October 2020 Hiatus

I guess that if I need a break, then I need one, and boy howdy do I need one, and a more dedicated break than what I gave myself last time.

It’s been a crazy time, as y’all know, for one reason or another, and I need a bit of a break.  I already pulled a bit of a break earlier this year to focus on my Salem presentation, which went great, but this time, I need some time to just do nothing at all except relax and enjoy myself.  Between a busy year of writing, translating, teaching, the Reign of the Lady of Crowns, taking an online Sahidic Coptic course (and several other courses, including Jack Grayle’s excellent PGM Praxis course to buff out my own stuff), and just the usual day-to-day stuff of full-time software engineering to pay the bills and household management to make the most out of it all, I’m gonna be taking a bit of a vacation for the month of October for my birthday.  I won’t be taking on any client work or consultations during this time, and though I’ll still be replying to emails for access to the Red Work Course and Geomancy in the Reign of the Lady of Crowns courses I administer as well as PayPal purchases directly through my website for my ebooks, but any requests for readings, consultations, geomancy chart reviews, coaching sessions, or the like will be on hold until after November gets here, at which point I’ll pick up on those emails and requests again.  My Etsy page also has an announcement to the same effect; although all ebooks and divination tickets through Etsy will be sent automatically to your account/email as normal, I won’t get back to requests until after my vacation.  So, if you request a reading or another service between now and then, then I humbly ask for and will sincerely appreciate your patience until I get back to such work.  Although I’ll still be semi-available by email, those who are a member of my Red Work Course or Geomancy in the Lady of Crowns class mailing lists are encouraged, when and as possible, to ask questions and discussion topics to those forums rather than to me directly in case a more urgent answer is desired from your colleagues.  If there are any big updates or newsworthy things that come up for this blog between now and then, you can be sure I’ll post them, but otherwise, I plan on giving my (excellent) keyboard a bit of a break from writing, editing, teaching, and consulting, and instead will just relax for a well-deserved staycation of my own.

We’ll pick up again soon after I’ve caught up on naps and enjoying myself.  Taking time to rest and recuperate, after all, is as much a sacrament as anything else, and even Hermēs Trismegistos in SH V.4—7 notes that sleep is a blessed thing that keeps us fair, fit, and fine (Litwa’s translation):

Since our bodies are weak, they are in need of much assistance. To be sure, how would the connecting link of our bodies resist even occasional harm if it did not maintain the ingestion of foodstuffs made from the same elements which daily reinforce our bodies? Indeed, an influx of earth, water, fire, and air flows into us which renews our bodies and holds together this tent. Consequently, in the face of commotions, we are incredibly frail and cannot bear them for a single day.

You well know, my child, that if we did not rest our bodies at night, we could not withstand a single day. For this reason, the good Craftsman who foreknows all things, created sleep for the continuance of living creatures, which is the greatest cessation from the fatigue of motion. Moreover, he ordered an equal measure of time for each state—or rather, he allotted more time to repose.

Understand, my child, the magnificent activity of sleep; it is opposed to the activity of the soul, but not inferior to it. Just as the soul is an activity of motion, in the same way, too, bodies cannot live without sleep; for there is a relaxing and loosening of the connected limbs. Sleep operates within, making ingested matter into bodies, distributing the proper elements to each bodily part: water to blood, earth to bones and marrow, air to nerves and veins, and fire to vision. Accordingly, the body intensely enjoys sleep since it activates this pleasure of the body’s reconstitution.

With that, I hope you all have a blessed October in every which way, whether you have a birthday this month or not (but especially if you do, too)!

Recuperation, Getting Back On The Horse, Etc.

Alright, alright.  I’m not dead, despite what you may think.  I know it’s silly to apologize for not posting on one’s own blog (it is my blog, after all), but it’s been quite a while, so I figured I should at least say something.  Between catching the flu for the first time ever, going to a furry convention several states away, allergies, and dealing with ailing family, my life has been somewhat hectic and my practice has gotten all kinds of screwed to the point where I’m most concerned about sleep (which I still haven’t caught up on properly, a week later) and caffeine (which I need to ween myself off of once more, but at least I’m not using an IV drip of the stuff again).  After this coming weekend, things should be set aright again.  Really, they will.

