General Election 2019: the Autopsy

In a previous post on this website, I attempted to predict the results of yesterday’s General Election 2019. My conclusion on reviewing what I wrote is that the information is all there in the stars: however there were a lot of factors at play apart from how the Transitting Planets affected the Natal Horoscope’s of the various Parties’ Leaders. This is a convoluted way of saying that many of my predictions were inaccurate – though not all of them were. For the sake of honesty and the integrity of Astrology itself, I shall attempt to dissect what I wrote, so that we may all learn something from this (and by “we” I mainly mean me).

Boris Johnson – Conservatives

The Conservatives won the election with an absolute majority of 79 (nb: this was written whilst there was still one seat left to declare), although given that Sinn Fein never take up their seats in the House of Commons even though they have seven of them, this effectively makes the Conservative majority 86. Their share of the vote was 43.6% – obviously an all-round improvement since the 2017 election. Boris Johnson himself held on to his own seat.

What I said:

He is going into this election feeling confident (he starts the campaign ahead in the opinion polls). However, he is experiencing over inflated feelings of importance, which cause him to over-reach. He will be prone to making miscalculations based on an avoidance of critical details. He will experience loss – travelling around the country or attempting to deal with religious people is not a good idea. It will not be a good time for domestic affairs or legal disputes.

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Johnson is also likely to go through a period of erratic behavior: so much so that it loses him votes amongst young people – or he will have a major bust-up with younger members of his team.

This is essentially what happened: for example, his obstinacy in not engaging in the climate change debate, or allowing himself to be interviewed by Andrew Neill, or even FridgeGate. The only divergence between the astrology and the election result is that Boris’ misfortunes, although they occurred as predicted, were not enough to make a dent in his party’s results – i.e. he may have lost votes amongst young people, but the old people still kept him in power.

Jeremy Corbyn – Labour

Labour retained their position as the official Opposition Party, but lost 59 seats, taking their total down to 203. They also saw their share of the vote decrease – the only one of the main political parties to suffer this particular misfortune. Jeremy Corbyn held on to his own seat, but announced he would resign as party leader at an unspecified time before the next general election.

What I said:

Corbyn’s wish to be independent, to try new things, and so on comes at an inappropriate time and could cause real tensions amongst his colleagues. He might make embarrassing errors, neglect important details, or carry some delusions now. Corbyn will have difficulty in putting himself across well to others. He is also more sensitive emotionally, and may be prone to being misled.

This fits exactly with the debacle over (alleged) anti-semitism in the Labour Party.

However, Corbyn’s relationships with other people will improve and he will experience a time of rising personal popularity. His passion will come to the fore, and he can expect this to be a productive time for when his own plans advance, and realizing his dreams. Legal disputes he will be able to resolve mostly in his favour (contrast this with Johnson).

Corbyn will see the things holding him back leave his life. His reputation will receive a boost, and the Labour party itself may see new financial support from donors thanks to Corbyn’s influence.

This may yet prove to be true, however it will be thanks to Corbyn losing the Election and resigning as Labour leader, not the opposite way around. “Corbyn will see the things holding him back leave his life” implies that the leadership of the Labour party was in fact a job to which he was not well-suited, and he is now well rid of it.

Jo Swinson – Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats remained in fourth place after the Scottish National Party, and even saw their share of the vote increase (see below). However they lost one seat – ironically, it was Jo Swinson herself, who has since said she will be resigning as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

What I said:

However there are some warning signs, e.g. transitting Neptune opposite her natal Mars warns against being overly optimistic. Also, the Pluto, Saturn and Venus Stellium is square to her natal Pluto, signifying unpleasant power-plays with those close to her, whilst Jupiter square to her natal Moon shows dissatisfaction with her personal circle. The danger is that although Swinson will do as best she can, probably causing a net increase in the Liberal Democrats’ fortunes, there will be some in her party who will think this is not good enough and attempt to stab her in the back in the election’s aftermath.

Ironically, the Liberal Democrats’ fortunes did increase. According to results published by BBC News, the Liberal Democrats’ share of the popular vote increased by 4.2% (i.e. from 7.3% in 2017 to 11.5% in 2019). Obviously this did not translate to electoral success either for her party or Swinson herself. The unpleasant power-plays may well have been reflected in the fact that her voting record as a member of the Coalition between 2010 to 2015 was dug up to embarass her. The overall implication of the stars is that although Swinson has now exited British Politics, she was mostly let down by members of her own party.

