What is this?
Magick From Scratch is a blog about creating new ways of practicing magic. This means taking nothing for granted, questioning everything, and trying a lot of things out. It is not a blog about faith. A person of faith believes the same thing no matter what they experience.
The process I use is as follows:
- I observe and collect observations of others.
- I form hypotheses about why we observe those things
- I run tests (a lot) to see if those ideas might be true
Part 1 could include gnosis, observations about how practices impact people or any number of other things falling into the category of “paranormal.”
Part 2 is usually where I formulate new magical stuff to try out.
Part 3 is where I test my tech. Repeatedly.
I write about this because any person with enough curiosity, knowledge of the scientific method, and a little discipline can make magic work better.
The Theoi, Because…
If I found out tomorrow that Hellenic deities did not exist, or that they only wanted to deal with ethnic Greeks, or were evil beings who wanted to hurt humans or enslave humans, I would remove all Hellenic content from my blog.
That stuff is there because, near as I can tell, the Theoi are real, human-friendly, and capable of making changes in the world.
I’m pleased to study the practices of the ancient Greeks. I get nerdy about that stuff on my blog sometimes. Still, I only share or write about the stuff that facilitates healthy gnosis, healthy relationships with deities and humans, and healthy spirituality.
Also, I will not call myself a Hellenic Polytheist. If I said I was a Hellenic Polytheist, I would be stuck having conversations with Hellenic Polytheists about what is and isn’t “real” Hellenic Polytheism, and I actually don’t care.
The Theoi are real to me. No religion can ever be.
Ceremonial Magic Because…
Some people think Ceremonial Magic = Thelema.
There are schools of ceremonial magic that came both before and after Thelema. Not all of them have the same correspondences, the same philosophy, or the same set of rituals.
Ceremonial magic uses correspondences, certain conceits in terms of working the space, and certain methodologies or formulae. This style of working fits well with approaching magic as natural philosophy, so I use it.
I’m not claiming to be part of any tradition, lineage, or community. These things would be far too limiting. If I said I was a Golden Dawn magician, I’d be stuck with their tech and correspondences whether or not they worked the way I needed them to.
Re: Opinions and Facts
In all academia, papers, articles, and other publications represent opinions about ancient texts, the results of experiments, or worldly observations. I have had people dismiss my opinions by saying, “They assume that their opinion of the text is correct.”
Yes. You have successfully described the writer of EVERY SECONDARY SOURCE TEXT. If a person is commenting on a primary source, they are writing their opinion about what it means.
Also, if you comment with a “disagreement” that says the same thing as my entire third paragraph, that’s not actually a disagreement, you just didn’t read the article.
Lastly, if you are bewailing how every opinion you don’t agree with on the internet is “destroying” polytheism/magic/whatever? I get that you are angry, but I’m gonna go out on a limb that you’re angry at a lot more in the world than me, and I can’t fix that for you. Your fear and anger issues need to be hashed out with a therapist, not on a comments thread.
Black Lives Still Matter
People, especially people of color, and most especially black people, are still being killed (1) because certain police are looking for an excuse to commit a hate crime with no consequences, (2) because cops and their supporters think it’s ok for a police officer to act as judge, jury, and executioner.
The protests are still happening, even if you don’t hear about it.
Do not start with me on this topic. I will straight up fucking curse you.