Monthly Archives: November 2013

Joshua Free’s Gifts of the Magi for Holidays 2013 with Magick, Mysticism & Metaphysics for ALL

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!!

Greetings and salutations to all our wizarding folk, fans and friends! It’s that time of year, again! — A time of year when we are brought images and visions of unbidden gifting and sentiment; and what better, more lofty and practical of a gifted sentiment than the powers of magick, wizardry and mysticism!?! — A gift which you can easily bring to you and yours, loved ones and coworkers, family and friends at this (or any) time of year made possible by the works of Joshua Free as published by the Mardukite Truth Seeker Press!

181901_203923476288513_4425152_n2 Merlyn’s School of Wizardry & Magick originally developed in the 1990’s based on the work of ‘Merlyn Stone’, the pseudonym used by Joshua Free for early editions of “The Sorcerer’s Handbook” (now revised and expanded as “Wizardry”). The materials developed for this organization are intentionally fashioned for the ‘solitary practitioner’ or student that has limited or no access to working groups, or prefers not to work in groups (although such methods are also introduced for educational purposes during the training, if even for no other reason depending on the needs and practices of the individual student). The material was, however, developed through the intensive research and experimental use by working groups led by Joshua Free from 1995 through the present — some more publicly known than others.

wizardryfrontcvr Wizardry: The Magick of Merlyn Stone: A Complete Grimoire is now available in its 15th Anniversary Edition, a revised version of the amazing underground occult bestseller that first premiered in the mid-1990’s as “The Sorcerer’s Handbook” by Merlyn Stone — an later became the basis of 1000 traditions!!! Joshua Free brings together the most accelerated course curriculum of the magickal ways in such a manner that his work has become one of the most talked about underground controversies of the New Age movement! For moderate gift-giving needs in the $20 range, “Wizardry” is the perfect holiday present for the wizard in your family, office or neighborhood — whether entry-level beginners or adept masters, thousands of people have come to enjoy the unique style of one of the greatest underground modern magicians of our time: JOSHUA FREE.

For the ultimate impression that will strike awe in the mind and soul of your gift receiver, there is Arcanum…

arcanum2012thumb Arcanum: The Complete Guide to Systems of Magick & The Unification of the Metaphysical Universe… this is no empty boast; not simply pretty words — in spite of the enormous underground reception and critical acclaim, this work was denied acceptance into the mainstream as publishers feared that the breakthrough tomb would literally jeopardize the future of the new age book market! This quickly became some of the most controversial and sought after material — representing the ultimate tome of magick for wizards and magicians of every faction and science!

The Mardukite Truth Seeker Press BOOKSHOP is another great resource for those wishing to share the gift of knowledge, self-improvement and empowerment during this holiday season or during any time of year — for in a world of uncertainty in times being what they are… THIS could be your BEST investment in YOURSELF!!!

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Merlyn Stone’s Magick & Wizardry, Rise of New Age Legacy with Joshua Free

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During the 1990’s the public interest in ‘magick’ and the ‘occult’ doubled – if not tripled or even quadrupled, exponentially rising to new heights that few could have anticipated. The amount of “New Age” material being published soared – the companies and creators that produced them had the ability to, for the first time in contemporary history, develop significant and legitimate income based on the “New Age.”

wizardryfrontcvr Now, someone reading this is going to quickly argue about all of the developments that they may have experienced in the 1960’s, and further still, we have the blossoming of occult lodges that became publicly visible during the turn of the 20th century – factions such as the Golden Dawn and hermetic schools of Theosophy that are now over 100 years old in their founding. I am certainly not going to deny the existence of these things – but lets face it, the occult revival has only just recently passed its infancy, and that is why it has had so many growth spurts, though it still exists to simply test its own limits and get a feel for its skin… While this is all changing now, existing in an ever-shifting face of reality.

I appeared on the “New Age” scene, however much ‘underground’ in 1995 as “Merlyn Stone.” As I have explained to others and in my recent autobiographical narrative, Nabu Speaks!, the name was chosen for personal reasons and not as a tribute to the female author (Merlin Stone) of whom I had not even heard of at that time.

arcanum2012thumb The name “Merlyn” is not really a proper name, although it has been used to refer to particular figures (or a figure) in history, it is actually a title – a Welsh title – that can be best equated to what you might know as a seer or prophet. The contemporary reader may be more familiar with the Judeo-Christian religious context of the title, which in Hebrew is nabih, derived from the Babylonian name: Nabu.

