The occultosphere is much more interesting. Especially this week. Time to break out the back-up wizard again. (Pictured.)
So I guess we should start with one of the main themes of the week: books.
I read over at Plutonica that a new book of AC’s short stories has been published by Wordsworth. Psyche is now responsible for yet another of my recent book purchases.
This might just be my first ever mage-meme. Closely followed by my second, maybe? Never before have my drunken arguments borne this much fruit. (Ever.)
Anyway, the book game results have rocked my world and lengthened my Amazon wishlist (among other things). Has anyone ever told you that you’re all very clever?
Here are the list of players that I could find. Hit me up if I have missed you.
- Donald Michael Kraig at Llewellyn.
- Rob at Rob’s Magick Blog.
- Taylor Ellwood at Magical Experiments.
- Ian at Into The Mound.
- Yes, even RO.
- Psyche at Plutonica.
- My PAW at Charmed, I’m Sure. (She’s going to think about that and chuckle a bit.)
- Jason at Strategic Sorcery.
- V.V.F probably had the most enjoyable one. She makes abduction sound like an awesome vacation.
As well as some players in the comments on the original post.
That word is relationality. And it’s in yet another excellent Tantra essay. I feel the last couple of paragraphs on Tantra’s syncretism has particular relevance this week as there has been much chaos magic talk.
Psyche published this post earlier in the week. I was sitting on my bed reading more Triumph of The Moon (thanks to her) with the laptop beside me. I saw the second definition of Magick in the book and thought to myself: “Hmm. I’d forgotten about this. And it really gels with with current exploration around neurobiology and socioeconomics.” Then I check my Google Reader and boom. It shows up right then.
Anyway, I adore this definition. It’s useful for when I want to say something other than “probability enhancement.”
Veles drops some rant bombs re: Wicca. It’s not my road but I respect that. There are some more universal points he is making here.
The ever-awesome Domestic Witch lays out a simple herb stick process that is suitable for both pizzas and Pazuzu.
I really like this. Learning to love failure has been a big thing for me. This has much wider ramifications than just the practice of magic. One of my clients -an ad agency- had a poster in reception that said “fail better”. (Sorry. Check the comments for why this is capitalised. I need a new system for collating all these links during the course of the week. Will take suggestions.)
This is a great post from Jack about the nature of omens. And this is what fascinates me about dyed-in-the-wool rationalists. You must have some kind of brain damage not to make intuitive connections between low-probability external events and what is going on in your skull. (I mean that mostly literally: The human brain is wired to do exactly that.)
Formspring bringing up yet another little gem.
Interesting post around ‘divination addiction’. I’m inclined to agree. Divination releases endorphins via reward-anticipation. Anything that releases endorphins can be addictive.
Jason gives some detail around his Dr Who-inspired magical item. And Frater AIT continues the theme with what has got to be the most badass wand I have ever seen. It looks unbelievably difficult. If it didn’t, I’d beg him to make me one.
Where a boring game has got even more boring in front of a much larger audience.
As I suspected last week, the chaos magic call out has produced some fascinating feedback.
- I took the bait first.
- Frater AIT made me want to build a time machine.
- Jack makes some awesome points about labels.
- Psyche gives an update and a retrospective on chaos magic. Follow her links.
- Jack again. This time talking about gnosis. Be sure to check Psyche’s comments.
- Jason looks back at chaos magic… Not all that nostalgically. You can find the rest of the threads of the discussion from this post.
New findings that have implications for any kind of health/addiction/habit changing enchantments. For instance, you may get better results from simplifying your life than creating a ‘quit smoking’ servitor.
See the above comments about the definition of magic. I like mine to be able to incorporate information like this.
What about everyone else? Good week? Bad week? Find out anything interesting?