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American (Humble) Pie

I do not like the result of the American Presidential election. Not just because I don’t like Donald Trump, but because I had predicted Hillary for the win!

My calculations were based on which of the two candidates would have been best able to deal with the astrological influences affecting America at the time of the election. I believed – and I still do believe – that that person was Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, the American electorate decided to disregard astrological advice and disagreed with me.* Now I could be churlish and say what do you expect from a country that ratified its foundational document during a Mercury Retrograde, but I won’t. So I was wrong… or was I?

Fact is: if it turns out Donald Trump makes a disaster of his term, such that large numbers of his supporters soon realise: “Oh crap! We elected the wrong person!” I will be able to point to my astrological charts and say “I told you so.” I may be hiding in a nuclear bunker at the time with no internet access, but it will at least be some consolation.


* I wrote this before finding out that Clinton actually polled more votes than Trump, but because of the Electoral College system, the result was gerrymandered against Clinton and in Trump’s favour. Ah well.

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What the stars have in store for… America

If no-one comes from the future to stop you from doing it, then how bad of a decision can it really be?
It’s the US Presidential election, folks! Using my powers of Astrology, I will attempt to bring consolation to everyone hanging upon its outcome.

The Election itself.

The last polling station will close – hence sealing the fate of the election – at 8pm in the far Western reaches of Alaska – equivalent to 1am Washington DC time the morning of Wednesday 9th November 2016. This effectively represents the “birth” of the new administration.

Chart cast for Washington DC, 1am local time, Wednesday 9th November 2016.

Chart cast for Washington DC, 1am local time, Wednesday 9th November 2016.

The new administration will enjoy favourable relations with the nation’s media. It will do much to bolster US trade and commerce, but it will also seek to gain greater control over the internet as it tries to do so. Conspiracy theorists will be delighted to learn that it will be working hand in glove with corrupt and secretive people of influence!

During the term of the new administration, the case of the Dakota Pipeline will make it to the Supreme Court, who will rule in favour of the oil companies and those who seek to profit therefrom. However: Wikileaks will expose a tremendous number of flaws in the judicial process which lead to that decision, causing some of the worst rioting in US history.

The American people will mostly be concerned about the healthcare system – in particular, there will be great public dissatisfaction with the way it is covered by the media. Ironically this will lead to greater public activism and engagement in the political process.

Hilary Clinton

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By analysing the transits of each of the Presidential candidates at the time of the election, one can gain an idea as to whether, at the time of the close of polls, they will be celebrating or not.

Hilary Clinton was born on 26th October 1947, in Chicago (not having her birth time, I have approximated this to 12 noon). A chart drawn up comparing the time of close of polls to her natal chart would be thus:

Comparison between Washington DC at the time of close of polls, Wednesday morning, and Hilary Clinton's birth-chart.

Comparison between Washington DC at the time of close of polls, Wednesday morning, and Hilary Clinton’s birth-chart.

Hilary has an interesting Mars / Pluto conjunction in her natal chart which greatly affects how she is feeling at this time. Transiting Jupiter suggest she is in high spirits, is strong and determined, hungry for adventure, and broadening her horizons and transforming her career in a positive manner. Transiting Saturn meanwhile shows that she is disciplined, in control, with a clear sense of purpose, and ready to undertake painstaking hard-work.

Transiting Mars is square her natal Sun (probably indicating the illness she had several weeks ago) – however it is also sextile Natal Jupiter, of which it is said

You possess willpower, verve, and energy that you can direct toward achieving your more lofty goals. You have the urge to expand, branch out, or take on more challenges. The desire to take action for the good or to better your life is strong now.

Courtesy of Café Astrology.

Sun transiting Natal Venus suggests a high degree of popularity – especially amongst female voters.

The transiting Sun is also square her Mars and Pluto, although I shall comment upon this further below.

Donald Trump

Hilary Clinton

Hilary Clinton

Donald Trump was born on June 14th 1946 in New York (again I don’t have the birth time, so I have approximated it to 12 noon). Hence, his chart, drawn up in a similar manner to that of Hilary, would be as follows:

Comparison between Washington DC at the time of close of polls, Wednesday morning, and Donald Trump's birth-chart.

Comparison between Washington DC at the time of close of polls, Wednesday morning, and Donald Trump’s birth-chart.

(NB: when I first saw Trump’s natal chart, I noticed that he has Mercury square Jupiter – his big-mouth often gets in the way of his ambitions!)

