When a person gets involved in ritual magic, they probably aren’t prepared for the amount of artwork they need to create. Wands, altars, and magical tools and weapons all need to be created, typically by hand.
Alchemy is an ancient practice that can be considered in part as a precursor to chemistry. However, like Freemasonry, it can be said to have both a speculative and an operative side. While “operative” alchemy deals with the transformation of base metals into gold, “speculative” alchemy uses similar symbolism, allegory, and language to speak of spiritual truths and a path to inner light and wisdom.
Recently, I upgraded my altar into a planetary smart altar. With a gesture, the altar lights up in colors displaying the current planetary day and hour.
Learn about Giordano Bruno’s Art of Memory from De Umbris Idearum: On the Shadows of Ideas, recently translated by Scott Gosnell.This book contains both De umbris idearum and Ars memoriae, which are Bruno’s work on the nature of ideas and imagination as well as his complex mnemonic system.
In the wake of David Bowie’s passing, there have been many interesting articles making the rounds. Alex Sumner posted one titled “David Bowie: Closet Occultist,” in which he makes the argument that Bowie was secretly an occultist.
The Art of Memory, or ars memoriæ, is a mnemonic technique dating from classical Greece. The technique improves upon our natural memory through discipline, planning, and visualization skills. One of its core methods involves a memory palace, in which memorized architectural details are used to store striking images that aid recall.1 The memory palace technique… Read more »
“Prithee, nuncle, tell me whether a madman be a gentleman or a yeoman.” The Fool, King Lear, Act III, Scene 6 This week, we’re talking about The Fool. The deck I’m referencing is one I don’t use very often, The Haindl Tarot. I was just putting the deck away when this card slipped out. A Muddled… Read more »
The Card of the Week is none other than the Ten of Cups. Look at this card! It is one of the happiest in the deck. Ten magical cups float along a rainbow. It gleams in the sky. A happy family celebrates below, looking across a field with a winding stream and a cozy house…. Read more »
I know it’s late, but it’s still the Card of the Week: the Eight of Cups. This card depicts a figure walking uphill away from a stack of cups. Overhead, the Man in the Moon watches on, but he doesn’t wear a happy face. It’s night time, and water runs all around. In the distance,… Read more »
I really enjoy Robert Place’s amazing Alchemical Tarot. You’ve seen me post a number of Card of the Week editions with it. Sadly, the Alchemical Tarot is out of print. Mr. Place has since published a very nice-looking deck called the Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd published an excellent comparison of the… Read more »