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July and August Magical Experiments Podcast Episodes

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Did you miss an episode of the magical experiments podcast in July and August? Listen to them.

Magical Experiments podcast: Performance Art and Magic with Hannah Haddix

Magical Experiments podcast: Victor Anderson: an American Shaman with Cornelia Benavidez

Magical Experiments podcast: The Masks of Lucifer with Asenath Mason and Bill Duvendack

Magical Experiments podcast: The pop culture magic of Star Wars with Leni Hester

Magical Experiments podcast:Practical Sales Magic with Dubious Monk

Magical Experiments podcast: The pop culture magic of Zelda with Cloud Jetters

Book Review: The Hidden Adept and the Inward Vision by R. J. Stewart

This is the fascinating story of A. R. Heaver, a little known practitioner of magic and his work with Stillness as well as the western mystery traditions. It's more of a biography and history book than anything else, but there are some interesting esoteric gems in the book and if you have an interest in the Glastonbury well, then this book will have some pertinent history that's worth learning. I do wish the author the author had included some of his own interactions with A. R. Heaver in the book. He only gives a passing mention to them. That said, I've found reading and meditating on some of the material of the book to be helpful with my own meditations on stillness.

May 2017 Magical Experiments podcast

Did you miss an episode of the magical experiments podcast in May? Here are all the episodes.

Magical Experiments podcast: Magical Activism Pt 4 with David Salisbury and Mat Auryn

Magical Experiments podcast: Paganism and consent with Shauna Aura Knight and Katessa Harkey

Magical Experiments podcast: Building and Maintaining Sacred Space with Ivo Dominguez Jr

Magical Experiments podcast: Conflict and Community with Crystal Blanton

Book Review: The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene

This is a fascinating book which explores the various theories about parallel universes and uses modern physics to examine the veracity of those theories. The author does an excellent job of walking readers through the physics and exploring the viability of the various theories. Whether you enjoy physics or are just curious about the universe, this is a good book to read, which will provoke some thoughts and ponderings to be savored.

Magical Experiments Podcast April 2017

Did you miss an episode of magical experiments in April? Here are all the episodes, for your enjoyment!

Magical Experiments Podcast: The Magic of Poetry with Bethany Moore

Magical Experiments podcast: The Aesthetics of Magic with Rune Emerson

Magical Experiments Podcast: Gnostic Christianity with Lainie Petersen

Magical Experiments Podcast: How to take care of yourself spiritually with Bill Duvendack

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Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas: The Great Courses (Dr. David Brakke)

Priests, Gnostics and Magicians: European Roots of Esoteric Independent Catholicism Kindle Edition by Siobhán Houston

Gnostic Society Library: http://gnosis.org

Introduction to "Gnosticism": Ancient Voices, Christian Worlds by Nicola Denzy Lewis

Sanctuary of the Sacred Flame: A Guide to Johannite Spiritual Practice Paperback – February 22, 2013 by Anthony Silvia

Gnostic Book of Hours: Keys to Inner Wisdom Hardcover – December, 1992 by June Singer

Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

This book came into my life at the right time. The author shares the core skills of whole-hearted people and how any person can learn those skills. This is a book I would recommend to anyone because it teaches you how to to bring joy into you life and change who you are as a result, in a way that truly will make you a happier and more whole hearted person.

Book Review: One small step can change your life by Robert Maurer

Big isn't always better and this book explains why that is. The author makes a persuasive case for why trying to make big changes can cause you fear, anxiety, and stop you in your tracks, while if you make small changes it can actually help you build momentum and make it easier for you to reach your big goals, because you're getting around your Amygdala. I've applied some of the ideas in this book to my clients and my work and it has made a huge difference in both cases.

March 2017 Magical Experiments podcasts

Did you miss an episode of the magical experiments podcast in March. You can listen to all of the episodes here.

