Archive for the Opinion category

The best thing about 2016 is that it's not okay

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Last night I randomly woke up at about 3am, and made the foolish mistake of checking on the state of the US election. It quickly became apparent that Trump was going to win. I didn't sleep much after that. My mind couldn't let go of how appalling it seemed. How a man of such dubious character […]

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. […]

There's information everywhere

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

One of the ideas that I've been playing with for a while is that the Universe is constantly bombarding us with information. Information which is of direct use to us, which is designed to ease our path and make it easier for us to progress in life. Quite often I get asked 'how does the […]

Just because it's channeled doesn't make it true

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

One of the things that makes my heart sink is when I read that a particular spiritual technique, or a particular belief system, or a particular 'truth' was received by 'channeling'.  I hear too many people accepting channeled information at face value – if a particular idea was 'channeled from the Archangel Gabriel' then that's […]

Religion, Spirituality and Magick

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The whole area of spirituality is pretty damn large and complicated.  There as so many threads, traditions, currents and schools all moving around each other, informing each other and frequently lobbing insults at each other.  I was recently thinking about the components of these different approaches and it occurred to me that there are three […]