It has been an interesting week to say the least. I will detail the issue of a recent psychic attack in a subsequent post. For now, I want to talk about more positive things by way of a general update in my activities.
- New Ishtar Power: I have been performing the Ishtar Mantra, the Ishtar pentagram ritual, and the invocations of the deities of the system using the Star of Ishtar on a nightly basis. Moreover, I have integrated the “psychic center” clearing chants into my daily chakra cleanse. The energy balancing rituals of the system have been working well and I have learned a great deal, especially during the Ishtar Mantra. Like most Parker publications, Manning’s system is packaged in a corny 1970’s pop-occult way, but it is a powerful initiatory process for those who can see through the marketing. I suppose this is good because it discourages dilettantes who lack nice judgment. In any case, the power is there. Someone needs to buy the rights to this text and reissue it.
- NAP: the system seems to be working incredibly well since I began the Ishtar work. I suspect that there is a harmonious kind of synergy between them and the Mystic Grimoire that has a lot to do with the magical current of the 1970s—a time when initiatory magical systems had grown from the faltering drug-fueled exuberance of the 1960s into a formidable industry. While there are obvious drawbacks to this (pop-occultism, an overall decline in quality, dilettantism), the good thing is that such an industry could give people like Gray-Cobb and Manning a way to make a living doing what they did best—teaching and writing about magic. Sure, we must remain skeptical and everyone thinks these people are charlatans at first. But the best survive the test of time. There are always dedicated students out there who have heard about these systems and who are willing to hunt around for out-of-print copies so that they can actually begin the work with sincerity. Those people are the true heirs of the occult renaissance of the 70s.
- Botis: ever since my earlier experience in the graveyard, I’ve been meaning to evoke Botis, but one thing or another has gotten in the way. I may have to resort to using correspondences and the planetary hours (which I don’t normally use for evocations to astral appearance). I feel like there is some (internal?) resistance to connecting with him at this time. But what exactly that is remains to be seen. I have resolved to perform a divination on this soon. One thought is that the upsurge of (lingering) Ishtar energy in my magical chamber is getting in the way. If this were the case, I would be very interested to know why. I will have to explore this point with the Tarot also.
- The Graveyard: yesterday, I performed an entry ritual and a walking meditation in the local cemetery. Again, I was surrounded by the dead—not as vividly as before but there were partial images all around me. One interesting aspect was a black cat moving parallel to me the whole time. I’m fairly sure it was a tangible, real live cat and not something spectral. But it moved along with me the entire time I was there. I wonder if I will see that cat again. I had some other experiences with the dead while I was there that I cannot yet reveal. More soon.