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Magic by Definition: Resources for Empowerment

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“If we want to discover our own creativity and ability to change ourselves and the world, it is imperative that we learn from those women and men who practiced such transformative magic before us.” ~Mary K. Greer

Tarot scholar Mary K. Greer is the author of numerous books on divination and the Tarot. She is also an authority on The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the magical women who were the heart and soul of that Order. Greer presents the intertwined biographies of Maud Gonne, Moina Bergson Mathers, Annie Horniman, and Florence Farr in Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses. Her book is an inspirational account of these women, who she refers to as “spiritual foremothers of women practicing magic today.” Near the end of her book, Greer presents ” twelve resources these women shared in common in their personal histories of liberation: twelve conditions that name their powers and describe the factors working for them.” Here is her list of what these four mystical pioneers had in common:

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Magic by Definition: Where is the Will?

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Most known for his non-fiction book The Outsider in which he writes about social alienation, English novelist and philosopher Colin Wilson also wrote several books about spirituality, chief among them The Occult: A History. His beliefs on modern man are capsulized in this quote by E.E. Rehmus in The Magician’s Dictionary under the entry for Magic:

Modern civilization induces an attitude of passivity. When a Stone Age hunter set out to trap wild animals, he was aware of his will as a living force. When the prehistoric farmer scored the surface of the earth with a crude plough, he knew that his family’s survival through the winter depended on his effort, and his will responded to the challenge. When a modern city dweller walks down a crowded throroughfare, he feels no sense of challenge or involvement. This city was built by other people; all these shops and offices are owned by other people. He can get through an ordinary’s day work in a state approximating sleep. Most of his routine tasks are carried out by the ‘robot.’ There is neither the need or the opportunity to use the will.

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Keep Your Mouth Shut

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The word myein is an ancient Greek verb meaning “to keep the mouth shut.” Linked to medieval initiation rites and the secrecy surrounding them, Myein has come to stand for that which cannot be explained.

In The Magician’s Dictionary: An Apocalyptic Cyclopedia of Advanced Magic(k)al Arts and Alternate Meanings, E.E. Rehmus writes that myein is the root of the word mystery and states, ”

There is a practical reason for keeping silent about private or creative projects, especially while they are in the planning stage. Any talking about a plan will be a talking out of it, because talking is an action of its own and automatically substitutes for physical action…Plans must also be hidden until the moment comes to act or others will interfere with them.

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Art is Magic: The Mindscape of Alan Moore

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“In order to be able to make it you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. You have to do these things completely purely without fear, without desire. Because things that we do without lust or result are the purest actions that we shall ever take.” ~Alan Moore

I have a great appreciation for Alan Moore. It is an inarguable fact that he helped transform the medium of comic books into something quasi-respectable. His run on Swamp Thing alone brought a new consciousness to comics. With the help of the inimitable illustrator J. H. Williams III, he created my all time favorite series Promethea. He is the architect behind Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell (if you’ve only seen these works adapted as film, you have not experienced the genius of Alan Moore). However, as much as I love Alan Moore the writer, I am most interested in the Alan Moore the magician.

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Are You Writing Your Story? Ray Bradbury Has Some Ideas For You

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“There is only one kind of story in the world. Your story.” ~Ray Bradbury

In his book, Zen in the Art of Writing, acclaimed author Ray Bradbury shares his insight on how to be a better writer. In short, he posits that success in writing depends on how well one examines their own life. He shares anecdotes about how he activated his authorial process as a beginning writer:

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Heroic Tarot: The Pentacle Tarot Spread

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I am always on the lookout for new ways to read the Tarot. Recently I was reading old journals of mine and came across this drawing of a spread. I do not remember where I found it or who created it. So if you recognize it, please let me know. For now I am calling it The Pentacle Tarot Spread. There is already a popular Pentacle Spread, but that one has only five cards and focuses on the elemental directions (including Spirit). Let’s check it out!

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Rise Up! Heroic Tarot’s August Schedule

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“Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.” ~Albert Camus

The angel Gabriel blows his horn and we are awakened! Judgment is an epiphany, a realization that can transform us. It is time to recognize and rise above our earthly limitations. This card (from The Crystal Tarot by Philip Permutt) asks you to re-evaluate your past, present and future goals, and make the necessary changes to bring about a new spiritual awareness! Let Heroic Tarot help you hone your intuition, and to really live rather than simply exist!

Wherever you are in the world, It would be my pleasure to provide you with a Skype or phone Heroic Tarot reading.  Here’s how that works. My in-person appointments are limited to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

All readings must be made by appointment.  Contact me to schedule yours today! Order a Heroic Tarot Gift Certificate or a Heroic Tarot X-Men Gift Certificate for yourself or your loved one!

For those interested in learning more about Tarot, the Kabbalah and more, I am accepting students for Heroic Tarot Academy!

If after reading my Frequently Asked Questions page you still have questions or concerns please contact me: 

Storm Arcana (415)260-2903/stormantic@gmail.com

The Kirby Kabbalah

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Jack Kirby was an American comic book artist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential creators in the medium. He created (or co-created) many of the super-heroes who are experiencing success on the big screen today such as Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and so many more. In his biography of Jack Kirby in his book Kirby: King of Comics, Mark Evanier writes, “Jack Kirby didn’t invent the comic book. It just seems that way…He was, in fact, a storyteller and innovator, first and foremost. A modern-day Aesop, creating myths and fables for the generations to come. After over fifty years in the field, he never ceased creating, nor did he show any signs of running out of ideas.”

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What Can You Expect from a Tarot Reading?

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The Tarot is a potent tool of transformation for understanding where you are in the present. It provides insight into cycles in your life, whether in behavior or situations, and helps you actualize your potential. We all face challenges and using the cards can provide us with guidance and awareness about how to rise to them.

In her essay, What a Tarot Reading Can Do for You, Traci Anderson outlines exactly what Tarot can and cannot do for you. The entire essay is well worth the read, but I have quoted some highlights for this post. I especially like what she says on the subject of the future:

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Synchronicity: A Spark of Spiritual Communication

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Throughout history people have told fortunes with all manner of things: scattered bones, the remnants of tea leaves in a cup, tossed coins, watching birds across the sky, anything.  It has only been since the eighteenth century that Tarot has been used to divine intellectual and spiritual pathways.  Yet all of these methods stem from the same innate curiosity to know what is going to happen in advance.  The practitioners of these rituals possess an understanding that all things have a relationship to one other.  As Rachel Pollack states in Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, “everything is connected, everything has meaning and nothing occurs at random.”

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