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July 23rd, 2008
04:33 pm


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For discussion of evocation and invocation of spirits.

This is the offshoot of groups.yahoo.com/group/summoning_spirits which was abandoned. Please feel free to join us here for spam free discussion! New members are moderated until it is determined that they are neither here to troll or spam.

Keywords: spirits, demons, summoning, conjuring, conjuration, invocation, invokation, evokation, elementals, otherkin, occult, black magic, magick, Goetia, goetia, Solomon, Soloman, Solomonic, daimon, jinn, djinn, angels, enochian, spells, occult, daimons, daimones, Abramelin, Agathos Daimon, HGA, angelic summoning, angelic evocation.

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April 7th, 2007
03:54 pm


Introduction - Tris
I've been a pagan since I was a teenager, moving from Reform Judaism quite naturally into a greater understanding of Shekinah. I spent a few years taking classes at a local occult shop, going up to Sedona often for the requisite New Age workshops (had crystals aligned to my chakras and all that crap). I developed a very sincere interest in the occult and after moving to NYC was able to network with better groups and begin training in earnest.

So for the last ten years I've studied with the Dianics, several pagan groups, the BDO and was fortunate to be initiated into two British Tradition Wicca orders. The more involved I became with Ceremonial Magic, the more it became my main focus and so having spent several years studying Chassidic KBLH and incorporating it into CM, it has become my main focus. This year, I hope to improve my Hebrew and continue studying KBLH & CM. My favorite scholars are Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Rabbi Kaplan and Ellen Cannon Reed and have great respect for the Sefer Yetzirah, Zohar and other sacred KBLH texts.

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05:19 pm


Changing My Mind And Introducing Myself Properly
i'm an autodidact with a broad range of interests, one of which is occultism. i've taught myself broadly, and occasionally deeply, about the subject, ranging from the occultism of the ancient world and the Renaissance neoplatonists to the 19th century revival and the various types of Nouveau Magic in the 20th and 21st centuries (such as NLP, Robert Anton Wilson's "quantum psychology", A.O. Spare's theories, Chaos Magic, and so on). in the area of Nouveau Magic, i'm currently especially interested in the strands of magic current in the US military, following on the First Earth Battalion ideas, such as Project Jedi, Project Star Gate, and so on. i know a little bit about Alchemy, but would like to know much more. i'm conversant with the works of John Dee, especially in regard to his unusual Enochian system (and i'm also conversant with Benjamin Rowe's very interesting extensions to that system).

my personal specialization is the religion, cosmology, and magic of the Celtic, but especially of the Gaelic, peoples.

i'm least interested in the 19th century magical revival, and consequently most of the magical thought of the 20th and 21st centuries (the exception being, as i noted, Nouveau Magic).

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12:16 pm


Obligatory introductory post
Hello, all. I'm a comoderator of this community, largey because it was in part my bemoaning the lack of a community like this one which prompted jrfrench to actually create one.

My knowledge of occultism is cobbled together and patchy. I was only affiliated with a magical group very briefly, so most of what I know is picked up through random but extensive reading and monitoring online communities run by those more knowledgeable than myself. I have a decent background in Catholic mysticism and in the Western intellectual tradition, as I grew up Catholic and have spent the last five years TA'ing for a foundations of Western civilization course. I'm working on a Ph.D. in the archaeology of the Holy Land, focusing on a cemetery in Southern Jordan I was involved in excavating.

I'm very interested in Western esotercism, but I imagine I'll be reading the posts of others more than commenting myself. I'm excited to finally have such a forum, however.

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12:51 pm


I'm Male, 25, and finishing up a degree in Finance.

I self-identify as a Chaos Mage. Having been one of everything, I find it much more convenient to be able to be one of everything at the same time.

I'm also a voracious reader and Martial Artist. In retrospect, that's probably how I internalized "Books are Great" and "Books aren't Everything" at the same time.

I have backgrounds in Hermetic Kabbalah / Golden Dawn CM, Shamanism, proto-Wicca, and strains of magic-in-drag from the Southern Baptist and Assemblies of God churches.

My Chaotic interests are more concentrated on "Classic" Carroll, technomagic, time-based magic, mathemagic, and when I'm bored I play with using obviously fictional occult systems or liturgies inspired by the most bizarre and amusing things I can find.

Glad to be here. Let me know if I can be of help.

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01:32 am


sefer yetsirah question
Anybody know why the "double letters" are the "begadkefat" letters (ones that take a certain kind of dot) plus "Resh"? This is a question that's stumped a number of jewish studies professionals I've asked, so I hope it's not seen as a "beginner" kind of question.

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April 6th, 2007
11:11 pm


intro post
hi all. I'm a 3rd year MA student at a theological/university (doing an academic, not priestly degree) in berkeley CA. I have taught classes aimed at grad students on alchemical art and magical traditions, been to two conferences on esotericism and alchemy, and focus my study the influence of neoplatonism on renaissance magic and christian cabala. right now I'm working on Iamblichus' concept of theurgy for a Proclus seminar, and reading Nicholas of Cusa, along with some remedial study on the Arabic background to Abulafia's Ecstatic Kabbalah, especially Averroes on the "Agent Intellect." Other project right now is Thomas Aquinas' angel and the thomistic 'presence' in renaissance magic. I spend a lot of time in the library checking out all the research on historical magic that's available, and am especially interested in corresponding with folks who are interested in faithful study of the classical texts of magic, trying to get to the meaning and sort out the strands of esoteric tradition without anachronistically projecting back 19th and 20th century models (post-enlightenment, victorian, [post]modernist etc.). This doesn't mean I'm not also greatly interested in these modern models (and doing historical research in pre-18th cent. involves needing to know the modern to tell the difference), my interest in serious critical study also extends to modern practitioners interested in getting heavy into what's there in the texts themselves. I think that academic study of magic especially should be paying a lot more attention to the phenomenological data of modern esotericists, although this is tough to argue given the pervasive anti-intellectualism in many online esoteric circles (part of the reason we need communities like this!). basically anytime smart and dedicated people apply themselves with rigor and a critical attitude to this stuff, with humble scientific aspiration, I want to see the fruit. May all Attain!

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