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Fundamentals of Magic Theory: The Great Web

Fundamentals of Magic Theory: The Great Web

You might be wondering from my last post what a godform is and why I use that term instead of deity. As far as I’m aware, the term “godform” stems from the Golden Dawn (think Aleister Crowley – “As above, so below”) and the concept behind it was then adopted by a number of newer systems, such as Pete Carroll’s “Chaos Magic” theory, which has been gaining widespread popularity hand-over-foot in the last ten years (though, it’s been around since the 80’s) due to its adoption and dissemination by some famous folks (thanks, Morrison) and its increasing resonance with this generation’s rebellious rejection of structure (can you tell that I dig it?). But the concept of the godform has actually been around for a long time, among a number of cultures.

The Web

There is something akin to a universal energy that is interconnected and interwoven through all people and all things. Whether you call it Brahman (Hinduism), Kaos/Chaos (Chaos Magic Theory), Tao/Dao (Chinese medicine), the Divine (My hippy neighbor), “God” (83% of the United States), Yggdrasil (Asatru), Source (my life coach), etc, we all seem to agree that it exists… Whatever it is. And whatever you call it, it’s really just a variation on the same theme – that there is a web that seems to permeate everything and can be tugged on through differing methods to enact real, replicable change in self, others, or your environment (google Panentheism for shits and giggles).

Most muggles do this through mundane action. Want a job? Apply for it. Want a vespa? Go buy one. But as a witch (or magical spidey, if we run with this web metaphor), we know how to add weight to the direction we are tugging the web through more than just mundane methods, to bring a the goal closer to fruition. We do this through ritual, trance, prayer, gnosis, magical link, pathworking, dreamwork… The list could go on and on. One of the most enlightening, fun, and frankly speediest ways we do this, is by enlisting a godform.

The Godform Soup

When I use the term “godform”, what I’m suggesting is that Frigg, Yahweh, Anubis- every deity- rises from the primordial web that permeates all to fulfill the relevant needs of the culture that empowered that deity into existence. Myths and stories are created to anthropomorphize these ideas and then these ideas are empowered by thousands, millions, and even billions of people over the course of hundreds and even thousands of years through ritual, prayer, and disseminating techniques such as singing and poetry.

As I mentioned earlier, in Hinduism, this concept is closely related to Brahman, which describes the infinite cosmic stuff by which all things exists, that permeates all, and in which, a single god is only one of many faces. If you’re familiar with egregores, tulpas, or servitors, My personal observation is that they are effectively created in the same way a godform is, only on a microscopic scale instead (via one or two people, maybe even a group during one or two generations, rather than an entire region or country, over the course of several eras).

Does that mean a godform isn’t real? Let me ask you this… Does an idea exist, even if it comes from the neurological sparks that occur in your grey matter? If you put effort and intention into that idea, does it not begin to effect you and your immediate environment over time? Imagine the same thing on a macroscopic scale. Perhaps the web is larger and more abstract than you or I can conceptualize. Maybe the web doesn’t function with the kind of logic that humans are programmed to use. Is it possible that we give that web personalities and characteristics in order to communicate with it in a way that makes sense to us?

Ultimately, a term like “godform” is really just a non-dogmatic way to suggest a source of focused energy created by a magnitude of people over the course of thousands or so of years of empowerment, which has developed the strength to influence the universal web with great effectiveness that a single person may not be able to accomplish alone. I emphasize may, because there’s an immense amount of powerful shit a single person can do on their own.

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