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Magical Experiments podcast: The Aesthetics and process of magic with Taylor Ellwood

Magical Experiments podcast: Magical Activism Pt 1 with Crystal Blanton, Jacki Chucalate, and Felix Warren

Magical Experiments podcast: Magical Activism Pt 2 with Tallah Hovisdottir and Katessa Harkey

Magical Experiments podcast: Magical Activism Pt 3 with Shauna Aura Knight and Joseph Robicheaux

Book Review: Inner Traditions of Magic by William G. Gray

This is an excellent, must read book on magic. In it Gray walks readers through a number of magical operations and shows you how to take those operations apart and work with them. I like the depth of theory he explores and find that his approach really makes magic easier to understand. I will note that his writing style does tend to be ponderous at times, but if you stick with it, you will get a lot from his work and be able to significantly improve your own magical practice.

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The benefit for the community is that it allows me to continue creating great programming that you don't find anywhere else. We don't just talk about magic on this podcast. A lot of our shows also focus on social justice issues in the Pagan community as well as mainstream community. Additionally instead of just interviewing authors, I bring on different people with different experiences, not all of them well-known so that a variety of voices and perspectives are shared.

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Magical Experiments January 2017 podcasts

Did you miss an episode of Magical Experiments podcast in January? All of them are here, for you to listen to, plus a book review.

Magical Experiments Podcast: 2017 Astrological Predictions with Erik Roth

Magical Experiments Podcast: Divination Now and Then with S. Rune Emerson

Magical Experiments Podcast: Ensouling Language with Stephen Buhner

Magical Experiments Podcast: Dancing with Energy with Mark Henry

Magical Experiments Podcast: Potion making with Sara Star

Book Review: The Tao of Craft by Benebell Wen

In this book, Benebell shares an Eastern esoteric tradition of charging and casting sigils. It's a fascinating book to read, and the author does a great job of making the material approachable. I particularly like how she breaks the process down and then explains how each principle works. She also provides historical resources and references which is helpful, but most of all she encourages readers to experiment and make the work their own. I felt like this book explained and filled in some gaps of knowledge I had about Eastern esoteric practices, while also enhancing the magical work I'm doing. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in understanding Eastern esoteric practices or wanting to integrate such practices in their own spiritual work.

Magical Experiments podcast Nov and Dec 2016

Magical Experiments podcast: The Tao of Craft with Benebell Wen

Magical Experiments podcast: Magical Realism with Nada Decat

Magical Experiments podcast: Pop Culture Magic Tools with Emily Carlin, Jessica Dwyer and Tallah Hovisdottir

Magical Experiments podcast: The introduction of magic to Pagan children with Rowan Moss and T. S. Lamb

Magical Experiments podcast: Esoteric Empathy with Raven Digitalis

Magical Experiments podcast: Theurgical Explorations with Brandy Williams

Magical Experiments podcast: The Sphere of Art with R. J. Stewart and Anastacia Nutt

Magical Experiments podcast: Rituals and Role Playing with S. Rune Emerson

Book Review: Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans by Ivo Dominguez Jr

If you've wondered how to apply astrology to magic or how astrology even applies to Paganism, this book is a must read. What I like about it is that Ivo does an excellent job of explaining astrology and showing how you can apply it to your magical work without a lot of esoteric jargon or technical terms. When he has to use such terms, he does, but he also explains them. Ivo also provides some exercises that can help you apply the information in the book to your magical practice. This is a certainly a book for someone who has astrology background or magical background and wants to apply astrology to magic, but if you, like me, don't know much about astrology, you'll still get a lot from the book. I do recommend reading the book once and taking notes and then going back through and trying the exercises. This is a much needed resource and I highly recommend it to anyone. One down side to this book is no bibliography or suggested reading list.

Book Review: The True Source of Healing by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

In the pages of this book you will find the keys to unlocking your awareness and ability to be present with yourself. While this book is a quick read, the work is anything but and I recommend doing an initial reading, just to read the book, and then do a second reading, where you go slower, and work through the exercises. By doing this you'll be present with the lessons of the book in a deeper way and get more from it. Tenzin approaches this work in a careful, measured manner that helps you discover your inner resources and liberates you from your inner demons. There is also an audio meditation that you can download with the book, which is helpful for doing the work. The wisdom and teachings in this book helped me a lot, but giving it a second reading was what really made the most impact.

 

Magical Experiments podcast October 2016

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Miss an episode of Magical Experiments podcast in October? Here are all the episodes, plus a couple of book reviews!

