Recently, Nick Farrell wrote a post in which he enumerated several signs that you’re not a real magician. Some of these signs are things I agree with, but some I disagree with strongly, so I’d like to counter with my own short list of signs that you are in fact a magician, inspired by his post.
1. You dress consciously in order to achieve the outcome you wish. For some environments, that’s a suit and tie. For others, it’s a t-shirt and jeans. For yet others, it might be all black with a pentagram. It depends on what you wish to achieve, and you recognize that clothes are potent symbols in our culture. You don’t wear a toga to a job interview, unless togas are the expected attire at that job.
2. You do regular magical work, balancing between “hot” or practical work and “cool” or preparatory work. You don’t sneer at theurgy because it “isn’t practical,” because you know that it’s profoundly practical. You also don’t sneer at results-based magic as beneath you, because you know that we [...]