Alex Sumner’s answer to As someone interested in Alchemy, would you recommend any book? Why would you propose those book in particular? What did they taught you? – Quora

For a beginner, I would recommend “The Alchemist’s Handbook” by Frater Albertus. Although the spagyric work it describes is only introductory, it does do a good job of acquainting the student with the basic terminology.

Also, one should read up on Hermeticism. Freke & Gandy’s “The Hermetica” is an introduction, although I prefer GRS Mead’s edition of “Corpus Hermeticum.”

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After one has read these, one is then ready to move on to the more advance stuff such as:

– all of which I would also recommend.

Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to As someone interested in Alchemy, would you recommend any book? Why would you propose those book in particular? What did they taught you? – Quora

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Alex Sumner’s answer to How can I know my exact birth time if I know I was born between 12.30 pm to 2 pm on 24 Dec 1984? – Quora

A person born in December 1984 would be 33 going on 34 years old in 2018, would have had one Saturn return, and be coming to the end of his third Jupiter-cycle.

The method used in western Tropical Astrology to narrow down your birth time is called “Chart Rectification.” This consists of looking at major events in a persons lifetime, and then comparing them with transits made by (e.g.) Saturn and / or Jupiter to that person’s natal chart.

If a major event corresponds to a planet transitting a -known- feature of the Natal chart, we may ignore that event for the purpose of Chart Rectification.
If however a major event does not correspond to such a feature, that is evidence that one has discovered a previously unknownfeature of the Natal chart – such as the exact position of the Ascendant or Mid-Heaven. We can verify this to see whether the position of the Ascendant would fit in with the known-facts (given the data supplied in the original question, the Ascendant can be narrowed down to a range of 22º 30′ – the maximum amount by which it would change position in ninety minutes).

For example: if one experienced a major life-affecting illness, AND that particular time did not correspond with Saturn transitting anywhere or anything else in your chart, that might show that Saturn was transitting your Ascendant at that time. Alternatively, if you experienced major good fortune in your public life, and Jupiter was not transitting anywhere or anything else in your chart, that might show that Jupiter was in fact transitting your Mid-Heaven.

By thus working out the precise moment of your Ascendant and / or Mid Heaven, it is then possible to work out your exact time of birth by back-calculation.

Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to How can I know my exact birth time if I know I was born between 12.30 pm to 2 pm on 24 Dec 1984? – Quora


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Coffee Mug of the Month: Libra

Libra Hermetic Qabalistic coffee mug: featuring the sigil of Zuriel, Angel of the Libra, according to the teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

The Sun has entered Libra! If it’s your birthday between now and October 23rd, then may I be the first to say: “Happy birthday, Libra!”

You now have the opportunity to celebrate your birthday – or get a present for a Libra in your life, from my new Etsy shop. This features the sigil, taken from the Golden Dawn’s rose-cross lamen, of the Angel of this month’s astrological sign (in this case Libra), in the correct Zodiacal colours.

For more details and to order, please follow this link:
LIBRA Hermetic qabalistic coffee mug

My Etsy store:
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September 23, 2018 · 8:00 am

QOTD: Equinox Prayer

Let us adore the Father of Beings and Spaces.

Lord of the Universe, blessed be Thy name unto the Eternal Ages. Look with favour upon this Order, and grant that its members may attain unto the Summum Bonum, the Perfect Wisdom, the Universal Light, to the Glory of Thy Ineffable Name. AMEN.

Unknown, but presumably S L MacGregor Mathers, 1892
From the original Equinox ceremony of the Golden Dawn.

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September 23, 2018 · 2:54 am

Florence Welch details “trance state” she enters into in order to perform

Florence Welch has spoken about the “trance state” she enters into whenever she performs on stage with Florence and the Machine

Source: Florence Welch details “trance state” she enters into in order to perform

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How do you explain Kundalini Awakening to a rational person?

This was originally on Quora.com, but it was removed because they didn’t like me linking to an external website.


Give the so-called rational person a copy of Wilhelm Reich’s The Function of the Orgasm: Sex-Economic Problems of Biological Energy (The Discovery of the Orgone, Vol. 1) and explain to them that Kundalini awakening is similar in purpose and function to the release of “orgone” which Reich describes as occurring when a neurosis is abreacted.

