Saturday, March 04, 2017

World(views) in Collision



My apologies for not updating earlier. I've been trying to hammer out an essay (provisionally titled "Magic in a Time of Chaos") all week but so much has been happening, both in my life and in the world outside, that it keeps reshaping itself. I'll be working on it in earnest this weekend.


But watching what's happening in Washington-- and the rest of the world-- hasn't made the work any easier. With so many powerful forces now arrayed in open conflict you can't help but wonder what the point of  it all is.  It sometimes feels like you're sitting on a beach building sand castles while a tidal wave looms overhead. 


A tidal wave and then some. The entire world seems dead-set on making the most unhinged, goggled-eyed USENET conspiracy theories of the mid 90s look positively moderate by comparison.


History teaches us that empires usually fall because of internal conflicts that much weaker outside forces are able to exploit. I've been involved in an intensive study of ancient Mesopotamia the past few months and I have to say the parallels are a bit depressing. History's first empire--Sargon the Great's dynasty--  fell after only two centuries because of endless rebellions and palace intrigues. Rinse and repeat and you have that region's entire history.


It certainly feels like we're entering a time in which the kind of internal, abstract contemplation that drives things like Synchronicity and symbol magic are simply going to be swept aside by the seismic forces of power politics. But leave it to Gordon White to provide us with a suitable metaphor- it's in these times that we need to construct our own personal Rivendells, our own magical refuge in an age of brute materialism. 


When an avalanche is coming all you can really usually do is get out of its way.


Life offers no guarantees, it never has. History is filled with cultures who reached an apex of physical comfort and domestic tranquility before descending into total chaos. But it's at times like these that people really learn what they really believe in, what's really true. And more often than not that truth emerges from the most obscure and unlikely places.

2017 will be my tenth year of blogging on The Secret Sun, appropriately. What I've tried to do is move the needle, to show examples of things many would dismiss as impossible manifesting themselves, most often in the margins of pop culture. I've been amazed so many people have responded to the work, given how obscure some of the examples I've explored can be. But that to me is a testament to the power of their inherent magic.


As with nearly everything else pop culture has been appropriated by the totalizing system so it's harder and harder to find examples of that happening. The days of weird outsiders pouring their unconscious contents onto the page and the stage seem to be vanishing now, but I still believe in the power of the Collective Unconscious to tell its story. You just have to look a little harder.


But at the same time so many of the themes I uncovered here have broken through and are now-- if not mainstream, exactly-- then certainly visible. I can't begin to count the number of times readers have said that this writer or this producer must be reading The Secret Sun because they're putting together themes in such a way that hadn't been done before they were here.


But does it still resonate as the zeitgeist seems to have shifted? What does it all mean?


Maybe what's happening is the data has been collected and the application phase has begun. Only there's no roadmap on how that's done or where it's going.


I think in the end what it all boils down to is a weird kind of sigil magic. We're seeing how this plays out in the political sphere with the rise of "meme magic," which was such a huge (if not overblown) story after the election.


The question then becomes is it a "magic" you can make use of. Practical use. I think it can be, I just need to work out exactly how. We've seen how the needle moves "in-universe," as it were, the question becomes does it break the fourth wall in a way that it can help you survive Vesuvius? 


Isn't that the only question these days?


If nothing else, understanding how "meaning" quote-unquote is constructed through semiotics can help free your mind from the black-meme-magic inflicted on you every waking waking moment of your day through the ubiquitous media mudslide everyone is buried in now. Believe me, that's a useful skill these days. I'm sure a lot of you know that already.


I'll have a lot more to say in the next post. In the meantime I want to hear your thoughts on applications.


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  1. "History's first empire--Sargon the Great's dynasty-- fell after only two centuries because of endless rebellions and palace intrigues. Rinse and repeat and you have that region's entire history."

    This actually happened all the time in the ancient world, the Byzantines, the greeks, tyrant gets in power, someone goes stabby stabby them, crowns themselves the new tyrant


    I discovered this blog because someone posted the secret sun on an obscure board on a place called 8chan called fringe, and i liked it because it seemed less kooky than other blogs, but also more open minded about the occult and and hidden things.

    Meme magic isnt a new concept, its just that the gates have been broken down because of the internet, the internet is basically a physical manifestation of the hive mind, the noosphere, the egregore, you feed meme's in, spread them around, they bleed into reality.
    You could do this with tv or music or movies, or books, or the newspaper, but those things take talent and have gatekeepers.

