Magical Diary and Dream Journal Coming Soon

You may notice some options for Magical Diary and Dream Journal in the back end soon. These are still in beta.

The Magical Diary post-type has custom fields based on the diary fields suggested by Phil Hine in Condensed Chaos.

Dream Journal will be more standard like a regular blog post.

These are not thoroughly tested yet from a privacy standpoint so use at your own risk if you post any sensitive info, and pay attention to the settings in “Publish > Visibility”.

Use of Entheogens to Assist in Achieving Gnosis

Hallucinogenic Drugs have had a stigma attached to them through the decline in their therapeutic and spiritual use and subsequent rise in purely recreational use (and abuse). This stigma (as well as political motivation) lead to their criminalization. Recently, the therapeutic value of many of these drugs is being re-examined – both their effects in controlled medium-to-large doses in specific environments and in day-to-day microdoses – and reintroduced to society. I believe that alongside this, we should also examine their spiritual uses – which typically involves taking large doses in completely and expertly controlled environments as a sacrament during ritual to induce Gnosis. In the following document I hope to outline the practical application of a few of these sacraments, focusing on DMT, Psilocybin, and LSD.

DMT can be consumed either orally as Ayahuasca (though other plants added to the mix will a­ffect the experience), orally alongside an MAOI as Pharmahuasca, or vaporized. DMT has been referred to as “The Spirit Molecule”, due to the intense and distinctly spiritual nature of the experience, and “The Businessman’s Trip”, as when DMT is vaporized the effects only last around 15 minutes with distinctly stimulant-like increase in mood as an aftereffect. A large (typically 55-65 mg, vaporized) or “breakthrough” dose of DMT will lead to a state of Syncretic Gnosis. Once ingested, you will find yourself transported to another world where you are able to interact with entities typically either in a party or board meeting like setting, typically returning with a message, goal, or lesson learned. Which entities are present, the specific setting, and subsequent interaction will be affected and directed by the preceding ritual and personal paradigm. DMT is particularly useful for contact or identification of specific entities and Gods, divination, and spirit/energy healing. DMT works best when used for contact with “high vibration”/right-hand path/angelic and neutral entities, Salvinorin A is a better choice if the spirit in question is distinctly “low vibration”/left hand path/demonic, though DMT will usually still work.

Psilocybin is the psychedelic component found in over 200 species of Magic Mushrooms. Psilocybin is ingested orally either by eating dried mushrooms or drinking a tea made from them. Doses starting at Terrence McKenna’s famous “five grams, by yourself, in a dark room” and higher will induce a state of Transcendent Gnosis, lasting 4-8 hours, however, it is worth noting that not all mushrooms are created equal and some are much more potent than others – be careful! In this state you are able to remember your godhood and feel the connection of all consciousness. This state is ideal for channeling and invocation work, as well as for simply examining consciousness and growing closer to Godhood. Psilocybin is best used for examining the Divinity in yourself and other humans – though it also makes you aware of any spirits in your immediate location, Mescaline is better for “vision quests” or examining the Divinity in yourself and your community in relation to external transcendent and local spirits.

Alongside LSD, I would like to mention LSA and LSH. These drugs vary in specific effect and strength, but all work as a door to the subconscious. They are the most “recreational” of the psychedelic drugs and create a state where your subconscious mind merges with your conscious mind, creating a kind of Local Gnosis, which elevates your consciousness closer to Godhood, while maintaining your individual identity and stay rooted in your physical body (DMT distances you from the physical but you maintain your identity, Psilocybin distances you from individual identity but you stay rooted in the physical). This is useful for “self hypnosis”, spell casting, enchantment, and learning/practicing new magical techniques and paradigms, as the effects of the drug allow an image and meaning to be quickly burned into your subconscious, where it will remain when you return to baseline sobriety. However, this also makes these drugs dangerous, especially in high doses– external influences can act as a kind of brainwashing and cause persistent changes to a person’s thought patterns.

Obviously this is not a comprehensive list of Entheogens and drugs that have spiritual potential, just a quick examination of some of the common ones that can be used for each of the kinds of Gnosis sought through ritual. All information gathered and presented is for entertainment and research purposes only, as these substances remain illegal for the most part.

On Agrippa’s “Of the calculating Art of such names by the tradition of the Cabalists”

