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Alan Moore


British writer, most famous for his influential work in comic-books and graphic novels.
Alan Moore
The magician to some degree is trying to drive him or herself mad in a controlled setting, within controlled laws. You ask the protective spirits to look after you, or whatever. This provides a framework over an essentially amorphous experience. You are setting up your terms, your ritual, your channels Ė but you deliberately stepping over the edge into the madness. You are not falling over the edge, or tripping over the edge.
When I was a kid, I used to go to the seaside and play in the waves. The thing you learn about waves, is that when you see a big one coming, you run towards it. You try and get out of its way and youíll end up twenty yards up the beach covered in scratches. Dive into it, and then you can get behind it. You get on top it, you wonít be hurt. It is counter-intuitive, the impulse is to run away, but the right thing to do is to plunge into it deliberately, and be in control when you do it. Magic is a response to the madness of the twentieth century.
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Life isnít divided into genres. Itís a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky.
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By accepting the idea of endless pantheons of gods, I somehow accept these creatures as being distinct and separate from me, and not as being, to some degree, higher functions of me. Iain Sinclair was asking me about this: he asked me Ďdo you think they are inside you, or outside you?í The only answer I could come up with was, the more I think about it the inside is the outside. That the objective world and the non-objective world are the same thing, to some degree. Ideaspace and this space are the same space. Just different ends of the scale. Thatís not a very good explanation, but the best I can come up with so far.




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The DC comics were always a lot more true blue. Very enjoyable, but they were big, brave uncles and aunties who probably insisted on a high standard of you know mental and physical hygiene. Whereas the Stan Lee stuff, the Marvel comics, he went from one dimensional characters whose only characteristic was they dressed up in costumes and did good. Whereas Stan Lee had this huge breakthrough of two-dimensional characters. So, they dress up in costumes and do good, but they've got a bad heart. Or a bad leg. I actually did think for a long while that having a bad leg was an actual character trait.
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It's a new world Arcane..
It's full of shopping malls..
And striplights and software. The dark corners are being pushed back..
A little more everyday.
We're things of the shadow you and I..
And there isn't as much shadow..
As there used to be..
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Truth is a well-known pathological liar. It invariably turns out to be Fiction wearing a fancy frock. Self-proclaimed Fiction, on the other hand, is entirely honest. You can tell this, because it comes right out and says, "I'm a Liar," right there on the dust jacket.
Alan Moore
We are approaching a more fluid state. I have talked about cultural boiling. The idea of the phase-transition period which, in fractal mathematics, is the chaotic flux between one state and another. ÖCulturally, and as a species, we are approaching a phase-transition. I donít know quite what that means, on a human level.
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In fact, let us not mince wordsÖ the management is terrible! Weíve had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars, and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them? It was you! You who appointed these people! You who gave them the power to make decisions for you! While Iíll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me to be nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles. You have accepted without question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your workplace with dangerous and unproven machines. All you had to say was ďNo.Ē You have no spine. You have no pride. You are no longer an asset to the company.
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I might do a work to put me in contact with the god Mercury. If the information I get from that is valuable to me, and new enough, it doesnít really matter whether the god Mercury is there at all, does it? There is a channel that I have called the god Mercury, some sort of information source I have named.
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I donít know quite what I mean by my own metaphor, but I have feeling, it may bring in an even greater, faster space of fluid transmission, where no structures, as we used to understand structure, will sustain itself Ė we will have to come up with new notions of structure where things can change by the moment. Iím talking about physical structures, political structures, I canít see coherent political structures in the traditional sense lasting beyond the next twenty years, I donít think that would be possible.
Alan Moore
Madness and insanity are two terms that are so vague and relative that you canít really apportion proper values to them. The only thing I can think of that has any use it functional and dysfunctional. Are you working as well? In which case, it doesnít matter if you are mad.




