The subject of using various substances in Magick has come up for me in a number of ways recently. A friend, during the discussion about Magick and spirituality, started to tell me about her partner, who is a shaman. That’s ok with her, but she has got a bit concerned that he has been encouraging … Read moreMagick and Drugs
This article continues from part 1 (about the four worlds of the kabbalah) and brings us to the very important skill of being able to distinguish between categories and common category errors. Here is the diagram again to remind ourselves of the four worlds of the kabbalah. In this article we will look at how confusion over … Read moreThe Four Worlds in Magick – Part 2: Category Errors
Most modern western Magickal systems draw upon the kabbalah for their theoretical understanding of the world: our Order uses kabbalah very extensively. In the kabbalah we have the concept of the four worlds or dimensions (from the bottom up): Assiyah, Yesod, Briah and Azilut: Action, Foundation, Creation, and Transcendence. Like all of kabbalah, this is … Read moreThe Four Worlds in Magick – Part 1: what they are (briefly)
Many occult practitioners (possibly all of us) draw to a greater or lesser extent on the spiritual and Magickal systems of the past. This may be the recent past, such as the Golden dawn, or Gardnerian Witchcraft; or it may be ancient, from Greece, Egypt or the Norse times. But this raises many questions about … Read moreThoth, Djehuti and All Those Guys
The other night we were chatting with a friend – a fellow therapist – and the talk inevitably (as it tends to) got round to Magick. Then she said to me “I hope it’s not all secret, like Freemasonry; that sort of thing really annoys me”. It turned out that her ex-husband had been a … Read moreMagick: Secrecy, Openness and Silence
One of the most striking features of the current world of psychotherapy and counselling is the diversity of views, approaches, models and vocabularies that are in use. I was aware as I wrote that sentence that I had to put both “psychotherapy” and “counselling” in together as neither on it’s own describes to every … Read moreThe Use of the Traditional Elements in Counselling
Someone was recently talking with me about occult knowledge and how we could ever know what people in ancient times really thought, especially about spirituality. This is a very difficult question, of course, but I chose to give him this example below of how occult knowledge is transmitted in the face of disapproval and persecution from … Read moreGreen Grow the Rushes, Oh!
Recently I read something by a well-known magician and occultist. It is from a course of magical training that this person has written. The writer is someone I respect hugely, and is, I believe, one of the foremost magicians in Britain at the moment. For this reason it is not easy for me to disagree … Read moreWot – no Kabbalah?
Over the years I have been involved in many spiritual organisations, from Magickal groups to religions, and have been very struck by how people are able to function on a high spiritual level whilst at the same time have no grasp of psychology – their own, other people’s, and the group’s. This lack of awareness … Read moreMagick and Psychology – It’s all in the mind!