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Homemade Magick

Homemade Magick: The Musings & Mischief of a Do-It-Yourself Magus by Lon Milo DuQuette, from Llewellyn Publications, is due Aug 8th, 2014, and may be of interest.

Lon Milo DuQuette Homemade Magick from Llewellyn Publications

You’ve read about magickal rituals, and rites, but what is the life of a magician really like? Lon Milo DuQuette shares his forty years as a magician, it’s ups and downs, ins and outs, revealing the truth about magick from one of the world’s most respected mages, and how the foundation of his magick is his family and home.

Along the way you’ll discover how to choose your magickal motto, perform a self-initiation ritual, make a Pantacle and magickal sword, raise children in a magickal home, perform the Rite of Earth, and live life as a true mage. Written in Lon’s famous humorous style that makes learning and discovery joyous and fun, you’ll find yourself breaking into laughter between acknowledging new discoveries about magick and life. [via]

  • The Conservative Crusade For Christian Sharia Law” — Dean Obeidallah, The Daily Beast; from the it’s-only-hypocrisy-when-someone-else-does-it dept.

    “And in the past few years, we have seen pro-life Christian groups successfully lobby State legislatures to restrict access to abortions. They have also raised religious, not public policy, objections to the government funding birth control.

    But here’s the alarming thing: These views are no longer the fringe of American politics. They are increasingly becoming mainstream conservative fare.”

  • Bible Passages that Could Get You Killed” — Candida Moss, The Daily Beast; from the stunt-driver-closed-track dept.

    “Where Coots is different is that he was just following the Bible as he interpreted it. Coots was just reading the Bible literally. It’s something that many Americans do on a daily basis. But God’s Holy Word is more dangerous than you’d think.”

  • Flea, via tweet.

    “I like myths. I put a lot of credence in them.”

  • Disputed quotes attributed to Albert Einstein, Wikipedia [HT The Kill Van Kulls].

    “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

  • Bruise, Trash, Write” — Lilith Saintcrow.

    “I am not so sure. But I know I won. Every word I wrote is burned into me, flesh and blood and breath. By throwing them away, I made them even more mine, something nobody could take away even if they killed me, secrets hidden inside me, in the only places I had left.

    Now I write other stories. Between the bars, I catch glimpses of those things. Exorcism is an ongoing process.”

  • Giordano Bruno quoted in “Giordano Bruno: Divinity Reveals Herself in all Things” — Donald Donato, In puris naturalibus.

    “Divinity reveals herself in all things. Everything has Divinity latent within itself. For she enfolds and imparts herself even unto the smallest beings, and from the smallest beings, according to their capacity. Without her presence nothing would have being, because she is the essence of the existence of the first unto the last being.”

  • After 400 Years, Mathematicians Find A New Class Of Shapes” — Higher Perspective [HT Reality Sandwich].

    “The work of the Greek polymath Plato has kept millions of people busy for millennia. A few among them have been mathematicians who have obsessed about Platonic solids, a class of geometric forms that are highly regular and are commonly found in nature.

    Since Plato’s work, two other classes of equilateral convex polyhedra, as the collective of these shapes are called, have been found: Archimedean solids (including truncated icosahedron) and Kepler solids (including rhombic polyhedra). Nearly 400 years after the last class was described, researchers claim that they may have now invented a new, fourth class, which they call Goldberg polyhedra. Also, they believe that their rules show that an infinite number of such classes could exist.”

  • Wikipedia-size maths proof too big for humans to check” — Jacob Aron, New Scientist; from the now-i-am-the-master dept.

    “If no human can check a proof of a theorem, does it really count as mathematics? That’s the intriguing question raised by the latest computer-assisted proof. It is as large as the entire content of Wikipedia, making it unlikely that will ever be checked by a human being.

    ‘It might be that somehow we have hit statements which are essentially non-human mathematics,’ says Alexei Lisitsa of the University of Liverpool, UK, who came up with the proof together with colleague Boris Konev.”

  • Math Explains Likely Long Shots, Miracles and Winning the Lottery” — David J Hand, Scientific American; from the a-glitch-in-the-matrix dept.