Donald has some favourable transits right now: for example transiting Jupiter is conjunct both his natal Jupiter and Chiron. This would suggest this could be a year of great fortune for Donald… either that or it is time to make big changes in his life. Moreover, this is an excellent time for Donald to travel to or study about foreign lands and cultures, as he will return home with a more tolerant and accepting attitude toward his neighbours (Mexico?), as well as a renewed desire to share his newfound knowledge and experience with others. However, he should resist any temptation to preach to others or push hisideas too hard, for this would surely lead to disagreements and conflict.

The transiting Sun, meanwhile, is trine to both his natal Saturn and Venus, indicating both his personal charm, and his ability to stay grounded. Hey, I’m just calling it like I see it!

On the other hand, transiting Pluto is square to the same Jupiter & Chiron conjunction noted above… Café Astrology says of this:

If you have been working along lines that are in conflict with your religious and philosophical views, this could be a time of tension. A change either in the direction of your life or in your values will thus be necessary to deal with your growing sense of frustration.

And:

Your main effort now should be in trying to live up to the best in you, rather than lowering your standards to achieve a more transient worldly success. … You certainly need to spread your wings now, but be wary of taking major risks and gambling on a venture that promises you prosperity, freedom, and adventure. …Your career can end up at right angles to your own inner sensitivities and need for growth and change. Emotional material welling up from within you may challenge and threaten the current path you travel, causing you to stop and consider it with care.

Finally, Donald has the transiting Sun square his natal Mars … but, as noted above, so has Hilary! Of this aspect it is said:

You could find yourself driven by a restless desire to do something; but without a well-defined goal, you tend towards impulsive actions and get yourself into needless arguments … As long as you channel this excess energy constructively, instead of wasting your time arguing, you can accomplish much.

Conclusion

Hence, although it may seem like stating the obvious, I am plumping for Hilary Clinton for the win. The reasons being:

  • Hilary will gain almost all of the female vote, as well as most of the male vote;
  • Both candidates have lots of energy and dynamism right now. But because Hilary has the sensible policies and Trump only has the intemperate rhetoric, this energy and dynamism will work in Hilary’s favour and against Trump’s.
  • Donald Trump may very well make a success of his life, so long as he does not become President. If he were to pursue an alternate career path, he would become a better person for it.

This is not to say everything will turn out alright, as Hilary will certainly have her problems when she does move back into the White House.

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Orlando: the occult response

Mars, Sol, Mercury, Venus, Luna, Saturn, Jupiter

Mars, Sol, Mercury, Venus, Luna, Saturn, Jupiter

With fifty confirmed dead and fifty three wounded, there are at least 103 souls in direct need of help, not factoring in distressed and bereaved friends, relatives, etc.

The key magic word you want to memorise right now is Psychopomp.

A fact little known except to those familiar with shamanic traditions is that both disincarnate and incarnate spiritual beings (read: humans) have a part to play in seeing to the welfare of the recently deceased. On an exoteric level, this mainly consists of the Last Rites and funerary practices of mainstream religions. However on an esoteric level, this amounts to actively using ones astral powers to investigate the situation of the soul of the departed, to see whether it is possible to help it make the transition to the post-mortem condition which it most deserves, whether that be reincarnation or eternal rest in the place appointed for it. The magician or shaman engaging in this work thus becomes a Psychopomp – helping the soul move on from the trauma of its body’s physical demise. In this way, the magician puts his or her Compassion for the deceased to practical expression.

It is within my personal knowledge that whenever there has been a major national tragedy, such as a terrorist outrage or natural disaster, the unreported story is that there are always dedicated magicians who do Psychopomp work for those affected. I would therefore invite my readers to aspire to help the victims of this shooting in Orlando in this way – and to support the work of those magicians who are already doing so.

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The Joy of Hex

News this week that after a witch planned a mass hexing of Stanford rapist Brock Turner by posting it on Facebook, Raymond Buckland threw a hissy fit by exclaiming “Witches do not hex!” This caused a certain amount of cynicism to manifest to visible appearance in certain quarters. The fact is that never mind what historical witches were alleged to have done or not done hundreds of years ago – the fact is that the Elders of the modern-day Craft are known to have indulged within living memory.

For example: Gerald Gardner once cursed a man into selling him his house when he was unwilling to do so. He then re-wrote the Book of Shadows to say that this was perfectly acceptable, so long as the seller gets paid a fair price for it.