You might also point out, however, that a traditional Yogi would view the process in far more spiritual terms than Reich would ever have countenanced: for example, a Yogi would not say neurosis so much as karma, and moreover would see the whole process as a spiritual one, whereas Reich only viewed it as a psychiatric one.

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Alex Sumner in the UK

Updated Link for UK readers searching for my books on Amazon.co.UK

Alex Sumner’s UK Author Page.

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Coffee Mug of the Month: Virgo

Virgo Hermetic qabalistic coffee mug: Featuring the sigil of Hamaliel, Angel of the Zodiacal Sign Virgo, according to the teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

If your birthday falls between now and the September Equinox, may I be the first to say: “Happy birthday, Virgo!”

You now have the opportunity to celebrate your birthday – or get a present for a Virgo in your life, from my new Etsy shop. This features the sigil, taken from the Golden Dawn’s rose-cross lamen, of the Angel of this month’s astrological sign (in this case Virgo), in the correct Zodiacal colours.

I also have similar designs for all twelve Zodiacal signs. Eagle-eyed followers of this blog will notice that these comprise artwork with which I first came up in 2016. I shall also be using my new Etsy store for other merchandise featuring my original artwork.

For more details and to order, please follow this link:
VIRGO Hermetic qabalistic coffee mug

My Etsy store:
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August 23, 2018 · 12:00 pm

I can’t afford to buy a proper Tarot deck. Can I make my own?

This too used to be on Quora.com but got taken down because they didn’t like me linking to an external website. 😦


I can’t afford to buy a proper Tarot deck. Can I make my own?

Alex answers:

It is theoretically possible to make your own tarot deck: I myself have done so. However, get this: the cost of finding an online company and getting them to turn my designs into a finished deck was approximately $45 – but that didn’t include any value placed on all the hours I had spent painting the designs, scanning them and editing them with Photoshop, etc. (I suppose could have cheated and just used pre-existing designs which are floating around the internet as pirated copies, but it would still cost me money to print them out).

Bear in mind however, that, Amazon is currently selling copies of the Rider Waite Deck for less than $20, so you must be really poor if you can’t afford that!

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Black Magick Compendium

A round-up of the answers I have given to questions about Black Magick on Quora.com


What are some black magic spells?

“Black Magic” is a devalued term, and not because of any politically incorrect connotations – it is most often used to describe any magic that one happens to dislike, or any magic practised by someone whom you don’t like – even if the magic itself is (objectively speaking) quite benign.

That being said, for historical examples you might want to look up grimoire magic, i.e. rituals derived from classic spellbooks (“grimoires”). They are so old they are by now in the public domain and even available free to download on the internet if you do a google search for them. Many of them are rather obscure to read by today’s standards, although some are perennially popular and still used by modern occultists, such as The Lesser Key of Solomon, or The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, both of which entail evoking Demons and compelling them to do one’s bidding. Also, both of these were used by Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) – who is probably most responsible for their contemporary appeal (or notoriety, depending on your point of view).

These grimoires will give an impression of the kind of wording which would have been used in old-school ceremonial magic to call demons. As it happens, when you examine the conjurations involved, you should notice that the main way to call a demon actually consists of invoking the names and titles of God and His holy angels: the rationale being that only God has true power of all things, therefore one can only truly call demons when one is acting with God’s authority.

Twilit Grotto is a good resource in this regard.

What is the Goetia?

The Goetia of the Lesser Key of Solomon is a magical grimoire written in the fifteenth century, and which enjoys some fame (or notoriety) today as it was a favourite of the noted occultist Aleister Crowley. The grimoire describes a system of ceremonial magic for the calling forth of spirits or demons, seventy-two of which are described in the text.

The word goetia itself is an ancient Greek term for sorcery in general. By medieval times it had come specifically to be associated with demon-magic, as opposed to e.g. angel-magic (“theurgia”) or astrological magic (“magia”).

How do you summon a demon?

I recommend you read My Life With the Spirits, by Lon Milo Duquette. In it he describes how he evoked a demon from the Goetia of the Lesser Key of Solomon – and the learning process he had to go through to get there. Like you he had to put up with people telling him not to do it. The references he makes are to real occult teachings which you can follow to develop your own practice. He also dispels unrealistic expectations of what happens when Goetic spirits manifest.

Note however that almost each story he tells of evocation has a sinister twist or sequel to it. I say this to sound a note of caution, not to prohibit you absolutely from going ahead.

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