Occult Digest

4 articles in category Occult Digest / Subscribe
Frater Barabbas: Further Considerations on Godhead, Rite of Assumption of Godhead
Frater Barabbas, an Alexandrian Wiccan priest and ceremonial magician, talks about creating a connection between the worshipper and the deity through devotions, offerings, invocations, communions and godhead assumption.
A poem by Rumi: Love dogs (and a Youtube vidoe of the poem performed by Coleman Barks).
A beautiful poem which spoke to me at the time I was struggling with spiritual loneliness and feeling “headblind”.
Twilight and Fire: Love is an Action and Pagan Blog Project: Nun (articles no longer exist)
Elizabeth Vongvisith, a pagan nun, writes on the meaning of love between a deity and a nun/monk devoted to them. Love is more than a fleeting feeling: it is a conscious dedication of self.
Tarot Tutor, GeoTutor, Cartomancy Tutor and Rune Tutor
Four great tools for diviners that need a bit of practice and are short on subjects. The websites provide a randomised short description of a client, the general subject of their question and three Tarot cards, runes, geomantic figures or playing cards. The object of the exercise is to come up with a hypothetical answer to that question.
The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading by Ian Rowland (a book on Amazon)
By the way, if you ever get readings from others, you should know about cold reading in order to make sure you’re getting the real deal. Conversely, if you’re a reader you should probably know about it as well in order to make sure your readings are authentic instead of being the result of unconscious manipulation.
Sermons from the Mound: Pagan Theology: Recommended Resources
A list of books talking about (neo)pagan theology: polytheistic, feminist and animist. They’re written by pagans and therefore are respectful of pagan beliefs.
Pagan Mysticism
The blog seems dead, but what articles there are on it are gold if you’re into pagan mysticism/devotional practice.
Pagan Monastic: Breviary 1, Breviary 2, Horaria 1, Horaria 2
What does a pagan monk do? Read the posts on breviary to find out about sources for pagan prayers and posts on horaria to find out about leading an ordered life. Very appealing to a solitary pagan who would like to lead a more religious life with regular devotions.
Frater Barabbas: Learning Paganism in Modern Age, Art of Statue Animation
Frater Barabbas, an Alexandrian Wiccan priest and ceremonial magician, talks about personal devotional practices of modern pagans, especially idolatry (a worship of deities through their images) and how to bless the statue in such a way that it creates a strong, permanent connection to the deity.
The Used Key is Always Bright: Getting the Sight (part 1, part 2)
Two articles full of exercises allowing one to develop the ability to perceive the other world, as well as advice on what to do once you get it and are uncomfortable with the results.
Feminism and Religion: Women Artists and Ritualists in the Great Caves
Hand tracings are among the earliest art produced by humans. New data based on relative finger measurements suggests that the artists were women instead of young men (as previously thought, based on general hand size). Carol Christs comments on the new discovery.
The Wild Hunt: Layne Redmond obituary
This is someone to add to your ancestor altar if you have one and include feminist ancestors and/or drummers. She wrote When the Drummers Were Women, a history of women’s ritual drumming. Apparently at first it was dominated by women, at least in the Mediterranean. Sadly I don’t own the book yet.
Under the Ancient Oaks: Iamblichus on Prayer
An interesting article on pagan prayer, its benefits and effects on the person that prays. Check out Theurgia or On the Mysteries of Egypt, a 1911 translation of the work which John Beckett is referring to.
Invocatio, a blog (mostly) about western esotericism: women portrayals in Platonic, Hermetic, Gnostic and Kabbalistic texts
Spoiler: they were considered to be worse than men. Check out what the ancients actually valued in women. The whole blog has many great articles related to occult and feminist theory.
Root and Rock: De-Fluffing Minerals: Quartz (Crystals)
How is it mined? What are the varieties? When is it faked? When are you being fleeced? What are the environmental concerns?
The Digital Ambler: De Geomanteia
A series of posts about the divinatory system called geomancy, covering all its figures in detail, as well as some useful geomantic techniques. Intermediate level reading: you need to learn the basics on your own first. There’s more about geomancy on the rest of the blog.
Geomantic Study-Group (Facebook) and Geomantic Campus (Yahoo groups)
Two good places for people interested in geomancy to exchange experiences, learn, practice and ask for advice.
The Unlikely Mage: Agrippa Project
Short summaries of Agrippa’s “Three Books of Occult Philosophy”, chapter by chapter. A great source on Renaissance hermetic magic and the history of magic in general. Interesting to find correlations with modern pagan magical practice.
Sol Ascendans: The Placing of the Elements In A Golden Dawn Temple
Have you ever wondered why many pagans associate the element of air with the direction of east? Especially since, if you know astrology, vernal equinox begins when the Sun enters Aries, a fire sign? Well, this is why. The preceding post on The Elements and the Four Cardinal Directions is interesting as well.