If you’ve never met him in person, you’re missing out because. . . well, not to give away all his dark secrets but secretly he’s actually one of the kindest and gentlest people I know and he knows a lot about magic and talks about it in a direct, no bullshit sort of way. Like me, he’s not afraid to talk about his fuck ups which is something I really truly appreciate because it’s easy to become a photoshopped version of yourself on the intertubes but both our inclinations to regularly vomit up our faults and present them to you is what makes us endearing (probably just him but I’m going to keep doing it anyway).
We talk about glamour, the OTO, Feri, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, love and divorce. I have a tendency to talk too fast and to be unable to contain myself from blurting things out while others are talking (if you live in New Jersey, you know it’s just the way of my people) but RO is lovely and charming.
He has a new book out called The Seven Spheres which talks about the Hermetic tradition in a simple fashion. RO was the only person who has ever been able to describe Hermeticism in a simple manner that was interesting and engaging enough to me that made me research more deeply into the tradition and (finally) agree to do some Hermetic ritual work with Jow. If you know me, you know what a thankless Herculean task that was to accomplish.