The Light in the Attic

I’d never be pretentious enough to start calling this “The Attic Papers” to mark this period of time in which I, well, live in an attic. An attic in a country I’ve managed to make my way to through the grace of the gods, ancestors, and spirits- but an attic none-the-less.

In a way I feel I’m tapping into that energy of some of those early Western Occult foremothers; cooking up lore and fantasy in transient lodging across Europe. I’m not from that tradition, but having soaked myself in its history for the past couple of weeks; I do find the sync a bit funny.

For the past month and a half I began working regularly with a modern grimoire widely known across the occult sphere. The Miracle of New Avatar Power  is fairly notorious for its cheesy writing style, outlandish claims, but compact and concise rituals that get results. I had performed a few workings from the text a few years ago, but put it down in pursuit of devotional work.

Post move, I ended up with a lot of free time. Idle hands are the playground of the Devil, so I decided it was best to keep my own hands busy while adapting to the life an immigrant. Obtaining the necessary materials to work with the text was pretty simple which is another perk of the book. Accouterments are great if you have/want/need them, but one candle suits just fine and that’s one of the reasons I tend to be fond of practical sorcery.

I’m not fond of kiss and tell, but when I say these rituals work? I’m not kidding or being hyperbolic. You can absolutely feel these entities working on your behalf. For me, this occurred through a sense of profound calm and knowing what I requested would come to be. This isn’t to say everything happened perfectly but I reached my desired ends.

Since working with this material, I’ve had to reassess how I feel about engaging entities outside of my own pantheon. I’m not a Hellenic purist but I certainly believe it’s disrespectful to approach an entity I have no prior relationship with, with my hand out, while offering nothing in return. So far, they appear to be quite happy with “shout outs” though I believe the relationships would be much more fruitful with the same kind of offerings I leave for my ancestors and gods.

We’ll be leaving this attic very soon but I can’t help but think this room represents more than just a temporary place to stay; it was a womb for my rebirth as an occult practitioner.

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When the Strange Things Come

One aspect of daily religious and occult practice I forgot is the kicking up of “strange.” It starts out small. One night, I got out of bed to grab a pair of socks and was hit by a shot of cold, so intense my whole body started shaking. HARD.  I dove back under the blankets so fast I barely remember crossing the room.

The small things quickly become more significant such as computer screens scrambling at the same time or phone alarms going off when they weren’t set. Strange, loud, noises that cause both you and your partner to look at each other in the way that says “I heard that. You heard that. Let’s pretend we didn’t. Black Mirror tonight? Awesome.”

Of course, I know this means it’s time for me to do some banishing and cleansing work but in a way, it feels good to have these occurrences, and these energies, in my home. The steady hum of the “other” permeates every room and provides tangible evidence of my work drawing the veil back and merging my world with that of the spiritual.

I think the coming of the strange is one of those little nuggets; a goal post if you will. You don’t want to chase this landmark, but when little things do begin to happen the knowledge of the expectation could provide a boost in the desire to continue the practice.

I have been instructed to maintain this blog, and as I’ve become serious about fulfilling this aspect of my initiation/service (I legitimately have no idea which path I am taking with this), I’ve come to realize this is more of a magical diary than anything else. A place for me to track my failures and successes.

By this weekend, the Strange Things will either be gone or at least occur a lot less frequently but to know they are here has been invigorating in its way.

Magic Through Productivity

This will, more than likely, seem like one of those new year resolution posts. I don’t think I can prevent this. The fact that I touch this blog again after being away from months, after being instructed to tend to it, seems to add to the whole new year’s resolution vibe. Oh well. What can you do?

A few weeks before 2018 hit us like a slow-moving spray tanned train, I randomly stumbled across a video on the Kaizen method. Kaizen is a philosophy of continual improvement.  One way of using this technique is breaking up larger goals into smaller daily tasks that are relatively easy to accomplish and often encourage you to go beyond the regular work you’ve set.

The actual practice of magic can be a daunting task when every book and conversation lead to complex concepts and rituals requiring hours of discipline that often doesn’t exist, to begin with, or at least haven’t for a while.

So, the Kaizen approach, a small daily change to encourage sticking with a routine and building a permanent habit, could be;

“Perform Daily Ritual for 5 or so Minutes.”

The average person is either going to try to find, or construct, a ritual that only takes five minutes or even less but as time progresses, the sense of accomplishment means that eventually, the daily routine will extend for longer, or sometimes for shorter, but either way, it will happen every day. How do we achieve this?

I use the application Todoist to create daily checklists. As I clear each task, I earn points, and these points go toward calculating daily and weekly streaks. Another application, Get Sh*t Done, talks to you like a lazy, incompetent, asshole before calling you the most awesome person ever when you accomplish your tasks.

Okay, okay, so it’s gamification. Don’t look at me that way. I know it’s corporate cliché, but gamification can play a huge role in making an individual feel as if they are “winning,” and winning is encouraging while losing becomes a simple obstacle to “leveling up.”

Some of us, okay probably mostly me, need a little help getting organized and disciplined for our magical practice. Here’s hoping a small slice of my method may help someone else.