It has been a busy time for me lately, besides working with students, preparing new texts for the Quareia page, etc, I have been doing podcasts, lectures and have a masterclass coming up at The Magickal Womens Conference in London at the end of this month… so here is what I have been up to… Continue reading
Talks and Podcasts
Goodies of myth, magic and wonder!
Magical artists Stuart Littlejohn and Cassandra Beanland who teamed up to do the Quareia magicians deck have both opened Redbubble online stores so that you can buy their work in prints, art board, and on bags, mugs etc. It is a good way for the artists to get their work out there, for people to be able to buy something beautiful, and for the artists to earn a bit of royalty from the sales. Here is a preview of just a few of the luscious images that are available with links to the two storefronts…and various details.. help support artists while getting something wonderful! Continue reading
Magicians go mad in Munich
I had only just gotten back from a trip to see family in Yorkshire, when we were out again to go visit Munich, Germany. Frater Acher kindly hosted us to go to Munich for a few days and run around Bavaria with a small gaggle of German magicians. And what an adventure that turned out to be – if you have not been to Bavaria, and are able to get there, it is well worth it: it is one of my favourite places in the world. Continue reading
A trip to Brigante land
Last week I headed north for a week, visiting with family and old friends, and going around some of the old sacred places in Yorkshire, England.
It is a very old land that was once the territory of the Celtic tribe of Brigantes, before becoming a Viking land under the Danelaw. It is an area that has seen successive incursions over hundreds and hundreds of years, with frequent raids from the Scots, to the establishment of Norman rule.
Some of these places were my old stomping grounds of youth and it was nice to touch base with ancient friends who sleep in the stones and to marvel at some of the beautiful hidden treasures of Yorkshire. Continue reading
Introducing ‘Sacred Women: Images of Power and Wisdom’
Sacred Women: Images of Power and Wisdom – the Art of Stuart Littlejohn is a new book that celebrates women through full colour paintings and accompanying texts. Continue reading
Magic, Power, Focus and Emotion
The journey of magic that touches real power is a long and convoluted road that triggers ever deepening awareness of inner powers, consciousness and our own inner spirit and outer body. That long journey takes us down many roads of learning, not just about magic, but about power, energy, and our bodies. Continue reading
The ancestry of Ancient Egypt – a long read
While listening to student’s questions and debates, there is something that has emerged in discussions a few times, and it is thorny issue indeed. Discussions on the topic in wider social media range from silly to down right offensive, which is to be expected, but there seems to be little sensible discussion around this topic. While it does not appear directly related to magic per se, (but it is, as the Egypt pattern is still alive in western magic to this day) it is affecting many students in a variety of ways, particularly magical students who are African Americans. Because of this, I feel it necessary to add to the debate in an attempt to try and bring a bit of clarity to the debate, but also to look at the magical implications. So I am approaching this not as someone who has roots in Africa, but as a magical teacher: my job is to ensure that students are able to progress in the magical studies and not be held back by something when it is not necessary. Continue reading
Quareia and Kabbalah, and the Curious case of not knowing…..
Recently it came to my attention that a pair of leaders of a commercial magical temple had put up a blog post on the stance of Quareia and Kabbalah. I found it sad, misleading, and it brought many things into question.
If this post was simply aimed at me as a magician I would sigh, roll my eyes and ignore it, but as the magical integrity of Quareia is being called into question, I feel I have to respond, even though in a tardy way. I will try to be as simple and to the point as possible. But be warned, this is long…….. Continue reading
Approaching the Magical Book of Gates
I thought it timely to introduce the Book of Gates: the mystical initiatory text of the Underworld and stars from Ancient Egypt. The Book of Gates is a complex, enigmatic and coded book that acts as a signpost and guide to those who seek to evolve in life and also in death. Continue reading
A prayer for our time
At a time when such madness, destruction and fire is around us, it can be overwhelming. Heat waves, vast fires, stupid leaders threatening each other, deep corruption, and violence seem to stalk every headline. At times like this, the magician must be still, an oasis of balance. It is a time when daily recitation that is done from truth and not habit can awaken the soul, a time where communion with the Divine can light an energetic lamp to guide those stumbling in the darkness.
There is a passage in Isiah, of which parts of it pre-date the Biblical writing, and are terms, concepts and recitations that draw directly from New Kingdom Egypt.
The passage draws in particular upon the New Kingdom Egyptian Book of the Gates, from the ninth hour.
I have taken out the religious dogmatic aspects of the passages, and left what are the fragments that are directly relevant, and made them into a recitation that can be uttered daily, if you are so inspired.
Fragments of Isiah 43 taken from the book of gates 9th hour – the swimmer of the Nu
But this saith Gd that had created thee: Fear not, for I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine – (I know thy name). When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee, since thou art precious in My sight, and honourable, and I have loved thee.
Fear not, for I am with thee, I will bring thy seed from the east, and harvest them in the west, I will say to the north, give up, and to the south, keep not back.
All nations are gathered together, and the people are assembled; Let them bring their witness, that they may be Justified. Let them hear and say, it is Truth.
For those who are interested in Egyptian magic, the directional reference is the ancient Egyptian pattern of: east/birth/utterance of life, west/harvest/doors into death, north/ancestors/the underworld, and south/path ahead/future.
The waters refer to the Nu, where the adept swims towards the isle of fire that they cannot touch, but will also not burn them – it is the brightness of Divinity (Re) in the Underworld.
The reference to the name at the beginning, says, I created you, I know you. It is a refrain where Divinity ‘claims you’ as a creation, as a child. It is a refrain that is repeated over and over in the Egyptian texts.
And finally, when the world or parts of the world go mad, which happens with depressing frequency as humanity never learns, the key to living, navigating and flourishing in such times, is Truth, the power of Ma’at, balance. The adept becomes the fulcrum that holds the scales of Ma’at present in the world. The recitation in its original meaning speaks to the Noble One, the adept as they pass through the hours of the underworld in death. But the trials of the dead are mirrored in the trials of the living, and vice versa – they are one and the same.
Thou art precious in My sight, and honorable, and I have loved thee