A Dark Neopagan, Konstantinos has been researching the occult and practicing magick for over fifteen years. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Konstantinos now devotes his time to writing, singing Gothic rock music, and exploring nocturnal life in New York City and around the country. Nocturnal Witchcraft : Magick After Dark. The Dark balances the Light. Do not fear it but equally embrace it. We even find out that elemental correspondences heck, correspondences of almost any kind are unnecessary in this tradition.
We, as Nightkind, only use the following correspondences: Silver or White for the moon, Black for the Gothic darkness, and the phases of the moon.
This is nocturnal witchcraft and who needs those crazy correspondences? Well, except for casting circles. We'll use 'em for that. Next, we get a brief run-down of all the Wiccan sabbats. The descriptions are short and virtually no information regarding a Nocturnal tradition is provided. Get used to that, it becomes a theme. We learn to make a Nocturnal Altar next. I'll try not to give anything away in case you haven't read through to the end, but here's a tip: every single magical tool and altar accoutrement is Oh wait, chartreuse is just in Constance's little fantasy world. Actually, everything should be black blackety black black black.
The blackest black that ever blacked, in fact. A big black attack! Did I mention black? Black altar cloth, censor, candles, ritual clothing, candle holders, etc. The only non-black item is whatever god or goddess representation you put on the altar I guess so that you don't keep knocking them off your altar because they blend in with all the other black. I'm glad we got that squared away.
This is a whole new tradition, you know -- so we have to get our altar items taken care of so that we can do all of this uniquely nocturnal magical stuff! Gee, being a Nightkind is grand! I think I'll go paint my toilet paper black so that it won't taint my gothic bottom. The chapter on Reaching the Dark Divine has nothing to do with the drag queen that used to appear in John Waters movies.
This made Connie sad. It does, however, include a lot of lazy scholarship, and that made Connie even sadder. I wept through the entire chapter; I'm woman enough to admit it. In this chapter, K discusses evoking and invoking God forms. Except, he doesn't call it evoking and invoking God forms. He calls both methods invoking, and then throws in assuming god forms to muddy things up further.
Next we move into Circles of Night and Lunar Light, which contains a twenty five step process for casting a Nocturnal Circle which is completely indistinguishable from any other circle a Wiccan may cast. So what we have so far is Ceremonial Magic light with some Wicca thrown in for flavour.
And there you have the first whole section of the book. Now, if you are a generous soul like me, you may be thinking that maybe, just maybe, the first section of the book was a general primer on magic and the real slick Nocturnal stuff may appear in the second segment: Mind Powers after Dark.
If you are that generous of a soul, let me apologize in advance for disappointing you. To this I say two things: First, Mr. K has never come into contact with crazy thought forms produced by vivid dreaming. Second, if someone thinking real hard nearby is going to throw you off your magical game, you may need to rethink your interests. This chapter is just sad.
K mentions several times throughout the book and specifically in this chapter that the methods he is imparting to us have never been written about before. Perhaps he thinks he may manage to alter reality if he keeps insisting that this information is somehow new or innovative. We move on to learn about autosuggestion and basic visualization techniques, chakra meditation though he never calls it that , and some positive thinking is thrown in. At this point, my brain was melting with the effort of attempting to figure out why the hell people ever buy a second book that K has written.
The entire next chapter is all about using an old stage mentalism trick to fool yourself into thinking you can read minds.
No lie. K moves on to teaching us how to read minds without physically touching someone in the next chapter. This should appear to someone watching as if you were about to raise a point but got interrupted. No really.
I will live the rest of my life with the image of desperate Goths running up to people, flashing a picture at them, and staring at them while gesticulating wildly. Mind dowsing: guaranteed to make you a social outcast at any gathering. On to our third section: Nocturnal Magick. Hey, I thought he told me earlier that I was a Nightkind just for picking up this book! I knew it was too good to be true. Time to go change back to plain white toilet paper.
The following chapter is all about lucid dreaming, and yes, once again, there is nothing new under the sun or under the mysterious ether of the nocturnal night time magic, whichever you prefer, you Nightkind, you. Well, except during the part where he recommends that in order to get in touch with your childlike sense of wonder, you should hit some clubs and listen to some good music.
He prefers Goth clubs, but I bet you guessed that already. He informs us that there is a reason these clubs are called nightclubs, after all, and so all Nightkind should take advantage of them.
Thanks for the tip, K. He also recommends slumber parties. Go figure. Dark Mystique, Magnetism, and Suggestion. We are misunderstood and may even be feared! Yeah, you wish, Goth boy. Luckily, even though you have to keep your mouth shut, K assures us that the dark magical powers you work with will attract people and mystify them.
You can increase this dark magnetism by pretending that normal actions require magical willpower. So, before opening a door, see yourself do it, then raise energy, and finally open that door quickly and with severity.
K also says you can use illusions or suggestions to influence people with your ooky dark powers. So, what do we have when we look at Nocturnal Magick as a whole?
Well, we have a whole bunch of basic techniques wrapped up in a veneer of pseudo-goth culture and nocturnal heebie-jeebies, presented to us by a long-haired fellah with a questionable writing style and no real concept of the tradition he claims to have created. My dear friend Greybeard tells me he has had individuals claim that they are following this tradition, and that makes me sad. To sum this "tradition" up, a quote from my beloved and staunchly Christian boyfriend: "It's like practicing regular Witchcraft, only you don't have to stop pretending you're a vampire.
To keep things simple, I'll say this of the practice: A mage would, through intense visualization, assume the form of a deity usually an Egyptian one in the Golden Dawn. You'll then be experiencing nocturnal nanire,. Rather, they are each manifestations of a particular aspect, dark or light, of the primal energy from which we all came. M o s t important to note about these beings is that banishings can be used positively for most any taskto heal or banish illness, to be rid of poverty, to destroy links to dangerous habits, and so on. Let's look at the evidence: Sting. Fire will be called by a red candle, either votive or taper. The Witch's Journal.
Posted by Constance Parker at PM. Labels: Bad , Konstantinos , Nocturnal Witchcraft. Hilarious review, love it. Nothing I can say will prepare you. It's only after seeing some of the other episodes that it appears to be an intentional spoof. Now I need to go and bleach my brain Anjel, how do you dig this stuff up? Thanks for the link! I am sorry, for not identifying myself.
I have no blogger account. All I can say is, I have respect for the works of Mr. One of his works, Summoning Spirits, urged me to go beyond reading. God knows how much I have improved, both physically and spiritually. And for this I owe great to Mr. Funny funny review! I was laughing outloud many places throughout.