Although I briefly researched witchcraft when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, I still know little about magic. Therefore, leafing through "POP MAGIC!" by Grant Morrison leaves me confused. The reading was recommended to me by a colleague who must have a frame of reference I lack.
Nevertheless, a couple of pages of this odd (in my mind) tract on being a magician caught my eye. I even tried what was suggested. Although I created no magic, the results increased my mindfulness and shifted my perspective in a way that was fun, even delightful! These techniques suggested by Morrison could have been found in some books by meditation or creativity gurus.
As a first exercise in magical consciousness spend five minutes looking at everything around you
as if ALL OF IT was trying to tell you something very important. How did that light bulb come to
be here exactly? Why does the murder victim in the newspaper have the same unusual surname
as your father-in-law? Why did the phone ring, just at that moment and what were you thinking
when it did?
What's that water stain on the wall of the building opposite? How does it make you feel? Five minutes of focus during which everything is significant, everything is luminous and heavy with meaning, like the objects seen in dreams.
And . . .