From the sigils of chaos magic to the numerical code of Qabalah, all magical practices operate in a web of symbols and language. Yet academics seldom examine the role that semiotics and linguistics play in the unfolding of magical works.
In the follow-up to his debut Postmodern Magic, Patrick Dunn returns once again to the theoretical realm of the sign, the signified, and the changeable perceptions of a slippery reality. Intellectual and aggressively modern, his language-driven perspective on magic touches on all elements voiced and written, from speaking in tongues and creating mantras to composing Enochian spells and working with gematria. A hefty appendix includes exercises that put Dunn's theories to work, as well as the first published dictionary of English alphabet numerology.
Highly literate and highly readable, Magic, Power, Language, Symbol will tickle the minds of theory-thirsty academics and seasoned mages alike, as well as anyone else eager to examine the manufacture of meaning.
While dismissed in scientific circles, the idea that we could arrive at some
language that more accurately or efficiently communicates with spirits or
our own deep minds is a common one in magic. The most famous of
attempts to do is often called Enochian, although the creator, John Dee,
called it "the Angelic Language." John Dee, who was court astrologer to
Queen Elizabeth I in the...
To begin this operation, you need to bring to bear all your gimmicks. You need all your magical weapons, all you symbol systems, an act of power, and, ideally a symbolically significant time (dawn is good, dawn on your birthday is better, dawn on your birthday on a numerologically significant year is quite excellent. You can also select the day through astrology, numerology, or some combination...
Here we are, once again at the cusp of summer and fall, which means it’s time for my favorite Witchy Update issue—“Back to School”!
This is where I like to remind everyone, year after year, just because some of us are no longer pursuing degrees or diplomas, it doesn’t mean we are done learning. Far from it! As Witches we are always looking to broaden or deepen our knowledge on just about...
Get a rare glimpse of the lessons learned during the primary year of an alchemist's practices. Mark Stavish, author of The Path to Alchemy, shares wisdom gained from his first alchemical challenges and triumphs, along with stories from several other experienced alchemists and their first years of practice.
Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, Robert Cochrane and Helena Blavatsky: each of these people invented, recreated or discovered a system of magic and spirituality in the early part of the 20th century, and all of them were modernists. A modernist ...
The Great Occult Schism
Have you ever noticed there is a distinct separation between modern Western occultism (i.e. Wicca, Thelema, Golden Dawn, Theosophy, the New Age, etc.) and the indigenous occultism practiced by the rest of the world? Our techniques are different in fundamental ways, and (historically) both sides have suffered from various... read this article