Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Digital Link

Concept Art from the Neuromancer film that never happened. Via IO9.
 “Lucas knows, yeah. The last seven, eight years, there's been funny stuff out there on the console cowboy circuit. The new jockeys, they make deals with things, don't they, Lucas? Yeah, you bet I know; they still need the hard and the soft, and they still gotta be faster than snakes on ice, but all of 'em, all the ones who really know how to cut it, they got allies, don't they, Lucas?”
Lucas took his gold toothpick out of his pocket and began to work on a rear molar, his face dark and serious.
Thrones and dominions,” the Finn said obscurely. “Yeah, there's things out there. Ghosts, voices. Why not? Oceans had mermaids, all that shit, and we had a sea of silicon, see? Sure, its just a tailored hallucination we all agree to have, cyberspace, but anybody who jacks in knows, fucking knows its a whole universe. And every year it gets a little more crowded, sounds like...”
For us,” Lucas said, “the world has always worked that way.”
“Yeah,” the Finn said, “so you guys could slot right into it, tell people the things you were cutting deals with were your same old bush gods...”
“Divine horsemen...”
- William Gibson, Count Zero.

“USERS of social media sites should not post their pictures online as they could be used for witchcraft, said Kelantan Darussyifa' Islamic Medicine Association chairman Zaki Ya.

He said that djin (spirits) are able to “connect” with humans through the Internet, including Facebook, Sinar Harian reported.” - The Star.
But, you might ask, how possible is such a thing? Some quick background: between the mid-to-late 1990s, there arose “TIAMAT-L”: Testing the Internet As a Magical/Aetheric Tool List. A bunch of occultists populated the place, and did things from building MUSHs that functioned as astral temples (Damascus Mush – by the way, it is possible to put that MUSH back online, but I need to find a box that runs on UNIX to do so, which I do not currently have) to basic magical rituals.

Their basic conclusion matches my own, which is why I bring it up: can you use the internet for your magic, and sorcery? Can you plug certain spirits into the 'net?

Totally. You can do other shit, too. (That was actually written forever ago, and is one of my lazier bits. But whatever.)

If you're a practitioner, you should have some protections in place. But if you're afraid some crazed bastard on the internet, such as myself, might cast horrible hexes upon you and unleash the spirits of the dread lunar realm (or something) upon you?

Consider this: make a poppet of yourself. Specifically baptize it in your own name, and establish the link. Then put it in a box (not a mirror cage), and bury it in your backyard. It will now act as a lightning rod for some of the crap thrown your way, and which you come across. If you want, you can even plant a bunch of horribly toxic (like Belladonna) plants above it, so that there's an additional layer horrible protection above the lightning rod for sorcery. You can also make a witch-bottle, or something along those lines.


Ananael Qaa said...

In addition to a poppet, my recommendation with digital photos would be to put copies of all the pictures you find of yourself online in your box or bottle as well. A digital photo can connect to you over a similarity link, but its strongest such link is going to be to an identical copy.

As an aside, have you ever noticed that Donald Michael Kraig has used the same photo of himself since Modern Magick first came out in the late 80's? It wouldn't surprise me one bit to find out that he has the original buried in a witch bottle somewhere.

Scylla said...

I used to deploy sigils for self-transformation online. Use doctored images to create glamory,etc.

I did a MUD-map on a certain isometric pixel-based game that has some serious fucking artwork, and acts as an astral temple.

We even had a coven there for a short time. It worked. It worked too well. It worked scarily-well. Still have all the maps.

It was through one of those that we discovered the phenomenon of real entities attaching themselves to fictional characters as a vehicle for manifestation.

Jay said...

^^^^ I can vouch for that.