Life Continues…then you die! How magic demands a long view sometimes

That is my smart ass response to ‘How ya doing?’ :

“Life continues… then you die”.

My life has been continuing, and is good and bad. I apologize to my readers for not having the discipline to regularly write new content this year.

The long distance relationship with my fiance isn’t perfect, he is controlling and jealous. It has caused some arguments.There have been broken promises, ironic infidelity.

I was very focused on work, at WBA research, able to work full time or overtime for the first part of this year. And really focused on using magic to get fiance a job and place so I can relocate or a better job and place so he can relocate. So much focus on this unresolved desire and have had kind of a writers block keeping me from writing content.

Also not gotten comics done, like the Horace and the Holy ghost comic.

So what has happened is I have lost my job at WBA Research, they laid off the entire Ithaca NY office. In a way this is good because as a ‘displaced worker’ I get every government benefit an unemployed person can get, like 26 weeks of unemployment insurance, maybe even job training. With the help of magic I had become a top producer at the WBA Research, I can count on a solid recommendation.

So the magic spell to get me and the fiance married and living together, both having jobs and being comfortable and in love….

Did it fail?

Or does my losing a job and getting the freedom of unemployment insurance, is that what will enable me to be with the one I love?

Indeed even the arguments we have had, are they a bad omen? Or are they what will guarantee our happiness because every time the argument resolves with that fact that we love, need and want each other and that is the only thing that matters.

There often is no truth outside of interpretation. You should serve the truth that serves YOU.

Magic that transforms a life is rarely instant, and what seems like a reversal may be the requisite thing to bring you to your desired result.

If you have trouble believing, convince yourself it is possible and use divination.  This site has a digital divination you can use.

I know tarot has never failed to affirm that I am on the right track.

Desire without limits : Love Magic

Desire without limits : Love Magic

Okay, I do not suggest using magic to get the person you have a crush on, to be in your life if they are not already in your life. There’s a demand for that sort of thing, an entire category of Hoodoo magic even. But in my understanding of magic it is not very smart. Because the person you have a crush on may not be right for you.

Now about me, I turned 50 this past Nov 2nd, 2016. I am a Gay man and in America there is a lot of ageism, I had not been laid in over 5 years. I live in a College Town and  ,yes, I am attracted to younger men. But the rare guy into me tended to expect me to be a top, a sexually active partner, and I am a bottom, a sexually receptive partner.

Now it is not like in 5+ years no one at all was interested. Married (‘Straight’)men would hit on me, a man that was sexually compelling but bi polar and mentally slow, guys that only wanted casual hook up sex when I get sex and emotions mixed too easy, a guy online far away but in my same state but not entirely my type and too busy with school…. The conclusion I was coming to was I need to lower my standards, settle. I almost did settle, for bipolar and slow, but he was promiscuous and got a STD.

Now I have a peculiar relatedness with the Norse Pantheon, I wrote about it elsewhere in this blog. And I have affinity for Loki reading the mythology, I get his point of view, and the story where he transforms into a mare to distract a magic stallion from helping a troll win a bet with the Gods… I was very horny and felt Loki might be willing to help me get fucked too.

But I did not ask Loki for the man I could have,  I was horny, I asked for the man I wanted – and I wanted a hot young man like I jerked off to in my imagination,  sexy,  big cock, all top, dominant and kinky, and I wanted him to love me intensely and to marry me. I did not settle, I asked for my ultimate masturbation fantasy to come true.

Now a principle called ‘lust for result’ sabotages a lot of magic. Actively anticipating a result almost ensures it never happens. The ideal is to be committed to a result while at the same time not caring if it happens or not. It is really hard to do. And is why I had not gotten laid in 5 years even with magic.

This was different though, I asked for a fantasy that could never happen, sure I wanted it, but I wasn’t silly enough to think magic would deliver something so unrealistic.

So I forgot about it. And I am on Facebook and have accounts in several gay groups, I get lots of attention from young Filipino guys, I guess the mature aesthetic is popular there ( but is too far away, and do they want me or citizenship?). In one group a very young guy posts a pic I found poor, and then he posted another better pic: I leave a comment on the pic congratulating him on a better picture.

