Posts Tagged ‘magick’

Yeats, The Tarot, And The Golden DawnYeats, The Tarot, And The Golden Dawn by Kathleen Raine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

YES! YES! YES! Poetry is magick, not the other way round. Kathleen Raine’s wonderful overview of the occult influences of Yeats and his involvement with the Golden Dawn is easily the most obscure thing on my bucket list of things to read before I die and has sat on my reading list for many years. To my complete amazement, it’s now free to read online at JSTOR:

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Animal magick

Posted: November 2, 2015 in graffiti living
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One knows that almost all human physiognomies bear a resemblance to one animal or another, that is to say, the signature of a specialized instinct. Now, instincts are balanced by contrary instincts, and dominated by instincts stronger than those.

In order to dominate sheep, the dog plays upon their fear of wolves.

If you are a dog, and you want a pretty little cat to love you, you have only one means to take: to metamorphose yourself into a cat.

those who tame fierce animals conquer lions by making themselves mentally and magnetically stronger and fiercer than lions.

good and evil bear fruit on one same tree, and from one same root.

From Liber 46

Crowley was so full of shit.

I mean that in a good way.

It is to be remembered that all art is magical in origin—music, sculpture, writing, painting—and by magical I mean intended to produce very definite results. Writing and painting were one in cave paintings, which were formulae to ensure good hunting. Art is not an end in itself, any more than Einstein’s matter-into-energy formula is an end in itself. Like all formulae, art was originally functional, intended to make things happen, the way an atom bomb happens from Einstein’s formulae. — William S. Burroughs

Create a picture of the invisible unseen world with regards to writing and how to manipilate and control and harness those forces.

That’s what graffiti living really is.

“You are the only people alive on the earth today. All the people that created tradition, created countries, and created rules — them fuckers are dead. Why don’t you start your own world while you’ve got the chance.” — Bill Hicks as Elvis

Magick is a tool.

Much more so than say a career or a thing.

It’s what you do when you create, or as part of what you create when you make art, like paints and brushes and technique.

Art is also something that you use as a tool when you make magick.

The two feed each other.

EVERYBODY is open to interpretation and reinvention.

One thing I seem to have realised now, much more so than when I was younger, is that there are no ‘others’ as such, who are mystically career magicians and card-carrying motherfuckers.

There are no professionals — even if there are.

The point is, you can make it all up and create what you want.

You already know “how to do magic.”

You’ve been doing it since the day you were born.

Phil Hine

Phil Hine, writer and occultist, on writing:

It’s often the case that the impetus to write something comes from reading someone else’s work. This is okay, and a good deal of magical writing is actually a restatement of someone else’s work. If you find that you want to base an essay on someone else’s ideas, it’s a matter of courtesy to say so. Explaining another author’s ideas in your own words is a good approach, as an alternative to quoting them extensively. The occult world is very small, and if you’re basing your own writing on that of someone else, it’s a safe bet (unless you are very careful) that, at some point, they’ll find out about it.

via Phil Hine's thoughts on writing.

To me, all writers are shamans and creativity is a magickal act — intended to manifest change and influence the real world.

That’s why we’re so good at spelling.