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.
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.