Friday, June 21, 2013

Advanced Planetary Magic?

Hell yeah, Advanced Planetary Magic!

So the other day, Jason says he's got his final draft ready for his Planetary Magic chapbook. He's pinged me about it off and on over the last few months as he wrestled through some of the tougher parts, and I've been really curious about the final outcome. I understood his approach intellectually, but I wasn't sure how it would turn out in practice.

It turned out fantastic.

What this book provides is a set of nuanced applications of each of the planetary spheres that it takes magi working directly with the planetary forces years to get to when working with each individual planet.

That's a short sentence, really. Read it again for emphasis. Think about it.

In my Modern Angelic Grimoire, I provide the means to conjure up the seven archangels of the planets and to ask for initiation into each of the spheres. In the Gates Series, I provided the means to tap into the forces of the planets to establish and maintain your personal kingdom. These approaches provide realy powerful methods of empowerment that pave the way for the development of a very subtle and nuanced ability to work with the forces of each of the planets to influence your personal reality.

What Jason provides in his chapbook is a comprehensive method of tapping into the more subtle frces of the planetary powers without necessarily having gone through each of the planetary initiation processes. While it doesn't take the place of the deeper planetary sphere work, it definitely provides an effective method to access the more advanced results without having finished all the work yourself. It also provides insight into the potential of each of the planetary spheres that you don't necessarily think about until you've worked with them for a while. This book is, quite frankly, the cliff's notes of a master.

At the end of the book, Jason expresses his hesitancy in claiming the word "Advanced" in the title. It demonstrates his inherent modesty, which I fortunately do not share. This booklet truly deserves the word "Advanced" in every sense. As he always does, Jason has gone deep into the applicability of the magic he discusses and returned with a system and methodology that lets the reader utilize his insight, experience and initiation into the spheres in a way that they may not yet have actually earned on their own. It demonstrates not only the more advanced nuances you can use with planetary magic, but it puts them into practical real life situations that give you the opportunity to use the various aspects of each planet in your daily life situations.

If you're a student of any of my courses, I can't recommend this enough to you. It takes things that we can only hint about in the discussions of each individual sphere and teaches you how to take those hints and use them in daily practice. The methodology is direct, relatively simple, and damned effective. Go buy it and read it. RUN, DO NOT WALK.

It's incredible.

Thursday, June 20, 2013



Michael C. has entrusted me with the secret number of the contest described in this blog post.

Jason and I know the secret number, and it is within my power to offer hints! He didn't tell me I couldn't, so I totally can. I thought about selling the hints, but that just felt a little slimy, so... I'll just give them away. This way MY LOYAL BLOG READERS have an advantage.

Hint The FIRST:

It is a degree found within the first three houses of an equal-house-based astrological chart.

Hint the SECOND:

It is less than twice my age.

Hint the THIRD:

Two beetles and a goat, or half a mantis.

Now, on to the post and to VICTORY!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Fun Experiment Goes Right

Back when Hurricane Sandy was barreling towards the East Coast, hell bent on destroying Jersey, I was in Baltimore. She passed over me on October 29, 2012, and around 6:00 PM Eastern, at the height of the storm, I was out on my deck conjuring up the forces of the lightning, thunder and rain, flexing my Gents-for-Jupiter-trained Jovial muscles to play with the storm... and to try a fun witchy experiment: Tying up the storm in knots.

I carefully bound the forces of hurricane Sandy, two knots on one end, three on the other for a total of five knots, in five strips. As I bound the forces into the strips of cloth, I chanted and prayed, calling on the Forces of Jupiter and the powers of Chaos Sandy represented and manifested through Our Lady Eris. I wove the forces into the talismans, explaining to them that when they were released, they would release the full forces of the storm into whatever result the unbinding magician might desire.

Then I tied them together into a cat o' five tails, put them away, and promptly forgot all about them.

Last Tuesday, Harper Feist, author of the Adyton of Pythia blog, was telling me about her concern for the dryness in her home state of Colorado and the threat of fires to her friends, family, and land that she loves. I lived in Denver in my teens and early twenties and still consider it home, no matter where I end up. You can imagine I was concerned when she brought it up.

Later that day, Frater Ashen Chassan F∴N∴F, a fellow Gent for Jupiter and author of the blog A Magician's Workings, posted a request for prayers for rain and the movement of lots of water in his home state of Colorado, and I quipped, "Too bad we don't know any rain gods!"