    With the internet you just upload a pic of a cartoon frog and it somehow takes you on a mystical journey of shitposting, anime, and ancient egyptian gods.

    Another great thing about the internet is the infinite knowledge, there are so many things i have taught myself, so many thing i know now, thanks to the internet, that i would have never known in a pre internet world. And well, now people have access to occult knowledge at the click of a mouse, wiki articles, pdf's, websites, hosting ancient grimoires or explaining chaos magic.

    I have had this odd feeling since trump won, but different than some liberal freaking out or just the typical confused person. I think something really did go down behind the scenes, something changed. Trump was the big anti establishment guy who wasnt supposed to win, but then he did. Us weirdos and conspiracy theorists arent ever supposed to win, what the fuck happened lol.

    On an extremely diffrent note have you read phillip k dicks "valis"?

    There is a character in it that is supposed to be bowie, and the book is loaded with Gnosticism.
    And i recall bowie saying he was a Gnostic near the end.
    I think bowie was playing out this character more than mr marvel......sorry.
    Its some interesting stuff to look into.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VALIS

    "Eric Lampton: rock star, screenwriter, actor, aka "Mother Goose" - apparently a fictionalised version of David Bowie"


    Horselover Fat believes his visions expose hidden facts about the reality of life on Earth, and a group of others join him in researching these matters. One of their theories is that there is some kind of alien space probe in orbit around Earth, and that it is aiding them in their quest. It also aided the United States in disclosing the Watergate scandal and the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974. There is a filmed account of an alternative universe Nixon, "Ferris Fremont" and his fall, engineered by a fictionalised Valis, which leads them to an estate owned by the Lamptons, popular musicians. Valis (the fictional film) contains obvious references to identical revelations to those that Horselover Fat has experienced. They decide the goal that they have been led toward is Sophia, who is two years old and the Messiah or incarnation of Holy Wisdom anticipated by some variants of Gnostic Christianity. She tells them that their conclusions are correct, but dies after a laser accident. Undeterred, Fat goes on a global search for the next incarnation of Sophia. Dick also offers a rationalist explanation of his apparent "theophany", acknowledging that it might have been visual and auditory hallucinations from either schizophrenia or drug addiction sequelae.[2]

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    1. PKD's Exegesis, a book collated from his notes and letters is an excellent medium to discern his zeitgeist. 900 pages of reality check. Chris, to shine forth is key! Keep doing what you do! We are in this together. Splendid wordsmithing. Let the cosmic debris fall to the way side. Of course each and every letter/nbr is infused/inferred with magic. What fun! 87

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    2. I've written quite a bit about VALIS here so I know exactly where you're coming from with that. I'm still trying to wrap my head around getting linked to on 8chan though. That's a mindbender. As to Trump, he's as establishment as it gets. It's just that the establishment is having a little squabble amongst itself. If you look at what he's actually done he's more Mitt Romney than Alex Jones.

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    3. I can help answer that. You're one of the blogs I link people to occasionally, though /fringe/ is all but dead nowadays. It's been more-or-less reabsorbed into /pol/ proper and it's definitely not a unusual to see a thread explicitly about the occult get hundreds and hundreds of comments there. Political beliefs well outside the mainstream often come part and parcel with esoteric religion, and the materialist worldview generally isn't taken seriously by anyone there.

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    4. pol is unreadable, there's like 10 stickies on the front page, and some idiot thought it would be cool to put a large picture in the background.
      Fringe was okay for awhile, but it seems to have died, and there is nothing but a few shitposters left.
      4chan x is terrible, nothing but shills and trolls spamming posts about flat earth and throwing off any and all discussion

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    5. Kim, use the catalog, y'all, that's what it's there for.

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  2. Just had a weird thought

    bowie was a Gnostic
    the main character in valis was searching for sophia, or knowledge, but in physical form, as some sort of physical incarnation.
    the line from quicksand is "knowledge comes with deaths release"
    bowie died, and everything changed in 2016, or at least felt odd....hahahaha

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    1. 2016 was one for the books. Bowie's death was a portent for what was to come.