A while later Facebook is alerting me to the fact the guy whose pic I commented on, is visiting my profile and ‘liking’ my own pictures of myself. I am not sure who messaged first, but here was a super hot very young guy totally out of my league, so I figured I would tell him everything about me, that I am a bottom, sexually submissive and kinky and so on – Because he was in another state and was likely he hoped I was a dominant top…. Except he was a top and dominant and everything he wanted most in a man was everything I just told him.

He lives in Hampton Va, a long bus ride. I spent 4 days with him and we fell deeply in love with each other. We chat every day online. I am now engaged. We are going to marry in 2017, likely in September when he is free of school and other obligations.

Magically the take away is this: Spells for what you really want without limits. You won’t be attached to a result you can’t believe to be credible , this will allow the magic to work without restraint. Maybe not well enough to win Lotto.

But, and this really happened, Magic strong enough to deliver a man that is such a match for my sex fantasy, that when we were making love, I experienced deja vu… from a sex dream I had before my partner was born..!

It worked for me, magic for a desire without limits. It kills the lust for result unless you are not a realist, and it CAN work more powerfully than you could expect.


Fashionable Chaos Cooking

Fashionable chaos Cooking.


Because love and food have relatedness, great meals can be catalysts for love and influence.

And yeah, part of fashion is being ‘fit’, because being confident about your cellulite is a more difficult magic for most people.

I lost a ton of weight avoiding heartburn, my trigger is sugar, but especially WHITE FLOUR. Because it takes my body about 20 minutes to transform white flour into pure sugar- and if it’s a dense source of white flour – like a Sicilian pizza crust, pita bread for a gyro or a bagel – it’s more sugar than I can digest at once comfortably.

And I found that almost all processed food and restaurant food has sugar added of uses white flour for everything. I can’t even eat a ‘whole wheat’ bagel because it is 50% white flour.  So avoiding heartburn has forced me to cook more.

And I cook well, it’s easy and you can too. I’m writing this for cooking noobs, because that’s most people.

Basic techniques:

BOILING: water goes in a pot over high flame or heat, salt will flavor the water, a little oil will keep the boil from foaming over the edge of the pot.  Foods that get boiled: hard boiled eggs, pasta, sweet or white potatoes (I can’t eat much white potato either), beets, ramen, meat and veggies for soup, dishes like corned beef and cabbage, tough vegetables like green beans.

SIMMERING: water goes in a pot and heated to a very low boil, also called a simmer, the heat is lowered so the simmer doesn’t become a boil.  Foods that get simmered: Steamed veggies or meats, beans, rice, grits, polenta (corn meal mush – excellent if you add cheddar and jalapeno to it, classicly it is intentionally allowed to firm up, thereafter it is sliced and baked or fried), Oatmeal and other grains.

BAKING: this is placing food in an oven where the food is surrounded by dry heat.   Foods that are baked: Cakes and cookies require correct ratios of ingredients, recipes are allover the net.       Pies (are stupid easy if you buy ready made pie crusts). Marijuana brownies (puree the pot in a blender with the oil or liquid butter, add peppermint essential oil or peppermint extract to mask the cannabis flavor) – using a brownie mix or following an online recipe.     Casseroles are baked, big meats get baked (whole turkey or chicken, rack of lamb, what have you).

FRYING: applying heat to a skillet so that food in the skillet is cooked. Usually with oil unless a fatty meat providing it’s own cooking oil (like hamburger or bacon).  Foods that get fried: eggs, bacon, burgers, tofu, veggies.

The Chinese stir fry can be emulated with a cast iron skillet, but you need some bowels because it’s not a wok. Each food for your stir fry cooks at a different rate – a wok has a variety of temperatures all at once and a cast iron skillet has more of one overall heat. So cook your stir fry elements in the order of cooking time, or if you don;’t know this yet – cook each food until done and move it to a bowl and repeat till every part of the stir fry is done. If your stir fry has a fatty or juicy meat – cook that LAST so the juices can be used in your sauce. Then make your sauce – and combine all the cooked ingredients on the pan, reheating everything and coating everything with the sauce.

BRAISING: this is a hybrid of frying and simmering. It works to make tough or cheap meats more tender. It’s a good technique for those packages of chicken thighs on sale at the supermarket.