Later on, Alex Sanders demonstrated a ritual technique for placing a curse on someone for the benefit of a film crew. Ironically, the same ritual technique found its way into Janet & Stewart Farrar’s The Witches Bible, although they did not make it clear that it could be used to make someone drown themselves. However, in Stewart Farrar’s earlier book, What Witches Do, he described another technique Sanders had for performing psychic abortions (i.e. on pregnant women who asked for it). The method consisted of destroying the foetus by first imagining it as a Pentagram, then magically collapsing it. The problem with this approach is that the Pentagram is the sign of an actual living being – Sanders was effectively admitting the foetus was alive, before killing it. This raises the possibility that the same method could be used on any Pentagram… but I have said more than enough.

This raises an interesting question: given that so many occultists publicly claim they never practice evil magick, just where do they get knowledge of these vile techniques, if the practice thereof supposedly does not form part of their tradition?

The answer unfortunately is that the knowledge of these evil rites is preserved, because it is good for marketing purposes. Seriously! I actually wrote about this in 2011, in my novel Licence To Depart. Without any trace of irony in relation to the quip about marketing, I quote:

 “Tonight we’re going to perform a black magic ritual, to kill one who is in the service of the forces of Light,” Sir William said gravely. He paused – and then lightened his tone. “Do you know where I got this ritual from?” he asked, almost conversationally. “A book on white magic!”

A murmur of laughter rippled amongst those present. Sir William continued.

“It’s true: it’s an extraordinary fact that often the vilest, most despicable forms of evil magic are set out in the books which claim most loudly to be working for the service of the light! The mediaeval grimoires. ‘Magick’ by Aleister Crowley – that’s got at least one death-spell in it: so too has that book on Huna by Max Freedom Long. ‘Psychic Self-Defence’ by Dion Fortune – that’s got lots of black magic in it, all for the sake of supposedly warning her readers against it. Pah! To them they’re hypocritically increasing their sales: to us, they provide a valuable resource.

“Well tonight the ritual we’re going to use is drawn from another book on so-called white magic – ‘The Tarot’ by Mouni Sadhu…”

Cover Artwork © 2011, der Autor.

Cover Artwork © 2011, Alex Sumner

 

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Prince: In Memoriam

Prince, 1958 - 2016 RIP

Prince, 1958 – 2016 RIP

PRINCE, the purple pop-star –
Earth’s greatest purple treasure!
Artisan of purple happiness
And craftsman of purple pleasure!

Purple the music he composed
Purple the instruments he played
Purple the love he spread around
And purple the millions that he made!

Drab and grey looked the world
Before Prince purple-turned it
His purple-talent surpassing all
That the acclaim he truly earned it.

One day, the Purple One expired –
Grief struck the entire nation!
Long tears and cries and wails rang out
At this Purple disincarnation.

But a Purple Spirit from the cadaver stirred
And into the Purple Air arose;
Purple the aura it radiated forth;
And Purple its ethereal clothes –

And down a Purple Chariot came
Drawn by Purple Unicorns
The Purple Ghost climbed therein
And so to heaven was he borne.

The Princely Ghost looked up ahead
As saw to where he would fly
A Paradise of Purple Light
Which filled the purple sky.

Purple were its blissful walls
Purple the dreaming towers
Purple pleasure gardens lay beyond
Bedecked with purple flowers.

Purple were the hills and vales
Purple the rivers and trees
Purple Bird-song filled the air
As did the buzzing of purple bees.

“Halt!” a purple-voice boomed out
Almost terrifying the Purple One,
“Thou canst not enter this Purple Heaven,
Unless thou tell the good that thou hast done.”

Prince stared bewildered for a moment
As the purple words assailed him
Desperately he tried to think
But his thoughts, they almost failed him –

But then he remembered his Purple Fans
And the happiness he had created
So he gathered his purple wits together,
And to the Purple God he stated:

“My purple songs are mystic gems
Too numerous to mention –
They raise the listeners up from their lives
Up to a purple dimension.

“My purple standards of excellence
Are, to musicians, an inspiration:
Long may the Purple Legacy continue
From generation to generation!”

“Fantastic!” the Purple Deity cried,
“Your deeds are duly noted –
Take your rightful Purple place herein:
A Purple-Angel, you’re promoted!”

So Prince approached the Heavenly City
Bathed in its Purple-glow
Saint Peter opened wide the gate
And told him: “INDIGO!”

