Another year has passed. Thirty-two years since I first began my work in the occult. It is difficult to know what all has transpired over the years without checking my journals and sadly a number of those have either been stolen or (more likely) got lost in moves from various locations when I was relocating during my college days in Florida then the BIG MOVE back to Ohio. Which sucks because I had one particular notebook filled with all sorts of spirit seals I received from the Four Elemental spirits way back in the beginning. It was sort of like a mini-army of spirits to call upon for various minor magical desires and things.
Most of these spirits were just for one specific task given to me by their Masters who usually had multiple abilities and I learned who their Masters were by talking to the Four Elemental rulers. Today many work with the Four Elemental Kings ala from the Medieval period which is fine but at the time I had not heard about Those folks so I plodded along with Gob, Nicksa, Djinn and Paralda like many did in the late eighties. Once I learned how to make a magic mirror, and how to enchant it, the work became much easier, especially after I discovered I no longer needed a “seer” as Kraig suggested. And really my only seer at the time, Dave, while eager to the work, was a family man, had a full time job, with a home to care for and the logistics of where he lived from me put a serious dent into our working together. Not only that, our first evocation together scared the living hell out of him and rightly so. Thus I learned to work on my own.
I Know, I Know...
This past year I have been working diligently on my new book, the replacement for Pragmatic Magics. It is going to be a wholly different grimoire, content & design, title... everything. Oh I may have a couple of things from the old book in there but this new book will be a real 101 Sorcery Manual that takes Joe or Mary Sixpack and gives them what they need to advance pass the Novice or beginner stage towards the Initiate phase. I plan on having a Book II in the series which will cover spirits, grimoires, personal grimoires, summonings, techniques and what not which should take the individual well on from the Initiate stage towards the Adept stage. Obviously these stages cannot be obtained merely by reading alone as there is a LOT of personal work which must be done by the reader. Part of me wants to turn this into a weekly or bi-weekly course instead where I can monitor each student’s progress, recommend they do certain exercises and such. The only problem with this idea is everyone is already committed to 80+/hour a week life that typically they cannot find another minute to squeeze in.
And truth be told, I do not want a horde of folks to have to constantly pay attention to. I prefer just a handful because that’s enough to try and keep tabs on. There are far too many out there wanting to teach for practically nothing so let them go learn from those teachers. I know my occult education was not inexpensive as I have spent sometimes ungodly sums over the years from live teachers to learn what they know not to mention the enormous costs of courses I’ve taken, festival lectures as well as occult shop lectures attended for $$$. Usually anything for free can be found in a book or online somewhere.
I have seen some jerks talk smack about my first book Pragmatic Magics as if it is something ‘common’ because by this time it is found everywhere and much of the content has been pulled, rehashed, sometimes sanitized then republished. Still these nits never bothered to look at the date of publishing for PM. I wrote it in 1993 and it came out a year later in 1994. PM was a culmination of a LOT of my personal experimentation back then. From the time I left the radical McWiccan community in Tampa Bay who shunned me for my Goetia investigations, until I began writing PM, it was some of my best material I had to offer at that time. Like Brujo Nego often likes to say about his own Voodoo Sorcery Grimoire which came out a couple of years afterwards, “I have moved on passed that material!” LoL He gets heated about that when people ask him questions about it because he feels most of the material is self-explanatory. Typically I agree.
WHY is Brother Moloch Always ANGRY?
LoL There was a time I was beginning feel this way. I have some astrological houses and planets that are challenging in this area so that doesn’t help and being born into a hot headed clan of German-Irish people doesn’t make it any easier. What really helped me cool off in a big way was simply letting go of social media. Frankly I have convinced myself that what others believe in/practice is of no consequence regardless of how bizarre or even idiotic it sounds especially when they try to lead others astray. If you’re foolish enough to believe what someone tells you online just because s/he’s got a shiny website or FB page then more’s the pity on you.
Wisdom I Have Hard Learned Over the Years...
1. People WILL ‘Believe’ What Is In Print Regardless of Whether It Is True or False. Even the so-called educated fall prey to this phenomenon and this is why numerous companies & individuals make use of this horrid tactic. Educated people may THINK they do not succumb to such shenanigans however marketing research can prove otherwise. Print media is still king because it can be re-read, shared and circulated indefinitely while television & radio advertising have finite lives.
