The Greek Magical Papyri (PGM) is a true treasure trove: the actual working notes of an Egyptian sorcerer practicing a syncretic system of magic 2000 years ago. Full of bizarre and beautiful imagery, they contain hundreds of spells to sicken foes and heal friends, attract and divide lovers, enliven and animate statues, raise the dead, bring inspired dreams, create direct visions of gods, and self-initiate into the deepest mysteries of late antiquity. Unfortunately, many of the PGM’s most workable spells are buried within a jumble of others that are incomplete, incomprehensible, redundant, or otherwise impracticable.
PGM PRAXIS is a unique opportunity to delve into the PGM’s hidden treasures. This year-long class guides participants through a carefully-curated selection of the 50 most do-able spells, rites, hymns and incantations from the PGM. Each week, attendees will receive at least one complete working from the PGM, which will be explored through notes, conference calls and video recordings explaining its historical and magical context. The ultimate goal is for practitioners to maximize each spell’s effectiveness by correctly implementing the sorcerous technologies of the age.
PGM PRAXIS is designed for those who want to elevate and enrich their magical practice in 2020 through the discovery and implementation of the PGM’s remarkable riches, which contain conjurations of Hekate, Set, Typhon, Osiris, Michael, Persephone, Isis, Chthonic Hermes, Thoth, and the Hypercosmic God himself – among many, many others. The material is appropriate for intermediate and advanced practitioners. Students accepted for the course will receive in the mail several traditional implements to aid their praxis. Join us at The Blackthorne School for a full year of adventure and discovery with PGM PRAXIS: 50 RITES FOR 50 NIGHTS!
- Understand the spiritual, historical, and cultural context of the Greek Magical Papyri
- Obtain a year’s worth of completely workable spells and rituals from the PGM
- Learn how to contemporize traditional ingredients without sacrifice the integrity or effectiveness of the rite
- Master the art of making spirit alliances, and
- Meet a host of other serious and friendly practitioners from around the globe
- Engage with celestial and chthonic powers such as Hekate, the Goddess of the Crossroads: Helios, the Invincible Sun; Aion, the lion-faced scion of Eternity; and the deicidal Typhon/Set.
Course Materials Needed
Each participant will need a copy of The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation: Including the Demotic Spells”
While there are no course pre-requesites required to participate in PGM PRAXIS, we do ask that students have an intermediate to advanced level of personal experience with magic, sorcery, or witchcraft. Please feel free to contact The Blackthorne School if you have questions about the appropriateness of fit for your level of experience.
About the Instructor
Jack Grayle is the author of The Hekataeon, a grimoire released by IXAXAAR in 2019. Having worked with the PGM for years, he presents on sorcery and necromancy throughout the United States, and his writings have been accepted for publication by Sabbatica V, Conjure Codex V, and Pillars: Seeds of Ares. Besides PGM PRAXIS, he also teaches HAIL HEKATE: WALKING THE FORKED PATH through The Blackthorne School.
What Past Students Have Said
“Let me start by saying unequivocally that Jack has jumped right to the top of my list of people worth listening to. I got to know Jack when I participated in his Hail Hekate course, which was the most comprehensive and inspiring course in magic that I have participated in. I practically inhaled his book The Hekataeon, which is hands down the best money I have ever spent on a book. If you want to create a sustainable and successful magical practice, or even a functional relationship with Hekate, I cannot recommend anyone better to assist in your learning. I for one look forward to any further opportunities to study with Jack. And I hope that he will be bringing his unique blend of skeptical pragmatism to other material such as the PGM in far greater depth and detail.” -Asphodelo Streggiano
“I have had the great pleasure of taking the first cycle of Jack’s Hail Hekate course. One cannot teach about Hekate without delving into the significant part she played in the PGM and the historical background of this intriguing collection of ancient practical spell work. Throughout the course Jack demonstrated his invaluable insight on the PGM material through a highly engaging and thought provoking presentation. When sharing about his own study process, he said he read through the whole book 6 or 7 times and made copious notes. I was very excited to learn about this upcoming PGM course, Jack is a most excellent teacher and scholar to be teaching this subject, I can’t wait!” -Soror E.
“I am very new to working with the PGM. Even though I read a few books on the subject, they didn’t make sense until I took one of Jack’s online classes (the Hail Hekate course) that draws heavily on PGM tech. In the class I took, he has developed a method to break down the tech into its basic components. He teaches a masterful blend of following the tradition of the PGM while thoughtfully inserting innovation to fill in the PGM’s gaps. The gaps were one of the things that deterred me from working with the PGM in the past. In addition to this, Jack makes himself readily available for questions and resolving any confusion that might come up in the coursework. I now have much greater confidence in approaching the PGM.
Due to Jack’s work with me, I also know when I am not doing PGM operations quite right and need to review what he teaches and troubleshoot. If I had not done this work with Jack, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this. That said, if Jack were to teach a course solely devoted to the PGM itself, I would encourage anyone to jump on it! You will learn a sure-fire method to engage the tech, and it will bring your spiritual practice to the next level. I heartily recommend anything Mr. Grayle offers!!!” -Dea D.
“Jack’s classes get to the “why” of the PGM. He places these rites, hymns, spells, and charms within their broader historical, cultural, and spiritual context, and propels practitioners into their own encounter grounded in a beat-by-beat understanding of the objectives in play. His Hekate course has enhanced my practice.” -Morgan Marqués
“Jack’s experiential proficiency in working with the PGM as well as Hekate brings erudite levels of illumination to his teachings and courses. I am beyond thrilled to have participated! Jack’s combined research and praxis elevate his work beyond expectations. He delivers the material in the most enchanting, personal way that supports both excitement and inspiration, meeting you precisely where you are, he holds the torches aloft to cast more light, while still reveling in the shadow, in a shared course-time along the Path together.” -Anneliese Anthoinette