Category: Great Work

[NB: Fortune, Otherworlds, The Dead]

“this great idea fructifies within him so vigorously that he is compelled to colonise mentally, as a vigorous nation colonises physically.” –Dion Fortune, The Training and Work of an Initiate (28, emphasis mine) Empire, colonial Otherworlds, and self-possession, I guess. Occasionally I try to come at Fortune again, but there’s something rather–well, English about her. I wonder […] … Continue reading…[NB: Fortune, Otherworlds, The Dead]

Making Maps, Seeing the Sights

I see how I’m treading over much of the same ground, that I am “inventing wheels.” But…I think I need to do that. Much of my work has involved psychic therapy… Much of it has been exploratory, a process of acclimatization, and practical…I can’t help but see the patriarchal threads throughout many of [these other systems], or the racist threads elsewhere, or the ideologically-driven threads still elsewhere. And in those senses, my resistance to those other systems has been political as I choose how I wish to make and shape myself while working to open myself to other beings (humans and otherwise), to the Otherworlds, to the world, to everything while remaining in authentic contact with the deeper parts of myself. … Continue reading…Making Maps, Seeing the Sights

Making Maps, Seeing the Sights

I see how I’m treading over much of the same ground, that I am “inventing wheels.” But…I think I need to do that. Much of my work has involved psychic therapy… Much of it has been exploratory, a process of acclimatization, and practical…I can’t help but see the patriarchal threads throughout many of [these other systems], or the racist threads elsewhere, or the ideologically-driven threads still elsewhere. And in those senses, my resistance to those other systems has been political as I choose how I wish to make and shape myself while working to open myself to other beings (humans and otherwise), to the Otherworlds, to the world, to everything while remaining in authentic contact with the deeper parts of myself. … Continue reading…Making Maps, Seeing the Sights

[NB] Jungian Alchemy

I was reading Marie-Louise von Franz’s  Alchemical Active Imagination, & I’m only thinking how everyone wants to be who they imagine themselves to be—who they want to be? Achemy, via Dorn & the Jungians seems very much to be focused on male ejaculation: matter as feminine, embryonic, and form as male seed cast into form. Before “God” […] … Continue reading…[NB] Jungian Alchemy

Light, Shadow, Darkness (4)

We imagine ourselves all the time, even if we lump that imagining in with our everyday awareness of ourselves. Our fantasies involve us imagining what we want, imagining different situations that we may (could or wish to) find ourselves. Every action is arguably preceded by us imagining doing the action: we imagine hanging up a picture before we actually enact what we have imagined. … Continue reading…Light, Shadow, Darkness (4)

Going off the Map

I don’t like the hermetic Tree of Life. Well, I don’t like it for me. I see why people use it. But I don’t like it. And I like titanic World Trees. And you encounter the qabalistic, hermetic, and/or Golden Dawn-derived Tree of Life in hermetica, Thelema, Wicca, and elsewhere. And over the last few months, […] … Continue reading…Going off the Map

4: Passing as Magical

I spend a lot of time passing—passing as a mature, responsible, knowledgeable adult, passing as a professional, passing as normal in all sorts of ways. When people talk about passing, they normally do so in the context of sexuality, gender, and orientation. We hear about people passing as straight or as cis-gendered, and so on. […] … Continue reading…4: Passing as Magical

The Guardians: Part Four: Black Mother and Heaven Shiner

My experience of Black Mother has tended to knock me down, pull me down, feel overwhelming. Calling Black Mother also triggered one of my first possessory trances, though I feel these trances have mostly been light ones. In appearance, Black Mother resembled a very attractive woman, an actress who caught my attention a while back, but Black […] … Continue reading…The Guardians: Part Four: Black Mother and Heaven Shiner

Myth, Belief, Art

Ivo Dominguez, Jr. in Casting Sacred Space recommends—I’ll call it an exercise—but he recommends engaging in your own mythopoeisis. Write your own myths. Reach inside and articulate your myths. Now, I’ve recently done something similar as a series of trance utterances that remind me of the rune poems—my powers and abilities and tricks and knacks […] … Continue reading…Myth, Belief, Art