Some historians & pundits believe much of what we think of as Witchcraft as a conscious tool of female empowerment was just made up in the last 50 years by people looking to sell a few more books and classes. As my Brazilian great-grandmother was a medicine woman of sorts, I have some immediate disagreement with that suggestion…but maybe here (probably) I’m confusing traditional folk magic and indigenous practices with what we think of as the modern Craft.
Burt Wonderstone: “Mr. Gray. What you do is not magic. It is monkey porn.”
Steve Gray: “I understand. It’s natural for a dying leaf to be frightened by the autumn wind.”
OK, here you go: possibly the most “deep,” esoteric analysis of the movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone you will ever read.
Prepare to have your world-view, your religious identification, and even your very perception of reality altered forever—all through this seemingly insignificant 2013 movie starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. We’re gonna talk Simon Magus, we’re gonna talk alchemy, we’re gonna talk psychedelic plants…it’s gonna be wild. Really.
“The name is the thing itself.”
–Robert Anton Wilson
Words can be a very powerful thing. Both William Burroughs and Philip K. Dick believed that language—words—were alive, had viral properties and were (at least some of them) possibly of “alien” origin. But we don’t need to subscribe to such fanciful theories to be convinced of their potentiality and influence…
…we can just visit Twitter on every given day and observe the oft-dramatic proceedings. Glyphs on Twitter: BIG MAGICK. You can weave quite a spell and move thousands, even millions.
Humans are largely driven by a combination of primal animal instincts and emotional neediness; the latter is also a primal animal instinct, to be sure, but one derived much more from infant helplessness than the need to reproduce.