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Magic 1.01

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE ~ THEREFORE MAGIC IS POSSIBLE

Magic;  The power of influencing events using mysterious forces.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Impossible;  Not able to occur, exist, or be done.

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to attempt the impossible.

Science;  A systematically organised body of knowledge on a particular subject.

When a distinguished scientist states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

I believe in intuitions and inspirations…  (Einstein)

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.  (Shakespeare)

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Dialectic Aperion Ananta

These quotations and definitions are from unimpeachable sources.  Studied closely they don’t make sense.  But then, even the Bible says that nothing makes sense, (Ecclesiastes 1).  Some things just do not make sense.  Some things in science do not make sense.  Nothing in quantum mechanics makes any sense at all.  Infinity does not make sense in this universe.  And, any competent practitioner of quantum electrodynamics can prove that water does not exist.

Magic is obviously impossible and nonsensical.  Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.  (Kelvin)  Any student of classical aerodynamics can prove that the bumblebee cannot fly.  Then the Wright bothers flew right though the smoke screen of impossibility.

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Obvious Impossibility

Dragons are mythical creatures.  One definition of dragon is a mythical monster like a giant reptile.  If you were to travel to London’s Natural History Museum you will be able to see the skeletal remains of a mythical monster like a giant reptile, right there in the entrance hall.  A lot of good Christians don’t believe in dinosaurs.  A lot of good Christians don’t believe in nudity and Pan either.

The point is that it is much easier to claim that something is impossible than it is to prove it.  Conversely, even if I could prove that magic was not only possible, but that it existed, and that I know how some of it works, (through practical experience), most respectable scientists would simply ignore the evidence.  The Boomerang Effect shows that any evidence I could possibly present will only strengthen the attitude of someone who doesn’t believe in magic ~ they will become someone who really doesn’t believe in magic.

We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough.  (Bohr)  There is a t least one perfectly respectable area of science which is basically the study of magic.  Psychology is the study of the human mind and its functions, especially the functions which affect behaviours.  Some say that the most practically effective branch of psychology is Neuro-Linguistic Programming, (NLP).  Some others say that NLP is a discredited pseudoscience.  I have hard evidence that NLP works.  From personal experience I can also state that the widely accepted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, (CBT), is so close to parts of Neuro-Linguistic Programming that you couldn’t get a cigarette paper between the two.

Why is psychology a branch of magic?  Proper practical psychology embraces all aspects of the human experience, from child development to the actions of nations in conflict.  Large elements of practical psychology have to be taken on trust by the end-user.  Psychological therapies often work because the patient, (and the therapist), believe they are going to work.  Believing you can recover is vital to recovery from mental illness.  How far different is that from a voodoo witch doctor telling someone they are going to die on Tuesday, and because the victim believes they are going to die on Tuesday ~ send for the undertaker.  Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.  (Jung)

In Neuro-Linguistic Programming there is a basic technique for self improvement ~ Act As If.  You want to stop drinking, gambling, and turn up for work looking and smelling clean.  You are not going to cure your alcoholism overnight, but Act As If you were cured.  Don’t drink as soon as you get out of bed, take a shower, shave, put some clean clothes on the clean body, Act As If you were a normal human being instead of a shambling alcoholic.  The power of belief will carry you a long way.  As well as in NLP, anyone who has been around Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) will have heard this Act As If mantra.  The thing about AA is they only use stuff that works.  Alcoholism is a deadly disease, they don’t dick around with fashionable slogans or do things for the sake of it.

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Meditation ~ Out-stare a Cat

The power of self-belief is a very basic form of magic.  It is also unbelievably difficult.  All magic is unbelievably difficult until the user really knows how.  The application of practical magic will often require a great deal of sleep, mental preparation, meditation, subconscious thought, and massive self-belief.  I firmly believe this is why cats are associated with practical magic, they have mental preparation and self-belief in bucket-loads.

One of the main principles of scientific method is Reproducibility.  If Lab A can make rats drip green slime by doing B, then if it’s real science Lab C can also make rats drip green slime if they follow the same methodology.  This is different from magic.  In real magic, just because I can do something doesn’t mean that you can do the same thing ~ not unless I show you how, you have talent, and you work at it.  There is no reproducibility in magical engineering.

One useful definition of magic is; the ability to cause an observable effect that cannot be reproduced by anyone else, but can by you.  Give me a place to stand and I will move the Earth.  (Archimedes)

Black Hole

black holes produce infinite gravity ~ which is impossible

Black holes are where God divided by zero.  (Wright)  Some things are probably impossible.  Magic isn’t one of them, depending on how you would like to define magic.  The application of magical engineering merely requires a suspension of disbelief, concentrated instruction, talent, and hard work.

I will explain how some of it works in later posts to this blog.

