Category: memory

Forest Mind

It’s warming up here now, and spring is around the corner—next week, in fact. And I get cooped up indoors during winter because (1) it’s cold and (2) everything goes to sleep. The trees stand tall but dormant, leafless, swaying only in stronger winds. I can look up at them casting silhouettes against the twilightening, […] … Continue reading…Forest Mind


I’ve been big proponent of magical journals for a while, even though historically their use seems rather rare—and limited to literate practitioners. The argument that the practice comes out of a Victorian culture with classist associations—Do you have the time to write? Do you have the thing to write in?—has merit. The occult commonplace was […] … Continue reading…Meta-Journaling

Memory, Space, Place

From “How oral cultures memorise so much information” from, an article by Duane W. Hamacher about the PhD research of Lynne Kelly: But loci is not only linked to places you can touch or visit. Indigenous people also use the stars as memory spaces. For example, groups of stars can represent features on the […] … Continue reading…Memory, Space, Place

[NB: Theater, Memory, Glamour, Art, Magic]

Memory tools were a way to access a kind of guided active imagination. Men would stare at sigils & chant mantras to “remember” occult & mundane knowledge, with goetic style spirits acting almost like mediating agents or as the intelligence of the sigil & the world it pointed to. And this libido sciendi & active imagination’s synchronistic effects makes Giordano Bruno very occult & magical. And Fludd & Camillo both began a series of “memory theater” systems. Now, these techné also could teach & convey knowledge, establishing vivid scenes & images on a stage seems to encourage internalizing & memorizing them— … Continue reading…[NB: Theater, Memory, Glamour, Art, Magic]

Bruno, Light, Passion

Bruno talks of the “subject” or “locus”—the domain of the Memory Palace, where you assemble it in the mind or Otherworlds. This locus becomes one’s astral temple—but I think the variable valences of “memory” that Bruno points towards are very pertinent. (I would feel very lost without my recent grounding in GD, c.m., CM, aesthetic […] … Continue reading…Bruno, Light, Passion