Ian Blackford – SNP

The Scottish National Party (SNP) remained in third place: Blackford himself held on to his own seat.

What I said:

This is a potentially empowering time for Blackford when his personality is more vibrant, magnetic, focused, and resolute. He projects a more responsible, perhaps serious, and self-assured personality to others. We feel considerably more mature and capable of handling our personal lives. Social functions and artistic endeavours go well. Blackford is more likely to be received well on Election Day than on other days.

This turned out to be a good call for the SNP, which increased its seats and its percentage of the vote. The media would like to think Nicola Sturgeon was responsible for the SNP’s success – even though she wasn’t actually standing in this election: however, if she can take credit for anything it is for having the good sense to appoint talented people to her team. One of my other predictions was that Blackford might be involved in an accident of some sort, but this is not reported to have happened – yet…

Nigel Dodds – DUP

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party lost two MPs, and saw their share of the vote decrease by 0.1%, actually quite a lot for a small party.

What I said:

Ironically however, the planets are indicating that he will feel the need to reform himself and his ideas – hence changing the political direction of the DUP. For example he will experience dissatisfaction with the DUP’s accomplishments to date, and hence seek advice and new ideas, and implement them – in a way he would not have done so before. By embracing change, he will be able to resolve a potential power struggle harmoniously.

This came to pass – the DUP’s Nigel Dodds lost his own seat! The DUP did badly generally, and moreover, since the Conservatives disobeyed what the Stars were telling them and went and won a majority, they are no longer the power brokers at Westminster. I am confident the reform of the DUP will go ahead as I predicted in the light of their drubbing.

Nigel Farage – BREXIT Party

The BREXIT Party returned no MPs but it did win 2% of the vote.

What I said:

There is an overwhelming message in Farage’s planets that he can achieve great things so long as he does not try to cling on to policies which are old-fashioned or out-dated.

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Brexit Party to do well – at least in terms of number of votes. I have noted before though that this does not mean they will translate this into a gain in seats.

This indeed came to pass as well. Given that the Brexit Party did not exist at the last election, it could only gain votes – but it did not gain any seats. The BREXIT Party came in just behind the SNP in terms of votes’ won, and ahead of the DUP, SDLP, Alliance Party, Sinn Fein and Plaid Cymru, each of which did return MPs. The BREXIT Party in fact suffered the same fate as UKIP did at the last election – which Farage also headed – in that because there support was distributed over a large area, they did not do as well as a parties which only campaign in a region, such as Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Farage’s horoscope has many beneficial features, so it would appear that he is wasting his talents at least with regard to the House of Commons.

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Review: Angels of Wrath by Gordon Winterfield

As promised in my previous post, here is my review of the second of two books from the Gallery of Magick which I have read recently. Angels of Wrath by Gordon Winterfield may be said to tackle the subject of what certain occultists on social media refer to as “Baneful Magick,” that is, the magick of cursing people, with death, injury, illness, or just unpleasant life circumstances.

But first I would like to digress – and address the subject of the Dark Fluff phenomenon.

Apparently this term was coined by Jake Stratton-Kent to refer to a trend in modern occultism which deals with dark themes such as demons, qlippoth, Satanism, Luciferianism, “the Adversarial Path,” etc etc etc, but which when subjected to critical analysis is found to be just as superficial as so-many badly written books by fluffy-bunny neo-pagans. Actually I wonder whether this is a generational thing? With the cooler, more serious – and older – occultists being cast in the role of Boomers, and the Dark Fluffsters playing the role of the Millenials?

But to return from my sub-digression to my digression. Whilst Jake Stratton-Kent was undoubtedly correct on the one hand, it would be a mistake to assume that it is a modern phenomenon. That is, if you go back through history, you will find “it was ever thus” – that Dark Fluffiness has always existed, not under that name, but as the idiot younger brother to serious occultism. Indeed, one of the worst perpetrators of Dark Fluffiness in modern times was in fact this man:

Arthur Edward Waite

J’accuse Arthur Edward Waite: perpetrator of Dark Fluff!

The evidence…

Yes indeed. Whilst to many Waite is responsible for pompous, ponderous texts which piously advocate mysticism whilst decrying magick, and which are so verbose one would think he was being paid by the line to write (I’ve seen some of his rituals which he had privately printed, so I can confirm he wrote that way for free!), yet he shamelessly and deliberately exploited the Dark Fluff phenomenon when he wrote The Book of Black Magic, in that he deliberately focused on the most lurid and notorious of the black magic grimoires. In so doing he managed to reinforce popular prejudice against ceremonial magick – and retard intelligent scholarship on it for almost a century!

