It was a humbling experience to have once again given a lecture at the Theosophical Society in Maryland, which my wife Jenny has declared to be my best one thus far… and I’m inclined to agree. I’ve got a lot of editing ahead of me (and a whole entire class prior to this one to knock out first) but at least I now have the raw content of Magick 202: The Formula of Ritual under my belt.

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Tarot card layout on the altar for today’s lecture

I have Jenny to thank, for she pushed me not only to practice going over what I would be covering, but using her notes of that initial review coupled with my own, I was able to draft a pretty good set of handouts for the attendees (which I was able to create using the new tank-based inkjet printer we picked up this week from Micro Center).

Additionally the write up served me as a useful guide for the actual talk, which once I finally stopped being concerned for how it was going to go, starting going quite strong and I think finished just as strongly. The talk was definitely better attended this time, and we had some great discussions both during the lecture and afterwards. It seems like everyone got something out of the talk, and while we didn’t actually proceed with the actual performance of the ritual I’d prepared, I did activate the charged candle once I’d gotten home.

The sigil is one I’ve decided to not explain elsewhere until at least the lecture I first even hint about it is up and watchable. Probably the less I say the better… other than it was definitely the right crowd for it.


Sigil for this operation

I did make mention of our old pal Wimsaur during today’s lecture, and of the Tarot configurations he turned me on to when assembling the altar.

I feel really good about how the talk went, and while it appears I didn’t capture video for the full 1:20 talk, I do have audio for all of it, which should be enough to make another few half decent videos out of.

I’m not giving myself any kind of time table for this, but even though it will likely dove-tail in quite nicely to any future Temple of the Western Gate endeavors, especially as may (or may not) be related to the mystery sigil above. I need to get them all completely done and posted before I take any serious steps in that direction, though Brother Enlil and I have committed to setting time aside this coming week to discuss the first logical steps.

Additionally however, I also had the distinct pleasure of being a guest on the soon-to-be-released gaming podcast Running the Table. In addition to the host Keith Dietrick, we were joined by Angela Craft of the Fandible Actual-Play podcast… both of whom are waaaaay more experienced than me in the podcasting scene. Still, it turned out to be a really fun show, and we took turns fielding fan-suggested questions related to story and setting in RPGs.

I think I represented myself well, and hopefully will drum up some new interest in both Adventure Hook and Blackspire. While I did have a chance to bring up the topic of gaming having positive applications, at no point did I actually discuss the occult or magick (this was strictly RPG talk only). Keith said the show should air as one of three initial episodes the week of debut (which should be the first week of January 2019) and then it will move to a monthly program from there. This is Keith’s first solo project, but actually his third podcast, so I imagine he knows what he’s doing (though I’d almost rework his logo for him for free if he asked), and if his show ends up taking off at all, me strategically positioned in his first three episodes is a great spot to be in.

My next big hurdle is going to be edits on the Planescape episodes, but thus far I’ve only gotten one person’s track back… including some revisions! (I told everyone no rush, so I’m not worried this is all I have so far) though I’ll need three more before I can seriously edit the finals. Instead I’m hoping now that my obligations with TS is done for the foreseeable future I can spend the rest of the month focused on friends and family.

Aaron has been working on his own designs to promote Episode 17 of Adventure Hook, which goes live this week on Patreon. We’re going to release different ones over the next two weeks as we’ve in the holiday homestretch.

I’ve listened to Aaron’s first round of edits for the show (gave him my two cents) and while I think we do still plan to record a bit of a bumper to go on the end and announce the winner of our first contest:

Still over a week left to participate in this contest! Please give us your best story hook idea using  & not only do you have a chance to win this 6-HC set of 's Pathfinder comics (by ) it could even wind up the topic of a future episode! 


Still, even as is it’s a pretty damn good episode and a great one to close out the year with. I’m looking forward to the break from podcast releases I’m taking in January, though honestly I’ll probably just spend it trying to get caught up. I already want to try to edit S1E18 for February’s release (so I can relax and let my self shift focus) but I’m short an intro for it which I was hoping to get either the BISHAMONTEN or Jolly Paul characters to each do either 18 or 19 depending…

Jim, who plays the stone golem should be coming over sometime early in the New Year to do a one-on-one side session of Blackspire, and I really want to take the opportunity to do a bunch with him, so we can record something then.

Garrett, who plays Jolly Paul, we’ll actually be seeing much sooner, as he’ll be coming with Jenny and I, who plan to celebrate this Yule at the Maryland Yulefest… an all-day folk metal show!

That’s my idea of “church”.

Maryland Yulefest 12/22/18

I’m super psyched to see Tengger Calvalry but also we have a friend playing in another band who’s shown crossover potential for a number of our different interests (gaming, Norse mythology, art, magick, etc…), and it’ll be cool to meet up with him again.

They say bring your drinking horns!

Fortunately, I have one already…



Sunday 12/16/18-

Sun: Sagittarius–

Moon: Aries (50% Waxing)

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