Province of Sorcerers: The Malignant Magick of Our New Millenium

Province of Sorcerers: The Malignant Magick of Our New Millenium

It is a frightening thought that man also has a shadow side to him, consisting not just of little weaknesses- and foibles, but of a positively demonic dynamism. – Carl Jung, “On the Psychology of the Unconscious” President Trump and his administration – implacable embodiments of counter-reality – are symptoms of a profound and perhaps extinction-level form of malignant magick in the Crowleyian sense of causing changes in reality in accordance with acts of will. Symbols, rituals, chants, invocations – all the trappings of magickal practices are being employed on a minute-by-minute basis by all sides of the current political Read more »

The Path With a Future

The Path With a Future

I have myself felt suicidal – felt trapped and hopeless and without a shred of a future. At that time, I was stuck in a decaying marriage, working two shitty dead-end jobs, trapped by poverty with my then-wife in a building we called Domestic Abuse Central because getting drunk and beating the shit out of their wives, husbands, kids, partners and each other is all our neighbors ever seemed to do. I had been forced to abandon my dream of being an actor, had been kicked out of a band I’d help form, and was constantly overdrawing my bank account. Read more »

Stigma, Disorders, and Shame

Stigma, Disorders, and Shame

“…Like many people with depression, Stacy bought into long-held public attitudes toward the condition. Her self-stigma delayed her treatment, increased her isolation, warped her self-image and lowered her self-esteem—a closed-circuit loop that only deepens depression…” Although I do not, thankfully, suffer, from chronic depression, many people I know and love do so. And yes, this article is dead-on. Beyond the subject of chronic depression, I DO have several sensory-processing disorders: dyslexia, dyscalculia, and perhaps a touch of Asperger Syndrome as well. (I seem to have overcome most of it, but my childhood was textbook Aspie.) And although those disorders are Read more »

Art is Terror

Art is Terror

Art is terror. It is a sublime expression of human frailty and the urge to rise beyond it, capped by the fear that we cannot. If you feel scared when pursuing your art, then you’re doing it right.  By definition, the sublime space exists outside of your comfort zone and off in the realms of the gods. 

Worship, Shit, and Extraordinary Efforts

Worship, Shit, and Extraordinary Efforts

Something to remember, especially for folks who dare to live beyond the mainstream:  Whenever you do something extraordinary, there will be people who worship you for doing it when they didn’t, and those who throw shit at you because you did it and they didn’t.  That comes with the territory, especially in the age of the internet.  The trick is making sure that the first group doesn’t go to your head, and that the second group isn’t correct.  Beyond that, do what you do as well as you can do it… because YOU’RE doing it and they’re NOT. (image by Read more »

Bare Feet, Sakti and Litte Bits of Madness

Bare Feet, Sakti and Litte Bits of Madness

Of course, this is integral to the wisdom of indigenous people everywhere to pray by dancing, to pray with one’s feet.– Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men People who habitually go barefoot and expose their bodies to the sun, as they do in many parts of Asia and Africa, have an intuitive awareness of the powers, the sakti in Hindu terms, in the earth, in the air, in the water and in the fire of the sun. They experience those forces of nature acting upon them and have an instinctive knowledge of the powers of nature… The idea of ‘thinking Read more »

Next Big Thing: Holy Creatures To and Fro

Next Big Thing: Holy Creatures To and Fro

“Don’t run off too far, Sarah,” said my father. But I guess I did. Sarah was me before I was Silk. I became Silk because Sarah couldn’t run away. I was five or so when my father took me walking to Woodside Park. It was just a few blocks away from home, but to me it felt like miles. There, rough concrete gave way to soft gray powder and chips of shredded wood. I swept out hieroglyphs with my toes, stomping up little clouds of dust. Despite sneaker-prints and an old mitten in the dirt, the park was empty save for us. Read more »

6 Points to Understanding (Conflicts With) Men

6 Points to Understanding (Conflicts With) Men

Why do men and women play so many head-games with one another? Why do dudes freak the fuck out when it seems like we’re not getting our way? The following note originated in my response to a female friend who posted a list of female relationship tactics, and then asked a man to explain the way men think in relationships… specifically, in relationship conflicts. I’m posting it to a wider audience because I think these insights might help folks of all genders understand each other, and themselves, and our conflicts a little bit better. For the most part, when we’re Read more »

Brief Notes About Compassionate Communication

Brief Notes About Compassionate Communication

We all have fears. We all have wounds. We all have needs. For most of us, the fear that those needs will not be met – that the people upon whom we most depend will refuse our needs and perhaps even wound us – is the biggest fear we have. We fear, most often, that the people closest to us will tell us that we don’t matter. Compassionate communication addresses that fear. Fear is the root of conflict. Attack and defense are valid responses to a threat, and fear tells us that we are threatened and must respond. However, when people Read more »