> I'm wondering if anyone here has heard of, or developed, anything
> like a "virtual ritual".
welcome to the downtown area. care for a Skoobee snacK?
striking off from only that request, a number of people I've known have
had fun experimenting with ritual via computer at times, and we called
this 'cyber-ritual' or 'cyberite' or 'compuceremonials' and 'virtual magic'.
they were of variable success, these explorations/experiments. this was
part of the incentive and idea behind the construction of the first (and
subsequent) incarnation(s) of Divination Web (now open again at
wherein a complete cyber-environment may be created).
> With the ease of animation/movie
> development nowadays, I'd be surprised if someone hasn't taken one
> of the traditional rituals and simulated them from a first-person
> perspective using Flash or VR.
good idea. don't forget the capacity to navigate visual and/or just
word-varieties of Trees of Life, geometric forms of other types like
magic squares, or the consultation with innumerable cyber-oracles.
> The Golden Dawn rituals especially
> lend themselves to such a treatment. If you can visualize the
> space, the implements and the invocations, you can certainly
> recreate them using Flash. And it would be a great way to introduce
> or reinforce the movements, gestures, and symbolism to the new
agreed, it could become a text-adventure game for sure, or an RPG
otherwise. one might argue that this is all Hermetic magic ever is.
> Disclaimer: This is not an invitation to debate as to the "correctness"
> of virtual ritual.
good -- 'correctness' discussions are tedious.
> Think of the virtual ritual is a teaching/training/dry run tool which
> could be used to PREPARE a student for solitary/visualized rituals.
one might consider them equally efficacious where the visualization skill
of the participants was sufficient to communicate some initiatic glamour
via cybernetic channels.