Finally! After years of writing and research, my most mature, relevant and helpful book will be released by Llewellyn Worldwide in Winter 2016. I am very excited to share it with you all, and I look forward to hearing what you think. May it help many people in their journeys of life — that is the most important thing I could ask for.
ESOTERIC EMPATHY: A Magickal & Metaphysical Guide to Emotional Sensitivity
I am many things, but a blogger is not one of them! Then again, I don’t know if anyone reads blogs on this page — but for those who do, I should announce that I’m nearly finished with the first draft of my next book, EMPATHY: Exploring the Gift of Emotional Sensitivity. It’s been a LONG work in progress, and I haven’t had too much time to work on it due to all of my life’s goings-on (Temple, Tarot, other jobs, etc.) so I was collecting notes for a few years, waiting until the Universe said “okay, it’s time to stitch those notes together and make it into a book,” which now has happened — and it feels great! I’ll be sending it to the publishers soon. I can’t wait to share it with you :)
Okay, so I’ve drinken/dranken/drunken a bit of wine today (it’s therapeutic for me, I’ve found… and I’m becoming a regular wine snob: the darker the cab/merlot the better!) and got the impulse/feeling to write a little update, since I’m such a slacker. Well, I should rethink that; I’m not a slacker so much as I am dreadfully busy. Writing, traveling, ritualizing, DJing, etc., etc… in my teenage years, I would have never imagined that life could GET so wretched busy! But it’s not all in vain. One thing I pride myself on is constantly doing spiritual work—and that comes under the guise of so many things, from giving a Tarot reading to simply smiling to a random somebody I pass on the street. Indeed, every aspect of life is one grand spiritual working, so it only follows that everything we DO has a spiritual effect. (more…)
Hey all. Some folks have been asking what I’ve been up to, where I’m being interviewed, etc., so I thought I’d post a little personal update thingy. For those of you waiting to hear about upcoming local OAO open rituals (Women’s *dark* moons Esbats [hosted by Estha & Datura], Men’s solar rituals [hosted by me], everyone-Sabbats, everyone-full-moon-Esbats, etc.), stay tuned! I’ll type it up in the very near. I’ve just been very busy working and doing spiritual Work, battling insomnia, and am currently trying to catch up with things around the house. Also, I’ve put a small image of SHADOW MAGICK COMPENDIUM (Sept) on my MySpace page.. it’s also on Amazon.com. I’ll soon post a full description of the book (it does NOT have a Gothic focus; it’s purely magickal/spiritual) and will be taking PRE-ORDERS very soon!!
I’m also trying to get caught up on my emails (the MySpace ones, anyway) to stay in touch with friends and fans. My 2000 messages are now skimmed down to 1000.. it’s a good start :P Otherwise, (more…)
Well well well well well! Here I am… yes, alive, living, breathing, Being. Currently just finished raking some gorgeous autumn leaves in the front lawn, listening to a DJ Haywire mix (np: Atari Teenage Riot!), and trying to get my thoughts organized (or ‘organised’ as they spell it overseas) and my week planned based on things on my f’ing ENDLESS “to do” list. One of which is finding a good job… Another of which is writing this blog/book tour report. I also have to get groceries, clean the fish tank, do some touch-ups on book #2 (Shadow Magick Compendium), clean the bathrooms, organize the house, take recycling, sort books, sort CDs, catch up on e-mails (HUNDREDS, AAH), and perform some rituals I’m falling behind on. But I’m sure you don’t want to hear all about my mundane existence (woe), so onward with the official tour report:
CHICAGO ~ Chicago itself, as a city, appeared to me as a big, consuming machine: everyone and everything being sorted, rushed, labeled, shipped, plastic-wrapped, and made a cog of the empirical infrastructure. Yeah; not such a good experience. Estha (my Priestess/partner) and I went here for GothicFest. Truth be told, (more…)
Well, we are back from the fantastic Convergence 13 gathering in Portland! It was a wonderful event and much fun was had by all. I drove up with Estha and Erasmus. They were great car-company and we took turns playing musick. I have a difficult time traveling (flying or driving); it’s just unavoidably uncomfortable. It’s great once the destination is reached, but I don’t understand how people can enjoy the traveling process itself! Maybe I get hung up on the uncomfortableness. Either way, we met up with Madeline, Sky, Steph, and Luke at the event. The three of us carpoolers stayed at the Hilton in downtown Portland… very cramped and not much ventilation (all at an outrageous price, even with the convention discount), but it worked. Anyway, I won’t start this off as a bitch-fest, because the trip as a whole was great! It was my first ever Goth-industrial convention. It was a bit smaller than I expected, but I suppose that was actually a good thing. Also, to be perfectly honest, I don’t have enough photos to compile a proper photo gallery of the event. There were a few, and I’ve posted (more…)
Raven Digitalis (Missoula, MT) is the author of Esoteric Empathy, Shadow Magick Compendium, Planetary Spells & Rituals and Goth Craft, all on Llewellyn. He is a Neopagan Priest and cofounder of an “Eastern Hellenistic” nonprofit community Temple called Opus Aima Obscuræ (OAO). Also trained in Eastern philosophies and Georgian Witchcraft, Raven has been an earth-based practitioner since 1999, a Priest since 2003, a Freemason since 2012, and an empath all of his life. He holds a degree in anthropology from the University of Montana and is also a professional Tarot reader, DJ, small-scale farmer and animal rights advocate.