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  3. Another very thoughtful post, Chris. For me, it hits close to home because of the 'coincidentally' parallel reading and YouTubing I've been doing, namely, Don Hoffman's Sands talk about his Space-time as an interface idea... It makes me wonder how any material object is a symbol pointing at something more real... As if such objects are themselves are themselves Sigils, and we are living in a rich Tactile User Interface... But that's probably something you've been getting at for quite some time...

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    1. Everything is ultimately a symbol in the grander scheme of things. Step outside the context of life on this planet and look at it in the greater context of the solar system- never mind the universe- and it really begins to put it all in perspective. Life is a series of symbols in communication with themselves, ultimately.

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    2. Yes. As always, the challenge is interpreting those symbols, and in this wacked-out world, wresting the control over the symbol-rich interface away from the better-organized, well-resourced maniacs who seem to feel it is a given that they should totally control our lives, even the smallest details... Getting back some personal control is a major victory in this madhouse...

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  4. My mind keeps coming back to the scene where Yoda is training Luke, trying to lift the vessel out of the swamp. The sensation of panic prohibits progress. So I am trying my best to maintain calm in the face of danger. It is a line. You cannot give over to it but you cannot completely ignore it either. They are doing their best to bring all the scary monsters up to promote panic. Resistance is in the mind, mostly. And only if you can see, in it, a better future...will there be one. I can see it. This time is temporary, as are all others. Breathe.

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    1. The mind is a universe in microcosm. We have to listen to what it's saying because it works on levels that operate far beyond our conscious attention. What I think you're referring to more is the autonomic processes of the body, the adrenal reactions, things like that. Those can be controlled in a number of different ways which allow the mind to operate more clearly. And you're absolutely right- it's all temporary, cyclical. The Tao is always turning, it just takes time to work out the patterns sometimes.

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  5. Kim's thoughts about Bowie might be intended light-heartedly but I think there's a certain truth in it. Magick is consciousness manipulation, probability enhancement. As a race I think we carry bits and pieces of each others dreams, one another's magick. We're like unknowing fragmented handmaidens to each other in a vast process of co-creation, usually unconscious or semiconscious at best. Someone like Bowie clearly had a lot of voltage, a lot of juice, and as such I think he carried more fragments or aspects for the collective as a whole. Not just because he was a quirky artist with tons of cache but because he was aligned or resonant in some strange and powerful way. To my mind his fame only allowed that signal a greater reach. I often think about this noise/signal transmit/receive tension with regards to art, creativity and magic. I often think that we are constantly engaged in unknowing magick. The predatory forces battling for dominion of this realm seem to ghostwrite the most intimate aspects of our lives, through social media, newspeak, surveillance and numerous other avatars. In a similar vein I feel like they're using us to ghost-cast their magick for them. We self-censor and self-edit to an extreme degree. We glorify and supplicate to the House even through we know it always wins. Even though we claim to be hip to the game by now we still act as gatekeepers of our own enslavement. We behave in incredibly paranoid ways - with good reason - yet claim that conspiracies aren't real. If that's not an act of the blackest magick I don't know what is. I think a creative expression space of some description is very valuable in terms of application. Don't worry about how far the signal will carry, just focus on signal quality and strength. A creative space is the most efficient way I've found to upset and occasionally even briefly suspend conventional causality or space-time. I have no idea how such a think would look among a collective though. That'd be a hell of a thing. But maybe we're already doing it, at least in part? I think the signal from this blog and Gordon's Rune Soup is very powerful and carries very far, because the quality and intention behind them is very genuine. The Secret Sun and Rune Soup has definitely found its way into the imaginations of many producers and screenwriters, make no mistake. I don't think it's stretching credulity at all to say that the creatives behind Stranger Things were well acquainted with this blog. But yeah, application. I wish I had something more tangible or useful to offer.

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    1. "Don't worry about how far the signal will carry, just focus on signal quality and strength." Bravo, Raj! And yes! CLK and GW are as you say, both are helping the 'real' side of things, - frankly I love this comment in toto and I share your high opinion of these two gentleman. They are role-models to this single human, to say the least. Thanks for this great insight, Raj. :3

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    2. I suppose it's nice to have fans in Hollywood but it isn't as nice to have fans in Hollywood who aren't willing to share a little of the glory...

