The Newberry seeks volunteers to transcribe a 16th century book of spells —-written in English, you just read the writing and type it up for them.
What Are Sigils?
Sigils are symbols which represent an intention without making a direct reference to it. They can be visual, auditory, kinetic. The Magicians explores the supreme effectiveness of a movement based sigil, where spellcraft is literally at the magician’s fingertips.
Most magicians are so happy to have magic in their lives, or are too unhappy in general, to show any interest in how magic actually works. Time is devoted to finding and mastering the art of spell casting. Fingers deftly bending in rhythm with words old as cuneiform in clay tablets. Each motion, each syllable bends unseen forces to the will of the caster. Now think of the role of the caster’s senses and how useful they can be in creating the rhythm of a proper spell.
Most non-magicals in the U.S.A. believe that there are five senses. It isn’t anyone’s fault per se, as there seems to be a trend among educators to teach what textbooks say, regardless of updates by the scientific community. Other non-magicals are aware of at least nine human senses. To recap, for humans not effected by injury or developmental difference, those senses include:
However, this is not the end of perception and senses for magicians and hedge witches alike. In fact, even some non-magicals have access to perception of other senses through their neural wiring and we are still figuring out how this works.
Clearly Rimbaud was a magician.
We all have problems from time to time: a person we like that we want to like us back or a need to understand what happened to our brother who disappeared from the college he was attending. We have those moments of crisis where we look deep in ourselves for answers. Maybe we reach out to a friend, research, read to find a solution, or break through a wall to take an entrance exam. Then we take that solution and turn it into action. That is one of the true beauties of being a human, that we can use our keen intellect to create change.
But what should one do if you have worked so hard to create a change, to solve a problem, and nothing happens. Or worse, the wrong thing happens like your niffin brother tries to kill you. How do we cope with that level of failure?
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Slime molds: organisms in a sate of permeability
Slime molds are collective organisms that are nearly uncategorizable. Cellular slime molds are individual micro-organisms, something like amoebas. They live on detritus: decaying plant matter. When food is scarce, something amazing happens. They seek each other out and join together into a macro-organism. In their initial stage as a macro-organism, the plasmoid stage, they are capable of movement, and moreover of “hunting”. The collective organism moves through bifurcation, it branches towards where it wants to go and then retracts from where it has been. As a macro-organism, it searches for a large food source (usually decaying plant matter) and devours it. After the macro-organism has discovered and consumed the food source, it forms fruiting bodies to propagate its spores. The spores scatter throughout the forest, and where they land they will develop into individual micro-organisms.