Answers to Questions of the Week 1-10-13

Posted on January 9, 2013
Filed Under Magic, Taylor Ellwood | 1 Comment


Each week I ask people to share with me questions they have about magic. I then answer those questions in my blog. The first question that was asked was: Have you ever practice some Draconian magic? Can you recommend any book on the subject?

I asked for some clarification on this practice and the person mentioned that’s she’d done Draconian magic through the Order of Apep. I’ll admit I’ve never heard of that order. I would say the closest I’ve come to doing Draconian Magic involves a weekly offering I make to the spirit of the Dragon. Every few weeks I also do a full invocation of Dragon, which is part of the offering. I feel a close connect to draconic energy, perhaps due to the fact that I was born in the year of the Dragon according to Eastern Astrology. I can’t recommend any books on the matter.

Are psychedelics a legitimate tool? was the second question. I’ll point the person to my post from last week, which sums up my thoughts on psychodelics.

Are runes still good to use as sigils or for creating sigils or should I use a different alphabet character or self created sigil for use? was the next question.

You can use runes for sigils, though I think one disadvantage is that you are already dealing with cultural and spiritual meanings associated with the runes. However you could change how the runes appear or combine them and create a new symbol altogether. I sometimes takes letters from the English alphabet and connect them to each other and the resultant symbol works.

Do you think enochian magic is “real” or just someone else’s godforms?

I think its real enough for the people who practice it. I’ve done a bit of research into it, but I see it as just another system of ceremonial magic, complete with a set of entities to interact with.

What do you think of psychology and, other mind sciences, being applied to magic?

I’m of a mixed mind about it. I think there is value to applying psychology to magic, as well as any other mind sciences, but I also think there’s a tendency, thanks in large part to Crowley and chaos magic, to write off magic as just being a psychological phenomenon, or “All in your head” as some people like to put it. I’ve had too many experiences to write magic off as a purely psychological experience and I think that portraying magic as just a psychological phenomenon dilutes the value of a spiritual experience and closes the person’s mind to other possibilities.

I do apply psychological concepts to magical work and I’ve found it useful to do so, but my application is less about trying to describe magic as it relates to psychology and more about integrating psychological techniques to make my magical work more effective.


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