Magick and Art: Learn to use occult and magical techniques to access incredible inspiration—as an artist or writer of any kind.
Since the first cave paintings, magic and art have been inseparable. While modern society treats art as a commodity item to be traded like stock futures, art has always served a broader purpose in human society: to inspire, revitalize, and nourish the soul of a tribe or culture, or even to cause direct changes in reality. This sorceric history of art has largely been lost, or rather co-opted by the advertising industry.
But in a world in which art has been devalued, and artists and writers can at best hope for a few seconds of fragmented attention in a dumbed-down media landscape, how can we reclaim the shamanic function of art? How can art—by which I take the broadest definition, meaning not just fine art but writing, theater, filmmaking, music, sculpture, creative social media or any discipline imaginable—become a spiritual and sacred practice?
It’s no accident that artists of every type have been drawn to magick and spirituality—writers like William S. Burroughs and Alan Moore; fine artists like Austin Osman Spare and Max Ernst; filmmakers like Alejandro Jodorowsky. And it’s no surprise that the occult remains such an enduring interest of musicians—from rock icons like the Beatles, Stones, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin to the more studied industrial musicians of the 80s like Psychic TV and Coil to the many bands and underground collectives of the modern occult revival—even current megastars like Damon Albarn, Die Antwoord and Aphex Twin.
Magick is the science of creativity and imagination, and offers a battery of techniques for accessing and drawing inspiration from the unconscious mind. But how to start?
In this class, we’ll examine:
– The history of magic and art, and how magic and meditation played a role in their craft of artists throughout history
– A full range of methods for accessing the unconscious font of inspiration, including:
• Astral travel and scrying
• Unlocking and tapping dream states for inspiration
• How to use synchronicity and your environment for creative breakthroughs
• The “incubation” technique of sending requests for inspiration to your unconscious
• The lost Renaissance art of constructing Memory Palaces, as practiced by the Hermetic tradition and used to utmost effect by modern artists like Stanley Kubrick.
• How to use the Gysin/Burroughs cut-up to “let the future leak through” and find incredible inspiration
– Developing the discipline to hone and force your art into existence
– Art as a sacred quest and sacred path, and how to face the cold realities of the modern economy while creating
And finally, and most potently of all:
– Techniques for charging art with magical intent and how to use art to effect reality, not just mirror it.
You’ll walk away with a full toolkit for gaining inspiration for your art, and infusing it with “otherworldly” qualities inaccessible to most—the tools to become a truly magical artist.
This course will be conducted in a live Webinar on August 8, from 10 AM – 1 PM Pacific Standard Time. You’ll be able to fully participate by asking questions and helping to shape the dialogue—if you can’t make that time, don’t worry; the recording of the live stream will be made available to you after the course is done—and put up on Magick.Me—so you’ll be able to review it whenever you like. This is not a recording! It’s a new, better version of the previous Magick and Art class we taught, and will be of immense interest to anyone who has previously taken the course
What People Are Saying About This Class:
“Jason, thank you so much for the course. You gave such a wealth of clear-cut usable information in a very approachable format. I wasn’t able to make the actual course when it was going on, as I had to tattoo during that time, but I watched it over the next couple of days and took a plethora of notes. Since then, I’ve been able to hone down my creative process quite a bit based on a lot of what you went over, and I’ve had a pretty prolific burst of work since then. It seems I can’t put pencil/paintbrush to paper quickly enough. Thanks again.”
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– Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
“I have been a regular student for the past year and recommend any course from Magick.Me. Jason gets down to the meat-and-potatoes of each subject, explaining the most important concepts in a straight-forward way and introducing material and exercises for continued study. Ideal for new students drawn to these topics and looking for a trustworthy teacher, or anyone who wants a clear-sighted perspective and guidance on otherwise complex ideas. Jason shares his hard-earned depth of knowledge without overwhelming or being condescending to his students. Fantastic find for mystical, magickal beings!”