Make Your Own Magical Rules

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


Magic is a Game

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


What is a Psychic Construct?

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


Marvel and DC Styled Magic Binding Rings

I am a big consumer of science fiction and fantasy, and like all big sci-fi/fantasy geeks, I am into Marvel and DC. Psionic characters were okay to me, but they didn’t interest me too much. Besides the Darkover series written by Marion Zimmer Bradley, psionic characters don’t really pull me in. I am a big fan of the sorcerers of DC like Zatanna and Constantine. When it comes to Marvel, I am a big fan of Doctor Strange. In fact, DC has an animated movie called Justice League Dark and Doctor Strange has his own movie and own presence in Read More


Talisman of Focusing Rings Conceptual Fields, Atomic Concepts, and Energy Flow

So, this is a complex sorcerous talisman of mine. With talismans, the symbols act as conduits. The power comes from the entities (in this case psychic objects) associated with the representation. It’s a talisman of rings that defines a domain that acts as a loci for Experience, Perception, Awareness, Formation, Desire, and Fantasy so that psychic power resonates and is amplified. Those concepts comprise the nodes of the outer ring and the lines throughout the talisman are a mapping of the psychic forces from those concepts – it acts as a vector of psychic forces. Since this is also a Read More


Gephi

Gephi is an open-source software for network visualization and analysis. It helps data analysts to intuitively reveal patterns and trends, highlight outliers and tells stories with their data. It uses a 3D render engine to display large graphs in real-time and to speed up the exploration. Gephi combines built-in functionalities and flexible architecture to: explore, analyze, spatialize, filter, cluster, manipulate, export. Gephi is based on a visualize-and-manipulate paradigm which allow any user to discover networks and data properties. Moreover, it is designed to follow the chain of a case study, from data file to nice printable maps.






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