Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

Infants, toys, prams (or Don’t do it, kids: Part two)

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

The common warnings about the psychological harm that occultists can cause themselves as a result of their practices are well known. In The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic, for instance, Israel Regardie wrote that: In the practice of Magic or anything which releases unusual amounts of energy from the unconscious the infantile megalomaniacal substructure […]

Crowley in print?

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

I came across a page on Facebook the other day called Petition the OTO to publish Crowley’s out of print books and Thoth deck. It appears to be a platform for criticising the OTO for – as the name clearly suggests – not keeping Crowley’s books in print, heavily populated by professional complainer “Keith418”. Other […]

Why do we exist

Friday, March 5th, 2010

I came across an article on today which is called “Why do we exist – A Thelemic Philosophy” and appears to be a thinly veiled retelling of The Khabs is in the Khu. To give the author a little credit, he/she did correctly identify it as “a re-hashing of an article [he/she] found online.” […]

Grandeur in this view of life

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The vice of kings recently discussed the attitude to “compassion” in The Book of the Law. Richard Dawkins’ latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Evidence for Evolution – which should be required reading for everyone – contains a passage I can’t resist quoting which – inadvertently – sheds a significant amount of light […]

The problem with occultists and a reminder

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Over on, a discussion thread has been started by a fellow calling himself/herself “PropriaDeus93” asking “what Thelema says about animals or what happens to them in death”. The following bizarre response was received: My condolences for the loss of your feline companion. He/she will be with you always, so long as you are bound […]

They do Ron, Ron, Ron

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

So, Ian Rons has temporary moderating duties over at while the proprietor is on holiday, and true to form, within a day is back to the antics that made everyone glad to see the back of him in the first place. Now, it makes no difference to me where I get banned from, you […]

Who is Erwin Hessle?

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Dicon wrote: OK who was/is Erwin Hessle? Please. Chade wrote: He’s a magician, a philosopher, an adventurer, an ale drinker, a web master, a seducer, a secret chef, a singer of songs, a heckler of poets, a lover of women, a bare knuckle fighter, an alt.magick reg and a Welshman too. Although not necessarily in […]

The Origins of Fate

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Chade wrote: I wonder how plot devices such as fate developed. Tom wrote: Here’s my theory: Growth and development follow very obvious patterns again and again. So it’s easy to imagine that this pattern is repeated in the events of our lives as well as in the development of our bodies. Just as the child […]