    “A set of mathematical laws that I call the Improbability Principle tells us that we should not be surprised by coincidences. In fact, we should expect coincidences to happen. One of the key strands of the principle is the law of truly large numbers. This law says that given enough opportunities, we should expect a specified event to happen, no matter how unlikely it may be at each opportunity. Sometimes, though, when there are really many opportunities, it can look as if there are only relatively few. This misperception leads us to grossly underestimate the probability of an event: we think something is incredibly unlikely, when it’s actually very likely, perhaps almost certain.”

  • Vitruvian Man Had a Hernia” — Laura Crothers, Slate; from the not-so-perfect-after-all-eh-mister-man dept.

    “Throughout history, anatomical illustrations have been made using the recently deceased as models, and many of Leonardo’s sketches were no exception. Ashrafian says that the man who served as Leonardo’s model for his illustration of human perfection probably had a hernia. If the model was a corpse, the hernia may have been what killed him. If he was a live model, he may ultimately have died from its complications.”

  • Mold destroys 600,000 library books — Ellie Papadakis, The Maneater; from the tolle-lege dept.

    “The MU Libraries have more than 3 million books in their collections, and they ran out of space to store those books years ago.

    Recently it was discovered that 600,000 books, approximately 20 percent of MU’s entire collection, were covered in mold. The damaged books were being stored in an underground cavern north of Interstate 70. The cavern, Sub Terra, is run by an independent company.

    The books in storage were lesser-used books that the libraries did not have room for in their open stacks. Some of the stored texts were published prior to the Civil War.

    Library administrators will not be able to save all 600,000 texts because there is not enough money in library funds to do so.”

  • Canadian libricide” — Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing; from the where-is-your-science-now dept.

    “Back in 2012, when Canada’s Harper government announced that it would close down national archive sites around the country, they promised that anything that was discarded or sold would be digitized first. But only an insignificant fraction of the archives got scanned, and much of it was simply sent to landfill or burned.”

  • John Griogair Bell, Hermetic Library, via tweet.

    “We should always fear the fate of our libraries, historically proven and currently demonstrated”

  • The Report — Hugh Howey, Author Earnings.

    “It’s no great secret that the world of publishing is changing. What is a secret is how much.”

  • The Secret History of the Venus of Willendorf” — Alexander Binsteiner, Past Horizons.

    “Microscopic investigations on the world famous statuette from the Gravettian period (30,000 to 22,000 years ago) carried out at the Natural History Museum in Vienna revealed three incredible insights, and when taken together tell a secret story of this Palaeolithic figurine and her creators.
    · The limestone from which the 11cm high Venus had been carved, comes almost certainly from the region around the Moravian city of Brno 136km to the northeast of Willendorf.
    · The source of the flint blades discovered with the figure was North Moravia, a further 150km to the north.
    · The Venus had once been completely painted with red ochre, and given the ritualistic associations of this material meant that the figure was more than likely a cultic object.”

  • Feeding Spirits and Bones” — Sarah Anne Lawless.

    “Old Man and Old Woman settled their ancient bones back into the remnants of creatures native to their wild domain, no doubt having missed their shrine and the once regular offerings to be found there. The Moon’s candle was restored to its place above breasts and belly carved from stone, surrounded by offerings. She eats beeswax greedily like blood offerings, leaving nothing behind. A candle lit to welcome the spirits back with sweetest incense burned and fresh water poured to sate their hunger. The spirits sigh happily, the new house sighs like a person with a once empty belly filled. Even breathing feels easier now with the altar and all its spirits in their proper place of reverence.”

  • Poem by Sulpicia quoted in “Valentine’s Day: Ancient Festival Of Sexual Frenzy” — Donna Henes, Huffington Post’s The Blog.

    “At last love has come. I would be more ashamed
    to hide it in cloth than leave it naked.
    I prayed to the Muse and won. Venus dropped him
    in my arms, doing for me what she
    had promised. Let my joy be told, let those
    who have none tell it in a story.
    Personally, I would never send off words
    in sealed tablets for none to read.
    I delight in sinning and hate to compose a mask
    for gossip. We met. We are both worthy.”