First clean your meat, remove the skin and fat if you’re health conscious or find it gross, or keep it if you know the fat and skin is delicious and that’s more important.

Then fry your meat in an oil, olive oil is fine. you want to cook all over the meat to seal it, so it keeps its juices.

Then lower the heat and add liquid and/or vegetables. Onions are kind of a no brainer because they both tenderize the meat and render a lot of cooking liquid. These veggies are going to be overcooked, so broccoli or asparagus isn’t a good idea. Tomato, Onion, garlic, greens, mushrooms, potatoes all hold up well. Liquids that work well include wine, condensed cream soups (OMIT SALT IF USING), meat or veggie stock.

The power of SAUCERY!  Sauces are stupid easy if you use… CORNSTARCH. I used to do the flour and butter french thing – but cornstarch needs no fat and works fast, easy.  It’s not that french butter and flour thing, I find I prefer cornstarch!

a quarter up of water and a quarter cup of corn starch – rub the cornstarch into the water until blended, add more water if needed. Add this cornstarch solution to your stir fry sauce, or your braised liquid – and it magically transforms into a silky thick SAUCE.

This is ALSO a secret of PIE MAKING. If you get some pie crusts, heat up your best lemonade, thicken that lemonade with cornstarch – you have a PIE FILLING! Top with foams or whipped egg whites and bake – and you’ll have a lemon meringue pie!  Thicken some cubes of stew meat braised with vegetables and sauce and you have a filling for a MEAT PIE (and trust me – these are awesome).

Egg Custard: adding eggs to pureed sweet potato = sweet potato pie filling (and is better than pumpkin pie and can be low sugar sweetened with stevia with maple syrup (the maple is there to correct the slight bitter of the stevia). Quiche is a real man’s food – and is awesome and easy – combine milk and eggs and cheese and fill a pie shell with that and whatever else you think is yummy: classic combos include, Feta cheese with onion and spinach, Broccoli with extra sharp cheddar, mushroom and bacon with cheddar.

SPICES AND HERBS: How to figure out what spices are good?  As a rule of thumb, garlic make it good. Salt and pepper are generally good with most things. I use cayenne pepper a LOT, but not in great quantity – it corrects a food tasting too sweet and can do so without being discernibly hot.

The best and perhaps only way to learn what each spice is for cooking and eating, is to try each spice. If you got your hands on some ground turkey, you can make and fry up tiny burgers, each burger infused with a different spice.

MAGIC IN COOKING:  a review of American Hoodoo revels a lot of lore relating to various herbs and things we may use in cooking. In practice I find the herbs only have power if as you use them you are consciously intending the power to be released.  As a rule of thumb, cinnamon and allspice and ginger as well as all other ‘pumpkin pie’ spices – are associated with DRAWING WEALTH and/or HEAT UP A ROMANCE.

Cayenne Pepper is used in Hoodoo for martial purposes, to attack people, but in herbal medicine it stands apart from all other hot peppers in being a medicine to heal ulcers, save people from heart attacks, and generally to spike your metabolism in positive ways. I find it is also the most delicious of hot peppers (it’s the main favor of the ‘hot wing’).  Cayenne Pepper: I associate it with EMPOWERMENT, it BURNS away what weakens you. A HEALING spice.

Asafoetida, also called Hing, also, in Hoodoo, called ‘Devil’s DUNG: this is a nasty sulpherous resin that looks like shit and smells of sulpher – and is used in Hoodoo when working with devils or using magic to attack or curse someone.
Asafoetida is a staple of Vedic Indian cooking because they will not eat onion or garlic (too strong a medicine in Vedic lore), and the nasty resin transforms into a sweet onion like flavor when heated in oil.

Sigil magic in cooking – you can always put sigils on cookies, cakes, pies and casseroles! Cooking is the spell – have your intent as the food cooks and it will be magically charged!

When I chatted with Jehovah’s Witnesses


Okay, was chit chatting with Jehovas Witnesses today. They were sharing their ideas, Bible passages and videos with me, being a little pushy about setting up Bible discussion meetings.

I told them I was Gay, a Buddhist and Chaos magician. They shared how the devil is behind all that stuff, tho to be fair they did not push on the gay thing much.

