How many people alive today fit the classic definition of a wizard? Like in the fairytale sense? My Life With The Spirits was and is a regular re-read title of mine for fifteen years. I liked this idea, I needed it.
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By Lon Milo DuQuette. Take a fascinating journey into the life of one of the most respected, sought-after, and renowned magicians alive today: Lon Milo DuQuette. In this follow-up to his popular autobiography, My Life with the Spirits , DuQuette tells how a friend was cursed by a well-known foreign filmmaker and how they removed that curse with a little help from Shakespeare.
He explains how, as a six-year-old, he used the Law of Attraction to get a date with Linda Kaufman, the most beautiful girl in first-grade. DuQuette also reveals the ins and outs of working with demons and provides a compelling account of performing an exorcism at a private Catholic high school.
As entertaining as they are informative, the true stories in this memoir contain authentic magical theory and invaluable technical information. Lon Milo DuQuette is a preeminent scholar, magician, and speaker. The author of fourteen critically acclaimed books on magick and the occult, DuQuette is one of the most respected and entertaining writers and lecturers in the field of Western Magick.
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The author wishes to recognize and thank the following individuals, whose encouragement and support over the years he shall always treasure: Constance Jean DuQuette, Jean-Paul DuQuette, Marc E. Wilson, Jonathan Taylor, Dr. Miller, Ph. Next to silence, stories are the most divine form of communication. Stories are alive. Stories are holy. Stories are gods that create universes and the creatures and characters that populate them.
Stories bring to life all the triumphs and tragedies imagination and experience can summon to the mind. Stories speak directly to our souls.
As I begin the seventh decade of my life, I find myself more inclined to listen to a story than to study a text or reflect on an argument—more inclined to tell a story than to presume to teach a lesson or offer advice. Perhaps it is because as we grow older we have more stories to tell, and experience and wisdom conspire to add dimension, texture, and perspective to the lengthening register of our memories.
For whatever reason, I find myself at this season of my life unable to approach the subject of this book from any direction other than relating my personal experiences. Indeed, I believe there is more than enough magical how-to-ness nestled within these pages to keep a motivated magician busy for some time.
However, storytelling has certain disadvantages—foremost being the fact that memory is a fragile and subjective thing. Pain, regret, embarrassment, shame, wishful thinking, fantasy, and old-fashioned self-delusion constantly threaten the accuracy of our recollections of the past. Absolute objectivity is impossible. But unlike other mortals who lead less examined lives, the magician is obliged to keep a diary, and may refer to specific events recorded in his or her magical journals.
Also, in the course of telling a magical story, one must consider the sensitivities and the privacy of other individuals, living or dead, who may be part of the action.
Over the years I have been blessed to meet and work with some very wonderful and colorful characters, most of whom would not be recognizable personalities in our magical subculture, but a few of them I dare say might. Perhaps this book will not be what you expected. If so, I hope you overlook my lack of apology, because I believe with this little book I am offering you something that can be far more powerful and enlightening—a gift of stories. I hope you accept them for what they are, and find your particular truth within them.
For as the Zuni sages tell us, There is no truth, only stories. It is a sad fact at least from my perspective that not everyone who picks up this book and thumbs through it will end up buying it. It is also true that not everyone who buys it and takes it home will read it from cover to cover. Do not get me wrong. Please know that I am not preaching this gospel of fearlessness from the marble pulpit of righteousness and courage. When I began my life as a practicing magician, it seemed like I was afraid of everything.
When I rehearsed my first Pentagram and Hexagram rituals, I superstitiously monitored everything from my heartbeat to my horniness. I fantasized seeing things out of the corner of my eye, and recorded the most outlandish speculations in my diary.
I realize now that most of my fears of things that go bump in the night arose from the deepest stratum of my childhood religious programming. In less evasive words, I was still consciously and unconsciously brainwashed by my Christian upbringing—still trapped in a hostile universe that reverberated with the thundering curses of a wrathful God who frightens little children into acceptable behavior so that they grow into obedient God-fearing adult little children.
I was programmed by films and literature based upon that unwholesome doctrine of fear and self-loathing. Today, as I review my old diaries, it all seems pretty silly and melodramatic:. Later in the day broke a shoelace and had acid reflux. Well, sometimes a magician is faced with even more disturbing psychological and spirit-world challenges, and the key to meeting those challenges is that same detached attitude of fearlessness, determination, and an unshakeable passion for enlightenment.
