In the Place of Bad Spirit

Part I Ancient astrology has resurged in the last 5-10 years or so largely in thanks to the commitment and hard work of several astrologers, including Demetra George and Chris Brennan. Old texts are being recovered and translated into English from the Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit, and Persian. Ancient, or rather Hellenistic astrology is the product of the marriage between the Babylonian and...

Building a Psychomanteum

A psychomanteum is, according to Wikipedia, a small, enclosed area set up with a comfortable chair, dim lighting, and a mirror angled so as not to reflect anything but darkness intended to communicate with spirits of the dead. The psychomanteum was popularized by Raymond Moody, originator of the term "near-death experience." Moody believed the psychomanteum was useful as a tool to resolve...

Magic: Playing a Long Game, Part 1

This story begins on Winter Solstice of 2010. For the first time in almost 400 years (the last one in 1638), there was to be a total lunar eclipse on the same night as the solstice. At the time, every aspect of my life seemed to be in a funk. Depressed, unemployed, and with Canadian immigration plans stalled, hitting the reset button seemed to be the best way to help get life out of the ditch. I...

Practicing Polytheism: A 30-day Challenge Day 7

On her blog, A Forest Door, Dver has challenged Polytheists to write about their religious practices for the month of September. The blog post https://forestdoor.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/are-you-up-for-the-challenge/ and the John Beckett's post which is referenced, are both worth reading. It has been months since I last wrote a blog post, let alone a series of blog posts, but I felt like...