In Agrippa’s Third Book of Occult Philosophy there are several chapters dedicated to methods of how to calculate the names and times of a specific spirit (evil or good) to aid in a work. In this article I am going to dive into one of these, chapter 27 “Of the calculating Art of such names by the tradition of the Cabalists”, which I find to be the most straightforward. It is recommended that the magus has a solid understanding of Astrology and at least a passing knowledge of the Alephbet.
Each name consists of three letters selected from a set of two tables, followed by a suffix (commonly -el, -yah, and other two-letter names of God).
Chose first letter is chosen based on which area life the Mage is seeking aid in. This letter is best chosen based on the attributions of the letters found in the Sephir Yetzirah, an old Kabbalistic text that describes the sacred Cube of Space. The letter can also be chosen based on the archetypes of the Major Arcana Cards found in a Tarot pack and the letter it is commonly associated with or Numerology of any sort – whichever the Mage is more familiar with.
The second letter is chosen based on the Planetary Presidency the Mage requires. The Planetary Presidency is essentially which planetary sphere (or Sephiroth if you prefer) you would like the spirit to come from; Sol/Sun relates to the Spirit (Tipharet), Luna/Moon relates to Desire (Yesod), Mercury relates to the Mind (Hod), Venus Relates to the Body (Netzach), Mars relates to Action (Geburah), Jupiter relates to Meditation and Contemplation (Chesed), Saturn relates to Duty, Finality, and Rebirth (Chokmah, Binah, Kether). Once you have found the appropriate planet, find the correct column on the first table in Agrippa Chapter 27 and trace it down to the horizontal row corresponding to the first letter you chose. Be careful! Take care to select the right row – each side of the chart has a column of first letters, one use to call good spirits, the other evil.
The third letter is chosen based on the Zodiac Intelligence the Mage needs to handle a problem. The Zodiac Intelligence is how the spirit will approach the problem and what kind of help or advice it will give, essentially it is the spirits personality. It is common to choose a sign based on one found in the Mage’s (or Client’s if the spell is being performed for another person) natal chart if that area of their personality directly relates to the work at hand. However, this may not always be practical depending on the speed that the planet relating to your second later moves through the Zodiac. If this is the case, it may be practical to choose the sign the planet you chose is in/rising in. Once you have determined the sign needed, find the correct column on the second table in Agrippa Chapter 27 and trace it down to the horizontal row corresponding to the letter you found based on the Planetary Presidency.
Once you have your name consisting of three letters, a short suffix is usually added to the end to add to the power of the spirit. Common suffixes are YOD-HEH (yah) and ALEPH-LAMED (ial/el/al) and other traditional two-letter names of God. I have also begun to experiment with my own suffixes, created to add a specific spin to the spell I am calling the spirit for – these are based on my understanding of the Magic nature of the Alephbet and the Serphir Yetzirah, and I encourage others to dive in and do the same!
Now that you have the proper name to call the spirit to charge your talisman (for later use) or cast your spell you need to find the proper time to do it – essentially when the spirit will be available naturally. There are two ways to deduce when is the proper time. This first, which is the more effective of the two in my opinion, is charging the talisman/casting your spell as the planet represented in your second letter is coming over the horizon in the sign represented in your first letter. For example, when Venus rises in Leo or Mercury in Capricorn. The second way, which is easier to do more regularly, is charging your talisman or casting your spell on the day of the week that corresponds with the Planetary Presidency you are working with, as the sign that you chose for your Zodiac Intelligence is coming over the Horizon. The days of the week relate to the Presidencies as follows: Sunday relates to Sol/Sun, Monday relates to Luna/Moon, Tuesday relates to Mars, Wednesday relates to Mercury, Thursday relates to Jupiter, Friday relates to Venus, and Saturday relates to Saturn. The most effective, of course, is if you can combine the two.
I Hope this has been a useful article and all readers put this technique to use!
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Another Take on Candle Magic

This​ ​is​ ​my​ ​personal​ ​attempt​ ​at​ ​creating​ ​an​ ​elegant​ ​and​ ​cohesive system​ ​of​ ​candle​ ​magic,​ ​despite​ ​the​ ​presence​ ​of​ ​candle​ ​magic​ ​in​ ​literature whose​ ​publications​ ​could​ ​fill​ ​a​ ​warehouse.​ ​My​ ​reasoning​ ​behind​ ​adding​ ​to the​ ​undeniably​ ​oversaturated​ ​category​ ​of​ ​magical​ ​“how-to”​ ​texts​ ​is​ ​to provide​ ​a​ ​system​ ​less​ ​based​ ​in​ ​color​ ​correspondence​ ​alone,​ ​and​ ​imparts​ ​a greater​ ​deal​ ​of​ ​involvement​ ​from​ ​the​ ​user. Continue reading “Another Take on Candle Magic”

Chaos Divination

One of the ways I understand chaos magick, inspired by something I read but don’t remember what, is this: the world is chaotic by nature, and order or disorder is the result of how you look at it. Everything simply is however it is, and doesn’t mean anything in itself. It is our interpretation of it that gives it meaning. A student may have an insanely messy room, but he knows exactly where everything is, so to him it is ordered (not to get too autobiographical). This is why belief shifting works. We can literally change how ordered things are by changing our interpretation of them. Why is a raven like a writing desk? Well, the answer’s up to you.

Most methods of divination produce essentially random results. You can’t really try to pick a certain tarot card, or roll normal dice in a certain way, with any degree of accuracy. But reality itself is just as chaotic. By forcing ourselves to interpret a fairly random set of symbols and make sense of them, the diviner is mimicking the process of experiencing reality itself. This is both how and why divination works.

So when someone says, “how can you know anything about reality by looking at a deck of cards? Isn’t it all just up to chance?” you smile and say, “exactly.”

“Undoing” Meditation for Self-Exploration

“Undoing” the Self

This is a meditation technique that I find very powerful and useful in my own life. Feel free to comment if you have experience with any similar methods, or if you try this out and want to share how it goes for you.

This is a way of meditating that lets you temporarily disconnect from the superficial elements of your personality, to experience a purer form of selfhood and perception. When done correctly, for me, it is accompanied by a sense of bliss as the energy spent in maintaining these superficial characteristics is released. With a bit of adaptation, this can be used to alter specific characteristics or behaviors; once you are a “blank slate” you can reform yourself how you wish. Continue reading ““Undoing” Meditation for Self-Exploration”

The Molly Wright Tarot Deck: Available Now!

Molly Wright will be self publishing her tarot deck in the very near future. Her beautiful  cartoon style is reminiscent of 1920s animation, but her original and creative take on the tarot is anything but dated!

Molly holds a bachelors in media arts & animation and has had her work featured on TV, comics, music videos, and Adult Swim. Check out more of her work at

Update: the deck is now available here!

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