The next day it occured to me I could send him one of the strips of cloth (which I still need to do, note to self), and then on Thursday afternoon it occured to me that hey, it's Thursday, Harper and I and Frater Ashen are all Gents, we should just do a combined rite together to bring rain. Also, Frater Ashen is the one who made my ebony Trithemian wand, so I had an easy way to link the magic I did to his efforts. Harper and I also share a bond with Colorado that would draw us into affinity in this work, and it seemed that we could pull off a pretty powerful rite working together in harmony.

And then there were Four
I floated it by her, Harper agreed, and so we arranged group rite.

I was in Baltimore visiting my kids at the time, and so the Planetary hour rolled around my part of the world first. I performed the Gates rite, conjuring Tzadqiel and speaking the Orphic Hymn, and then I put my own part of the plan into action.

I had decided to work with one of the strips from the storm, releasing the forces contained into the manifestation of massive amounts of moisture into the air above Colorado. I wanted the moisture in the air to move where it was most needed, and so conjured Paimon, Elemental King of the Air to direct the forces released.

I asked Tzadqiel to oversee and administer the forces of the rite to ensure no one was harmed as a result of the Work, to aid Paimon in directing the forces of the storm, and to weave together the combined rites of Harper in Florida and Frater Ashen in Colorado. As I spoke the words weaving together the magic of my rite, the rite of Harper, the rite of Frater Ashen, the forces of the current of the Gents for Jupiter, and the spirits we each worked with to bring the desired result in harmony and grace, I saw the forces we conjured pooling over an image of the map of Colorado, and flowing into the atmosphere to bring about the requested results.

I'll let them tell their stories themselves, but the next day Frater Ashen posted that it was raining in Colorado. Harper found an article about a surprise rain shower and the increased humidity aiding the hard working fire fighters in containing the fires that had threatened her home and her people. I was totally thrilled.

I don't do weather magic often because I think it's dangerous for ignorant people to mess with things like climate. Incarnate humans don't have a very good track record when it comes to impacting the climate. It was the series of coincidental references to the need for rain, the convenient magical links we shared, and the presence of a storm in a strip of cloth that convinced me this would be ok.

Also... I really wanted to see what happened with those knots. I'm in Florida during hurricane season now, and will have many opportunities to get some more storms in knots over the next couple of years, so... yeah. I really appreciated the opportunity to test it out.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Tonight! RO on Talk Gnosis!

What with one thing and another this week, I have totally forgotten to update my blog with this very important information...

I'm going to be on Talk Gnosis again! Tonight, in a matter of hours. 9:00 Eastern. Get over there!

Tonight we're talking about Alchemy, both physical and esoteric, and how the Red Work series of courses provides the framework for the accomplishment of the Great Work as I understand it.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Event Management

So a friend/colleague asked something about the blessing through the web tech, and since it's been a LONG ASS TIME since I posted anything particularly useful, I thought I'd share how I'm handling this.

This is not "internet magic." This is web-distributed communication of an event, but it's still just regular old human Event Management. I'm blessing all who participate in a specific event, the voting process on a web site. It's not a new phenomenon at all. All prescribed sacrifice/offering systems going back to the shamans and the animal totem spirits of our most ancient ancestors operated on the same principles, basically. The web part of this is just the latest way of organizing it.

So to practically manage this one, I generate a chart of the moment I posted the first notice to the web. Then I get the name of the Genius of that chart, and make a lamen for it (paper, cause I can print up the template and write in its name). I do the standard conjure routine:

  • Asperges me
  • Consecrate space/rite/fire/stone
  • Conjuration of HGA
  • Conjuration of Tzadqiel
  • Conjuration of Genius
  • Statement of Intent
  • License to Depart

The Statement of Intent is where I explain I'm asking for Tzadqiel to assign an angel to bless the people who participate in this event, and to Work with the Genius of the moment to coordinate and distribute the blessings.

Pretty straight forward stuff.

Get a Free Jupiter Blessing from RO... There's a Catch.

Hi there! Weird request time, something I haven't done before and won't do again. And it's tied into the Erisian thing.

Ok... so... a friend of mine is in a contest to win the status as the "Biggest Rush Fan" from some stupid radio contest. I think it's stupid. Rush? I mean, they're alright... but ... Biggest Fan? Whatever.

Regardless of my opinion of his taste in music, I'd really like to get him up to the top of the list. He helped me out a lot before he even knew I existed by putting hyperdiscordia online in the 90s. It would be fucking awesome if we could push him up over the top.

So please take the time to vote for Chris R. at the link below:

I'll set up a Jupiter blessing for anyone who votes for him every day for the next six days, something specifically tied to wealth, prosperity, happiness, and joy. It's free Jupiter blessings for clicking a button on a web page from a founding Frater of the G4J.