Category Archives: Writing

The Hermetic Cross: Sixteen Days of Insight

John Bell over at Hermetic.com is starting to build up a Fundamentals  section at the library — an area that encourages people to get off the sofa, put down the cell phone, and do some real spiritual work. 

That sort of thing really resonates with me. 

So when he asked me if I’d be willing to come up with a month of daily meditation exercises for his site, I immediately said “Yes!” and began to put together a program based on the Hermetic Cross, a.k.a. the Hermetic Quaternary, a.k.a. the “Powers of the Sphinx.”

Click here to check it out.

What is the Hermetic Cross?

Nobody really knows how old the Quaternary is or where it originated. All we can say is that it was first revealed in Eliphas Levi’s book Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie and not widely known until Levi’s book was translated into Transcendental Magic, Its Doctrine and Ritual by A. E. Waite in 1896.  I’ve been working with the Hermetic Cross for almost thirty years, and still each year brings a new insight or two.

The power of the Cross is not to be taken lightly. 

So I’m leaping at the chance to make this deceptively simple framework accessible to a wider audience. There is mystery at the center of the Quaternary that awaits you, but I dare not name it for fear of spoiling the revelation.

Check it out and let me know what you think.


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RILEY’S RECEIPT a Poem

From the bolt she measured and paid
Four yards of rope, a triangle squared and laid
A cream-colored coil, a circle wound
She knew the yarn but not the story
The line was cincture bound

Clerical top and layman’s bottom
The fancy top is my pronotum
To hold me tight, arcanely tied
Binds up ego, holds in lies

Into my hand she pressed rope, receipt
I took them both with self-deceit
Rushing off to communion adventure
Unaware of my indenture

Somewhat stilted, self-aware
Involuting, standing there
Trying to be and love and fly
The more I limp the more I try

Meal is over, dalmatic gone
Alb laid by, cincture withdrawn,
The receipt beckons like a prayer
The note she wrote lays be bare

Grand loves yes, but small ones too
Seed the fields and spirit breathe
Small kindnesses, simple things allow
The pupil of the greater eye to see
The true I within the I


“Hey Mitch, what’s this poetry thing all about?” I want to collaborate with Blue Öyster Cult and I’m hoping the Öyster Boys will think this would make a good lyric.

Did you know I wrote a paranormal/mystery/romance book inspired by Blue Öyster Cult’s lyrical themes?  Click here to download it here for free!

The cover to my book “Chatters on the Tide” inspired by the music of Blue Öyster Cult

Change the Name of the Weekly Training Involution?

Help me decide.  I’m thinking of changing the name of the weekly “Martial Arts Training Involution” to broaden its appeal and reflect its truer nature as a fourfold supporter of my teaching on martial arts, fitness, primitive skills, and spirituality.

It isn’t just a weekly martial fitness thing anymore. Now each contains a martial drill, a fitness piece, a primitive skills angle, and a spiritual exercise.

If I take “martial” out of the name, will people check it out and perhaps ‘eat off the menu’ so to speak?

Click here or click the picture to vote!

 

SHIFT Issue #10: Snake Eyes, Social Networks, Grackles and Grace

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IN THIS Month’s ISSUE…

A 1/3 off coupon for Mitch’s General Store, looking at the eyes of a snake, a review of the documentary The Social Dilemma, the call of the humble grackle (and a handy app for identifying it), and why the mat is always lava…

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The Social Dilemma: Mark, 1 Enoch, Angels and Demons

I watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix and it reminded be of what the Gospel of Mark has to say about the way humanity interacts with technology and about what 1 Enoch has to say about the way demons work in the world.  So I made a video — see below.

It is important to remember that the Word of God isn’t either literally true or metaphorically true or philosophically or in way narrowly true.  The Word of God is true intellectually, emotionally, morally and spiritually — in all ways, at all times, for all people — without conflict.  If you sense conflict in the  truth of the Word, the conflict is within you, not within God or His message.


 

SHIFT Issue #9: Rolling Valleys, Demon Slaying and the Arehkan

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IN THIS Month’s ISSUE…

Where the demons are, the tracks of the “arehkan,” how to escape a standing Scarf Hold and the fairy tale “The White Snake”

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SHIFT #8: Orion, the Woodland Peewee and More

The newest issue of my twice-monthly newsletter SHIFT is out today!

Click the photo to take a peek.  Almost every issue has some sort of coupon for reduced price downloads of my ebooks or discounts at Mitch’s General Store.

To subscribe to SHIFT click here.

 

I Know What We Did This Summer

big run hike

Robert, me and Morgan at the Big Run overlook

My son and his family re-located to Japan.  It is profoundly sad to have them so far away from me.  But rather than be all weepy and mopey, I’m focusing on the positive.

For one thing, I’m really proud I have a son who’s smart enough to land a high-powered international job and courageous enough to take it.

Deadlift weights

My son lifting with the new Deadlift rig

For another, my son and I had an incredible couple of months.  Due to COVID-related visa snags, my daughter-in-law and two oldest grandsons were allowed in first.  They went over in June to get the boys in school on time.  My son wasn’t allowed in until earlier this week.  This gave us more one-on-one time than most thirty-something sons and almost-sixty-year-old dads can manage.

In no particular order, here’s a rundown of what we accomplished together followed by a photo collage.

  1. Trained martial arts together many times
  2. Hiked Cold and Pleasant Mountains with my daughter Morgan and crew
  3. Installed a new dishwasher
  4. Went shooting
  5. Vistited Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown
  6. Watched the entire Firefly TV series
  7. Sculpted the Petrænigma and wrote the secret codes and ciphers
  8. Built a Deadlift machine
  9. Lifted weights together — with his help and insight I broke my plateaus and set PRs in every lift!
  10. Hiked Big Run Gap with Morgan (it was hot Hell’s front porch and I nearly croaked)
  11. Cleaned out the spare bedroom and created my new office
  12. Built a shelf to hold my cargo boxes
  13. Played RPGS a half-dozen times — got Mo and Jack to play for the first time! — and planned improvements to the Spaz Zone vehicle maneuver rules too
  14. Replaced the backdoor threshold on the rental house
  15. Put the TV in my wife’s crafting area onto a swinging mount

And by the way, the subject of this post is a play on a movie title.  Did you get it?

THIRST a Poem

Thirst

To be hard is just too easy
and too forceful’s my jam
so I retire to a garden of roses
slow down my wicked left hand
breathe out and breathe in
make time for the art of giving in

Hesychast by fire light
the candles and the joss
staring at the jointed icons
burning off the dross
baptismal fluid drowns
thirsty desert air
heat waves rise and bake
dense as rock I forget
the fluid that will slake

Roses wilt, sere are petals
fall, fall, fall
forgotten memories return
of my first initiation
of the following repast
and I recall the missing element


“Hey Mitch, what’s this poetry thing all about?” I want to collaborate with Blue Öyster Cult and I’m hoping the Öyster Boys will think this would make a good lyric.

Did you know I wrote a paranormal/mystery/romance book inspired by Blue Öyster Cult’s lyrical themes?  Click here to download it here for free!

The cover to my book “Chatters on the Tide” inspired by the music of Blue Öyster Cult

Exclusive Pre-sale: Martial Grit E-Book

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