Zero Equals Two is a blog on magical news and culture sponsored by U.S. Grand Lodge, O.T.O. A diverse collective of contributors comb the worlds of magick, art, science, history, philosophy, and more every day for articles and events of interest to Thelemites and other modern free-thinkers and explorers, collecting them on this blog for your enjoyment.
Fulgur Press have announced on FB:
“We are working hard on a new edition of ‘Hidden Lore’ by Kenneth and Steffi Grant. Published originally between 1959-1963 as a series of monographs with magical diagrams hand-drawn by Steffi Grant, the Carfax Monographs were limited to 100 copies each. There have been two reprints since, but this new edition draws on the Grant archive to provide full citations and a bibliography of sources, plus fresh high-resolution scans of Steffi’s extraordinary art. It is due for release in late September 2021. This image is the Microcosm of Vitruvius: the top of the altar used by The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, drawn by Steffi Grant c.1947 and reproduced here in one of her large sketchbooks.”
2021/05/17Beyond Seeresses and Sea Priestesses
Palgrave MacMillan has opened pre-orders on a new collection in the Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities book series, edited by noted author Amy Hale, Essays on Women in Western Esotericism: Beyond Seeresses and Sea Priestesses. The publisher’s description says:
“This book is the first collection to feature histories of women in Western Esotericism while also highlighting women’s scholarship. In addition to providing a critical examination of important and under researched figures in the history of Western Esotericism, these fifteen essays also contribute to current debates in the study of esotericism about the very nature of the field itself. The chapters are divided into four thematic sections that address current topics in the study of esotericism: race and othering, femininity, power and leadership and embodiment. This collection not only adds important voices to the story of Western Esotericism, it hopes to change the way the story is told.”
Pre-order here: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030768881.
2021/05/17When Magic Works…. Technically?
I have argued before and will argue again, that magic works more mechanistically than people think. People will do magic to get a job and wind up with a job that they hate, yet think that somehow they have to take the job or keep the job because “The spirits know I need it” or “magic wouldn’t deliver me somewhere I am not meant to be” or some other kind of thing like that. If this is your way of getting through life, I leave you to it, but if I wanted to swallow whatever the Gods or Spirits want for me I wouldn’t bother with Sorcery. If I do magic to get a job and the job sucks, I do new magic and refine what I am looking for! Sure, the first bit of magic worked according to the letter, but that doesn’t mean I have to accept that result.
I’ve talked a lot about this in the past, but as the world gets increasingly complex, so too are the ways that magic can manifest. Ways that can fake you out, or even get you in trouble if you accept them.
Andrew Watt, reminded me of this when he shared the following blog post about magic to win the lottery. You should read his post because he makes excellent points ( Andrew is always a wealth of insightm helpfulness, and wisdom) in it, but what is important here is that he did magic to get winning lottery tickets. He got two! Well into five figures! The problem is that they were revealed to be joke tickets. Magic worked…. technically.
There was of course no harm or foul here. A cool experience to show that magic works even if it did not deliver a huge payday. Last year though another student of mine was doing some heavy wealth magic. He wrote me to say that his offerings worked wonders because he got a settlement check in the mail from somewhere that he never even worked! I dropped what I was doing and said “DO NOT CASH THAT CHECK – IT’S A SCAM”.
He already cashed it, but because I warned him he didn’t spend the money and contacted his bank. He told me: “I just figured the magic was working”. It was kind of. He was enchanting for money that his life was not really set up to provide, so the magic DID in fact make the money appear in his account – just not for long.
I saw a wealth magic group on FB last week where someone reported a bank error in their coinbase wallet that gave them millions for a few seconds. Everyone is very excited and is now trying to fifgure out how to make the bank errors permenant. I wish them luck. but its not where I would put my effort.
This doesn’t just happen with money, it can be anything. When I was 23 I had a terrible toothache, so I did a spell from a Galdabok (Icelandic Grimoire) to make the pain go away. It worked! The pain did go away. It stayed away too. Even when the tooth exploded in my mouth while eating popcorn at the movie theatre, it didn’t really hurt. When I went to the bathroom to clean up the blood and shards to tooth…. still very little pain. Unfortunately the underlying causes never went away so I lost a tooth. Thankfully the wisdom tooth that came in under it lined up pretty well.
So what gives? Are Christians right and demons will always twist what we want? No.
Is this spirits telling us they give us what we need not what we want? No.
It’s just magic working according to what we asked for, the effort we put behind the ask, and the path of least resistance.
It’s that simple.
If you want to get better results that change your life for the better, make your life more enchantable by working for what you want in ALL ways, not just magical.
Magic is an influence on minds and events. Do everything in your power to make sure the minds and events you are infliuencing are worthy of the magic you are throwing at them and you will go far!
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2021/05/14Netflix Supernatural Suspense Series Involves Swedenborgian Church
Last month, Netflix released a new supernatural suspense series, Things Heard and Seen featuring Amanda Seyfriend and James Norton. The couple move from Manhattan to upstate New York so that Norton’s character can take a teaching position at a small college. The locals include members of a Swedenborgian congregation who apparently have mediumistic powers. The founder of the Swedenborg, Emmanual Swedenborg generated a voluminous literature describing his journeys into the Heavenly precincts, including many meetings with the spirits of the deceased. The Swedenborgian Foundation has this to say about the series:
“In the April 29 Netflix release Things Heard and Seen, a young professor and his wife (George and Catherine Claire) move from New York City to the Hudson Valley, where he has just landed a job at the fictional Saginaw College. George promptly runs into a professor who declares that he is a believer in Emanuel Swedenborg, one of a group of people in the area who follow Swedenborg’s teachings.
Later in the movie, we see the professor’s group conducting a séance to try to contact the restless spirits that Catherine Claire has seen in their house. There’s a clear connection drawn in the movie between the idea of spirits surviving after death and the presence of ghosts in the Claires’ house. But how much of what’s in the move reflects what Swedenborg actually wrote? Are Swedenborgians actually real-life “ghost whisperers?” We break it down below.”
Read their whole accounting: https://swedenborg.com/things-heard-and-seen-separating-the-swedenborg-from-the-story/.
Now they know how we felt after Strange Angel started airing!
Here’s a trailer for the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCAaonjgDEA&feature=emb_imp_woyt.
Thanks to Soror Amy for the tip!
2021/05/14Collected Major Works of Frater Achad To Be Published This Fall.
It was announced today that a Fall publication is expected for The Collected Major Works of Frater Achad, edited and with an introduction by Henrik Bogdan. Frater Achad was one of the magical names of Charles Stansfield Jones. Jones was received into the A.’.A.’. under Aleister Crowley who considered him his Magical Son. He would establish the first OTO Body in North America in Vancouver and become the first American Most Holy King of Ordo Templi Orientis OHO Theodore Reuss.