Magical Experiments: Tarot Sorcery with Rune Emerson

Magical Experiments: The Pop Culture Magick of Dehara with Storm Constantine

Magical Experiments: The Role of Consent in Initiation with Katessa Harkey and Jonathan Mooney

Magical Experiments: How We Work with Bune and Eligos with Felix Warren

Magical Experiments: The History of Fascism and Occultism with Dr. Amy Hale

Book Review: Daoist Nei Gong: The Philosophical Art of Change by Damo Mitchell

This is an excellent introduction to Nei Gong. While I've already had some experience with Taoist meditation, I found that all of the material was presented was very helpful in either introducing me to new concepts or getting me to think about what I already knew from a different angle. The exercises have also been helpful. I've integrated them into my daily process. I like the author's emphasis on tactile awareness. Too many books on this focus on visualization, so reading a book on this topic with a focus on tactile awareness was refreshing and helpful.

Book Review: Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

This is an excellent book that explores the various Dzogchen meditation practices. In this book the author introduces readers to practices of the body, speech and mind. Each of the practices is walked through and explained so that the reader can try them. I recommend doing the exercises regularly. After you've done them for a bit, you'll start to notice how your mental and physical state of being changes. The author does cover some of these practices in is other books, but what I like about this book is that he presents a different perspective that helps you deepen your understanding of those practices, complementing what he's shared in the other works. If you want to do internal work, this book is a great place to start or continue your journey.

Book Review: Temple Magic by William G. Gray

This is another excellent book by William G. Gray. In it he discusses at length the fundamentals of creating a temple as well as a community around the temple. What I like is that regardless of what your approach to magic is, you can apply this information to your practice. This book is also helpful for getting you to look at your magic from a systems perspective, which is helpful if you are designing a system of your own or working in an existing one but wanting to refine it. This book will help you understand some of the deeper mysteries of magic and is well worth the investment of your time and effort.

 

Magical Experiments September 2016 podcasts

Copyright Taylor Ellwood 2016 Did you miss an episode of magical experiments in September...well fear not, you can listen to all of the episodes here:

Magical Experiments: Mental illness and magic pt 2 with Felix Warren, Lilian Wrenrick and Colleen Chitty

Magical Experiments: Reiki and Herbalism with Jonathan Evans

Magical Experiments: The pop culture magick of Disneyland with Felix Warren interviewing me

Magical Experiments: Urban Magic with Vincent Piazza, William Mayes and Rune Emerson

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Magical Experiments July 2016 podcast episodes

Copyright Taylor Ellwood 2016 Magical Experiments Podcast: The Magic of Holidays With Robert Scott and S. Rune Emerson

Magical Experiments Podcast: The Magic of Writing with Leni Hester and Felix Warren

Magical Experiments Podcast: Defense Against the Dark Arts with Tallah Hovisdottir

Book Review: Ensouling Language by Stephen Buhner

If you're a writer of nonfiction or fiction, Ensouling Language is an essential must read book on the art of writing. While the author's focus is on non-fiction, the insights he shares can be applied to fiction. As I read this book and tried the exercises, it really helped me look at my writing from a different, deeper perspective. I started focusing on the spirit of the writing, the rhythm of the words and punctuation of the writing, and the intangible experience that could occur in writing if one is willing to trust the writing and let it happen. I can't recommend this book enough to my fellow writers or anyone interested in language and how to work with it.

June 2016 Magical Experiments Podcast

Did you miss an episode of the Magical Experiments podcast in June? Click the links below to listen to the episodes! Magical Experiments Podcast: Art and Magic panel with Felix Warren, Colleen Chitty and Cate Anevski.

Magical Experiments Podcast: Experimentation in Magic with Bill Duvendack.

Magical Experiments Podcast: The Magic in Marketing, Color, and Influence with Dubious Monk

Magical Experiments Podcast: The Magic of Math with Benjamin Gitchel

New paranormal interview with me: Interview about pop culture magic on the new paranormal.

Book Review: Time The Ultimate Energy by Murry Hope

I was introduced to this book by a friend who thought I might find it fascinating. He was right. this is a lost book of space/time magic. A lot of the concepts are dated and its fair to say this book is more theory than practice. In fact I wish the author had included exercises. Nonetheless if you're interested in space/time magic this book is worth picking up and reading. If nothing else it illustrates that there is more work out there to be discovered, both in term of magical work, and also in terms people who've contributed to magic as an evolving discipline.