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Planetary Spells & Rituals: Practicing Dark & Light Magick Aligned with the Cosmic Bodies (MARCH 2010. Llewellyn)
Organized by the planets (including Earth, Sun, and Moon), these powerful spells are aligned according to astrological energies. This includes 55 significant rituals that can be easily customized according to one’s magickal and spiritual path. From personal growth to practical concerns, you’ll find numerous workings, including the following: Glamoury, healing childhood wounds, exorcism of a house or property, revealing truth, divination magick, halting gossip, safety in travel, summoning love (from inside and out), mending quarrels, banishing heartache, physical healing, etheric cleansing, grounding, breaking addictions, cursing a violator, releasing anger, cord-cutting, breaking through stagnation and sorrow, drawing abundance, croning and saging (Second Saturn Return), summoning the ancestors, guiding the dead and dying, averting the evil eye, uncrossing and curse-breaking, weather magick, psychic work, prophetic dreaming, scrying, binding, past-life regression, ritual death, and spiritual rebirth.
Exploring the shadow—in its variety of forms—is not only safe, but is necessary for balance and healing. Raven Digitalis invites you to navigate inner and outer darkness and harness the shadow for spiritual growth. Shadow Magick Compendium includes ritual meditations for exploring past experiences, dispelling harmful behavior patterns, and healing a fractured soul. Learn how to safely perform fasting and other methods of self-sacrifice, learn about crosscultural mysticism, get in touch with your spirit animal, take advantage of the dark moon and eclipses, and learn the history of the European Witch hunts. Discover methods of godform assumption, shamanic journeying, and the magick of the dying season. From astral journeying to sigils to dark herbs, you’ll find an array of magickal techniques to navigate the shadows and mysteries of yourself and the world at large.
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Goth Craft: The Magickal Side of Dark Culture (Llewellyn Worldwide)
Raven Digitalis explores the dynamic intersection of dark culture and occultism in Goth Craft. The book introduces many kinds of Goths and Witches, and the philosophy of each. It covers the basics of magick and beyond, with special attention to blood magick, death magick, and necromancy. You’ll also learn how to proactively channel dark emotions, and express spirituality through clothing, hair, makeup and body modification. Also covered is vampyrism, BDSM, gender/sexuality issues, and the magickal-spiritual use of drugs. From working shadow magick to spellcasting on the dance floor, Goth Craft revels in the exciting convergence of two vital lifestyles.
Well, here’s the report and reflections of my experience at this year’s PantheaCon: A Gathering of the Tribes. This was my first P-Con, and I thank all my author (and non-author) friends and the folks at Llewellyn for encouraging me to go; I hadn’t heard enough good things about the convention. I’ll be sure to bring Estha next year; finances have been a bit rough for us lately so I was on my lonesome this round–but it was, of course, meant to be, and turned out being an immensely personal healing experience.
I’m glad I decided to go despite my fears of going into such a new territory. I suppose I’ve become accustomed to judgements and criticism (and recently, slanderous lies spread about myself and friends) around town. The Con was so refreshing in that I witnessed nobody arguing with each other or saying hurtful things about other people. It was all spiritual conversation, merriment, teaching, learning, celebration, and ritualism. In many ways, the whole convention was pure and progressive. I even handed out about 100 flyers for my book (comes out in September) and gave some very reassuring/helpful tarot readings to quite a few people (a couple of who allowed themselves to cry and Release).
I went to some incredible workshops there, including one by Christopher Penczak on invocation/godform assumption/possession; an empowering Feri exercise/teachings by T. Thorn Coyle; a lecture on (more…)