Thursday, 22 January 2015

About Crowley's addiction

A lot of controversial information is known about Crowley and when anyone mentions his name, people frequently mention his addiction to heroin and opiates. Like this was the cover that hides all his successes, qualities and truly iron dedication to the occult.

The problem is that Aleister Crowley was many things, but not a druggie. Opiates (including heroin) weren't illicit drugs in his time, they were drugs prescribed by doctors for the cure of things like asthma, stress, depression, diarrhea. It was much later when medical society recognized heroin's side effects as too horrible to be an official cure, but some anti-diarrhea drugs still contain a minimal amount of heroin.

Crowley also mentioned his addiction quite frequently in his notes, he used heroin for a longer period of time, so he was very addicted to it on a physiological level. According to his notes he was trying to fight this addiction on a regular basis, but heroin is a very horrible enemy of the will when it comes to side effects. The will was also one of the reasons why Crowley fought his addiction, he did believe that anything that controls or limits your will should be gotten rid of. Unfortunately his addiction was too strong, he didn't free himself from the drugs for his entire life.

Ancestry work

I keep hearing about the importance of ancestry work in Magick, about how it is the gate into Magick itself.

Come on, people, Crowley didn't do any ancestry work, same goes for Papus, Levi, Spare. Yet all of them were pretty skilled and powerful magi.

If your paradigm counts with ancestors then yes, they are important in your practice, for other paradigms, not so much. The thing is we all are different individuals with different practices, there is no key concept that would be same for all of us, some venerate ancestors, some worship deities, some conjure demons, some draw stuff on a piece of paper, and everyone can obtain the power.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Bad omens: continuation

So, people following me for some time know about a post from 9th of January where I was talking about 2 bad omens, a dream about a 5 legged horse and a shattered glass that fell on me during a bus trip to work.

If I think about it now, the meaning of these omens was pretty obvious. Regarding the 5 legged horse it meant the additional leg, something useless that must be removed. Regarding the shattered window my very first thought was: "Damn, that driver will most certainly be fired".

So, here is a continuation of what happened next. This Friday (16th of January) I had a pretty bad argument with my manager, so bad that I was seriously considering to curse him. The argument itself appeared repeatedly in my mind, always partially dragging me into the mental battle. This ended up callin BANRABISHU a couple of times during the weekend.

On Monday I have finally decided to do something about it, so I make a sigil, but not to screw my manager but to simply improve my work situation. Today we have found out there was a big firing going on, 7 people were kicked out of the company. Now, I am a very strongly convinced that I was meant to be one of those fired guys, but only thanks to these 3 omens (including the argument with my manager) I was able to avoid it before even figuring out the real meaning of these omens, but really in the last minute.

It's really strange, on Friday I were like the biggest enemies with my manager and today he was acting completely normal, maybe it really was just another omen, meant to finally push me into action before it's too late.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Refound ability

So, I am sitting in the pub, waiting for the train, watching one guy playing the gambling machines and then I noticed one machine "shining" differently, in the past I had an ability to know which machine will let me win, and I knew it via the different "look" the machine had. So I go to the machine, put in 20 CZK (about $1) and after about 5 mins of a game I win 400 CZK (about $20).

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Cyber Magick

What is Cyber Magick?
Cyber Magick is a quite recent sub-genre of Chaos Magick, putting the every day technology into the use. It also contains some pseudo-technological jargon, e.g. a brain together with spine is called a cpu, but I would like to rather focus on the functional part of this paradigm. After all, you can call your hocus pocus whatever you want, as long as it works.

Tradition
The main idea behind Cyber Magick is that technology can be used the same way as any occult tool to accomplish your desires. If you think about it, when swords and mirrors were originally used for Magick, they were normal every day items, but the society evolves and Cyber Magicians think this should apply to the occult, as well. From this point of view the traditional forms of Magick looks a little bit dogmatic.

To describe the mentality of Cyber Magick a little bit more, imagine that your old TV or PC monitor would break, but instead of throwing it away, you would use its screen as a scrying device, or old TV's white noise as a nice meditation background. Same way you could invoke some Mercurial deity, ask some question and then randomly pick some numbers on the remote controller, reading the first thing of a whatever teletext page you have appeared at.

Do you need more energy for the ritual? Place a battery in your hand and "drain" it or use it during the ritual as a wand, whatever suits you. Electrical lights are also no longer taboo in Cyber Magick, which really saves a lot of a wax (but increases your electricity bill).

Fruits of Cyber Magick
Many of you have probably heard of a thing called a ghost box. In a simple term it's a radio rapidly switching frequencies, playing whatever fragments of a signal it just arrived at. This is supposedly a tool for a communication with spirits and if you search Youtube, you might e.g. find a guy claiming that he recorded a voice of Robin Williams shortly after his death, that recording is also available.

But speaking about the best Magickal tool for Cyber Magick, there is probably one and only favorite, and each and everyone of you might have one just in your pocket. Think, what device can help you to write down your journal, can contain any possible grimoire, can be used for divination, spell casting, sharing your results with fellow occultists, doing a mass ritual via video conference or planning suitable time for your operations?

Swiss knife of every Cyber Mage
Yes, the talk is about smart phones. With today smartphones it is not a big problem to have whatever eBook ready to read anywhere, keeping your journal (wheter on-line or privately), the range of applications is also amazing. From a simple drawing applications which are perfect for a Sigil Magick, you also have specialized applications for the Magick, with them you can immediately find positions of all the planets, phase of the Moon, you can even do a tarot reading directly in your phone (I sometimes use this one but I don't trust it much).

There are also applications for meditation, hypnosis, binaural beats, white noise and pink noise generation, Youtube (duh) and so many more. Do you want an app for Ouija or maybe some public grimoire where anyone can update? You got it, too. The business part of the occult is so strong and fast that the choice is very broad. Don't you want to pay for a tarot app? I am pretty sure you will find one that suits you and even for free.

A screen of a switched off phone can also be used for scrying, even when normally your mundane and Magickal stuff should be separated, but in this case the worst that will happen will be that the battery dies (which happened to me a couple of times when I was doing Sigils mainly on the phone).

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

If Gandhi Took A Yoga Class

I usually do not post humorous videos, but I think this one is quite a spot on: