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

Elegant Thaumaturgy

An arbitrary and random collection of symbols is not enough to create a consistent magical system. An issue with creating a magical system from random symbols is that there is no formal ontological framework. Consistent magical ontological frameworks can emerge from magical languages, and people can create magical languages through ordered and logical methods. A magical system is an abstraction comprised of a tuple of symbols and strings. Those strings encapsulate magical sigils, axioms, rules, and operations that relate sigils and entities. In classical, western, occult “magical systems”, there are formally articulated sets of axioms and rules. The dilemma of Read More

Formalism in the Philosophy of Mathematics

The guiding idea behind formalism is that mathematics is not a body of propositions representing an abstract sector of reality but is much more akin to a game, bringing with it no more commitment to an ontology of objects or properties than ludo or chess.

What is Magic?

This is another discussion online that I decided to curate since this question pops up a lot. This one was a discussion I was involved in on Reddit. The original thread can be found here. Karaoglanlar wrote: …It made me wonder if magic is real at all, with real I mean if it is possible to use your willpower to produce supernatural effects. It also made me wonder if all the deities and demons modern occultists describe are real external entities or just part of the practicioner’s psyche which he or she ‘summons’ through psychological exercises. So what I’m wondering Read More

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