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GRANT MORRISONPOP MAGIC!"In this book it is spoken of the sephirothPOP MAGIC! is Magic! For the People. Pop Magic! isNaked Magic! Pop Magic! lifts the 7 veils and shows youthe tits of the Infinite.and the paths, of spirits and conjurations, of gods,spheres, and planes and many other things whichmay or may not exist. It is immaterial whether theyexist or not. By doing certain things, certain resultsTHINKING ABOUT ITAll you need to begin the practice of magic is concentration,imagination and the ability to laugh at yourself and learnfrom mistakes. Some people like to dress up asEgyptians or monks to get themselves in the mood; otherswear animal masks or Barbarella costumes. The use of ritualparaphernalia functions as an aid to the imagination only.Anything you can imagine, anything you can symbolize, canbe made to produce magical changes in your environment.follow; students are most earnestly warned againstattributing objective reality or philosophical validityto any of them."This is the most important rule of all which is why it'shere at the start. As you continue to learn anddevelop your own psychocosms and styles of magicalpractice, as you encounter stranger and strangerdenizens of the Hellworlds and Hyperworlds, you'llcome back to these words of wisdom again andagain with a fresh understanding each time.Book of LiesFIRST STEPS ON THE PATHMagic is easy to do. Dozens of rulebooks and instructionmanuals are available in the occult or "mind, body andspirit" sections of most modern bookstores. Many of theolder manuals were written during times when apowerful and vindictive Church apparatus was attempting tosuppress all roads to the truth but most of them aregenerally so heavily coded and disguised behind arcanesymbol systems that it's hardly worth the bother—exceptfor an idea of how other people used THEIR imaginativepowers to interpret non-ordinary contacts andcommunications.HOW TO BE A MAGICIANAleister Crowley—magic's Picasso—wrote this and I can'tsay it any better than he did:you bring BACK from the Shining Realms of theSimple. Declare yourself a magician, behave like amagician, practice magic every day.Be honest about your progress, your successes andfailures. Tripping on 500 mushrooms might loosenyour astral sphincter a little but it will not generallyconfer upon you any of the benefits of themagic I'm discussing here. Magic is about whatUberconscious. The magician dives into the ImmenseOther in search of tips and hints and treasures s/hecan bring home to enrich life in the solid world. Andif necessary, Fake it till you make it.HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN 2Declare yourself a magician, behave like a magician, practice magic every day.16

Read lots of books on the subject to get in the mood.Talking about magic with non-magicians is like talkingto virgins about shagging. Reading about magic is likereading about sex; it will get you horny for the real thingbut it won't give you nearly as much fun.Reading will give you a feel for what's crap and what canusefully be adapted to your own style. Develop discrimination. Don't buy into cults, aliens, paranoia, or complacency. Learn whom to trust and whom to steer clear of.HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN 3Put down the books, stop making excuses and START.MAGICAL CONSCIOUSNESSFive minutes of focus during which everything issignificant, everything is luminous and heavy withmeaning, like the objects seen in dreams.Go.EXPERIMENT:Next, relax, go for a walk and interpret everythingyou see on the way as a message from the Infiniteto you. Watch for patterns in the flight of birds. Makeoracular sentences from the letters on car numberplates. Look at the way buildings move against theskyline. Pay attention to noises on the streets, graffitisigils, voices cut into rapid, almost subliminalcommands and pleas. Listen between the lines.Walk as far and for as long as you feel comfortablein this open state. The more aimless, the more youwalk for the pleasure of pure experience, the furtherinto magical consciousness you will be immersed.Magical consciousness is a particular way of seeing andinteracting with the real world. I experience it as what Ican only describe as a "head-click," a feeling of absolutecertainty accompanying a perceptual shift which gives real world Reading about magic is like reading about sex: it will get youtransactionsthenuminous,uncanny feeling of dreams. horny for the real thing but it won’t give you nearly as much fun.Magical consciousness is a way ofexperiencingandparticipatingwiththelocalMagical consciousness resembles states of lightenvironment in a heightened, significant manner, similarmeditation, "hypnagogic" pre-sleep trance orto the effects of some drug trips, Salvador Dali'salpha wave brain activity."Paranoiac/critical" method, near death experiences, etc.Many apparently precognitive and telepathic latenciesbecome more active during periods of magical consciousAPPLIED MAGICness. This is the state in which tea leaves are read, curses are cast, goals are scored, poems are written.Is about making things happen and performing thenecessary experiments. In these endeavors we donot need to know HOW magic works, only that itMagical Consciousness can be practiced until it mergesdoes. We prove this by doing the work, recording thewith and becomes everyday consciousness. Maintainedat these levels it could interfere with your lifestyle unlessresults and sharing our information with otheryou have one which supports long periods of richly assomagicians. Theoretical magic is all the mad ideasciative thought.you come up with to explain what's happening toyou. Applied magic is what makes them happen.EXPERIMENT:What's that water stain on the wall of the buildingopposite? How does it make you feel?THE MAGICAL RECORDAlways keep a journal of your experiments. Itseasy to forget things you've done or to missinteresting little connections and correspondences.Make a note of everything, from the intent to thefulfillment. Make a note of dates, times, moods,successes and failures.Study YOURSELF the way a hunter studies prey.Exploit your own weaknesses to create desiredchanges within yourself.GRANT MORRISONBook of LiesAs a first exercise in magical consciousness spend fiveminutes looking at everything around you as if ALL OF ITwas trying to tell you something very important. How didthat light bulb come to be here exactly? Why does themurder victim in the newspaper have the same unusualsurname as your father-in-law? Why did the phone ring,just at that moment and what were you thinking whenit did?17