So I defended magic and shared the simplist magic spell: intend without attachment, without a care if your intent is fulfilled or not.

And I argued that classic argument: Made in God’s image is why we have this power.

And they agreed! That IS why we have this power!

And now, I bet they will be using it!

The simplest magic spell

The simplest magic spell: intend without attachment, and expect it to happen. Without a care if it happens or not.

Doing that is actually kind of hard, when we intend something to happen, even if just to get props as a magician, there’s routinely an attachment.

Try this yourself! Simply intending for a parking space or anything comparable, and expect it to happen. If you try this it will get spooky, because it works! It will not work all the time of course, but you will learn to notice that when it doesn’t work, there was an attachment, possibly in the form of nursing a resentment, present as well.

If you NEED a result, it can be very useful to have any magician but yourself do the spell, because your attachment is so explicit!

The sigil magic technique, divorcing your conscious mind from the ‘battery’ of intent, is effective because it’s hard to be attached to a result if you forgot what the result was. As in devastatingly effective compared to many other magical techniques where result is clear and easily attached to.

Zen Buddhism, and any kind of Buddhism really, is where ‘attachment’ is especially distinguished: attachment as the source of suffering is a primary insight of Buddha. It, and with the insight of this article, is how I found my interest in Zen dovetailed with my interest in magic.

There are strategies to make intent without attachment easier. Silliness I find works very well: you are being silly so it doesn’t have to work! I have made it stop raining on command, with an audience, twice that way! (Though the audience may have fueled my magic with wanting me to succeed).

My spell to get Bernie Sanders elected is to myself, me being silly, and I know once he becomes elected my claiming responsibility will never be taken seriously. At the same time because I care about Bernie winning or not, I actually console myself knowing that I cast a spell and it will work. It will work, just you wait and see!

Reality Hacking 101


So first, the Reality Hacking Paradigm: Life is a game: you are the player, your ego is your character, you choose the game – PLAY WELL!

And let me explain a little: It’s a Buddhist concept that who you REALLY are, is distinct from your life experience and concept of yourself. Your life experience and self concept live in your thoughts. And were you to meditate, you would return your mind to focus when it wandered from your point of concentration (the number of your breathe in a simple zen meditation) – who is the ‘you’ that stands apart from your thought well enough to objectively evaluate if it has wandered or not?

This is easy to understand for anyone that has played an adventure ‘role playing game’: you are a player, and your character, who has a life experience and self concept – you PLAY that character! What game are you playing? What game do you WANT to play?

Now WHY this paradigm? Because it’s fun. You are alive! And sure, you COULD live for the NEXT life and not this one, but if you are alive NOW, and there are people you can help or inspire right now – why waste the opportunity of living? Make a difference! And if you think of life as a game, as yourself as a character you are playing – it is a frame of reference that allows you to give yourself the good advice you might give someone else. To let you play at real life and be as successful as you are at playing the life of a character that is explicitly in an artificial game.

Now about Reality hacking.

What is a Reality Tunnel?


The term ‘reality tunnel’ comes from Timothy Leary, and was expounded upon by Robert Anton Wilson in many of his books, especially ‘Prometheus Rising’.

It is analogous to ‘confirmation bias’: the tendency to automatically search for, favor and recall information confirming that which you already believe, and automatically dismissing, ignoring or forgetting information that contradicts already existing beliefs.

A reality tunnel is like confirmation bias, but goes further. It’s not just a belief, but an entire model of reality that filters your every perception.

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. – Anais Nin

Like confirmation bias, a reality tunnel, it’s easier to see in other people: politically we see the confirmation bias of viewers of FOX news very clearly, if we are liberal; it is very easy to understand Fundamentalist Christians that understand ‘Creationism is fact’ live through a ‘reality tunnel’ that is unlike that of someone that respects science and evidence of the fossil record and carbon dating.

What is harder to see, of course, is our own confirmation bias: I am liberal, but of course I am fair minded! I am an existentialist and respect materialist reality, that’s just reality, surely it’s not a ‘reality tunnel’!

