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Jan 8 2012

Digital Scans of John Dee’s Enochian Manuscripts

Those interested in Enochian magic have often had to wade through books of dubious scholarship. Because the books were in (now archaic) English, Latin and some passages were written in the “Angelic” language Dee communed with the spirits in hack authors were attracted to the material because few would be able to critique their shoddy work. Viewing the originals was of course out of the question for most people.

I do not practice any sort of Enochian rituals and frankly have not met anyone who seriously pursued this practice so I can make no endorsements of any particular authors or translations. I have heard good things about Joseph Peterson’s John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery but the book is fairly expensive even in it’s Kindle edition which runs almost $40.

If you’re Latin and “Celestial Speech” is good enough some of Dee’s original writings are available to be viewed online courtesy of The Magickal Review. The serious student will enjoy pouring over these scans trying to make heads or tails of them. The average practitioner these days will shoot off some poorly worded emails demanding someone re-write the entire collection in text-speak, I’m sure.

h/t Grimoires

Jan 3 2012

“Atharva Veda” Charm to Arouse the Passionate Love of a Woman

This incantation comes to us from the easily overlooked but excellent Katheryn Paulsen book The Complete Book of Magic and Witchcraft. Paulsen’s little tome was first published in 1970 and I have a 1980s reprint that has been part of my essentials since the early 80s.

The book is a perfect beginner’s grimiore and is packed with spells from may different traditions. Because of this concentration on traditional witchcraft and sorcery as opposed to the then burgeoning religion on Wicca Paulsen is a very much maligned figure but this book is invaluable to the true practitioner.

According to Paulsen this particular incantation comes from the 1897 Oxford translation of the Atharva Veda in Sacred Books of the East, volume 47. A good college library will have a copy if you’re interested. I assume that there is a longer religious ritual that would accompany the following incantation but I’ve heard the incantation itself – along with proper technique – is effective. I recommend repeating it several times while concentration on the object of your desire for a number of day until results are seen.

As an aside, love spells are Black Magic and don’t let anyone tell you differently. You’re enforcing your will on another. Like attracts like and all that.

Here’s the incantation:

May the disquieter disquiet thee; Do not hold out upon thy bed! With the terrible arrow of Kama (love) do I pierce thee in the heart.

The arrow, winged with longing, barbed with love, whose shaft is undeviating desire, with that, well aimed, Kama shall pierce thee in the heart.

With that well aimed arrow of Kama which parches the spleen, whose plume flies forward, which burns up, do I pierce thee in the heart.

Consumed by burning ardor, with parched mouth, do thou come to me, pliant, pride laid aside, mine alone, speaking sweetly, to be devoted!

I drive thee with a goad from thy mother and thy father, so that thou shall be in my power, shalt come up to my wish.

All their thoughts do ye, O Mitra and Varuna, drive out of her. Having deprived her of her will, put her in my power alone.



Jan 3 2012

Yes, Witches and Warlocks are Still Burned These Days

Just not in the good ‘ole U.S. of A. Hopefully I’ve offended some of you out there by using the term Warlock – which I frankly think suffered a bad rap from politically correct Wiccans – and now I’ll offend some of you more with a little patriotism.

Many a time some posuer calling themselves SilverCrone Dragongoddess will shoot off a message to me about the “Christian Taliban” or “Rethuglicans” burning Witches and demanding that I stop bitterly clinging to my guns, want my taxes higher and my national defense weaker because I’m betraying “the cause” by cleaning my shotgun and moving to an area where the taxes are low. I remind them that my “cause” is faith in multiple gods and exploring the mysteries of the universe through various “occult” means and they sputter indignantly about “community” or something. Then they write blog posts claiming I’m a “Christianity” or whatever.

I often remind them that for all their complaints about oppression America is pretty much the only country where you can openly practice Witchcraft of any kind without fear of legal or cultural reprisal. I guess Canada is similar, but it’s not really a country.

Here’s an example. In the UAE arrests for witchcraft and sorcery have increased. Luckily in the UAE witches are given a year in jail, not executed  as they are in Saudi Arabia.

I know that this is not a popular sentiment but thank the gods we live in America. It’s time we recognized that fact and used the opportunity we have been given to truly explore the cosmos rather than sit around online pretending to be oppressed.

Dec 5 2011

How to Make and Use a Magic Mirror

Were I to make a “magic mirror” I would use Donald Tyson’s excellent manual How to Make and Use a Magic Mirror as instruction. Of course, I actually have an old copy but people tell me they’re rather hard to find and quite pricey. I picked up a paper back in the 90s for around $7. Now on Amazon I see copies going for $30 and up.

Fortunately for you and sadly for them the YouTube set has never heard the saying T Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep Silent. Thus you can find some good places to start – but be warned most Internet practitioners are sloppy to say the least. I advise using videos like the following as a starting off point but doing more research before trying this potentially dangerous experiment.

The following from “Cyberscribe” is one of the better videos, though his caviler attitude toward evocations and summonings is disturbing. The mirror doesn’t provide you with the protection he seems to think if you’re dealing with demonic or “evil” spirits but he does at least take the precautions necessary for this sort of operation. He also goes into the theory which is important to understand.

Dec 4 2011

The Wickedest Man in the World: A Short Documentary on Aleister Crowley

I have known several Thelemites (or Crowleyites as I call them) over the years and can tell you they’re much less exciting and sinister than you would think; though many are more pompous than you can imagine. Obviously I’ve met many more Wiccans, Pagans, “practitioners” etc who all had some strong feelings about Crowley and his work but knew very little about the man or his writings.

I often recommend people who want to understand Crowley through his own words read The Book of Lies and his novel Dairy of a Drug Fiend. But if you’re in the mood for some more sensational fare this short documentary encapsulates much of who Crowley was as opposed to the prophet like image his fans present. This is, at least, a good place to start any criticism of Crowley rather than relying on what you read on a Wiccan forum. Some things you’ll learn is how careless Crowley was with summoning spirits and how evil Crowley actually was. Pay particular attention to the mountain climbing incident,his treatment of his wife/medium Rose and his drug fueled sex cult.

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Dec 3 2011

A Collection of Rare and Curious Tracts on Witchcraft and Second Sight

This 1820 collection is archived on the web and well worth your time to see the history of the study of occultism and non-Wiccan Witchcraft: