Saturday, October 22, 2016

A prank for the new teacher - Excerpt from the novel La Maga A Story about Sorcerers and Magi

Illustrated novel Leonard and his buddies set up a prank for the new teacher

Pass and photo ID. You can’t get into the class without an admission pass and photo ID: student ID, license to practice magic, magical association card. Did you not receive the notice?” the hall guard croaked. And she was frog-like—bloated with a thick, jowly face and bloody, popping eyes.
No one ever gave me a hard time about being a walk-in,” the man protested. “I promised my son that I’d take the class with him.”
“This is a closed class,” the hall guard snapped, firmly affirming in her gravelly voice: “You cannot be admitted without an admission pass and a photo ID!”
“Where do I get a pass?” the man asked.
“You don’t! The class is filled,” the froggy character said.
The man stormed away. The hall guard continued barking at students and adults about the entrance requirements as they congregated at the threshold of a small lecture hall. There, a controversial celebrity lady mage would be presenting a class called Lost and Found: Mystical Codes and Keys.
Leonard and his buddies, Anil and Bertrand, presented the appropriate documents and were admitted. Leonard’s father, Lord Consul Leo de Lux, followed them. He was one of the top rulers of the North Atlantic Sovereignty.

“Pass and ID. No one is admitted without an admission pass and photo ID,” the hall guard rattled. Upon realizing who she was now talking to, though, she froze. “You can go in,” she rasped.
Leonard de Lux Junior made quick work of setting up a prank for the new teacher while his father chatted with some people from the Royal Conservationist Party. He figured he’d get away with it and that his dad, who had been on the rag about this particular teacher, would get a mean laugh from the escapade.
With sleight of hand, Leonard dropped a stink-bomb , disguised as a lace sachet, on the professor’s chair. When she sat at the desk to study the seating chart and call the roll, she would, you know, make a smell.  Leonard twitched his eyebrows and sneered at his buddies. They all sniggered and sputtered so that their pimply, adolescent faces turned reddish and even gawkier.

From Chapter 1. The Conus Magus Charm
from La Maga A Story about Sorcerers and Magi
 by Dionesia Rapposelli

Dear Readers--Don't forget that I am offering FREE, illustrated pdf booklets on topics related to magic and mysticism. Visit the Web site for links to the downloads. So far booklets include:
 All About the Magic Wand
The Arbatel, Olympic Spirits, and the Seal of Secrets of the World
What I Know About Witches

Planned Next:
The Stele of Jeu and the Divine Light (on the Headless Ritual)

Let me know what is on your wish list . . .

Thursday, October 13, 2016

What I Know About Witches

A historical perspective on witchcraft and Neopaganism free PDF

Halloween/Samhain 2016 will soon be upon us as I write this. That means that we will be flooded with Internet content about witches, witchcraft, Neopaganism, and diabolism. I dusted off an article that I wrote years ago, updated and illustrated it and added it to my growing collection of FREE PDF booklets.

In this booklet, I draw from the work of leading scholars to debunk myths about witch history and explain why I think that modern witchcraft and Neopaganism are new forms of spiritual expression inspired by legends about antiquity.

In contrast to witch history presented by high-profile Wiccan and Neopagan writers of the 20th century, we now know that most of the people who were tortured and killed during the medieval witch-craze were Christian-folk who ran afoul of a disgruntled or paranoid husband or neighbor or whose reputation as a healer/curse-lifter cast suspicion on them.

And most people who actually did practice magic in medieval and Renaissance Europe also considered themselves to be Christians—not witches.

Practitioners were called “wise” or “cunning” folk, magos or magas, healers, fixers, unbewitchers, and  other names. They  engaged in healing through folk medicine. practiced divination, cast love and binding spells as well as treasure-finding/money spells, and they lifted curses and “unbewitched” clients, which involved identifying and neutralizing a witch. (That is, people who practiced folk magic were in the habit of ratting-out innocent people as well as other people who, like themselves, practiced folk magic.)

And how much was the Church really involved in the witch craze? You might be surprised . . . 

Witches generally were thought to be malignant creatures that caused disease and ruin. They were supernatural, bogeymen, but they could be real people as well. Calling or identifying someone as a witch was referred to as “scolding.” Scolding could lead to accusations and then legal action and violence against the accused.