BANISHINGBanishing is a way of preparing a space for ritualuse. There are many elaborate banishing ritualsavailable, ranging across the full spectrum of pomposity.Think of banishing as the installation of virusprotection software. The banishing is a kind ofvaccination against infection from Beyond.Most banishings are intended to surround the magician withan impenetrable shield of will. This usually takes theform of an acknowledgment of the elemental powers atthe four cardinal points of the compass. Some like to visualize themselves surrounded and protected by columns oflight or by four angels. Any protective image will do—spaceships, superheroes, warrior-monks, whatever. I don'tbother with any of that and usually visualize a bubbleradiating outwards from my body into space all aroundabove and below me as far as I think I'll need it.satisfaction. The magician's job is not to get lost inthe Otherworld but to bring back its treasures foreveryone to play with.SIGILSIn the Pop Magic! style, the sigil (sij-ill) is the firstand one of the most effective of all the weapons inthe arsenal of any modern magician.The sigil technique was reconceptualized andmodernized by Austin Osman Spare in the early 20thcentury and popularized by Chaos Magicians and TheeTemple ov Psychick Youth in the 19 hundred and 80s.A sigil is a magically charged symbol like this one:Why the need for protection?Remember that you may be opening some part of yourselfto an influx of information from "non-ordinary," apparently "Other" sources. If you practice ceremonial magic andattempt to summon godforms or spirits things willundoubtedly happen. Y our foundations will betested. There is always the danger of obsession andmadness. As magical work progresses, you will be forcedinto confrontation with your deepest darkest fearsand desires. It's easy to become scared, paranoid andstupid. Stay fluid, cling to no one self-image andmaintain your sense of humor at all times. Genuinelaughter is the most effective banishing ritual available.Banishing reminds you that no matter how many godsyou talk to, no matter how many fluorescent realms youvisit, you still have to come home, take a shit, be able toThe sigil takes a magical desire or intent—let's say"IT IS MY DESIRE TO BE A GREAT ACTOR" (you can,of course, put any desire you want in there) and foldsit down, creating a highly-charged symbol. The desireis then forgotten. Only the symbol remains and canthen be charged to full potency when the magicianchooses.Forgetting the desire in its verbal form can be difficultif you've started too ambitiously. There's no pointcharging a sigil to win the lottery if you don't buy aticket. Start with stuff that's not too emotionallyinvolving.I usually sigilize to meet people I'm interested in, or forparticular qualities I'll need in a given situation. I'vealso used sigils for healing, for locating lost objectsand for mass globalchange. I've beenusing them for 20yearsandtheyALWAYS work.Study YOURSELF the way a hunter studies prey. Exploit your ownweaknesses to create desired changes within yourself.cook dinner, water the plants and, most importantly, talkto people without scaring them.Book of LiesWhen you complete any magical work, ground yourselfwith a good laugh, a good meal, good shag, a run or anythingelse that connects you with the mundane world. Banishingyour ritual is over works as a decompression back intothe normal world of bills and bus stops and job18F o r m e , t h e p e r i o d between launching the sigiland its manifestation as a real world event is usually3 days, 3 weeks or 3 months depending on thevariables involved.I repeat: sigils ALWAYS work.So. Begin your desire's transformation into purethrobbing symbol in the following fashion:

