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.

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

Magic is an alignment of your life with the reality you wish to create. You create the path of least resistance by living your life as if you had already manifested the result. Are you living your life as if the result had already occurred?

I’m reading The Ladder of Lights by William G. Gray. If you’re not familiar with the book, it’s an exploration of the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life. In my opinion, it’s a fairly thorough book, and I’ve been using his explanations in a series of meditative pathworkings I’m doing to connect with each Sephiroth. Currently I’m working with Hod. See more at: http://eepurl.com/YN9zD

Why its important to blog

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It sometimes surprises me when I come across an author who doesn’t have a blog. Blogs have been around for a while now and not having one is missing out on an opportunity to connect with people, while also practicing your writing. Truth to tell if you’re going to be a published author you can’t afford NOT to have a blog. A blog allows your readers to connect with you, with your writing, and stay…

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My interest in social responsibility started about six or seven years ago. I’d been doing internal work, i.e. meditation, for a few years before, and I think there’s a correlation between doing such work and becoming aware of social responsibility. Internal work is a process through which a person explores their dysfunctions, baggage, issues, etc. It is done in order to work through such issues and release them–emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically–so that the person can grow. See more at: http://bit.ly/1ncyG9H

Round Ten of the Process of Magic starts August 6th. In this 24 lesson class, we will explore what the process of magic is and how it applies to you and your magical work. If you’re looking for a different perspective on magic that explores the underlying principles of how magic works, instead of focusing on the tools, ceremonies, and other optional features, this class is for you. - Learn more at: http://bit.ly/1w2m1eO

Round Ten of the Process of Magic starts August 6th. In this 24 lesson class, we will explore what the process of magic is and how it applies to you and your magical work. If you’re looking for a different perspective on magic that explores the underlying principles of how magic works, instead of focusing on the tools, ceremonies, and other optional features, this class is for you. - Learn more at: http://bit.ly/1w2m1eO