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 and the Fictionals

June 14, 2010

This isn’t so much a full Guttershaman installment as a kind of “DVD extras” post for the talk I gave to the Omphalos pagan moot in Bath today. The set-up was: “Stories and myth are the ground that magic, and culture in general, are rooted in. Although many magicians and pagans endeavour to base their […]

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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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Rending the Veil, Samhain Issue is up

October 22, 2009

I’m happy to note the bumper Halloween issue of the ever-pleasing Rending The Veil is up. As well as a repost of the last Guttershaman piece, I’ve got a book review in there – a rather scathing one. Enjoy… If you like this, please share it: Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit […]

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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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Guttershaman – Meanings and Patterns, part 1

August 5, 2008

“The trouble with humans is, we’re all too symbol-minded.” Jolane Abrams. What do I mean when I say that I’m a magician? What is magic, anyway? And what kind of person goes around believing in it these modern days? Definitions of magic are many and wide – even if I stick to using those of […]

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Guttershaman – intro

July 31, 2008

“At the end of the day, it’s all just weird shit.” — Me, quoted in Sandman by Neil Gaiman. One of the main reasons I put up this blog is for my thoughts about magic. I have considered myself as a magician for pretty much my whole adult life – and the seeds of that […]

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