Monday, June 29, 2020

Via Solis Cancer Elixir - Year Four (Streaming)

Today's Magick Monday post is a full script for the Cancer Elixir Rite that we will be performing tomorrow, Tuesday June 30th. Like the last few elixir rites, it will be streamed on Facebook Live at the Leaping Laughter OTO page. The page can be found here. I will be starting around 8 PM CDT, but barring any technical difficulties I will archive the video after the ritual so you can view it whenever you have time if you miss it live.

0. The Temple

The ritual space is set up with an altar table in the center. The bell chime, banishing dagger, and invoking wand are placed on the altar. In the center of the altar is placed a cup of wine for creating the elixir, within the Table of Art corresponding to Cancer. The sign Cancer is attributed to "The power of casting enchantments." As I interpret it, this is related to the ability to magnetize or draw things into your life in accordance with your will. So those sorts of intents are most appropriate. This ritual may be performed with one, two, or three officers, who may alternate taking the Officiant role and divide up the reading from Liber 963. The Via Solis Elixir Rites were written by Michele Montserrat in 2010 for the Comselh Ananael magical working group.

I. Opening

All stand surrounding the altar. Officiant inhales fully, placing the banishing dagger at his or her lips. The air is then expelled as the dagger is swept backwards.

Officiant: Bahlasti! Ompehda!

Officiant then performs the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. All rotate accordingly.

Officiant: We take refuge in Nuit, the blue-lidded daughter of sunset, the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night sky, as we issue the call to the awakened nature of all beings, for every man and every woman is a star.


Officiant: We take refuge in Hadit, the secret flame that burns in every heart of man and in the core of every star, as we issue the call to our own awakened natures, arousing the coiled serpent about to spring.


Officiant: We take refuge in Heru-Ra-Ha, who wields the wand of double power, the wand of the force of Coph Nia, but whose left hand is empty for he has crushed an universe and naught remains, as we unite our awakened natures with those of all beings everywhere and everywhen, dissolving all obstacles and healing all suffering.


Officiant: For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.

All: All is pure and present are and has always been so, for existence is pure joy; all the sorrows are but as shadows; they pass and done; but there is that which remains. To this realization we commit ourselves – pure and total presence. So mote it be.

Bell chime.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

God Will Punish Mild Inconvenience

That was the claim made by anti-mask Floridians at a public hearing in Palm Beach County. But honestly, I have a hard time imagining a universe in which God cares very much about something that for most people is just a mild inconvenience. To be clear, I don't have a problem with medical exemptions for people who legitimately have problems wearing masks or other face coverings, but that's a very small percentage of people. There's no way everybody without masks in recent pictures from Florida would qualify.

As Palm Beach County, Florida, battles an alarming spike in coronavirus cases, some speakers at a heated public hearing attacked county commissioners as “communist dictators” who follow “the devil’s laws” as they prepared to vote on a mandate for wearing face masks in public.

During public comments before the unanimous vote in favor of the mask requirement on Tuesday, a majority of speakers opposed the move, according to local news station WPTV. Some of these speakers, as The Daily Beast reports, denied that masks were effective against spreading COVID-19 and accused officials of playing God, violating the Constitution and threatening freedom and lives by imposing the measure.

One speaker threatened to perform a citizen’s arrests on the officials for going “against the freedom of choice.” “Every single one of you that’s obeying the devil’s laws are going to be arrested. And you are going to be arrested for crimes against humanity,” the woman declared.

“Every single one of you has a smirk behind that little mask, but every single one of you are going to get punished by God. You cannot escape God ... not even with the mask or 6 feet.”

A serious question - does anybody really believe that the Christian God of the evangelicals supports "freedom of choice?" Sure, there's a lot of theological debate about the nature of free will, but when you get right down to it you follow the rules or else. Modern evangelicals appear to believe the only rules that count are related to abortion and homosexuality, but still. They uphold the overall basic premise. And there's no rule prohibiting Christians from wearing masks anywhere in the Bible.

So it's profoundly weird to see Christians claiming that God is going to punish anyone who mildly inconveniences them. There's also nothing in scripture that says "thou shalt not mildly inconvenience a Christian." That suggests there's nothing religious about this at all. It's about Poor Oppressed Christians demanding rights for themselves, and getting all upset when nobody recognizes their special status. It's silly.