May 2016 Magical Experiments podcasts

Copyright Taylor Ellwood 2016 Magical Experiments Radio: What is magical experimentation with Rufus Opus

Magical Experiments Radio: Performance art and identity magic with Maviin.

Magical Experiments Radio: The Pop Culture Magic of Dance and Theatre with Heather Greene

Magical Experiments Radio: The Inner Alchemy of the Heart with Dr. Van Warren

Magical Experiments Radio: Music and Magic Panel with John Searing and Hannah Haddix

Book Review: The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs by Matthew Stevens

This is a fascinating biography that explores the occult interests of William S. Burroughs. I always knew Burroughs was into magic and learned a lot from what he shares in his books, but this was fascinating to read because it speaks to his experiences and interests in magic and where those interests started as well as what he explored. Whether you're an occultist or a die hard Burroughs fan, this is a must read book.

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April 2016 Magical Experiments Podcasts and Book Review

Copyright Taylor Ellwood 2016 Magical Experiments Radio: The Second panel of finding the Masculine in Goddess spiral featuring Philipp Kessler, Robert Alvarez, David Kling and Erick DuPree

Magical Experiments Radio: Pagan Leadership Panel with Manny Tejeda, Bill Duvendack and Karen Tate

Magical Experiments Radio: The Third panel of Finding the masculine in Goddess Spiral featuring Erick Dupree, Mathew Sawicki and Anthony Rella

Magical Experiments Radio: Demonolatry for the Win Panel with Felix Warren and Stephanie Connolly.

I was recently interviewed about Inner Alchemy and my work with neurotransmitters on live paranormal.

Book Review: Molecular Consciousness by Francoise Tibika

I will admit I was hoping for a book that shared possible techniques about how to communicate with your molecules. This book did not reveal such techniques. It's a good primer for explaining physics and showing that there is some type of communication occurring with molecules, but the author doesn't provide much else beyond that. If you're looking to understand the physics, this is a good book. If you're looking for something deeper or more engaging, you won't find it here.

Magical Experiments March 2016 podcasts and book review

Copyright Taylor Ellwood 2016 Magical Experiments Radio: Interview with Courtney Weber about how to cultivate a relationship with Deity.

Magical Experiments Radio: Pagan Leadership Panel with Rev. Judith Laxer, Philipp Kessler and Diana Rajchel

Magical Experiments Radio: Finding the Masculine in Goddess Spiral panel with Erick Dupree, Robert Scott, Robert Baggani, and Gwion Raven

Magical Experiments Radio: The Ethics of Pop Culture Magic with S. Rune Emerson

Radio Interview: I was interviewed about Pop Culture Magic 2.0 by Ancient Salvage Yard Podcast.

Book Review: Influence Science and Practice by Robert Cialdini

This was a fascinating book to read because the author explores specific behaviors people do that can be used to influence other people, as well as sharing how to defend against those behaviors. As I read the book I implemented his suggestions and found it was much easier to recognize situations where people were trying to influence and manipulate choices. This is a must read book to help you recognize these behaviors and defend against them. What this book will help you do is recognize how people are influenced, and why, and what to look for in whatever situation you are in, as well as what to do to counter those behaviors.

February 2016 Radio Shows and Book Reviews

Taylor Ellwood If you missed the February Episodes of the Magical Experiments podcast, below are links to each episode.

Magical Experiments Radio: Sacred Sexuality and Sex Magic with Laurelei Black

Magical Experiments Radio: Death and Rebirth with Annwyn Avalon

Magical Experiments Radio: Pagan Leadership Panel part 1 with Courtney Weber and KaliSara

Magical Experiments Radio: Pagan Leadership Panel part 2 with Crystal Blanton, Sam Wagar, and Lisa Spiral

Magical Experiments Radio: Social Media Magic with Felix Warren and Laurie Pneumatikos

 

Book Review: Magic Simplified by Draja Mickaharic

In this book, the author shares some useful exercise for beginning magicians (and worth revisiting even if you have more experience). What I like is that the exercises are presented without lots of esoteric jargon. Anyone could pick this book up and try the exercises and learn more about magic as a result. What the author really demonstrates with this book is what magic really is, without all the glamour and spells usually associated with it. What you have is a practical bare bones guide with exercises that provides you with a place to begin your magical work.

