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Monday, January 7, 2019

An Anniversary, A Book, and a World of Spirits




Before I begin, I want to acknowledge I haven’t blogged much over the passed year. That is because I was writing a book, _Living Spirits: A Guide to Magic in a World of Spirits_ that book is now complete and is available. So hopefully I’ll be blogging more soon. If you’ve enjoyed my blog in the past you’ll probably enjoy the book, so please order a copy. If you want more info, this post is actually going to talk about it a bit.

The late December/early January has presented the anniversaries of some cool posts.

Last January included a very popular post on faeries, and how the experience of work with the fair folk compares to taking opiates and having orgasms. We also explored the exploration of grave yards and alliances with the local dead.

December of 2017 we looked at the Catholic traditions surrounding the Three Kings in preparation for Epiphany, which occurred yesterday. We also explored the ongoing nature of the experience of Knowledge and Conversation, as opposed to the idea of doing it to check a box.

January 2017 also looked at the Holy Guardian Angel, with a very popular post about sex and the Abramelin retreat.

But our big January Anniversary was January 5th 2017. That was when we posted the first post in our Beginning Conjuration series, an 8-part series introducing ways to interact with several types of spirits. The series was conceptualized as a sort of free mini-e-book serialized over 8 posts.

The topics presented were:

People seemed to like the series. Some comments as people reposted it included:
“Comprehensive, and all around excellent, thematically linked series of blog posts on the subject of spirit conjuring by BJ Swayne. Enjoy.” – C. Degraffenreid

and

“Over the recent days, BJ Swayne has been making available a series of introduction to conjure magick posts that make the fundamentals of "DOING MAGICK" and "doing magick right" available to folks just getting into this thing, from the perspective of someone who gets it, whose done it, and who has reaped the rewards. He's one of my favorite magicians, and he's just giving this stuff away.” – Fr. Rufus Opus

The series was pretty cool, if I’m allowed to say that myself.

So cool that I thought, “I should expand this, tie it together more, flesh it out into something more workable and complete, people can read the short form for free and if they like it, an expanded form will be available to buy as a book.”

I ended up, accidentally, beginning the expansion January 5th 2018, the anniversary of the release of the first post. December 25th 2018 I published it as _Living Spirits: A Guide to Magic in a World of Spirits_.

So you might think “So you’re book is your blog posts?” Well, no it isn’t. I revised and expanded seven of the original eight posts as part of the project, significantly expanded, and added more ritual instructions. I also wrote a ton of new material, additional chapters, and four appendices for practical work.

The original project was about 25 typed pages, which would have been about a 40 page book. The final project was a book of over 350 pages.

Here is the table of contents. You can compare it to the list of the original 8 topics and also see if it sounds like stuff you’d find interesting.

I A Spirit Haunted World ........................................................................................11
II What Is Conjuration? ...........................................................................................17
III An Historical View of Conjuration .....................................................................21
IV Solomonic Magic: It’s History and Nature .........................................................33
V Devotion ................................................................................................................47
A Devotional Ritual: Installing an Image .................................................................53
VI Scrying ..................................................................................................................56
VII Ancestors ............................................................................................................61
VIII Elementals .........................................................................................................79
Conjuring the Elemental Spirits ...........................................................................85
IX Nature Spirits .......................................................................................................86
X Preparation, Charism, and Intermediary Spirits ..................................................96
XI The Holy Guardian Angel ............................................................................... 109
XII The Four Kings ............................................................................................... 119
A Conjuration for Asking Kings of the Cardinal Directions to Send a Spirit . 134
XIII Hekate ............................................................................................................ 139
Deipnon ............................................................................................................. 156
A Tiresian Necromancy of Hekate Based on the 1st Century Description by Statius ................................................................................................................. 161
XIV Angels and Demons ...................................................................................... 171
XV Aerial Spirits .................................................................................................... 184
Conjuration of King Arcan ................................................................................ 195
XVI The Olympic Spirits ...................................................................................... 198
XVII The Dead ..................................................................................................... 207
XVIII Fairies .......................................................................................................... 217
XIX Tying It All Together .................................................................................... 225
Offerings ............................................................................................................. 230
Spaces ................................................................................................................. 233
Not All Spirits are Good .................................................................................... 235
Protection ........................................................................................................... 236  First Appendix: Grimoire Spells ............................................................................ 239
Love Spell ........................................................................................................... 250
Money Spell ........................................................................................................ 253
Elimination Spell ................................................................................................ 256
Second Appendix: The Pentacles of Solomon...................................................... 259
Consecration of the Fifth Pentacle of Luna ....................................................... 265
Consecration of the Fifth Pentacle of Mercury ................................................. 270
Consecration of the Fifth Pentacle of Venus ..................................................... 275
Consecration of the Third Pentacle of Sol ........................................................ 281
Consecration of the Sixth Pentacle of Mars ...................................................... 287
Consecration of the Second Pentacle of Jupiter ................................................ 292
Consecration of the Fourth Pentacle of Saturn ................................................. 298
Third Appendix: Southern Conjure: A Practical Look at Spiritous Sorcery ....... 304
Petition papers .................................................................................................... 310
Powders and Oils ................................................................................................ 313
Candles ................................................................................................................ 318
Mojo Hands ........................................................................................................ 320
Sweetening Jars ................................................................................................... 322
Fourth Appendix: Two Group Rituals................................................................... 328
By Lamp and Water ........................................................................................... 329
A Feast for the Dead .......................................................................................... 346
Summation .......................................................................................................... 363

So maybe this wasn’t the most exciting return to blogging, but hopefully the trip down memory lane showed you some cool posts you may have missed and will enjoy.

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New cool topical blog posts coming soon.