rants

FAD (S)

taken from WIKIPEDIA…..

A fad is any form of behavior that develops among a large population and is collectively followed enthusiastically for a period of time, generally as a result of the behavior being perceived as popular by one’s peers or being deemed “cool” by social media.[1] A fad is said to “catch on” when the number of people adopting it begins to increase rapidly. The behavior will normally fade quickly once the perception of novelty is gone.[1]

I think since I’ve re-activated myself on the online occult community and started wandering around the blog-o-sphere as well, I’ve seen enough fads bloom and wither.

I remember my first outing in the world wide net; chaos magick was SUPER BIG, everyone and their mum was a chaote, I probably read Grant Morrisons POPMAGICK a zillion times, just to glean that nugget of knowledge in there.

Then I took a really long journey of self introspection (aka flung myself into the world bat crazee), and when I came back – the occult online community was flourishing; blogs were in, everyone was blogging, forums where everywhere, website about every or any type of tradition/system is up and running, hoodoo & ATR was super big as well.

Now, from a recent post I’ve seen from a fellow; Hekate & St Cyprian are the newest “IT” fads we all have to work with.

Personally, I stay away from fads – it’s not something that I do just for the sake of rebelling against the counter culture (rebelling against the rebellion…..huh?). I really just follow where the wind takes me and most of the time, it’s away from what people think are cool.

I prefer to be the trendsetter, lol.

For example, I haven’t seen the full series of “Battlestar Galactica”, haven’t seen “Lost”, never seen an episode of “Walking Dead”. The only show that I’ve watched that probably mainstream is “Game Of Thrones” but I do love the fantasy setting so….

I also stay away from internet occult celebrities, it’s just not my style – too flashy, I always prefer to be the guy in the shadows, the guy you know that’ll get it done. Also, I just don’t know if they are really legit or not, stories tend to take life on their own and grow into something big and FANTASTICAL.

Overall, fads bore me – I think they are just not cool. But don’t trust me on that, I watch old detective movies and wish I can drive to work w/ my horse and poncho, lol :D

BACK TO BASICS

On my journey to achieve mastery over the Great Work, I find myself going back to the basics of my practice, trying to see what new insights I can glean from them from a perspective of someone who is not so new anymore.

WITCHCRAFT gave me my beginnings, this is where it all began.

CHAOS MAGICK gave me philosophy and a mindset on how to approach things.

HERMETICS gave me my foundation, my worldview of things above, below, and beyond.

So for now, I’ve resorted to reading what I think are the staples of these systems. The Complete Book of Witchcraft from Buckland, Oven Ready Chaos by Hine, and IIH by Bardon. I hope that by utilizing the knowledge from these books and practices, I will be able to have a somewhat complete, and working semblance of a system of sorcery that one day, I may be able to share with others.

WORD OF MOUTH

Even though I don’t advertise my services anymore in the public, I still get enough request for work, advice and such. I find it flattering and sometimes do take in clients (while in a much limited process), I find that it keeps the skills sharp, keeps me from getting bored (lol), and makes me think outside my box. However, there are times where I wish I would get more exciting cases (lol), like in the movies but alas, I haven’t had one of those in a while. (Don’t want to go in a tangent, maybe next post)

But I do appreciate how people find me and ask me for help and advice. I find it refreshing that my own work in the field has gained enough reputation points that people will actually actively seek me out. While I really have nothing to gain here, I find that helping people balances me out. I take and take and take from the universe and I feel that by helping others, I give back.

I am very appreciative and my virtual door will always be open (even though I might be very tardy answering sometimes, lol.)

THE PROBLEM WITH W.M.T?

At Trainee Golem Builder, he recently posted on his blog about a series of posts that highlights how the Western Mystery Tradition seems to be going into some sorts of down flow recently, where everything seems to be regurgitated and everyone and anyone is trying to commercialize and trying to make a buck or two out of this thing. It’s a good read and everyone has probably noticed a few of the points happening in their own circles and will probably agree.

