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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

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

A New Servitor – Time to Create “My Seat”

Posted in Chaos Magick, Magic, Occult, Servitors, Sigils with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2012 by Forge

With what appears to be a “summer recess” having come to a close and the nights drawing in it feels like time to get into the magical work again.

Those of you who recall the servitor Myspace! may be interested to know that I have in the past week supplemented the servitor with a real life makeshift bollard to deter people from parking in the space outside my house.  Whilst I felt Myspace! worked quite a lot of the time, an influx of new people having two cars to park in our little street was just too much for him – and my blood pressure!  Often I’d be gone for only ten minutes and some b**t**d would nip in!!

Undetered and undaunted I am planning to create the servitor mooted a few postings back.  A servitor designed to reserve my favourite (comfy) seat in a particular cafe in our City.

In the intervening months I have indeed done what was suggested.  I have carried out a survey of the occupancy of this seat and can tell you that when it was vacant 52% of the time I visited the cafe.

Once the servitor is created I will monitor the situation again and let’s see what happens!

I see the servitor as a kind of Jabba the Hut entity that will fill the seat when I am en route to the cafe, thus giving people who might be heading towards the seat the impression it is already occupied.

Similarly, if the seat is already occupied the people on it will suddenly feel it’s crowded, will finish their drink etc and will depart.

Frivolous?  Of course it is!

Trivial?  Yep!

Worth a shot?  You bet!