Starting up work once again . . .

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Well, my six-month hiatus away from conjure is coming to an end.  I’m feeling the itch, feeling called by my spirits to get back in the game.  As my dear friend Brother Moloch said not too long ago: it’s good to take breaks but don’t let too much time go by.  He’s right, as usual.

Sometimes, you need to clear your head.  This kind of work is so serious and intensive that after every 15-20 client cases, I tend to need a decompression period if I want to stay on top of my game.  So it’s been a good one.  I’ve moved twice in this last period—to southern France and then back to the USA for a while.  Now I’m in Europe again, my workshop is reestablished, and I’ve been doing tarot readings locally to get warmed up.  

You can find me moderating on Studio Arcanis most days or contact me here via my secure email: friendlyoccultist (at) protonmail (dot) com. 

If you need some work done or you need a reading, check out How to Hire Me, my Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, and What I Won’t Do for Money on this site.

While I’ve been away, I’ve gotten a plethora of requests for spiritual work.  To those who emailed me during that time, I can only say that sometimes the world of Spirit calls you to do this kind of work.  Other times, you are explicitly called not to work but to be introspective and care for yourself.  Since I have a full-time mundane income, I can afford to listen carefully to those messages.

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Why I put so many quotes on my blog…

Someone emailed me yesterday and asked if my blog was just dedicated to reposting and quotes. I don’t know what inspires people to take the time to email me things like this without taking a comparable amount of time to actually look through my writings here.  But since I was asked, I thought I’d answer publicly.

First, I hardly repost anything.  I may have done that three or four times total in the history of this website, which began on Blogger back in the 1990s, migrated to Weebly for a few years, then found a permanent home here on WordPress.  In that time, I’ve posted and deleted a lot of content, but mostly I’ve written original things on a weekly or bi-monthly basis.

Writing about the occult, magic, and about what I do as a spiritual worker is an important part of my life.  I do it for me, principally, just like I do sorcery-for-hire mostly for me.  As I’ve said many times, this is why I can charge relatively little for my work—I’m not living off of it.  It’s a labor of love.

As Jim Butcher’s fictional wizard, Harry Dresden, puts it in Skin Game:

The Art can be a lot of work, and it can sometimes be tedious, and sometimes even painful, but at the end of the day, I love it. I love the focus of it, the discipline, the balance. I love working with the energy and exploring what can be done with it. I love the gathering tension of a spell, and the almost painful clarity of focus required to concentrate that tension into an effect. I love the practice of it as well as the theory, the research, experimenting with new spells, teaching others about magic. I love laying down spells on my various pieces of magical gear, and most of all, I love it when I can use my talents to make a difference in the world, even when it’s only a small one.

That’s everything, right there in a single paragraph.  So I don’t maintain this blog as a fancy way of “marketing my brand” as some “spiritual entrepreneurs” do.  I get a lot of visitors here, according to the internal WordPress metrics, but I think I hear from about one-fourth of them.  And very few people publicly comment on what I post.  That’s perfectly okay!  Even if nobody read these things, I’d still be posting them because doing so pleases me and helps me clarify my own thinking about various magical things.  I don’t care about SEO.

do post a lot of quotes from famous magicians and philosophers.  Why?  Because I am only one man with one personal history.  My judgement is limited to the perspectives of an individual.  And, although I am sometimes a magical teacher, I will always be a student.  As the Rose-Croix Code of Life stipulates:

Never cause anyone to believe that members of the Order are sages who are in full possession of the Truth. To those who may ask, present yourself as a philosophical person who is seeking Wisdom. Never pretend you are a Rose-Croix, but say you are a perfecting Rosicrucian.

Paul Foster Case taught that “Rosicrucian” was an inner state of being.  You don’t have to belong to a RC order to be this.  You just have to live your life this way.  One of my old magical affiliations was as a member of a traditional RC order, but I would live the path even if I hadn’t had the experience of that group membership. 

A big part of living the path is humble appreciation of great minds and inspiring teachers.  You can’t lead / heal / learn if you’re not willing to be led / healed / taught by those who came before you.  So there are a lot of quotes, pictures, and videos featuring others on my blog.  It’s important, not just to pay respect where it’s due, but because I believe that what I communicate gets better when I include other voices.

Another thing you’ll see are recommendations.  I recommend other spiritual workers, some who I’ve met and worked with, some who I only know through writings, videos, and online interaction.  If they have impressed me in any way, I want them to succeed in their work.  It makes everybody better.  And that matters to me because, unlike many professional sorcerers, I am not competitive.  The old saying, “Share what you know and your knowledge will grow,” is a powerful magical statement.

Lastly, if you want to browse through my many individual discussions, rants, articles, and essays on this site, just look at the tags on the right side of this blog or click on the archive.  It goes month-to-month and doesn’t include the very old posts because I updated most of those when I moved to this blog host.

I hope you have a pleasant experience on my blog and if you ever have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to post one or email me at friendlyoccultist@protonmail.com.

Teaching Goetia to Clients, and a February Update

 

This is just a quick note to let my readers (many of whom have followed this website since it was hosted on Blogspot back in the 1990s) know that my conjure services will continue uninterrupted with one exception: for the whole month of February, I will be working intensively with a client on developing a method for him to work with the Lesser Key of Solomon.  This means that my evocation services will be limited to that teaching and will resume in March.  All other ritualism, including hoodoo, divination, reiki, setting lights, talisman creation, and everything else will continue to be available.

Thanks for reading and don’t be a stranger!

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