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« Topic Start: June 09, 2008, 07:33:43 pm »

I'm not sure whether this is the best section for this, and if there's been a thread I missed when I searched for this topic, please direct me to it.

Does anyone here incorporate their computer into their magic, or use magic on their computer? I spend enough time on mine that I'd like to start, but I have absolutely no clue how I might go about that. My laptop is warded, in a general this-is-an-entry-point way, but beyond that I don't even know where to start.

An introduction to the subject of magic and the computer is what I'm looking for, I guess, or personal experience with it -- basically just a jumping-off point of any kind.
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« Reply #1: June 09, 2008, 08:20:22 pm »

Does anyone here incorporate their computer into their magic, or use magic on their computer? I spend enough time on mine that I'd like to start, but I have absolutely no clue how I might go about that. My laptop is warded, in a general this-is-an-entry-point way, but beyond that I don't even know where to start.

What kind of stuff do you do not on the computer? That's probably where I'd start.

Stuff I do:
- Name my computer, and have it be something relevant to the kind of work I normally do on it. (My computer is named Esoterica, and my iPod is named Polyhymnia, which is also a really horrible pun I couldn't resist - but seriously, most of what's on her is religiously relevant music.)

- desktop images that reflect my current ritual focus. Sometimes they're seasonal. Sometimes they're related to a particular topic of focus (when I was doing elemental attunements, I did elemental ones, for example.)

- iTunes playlists (well, any other program works, too) that focus on different  topics. I have playlists for every Sabbat, for each element, and for various ongoing projects/magical workings/etc. I have going. I have them going whenever it's appropriate.

- One of our current group projects is about the use of music in ritual. One variant on this I've done in the past is an unguided meditation: music for each element, with items to pass around/touch/smell/taste while the music is playing, and markers/crayons/paper to draw with if people got inspired that way. It turned out to be a very good ritual, and I'm interested in exploring other options with that kind of format. Doing it on computer would be easier in some ways than making a mix CD and playing it.

- Record keeping, etc. This one's probably self-explanatory, but I consider records a magical act in and of themselves.
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« Reply #2: June 09, 2008, 08:21:49 pm »


My lappy is an integral part of Gwyddon rituals that I participate in (due to necessity). It has a crystal talisman attached to it's power cord, and there is a similar crystal inside the case of my desktop. Cheesy

Yes I have used magic on my computers. Yes it has worked. No I can't explain how I do it LOL.
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« Reply #3: June 09, 2008, 08:42:47 pm »

Yes I have used magic on my computers. Yes it has worked. No I can't explain how I do it LOL.

What sort of magic did you do?

And haven't Cill members used candle images on the computer like when they're at work? I remember reading that somewhere...
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« Reply #4: June 09, 2008, 08:50:59 pm »

What sort of magic did you do?

I've mostly done magic to get/keep my computer working properly. Cheesy
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« Reply #5: June 09, 2008, 09:10:35 pm »

What kind of stuff do you do not on the computer? That's probably where I'd start.
A lot with herbs and a good deal of cooking, neither of which seems immediately applicable to the computer.

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Stuff I do:
- Name my computer, and have it be something relevant to the kind of work I normally do on it. (My computer is named Esoterica, and my iPod is named Polyhymnia, which is also a really horrible pun I couldn't resist - but seriously, most of what's on her is religiously relevant music.)
Ha, oh dear, I love that your iPod is called Polyhymnia.

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- iTunes playlists (well, any other program works, too) that focus on different  topics. I have playlists for every Sabbat, for each element, and for various ongoing projects/magical workings/etc. I have going. I have them going whenever it's appropriate.

