Archive for January, 2012

A Key to Happiness

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 by Patrick

When you watch YouTube videos, never, ever, ever read the comments.



Heads, In and Out and Inside Out

Posted in Speculation on January 19, 2012 by Patrick

Jason Miller writes on the current bloghaha about whether or not magic is all in your head.

Lon Milo DuQuette has asserted, for some time, that it’s all in your head . . . but you have no idea how big your head is.  The myriad misinterpretations of this statement surpass imagining.

Let me try to have an epigram as pithy:

It’s all in your mind, but your mind isn’t in your head, because your head is in your mind.

Or is my head in something else?


Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2012 by Patrick

You know you’ve become a domesticated magician when you see a post about “Buying a New Deck” and you immediately think “Oh, cool, I wonder if they hired a contractor or built it themselves . . . “

Happy 2012

Posted in Uncategorized on January 4, 2012 by Patrick

I am peeking out from my stack of books to wish you all a happy 2012.  The holidays are over, and now it’s nearly time to get back to work.  Of course, I have been at work, hard at work on a new book.  It’s extremely exciting stuff and I’m kind of twitter-pated about the  thing.  I think it’ll be tremendously useful when it’s done, and it’s sure to annoy all sorts of people in the magical community — annoy them productively, I hope, because it’s about a branch of magic that has been all but ignored in modern ceremonial and pagan magical traditions: theurgy.

The best part about being an occult author is that each book acts as an incentive to learn.  You have to pull together what you know, revisit old experiments you haven’t done in years, try new things you’ve never done so you can write about them, and so on.  Right now I’m busy memorizing barbarous words of evocation from a spell in the PGM (yes, you have to memorize them — sorry, but it’s where I get strict.  Others harp on visual evocation, but for me, it’s this: you have to memorize.  The notecard is not a magical tool). Even the act of preparing for some of these rituals is powerful.

Of course, because I’m committed to banging out 1000 to 2000 words every single day, on top of all my other work as my winter vacation ends, I don’t have much time to blog.  But I’ll try to keep a bit more active now that the holidays are over.