Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Misadventures in Magic – part 3: Please leave a message...

It's rather petty of me but I like to visit the British Museum in order to gloat. The museum is choc full of ancient civilizations and cultures that have now pretty much died and yet my people live on.

However after walking around looking at various artifacts that are carefully laid out for the passing tourists to look at with amazement, I think about the posts that Gordon of Rune Soup fame and others bloggers have made about visiting the British Museum. That raises the uncomfortable question: how many of these items still have active entities associated with them that have some level of awareness?

The thing is that when it comes to the debate of magicians working with force (energy) or forms (entities, angels, demons, ancestors, spirits, etc.), I'm on the side of people who prefer to work with forces. In fact, until very recently I refused to even acknowledge entities. I'll admit it's a massive blind spot.  

Anyway sometimes when studying late in to the night, I would sense the presence of something in the room. Often the presence was very respectful and waited for an appropriate break in my studies to make me aware of its presence. And just as respectfully I would say aloud: “Please be aware that I do not interact with non-physical entities. If you would like to make contact then please phone me or email me. Oh, and I've stopped following Twitter and Google+”.

Invariably the entity would depart often with some level of confusion about what the hell email and other electronic means of communication might be. Luckily I've never had a problem of something refusing to leave.

Having established that I do not like interacting with non-physical entities but do like to visit the British Museum - you can imagine what happened one day when I walked passed a statue of Sekhmet and she called out to me. I panicked.

In hindsight it was probably quite comical, a trainee golem builder makes the rounds at the British Museum. He peers down to read the inscription near a statue of an Egyptian goddess. He yelps, jumps up and hurries out of the museum mumbling something about finding a priestess who can help restore Sekhmet.

Anyway, I never did go back to that room in the British Museum. In part because I've been too busy to even visit any part of the Museum, but also because I'd like to avoid any other such surprise interactions.

Fortunately a practitioner who knows his stuff has been to the British Museum recently and helped Sekhmet. You can read all about it here, although I recommend that you read the first post here.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Misadventures in Magic – part 2: A Flea Amongst Princes

This is one of those posts about workings that are harder to back up with proofs, in part because the work is still ongoing and any effects of my magic can be easily explained away by someone with a simple grasp of geopolitics.

If you buy in to the idea that each nation or people has an angel (or angelic prince) that rules and watches over them, then this opens the door to meddling in geopolitics in a greater or smaller way. Hence why this post is called “a flea amongst princes”.

I've tried to have an impact on this area in the past that has resulted in utter, utter failure each time. Then I changed approach and tried to send spiritual messengers and agents to act on my behalf. That did not work either until I created / summoned the messengers to be formed of the land in which they were to operate. This had a very small effect but one that was noticeable.

Following on from this I tried to see whether creating an agent to promote strife or peace would be more effective in countering those who sought to harm my more distant family. It turns out that whilst the agents of chaos are quicker to act, their effects are also very transitory. Agents of prosperity take longer but have a greater effect in cooling the fires of hatred that might otherwise spill over in to violence.

Not satisfied with the results of creating agents of chaos and prosperity & stability, I then wanted to see if the agents of chaos could be modelled more on natural phenomena such as storms or other severe natural conditions. Stealing an idea from fiction I invoked a rain of colourless fire on an enemy that tried to kill someone very close to me.

This brings the story around to why this falls in the 'misadventures in magic'. The results of the colourless fire working were successful, too successful in fact. The part of the world targeted was unstable already and the colourless fire work may have tipped the scale in to open conflict.

As I said at the start of this post, the effect of the work that I did is very hard to measure in terms of impact. If you ever meet me in person and ask: “Did you have anything to do with the situation in X?” My answer will be “No, I think that you're massively over-estimating my power and influence.”  

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Treadwells Talk on 22nd November 2012

On Thursday 22 November 2012 - I will be presenting the following talk at Treadwell's Bookshop in London:

Thursday 22 November

Kabbalah: Knowledge  & Experience of Ten Sefirot

Simon Tomasi

Occultists today learn kabbalah from authorities such as Regardie, Duquette, Nowicki, Gray, Butler,  Dion Fortune - focusing on the famed Tree of Life glyph. This tradition of ascending the ten spheres goes back to Renaissance Neoplatonists. But what about Judaism’s Hebrew kabbalah? Tonight's talk compares how these two traditions guide the seeker to achieve knowledge and experience of the ten sefirot. Drawing on the Sefer Yetsirah, and emphasising practical methods, there will even be a small example meditation. If you love Western kabbalah, and wish to learn about its Jewish roots and branches, this night is for you. Simon Tomasi is a student of Jewish kabbalah and Hebrew mystical texts, with a friendly comparative interest in Western Mystery traditions. He returns by popular demand.
Price: £7
Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

This is really a talk about Sefer Yetzirah (book of creation) and how it has shaped thinking and practices of people involved in Jewish Kabbalah and  Western Esoteric movements.

Sefer Yetzirah is the first place that the Sefirot are mentioned and then only in chapter 1. Hence this talk is about practical steps to take to experience the Sefirot and thereby gain some knowledge of them.

Now if I can only just stop blogging, reading several dozen excellent blogs and playing Diablo 3 - I may just write it up in time.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Misadventures in Magic – part 1: The Cursed Ring

Since the spring I’ve felt as if my ability to tap into power of the Universe has diminished. At first I thought it was just due to the fact that I’d stopped meditating on a regular basis and that probably did have a huge impact. But then when I made a concerted effort to meditate every day, it still felt like something was missing.
Taking a look back over the summer and spring, here is the first (of several) misadventures that may have had an impact.