Take for example the subject of making Pacts with spirits. In this book, Waite focusses on grimoires, such as the Grimoirum Verum, which imply that making Pacts necessarily involves selling your soul to a demon. Aleister Crowley, even though he never missed an opportunity to excoriate Waite on any other occasion, in writing himself about black magic unwittingly followed this trope without question – as did many other occultists of the twentieth century – because they knew no better.

We now know, however, thanks mainly to the research of people like Stephen Skinner and David Rankine, that there are and have been other grimoires which paint a much different picture – that a Pact is simply where you get an evoked spirit to agree that it recognizes the authority by which you have summoned it, and that it agrees to perform your instructions. The MSS for these grimoires were no more nor less accessible than those of which A E Waite made use when writing his Book of Black Magic, so why did he not refer to them at the time – to provide a more balanced view of the subject?

The answer can only be that lurid, sensational tales of Faustian pacts, satanic rites, and diabolical sorcery sell books, whilst works which are balanced and scholarly are, quite frankly, boring. Far from being the man of integrity as which Waite wanted to portray himself, he deliberately pandered to the salacious fascination of his readers, because he wanted to make money from his book. This is exactly the aesthetic for which Serious Occultists criticize the Dark Fluff movement!

There is a quite separate criticism of Dark Fluff, in that Supposedly Serious Occultists (to whom I shall refer as “SSOs” henceforth) claim that most of it is just made up. To which I would have to disagree. Some of Dark Fluff is not made up, but based on bona fide sources – it’s just presented in a manner which horrifies the SSO. So for example, people like E A Koetting – say what you will about his egregious marketing technique (e.g. like the fact that it’s egregious), but he does base much of his material on actual historical magick.

A large part of Dark Fluff is admittedly invented, but this is justified by the authors on the basis that is based on Chaos Magick, or their own magickal workings (and hence, UPG). The Simon Necronomicon is, of course, outright fiction, but is nevertheless defended by its supporters who claim that it works notwithstanding.

So for instance, “Angels of Wrath” – which was the original point of this blog post. It is a book intended for popular consumption, and it contains the influence of the author’s own methods of working which have little to do with the methods of the traditional SSO, instead aiming to get the reader able to practice the magick contained in the book as quickly and easily as possible. It is, however, based on some old kabbalistic sources, at least one of which, the Sepher Ha Razim, is reckoned to date to the fourth century AD, or almost contemporary with the Sepher Yetzirah. However, when looking at the Sepher Ha Razim, one quickly realizes that despite its kabbalistic background, it itself is a lurid sensationalist grimoire in its own right – in other words, it is a 1700 year old Dark Fluff book! However: one could just as easily take the view that it’s no more lurid or sensationalist as, say, the Greek Magical Papyri, or almost any other grimoire from any period in history.

One may therefore claim that Dark Fluff is not a new phenomenon, but may be defined as any (dark) magical practice which is literally Antithetical to the SSOs’ conventional wisdom at the time it is propagated. However, every good Hegelian ought to know what tends to happen “antitheses” eventually…

Incidentally, the Sepher Ha Razim demonstrates that in ancient times Angels were not looked upon as light fluffy beings at all. Kabbalistic Magicians did not have truck with Goetic spirits per se because actual Angels performed all the tasks of the Goetic spirits themselves! I have heard other Jewish sources speak ominously about Angels before (e.g. Z’ev Ben Shimon Halevi) so I wonder if the Angels-good/Demons-bad dichotomy is not a Judaeo-Christian idea at all but merely a Christian one: in other words, it’s not that one is good, the other bad, it’s that they’re all bad.

As to the book “Angels of Wrath” itself: I found that the preparatory exercise which the author proposes, “The Stillness,” to be an excellent meditation in its own right, very effective at inducing an altered state of consciousness, and possibly worth the price of the book by itself. However when it comes to the “baneful magick,” I run up against a problem. To my mind, the only way to ever get good at magick is to practice it repeatedly, and the kind of magick that is described in this book is not the kind that I want to practice even once. Hence this book would only be useful to a magician who is in constant fear for his or her life – e.g. because they live in a war-zone – or is a complete psychopath. Either that or they live in a third world country where the government positively encourages its citizens to defend themselves with deadly force – I suppose that with such a casual attitude to fire-arms, baneful magick must not seem so outrageous.


