There is an ongoing battle in many Pagan and Magical communities between Revelation and Research. Those oriented to historical research tend to value anything that is old, sometimes purely on the basis of it being old. They are likely to dismiss anyone presenting visionary experiences in the near past or present as “UPG”, Unverified Personal Gnosis. On the other side of this battle are those who treasure visionary experiences above all else, no matter how wild or contrary to tradition they may be. These folks sometimes feel threatened by historical information and consider attempts at reconstruction based purely on research to be without the necessary spirit.
Both positions taken to their extreme are, for the working magician or witch, ill-conceived and ill-informed. This class will focus on the way that research and revelation inform and flow around one another to establish and maintain all living traditions, and suggest parameters and protocols for ways to keep history and gnosis separate from one another enough to be unpolluted, yet make them work together to weave living magic.
Jason Miller has devoted 30 years to studying practical magic in its many forms. He’s written six books including the now-classic Protection and Reversal Magick. He teaches several courses online including the Strategic Sorcery Training Course, The Black School of St Cyprian, and The Sorcery of Hekate. He’s belonged to a few groups, travelled to a few magical places, and been initiated into this and that, none of which is very important in the end. People say he can do magic and teach it to others in a way that makes a difference in their lives. That is the important thing.