And the sad truth is there is no freedom from reality tunnels or confirmation bias that is even possible. Zen practice and meditation may break the reality tunnel, with a focused less thoughtful frame of mind – but the result is a broader reality tunnel, not the absence of one. You may have broken the reality tunnels you personally were born into, most of us stop believing in Santa, many of us can appreciate the magical reality of Christianity and that of material science simultaneously, anyone that is LGBT must break free of anti gay reality models and find larger ones if they hope to find psychological health.

But the reality is that when you find yourself with the capacity to understand your perception of reality is not objective and it is all you got, and that more than one model of reality is possible – you now are NOT free. You simply have traded a limited reality model for a larger less limited model. As with confirmation bias – it’s not a function of your point of view – only that you HAVE ONE.

This is how Chaos magicians are ‘diabolical’ to some people, and how Chaos magic is post modern: it aggressively flows from a larger model of reality than Newtonian material science or fundamentalist religion. Paradigm Piracy, is a Chaos magic practice, used intentionally to break yourself free from accepting any model of reality too literally. If as a Paradigm Pirate you know you have successfully healed a person using prayer and faith in the Catholic tradition, but Also know you have done the same using Taoism or Reiki, you now know your model is not the territory!

And that scares people that ‘KNOW’ that their model is the territory – shitless! This is the secret meaning of the phrase: Nothing is true, Everything is permitted.

So what if you understand, because you know that you have experienced a reality tunnel, because it’s no longer your reality tunnel? So you now can appreciate what a reality tunnel is and can appreciate how more than one exists. What now? You now have a Larger model of what is real and own the subjectivity that is your only access to what is real. What’s next?

I myself don’t know. Surely there’s an even bigger model of reality, and I don’t see the blinders of my larger model – because it’s larger.

In the meantime, if you stand outside of the small and limiting reality tunnels, even if you still have blinders that you can’t see because your new reality tunnel is so large – if you can let go of needing your reality tunnel to be true – you have freedom choose or invent a reality tunnel that SERVES you! Choose FUN!

Here’s a model I’ve beep playing with, you may want to try on: reality hacking – Life is a GAME, YOU are the PLAYER, your game character is YOUR EGO, you choose the game! Play well!

As a reality tunnel this ‘reality hacking’ lets you choose the game and consider yourself a winner, and if the game is a loving relationship, being kind to as many people as possible or even getting as much money as possible – everyone gets to play to win at what is important to THEM!

Conceptualizing life as a game I find empowering, many of us are better at games than at life – our ego sabotages our life, fear of success, being uncomfortable in new roles and so forth.

But the player is not the EGO! And while psychologists and Buddhists can ‘realize this’ – you can jump start that realization by asserting the truth of it as your reality tunnel! And maybe this reality tunnel can stop your ego from stopping you! Just an idea!

I leave you with a comic I created long ago, that I may have shared on this website before. But it is relevant  to this conversation. I present PSYCHE VAMPYRES!


White Magic


So what is ‘White Magic’? White magic is ‘good’ magic, it is associated with a right hand path [power from GOD(s) and not yourself].

I am not a White Magician, but the exercise in this article is to give White magic a fair review. What is ‘good’ then?

As a Buddhist my general go to concept for good is ‘do no harm’. Non Buddhists may resort to the ‘Golden rule’ in one form or another – treat others as you would be treated (an ethic manifest before the comprehension of masochism I suppose).

Wicca, in its various flavors, commonly teaches a ‘law of threes’: that which you do magically or non magically, will come back to you three times. In my experience of life I see little evidence for this personally.

That ‘law of threes’ may have come from Occult groups that taught it to initiates to keep them controlled, understanding as the initiate grew in knowledge and competence they would outgrow that concept.

But many ‘white light’ Wiccans take the ‘Law of three’ as a concrete law of reality. And the paradox of course is that if you make an idea part of your identity – between your confirmation bias and ability to hack reality – you will make it true!

But that’s getting off track. What does it mean to be a ‘good magician’?

Here’s the good part. If you take being ‘good’ as critically important, it’s because you take the magic really seriously, like you would a gun. And this is fantastic for your power and intensity of belief!

And so you may only use your magic to heal people or help people, because that’s the good thing to do. Because your source of power requires ‘good’ for the magic to even work perhaps, depending on your paradigm.

What about helping yourself? Here, there’s a duality. Some consider self serving magic to be a no no. Others understand it as neutral or even good. The difference I suppose is the degree to which your magic is tied to the worship of God(s).

