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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Discrete Math, Digital Art, and Grimoires

PriestOvTheBeast wrote:

…Looking for some advice on refining my technomancy and improving the overall structure of my grimoire, I’m using Evernote atm and while it is perfectly functional it’s less “occult” than I might like.

I was just curious if any of you have a program or app that you use for creating your own digital grimoires? I’m looking for compatability with my phone (LG V40), exportation to PDF if possible and the ability to organize it in traditional book format.

I wrote:

I use SageMath, Gephi, Ctyoscape, and Python for magical ontological formulas and graphs. For the Math heavy side of my grimoires, I use those. For illustrations and artwork – like illustrating magical symbols, I use GIMP, Inkscape, and Krita…Specifically, a lot of your stuff in grimoires falls under Combinatorics…
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Conservation Laws and Magical and Psychic Energy

I wrote:

Gaffluence wrote:
Does the first law of Thermodynamics apply to magical energies too?

The law being that, energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed (simplified version).


The answer is no. Conservation of energy is due a temporal translation invariance as described in Noether’s theorem and the Lagrangian. Energy conservation is a consequence of invariance under time translations. Something more abstract than time would not be beholden to that invariance and thus would not be conserved. Basically, if it is not physical, it would not be temporal, and if it is not temporal, it is not beholden to temporal symmetries ergo it need not be conserved. Furthermore, conservation of energy is the exception and not the rule; this idea breaks down in say cosmological redshift, for there is a failure for energy to be conserved because you can have volumes of energy that fail to be contained in a single reference frame. In order to justify conservation of magical energies, you would have to formulate differentiable symmetries and how they correspond to a conserved quality. It’s intuitive to think of it as conserved, but when you try and pin formulas to it, you see the problem.
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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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The PK Zone: A Cross-Cultural Review of Psychokinesis (PK)

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.

Device and Method for Responding to Influences of Mind

Mental influence detectors (100, 140, 400, 430) and corresponding methods provide fast and reliable results useful for detecting an influence of mind and hidden or classically non-inferable information.

Occultism’s Attitude About Binary Identities

Many occult, pagan groups have illogical, biased, and negative views about duality and binary relationships. Occult groups, in general, tend to be overly emotional, resentful of authority not derived from some form of occultism they arbitrarily hold as a standard, insecure, and are uncomfortable around any narratives that do not fit their biases. There is an implicit attitude that people who do not share your views should not be in your space, and that people who make you feel uncomfortable should not be in your space. Furthermore, there is a tendency to justify this narrative by depicting other people who Read More

Psi Research in China

This article describes some recent experimental and theoretical work in China, including successful attempts to train ESP abilities in blind children. It has been contributed by Professor Yi-Fang Chang, a physicist at China’s Yumman University.

Apportation: Amyr Amiden

Amyr Amiden is a Brazilian physical medium known for the appearance near him of ‘apports’ (psychically-materialized objects), sometimes on request. The phenomenon was investigated in 1994 by a team of researchers led by Stanley Krippner, on whose reports this article is based.

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