Angels of Wrath: Wield the Magick of Darkness with the Power of Light by Gordon Winterfield – available as a paperback on on Kindle from Amazon.

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Review: Mystical Words of Power by Damon Brand

Mystical Words of Power, by Damon Brand

This is the first of two books from the Gallery of Magick which I have read recently which I am going to review. Previous releases from the Gallery of Magick have been concerned with “low magick” – which despite appearances is not intended in a snobby way, but in the sense of mundane, everyday, material needs. I was therefore intrigued by the title of this book: Mystical Words of Power. Could high spiritual theurgy be seriously packaged in a book meant for mass consumption?

The blurb for “Mystical Words of Power” says:

Imagine using magick without any aim, desire or hope, without trying to solve problems, and seeking no gain. Imagine if this magick started to bring you all the things you want, and solved your problems.

This had me confused, as I first thought that magick without aim would not have a point to it. This turned out to be slightly misleading: it does have an aim – the aim is to improve one’s personal qualities – mental, intuitive, psychic or spiritual even – with the idea that good fortune will occur as a side-effect, or as an indirect result. The primary method by which it aims to achieve this is a series of recondite (from my point of view) techniques drawn from the Kabbalah.

Researching the derivation of these particular Kabbalistic techniques is a fascinating subject in itself, and has led me to adopt a new working hypothesis of the Kabbalah which could change the history of the Western Mystery Tradition. The previous or current paradigm is that the adoption of the Hermetic Qabalah is a legitimate and logical development from older versions of the Qabalah, which seems to be taken for granted by the pioneers of the late Victorian occult revival and traditions which derive therefrom. However, the new paradigm I propose is this:

From the time that the Kabbalah first became known amongst Gentiles – e.g. from the time of Pico Della Mirandola or earlier – it occurred to a number of Christians to attempt to Christianize it and hence weaponise it as a tool for the forcible conversion of Jews. Jewish Kabbalists, however, soon cottoned on to what was happening, and became deeply offended: they therefore decided – either by tacit agreement or just coincidence – to cease co-operation with Gentiles attempting to learn about the Kabbalah, and claim that everything about the Kabbalah had already been published – carefully denying the existence of any other Kabbalistic teachings. However, as time went on, Gentile occultists that gaps appeared when trying to use the Kabbalah as a workable system of ceremonial magick. Receiving no help from Jewish Kabbalists, they took the liberty of interpolating Hermetic teachings to fill the lacunae. Thus was born the Hermetic Qabalah. This state of affairs continued through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with people like MacGregor Mathers, Aleister Crowley, Paul Foster Case, Dion Fortune, etc all being none the wiser. In fact, many proponents of Hermetic Qabalah, instead of realising that the Hermetic elements were only late additions to the science, persisted in believing that they derived from ancient times, e.g. to Egypt or even to Atlantis.

The evidence which is now coming to light is that the knowledge required to fill the “gaps” had been in the unpublished and untranslated Kabbalah all along! However, because luminaries of the Western Mystery Tradition hadn’t heard of it, they had no idea it even existed! By “evidence” I am referring to books which have not been translated from Hebrew into English and published until comparatively recently, such as Shorshei Ha Shemot and Brit Menucha. (NB: although published these books are still very expensive to get hold of, so their full secrets may not be revealed for a few years yet).

Anyway, I digress. Back to “Mystical Words of Power.” I had a go at the rituals contained in this book, and I can confirm that when combined with meditation, they can indeed one into a deep spiritual state of consciousness. They gave me some insights which I personally found useful, although because they are subjective they wander into the territory of Unverifed Personal Gnosis, so I shall not say too much about them.


Mystical Words of Power: The Magick of The Heart, The Soul, and The Empowered Mind by Damon Brand. ISBN 1795382848 / 978-1795382847. Available in Paperback or on Kindle.

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How To Predict the General Election 2019

Jeremy Corbyn

News today that the United Kingdom is going to have its third General Election in four years this year, on Thursday 12th December 2019. I shall therefore continue what I initially thought was going to be only a five-yearly occurrence, by publishing my predictions, based on the astrology of the election itself, and the transits formed at the time with regard to the leaders of the main parties.

