everydaysigils:

Much to my surprise, this project has reached 1000 followers on Tumblr, and I just wanted to thank you so much! With that said, here’s what I’d like to offer:

One free personal sigil commission from myself. This commission will be private, and shared with no one. No hexes, please.

“How do I enter to win?!” you may ask. Easy! Simply:

  • Reblog this post (including this description text), and 
  • Follow everydaysigils​ on Tumblr

You have until Sunday, February 8 at 9PM EST to enter. At that time, I’ll choose a random reblog and check to make sure they’re a follower. If so, I’ll reach out immediately via Ask, and we’ll have a winner! Note: in order to deliver the sigil to you, we’ll have to exchange emails. Only enter if you are comfortable with that.

Again, thanks so much for the support y’all have given! You (yes you, personally) are wonderful.

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homesteadilee replied to your photoset “Hanging out with these fine folks, of an evening.”

Is that sign what I think it is? Do you literally have a crossroads throne? It looks like you’re presiding over a superhero team meeting….

I do, in fact, literally have a crossroads throne. 😀image

For my birthday, several years ago, distractmymind and her husband obtained for me this very handy Portable Crossroads.

It’s Super Effective.

Conceptualizing a keyword-based grammatical magic system for the tabletop RPG I’m still designing and trying to keep it from growing overly complex. Upper character limit for these asks prohibits a full run-through, but refer to Ars Magica’s system for the gist of the idea. Any helpful reading materials/suggestions?

Check out the sigilization work of AO SPARE, and then take a look at this work on Sigil Extension, here: http://niaskotl.tumblr.com/tagged/sigil+extension

In this system, the primary sigil acts as a “Home Term,” with associated connotations branching off of it. The same can be done with simple linguistics, and thought I can’t remember anything about it specifically, off the top of my head, something keeps telling me to tell you to look at John Dee’s Enochian Grammar.

Hebraic Gematria works really well as a basis for this, as well, ass it becomes a rules-governed mathematical system, wherein all you need to know is the concept you want to to covey, and some basic numerical designations: http://vimeo.com/86376888

That’s all I got off the top of my head, but I think it should be enough to get you started. 🙂

Conceptualizing a keyword-based grammatical magic system for the tabletop RPG I’m still designing and trying to keep it from growing overly complex. Upper character limit for these asks prohibits a full run-through, but refer to Ars Magica’s system for the gist of the idea. Any helpful reading materials/suggestions?

Ritual and the Consciousness Monoculture

coldalbion:

Hey wolvensnothere. Your alley. This is up it, mate.

enki2:

Ritual and the Consciousness Monoculture

by EDITOR on JANUARY 8, 2015

Sarah Perry is a guest blogger who blogs at Carcinisation and is the author of Every Cradle is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide.


selective sweep occurs when a new, beneficial gene mutation appears and quickly sweeps across a population, erasing the genetic diversity that existed prior to the sweep. Similarly, languages have “swept” across continents as the cultures they belonged to gained unbeatable advantages (often agricultural or military), resulting in losses of language diversity from earliest human history to the present day. Today, half the population of the world speaks one of only thirteen languages.

These are not controversial claims. More controversial is the idea that human prehistory (and even history) hosted a wide variety of human consciousness, not just language, and that these disparate kinds of subjective consciousness were destroyed upon contact with new forms of consciousness. Most dramatically, Julian Jaynes famously argued (in The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind) that human consciousness changed drastically in the past few thousand years, from an archaic bicameral form in which one side of the brain shouted orders and the other obeyed, to a modern, introspective form. My claim is not so extreme: I simply argue that there are and have been many forms of human consciousness, varying in particular ways, that we retain the “hardware” capability for many forms of consciousness, and that humans are constrained into particular mental states by their cultures, especially through group ritual (or lack thereof). In order to explore this claim, it is helpful to think about our own form of consciousness in detail – a form of consciousness that is novel, contagious, and perhaps detrimental to human flourishing compared with more evolutionarily tested forms of consciousness running on the same hardware.

Scholastic-Industrial Consciousness

The form of consciousness that you and I share (if you are reading this) was likely not the only one to sweep across new territory, erasing previous variation. But it is the most recent such sweep, and it has been a dramatic one. It provides particular ways of subjectively experiencing time, identity, the self, other people, external reality, and the divine. (E. Richard Sorenson lists the consciousness variants as sense-of-name, sense-of-space, sense-of-number, sense-of-truth, and sense-of-emotion.) Ours is a literate kind of consciousness, gathering momentum with the advent of printing and achieving its ultimate realization (though with some subversion) in the form of the internet. Since it appears to be transmitted by schooling and since it is the form of consciousness most conducive to industrialization, it may be thought of as scholastic-industrial consciousness.

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Most of the time, in most cultures, not just our own, we do need to be in complete control of our faculties. But we also need, sometimes, to dissolve into our groups, which presupposes the existence of such a group. While I think we are socially and emotionally starving without participatory group rituals, especially rhythmic rituals, I also think we must be very cautious in adding new or old rituals to our diet. The rebirth of ritual is the most deadly serious play.


Especially Recommended Readings

Johnstone, Keith. Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre. New York: Routledge, 1987.

Kavanagh, Aidan. On Liturgical Theology. New York: Pueblo Publishing Company, 1984.

Rochat, Philippe. Others In Mind: On the Social Origins of Self-Consciousness. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Seligman, Adam, and Robert Weller. Rethinking Pluralism: Ritual, Experience, and Ambiguity. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Ritual and the Consciousness Monoculture

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