I prefer the semantic of the seer, because to the modern mind, this idea of “prophet” is probably going to be lost on people – raising defenses unnecessarily and causing the messages to be lost. For that matter, I would prefer the concept of a messenger who is simply carrying a certain message as opposed to a prophet who is privy to unique and secret information that no one else is in possession of. While the later may be true to a certain extent, such might also apply to all people and times.

During only the three decades of my current existence in the physical realm I have watched as “crystal healers” went from working in basements in the 1980’s to having fully leased and store-fronted offices. I have watched as the thousands who once only reserved themselves to secluded monthly meetings and the study of books in closets by candlelight now wear their full regalia in public places reserved for large festivals and parades.

IMG000233 Don’t get me wrong – I understand that many of you have endured suffering still to this day for your inclinations toward a “mystical,” “occult” or otherwise “pagan” living philosophy. There are still more who are unable to exist in this freedom I have just described, worried for the very real repercussions and animosity that can come from work or family – lives in this system can be lost or laid to ruin. Believe me, I fully understand. But… times are changing still.

The height of the 1970’s and early 1980’s really paved the way – cushioning the societal blow that comes with large ‘paradigm-shifts’. Among these was, of course, the Simon Necronomicon that appeared in 1977, the same year as Star Wars and the birth of the Shannara epic by Terry Brooks.

Mainstream consciousness was being upgraded, and with it the guise was usually always something other than what it appeared to be. This is often the case in the ‘material realm’. While there were the more obvious introductions of semantics born from Dungeons and Dragons, and related fantasy enthusiasm, the children of the 80’s were also being prepped – their minds opened to new realms of possibility that were veiled in the paradigms of their parental generations. In the introduction to the original edition of WizardryMerlyn’s Magick (2005) — I refer to the mystical and magical themes coming into focus with the cult interest in such aspects as The Dark Crystal, Care Bears, Labyrinth and the like. While an entire book could be (and probably has) been written on the contributions of the psychedelic new age ‘hippie’ towards this change in consciousness, it will suffice for our purposes of its mere mentioning here.

druidcomptinythumb As far as I could observe, however, it was 1995 that provided the largest shift. I took a step back, observing the wide-angle, and I saw the prominence of the newly released motion picture “The Craft” coupled with Sabrina the Teenage Witch as the featured ‘after-school-special’ of the day. Clearly the coast was clear and it was time to come out – come awake!

While I was not alone in hearing this ‘call’, the work I had to do – the program I was here to follow – was not something readily understand-able to the population – even a “New Age” one. The plans were laid before I ever showed up in this life, but patience was key as was watching for the signposts and keeping my head down. It was going to take everything to bring the work to the heights it can now be found in, but in the 1990’s, the world was not ready for what I had to say concerning the origins of ‘magick’ and the “mardukite” legacy, so I had to start at the beginning – to build a basis – to work from the foundation rock or stone.

wizardryfrontcvr All of my original ‘writings’ related to the occult field were actually the subject of ‘in-house’ materials being prepared for working groups and research oriented studies that I was person-ally involved with – and often the ‘founder’ of. I began this work publicly in 1995 and it has now been over 15 years since – half of my current existence. It has taken many forms, though it was easiest for me to begin with that which would be most familiar to my target demographic: esotericists, occult practitioners and the up and coming alien youth that usually had inclinations toward the “New Age” naturally.

In 1995, the world was not ready for Mardukites. I worked within the paradigms that were much more accessible and did not require a lot of background – ritual magick, spellcraft, high psychology and even the ceremonial systems. The two methodologies I was most concerned with in connecting the later work I had hoped to accomplish (now known as the Mardukites) was the Pheryllt Druid material of Douglas Monroe and also “Simon’s” Necronomicon.

This was about as close as I could come to ‘mainstream’, and even these facets of the “New Age” had been enshrouded in misguided controversy and restricted recommendations from the more publicly elite and visible organizations and group leaders. “Members” were explicitly told not to look into these materials, just as much as the current Mardukite work has seen its share of scrutiny and disapproval from the uninitiated. It came as no surprise then that the only work I had done during this period that survived in the mainstream was probably the most ‘commercially’ viable of the “Merlyn Stone” titles and that is the Sorcerer’s Handbook., now celebrating its 13th anniversary in circulation across 8 editions not including the 2005 release of Merlyn’s Magick, of which it was the basis.