By Alan Chapman

The writer assumes no prior 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 quite a lot 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 outfitted to start all types of magickal operations: trance paintings, attraction, divination, or even a few of the larger sorts of religious improvement. To skilled magicians, Chapman deals a subtler problem: he revitalizes magick by way of slicing it loose from the extraordinary relativism Chaos Magick bequeathed, provocatively redefining it as: “the artwork, technological know-how and tradition of experiencing truth.”

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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'). 4. Dance for ten minutes (or longer if you just can't help yourself). 5. Record the result. WHITE VAN M A N Everything so far, although capable of delivering the goods, isn't really...

5. Describe magick using scientific jargon and terminology (magick is 'a technology', or an act of 'meta-programming'). There are many more methods, such as referring to magical texts as 'papers', but I'm sure you can come up with further examples should you wish to work with the scientific aesthetic. Remember: the scientific aesthetic is not the same thing as the scientific method. As stated earlier, we can apply the scientific method to magick (and it must be applied for it to be science), but the scientific method is not the current culture of science.

I do have a manager and there is the possibility for him to resign. 3. Choose an experi- Chewing up a pic- The visualisation ture of my manof an abstract ence. ager and spitting it glyph out of the window 4. Decide that the experience means the same thing as what you want to occur. Chewing up a picture of my manager and spitting it out of the window means my manager will resign The writing out of step 1, the removal of repeating letters and the construction of an abstract glyph out of what remains (alternatively, you could just decide any abstract glyph means the same thing as step 1) 5.

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