In my previous attempt to use Astrology for this purpose, I noted that:

In my experience of trying to use Astrology to predict election results, I have come to the following conclusions.

  1. Astrology is indeed very good at predicting the way the popular vote will go.
  2. Astrology is not so good at predicting the final result.

This is especially true where a country has an electoral system where votes do not translate directly into seats, either in the House of Commons (UK) or the Electoral College (USA).

* But he did make a comeback in the 2017 Dr Who Christmas special, also as I predicted.

Nevertheless I did manage to call the final result, with the exception being that the SNP fared slightly worse than I predicted and the Lib Dems slightly better – although I did predict their leader, Tim Farron (yes, me neither!) would be swiftly exiting British politics.*

Interestingly, in the two years since the last general election, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, and Scottish National Party have each changed their Parliamentary leader i.e. whilst Nicola Sturgeon is still in overall charge of the SNP, they have a new leader in the House of Commons. Labour and the DUP have remained stable within the past two years; whilst UKIP has had four leaders and has currently suspended its current leader from the party and reported him to the National Fraud Investigation Bureau. I shall therefore take the liberty of including for the first time the Brexit Party, as in its short lifetime it has managed to accumulate 4 Welsh Assembly members and 29 MEPs, having done notably well in the European Parliament elections earlier this year.

Overview

The General Election will take place on Thursday 12th December 2019. As with previous prediction attempts, I have taken the “birth-time” as the close of polls that day (10pm), and the “birth-place” as Westminster, location of both 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament. A Horoscope calculated with these parameters looks like this:

Chart for the 2019 General Election

Chart calculated for Thursday 12th December 2019, 10pm (i.e. close of polls), Westminster, UK.

The Moon – representing the People – is in a weak Opposition to the Sun – representing the new Government. I say “weak” because the Moon, the faster moving planet, is at the edge of the orb and moving away from the aspect. In other words, we shall not be surprised when the public registers dissatisfaction with how the new Government fares, but this will not necessarily be a major concern for the new Government.

Of more concern is the Moon – Jupiter aspect, which is a strong Opposition. Jupiter being the planet of the Judiciary and Church leaders, we may expect at least one major court case of public concern. Tellingly, Uranus, the Planet of BREXIT, is trine to Jupiter and sextile to the Moon, which leads me to suspect that the major court case will take the form of members of the public, acting independently of the Government, resorting to litigation to force BREXIT to occur – which will eventually be decided in the Brexiteer’s favour. The Press will be unsympathetic to this public campaign, but not so much as will affect the outcome.

Neptune, the planet of Remainers, is square to the Sun, signifying that those opposed to Brexit will be a drag on the new Government’s plans, trying to delay it as much as possible (which is to be expected) – we should not be surprised if the new extension (31st January 2020) is extended yet again.

The Sun, being in the fourth House, signifies that the major concern of the Government in the lifetime of the next Parliament will be how the political issues of the day affect housing and living conditions.

How the Parties will fare in the Election

Boris Johnson

Conservatives – Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson was born on 19th June 1964, in Manhattan, New York, USA – the only political leader in this election not born in this country. He is going into this election feeling confident (he starts the campaign ahead in the opinion polls). However, he is experiencing over inflated feelings of importance, which cause him to over-reach. He will be prone to making miscalculations based on an avoidance of critical details. He will experience loss – travelling around the country or attempting to deal with religious people is not a good idea. It will not be a good time for domestic affairs or legal disputes.

Johnson is also likely to go through a period of erratic behavior: so much so that it loses him votes amongst young people – or he will have a major bust-up with younger members of his team. Boris will not be enjoying himself on Election day. However: long term, he will straighten out his personal priorities and prepare for a better future for himself, once out of office.

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour – Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn was born on 26th May 1949, at Chippenham.

Corbyn’s wish to be independent, to try new things, and so on comes at an inappropriate time and could cause real tensions amongst his colleagues. He might make embarrassing errors, neglect important details, or carry some delusions now. Corbyn will have difficulty in putting himself across well to others. He is also more sensitive emotionally, and may be prone to being misled. However, Corbyn’s relationships with other people will improve and he will experience a time of rising personal popularity. His passion will come to the fore, and he can expect this to be a productive time for when his own plans advance, and realizing his dreams. Legal disputes he will be able to resolve mostly in his favour (contrast this with Johnson).

