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« Reply #30: June 27, 2008, 10:58:18 pm »

Does anyone here incorporate their computer into their magic, or use magic on their computer?

I found that a game called The Sims 2 can be used for chaos magic, you can carry out rituals in it, especially if you download user a lot of made-mods (which I did). It's great for ritualistic sigil charging, you can use the terrain modding tool to paint sigils in your character's backyard.

I also occasionally have my computer play music and display imagery relevant to the ritual.
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« Reply #31: July 12, 2008, 09:53:24 am »

Does anyone here incorporate their computer into their magic, or use magic on their computer?

I once belonged to another pagan forum that got hacked, and after getting hacked each year for three years and losing everything I was getting fed up of this, so did a protection spell.  That was three years ago, and it hasn't been hacked since.

The spell involved printing out the front page of the forum and tracing a boundary around it with dried nettles in oil.

I should do something for my boyfriend's computer, as since we moved into the new place together last October he's had nothing but trouble with it, and I'm currently on library computers as the broadband is down.

Funnily enough, my computer (which has a hole at the back I've been meaning to cover) is fine, but since it was made about 13 years ago even if I could get a modem to connect up to the net it would go slower than a snail.
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« Reply #32: July 12, 2008, 12:15:01 pm »

I'm wondering if programming one yourself would make it resonate more and therefore be more accurate. Smiley

Never tried tarot (I like my Faerie Oracle deck, for now), but how effective would it be to perhaps simply set up your tarot playlist and put it on random playback until you had a full tarot spread from it?   
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« Reply #33: July 12, 2008, 12:22:22 pm »

Never tried tarot (I like my Faerie Oracle deck, for now), but how effective would it be to perhaps simply set up your tarot playlist and put it on random playback until you had a full tarot spread from it?   

I've been experimenting with this. I'm still working on the playlist, it's not complete, but I have put subtitles on the songs I've chosen so far, for ex. "Passing Clouds" by Susie Ibarra is the song I chose for Princess Swords, and I put that notation on the song title. But they are on my ipod, anyway. I have noticed they tend to come up when I'm thinking about something related to them, but i have not done anything more directed with them yet. Since I'm not playing with a full deck, I don't think it's reliable yet Cheesy
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« Reply #34: July 12, 2008, 08:27:41 pm »

Never tried tarot (I like my Faerie Oracle deck, for now), but how effective would it be to perhaps simply set up your tarot playlist and put it on random playback until you had a full tarot spread from it?   

The one problem I see with it is that depending on what you're using for playback, "random" isn't necessarily random.  An iPod, for example, will automatically weight its choices according to what you've listened to most. 
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« Reply #35: July 12, 2008, 09:17:27 pm »

The one problem I see with it is that depending on what you're using for playback, "random" isn't necessarily random.  An iPod, for example, will automatically weight its choices according to what you've listened to most. 

I didn't realize that.  I don't have an iPod, so my random playlist is generally handled by Winamp, which I don't THINK weights what you listen to most frequently heavier than what you tend to skip.  Interesting fact, however. 

Off-topic, if that's the case, how on earth did the iPod shuffle become so popular?  I thought the appeal of the shuffle was that it was random, not that it built an algorithm over time to play your favorite music more!
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« Reply #36: July 12, 2008, 11:12:07 pm »

The one problem I see with it is that depending on what you're using for playback, "random" isn't necessarily random.  An iPod, for example, will automatically weight its choices according to what you've listened to most. 

but you can fix that in your preferences before you do a reading. Also, the songs I picked are all songs I like a lot and listen to frequently-I *want them to come up a lot, when I'm listening randomly.
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« Reply #37: July 12, 2008, 11:13:06 pm »

Off-topic, if that's the case, how on earth did the iPod shuffle become so popular?  I thought the appeal of the shuffle was that it was random, not that it built an algorithm over time to play your favorite music more!

shuffles are a lot simpler than nanos or any of the other ipods, they are more truly random, if you set it up that way to begin with.
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« Reply #38: July 13, 2008, 03:17:45 am »

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.

