I self-initiated at nine years old, after working a Ouija board with friends and family and reading a book on astrology. From there I studied "ESP" and New Age stuff until I read Arthur Edward Waite's Book of Ceremonial Magic. This, ironically enough, led me to become a Chaos Magician and I followed (and completed) the Razor Edged Path. I'm now on the Royal Path. My shard of the Klippot was involved with Frimost, but I'm not necessarily an expert in pact-magick or the Goetia.
There's more, but those are the areas where I'm most fluent.
I've never been a member of any magickal order or organization other than the Order of the Crow.
My main Western magickal influences are:
Agrippa Yeats Waite Spare Crowley Withcraft and folklore.
Being a chaos magician for so long, I'm not big on formality, as in robes and chanting, etc. But that's just me. I'm also a romantic, so not much into nihilistic or gloom and doom stuff, though it definitely has its place. I believe in creativity, healing, and overcoming limitations.
If you want to save me from Satan or warn me about demons or magick, I appreciate the thought I truly do, but that's the task of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior, and my faith is in God and the Archangels for my whole life.
For those "realists" and "empiricists" who want to engage and argue about science, "truth" or "reality" -- please review the essays on my website, starting with the one linked below, and then get back to me. I consider myself an empiricist and you should consider me one as well. I'm well-versed in physics, astronomy, psychology, and philosophy, and look forward to discussing these matters with you if you're intelligent.