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What to do?

Posted in Political, Techniques on December 20, 2010 by Patrick

On Tuesday, the solstice, there will be a lunar eclipse. This is a pretty rare occasion. Some magical traditions, I understand, frown on doing magic during eclipses. Others smile on it. In my own experience, doing magic during an eclipse can burn through blockages that prevent previous works from . . . well . . . working.

So the question is, what do to Tuesday? My life is fairly awesome (knock wood), so there’s nothing I urgently need. But of course the same isn’t true of the rest of the country. Normally, I avoid large scale heroic acts of magic, but there’s historical precedent. Dee called up a storm to defeat the Spanish Armada, after all, and more than one coven worked to keep Hitler out of England. I might try my hand at a bit of patriotic magic.

The obvious elephant in the room is the economy, but how do you form a magical link for the economy? Well, as above so below. It’d be the same as an individual prosperity spell, but writ large. There’s several things to be careful of. I don’t want a war, if such a thing will bring prosperity. I don’t want the curtailment of our freedoms if such a thing will lead to prosperity. And I don’t want widespread suffering for the benefit of a few prosperous people.

How’s this for a statement of intent? “I will that America and its people immediately develop greater freedom and prosperity.” Anyone see a monkey’s paw in that one? Obviously, I’ll divine about it, and I trust the universe not to screw me over too hard, but I like to be thorough.

Anyone care to join me in this particular goal? I’m not sure I can move this boulder myself (although my plan is to call in some heavy celestial hitters. As Robert of the Doing Magick blog might put it, I don’t intend to use my own “energy” for this. Of course, I don’t intend to use any “energy” at all, finding that metaphor full of more pitfalls than benefits. But choice of metaphor aside, I like the insight).



Posted in Political on November 4, 2008 by Patrick

I’m proud of you, America.

The Internet

Posted in Political, Writing on July 24, 2007 by Patrick

I like the Internet a lot.  I use it for a lot of very, very useful stuff.  I also waste time on it, and sometimes, it depresses me.  Sometimes, indeed, it’s not what we had hoped it would be.

Little Late on This — Hindu Cleric Heckled

Posted in Political, Weird on July 23, 2007 by Patrick

A Hindu cleric was asked to give the introductory prayer to congress.  This is what happened.

The Kids are All Right

Posted in heroes, Political on June 30, 2007 by Patrick

This is what I’m talkin’ about. Sixteen year old Jesse Lange politely and articulately explains his opinion to Bill O’Reilly, who calls him a “pinhead.”

Jesse, you’re my newest hero.

Copyright Explained

Posted in Political, Writing on May 19, 2007 by Patrick

Here’s a video explaining copyright law using clips from Disney.  It strikes me as quite appropriate — and really kind of useful.

BBC NEWS | Technology | DRM group vows to fight bloggers

Posted in Political, Writing on May 4, 2007 by Patrick

BBC NEWS | Technology | DRM group vows to fight bloggers

Via Boingboing. How odd.