      Raj, very powerful words. The endgame that seems to be played out all around us is nothing if not an act of dire magic. The means and methods are identical when you look at them from a few steps away. The Empire never ended, it just retreated for a breather and a rethink.

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  6. Thesis + antithesis = synthesis.

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  7. Thank you for all the hard work you do.

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  8. I've been looking at meme magic recently myself, and concluded that it's mostly about number 7. Practical applications? Well, since there are only 10 single-digit numbers, it follows that you are pretty limited with how many number-connected memes you can produce. But there could be potential there. One just has to think of ways of spreading memes as uniformly as possible that don't necessarily involve attaching them to numbers.

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    1. Well, you have to be careful with numbers because they're entirely malleable and can trick you if you're not careful. A lot of numerology and gematria people get hung up on the games numbers can play on you.

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    2. Allow me to muddy the water a bit, and introduce into the conversation the Octal number system, bane of computer nerds everywhere.

      Now, I know of no civilization past or present that used Octal as its base counting system, but there was at least one ancient society that used a base-12 counting system, so it is possible.

      Octal only has numbers 0-7. Take 7, add 1, and you get 10, for one group of 8s and no 1s. In Octal, 7 is the highest/largest number.

      And, 7 is the 'lucky' number in Western societies. Then, there's the fascination many have with the number 17. Hmm. 1+7=8, and 8 is the 'lucky' number in much of the East. Are we hovering around hints to pay more attention to a base-8 system? (Of course, "17" in Octal is "15" in Decimal, so what the heck could that mean, if anything?) Or, are we just screwing around?

      I'm speculating wildly here, so if any one out there has some insight as to the significance of base-8 numerals in ancient history or some current science, I'm keen to hear it.

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  9. Yes, yes & yes to all of the above. One can't help but feel that this blog, along with Gordon's & Raj's, are acting as "strange attractors" in the most literal sense. Akin to Leary's old adage about "find the others". (I should add that I don't agree with everything Dr. Leary had to say, but when he was right, he was spot on.)

    Regarding application, I think in part you three are already doing that just by the act of writing what you do. Writing as an act of willed magick, both in the Burroughsian sense & the original Egyptian ("Mektoub"--"It is Written", ie. something wasn't real until it was written. & Burroughs got a lot of mileage from what he learned regarding the Egyptians, & the Mayans, specifically.) Chaos magick has been around a lot longer than many realize, it just wasn't being really discussed much until the punk era was winding down. Back in the pre-internet days, I learned about chaos magick & related things from a variety of sources, notably 'zines & a very interesting person I met while working as a volunteer producer/everything-under-the-sun at a public access TV station in Amherst, MA who used to be part of Mark Pauline's Survival Research Labs & was also a former TOPY member. Boy did he have some stories to tell! It was thru him as well as V. Vale & Andrea Juno's seminal Search & Destory & Re/Search series & a subscription to the old Factsheet Five that I got to meet a lot of like minded folks & read a lot of amazing things. I do kind of miss those days, though the internet is a fantastic resource there was something aesthetically pleasing about the old days of zines, mail art & swapping audio cassettes thru the postal system, any day could yield a treasure trove of information, art & music in the mailbox. Sorry if I appear to ramble. But looking back at that time, what really stands out for me as far as relevancy for the here & now with regards to application is something Genesis P. Orridge had to say regarding magick & technology:

    "...One example I used with people to try & make them update their conception of magick is--you get the old-fashioned or everybody's archetypal views of it, which is a guy in robes with a wand saying sort of Latin incantations and so on. But the modern magician uses a Polaroid camera & a cassette recorder, like this. Because you use what's the appropriate tool to the time you live in. So in the medieval ages that was appropriate, because it fitted the culture, with a sort of strong religious cult. But now that's not appropriate. A computer, a cassette recorder and a Polaroid is what's appropriate; & a video camera now. Because you're dealing with what's powerful, and what works, and what manipulates what happens. That's what it's about. & you apply your will to what's already available to make things happen..."
    --from interview with Throbbing Gristle, 1981, Re?Search #4/5.

