This book is about sorcery and magic, as I know and work it. Magic and sorcery have many definitions, and will have many more as we move as a species forward through time. The basic idea is that there are ways of being and interacting in the world that allow for certain kinds of communication, the production of change on both internal and external levels, and the development of what could be called 'special skills and talents'.
These are psychic powers or arts, in the old usage of the word: meaning 'relative to the soul, spirit, mind'. These arts of soul, spirit, and mind come down to us in various ways. They come as full-blown systems of magic or witchcraft, as religious practices, as shamanry, as tales and ideas surviving via folklore, song, poetry and literature.
My approach is this: what works, works. That which does not work, or whose costs outweigh their benefits, should be discarded or modified until the balance skews more favorably. This is a trial and error process, and there’s no way to avoid that aspect from what I’ve seen.
For myself, magic is not a religious practice. It deals with a number (a great, unknowable number) of internal and external players. Spirits, Powers, and Others are the terms I use and prefer, while others may feel the need to get more specific as to the particular natures of these beings.
Magic and sorcery are ways of being in the world. They are ways of interacting and inter-being with the world itself and its visible and invisible structures and inhabitants, which all together I refer to as the Field. The aim of magic as I know it is to increase the quantity and quality of usable and useful information, communication, options, and avenues of change and movement within our selves and our worlds. It is an art of total responsibility, careful attention, and reciprocity. Lately I’ve been defining magic as the art of falling in love with the Field and its inhabitants.
There is little 'new' here if such a thing can even exist in a what appears to be hundreds of thousand years of continuous human practice. There are ideas here whose roots are in chaos magick, self-hypnosis, fortune telling, shamanry, witchcraft, ritual magic, Wicca, hoodoo, folk magic, and less reputable sources.
My interest has always been guided by my own internal logic. An idea has to clearly make some kind of sense for me to really dig into it. I’ve never been good at the whole ‘do this even though it makes no sense, it’ll make sense later’ approach. It also has been shown that my internal logic isn’t all that logical to many other people!
Included are a number of exercises and approaches. They are the pieces that I have found most useful in the long term. Many things are good fun for a short stint, fewer are worth shacking up with, and even less are worth marrying. These are the marriage-worthy practices and viewpoints as I have found them and come to know them in close relationship.
In some cases, I can tell you where the particular approach came from, but in many more, they have been modified over extended time frames and may bear little resemblance to their original forms, and may have diverged so far from the original intention as to be different things entirely.
These magical techniques and ideas will only be helpful in actual practice. If you do not actually do the work little will come from it. At the same time, they are not dogma. If something here makes sense for you to work with, you will likely have to adapt it to your own unique self, to your specific context and needs.
I believe that these concepts of 'approaches and entries' are important. Experience has shown that I can’t really teach anyone to do what I do. However, it can be very helpful (for me at least) to get a window into another’s approach. If I can find a workable approach, however imperfect it may be, if it allows me to see how a process works in practice, then I can replicate the type of work shown in myriad, personally appropriate ways. If I can find an entry, a door into a space or practice, in most cases that is the hard part. Once I have access into the house, so to speak, I am free to explore.
Six Ways is available for pre-order at this time (the release date is April 23rd, 2018) via Amazon US & Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Adlibris in Norway, Finland, and Sweden, and the Book Depository. The Book Depository ships worldwide for free, and so is the best source for Oceania and Canada right now. As I have been asked: I get paid the same regardless of where you purchase the book, so choose whichever works best for you! I am not handling shipping of books at this time, as it simply cuts too deeply into the time I have for my work in the shop, so they are not available from me directly, with the exception of bookstores looking to buy wholesale.