Owner: Oh yes, the, uh, the Golden Dawn...What's,uh...What's wrong with it? Mr. Praline: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it! Owner: No, no,

WRITING OF CROWLEY & WAITE COMPARED

For a while I have considered that the reason Crowley and Waite did not get on was because they shared a common approach to writing -- obscure in purple prose the obvious.  Fortunately I have found two recipes for sponge cake written by the two occultists for people to compare.  In some ways I take it back.  Waite was considerably more Purple than Crowley.  But there are similarities.  OF OUR LADY BABALON AND OF THE BEAST WHEREON SHE RIDETH. ALSO CONCERNING MAKING A SPONGE CAKE. (by Alistair Crowley) I The contents of this section, inasmuch as they concern OUR LADY, are too important and too sacred to be printed. They are only communicated by the Master Therion to chosen pupils in private instruction. II The creation of the

ALEISTER CROWLEY & the GOLDEN DAWN

The Daily Mail, conspiracy nut-jobs and the born-again Christians make a big deal about the Golden Dawn because the so-called Black Magician Aleister Crowley was a member. Crowley’s own followers claim that the Great Beast was an influence on the Golden Dawn and was the living embodiment of the system, which only he had the power to change.The source of most of these various claims are Crowley himself. He was the only person to write down some events connected to the Golden Dawn and for some reason is seen by the people above as being truthful about what he saw. In fact, Crowley was spinning a story in which he was the central character and what is amazing is that many people

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