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    1. Well, funny you should mention that because the original title of this bear of an essay was "Confessions of a Strange Attractor" and was inspired by the very strange events that seem to be welling in meatspace around here. But there seem to be a number of sandtraps on the course with this piece. I want it to be useful and I don't want to pretend to take on authority I don't have on the subject. And yes, there is this rich and well-documented history as you mention here, David. I remember all of this very well- it was powerful when it first welled up. But at the same time the culture that nurtured it is gone and a much different world exists today. Just as Orridge's quote was appropriate to the world of 1981 you have an explosion of technologies so immense today for the chaos magician to contemplate we're seeing people now return to the Medieval modalities and applying the same obsessive technocratic mindset to their work. But is it producing magic or more Silicon Valley appropriation? That's what I can't seem to get my head around.

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  10. For the last several months, I've been developing a catalogue of story ideas to take place in a world I've already partially devised. I began all this in earnest some years ago, following only the most essential precepts laid out by a friend, who wanted to draw a comic book. Now it is my life's work and the education in society-building I've always wanted.

    It's not the perfect society. In fact, it's deeply flawed. Far afield of Tolkien's Rivendell. Here's the important part: as it progressed from economy, statecraft and religious autocracy summarized on paper to a desire to make a statement by building another world- alive with people who lived, loved and cried out to the stars for answers- that it became real. Too real to ignore.

    Only by deconstructing the world from its cave-shadow paradigm down to its working parts does it- did it- begin to make sense as a living, breathing animal peopled by humankind crying out to maybe those same stars in the night while obsessed with delusion by day.

    C.E. 2017 indeed feels like the deconstruction has become self-aware. Something fast, loose and out of control has taken the reigns and the road kicking up the wheels beneath feels no more like the thing my father called America than another failed state in someone else's history book.

    Has the machine given up its ghost?

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    1. I'd love to think the machine has given up the ghost but there's every reason to believe it's simply learned to throw a cloud of confusion at us like an octopus squirts ink. You're a good person who wants what's best for the world. Unfortunately, the people who pull all the levers aren't like you. Or worse, they think they are but are wired all wrong and subscribe to the old "to make an omelette you have to crack a few eggs" maxim.

      We need to learn within that paradigm no matter how unpleasant it may be to acknowledge it.

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  11. Brute materialism? Brute materialism.

    Now there's a mindbender. What's next? Extreme Brute Materialism? I mean...what do you think is gonna create your own personal "Rivendale?"

    Magic is magic. Even when that magic is the dynamite used to clear spaces for your towers out of the rock of the mountains when you are building this personal Valhalla. BLOOPS! I mean...Rivendale.

    Just sayin.

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    1. Wow, here's some chaos for you- Rivendell= Riverdale. Mindblowing.

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    2. The idea of Rivendell was a place of solace in a cruel world. Tolkien's elves worked with nature, not by blowing stuff up with dynamite.

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  12. I've been feeling precisely the same way. The Neoliberal Dispensation is coming under relentless assault from the only real blindspot it had; the far right. This is very similar to the troubles experienced in the 1920s when bourgeois capitalism last came under such determined attack. The finance folks and spooks know how to deal with the left. Simple hippy punching does the trick. But they are hamstrung by the far right since their own attack dogs are drawn from the ranks of the most brutally minded ex military types. It's kinda hard to put the arm on the 'alt-right' except for punching some dingdong like Richard Spencer or Milo. I keep telling people Milo would have lasted 10 seconds in the Freikorps. They'd have kicked his ass and sent him crying to mama. The real 'alt right' plays for keeps and they don't care about the delicate sensibilities of Jamie Dimon or the limp 'genius' of a creampuff like Zuckerberg. They'll kick those chumps to the curb and seize power when the rubber hits and road. And something tells me it's about to.

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    1. I'm not sure if left and right have any real meaning anymore. I certainly don't think Republican and Democrat do. Politics has gotten so dark and weird it's impossible to get a handle on anymore. I've tried writing a number of posts about the Trump Reality Show but found events made anything I could say sound trite and overly reasonable. There's nothing normal about politics anymore. We're splashed down in terra incognita and people seem to be making the maps up as they go along. Milo got too big for his britches- he mistook fringe notoriety for celebrity and got a lesson in how powerful the machine really is.

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    2. I tend to replace Left and Right with approaches to power. Roughly speaking, the Right wields power in a Ragnarok-wanting, Might Is Right mode, while the left generally takes a course of passive-aggressive manipulation of groups not favored in the current society for more psychological domination. Both are crass, of course, and both are effective.