Book Review: Awakening the Luminous Mind by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

In Awakening the Luminous Mind, the author shares a teaching from a previous lama and walks readers through the meditation around that teaching. It's a profound book that lead you to deep changes as you embrace stillness and let go of your pain identity. The accompanying CD has some useful tracks you can use with your meditation, though I wish some of them had been longer. The quality of the teachings is superb and has a enhanced my stillness work immensely. If you are interested in Dzogchen or simply want to work with stillness, this is an excellent book to work with.

Book Review: The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram

This was an intriguing read where the author explores the connection or lack thereof that people have with the natural world. He shares how we have fallen away from that connection and what we are losing by not having such a close connection. What I found most intriguing was his exploration of language and how the changes in the written word helped to create the disconnect. This is a thought-provoking read that will motivate you to change your relationship with the world.

 

 

 

 

Magical Experiments radio show: January 2016 shows

Because I'm changing how I write for this site, I've decided to create a blog post once a month with links to the latest episodes of magical experiments radio, as well as any interviews I've recently done. If you've missed a show or just want to listen to an episode again, here's the latest batch. Magical Experiments Radio: The Madness and Enlightenment of Spiritual Retreats

Magical Experiments Radio: Astrology and Magic

Magical Experiments Radio: Space/Time Magic

Magical Experiments Radio: Pop Culture Magic Panel on Role Playing games and magic

New Normal Radio interview: I was recently interviewed on the new normal. You can listen to it here.

Life Skills and Magic

9781905713929 Recently John Beckett posted about poor magicians being poor magicians because of the chaos in their lives. Some of the responses to what he wrote ranged from agreement to arguing that he was making statements from a place of class and privilege. Shortly after John wrote that post, I found another post by Frater Barrabbas, which may or may not have been a response to John's post, but which I like because of the some points he makes about wealth and success as it relates to the practice of magic. Jason Miller weighed in on John's post and makes the point that a magician can be good at magic and still be bad at handling life skills. John Beckett wrote another post in response to Jason's, where he essentially agrees with Jason's take on the discussion. All of it makes for fascinating reading, in relationship to a few topics: Wealth Magic and its efficacy and place in the magician's life, the definition of success and what that really looks like, and finally defining the relationship between magic and living a "good life". So here's my take on this conversation...

Being good at magic and being good at life are not necessarily one and the same. They can be linked together, but they don't automatically go together. I have known many magicians in my life who are good at magic, but nonetheless live chaotic lives. In fact, I'd argue that sometimes their very skill at magic actually contributes to the chaos in their lives. Why? Because so much of practical magic is reactive magic, done as a response to situations and problems that occur in the life of the magician. I used to be one of those magicians. A problem would come along and what would I do? Look to magic to solve the problem. I'd do a magical working and the problem would be resolved, for that moment. Eventually the problem would show up again in a different guise, but nonetheless similar enough that if I knew what to look for I could recognize it for what it was. It took me years to realize something significant about the problems and chaos I was dealing with in my life: I contributed to and helped create the problems I was dealing with. I lived my life by reaction and consequently practiced my magic by reaction. And there are many magicians who do approach magic in just that way. It works great for the short term, but has little long term value.

The secret to wealth magic is that you figure out what you really want and make that the drive of your life. But what you really want needs to be greater than just meeting materialistic needs. It needs to speak something deeper within you, something that connects you to other people and to the world at large. It's that drive which will fuel your actions, bring you success, and help you design your life. Without that drive, you'll be like so many other people, caught in the minutiae of life, being ground away because some deep part of you is unsatisfied. So what is it you really feel called to do? What is it that brings you deep satisfaction? What is it that allows you to contribute not just to the well-being of your own life, but also to other people and to the world at large? Take the time to explore what you feel called to do and make that the focus of your life's work. Just remember one thing: If you choose to pursue what you feel called to do, don't assume it'll be an easy road to travel. It can and does take a lot of work, but if it's worth doing, you'll do the work because you know doing it will be fulfilling for you.

