Thursday, June 17, 2010

Looking Forward

Ahhh, things are shaping up nicely at the hearth. I only have half my stuff in boxes, and I'm down to only two rooms left needing to be furnished. Of course, one of those rooms is the new office-study, which means I'm still limited to writing in my son's room, which has the only desk in the house and is currently decorated in "How to train your dragon" stuff (Toothless is not a good inspiration for writing occult materials), or on a laptop. Feh, and feh, respectively.

But nevertheless, I see things coming together and giving me both the time and space to do some serious revisions to the NeoPlatonic Basics, Modern Angelic Grimoire, and Modern Goetic Grimoire in the next few weeks. I also will be able to revise and refocus on the Red Work Courses, which should be starting again in a month. I'll be posting a link to register for the series of courses as soon as next week to give folks time to determine whether they think this is the right path for them.

The revised courses will still include some Goety stuff for two reasons. One, I already have a shitload of experience and material based on that subject. Two, the material is practically useful. I've been down on Goety lately, but the fact remains that it is a powerful system that provides tangible results quickly. It's like speeding while driving, it's not the smart or legal or proper thing to do, and it comes with risk to life, limb, and legal fines and potential jail time, but there are times that you do it anyway. And until you've mastered some of the more useful results of learning to Hymn in Silence with the Powers of the Eighth Sphere, it provides an avenue of manifestation that has little competition in the occult realm. Expect lots of caveats to come along with that section of the material.

I'll be beefing up the "Hermetic Merkavah" material, because I'm learning that the things I did in these seven spheres over the last few years really laid some major groundwork for the experiences I'm having now in the Eighth Sphere. I knew the Work in the planetary spheres was important for Goety and for Theurgy, but I didn't realize how much of a base framework was being put together while I was going through it. I'm seeing now that the last few years of Planetary Magic Work, rising through the spheres, gaining attunements and initiations was like putting together a spiritual circuit board that's a lot like a motherboard* in a  PC. I've got connections for various devices, a versatile processor socket, multiple connections to various storage devices and operating systems, and plenty of RAM and lots of bandwidth on the bus. For my non-geek friends, you can click the link, or see the footnote for a more condensed understanding.

Doing the Planetary Work feels more like the job part of the Great Work while I'm doing it. It's like a Review-Revise-Repeat process, or the maintenance stuff that doesn't seem that important until you haven't done it for a week. It's not boring, but there's so much of it that it gets to be routine. You start seeing Raphael every week of the month, and you end up getting to know him like an office co-worker you see in a weekly staff meeting.

But that steady practice is what keeps the process flowing smoothly, it's the regularly scheduled tasks that end up making a quality end product. Very important stuff. Once you've got the results of this work firmly in place, or have the product promoted to the Production Environment so to speak, you get to start using it, and it's pertty incredible what you can do with it. I suspected before, but now I know. Or Gno.

In a comment, someone asked me to write up a post on the new techniques I'm picking up. The Eighth Sphere stuff is still too new to me to start teaching, but as I gain experience and understanding, I'll be adding it to the Red Work series of courses. It will explain how to go through that particular Gate, or pierce that particular veil, as well as some of the techniques I've been picking up that make the process easier. I'd start posting about it in detail now, but it's still way too raw.

And besides, I don't know what might happen to you if I start giving out the secrets I've worked so hard for without providing the framework to turn the current into work. With a fully developed motherboard, hard drive, input/output devices, a processor and stable operating system, plus the necessary RAM to run the programs and the devices to enjoy the full experience, you don't have everything you need to make a computer. You wouldn't expect to access the internet by sticking your fingers into a power socket directly, right? It doesn't work. You need a human interface device between you and the power source for it to work, and that's what the Planetary Work provides.

But this is all still to come over the next few weeks and months. My current goals are to start offering the Supernatural Assistant and Hermetic Merkavah courses again next month. I'll start taking registrations next week, or maybe as soon as the weekend if I can get a writing desk and chair. Future courses will include the Eighth Sphere: Hymns of Silence.

