Monday, September 29, 2003
Magick, then. Forgive the pretentious extra "k" but I didn't want you to think I was talking about fellows pulling rabbits out of hats and so forth. As far as I can tell the contemporary definition of "magick" seems to be: immaterial knowlege; or more specifically, a system, or systems, by which one might appear to gain knowledge of things that are not of a material nature. But not just "spiritualism" per se. Magick seems to be an interim space where the material and spiritual realms intersect or interdepend. This is why it is so closely linked in my mind with music - musical material is by its very nature abstract, ephemeral and ethereal. It is only ritual, culture, history, objects etc which give it "form"; make it "real". In this sense, a magickal ritual is no more laughable than a pop song. In fact, they are essentially the same thing.