Since I started this blog 14 years ago, the community has changed, both online and in real life. Young people don’t look up to their elders as much anymore, and quite a few of them are terribly disrespectful. A lot of them don’t want to spend hours reading about magic, they don’t want to be told what to do, they don’t care about gaining their ranks in a spiritual system, they don’t want to ‘bend a knee’ to more experienced adepts, they don’t want to learn the ‘boring but necessary’ prerequisite magic that’s needed before doing more interesting workings, and in a lot of ways they don’t want to put in the time and do the work to be magicians.
That’s so fucking awesome!!! I’m ecstatic about the current cultural shift we’re experiencing in the magical community. Young people today are much more apt to just jump in and do practical work than magicians my age were. They’re far more likely to tell the established community leaders to go fuck themselves and then define their own spirituality. Things are far from perfect right now, but the community is heading into a direction that makes me optimistic and hopeful about its future.
Also a lot of the late 90s hype around Chaos Magick is finally starting to die down, and that makes me happy too.
The core tenets of spirituality that I believe, that I’ve always tried to stress on my blog, are a lot more palatable today then they were when I started this blog.
- Magic can be fun, it doesn’t have to be work.
- Spirituality, at its core, is about growth and change.
- Magic is all about empowerment, so if you want to be a magician, you shouldn’t willingly give up your autonomy for a promise of false power.
- Spirituality is for everyone.
- All of us have spiritual gifts.
- Each of us has our own unique spiritual path.
- People who don’t practice magic don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about in regards to spirituality and magic no matter how learned they are and aren’t worth listening to.
- The only requirement to be a magician is to practice magic, and if you want to be a magician you should start practicing magic right now.
- The only requirement to be an adept is to feel empowered enough to believe that you are an adept.
- The only requirement to be an elder is to be so old that stupid people think the things you say are important because they confuse age with wisdom.
- Secret information and secret societies are for people who wished they were cool in high school and never matured past that phase of their life.
- If you think you’re ready to do magic, you are, and you should start doing it right away.
- If you don’t think you’re ready to do magic, you’re wrong, and you should start doing it right away.
You may have noticed I haven’t posted much here in the last few years. I’m lazy, and there’s usually something I’ll enjoy doing more, but for the most part I haven’t had a whole lot to say in the last few years. The point of this blog was to put up some good introductory information with some theory and a focus on helping people do practical work.
For the most part, I’ve already given out all of the introductory material I’m qualified to teach, and I don’t see the point in repeating the same information. People can just read the archives. I could go into more intermediate and advanced subjects, but at that point spirituality becomes much less universal and much more personal. That’s the sort of spirituality you should be discovering for yourself, or working one-on-one with a mentor who can help you find what you need to advance on your spiritual path.
I also don’t want to make this a blog about my thoughts and feelings, my personal spiritual journey, how my day was, how cute my dog is, or my pseudo philosophical views on life, the universe, and everything, no matter how profound I think they may be or how intellectual they’ll make me seem. I’ve always tried to keep a good content to noise ratio on this blog so that the folks who arrive here easily find a lot of good information without having to wade through a bunch of crap to get to it.
However I’m not ending this blog, at least not just yet. For the record I’ve quit this blog over a hundred times, sometimes for minutes, sometimes for years. I’ve never put up the standard ‘I quit’ post I see on other blogs. I really don’t want the lot of you running to the comments to tell me how great this blog is and how much it means to you and beg me not to go. I don’t want the embarrassment of putting up an ‘I’m back!’ post eight hours later when I change my mind. There will always be reasons I want to quit this blog, and there will always be articles I want to write. In my mind whenever I’m not typing an article, this blog is on hiatus. If I don’t want to work on it, I won’t. When I have something I want to put up here, I will.
That said, I’m going to be revising this blog and adding to it in the near future, and keep in mind with the amount of discipline I’ve shown maintaining this blog, near future may mean decades from now. This is my outline of where things are going next:
Phase 1: I’m going to go through all the old articles and revise them. Most of what I want to do is fix grammar and spelling errors I should’ve corrected a long time ago. I may remove some sections, or entire articles, that I think are confusing, redundant, or just plain wrong. For the most part, I want to keep the articles intact as they are. I’ve grown as a magician and learned a lot. I know there are some errors and omissions in the old articles, but I don’t want to fix them. I’m not infallible, you shouldn’t expect me to be, and I can’t think of a better way to make that point than to tell you some of what I’ve written is wrong, and if you think I’m mistaken about something, there’s a good chance you’re right.
I’m also planning to put up some new articles. I want to finish some of the series I started then never continued. I also have some ideas for new articles that cover material I haven’t gone over yet.
Lastly I maybe want to work some more on the glossary. In my eyes it’s always been incomplete, and I see it as valuable even though I know nobody uses it.
Phase 2: Once I have everything revised, and I’ve written all the remaining articles I think I have left in me, I’m going to collect all of the posts on this blog I think are important and put them together in a single digital collection. This will be free to download, and free to share. It’s one way that I hope to preserve the information on this blog, and also organize it in a way that makes it easier for people to find the information they want.
I’m not planning on taking this blog down though. I’ve never bought a domain or used a paid server because keeping it on a free WordPress site seemed like the best way to ensure that the information remained up on the internet for whoever wants even if I’m not actively maintaining it.
Once I release the digital collection, that will probably mean there will be no new articles posted on this blog.
Phase 3: I have agreed to write a series of five books. These books are a combination of channeled information, my interpretation of it, and things that I know. It is the culmination of my magical practices, knowledge, and teachings, at least insofar as my public persona is concerned. The first book is 80% done and the second book is 95% done. The remainder are less done. When these books are ready I will be releasing them digitally as free downloads that are also free to share. If you are a fan of this blog, or you’ve found the information here useful, or you’re looking for spiritual information, then I’d urge you to please read through at least the first book and see if it resonates with you when it’s released.
As always, I’m not in the business of selling spirituality, and I will never charge or ask for money or donations for spiritual information or teachings, and none of my spiritual work will ever be monetized.
I’m not sure where I’ll be spiritually or what I’ll do following phase 3, but there’s a possibility that I won’t continue being an active part of the community so folks can freely interpret what I’ve written without my interference.
My wife has also expressed an interest in putting some stuff out there, and I’ve told here that she can use this blog if she wants to. She has different gifts and a different perspective on magic than me. If she does decide to eventually post here, I’ll make sure she has her own author account so you can tell who wrote which article.