Translating Metaphor 101
One of the projects I am working on I call the Book of Khaos Majick.
What the project actually is for me personally is taking the concepts of Wicca and Witchcraft and creating something that is uniquely my own that works without ritual and form or the need for invocations of deities and teaches how simple Majick is.
To even begin this project required I studied magic and magick and several of the forms that are alive today being used by covens and individual practitioners world wide.
In order to understand what I have studied I have to be able to understand the metaphorical meanings that have been placed by those who wrote it. All language is metaphorical and what one word or term means to one can change based on application of word in the context of the reality one is living.
Our perceptions change the definitions of some words frequently.
These 4 words have no definitive definition and are subjective based on personal and agreed upon morality in the attempt to give them meaning.
In the Protection through Right Action series I make mention of learning their metaphors to understand them better.
All religious text is based in metaphor using stories to explain concepts in behavior that keep us from ripping each other apart like savages. This is not a new concept and was the basis of Joseph Campbell's life work on archetypes. I would recommend his work to anyone wanting to dive deeper into the details of what I am talking about.
Any system whether it is one of magic, magick, politics, religion, education or society is bound by the idea that each one complies with the system or there are consequences. All systems that are introduced as being good for the masses are designed to create conformity of view of the shared reality to create for the system that is being used.
We use language to communicate everything. All language is metaphorical.
All religions are based in metaphorical understandings.
Metaphysics is the metaphorical way of describing the physical universe.
Science is metaphysics as is religion as is philosophy as is anything we use to help us understand who we are, why we are and what in the blue holy fuck we can realistically do about it.
What meaning we give to anything is what it means to us and what we hope others will find meaning in.
When one masters metaphors one can speak to many across many cultures as if one understands their language. Not different languages as in Spanish, Greek, Chinese or others, language of conceptual understanding, of spirit, of truth.
There is an absolute truth to each and everything and each one of those truths has an infinite ways to be expressed with infinite metaphors.
Magic and magick are about deity and seeking power though ritual and invocations and spells to enforce ones will in the shared reality. It is about focusing one's power and asking for more power than one h