I'm also going to rewrite my Modern Goetic Grimoire and turn it into a Goety Mini-Course. I'll probably pull it from the blog's available titles, and only make it available to those who have completed the Supernatural Assistant, and maybe the Planetary Magic courses.

Tentatively it will look something like:

Red Work Course Series
The Black Work

Acquiring the Supernatural Assistant

Topics covered include:
  • Neo-Platonic Basics
  • Trithemian Conjuration Technique
  • Solar Attunement & Genius/Evil Daimon Names
  • Attaining the Supernatural Assistant
  • Working with the Assistant
Goety Mini-Course Part 1 (Optional)

Topics covered include:
  • Elemental Magic
  • Genii Loci
  • Necromancy
  • Demonology

The White Work

Planetary Magic 

Topics covered include:

  • Intelligences, Initiation, and Integration
  • Spirits, Legions, and Manifestation 
  • The Things We Leave Behind

The Red Work

Topics covered include:
  • Entering the Eighth Sphere
  • Hearing the Hymns of Silence
  • Becoming a Hermetic Power
  • Eighth Sphere Magic Techniques

At least, that's what I'm thinking today. Expect it to get more developed over time.

* The motherboard's main job is to hold the computer's microprocessor chip and let everything else connect to it. Everything that runs the computer or enhances its performance is either part of the motherboard or plugs into it via a slot or port.


  1. Whooohooo...!

    Well, I know many people is more than glad to know you're back, and many of us been waiting to get back also into the courses.

    I'll be insterested in doing some work with them, for sure.


  2. Hey babe!
    May I suggest a round or two with Jake before you cerment this view you are developing on Goety.

    I know that what you are into is really good for you at the moment but do not lose sight of the bigger picture.

    Maybe you still need to look a little deeper, possibly take an imaginary arch angel friend with you when you go. You may be missing something. The vibration of the Goets may lead you to a different level if you look. Or maybe not :) This was pointed out to me in some early work with Zadkiel. I would not be so quick to write them off. It is a big world out there with many elements in it. Understanding them is key.

    Now where was that ground again? Oh there it is! Do not lose sight of it....

    Take it for what it is worth to you.

    Your friend

  3. Kath,

    Jake's experiences and my own are going to be different, he's got a different slice of the pie. He's not a Hermeticist, he's a Goet. Different approaches, different focuses.

    There's plenty of room for both.

  4. Just remember it is all the same pie! It oozes together...

    Glad to hear you are getting resettled again and things are going well. Keep us informed of your travels through the eighth.


  5. This one is just not going away so here it goes again.

    Some realms are unpleasent, uncomfortable and confusing, in these, lessons are hard, often painful and eye opening. I toured the Goets with Zadkiel on my heels chasing me like a dog and refusing to allow me to run out screaming. And I still associate with them now. Moral to the story, do not ask an arch angel for help and then expect fluff!

    In contrast, some realms are beautiful, sparkling with clarity, grace and wonder. It is soft and comfy there. You do not want to leave, this must be the right path, it feels so right, being both comforting and insightful at the same time. It feels safe there. It is very easy to get stuck. In fact you want to. Why wouldn't you?

    Do not forget that they are all one and there is a purpose for all. Cutting out a slice of your pie will leave you with a big hole in your whole.

    It still has possibly not come out clear, but anyway..........

    Love Kathy

  6. I disagree about toothless and the "how to train your dragon" video.

    "You're wrong, I didn't think they were evil from the start, review the blog posts. I was the one arguing AGAINST them being evil."-R.O.

    It screamed working with demons to me and trying to find each ones particular "trick."
    It also seems like it might be a way to get kids to work again with the things that scared their fathers. It could just be the conspiracy theory in me talking!
    Hope you heal and Im looking forward to your planetary workings lessons...the not speaking phase, watching without looking, system based on love and not ego and such(if im guessing at what youre learning)


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