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The Blasting Rod Enigma

Posted in Magic, Occult with tags , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2015 by Forge

I have to confess I am a Harry Dresden fan.  For someone who is in the trade (in my dreams!)  the Dresden Files hit the right note by being both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Though I have to say I draw the line at bribing the faery folk with pizzas!  In mitigation, Jim Butcher should be allowed to have some fun;  after all, writing is bloody hard work.

So inevitably a novelist such as Jim Butcher will use exaggeration to create a dynamic narrative so even in his fantastic genre he will inevitably create a blurring of what is real and what is made up.

Take the notion of a Blasting Rod.  Somehow, in my 40+ years of magical questing I have not come across such a magical tool.  “Blasting Rod” has a ring to it – “Don’t mess with me, I’m badass!”  And let’s face it, a wand has too many Harry Potter associations now.

So I assumed that the blasting rod in the Dresden files was a piece of artistic/dramatic licence which fitted well with the Harry Dresden character and his adventures where people and things keep trying to kill him – essential kit really!

But then I put “Blasting Rod” into a well known search engine and things got intriguing!

Amongst the Harry Dresden references there were sites selling “traditional” blasting rods using blackthorn wood and thorns.  I dug deeper but got precious little information about the origin and background of the tool.  The cynic in me was tempted to think this was real life imitating art ie.  suppliers perceiving a market for would-be Harry Dresdens and doing their best to give them an authentic background.

I’m still delving into that one but in the meantime am struggling with what the blasting rod is purported to do.

Whilst I accept that a magical implement might retain a residue of energy from its use, I have problems with the notion an inanimate object can act as some kind of capacitor which stores up energy which can be discharged in a blast of destructive power.

I go for the idea of such a powered up tool being a construct whereby energy from oneself acts as though it has been stored for such a concentrated release. ie. irrespective of where the energy comes from the effect is the same?  It depends on what you believe I guess…  and whatever works for you!

Forge

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The Sigil Strikes!

Posted in Magic with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2013 by Forge

It has been suggested to me that the sigil known as Reject Junk Food and Choose Healthy Living and Exercise which, after all these months I had assumed had packed its bags and gone on holiday, is in fact responsible for the massive scandal in Europe over horsemeat in beef products and the exposure of seriously dodgy practices etc.

This has really put the spotlight on the low practices of the food industry and hopefully made some people think again about the crap that they are eating.

 

Hooray for our side!!

Forge

Sigil and Servitor Work: Beware of Unintended Consequences!

Posted in Chaos Magick, Magic, Occult, Psychic Protection, Servitors, Sigils with tags , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2012 by Forge

Many of my previous posts have described in detail the process by which I have designed sigils and servitors.

These have included describing those factors I have taken into consideration in the “coding of the programme” – and the avoidance of unintended consequences.

Examples can be found in my posts:-

What is a Sigil? 24/12/2011

Allotment Guardian 3  11/01/2012

Powering Servitors 11/03/2012

Often such design flaws are not apparent at first.

Designing a sigil or servitor also has much in common with a legal document ie. contract, where all efforts are made to ensure no loop holes can occur as failing to establish boundaries could for instance see you losing control of the spirit you have created.

This is why it is important to assess your intended course of action and, if possible, run it past a magickal mate.

Because everything we do -very action we take – has consequences.  And, of course, this applies especially to magical work too.

So perhaps “The Monkey’s” Paw ” by W W Jacobs should be required reading for all folk in our line of work.

Many thanks to Tess for her comment which sparked off this train of thought.

Forge

Master of the Temple

Posted in Magic, Occult, Ritual Magic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2012 by Forge

I have been very pleased to see that copies of this exceptional book are now becoming available again.

When I searched for it a year or so ago I was dismayed to find it was virtually impossible to source and those that were available were going for silly money.

A compelling blend of novel and factual material it offers unique insights into a wide variety of magical practices, with substantial references to Aleister Crowley (including his raising of a demon in the North African desert in 1909, Dr Dee, Order of the Golden Dawn, Austin Osman Spare, Gerald Gardner, the OTO, Wicca and, most noteably, sex magic/tantric rites as practiced by “secret orders”.

I have a copy which I have read many times and as I (hopefully) progress in The Work I gain fresh insights into what it contains every time I open its cover.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

And who the heck is/was Eric Ericson?   He writes with authority and the story is a damn good read too!

“A novel isn’t necessarily a work of fiction…”

Forge