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Chaos Magic – Reflections On The Anatomy Of A Great Spell

Many practitioners of Chaos Magic understand the art and science of the spiritual practice of sorcery as a collection of different belief systems which in and of themselves are illusory, but due to the nature of reality, belief and the interface between the unconscious mind and the supraconscious (collective unconscious) these magical belief systems are…

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The Mental Universe: Three Masks Of Self

The Mental Universe: An Introduction To The Game The old Hermetic axiom that “the Universe is made of mind and therefore everything is mind” underpins much alternative spirituality and magical theory. Magic Self and Spirit then are essentially expressions of the same energy, as I separate the concepts in order to explain them, I find…

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Grey Magick: Pagan Types Of Magick

Check out this book on Amazon Grey Magick, walking the balanced path of Witchcraft, pagan types of magick which can open the internal doors to deeper identification with, more profound investigation of, our unique, personal and powerful roads of our spirituality and magick, the very mission of this website…or is it? While meditating on our…

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Machu Picchu – An Experience with the Sacred Mountain

The first Trip to Machu Picchu [Introduction As part of our sacred sites series, Amanda (co owner of Magic Self and Spirit) has written a beautiful article about her journeys to the Sacred Mountain of Machu Picchu, an initiatory and magical experience…Stephen] The hike starts at the river Last year I had the opportunity to…

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Wiccan Feminism, Witchcraft And Independent Spirituality

I have a deep affection for the path of the wise, or Witchcraft as it’s often referred to, as a road to independent spirituality I’ve found it initiatory and powerful. I trained as a priest in the Goddess Movement, which differed from Wiccan Feminism but certainly shared many of its ideas and practices. Click here…

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Candle Magick: A Critical Review

As part of our opinion piece series, I was drawn to blog review: Candle Spells: Everything You Need To Know About Candle Magic. I had an ambiguous relationship with this blog from get go, the ‘Witchy Mommy’ narrative just manages to lean away from being twee, but I have to say at times only just.…

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Hail to the Spirits of Hekate’s Garden

The pagan blog: Hekate’s Garden, Botanical Magic and Pharmakea by Cyndi Brannen, discusses, at one level, the ancient practice of plant medicine/magic that was utilized by the Greek Chthonic Goddess Hekate’s ancient witches. The article is beautifully crafted and, for me, suggested deeper layers of knowledge and magic which indeed ‘break down the illusion of…

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Is The Pharaoh A God? The Encounter With The Sacred

Was Pharaoh a God? Is the Pharaoh a God? Depending on your perspective, that is do the Neters (gods) live forever? In ancient Egyptian spirituality the Pharaoh was thought of as a Divine embodiment of the Neters, in his being he held the harmony and balance of the gods both in self and in nature.…

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Stonehenge And The Pagan Celebration Of Yule

Imagine Stonehenge, the Neolithic temple in south west England to the cycle of the sun in the dark days and long nights embodied by the pagan celebration of Yule. The Celtic winter solstice traditions were probably some of the most important in the imagination and spirituality of the Neolithic people of Northern Europe. The year…

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Druids And The Ogham Tree Alphabet

As a magician that saunters along my unique powerful personal magical and spiritual path, an understanding of druids and the ogham tree alphabet is a mask of magic certainly worth exploring. As always this is a practice of balance, the historical information available and the experiential nature of the magic itself. Writing and its association…

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Stonehenge: A Pagan Ritual Site

As part of a mini blog series on sacred sites around the world, a discussion of the pagan ritual sites of Stonehenge is a must. But why discuss sacred sites at all in relation to your unique and personal magical and spiritual journey, why are they relevant? For us here at Magic Self and Spirit,…

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How Omniscience As Clairvoyance Supercharges Your Spirit

Omniscience as clairvoyance, controversial I know, yet for a website like ours (Magic Self and Spirit) whose very purpose is to encourage and support you to walk your own independent, personal, magical and spiritual path, it’s something we just can’t ignore. So, what do we mean by omniscience, what is the definition of omniscient? Well,…

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The Lives Of Witches: Lughnasadh The Grieving And Celebrations

As part of our opinion piece series, I wanted to write about the buzzfeednews.com article: The Striking Portraits Show The Lives Of Witches In America Today. This article is about a personal journey by photographer Frances. F. Denny, a part of her portrait series Major Arcana: Witches In America. The article talks of her trips…

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Varanasi: Beautiful Sacred Sites

A spiritual journey to the beautiful sacred site of Varanasi was on the cards, I was alone and excited to visit the great mother Ganges River which flows directly through the hair of Shiva god of death and consciousness. Post Script: I commented on a gorgeous blog we found: 15 Beautiful Sacred Sites Around The…

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Christianity and the Crone Goddess

Christianity and the Crone Goddess is the first of our opinion blogs commenting on an article by Anomalien called The Mississippi Legend Of Yazoo City’s Evil Witch Curse. The article’s an entertaining read, a story from the 1800s of an elderly woman who lived solitary and was thought to murder men brutally, who just before…

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