Not long after my mom died, I promised to write down some of what I learned in the process of dealing with her estate. Here’s the first part of that, in which I talk just a little bit about wills, personal representatives, and getting a bank account for the estate. Proving the will. Ideally, the … Continue reading Estates 101: Wills, Representatives, Estate account
A number of years ago I got into wet shaving: that is, using a traditional shaving brush, soaps and glycerin-based creams instead of pressurized foam goo, and a vintage double-edged razor, you know, with good old razor blades that you carefully stick into a plastic container and get rid of in bulk when they’re dull. … Continue reading Necking
It will take a long time and a lot of work to produce a thangka (Tibetan Buddhist illustration of a meditation deity) in Adobe Illustrator, but I figured I’d give it a start. So far, here’s the face of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), founder of Tibetan Buddhism.
I would normally post this in a more private location, like to a very restricted friends group on Facebook, but I feel, somehow, here it will be more significant. Also, it got a bit long. A few weeks ago, having gotten my magick and spirituality jumpstarted, and going well, I said “Well, I need some … Continue reading Detox
In the original Bornless papyrus the purpose is not invocation of the HGA, but invocation of the gnostic deity to exorcise an evil spirit from a possessed person. At one point in the GD/Thelemic version we have: This is He […] King, Ruler and Helper. Hear Me, and make all spirits … But in the … Continue reading The Bornless One improved
So near the end of the Bornless Invocation is the phrase “‘The heart girt with a serpent’ is my name! ” The Greek original of this sentence, in the British museum collection, is “ονομα μοι καρδια περιεζωσμενη οφιν”, “onoma moi kardia periezosmene ophin”, “name my heart girt/girdled/encircled serpent”. I didn’t have anything in my Gematria … Continue reading The Bornless One
I’m messing around with new site design again.
So many of my readers know about the Darunumi project: a new language for magical ritual. I just had some realizations about it, and some new direction ideas. I spoke at Crucible about adding two extra paths to the Tree crossing the Abyss; hence Darunumi would have two more letters than Hebrew. I somewhat flippantly referred to this … Continue reading A new Tree
Sometimes, you need to take a radical new approach. Sometimes, to start a radical new approach, you have to make a strong break with the past. My pentacle, as it looked for the last few years: My pentacle, a few minutes ago: My cup, as it looked for the last few years: My cup, a few … Continue reading Radical