The New Magick Offers A Constructed Kosmology In Which Space, Time, and Thought Are Depicted Harmoniously
As we have seen on The Integral Cauldron, the Integral Magic™ philosophy posits a cosmology of a sort never-before-seen: one which doesn’t just describe the world as a given (“That’s just the way it is!”), as pre-modern and modern worldviews tend to do, but as a “magical” world of Art-Science which is aligned (constructed) with Unique Will. Postmodernism isn’t really interested in constructing a magical world; for the most part it is content with destroying or trivializing the magical connections others make.
In the New Magick, the act of creating the new cosmology is part of the whole picture, and part of the magic itself, an act of consciousness developed at a refined level of ego-maturity which is capable of appreciating “world creation”. Integral Magic offers a worldview in which everything is connected to every other thing, all things are whole/parts (or “holons” as they were called by Arthur Koestler) and analogies may be freely made between one whole/part and another whole/part, and guidance and wisdom received freely. Spirituality pertains to invisible realms again, not just psychological phenomena. Acausal connections are normalized and synchronicity ceases to be aberrant.
What does Integral Magic look like? I have a very specific proposal to advance for your consideration in The Integral Cauldron blog and The Kalendar Series of books. There is a long story regarding how I got here, and why I have made the creative choices that I have made, but they aren’t really important right now. What is important is that I have developed a magical system which I believe to be meta-modern or post-post-modern if you will have it. I have done this with a key opening move: tracing the essence of all magic down to its roots in two sources: language on the one hand and number on the other.
With language, there is the question of which one to base it on? But I submit that any effort to base Integral Magic on a specific language is doomed to failure; thus I have chosen instead to base it mostly on the sound symbolism of the International Phonetic Alphabet, the cross-linguistic universal generalizations which have defined the essential capabilities for virtually all recorded languages. To connect the symbols of IPA with number, I have found that the ternary numbering system is ideally suited for representing a very large number of vowels and consonants (the number base in which the numbers of 0, 1, and 2 represent all possible values). Indeed, when the numbers are represented in simple line glyphs, the first 12 symbols correlate to all the most popular vowel sounds, and the next 27 symbols can be taken to represent all the most widely used consonant sounds.
This essential linking of number, simple line glyphs, and IPA sound symbols is the foundation of what I have called Lingua-U. It is also one of the biggest steps towards creating the first meta-modern magical system: a unified cosmology in which the essences of Space, Time, and Thought are all described according to their relationship to these 39 vowels and letters, 39 glyphs, and 39 numbers. It is not limited to what any one culture or “sacred word” tradition says; it creates new meanings and associations that have never before existed, including all the other perspectives within its embrace. It does not defy science or make claims that science can easily contest; the sort of sacred cosmology that it speaks of is scientifically informed and enhances the imagination by opening up new vistas for scientific exploration.
The linguistics of Integral Magic refutes the notion held dogmatically by some linguists that the sign is arbitrary, but it does not press the issue. It will take some time for old school linguists to come on board fully with this newly evolved understanding of language, and when they are ready to do so we will welcome them. Phonosemantic researchers — one of the schools of linguistics a little off the beaten track — will likely come on board earliest, because they will be able to easily see that no tenet of this philosophy violates their scientific findings, plus they will probably be intrigued by the potential for cross-cultural research to create fascinating testable hypotheses for future linguists to study.
I cannot conclude without noticing that while Lingua-U is new, the set of line glyph symbols and numerological system which it incorporates is not. Two thousand years ago the Chinese mystic, poet, and philosopher Master Yang Hsiung wrote a sublime classic text called The Canon of Supreme Mystery, a more esoteric version of the I Ching which broke from Confucian orthodoxy regarding Yin and Yang. Yang Hsiung believed that there was a secret which unlocked the mysteries of Yin-Yang: a third principle, sometimes translated as “flux”, which could explain them both. Remember that Magick is preeminently concerned with Change. I have taken this mysterious third principle as a unitive and evolutionary force in the Lingua-U and the Kosmology of the New Magick, and believe it that the time is right for this principle to receive much wider attention.
Yang Hsiung’s book also contains a solar calendar which is remarkably similar to our own. The 729 hexagrams of the Mystery correspond to 12 hours of our year, 2 symbols for each of the 364.5 days. I have built the correlation to Time into the system of Integral Magic, as well as many other associations to hours and minutes, the timetables of history, and sacred geography. The calendar is the basis for the title of The Kalendar, my planned series of nine books of poetry, prose, art, and philosophy. The Black Stone, the first book in the series, is forthcoming from Tangent Publishers in April 2016.
The New Magick is the system of thought which holds that at the core of reality there is a deep underlying unity of Space, Time, and Thought … and it offers a constructed magical cosmology, complete with a new magical alphabet and numerology, plus a sacred calendar and geography, in which that underlying unity can be grasped. It builds on the truths of pre-modernism without the ethnocentrism, modernism without the ideology of scientific materialism, and post-modernism without the deconstructive relativism. It is not the idea of a magical system in general; it offers a cosmology with very peculiar features – I call them existential technologies – which combine to give a glimpse of reality as we’ve never seen it before: whole, beautiful, amazing, and powerful.
This is not a new set of dogmas, but a new visionary realization, a deployment of the Eye of the Spirit which has looked deeply into the cacophony of symbolic ordering systems and found a glimpse at a new harmony. It does not stand alone as an intellectual aberration. It is fully integrated into the most sophisticated New Age philosophy of our time: the school of Integral philosophy which has emerged with Ken Wilber as a leading voice alongside such organizations as Integral Institute, Meta-Integral, Pacific Integral, and Center for Integral Wisdom in the United States and additional organizations around the globe.
Of course, you may have the mind to wonder what it is in it for yourself? Will an Integral Magic pave the way to riches or love, or build new bridges of connection in the ethereal worlds? I as much as anyone would like to have answers to these questions, but I don’t have all the answers. I do know that this new approach to Magick allows us to more deeply enfold the full complexity and magnificence of human nature and history and consciousness … and this is all part of our own journey of self-exploration. No one can say they are one with All-That-Is who has not wrestled with the imaginal worlds disclosed by Lingua-U and Integral Magic, and on that note I will invite you into your own deeper magical understanding.