Tag: Magick

Tulpas, ethereal muscles and neo-Neolithic long barrows

By Spiral Nature | September 26, 2014 | Leave a comment

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Magick

Magicians have a tendency to filter their experiences through human assumptions, and while it’s understandable, there are other factors to consider.

There’s more to tuplas thank you think, and they definitely are not whatever it is that 4chan thinks they are. (Though I’m having a lot of fun picturing Blue Flame Magick making that face.)

A workout regimen for your ethereal muscles.

Love or hate the terminating “k,” it sure does make searching for magick a hell of a lot easier on Google. Continue reading


How do you find a teacher?

By Spiral Nature | September 25, 2014 | Leave a comment

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In the past we’ve answered questions about being ready for spellwork and building self-discipline.

This question came in via our newsletter, where we ask, what’s the one thing you’re struggling with in your practice?

I have a keen mind for occult studies and my biggest hang up is lack of a teacher. I have read many books in numerology, astrology and yoga, and I very much desire a teacher in these areas.

In ancient times, yoga was disseminated person to person, this was the study of yoga. I have had many wonderful teachers, especially during kundalini teacher training, but I long for the intimate interaction of a teacher.

When it comes to numerology and astrology, I have basic tenets but I long for the next step in learning. I’ve asked the universe for a teacher and guide both in my writing and my meditations.

Finding a teacher can be tough, especially finding the right teacher. You’ve taken the first step and put your intention out there, and now it’s time to take action.

You can always Google for books, blogs, and people, but personal recommendations tried and tested from people who have already walked the path are always strongest. Continue reading


When is it cultural theft?

By Ian 'Cat' Vincent | September 24, 2014 | Leave a comment

The Shadow (1994)It is, as I noted previously, an inevitability of working with pop culture symbol-sets in magick, that a certain amount of cross-cultural symbolism happens. Often this is condemned by the more purist practitioners as cultural theft; views on this across occulture vary, and the debate is far from over.

I generally fall on the side of the debate that says, Yes, respect cultures, don’t nick their ideas and forms willy-nilly — but once a symbol or practice has become part of common culture, it can’t be put back in the box. And if it’s there, you might as well use it. Once those symbols are enculturated, they evolve, and what they become is no longer quite what they were, and this is often a positive evolution. Continue reading


Call up not what ye cannot cast down: an occult look at The Possession of Michael King

By J Simpson | September 10, 2014 | 2 comments

The Possession of Michael KingThe Possession of Michael KingThe Possession of Michael King
Directed by David Jung, 83 min, 22 August 2014

The Possession of Michael King is a found footage horror film. It follows the titular Michael King (Shane Johnson), a bitter atheist who, following the tragic death of his wife in a freak accident, sets out to make a documentary disproving the supernatural.

“The cameras will be rolling on me, 24/7,” King says in the prologue, “In the hopes that, if I encounter anything, anything at all, I will have found the first ever documented proof. I’m the testing ground — me, Michael King. So God, or the Devil, if you’re out there, prove it. Come and get me.”

Things quickly take a turn for the sinister as Michael King tumbles down the rabbit hole of the dark arts, leaving sanity and consensus reality behind. Continue reading


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