Contest Finalist — Akenu’s Sacred Chamber

Posted in Contest, Techniques on January 24, 2014 by P. Dunn

I am going to begin posting the finalists for the magical technique contest, and in a couple of weeks will post the winner.  I am posting those techniques I have found the most interesting, useful, and simple (within the scope of what they’re trying to do, of course: some are more complex than others, as you’ll see).  If I don’t post your submission it isn’t that I didn’t find it interesting or useful, but that it might not fit with the tone of the blog, be entirely clear, or too similar to another technique that is explained more clearly.

Our first finalist offers offers a seemingly simple, but very effective technique.  This technique requires nothing in the way of material and can be used as a handy warmup or quick practice in a number of basic magical skills.  It was submitted by Akenu:

This is called a Sacred chamber ritual, I developed it during my priesthood month while thinking about what’s so Qabbalistic regarding the QCoL.

Effects I get from the ritual (and few other people who tried):

-immediate feeling of being centered and grounded
-refreshing feeling
-feeling of attained authority, but probably linked with the grounding effect.
-when performed before going to sleep there is an improvement in the sleep process.

Procedure:Stand still and take few deep breaths.Visualize about 1ft wide orb of white light about 1 or 2 feet above your head.Point at the orb with your index finger and say: “Crown above my head, Kether”.Visualize a ray of the white light descending through your body down to the core of Earth while guiding it with your index finger.Say: “Kingdom under my feet, Malkuth”.Open your arms like you are welcoming someone and during opening your arms, visualize the ray of the light becoming thicker and thicker till it covers the whole room or space around you. During this say “Through the worlds”.When you are finished, standing with your hands wide open, say “Back to the Adam Kadmon”.

Technique Contest Results . . .

Posted in Techniques on December 3, 2013 by P. Dunn

. . . are not here yet.  But I’m looking them over and carefully weighing them, and there are some really good submissions.  I’ll be contacting the finalists and posting them (with permission) soon.

It is currently the week before finals, however, so I will need to carve out some time in the next couple weeks to begin that project, and such carving is not always easily done.

Thanks for understanding my busyness.

Technique Contest

Posted in Techniques on November 1, 2013 by P. Dunn

I have been informed that the astronomical Samhain is actually the 7th, not the 31st, so — fine then all you astronomy buffs.  We’ll make the deadline the 7th.  Send a clear description of your favorite technique or method to me at pee double-you dee you en en at gmail dot com.  They will be read when I have a free minute, judged harshly (well, not really) and the best of them will be posted, the winner getting various stuff.

 

Boring Magic . . .

Posted in Techniques on October 28, 2013 by P. Dunn

. . . is the best magic.

Frater RO has written several times about his desire to shoot fireballs out of his fingers.  If anyone ever manages it, it’d be Fr. RO.  Seriously, the man has some chops.  I imagine the words of power wouldn’t be safe for work, though, but then again, fireballs tend not to be . . . .

Aaaanyway, my point is this: fireballs are awesome.  But most magic is really kind of boring.  I mean, not really.  It’s actually awesome, but in a way that doesn’t look all that fancy.  Back when I was in grad school, my magician friends and I used to hang out, and we’d joke that we should write a roleplaying game about grad school.  It’d have a magic system, and you’d have real spells, like the kinds we actually used in our day-to-day lives:  Find Book in Poorly Cataloged Library.  Summon Time to Sleep.  Create Cheap Food.  That sort of thing.

Truth be told, that’s the kind of magic I still mostly do.  I’m riding high off of a success right now: it’s a magical technique I learned to make it more likely that I’ll get my To Do list done.  I learned it from a spirit.  It is, on the face of it, pretty boring.  In fact, it’s almost just psychology.  I would hesitate to even call it magic if I had learned it in a book.  But it works.  The items on my to-do list have a tangible sort of gravity.  So instead of walking past the piano, going, “I should practice later,” and not getting around to it, early today I walked by the piano and felt it tug at me.  That isn’t a metaphor.  It pulled me, very gently.  So I sat down and practiced.

