By Alan Chapman
The writer assumes no earlier wisdom, just a willingness to discover what magick bargains, but it’s obvious to somebody with a historical past within the topic that Alan Chapman is drawing on a variety of adventure, from classical Crowleyean Magick to japanese metaphysics, and again back to Discordianism and Chaos Magick. Chapman’s writing-style is funny, direct, seductively logical, and his enthusiasm for some great benefits of magick is either tangible and infectious.The beginner magician will certainly locate themselves built to start every kind of magickal operations: trance paintings, appeal, divination, or even a few of the better kinds of religious improvement. To skilled magicians, Chapman bargains a subtler problem: he revitalizes magick by way of slicing it unfastened from the extraordinary relativism Chaos Magick bequeathed, provocatively redefining it as: “the paintings, technological know-how and tradition of experiencing truth.”
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THE SYMPATHETIC M E T H O D From cave paintings of a successful hunt to your ex's head on a dartboaid, the belief in 'like causing like' is perhaps as old as Marn himself. Sympathetic magick is wonderful for encouraging or develop- ing magical innovation. For instance, if you wanted to get rid of your boss, do you acquire a set of action figures and play out an office drama of what you want to happen? Or do you draw a little picture of him, chew it up and spit it out of your office window? To be crude, it is true that 'like causes like', but it is also true that 'unlike causes like'.
Mentally state it. 3. Decide that those three words mean the same thing as your statement. 4. Masturbate, and at the point of orgasm, state those three words (whether mentally or out loud is u p to you). 5. Record the result. EXERCISE 6 1. Invent a dance (this can be as simple or as complex as you like—from a simple swaying motion to a full-blown routine). 2. Think of something you want to occur. Mentally state it. 3. Decide that the dance means the same thing as your statement (you can do this by saying your statement out loud just before step 4— this is sometimes known as a ''statement of intent').
W H A T THE HELL DOES A L L O F THIS M E A N ? Let me tell you: Magick is an art because it has no laws, only arbitrary aesthetics that dictate method (as long as you decide what an experience means, you can do anything, and it works). Magick is a science because it has methodology (however arbitrary), with results that can be corroborated by peers through independent enquiry (just like you did, when you performed the exercises). Magick is a culture because it has implicit social and ethical considerations (now you know that it works, what will you do with it?