A more recent form of magickal craft has entered the scene and is becoming ever more prevalent. This craft is known by a variety of names but is most commonly known as cyber/techno-magick/mancy. For this article, it will simply be referred to as techno-magick. Different claims as to the origin of this craft have been made, the most common being witchcraft and chaos magick, however, techno-magick is practised by practitioners of many different schools and therefore is not limited to any particular school of magick. Techno magick, as the name suggests is the use of technology in a magickal craft. Since the craft is relatively new there is no set system, but is free and evolving at a rapid rate. In this article, some aspects and uses of cyber magick will be discussed in terms of how the magickal community has been using it. This must not be confused with the “Information Model of Cyber Magick” as described by various practitioners including Frater U.D. in ‘High Magick’, where the universal force of magickal energy is described as data or information which can be programmed. Instead, this article discusses the use and application of technology.
In the modern age, the use of technology is only growing, it has become a part of everyday life for many years now and encompasses multiple facets thereof. At least in parts of the world where technology is commonplace. For many, it is difficult enough to keep up with the trends and rate of technological evolution. When this is coupled with techno-magick, it is clear that this craft will not become stagnant anytime soon and as all forms of existence will continue to evolve. This is an exciting concept for the generally younger generations who have grown up with technology at hand, especially those who have been tricked into believing that spirituality and technology cannot be reconciled. Forced to believe that any true practitioner of magickal arts have to seclude themselves from society and simply enter the wilderness to meditate for years on end before progress can be made, in the most extreme case. This is clearly not true if we look at the trends of how technology has been able to spread spiritual and magickal wisdom. In the modern age any grimoire, tome or exercise is a click away, while in the past travellers had to spend years journeying from place to place to learn a little bit at a time.
The use of technology in magickal practice come in many different forms, while many practitioners keep advancing and adding new interesting ways of using it. Besides the typical use of technology as a storehouse of magickal information and use as a logbook or digital book of shadows, many also use technology as a tool for divination, spell-casting, collective spell-casting, displaying symbols of power or sigils, and much more. This only scratches the surface as to the possible magickal uses. As a method of divination, for example, the practitioner can be drawn to certain parts of this web by simply intuitively clicking on links. As with all forms of divination, the interpretation and guidance are provided by the intuition, “spirit body” or “higher self”. As for channelling information from within or without oneself, automatic typing can be utilised, just as automatic writing has been for very many years. It is the same forces and capability of magickal energy that is simply transferred into a new paradigm of tools. For the practitioner that grew up close to technology and the internet, it will be easy to see how these tools can be harnessed in magickal practice. However, if the practitioner is not very efficient with technology and for the most part tries to avoid using it, then clearly other methods, means, and tools are more effective in their spell-work. Following is some examples of ways in which technology can be used for magickal practice. The exact ways of entering the applicable states of mind and using the intuition will not be discussed here.
Examples of Techno-magick
- Digital Book of Shadows, Dream Journal, Library of Mysticism.
- Automatic Typing.
- Digital Spellcasting.
- Sigils & Symbols.
- Global Ritual.
Digital Book of Shadows & Dream Journal & Library of Mysticism.
The first example of how techno-magick can be utilised is through the digital Book of Shadows, Dream Journal and Library of Mysticism. In most schools and esoteric practices, one is required to keep a journal to document any spell-work, or magickal practice that the practitioner conducts. This is done so as to later log the outcome of the spell and provides great insight into where alterations are to be made in the future. Often these journals are separated into multiple books, for example for spell-craft, dream journaling, personality mirrors, etc. The technological world provides a convenient way of logging these encounters. This can either be done by simply creating documents in a folder applicable to the type of journal that it is, or it can be kept online by for example creating a free blog site that can only be viewed by you. When it is saved online, there is no risk of losing the information gathered over time. The logs are kept safely in the online cloud. All books that the practitioner utilises can also then be stored digitally, which is very useful for anyone who uses a kindle or tablet. In essence, the entire library that you have built digitally can be carried along with you wherever you go. I find this to be personally very useful. Of course there are few things as beautiful as having the real book, however, this is impractical for those who travel a lot for example.
