Guttershaman – Toolkits

May 30, 2011

Since I actually used the phrase ‘Way of the Guttershaman’ last time, I should say a bit more about what that entails. The Way of the Guttershaman cannot be taught. But it can be learned. God, that’s really fucking pretentious, isn’t it? What I mean is, the Guttershaman approach is just that – an approach, […]

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Guttershaman – The Ultimate Secret of Magic

May 21, 2011

If ever a modern writer could be described as a legend in his own lifetime, it is Alan Moore. Already considered a genius for his reinvigoration of the comic book scene, he upped the ante considerably when he announced, at the age of 40, that he was now a magician. He’s been publicly out about […]

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Guttershaman Goes To Town – a Synchronicity

April 17, 2011

1. Trigger. If there’s two things that have always dominated my life as a magician and general observer of the Weird, it’s synchronicity and music. When they combine, the effect can be transformative and overwhelming. In their highly-acclaimed comic Phonogram, Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie illustrate the immense power of music as a kind of […]

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Guttershaman, "…of Jedi and jail"

May 2, 2010

So, like I was saying earlier – this Jedi walks into a Job Centre… Because it’s a British Job Centre and we’re the proud world leaders in intrusive CCTV surveillence, the staff ask our hero to lower his hood. (Of course he’s in hood and robe – Jedi, remember?) He politely refuses, on the grounds […]

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Guttershaman – Of Avatar and Otherkin…

April 8, 2010

“…stories dramatize ideas and truths that we all intuitively recognize. Although these stories are not exactly ‘true’, they nonetheless offer a kind of Truth that is more compelling than hard facts.” Rabbi Cary Friedman, ‘Wisdom from the Batcave‘ “Believe nothing, No matter where you read it, Or who has said it, Not even if I […]

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Guttershaman – The Authentic Shaman, part 2 – Body and Soul, Sweat and Coin

November 21, 2009

“Where there is money, you have cheats. The two go together.” Eric Cantona “Send lawyers, guns and money – the shit has hit the fan.“ Warren Zevon Previously on Guttershaman… I was looking at how modern Western ‘Shamanism’ is a mix of ideas borrowed from various native traditions (often without either respect or understanding). I also […]

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Guttershaman Halloween Special – The Gutter Press and the Tribe of the Strange

October 12, 2009

    “The majority is always sane.” - Larry Niven, Ringworld   “Happy Halloween, ladies… Nuns – no sense of humour.” – The Kurgan, in Highlander   ——————————————————————   All my life, the stories that have spoken to me have invariable been from what are usually considered the ‘lesser’ kinds of storytelling – science fiction, comics, B-movies, horror, […]

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Guttershaman – The Authentic Shaman

January 20, 2009

‘Of course the Chinese mix everything up – look at what they have to work with! Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoist alchemy and sorcery. We take what we want and leave the rest, just like your salad bar.’ Egg Shen in John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China (Disclaimer: I am, to quote Jim Jarmush’s great […]

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Guttershaman – Working Magic

August 27, 2008

” …hoodoo’s no different than regular praying. The prayers are always answered, just that sometimes the answer’s no.” Bill Fitzhugh, Highway 61 Resurfaced (Disclaimer: this is not a how-to guide for spell-casting. It’s a quick look at some of the background and theory. I take no responsibility for the results of anyone mistaking the below […]

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Guttershaman – Meanings and Patterns, part 2. The Nature of Reality, and other short subjects

August 14, 2008

Before I get started, many thanks to those who commented on the series so far. Special thanks to my old mate Gyrus, for pointing out the work of Ramsey Dukes to me. Dukes is one of those writers I never quite got around to reading until recently… and as one of the direct influences on […]

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