Who is Lev?

Lev is a masters student at Goddard College writing & researching about esotericism, the history of magic, modern magical practice, and gender. Lev is a theist with a private non-traditional (ie: unaffiliated & uncategorized) religious meditative practice, which is expressed through occasional participation in Episcopalian services & a lot of religious exploration and reading in other traditions.

Part of the intersection of religion and esotericism includes an active magical practice that does not invoke deity but uses natural magic derived from historical & traditional practices, herbalism, tarot, and creative writing to create rituals.

What is the masters project?

A book of medieval natural magic useable by the modern magic-user, with an outline for a magical philosophy that is sensitive to issues of oppression and diversity and does not have a particular theological stance. Unlike most mainstream texts on magic, which are directed for the pagan audience, this is one with the goal of presenting a system of magic that is accessible by anyone, of any religious belief, with any kind of gender identity by emphasizing a non-religious practice which is fluid and adaptable for individuals if they choose to incorporate their personal religion into it. By using a western historical tradition, it helps avoid issues of appropriation.

Why medieval magic?

The “thaumaturgic” (non-religious) magic of the medieval west was a complex interplay of herbalism, astrology, symbolic correspondences, and rituals that emphasized the creation of ritual objects that could be purchased as curatives and solutions or experiences that would mediate personal needs that were not being met by the Church or community. It also freely incorporated rituals, images, and motifs from the religious world in a way that was flexible and adaptive, a model for how individuals can interweave their own narratives of meaning into magic. The world of the medieval West is also part of my cultural heritage that I feel comfortable critiquing, and which belongs, at least in a cultural sense, to most Westerners.

What’s the blog?

Research notes, collections of links, interesting esoterica, book lists, and general “proof of work” leading up to the masters thesis. It is for my personal research purposes but intended to be interesting to others in the esoteric and magical research communities.


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