Sigils and Servitors

practical experiments in chaos magic

Gazing upon the monster

October 25, 2020 — Glyn Faulkner

Although I’ve never had much luck with it myself, I know quite a few people who’ve found EFT tapping invaluable for dealing with negative thought patterns and other types of personal shadow-work.

One unusual thing about the process is the way you start off by acknowledging aloud the negative reality you want to change, then follow a path of affirmations that lead to where you want to be.


This is in stark contrast to many approaches to personal change and indeed magic, which emphasise tuning in to the new reality you wish to create from the outset, but it seems to me that it reflects a fundamental truth of human psychology understood by every good horror-movie director: monsters are much less scary when once you’ve looked at them.

I’m not saying enchanting directly for what you want won’t work; it can and frequently does work really well.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

So what happens if instead, before doing your sigil or ritual, you spend a few minutes sitting with where you are now? What if you don’t get the cash you need before rent-day? Can you borrow from a relative? Will your landlord give you a grace-period? Can you sleep on a friend’s sofa if you’re evicted?

What you find by doing this is a Zen-like being-okay-ness with outcomes other than the preferred one; by looking failure in the eye and seeing ways to cope either way, you automatically lower your lust-for-result, and increase your chance of success.

Experiment 1: accept failure then enchant for success

  1. Choose your magical intention
  2. Spend a few minutes meditating on what happens if your spell fails. If you think it’s necessary, jot down a few non-magical ways you can mitigate any consequences. The important thing is that by the end you’re okay with the idea that your spell might be a dismal failure.
  3. Get yourself into the magical-zone as normal.
  4. Work your spell.

Try this for a few weeks, record your results, and see if it affects your rate of success.

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