My NY Resolution: Explaining the Questions

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I mostly talk about the models and techniques and path I’ve developed. Which makes sense, I suppose — that’s much of what I have to say about magick. And yet, I feel I’m doing you a disservice.

Because those are the answers. And answers are important. But in the past 20 years, the most important skill I’ve learned is to ask good questions. To recognize that feeling when I don’t understand something. To try and imagine how something works, and know I’m missing a piece because some step is too complex, or not connected, or otherwise doesn’t add up. To grab onto that confusion, face it fully, wrestling with it until I have an answer, any answer, then test it out until I get it right. That’s the most valuable skill to learning magick.

Learning magick isn’t like learning to type, or learning Chinese. It’s not a matter of learning someone else’s answer. We — humans — don’t have the answer yet. There are useful skills and good exercises, but at the end of the day, you have to figure it out on your own.

This coming year, I’m going to spend more time discussing the questions behind my models, and the questions I’m still exploring. I suppose that will be my resolution.

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