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
Mathematician Ludwig Schläfli talks about objects that live in the fourth dimension…
M.C. Escher talks about the adventures of two-dimensional creatures trying to imagine what three-dimensional objects look like.
Hipparchus explains how two numbers can describe the position of a point on a sphere.
He then explains stereographic projection: how can one draw a picture of the Earth on a piece of paper?
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 Read More
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 Read More
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 Read More
First, an old idea by Henri Poincaré (1854-1912): when studying a vector field in space, we can sometimes find a small disc that the trajectories hit repeatedly. Studying the points on the disc where the trajectories pass through is often a lot simpler than studying the vector field as a whole. We go from dynamics in continuous time to dynamics in discrete time.
zsd232 wrote: …John Dee is also a key author, but Enochian magic attributed to him was actually manufactured from a small portion of his surviving writings, recovered quite a long time after his death… I wrote: I’ve found I’m one of the few sorcerers who practice what John Dee meant tacitly by Thaumaturgy – what would be referred to as engineering abstractly. It seems like a lot of people practice Theurgy – Enochian magic, under the impression that’s what John Dee meant by Thaumaturgy. He was referencing the idea of the archetypal “black box” where a mechanism abstractly does something Read More
Physicists have been struggling for some time to figure out why our universe is so comfy. Why, for example, are the fundamental constants – like the mass of the electron or the strength of the forces – just right for the emergence of life? Tweak them too much and life, stars, galaxies, the universe as we know it wouldn’t exist.
vronox wrote: I’ve always wondered about the importance of shapes in certain symbols like for example if the second pentacle of mercury has to be enclosed by a circle or could it be something like below: Would it even work? Does shape of rhombus change anything? I know it’s a stupid question but I’m just corious to what extent can you modify those symbols. I wrote: Shapes are derived from vectors and postulates, so a different shape is a different formula and vectors and thus different rays of different angles. Intuitively, think about how the shape of a mirror changes Read More
Commonly, people conceptualize subtle energies as ephemeral, ethereal, and intangible quintessential entities. That assumption means that those entities have no solid substance that we can hold. Various ideas about magic propose that quintessential entities facilitate magical operations and applications such as enchantments. Manipulation of quintessential entities is an intuitive, easy, and common method of augmenting an object’s attributes. A common technique is to anchor, imprint, or link a quintessential, ethereal construct to the physical object so that the physical object emanates the enchantment’s properties. That method of enchantment is like painting or gilding an object. It does not change the Read More