Secondly, let us have a look at Automatic Typing. Now, automatic writing is a very old form of channelling the inner and outer intelligences in communion with the practitioner. Unlike a form of possession, the practitioner simply gives over a portion, not fully, to whatever is being channelled and instead of having a pen and paper at hand, a keyboard is used and the messages are received through typing. This is of course not an easy task for a novice, however, as with all methods and forces, it will only become more powerful over time when practised. As Ian Stevenson in ‘Some Comments on Automatic Writing’ states in The Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research Vol. 72. ‘The term “automatic writing” is used to designate writing that is done without the writer being conscious of what he is writing, or even (occasionally) of the act of writing.’ This is a form of channelling, and whether one does it through writing, art or typing the force remains the same, while the instrument may differ.
Divination through technomancy can be related to other forms of divination, such as bibliomancy. Bibliomancy involves the use of books, where the practitioner seems to be intuitively guided to a certain phrase in a book. This phrase is then interpreted and related to the divined situation. Again the practitioner’s personal intuition or ‘higher-guidance’ is utilised for direction and interpretation. This happens accidentally on occasion, where the phrase or number reveals valuable insights into themes that have developed in one’s life for a period of time. In a techno-magick sense, this intuitive guidance remains, while the medium changes to the internet. And since such a variety of books, articles, videos and more are accessible on the internet, there is an array of possibility. This does take practice, however, the development of intuition as a sense of ‘knowing’, for a lack of better word, is key to any form of divination.
Digital Spellcasting can come in a variety of useful forms, however, as with all spell-casting, the possibility is limitless and can be designed by the individual practitioner. It is continual practice that will reveal ever more ways of utilisation. For example, a spell that acts as a magnet for the appropriate people to find a certain site, article, etc. can be cast. Or, a spell can be cast specifically designed to find something specific, such as an item, or person that may aid you in a manner you desire. Thus any spell can be cast onto the digital world, as one would on anything else. On the other hand, the digital can aid in spellcasting itself, in its basic form by using it as your book of shadows when conducting a ritual or casting a spell. Or by playing the applicable music, hypnotic sound, or mantra desired for the mood or purpose of the spell. This value cannot be understated, as a multitude of music, producing appropriate frequencies and harmonies are easily accessible for personal use and even designed with specific purposes.
Sigils & Symbols.
Symbols and Sigils can be used by simply placing them in specific places that other people online might be able to see, either blatantly or somewhat disguised, such as on a website, profile avatar, art site, digital signature, etc. This is a very useful tool, as sigils and symbols can be used for a multitude of purposes. For example, it might be a symbol of protection, attraction, healing or any other function the practitioner wishes. The constant presence of the sigil will continually serve its function. The purpose might even be to evoke a certain emotion or thought subconsciously into those that see it. Again, the designer of the symbol or sigil determines its function and therefore can be creatively designed and applied in various manners. As long as the appropriate energy and steps go into the empowerment of the sigil or symbol.
The global inter-connectivity of people is practically instantaneous with modern internet structure. From this network, we clearly see all manners of mystics, mages, witches, wizards, monks, druids, and all the rest connecting globally with one another. The share their insights, will, and wisdom in both organised groups and loose practitioners. With this interconnectivity, these practitioners are able to find the community and knowledge that they seek from all manner of people. A group spell or ritual can be cast by people separated by vast distances, thus each participant does not have to be in the same place, as long as the ritual is still collectively performed. Many mystics may argue against the idea of not sharing the same space when performing the ritual and granted it is more limiting on the ritual, however, this is still a great advancement in my opinion. The lone practitioners who do not want to be part of a particular sect or school are able to connect and perform the rites that they wish. Greater organised meditations, prayers, rituals etc, can be sent out on the network to try and have massive numbers of people casting the same spell or producing the same intent if they agree with it.
We are entering a new paradigm of global interconnectivity and information through the use of technology and internet. Along with this shift the knowledge base, and opportunity to learn about the forces used in magick has grown exponentially. It provides freedom of thinking and expression to all magick-minded individuals and has therefore evolved at a rapid rate. The very tools we use for this powerhouse of information and connection can be used for magickal purposes that were not present in the near past. This has created the new paradigm of techno-magick, with diverse and many unexplored methods and possibilities. It is a pity that some will frown the mutual use of technology and magick, stating that the two may not be reconciled. However, perhaps this mindset towards magick is outdated? Perhaps freedom of craft and of spiritual information is required as we enter the “New Age”.
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Stevenson, I. (1978) ‘Some Comments on Automatic Writing’, American Society for Psychical Research, 72, p. 316.