Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bon Voyage Raymond Buckland!

Raymond Buckland 2016
Raymond Buckland, the man responsible for bringing the witchcraft religion of Wicca to the United States, died yesterday. I just found out today. How sad to hear of his demise. It reminds me of a couple years back when Sylvia Browne died. Buckland wrote the most influential book on witchcraft in the modern age. All witches have it: Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft. He was 83 years old. Rest in peace, and enjoy your higher self and your astral domain, my friend. Thank you for your service to humanity. :)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Physical-First vs. Spirit-First: A Question You Can't Avoid

Jude Law in The Young Pope (HBO 2016)

Physical-first and spirit-first are each ways of looking at reality as we are find it. Either we believe the physical reality we live in is the basis of reality, or we believe the spiritual nature we have is the foundation of everything.  So where do you stand?

Keep in mind that it’s easy to pay lip service to the spirit-first orientation. Most people, unless they’re avowed atheists, would say they believe in the spirit and that our soul is who we are, not just our bodies.

But what we say we believe and what we really believe in is proved in the way we live. And it’s not like there’s anyone to prove anything to: this physical-first vs. spirit-first is an internal question and conflict we must answer and solve within our own minds.

There was a series in 2016 that played on HBO starring Jude Law titled: The Young Pope. In one of the scenes a nun who works at the Vatican lost a beloved relative. The Pope arranges to have the body brought to the Vatican to be buried there. When it arrives, while it is lying in repose, the nun is seen crying over the casket, and the Pope starts berating her, viciously yelling at her and chastising her for crying, basically screaming at her that she has no faith at all—none!

It's a hard scene to watch, because we would expect the Pope to be the ultimate one to give her peace and comfort in her time of grief. And to the show’s credit, it never answers why he acts that way to her. We are left thinking he’s a heartless religious bully, but if one thinks about it, there is a logic to it.

The nun had given her life to the service of a religion she said she believed in, but then when it came down to it, she really didn’t believe her loved one lived on after death. She had no spiritual sense of the person’s life continuing the other side. What she really believed was that the person was dead and gone. She was a nun, and the young Pope expected her to truly believe in the spirit, but in fact she did not. She was physical-first in her orientation. And so, he chastised her for it.

It’s something to think about, because if your faith is in the physical world, then you must realize that everything is dying and decaying always in every way—and you are, too. That would be cause for great despair.

But if you believe that you are spirit, then what you look like in the mirror doesn’t matter. What you weigh on the scale doesn’t matter. What happens here is but a temporary dream that occurs perhaps only to teach us lessons in the name of eternal wisdom.

Again, professing outwardly that you are a spirit-first isn’t necessary. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is how you answer to yourself.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Witch's Broom

A witch flying on a broom is kind of a comical image. It's very Halloween. But it's deeper than that. It’s really a symbol of psychic freedom, and thus the freedom of the human soul. Major religions are established to imprison and enslave personal spirituality. Perhaps that's necessary for culture, but the witch must be free. The witch will always be free.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Response to Jami Shelton’s Article: Witchcraft and Sorcery

This article, “Witchcraft and Sorcery” is very well written. The writer (Jami Shelton) is clearly versed in the history and modern mores of witchcraft today, an astute expert without a doubt. My problem with the theme of this piece is not that Shelton has it wrong—but that she has it right on the money.

Modern witchcraft, in my opinion, is a capitulation to the Christian Church. It essentially follows a modified version of the Golden Rule (the Wiccan Rede), and it nods to the Old Testament by meting out Divine judgment on its practitioners through the threat of the three-fold rule. Not to mention, there is the constant reinforcement that witchcraft is only “for good,” and that witches are peace-loving enlightened beings who would never harm a soul.  But that’s not witchcraft.

Witches have a dark reputation for a good reason: they do curse things. They are known for curses and hexes. They were hunted in the 17th century and before for exactly that reason. But does this mean that witches are only evil? No. Clearly, they are also known for herbalism and infusing magick to boost the effect of herbal remedies. So, they are also healers.

The point is that witches, should be morally free to do either or. Notice I did not say that they should be immoral, because that can be a bondage as well. Rather, I said “morally free.” What is right and wrong is between the witch and his or her deity. It’s not up for debate and not available for subjugation. 

