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Technopaganism: Magic for the Modern Practitioner

The Institute of 4 Doors & The Order of Dying Light

With certain things, bad things, some of them never die. Immortality in a place, a moment, her cheeks wet with tears but still so hot, fevered, burning--for some, the clock never stops on these bittersweet hells. A thousand random fragments all hurling together to create those spans, those second long centuries that are larger than the minds that remember them. In this way, thinking back on those forever times, it's as if a part of you is still back there haunting that place, rather than the memory of that place haunting you. More and more, through sickness or ridiculous circumstance, the things we love most in this world become so untouchable and so far away. Why didn't anyone tell us we'd become ghosts in our own lives, in our own lifetime?! I lie in the darkness and howl down empty corridors of regret, of the things I once had, the people I once knew, the girl I still love. If I close my eyes and dream of my girl, Sylvia, of the aneurysm that snuck in in the night and left her stiff and cold in my arms at daybreak, if I put a gun to my temple and pulled the trigger, could I stay there with her? All the way there? Away from the ruins that surround me in this ruinous body, I might dream true and not know it is a dream. To live happily ever after in the ever-repeating reruns of "what was" safe from the horrible reality of the unending "what will never be again.”
The above paragraph is the piece that caught the eye of the recruiter for The Order of Dying Light who scooped me up, a tough as nails atheist former Mormon, twenty-five years ago, and put me on the path of divination and Tarot magic, including, of course, elementalism; the disciplines I have since reached a Grandmaster ranking in, which automatically pulled a chair out for me as one of the group’s leaders. Due to the dire state of the world, culminating in the American presidential election, many of us have scattered to form much smaller makeshift versions of our order and our school. As Technopagans we not only tolerate but encourage different practices, opinions and beliefs. The standard definition of magic we use comes from Aliester Crowly, “To cause an intended effect,” in this way we not only recognize the interconnectedness of all things, we harness the power inherent in any skill, from science to mysticism, from psychics to farmers to my own vocation as a writer/artist, we take from all schools of thought in our attempts to find the simplest, most effective solution to any given problem, therefore we seek out experts or potential experts in everything. You do not need to believe in the supernatural to be a part of this group. A commonly held truth among Technopagans is that enlightenment is an experience, not an idea. We don’t expect faith in anything we might teach here. Those who take on the role of teacher do so merely to point out potential paths. As I said, I was an atheist when I was first recruited, and I remained one for ten years, even as I rose through the ranks of our Order, until one day I attempted something that shouldn’t be possible, merely as an exercise, the result of which changed my life and beliefs forever. Beliefs that were not popular among the Counsel of Grandmasters, of which I was not yet a part of, and while many of them challenged me, none shunned me. And that is what you will find here. We talk hard both to test and understand theories, but our main concern is in helping you get better at what you do best and/or love the most. We are a support group for life and Spirit, and as such, during these dark times we must prepare and work all the harder as the planet itself comes under assault and people, our Brothers and Sisters, suffer grosse injustice. A Greek philosopher once said, “If a good man suffers, all who would call themselves good must suffer with him.” Keep in mind, suffer doesn’t just mean to feel pain, it also means to carry a heavy burden, and through both the eyes of an atheist and as a mystic I have seen and participated in countless campaigns, big and small, oft times a group of four or five of us (depending on our leaders views on the elements) were dispatched to aid a single individual. While myself and many other members’ talents were forged by pain, suffering is believed or at least treated as the only true evil, and we vigiliantly wage war against it in our own lives and wherever else we think we can steal away a victory--sometimes with the love and laughter that most Neopagan groups limit themselves to, other times it is agreed that some problems can only be solved by employing the darker arts or simply by getting mean. But for all I could say about the order, I am its past, this sect and this school is just beginning, and you have the opportunity, no matter your knowledge of the occult sciences or background, to be its future. One of the founding principles is that we are all unique for a reason: many religions’ attempts to create carbon copies out of their members strangles the individual strengths that could flourish if only given enough space and support, which is what we strive to do. Fierce loyalty and rabid individuality--when we sit together, our table is round, and our ideals echo that legend. Come and join us. Your chair is waiting.
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Technopaganism: Magic for the Modern Practitioner