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  13. I've said over at RuneSoup that it would be a lovely thing to have a Shire of magicians actually living together in a permaculture village. The LOTR/Hobbit meme runs deep. You've asked for suggestions, an in earnest, that is mine. 'You may say that I'm a dreamer'... When even Martin Armstrong is saying this is going to end in blood, I agree with you Chris, it is time to 'get out of the way'. I heard today the Pilgrims didn't leave to escape persecution, they left to persecute others. Interesting thought - I do say if it is conceivable, and believable, it is achievable - that we in these radically shifting times look to solutions like that as-such, actually creating fucking Rivendells, legitarally. We know the tribe in some sayings is the family you choose. I think this is worth serious thought, and with that, that's what I have to say for now. We truly are manifesting, and we truly are all one mind. Let me finish with Tool lyrics from 'The Holy Gift', from the track 'Reflection':

    "So crucify the ego, before it's far too late
    To leave behind this place so negative and blind and cynical"

    but more to the point

    "And you will come to find that we are all one mind
    Capable of all that's imagined and all conceivable."

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    1. Well, real world Rivendells only work when there's nowhere else to go. Intentional communities only really succeed out of absolute necessity. One of the original yippies asked what happened to the revolution everyone thought was so close at hand and he said that it fell to paranoia. Plus they liked air conditioning too much. Time may come to get off the Grid but it may be when the Grid collapses or becomes intolerable.

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  14. // We're seeing how this plays out in the political sphere with the rise of "meme magic," which was such a huge (if not overblown) story after the election. The question then becomes is it a "magic" you can make use of. Practical use. I think it can be, I just need to work out exactly how. //

    With the right friends, resources and incentives, a lot of us would fit right in. Of course the question is, what sort of e.g. campaign or candidate would want the likes of us around?

    Pretty much any, that is, if we ourselves could stand the people we would be working for. There's the rub. What sort of campaign or political consultancy would we want to be around?

    Pretty much none, I'm feeling. A meme magus needs to know the soul of his [PTB-pre-anointed] prince, to properly craft his/her persona in language, to create the right balance of confirmed expectations in public perceptions, along with generated cognitive dissonance in public perceptions. How and what sort of confirmation/dissonance is created in relation to whom depends on knowing that person and their likely (mis-)adaptation to the perceptions imposed upon them by one's personally crafted 'memes' (isn't that also part and parcel of propaganda, already?). But this is old, black-hat PR 101. A tried and true m.o. that is endlessly intriguing to study, like cancer for oncologists, but scary to accept in oneself.

    All great workings require material resources, trained subordinates, emcees, publicity/no publicity, as well as secrecy/hiding-in-plain-sight. We could organize a Burning Woman festival on the skinny peak of a desert mountain. Very few would attend but tens of millions would see the pretty green fire from the final ceremony on Youtube.

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    1. Burning Woman sounds pretty right on. It was annoying how Burning Man, which I've been to a couple times, turned into an over crowded frat party for the Powers That Be. It's just comfirmation of Hardesti and Negri's thesis that Empire just co opts and corrupts anything that threatens it. Plus spooks and Ayn Randroids like to party. Who knew?

      Definitely worth it to keep trying new ways to create energy that's not about enslaving people. The more, and more varied they are the better. Kill Yaldabaoth by the death of a thousand cuts. A fitting end.

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    2. We're a herd of cats, basically. The Internet has allowed us to congregate in a virtual space- one that is in fact entirely theoretical or imaginary, not even an avatar/virtual environment- based on our deep-seated sense that there's something else out there, something else going on that others in our daily lives can't seem to sense. Magic at its core is a solitary pursuit because it's about activating deep currents within the self that aren't validated or even acknowledged by the culture at large. Or more accurately it has been. The Burning Man example is an interesting one to raise given how successful and powerful it has become. But it seems to me that it's headed down the same road Bohemian Grove did a century ago- a mock ceremony that took on its own magic then suffered a hostile takeover by the ascendancy of its time. There's a powerful negative example in that. You don't want to languish in obscurity but you don't want your mojo ripped away, either.

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    3. All agreed. Burning Man has lost its potential for novelty and surprise, by being so massively self-derivative for so long. Ditto, therefore, any 'Burning Woman' type of stunt.