I'm glad to see nobody in government took this nonsense seriously. We can't be replacing measures that have been shown to be effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 with what amounts to faith healing. It just doesn't work.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Ritual Night Talk for June 23rd

Here's last night's Ritual Night Talk, covering Aleister Crowley's Liber Samekh. Crowley adapted Liber Samekh from the Stele of Jeu or Headless Rite from the Greek Magical Papyri into a Thelemic invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel. I covered some of that background last week. This week I walked through the ritual itself, along with Crowley's directions for use and some of my own findings from personally working with it.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Mass of Nuit and Babalon for 2020

Here is the video of Saturday's Mass of Nuit and Babalon. If you have ever wondered what this ritual looks like when performed, this will give you an idea - though of course it is bigger and more impressive when done with multiple officers, the full temple setup, and all of the blocking bits and pieces that can't really be done with a limited streaming setup.

Happy Summer Solstice, everyone!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Ritual Night Talk for June 16th

Here is the video of last night's Ritual Night Talk. In this installment I talk some more about the Holy Guardian Angel and start in on Liber Samekh. I'll be going into more depth on Liber Samekh next week.

Here are some links I included with the video:

The Path of Initiation - The Holy Guardian Angel
The Headless Rite from The Digital Ambler
Liber Samekh from

Aleister Crowley's conception of the Holy Guardian Angel is one of the hallmarks of Thelemic magick, and Liber Samekh is the ritual that he wrote to obtain and stabilize knowledge and conversation with this entity. The ritual is based on the much older Stele of Jeu or Headless Rite from the Greek Magical Papyri.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Mass of Nuit and Babalon for 2020 (Streaming)

This Saturday is the Summer Solstice and we will be performing the Mass of Nuit and Babalon to celebrate it. This is the full script for the ritual, which we have been celebrating for a number of years now with some pretty impressive results. This year the ritual will be streamed online, so it won't look like the full temple version shown above. Also, there have been some changes to the script due to the streaming format. The livestream will take place this Saturday, June 20th, at 7:30 PM CDT on the Leaping Laughter OTO Facebook page. It will also be archived so you can view it later if you miss it live.

0. The Temple

The ritual space is set up with the Holy Table and Sigillum Dei Aemeth in the center. The banishing dagger, invoking wand, and bell chime are arranged on the Table. The chalice containing the Eucharist is placed in the center of the Sigillum. Holy images of Our Lady Nuit and Our Lady Babalon, including the Star of Babalon, may be prominently displayed. The Lust card from the Crowley/Harris Thoth Tarot can be used as a meditation focus, if desired.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Ritual Night Talk for June 9th

Here's my Ritual Night Talk from last night. The long awkward pause at the beginning is due to Facebook rolling out a new interface and me standing there waiting to make sure I was live before I started speaking. I was fine with the old Facebook interface - no idea why they felt the need to change it up.

Anyway, this talk focuses on the idea of True Will, which in my opinion a lot of people explain in an incorrect or at least incorrectly limited way, and an introduction to the idea of the Holy Guardian Angel. I'll be talking about the Holy Guardian Angel and Liber Samekh in more detail next week.

The biggest misconception I see about True Will is the idea that it's a task, a calling, or a vocation. Certainly tasks, callings, and vocations can be in harmony with your True Will, but they aren't the extent of what True Will is. Rather, True Will is about being as true to your fundamental nature as you can possibly be from moment to moment and situation to situation in a coherent fashion.

It's like "following the Dao" corresponding to your specific nature, and there's a reason that Aleister Crowley was a fan of Lao-Tsu and Daoism.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Paula White Versus Demonic Protesters

Donald Trump may have lost Pat Robertson, but I suspect hell will freeze over (and yeah, I know there's supposed to be a frozen hell too so this figure of speech is not even remotely theologically correct, but whatever) before he loses his spiritual advisor Paula White. White's advice for Trump in response to the recent protests was to recruit an army of exorcists to battle the protesters, who were (of course) possessed by demons.

Spiritual shyster Paula White has rushed to congratulate President Donald Trump after he tear-gassed Washington, D.C. protesters just to get a photo op of him holding a bible. White claimed that Trump’s move conferred special spiritual power on him.

“When God looked down from heaven and saw an American president holding a bible up, he automatically conferred spiritual leadership powers that would allow Trump to crush the army of demonic protesters,” said White in a press release.

She also suggested that Trump conscript preachers skilled in exorcism to help battle the protests. “Many of these protesters are possessed by riot and disobedience demons,” she added.

No, they're totally not. I say that as a practicing magician who is quite familiar with conjuring demons. I'll counter with a question. What the heck are "riot" and "disobedience" demons? Do you have names? Sigils? Because otherwise I'm thinking the whole concept is bullshit.

