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The Bain of the Magician...dreaded Burn-out


Pardon my lengthy silence.....I have been as un-magical a fellow as I could be the last two months. This was not, in the beginning, a choice.  I've spent them re-balancing my family life (things got a little crazy, and I had to take care of business. Everything else took a quick trip to the backburner) and approaching the Art from a different angle. A slightly more grizzled angle, with lot's of five o'clock shadow and parchment-colored eyes. (This was the more pleasant description my wife gave me, haha. It seems I have a tendency to overdo the studying bit.) I've had to learn to be present in my relationships, which are the actual drama of one's life.....and this is not the first time. Being a family man and an active Magician is a balancing act, and I'm not always the best at it.  Sorry if I haven't been responsive in my communications, Fraters and Sorors; life decided it needed my full attention.

That being said, I've learned some really cool shit. And I am going to share. Hope you are all well!

Oh, and also....Helen Miren is playing Prospera in the Tempest. How awesome is that?



  1. Oh my, I know what you are talking about, I am having a phase like that as well. Looking forward to read what you learned,

    In L.V.X.

  2. Dear Brother AIT,

    I know this feeling well... all things move in cycles. One must make hay when the sun shines. I would be a tad curious of the Astrological events over the last 2 months, as I have been a bit crispy around the edges myself. That being said... there is nothing that is more noble, nor indeed more magickal, than one attending to the needs of their own family. I admire this more than if you had discovered the Philosopher's Stone. Good job my friend.

    Love and much Light to you and yours!

  3. I couldn't help but notice your comment on the Astrology of it all and thought I'd share... I am an astrologer I invite you to visit my Blog at

    June through September 2010 we experienced a rare and historic alignment with a Grand Cross forming between Pluto, Jupiter, Uranus and Saturn... This has certainly shaken the foundations and landscape of life... But all in accordance with a greater Divine plan asking us to get real. Saturn is in Libra now until 2012. So balancing relationships will be the focus over the next couple of years.

    Thank you for your magickal insights Balthazar...

  4. Glad to have you back, brother. On a side note, did you change the look of your blog? Or has it just been that long since you've posted? =)

    Either way, it looks great!

  5. Thank you much Brothers!

    @ Pallus Renatus

    I changed it a while back, but it is similar to before. Thank you much =)


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