Tolkien, Magic, and Ensoulment

Occasionally I have a desire to physically make an object - say, a pipe, a book or guitar - using the most basic set of tools necessary to accomplish the task without compromising quality. The idea is that modern manufacturing, in order to save time and money, is more and more automatic and computerized, and…

Thoughts and Prayers

The declarations against magic are abundant in the Bible. Sure, there are very problematic aspects to this condemnation, which we will be discussing. To begin with, we can appreciate why this anti-magic stance within the Bible is problematic by envisioning a debate between a Christian and a Mage while an atheist watches. From the perspective…

Dormiens Vigila

December 21st 2018: I produced an intense and definitive trance state after a prolonged period of meditation, exercise, study, and writing. Towards the end of the evening, I had been working on a follow-up to my article Paradigm Shift, and was reading Heisenberg’s Physics and Philosophy with increasing delight. I eventually had some wine and…

"I remember going alone to the Roman Amphitheater in Verona, Italy one night. There were clouds without water sweeping across the Verona sky; and their ominous appearance, together with an extraordinary revelation of lightning without thunder, had driven everybody out of the Amphitheatre. And as I sat in that vast arena, my whole nature seemed suddenly transformed.…

Harvest Moon

Tonight is a harvest moon. I am reminded of one that occurred two years ago, which came to my attention as I was walking home well into the evening. I don't think I have the ability to describe just how lovely of a night it was, but lovely it was. I remember thinking it was…

'Reader, pardon my self-esteem! As I am introducing a new art to you, I must make you understand me: I claim to be a sorcerer, a magician. Have I a secret ? Certainly, but I am not bound to reveal it at the start: By an intellectual act I disengage and emit an influence from myself.…

"Now, for my part,I have always honoured the magicians, their philosophy being both rational and majestic, dwelling not upon notions but effects. When I was a mere errant in their books and understood them not, I did believe them. Time rewarded my faith and paid my credulity with knowledge. That these Philosophers may be the better…