If you are channeling the power of God to do good works, you don’t do magic on your own behalf – you surrender to the will of God(s) instead – in this way ‘self serving’ magic is ‘evil’. Because magic for yourself belies doubt in God serving your best interests!

But is “GOOD” limited to helping others? What about improving yourself? As a Buddhist should I not use magic to realize enlightenment? As a Christian or Wiccan should you not use magic to elevate your consciousness to be more compassionate or ‘Christ-like’?

I did read some of a book on Tantra. And popularly Tantra is associated with sex with a prolonged orgasm that does not result in cumming. But that wasn’t what struck me when I read the book. It took a Buddhist concept of the essential emptiness of self (if you don’t follow, it’s okay) and uses that to suggest your emptiness is identical to that of Buddha’s and your sex partner’s emptiness is also the same as Buddha’s – so when having sex – you become Buddha making love to Buddha. Or in chaos magic language, you are invoking Buddha and using sex magic to engineer realization of enlightenment!

As a Christian especially, the notion of sex magic is too carnal to be ‘good’. Wiccans may enjoy richer duality on the matter.

As a Christian I would suggest you check you the article being linked now. On Christian magic!

What can a Christian (or comparable right hand path, Goddess, Krishna..etc) do to become more ‘Christ like’? Invocation is key, don’t just pray – invite the God/Goddess to come INTO YOU! And set your imagination free. When I invoke entities it’s like I see them and hear them – but in my mind, not with my eyes or ears. See if this is possible for you.

Catholics pray the rosary, this can actually be a powerful meditative practice. But the key is that you must keep your MIND on the mantra or chant, it it wavers, start again at bead #1.

The simple Zen mediation is one of sitting comfortably, back bolt upright, palms upward, left fingers in the palm of the right hand with thubs almost, but not touching. Breathe in such a way as your gut expands and retracts. And count your breaths on the exhale, fill your mind with the number of the count, as you count your exhaled breaths 1 to 10, but if you mind wanders! You must start again the count, from one. Good luck reaching breath number 3!

What benefits are there from meditation? Transformation! Literally actually, science confirms that meditation can physically alter your brain. Meditation introduces you to a self that is not your thoughts but rather is an observer of thought – and this is an experience of a self that is NOT your ego! Also, very important is that the simple returning to number one in your count when your mind does wander, and refocusing  – this is a proof of concept! Whenever you are being negative or hateful, you can ‘return to focus’, you need not dwell in the negativity.

The problem with White magic, isn’t the good, it’s the bad that often comes with the good. The judgment of others, the being self righteous, and the being intolerant of people with different values, or even simply different paradigms. The “law of threes” is absent in most magical paradigms!

Myself, I don’t consider myself Black, White or Grey. I have ethics, and I try to do no harm. But that leaves more possibilities than you might think. Would I cast a love spell on a closeted Gay person I don’t like? Yes! Because as painful as that experience could be for them, and as much as I may revel in their pain – however the victim deals with the situation – it is a LEARNING experience that will leave them wiser, and thereby I am doing no harm….?

And as Chaos magicians, we are often anathema to anyone too strongly attached to a truth or a ‘one right way’. It’s why there’s commonly contempt in Chaos magic circles for ‘fluffy’ White Light anything, and the contempt is mutual. A clash of paradigms more than ethics or even morals.

What is Sympathetic Magic?

a magic doll

A magic doll

What is sympathetic magic? I suppose a succinct explanation is that it is the magical power of PRETEND.

The most famous form of sympathetic magic may be the ‘VOODOO DOLL’, where you make a doll, pretend it represents your target, likely reinforce your pretending with a ‘psychic link’ (a physical thing that relates to the target, a strand of their hair, a fingernail clipping, a photo..etc) built into your doll. And now that you have a representation of your target, pretending that this is your target, you can manipulate the doll to heal or injure and it may IMPACT YOUR TARGET the same way!

The ‘Voodoo Doll’ is simply the most culturally ubiquitous form of sympathetic magic. The idea of sympathetic magic touches almost every other form of magic.

