16 years ago I cast my first spell.
I was young, skeptical, and I followed directions from a book.
Two things took me by surprise.
1:/ a palpable, tremendous energy that I felt as I chanted
2:/ it worked!
I began to study and practice ritual magic. However, I also entered university and studied philosophy. Early in my academic career my professors + colleagues confronted me. They presented extensive scientific research on the topic of magic.
Everything they showed me said it didn’t work.
Latter-day magicians deal with this in one of two ways. Some give up their art, decide it was bullshit, and quit. Others insist what they feel is real. They ignore science, turn their back on it, and tell the world that gut feeling is more important than facts.
These approaches disappoint me. The results and feelings provoked by magic come from somewhere; that somewhere can be studied. Magic rituals became a favorite subject of mine. I not only learned and practiced them, I studied them. I wanted to know how + if they work.
In time, I practiced magic less and less. As a priest, it’s my job to make traditional ceremonies available to my community. That includes magic ceremonies. But I don’t like how people act toward the promise of magic. I’ve had people with clear signs of epilepsy or schizophrenia come to me and ask for an “exorcism.” They always refuse to go to a doctor. I stopped advertising my services.
But my love of the art form never died.
altmagic is my way of making traditional spells available on my own terms. Here you’ll find a blog of art, magic, and one man’s journey to found a business around his passion.
I’m marrying my love of visual art + my love of magic ritual. You can join me step by step as I construct beautiful handmade objects. Each work of art will be ritually enchanted using the strongest ceremonies I know. They’ll become available in small lots and, if you like them, you can buy them here.
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