What is this?
Magick From Scratch is a blog about practice from first principles. This means taking nothing for granted, questioning everything, and building a practice which makes sense in terms of what it tries to accomplish. Presently, I am tackling how to do High Magic(k) and Theurgy from a purely polytheistic, purely Hellenic perspective. In case it wasn’t painfully obvious, this is not a Recon blog. I am not Recon. As you read my blog, you will discover that this is not because I dislike research, but rather, because I work with Greek deities.
Neither the deities as I experience them nor I want to go back to living in Ancient Greece. I don’t want to live with that misogyny and xenophobia, the male deities would like to escape being characterized as rapists, and the female deities want more options than virgin, harlot, or being one of many wives to a philandering husband.
I’m very happy to study the practices of the ancient Greeks, but I won’t be integrating them into my practice unless they suit my aim of building healthy gnosis, healthy relationships with deities and humans, and healthy spirituality.
What Tradition Is This?
You fundamentally misunderstand me if you think that this blog has anything to do with traditions handed down to me from anywhere. I am inspired by sources like the Golden Dawn, Aurum Solis, The Greek Magical Papyri, Plato, Iamblichus and Greek mythology in general, but this is my own stuff. I made it with help from peer input and ancient as well as modern texts. I made it because the traditions I’ve practiced up until now don’t do what I want them to.
So, What are you trying to do?
If you carefully read ancient texts, from any and every culture, be they histories or myths, it will become clear to you that human beings once experienced a fantastical world full of incredible, highly magical things. The reality we experience today, however, does not at all resemble the one described in these ancient texts.
We sense the lack. The fantasy genre is our on-going lament, a requiem composed in fiction for a way of being that we no longer have access to.
I, for one, do not believe that the ancients were confused, or deluded. I also do not believe that the laws of reality have fundamentally changed. We are living on the same planet. We are the same species. Those experiences are still a part of who we are.
I have already experienced deities as physical, connected with others who have similar experiences, and cracked the mystery of why and when deities do and do not do that. My next goal is to understand how human magicians may physically manifest their own magic.
How will you accomplish that?
I believe that by studying mythology, the phenomenon of gnosis, and by experimenting with ritual techniques (and discarding techniques that don’t work), I can figure this out.
I don’t agree with you.
If you have your own ideas about how to solve this puzzle, which is very important to me, then please, by all means, share your ideas. If you disagree with my aims? I can’t help you. Maybe you should write your own blog instead of reading mine.
If you are considering being mean, please remember that your comment doesn’t show up unless I approve it. I also have the ability to edit your comments. I reserve the right to edit your comments. If you do not want to be seen publicly professing your undying religious devotion to Wayne Gretsky, I recommend that you do not insult anyone’s religion, path, or deities here.
Also, I’m tired. This is not “the internet,” it’s my blog. I will not debate with MRAs, TERFs, Traitors (Trump supporters and Neo-Confederates), the KKK, Evangelicals, Proseletyzers, or people who think that police should have the right to serve as judge, jury, and executioner with any citizen they deem “suspicious.” There is a truly dizzying variety of assholes out there, and mostly, y’all don’t deserve to be dignified with a response. You will be blocked and no one will ever see your comment.
Spam will not be approved unless I strip out the contact info, and replace any promotional content with love notes to Hermes. If you see comments that say “Hermes rules!” and it is by “Jenny Dinglehopper” or a similar absurd name, that used to be spam.
Are you light path? Dark path? Grey path?
What? What are you even asking me?
I believe in love, freedom, and justice as sacred principles. I believe in consent as a sacred precept. I believe that children should be kept safe from exploitation and abuse. I think that the truth is sacred. I think that is as close to answering your question as I’m capable of.