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Carroll Poke Runyun on Practicing Solomonic Magic

The flamboyant Carroll Poke Runyun, founder of the Ordo Templi Astartes, is featured in this interesting but hokey documentary detailing the practice of Solomon’s Magic as interpreted by Runyun and his group. Runyun gets a bad rap in some quarters as something of a huckster due to his campy presentation and grandiose claims but I’m just old enough to remember when most practitioners were as eccentric as Runyun. Frankly, I’ve always liked the bigger than life characters who have clearly developed their magical persona which is so often key to successful practice. It’s all about confidence, or faith that you can move the heavens with your will. Runyun has that in spades.

That Runyun isn’t more well known is a crime, and largely explained by the popularity of post-80s style bland New Ageisms overtaking serious Occultism in popularity. These days people prefer to read Fiona Horne’s bloodless Hot Topic themed Wicca than Runyun’s more rigorous studies in Ceremonial magic and our community is poorer for it. Anyone interested in Ceremonial practice should read The Book of Solomon’s Magick as an introduction to the Art. This series of videos a sort of study aid to that book, but they contain a great deal of information useful to Ceremonialists regardless of their familiarity with Runyun’s work.

This has several parts so make some popcorn, sit back and enjoy. Watch it through a few times, it’s worth your time especially if you plan on going down the long, hard road of Goetia. If you’re truly pressed for time start with part III.

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