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Answer by Alex Sumner:
Your question is based upon a false assumption: that a lucid dreamer, having control of his or her dreams, would consequently want to experience a boring, unremarkable, mundane world which is indistinguishable from real-life.
Technically, yes – lucid dreaming does take away some of the unpredictability of non-lucid dreams. However the trade off is that instead you get Matrix-like superpowers, go on epic adventures to anywhere imaginable, have sex with zillions of hot supermodels, and even experience actual psychic, magical and spiritual phenomena as you access the higher reaches of the astral plane.
Personally this is a sacrifice that I and I guess most lucid dreamers are willing to make.
Doesn’t lucid dreaming take a little ’magic’ from the dreaming?
Answer by Alex Sumner:
The method which I personally used to become a lucid dreamer started off by first learning to remember my dreams – by assiduously keeping a dream diary. I then moved on to attempting to influence the content of my dreams, by using a simple form of self-hypnosis whilst falling asleep, and also employing a number of memory tricks to make sure that my dreams were more likely to be about what I wanted, and not affected by memories of the past day. Once I found I was able to do this, I learnt to become lucid by telling myself to be on the look out for differences between what could happen in dreams and real-life, and that when I spotted one I would become lucid.
It took a couple of months practice to have my first lucid dream this way, but after I had the first, lucid dreams became easier after that. So this is a slow-but-steady route to success – but it does work.
I write more about this at my website: Articles
What’s the most sure-fire way of lucid dreaming?
Answer by Alex Sumner:
A good all-round introduction to the subject is Enochian Vision Magick by Lon Milo Duquette, which is essentially how one would go from being a complete beginner to a practising magician in all aspects of Dee’s system. Once you have that out of the way, you are ready for Dee’s original materials. I recommend John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery, edited by Joseph H Peterson, and Meric Casaubon’s “A True and Faithful Relation…” now published as Dr. John Dee’s Spiritual Diaries: 1583-1608, edited by Stephen Skinner.
Some years ago themagickalreview.org even had high quality scans of Dee’s diaries online, but unfortunately their site seems to be down.
What are the best resources on Enochian magic?
New video: in which I record my efforts at making a full-size Goetia floor cloth, a la Lesser Key of Solomon the King.
Answer by Alex Sumner:
1. Charles Darwin. His “Origin of the Species” caused a great undermining in traditional religion – but also caused people who did not want to abandon spirituality altogether to start exploring alternate belief systems.
2. The 19th century saw great advances in Egyptology – e.g. the translation of the Rosetta Stone – which raised the subject in people’s consciousness.
3. The death of the Duke of Sussex in 1843 caused, in England at any rate, an upsurge of interest in obscure masonic and quasi-masonic rituals. The Duke of Sussex had been the Grandmaster of the United Grand Lodge of England, and during his tenureship had fiercely resisted anything which was not the three Craft degrees or the Royal Arch. However when he died, Masons felt more able to explore. Some of the rituals which began to be practised are now fairly mainstream today: others however had varying degrees of esotericity, which in turn inspired the creation of deliberately esoteric orders.
4. The rise of Spiritualism from 1848 onwards caused a backlash from scholars of ceremonial magic, who claimed that the practices employed by Mediums fell short of the standards required by old grimoires. They also pointed out that Mediums tended to be a bunch of frauds, whereas real magicians were motivated by the noble ideals of Hermeticism and the Qabalah. One may argue that these claims may not entirely be justified, but it started a debate in occult circles which motivated a number of prominent writers to come out in favour of serious Occultism – such as Eliphas Levi, Paschal Beverly Randolph, Mme Blavatsky, etc. These in turn directly inspired the founders of the occult revival in the late 1880s.
What factors caused the occult revival of the late 1800s?
Your humble blogmaster is actually delighted that Jeremy Corbyn is heading the polls to become the next leader of the Labour Party. As long ago as 2010 I identified him as one of only a few MPs of all parties that I would actually have any time for (see: Britain’s Most Eccentric MPs). Also he gets props in my book for his quip “Tony Blair’s biggest problem is that we’re still waiting for the Chilcott Report.”