And yes, I'm only playing dumb there. I am well-aware of the fundamentalist Christian worldview in which every little thing that deviates from polite conformity at the local church brunch is supposed to be caused by demons. Like right now, they would probably say I'm possessed by a "demon of snark." Except this is just me being snarky, because that's what I'm like.

The very idea that a "demon of snark" would even exist is frankly kind of scary - and not because it scares me, but because of what it says about them. How does their god even function without a sense of humor? I know, far more prominent people than me have asked that question. It confuses me that anyone would follow a god who thinks jokes are evil.

To be fair, I should point out that Paula White is considered extreme by even other fundamentalist and prosperity gospel preachers, most of whom I already have nothing nice to say about. The frightening thing here is that she's a nut, and she has Trump's ear.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Penis Candle Toad Venom WHUT???

Possible captions include "Don't lick it, man!" and "Does this toad look high to you?"

This story from AV Club seemingly has it all - penis candles, rituals, toad venom, and manslaughter. Oh, and Spain. If you're wondering what the hell I'm going on about, you're not alone. But here's deal, according to the article:

Today, in ritualistic toad venom death news: A man best known as a prominent Spanish adult film actor—but who also has a sideline selling candles shaped like his own penis—has been arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter in relation to, well, a death from ritualistic toad venom ingestion.

Ignacio “Nacho” Vidal—a well-known porn performer with several AVN awards, and more than 1,500 credits to his name—was, per The Guardian this week, reportedly arrested in relation to the death of photographer José Luis Abad, in July of last year. Abad died after inhaling vaporized secretions from Incilius alvarius, a species of North American toad that secretes multiple hallucinogenic compounds (and also a few different potentially lethal poisons) when threatened.

Incilius alvarius (a.k.a. the Colorado River toad) has a long and complicated history as a controlled substance (or provider of same), and is both endangered and illegal to transport in a number of states. In addition, Bufotenin, one of the primary hallucinogens excreted by the animal, is considered a Class I controlled substance in the U.S., although it’s not immediately clear whether it carries similar restrictions in Spain, where Abad’s death occurred.

Spanish police have arrested three people in relation to the incident, with Vidal believed to be one of them. Police have accused Vidal of serving as a guide for a “mystical ritual” using the venom, and argue that he encouraged participation from “highly suggestible people who were especially vulnerable and were seeking alternative ways to cure certain ailments or addictions.” (They also claimed he downplayed the potential lethality of the secretions.)

Thursday, June 4, 2020

He's Lost Pat Robertson

Here's a moment that I never expected. Donald Trump has apparently lost Pat Robertson, who called out Trump's response to this last week's protests. Trump floated the idea of sending in the military to police American cities, which is banned under the Posse Comitatus Act. It's a truly terrible idea regardless of your political ideology.

Televangelist Pat Robertson scolded President Donald Trump on Tuesday over his threat to send the U.S. military into American cities to control civil unrest. “You just don’t do that, Mr. President,” Robertson said on his “700 Club” TV show, then he raised his voice: “It isn’t cool.”

In comments posted online by Right Wing Watch, Robertson also called out Trump for getting the tone all wrong in dealing with the people protesting against racial injustice in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, last week.

“You know, there’s a purpose to everything under heaven, you read in the Bible, and there’s a time,” he said. “And I think like now is the time to say, ’I understand your pain, I want to comfort you, I think it’s time we love each other.”

But Trump, he said, took a very different approach.

Whether Pat Robertson should the arbiter of what is or isn't "cool" is a whole other question, but it's surprising to see this because up until now Robertson has been a big Trump supporter. Trump's response was also called out by several prominent Republicans over the idea of sending the military into American cities. At least they're cognizant enough of what that would mean to know it's a very, very bad idea.

I neither want nor need the military in my neighborhood. And keep in mind, I say that as someone who lives on the north side of Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. That's a block and a half from Lake Street for those of you who don't live here. We had the National Guard here over the weekend and that was already more military presence than we needed.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Ritual Night Talk for June 2nd

Here's the video of last night's Ritual Night Talk, covering Liber V vel Reguli. I realized when I went to put this together I don't actually have a version of this ritual here on the blog with my comments, so that's on my list to get done soon. Until then, this video covers my take on the ritual. It's a little more of a presentation, since I walk through the script that I have linked to up above. I also could have been a little more prepared in spots - this is a ritual that I haven't done regularly (aside from the first part, the Elevenfold Seal, which I do as part of my daily practice) in almost twenty years. So I couldn't quite "wing it" to the same extent as I have done with the previous talks, and I suspect it shows at least in a couple of places.

Enjoy, and I'll be putting together a "Thoughts on Liber V vel Reguli" article here on Augoeides including these remarks soon.