Looking back through my blog’s archives, there are a handful of series of posts I’ve made, where I’ve written about a particular topic at length over a number of posts. Often enough, it seems, if there are more than three posts in a series, I’ll finish up with a recap post that gives links to each individual post and what they’re about, but it turns out I don’t always even when I should. One such series I did not that long ago last year, De Regnis. I started off each post with an introduction as to what they were about:
Although most of my writing is visible and accessible through my blog and my ebooks, there are a bunch of writing projects that I don’t necessarily intend for public release. When I was recently going through my old documents folder on my computer, I found a writing project I had intended to be a compendium of Hermetic and Neoplatonic knowledge, guidance, and advice that would serve to document my understandings and work as a textbook unto itself, both for my benefit and any who might come after me. This project, De Regnis or “On Kingdoms”, got pretty far along before it got abandoned, though parts of it serve as seeds or are outright cannibalized for some of my other works. Though I have no plans to continue writing this text, I want to share some of the sections I wrote that can act as a useful introduction to some of the practices of Hermetic magic in a modern context. My views and practices and experiences have grown considerably since then, but perhaps it can help those who are just getting started or are curious about how to fortify their own practices and views.
This ended up becoming an eight-part series, with each post focusing on several aspects of introductory Hermetic practice based on my own studies and findings:
- Breathing, Intonation, and Prayer
- Visualization, Meditation, Contemplation
- Divination and Notekeeping
- Approaching Spirits, Offerings and Sacrifices, Identification and Authentication
- On Spiritual Conditions and Prohibitions
- Altars and Sacred Spaces
- Supplies and Objects
- On Principles of Practice and Regular Practices
It might be a bit late, but better late than never. At least this way there’s an easy index for these posts instead of someone having to trawl through for them!