On 14 November 2012 09:37, Matt Burns <aleph_mem_tau@...
> Just to stick my own (home made) oar in... I can't think of anywhere that
> Crowley says you should buy pre-made magical tools (without quibbling?).
my recollection is a little vague, partly due to demoting Fat Eddie to
an above average writer of the early Occult Revival.
> He does talk about buying pre-laid eggs without haggling, which anyway is
> what you do when you get them from a supermarket and for those of us
> unfortunate enough to still be unable to lay our own it is the only way.
hehe, first giggle of the day (before hurrying out to vote in the PCC elections)
> But I think it's just up to the magician to decide what symbolism he/she
> feels makes sense when making tools. If the one described below fits your
> view of the universe then make it that way.
this kind of depends on the definition of magic (causing changes in
consciousness, or change in general) *AND* of the magician's part in
it (Nietzschean solipsist, or junior participant in universal
The MSU* default tends to assume it knows what traditional magic is
before either dismissing or tweaking what passes for it.
(* Making S**t Up)
A little historical awareness shows this to be an erroneous
assumption: important areas of traditional magic were chronically
under-researched by occultists from 1875 to 1975, and in large part
still are. Supposed vanguard movements in modern magic (Thelema) are
far from an exception, if anything they typify this neglect.
Too often recycling under-informed C19th assumptions passes for
research, while tweaking or abandoning them passes for innovation or
radicalism. While superficially distinct, these trends equally assume
that anything missed by the C19th types - especially those raised to
Messiah status - can't possibly be important!
Even in this era of the 'individual' (the isolated niche consumer) a
minority are old fashioned, experienced, or modest enough to believe
that magic involves participation in processes outside of a 'self
created myth'. They employ tools and materials which constitute a
'language' suitable for more than talking to themselves; in which
tradition, natural history and exploration of cultural undercurrents
play a prominent role.
MSU doesn't cut it.