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The media generally depicts occultists wearing all-black clothing, especially black robes or cloaks, and having pen-tacles as jewelry. This stereotypical dress perpetuates the erroneous belief that the occultist is sinful or evil. Warlock Satanist stereotype. The warlock Satanist from cinema, such as those in the 1970s' Hammer horror films, is another Western occult dress stereotype. The male and female Satanist stereotypes typically wear pentacle jewelry, black robes, black hair, and black eyeliner similar dress is used for the (male) warlock. Since Western cinema has historically dressed the villain archetype in all-black clothing, dressing the occultist in black visually communicates a sinister character to the audience.
In the late twentieth century, some occultists wishing to be recognized in mainstream religious and cultural arenas adopted stereotypical occult dress black robes, pen-tacle jewelry, black hair, and black eyeliner. While controversial among occult communities, they visually publicized and communicated occult membership and beliefs by wearing this type of dress.
The best magicians will pull a rabbit out of the hat then the rabbit will become a balloon that floats into the air, the balloon will burst and pigeon will appear in its place, the pigeon will explode into a cloud of confetti and as it settles we find the magician has vanished You see great magic, like great art, has many levels - and they are usually subtle and seamless. That is why it will last. Whereas rabbits and hats may be for the children, works of Titian or Watteau might be for the adult. Like the magician's guild we don't need to promote magic or art, we need to practice it and do it better and better. To do this we must understand atmosphere
The rendering of a three dimensional landscape, portrait or still life on a two dimensional surface is to some people a trick, and we know tricks are mostly magic As with magic some people are content to just observe and wonder at the skill of the magician, others want to know how the trick is done, while a few want to do it themselves.
The pentacle, a disk emblazoned with a five-pointed star known as a pentagram, is commonly worn by many occultists as a token of affiliation to a nature-based pagan religion. The pentagram's points symbolize the elements of air, earth, wind, fire, and spirit, important concepts in northern European paganism. Another common indicator of a belief in a nature-based religion, especially witchcraft, is the Egyptian ankh pendant, worn as a symbol of eternal life.
Occult beliefs promote nudity as occult dress, because clothing is believed to impede the flow of magical energies through the body from the surrounding environment. Wicca practitioners and witches have traditionally performed rites in the nude to show their devotion to the Wiccan goddess. Due to modesty or weather, some occultists wear robes or tunics with bare feet and no undergarments. This latter dress is believed to still allow the flow of magical energies. Many covens and magical groups have set occult dress guidelines, using tradition or personal tastes as a basis for these guidelines. Occult dress, especially nudity, is not a common Western mode of dress, therefore it psychologically alerts and reinforces the awareness of special occasions and presence of magic for occultists. Each magical group sets the guidelines for occult dress. There is not a specific literature, although a magical group may draw inspiration from books, movies, or even more mainstream cultural practices.
This quote is taken from a book that investigates why we buy. Do we buy because merchandisers have put a spell on us This explanation may be a bit too simple. Baudrillard argues against such attempts at making out merchandisers as magicians We will now interrupt our discussion on the relationship between magic and fashion because, if we follow Malinowski, it is already clear that fashion needs some magical control. Magic entails a doer, the action and the imagination.624 The magician is the individual who performs the magical action. Mauss points out that magic acts should be strictly separated from social practices.625 Fantasies of magic are related to magical actions.
'Give me some paint, brushes and canvas and I will give you gold, silver, ruby and pearl. I will give you the greatest treasures you have ever seen. I will show you magic. Artists are the greatest alchemists, the best magicians of all. They can make gold from base metals, they can make you laugh and cry and touch your very soul, and they do that every day - and more JH from the 'Modern Illusionists'. The Magician - A following story will explain how these disciplines can interact and why the word illusionist applies to the master painter as well as the best magicians. Early this century a magician was sent to North Africa to quell a rebellion. He came on stage with a large wooden chest which he placed in the center and asked for the strongest man in the audience to step up. After some coaxing a warrior champion, a lumbering ox of a man was propelled up on stage. The magician told him not to fear but to lift up the simple wooden chest. This the man did this with consummate ease. Next...
As consumer culture took the responsibility for a couple of functions of the social dimension, feasts and the dramatisation of the change of seasons became the responsibility of the stores in the cities. The basic human need to celebrate has been replaced by ritualised shopping, and window dressers did their share in making the feasts pleasant and appropriate. Consumer feasts are a big issue in all magazines for window dressing.119 People need systems of orientation to feel stable. The reliability of such systems is important and rites of passage linked to the change of seasons have fulfilled such a function for a long time. In consumer society, we are dependent on the reliability of the stores whose function it is to dramatise the seasonal change of garments It is summer when the store window says it is summer and winter when they say it is, even if it is not cold yet. Since this works quite well, we must first have proof for the power of the store window. The dramatisation...
Addison, in the Spectator, has a pleasant letter on this subject, comparing the steeple head-dress to the commode or tower of his day and, following Paradin, he says, The women might possibly have carried this Gothic building much higher had not a famous monk, Thomas Conecte by name, attacked it with great zeal and resolution. This holy man travelled from place to place to preach down this monstrous commode and succeeded so well in it that, as the magicians sacrificed their books to the flames upon the preaching of an apostle, many of the women threw down their head-dresses in the middle of his sermon, and made a bonfire of them within sight of the pulpit. He was so renowned, as well for the sanctity of his life as his manner of preaching, that he had often a congregation of twenty thousand people, the men placing themselves on the one side of his pulpit, and the women on the other, that appeared (to use the similitude of an ingenious writer) like a forest of cedars with their heads...
'Give me some paint, brushes and canvas and I will give you gold, silver, ruby and pearl. I will give you the greatest treasures you have ever seen. I will show you magic. Artists are the greatest alchemists, the best magicians of all. They can make gold from base metals, they do that every day and more. Would anyone doubt the cost of Rembrant's painting below well exceeds the cost of the gold helmet Oil and lead to gold now there is alchemy proven.
Fundamentals of Magick
Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.