Quick Update

So, before I head on out for the holidays with the family, I wanted to make a quick update of a few recent events and results.

  1. The Lunar Kamea and Bhaiṣajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) Cane are completed.  Pictures of them are up under Crafts, as is a page just for the cane project.  Major thanks to Blue Flame Magick for help with the Buddhaworking.  Now I just need to find a friend with a south-facing window for leaving the Kamea and a ring in for a lunar cycle; if push comes to shove, I suppose I could use my car parked in an advantageous spot, but…eh.
  2. I also put up a picture of my Trithemius cane on the Crafts page; I made it about a month and a half ago, an extra-large size wand to be used in conjurations with a few personal flourishes of my own.  It’s hard to get something like that to show in a single picture, but it’s subtle enough to be carried around in public without too many weird looks while still being a nifty magical weapon in its own right.  It follows the Trithemius style, but instead of “EGO ALPHA ET OMEGA” on the back, I incorporated the word Azoth around the wand to mean the same thing but better.  Here are some more pics of that, if you’re interested.  The cane works well in conjurations and definitely has a noble or regal feel to it, though it’s awkward to use inside given its size (38″).
  3. Finally got the apartment quiet!  Turns out the best magic is the most direct, which in this case was writing a respectful note to the neighbor downstairs (an 80-odd year old hard-of-hearing sweet/badass lady).
  4. Calamus root and dragon’s blood resin acquired!  Abramelin and Fiery Wall of Protection oils will be made upon my return to Villa Polyphanae.
  5. I finally got off my ass and memorized the Headless Rite (or Bornless Ritual).  After seeing it pop up practically daily for two months, I figured the cosmos was sending me a hint or two or thirty.  Voces magicae ftw, and I also made myself a little pendant (pewter medallion engraved with a dremel) with the “beneficial sign” from the PGM text to use the Rite with.  I’m using a variation I wrote up based on the PGM text, Crowley’s Liber Samekh, and other variants I’ve come across.  I’ve got an emphatic green light from my genius to start using it, so here goes.
  6. In the process of researching the PGM, I also picked up a few other spells and workings that I’ll put to use soon and write up my results with.  Not gonna lie, it’s kinda hot that I’m doing the same spells that were used 2000 years ago.
  7. I’m teaming up with The Bad Witch over at Open Path Sanctuary to write up a series of articles on geomancy.  They’ll be available both at OPS and on The Digital Ambler, but you should totally go to OPS first because duh.  They should be out by year’s end, if I get the time and research done on the finer points of technique and history.

Have a happy Christmas, Chanukkah, Solstice, Yule, whatever; just be happy and be good.  I’ll be back sometime late next week, and probably won’t have much to post until the New Year (unless said posts are New Year New You-related and/or I have free time while with my family).  Check out my Twitter feed (on the right, and also here) for humorous interludes if you’re that bored.

On Minimalist Temples for Myself

First, a tip of the hat to The Unlikely Mage who, besides being awesome in general, is also writing a forthcoming book on lifestyle minimalism and management.  We chat a lot, sometimes with actual subject matter that can be read by polite society (shocking, I know), and once upon a time we were figuring out how many shared interests we had together.  One of them was Tumbleweed Houses, a company that specializes in low square-footage homes (sometimes as low and compact as 90sq ft.).  I’m a fan of them, since some of them are portable, encourage you to live a bare-bones lifestyle taking only that which you need, and can be used as supplemental buildings or apartments for a larger land space.  Some are pre-made, and some are just the plans to build by oneself.  High schoolers build these things as projects, so they’re not particularly hard with some basic carpentry skills.

One of these days, once I finish my college loans and build up a small fund for myself, I’ll get some land to cultivate and a decent home.  I’d like a dedicated temple space, if for nothing else to perform my rituals and keep a library in, but keeping it in my main house would require to use that much more space that could be used in other ways, especially if I ever have a family.  I think a Tumbleweed house might be perfect for use as a temple building, and one that I could happily use to separate out different parts of my life and focus strictly on study and Work inside.

Well, I think I found a competitor to Tumbleweeds.  Pacific Yurts makes, well, yurts, Turkic/Mongol/Central Asian kind of large round tent used by the nomads and shepherds in that part of the world for thousands of years.  They all have the same basic style and are more-or-less easy to assemble, and this company makes modern yurts for temporary or permanent settlement.  I think they’re pretty nice, surprisingly, and, being one large room for most of them, can encourage more minimalism in a lifestyle or for a temple.  Plus, the round shape would lend itself naturally to a permanent magic circle in the center of the center.  Assembly takes a few hours for the smaller ones and a few days for the larger ones, and the price for them (a decked-out 24′ yurt I drew up would be about $13k) makes them a definite choice for a future temple building.

But that’s in the future.  In the meantime, I’ve got to deal with an apartment with elephants above and infernal TVs below, hooray!