Wednesday, October 23, 2013

And Now, The Unveiling...

I've been working like a madman getting ready for my talk on Practical Jewish Folk Magic at Crucible this coming weekend. It's an amazing convention with speakers who are both knowledgeable and very approachable, and most things taught there can work with nearly any magical paradigm. I've put probably 20 hours into the handouts, which include reference guides to names of God, Jewish attributions for the four elements and the four directions, suggested offerings and ritual tools (I forgot to include the shofar, which I like to use for banishing), a comparison of Hebrew vs. Paleo-Hebrew letters (which I personally like better), and a Tree of Life that includes the divine and angelic names associated with each of the sephirot. It's been a painstaking undertaking, and I'm glad to be able to share it with you.

You can download it here.

Now, you may notice there's something missing. Nowhere in the document do I spell out exactly how to write an incantation (whether for verbal use or for making an amulet). This was an oversight, but I think it was an inspired one. I don't want someone randomly finding that guide in your house or apartment and getting into trouble. There's a lot of information densely packed into those pages. In order to decode it, read chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of this book. I realize that's quite a few pages, but if you're not willing to do research for your magic, switch to a different tradition or model now. This one is certainly the most literary magical system I've ever worked with, by far, and I'm completely enthralled by that fact.

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