Magical Experiments

The Tumblr Blog for Author Taylor Ellwood, with topics on Pop Culture Magic, Space/Time Magic, Inner Alchemy, Media and magic, and other assorted interests.

I am all caught up on email. I also now have long list on my whiteboard, with a few item already done. Time to relax for the rest of the evening. On another note I finished reading three books during this trip, two of which are research for pop culture magic 2.0. I’m almost ready to start writing it. and I have a new book idea as well…I told Kat I have to live a long, long time because I have too much to do, too much to write, to much to share.

When I’ve taught the concepts of magical identity to different people, one of the questions that comes up is if magic is only mental in an ontological model. It’s a fair question to ask, in the sense that the initial focus of the magical work involves becoming the magic. However the ontological model of magic isn’t a psychological model, which means it goes much deeper than just a mental state. See more at: http://bit.ly/1qiXsZ9

When I’ve taught the concepts of magical identity to different people, one of the questions that comes up is if magic is only mental in an ontological model. It’s a fair question to ask, in the sense that the initial focus of the magical work involves becoming the magic. However the ontological model of magic isn’t a psychological model, which means it goes much deeper than just a mental state. See more at: http://bit.ly/1qiXsZ9

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A little while back I wrote an article about The Broom Closet in the 21st Century. Recently the New York Times had an opinion article about the persecution of Witches in various parts of the world. In that article the opinion writer argued that the age of the internet has increased the witch hunting that occurs. One of the problems is that many of the people accused of witchcraft may not even be witches. They are accused for reasons that may have nothing to do witchcraft, but nonetheless it is used because it’s convenient. See more at http://bit.ly/1jXuMqh

It’s becoming clearer each year that climate change is no longer a theory, but a reality. If nothing else, this year’s winter weather–with much lower than usual temperatures, including parts of the country that typically don’t experience harsh winter weather–speaks to something being different with our ecosystem. Of course, even with such obvious changes, some people will argue that climate change isn’t real. However, we need to consider that at least from the industrial age, humans have changed the environment with their technology far more than in any preceding period of time. We bear the burden of those changes and of the consequences of our continued choices, now and in future generations. See more at: http://bit.ly/1pFuFxm

6-20-14 When I was working with my spirit cord today, I felt it pulse and sync with my heart beat. It was quite an interesting experience and not something I’d previously felt in my work with the spirit cord. I also continued my work around regret. I dove in really deep today with that blockage that’s by my navel, and I felt it continue to loosen up and as it did I experienced some memories and feelings about a couple of people and choices I’d made around those people. It was hard to feel those emotions, to be in those memories, but I let myself relax into them and as I did, I allowed myself to acknowledge and feel those emotions instead of avoiding them. I felt some sadness and a sense of responsibility that I had previously denied or tried to foist on someone else. Instead I chose to accept the responsibility. There’s still work to do around it, but I felt taking that step was significant enough in its own right. - See more at: http://bit.ly/1ltAziE

The other night, at the magical experiments meetup, I got into an interesting conversation with Victoria and Sara (Two of our regular members) about whether magical tools are essential, in and of themselves, or if they are just props. Sara made an interesting point that when people argue that magical tools are just props or window dressings, they are being dismissive of them, instead of recognizing the important role they can play in a practitioners work. - See more at: http://bit.ly/1l9SRoR

The other night, at the magical experiments meetup, I got into an interesting conversation with Victoria and Sara (Two of our regular members) about whether magical tools are essential, in and of themselves, or if they are just props. Sara made an interesting point that when people argue that magical tools are just props or window dressings, they are being dismissive of them, instead of recognizing the important role they can play in a practitioners work. - See more at: http://bit.ly/1l9SRoR

The Process of Magic Round starts in 3 weeks on August 6th http://bit.ly/1nKyd3j

In Magical Identity, I wrote about how my approach to magic shifted to an ontological model, which recognized identity as a principle of magic. One of the key realizations I had about magic is that a lot of it is reactive, done to solve a problem. The problem with a reactive approach is that you are waiting for things to happen to you before you do something. Another problem is that the focus of the magician is on the world to the exclusion of recognizing the role the magician plays as well. - See more at: http://bit.ly/1roZHMf

In Magical Identity, I wrote about how my approach to magic shifted to an ontological model, which recognized identity as a principle of magic. One of the key realizations I had about magic is that a lot of it is reactive, done to solve a problem. The problem with a reactive approach is that you are waiting for things to happen to you before you do something. Another problem is that the focus of the magician is on the world to the exclusion of recognizing the role the magician plays as well. - See more at: http://bit.ly/1roZHMf