Part 1: The Cursed Ring
Some time ago I was walking in to work from the station, in a world of my own as normal. Just as I passed a church a stout woman in her late middle age gasps and points to a ring on the floor. She says: “Look! A wedding ring.”

Like a true sucker I stop to make conversation.

“Well, let’s take it to a police station,” I say.

“Oh no,” she responds quickly. “I am just looking for cleaning job. You help me?”

At this point I’m a bit confused, does she want the ring returned to its owner or just asking for a hand-out?

“We should hand in the ring,” I re-affirm.

“You go to the police,” she urges me as she pushes the ring in to my hand. “But please just share a little finder with me now.”

Sure enough I give her far too much money and continue to walk the short journey in to work feeling bemused and confused. As soon as I get in to work and tell the office ladies what has happened, they all laugh and told me in no uncertain terms that I’ve been duped. This con-game is being played out all over London.

Anyway, that’s not the end of it… One of the office ladies from Ireland says: “That is a cursed ring.”
Now I’m not sure if she said it as a joke or not, but I’m starting to get worried. What if it does bring bad luck? What if by believing it’s cursed – that it actually attracts the bad luck?

So fast forward a few weeks, the Irish office lady has taken the ring to a pawn shop but the owner shakes his head and holds up a string with fifty such cheap rings. Finally the office lady and I forget about the ring for another couple of weeks until one day she’s robbed. A motorcyclist snatches her bag out of the basket attached to the front of her bicycle.

The next day she tells me of her robbery. I point out that at least we’ve managed to get rid of the cursed ring. Attempting to sell it or throw it in the river did not work, but in the end the Universe had its own way of moving on the cursed ring to another recipient.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Recipe: Winter Warmer

And now for something slightly different...The festival of Sukkot has just passed, which involves sitting in a hut outside for 7 days. As you can imagine, in rainy London that is not really a pleasant way to spend the time so to compensate it helps to have something delicious to eat and drink.

Here is a recipe from Claudia Roden's "The Book of Jewish Food" pp.121.
"Prune Tzimmes"
Meat and Potato Stew with Prunes
Server 8 or more
Tzimmes is a general term for a sweet vegetable or meat dish. Just as Oriental Sephardi Jews inherited a taste for meat with fruit from tenth-century Baghdad, Ashkenazi Jews acquired similar tastes in medieval Germany. This meat and prunes tzimmes is the most popular. South African Jews of Lithuanian origin seem the most fond of it. It is traditionally served for Succot, the harvest festival, which celebrates farming and nature and fruit picking, when fruit is the theme of meals taken in the festive booths. I wondered about adding sugar when I cooked it, but the result was very good.
  • 1kg (2lb) slightly fat beef brisket, flank or rolled rib
  • 3 tablespoons chicken fat or oil
  • 1 and a half large onions, coarsely chopped
  • slat and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • half teaspoon of allspice
  • a good pinch of nutmeg
  • 1kg (2lb) new potatoes
  • 500g (1lb) pitted prunes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or to taste

In a heavy pan over medium heat, turn the meat in the fat or oil to brown it all over. Then remove it and fry the onions gently till soft. Return the meat tot he pan and cover with water. Season with salt and pepper, add the cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg, and simmer for 1 and a half hours. Add the potato and prunes and the sugar and more water to cover, and simmer 3/4 hour longer. You may want to have plenty of black pepper to balance the sweetness. There should be a lot of liquid. Serve hot.

  • 4 large carrots cut in to pieces may be added.
  • In America, sweet potatoes, cut in to cubes are used as an alternative to potatoes. 
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger.
  • Sweeten with 2 tablespoons of honey instead of sugar.
  • Some red wine could be added to the water."

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Project Catch-up 03 October 2012

If I remember correctly I have 2 projects ongoing at the moment.

  1. Hebrew Immersion Study Course
  2. Leaping Forth From the Bashan

The good news...
Is that having studied Hebrew almost every working day for the past year and a half for 20-40 minutes at a time… I can now read the introduction of Sodei Razya HaShalem - Rabbi Elazar of Garmiza whilst only needing to look up a couple of dozen words. Not bad considering at the start of project 1 – I would have had to look up every 3rd or 4th word.

This means that I can now seriously start to look at translating the writings of Rabbi Abraham Abulafia and Rabbi Elazar of Garmiza. The former is the founder of Prophetic Kabbalah and had his work censored for many, many centuries. He writes in detail about how to meditate and records his own experiences. The latter was recommended to me as an author who wrote about magical uses of Kabbalah, which always grabs my attention.

The bad news...
Is that project 2. is not going so well. The Detroit Lions have won first game of this season and lost the next 3. This means that my project is failing at the moment, I need to take time out to work out how to turn the tide and help the Lions start winning. What I'm doing now is obviously not working and doing the same thing again and again in the expectation of a different result is sheer stupidity.

In other news...
As Jack and Helen have pointed out extremism is on the rise. The one email list that I am on has already had some threatening messages moderated away. 

If you think this may affect you at a nation-state level, you should probably be aware that this is not the case. Extremists are targeting individuals, this is not an isolated incident. I'd like to say that things will turn around soon, but if the information in this post is true - then the struggle against extremism will be long and hard indeed.

Somehow I don't think that shielding, cleansing and exorcism is going to cut the mustard.