2. Groups & Forums Are NO LONGER Places for Learning. Typically these days sites like these are run by egotists who revel in mandating their rules, forming their cliques and much like social media, if you do not stop in daily, then you’re not part of the clique. “But Moloch, I learn so much from these places!” you tell me. Really? My “best” years of learning were when I was alone, without the Net, stumbling along by myself, making notes, trying out various ideas, and tinkering with things to see what was what.
Today what happens is someone gets a book or two, barely reads through it, joins a forum and begins asking questions only to hear a half dozen different opinions on how s/he should proceed. Yeah that’s fucking helpful to a beginner! Sadly no one on any forums has the nerve, gall or intestinal fortitude to take the beginner under their wing and guide them through what s/he needs to know because, “Hey! I’m a big shot and I’m too busy pontificating on this forum!”
Stay away from forums and groups. Read, study and dissect your books, spells & rituals. Experiment. Burn your fingers. You’ll learn a helluva lot more than you will from a bunch of egotistical wannabes who “pretend” to know what they’re talking about. You can tell them apart because they have to speak up on virtually every thread even when you know they cannot possibly know everything. Those are the jokers to watch out for. They comment on just about EVERY thread. Stay far away from those clowns - moderators, admins or not.
Also, forums/groups are notorious places where snobs will derail conversations (threads) and tear down others who are unable to be present and confront the accusations made against them.
3. Not All Systems of Magic/K Work for Everyone. I spent 10 years of my life practicing Qabala MagicK back in the 90's and discovered that was a useless pile of goat feces. To me anyways. Why? Because what everyone uses as Qabala today I could NOT get to do one practical thing for me. Nada. Oh yes I hear plenty of folks CLAIM they get all sorts of benefits from, such as the Golden Dawn’s version of the LBRP, the Middle Pillar, and every other ritual that lodge organization offers but I got diddly squat for my 10 years of effort trying various methods and techniques.
QBL VS Kabala Magic
I scoffed for years at QBL Magic and if you were to bring it up I would look at you as if you were some sort of lunatic that was until Jean came along and taught me his version which surprise, surprise, actually works! But then Jean pronounces many of the Hebrew syllables differently, with different inflections, sometimes wholly different word pronunciations and etc. His came from a genuine Kabalistic Rabbi who knew his stuff. My faith has been reborn. :) And yeah he IS working on a Kabala book but don’t bother he or I about it because he’ll get it done when he gets it done.
Also never allow others to push you into something you do not wish to go nor allow yourself to believe the marketing others claim. To use my late High Priest, Ron Parshley’s analogy, “We are all standing on the rim of a great wheel and what we desire is in the center hub; how we choose to get to the center hub depends on which spoke of the wheel we opt to take.” This means African Religions may not be right for you, nor may Norse/Norwegian folk magic, nor may Wicca, nor may ceremonial magic and so on. You have to find what suits you, and more importantly what garners actual RESULTS for you. ;)
4. You Can Learn/DO More With Less. This not only includes books because believe me almost all modern authors repeat the same stuff over and over (ad nauseum) but also with friends and acquaintances. Pare down your inventory of those whom you believe are worth your time and efforts. Same thing with spirits. There’s little be gained by serving a house full of statues and hungry spirits. Because then you’re simply a butler having to cater to Their desires like a slave. Is that what you really want? I have said it for years and I am saying it again, just get ONE, WORKING SPIRIT you can rely on whether It is any one of the following:
- a saint
- an angel
- a daemon or demon
- a fey
- a nativity spirit
- an Ancestor
- one of the other Dead
- a Thrall
- and so on
Because ONLY ONE spirit is all you will ever need. Unless you are planning on doing this full time for others, you will NOT need a host of spirits at your beck and call, all right? It’s a misguided notion that you need to have a house full of spirits. More often than not most people just do not know HOW to deal with that many non-physical entities going bump in the night around their home. It does take some getting used to. When I’m gone, I can only imagine the fun it will be for the next family to move into my haunted abode. :)
Seriously though, one spirit WILL BE ENOUGH for you. How do I know? If you’re not planning on becoming an Houngan or Mambo working for others, then one willing spirit to work for you will simply BE enough. You will be able to get any need taken care of by this one spirit from protection to finances to business to sexual fulfillment to healing because whatever one spirit can do so too can another - to a lesser or greater degree. One is sufficient. Makaya need not be involved here either. Simply talk to your spirit and have at it. When the job is done, give It a little bit of liquor.
In closing it should be noted that wisdom is always a hard won and costly in some manner. Occasionally when you can, try and recover wisdom from others and their exploits because it can only be obtained through trial and error. For without the error, there is no wisdom to be gained.