So far I've heard a lot of great suggestions.  The only thing I've ever done is research and write.  I did have a lot of my thoughts down, and had started a website on paganism at one time, which is currently back under construction.  I also had what could be called a BoS (it was mostly just notes, nothing really substantial, I'm one of those pen and paper types, I like to be able to take my writing with me when I want to).

Although, if you think of it, the internet gives you an instant "connection" to whoever you are talking to, and would, theoretically, make it easier for you transfer your energy to that person for whatever purpose.  The line is already established, thus taking that part of the process out of the way.  I'll have to try that with some workings I've been doing, might make things a bit less complicated, especially since some of those I have been trying to work with are so far away.
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« Reply #39: July 13, 2008, 04:05:57 pm »

but you can fix that in your preferences before you do a reading.

No, you can't.  The closest you can come is to reset the play count of every song on the list to zero using iTunes, but that requires having your computer handy. (And I'm not 100% sure that works as well managing an iPod through iTunes as it does when just managing the music library on your computer--it should, but I'm not 100% certain.)  There is no place on the iPod's menu to reset play counts or make the shuffle more random.  At least, not on my iPod (I just went and checked), which is fairly new even as such devices go and up-to-date on all its updates and everything.  You can change the "randomness" of the shuffle in iTunes's preferences, but not on the iPod.

YMMV for other similar devices, of course.  I don't know how other MP3 players or programs handle their shuffles.
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« Reply #40: July 13, 2008, 10:50:57 pm »

No, you can't.  The closest you can come is to reset the play count of every song on the list to zero using iTunes, but that requires having your computer handy. (And I'm not 100% sure that works as well managing an iPod through iTunes as it does when just managing the music library on your computer--it should, but I'm not 100% certain.)  There is no place on the iPod's menu to reset play counts or make the shuffle more random.  At least, not on my iPod (I just went and checked), which is fairly new even as such devices go and up-to-date on all its updates and everything.  You can change the "randomness" of the shuffle in iTunes's preferences, but not on the iPod.

YMMV for other similar devices, of course.  I don't know how other MP3 players or programs handle their shuffles.

I was thinking of setting the play count to zero on that list, yes. I think it would play that way just on that list on the ipod, but not sure-where the song was in play count on other lists might make a difference. I guess another way to do it would be to do just the higher arcana and burn a cd, playing it on a cd player on shuffle.
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« Reply #41: July 14, 2008, 12:24:38 pm »

Never tried tarot (I like my Faerie Oracle deck, for now), but how effective would it be to perhaps simply set up your tarot playlist and put it on random playback until you had a full tarot spread from it?   

Definitely - that's how I've done my readings.  It does take awhile, so I tend to do spreads that don't have many "cards".
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« Reply #42: July 14, 2008, 12:25:32 pm »

I was thinking of setting the play count to zero on that list, yes. I think it would play that way just on that list on the ipod, but not sure-where the song was in play count on other lists might make a difference. I guess another way to do it would be to do just the higher arcana and burn a cd, playing it on a cd player on shuffle.

I think you can adjust randomness on Winamp - I just do my readings on my computer.
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« Reply #43: July 14, 2008, 12:27:48 pm »

Does anyone here incorporate their computer into their magic, or use magic on their computer?

I recently remembered something else I've done.  At one point, I made a pixel forum signature (on another forum) of the kind of job I wanted.  I figured since everyone reading threads would see it when I posted, it would accumulate energy.  The sig "theme" that month was our greatest wish in the new year - I guess the whole thing could be seen as magical.
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« Reply #44: August 12, 2008, 12:45:43 pm »

computer magick?
well, for anyone that has some experience with radionics you can use "cyber shaman". it's radionics software  Grin
http://www.occult-underground.com/radionics.html
few tips how to use it:
trend is intent
target is... well... target
central image is symbol of energy that you would draw off.
right panel image- i have no idea wtf is that. i'm still trying to figure it out.
power level- this adjusts how much power your pc pours in spell (it seems that cybershaman makes cpu busy)
to use it- creator suggests achieving super mental clarity, then pressing "set" button. after that, achieving mental clarity and pressing "send button"
not bad program, i'm still fooling around with it. so far i've had some minor successes with it.
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