Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Art & Magic

"There is some confusion as to what magic actually is. I think this can be cleared up if you just look at the earliest descriptions of magic. Magic in its earliest form is often referred to as “the art”. I believe that this is completely literal. I believe that magic is art and that art, whether that’d be writing, music, sculpture or any other form, is literally magic.

Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images to achieve changes in consciousness. The very language of magic seems to be talking as much about writing or art, as it is about supernatural events. A "Grimmoir" for example, the book of spells, is simply a fancy way of saying grammar. Indeed, to cast a spell, is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change people’s consciousness. And I believe that this is why an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world that you are likely to see to a shaman.

I believe that all culture must have arisen from a cult. Originally, all of the facets of our culture whether they’d be in the arts or the sciences, were the province of the shaman. The fact that in present times, this magical power has degenerated to the level of cheap entertainment and manipulation is, I think, a tragedy. At the moment, the people who are using shamanism and magic to shape our culture, are advertisers. Rather than try to wake people up, their shamanism is used as an opiate to tranquilize people, to make people more manipulable. Their magic box of television, and by their magic words, their jingles can cause everybody in the country to be thinking the same words and have the same banal thoughts, all at exactly the same moment."

From "The Mindscape Of Alan Moore" DVD

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