Corbyn will see the things holding him back leave his life. His reputation will receive a boost, and the Labour party itself may see new financial support from donors thanks to Corbyn’s influence.

Jo Swinson

Liberal Democrats – Jo Swinson

Jo Swinson was born 5th February 1980 in Glasgow, Scotland.

On the plus side, Swinson is almost guaranteed of having some major improvements in her overall life during this time period: for example, breakthroughs in her political career. She has the power to assert herself boldly and accomplish a great deal during this time period. She could receive unexpected backing and, in general, her efforts are successful and reach new heights of originality.

Work she has done will pay off, with more attention to planning and strategy. Pleasing contact with female voters is probable. Her overall manner in social situations is more mature, and she can easily make a good impression with her peers and with those older than her (which is just as well as she is the youngest of the major party leaders in this election).

However there are some warning signs, e.g. transitting Neptune opposite her natal Mars warns against being overly optimistic. Also, the Pluto, Saturn and Venus Stellium is square to her natal Pluto, signifying unpleasant power-plays with those close to her, whilst Jupiter square to her natal Moon shows dissatisfaction with her personal circle. The danger is that although Swinson will do as best she can, probably causing a net increase in the Liberal Democrats’ fortunes, there will be some in her party who will think this is not good enough and attempt to stab her in the back in the election’s aftermath.

Ian Blackford

Scottish National Party – Ian Blackford

For the purposes of this article I am analyzing the chart of the leader of the SNP’s contingent at Westminster, Ian Blackford, not Nicola Sturgeon, who is not standing in this election. Blackford was born on 14th May 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This is a potentially empowering time for Blackford when his personality is more vibrant, magnetic, focused, and resolute. He projects a more responsible, perhaps serious, and self-assured personality to others. We feel considerably more mature and capable of handling our personal lives. Social functions and artistic endeavours go well. Blackford is more likely to be received well on Election Day than on other days.

However: it is also a time of relationship tests, struggles, or trials. Blackford may not attract things and people that he wants in his life as easily as he could in the past, and this will be eye-opening for him. Blackford will need to work on improving his manner as he causes frustration with his colleagues – for example, through angry outbursts. Transitting Uranus square to his natal Mars also indicates a likelihood of being involved in an accident.

Nigel Dodds

Democratic Unionist Party – Nigel Dodds

Nigel Dodds was born 20th August 1958, in Belfast. Dodds is in an ambitious and dynamic phase of his life, and has the ability to form fruitful new relationships with voters and political colleagues. Ironically however, the planets are indicating that he will feel the need to reform himself and his ideas – hence changing the political direction of the DUP. For example he will experience dissatisfaction with the DUP’s accomplishments to date, and hence seek advice and new ideas, and implement them – in a way he would not have done so before. By embracing change, he will be able to resolve a potential power struggle harmoniously.

Nigel Farage

The Brexit Party – Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage was born on 3rd April 1964, at Farnborough in Kent. There is an overwhelming message in Farage’s planets that he can achieve great things so long as he does not try to cling on to policies which are old-fashioned or out-dated. Now would be a good time for Farage to strike out on new, innovative policies – a breakthrough in his political career is possible, whilst what has limited his progress in the past will collapse. Farage’s reputation will generally get a boost. He will also be successful if faced with legal disputes or power struggles within his party.

UKIP ???

UKIP’s nominal leader is a guy called Richard Braine, but as he (a) is currently suspended from his own party; and (b) has not published full birth data on himself, I am not inclined to draw up a chart for him. He was born in April 1968 in London, but on what day, Wikipedia does not disclose. I do not feel that I am sticking my neck out by saying that UKIP are not going to amount to much in this election.

Conclusions

Hence, if I were to forecast the result of the election, based on the popular vote (subject to the caveats I noted at the top of this article), I would say the following:

  • Jeremy Corbyn and Labour for the win. I do believe that it is JC’s year this year, as he is the one party leader for whom the stars are lining up most favourably. At time of writing this blog, I note that Jeremy is currently 2/1 favourite at William Hill, although, confusingly, the same bookies are saying that the favourite overall result at 11/10 odds on is a Conservative majority! Figure that one out if you can!
  • Goodbye, Boris Johnson. Although BoJo has started the campaign well, it will go downhill henceforth. Of course, I have been using this blog to lead a Hex Boris Johnson campaign but, as much as I would like to take credit for getting rid of him, the fact is that the stars and planets themselves are against him!
  • Brexit Party to do well – at least in terms of number of votes. I have noted before though that this does not mean they will translate this into a gain in seats.
  • Liberal Democrats will make small increases, but not enough for a lot of Liberal Democrat activists.
  • Scottish Nationalist Party – tricky one to call – I would be inclined to say they will be appear to do well in the election campaign at first, before suffering a disaster which make it turn out to be a wasted opportunity for them.
  • DUP – will probably do badly in the election campaign itself, however, this will be a blessing in disguise, as it will cause them to reform and modernize the party.

