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
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
This is a random, impromptu discussion that happened on my Discord server. Using psychic abilities to teleport is something a lot of people are interested in where there isn’t that much information on it. I had been intending to write a post about it for a while; however, my life is such that time is limited. Because it is such a common question with few answers, I decided to curate the discussion. One of the reasons why it has taken me so long to write a post on how to go about doing it is that psychic teleportation seems to Read More
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
I am a fan of the Dresden Files series. In the Dresden files, there is a branch of elemental battle (or Boom!) magic in the series called evocation magic. It is the creating magical bullet deflecting elemental shields of air, conjuring magical streams of fire, and telekinetic concussive blasts type. It is like the Destruction school of magic in Skyrim. Harry Dresden, the main character of the series, is particularly fond of Fire and Wind evocation spells. Evocation magic in the Dresden universe caught my attention in particular because I specialize in conjuration and evocation of forces albeit I am Read More
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