When people refer to subtle energies, they tend to be referring to ethereal, ephemeral, and intangible things – things that have no concrete substance that you effectively hold in your hand. A lot of ideas about magic propose that it is facilitated by this ethereal and intangible thing. An intuitive concept of augmenting the attributes of something (enchanting it) is to take that ethereal substance, manipulate its properties, and anchor it in some way to something such that the physical object mediates ethereal properties so that it is augmented. This is effectively like painting or gilding an object. It does Read More
When people go about making their own magical “systems”, there tend to be two popular routes they take: making their own magical language without formalizing their ontology or they create random sigils. The problem, though, is that those two popular methods alone technically don’t create a magical system. A magical system is an abstraction comprised of a body of axioms, rules, and operations. If you were to look at classical and historical “magical systems”, you will see a formally articulated set of axioms and rules; an example of this is Western occultism. The problem with informally creating your own magical Read More
This is a topic a lot of people have been asking me about (I’ve been getting emails like crazy). When I have time, I’ll write a more formal posting, but this is a conversation I had on reddit on this. The conversation has been redacted and cleaned up for clarity and relevancy. I wrote: …I don’t have, nor really believe in, a Great Work. I’m working on an article on this, but, from my perspective, magic is a type of game. Trying to come up with a theory of magic is like trying to come up with a theory of Read More
This is a snippet of a conversation where I define psychic energy: …Any set of concepts and intentions that are extensions of those concepts can be treated as a tree and a tree is a type of graph. In other words, a semantic ontology can be created from a set of concepts where that ontology has a tree and that tree has a graph. Such a graph has an adjacency matrix and that adjacency matrix has a spectrum comprised of the eigenvalues of that matrix. The energy of the graph would be the sum of the absolute values of the Read More
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