First, remove the vowels and the repeating letters toleave a-string of consonants—TSMYDRBGC.Now start squashing the string down, throwing out orcombining lines and playing with the letters until onlyan appropriately witchy-looking glyph is left. When you'resatisfied it's done, you may wind up with something likethis:(and no wonder; next to wetting the bed or shining inyour own cat's box for a laugh, it's the one thing noone likes to admit to).Be that as it may, magical masturbation is actually morefun and equally, more serious, than the secular handshandy, and all it requires is this: at the moment oforgasm, you must see the image of your chosen sigilblazing before the eyes in your mind and project itoutwards into the ethereal mediaspheres andlogoverses where desires swarm and condense intoflesh. The sigil can be written on paper, on your handor your chest, on the forehead of a lover or wherever youthink it will be most effective.At the white-hot instant of orgasm, consciousnessblinks. Into this blink, this abyssal crack in perception,a sigil can be launched.Most homemade sigils look a little spooky or alien—likeUFO writing or witchy wall-scratchings. There are no rulesas to how your sigil should look as long as it WORKS foryou. RESULTS ONLY are important at this stage. If something doesn't work, try something else. The point is not toBELIEVE in magic, the point is to DO it and see how itworks. This is not religion and blind faith plays no part.Charging and launching your sigil is the fun part (it'soften advisable to make up a bunch of sigils andcharge them up later when you've forgotten what theyoriginally represented).Now, most of us find it difficult at first to maintain the precise Zen-like concentration necessary to work large-scalemagic. This concentration can be learned with time andeffort but in the meantime, sigils make it easy to sidestepyears of training and achieve instant success. To chargeyour sigil you must concentrate on its shape, and hold thatform in your mind as you evacuate all other thoughts.Almost impossible, you mightsay, but the human body has various mechanisms for inducingbrief "no-mind" states. Fasting,spinning, intense exhaustion,fear, sex, the fight-or-flightresponse; all will do the trick. Ihave charged sigils whilebungee jumping, lying dying ina hospital bed, experiencing a total solar eclipse anddancing to Techno. All of these methods proved to behighly effective but for the eager beginner nothing beatsthe WANK TECHNIQUE.Masturbation is only ONE of countless methods youcan use to bring your mental chatter to a standstillfor the split-second it takes to charge and launch asigil. I suggest masturbation because I'm kind-hearted,because it's convenient and because it's fun for mostof us.However.one does not change the universe simplyby masturbating (tell THAT to the millions of spermfighting for their life and the future of the species in aballed up Kleenex). If that were true, every vaguefantasy we had in our heads at the moment oforgasm would come true within months. Intent iswhat makes the difference here.Forget the wanking for just one moment if you can andremember that the sigil is the important part ofthe magic being performed here. The moment oforgasm will clear your mind, that's all. There arenumerous other ways to clear your mind and you canSome non-magicians, I've noticed, convulse with nervouslaughter whenever I mention the word "masturbation"use any of them. Dancing or spinning to exhaustion isvery effective. Meditation is effective but takes yearsto learn properly. Fear and shock are very good forcharging sigils, so you Gould probably watch a scarymovie and launch your sigil at the bit where the hero'shead comes bouncing down the aluminum stepladderinto his girlfriend's lap. A run around the blockclutching a sigil might be enough to charge it, so whynot experiment?GRANT MORRISONBook of LiesAt the moment of orgasm, you must see the image of your chosensigil blazing before the eyes in your mind and project it outwardsinto the ethereal mediaspheres and logoverses where desiresswarm and condense into flesh.19