      Ascertained, disclosed identities are...BO-RING. Familiarity breeds contempt. What we wish to disclose ourselves, or wish to have disclosed readily unto us, thereby risks our abandoning it, or it us. Some guy nailed to a cross once might have had to deal with that.

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    4. Interesting ... my take on the moment is that this theoretical world we in the internet have been in is about to start colliding more and more with the physical plane, and more tangibly to our daily lives. It's one thing to stay up three days straight reading about secret hand signs and the bilderbergers and the rest on an abstract level. It's something else when it's next door to you, as I am discovering with Comet Pizza. Or with today's Vault 7 wikileaks dump with our Samsung televisions recording our conversations. What's that line the first coach says in Hooisers?: "There's two kinds of dumb -- a guy that gets naked and runs out in the snow and barks at the moon, and a guy who does the same thing in my living room. First one don't matter, the second one you're kinda forced to deal with." My eyes are open to the spiritual conflict that this seems to be about. Chris, you wrote in the comments section after the Trump election that now was not the time to take sides but instead to observe. I agreed with you then, but more and more I think it has come time to draw a line in the sand -- not over politics as conventionally defined at least -- there's no baseline of reality left there anymore upon which to build anything at all -- but rather spiritually or perhaps more significantly, energetically.

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    5. Worth a watch & listen ...

      Clif High: Deep State Power Struggle, MSM Collapse, More Chaos.. Part 1

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxfIA291bPA

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  15. I think meme magic is as real as it gets. /pol/ is the community that the Discordians always wished they could be, but their technology wasn't sufficiently advanced. We recently did a multi-day, 3000-post long counterspell against those Wiccans trying to bind Trump. It's all fun and games until you really get to thinking about it - hundreds of people concentrating for days on hoisting them on their own petard by posting pictures, poems, and repeated mantras is as real a magic as anything could be.

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    1. Absolutely. Magic is just using intention and attention over time, usually through symbols.

      The Sessions hit was the probable outcome of the witches spell, but it failed do any lasting damage.

      Probably because of the counterspells we have been casting.

      All hail the God-emperor!

      Down with the Vampire-Pedophiles!

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  16. You've written before about 'Stranger Things', and some of the 80s revival. There's 'retrowave' music, which is an uncanny homage to the 80s sound, right down to the electronic sounds. You see 80s VHS tracking warbles being recreated in shows, etc.

    The Universe heard, and listened.

    You can have your 80s back, but not just the fun stuff. They had Ronald, you will have Donald. They had Thatcher (MT) you'll have Theresa May (TM).

    I'm wondering what other 80s re-treads are on the way.

    Collapse of a global superpower part 2? Black Monday part 2? Etc.

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  17. Personally, my job is getting harder and harder and they are laying more people off around me forcing those of us left to work even more. My life is being forced into being about a job. I do not want to be defined in this way. But, I look around, read your posts, see these comments and realize that most of us feel very similarly and are looking for ways to navigate out, around, or over it and the coming tidal wave you allude to that looms over our little sand castles. Where does one find and hold onto "My Pretty Pony" as Stephen Kings short story instructs us as well as fighting the good fight for ourselves and our families in a life affirming way and not as slaves to whatever this is becoming around us?

    I have been trying to do something about it, of course, by looking elsewhere for new kinds of employment and new opportunities---but, in a weird way, my efforts seem blocked. Like I get real close to finding something and after an interview or two, I get bumped out of the ring or dropped from further review. resume re-writes by professionals and networking through social media doesn't seem to be working either. The feeling of being trapped is depressing at the least and overwhelming at times, but I keep optimistically trying to move forward.

    Wondering if taking a cue from Gordon White's chaos magic might not be a bad move in this?

    Looking forward to your coming posts, Chris.

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  18. Ah sigil magick is indeed spiritual technology that works but it's a tricky technique. I recall Gordon of Rune Soup posts about magickal results as seemingly nothing happen or no results to being deluged what is asked for in overabundance (I'm paraphrasing not quoting exactly). I generally agree that's a good way to see results from spiritual tech like sigils, sorcery, etc. but my take is more nuanced. I Think Magick/Shamanism/Sorcery/Witchcraft Always Works but the issue is the results does not always manifest when and where we would like and can be better explained at looking at three basic scenarios after Magick is performed.

