Call it a seasonal thing. October drawing to a close and such. (“Seasonal” being a word that is allowed under VVF estimable All Hallow’s Challenge. Oh how I wish she had read this out at a mandatory UN meeting on the subject.)
Cat Vincent alerted me to a previous unpublished Alan Moore essay late last night. Which was just the most amazing thing to go to sleep reading as you’re coming out of ManFlu. (Glycon made an appearance in my dreams. It was neat.) Some parts of it reminded me of an essay by PJC on magical theory.
So let’s try an intellectual approach to marking this specific seasonal… Festival. (I have the post open in another tab so I don’t use any of the words. Especially ‘th*****g v**l’. Gaaah!) Call it part of the secular festival series.
Read the following essays. You can read them in any order you like but my recommendation is the following:
Read the first part of PJC’s essay on Magical Theory. You can go for the whole thing if you like but it gets pretty science-y half way down. The part I want you to think on -the first part- is his truly amazing potted history of magical thinking.
2. The Main Event
Here it is! A never-before published Alan Moore essay on magic. It’s simply stunning. I’m disappointed that magic is still in the exact same quagmire as it was in 2002. If the last few paragraphs don’t make you squirm there is no hope for you.
You have read the first bit of PJC’s essay to contextualise the points Alan is making about nineteenth century occultism.
3. Evolution for dessert
What he is talking about is achievable. The entire biosphere is making it up as it goes along.
So should we.
Once it’s all sunk in, work out if it changes anything for you. And then act on those changes or otherwise they won’t actually stick.
Be sure to do this right
If you’re still at work or don’t care about printing costs I’d recommend printing them out. The weather’s cold in this hemisphere, the weekend is here. Light a fire or swing by a pub that already has one. Buy an ale and read and think.
Yes, you’ll feel really highbrow but I’m going to the Austin Osman Spare exhibit and then probably the documentary and talk immediately after and I figure… If I’m doing something highbrow then you have to as well.
Let me know what you thought of the essays… particularly Alan’s.