Wherever there are spirits in motion, there are those who want to rain them in, control them, and ultimately use them for their own ends. The witch should be light enough to see her god, brave enough to follow that god to the ends of the earth, and dark enough to do what needs to be done for the benefit of her life—here and hereafter, other people’s morality be damned.

So, I say leave the soup kitchens to the Christian converts. Let the religious sheep wander around with dumb smiles on their faces as if they weren’t lying that they had found “the way.” The witch is free; because if the witch is not free, then why be one?

Edward Gordon
Coven of the Eighth House

Original Article: Witchcraft and Sorcery by Jami Shelton

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Is the Witchcraft Class White or Black Magick?

A friend of mine recently sent me a message asking if the witchcraft class, that starts on September 22, is white or black magick. And this is how I responded to that question, because it is a legitimate question:

 The witchcraft class is a fundamentals of witchcraft course. It’s neither black nor white, but what one learns in it can be used either way.

One of the primary reasons for choosing witchcraft as a personal belief and art is that it is the only religious system that allows one to be spiritually free. Granted, moral constraints are necessary for people to live with each other and to live with dignity and honor, but morality can be used for evil, especially by the major religions of the world.

Moral constraints are often used to dampen and control the spirituality of the masses. What the major religions know very well is that you can't have everyone walking around being spiritually free and seeking out their own god. Because if you do, you can't control them and thus use them for your own ends. Witches know this all too well, which is why they choose to separate from that—and to escape to freedom.

So, black or white? That's something you decide after you become a witch. And the first transformation you have as a witch is that you no longer give a damn about the judgement of others.  

Monday, September 4, 2017

Unreal Expectations When Contacting the Dead

Excuse me, but why does everyone think that their lost loved ones are all in some place with all their other lost loved ones? I'm sorry to say, but that's not the way it works, and it's spiritually shortsighted to think it is.

We have individual astral kingdoms. People have individual destinies. Just because your grandma married your granddad, doesn't mean they're joined at the hip for all eternity. Good God, do you know what kind of suffering that would be? We have INDIVIDUAL destinies that are inherent in our very creation by the Divine. We belong to the Divine. We don't belong to each other.

And while I'm on it: The dead don't watch the living. They don't. They might catch glimpses in their dreams, or psychically see the physical world the same as some of us psychically view the astral plane, but they don't spend their eternity watching the pathetic lives of human beings on earth. Again, it is spiritually shortsighted to think they do. They must grow. This earth is only one lesson in that growth.

Just imagine it, please, for one moment, imagine you die, and you get to the astral plane, and there is a chair in front of a television tuned to one station, and you are to sit there for all eternity watching "The Family and Relatives Show." Don’t you realize what that would mean? It would mean they have no meaning to their own existence whatsoever.

This is why real mediumship can’t work, because of ignorant expectations, and only the con works. I just encountered a medium who charges 100 pounds for a private 30-minute session, but it’s advertised that she always gives a cuddle to her clients. I’m sorry, but that makes the sorcerer in me nauseated.

I don’t think I’m going to be able to continue channeling mediumship, not for money, anyway. It’s too raw and too real. It doesn’t fulfil the clients preconceived notions and expectations. To make it work, to keep the customer happy, I would have to lie, which would make me a whore who provides physically comforting lies for money.

And every time I encounter a client who doesn’t give a damn about the departed, and the poor departed keeps trying to insert that their fine and out of pain, and the client blatantly ignores that and asks, “What do you think of Jane’s new baby? Is grandma with you?” and won’t even ask how the departed feels of if they are happy, I feel like I’m abusing the spirit I’m contacting. Like I’m just disturbing them and harassing them. If I could give one bit of advice it would be: If you don't really care about the person who died, then just leave them alone.

Anyway, that’s my Medium Moment for you today. Thanks for reading. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Channeling Mediumship Can Be Difficult

The one thing I have come to realize about channeling mediumship, which is the mediumship I now practice, is that it is very emotional for the sitter. I didn't know that when I first started. And it's hard to warn people about it ahead of time. It's really something that must be experienced to understand. It's a very intimate kind of mediumship.

As I pointed out in my book, “Discovering your Psychic Self,” channeling mediumship, or seances, were more common in the 1890's-1930's and then it fell out of favor, as did most psychic practices between then and about 1970. What re-emerged was spiritual mediumship.

