Thelema Now: Peter Jenx

Thelema NOW! - Tue, 19/09/2023 - 14:05

Peter Jenx is the guest on this episode of Thelema NOW, and Harper talks to him on the occasion of the release of the long-awaited sequel to his first book “The Thai Occult.” “The Thai Occult Two” explores the wide regional variations in Thai folk magic. This interview explores the place of the “ajarn” or local sorcerer in Thailand, their selection and training. We also talk about the nature of the lineages, and how the tradition – even the magic itself – changes with the needs of the people the ajarns serve. This is a wild ride! 

Besides the amazing things that Peter says in this interview, he tells us that he is nearly done writing the third in the series; be assured that you’ll hear Peter Jenx’s voice again on TN when that book is released!

Deep Dip Check-in 2, and Season Finale

Darkly Splendid Abodes - Sat, 16/09/2023 - 04:50

Michael and I look back at our discussions this season: Crowley’s Introduction to the Book of the Law, Liber Reguli: the Ritual of the Mark of the Beast, & CommentaryFrater Achad’s Liber 31, Chapter 7 of The Equinox of the Gods, The appendix of Achad's Q.B.L., and Chapter 5 of Achad's The Egyptian Revival. We'll also reply to some of the comments we've received, and reflect on where we see the series going in the future.

Thelema Now! Guest: Larry Roberts

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 15/09/2023 - 01:11
This Thelema, NOW!  episode features a conversation between Harper and Larry Roberts. Larry is the heart of Miskatonic Books. Miskatonic is an online store encompassing everything between esoteric and occult books and dark fantasy, classic horror and supernatural fiction. Larry and Debra, his wife, and their kids have been in the bookselling business for 30 years and have been publishing titles in various genres for 21 years. In 2009, Miskatonic won the Bram Stoker Award for Excellence in Specialty Press Publishing. Larry puts out an appetizer on Facebook every morning to lure our credit cards from the depths of our pockets into the light of day. On any given day, you might find offerings from Scarlet Imprint, Three Hands Press, Xoanon, Ouroboros Press, Teitan Press, Aeon Sophia Press, Nephilim Press, IXAXAAR… In short, Larry has his fingers in the only pie that all occultists can agree upon: BOOKS. He’s also a fascinating person with a deep spiritual practice and a great interviewee! Please join Harper and Larry as they discuss what it’s like to be the High Priest of Miskatonic!  

Liber B vel Magi, with Edward Mason

Darkly Splendid Abodes - Sat, 02/09/2023 - 04:50
In around 1906 era vulgaris, Aleister Crowley received a flood of inspired texts that would come to be known as some of the core Holy Books of Thelema, taking their place alongside The Book of the Law and Liber 418.Liber B vel Magi is a short text, only a couple of pages in length, which describes one of the most exalted Grades on the Tree of Life, that of the Magus. Join us as Edward Mason and I explore this brief text.

Thelema NOW Robert Allen

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 01/09/2023 - 17:43

In this episode of ThelemaNOW, Harper talks with actor, dancer, director and ceremonial magician Robert Allen about his new book Imago: Body. Vision. Magick, recently released by Theion Publishing.

The book leads us to some amazing discussions about the very significant overlap between magick and theater, and the history of the image, and Robert reveals one of the many useful exercises in the book.

To buy the book: https://theionpublishing.com/shop/imago/ To learn about Robert’s workshops: https://performancemovementmagick.com/

Deep Dip: Achad's Flipped Tree of Life pt2: Folly?

Darkly Splendid Abodes - Sat, 19/08/2023 - 04:50
In our previous conversation we focused on Achad’s appendix to his book QBL, which consisted of unedited diary notes. Part Two of our discussion moves more heavily into Chapter 5 of his Egyptian Revival, where his Qabalistic ideas ought to be worked out and implemented more clearly.

Virtual Veneration: How Technology is Reshaping Religious Experiences

ModernGnosis - Thu, 10/08/2023 - 05:43

From virtual sabbaths to live streaming services, technology is profoundly changing how we engage in and experience religion. From remote communities to online pilgrimages, our ancient faith traditions are entering a new era of the digital age – one that can provide opportunities for greater connection, understanding, and celebration among people around the globe. In this blog post, we will explore how virtual veneration is being used to revolutionize religious involvement today through access to religious content online as well as enabling faith-based apps like prayer walls and social networks. We’ll also look into what potential impact technology could have on spiritual practice in the coming years. Whether you consider yourself a tech enthusiast or dabbler — let’s dive into this fascinating exploration of modernizing religion!

Overview of virtual religious services and how they are changing the way people practice their faith

In today’s digital age, virtual religious services have become increasingly popular, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. By utilizing video conferencing, live streaming, and other online tools, people from all over the world can participate in religious gatherings and practices without leaving their homes. This change has brought about a new era of accessibility, inclusivity, and convenience for those who may not have been able to participate in physical gatherings before. Furthermore, many religious communities have embraced technology and adapted their practices to fit the virtual format, creating unique experiences that are exclusive to online participants. As technology continues to evolve, it’s interesting to see how virtual religious services will continue to shape and transform the way people practice their faith.

