The Way of the Weird Words

I am struck by the similarity in our understanding of the realization of symbols, language, and the elements of ritual, and their effects on consciousness. If you were to read my book you would recognize this thread of theory. We even use some of the same quotations to illustrate the point and some of the same metaphors to describe the magickal process of getting that “monkey I” out of the way to listen to awen. I cannot imagine you’ve read my book at this point, so it’s a good argument for the effectiveness of chaos magick; seems that we’ve both caught some of this zeitgeist! Naturally I find this a fascinating essay and I am reblogging it as a different way of explaining some of the points I raised, since much of teaching is finding a way to communicate with people in a language they understand, and another perspective can only enrich us! Thanks for this. Obviously I agree with your thoughts almost completely. 🙂

The Blog of Baphomet

(A presentation for the Port Eliot Festival in the Ways With Weirds space.)

Magick that changes your world, your life, into what you want. Both internally and externally.

In this part of the world, two types of magickal process were recognised; seidr and galdr. Seidr covers making spells & charms, bodywork, sorcerous magick. Galdr is subtler, relying on the use of sounds and words, where what one says has Power.

Word magick was viewed as respectable, and intimately tied with the idea of one’s word being one’s bond. To break oath, whether with a person or a god, or a statement made with intent, was to lose one’s reputation; if what you say happens, then your voice, your word, creates realities as you speak.

These days the written word forms a large part of our communication. Whilst a verbal agreement still has legal validity, most of what we say exists…

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~ by Sable Aradia on August 20, 2014.

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