Physical Evocation

In fiction and fantasy, magical characters can shape magical forces into constructs of physical forces. For example, Raven from DC Comics can create constructs from the dark energy of her soul form, Constantine can throw fireballs, and Zatanna can summon swords. Evocation in the Dresden Files specifically refers to conjuring blasts of fire, shields of air, and other forms of magical constructs that are physical things. When trying to give physicality to a magical or psychic construct, many people are unable to get it to physically interact with anything, and based on that lack of interaction, some people conclude that these constructs are physically inert and purely ethereal, eldritch constructs. That is not necessarily the case. An intuitive way of looking at it is there is this “something” and that “something” is being manipulated in the same way an amorphous substance is manipulated. A different way of looking at it is you are evoking physical things from a magical void of an eldritch realm.

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Magic Always Has a Price

Debates around morality and ethics are frequent discussions in occult and magical communities. These arguments are so common that some occult communities forbid arguments and discourse on magic that appears to violate a person’s agency. Some rules ban working magic on someone without their consent, albeit it is unenforceable strictly from the perspective of being a rule of a platform. Enfolded into these conversations is whether magic has rules or if karma exists. Examples are arguments about whether people should or should not use magic to curse people or influence people such as to coerce or negate their ability to choose of their own will. Consequences are frequently the crux of these arguments. People who say magic has no rules tend to be people who say magic has no consequences, so since there are no consequences, there is nothing to hold a person accountable if they decide to curse someone. Attitudes about magical consequences are likely knee jerk reactions to Wicca’s three-fold law (The Law of Returns). A corollary of this is that there is no karma. Another archetype that pops up a lot within the context of magic is that magic has a price. Occult and magical arts dependant on pacts use archetypes of paying a price or fulfilling the terms of a deal. That archetype is frequent among demonic forms of magic. If we propose that magic exists and can act on things, a corollary of this is that there are rules and consequences ergo some concept of karma does exist. Furthermore, magic does have a price that does compliment karma, albeit it also has a less mystical price. A book on magic might cost $19.99.

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Magic Simplified

People frequently ask about the nature of magic, subtle energy, or psychic phenomena within occult and paranormal groups. Many paranormal communities, cultures, and pedagogies attempt to answer that question from the pragmatics and cultural frameworks of their respective paradigms. How different places and authors decide to answer these questions tends to be derived from a cultural perspective so that the answer is predicated by how cultures and communities do things. In many communities, a belief that cultural traditions predicate magic is so prevalent that many people in magical and occult communities expect people to practice some form of magic derived from a Hellenistic culture, or some form of paganism. When I have joined different discord servers, members of those servers were insistent that I pick a role based on some cultural tradition. When I declined to take a role, in many cases, outright hostility ensued that lead to administrators of those communities banning me because I would not define myself by some particular culture of occultism. Practicing a magical art without an authentic culture was unacceptable. In this post, there are terms like rate of change, slope, derivative, fields, etc. These words are esoteric in mathematical terms instead of being occult terms; the mathematical terms imply that these models for magic are more abstract than history, culture, or tradition.

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Elegant Thaumaturgy

An arbitrary and random collection of symbols is not enough to create a consistent magical system. An issue with creating a magical system from random symbols is that there is no formal ontological framework. Consistent magical ontological frameworks can emerge from magical languages, and people can create magical languages through ordered and logical methods. A magical system is an abstraction comprised of a tuple of symbols and strings. Those strings encapsulate magical sigils, axioms, rules, and operations that relate sigils and entities. In classical, western, occult “magical systems”, there are formally articulated sets of axioms and rules. The dilemma of an informal magical system is that the strings in an informal language are unordered and do not consistently lead to inferences. The inconsistency of the structure makes the resulting magical operation unreliable. If we consider that magical entities are topologies of strings, we can create consistent magical systems. We can define a string as:

A string of length n on an alphabet l of m characters is an arrangement of n not necessarily distinct symbols from l. There are mn such distinct strings.
– –Wolfram MathWorld

Strings are words comprised of a sequence of symbols and operations. An informal system does not define rules that create the structure for the formation of magical objects, so it is difficult to build magical objects with integrity because there is no formalized notion of magical objects. When a person creates sigils by crossing out letters and rearranging lines, only the form of the symbol and not the content of the concept it references is changed. It has the same semantic meaning as a phrase not made into a sigil. A person should develop a formal ontology to make a consistent and reliable system. Having a set of valid and sound axioms creates a consistent theory for your magical system. The easiest route to go about creating a solid theory is to use equivalence classes and equivalence relations as a backbone to formulate a field of sigils.

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Making Psychic Arts More Reliable: Building Templates

Imagine that you walk into your pitch-black home one night. You cannot find your way around because it is dark, so you reach for the light switch and flip it up, and…nothing happens. The room is still pitch black. Somehow, you make your way to the kitchen faucet because you need to wash your hands. You turn the handle of the spigot, and…no water comes pouring out. You then decide to use your phone to try and call someone or look up what is going on and…no signal. If this was the first time that the power was out, the water was out, and/or your mobile carrier gave you problems, you could chalk it up to a particularly unlucky night and still conclude they are pretty reliable. However, if intermittent power and water outages and signal loss with your phone were an everyday thing, you could say they were unreliable and inconsistent. Practically, what is the difference between having random power failure and no power at all? Either way, it is not very useful. Psychic abilities are like that. If they are inconsistent, intermittent, and they work at random at times, then it is not very useful at all. It would be like intending to perform a psychic action, turning on that switch, and…no power. In order to make psychic applications useful, they must be reliable and consistent. Psychic applications can be made reliable and consistent by creating techniques that facilitate accuracy and precision by implementing standards.

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Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic

Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic is a unique practical introduction to magic. The main thread of the book is the exploration of the Qliphoth and the dark mysteries which have for so long been a repressed part of western esotericism.

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Psychic Energy, Networks, Circuits, and Sigils

This post was my response to someone who attempted to sketch out on graphing paper a system of sigils intended to manipulate mental or psychic energy. They were attempting to code and program with sigils. I wrote: It looks like you attempted to create a psychic circuit or cycle. It is very clumsy…Before I start, it is crucial that you correctly understand what circuits are. A circuit is: Traversing a graph such that not an edge is repeated but vertex can be repeated and it is closed also i.e. it is a closed trail. The second thing you should understand Read More

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This book is a tour de force, which leads the reader through the long and fascinating history of psychokinesis (PK), in all its facets. From the earliest days of levitating saints and rock throwing poltergeists to the latest research being done in the field, this book covers it all. With degrees in both medicine and parapsychology, Dr. Heath documents her material with painstaking care as she puts together all of the pieces of this intriguing puzzle.

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