In my other business, I'm a business coach and what I teach my clients to do is run their business by design instead of by reaction. This same practice applies to living your life. When you plan by design, what you are doing is determining what you want for your life and what you will need to do in order to achieve what you want. Seems simple enough, but its a lot harder to execute than you'd think because so much of what people think they want is short term desires, material desires, etc., and curiously enough its actually harder to stay motivated and focused on achieving short term desires, because of how transitory they are. What I really teach my clients is how to reach past the short term desires and get in touch with what they are called to do, get in touch really with their core values and ideology. If you aren't in touch with your core values and ideology its hard to plan your life (or business) by design because you don't really know why you are doing what you are doing.

However it's not enough to define what you feel called to do. If you really want to pursue your calling, then be proactive and plan for it by design. Look at what actions you will need to take in 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, a year, etc., to get to what you want. Define each area of your life that will need to change and develop action for each of those areas. If this sounds systematic, it is, because when you apply a systematic approach to your life, you start to prioritize what's really important and cut out what isn't important.

Planning by design also means you take a critical look at your life (or business) and examine who and what is in your life as well as analyzing your own behavior and actions. Are you happy with your life? Are you happy with your relationships? Are you happy with what you are doing? All of these are good questions to ask, but you have to be honest with yourself in regards to the answers. Most of you have to recognize how you contribute to the state of your life. If you aren't happy with where your life is you do need to acknowledge and own your part of it. You can't control everything around you, but you can control your reactions and responses to situations. In fact one book I'd recommend reading is The Magic of Thinking Big, because it teaches you how to look at any situation you are in and find a way to make the situation better or make it work to your benefit. It's one of the best books on wealth magic, that isn't overtly about wealth magic. It teaches you the real power of positive thinking, which isn't the law of attraction schlock that's out there, but instead is focused on acknowledging the environment and circumstances you are in and looking for the available opportunities that will help you achieve your goals.

Planning by design also means you look at the material aspects of your life and determine what you need to support your calling. It doesn't mean you have to make a 7 figure salary to be wealthy, or even that money or material wealth should be your primary focus. It does mean you define what you need and you make sure you can get it, and you also learn the necessary skills to keep it and sustain it. A lot of people mistakenly assume that wealth magic is about money and how much you have, but that's short term thinking once again rearing its head. Unless you know what you'll use the money for and how you'll use it, it doesn't matter. Defining how you'll use money and what you'll use money for is far more important because then you understand money is a means to an end and as such your focus is on achieving the end and using money for that purpose instead of simply trying to acquire money.

Along with planning your life by design, I recommend also doing some internal work. Internal work isn't just getting clear on your core values or what you feel called to do. Internal work also involves working through your internal chaos and dysfunction. We all have it, to one degree or another. Internal work teaches you how to diffuse your reactions, work through your triggers and as a result control your responses. It takes a lot of work, but it is worth doing because of the clarity it brings to your life. Don't be surprised though if in doing this you change the relationships you have in your life. In the decade I've been doing internal work, a lot of my associations changed. As I worked through my internal chaos, it caused me to look at the circumstances of my life and the people I associated and make changes to both, based on what I felt would be healthy and supportive for me accomplished what I feel called to do.

Magic by design is good magic. Part of planning my life by design is utilizing practical magic in a proactive role. Instead of simply reacting to problems with magic, why not look at how you can integrate magic into your life design? For example, my work with the goetic Daimon Bune has involved getting his advice and suggestions on what resources I need to develop a successful business. In the years I've been working with him my businesses have improved quite a it thanks to his advice. Another example of proactive magic has involved learning to work with my body and the microbial life within in it to optimize my health. Practical magic doesn't have to be reactive, and when used from a design perspective, it makes it easier to navigate around potential problems instead of having to react to them. When you use magic from a design perspective, you are actively shaping your life around your life purpose, around what you feel called to do. That's how you mix life skills and magic in order to come out ahead.

Since we're on the topic of wealth magic, check out the latest podcast interview with yours truly by Occult Sentinel where we discuss wealth magic, identity, and other concepts relevant to the post above.

