Tag: angels

Not of this world: An otherkin primer

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Red octopus tentacle, photo by dgiesEvery morning I wake up and stretch limbs that aren’t physically there. I decide whether to classify last night’s dream as a past life memory or a precognition, and muse a little over being reborn into a new day. My tentacles writhe around me as I go about my morning routine: coffee, shower, breakfast, so on. I dress myself to emulate these sensations; scarves, flowing skirts, dangling jewelry, things that move when I move. Looking at me, you can probably tell I’m a Pagan and an artist, but I’m an alien too.Otherkin are people who, for whatever reason, consider themselves to be "not of this world" or non-human in some way. For some, it’s a spiritual belief. For others, it’s about metaphor and personal narrative. Read More

Forums: Working with Enochian magick

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Our poll for this month asks if you’d be interested in participating in an online book club, and we’re already kind of getting started with that.

The Lost Art of Enochian Magic, by John DeSalvoIn the forums, we’re reading John DeSalvo‘s first book on Enochian magick, The Lost Art of Enochian Magic: Angels, Invocations, and the Secrets Revealed to Dr. John Dee.

We’re going to work through the book chapter-by-chapter, and share our thoughts and results as we go.

DeSalvo’s book seemed particularly neat, as it includes a CD with recorded Enochian calls, which is a great help for those of us who are iffy on pronunciation, even if there isn’t necessarily an “official” pronunciation for the angelic language.

If you have the book, we’d love for you to join us, or if you’ve an interest in Enochian magick, or have practiced it and want to give your thoughts, we’d welcome that too.

We just started today, so there’s lots of time to get the book and join in.

You can find us in the Magician’s Temple under “Working with Enochian magick.”

I hope to see you there!


Gnostic Healing, by Tau Malachi and Siobhan Houston

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Gnostic Healing, by Tau MalachiGnostic Healing: Revealing the Hidden Power of God, by Tau Malachi and Siobhan Houston. Llewellyn, 9780738719832, 178 pp. (incl. appendices), 2010Most of us are familiar with systems of energy healing such as Reiki, or magickal healing of various traditions, but is there a parallel in Christianity? That’s what Gnostic Healing sets out to teach and explore. Over all I was impressed by this book and the teachings, but several parts of the book left me annoyed. I’ll voice several of my complaints before moving into why I enjoyed this book.“The Sophian lineage has been, up until the last few years, a wholly oral tradition, which probably had its origins around the seventeenth century as part of the ‘Rosicrucian Enlightenment.’” Nowhere in the introduction or the rest of text do the authors offer any proof for what to me is a rather incredulous claim of an unknown oral lineage of spiritual healers surviving for a few hundred years under the radar, and we’ll see later why this is even more unlikely. Personally I think the content of the book is good enough that it doesn’t need a mythic history to give it credibility. Read More

The Angel Almanac, by Angela McGerr

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The Angel Almanac: An Inspirational Guide to Healing & Harmony + cd, by Angela McGerr Quadrille, 9781844006403, 255 pp., 2008Unlike a standard almanac, this one doesn’t cover a specific year. There is information for each day of the week and for the eight "solar festivals” of the year, but there is nothing specifically for Tuesday October 21, 2008, for example. There is information on Tuesday, and correlations for each day of the year (from 1940 to 2013, with tables for each day of the week), but nothing which specifically ties the two together.The author links angelology and Ascensionism. As these are both area which form only minor parts of my own experience and training I found myself learning more than I anticipated, although there were some parts I had trouble with. Read More

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