Our Magical Things

Objects can be the anchors for our stories. Museums and gallery spaces are full of such objects which, depending on the skill of their curators, are intended to help enrich us by discovering new narratives about the world. By engaging with objects and their stories, from the past and present, we are able to set our own ideas and practices within a broader context.

Given the fact that visiting physical museums is off the cards for the moment, I was musing on how I could continue my practice of teaching and learning with objects, and hit upon a new way of blending my professional work with my occult practice. Simply put; I thought it would be fun to get in touch with some of my magical friends and ask them to share some of their favourite things on film. I’ve had many enthusiastic responses to my initial request, with one of the unexpected benefits of this process being that contemporary practitioners are sharing not only the story of their magical thing, but also deeper aspects of their practice. Think of this as a real-time archive of esoteric practice, a window into the attitude and approach of a variety of spiritual, entheogenic and esoteric folk.

My first guest, on ‘My Magical Thing’ is Dave Lee. Well known as a chaos magician it was fascinating to see Dave’s magical thing demonstrating the fact that he, in common with many practitioners of post-modern sorcery, had a solid grounding as a young occultist in the ‘classic’ (i.e. late 19th to early 20th century) practices and imagery of the Western occult tradition.

Magician and author Jake Stratton-Kent shows us a personal object of power, setting the tone for some of the films to come. With Jake we are not getting the grand tour of elaborate ceremonial occult bling, but instead an insight into what we might call ‘everyday magical things’. Objects that point to a key process in esoteric practice; the re-enchantment of the world, where there is no longer a simplistic divide between the sacred and the secular.

Next up, Tommie Kelly shows us a magical thing he created, a hypersigil which, initially, he thought had been a complete failure. Another essential teaching in magic this one; things that initially look like ‘failure’ may actually, when considered at as part of a bigger picture, be exactly what the magician wanted, or more likely, needed.

My dear friend Monika is a magical mermaid, who has translated a number of my writings into Polish. We know each other through our ceremonial practice. She presents a great teaching here, embedded in a powerful and moving artwork.

Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, two of the leading figures in the Wiccan community, have also contributed. Their magical things demonstrate the diversity of contemporary magical practices. They share with us a great story of receiving, and of giving in return, magical objects across cultures.

More stories from Alkistis Dimech, Amy Hall, Liz Williams, David Rankin and many more will be released over the next few weeks. As they say in the trade, please like, share and subscribe to my channel!

In more online news; since autumn of last year I’ve been developing resources to support exploring magical practices. Two courses are now available on the Deep-Magic.teachable.com site with more to be released soon.

Imagination and Wellbeing is a free course, designed to be accessible even if you’re not a card-carrying occultist. The course presents a collection of simple practices that require few, if any, props and which are suitable for use indoors. They include easy ways to use imagination and the body to find our centre, address stress, anxiety and depression, and to actively cultivate our capacity for curiosity, resilience and happiness.

Also available now is my course in Core Magical Skills which presents practical ways to engage with, or renew, your esoteric practice across the areas of meditation, bodywork, centering and banishing rituals, and spirit work. This course does what it says on the tin and, especially for those new to magic, aims to provide a solid grounding in the essential elements of practical magical work.

Do please sign up to my mailing list if you want news of future courses and special pricing offers, as they are made available.

I hope you’ll find these new resources useful, engaging, inspirational and fun.

Wishing you all well in this challenging time, and much success in your Great Work.

Stay Well, Stay High!


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The Rose Garden with Leonard Pickard

At this summer solstice I’m very pleased to let you know that our first podcast of The Rose Garden is in bloom!

Podcast 609 – “The Rose Garden – Introduction”

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Guest speakers: 
William Leonard Pickard
Kat & Alexa Lakey, discussing The Rose from Santa Cruz, and Cusco, Peru

Julian Vayne & Nikki Wyrd, reading from Devon, England
Brother David Steindl-Rast, reading from Gut Aich Priory in Salzburg, Austria
Ben Sessa MD, reading from London, England
Ralf Jeutter, reading from Germany
Julie Holland MD, discussing The Rose from New York City
Ryan Place, reading from Detroit, Michigan
Mark Schunemann. reading from the University of Oxford
Estia from University of Durham (UK), reading from Paris
Jo from University of Durham, reading at Durham, England
Nese Devenot PhD, reading from Case Western University School of Medicine
Bruce Van Dyke, reading from Reno, Nevada
Greg Sams, reading from London, England


Today’s podcast features an introduction to The Rose Of Paracelsus: On Secrets & Sacraments by Leonard Pickard. Rolling Stone once called Pickard “The Acid King”, and his book is being called a modern masterpiece. It tells the story of an international clan of secret LSD chemists. And who better to tell this story than Leonard Pickard, who is now serving two life sentences in a maximum security prison in the United States, having been accused of manufacturing large quantities of acid, billions according to one ex-DEA agent. Over the next two years we will present a reading of this book, along with commentary, by friends of Leonard’s. Today we feature an introduction of The Rose of Paracelsus with a series of readings from various chapters, followed by some commentary on the readings. In the months and years to come, we will be podcasting a reading of this entire book, chapter-by-chapter.

The podcast is also available on Soundcloud

and Youtube


May a thousand flowers bloom!

Julian Vayne