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Teacher and the Path in the West

It has become popular to talk about the notion of self initiation in many Western schools, books, and teachings on esotericism. This notion has led many to believe that such a path is not only open to all, but also a preferred path for awakening.  I have been told many times, as an advocate myself […]

What to Do For the Dead, and Ourselves Along the Way

  In several previous posts we have examined the role of death and dying in general as it appears in several schools of Western esotericism, and have noted that while death and various notions of the afterlife, reincarnation, and cosmic planes exists within esotericism, little practical advice is given regarding them and how to prepare […]

Relics and the Chain of Tradition

I was first introduced to the idea of relics, that is, physical artifacts associated with the personal life of great beings, as a child. However, for the most part they did not make a strong impression on me until years later, after I had matured myself to understand their importance.  Relics connect us to the […]

The World of Tantra – Good Advice for the Path

“Hence the caution before I speak. There is no miracle in the knowledge; there is no real mystery.  It is so logical, so obvious, so cogent that it could be followed even as a theory easily.  Danger comes at the stage of practice.  Before entering into the deep waters of the Pacific for a swim […]

Lunch Break Interview at Paranormal Perception

Thirty minutes of good ground covered at Paranormal Perception!   https://shows.pippa.io/paranormal-perception/episodes/225-the-egregores-in-our-lives   Thank you for reading VOXHERMES, the blog of the Institute for Hermetic Studies, a registered 501c3 non-profit. We encourage you to subscribe to this blog to get all updates sent directly to your email in-box.  You will also find information about our mission […]

Interview at Stirring the Cauldron – Poltergeists, Obsession and Possession

Another wonderful interview with Marla Brooks at Stirring the Cauldron. She is really a great deal of fun to sit with for an hour. https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/stirringthecauldron/episodes/2019-09-06T10_40_18-07_00   Thank you for reading VOXHERMES, the blog of the Institute for Hermetic Studies, a registered 501c3 non-profit. We encourage you to subscribe to this blog to get all updates […]

Everything I Need to Learn About Magic I Learned From Buffy

Everything I Needed to Learn About Magic I Learned from Buffy…. Magic is about power, it is about getting things done, usually material things. It has very little concern for persons, and works like electricity. Yet, we see that few can wield it well or reliably, or often without what Joseph Lisiewski called “The Slingshot […]