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Balance

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2014 by P. Dunn

I would love to live in a fantasy world, I admit it.  If I could put on a robe, carry a staff, have peasants tremble at my terrible power, and so on — that’d be pretty nifty.  And that’s why there are such things as video games and novels and roleplaying games, all fun things.  But they’re not real.

In reality, I live a double life.  On the one hand, I am a mild-mannered (or not so mild, actually, in terms of manner, some days) professional.  I deal with the public, champion critical thinking and skepticism, and regard myself as a scholar.  I get up, go to work, pay my mortgage, clean the house, mow the lawn, cook dinner, eat it in front of the computer while watching old episodes of Frasier.  You know: an ordinary life.

On the other hand, I’m an occultist.  I pray to gods, practice theurgic rituals, try to probe into the meaning and use of occult forces, cast geomantic charts, summon spirits, make talismans, meditate (never enough).

It’s sometimes hard for me to maintain a balance.  I often find myself veering toward tweed rather than robes, because it’s certainly easier to live a mundane life.  But that way lies the slough of despond.  If I ignore magic, I start to feel thin and dry in my mind, like I’m letting the bigger part of me atrophy.

At the same time, I see people who retreat so far into magic that they fail to live a successful mundane life.  I’ll just say it, man: if you’re horridly in debt, unhappy, and your idea of a relationship involves someone to jeer and scream at, you’re not doing well.  Magic should make those things better, not be an excuse for them.  Sure, it’s not a panacea, and sometimes bad things happen to the best magicians.  And not every magician has everything they want automatically, because sometimes magic doesn’t work (often for very good reasons, but that’s another post).  But I’ve known more than a few people who claim great magical power but couldn’t balance a checkbook.

I don’t want to be such a person.  More importantly, I don’t want to seem to be such a person.  So it’s hard for me to balance these two important and valuable lives.

What helps me is to look at my friends who are not magicians, but have a rich spiritual life.  They seem to have found that balance, partially because their religions are sanctioned by the dominant culture, but really that’s just an excuse.  In fact, they find that balance because there isn’t, for them, a difference between these two lives.  The mundane life is a part of the larger, spiritual life.  It’s not a choice between two lives, but having one part of your life be a subset of the greater whole.  So that’s the balance I suppose I’m striving for.

Finalist — “State of Grace”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 7, 2014 by P. Dunn

This is a technique from a friend of mine, Chris, whose column at Rending the Veil is definitely worth the read.  I like it because it is simple but very effective.  It’s also extremely effective and useful in a wide variety of situations.

This is a variation on your physical/magical journey technique in your first or second book.
I learned to do this with the chakra system, but it would probably work just as well with any body-mapping system.
The technique involves holding your attention in one specific area for extended periods of time. A personal favorite of mine is either the crown, or the spot at the top of the aura (called the 8th in my work–one of the transpersonal chakras, in any case). With a little bit of practice, one can sense a kind of movement from the spirit, which can then be followed with the body.
It effectively allows one to act in a “state of grace” (Christian terminology) without actually being a saint.
Requirements:
1) being able to hold your awareness in one place for extended periods of time.
2) being able to hold your awareness outside of your physical body (so, at least a limited form of “astral” projection.
3) the ability to take direction from the spirit while simultaneously being aware of the world around you (there’s a chance that your spirit could direct you in questionable/dangerous directions — better safe than sorry)

Reminder — Contest

Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2013 by P. Dunn

Remember, the deadline for the technique contest is Samhain.

End of the World . . . Again!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2013 by P. Dunn

Today, according to Pravda, is the day that the world ends, according to Rasputin.

We’ll see, eh?

 

 

A Contest!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2013 by P. Dunn

Just for fun, and also in the hopes of learning something, I propose a contest.

Submit, to my email, pee double-u dee you en en at gmail.com a description of your favorite magical or divinatory technique.

The four or five best techniques, judged on quality, innovation, usefulness, and clarity, will be posted on my blog.  The two very best technique will win a prize: an inscribed copy of one of my books, of the winner’s choice.  The very best technique will also win a free Lenormand Grand Tableau reading or a geomantic reading (your choice) in addition to the book.

Deadline will be Samhain, October 31.

ETA:  Let me clarify that it is my hope you will explain, briefly, how to accomplish your technique so that people can learn it or apply it.

Does Zeus Exist?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 9, 2013 by P. Dunn

An interesting opinion article by a professor of philosophy on the question of whether or not Zeus existed.  His conclusion:

On reflection, then, I’m inclined to say that an atheistic denial of Zeus is ungrounded.  

Some Toys

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2013 by P. Dunn

I’ve started a new website, mostly as a place to practice my Javascript and html skills. But I have a couple magical apps available that people may find helpful: one little program that helps with memorizing rituals, and a simple browser-based geomancy program that generates a random chart with the click of a button. I hope people find them entertaining or useful.

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