Personally, I don’t care – to each his own. The “flow” of time will teach us that things go up, and things go down – it’s only when no one cares that it’s down that is the problem. It’s nothing new, people are always going to try to find an angle and try to make money out of this, this has been a long standing tradition and I can’t fault people for that. It just seems more glaring since we are so connected and information is easily accessible to anyone these days.

While I do not care about the money aspect of this, I do care about the quality of information being spread around. It’s one thing to write a book and have it written in a way to have “blinds” in it as to teach an aspirant but just badly written books not properly researched or just incorrect information being passed on as correct is just plain wrong. Simplicity for the sake of simplicity is not an excuse to write bad articles or books.

One of the things I’ve always thought of that was saddening was the lack of “academic” magick related materials being published or floating around the internet, exactly like in the scientific and research fields. I don’t know if it’s just how we still view magick as a secret sort of practice or we are just not confident enough to publish our work without being harassed about it or etc.

That’s why I stopped writing as much in my blog, because I thought I was not contributing in a way I wanted in the magickal field. I would rather have quality materials posted rather than daily ramblings, lol.

As of today, I can count what I think are good blogs with my right hand (most of the are in my blog roll). I hope that changes, I can already see some changes here and there but I can also see the problems that may arise (like peer review, ego, etc).

I hope we soon see the balance between one another because the world is big enough to accommodate commercialism, artistic and academic endeavors.

 

 

 

QUAREIA – A New School Of Magick

The curriculum of Quareia takes a magical apprentice from the beginning of magic to the level of adeptship and beyond. The course has no superfluous text; there is no dressing, no padding – everything is in its place and everything within the course has a good reason to be there.

QUAREIA – A NEW SCHOOL OF MAGIC FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
(c) Josephine McCarthy

I first heard of this project from one of the members of EM (Fr Archer I believe) but I never really checked it out. Now that I’ve managed to score myself some time so I managed to check out a good portion of what they are offering, and I am liking it.

As the title sums it up, it’s a new magical curriculum/school for aspirants who are seeking the path of magic. What’s surprising is how much depth they are trying to go into this whole project. It is so well written – much more than any of the “recent” beginner books/courses out there in the market. I’m still not sure how “free” this whole thing is going to be but it looks legit thus far – mind you, they’ve only managed to have the apprentice level course materials online.

As well, I like the spirit/concept of the project. Even though it is steeped in traditional techniques of magic, the mindset it’s trying to convey is one of “open source” magic, and you all know how I would love to make magic more open source.

And if that wasn’t the icing in the cake, Josephine McCarthy wrote (or is writing) the whole curriculum. If you haven’t heard of JM…well, you have not been in this business for a long time and you gots to up your reading quota.

If there is any critique I can give about this whole endeavor, and it’s not even a real critique (I believe) since it has nothing to do with the material itself, it’s of the website design – just feels clunky, counter intuitive to the user, not my style (with the many reincarnations of this blogs design, you can tell I like a simple easy design).

I wish them good luck and hope to see their work as a staple in the western magickal landscape.

[EDIT] The link to the website is on my links section but click here for a much easier access.
As well, Josephine McCarthy was nice enough to answer some of my questions from my original post in the comments sections – check it out for more information.

Moving Forward

Don’t think, feel….it is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory!

Somewhere along the line, while I was chasing at the heavenly bodies and celestial beings, trying to gain favours of demons below, looking for new lands and different dimensions to frequent and discover, I’ve left the homestead somewhat abit in a disarray.

While it seems like my spiritual advancement is going pretty swell, my mental and physical state has gone lackluster. While I was a well sharpened katana used by masters before, I found that I’ve become an ornamental piece of decoration.

Needless to say, the quote up there says it all.

So now, I need to get back to work and get back at the swing of things.

Time to do some magick. :)