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B. F. Skinner actually put forward Ė and this is a measure of scientific desperation over consciousness Ė the idea that consciousness was a weird vibrational by-product of the vocal cords. That we did not actually think. We thought we thought because of this weird vibration caused by the vocal cords. This shows the lengths that hard science will go to to banish the ghost from the machine.
Alan Moore
In my own experience Ė and this is where we get into the complete madness here Ė I have only met about four gods, a couple of other classes of entity as well. Iím quite prepared to admit this might have been a hallucination. On most of the instances I was on hallucinogenic drugs. Thatís the logical explanation Ė that it was purely an hallucinatory experience. I can only talk about my subjective experience however, and the fact that having had some experience of hallucinations over the last twenty-five years or so, Iíd have to say that it seemed to me to be a different class of hallucination. It seemed to me to be outside of me. It seemed to be real. It is a terrifying experience, and a wonderful one, all at once Ė it is everything youíd imagine it to be. As a result of this, there is one particular entity that I feel a particular affinity with. There is a late Roman snake god, called Glycon, he was an invention of the False Prophet Alexander. Which is a lousy name to go into business under. He had an image problem. He could have done with a spin doctor there.
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There has always been a dance element in my mysticism. We just think Ďwhy notí. Music is imposing a state of consciousness by its very nature. If what this Tree of Life is is a hierarchy of different states of consciousness, would it be possible to simulate and stimulate those states of consciousness in the listener by producing the right sorts of music. Is it possible? We donít know, but weíre working on it.
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A lot of conspiracy theorists, they find it comforting, secretly. The idea of the Illuminati and the CIA and whoever controlling our lives and destinies. You know, because that means that at least someone is in control, at least someone is at the steering wheel. And itís not a runaway train. Paranoia is a security blanket, a massive security blanket. Whereas I think that yes these people do try to have an influence, and they often do have a very big influence, the CIAís unique method of funding its wars over the last thirty years has contributed to the crippling drug problems of most of the Western world. So, yes they have an effect. Do they control our destinies? No, they donít. They are nowhere near that powerful or organised. Does anything human control our destinies? No. Does this mean that God does? No, for all I know, God might just be a simple, two-line, iterative equation, with no more awareness of itself than that.
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There are people. There are stories. The people think they shape the stories, but the reverse is often closer to the truth.
Alan Moore
If I wanted a full-scale manifestation, one that was apparent to other people, then I would do a ritual. I have displayed the snake god to other people. Or I have consciously hypnotised them into accepting my psychotic belief system, given them drugs, and made them think they are having the experience I have. Whatever you want. Iím not fussed.
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I understand that the word Ďoccultí means hidden, but surely that is not meant to be the final state of all this information, hidden forever. I donít see why there is any need to further obscure things that are actually lucid and bright. Language and strange terminology Ė to keep them as some private mystery. I think there is too much darkness in magic. I can understand that it is part of the theatre. I can understand Aleister Crowley Ė who I think was a great intellect that was sometimes let down by his own flair for showmanship ó but he did a lot to generate the scary aura of the magician that you find these sad, Crowleyite fucks making a fetish of. The ones who say Ďoh weíre into Aleister Crowley because he was the wickedest man in the world, and weíre also into Charles Manson because weíre bad. And we are middle-class as well, but weíre badí. There are some people who seek evil Ė I donít think there is such a thing as evil Ė but there are people who seek it as a kind of Goth thing. That just adds to the murk to what to me is a very lucid and flourescent subject. What occultism needs is someone to open the window, itís too stuffy and it smells. Letís get some fresh air, throw open the curtains Ė I canít go for that posturing, spooky guy stuff. When they wanted me to do Fortean TV it became apparent that they wanted me to be Spooky Bloke. But Iím not actually trying to look spooky. I dress in black because it makes me look less fat, itís as simple as that. Itís not a gothic flourish. I donít want to be thought of as a figure of mystery or a master of the occult, surely this is about illumination, casting light on things. Iím an illuminist, thatíd do for me.
Alan Moore
I have a more fractal way of working, if you like, it is more like the way most peopleís minds actually work. They donít work in any linear way. When your mind wanders if you ever pay attention to some of the paths it takes, you generally find itís these paths of association that can link all over the place. ÖThe movements of the mind donít follow any linear pattern, they canít be explained with a mechanistic, clockwork view. You could find quantum models of how the mind works that might fit.
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Material existence is entirely founded on a phantom realm of mind, whose nature and geography are unexplored.


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