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About Psyche

Psyche serves as the editor for Spiral Nature, and has been published in numerous journals, including The Cauldron, PanGaia, Witches & Pagans. “Strategic Magick” appeared in Manifesting Prosperity (Megalithica, 2008). Psyche tweets as @plutopsyche.

31 occultnik Tumblrs worth following

By Psyche | September 3, 2014 | 2 comments

Tumblr

Tumblr is a wonderfully interactive social platform that takes blogging back to its roots as a weblog — literally a log of curated stuff found on the Web. Be it photos, images and other art, or links, excerpts from essays, tweets, Facebook screencaps — all liked, shared, and commented upon by hundreds of thousands of users. It’s brilliant.

The platform seems to favour politics, feminists and fandoms, but like any social network — it’s all about who you follow, and my perception here may be skewed by who I tend to interact with. There’s also a ton of great stuff to interest the budding and well experienced occultnik.

I’ve been on Tumblr for a few years now as plutopsyche, but Spiral Nature, as a website, just joined this April. We’re starting to see a pretty good following, but sometimes it can be difficult to find new people.

Recently chirotus responded to a follower looking to find more Pagans to follow on Tumblr, and in response I listed a bunch of the occultnik Tumblrs I follow on Spiral Nature’s account, and I thought I’d share an expanded version of that list with you.

Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed anyone, and share your Tumblr account below! Continue reading


How well do you know Pamela Colman Smith?

By Psyche | September 2, 2014 | 2 comments

Detail from Photograph of Pamela Colman Smith

Our August 2014 poll tested your knowledge of Pamela Colman Smith (1878-1951).

Most of you knew that she illustrated the Rider Tarot (89%), more than half of you knew she was a member of the Golden Dawn (51%), and some knew her nickname was Pixie (40%), that she wrote and illustrated other books (40%), but only a handful of you knew she lived in Jamaica (37%). Continue reading


World of Dust, by Joel Biroco

By Psyche | July 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

Detail from "Deja Vu," by Joel Biroco
World of Dust, by Joel BirocoWorld of Dust, by Joel Biroco
Coronzon Press, 185 pp., 2013

Joel Biroco’s now classic essay, “Go underground and be a chaos magician,” was revolutionary to my teenage occultnik self. It was fierce and angry and punk as fuck.  The Exorcist of Revolution, the book that it was taken from, has been labelled as “juvenilia,” and probably rightly so, but I was a juvenile, and that ferocious urgency resonated deep within.

That essay was my introduction to Biroco. After devouring it, and everything else I could find online, I spent a small fortune collecting back issues of Kaos, the influential chaos magick magazine he edited, and any chapbooks I could scrounge up on eBay. It an was instructive period.

Biroco’s work has always been powerful, but World of Dust haunts: Continue reading


Why I left the OTO

By Psyche | June 18, 2014 | 28 comments

The golden spiral staircase at the AGO, photo by Ian MuttooBy 2010 I’d been a practicing magician for some 15 years. I’d explored Paganism, Satanism, chaos magick, ceremonial magick, various forms of divination, and so on. I underwent the Abramelin ritual and was underwhelmed by the results. I felt I’d gotten as far as I could on my own, and I wanted to meet with people who were dealing with the same challenges I was. People I could talk to face-to-face, and share coffee with. I wanted to really feel like part of a community — an offline community. Much as I loved the online communities I’d found (the zee-list, chaoskaos, alt.magick.*, Irreality, etc.), I need to find people I could see. People I could learn from.

Whatever else I think of Aleister Crowley, I believe he was an exceptional magician, and many of his books remain the best ever written on practical magick. The Ordo Templi Orientis, the order he entrusted his legacy to, seemed a likely choice. I got in contact with my local lodge, and, after some months, finally met with representatives from that lodge at a pub. They seemed like good folk, and, after a few more months, I was in.

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