Donald Michael Kraig

22 hours ago Holly Allender Kraig posted an update on gofundme.com that Donald Michael Kraig passed on 3/17/2014.

My sympathies to the family.

His voice will be missed in the occult community.

His writing style, attitude and approach to magick is what set me on my current path.  I never dreamed I would go here and sincerely that him for the gentle push.

Even with such a loss to a family, there are still medical bills and funeral expenses.  Please visit gofundme.com and give some help.

Thank you!

Peace, Love and Light

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Donald Michael Kraig – Medical Expenses

Donald Michael Kraig has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  Some help is need with medical expenses.  Please visit the above link, help out and give some support.

In case you don’t know, Donald is an author and acquisitions editor (I believe) at Llewellyn.  His book, Modern Magick – Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts turns out to be one of my favorites and the book that really helped me in my path.

If you can please help out.

Peace, Love and Light

Tarot Spreads

Tarot Spreads – There is too many of them!

I want simplicity like the 3 card past, present and future.  But I want more meaning than just that.

There are now two spreads that I really like and for me, so far, are working out well.  I want to share these with you.  The first one I found is in Donald Michael Kraig’s book “Modern Magick“.  The spread is called the “The Split Hexagram Spread”.  The second one I found here.  This spread is called the “The Cross & Triangle Spread”.  I am really liking this one including the call for help from HRU.

With both spreads you only use the Major Arcana (22 cards).  As a beginner it is recommended to use on the upright meanings of the cards, and since that is still where I am at with tarot…That is what I am doing.  I may just stay with upright meanings for sometime.  These spreads have been making personal reading rather enjoyable now.

Now the Hru thing.  I have been around tarot for only 2 years approximately and looked at many web sites and have read several books but The Cross & Triangle Spread is the first time I have seen invoking Hru.  There is very little on the net about this.  I have only started this but the results seem way better than before.  I find this rather exciting.

There is another spread that looks interesting but I have not really explored yet.  It is the “Underworld Spread” from Kim Huggens found in her book “Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards“.

There is also a new product that looks like a lot of fun and help too.  “The Deck of 1000 Spreads“.  To see some ways of using it, see Barbara Moore’s Blog HERE and HERE.  Instead of a new deck, I think I will get this.

The LWB in Tarot

I really don’t have much to say in this post but to point out some interesting links.

I am really a noob!  At least I can still learn.  3 new things I just learned:

  1. LWB = Little White Book.  These are the little books that come with a tarot deck that give a very brief explanation of the cards.
  2. The Happy Squirrel Card = From The Simpson’s, Episode 2F15, “Lisa’s Wedding”, Written by Greg Daniels, Directed by Jim Reardon.  Some tarot decks are including this now.  See Mibramig Magical Tarot
  3. The High Priestess Tarot Card = From the 1st comment in this blog post by Val, “discovered a new key phrase for the High Priestess: uncommon knowledge.”  I don’t recall coming accross a meaning like that for this card.

I also found a new blog to read through, Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic Blog

I found this today at DONALD MICHAEL KRAIG’s blog at Llewellyn.  His current post is “Throw Out the LWB?

His writing style imparts knowledge and opinion with out the insistence of being the only one that is “correct”, yet he maintains authority as a teacher.   He understands that we are all individuals…. Geezzz, I hope that made sense….. but on to the important part.

Another blogger made a statement that the LWB should be tossed out, which I almost agree with.  So little information is contained in the LWB.  DMK makes a great case for not doing so and to have the LWB be a way to understand your particular deck and to back up that with other books on the tarot.

I must admit, starting out with tarot can be very confusing.  There are SO MANY opinions on the subject, including your own!  DMK’s Modern Magic has some very good info on the tarot as well as Tarot 101 – Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards By: Kim Huggens, also keep an eye on Barbara Moore’s blog at Llewellyn.

Mysticism or Magic, Part 2

Well, this morning has been interesting already!

I like reading both David Griffin and Donald Michael Kraig.  I check both blogs almost every day.

First I read this:  http://www.llewellyn.com/blog/2013/3/dark-night-of-the-soul/

Then I read this:  http://hermetic-golden-dawn.blogspot.com/2013/03/exposed-llewellyn-blog-mistakes.html

Rather interesting.  Frankly I agree with both.  If DMK’s books and writing come from a more mystical point of view, I believe that is why I like his writing, as I came from a mystical background of Religious Christianity.  His writing style and subject matter is presented in a manner that I am comfortable with and can easily digest.  DMK got me going along the path I am on now.  Now I am fine tuning with additional sources that I may not have initially be open to.

I have to Thank Donald Michael Kraig for that guidance (push) to continue along my path.  Thank You!

I hope you enjoy the above read.

Peace, Love and Light

Ajaashb

A Small Problem With Wiki

Well, I do enjoy reading DONALD MICHAEL KRAIG‘s Blog at Llewellyn Worldwide.  This time he is pointing out something I and many others are guilty of…Using Wikipedia as a source for information.

What is wrong with that you might say?

WIKIPEDIA MAKES NO GUARANTEE OF VALIDITY, that’s what is wrong!  Check out Mr. Kraig’s post “Wikipedia’s Dirty Little Secret“.  Because “Wikipedia is an online open-content collaborative encyclopedia”, it is put together, added to, modified and edited by anyone with an internet connection with out a formal peer review, inaccurate information can easily be put in place whether on purpose or accident.  Just how many of us really have the time to at least use the source info on the bottom of the page to confirm the validity of what we are reading?  After all this is why we are looking at Wikipedia!  So we don’t have to confirm that since it appears to already have been done!

Because of user input such as this, Mr. Kraig has pointed out, someone is using this to get pages dealing with pagan subjects deleted!  Besides possible inaccurate information now we can erase people and subjects out of existance?  This kind of behavior reminds me of the societies through out time that felt it best to destroy the history of the occupiers before them.  We see this going on today in the Middle East.  But now I digress.

To sum this up, be careful with what and whom your source of information is.

Frater Ajaashb