Try launching sigil while performing a Bungee jump froma bridge. p-e7naps, or sit naked in your local graveyard at night Or dance until you fall over. Theimportant thing is to find your own best method forstopping that inner chat just long enough to launch afiercely visualized, flaming ultraviiolet sigil into the gap.States of exhaustion following any intense arousal ordeprivation are ideal.any flag of any nation) but has become aninescapable global phenomenon in recentyears. It's easy to see the Nazi movement asthe last gasp of Imperial Age thinking; thesevisionarysavagesstillthoughtworlddomination meant tramping over the "enemy"and seizing his real estate. If only they'd had theforesight to see that global domination hasnothing to do with turf and everything to do withmediatheywouldhaveanticipated corporate stealthviolence methods and combinedthem with their undoubteddesign sense; the rejectedartists who engineered theThird Reich might have created the 20thcentury's first global superbrand and spared thelives of many potential consumers. TheMcDonald's Golden Arches, the Nike swoosh andthe Virgin autograph are all corporate viral sigils.The McDonald's Golden Arches, the Nike swooshand the Virgin autograph are aIl carporate viral sigils.And if you experiment and still have trouble with sigils,try some of the other beginner exercises for a while.I've met a couple of people who've told me they can'tmake sigils work so maybe there are a few of you outthere who genuinely have problems in this particulararea. Tough luck but it doesn't mean there's no magicfor you to play with. I couldn't wheeze "Twinkle twinklelittle star." out of a clarinet but I can play the guitarwell enough to have written hundreds of fabuloussongs. If I'd stuck with the clarinet and got nowherewould that mean there is no such thing as music? Orwould it indicate simply that I have an aptitude forplaying the guitar which I can't seem to replicate usinga clarinet? If I want to make music I use the instrumentI'm most comfortable and accomplished with. The sameis true for magical practice. Don't get uptight about it.This is not about defending a belief system, this isabout producing results.USE ONLY WHAT WORKS.SIGILS: DISPOSALSome people keep their sigils, some dispose of themin an element appropriate to the magician's intent (Ihave burned, buried, flushed away and scattered sigilsto the winds, depending on how I felt about them. Lovesigils went to water—flushed down the toilet orthrown into rivers or boiled in kettles. War-sigils wereburned etc. Some of my sigils are still aroundbecause I decided they were slow-burners and worthkeeping. Some are even still in print. Do what feelsright and produces results.)Book of LiesSoiled paper and tissues can easily be disposed of inyour mum's purse or the pocket of dad's raincoat.20VIRAL SIGILSThe viral sigil also known as the BRAND or LOGO is not ofrecent development (see "Christianity," "the Nazis" andCorporate sigils are super-breeders. They attackunbranded imaginative space. They invade RedSquare, they infest the cranky streets of Tibet,they etch themselves into hairstyles. They breedacross clothing, turning people into advertisinghoardings. They are a very powerful developmentin the history of sigil magic, which dates back tothe first bison drawn on the first cave wall.The logo or brand, like any sigil, is a condensation,a compressed, symbolic summing up of theworld of desire which the corporation intends torepresent. The logo is the only visibie sign of thecorporate intelligence seething behind it. WaltDisney died long ago but his sigil, that familiar,cartoonish signature, persists, carrying its ownvast weight of meanings, associations, nostalgiaand significance. People are born and grow up tobecome Disney executives, mouthing the jargonand the credo of a living corporate entity. WaltDisney the man is long dead and frozen (or sofolk myth would have it) but Disney, theimmense, invisible corporate egregore persists.Corporate entities are worth studying and canteach the observant magician much aboutwhat we really mean when we use the word"magic." They and other ghosts like them rule ourworld of the early 21st century.EXPERIMENT:Think hard about why the Coca-Cola spirit isstronger than the Dr. Pepper spirit (what greatcomplex of ideas, longings and deficiencies hasthe Coke logo succeeded in condensing into twowords, two colors, taking Orwell's 1984 concept ofNewspeak to its logical conclusion?). Watch the habitsof the world's great corporate predators like FOX,

Build your own god and set it loose.HYPERSIGILSThe "hypersigil" or "supersigil" develops the sigil concept beyond the static image and incorporates elementssuch as characterization, drama and plot. Thehypersigil is a sigil extended through the fourthdimension. My own comic book series The Invisibleswas a six-year long sigil in the form of an occultadventure story which consumed and recreated my lifeduring the period of its composition and execution. Thehypersigil is an immensely powerful and sometimesdangerous method for actually altering reality inaccordance with intent. Results can be remarkable andshocking.EXPERIMENT:After becoming familiar with the traditional sigil method,see if you can create your own hypersigil. The hypersigilcan take the form of a poem, a story, a song, a danceor any other extended artistic activity you wish to try.This is a newly developed technology so the parametersremain to be explored. It is important to becomeutterly absorbed in the hypersigil as it unfolds; thisrequires

GRANT MORRISON POP MAGIC! POP MAGIC! is Magic! For the People. Pop Magic! is Naked Magic! Pop Magic! lifts the 7 veils and shows you the tits of the Infinite.

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