Examining the Benefits of Virtual Worship

Virtual worship has become increasingly popular, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some might argue that it doesn’t quite compare to in-person services, the benefits of virtual worship should not be overlooked. For one, it offers incredible convenience, allowing people to participate in services from the comfort of their own homes. Additionally, virtual worship can be a great way for people who might not otherwise have access to a community of believers to connect with others and feel a sense of belonging. Plus, it opens up opportunities for people to attend services that they might not have been able to attend otherwise, whether due to distance, disability, or other reasons. Overall, virtual worship is a powerful tool that can help bring people together and foster a sense of unity and community, even from afar.

The Challenges Facing Virtual Religious Services

As the pandemic continues to change the way we create and consume content, many religious services have turned to virtual platforms to offer their services. Unfortunately, the transition has not been without its challenges. From technical issues to feeling disconnected from community members, virtual religious services have posed obstacles that religious leaders are still trying to navigate. Despite this, there are some silver linings. Virtual religious services have enabled worshippers to participate in services without geographical limitations and have made religious services accessible to those who may have previously struggled to attend in-person services. As the world continues to adapt, it will be interesting to see how virtual religious services evolve and whether they will continue to play a significant role even after the pandemic subsides.

How Technology Can Enhance Traditional Religious Practices

Technology has the amazing ability to enhance traditional religious practices, allowing for new kinds of experiences that weren’t possible before. For example, virtual reality can transport worshippers to faraway holy sites or provide a glimpse of different religious ceremonies and customs. Additionally, technology allows for greater access to religious texts and teachings, with online databases of religious texts and apps providing guided meditations and prayers. Social media platforms can also create communities of believers who may not have access to physical religious centers, providing a sense of connection and support. Ultimately, technology can serve as a valuable tool in enhancing and enriching traditional religious practices, providing new opportunities for spiritual growth and connection.

Investigating Potential Dangers of Virtual Worship

As the pandemic continues to restrict in-person gatherings, more and more people are turning to virtual worship services. While this alternative has allowed religious communities to stay connected and continue their practices, there are concerns about potential dangers associated with virtual worship. One concern is the risk of technological malfunctions that could disrupt services. Another worry is the lack of accountability and oversight, with some fearing that virtual worship services could be used to spread harmful or extremist messaging. There is also the threat of scams and fraud when going online for religious purposes, with some people preying on the vulnerable and taking advantage of people’s trust. It’s important to be aware of these potential dangers and take steps to protect ourselves while participating in virtual worship services.

Exploring How Technology is Creating New Types of Spiritual Experiences

As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, it is not just changing the way we work and communicate, but also how we experience spirituality. With the rise of virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, a whole new world of spiritual experiences is being created. From virtual trips to sacred places around the world to immersive guided meditations, technology is making it possible for people to connect with their spirituality in completely new ways. Even traditional religious practices like prayer and meditation can be enhanced with the use of apps and wearables that track biometric data and provide personalized feedback. As we continue to explore the intersection of technology and spirituality, it is clear that the possibilities are endless and that we have only scratched the surface of what is possible.

It is evident that virtual religious services have become an integral part of our lives in this digital era. Through virtual worship, people can practice their faith with greater convenience and flexibility, while still engaging in meaningful ways. However, there are also potential challenges to be aware of, such as technological issues that could potentially disrupt the user experience. Even so, technology is undoubtedly enriching traditional religious practices and is even creating new types of spiritual experiences. The various ways in which technology has had a positive impact on religion demonstrate the great potential of virtual religious services going forward. Of course though, ultimately it is up to each individual worshipper to decide whether virtual worship best suits their needs for spiritual connection and growth.

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More on the Star Sapphire Ritual: Results

Darkly Splendid Abodes - Sat, 05/08/2023 - 04:50
This is part two of our look at what Crowley called “the real and perfect ritual of the Hexagram.” How does it compare with the Golden Dawn’s original Lesser Hexagram Ritual? What are the results of invoking Set into the Circle? Edward Mason and I continue our discussion on this uniquely Thelemic Rite.

Thelema Now! Guest: Brian Cotnoir

Thelema NOW! - Tue, 01/08/2023 - 21:48

In this episode of ThelemaNOW, Harper talks with Brian Cotnoir on the occasion of the release of his new book “On Alchemy.” Brian has been practicing alchemy as the art and science of perfecting a process for many years. The book is your opportunity to participate in his current, along with the classic history of the practice and many illuminating exercises. Hear more about it in this fascinating discussion!

Buy the book here: On Alchemy by Brian Cotnoir: 9781786787705 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

See more of Brian’s work here: www.KhepriPress.com

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