Greetings, welcome to my blog and thank you for taking a little time to learn more about me. My name is Leonardo and I have been practicing magic – in one form or another – for most of my life.
Ever since I can remember I’v been fascinated by religion, cosmology, and magic. My family exposed me from an early age to folkloric and witchcraft traditions alongside practices we had picked up from a several generations in the Caribbean. It was a blessing to have grown up in a household in which the spirit world and magic were very real and ever-present. One is left with a rather unique worldview as a child when raised in such an environment; and when traveling around Europe include destinations where your mother relives her past-life stories of being burnt at the stake! Indeed, my childhood was filled with wonder and enchantment. I went to Sunday mass with my grandmother and we would return home with flowers and offerings to place upon her ancestral altar, I learned of pagan myths and practices from my mother, and was encouraged by my father to delve into the philosophical mysteries and to forge my own path.
My esoteric studies really took off when I left home and attended university. It was at this time that I was introduced to Aleister Crowley’s work. I ate up his writings, inhaled his words, and began to practice ceremonial magic. For years I practiced the LRP, LRH, Star Ruby, Bornless Ritual, and the invocation and evocation of various angels and demons. The Mysteries consumed me. Crowley broadened my circle, and I thank him for that, but he was only a waypoint on my path. He was my gateway drug into an obsession with Kabbalah, Gnosticism, Alchemy, and the core tenets of western Hermeticism that would become the crux of my practice for most of my adult life.
At university, after many detours and half-assed and generally fully-stoned attempts at Economics, International Relations and various other prestigious sounding majors, I found my niche in Religious Studies and Anthropology. I devoured any and all information I could get my hands on regarding the myths and practices of ancient cultures and traditional societies. From tiny and remote islands in the South-Pacific to the Andean Altiplano, I took every opportunity to travel and immerse myself in the customs and traditions of the people all under the pretext of academia.
A turning point in my life would happen in the Peruvian Amazon during one of these travels made possible by my academic interests. In a remote village up one of the tributaries from Iquitos, I met a Quechua Ayahuasquero who introduced me to La Madre. Ethneogens do not play a huge roll in my practice, but this experience was nothing short of awesome…it was, for me, the shattering of the material matrix. Sounds became shapes, forces were revealed to me as beings, and all around slithered the divine presence of La Madre. Once the universe is unveiled in such a way, there is no turning back. Since that night, I have dedicated my life to this perpetual quest to navigate between the worlds.
In 2012 I began a series of workings that lasted nearly two years and would entirely redefine my path. Long story short, the more I worked with the spirit world, the more I felt that the “lodge magic” methods that I had adopted in college were at odds with the nature of who I am, or perhaps, who I had become. I found myself starting to work with spirits in more natural, sympathetic, and organic ways perhaps more aligned to animistic shamanism and traditional witchcraft than to anything else. This was an emotional return to my roots, to the seeds sowed by my family, and a re-embracing of the traditions of my ancestors. Following this path with an open heart and mind has been the single most important decision I’ve made
in my magical career — period.
Today my personal practice is centered around Palo Mayombe, The Graeco-Egyptian Magical Papyri (PGM) , and Traditional Witchcraft with a healthy sprinkling of the western grimoires. I am a staunch proponent of maintaining cultural and cosmological context within traditions, thus I do not advocate the mixing of systems for the sake of mixing… in terms of the PGM and the Solomonic and Cyprianic grimoires – in the sense that these are ‘reconstructed’ systems – I believe there is a necessity of borrowing practical techniques from elsewhere; however, this does not apply to my Mayombe practices which I maintain in strict accordance to the living tradition and the teachings of my padrino.
So am I an occultist, a magician, a sorcerer, a mystic or a witch? Perhaps I am all of these, or perhaps I am none. I walk a path of visceral and raw magic, fueled by my ancestors and the rhythms of nature. This path is one forged by magic. On it everything is sacred and Spirit is my guide and teacher.
I look forward to where our paths may cross.