The Cyber-Shaman


Traditionally when we look at esoteric practices, we do not think of technology such as electronics, radio waves, or other “modern” devices. We think of candles, wands, wood, and steel. Yet as we have expanded our understanding of the material universe, bold practitioners of the esoteric arts have delved into what new realms have opened to us now that we better understand the material world.

The origins of this fusion of technology and esotericism can trace its roots back to some of the work of Allister Crowley, however it was Austin O. Spare who laid the conceptual ground work that would eventually create the path for the Techno-Mage. Spare would pioneer the creation and use of Sigils with specific intent. It was from this basis that Peter J. Carroll and Ray Sherwin would lay down the fundamentals of what they would call Chaos Magic. This theory of esotericism would postulate that all paths are equally valid and what should be focused on should be results based for the individual.

This stripping down of the various practices down to their base elements to what works and what does not work allowed for more experimentation, free from the dogma and ridged structures of the past. With this new emphasis on results more and more practitioners began to experiment with various electronic devices to aid them in their work. Radionics and similar devices would be integrated into workings with the goal of empowering the change that the individual practitioner desired.

With the spread of online communications these practices and experiments were more easily able to be shared and replicated by others. The combination of esoteric practices and technology rapidly proliferated into the modern Cybershaman that we find today. The practitioner who walks his own path blending ancient wisdom with modern understanding and technology.    

Cyber-Shaman infographic showing the tools of the Cyber-Shaman

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