Episode 19 of Media Astra Ac Terra is now available for download! In this episode, I take a look at the planet Mercury, as well as the mineralogy and metaphysics of selenite! Then in the main show I talk about different approaches to sigil magick.
There are quite a few links and references to mention this time around… In the Astra segment, I mentioned Stellarium again, which is an awesome (and free!) program that will give you an interactive view of the sky where you are, or anywhere else on earth. It can also show you the sky from other planets, including Mercury – and as I mention in the show, there’s a funny thing that happens to the sunrise at a certain time of year on Mercury. I’ll put the details of the Stellarium settings you can use to watch a simulation of this sunrise in the next post, if you want to check it out yourself!
In that segment, I also mentioned the Mercury Retrograde oil produced by Vajra Conjure over at Conjure Oils. All of her oils (and, lately, soaps as well) are fabulous, but I find that particular one helpful at least three times a year.
In the Terra segment, I talked about the caves in Mexico full of giant crystals of selenite. Here is a BBC News report that includes both photos and video – and it’s really worth watching the video here, to get a sense of the massive scale of these crystals. Wow!
Then in the main segment, I didn’t mention too many books by name, but I wanted to give you some good places to go for more detail about the different approaches to sigil magick that I talked about. First, here are some links to the two books I did mention:
Also, the information about the Golden Dawn method of creating sigils from the rose came primarily from an essay titled “Sigils of the Rose” by MacGregor Mathers. This can be found here, as well as in Pat Zalewski’s Talismans & Evocations of the Golden Dawn, which provides a lot more information about how these kinds of sigils might be used. For something starting at a more basic level, Donald Michael Kraig’s Modern Magick is a good book for learning Golden Dawn style magick, including sigil creation and use.
On the chaos magic side of things, I highly recommend the Jan Fries book mentioned above, but two more commonly referenced authors in this area are Peter Carroll (especially Liber Null and Psychonaut) and Phil Hine (I recommend Condensed Chaos as a starting point.) It’s been a while since I’ve done any reading in chaos magic, so there are probably a zillion more books out there that I’m not aware of.
Bright and dark blessings,
– Oraia Sphinx –