Tag Archives: spiritual practice

Music as a Spiritual Practice

Michael Waters: Music as a Spiritual Practice from Jordan Stratford on Vimeo.


“… it is completely, irrevocably clear to me that all improvising is composing. There is no difference between them, none at all.”

“… the difference between approaching any creative art, not just music, but it could be poetry or painting, writing; the difference between approaching it as a spiritual practice and approach it as a craft is that with a craft the issue is “How good can I get in my lifetime?” And, that’s what you work on. Nothing else really matters. But when you approach something as a spiritual practice, what you’re doing is, personally you are approaching in the context of from before you were born until after you are gone. And those place count. In other words, you’re whole trajectory in life, whatever you’ve encountered, is on the table when you approach that art. All of your questions and answers, challenges, accomplishments, they are all involved when you put your finger to string or your pen to paper or your foot to the dance floor. And this changes everything to approach it that way, it’s not like a craft at all.”

Rodney Orpheus’ Grimoire of Aleister Crowley: Group Rituals in the Age of Thelema

Apparently pre-orders will be open tomorrow for Grimoire of Aleister Crowley: Group Rituals in the Age of Thelema, a new work by Rodney Orpheus with contributions from others; the first publication from Abrahadabra Press.

“The culmination of years of research and study, this new compilation of Thelemic group rituals by Rodney Orpheus is a must-buy for every serious modern magician. Pre-order it directly from Abrahadabra Press from August 1!”

“Group ritual has been a cornerstone of spiritual practice since time immemorial, yet its history and importance have often been overlooked by occultists of the modern age. This book is the first comprehensive presentation of group-oriented rites for modern magicians inspired by the works of Aleister Crowley. It contains rituals written by Crowley for his own magic circles, many of them unpublished during his lifetime; plus rare ancient texts that were Crowley’s own inspiration in turn.

The rituals are newly edited and explained by Rodney Orpheus who brings to this volume decades of experience in performing and teaching Aleister Crowley’s rituals within Crowley’s magical order Ordo Templi Orientis. He introduces each ritual with a clear overview, setting each in its historical context and explaining its function and mode of operation; followed by detailed notes on setting and performance of each one.

Whether absolute beginner or seasoned expert, magicians of all paths will find this volume to be an eminently workable and extremely powerful grimoire spanning centuries from ancient Mithraic and Bacchanalian rites, Goetia, and Gnosticism, right up to present day Crowleyan invocations and sexual magick.”

Update 1aug2011 @ 11:25am:

Pre-ordering has begun. You can check that out over at Abrahadabra:

“We are now taking pre-orders for this book, which is due to be published on August 12, 2011. Please note that orders placed before that date will not be shipped until some time after August 12! The first 100 pre-orders will qualify for a set of small signed art cards featuring illustrations from the book by Cathryn Orchard.”

Parentes Nefarii

You may be interested in Parentes Nefarii: Unconventional Parenting a new forum about occult parenting run by Bkwyrm, the person behind the Occult Book Reviews site at Bkwyrm.net which is now archived at the library. This new forum is just starting up but looks to be a great resource for the community. Bkwyrm describes the forum this way:

“This is a forum for parents (or parents-to-be) who are involved in the occult to come and discuss issues specific to these topics, and the intersection of these topics.
Mothers, fathers, step-parents, non-custodial parents – as long as there’s a kid in your life and it impacts your spiritual practice in some way, this is your place.” [via]