Summing It All Up

Jason Miller has once again hit it out of the park by summing up the totality of my approach to magic:

“Get your shit together and take care of business.”

Amen, brother! Amen! If you are a magician who is unemployed, you need to work on getting employed. Now, it might not be your fault that you’re unemployed; times are hard. But you need to work on getting a job. You need to work on fulfilling your responsibilities. If you’re a magician and a deadbeat dad, you are a poor magician. If you are a magician and you are mentally ill, it is your responsibility to get well.

Of course, magic isn’t a — well, magic wand. Getting your shit together takes work, and it takes real work. Taking care of business is work, and it’s hard, difficult work. But it’s worth it, and it’s better than the alternative.


5 Responses to “Summing It All Up”

  1. I was listening to the podcast of an interview with Lon DuQuette on the “Occult of Personality” site the other day while puttering around in the kitchen. He describes how when he was young and getting started in magic he was starving, poor, and his family was not properly provided for. He asked his teacher about doing Goetic magic to boost his living conditions and she said not to do it because it was dangerous. When he asked about her experiences with it, she said she’d never done Goetic magic. He decided that the alternative of letting the material side of his life (and his family) fall apart was not an acceptable alternative, and that a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. The rest is occult history.

  2. Casting the magic without getting the rest of your shit together is about as effective as throwing pennies in a pond. We can’t let magic become an excuse for, or a reinforcement of, our laziness.

  3. Shibboleth Sept Says:

    You mention mental illness. Do you happen to recommend any practices, personal practices perhaps, that are, in your opinion, safe, wholesome, and helpful when, e.g., one is suffering situational depression or anxiety? If not, same question regarding any other maladies that you feel comfortable sharing wisdom concerning. The question of “Magic when ill?” is quite vexed it seems. Thanks very much.


    • Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. But I think the treatment I find most effective, and most in line with magical practices, is CBT — cognitive behavioral therapy. Especially for depression and anxiety, I’d strongly recommend finding a therapist who uses it. Good luck.

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