After Jason Miller mentioned the planetary magick and Aaron Leitch linked to the review of his book, Letters to Phergoph has exploded. That’s a good thing. However I will try to group up the questions and answer them broadly.
“You said you were going to write a post about DMK and only told us about an LSD trip. What?”
The trip was the framing of the story. The point of the story was that DMK was an approachable person. The other point of the story was that someone who had little interest in the Occult before getting Turned On could read his book and find new language and ways to relate. Getting two people to agree on anything in this day and age is hard, getting people to shift their mental framing and embrace a new philosophy is impossible. Look at me, I spent the next five or so years in asatru/wicca/druid land.
He did two really good things – he wrote an approachable book without the Christian overtones normal to ceremonial magick and he wrote me back. The second one is a nice gesture, but the first one is an accomplishment. I don’t recall anything out at the time I had access to which covered what I felt I had experienced. Perhaps most importantly, the book wasn’t preachy. No rule of three, no karma, no “don’t summon demons or you’ll have to roll a six to get your alignment back” or any such silliness, he skillfully blended the psychological model with the existential model. I didn’t know it at the time but it really was well put together.
I also think he managed to get the balance right between “what is evocation” and “what work am I doing”. The book talked about how does magic work, and when do we do magic, and how magic can improve our lives without getting into the details. Like talking to teenagers about safe sex, the book wasn’t “you shouldn’t summon demons”, but rather was aimed squarely at the novice magus who probably should be banishing their demons before moving on with other magic. It doesn’t matter who put what where, he created an environment in the book which could relate the information in a way which was approachable without getting into the messy details of how he used it in his personal life. That’s a hard balance to walk, and I only appreciated it after I started blogging about magic and realized there was a difference between technique and pornography.
“Do you remember what you wrote him?”
No, over a decade has passed. I’m sure it was insipid, uninspired crap. I do remember asking him for book recommendations after his book, I don’t recall what he sent me.
“Is the tiki-god a lizard person/angel/ghost/demon/space alien/tiki-god/ancestor/HGA?”
The bottom line is I didn’t test the spirit. I have no idea. It has never appeared to me again (or if it has, it didn’t take that form) and it was a missed opportunity from a ceremonial magic perspective. From a purely spiritual perspective, or shamanic perspective, it was exactly what I needed at the time. I swore off LSD after that one and drugs in general when I finally decided to go to college, get a job, and launch a career. For people who are curious but have to hold down a career and family like me, I highly suggest viewing The Spirit Molecule, or the London Real episode.
“Something something lol u magcians failed he is dead”.
(Yes someone really wrote this). Here’s the thing. I believe Regardi (or Bardon) said if we want a miraculous healing, the first thing we need is a desire to be healed. I don’t know if anyone actually asked him if he wanted a miraculous healing; I don’t know if he wanted it.
I do believe people are fundamentally good, and I believe their intentions are pure. I also think that people who want the good in the world sometimes don’t apply it the best way. It isn’t that everyone asked for a miraculous healing, I think a good majority of people understood that the cancer was both painful and untreatable and wanted him to be comfortable. But most importantly, I think he realized he wasn’t going to live forever on this plane and he understood death is the last initiation. Was it his True Will to pass on at this time? I don’t think we’ll ever know unless he left us a letter. Ultimately, he made that choice.