Perhaps this is what happened to the elves when mankind discovered magic? They moved deeper into the Otherworld.
JJ Abrams ruining ..
Eschewing explanations based in particular worldviews, in favour of an emphasis on personal..
“But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.”
- Ursula K LeGuin
The hill with the dragons in it terrifie..
First, a couple of childhood anecdotes.
When I was very young, my maternal grandparents lived just up the street from us. They were..
Two of the best books I have read in the last twelve months have been about the Devil.
Most recently, it was Peter Levend..
Can digital publishing be talismanic?
We are sitting at the pub table where Tolkien and the rest of the Inklings used to sit, drink..
All I ask is that my results should ..
We have inherited an historic tendency to stack aspects of western esotericism in some kind of cosmic food pyramid.
More often than..
It’s probably cheating to say the tarot would be one of my desert island books.
But, if you choose a deck with an inbuilt mythology..
The information panel beside the gate annoys me.
Apparently, this large and enigmatic ritual complex “may have been solar in nature..
Too many things were cooked not to eke this out into a second post. Call it leftovers.
The Romans did not think of vegetables as a si..
Because he is sometimes not an idiot, my little brother has rented an apartment in the Trastevere in Rome.
This was my suggestion a..
The portrait of Thomas McIntyre looks down on the revellers dancing in the inner hall.
An engraving on the frame says the painting is a..
Or possibly putting the ‘summer’ in Summerisle?
I don’t know. Scottish weather is notoriously changeable.
Anyway, I’m heading of..
From the breakfast table of the hotel, I look across Charlotte Street to the Fitzroy Tavern, where Crowley and a congerie of other hig..
Whilst there may have been stories of a mysterious priest king in the Far Ea..
There will be a review coming, but in order to save time, just go out and buy Peter Levenda’s The Dark Lord.
It’s a confident reali..
He experienced and then wrote about one of the more famous abduction/encounters that became th..
Having an airport is just the start of it.
When Maggie frik..
It’s the most southerly part of ..
So we move into the dog days, when the influence of the heliacal rising of Sirius upon the world of men turns from enigmatic to almost..
Paul Laffoley shifts in his seat.
The Palace at Westminster and the London Eye are visible behind him.
“My primary concern is how yo..
If Egypt is the mirror of heaven, what does the toppling of the country’s corporate/shadow government puppet say ..
Know what is in front of your face and what is hidden from you will be disclosed. —Gospel of Thomas
Let me tell you a story about a b..
There is something deliciously Crowleyan about ‘taking rooms’ in a European city for the purposes of a ritual.
It is a silly thing.
Invented as an idle doodle, drawn at a kitchen table. Used to explain an obscure element of the fictional worl..
Famously, the Queen does not carry money.
Just like the deliberate engineering of our financial illiteracy through primary school a..
Today is the 260th birthday of the British Museum, which I marked by being in it.
Specifically, we were there for 2013’s blockbuster sh..
We are sitting in the best restaurant in Merlin’s home town.
It stretches over two floors and looks over the main square. We are th..
My bus sneaks up behind him as it comes along the top of ..
Strange week ending with a strange weekend.
So much so that I’m tempted to replace my existing astrological forecasting regime with..
Like mojitos, everything comes back into fashion again.
And like those who have been drinking mojtios anytime between 2008 and next..
In my baby wizard days, I was particularly enamored of Crowley’s presentation of The Trance Of Sorrow.
To experience ‘sorrow’ is an..