This past week I’ve been inspired to come back to writing after a brief hiatus from doing anything other than taking care of personal needs. It’s been nice to get back to doing something I enjoy doing as well as share my knowledge, experiences and rants since – well – I can only talk to my tarantula so much before she decides to hide in her coconut shell and roll her eyes at my bitching and bursts of manic inspiration.
In the time that I’ve been away, it seems like a lot of interesting things have come up all over the esoteric blogosphere that I’ll need to spend some time reading over and contribute my two cents at some point. Additionally, I’m finding some great writings by other magicians and occultists whose work I’m deeply impressed by which further encourages me in my pursuit.
Here’s a brief rundown of some of the blogs and entries by which I’ve been particularly impressed:
- Sarah Lawless, the “Witch of Forest Grove”, does is again and provides some great insight into the process of creating spirit bottles and fetiches in her article How to Make an Ancestor Spirit Bottle
- Conjureman Ali brings up some interesting insights on the possibility of Holy Guardian Angel(s) and initiates related discussion on Rufus Opus’ Head for the Red regarding HGA’s and Cosmological Principals, and M.C. makes the important distinction between many of these principals Holy Guardian Angels, Helpful Spirits, S.A.’s and The Genius in The Lion Den.
- Conversation arises about the question of Wicca as a Christian heresy by Star Foster over on Patheos’ Pagan Portal. My dear friend Erynn Rowan Laurie makes some great contributions to the discussion, and well as Kenaz Filion contributes some great ideas to which Sannion responds by noting examples of pre-Christian evangelism. I end up joking in my head about Wicca as Christianity in Drag because I’m wrong like that.
- For those in the Pacific Northwest, the annual Esoteric Book Conference is less little over a week away and I’ll be volunteering there, as always. At the conference my close friend, sister and true Magia Femina, Brandy Williams will be unveiling her new book The Woman Magician – a long-overdue exploration of women and magic for women magicians.
As for me, I’m in the process of editing an article for Sky’s Embrace, the newsletter of Horizon Lodge Ordo Templi Orientis, deceptively titled “Simplified Goetia” and making some plans toward giving a comprehensive series of classes on practical goetic magic in the near future in Seattle.