Theory, History, etc.
- Ancient Greek Samhain Festivals (including
the story of Ariadne and Theseus)
- Seasonal Festivals of the Greeks and
- De Saturno & Jano Tractatus.
Ancient philosophical ideas about Saturn and Janus, and why They
are especially honored in December and January.
- Construction and Use of Ancient Greek
Poppets. Reprinted in Traditions Magazine,
- Eoster: Mysteries of the Resurrected
Child. Pagan origins of Easter celebrations (with an
emphasis on the Hellenic tradition).
- The Pythagorean Pentacle
- Hellenic Neo-Paganism. Published in
Vol. 28, No. 109 (Summer 1995), pp. 8-10.
- The Rotation of the Elements. An
explanation of this most important alchemical procedure, which
has many applications in the material and spiritual worlds.
Published in Caduceus,
Vol. 1, No. 4 (Winter 1995), pp.2-10.
- Liber de Octo Mutationibus. A
discussion of the eight phases that occur in any cycle between
opposing poles, and their relation to the eight trigrams of the
- The Eigthtfold Year and the Stages of
Life. A discussion of ancient Greek and Roman systems of
seven and eight seasons (separated by the quarters and
cross-quarters), and their correspondence with the lifestages,
planets, elements, qualities, etc. (A version without tables is
- The Pentagram and the Elements. How
should the elements be associated with the points of the
pentagram? (See also the
- The Pythagorean Theology of Triads
and Information on Pythagorean Figured
Numbers (Square, Oblong, Triangular, etc.). An
introduction to the Pythagorean theology of numbers.
- The Parts of the Soul (A Greek System
of Chakras). Did the ancient Greeks recognize a system of
seven "energy centers" comparable to the chakras?
- Some Notes on the History of
Isopsephia (Gematria). Surveys historical evidence for the
history of gematria, from Sumeria, to Greece, and then to the
Jews; includes information on the development and dissemination
of the alphabet.
- Genetic Correspondences Between the
Hebrew, Greek and Roman Alphabets. An annotated table
showing corresponding letters on the basis of their derivation
from common ancestors - a tool for comparative isopsephia
- Objectivity and the Human Sciences.
Published in PsychoScience, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring-Summer
1995), pp. 39-40.
- The Caduceus, or: Wandering Among the
Worlds. A short essay arguing for metaphysical pluralism
("you can't have too many realities"). Published in Widdershins,
No. 6, pp. 42-44.
- Ancient Greek Esoteric Doctrine
of the Elements Based on a series of articles published in
Network News, issues 68-71, 1998-1999.
- The Ancient Greek Sacred Lunar Month
- Greek Esoteric Music Theory A
collection of annotated and cross-linked charts to aid the use
of Ancient Greek Music for esoteric purposes.
- Axioms of Magic
- A Summary of Pythagorean Theology.
- Using Ancient Greek Music for Care of the
Soul: Hę Mousikę Therapeia. Use of the
ancient Greek modes for tempering the four humors.
Circle Magazine, issue 92, Winter 2004, pp. 12-14.
- Apollo’s Demon Dagger. Published in Circle Magazine,
issue 108, Spring 2011, pp. 10–12. Reprinted in With
Lyre and Bow: A Devotional in Honor of Apollo (ed.
Jennifer Lawrence, 2016), pp. 76–91.
- Meetings with the Maiden. Theurgical
revelations from Persephone, published in Queen of the Sacred Way: A
Devotional Anthology in Honor of Persephone,
edited by Melitta Benu, pp. 190–220. Neos Alexandria, 2012.
- The Seed and the Fruit. Theurgical
revelations from Demeter, published in Potnia:
A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Demeter, edited
by Melitta Benu & Rebecca Buchanan, pp. 209–256. Neos
- Select Chaldean Oracles. Translations
of some of the most important ones with commentary.
- Short Essays
- Greater Tool Consecration
- Lesser Tool Consecration
Hellenic Magic Ritual: A General Framework
Consecration, especially for astrological talismans
See also invocatio and narratio for Regulus
Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.
An adaptation of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the
Pentagram to the Graeco-Roman tradition based on the
shamanic cosmological principles underlying the original. An older version was published in Caduceus,
Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 1995), pp. 15-34. (There is postscript for
just the spoken text of the older
version in English, Latin and Greek [in both Roman and Greek
- The Orphica
Holodemiurgia, a contemplative exercise or practice for
aligning the energy centers of the soul and for infusing Divine
Energy into them. It is similar to the well-know Middle-Pillar
Exercise, but is based on the Greek tradition rather than
Cabalistic ideas. A
fully annotated version is available, which documents its
sources and provides additional commentary.
- Exercise for Unity
(Tantra LITE). This exercise aims to dissolve
interpersonal boundaries by encouraging openness, trust,
compassion, kindness, connection, respect, affection and love.
It is based on the Liturgy of Philotetos.
To encourage more widespread practice,
detailedinstructions for facilitators are now available.
- Neoclassical Celebratory
Sacrifice. Originally published as "The Way of
Neoclassical Sacrifice" in The Lyre,
Summer 1995, pp. 19-22.
- Saturnalia Ritual
- Dionysian Meditations:
- The Triple Dionysia (Ta Triploa
Dionysia) - a Dionysian Spring Equinox ritual
- The Labyrinth Ritual (for the
- Rite of Release for a Pet or Familiar
- Dawn Devotions, including information
about the Goddess of Dawn
- Astrapsoukhos' Spell for the
Favor of Hermes from the Greek Magical Papyrus (London
- The Pythagorean Tarot. A tarot
system based on Pythagorean numerology and ancient Mediterranean
- A Greek Alphabet Oracle. An authentic
ancient Greek alphabet oracle, translated and interpreted.