Until then, dear readers, I hope you’ve all been well.  In the meantime, is there any thought you might want to pluck from my brain, any topic you’d want me to opine on, any ideas you’d want explored on the Digital Ambler?  I’m open to random rants, and I could do with something to hook my interest and give me something to think about.

Also, I love you all and am very happy you visit here.  Just letting y’all know.  ♥


As I write this, I’ve got a number of candles lit and some used tealight tins waiting to be thrown out, cedar incense burning, Enya playing, and a cup of water on my desk helping me out of the last effects of a hangover.  I’m still working off a sleep debt from having to stay up until 2 a.m. occasionally from past consecration rituals.  My dishwasher is still broken and awaits being repaired on Tuesday, I need to find another repairman to fix a blinds malfunction, I’m scarce on funds until my next paycheck, and I’m wondering how many FBI/homeland security watchlists I’ve been put on for daring to wear Middle Eastern clothing in public in DC on the memorial weekend (which I somehow forgot).  The rain we had last week canceled more than one set of plans and completely shut down my commuter train on Friday due to flooding.

Either things have actually been busy this past week, or it’s felt busy enough to get even me a bit stressed.  But that’s alright, because it’s been worth it.

When we last left off, I had conjured Gabriel and Kammael successfully, Michael unsuccessfully, and began the process of consecrating my planetary talismans for my Table of Manifestation.  Since then, I’ve performed a number more consecration rituals (which will continue through Thursday), conjured Michael, Raphael, Tzadqiel, Haniel, and Tzaphqiel with varying levels of success, and began the consecration process for my big lead Saturn talisman for an election this coming weekend.  Maybe it’s just me, but trying to get a drawn-out series of consecrations done during appropriate planetary hours and interacting with the varied and sundry powers of the cosmos all while trying to keep up with mundane shit can really fuck with you.  I should have remembered my lesson from an earlier post: don’t work with radically different powers in quick succession (viz. air followed by earth), because it’s going to end either badly or hilariously.  I’m also reminded of a bit of advice from an astrological magic forum, that one should expect some electrical craziness when first working with Algol; the dust will settle down eventually, but there’s going to be an adjustment process.

That sort of stirring up the dust followed by adjustment is something that I kinda needed.  I’m sure I could have done much more with the four elements and their kings, princes, and spirits than I’ve done so far, but now that I’ve gotten acquainted and introduced properly to all of them and learned enough to be at least somewhat decent, I suppose it was time to get bumped up to another level.  This past week was the first time I worked with the planetary angels, and I got to experience who they are and what their spheres are like intimately (some more than others, based on how clear the connection was with them).  It might have been wiser to do maybe one conjuration a week, but I decided to take the fool’s leap and dive right in.  Swimming in the soft emerald undersea of Venus, sitting among the sapphire-pearl clouds of Jupiter, and walking past the orange-gold halls of Mercury are experiences I definitely intend on having again, as well as coming to know more about them and their roles in the world.  Still, maybe getting acclimated to all those influences all at once might have been overdoing it.  That said, conjuring Michael of the Sun today made up for it all.

Granted, I was hungover (beer hall birthday celebration in DC last night) and I was sore in my belly and neck.  The connection wasn’t great, and I didn’t bother to ask Michael about the sphere of the Sun or advice or anything.  However, I was able to feel what being in the sphere of the Sun was like.  Other experiences with the other planets caused a real change in my perception, but with the Sun, I didn’t notice a thing.  Things were still there and still as ever, everything was quiet, and everything just was.  I felt somewhat disappointed at first, expecting some sudden change, but then it hit me: that’s just what the Sun is.  It’s the center of the solar system, it’s the point of return over and over again, it’s the fulcrum for all the other planets.  I get that now, and I get how it feels: peace, truth, calmness, stillness, clarity.  After the craze and daze of consecrations and conjurations, the misfortunes of last week, and balancing out different parts of my life, that realization and experience was probably the most worthwhile part of the past week.

That sort of rest or, I dunno, pause definitely stuck with me today, and things have been smoother since.  I got my work needed doing today done, sorted out appointments for the week, and organized up my plans for the coming period of time.  Two of the talismans are completely consecrated and a third is finishing up as it soaks in the last of its consecrated light and incense.  What stress I had from the past week has almost completely evaporated.  I’ve learned and experienced a fair bit, and been alerted to a good number of past lessons in the process.  Now that I’ve gotten a much-needed breather, I can get back to Work.