Are Runes Inherently Magical?

Fearless_Oil wrote: Are runes inherently magical?… I was wondering if runes are inherently magical. If not, then why do people use them instead of making their own symbols? I wrote: No, they are not. People use them because they’re told to and it’s convenient. Fearless_Oil wrote: So from my personal understanding of magic and consciousness, something only works if you believe it works. Yet when I search this subreddit, people report greater success when using runes. Is this because people feel safer and more confident when using runes, or is it because of the reasons the person above stated? I Read More


My Response to “Stop trying to find ‘cutting edge’ magic”

eftresq wrote: Stop trying to find “cutting edge” magick, get off your ass, and learn the magick that already exists. You guys are always so quick to declare “it’s not better just because it’s older!” but utterly fail to comprehend the exact opposite is also true. You want “cutting edge”? Then follow Dee’s example, learn the Old Magick, contact the spirits, and ask them to teach you something new. That’s how it’s supposed to work.” –Aaron Leitch Too good to not pass on… I wrote: Stop trying to find “cutting edge” magick, get off your ass, and learn the magick Read More


An Abstract Approach to Magical and Psychic Forces and Energy

Definitions of Magic “What is magic?” or what is “Psi” or “What is subtle energy?” and other questions like that are questions that routinely get asked a lot in paranormal communities. A lot of pedagogies in paranormal communities and cultures attempt to answer that question from the axioms of their paradigms and the intuitions of their cultural frameworks. 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 a lot of communities, this idea of magic being predicated Read More


Geomancy and Thaumaturgy: Creating a Lo Shu Magic Square in Python

I am not a ceremonial magician; however, I practice Alchemy, Geomancy, and Thaumaturgy. There was a discussion on Thaumaturgy and how it relates to classical medieval figures such as Agrippa and John Dee. That conversation between zsd23 and I can be found here. I go in-depth on the mathematical basis for John Dee. I mention Agrippa, but I don’t explain too much the algorithms he was using. Agrippa was using a class of algorithms called magic square algorithms. In the book De occulta philosophia libri tres, Agrippa mentions 7 planetary magic squares. Those magic squares form the basis of a Read More


John Dee and Thaumaturgy

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


Occult Shapes, Symbols, and Magical Energy

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


The Ethics of the Occult Market

I wrote: …In my opinion, if your magic worked in a reliable way such that you can teach others reliably, you can conjure the possibility of more income without needing to charge people. In other words, I’m of the mind that if you’re magic worked, you wouldn’t need to charge people to make a living. I believe deciding who does and doesn’t get access to magic based on money implicitly implies social class because it implicitly means only those that can afford it have access. I don’t believe wealthy people should have magic just because they’re wealthy, so I don’t Read More


Why Magical Power Should Stay Hidden

Anonymous wrote: …Do you want your understanding of magic to spread?… I wrote: …No. Real magic is much too dangerous for typical humans to possess, so I am content with the powerful stuff not spreading and I am content with people thinking it not real. The stuff I share on my site is general abstractions that are extensions of general engineering concepts and not active magical constructs. Considering it is just a synthesis of what everyone learns in school, it is about as harmful as teaching someone Chemistry. As far as selling things, knowledge has created a class divide that Read More


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