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How can I take my tarot card reading skills to the next level? – Quora

Tarot

(A2A) This is almost too painful for me to answer, but I will attempt to do so anyway. Here goes…

Ask your own cards how you can take your tarot reading skills to the next level!

Real tarot readers do not rely on Quora to answer questions for them: they rely on their own Tarot cards because they already know they have the best question-answering system in their own possession. So, yes, if you really want to up your skills, you have to get into the mind-set that your Tarot cards are reliable and trustworthy, and you really do have the power to interpret them in an appropriate manner.

If you act as if you distrust your cards, your cards will distrust you. If, however, you learn to really love them, they will repay that love accordingly.

NB:

I have taken the liberty of down-voting every answer which began by saying they didn’t know at what level the OP was already. Duh! Are you tarot readers, or are you schmucks? (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way, I have already divined the answer to it).

Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to How can I take my tarot card reading skills to the next level? – Quora

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Is there such a thing as an ethical love spell? – Quora

Yes – don’t cast spells on other people, think in terms of casting the spell on yourself. Transform yourself into the kind of person that other people love naturally of their own free-will.

However, make sure you actually do change, instead of appearing to change. If you just cast a glamour on yourself, not only are you being dishonest (which will have its own payback), but you haven’t actually removed the reason why you were single to begin with. In other words, you may succeed in attracting a new partner into your life, but without real change they would just walk straight out again soon enough.

Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to Is there such a thing as an ethical love spell? – Quora

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Golden Dawn: Hidden History – 8th July 2019

An Ankh, once belonging to Reginald Gardner, who was one of the founding chiefs of Whare Ra.

To Treadwells last Monday for an evening entitled “Golden Dawn: Hidden History,” featuring a talk by GD expert Dr Tony Fuller. The small meeting room was packed (the event was sold out). I noticed a large number of dodgy characters from the London occult scene (i.e. people I knew!) lurking in the audience, as well as representatives of at least two or three different Golden Dawn orders dressed in mufti.

Tony, 73, had been planning to do a slide-show but opted instead to just talk from notes. He revealed that he himself had been introduced to the occult as a twelve year old boy reading Dennis Wheatley’s “The Devil Rides Out,” and following up references to real-occult works mentioned in the otherwise fictional novel. At the time he did not know that the Hermes Temple of the Stella Matutina was active (though on its last legs) in Bristol, England, whilst elsewhere in his native New Zealand was Whare Ra Temple, in Havelock North.

Whare Ra, he said, was a temple which in its heyday had approximately three hundred members. Havelock North, the town in which it was situated, only had a population of about a thousand. In other words, almost a half of the adult population of Havelock North were members of Whare Ra! That this was possible is due to the fact that the town had been a hotbed of spiritual activity for some time before the Stella Matutina ever arrived there – the “Havelock Work” was founded in 1908, mainly by people who themselves went on to play prominent roles in the Whare Ra temple.

Tony pointed out that the prominence of symbolism of the Divine Feminine in the Golden Dawn – for example, the way in which both Isis and Nephthys feature as god-forms in the temple of the Neophyte, with Hathor standing guard in the far East – as well as the feminine figures in the Tarot keys which make up the paths of the Middle Pillar of the Tree of Life. The fact that there was such a feminist trend in the GD he attributed to the influence of Anna Kingsford on its original founders.