The best part is, it has a side effect that’s quite nice.  Even things not on my to-do list get done.  They don’t have the same gravity, but doing something tends to lead to doing something else.  So in addition to completing my entire to-do list (including items that usually take a week!) in two days, I also mopped the kitchen, updated my blog, and did several other chores I don’t much care for.

I’m still way too damned busy but instead of overwhelmed, the magic keeps me focused.

Fireballs — still very cool.  Getting everything you need to do done in time — priceless.

Reminder — Contest

Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2013 by P. Dunn

Remember, the deadline for the technique contest is Samhain.

Neoplatonism and Physics

Posted in Theurgy, Weird on September 22, 2013 by P. Dunn

ἀεὶ ὁ θεὸς γεωμετρεῖ

Always, God does geometry.

Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality.

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Beyond making calculations easier or possibly leading the way to quantum gravity, the discovery of the amplituhedron could cause an even more profound shift, Arkani-Hamed said. That is, giving up space and time as fundamental constituents of nature and figuring out how the Big Bang and cosmological evolution of the universe arose out of pure geometry.

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“Hot” and “Cool” running magic

Posted in Magical Systems, Techniques, Theurgy, Weird on September 2, 2013 by P. Dunn

I don’t remember where I read about the distinction, but one idea that has haunted my work since I learned about it is the concept of “hot” and “cool” work.

Essentially, “cool” work is preparatory, interior, and what we might call theurgic.  It consists of things like offerings, meditations, regular visualizations — essentially, all the stuff you do to prepare yourself and stay ready.  It’s tuning the piano, practicing scales.  Or it’s sharpening the knives, seasoning the pans.

“Hot” work, though, is the practical magic.  It consists of work for specific, measurable aims: getting a job, getting laid, getting that copy of that rare book you want.  It’s playing a song, or cooking a meal.

There needs to be the appropriate balance between the two, and one thing it took me quite a while to learn is that this balance changes depending on time as well as personality.  Some magicians are very “hot.”  They do a lot of practical work, for nearly everything.  Others are very “cool.”  They prepare a lot, spend most of their time and effort praying, making offerings, meditating.  That balance is right for them.

Some are too “hot.”  They’re the chaos mages I knew in my misspent youth who seemed to have a sigil on every available surface.  I’m not sure they ever got anything done, though, because they were trying to do everything.  I mean, these kids couldn’t . . . um . . . charge the sigils fast enough.  And they heaped scorn on theurgy or illumination magic as “not practical” and “not measurable.”  They said things like, and I quote, “I fired off a tight little sigil . . . “, a phrase that contributed a lot to my abandoning chaos magic.  To this day that phrase — and the visualization that comes with it — makes me go “urp.”

Some, on the other hand, are too “cool,” the armchair magicians we all love to scorn.  The thing is, a real armchair magician isn’t just cool.  They’re zero degrees Kelvin.  If all you do, ever, is make offerings, meditate, and practice elemental pore breathing, well, guess what?  You are a magician.  You might be too cool, but you’re not an armchair magician.  A real armchair magician does nothing but read.  And that poorly, because even active reading is good “cool” work.  (Hint, if you had to learn a language to read the text you’re working on, that’s “cool,” not armchair.  In my biased opinion.)

Then again, you might not be too cool.  That’s the thing it took me a while to figure out, because frankly, I am at best a tepid magician.  Partially, that’s a result of success.  There isn’t a whole lot I want more than for my life to continue in the same direction.  So most of my “practical” work is maintenance these days.  I’ve considered doing some limited work for a limited number of hand-selected clients, just to “warm” up a bit.  But — maybe that’s a bad idea.  Maybe I should be tepid.

The other thing that I’ve learned is that hot and cool move in cycles.  I’ve had hot periods (there was about a year of grad school in which I had enough magical stuff going on that I was regularly having odd magical experiences, and another year during my undergrad years when I was still into chaos magic and had enough weird shit in my dorm room to give the housing people at my University fits).  But I also have cool periods.  Right now is very much a cool period for me.  I’m keeping up my offerings, trying to maintain my meditation (I’m bad at that).

The trick is to find a balance that works for you.  How do you do that?  I don’t know; I just bumble around until I get too damned bored (then I know I’m too cool) or too damned weird (then I’m too hot).  What do you do?  Let me know in the comments.

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