Finished The last Alan Chapman and Duncan Barford book, A Desert of Roses, a good while back. Really enjoyed all three of the books and even recently re-read Advanced Magick for Beginners. As much as I enjoyed them, I am not sure I agree that the ultimate goal of magic should only be enlightenment and if that isn’t your goal then you are in Black Brother territory BUT overall they make some really good points and have some really interesting experiences. I was mostly interested by my own reaction to people claiming that they had become Enlightened. At first, I just thought – “Well, C’mon, that’s not true.” Almost immediately came the rebuttal – why wouldn’t it be true? Do I think Enlightenment is impossible? No. Then why do I think it is massively highly unlikely that people who are claiming to be enlightened are actually enlightened? It either exists or it doesn’t, and if it exists we should be seeing evidence of it.
Letters from the Arcane School
Just got a HUGE load of reading materials from the Lucis Trust in the post. I rejoined the Arcane School a month or so ago, having not had any contact with it since my early twenties. Why did I rejoin? I’m not sure, something seemed unfinished. I felt like I still had some business to attend to with the old Master DK. However, it wasn’t what I was expecting.
Over the last month or so I have been trying to follow the course they sent me and have been reading some of their “suggested Reading”. I’ll be honest that I have said “…really?” a lot to myself while reading it.