Without a doubt, the single most popular post on this blog has been my instructions for performing a Limpia (aka, “Egg Cleansing”). Not only does that post have the most views, but keywords like “egg cleansing” and “limpia” are the most-used search terms that lead people to my blog.
The post also has the most comments. Most of them are from folks who have performed the cleansing upon themselves, and want me to interpret the results. At first I was happy to olidge. However, I soon became overrun with requests for readings, and had to stem the flow by requiring a small fee for the service. (It’s only $15, but it has stopped most of the unsolicited requests.)
The rest of the comments on that post come from those who have paid others to do a Limpia upon them, only to find some kind of horrific object inside the egg. They are told this indicates a curse has been placed upon them, and that it can be removed – at an exorbitant cost to the client.
The ones who post in my comments are the lucky ones. They bring the results of the reading to me because they have begun to suspect they are being defrauded. Thy want to know if, for instance, iron shavings can really turn up inside a chicken egg. (No, they cannot.) These people come to me after losing only a few, or a few hundred, dollars. But this seems to go on a lot out in the world – and some folks will hand over thousands of dollars to such a charlatan before they wake up (or merely run our of money) with nothing at all to show for thier sacrifice.
Folks, if you ever pay someone to do a Limpia on you, and they find some kind of foreign obejct inside the shell, it is a scam. The worst you should ever find in there is some blood spots, maybe some black material if the egg has begun to rot, or even an embrionic chicken. There can bubbles, discoloration, streaks of white, or a bad smell. All of these things can be found quite naturally in the egg – and THAT is what you are trying to read.
But anything else: iron shavings, dirt, hair, stones, other animals, bones, glass, copious amounts of blood or black liquid, feathers, etc, etc, etc, – all of these things are stage-tricks meant to convince you to cough up cash.
Charalatns that work this way can either use sleight-of-hand to make it appear the object came from the egg, or they simply poked a small hole in the egg-shell, inserted the object, and sealed the shell with white wax. (These are old tricks – and I know them because I was once a close-up stage magician.)
If you see anything like that, the person doing it is a fraud. Simply walk away and don’t look back.
Greetings Dee Aficionados!
It is with much sadness that I report the demise of The Magickal Review dot org – which once offered digital scans of all of Dee’s Enochian journals, a PDF of TFR, and many other important academic resources. :(
I wish I knew what happened, though the site’s administrator (Ian Rons) has been posting for a couple of years that he has lost interest in the Enochian system. He likely simply felt it was time to move on…
I can say, without a doubt, that my last three Enochian books would not have been possible without Ian’s site, along with his direct help and permissions. So wherever you are, Ian, thanks! :)
Meanwhile, we have not lost those academic resources! Joshua Knarr acted quickly and recovered most (if not, by this point, all) of the scanned Enochian documents plus a ton of other great material – and archived them all on his Ceremonial Magick Musings blog. Thanks Joshua! :)
To All in the Western Mystery Tradition,
A shinning star of the modern occult movement has faded away. :( Donald Michael Kraig not only changed my life with his book Modern Magick, he changed the face of the entire occult community. Whether you are a Pagan, a Ceremonialist or both, whether or not you’ve read his work, you or someone you know has been affected by his work. Most occult authors – any authors, really – only dream of having that kind of impact!
And, you know what? The man accomplished his life’s work without ever resorting to politics or hostility. No matter who you are or what tradition you follow, you knew Don Kraig had your back. That’s a significant achievement for anyone in any field!
Donald Michael Kraig
August 17, 1951 – March 17, 2014
We Love You, Don!
My occult career didn’t truly begin until a friend handed me a copy of ‘Modern Magick’, and I decided to follow Don’s course. A couple of decades later, it all came full circle when Don and I both hosted workshops at the same festival. (It was Green Song Grove, right here in Florida, in fact.) I got to attend his workshop, and he attended mine. :) :) :)
Godspeed, Frater! You have left a legacy and achieved immortality. Great Work!
If you are one of #DonsKids, use the hashtag! :) And, please, continue to donate to the fund raiser. Let’s make sure Holly is taken care of through this difficult time!
Greetings Angel Workers!
I have been told that the new anthology from Nephilim Press:
will be released soon. :)
Some time ago, I was asked by Scarlet Imprint to write something about demonology for their anthology entitled Diabolical. So, I wrote a lengthy essay called The Spirit Magick of Abramelin – giving a detailed overview of the system of goety found in the final book of that grimoire. (More recently, that same essay was published in Hermetic Virtues Magazine.)
Later, I was asked by Nephilim Press to write something about the Holy Guardian Angel for their new anthology – Walking With the Angel. So, I decided to give them the exact opposite, and outline the Abramelin system of angel magick. That is, the specific instructions for continuing work with your HGA over a lifetime – instructions which are present but scattered in the original text. Instructions that have remained hidden and unexamined for hundreds of years…
Plus I give a lot of insight into my own performance of the Abramelin operation (specifically its ending) and how I developed my relationship with my HGA over the years that followed.
I’m in very good company in this anthology too! There will be entries from Inominandum, Rufus Opus (in his publication début), Scott Stenwick, and more.
If you want to read the introductory paragraphs of my essay, click here.