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Tag: E. E. Rehmus

Magic by Definition: Where is the Will?

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Most known for his non-fiction book The Outsider in which he writes about social alienation, English novelist and philosopher Colin Wilson also wrote several books about spirituality, chief among them The Occult: A History. His beliefs on modern man are capsulized in this quote by E.E. Rehmus in The Magician’s Dictionary under the entry for Magic:

Modern civilization induces an attitude of passivity. When a Stone Age hunter set out to trap wild animals, he was aware of his will as a living force. When the prehistoric farmer scored the surface of the earth with a crude plough, he knew that his family’s survival through the winter depended on his effort, and his will responded to the challenge. When a modern city dweller walks down a crowded throroughfare, he feels no sense of challenge or involvement. This city was built by other people; all these shops and offices are owned by other people. He can get through an ordinary’s day work in a state approximating sleep. Most of his routine tasks are carried out by the ‘robot.’ There is neither the need or the opportunity to use the will.

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22 Mysteries & Then Some

The Wise Fool
“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” ~Anaïs Nin

A traditional Tarot deck consists of 78 cards; Twenty-two of these cards are known as the Major Arcana with titles to indicate their specific symbolism. There are many ways to work with these archetypal energies. Most readers of the Tarot either see the Major Arcana as individual entities or they see them as a progression of meanings. The first perspective understands each card as presenting unique traits or experiences as relevant to a person’s spiritual advancement. For example, the Hermit represents application of knowledge, the Wheel represents a change in circumstances, and so on. This approach considers numbers on each card as significant according to the idea associated with them, instead of seeing the numbers as important due to their succession.

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Keep Your Mouth Shut

Elements of Magic
The word myein is an ancient Greek verb meaning “to keep the mouth shut.” Linked to medieval initiation rites and the secrecy surrounding them, Myein has come to stand for that which cannot be explained.

In The Magician’s Dictionary: An Apocalyptic Cyclopedia of Advanced Magic(k)al Arts and Alternate Meanings, E.E. Rehmus writes that myein is the root of the word mystery and states, ”

There is a practical reason for keeping silent about private or creative projects, especially while they are in the planning stage. Any talking about a plan will be a talking out of it, because talking is an action of its own and automatically substitutes for physical action…Plans must also be hidden until the moment comes to act or others will interfere with them.

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