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Clairvoyance

David Bowie, seen here trying (and failing) to give the Hailing Sign of a Fellowcraft Freemason ("Heroes," 1978)

David Bowie, seen here trying to give the Hailing Sign of a Fellowcraft Freemason!
(“Heroes,” 1978)

This is a follow-up to the article I posted on Thursday concerning David Bowie, in which I made the point that he incorporated esoteric symbolism even into the last video he released before his death.

In the 1997 interview quoted at the top of the article, Bowie revealed that he was influenced by Arthur Edward Waite and Dion Fortune, and briefly described the kind of occult practices in which he indulged. Now, it’s obvious to me that he was simplifying it for a non-magical audience, but from what he said it is clear to me that he was practising what I would call proper occultism – specifically the kind of Clairvoyant experiments undertaken by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

In Golden Dawn terms, Clairvoyance does not involve somehow seeing what is occurring elsewhere in the normal, physical world, beyond the range of ordinary sight: this instead is nowadays known as “remote viewing.” Instead, Clairvoyance, of the type Bowie described in his interview, involves seeing magical phenomena on the Astral Plane. The Astral Plane is a nebulous continuum which, in its lower reaches, is nothing more than the world of dreams which we all experience, but in its upper realms is where magical and spiritual forces manifest as phenomena which one can observe and with which one can interact.

This would imply Bowie would have had to have spent a lot of time studying the Qabalah, in order to gain the requisite background knowledge, but most of all, it would have meant learning to master the art of Astral Projection.

A typical Clairvoyant exercise would be what is known as a Tattva-journey. A “Tattva” is a symbol derived from Tantric art representing one of the metaphysical Elements. These symbols the Golden Dawn appropriated for itself to express the Elements known to western occultism. For example, this symbol represents Fire:

"Tejas," i.e. the Fire Tattva.

“Tejas,” i.e. the Fire Tattva.

So, the kind of thing that Bowie would have done would go like this:

Firstly: stare intently at the tattva-symbol chosen for that particular Tattva-journey.

Secondly: suddenly transfer your gaze to looking at a plain white surface, e.g. the wall. If you have been staring intently enough, you will see a negative image of the symbol appear on the wall. Thoroughly familiarise yourself with this image so you can visualise it before your mind’s eye.

Thirdly: astrally project, imagining that the image you are visualising is a doorway to the astral plane, and you are projecting yourself through it.

Fourthly: you should now find yourself in a magical realm – it is the astral equivalent of the force whose symbol you have just been visualising. At this stage, remain perfectly still – do not attempt to move about on the astral plane, but instead start chanting (or “vibrating” as it is termed in Golden Dawn literature) the Divine and Angelic names associated with your chosen Tattva-symbol. This is where prior knowledge of the Qabalah is essential. One should also make the appropriate grade-sign at this point. Technically, these would have only been taught to you if you had gone through the corresponding Golden Dawn initation ceremony, although they have been published for getting on for over 80 years now.

Fifthly: a creature or being should appear, and respond well to your chanting (if it doesn’t respond well, banish it, and wait for one that does). This is your Spirit Guide for this realm, and with its assistance you can now go exploring and find out all about the magical and spiritual implications of the realm you are visiting.

Sixthly: once you have finished exploring, return to the point of entry, thank your guide, and come back out of the Astral Doorway, back to the physical plane, your body, and to normal consciousness.

Speaking from personal experience, the Spirit Guides that one meets when going on these Clairvoyant-excursions can become valuable allies for performing magical operations in the future. For example, if one were to venture into the Fire tattva, pictured above, and made contact with a Fiery spirit-guide, and returned on subsequent occasions so as to build up a relationship with it, one could get to the point where one could call on this spirit-guide to help you with some other ritual involving the element of Fire, such as consecrating a talisman, or something similar.

Or, depending on which symbol or symbols you chose to work with, you could ask the spirit guides you meet for help with various aspects of your life – such as deriving inspiration for creating a new work of art – or even for composing a new song.

In the Stella Matutina, which was a magical order which succeeded the original Golden Dawn, papers were circulated amongst members who attained the grade of Adeptus Major and higher, which made the point that the same Tattva-journeys which the members had already learnt to make could be extended in scope for advanced magical projects – such as attaining knowledge of one’s past lives, learning the occult history of this planet, and making contact with discarnate spiritual masters.