For example when masturbating to launch a sigil, not only does the orgasm deliver a powerful form of ‘gnosis’, the sex act is ALSO sympathetic magic to ‘give life’ to your desire! When creating a servitor, or thought form, with a sigil, giving ‘life’ is more explicit and the sympathetic magic of sex orgasm makes even more sense.

Magical Pretend is a very big category, it is a set that includes visualization, childlike play, and folk magic.

Visualization is confirmed to be as good or almost as good as actual practice in sports, this has been tested and confirmed with the rigors of scientific method. Turning the brain to thinking of doing a task seems to turn on the learning capacity of the brain as much as doing the task.

For purposes of magic, I’d suggest that the most magical part of yourself is atavistic, is is a more primal and stupider self, and often rudderless given a conscious mind sending it conflicting messages. Sympathetic magic is a way to give it a clear communication, as well as a LICENSE to do what it can do.

This reflects my paradigm, not the ‘truth’. The truth is that sympathetic magic is ubiquitous because it works!

And folk magic is where sympathetic magic can be overt, the Doctrine of Signatures itself is one application of sympathetic magic, Foot track magic, the colors of candles..etc – all are applications of sympathetic magic. And Folk magic is often a paradigm where people pay money for magical results and expect a return on that money. In that sense we see sympathetic magic tested and a proof of concept.

The Catholic doctrine of Transubstantiation, that the biscuit and wine taken at Eucharist literally becomes the body and blood of Christ once consumed – falls into a sympathetic magic category.

The play of children is also sympathetic magic. Playing with dolls representing the children you may raise, or dolls representing masculine or feminine ideals that you yourself might become. It is no accident that horror movies relate to children as fearsome and frightening. Children are natural magicians!

What is The Doctrine of Signatures?

The European Mandrake root resembles a Man!

The European Mandrake root resembles a Man!


The Doctrine of Signatures reflects the idea that an all powerful God created every plant and animal for MAN, and that man can determine the purpose of every plant, flower and root, by means of the shape, color, smell and taste of the plant, flower or root.

This is an old idea and seems to be an idea that is generated independently by every people and/or every Shaman. The herbal magic of middle ages grimoires belies this approach.

The famous European Mandrake Root – has lore suggesting its immense power, and happens to look a bit like a human being with 4 limbs and a head.

This is actually how herbal medicine got its jump start. The Doctrine of Signatures used to establish a best guess, and then, trial and error. After a while you figure out what works.

With regards to magic, because belief is so important and because the results, while real, are still interpreted – the causality of the herbs is far less black and white.

The herbs and magical associations I am most familiar with are those of Hoodoo, and my information is mostly from cat yronwode’s excellent book, Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic. Hoodoo is the African American folk magic, featuring strong American Indian and Pennsylvania Dutch, and Jewish influences.

In the Hoodoo Tradition, John the Conqueror root is highly esteemed for granting masculine power, sex appeal, dominance: the root has a look comparable to that of human balls.

Asafoeitida or ‘DEVIL’S DUNG’ – is a resin used in Indian cooking and called ‘hing’ – in its raw form is a stinking dark thing reeking of sulfur. In Hoodoo it is used to protect your from evil or do evil to people that have wronged you. In India, where it is cooked in oil and it then becomes like sweet onion in smell – it is thought to stimulate the brain. In old Europe it was thought to prevent illness.

Things that are naturally sweet are thought to ‘draw’ to you luck and love. Sweet smelling flowers, like roses, are used to draw love.

Pyrite, a mineral often mistook for gold – in hoodoo is believed to ‘draw’ gold and wealth, to you!

So you get the idea.

I remember reading the account of one Hoodoo Dr. online whose approach was to take a plant from their garden or that they found on their property, and sit with it. talk to it. And it will ‘tell you’ about itself and how it can be powerful for you. Now this will not work for just anyone, you have to take on believing the plant has a spiritual nature and that it will communicate with you, that it wants to prove how useful it can be. Play with those ideas, set your imagination free and you too may get a message from the plant, flower or root.

That’s likely the best way.

I found when using cinnamon, established as a wealth and luck drawing spice in hoodoo, I really had to imagine the cinnamon had a spirit, and intend the cinnamon to influence those that ate it (often in oatmeal). THEN it would have an impact, I’d be repaid a loan something as nice.

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