Spiritual mediumship is when the medium tells the sitter things about their lost loved one. The idea is to demonstrate the entity is there by stating things only the spirit would know. “I sense he drove a blue car, and you used to ride in it with him as a little girl.” That sort of thing. If the spirit has something to say, the medium just reports it: “He wants you to know that he misses you very much.”

The psychic gift of the spiritual medium and the channeling medium is not the same. The spiritual medium relies on clairvoyance, but the channeling medium relies on empathic telepathy. So, there is a distance inherent in spiritual mediumship. It’s like having a connection with the spirit through reading about them in a newspaper where the medium is the journalist. In channeling, however, the medium is like a telephone line through which direct communication takes place between the sitter and the spirit.

Thus, with channeling mediumship the experience for the sitter is vastly more intimate. Therefore, it can be emotionally hard for the sitter to bear. The medium really has no responsibility to prove or disprove the spirit’s existence. The only responsibility the channeler has is to let the spirit speak through them. That means the sitter speaks directly to their loved one. Unfortunately, that also means the psychic isn’t there to filter things and tell the client what they want to hear.

In any mediumship setting, the sitter is usually self-interested. They want their grief relieved, and they believe contacting the departed with aid in that. But for that to work, the spirit must conform to what the sitter believes about the spirit.

Typically, they want the spirit to have been watching over them, guiding them, caring about them, and concerned about their life and the things going on in their life. They want to believe the departed have nothing else to do but watch over them on earth. They want to believe the spirit is in heaven and looking down with non-judgement and unconditional love. And they want the departed to have omniscient wisdom to tell them things about the past, present, and future. Essentially, they want the departed to be a kind of god-on-a-leash. The departed may have been simple and crude in real life, maybe even suicidal, but the sitter needs to believe that when the departed crossed over, they took on god-like powers and a special focus reserved only for the sitter.

With spiritual mediumship, the psychic can filter and shape the message to produce such a client expectation, which is why spiritual mediumship is so popular today. It can be done in public gatherings and seminars, such as with John Edward, Theresa Caputo, and even in Spiritualist churches. It’s safe, because the medium can give the sitter whatever they want, thus they can keep the reading positive.

With channeling mediumship, that’s not possible. What comes out is a raw two-way communication between the sitter and the departed. And as a result, there is a chance the sitter will hear things that bring them no comfort at all. If a channeling medium tries to filter the communication, they will lose the channel and have to fall back immediately into spiritual mediumship, and that shift becomes apparent to everyone in the séance. It may even be desired by the members of the séance and the sitter, especially if what the spirit was saying is not what they wanted to hear, but the medium then also becomes responsible to filter the communication and prove the spirit’s existence.

Newcomers to channeling will vacillate between channeling and spiritual mediumship, and it is often awkward. The sitter wants confirmation that the one they are speaking to is the departed, but if the departed doesn’t give that, the medium feels responsible and falls back on spiritual mediumship techniques.  Consequently, and predictably, the séance fails. I have had this experience many times myself.

A channeling medium must always stay disconnected from the interaction between the sitter and the departed. They must take on no responsibility whatsoever to filter the reading to meet the client’s expectations. In some readings, clients will be upset because of this. They may even become emotional and angry at the medium. They may claim the medium is not really channeling their loved one at all, but the medium must realize that their reputation is at stake and only staying true to the art of channeling will assure a good one.

Without a doubt, channeling mediumship can be an intimate and emotional connection between the sitter and the departed. The medium must work to stay in the channel and not resort to spiritual mediumship to meet the sitter’s expectations. This can be stressful for both parties, but it is ultimately a more truthful approach to communicating with those who have crossed over.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

On Being a Witch

An e-mail recently sent to me. 
"The audacity to call yourself a witch! Where did you study? Who said you were one? You weren't born to it. You don't deserve it. You're a pretender!"
Folks, this is the thing about witchcraft, whether your a witch or sorcerer: It's only when you have the guts to accept the god or goddess of your life, to become the creation they meant you to be, and to establish YOUR religion with them, that you can be their witch.
But once you do that--no one can take it away from you. No one qualifies it. No one approves it. You are the witch of your god. And you were born to be that witch. It is your birthright.
There's a lot of people in a lot of religions who want to control you, so they will try to convince you that you have no right to be the witch of your god in this world.
Don't you believe it for a second.