How To Write An Initiation

Having spent the last decade and a half bumming around fraternal orders, convivial societies and esoteric groups, I have seen my fair share of initiations, and have run my fair share of degree teams. I’ve worked on ritual committees for fraternal orders to create and revise initiations. Because I have seen initiations that were both mystical and non-mystical, I think a bit differently about initiation than your average Pagan or Polytheist. The first thing you need to know about initiatory traditions is that, at one point in the past, it was simply a part of the genre that traditions would […]

Involving Deities In Your Spell-Work: Yes, It Can Be Done Respectfully

Once, apropos of nothing, while meditating with Hermes, he let loose with the following rant: “It’s not like I don’t want to help. I do. I’m helpful. I like being helpful. And I get that I’m useful, too! I’ve got commerce and diplomacy and language and invention and the afterlife — and who wouldn’t want to call on me? But could people like, ASK before either touching my balls or yanking on my intimate divine bits?” And it’s true. I have seen countless spell books that “use” deities as symbols in spells, or which “use” the names and symbols belonging […]

My Definition of Sacred

I’ve decided today to explore my take on the sacred. What is sacred to me, how I decided what I found to be sacred, and to cast in relief those things which are definitely not at all sacred to me. The process of articulating what is sacred is one that should be on-going. How I defined sacredness ten years ago is not how I define it today. Refining my understanding of it is also refining my understanding of my spiritual self. Herein, I give three definitions, and an explanation for each. I do not expect these to be universally applicable, […]