The Weekly Round-Up

The Weekly Magical Roundup – Vol III

Below is the weekly round up. Ive been so busy lately with house renovations that I haven’t had much time to devout to social media. I’m currently trying to totally renovate my house to sell. I bought a fixer upper with the intention of flipping it. I can tell you my next house will be move in ready. I’m not doing this again. I don’t have the stamina to make a career out of it. Ive been very displaced. If you have been following my Instagram you can see that my altar has been temporarily moved to a corner of my bedroom. I still have find some really interesting articles that I hope you enjoy!

Benebell Wen’s review of the Tabula Mundi Tarot

I just got this deck yesterday.  I was inspired to buy it after this review. How had I not heard of this deck before? This is gorgeous. Her review gives a very good look at the cards. I’ll probably be posting my own after I use it for awhile. This deck is deep. I really want to work with it a bit before I give a review.

U.K Diocese tells Catholics how to Venerate Pagan Deities

I thought this was an interesting article. I think its important to respect other peoples religions. Its refreshing seeing the Catholic church take a more open and progressive approach to the acceptance non-Catholics. At work during our Thanksgiving luncheon they have a christian prayer before eating. I still bow my head out of respect as I know I’m the only non-Christian there. I just make a point to thank my own gods instead. At the end of the day I believe we all worship the same source, we just believe in different images and symbols.

Welcome to the Twin Peaks Tarot Deck

I’m a huge David Lynch fan. I’m currently watching the new Twin Peaks and its blowing my mind. I’ll admit I have no clue what is going on. I really hope this gets made into a full 78 card deck. Right now this is a majors only deck that you could only get by backing the kickstarter campaign. I love the artwork. I’ll be keeping my eye out for any news on this one.

Rochelle from he Craft is doing Tarot Reading

I love the Craft. It has always been one of my favorite movies. How cool is it that Rachel True is actually doing Tarot readings in real life? I thought this was a really cool article on what she is doing with her life now. For me it makes the movie even more awesome. Many people who were in this movie fell off the map after the 90’s. Its good to see some are still doing pretty well.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Budding Magicians Book List

This week I’m going to do something a little bit different. Ive been reading a lot of good books lately and wanted to put together a list of my top book picks. These are not necessarily new books. Many are what I consider staples for any magician. All of these books get a lot of use and are probably the most pulled things off my bookshelf. I think this list may be helpful as there is so much rubbish out there. Ive spent a lot of time wasted reading books that Ive only gotten partially through because the information was incorrect or written so poorly. It can be so overwhelming starting out and looking for good source material. This does not encompass everything, there are so many gems out there. This may call for a sequel because I don’t think I can list all of the essentials in one post. This list is mostly geared towards the Qabalah and tarot.

Next week I will be in Portland on vacation so there will be no blog posts or much activity on my end. I will be posting onto my Instagram! So if your not following me yet go do so.

Modern Magick – Donald Michael Kraig

This is an absolute classic and staple. This book touches upon pretty much anything that one needs to know to get started as a ceremonial magician. This book does not necessarily go deeply into any one topic, but touches upon a plethora to get you started on your own research and exploration. I still go to this book as a reference when I’m looking for a quick table reference on correspondences. This book is currently in its third edition. If you find a cheap copy of the second edition it is just as good. This book is structured as a progression of various lessons. It was really the first book I bought and used as a guide on my path. It is very easy to read and breaks down some more abstract concepts into plain English.

Mystical Qabalah – Dion Fortune

If your planning on studying the Qabalah you need this book. Each chapter is devoted to a different sphere. This book is in depth and fantastic for pathworking. This really is one of the top books in my opinion on the tree. I’m a huge fan of Dion Fortune. She has a particular way of explaining magical concepts that I agree with. I think she often gets overlooked. Ive heard people say they actually dismissed her because she was a woman. Her work really stands up to with the greats of the western esoteric tradition.

Tarot and the Tree of Life – Isabel Radow Kliegman

I bought this book on a whim off Amazon not too long ago. It goes through each card in the minor arcana and explains how each card related to the corresponding sphere on the tree of life. It really brings a fresh modern perspective. I still go back to this if I’m going over a spread I’m doing and I’m exploring different interpretations. There are not a lot of books out there – and this may be the only one I can think of that goes into the minor arcana in relation to the tree. So much emphasis is put on the major arcana. I enjoy seeing more things focused on the minor arcana as this is what we experience in day to day life. My copy is so worn it has pages falling out of it as this point.

Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages – Paul Foster Case

I highly recommend everyone joins Builders of the Adytum to receive the monthly tarot lessons they provide. If you go through the entire course it will take you 15 years! This book takes some of the wisdom from the lessons themselves and packs it up into a more compact version. I use this in conjunction with the lessons or I grab it if I need a quick refresher. There is a lot of esoteric wisdom in this book. Paul Foster Case is another person that I find easier to read and understand. After going through this book you will really start to understand just how much symbolism and wisdom are in those little cards.

A Garden of Pomegranates – Israel Regardie

This book offers a crash course on the entirety of the tree of life. If you buy this I recommend purchasing the copy that has been annotated and edited by Chic and Sandra Cicero. The Second half of the book contains exercises that puts all of this knowledge you have been acquiring to use. It contains a lot of practical exercised and a really good explanation of using the tarot to pathwork through the tree. Israel Regardie was one of the leading sources of information on the Qabalah and how to put it to use in a practical way. He worked under Aleister Crowley for a period of time and personally knew the Ciceros. His works are a staple.

Cabalistic Encyclopedia – David Godwin

This is a must have companion to your studies. It is a complete encyclopedia of everything under the sun.  This has every possible Hebrew and gematria association you could want. I frequently use it as a cross reference for my work. It is fantastic for coming up with mantras or sigils using Hebrew. Everything is meticulously cross referenced and laid out in a easy to read format. I had been studying for a few years before I purchased this book and couldn’t believe the wealth of information. It can be very difficult to sift through information if your looking for something very specific, if you have this book then you will not need to do that anymore!

