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Sigils

by Devin Hoff

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Sigils 19:01
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Refractions 07:43
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Oscillations 07:20
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Dispersions 04:05

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The early-20th English artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare is considered to be a progenitor of what is now known as Chaos Magic. Though there are, inevitably, multiple (and sometimes contradictory) definitions and practices that lay claim to this improbable tradition, the
underlying principles are deceptively simple:

We can alter reality with our thoughts. But we don’t always know what we’re really thinking.

The subconscious reframes our experience and reorders our desires independently of our conscious will. Spare believed that accessing the subconscious was key to unlocking our hidden potential to magically transform space and time in accordance with our true desires. As a skilled visual artist, Spare sought to open his subconscious and gain access to its potential through stream-of-consciousness (or ‘automatic) drawing.

His magical practice of sigil art was an example of this. Through a process of writing out one’s deep desires, and making a symbol from a single contiguous image out of its letters—a sigil—then consecrating and sometimes burning the parchment itself, afterwards (crucially)
forgetting the process entirely with the conscious mind, the desire in question may be made manifest through harnessing the subconscious mind’s power to change the flow of space/time energy.

We can change the world by changing our mind.
Sometimes we think we know what we’re thinking.

When Spare was a young man, so the story goes, one of the most evil nd vile men that ever lived attempted to commission a self-portrait by Spare, then at the height of his brief fame. Spare sent back a mocking note denying the request, and claimed to spend the subsequent war years
combating fascism through his art-as-magic. When a blitzkrieg bomb hit his home, destroying much of his work and temporarily crippling his drawing hand, he believed it to be a targeted strike. But he persevered, and the fascists lost the war.

Maybe sometimes Magic is Art.
Maybe sometimes Art is Magic.

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released August 2, 2017

Devin Hoff-contrabass
Recorded and mixed by Theo Karon

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