Authors & Bloggers, Mind Magick, Political Mythology

Mind Magick: Consensus

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Mage the Ascension is one of the World of Darkness TTRPGs which helped shaped the paradigm of 25-35 year old me well beyond roleplaying. There was a great deal about it that I didn’t enjoy about MtA when sitting around a table, dicing with friends or typing in-character posts inside a roleplaying chat room. However, when it came to applying its metaphors and arcane theorycraft to how magick actually worked? Some of it was pretty good, I thought at the time. I still do.

One of the most useful things that MtA teaches about the efficacy of magick – aka the success in creating your intended effect through the application of True Will upon a situation via a personalized rite or ritual- is your success in overcoming Consensus.

MtA is just a game about mage politics and hubris in a reality that can be much more definitively shaped by True Will than our actual one. However, it uses Consensus as a gatekeeper over what the PCs and NPCs can successfully accomplish.

Mages know that all humans shape the world with their wills, but Sleepers do so unconsciously – reality is what the majority of people believe it to be.   For any individual willworker to work magic, he must force his belief on the world, fighting the billions of minds whose beliefs shape the Consensus.White Wolf Wiki

There is a lot of nuance to The Consensus and there’s a war over it going on in the United States these days. A war that looks like it is only going to become more vicious and brutal from here. It wouldn’t be wrong, in fact, to use the MtA factions as a metaphor for #BLM and QAnon as examples. Just about every ideological truth of one is repudiated by the other and both are fighting hard to seize control of the Consensus. Alt-Left and Alt-Right are convinced that the leaders of the opposing side are fascists who will destroy everything sacred and precious. Everyone outside of their own paradigm is either crazy or simply calculatingly exploitive.

I’m pretty biased myself towards #BLM and a world where a progressive, humanitarian, environmentally-sustaining ideology becomes the Consensus. I find it daunting as a psychoteric magician to apply rituals and workings towards this cause. I also feel a Calling from something beyond my own singular consciousness to do so. However, I think the most practical and successful way to create magickal change is to focus on the macrocosm vs. the microcosm. When your own Self is what you are throwing into the alchemical crucible and putting through all the stages of tempering into a Magnum Opus, you have a whole more control over the environment. The only “believers” you have to get into agreed ideology are the dwellers in your own psyche.

However, that is a whole lot harder than it sounds.



Jung’s Model of the Psyche, artist unknown

One of my favorite new spelunkers of the psyche is Anne over at ThirdEve. who wrote a very good article on Jung’s Model of the Psyche a few years ago. One of the big takeaways from it is:

“The Self can only be seen through images we call archetypes such as hero, king, queen, wise old man, orphan, savior, divine couple, etc. in dreams, myths, fairytales, and the like. When a person is at an impasse developmentally, it is through trying to break through to the hidden life of the unconscious that she may find the way to her true Self.”

One of my personal truths is that within the self we don’t have a singular archetype to draw on, but at least sixteen of them (The MBTI archetypes). Then there are our individualized inner demons, qlippothic or shadow archetypes that serve the Adversary Within. This would create 32 archetypal voices in my personal paradigm for the psyche: gasp just like there are 32 paths of Wisdom in QBL philosophy!

If you view your inner Self as a chorus of competing spin doctors, each wanting to establish dominance over what you feel and how you behave? You can appreciate why, even magicians and mystics, have so much challenge in making meaningful, sustainable self-change. One of the benefits of being a life-long “gamer”, however, is that attacking challenges and seeking creative solutions is sure a lot of fun.

Authors & Bloggers, Mind Magick, Political Mythology

The Power Of Myth

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Today, I didn’t make it to Medium. Instead, I read an article offered by a friend who listens to me babble about magick and psychoterica on my especially hyper-manic days. Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ Myth Reaches Its Catastrophic Conclusion by Paul Blumenthal is found on HuffPost which is actually more left than I like my news and commentary. I actually get my political news/commentary from The Hill, the Washington Post, the Atlantic and AllSides.

