I have a few threads I’d like to tie up before I document any further ideas and experiences in my journal.
First up, you might be wondering how the second half of the Sword Toward Self bass recording (see Altered States, Electric Bass) went.
Well, I didn’t go into as deep an altered state – or perhaps because I was already part way there it just didn’t seem as dramatic. As such it didn’t take as much effort to come back to earth after we finished.
Of the three songs that I needed to record, I only set up two as sigils. The reason was that, true to chaos magic principles, I became quite amnesiac about the intention behind each sigil. Consequently I forgot temporarily which two songs were sigils and which one was not. I didn’t want to double load one song accidentally so I held off on setting a third intention.
I later remembered which song had no sigil. Funnily enough, that one song proved monstrously hard to record. I spent the whole first day on it. Somehow even the simpler passages proved very difficult to execute cleanly. It was with relief, not accomplishment, that I finished it off.
The second day proved quite different – indeed, I breezed comfortably through the material, recorded great solos, and we were done much earlier than I expected. Those sigils flew into the ether without a hitch – nice. All in all I think this little experiment of using the act of recording a song as a sigil went well. Certainly the degree of focus required in recording is as intense as any magical trance I’ve ever had.
In future I intend to find ways to weave in the intent of the sigil with the lyrical content of the song. Another trick would be to set up the act of listening to the recording as the trigger for the sigil. That way any time anyone listens to the song – bang, there goes the sigil again.
I should probably randomise which song symbolises which intention to avoid over-thinking things for myself – in other words, even I won’t know what magic folks will be triggering when they listen to my recordings. Fun, fun, fun.
The theme of psychological reconstruction in heathenism that I alluded to in the Altered States, Electric Bass post needs more explication and exploration. I promise I’ll come back to this sooner or later. In the meantime if you are curious to hear the final product then keep an eye on the Sword Toward Self website or Myspace page for news on when the album will be released.
Secondly, here is another rune sigil I recently fired. It has a meaning somehow related to digging deep and finding new magic. Or possibly to do with ego destruction. Or consciousness transformation. Or connecting to divinity. In any case, I fired it off with singing and was soon possessed by One Eye, who I think was called by the sigil. It certainly seems to be triggering various positive changes.
I rather feel that I’d like to start doing some more adventurous magical rites. This journal spurs me on with doing magical things, since I want to keep up the standard of writing and keep people interested enough to come back and read more.
In particular I’ve been reading a lot about High Seat style seidh – particularly on the SSeidh Study email list, which has proved an excellent forum in the time that I’ve been subscribed. I think it might be time to work out a plan for doing this and get on with it.
Following the description of seidh in the Saga of Eric the Red, modern folks seem to be into their staves and cloaks. I’m normally more of an “empty handed magic” kind of guy, but for this I might just have to make an exception.
Oh and here’s a bind-rune I’ve been experimenting with recently. Imagine a Sowilo rune with a Teiwaz rune growing out of one end of it (I’ll have to make up such a sigil and fire it so I can show what I mean).
I’m finding that visualising this, and in particular holding a burning hot image of the bind rune in each hand, helps build my energy, motivation, resolve and imagination. It’s the classic Sig-Tyr victory combination.
Thirdly, I wanted to offer a word about Hex Magazine. The next issue, which will be coming out in approximately a month from what I understand, will feature two articles of mine about direct experience of gods and/or ancestors.
I wanted to take this moment to give Hex Magazine a huge plug, simply because it’s the classiest heathen publication ever, hands down, no competition. It is presented with such spirit and heart and a lack of pretence that is rare and precious in the heathen world.
The articles on history, mythology, DIY living, art, human experience, interviews, stories and the gods know what else are of a very high calibre; so is the artwork and design. I never fail to feel completely refreshed and inspired after reading through an issue of Hex.
Furthermore, Hex Magazine is not some huge commercial undertaking. The folk that run it do so with great love and passion, and if any magazine could be described as “hand made” then this would be it. I know that they put in a huge amount of energy to keep Hex happening and the heathen community should respond by supporting them 110%. We’re so fortunate to have Hex and we owe it to the editors to show our appreciation.
Oh yes – and from memory they’ve already sold out of Issue 1 in the hard copy edition and I think are running low on copies of Issue 2. So if you want to get your hands on these beautifully presented journals (and not just the PDF versions) then you need to move fast. They’re worth the cost (which is very reasonable) many times over.
I’m not really sure just how many readers we have here at Elhaz Ablaze (from what I can see it might be a few hundred). Regardless, I encourage you all to go out and buy the soon-to-arrive fourth issue of Hex Magazine as well as the back issues (hard copy or digital) and the limited edition cover prints.
Oh yes, and I should add that the Hex Folk had no idea that I would make this little plug – its entirely of my own initiative and I don’t get anything for doing it other than the satisfaction of knowing that I might have helped their fantastic magazine out.
Finally, I’m curious to know what folks out there have enjoyed of the posts I’ve made so far, what they’d like more of, what they’d like less of, how I can improve my articles, and so forth. More importantly, I’d like to know why. So if you have constructive suggestions or feedback then please send me a message or comment.