  • T Thorn Coyle, via tweet.

    “Happy Lupercalia! Blessed Full Moon! (If you see half naked boys running w goatskin whips, you may wish to stay out of their way. Or not.)”

  • Eliphas Levi quoted by T Thorn Coyle, via tweet.

    “It is necessary to DARE what must be attempted.”

  • Internet Trolls Really Are Horrible People: Narcissistic, Machiavellian, psychopathic, and sadistic.” — Chris Mooney, Slate.

    “The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).

    It is hard to underplay the results: The study found correlations, sometimes quite significant, between these traits and trolling behavior. What’s more, it also found a relationship between all Dark Tetrad traits (except for narcissism) and the overall time that an individual spent, per day, commenting on the Internet.”

  • Colleen Fenley, via facebook comment.

    “disagree, awful poster… delete”

  • John Griogair Bell, via tweet.

    “If you’re going to cover your eyes and plug your ears, at least have the courtesy and self-awareness to also shut your mouth.”

  • Chèvres en équilibre” [HT Bryan Fuller]; from the let-the-goat-come-to-you dept.

  • Omnium Gatherum: Feb 12th, 2014

    An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together …

    David Richard Jones The Circumference and the Hieroglyphic Monad
    Hermetic Library fellow David Richard JonesThe Circumference and the Hieroglyphic Monad, part III of his In Operibus Sigillo Dei Aemeth, and is based on an observation by Clay Holden, of The John Dee Publication Project, that “the geometry of the Monad as analyzed and expected in Theorem XXIII when applied to a circle subdivides the circumference of a circle into seven equal divisions with almost perfect elegance.”

     

    • Lon Milo DuQuette’s “I’m Scared” is a new political single.

    • Aleister Crowley’s invocation to coffee, recorded in his diaries, was recently a randomly popular old post.

      “O coffee! By the mighty Name of Power do I invoke thee, consecrating thee to the Service of the Magic of Light. Let the pulsations of my heart be strong and regular and slow! Let my brain be wakeful and active in its supreme task of self-control! That my desired end may be effected through Thy strength, Adonai, unto Whom be the Glory for ever! Amen without lie, and Amen, and Amen of Amen.”

    • Earliest footprints outside Africa discovered in Norfolk” — Pallab Ghosh, BBC News; from the wonder-what-the-sea-washed-away-the-other-291999999-days-we-weren’t-watching dept.

      “The footprints are more than 800,000 years old and were found on the shores of Happisburgh. … The sea has now washed away the prints – but not before they were recorded”

    • Lake of beer prayer attributed to St Brigid, via T Thorn Coyle; from the has-Ra-finally-gotten-Sekhmet-to-chill-out-yet dept.

      “I’d sit with the men, the women of God
      There by the lake of beer.
      We’d be drinking good health forever
      And every drop would be a prayer.”

    • Archaeologists Have Found the Oldest Roman Temple” — Alice Robb, New Republic; from the exploring-ancient-temples-hidden-under-watery-depths-in-spite-of-Lovecraft dept.

      “Archaeologists have long suspected that the oldest Roman temple lay at the foot of the legendary Capitoline Hill, but it’s only recently that they’ve managed to excavate the waterlogged Sant’Omobono site with modern techniques.

      ‘The temple’s much more interesting than anybody expected,’ said Albert Ammerman, an archaeologist at Colgate University who worked on the dig. ‘It’s beautiful down there.'”

    • Mysteria Misc. Maxima: February 7th, 2014” — Sarah Veale, Invocatio blog; from the πάντα-ῥεῖ dept.

      “This will be the last MMM for the foreseeable future. … So please join me in bidding a fond adieu to the MMM and enjoy this final link round-up…”

    • On the Arbitrary Appellation of Magic in Antiquity” — Sarah Veale, Invocatio; from the i-am-large-i-contain-multitudes dept.

      “While a good definition suggests that magical practices are rites and rituals that exist on the margins of cultural norms (Dickie, 38), the point is that, when we look at the evidence, what is labelled magic is a moving target. The label stays the same, but the content changes depending on the situation at hand. The label is not so much about the practices themselves, but rather about the status of those practices.”

