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October 23rd, 2011, 01:16 PM
I'm looking into ceremonial magic, and I want to know where to start. I am under 18, so my tools are limited. I could get some books, but I would prefer websites.

So, any tips?

R. Eugene Laughlin
October 23rd, 2011, 01:59 PM
The two most common routes people take are the Golden Dawn model, which has been published within an inch of its life by now, and some these days are looking to bypass the Golden Dawn's insinuation into the stream of magick tradition by appealing directly to Medival literature. The former is the easiest path in terms of the detailed instructions available. Understanding the Medieval literature requires a good background in both Neoplatonic and Classical literature, making that approach a tough slog for pretty much anyone, though the handful of hearty souls treading that path swear by it, some going so far as to knock the Golden Dawn tradition as so much New Age crapola.

There are a few alternatives. Franz Bardon, for example, provides an interesting attempt at merging Eastern and Western cosmological concept and techniques. And believe it or not, Traditional Gardnerian/Alexandrian-style Wicca is about as "ceremonial" as it gets, though the emphasis is more religious than magical for most people, and finding a good group of people to practice it with (it's tough to pull off the ceremonial aspects on your own) is a nearly insurmountable challenge in most places.

Typical book suggestions that provide very accessible techniques within the GD-ish framework include Donal Michael Kraig's Modern Magick (http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Magick-Lessons-Magickal-Llewellyns/dp/0875423248/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319392182&sr=1-2), and John Michael Greer's Circles of Power (http://www.amazon.com/Circles-Power-Ritual-Western-Tradition/dp/1567183131/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319392231&sr=1-1), though neither of those present the GD system itself.

As it happens, I have an online developmental program of Ritual Magick, in the pilot stage. It's three one-year long modules, prefaced by a basic training that takes about three months to complete. It's free right now, in exchange for feedback. I don't know if I'll ever charge for it though. We'll see how it goes. The year-long modules are by invitation only, but the basic training is open to anyone. Feel free to check it out (http://neuromagick.com/magick-training).