Monday, 14 July 2008

Super Moot: Using popular culture for spells.

Elizabeth Maddison, a blonde pale elvish woman wearing a Saturday Night Fever white suit, gave this talk in a light fluttery tone. She has been doing witchcraft for ten years. She now views everything through a thelemic lens.
Imagery and visualisation are the basic building blocks of magic. One has to create an image that doesn't exist in real life. However by using imagery from popular culture one can achieve this. Films have massive CGI budgets, for example, a magician throwing fireballs from his fingertips. Sometimes magical energy is represented as sparkles, a softer magic.
She gives an example of doing a ceremony with her partner in which they try to locate someone but not let the person know they are looking for them. They do this using proactive psychometry, sympathetic magic. Her partner got a link and followed it but she couldn't and stepped back from the circle. He described an image from Stargate. Then he was being followed in the astral sense- he bounced out of the wormhole shouting "shut it down!". The films Startrek, Babylon 5, and Dune have lots of Stargates. 
She divides this into steps to make a spell:
1)Meditation state: In Afterlife, the exorcist helps souls who don't know that they are dead. He uses an image from Quantum Leap..a doorway.
Once one is in a meditation state, one needs an access point. 
In The Nightmare before Christmas there is a doorway to Christmas tree land. 
2)Concept: Another kind of magic: as a student one uses ways to 'studycheat'... rather like putting flowers under your pillow to attract a lover, one can put a textbook under the pillow to aid absorption of the data before an exam. 
In Buffy the vampire slayer, Willow, after some trauma, physically draws out magic from a pile of books. 
3)Script: Poetry can be the ritual, so can song lyrics or dialogue from scripts. They can also carry the whole weight of the original concept. Trigger words and phrases can be inserted such as "Babylon 5".
"I am and always will be your friend" from Star Trek is good for a wedding spell.
4)Mantras: repetitive words which are an aid to meditation. Hindu mantras are based on the names of Gods and Goddesses, the name chanted attracts those qualities to the chanter. You can also do this using fictional characters from popular culture, for instance saying "Buffy" or "Buffy Summers". (Sandy Robertson interjects here that Buffy is named Summers after the renegade Catholic priest Montague Summers). 
You can use mantras for changing things within yourself, such as banishing fear ..."I must not fear..."  the incantation from Dune. 
5)Dance and Drugs: the good thing about ritual dances is that they are easy to get into and out of... whereas with psychotropic drugs, once taken, you can't get off the ride.
6)Music: lyrics can get in the way, trying to follow the words, using the rational mind interrupts the trance, the abandonment to the rhythm and beat. 
Non dance based music, often early Christian, and listening to a more melody led music can lead to a different form of trance. The different concepts of tones and scales within Indian music means that the analytical parts of the brain do not kick in, therefore it's good for invoking/evoking. 
You can also use the shuffle setting on iTunes as a form of i-ching, a way to clarify what is going on. 
Another example of song lyrics to be used in spells: 
Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher
Reach for the stars
Follow your heart's desire
Reach for the stars
And when that rainbow's shining over you
That's when your dreams will all come true

Perfect for a magical spell...it's from Reach for the Stars by S-Club 7 (a mystical number to boot). 
To invoke the Priestess of Dance in the Gnostic mass, how about The Bangles 'Walk like an Egyptian'?
Archetypes of deities: What is a god form? It is astral dressing up. 


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