Magic and Tacit Knowledge, and Intuition

cyrusmagnus wrote: I’d love to hear your thoughts one day on what you think is the best approach for an absolute beginner to start at. I wrote: A person can gain tacit knowledge, knowledge of how to do magic, from perception of veridical experiences. I can physically balance myself because I take a step and observe I am standing upright. Feedback about my position tells me how to position my body. That real-time feedback that tells me I am still standing is mathematically dynamical and chaotic mind you. Tacit knowledge about how to perform magic is similar to the intuition Read More

The Nature of Psychic Energy

Note: This is a work in progress and a draft. I am still working on this post and have not finished it, yet. When people ask how to get started with many paranormal, psychic, or magical arts, a prerequisite step that is recommended by many people is usually developing sensitivity to an abstraction of influence. Many practices of energy work and energy healing, concepts in psionics, and popular ideas in occultism concerning influence are metaphysical cognates of animism and vitalism. Specifically, many ideas involved in many paradigms of “energy work” and “energy manipulation” are cognates of Mesmerism and Spiritualism. A Read More

Grimoires: A History of Magic Books

No books have been more feared than grimoires, and no books have been more valued and revered. In Grimoires: A History of Magic Books, Owen Davies illuminates the many fascinating forms these recondite books have taken and exactly what these books held.

Psychic Energy, Networks, Circuits, and Sigils

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

Physical Evocation

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

Magic Always Has a Price

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

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