There was a specific reason this article was sent to me beyond my Rage For Democracy (and trust me, -if- it had been a Far Left group who did the same behavior on 1-6 I would call it terrorism and be just as engaged in seeing them torn asunder as a group and the perpetrators jailed). It was because this gets to the heart of Mind Magick and what can be done by a skilled Mental Magician or better still, a cabal of them.

I was -NOT- planning on going anywhere near the topic of the Trumps, MAGA/QANON with this blog. Heck, the whole reason I was waiting for 2021 to go live was to put the Trump era behind and focus on Biden-Harris USA and just stop giving the ex-Potus power by mentioning him/his name.

1-6 and the machinations before, after, and yet to come had to get in the way of my intentions. Lightning Hit The Tower. And so here I am, not at all ready to be wading forward into topics this complicated and messy. I wanted to be teaching the basics of occult philosophy in a way that fit for a 2020+ paradigm!! Helping novice tarot readers feel more confident in how to interpret cards and getting into theorycraft on self-development and interpersonal relationships, how to improve those without jumping into the consumerism of the Wellness and Pop Psychology Industry.

I was a 52 year old lady with a plan that was going to gently ease people into the topics near and dear to my heart. But no. Because I was intentionally blind to just how BAD things REALLY were. I’d spent 7 years pretty self-absorbed in my personal pain and pleasure (like most folks) and it had taken 2020 to wake me up, taken until mid September of 2020 for me to do more than watch, listen, think.

What is gut-wrenchingly important about this specific article listed above is what it has to say about political myths. Political mythology and the creation and belief in them is very psychoteric stuff. The creators of political mythologies are mental magicians. They craft a personal belief and project it in a way that it expands, person by person, to include an entire social group. As the belief expands, egregores develop. I am not sure I am capable right now of explaining what egregores are except they shape themselves accordingly to their creator’s emotional state: they take the form of what we truly love or fear- according to which state we are experiencing when we bring them into manifestation in the realm of mind-spirit.

I wasn’t even ready to start writing about mind-spirit and my take on the Qabalistic four worlds!

sigh.

So…. MAGA/QAnon has a political mythology, an ideological narrative. So does #BlackLivesMatter. Political mythologies aren’t by themselves bad. Mental magicians (most of them would NEVER call themselves by this name; the most influential pundits are mental magicians by the Law of Association. What they do is a form of Mind Magick) can use their craft for activities that covered my the entire range of a human moral compass. -I- am a very altruistic mental magician and I am anti-grift and anti-excessive wealth, so I’d make a shitty celebrity or even book author. I advocate fabulously; I market poorly.

I was always Anti-Trump and what he represented as a wheeling-dealing businessman from my early adulthood on. I’m anti-billionaire. It wasn’t about him as a person, not even through his Art of the Deal era, not even during The Apprentice. And quite honestly? When he took office? I wanted to be wrong about him. But I was a little busy in 2015-2016 to fighting fibromyalgia, related health problems and the abject poverty that comes when suddenly you can’t work for a living and you are fighting the SSA system to get on SSDI. Nor could I have done anything about him and QAnon even if I wasn’t.

MAGA/QAnon had to actually perform their first overt act of terrorism for me to label them as terrorists. GOP legislators like Ted Cruz, Hawley had to step over the line of an ideology I despised to sedition against the democratically elected Biden-Harris. They all had to work together to attempt a coup on behalf of Donald Trump.

They had to take their mythology to a new level where they have become religious extremists like ISIS. Because that is what MAGA/QAnon has involved into. Not all Muslims supported Obama bin Laden and other Islamic terrorists and extremists. Far from it! Muslim extremists committed far more terrorism and war and murder on other Muslims than non-Muslims before and after 9-11. For all I know, they still are.

I have my own mythology to weave now, my own ideological narrative to build. I want to believe that mine will be actually true but I’m going to fight that hubris. Instead, I will focus on the idea that it is based on egalitarian principles, real ones.