 

 

 

Why I write about creativity and innovation so much

dimensions I'm reading Cursor's Fury right now, which is part of the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. The one character Tavi is different from everyone else because he can't seem to work with the furies (spirits) that everyone else works with. However this particular disability forces him to become creative in how he handles situations. He doesn't stick with conventional wisdom because conventional wisdom doesn't really work for him. And as time goes on, it becomes apparent that conventional wisdom, while useful in its own way, also ends up holding a lot of change and innovation back.

I've never really been a fan of conventional wisdom of any sort. I think it has something to offer and should on occasion be heeded, but I also think there's something to be said for just doing something to see what will happen and to learn from the experience. I've been talking about innovation and creativity a lot on this blog lately, partially because of what I'm reading, but also because its so much of what drives my approach to magic. I write about it a lot because there's so much out there arguing the opposite that I feel its essential to call out the necessity of innovation and creativity in spiritual practices.

It must seem odd in a way to associate innovation with spiritual practices, but if we consider that everything can evolve over time it starts to make sense. And magic isn't just a spiritual practice. It's also a practical discipline which people apply to their lives in order to create favorable circumstances and opportunities. And for that reason alone creativity and innovation is needed, because we want to keep our practices relevant with the demands and problems of the times. But I also find that creativity and innovation are part of the spiritual dimension, providing us a way to get out of our heads and get into the presence of whatever spirits we work with. And sometimes it can even help us examine the spirits from other perspectives we might not otherwise consider, and in the process stop applying our own limitations to those same beings.

Conventional wisdom and conventional answers aren't always the best solution. Sometimes you have to do things the hard way because what it does is push you to be innovative and find unconventional solutions. I'll admit that I prefer to do things the hard way or to phrase it differently, I prefer to develop my own solutions because as much as I recognize that what others have done before provides its own wisdom, I also realize that depending on my own experience and my willingness to take risks provides more satisfaction. I recognize that may not be the case for everyone, and as a result not everyone will want to do things the hard way. There's value in that too, up to the point that you deal with a situation where the conventional answers, the tried and true ways of doing things doesn't work and then you need to get creative.

How do you get creative with your magical work? How does it inform your practice and how you approach situations where you employ magic?

In other news Bill Whitcomb and I were interviewed by Mindful Cyborgs about the Book of Good Practices.

Media page is now up and Process of Magic Round 2 starts today!

First off, I've created a media page which has links to radio shows where I've been interviewed. It doesn't have every radio show I've been interviewed on, but it has a decent number. I'll add more as time goes on, as well as any events where I'm videoed and its accessible to others.

Secondly, the Second Round of the Process of Magic class starts up today. If you missed out on the first round and you wanted to take the class, now's the time. Or if you have questions about the class and want to know what's involved, contact me. I'm looking forward to working with the second round of students!

Change and magic

Change is one of those understated elements of magic that is part of any and everyone's process. That's probably why its understated, because change of some kind or another is expected to occur when you do magical work. So why even focus on it?

I think it is worth focusing on, especially when we look at change in conjunction with results. Your result is the explicit indicator that change has occurred. Without a result you wouldn't really know if your magic worked. But change is more than just a result. Change is a transformation of the environment around you and within you.Respecting that aspect of the magical process is really important for understanding how magic work. There needs to be a change built into your process. Magic is a causative agent of change, and the employment of it is a signal that you want to bring change into your life. But its also worth noting that even though you might get a specific result, you might also get other changes that are connected to the result, but weren't necessarily desired. This occurs, not because of the magic, but because of a lack of specificity about the result, or because specific consequences are triggered when a specific result occurs.

Change is a constant in our lives. We change moment to moment, but intentional change is something a person chooses to create, and that's what makes magic distinct. It's a methodology used to to produce intentional changes. When we recognize that change is intentional, then perhaps we consider it more carefully, recognizing that what it brings isn't just a result, but also the consequences that come with that result.

Radio Interview

If you missed the interview on Stirring the Cauldron you can listen to it here. It was a good interview with some great questions.

Book Review: Rebounders by Rick Newman

In this book, Newman discusses the characteristics of the rebounder, a person who is able to take failure and turn it into success by learning from it. Newman uses over nine case studies to demonstrate how various people have rebounded from failures and mistakes to become successful in their fields, while highlighting the mental skills and tools that are necessary to accomplish this. I found the stories to be inspiring and useful for helping me see how I could become a better rebounder.