What a time it’s been, y’all. After a bit of annoying circumstances that pushed it back a few days, I gave my presentation for the Salem Witchcraft & Folklore Festival 2020, hosted by the good people at the Salem Summer Symposium. By the accounts of those who attended, my class, Spelling by Spelling: Greek Alphabet Divination & Magic, went well, and even I’m pleased with it, having gotten a bit of extra time to polish up the presentation, and having ended about on target (with ten minutes leftover for questions instead of fifteen). I’m frankly surprised that so many people still managed to show up as they did, rescheduled as it was from a Saturday afternoon to a Monday evening, and I want to express my deepest thanks and appreciation to all the attendees as well as to the organizers of the symposium and festival for hosting such a wonderful event even in light of the current awkward situation of the Reign of the Lady of Crowns. Unfortunately, since it was just a two hour class, I didn’t get to cover half the things I originally wanted to, so I guess I’ll just have to do a separate series of classes sometime in the next year to make up for that, but that’ll be in the future. If you didn’t manage to catch my class or any of the other amazing classes offered by SWFF2020 live, you can still register for the recordings through the end of 2020, so check out their website and sign up for everything that catches your interest, or get a package deal for multiple classes at once! The recordings will be up in the coming days after they finish processing and uploading them, so stay tuned to their website for more information.
I consider my little hiatus from blogging well-spent, though it’s not like I wasn’t busy in general these past six-ish weeks. It seems that I can’t not avoid writing one way or another, and I’ve been pretty busy on Twitter lately with a series of threads that I’d like to share pontificating or didacting about this or that. To be fair, Twitter these past few weeks has been…interesting, between everything being cakes to newbie witches hexing the fae and also the Moon, to more shade being thrown against the Kybalion (which, I maintain, is more hernia than Hermetica), but a few of the highlights I wanted to share of my own twatting (which can be considered blog posts in their own right) would be these:
- That men (of all types) need to listen to women (of all types) more in general
- How our words can offend and injure even when we don’t mean for them to
- How we shouldn’t bias ourselves regarding accusations towards us based on what we hear alone about them and from whom
- How we present ourselves can affect how people react to us
- Nobody gets to buy any more crystals until you first learn how to treat, use, and work with the rocks in your own driveway/alleyway first
- How magic, spirits, and curses don’t need belief and how revealed experience is Hermetically superior to both discursive logic and faith
- An unfortunate incident with someone who asked for way too much information in a rather wrong way
- Follow-up to the preceding: on how and why closed traditions limit knowledge and teaching
- Why non-Jews working with or venerating Lilith most likely isn’t cultural/religious appropriation
- What learning from books really means and how to read them properly
- An unfortunate incident when someone tried to use one of my copyrighted designs for their own advertising
- Accuracy is not precision, but both are needed for diviners
All that in addition, of course, to the usual shitposting and antics I get up to on Twitter. Somehow I’ve only gained followers over the past few weeks, which is nothing short of a profound mystery to me.
For those with a linguistic bent, Dr. Christian Casey of Brown University is hosting a free online course for teaching Sahidic Coptic. If you have an interest in translating Coptic works from the early Christian, Gnostic, and Hermetic traditions or have an eye on getting at the non-Greek more-Egyptian magical papyri, this is something to keep an eye on! The classes will be weekly on Saturdays at 1pm Eastern US time, starting September 5 and continuing for 30 weeks, so sign up if you’re interested! I’ve signed up and hope to keep up with it, but we’ll see.
I’ve also picked up Final Fantasy XIV again. I had a dream during a nap one day a few weeks back that I was playing again, and BOOM the desire hit me to play again, even though I hadn’t played in about two or three years. So, after about two weeks and no small amount of enticing from some other magicians and astrologers who also play, I’ve caught up on all the main story content from patches 4.3 to 5.3 (holy shit you guys, I cried so much), though I’m still getting caught up on the side story and other stuff. I’m trying to limit myself mostly to weekends for playing and spending the rest of the week researching and writing as ever, but I’ve definitely missed the game and my friends who play it. Plus, this gives me a good reason to pick up my writing about the Deck of Sixty, the in-game divination deck used by the Astrologian job, and how it can be used and expanded upon using in-game lore and other canonical information given by the lorebooks to be used as an actual method of divination we ourselves can use. I’ve written about it in a publicly-viewable spoiler-free Google Doc for those who are interested in checking out the system, such as it is. (And yes, I’m still Smoking Tongue on Aether/Midgardsormr.)
I’m sure other things have happened these past six weeks that have escaped my memory, but in general, things have been largely quiet and peaceful for me on my end. Still at home and rarely leaving the house, still working from home full time, still annoying the cats, still keeping up with housework and ritual work as best as I can. I wish I could say I’ve caught up on sleep, but we all know that’d be a lie. On the whole, things go well and busily as ever, and I’m happy with that. I hope the past few weeks have been at least as nice for you all, dear readers, and that things continue to improve for us all, wherever we might be and whatever we might be doing.
With that, I suppose it’s time to figure out what to write about next. I’ve got a few ideas lined up, but it’ll take me a few days to get back into the swing of things. At least, with the presentation for SWFF2020 over, I can devote more time back to my other projects again—and start figuring out what to propose for next year’s symposium, too. Plus, with it getting to be towards the end of summer (finally), the busy season is really going to start ramping up soon, so there’s always more to do.