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A Multi-Media approach to how magic is understood and practiced.|
Multi-Media Magic: Further Explorations of Identity and Pop Culture in Magical Workings
Author: Taylor Ellwood [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: Immanion Press/Megalithica Books
Category: advanced magic Level: All
We live in the Information Age. We are surrounded by multi-media transmitting endless streams of memetic information around the world. Now, with Multi-Media Magic, you can use that information to take control of your life and manifest your reality.
Author Taylor Ellwood shows readers how definitions, clothing, corporations, video games, paintings, and much more can be integrated into magical practices. Utilize new methods for evoking entities, whether it's in a corporate setting, or in the comfort of your own home. Incorporate invocation to heal yourself or another person, explore your identity, or even to change your body and health. Explore just how powerful words can be for shaping your reality on a daily basis.
Rather than insisting on a right way to do multi-media magic, Taylor shows you, through personal examples and exercises, how to take the concepts in Multi-Media Magic and revolutionize the way you practice magic.
"This is a remarkably thoughtful and erudite, and extensive, consideration of the nature of magic. The author has a firm grip on modern sociology and anthropology, and can hold his own against any of their professional practitioners. I was impressed by the care with which his arguments are composed, the rigour with which they are presented, and the charm with which they are expressed." --Ronald Hutton, Professor of History and author of Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
"For all too many practitioners of magic, particularly in the west, their understanding of magic is focused on magical ritual as symbols, words, and text. Certainly, symbols and text are important, as books (and now web pages) are the primary medium in which most of us encounter magical material. In Multi-Media Magic, however, Taylor rightly argues that the format and medium (even the font and punctuation) of words and symbols is an important potential part of their magical use, not to mention the importance of gesture, tone, color, and other less-often discussed portions of the magical palette such as clothing.
Taylor discusses creating artificial languages and personal "alphabets of desire" to enable the magician to establish non-English relationships between concepts and symbols. Multi-Media Magic also delves into the magical use of narrative to create possibility and of text cut-up techniques and collage as ways of extending the meaning of words and images and employing the resulting synchronicities to change reality.
At one point, Taylor quotes William Gray, defining real magic as some that "is only worked with the efforts of a whole heart, whole mind, and a whole soul." Multi-Media Magic will help many of those who have been limiting their magical practices to half measures, opening up a much larger tool box for possible use." --Bill Whitcomb, author of The Magician's Companion and the The Magician's Reflection
If you think that magick is something that takes place only in the ivory tower or candlelit temple, prepare to have your assumptions blown away. Taylor Ellwood pushes magick out of the ancient grimoires and into the full-sensory environment of modern media. Multi-Media Magic offers methods that instantly integrate with daily life in the 21st Century. - Philip H. Farber, author of Meta-Magick:The Book of Atem
Multi Media Magic, by way of semiotics, memetics and modalities, brings practical evocation into a discussion accessible to either a practicing magician or an academic theorist.
Taylor Ellwood consistently bridges the gaps of logic and practice often ignored in other works, an amazing achievement for an area of study normally obsessed with rehashing quaint metaphysical models.
This is written for those determined to experiment with cutting edge magic and exercises are clearly laid out for every step on the path. -- Wes Unruh, Editor of alterati.com
Table of Contents:
Introduction by Vince Stevens
Chapter 1: What Do You Mean by Multi-Media?
Chapter 2: Words, Symbols, Multimodality, and Magic
Chapter 3: Definitions of Magic I
Chapter 4: Definitions of Magic II
Chapter 5: In Defense of Pop Culture�
Chapter 6: Evocation I
Chapter 7: Evocation II
Chapter 8: Evocation III Corporate Magic
Chapter 9: Invocation I
Chapter 10: Invocation II: Invocation, Identity, and Aspecting
Chapter 11: Clothing, Magic, and Identity
Chapter 12: The Astral Marriage
Chapter 13: Banishment through Detachment
Appendix 1: The Ley Lines of the Roads
Appendix 2: Citational Pop Magic
Appendix 3: Push Pin Sigil Magic
Appendix 4: The Magic of Feasting
Appendix 5: Seventh Sanctum Entity and Magic Creation
Appendix 6: The Perils of Solipsism in Magical Practice
Where To Buy: You can buy this book at independent metaphysical book stores, at amazon or other online books stores, or the Immanion Press or Magical Experiments websites
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