Sexual Magic

Say sexual magic and everyone immediately thinks of Aleister Crowley he did so much to make the subject his own. In fact, he was only following up a line of succession that has run through magic and mysticism for thousands of years. The idea behind it is that at the moment of sexual climax you release a power than can be tapped for magical ends. People like Crowley went a step or two further (in his case 15 or 16 steps further) by indulging in every depravity they could think of and introducing...

Witchcraft

Witchcraft is in effect the old Druidic Mother Goddess religion in Britain. It was a competitor with Christianity and as everyone knows it is not a good idea to lose a religious battle for supremacy. Wicca or Witchcraft didn't even get second place. Being a Mother Goddess religion the priests of the religion were of course, women - 'wise' women. These proved very handy for dropping into water to see if they would float, and burning the sort of activity that gives the whole village a day out and...

Black Magic White Magic

The idea of Black and White Magic comes about through the notion that magic is like electricity -sitting about in the plug waiting to be used. You can use it to warm an electric blanket or to electrocute someone. In the same way magic doesn't mind how it's used. Naturally everyone who admits to being involved in magic is only interested in White Magic. Even out-of the-closet Satanists spend hours proving that they are not really bad, just misunderstood. The only problem with this is that there...

Famous Names

It is always useful having a good name to drop and the names bel low are reasonably good all-rounders. Please note that they all are dead, some for quite a while, so if you do insist on mentioning that you spoke to them last week, have a convincing story about a seance or automatic writing to back it up. All are given obscurity ratings out of 10. The names with low obscurity ratings you need to know most details about as they are well known, but never quote them as someone might just know...

Qabalism

Knowing the word qabalism is essential, mainly because it is one of the few words you can put down in Scrabble if you have a 'Q' and no 17. However, for the occult bluffer it is an ideal subject. Anyone who is partially in the know will have heard of it, but virtually no-one will know enough to argue with anything you say. First of all be sure to pronounce it correctly. Most people will pronounce and even spell it Cabalism or Kabalism. You must pronounce it Chabalism as if it started with a...

The Occult

'Astound your friends by your apparent understanding of subjects you know nothing about.' 'Full of exactly the right sort of information to enable you to stand apart from the crowd.' 'All you need to get on in the world is bluff.' Published by Ravette Books Limited Egmont House 8 Clifford Street London W1X 1RB (071) 734 0221 Copyright The Bluffer's Guides 1988 All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Printing & Binding - Cox & Wyman Ltd....

Occult Literature

You are not supposed to read these books. That would too much like hard work. But it is vital to give the impression that you have read them. It is enough to know just the name and the briefest description of the contents to carry it off. For example saying War and Peace is about Russia shows about the right level of competence. Should you feel rash enough to attempt to tackle any on the list there is a particular way to read occult literature which you would be better to know. For a start...