(snip)

- Record keeping, etc. This one's probably self-explanatory, but I consider records a magical act in and of themselves.
I do both of these already -- a matter of perspective, I guess, as to whether they're magical acts, so thanks for mentioning and putting them into that perspective.
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« Reply #6: June 09, 2008, 09:13:15 pm »

I've mostly done magic to get/keep my computer working properly. Cheesy

Now that would be useful. Seeing as I tend to make problems worse through mundane computer-fixing efforts, though, I think I'll avoid that.
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« Reply #7: June 09, 2008, 09:27:35 pm »

A lot with herbs and a good deal of cooking, neither of which seems immediately applicable to the computer.

Are you trying to learn more about specific herbs or expand your range? What about finding photos of them to use as desktop images? (Or creating an image you could use, like a photo down one side, and some info in a nice font down the other?) I find having things pop out as I move windows, etc. helps keep my attention focused on that thing.

And while you're right taht they're not directly related to the computer - do you participate in any forums related to either herbs or cooking? You can explicitly do that as part of your other magical or ritual work. (For example, when I'm doing certain kind of computer work, I use specific playlists, minimise everything else, and do other stuff to help me focus on my intention.)

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I do both of these already -- a matter of perspective, I guess, as to whether they're magical acts, so thanks for mentioning and putting them into that perspective.

The playlists, in particular, are - I do have non-religious focused ones, but there are times I'll just have a specific magic-focused one on endless repeat. (Easier when there's several hours of music in there, I admit.)
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« Reply #8: June 09, 2008, 10:58:32 pm »

I'm not sure whether this is the best section for this, and if there's been a thread I missed when I searched for this topic, please direct me to it.

Does anyone here incorporate their computer into their magic, or use magic on their computer? I spend enough time on mine that I'd like to start, but I have absolutely no clue how I might go about that. My laptop is warded, in a general this-is-an-entry-point way, but beyond that I don't even know where to start.

An introduction to the subject of magic and the computer is what I'm looking for, I guess, or personal experience with it -- basically just a jumping-off point of any kind.

I've participated in circles by chat. In my online group we did a very effective exorcism and banishment ritual in this way. I send and receive energy through the computer. I recently did a protection charm on our home computer, and have always had one on my work machines. I have magic playlists and much of my BOS in my witchy file. I consider the 'puter to be a magical tool like all my other ones.
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« Reply #9: June 10, 2008, 02:21:46 pm »

Thanks; all of this gives me a much better handle on what I might do and on how what I already do might fall under the heading of computer magic.
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« Reply #10: June 10, 2008, 08:33:49 pm »

An introduction to the subject of magic and the computer is what I'm looking for, I guess, or personal experience with it -- basically just a jumping-off point of any kind.

It's a bit broader then what you're asking for, but you might like Techgnosis: Myth, Magic + Mysticism by Erik Davis.
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« Reply #11: June 10, 2008, 08:47:18 pm »

It's a bit broader then what you're asking for, but you might like Techgnosis: Myth, Magic + Mysticism by Erik Davis.

Thanks -- I'm always up for book recommendations.
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« Reply #12: June 10, 2008, 10:16:32 pm »

Thanks -- I'm always up for book recommendations.

The author has a website here - I've read some bits on it and they were nifty.
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« Reply #13: June 12, 2008, 02:32:41 pm »

I'm not sure whether this is the best section for this, and if there's been a thread I missed when I searched for this topic, please direct me to it.

Does anyone here incorporate their computer into their magic, or use magic on their computer? I spend enough time on mine that I'd like to start, but I have absolutely no clue how I might go about that. My laptop is warded, in a general this-is-an-entry-point way, but beyond that I don't even know where to start.

An introduction to the subject of magic and the computer is what I'm looking for, I guess, or personal experience with it -- basically just a jumping-off point of any kind.

If there were a Greek God patron of computers, it would be Hermes  Smiley

I have my book of shadows on my mac.  I cannot imagine how people did one with paper and pencil, and kept it organized!
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« Reply #14: June 12, 2008, 05:11:10 pm »

I cannot imagine how people did one with paper and pencil, and kept it organized!

Typewriter and lots of sheet protectors and index tabs.
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