The Mystic Spiral

SPIRALS ARE SOME OF THE OLDEST KNOWN GEOMETRIC SYMBOLS

InfinityAn interesting philosophical point is; do spirals curve outward from a central point, getting progressively farther away as the line revolves around the point?  Or, do spirals curve inwards around a central point, getting progressively nearer until the curving line ends at the centre?  Or does a spiral begin and end in infinity?  More complex still, is a spiral all of those things at the same time, beginning and ending in the centre?  Add a vertical dimension and you have a conical helix.  What are the different properties of left-handed, and right-handed spirals?  What happens if you have two opposite-handed conical helix wound together?  As a matter of fact all of the above forms happen in nature.  As a matter of fact, all spirals embody a profound paradox, which may be why the form transcends mathematics and engineering into The Mystic Spiral.

split-in-two-nautilus-shellThe most common spiral seen in nature is a logarithmic spiral, (sometimes called the miraculous spiral), and although it’s simple enough to be made by a mollusc, the mathematics are beyond ordinarily complicated;

x(t)=r(t)cos(t)=ae bt cos(t)

y(t)=r(t)sin(t) =ae bt sin(t)

The thing about the miraculous spiral form is the gaps between the lines get bigger as the line rotates outward.  Good old Archimedes has a different spiral named after him.  In the Archimedean spiral, the gaps between the lines stay the same from the centre to the edge.  In 225 BC Archimedes even wrote a whole book about the spiral, wittingly entitled On Spirals, in which he proves that circles are square.

Roman ArmyMore or less at the same time as Archimedes, the Celts were going spiral crazy.  Not much of Celtic history is left after the ubiquitous Roman Legions had finished destroying their culture.  But, the Celts were adept stonemasons and metalworkers, so there are examples of their symbology scattered across the countryside and in museums.  Also, a hell of a lot of Celtic myths and legends have been passed down in the various languages and folk cultures of Britain.  There are still those who seek the meaning of spirals.

Three spiral patterns seem to have been especially important to these Ancient Britons.

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  1. Single spiral.  This is one of Man’s oldest spiritual symbols.  It represents both solar and lunar, masculine and feminine energy.  Depending on how you look at it this either means the journey from outer consciousness to the inner soul, or spiritual growth outward from the centre to development and awareness.  Depending on how you look at it the spiral is either clockwise or counter-clockwise, going within and going outward.  The Golden Mean Spiral represents the shape of love in it’s simplest form, and this is no abstract form, in geometric terms this logarithmic spiral grows according to the Golden Ratio ~ Fibonacci numbers that are the natural numbering system of the cosmos.
  2. yin-yangDouble spiral.  A potent symbol of the Earth Goddess, the double spiral allegedly represents complete balance in all things, the equinoxes when day and night are the same length, man and woman together.  The double spiral is also the symbol for eternal life, of life, death, and rebirth.  The yin-yang symbol is a double spiral showing the balance of man and woman, sun and moon, finite and infinite, life and death, death and rebirth, Heaven and Earth, the relationship between the Mother-Goddess and her spouse, the interconnected nature of the physical world and the spiritual realm.  The double spiral teaches us of the dual purpose of Life, the journey inward towards your own essential soul, and the Grail Quest outwards into the world.
  3. triplespiralTriple spiral.  The triskele.  This is about the whole Maiden, Mother, Crone, power of the woman to create growth and change.  This is the triple Moon-Goddess, the Queen of Heaven, one of the primary dieties of neopaganism, as the maiden, mother, and crone are the three phases of the moon and also the realms of The Earth, The Underworld, and The Heavens. It also represents Land, Sea, and Sky, which is pretty much the entire physical realm as understood by our ancestors.  The triple spiral also counts the 3 phases of a woman’s 9 month pregnancy, (don’t ask me, I’m not a woman).  The female aspect of the triple goddess spiral is the balance to the male essence of The Beast.  The enchantment of the maiden is the waxing phase of the lunar cycle and it is the maiden who brings the rebirth of the horned beast  The mother represents knowledge and wisdom and is the full moon, her time is spring and early summer.  A woman does not need to have biological children to be the mother.  The crone is darkness, winter, death.

Some say that the Ancient Britons used the spiral as a mind-altering tool to free their creativity from earthly bounds.  I’d like to bet good money that alcohol was also involved.  If you stare at a spiral when you are drunk you can easily believe that you are no longer of this world.  I’d like to bet there was a lot of male ~ female interaction involved in the rituals of the Ancient Britons.

Spiral GalaxyNGC1365Not all spirals are of this world, be it physical or spiritual.  The reality we occupy is part of a spiral galaxy, but we cannot ourselves see the spiral form of the Milky Way because we’re inside the spiral looking at the nearest edges.  The thick band of bright starlight in the night sky is part of an edge of a line of an arm of the spiral.  Today it’s just about impossible to see the pinwheel of a distant spiral galaxy with the naked eye, and there’s no reason to believe the Celts could see things in the heavens we cannot, (without a telescope or binoculars).  The idea of a spiral probably didn’t come from things seen in the heavens.  However, given that the Earth is moving through space in a series of spiral ellipses at 1,339,200 miles per hour, there is no reason we shouldn’t believe that everything on the Earth is predisposed to think and feel in spirals.  Look up Speed of the Earth if you don’t believe it.

ModernVenusAphroditeThe weird thing is;  Spirals are the bedrock of both the physical and spiritual realms.  Everything from electrons to galaxies moves in spirals.  The symbolism of spirals can teach the manly man a lot about some of the most important aspects of his relationship to the female / feminine aspects of his life.  Spirals are a possible link into spirituality and growth from a man into a Renaissance Man.  All men with an ambition to understand, mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, astronomy, and engineering need to know about spirals and the helix.

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