Magick as Both a Science and Art

Magick is the Science and Art of Aligning Change to Conformity with Unique Will

Thelema defines Magick as “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will”, by which Integral Magic concurs with two relatively minor but not insignificant modifications: “Magick (or the New Magick) is the science and art of aligning change to conformity with Unique Will.”

Unchanged is the notion that Magick is both a science and an art, a perspective which is reflected by the understanding in Integral Magic™ that it is (a) a systematic enterprise that creates, builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe, and involves (b) creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts – artworks, expressing the author’s imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. (These are common definitions which have been taken from Wikipedia’s pages for “Science” and “Art”.)

Let us begin to define Magick by opening a discussion of status of Magick as a Science or Art, a topic we will by no means exhaust. Today let us pause to marvel at the idea that Integral Magic brings together Art and Science in a new way, showing the beauty of science and the methodological rigor of art in a way which is nowhere else to be found. Magick is an Art-Science or Science-Art.

Let us take for an example of such “operational wonderment” the first Sign of the New Zodiac, which is the first techno-magical interface of the Integral Magic system. It is one of nine foundational artworks, designed to be architectures upon which many feats of Magick can be performed just as many creative works can be written on a blank scroll or empty journal. Consider these two points: (1) Signs are given the name of an animal, and (2) the name of the first Sign specifically is the Bear. The symbol of the Bear does not stand alone, but serves part of a systematic enterprise that creates knowledge in the form of the New Zodiac in a specific fashion, being the first of 54 distinct operators which create testable explanations and predictions about the universe.

It isn’t necessary to speak of personal horoscope predictions of the sort you would find in a newspaper column. The sort of predictions which are testable and demonstrable without doubt at this point in time are more fundamental. For instance, it is a fact that “B” is the first consonant of Lingua-U and “B” is the first letter in “Bear”. It is also a fact that both “B” and “Bear” appear following the winter solstice in the calendar, inaugurating the symbolic ordering systems of Lingua-U’s consonants and the New Zodiac respectively.

It is a somewhat more complex, but more beautiful as well, to note the symbolic resonance of the Bear with the winter in the Northern Hemisphere, where bears are more abundant than in the Southern latitudes. Many species of bear go into their caves to hibernate for the winter, allowing their life to be maintained even through the appearance of death. So too the Earth maintains life even through its wintry cycle, though barren trees and snow-covered meadows do not disclose it. Life’s abundance is hidden at this time, making the Bear an excellent symbol of this aspect of the season. The Bear predicts the nature of winter and so it is a scientifically valid choice for this location of the New Zodiac.

Key to the Science of the New Zodiac is the precision with which the symbols have been selected to ensure their capability to form testable explanations and predictions about Lingua-U’s consonants – and thereby interface with every other technology of Integral Magic. And it is scientifically demonstrable that Lingua-U mirrors nature, so the New Zodiac aligns too with the universe for this reason among others. And as for the Art of the New Zodiac, the new arrangement of 54 Animwaa (the Immortal Animals) arises in the context of a powerful new Story which is told in The Kalendar Series and in“The War of the Zodiacs”.

2 Replies to “Magick as Both a Science and Art”

  1. Very interesting, Joe. My peak experiences include the Bear and in co-creative art, we also encountered the Bear. I look forward to reading more.

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