Witch confessions were obtained through intense torture in which the accused were fed statements and repeatedly abused until they agreed to the accusation. For a taste of what an accused person could be expected to endure, play Professor Pavlac’s interactive narrative of witch persecution in early 17th century Germany at  

Despite the reasons that some modern-day witches and Neopagans give for why their kind have been persecuted and demonized throughout the Christian era . . 

There wasn't "their kind"; there were people, most of whom self-identified as Christians, who practiced folkways and didn't think twice about witch-scolding others.
  • People feared witches, which were bogeymen, and were suspicious of folks who professionally practiced magic not only in the Christian era but the pre-Christian era as well. Why? Because, as the Italian saying goes . .

 Qui scit sanare scit damnare

"He who knows how to heal knows how to curse."

Learn more 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Arbatel, Olympic Spirits, and the Seal of Secrets of the World

Arbatel, Olympic Spirits

Now available as a free pdf download. The Arbatel, Olympic Spirits and the Seal of Secrets of the World.  A concise discussion on how the secret wisdoms discussed in the Arbatel refer to the Olympic Spirits and their placement within a diagram described in the Arbatel and called the Seal of Secrets of the World.

This is a companion to the more discursive book about my experience working the Arbatel (The Seal of Secrets of the World Adventures in Astral Magic) and also an unfinished series of YouTubes on each Olympic Spirit. 

I intend put out a series of free pdf downloads on magic and spirituality drawn from many years of study in East/West spirituality. Planned are booklets on the topic of Meditation, recent work with the Stele of Jeu, and the Vedanta. I intend to take a hiatus, though, to focus on my art instead of my writing

Friday, August 26, 2016

All about the Magical Wand on YouTube

All about the Magical Wand: the quintessential tool of magicians, fairies, witches, and all manner of other magical folk. Here is a quick video on the history and lore of the magical wand. A more in depth free pdf booklet is available through my website where you can sign up for other free pdf downloads on magic, mysticism, and spirituality and check out my fiction inspired by authentic magic and mysticism. 

Upcoming free pdf downloads:

  • The Arbatel, Olympic Spirits and the Seal of Secrets of the World
  • Meditation and Its Effects 
  • The Stele of Jeu (Bornless Ritual) and the Divine Light
  • On Vedanta

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

All About the Magical Wand History and Lore Free PDF download

The wand is the quintessential mythical tool of magic. No magical fantasy character is without one. Wands make things happen and make nifty weapons, don’t they? Perhaps because, in real magic, the wand is a symbol of the magician’s will and acts as a symbolic tool of concentration and direction of energy.

The wand is associated with space, mind, healing, communication, and the element of fire. In its fiery aspect, it represents the male and solar regenerative power—a phallic, fertile symbol.

The celebrated early 20th century mage Aleister Crowley referred to the wand as a symbol of the magician’s oath. What was the oath but commitment to attaining “True Will.” True Will was Crowley’s term for spiritual liberation and enlightenment.  Crowley says in his book Liber IV:

 “The Magick Wand is thus the principal weapon of the Magus; and the ‘name’ of that wand is the Magical Oath.”

The wand is a symbol of the magical worker’s power to act. It is a symbol of the magician himself. As the 16th century mage Giordano Bruno said in De Magia:

“[In the highest sense] a magician is a wise man who knows how to act.”

In other words, a magician, ideally, is a person who has gained self-mastery.

Well, that sounds kind of egg-heady and a far cry from the swish-and-flick romance we love about the magical wand. But maybe the explanation takes the strangeness—the scary foreignness—out of the picture about what a “magical wand” really is. And maybe it makes it okay for you to have one not only as a kitschy novelty item or children’s toy but as a powerful symbol of spiritual goals and intentions.

 Where did the idea of the magical wand originate anyway? Learn more from this free, illustrated pdf booklet.

Learn about how real magic in history inspired myth and fantasy.

