Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by J.R. Mascaro, author of the new Seal, Sigil & Call.
As practitioners of the esoteric arts there are many things we can do to grow in our respective practices. This article is not about those things. This article is about doing nothing. When I talk about doing nothing, I'm not speaking about a gap in your day, some all-too-often mythical timeslot that you have no activity to fill. On the contrary; I am talking about making time to actively, purposefully, and whole-spiritedly do nothing. Perhaps paradoxically, I am asking you to see nothing as a thing, to do nothing in the same way one might do Pilates, or calisthenics. I am asking you to
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jo Graham, author of The Great Wheel, Winter, and the new Seven Goddesses of the Hellenistic World.
Some pagans place a lot of emphasis on working within the spiritual tradition of their ancestors or reclaiming the wisdom of their own culture or ethnic past. Also, many people today want to be careful not to offend by appropriating the traditions of living groups they were not born into. But what do you do if you're not drawn to the gods of your genetic ancestors? Are you just stuck, not welcome anywhere?
The universal goddesses of the Hellenistic world have been inclusive of people of all ethnicities and backgrounds for thousands of
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by John Michael Greer, author of several titles, including the new Ceremony of the Grail.
What is the Holy Grail? In some versions of the legend, that was the question that had to be asked by the questing knight to awaken the powers of the Grail and free the Waste Land from its curse. It remains an important question today among students of Grail lore. The standard claim in popular culture—the belief that the Grail was the cup Jesus of Nazareth used at the Last Supper—isn't the oldest version, or even the most likely.
More than a century ago, British folklorist Dr. Jessie Weston found what may be crucial clues to the origins and meaning
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Awyn Dawn, author of Paganism for Prisoners and the new Paganism on Parole.
One of the most important magical abilities to develop is visualization. If you can make something real in your mind's eye, then the universe will conspire to bring it to fruition. One of the challenges that people new to magic and divination often face is that they haven't developed the ability to visualize. It's okay. This doesn't come naturally to all people. And even if you don't ever get to the point where you can "see" something, you can still effectively manifest. This exercise will help you learn to engage all of your senses.
Sit in a room facing one wall.