Saturday, June 3, 2017

You should read Heavy Metal's Mag!c Primer

I just finished reading ‘Beyond the Word and the Fool: Heavy Metal’s Mag!c Primer’ by Grant Morrison in issue 286 of Heavy Metal magazine.  I enjoyed the read, and I think that once again, Morrison has provided a good foundation and launching point for people interested in practicing pragmatic sorcery.  Many years ago, I read his ‘Pop Magic’, and I have recommended it to others as a good resource.  I know that Morrison has been a polarizing figure in the magical community, but I find his point of view to be closely aligned with my own:  There are no rules, so do what works.  There are no gods, so use whichever archetypes appeal to you, or even better, create them as or if you need them.  Magic is the name for for interfacing with the Universe, by which ever model you choose to employ, in order to manifest the results that you Will to be.

TLDR: I suggest that you buy issue 286 of Heavy Metal, turn to page 65, ingest content. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Appearance announcement!

I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting and signing books at the 2018 International Left Hand Path Consortium. This event will take place the weekend of July 13th, 2018 in St. Louis, MO, USA. I will post more details when I have them.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A new project is imminent

I have just this evening agreed to co-author a book with my favorite compatriot in crimes against nature.  Nothing more to say about it as of yet.  Let us see where this goes.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Quantum Sorcery Origin Story

I spent nearly two decades practicing magic in systems that rely on the actions of external entities to achieve results. Eventually I grew dissatisfied with the quality of results compared to the amount of materiel and ritual investment that were required. So I turned to Sorcery. I decided that I no longer needed or desired a middleman between me and the greater Universe.
Relying on one's own magical potential requires a different approach to doing magic than those systems that leverage more potent entities. The amount of gross potential magical capability that a single human being can muster is fairly minuscule. There is no Force Majeure in this arena. Therefore, a sorcerer must develop highly efficient methods of applying minimal force to achieve maximal results.
This is why my system advocates the concept of focusing intent on the smallest conceivable physical level of existence. Influence is used where it can cause a cascading effect of increasing scale until the desired results manifest at the perceivable world.

Book repair resource

I have a copy of A.O Spare's Book of Pleasure, one of the hardbound numbered ones from 1975. I bought it a number of years ago on eBay. The book is in good condition, but the dust jacket has some tears in it. I found archival repair tape at http://www.vintagepaper.co.uk/. This site has all kinds of bookbinding and repair materials and tools. I just wanted to give them a blatant plug here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My flame is not diminished when shared

Nine days ago, I did something that I previously thought that I would likely never do. I agreed to teach an apprentice. This was not done lightly.  I have been a solo practitioner since I left Asatru over 15 years ago. Too, I do not join initiatory orders. I've been very comfortable working alone, but there has always been a nagging, if sometimes distant, desire to pass on what I have learned.  This was what motivated me to teach classes on Rune magic back in the '90s, and ultimately to write Quantum Sorcery.

The ticket has been bought, and the ride has begun.  I am looking forward to it.