About my Psychonautic adventures

As any lapsed Catholic will know, just because you don’t believe in something is no reason not to practice it. ‘Psychonaut’ is an exploration of magick and apophenia. Through the assumption of the persona of a modern day Magus I’m attempting to understand, in an embodied way, the means by which we inscribe objects and events with personal significance and meaning. This search to understand is propelled by the desire to discover or re-imagine a personal spirituality through the manipulation of the detritus of consumer society in the early 21st century. A spirituality that, like all spiritual faiths, is absolutely untenable in terms of proof yet is still useful as a vehicle for understanding, reflection and self-evolution.

6 Responses to “About my Psychonautic adventures”

  1. paintlady September 6, 2008 at 2:02 am #

    I got this from your former website:

    “As some of you may or may not know, since I became a Magus I have been working towards achieving time travel. My experimentation finally succeeded when on the 9th of April 2008 when I managed to time travel forward in time to four days ago. I arrived in the future on the 6th June 2008!
    The feeling of time travel is immense. So immense I have not been able to type since I achieved it. It’s a bit like that feeling you get when you’re a kid and you wake up in the morning and you try to make a fist but you can’t fully close your hand. It’s at once joyous and slightly painful. Something akin to being happily punch drunk.
    Anyway now I have achieved this wonderful feat, I have to work out how to get back to 9th April, so I can enjoy all the wonderful bits in between. Or, maybe I don’t have to this at all.
    I’m off to explore the future to see what I make of it!”

    Did you make it back to your original time okay or are you still in the future you went to? Are you able to use time travel to help send a message for someone on a personal level?

    Thank you in advance for your answer.

  2. psychonautic September 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    I didn’t so much return to the past as catch up with myself in the present. I’ve never experimented with time travel as a means of passing on messages. But then again maybe I have in the future and I just don’t know I have yet (If you follow). But I’ve never tried passing on messages for anyone. Could be an interesting experiment but how would it work?

  3. Connor Webber December 22, 2008 at 7:24 pm #

    Once more for posterity (I cant spell)

    Interesting concept; Given that you seem to understand the Law of Attraction so implicitly I hope that you understand that in assuming the persona of ‘Magus’ as you understand it, or anything else for that matter, you will discover before long that that is in fact exactly what you have become. As I see it SPART appears to work on a similar principle to the friends’ band that you speak of in one of your posts. If you understand the nature of participation in any given activity as ritual enactment of the very intention of its creation/that which suggested in its themes, then I suggest that you might want to consider a rethink of the ideas contained within the activities themselves. Just a thought.
    All the best
    Webb
    PS.
    You wanna watch it with that Crowley shit.

  4. psychonautic December 23, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    Thanks for your comment, it’s very interesting and I appreciate your concern for me. I’m well aware of what I’m doing and it’s implications. The only real reference to Crowley in anything I’m doing is the above picture, which is also a reference to French Fluxus Artist Robert Filliou. I make the reference to Crowley, not out of reverence, but because he sums up peoples fears and superstitions surrounding the occult and magick.
    I’m not sure I agree with your idea that participation in every given activity is “ritual enactment of the very intention of its creation”. I understand why you might say this, but from my own perspective such an idea negates the spontaneity that is present in everyday situations in life. I’m not denying the existence of power relationships that permeate everyday situations, nor am I denying how these relationships are affected by the will of individuals. I just don’t think, at least for me, that the concept of ritual is a useful model for thinking about these things. But then again you probably disagree, but difference is what keeps life interesting.

  5. Connor Webber December 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm #

    That is does. I seem to remember that all sounding more coherent when I wrote it, but I think you understood my intention regardless. The reference to participation as ritual probably says more about my own understanding of the body a mirror of the cosmos, maybe my head is just wrecked from the amount of reading ive been doing of Aztec ritual. Very interesting approach nevertheless, I am glad you are keeping the blog up to date, undoubtedly one of the most innovative things ive seen come out of Norn Iron in years. Keep up the good work man.

    take her handy
    Webb

  6. Darren December 18, 2010 at 6:10 am #

    Hello, I have came across your work.

    I think you should add me, http://www.facebook.com/Ancientcoptic

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMqSIxYDkwc ( In a video i made so you can check who i am)

    Anyways get back to me.

    I know you are a Crowley fan and the peripheral of people is maybe about to happen for us both.

    I am here.

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