So good luck to Mr Corbyn! We may not get a Labour government, but at least we will get a Labour opposition which is more colourful than the last charisma-bypassed loser that they had! :P
Jeremy Corbyn is the only candidate the public actually likes – Labour or otherwise – Comment – Voices – The Independent.
OK, somebody asked me a question about Astrology and Intimacy, to wit: “Where should each Sign go to have intercourse?”
Here therefore are summaries for each of the twelve Sun signs.
Anywhere, as long as it is nearby.
Aries Lovers are direct and to the point – once they have decided they are going to have sex, they will not want to waste time going about it. In fact, once aroused, they will be downright impatient! Be sure that the kitchen table is sturdy, and the cushions on your living room settee are washable!
More seriously, this gives a great strategy for planning a romantic break with an Aries – wherever you go, always make sure the bedroom is no more than a short distance away e.g. a luxury hotel, etc.
Somewhere cosy and homelike.
Of all the signs Taurus is the one who values domestic stability, but more importantly: they want to get married and stay married for life. Therefore, if you have a sexual encounter with a Taurus, you can bet they will be mentally judging your bedroom along the lines of “Would I want to live in this? Can I get used to this?” If you are serious about romancing a Taurus, you will arrange your room and your home generally to give the overwhelming message This is what you can expect all the time in the future when our relationship blossoms.
For planning a romantic break, it should be the sort of place that your Taurus will want to go back to every year, e.g. to celebrate your anniversary.
Somewhere stimulating. A Gemini is likely to be very impressed if you have a full home entertainment system installed in your bedroom!
Somewhere which affords privacy.
Cancers tend to be sensitive souls. As a crab likes to retreat into its shell when danger threatens, so a Cancer native will want somewhere where they can feel secure. Pick your venue where you are least likely to be disturbed by e.g. neighbours, house-mates, family members, fellow holiday-makers, etc.
Cancers also like photographs, antiques, and curios, so these would make ideal bedroom ornaments.
Somewhere with mirrored ceilings. ;)
Somewhere neat and tidy. It should be clean, well presented, with everything in its place. Make sure you do the housework thoroughly before entertaining a Virgo in your home!
Virgo-natives themselves tend to prefer the simple and down to earth touch when it comes to décor (so they are quite literally the polar opposite of Pisces – see below).
Somewhere which is both interesting and romantic. A bedroom decorated with works of art or other features which stimulate Libra’s sense of aesthetics. If, however, you asked a Libra’s opinion on the matter, they would probably say “Oh, anywhere, I’m not fussed.” Partly because they naturally like to avoid arguments, but more importantly they want to stop wasting time discussing, and get straight down to it!
Somewhere which affords privacy – but is fully equipped with satin sheets and even saucy toys. A red room a la Christian Grey, in other words.
Sagittarius-natives like travelling, so ideal places would be whilst on a romantic cruise, or in the middle of an expedition or camping holiday. Possibly also the Mile High Club or the back of a decent people carrier.
A Sagittarius also likes a good party, so somewhere with a party atmosphere would make an ideal date. Your humble author cannot say whether a Sagittarius is most likely to put out in the middle of a party itself, but he will attempt to take a straw poll of people’s signs when he next attends an orgy (all in the name of research, of course). :)
Somewhere with a fire-escape – so that their lover can make a quick getaway before the Capricorn’s spouse comes home!
Somewhere unconventional. Aquarius-natives like a lot of space, both literally and metaphorically, and don’t like to feel boxed in. Large airy rooms are therefore ideal, or even al fresco.
A fantasy location. When planning a honeymoon or romantic break – a Cinderella like castle. Or, on a more day-to-day basis, a bedroom decorated with a dreamy, romantic theme. Luxury jacuzzis or even a water-bed would not go amiss.
A Reverie on Thievery © 2015 Alex Sumner
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This is the second of the series “Pilgrim’s Progress,” set in modern day Miami, Florida and continues the adventures of the characters introduced in “An Unpardonable Offence.”
Professional gunman known only as “Pilgrim” is sent by a crime-lord to retrieve a diamond-necklace from a master-thief – but he soon finds he has to take unusual steps to do so…
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