I recently received a letter from a magician who believed that her mood swings and other health issues were the result of her magical workings.
I hope you find it encouraging. Even if it were a negative reaction to your magical workings, your doubts and fears over the matter only serve to give the entities you fear permission and encouragement to keep feeding on your insecurities and perhaps much more.
By becoming preoccupied as to whether this pain or that fever might be a demon messing with you, you voluntarily give the demon power to give you this pain or that fever—in a very real sense, the demon has evoked you!
Remember what it says in Liber Librae: Humble thyself before thy Self, yet fear neither man not spirit. Fear is failure, and the forerunner of failure: and courage is the beginning of virtue. Second revised edition, ed. Indeed, they are as different as day and night—or should I say high and low? See how easily I have given myself a segue. I feel the necessity to establish here at the outset what I mean by the words high magick and low magick.
They are each, in my opinion, universally misunderstood, misused, misapplied, misrepresented, and misinterpreted. Some ceremonial magicians label their craft high magick to haughtily distinguish their art from the low magick of witchcraft. Conversely, some witches and Neopagans use the term sarcastically to brand ceremonial magicians and their ilk as snobs. Practical Qabalists, who presume their studies to be the only true high magick, use the terms to distance themselves from both ceremonial magicians and witches.
Here the terms low and high are diplomatically construed by both schools as being morally neutral; the two merely differing in character and application, and appealing to different spiritual personalities and tastes.
Here, both the high and the low magician are relatively happy in their own worlds performing their own brand of magick. There are many others, though, who define the highness and lowness of magick in ways that go way beyond discussing the differences between working in a lodge room temple or outside in a grove. Obviously, in order to seriously consider the virtues of this perspective, a person must first be committed to a very particular some might say draconian view of spiritual reality—one that is supported or so the argument goes by the scriptures and doctrines of the Christian, Moslem, or Jewish religions.
For convenience sake, I will henceforth collectively and respectfully refer to these Bible-based religions by a term I coined just for conversations such as this.
The word is:. One popular interpretation of these doctrines posits that humans are caught in the middle of a perpetual war between the armies of an absolutely good God. Upload Sign In Join. Home Books Personal Growth. Create a List. Download to App. Ratings: Rating: 4.
Length: pages 3 hours. Description Take a fascinating journey into the life of one of the most respected, sought-after, and renowned magicians alive today: Lon Milo DuQuette. Related Categories. Llewellyn Publications Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. There is no truth, only stories. Eleven Pop Goes Ganesha! Washington Irving Next to silence, stories are the most divine form of communication.
Stories are magick. Italian Proverb For a magician, it is better to be possessed by the demon than ignored by him. Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford It is a sad fact at least from my perspective that not everyone who picks up this book and thumbs through it will end up buying it.
Today, as I review my old diaries, it all seems pretty silly and melodramatic: Performed Greater Invoking Pentagram Ritual of Fire for the first time. Ye would see it was good. A dance to a delicate measure. The word is: Chrislemew. Start your free 30 days.
Page 1 of 1. Great insight, felt sorry for the nervous IT guy but loved the personal magickal anecdotes. I'm not much for ceremonialism, but I love LMD's books. Not only are the exceptional instruction manuals, they are also shot through with his great sense of humor and a very grounded sense of self. His first memoir, My Life with the Spirits, chronicles his life to the point of being a young magician.
Low Magick picks up from that and covers his later life, including stories of exorcism, magical counseling for a rabbi, how to handle invocation, and why this may all indeed simply be in your head.
Low Magick: It's All In Your Head ... You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is
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Low Magick: It's All in Your Head ... You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is
By Lon Milo DuQuette. Take a fascinating journey into the life of one of the most respected, sought-after, and renowned magicians alive today: Lon Milo DuQuette. In this follow-up to his popular autobiography, My Life with the Spirits , DuQuette tells how a friend was cursed by a well-known foreign filmmaker and how they removed that curse with a little help from Shakespeare. He explains how, as a six-year-old, he used the Law of Attraction to get a date with Linda Kaufman, the most beautiful girl in first-grade. DuQuette also reveals the ins and outs of working with demons and provides a compelling account of performing an exorcism at a private Catholic high school. As entertaining as they are informative, the true stories in this memoir contain authentic magical theory and invaluable technical information. Lon Milo DuQuette is a preeminent scholar, magician, and speaker.