|This current volume moves more explicitly into the practice of magic - that is, the ongoing journey of claiming our lives more fully and deeply. This cultivation of intentionality and vision, though never a one-time decisive victory, can become a more habitual attitude. To gird these hard-fought realizations, this volume presents the other four voids in detail.|
1. Nothingness: Individual things and the thing-sets with which we populate our worlds are the set-dressings that illustrate the scripts guiding our life plays.
2. Meaninglessness: The world will never, to us, yield either fundamental meaning, or some ultimate "point". The process of meaning-making is the meaning of life.
3. Freedom and Responsibility: Only through claiming life in its structural truth, through a responsiveness to the imaginal reality of life, can we truly live out the freedom that is always, already, our birthright.
4. Change and Finitude: Nothing abides and any clinging to concepts rooted in "permanence" will yield a bitter and morbid shadow.
Taking a hard gaze at the "imagination of magic", these texts endeavor to bring us more fully face to face with the existential voids that define the true limits of our lives, but also create the stage upon which our lives unfold.
We are storied creatures, living our narratives with every act, every intention, and every value judgment. We hunger to claim our authority, our authorship, but we scarcely know how. Doing magic - as opposed to being done by magic - is the process of claiming some of the technology of meaning, desire, choice, intent, language, representation, and identity for our own ends.
This is Volume Two of Imaginal Reality, a work that has been described as "The finest book on contemporary existential magic I've ever read" (George Holochwost, Magus (1Â°), Illuminates of Thanateros).
Readers will dive deeper into the imagination of magic and learn to develop the fictional gaze necessary to claim authority and authorship of their lives. This second volume contains an extensive glossary of over 300 scholarly entries on esotericism, existentialism, psychology, and the magical revival. (more...)