Archive for September, 2006

Technique vs. Theory

Posted in Magical Systems, Techniques on September 25, 2006 by Patrick

There’s a disjunct in magic between technique-based systems and theory-based systems.Theorists: Crowley, Blavatsky, Mathers, Waite, Carroll. These are the people who make up systems — Crowley makes up Thelema, Blavatsky makes up Theosophy, Mathers makes up the Golden Dawn, Waite makes up . . . um . . . some really impenetrable prose, mostly, and Carroll makes up Chaos Magick. It’s a very modern approach, really — to make a system, to link things together and say “behold, I have figured. it. out!”

Technicians: Spare, Bardon (who has plenty of theory, but focuses on technique). There’s a paucity of technicians. But Spare is much more interested in getting results — not just physical results; that’s a misapprehension. Bardon has three books, two and a half of which are composed entirely of technique. This approach is a bit postmodern, actually. It opens up the possibility for all manner of theory. One can use Spare’s techniques without adopting his worldview — if you can figure it out. One can use Bardon, as well, and one frequently does *cough*, without accepting his rather odd worldview.

To find the purest technique — ars divorced entirely from theoria — requires going to folk magic, though. That’s the true postmodern magic: hoodoo and pow wow and such. In that light, the disjunction is also tied to social class. The rich do theory. The poor do magic. After all, the poor need to do magic.


Where’s the Magic!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2006 by Patrick

I know my posts lately have been rather devoid of magical content, at least overtly.  Part of the problem is that I’m incredibly busy at work.  The other part is that most of the magical experiments I’m currently working on haven’t revealed anything all that interesting yet to post.  Fallow period.  Blogs, of course, are not necessarily friendly to fallow periods, but — what can you do?  I larned me to write on a typerwriter, I did.

So — um.  Be patient.


Posted in Literature and Performance on September 12, 2006 by Patrick

Yesterday I went to an mc chris concert.  It was a lot of fun, although going to an all-ages show, especially an mc chris show, is entertainment in its own right.  Ahh, geeks!  My people!  Still, I was not the oldest one there — that distinction went to one of my friends, thank the gods.  When he asked if there was anyone there who was older than college age, we were a tiny cluster of woot, my friends and I.

Evidently, contrary to the song, he is indeed going on tour.

One of the things that impressed me the most, weirdly, is that he mentioned he sat in a nearby park and read a book for a bit before the show.  I suppose I’m easily impressed, but living in a semiliterate culture, it’s nice to hear of someone, you know, reading.

xkcd – A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language – COMPLY

Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2006 by Patrick

xkcd – A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language – COMPLY


I had a rather good day

Posted in Uncategorized on September 8, 2006 by Patrick

Could that be any more vague a heading?

Anyway, today — and I’m just posting to brag — I sat in my office listening to punk rock while revising an article for publication.

Magazine guy

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2006 by Patrick

He came back, or rather, different one. Talked and acted the same, though. It’s a spiel. Anyway, I mentioned that I had been reading about these things on the Internet, as a segue into “if you need help, I will help you get it,” but he cut me off with a rehearsed speech about how those things on the internet aren’t the ones that he works for, and so on.

Kind of threw me off my lunch, to be honest.

And, of course, I did nothing at all.  Just stood there and let him give his spiel.  I feel pretty down on myself for that.  He might have been there against his will, and I didn’t do anything at all to help.

Traveling Magazine Crews – Did you or do you currently sell magazines or soap door-to-door?

Posted in Weird on September 5, 2006 by Patrick

Traveling Magazine Crews – Did you or do you currently sell magazines or soap door-to-door?

Remember the kid trying to sell me magazines, who somehow simultaneously attracted and repulsed me? I wonder if he was caught up in something like this; maybe I could have helped him, if I had known more then.