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sorcery (sôr´se-rę) noun
Use of supernatural power over others through the assistance of spirits; witchcraft.
[Middle English sorcerie, from
Old French, from sorcier, sorcerer. See sorcerer.]
- sor´cerous adjective
- sor´cerously adverb
wizardry (wîz´er-drę) noun
1. The art, skill, or practice of a wizard; sorcery.
2. a. A power or an effect that appears magical by its capacity to transform: computer wizardry. b. Great ability or adroitness in a pursuit: a pianist gifted with technical wizardry.
THE UNIVERSE WANTS TO PLAY. Those who refuse out of dry spiritual greed & choose pure contemplation forfeit their humanity--those who refuse out of dull anguish, those who hesitate, lose their chance at divinity--those who mold themselves blind masks of Ideas & thrash around seeking some proof of their own solidity end by seeing out of dead men's eyes.
Sorcery: the systematic cultivation of enhanced consciousness or non- ordinary awareness & its deployment in the world of deeds & objects to bring about desired results...Where our knowledge of beauty harmonizes with the ludus naturae, sorcery begins...Sorcery works at creating around itself a psychic/physical space or openings into a space of untrammeled expression -- the metamorphosis of quotidian place into angelic sphere. This involves the manipulation of symbols (which are also things) & of people (who are also symbolic) -- the archetypes supply a vocabulary for this process & therefore are treated as if they were both real and unreal, like words.
The sorcerer is a Simple Realist: the world is real-- but then so must consciousness be real since its effects are so tangible. The dullard finds even wine tasteless but the sorcerer can be intoxicated by the mere sight of water. Quality of perception defines the world of intoxication -- but to sustain it & expand it to include others demands activity of another kind -- sorcery.
Sorcery breaks no law of nature because there is no Natural Law, only the spontaneity of natura naturans, the tao. Sorcery violates laws which seek to chain this flow -- priests, kings, hierophants, mystics, scientists & shopkeepers all brand the sorcerer enemy for threatening the power of their charade, the tensile strength of their illusory web.
A poem can act as a spell & vice versa--but sorcery refuses to be a metaphor for mere literature--it insists that symbols must cause events as well as private epiphanies. It is not a critique but a re-making. It rejects all eschatology & metaphysics of removal, all bleary nostalgia & strident futurismo, in favor of a paroxysm or seizure of presence.
The tactics of ontological anarchism are rooted in this secret Art--the goals of ontological anarchism appear in its flowering. Chaoshexes its enemies & rewards its devotees...this strange yellowing pamphlet, pseudonymous & dust-stained, reveals all...send away for one split second of eternity.
-- Hakim Bey - _TAZ_