    • The Ritual of the Duck” — Sarah Anne Lawless; from the together-with-all-the-appurtenances-thereto dept.

      “Yesterday I made Aves Flying Ointment. A recipe I created a couple of years ago combining the traditional herbs with the more grisly shapeshifting ingredients of bird fat, bird bone dust, and feather ashes.”

    • Tveir Hrafnar: Sorcery in Silver” — Sarah Anne Lawless; from the my-precious dept.

      SAL: Your work is a wonderful rarity in that it caters to occultists, sorcerers, and traditional witches who most jewelers ignore in favour of the much bigger market of neopagans. Was this intentional or were you simply following your influences and passions?
      AW: Mostly following my passions and influences. I am self centered in my art and would rather make what speaks to me than what I think the market would buy. It’s a ‘go for what you know’ kind of thing. Hopefully there are enough folks out there with similar aesthetics and interests to keep things rolling.”

    • Read Sappho’s ‘new’ poem” — Tim Whitmarsh, The Guardian; from the he-said-she-said dept

      “They whose fortune the king of Olympus wishes
      Now to turn from trouble
      to [ … ] are blessed
      and lucky beyond compare.”

    • A New Sapphic Poem ~ Wading into the Morass” — David Meadows, rogueclassicism; from the he-said-she-maybe-said dept.

      “In case you haven’t heard, Dirk Obbink has recently announced the discovery/publication of two ‘new’ poems by Sappho and they’re causing quite the flurry of activity on blogospheres (as you may have already seen), twitterspheres (ditto), and no doubt, in private emails and departmental coffee lounges around the world.”

    • Charlemagne’s bones are (probably) real” — The Local; from the dem-dry-bones dept.

      “Researchers confirmed on Wednesday evening — 1,200 years to the day since Charlemagne died — that the 94 bones and bone fragments taken from the supposed resting place of the King of the Franks and founder of what was to become the Holy Roman Empire came from a tall, thin, older man.”

    • Charlemagne’s bones found in his coffin” — The History Blog; from the in-the-last-place-you-looked dept.

      “That may seem obvious, but given how often he was exhumed and reburied and parts of him given away as relics, it’s actually quite notable that the collection of bones in the Karlsschrein, the Shrine of Charlemagne, and other reliquaries in the Aachen Cathedral all appear to come from the same person who matches contemporary descriptions of the Frankish king.”

    • Babylonian Tale of Round Ark Draws Ire From Christian Circles” — Alan Boyle, NBC News; from the ark-you-glad-you-to-see-me-or-is-that-a-clay-tablet-in-your-pocket dept.

      “A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia is putting a new spin on the biblical tale of the flood and Noah’s Ark — and that’s causing consternation among some Christian fundamentalists.”

    • Hermetic Library anthology artist Arthur Loves Plastic‘s new Get Happy.

    • Cranky Roman Guy on The Golden Globes; from the plus-ça-change-plus-c’est-la-même-chose dept.

      “If you doubted that this is the age of Discord reigning supreme, you have an annual rite in which you give #GoldenGlobes to beautiful women.”

    • A Preliminary Analysis of the Botany, Zoology, and Mineralogy of the Voynich Manuscript” — A O Tucker et al.; from the-effect-of-gamma-rays-on-man-in-the-moon-marigolds dept.

      “We note that the style of the drawings in the Voynich Ms. is similar to 16th century codices from Mexico (e.g., Codex Cruz-Badianus). With this prompt, we have identified a total of 37 of the 303 plants illustrated in the Voynich Ms. (roughly 12.5% of the total), the six principal animals, and the single illustrated mineral. The primary geographical distribution of these materials, identified so far, is from Texas, west to California, south to Nicaragua, pointing to a botanic garden in central Mexico, quite possibly Huaztepec (Morelos). A search of surviving codices and manuscripts from Nueva España in the 16th century, reveals the calligraphy of the Voynich Ms. to be similar to the Codex Osuna (1563-1566, Mexico City). Loan-words for the plant and animal names have been identified from Classical Nahuatl, Spanish, Taino, and Mixtec. The main text, however, seems to be in an extinct dialect of Nahuatl from central Mexico, possibly Morelos or Puebla.”

