I cover the world that was and set it aside.
I create the world that is that I may inhabit it fully.
I build a bridge into the Otherworld,
a place between Awake and Dreaming,
a place between Matter and Spirit,
a place between what was, what is, and what is to come.
Six Ways is a handbook of magic and sorcery, rooted in witchcraft, folk magic, chaos magic, and animist spirit work. Subjects covered include sigils, servitors, meditation, trance, spiritual cleansing, warding, dream sorcery, candle magic, talismanic magic, and tending to the spirit ecologies we live with and in.
Six Ways looks at how and why to build relationships in all of the worlds, manifest and unmanifest (what Wachter calls the Field) that allow us to perform effective magic. Effective magic is magic that changes us at the mind, soul, and spirit levels while improving our real-world circumstances.
The focus is on finding pathways to the Otherworlds and building symbiotic relationships with the Others (the spirits and allies) that dwell there. Sorcery then becomes the practice of working within those relationships to effect the changes we seek in our lives.
Aidan Wachter is a talismanic jeweler. He has been involved in magical practice since 1982 when some punks in his hometown turned him on to Force The Hand of Chance by the band Psychic TV. He can be found at www.aidanwachter.com
|Publisher:||Red Temple Press|
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About the Author
Zahrt researches the history, philosophy and epistemology of astrology, with a special focus on the German cultural realm. Her doctoral thesis, titled The Astrological Imaginary in Early Twentieth Century Germany (University of California, Berkeley, 2012), concerns the ways in which astrology shaped philosophy, literature and the arts during the Weimar Republic. In 2016, she completed the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales Trinity St David extending that research. Her work appears in Sky and Symbol (Sophia Centre Press, 2013), Verdant Gnosis: Cultivating the Green Path, Vol. 2 (Revelore Press, 2016) and Table Talk (Counterpoint, 2014); her translation work includes Zoroaster's Telescope (Ouroboros Press, 2013) and selected alchemical writings of Paracelsus, in Occlith 1 (Viatorium Press, 2016). She is also the Creative Director of the Sophia Centre Press, and she lives in Seattle, WA.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, 11
2. Intention, 13
3. Clarifying the Focus, 15
4. Animism, Essence, Symbiosis, 21
5. Two Worlds and In-Between, 27
6. Gut and Bone, 33
7. Re/Claiming: Self, Power, and Position, 35
8. The Six Ways, 39
9. Entering into Silence, 49
10. Entering into Trance, 51
11. Entering into Power, 57
12. Trance and Traveling, 61
13. Simple Divination: the Pendulum, 71
14. Raising Power and the Magical Voice, 75
15. Offerings, 79
16. For the Dead, 83
17. Petitions, 85
18. Sigils, Servitors, and Spirits, 87
19. Training Power, 97
20. At the Crossroads: A Brief Note on Roles, 101
21. On the Stacking of Skulls, 103
22. The Work of the Weavers, 107
23. Playing the Long Game, 109
24. Sacred Fear, 115
25. On Consecration, a Candle Spell, and Falling in Love, 117
26. Vessels, 121
27. Talismanic Magic, 125
28. Behind the Wall of Sleep, 131
29. The Process of Weeding Out, 135
30. The Ship in Practice, 139
31. Stay Clean, 143
32. Reticulation, 151
33. Dirt Sorcery, 155
Suggested Reading, 159