By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius
Recently, a friend of mine complained to me that almost all of my writings assume that a person who is going to practice ritual magick must have at their disposal a rather large separate room for that activity. In order to work the kind of ritual magick that I am proposing in my various articles and books, one would have to devote a whole room to nothing but ritual magick, and this could be difficult or even impossible for some students. If a student is living with his or her parents (and they are not either encouraging or accommodating), then the opportunity of having a separate temple is virtually nonexistent. Anyone who might actually like my books and would want to actually perform the rituals contained in them could find themselves at a loss if they don’t also have a separate room to function as their temple.
Why would I make such a demand on my potential students or place such an obstacle in the way of someone who wants to work the kind of ritual magick that I espouse? Couldn’t I at least make the magick that I work be more accommodating to the kind of living space resources that anyone might be able to use? These are some really good questions, and as you might suppose, I have some answers for you to consider (particularly those who are challenged by the thought of having a separate temple room). I haven’t deliberately tried to create obstacles to prevent anyone from actually using the rituals in my books. What I have done is to write my books with an ideal arrangement in mind, and that I have assumed that individuals will make the choices and accommodations needed to be able to perform these rituals in a secure environment.