In conclusion, this is basically what Bowie would have done. I presume this must have been in the earlier part of the seventies, before his excessive cocaine use started making paranoid about witches, and Jimmy Page, and so forth. NB: Bowie was afraid that witches were trying to steal his semen. I rather suspect that any witches that were, were not doing so for some nefarious purpose, but because they simply wanted to have sex with him!🙂

 

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David Bowie: Closet Occultist!

Q: “So were you involved in actual devil worship?”
A: “Not devil worship, no, it was pure straightforward, old-fashioned magic.”
Q: “The Aleister Crowley variety?”
A: “No, I always thought Crowley was a charlatan. But there was a guy called [Arthur] Edward Waite who was terribly important to me at the time. And another called Dion Fortune who wrote a book called ‘Psychic Self-Defense‘. You had to run around the room getting bits of string and old crayons and draw funny things on the wall, and I took it all most seriously, ha ha ha ! I drew gateways into different dimensions, and I’m quite sure that, for myself, I really walked into other worlds. I drew things on walls and just walked through them, and saw what was on the other side!”

David Bowie, interviewed in NME, 1997

So the news this week has been dominated by the passing of David Bowie, and when I consider how much attention was paid to the untimely death of Freddie Mercury – the last pop star of comparable status to leave us – it is almost certain that this event will remain in public consciousness for years to come. Anywho: amongst the magical community, it has been widely noted that Bowie was interested in the occult, as witness his interview with NME quoted at the top of this page, and the back cover over the Station to Station LP, below left:

Photo used for the back cover of Station To Station (1976)

Photo used for the back cover of Station To Station (1976)

Video for Lazarus (2015)

Video for Lazarus (2015)

NB: given the amount of Charlie he was packing away at the time, his precise allegiance might well be pinned to the Holy Order of the Sun! Interestingly, Bowie resurrected the costume covered with, ahem, “white lines,” for his almost-certainly-not final music video “Lazarus” (above right). Might not this video be suggesting that David Bowie did not just keep this costume but this persona hanging up in the closet all this time?

But I digress.

There is an image in the Lazarus video on which a number of bloggers have already commented: where Bowie sits frantically writing at a desk, on which rests a skull. Now the obvious interpretation is that it was a reference to Bowie’s own impending mortality, but when I saw it, it stirred the Sumner Family Brain Cell to life, and got me thinking, where have I seen that before?


See: 3minutes 38seconds.

The answer is: it comes from the first degree (Apprentice) ritual of the Ancient & Primitive Rite of Memphis and Misraim – a particularly esoteric form of Freemasonry. Assuming the candidate for initiation passes the ballot, just before the ceremony of his initiation,

…[t]he Expert (i.e. Junior Deacon) then takes possession of the Candidate in the Parvis, carefully binds his eyes and leads him to the Chamber of Reflection. He has him sit before a table, sparingly furnished with a real human Skull; a lit wax Candle, half-consumed; a sheet of white paper, pen and ink. The seat is a stool without a back. He lights a little Myrrh, the traditional funereal perfume, in a corner of the room, in a Censer containing lit coals.

Expert: – Sir, alone, left to yourself, before an image of termination of terrestrial Life, I invite you to write your Philosophical Testament.

The “Philosophical Testament” consists of the candidate’s reflections on his duties to God, the World, and himself: but more especially, like its name suggests, how the candidate would answer these questions if his words were the final legacy which he leaves on Earth. However, the code-word “philosophical” indicates that one is meant to interpret it alchemically. In other words, Death is not the end for the candidate – i.e. for David Bowie – but is the first step on the path to spiritual transmutation.

So, there you have it – Bowie indulging in esoteric symbolism right up until the last!

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EU Unbans Occult Websites Banned By David Cameron | Alex Sumner

From Huffington Post:

It has been announced in the news today thatThe European Union has voted through legislation that will require all internet providers to treat online traffic “without discrimination” …

Source: EU Unbans Occult Websites Banned By David Cameron | Alex Sumner

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Syria: Christ, Angels, and the Occult | Alex Sumner

In my previous blog on the Syrian Refugee crisis, I proposed resorting to Sorcery to find out what the best solution ought to be. This naturally leads to the question: can Magic be used to put such a solution into effect?

Source: Syria: Christ, Angels, and the Occult | Alex Sumner

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Jeremy Corbyn is the only candidate the public actually likes – Labour or otherwise – Comment – Voices – The Independent

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!😛

Full story:

Jeremy Corbyn is the only candidate the public actually likes – Labour or otherwise – Comment – Voices – The Independent.

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