    Scenario 1 - Sorcerer X is tired of being alone without a paramour so he does a sigil to conjure up a vibrate lady to spend time with. He carefully creates his sigil and activates it and spends the weekend evening over the next month hitting up his favorite singles bar and clubs. After a month he's still alone and wondering if the sigil failed. However Sorceror X is making the gave mistake of believing that magick only works in linear time moving forward but forgets tapping into such forces is operating outside what we perceive to be normal space-time. Sorcerer X wish he could find an exciting lady like the artsy goth chick that he had a passionate whirlwind romance years ago in college. Sorcerer X doesn't know that hot-blooded woman he had that intense passionate love affair all those years ago was actually summoned by the sigil magik that he performed many years later. The effects went into the past preceding the ritual.

    Poppycock and balderdash you claim? Check out how Princeton University's Random Event Generator predicted 9/11 terror events hours before it happened. It's documented fact that random coin flip generator is able to pick up profound events such as terrorism or global cataclysmic before it happens in other words the psyche energy of billions of minds in the future causes a noticeable shift in energies in the past that can be detected. This is confirmed psi from a program that ran over 20 years until 2007. http://www.normschriever.com/blog/-did-random-event-generators-really-predict-the-911-attacks-and-other-world-events

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  19. Scenario 2 - Sorcerer Y is tired of low cash funds and decides to do some sigil magick for a lotto jackpot win. He hooks up his sigil charges it and plays the big jackpots of lotto & power ball for three months hoping to win. After three months he figures the sigil magick was a failure but he couldn't be more wrong. Little does Sorcerer Y realize that his results manifested in a parrellel universe where his alternate selves enjoyed the winnings from his workings. And one of Sorcerer Y's alternate selves even won a big lotto jackpot becoming a multimillionaire on the bizarre impulse to be a ticket.

    Poppycock and balderdash you claim? Check out this article from Quantum physicists; “Parallel universes are real and they interact with each other, new theory suggest..... In a bold new theory described in a study published in the journal Physical Review X on Oct. 23, Michael Hall, from the Centre for Quantum Dynamics at the Griffith University in Australia, and colleagues proposed a new quantum theory based on the concept of interaction between parallel universes.” http://www.techtimes.com/articles/19308/20141103/parallel-universes-are-real-and-they-interact-with-each-other-new-theory-suggests.htm

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  20. Scenario 3 – Sorcerer Z is tired of life in his small anywhere USA Town and yearns to live in a more exciting city. He does his sigil magick and awaits for the results the results to unfold. Through a series or synchronicity he ends up getting a hire in a multinational company and within six months he accepts a promotion working in an overseas branch of the company in Paris, France. His French classes he took in college finally pays off and on his weekends he rides the rain into a different European country and partakes of that nation unique culture. He no longer bored with the malaise of his hometown.

    Obviously the third scenario is what we want to manifest in the near future from sigil-work but is it that simple? The results didn't so much manifest in the future but Sorcerer Z's consciouness eventually merged with an alternate reality that was on the pathway that he is now experiencing of living within Cosmopolitan Europe.


    Poppycock and balderdash you claim? In Quantum Physics there's a very curious phenomenon realted to electrons know as “Virtual particles ”. We been taught to believe in basic jr. high school, high school, and even college that electrons obit a nucleus in a regular orbital pattern. However, that's not exactly true it's more like a probability of where an electron is most likely to be in relation to the nucleus of an atom. Here's where it gets really strange!!!!! “Quantum physics explains that there are limits to how precisely one can know the properties of the most basic units of matter—for instance, one can never absolutely know a particle's position and momentum at the same time. One bizarre consequence of this uncertainty is that a vacuum is never completely empty, but instead buzzes with so-called “virtual particles” that constantly wink into and out of existence. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/something-from-nothing-vacuum-can-yield-flashes-of-light/

    Wait a minute I thought matter couldn't be created or destroyed? Yet quantum particles are popping in and out of existence could if be possible they are merely moving in and out of other realities that exist?

    Now there are other possible results of sigil magick. The results manifest in an alternate reality's past or future but obviously we desire the results of Scenario 3 with the results happening in “our reality” in the near future. The best Shamakas, Shamans, Sorceresses, Sorcerers, Witches, Wizards are able to get most of their results from Scenario 3 but even they occasional get results from Scenarios 1 and 2. Therefore Sigil magick always works but just a matter of when and where are the results gonna be.

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