Circle Network News (issue 57, Fall 1995, pp.
12-13), Mythos (Spring 1996), and Manteia: A
Magazine for the Mantic Arts (No. 16, Spring 1997, pp.
54-56). Italian translation, "Un Oracolo dell' Alfabeto Greco,"
published in Mercurio: Pubblicazione Interna della
Federazione Pagana (num. 4 (Beltane), 1996, pp. 5-8).
- Calculators for Isopsephia
(Gematria) in Greek, Roman and Hebrew alphabets, and for the
related Thesis system. Also
available: a Generalized Isopsephia
calculator, which allows you to anter whatever numerical
values you like for the Greek or Roman alphabets. See also the
accompanying Alphabet Charts.
- Ars Haruspicina (modernized Etruscan
divination), and a sample reading.
Haruspicy was the ancient Etruscan art of reading the liver of a
sacrificial victim. Here the ancient principles of haruspicy are
applied to a raw egg. "The Art of Haruspicy, which is The
Etruscan Discipline" was published in Harvest (later Tides),
Vol. 11 (1991), No. 4, 22-24 (part I); No. 5, 11-14 (part II);
No. 6, 13-15 (part III).
Hymns, Poetry, etc.
- Gallery of Esoteric Art by John
Opsopaus (under construction, but open!)
- Hymn to Athena. Published in Green Egg,
Vol. 27, No. 104 (Spring 1994), pp. 8-9.
- Hymn and Invocation of Aphrodite in hypertext and postscript
form. Published in
Green Egg, Vol. 28, No. 109 (Summer 1995), pp.
32-3. Reprinted in Blood
and Roses: A Devotional for Aphrodite and Venus (ed.
Rebecca Buchanan, 2017), pp. 50–57.
- The Liturgy of Love;
see also the "executive summary". The
"Liturgia Philotetos of Epaphroditus" has been partly
serialized, part I in The Golden Apple and the remaining
parts in its successor, Agape
(now inactive). Reprinted in Blood
and Roses: A Devotional for Aphrodite and Venus (ed.
Rebecca Buchanan, 2017), pp. 246–268. The Goddess Philotęs,
daughter of Aphrodite, explains Her four sacraments and
initiates Epaphroditus into Her order. The Exercise
for Unity is based on Her teachings, and includes a
summary of Empedocles' teachings about Her.
- Sophia Abscondita (The Month of the
Fishes: A Parable of Our Times). A prophetic modern
gnostic myth about how Sophia (female wisdom) leads the old Gods
to retake Olympus.
- The Yew Demon (a shamanic "sword &
sorcery" story). Published in Pagan Review, Vol.
1, No. 1 (Spring 1995), pp. 21-28.
- Vaticinatio de Cometae (for the
collision of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter, July 16,
1994). Interprets the collision as an omen of the return of the
- Select Homeric Hymns. "To Hera," "To
Gaia, Mother of All" and "To the Mother of the Gods" published
in The Lyre,
Summer 1993, p. 15. Also appear with "To Hestia," in Alexandria
3, 1995. Also, two hymns to Aphrodite, hymns to the Muses and
Apollo, hymns to Zeus, Hephaistos, Artemis, Poseidon, Athena,
Demeter and Aesculapius.
- Mesomedes' "Hymn to the Muse,"
translated and set to the original (ancient) music (now with MP3
files). Published in Mythos, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Sept. 1995),
- Selected Charms from the Carmina
Gadelica, translated and "reheathened" (i.e.,
reconstructed possible pre-Christian forms). Published in Circle
Network News, Issue 58 (Winter 95/96), p. 14.
- The Janid: Historia Sacra Janarum.
Mythic history of the Sardinian Gianae from 23,800 BCE.
- Ariel Psychopompos - an alchemical
poem, published in
The Terminal Journal, Fall 1997, pp. 12-13.
- The Stele:
homepage of Omphalos, the networking service for Graeco-Roman
- Ordo Viridis Orbis - The Laws of the
- Anecdota Vergilii - The Secret
History of Virgil
- Pauca Anecdota Neapolitana (A Few
Anecdotes of Naples). Featered under "Visiting Friends
& Scholars" on novelist Katherine Neville's
- Description of Ta Rat', the
Subterranean Temple of the Giane
- Necronomicon Novum. A "Necronomicon,"
in the spirit of H. P. Lovecraft, but based on authentic ancient
sources. Published as "Necronomicon Conjecturale" in Mythos,
Vol. 1, No. 2 (Nov. 1995), pp. 4-7.
- Biography of Apollonius Sophistes (John
Opsopaus). To put this in context, see also The Role of History in Practical
- Glaukidai: The Myth of Glaucus and
his Descendants, the Blue Men Published in Circle
Network News, Issue 66 (Winter 97/98), pp. 18-19.
- Useful Ancient Greek Phrases in Greek
and Roman transcription (hypertext) and
in Greek alphabet (postscript)
- Searchable Indices of Spells in the
Greek Magical Papyri and other sources.
- Selections from the Greek Magical Papyri, Books I, II and III
- Interpretations of Magical Herbs. When
an ancient spell tells you to use "snake's blood," it doesn't
necessarily mean the blood of a snake. Here is an ancient key to
arcane ingredients from the Greek Magical Papyri.
- Goethe's Pagan Poetry. Many of
Goethe's poems are sympathetic to Paganism.
- Wotan's Invocation of Erda from
- Samples of the mysterious
- The Centaur Skeleton from Volos.
See also my report on The Cave of
- Review of Burkert's Homo Necans
- Review of Kingsley's Ancient
Philosophy, Mystery and Magic (published in Caduceus,
Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring, 1997), pp. 37-9)
- A Brief Guide to Ancient Greek
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