I heard you were affiliated with the OTA – where can I find you?
If you’re an OTA member, you can find the CHSOTA.org group here: Valley Forge. Initiation was April 25th, 2015.
I heard you were Gardnerian Wiccan?
That’s also true, as of September 8th, 2018. On July 2nd, 2021 I was raised to the second degree.
I heard you were a Freemason?
Yes, I joined my father and his fathers lodge as family tradition. Freemasonry has esoteric roots, but it’s primary focus is on fraternity and community service. Being in the Northern Jurisdiction, I also chose to join the York Rite.
What’s the primary philosophy used in this blog?
Hermetic Golden Dawn tradition makes up the bulk of the foundation. While I can’t claim formal initiation or interaction with an actual Golden Dawn body, I use the bulk of their ritual structure to magic. I actually prefer the Thelemic Philosophy, but Crowley’s rituals tend to be too elaborate. When Crowley couldn’t dress up a concept, he used the Golden Dawn rituals.
Can I contact you?
I would prefer it if you left a comment or a note. I’m not antisocial, I am just looking to keep my magical identity separate from my real life identity and would really like to encourage discussion of the content. After a few requests for such, I finally made a new gmail address. You can contact me here.
How long have you been at this?
Most of this kicked off in 2010. I still don’t feel particularly knowledgeable and I’m usually surprised when people ask me for my opinion or advice. I only recently started publishing my notes and such after realizing I really enjoyed it when people did the same.
Whats your religious background?
I was raised some form of Christian. Grandpa was a Mason, for whatever it’s worth. I derped around with atheism, which after getting a career in technology, I realized was a joke. It was, however, a functional model if the model is putting the LEGO store at the mall in the really awkward philosophical position that those bricks might actually assemble themselves by chance is an actual philosophical position. For all the atheists screaming “BUT SCIENCE”, science is falsifiable. Atheism is a religion. I experimented briefly with Buddhism, Judaism, and Shintoism. This led me to Asatru and Wicca. The only one which was particularly interesting to me was Judaism, the rest of them are systems of philosophy or magic but lack theological underpinnings. Buddhism being the worst since it’s nihilism with God. Judaism is political, just as bad as Christianity and Islam. Eventually I discovered Hermetic Philosophy, and the Golden Dawn.
What magic is represented on this blog?
My first successful evocation was with the Goetia, specifically Agares. The Goetia tend to be lazy and one step above completely synthetic spirits or spellwork. Things will get done, but they get done in such a way that shows little planning and consideration for the whys and hows. I love Enochian magic to death, and think it works extremely well for commanding things like weather, and very specific tasks for the offices of the spirit. The Enochian spirits are also the only spirits I’ve managed to offend into leaving the triangle. Similarly, Enochian spirits have a strong planetary component to them, so you will see some planetary spirits make an appearance here as well. The rule of thumb:
Goetia – Spirits get fast results, not always in the nicest way.
Enochian – Spirits get slower results, in the most considerate way.
Planetary – Spirits can only be called on certain days. Spirits will get results proportionally to how much you observe the rules.
Did you plan on becoming a ceremonial magician?
Nope, I had no religious affiliation whatsoever. When I was considering magic, I was considering asatru. The ceremonial magic stuff was furthest from my mind.
Did you plan on becoming a witch?
No, and if you dig through the blog enough, you’ll find many posts critical of various versions of Wicca. Much like different masonic lodges have different focuses, each coven is going to have it’s own feel and take on the material, and how broadly they permit their people to range through the greater context of the magical paths. I would suggest, due to the popularity of wicca, that it’s much more important to find a group you click with first and be completely honest in doing so than to join a group for the name or status. I have found a good portion of covens which were militant feminists in which men were treated as second-class-citizens, and I’ve found that a lot of British Traditional Wicca covens were populated by people who focused more on the status of the thing and it’s exclusionary nature than the actual work of magic. It’s far better to meet in the Outer Court for a year and decline initiation than it is to submit to a coven who’s leadership or composition offends some piece of your nature.