Synchronicity and all this other stuff we talk about it is only worth your time if you actually use it for something. Synchronicity, or whatever you want to call it, can act like signs on a highway if you learn its language. I’ve lost count of the decisions I’ve made because of a “sync” or a symbol or a sign, decisions that altered the course of my life in powerful and wonderful ways.

Gordon sees it all in the context of magic and I can’t argue with that. My only caveat is that magic should always be a means to an end, not an end to itself.

You see, Synchronicity was popularized by Jung, who seemed to be Aleister Crowley’s Janus Twin, the light to his shadow. It’s remarkable how alike the two men were, how similar their obsessions were. But Jung seemed to take a turn in which Crowley could not, and lived a life Crowley could have had but denied himself.

I recently read Francis King’s magical biography of Crowley and saw it as a classic tragedy, a brilliant man undone by hubris.*I believe that learning to read Synchronicity- or psi or magical signs, whatever you prefer- properly requires you to let go of that kind of ego, to throw yourself into its currents.

I can’t help but wonder what would have become of Crowley if he let go of this illusion that we can impose our will on forces we still can’t even properly identify, never mind control. I think the beginning of wisdom- and magic, even- is acknowledging how powerless we are in the face of them, just as much as we are in the face of the tides, the winds and the movements of the plates of the earth.

A surfer doesn’t impose his will on a wave, he learns how to read waves and how to then let them take him where he wants to go. It takes a lot of skill and practice but also a kind of sixth sense as well. I think that’s still a powerful metaphor for dealing with these more ineffable currents. the secret sun

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