Amongst other items of information I gleaned:

  • Tony acquired an amount of Alpha et Omega material from a former member who had travelled to New Zealand to get her grades in the Stella Matutina at Whare Ra. Amongst this cache was the only known copy of Mathers’ 6=5 ritual, as well as the long-lost corpus of Theoricus Adeptus Minor papers (nb: these have now seen the light of day in Sandra Tabatha Cicero’s The Book of the Concourse of the Watchtowers.
  • Tony showed us an Ankh (pictured above), at least a hundred years old, once belonging to Reginald Gardner, one of the first chiefs of Whare Ra. The example above is approximately 28cm tall (I photographed it against a sheet of A4 paper to give an example of its scale). Curiously, the only teaching regarding the Ankh was reserved to one of the Third Order grades (in the Stella Matutina the grades went all the way up to 9=2) – Tony described this as in a certain way the “key” to Golden Dawn magic.
  • Although Mathers had written detailed analyses of the Neophyte and Zelator rituals (the Z papers, and the ZZ papers, now published in Pat Zalewski’s Inner Order Teachings of the Golden Dawn), to the best of Tony’s knowledge, no equivalent analyses were ever written about any of the higher grades, such as Theoricus, Practicus, Philosophus, etc. As to why this was, Tony believed that it was because there was no need – once an Adept was high enough to be in a position to be concerned about such things, he or she ought to be able to work out the details for him/herself.

 

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Golden Dawn Open Day: Sunday 11th August 2019

I shall be making a public appearance at a day of talks in central London, on Sunday 11th August 2019, where I shall be presenting a piece entitled “Diary of a Ceremonial Magic Operation.” For more details, please follow this link:

http://hogd-uk.com/2019/07/05/golden-dawn-open-day-sunday-11th-august-2019/

Thanks!

Golden Dawn Open Day 2019

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Aliens 2019

News today that not one but two Earth-like exoplanets have been discovered orbiting a star just over twelve light years away. The star in question, “Teegarden’s Star,” is a red-dwarf, whose small size and apparent dimness meant that it was not easy to detect: it was in fact only discovered itself in 2003. Hence for all astronomers know, there could very well be many more stars, even relatively close to Earth, “patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

Given its distance from Earth, if our interstellar brethren are listening to our broadcasts, they will think we are still listening to The Kooks, Nelly Furtado and Razorlight, George W Bush is President of the USA, Tony Blair is Prime Minister of the UK, and the world waits with baited breath to see if The Davinci Code really did plagiarize The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. More importantly, to communicate with these planets, it would take 25 years to send and receive messages by conventional means…

… However: you can do so instantaneously using the magic of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn! Yes, using principles I outlined in a blog post entitled “Aliens and the Golden Dawn,” it is theoretically possible to astrally project to distant stars and the planets which orbit them using GD methods. The relevant data which would enable us to do so is that Teegarden’s Star can be located astronomically in Aries, at 2h 53m RA (compare this to Regulus, Alpha Leonis, which is 10h 8m RA) and +16º 53′ Declination, which puts it just above the line of the Ecliptic.

It is therefore possible to calculate where it would lie in relation to MacGregor Mathers’ version of sidereal astrology, and the corresponding Tarot card:

Name / Designation Distance (light years) Constellation Tarot-card
(Astronomic) (Mathers / Sidereal)
Teegarden’s Star 12.5 Aries 11º 9′ 38″ Aries Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands from the Robert Wang Golden Dawn deck.

Hence: it ought to be possible to astrally project to the Queen of Wands after having formulated the Tree of Life Projected In A Sphere, and ask her to conduct us to the planets orbiting Teegarden’s Star to find out what life is really like there.

If there are any magicians who would like to give this a go, why not post your findings as comments to this post? 🙂

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Review: “Golden Dawn Magic: A Complete Guide to the High Magical Arts” by Chic & Tabatha Cicero

Golden Dawn Magic: A Complete Guide to the High Magical Arts

The new book by Chic & Tabatha Cicero, “Golden Dawn Magic: A Complete Guide to the High Magical Arts,” is an introduction to the practices of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn: its unique selling point is that it goes into slightly more depth than other such introductory guides. So for example, it does not simply describe the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, or the Middle Pillar Ritual, but outlines preliminary exercises of which a practioner could make use in order to get used to those rituals beforehand.

Moreover, advanced techniques such as god-form assumption, tarot divination, etc are mentioned, and the results are combined to show a Golden Dawn magician would formulate a complete “Z2” Magic of Light Ritual.

It is probably most helpful to think of this as a companion volume to the Ciceros’ “The Essential Golden Dawn,” the difference being that the former book outlines the theory, whilst the latter the practice. Nevertheless, it is at the end of the day only an introduction, and as such the authors continually refer to their other publications as shedding more light on the subject, for example: Self Initiation into the Golden Dawn; Tarot Talismans; as well as Israel Regardie’s The Golden Dawn itself.

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