Sample from All About the Magical Wand
Sample from All About the Magical Wand
Sample from All About the Magical Wand

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Disposing of Sirens -- Excerpt from The Fallen Fairy -- Fantasy Fiction Ebook, Magic and Occult Insight

Sirens were creatures that were half-bird, half-woman, in origin, perhaps like the Egyptian ba. To the ancient Egyptians, the ba was the surviving part of a person that flew to the Underworld when a person died, but sirens were renegade creatures. According to classical myth, they lived on treacherously rocky isles off the coast of Sicily. They wanted nothing more than to entice passing sailors. Being lured, these sailors, thinking they’d get good head, instead found themselves in listless, dumbfounded stupors from which they languished and died.
It was portended that if a ship passed in which the occupants were resistant to the sirens’ song, the sirens, in frenzied dismay, would kill themselves. Thus, it is told in the Odyssey that these creatures leaped off cliffs when the epic’s hero, Odysseus, and his crew sailed by.
The sirens descended to the Underworld where they continued to sing, this time in mourning for the dead. Their imagery became mixed up with that of mermaids who themselves, in lore, were the mystical remnants of disposed-of women. Taking vengeance on the violence done to them, mermaids, thus, lured men to their deaths with the promise of sex through the sweetness of their song.
It all meant something metaphorical about men, women, ecstasy, sense control, and, of course, sex and death. One had to ponder it and trace the meme across cultures and time. To say that Aisa Morae was a siren—or a fairy—a banshee or strix—was mere convention. No one knew what she really was except that she was something of a Pandora’s box that had a thin layer of jewels at the top under which scorpions rustled.
But it could be argued that, since Aisa Morae was more a magical entity than a person, she was actually a “thought-form.” That is, she was really something that someone had magically thought up in such a way that the thought took on form and came to life.
Thought-form‒like beings could linger indefinitely, although they might become increasingly unstable over time.  Aisa conceivably could go on for lifetimes, becoming increasingly fouler and more erratic. It all depended on the prowess of whoever had set her in motion in the first place. . .

The burning question for Michael was whether Aisa Morae was ensouled or whether she was more of a phantasm. If she were ensouled, disposing of her would be a criminal act. If she were a thought-form—that is, a mirage of the imagination—especially if she were a troublesome one—then making her go away might be a good deed.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Falllen Fairy-- A Modern Fairy Tale? Polyamorous Romance, Alchemy, Magic, Magical Creatures and Mayhem

The Fallen Fairy by Dionesia Rapposelli
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When a fairy is discovered to have haplessly incarnated as the quirky girl-next-door, sorcerers from another dimension come out of the woodwork to vie for her affections in the interests of love and occult power. But is she an unwitting fairy or a more dynamically charged and even dangerous creature? A savior, a redeemer, and a siren, she puts her men in their place.

The story opens with a gal named Bellaluna Drago, who is having a hard day, having been jilted by a boyfriend via email. She is observed by two men, Michael Solaris and his mentor Anderson Albright, who are denizens of the Inner Plane. Michael Solaris, we learn, is a co-conspirator in an underground populist movement called the Lions of Light. He is working in the Outer Plane as a neuroscientist and being stalked by a deranged “fatal attraction” who is actually a magical creature. When Michael chivalrously assists Bellaluna in the simple act of holding open a door, he realizes that she is not an ordinary “Commons” woman but the hapless incarnation of a magical being: a “fairy,” like his stalker. Against Anderson Albright’s protests, Michael begins to pursue Bellaluna as a romantic interest-with-benefits but also harbors sincere aims of protecting her against more opportunistic magical persons of his kind.
Meanwhile, a sorcerer of a darker bent, Tristan Lundragon, a cryptologist/steganographer who secretly acts as a Lions of Light conspirator, has independently identified Bellaluna and is convinced that he, in a past life as the 16th century occultist Lunaris Dracon, was responsible for her manifestation. A heated confrontation between Tristan, Anderson Albright, and Michael Solaris ensues. Lundragon and Albright, however, ultimately form a secret pact about how the men will train and work the “fallen fairy” Bellaluna Drago.
As Bellaluna begins piecing together her odd circumstance, and after tragedy strikes, she and Tristan Lundragon ultimately acquiesce to polyamorous love triangle that includes Tristan’s research partner and sometime male lover Jason Paleologos. Tensions mount, however, as the powers-that-be target Tristan and Jason because of their connection to Michael Solaris through Bellaluna Drago and dangerous empowerments they have attained through their liaison with her.

References to alchemy, medieval occultism, the "language of the birds," steganography, and sex magic permeate the text. Each of the 22 chapters is named for and thematically reflects a card of the Tarot’s Upper Arcana.

Siren orgy --digital art by Dee Rapposelli