    • Norse Rune code cracked” — Medievalists.net; about “Ráð þat, If You Can!” — K Jonas Norby; from the missed-it-missed-it dept.

      “‘It’s like solving a puzzle,’ said Nordby to the Norwegian website forskning.no. ‘Gradually I began to see a pattern in what was apparently meaningless combinations of runes.’

      However, those thinking that the coded runes will reveal deep secrets of the Norse will be disappointed. The messages found so far seem to be either used in learning or have a playful tone. In one case the message was ‘Kiss me’. Nordby explains ‘We have little reason to believe that rune codes should hide sensitive messages, people often wrote short everyday messages.’

      In many instances those who wrote the coded runes also left comments urging the readers to try to figure it out. Sometimes they would also boast of their abilities at writing the codes.”

    • O D fuckin abbot.” — Medium Ævum; from the orking-cows dept.

      O D fuckin abbot

    • Hollywood Calls” — Feral House; from the your-name-will-go-up-in-bright-lights dept.

      “Since we’re in Hollywood we’ve signed an option agreement for a Sundance Channel television series based on the Feral House book, Sex and Rockets, about the occult rocket scientist Jack Parsons.”

    • The end of Yeats: work and women in his last days in France” — Lara Marlowe, Irish Times; from the speak-before-your-breath-is-done dept.

      “Like his alter ego Cuchulain in the play he had just written, Yeats was dying surrounded by women.”

    Tarot Reading in Theory and Practice by Lon Milo DuQuette on Sun, Mar 9th, 2014

    Tarot Reading in Theory and Practice by Lon Milo DuQuette is an online event, through Thelesis Aura, on Sunday, March 9th, 2014, that you may be interested in joining.

    “For nearly 40 years, the legendary Tarot Grandmaster Lon Milo DuQuette has been working the cards of ancient and sacred wisdom. He has not only studied the magical, qabalistic, and astrological meanings of Tarot like few others now living, he has used the cards as a divinatory tool to counsel people from all over the world and from every walk of life.

    Lon readily admits his Tarot reading methods and techniques are unique and unorthodox, but he is happy to teach them to serous students of the Tarot who wish to explore and develop their own skills for personal or professional applications.

    Lon’s method is disarmingly simple, but the training session is hands-on and interactive. Thelesis Aura is now using the latest online training technology. Registrants will need to participate in a brief pre-event interview/test of their computer set-ups to assure they will be able to fully participate. Lon’s class will be limited to 25 people so as to insure adequate attention to all students. A certificate of completion will also be issued to all students who attend.” [via]

    Winter Solstice Enochian Working with Lon Milo DuQuette on Dec 21st, 2013

    Winter Solstice Enochian Working with Lon Milo DuQuette is an online event, through Thelesis Aura, on Saturday, December 21st, 2013, that you may be interested in joining.

    “Winter Solstice Working

    An Interactive Online Enochian Event with Lon Milo DuQuette

    It was almost one year ago that Lon DuQuette conducted his ‘End of the World’ Enochian working, which coincided with the exact moment the Mayan Calendar came to an end. And although the world did not end (so far as we can tell), for most of the participants who reported back to us it was truly an experience of a lifetime.

    This year we’re going to attempt something similar. Although the charge in the air is not as intense this Winter Solstice, the magickal power brought on by the sun returning in the Northern Hemisphere, and departing in the Southern Hemisphere, is still there. Lon will give a brief lecture on the basics of Enochian and then perform a working that all of those in attendance will participate in around the world, east and west, north and south, night and day.

    Please join us Saturday for this amazing opportunity to experience a significant Enochian operation with Lon Milo DuQuette.

    Saturday, December 21, 2013
    3:00 PM – 5:00PM EST
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST
    2000 – 2200 GMT/London/UK
    Please check the timezone conversion tool on the event sign-up page for your location.”