All of these titles are available on amazon. I usually buy used either online or my local half-price books. Some of these can even be a little pricey used (I think I still paid $20.00 for the Cabalistic Encyclopedia used). In the long run I think you will actually save money buying knowledge filled titles instead of filling your bookshelf with fluff. Do you have any book recommendations?

 

 

 

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The Weekly Magical Round Up – Vol II

Next Week I’ll be out of the state on a business trip so there will be no blog posts or the weekly round up. I will return the following week! With that being said below is the weekly round up of news and articles that caught my eye. Discussion is welcome.

Kelly-Ann Maddox’s New Altar Setup

Kelly-Ann Maddox YouTube Channel

I’m in love with this altar. Every time I see a new altar video I get inspired to change everything on mine. This video has a ton of eye candy. Kelly-Ann Maddox is one of the leading YouTube bloggers in the magical arena. She is very knowledgeable but manages not to take herself too seriously. Ive been a long time subscriber and I hope that I can get up the courage one day to start a YouTube channel and speak with the same gusto she does.

When Science and the Occult Went Head-to-Head on a Germain Mountaintop

Atlas Obscura – Science Experiment Failed to Change a Goat into a Boy

Though magic can give you an edge on this plane there are still rules to the universe that must be followed. I think now if you asked any serious magician if they were able to turn a goat into a boy they would think you were joking and may take slight offense. This experiment was seen as absolute proof that magic does not exist. The whole thing is humorous to me when I imagine all of these people gathered set out to prove the existence of something so abstract by doing something so…what is the word….comical? ridiculous? This was a very entertaining read.

Psychedelic Qabalah for the Modern Psychonaut

Omni Future – a Blog by Bryan Alvarez

This is a very long and and in depth article on the use of psychedelic drugs and how the psychedelic experience relates to the Qabalah and tree of life. Be warned -this article is some heavy reading. If your someone who does mix drugs with their practice then this article might be of interest.

The Key to the Subconscious: Imagination

The Grand Infinity YouTube Channel

I recently stumbled upon this YouTube channel just meandering for new occult channels. The channel is run by Joseph March formally known as Psycho Sorcerer. He has a lot of really good videos on ceremonial magic.  His videos do not have the eye candy that Kelly-Ann’s do but they are packed with really good information. I usually listen to them in the background when I’m working on jewelry. This is a good video on the different modes of utilizing the imagination to bring about your will. Though not totally encompassing this is a good starting off point for practice and discussion.

Indigo Speaker is back on YouTube

May Q&A 2017

Indigo Speaker has been absent from YouTube for several months. His videos focus mainly also on ceremonial magic. If you have been wondering what he has been up to he addresses those questions in this YouTube video. Apparently he has been working on forming his own magical order – I think that might take up a little bit of your time.

 

 

 

 

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The Weekly Magical Round-up Vol I

Below is the weekly round-up of articles and news I have stumbled upon that struck my interest.  This post was intended for the weekend, but I’ve got quite a busy weekend ahead so I’m rounding up a bit early this week. Links to all of the articles discussed are listed. Did something interesting happen this week that I missed? Feel free to tell me in the comments.

Frater Barrabbas Publishes new Book – Spirit Conjuring for Witches

Frater Barrabbas Blog – Spirit Conjuring for Witches

Frater Barrabbas has a new book out on spirit conjuring. Actually this book came out in February so I am a bit late to the game. I’m sure this will be as much as an interesting read as his other books. If anyone has read it I would like to know your thoughts. I’ve put this on my list of books to purchase my next book buying round. I think this is an area that is lacking. I don’t see a lot of good solid literature on the subject of spirit conjuring without is getting a bit goofy or cheesy,  I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this.

Self Proclaimed Psychic Steals Thousands from Clients

Los Angeles News – Self Proclaimed Psychic Steals Thousands

News like this gives legitimate tarot readers and psychics  a bad name. This scenario is far too common. Events like this are why divination frequently gets lumped in as a gimmick and fair attraction to the outsider. Always research the person your intending on getting a reading with. Always go with someone who has a presence in the community and positive reviews from others.

Donald Weiser Dies at 89

Donald Weiser dies at 89

I’ve always been more partial to Weiser publishing than Lewellyn. Both produce great titles, but Weiser has always seemed more sincere in their efforts to me. Lewllyn comes out with a lot of books. Almost too much. Most of it in my opinion is re-hashing previous books and more new-age type of stuff. They do have some gems. If your reading a book on magic I would say there is a 80% chance that it is published by one of these two. I hope Weiser publishing continues on publishing great work and maintaining their high quality standards.

On the Business of Magick

On the Business of Magick – The Houston Chronicle

This is actually an older article. There is a little shop in Houston called the Magick Cauldron. It has managed to successfully stay in business for 30 years. I loved reading this article about how they have managed to stay in business in such a niche market. This was a fascinating look into the ownership of a occult supply store.

Psychic Protection – a Recitation Ritual

Benebell Wen’s Blog: a Psychic Protection Recitation Ritual

Everyday whether you know it or not your absorbing and giving off energy both positive and negative. A good practice is learning how to strengthen your aura and psychic field so your not so effected by the energy of others. As she says consider it “metaphysical sunscreen”. Benebell Wen has put together a fantastic MP3 meditation to help you with just that. This MP3 is free and open for download, the best part is its free. If your around someone at work who makes you feel drained all the time it is likely that are giving off some bad mojo and your absorbing it or they are stealing your energy (have you ever heard the term that someone just sucks the life out of a room?).

 

 

 

 

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