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The sites they are a changin'

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

So it's becoming obvious that, as I'm now spending more time on this site once again, that it is a little… old. I mean, it's still beautiful to me, but definitely old. I'm very sorry to those of you who are coming by via phone and tablet… we're really not designed for you modern folks […]

Maybe they are(n't) out to get us

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Just one final dump of conspiracy theory related ideas before I get back to the magick and Tarot stuff that you're probably actually here for: I was wondering a while back about the seemingly higher prevalence of conspiracy theorists in America compared to the UK. Part of this is certainly cultural – the myth of […]

Conspiracy theories can strike down even the cool amongst us

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

I previously wrote about why I think occultists are more prone to getting the conspiracy theory bug, but I think there are more reasons than I outlined in my previous post. One recent experience was instructive. As I've mentioned before, I'm a big fan of the baptist's head project. Smart, insightful, dedicated magickians doing really worthwhile work, and recording […]

A theory of conspiracy theories

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

I've been amused, entertained and exasperated by conspiracy theorists since getting into the work of Robert Anton Wilson many years ago. There's an undeniable appeal to their world view – it's just so much more interesting than the way I normally see the world. Shadowy cabals controlling events, manipulating public opinions, slipping messages into the media. […]

A break from readings

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Having thought about it for quite some time, I've decided to stop reading Tarot for clients for a while. I imagine I'll return to it again at some point, but it just doesn't seem to be suiting me or interesting me at the moment. I've been reading professionally for ten years now, I've seen a […]

Why so negative?

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

I've recently made a series of posts about things which are bad for magick – magick, in this context, standing in for all spiritual practices.  It's just that magick is what I tend to do most of when it comes to spiritual doings, so how I tend to think of spiritual practices.  This series of […]

Being happy is bad for magick

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Well, this is a depressing idea, isn't it?  Being sad is certainly bad for magick, but, after all, surely one of the great quests in life is to be fulfilled and happy.  One of the main reasons people practice magick and spirituality is to be happier.  And yet success in being happy is bad for […]

Being ill is bad for magick

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

As I'm trying to write a blog about the real experience of living a magickal life, of trying to prioritise spirituality and what-not, I think it's important to point out that it doesn't always come easily.  In fact, sometimes it hardly comes at all.  Certain events, moods, or times in life just make it hard […]

And I'm back…

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

…well, hopefully. The past couple of months rushed by in a non-blogging kind of way due to some fairly dull, mundane, things – firstly, moving house; secondly, getting ill. However, I do now have a shiny new house to live in, and I'm, more or less, well again.  Nothing serious, just the persistent kind of […]

Tarot spread based on the Chaos Star

Friday, January 28th, 2011

As an ageing chaos magickian I was intrigued to come across this idea for a Tarot spread based on the symbol of the Chaos Star: Phil H (another Phil H Chaos Magickian?  I thought that slot was already taken) writes: "What follows is my own version of a chaos star spread, which I have been […]