    Lon Milo DuQuette live show online Nov 10th, 2013 at 8pm Pacific

    You might be interested in Lon Milo Duquette’s “Worldwide CD Release Celebration” which is a 30 minute live concert online on Sunday, November 10th, at 8pm Pacific / 11pm Eastern.

    “Many of you mentioned you were disappointed you could not attend the Halloween show at Peet’s in Costa Mesa because of competing events or your (distant) location. We did some Googling on ways we could do shows over the Internet and we’re trying out a new service called ‘Stage-IT.’ Stage-IT will webcast Lon’s performance over the Internet, so, anyone, anywhere, with an Internet connection can watch, live.

    We’ve scheduled a 30 minute show for NEXT SUNDAY, November 10th at 8pm Pacific Time. (11pm Eastern Time.)

    Stage-It doesn’t cost Lon anything and we can set the ticket prices to whatever we want (we’ve set the first ten as ‘Pay What You Can’ — which can be as little as ONE CENT!)

    It’s the first time we’ve tried this, so, if you’d like to be part of our experiment, you can join the party by clicking here.

    You have to get a ticket, even if you only pay a penny, ahead of time to see the show.

    This should be a lot of fun — you can make requests, you can tip(!) and we’re going to do some CD giveaways during the show.” — Ninety Three Records email

    Gentle Heretic

    Gentle Heretic [also] by Lon Milo DuQuette, is the newest release from Ninety Three Records, which is already available for digital download and physical CDs, but is actually scheduled to officially release on Oct 31st, 2013, and has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the label.

    Lon Milo DuQuette Gentle Heretic from Ninety Three Records

    This is the third Lon Milo DuQuette release in 18 months from Ninety Three Records, a label created explicitly for the purpose of making Lon’s entire catalogue of recordable material available.

    It is no exaggeration to suggest that Lon has a quality of lyrical storytelling that I have loved in the work of other artists like John Prine and Warren Zevon, especially on tracks like “The Hero of Meggido” but throughout this release; and I would go so far as to suggest that there is more humour in Lon’s music than either, even evoking comparison to Leon Redbone, particularly strong in sound for me on “Bernice,” “When You Fall in Love” and more. Moreover, this particular album has a great selection of Lon’s more controversial songs about not just religion, which is always a particular topic with which Lon excels at making fantastic fun, but also things like the eponymous “Class Warfare,” sex, love, war, and more. This is an excellent collection of music from Lon. For me every selection is so particularly strong on its own that it is difficult to select out specific favourites from the league of hits here.

    Gentle Heretic would make either an exquisite introduction for novice or a welcome addition for every fan; and, either way, I can highly recommend it to you.

    Moreover, I strongly encourage you to head out caroling your entire neighborhood on Consumermas with rousing rounds of “If We Believed” and post video.

    Lon Milo DuQuette as the Gentle Heretic

    “After a twenty five year hiatus from the music business and the recording studio, Lon Milo DuQuette is in the midst of a burst of musical creativity. Eighteen months after his 2012 debut on Ninety Three Records, DuQuette has wrapped production on Gentle Heretic, his third collection of original material.

    While Heretic maintains the wit and stylistic traditions established in his first two Ninety Three works (I’m Baba Lon and Baba Lon II), DuQuette has sharpened his satirical pen on some tracks, pulling few punches politically or philosophically.

    A prolific author and expert in Western Hermeticism, the Aleister Crowley disciple’s new disc tweaks the beaks of the one percent, pokes fun at the proselytizers — there’s even a scathing salvo served on a certain December holiday. Mixed in with these messages are some delightful frolics covering everything from reincarnation to a quantum theory of courtship. The final forty-one seconds might be described as the acoustic equivalent of a YouTube cat video.

    Sonically speaking, Gentle Heretic spans a broad range of genres, from the baroque hymn-like ‘I am He’ to the raucous Van Halen-esque exuberance of ‘Paid All The Dues.’ Alone and with others (Bob Boulding, Chris Whynaught, Jason Chesney, Michael Starr and Neil Patton among them) Lon once again delights, amuses and offends to great effect.”

     

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