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Doing it wrong: cultural theft and Supernatural

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Supernatural, Men of LettersThe subject of cultural appropriation is -- necessarily -- an important part of the modern occult conversation. Issues around occultists and Pagans making use (or misuse) of the symbols and rites of indigenous and ancestor cultures have to be examined: though there is often a tendency for various sides of the debate to accuse the other of “doing it wrong.”

I think it might be interesting to look a sideways example of this -- of the symbolism of the occult being appropriated by mainstream culture. Read More


Rewild witchcraft, worship Loki, and get rich

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Linkage, chain background image by Faramarz Hashemi Magick

Check out this video of the Carl Jung and John Constantine ritual performed by Ian Cat Vincent & co in Liverpool last year, in honour of the stage adaptation of Robert Anton Wilson's Cosmic Trigger.Lupa's most recent book is Plant and Fungus Totems, and in this article for Llewellyn, she explains why she looks beyond the animal kingdom and what lessons these totems can teach us.Want to get rich? Here are three ways, and, oh, do these things too. Read More

Why I left the OTO

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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.Read More

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