The Institute of 4 Doors & The Order of Dying Light

With certain things, bad things, some of them never die. Immortality in a place, a moment, her cheeks wet with tears but still so hot, fevered, burning--for some, the clock never stops on these bittersweet hells. A thousand random fragments all hurling together to create those spans, those second long centuries that are larger than the minds that remember them. In this way, thinking back on those forever times, it's as if a part of you is still back there haunting that place, rather than the memory of that place haunting you. More and more, through sickness or ridiculous circumstance, the things we love most in this world become so untouchable and so far away. Why didn't anyone tell us we'd become ghosts in our own lives, in our own lifetime?! I lie in the darkness and howl down empty corridors of regret, of the things I once had, the people I once knew, the girl I still love. If I close my eyes and dream of my girl, Sylvia, of the aneurysm that snuck in in the night and left her stiff and cold in my arms at daybreak, if I put a gun to my temple and pulled the trigger, could I stay there with her? All the way there? Away from the ruins that surround me in this ruinous body, I might dream true and not know it is a dream. To live happily ever after in the ever-repeating reruns of "what was" safe from the horrible reality of the unending "what will never be again.”
The above paragraph is the piece that caught the eye of the recruiter for The Order of Dying Light who scooped me up, a tough as nails atheist former Mormon, twenty-five years ago, and put me on the path of divination and Tarot magic, including, of course, elementalism; the disciplines I have since reached a Grandmaster ranking in, which automatically pulled a chair out for me as one of the group’s leaders. Due to the dire state of the world, culminating in the American presidential election, many of us have scattered to form much smaller makeshift versions of our order and our school. As Technopagans we not only tolerate but encourage different practices, opinions and beliefs. The standard definition of magic we use comes from Aliester Crowly, “To cause an intended effect,” in this way we not only recognize the interconnectedness of all things, we harness the power inherent in any skill, from science to mysticism, from psychics to farmers to my own vocation as a writer/artist, we take from all schools of thought in our attempts to find the simplest, most effective solution to any given problem, therefore we seek out experts or potential experts in everything. You do not need to believe in the supernatural to be a part of this group. A commonly held truth among Technopagans is that enlightenment is an experience, not an idea. We don’t expect faith in anything we might teach here. Those who take on the role of teacher do so merely to point out potential paths. As I said, I was an atheist when I was first recruited, and I remained one for ten years, even as I rose through the ranks of our Order, until one day I attempted something that shouldn’t be possible, merely as an exercise, the result of which changed my life and beliefs forever. Beliefs that were not popular among the Counsel of Grandmasters, of which I was not yet a part of, and while many of them challenged me, none shunned me. And that is what you will find here. We talk hard both to test and understand theories, but our main concern is in helping you get better at what you do best and/or love the most. We are a support group for life and Spirit, and as such, during these dark times we must prepare and work all the harder as the planet itself comes under assault and people, our Brothers and Sisters, suffer grosse injustice. A Greek philosopher once said, “If a good man suffers, all who would call themselves good must suffer with him.” Keep in mind, suffer doesn’t just mean to feel pain, it also means to carry a heavy burden, and through both the eyes of an atheist and as a mystic I have seen and participated in countless campaigns, big and small, oft times a group of four or five of us (depending on our leaders views on the elements) were dispatched to aid a single individual. While myself and many other members’ talents were forged by pain, suffering is believed or at least treated as the only true evil, and we vigiliantly wage war against it in our own lives and wherever else we think we can steal away a victory--sometimes with the love and laughter that most Neopagan groups limit themselves to, other times it is agreed that some problems can only be solved by employing the darker arts or simply by getting mean. But for all I could say about the order, I am its past, this sect and this school is just beginning, and you have the opportunity, no matter your knowledge of the occult sciences or background, to be its future. One of the founding principles is that we are all unique for a reason: many religions’ attempts to create carbon copies out of their members strangles the individual strengths that could flourish if only given enough space and support, which is what we strive to do. Fierce loyalty and rabid individuality--when we sit together, our table is round, and our ideals echo that legend. Come and join us. Your chair is waiting.

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