I play the Sims. It’s a sort of grown up version of playing dollies. Okay maybe not very grown up, but it’s fun and comforting, and now you can get your Sims into very interesting situations. On Freeplay they can have babies, careers, even grow old and die. I’ve decided that some of mine are, like me, spiritually observant.
On a physical level, virtual practices don’t actually do much except through the mind. They are not a replacement for physical actions that must be done to make things like showing gratitude, petitions, or requests and other observances official. However, they are a good way of expressing your spirituality creatively and performing actions that in the past, would require more paper or minding of activated installations. For those who are children of, initiated into a community egbe of, or deeply observant of Ogun and other technology related deities, they can do more, but those ways are specific to egbe and groups who know to do this properly. There is very little relative to them, that those outside could do with the information safely. However, for the average practitioner, it’s a lot.
I am writing about it because it is an emerging option, and people need to know how to do these things properly if they’re going to try them. Ogun and related deities/forces/archetypes may be very useful to humanity, and very much loved for this, but they are not very humane. They are the deities of invention, technology, metallurgy, computers, and the like, but they are also the deities of guns and nuclear weapons. Working with them and things in their domain requires some mindfulness and care. So by publishing this information, I am in no way minimizing its gravity. This is for safety because since technology has moved forward and people are going to try it, I’d like to do some damage control.
Like widespread literacy changed the culture of conjure, so did computers and the internet. There is plenty that the average witch can do at their keyboard, but don’t let this fool you into thinking of it as “easy”. A disclaimer, just as herbal and ceremonial information is not a replacement for medical care, online tools and workings are not a replacement for offline observance or for that matter, site security and maintenance. The tips in this article are for an additional boost and won’t protect your site from bad code or neglect.
Before we even start, if you’re going to be doing any computer/network/internet based magic or observance, you need to be good with your Gatekeeper and Tech deities. If you lean monotheist/Oneness focused (as some Christian and Jewish mystics do), this means the “Hand of God” and related angels. You don’t have the option in this case of glomming these aspects of Divinity in with the general umbrella of El. If you are uncomfortable with this then this type of magic is not for you. The psychological boundaries are necessary to stay humane.
Evil Eye and the Internet
First the obvious practical application: evil eye protection. Yes, that jealousy and ill will can affect you through your site and social media. Especially if your content is popular or has a small but strong following, you will have haters. Putting some anti evil eye symbols here and there won’t hurt at all. You can make them part of the design.
Some may not like to hear this, but it is not a good idea to post any photos of your (or anyone else’s) kids online until those people are at least 12 solar years old. If you do, you put them and their family at risk of being drained by random people’s envy and sadly maybe even lust. You don’t know who is out there and remember, despite the wishful thinking of popular religions, everyone has a spark of the Divine, and this can be used for humane or inhumane ends. Harmful people often get away with the things they do because well meaning people are ignorant and naive. Don’t be ignorant and naive.
If you must post images of your children because they are artists, activists, or under a deity who empowers them through charisma, it is crucial that you embed some evil eye protection in these images. Make it part of their logo or put protective symbols or a commonly used affirmation or prayer in the credits or introduction.
If you are showing any of your talent, accomplishments, talking about your relationship, or anything that may inspire any kind of longing or jealousy, it is important that your content is marked or includes some protective features.
I will be sharing some clip art of anti evil eye symbols later. I’ll post a link here when I do.
It is important that if you are using the internet to promote your spirituality or services, you are giving something back. This keeps you aligned and balanced and boosts your protection against ill will circulated through the internet. Remember that this is a means of communication just like the telephone, speech, signing, or writing, or divination.
Diviners who know their stuff give some sort of offering to their Gatekeeper and Orunmila and/or related deities to keep the lines of communication clean and open, and to give thanks. If you’re working online and especially if you use any magic online, you need to add Ogun or related deities to that list. You can show gratitude to Ogun by feeding his children and/or knowing or unknowing agents: developers and people who provide tools and means for you to work. For example, WordPress developers often make free plugins and improve the CMS. Send them a donation when you can. If there’s a website where you’ve learned a lot or gotten a good word or something helped you, pay them for it.
If you are unable to pay then promote them. Posting a link to someone’s site can help more people get their message, but also helps you to achieve better alignment and balance. It will make any workings you are doing online stronger.
Participating in swaps and gift exchanges is also a good opportunity to give some love to your technology deities as well as your Gatekeeper. Communication is a gift. The more and better we use that gift and the more gratitude we show, and the more goodness we spread through the internet, the more we get back from it.
Support Your Local Spiritual Eggheads
One more time, we feed the Orishas by feeding their children. If you know someone who is studying or working in IT, support them how ever you can. This also boosts your workings by spreading out the energy, creating an effective chain of happenings. Speaking generally, these are usually the kind of people who don’t seem to need anyone’s help, but everyone can benefit from a kind word, a good meal, and a listening ear.
Along with IT workers, people who are fighting the good fight against tyranny, reporting what’s going on in their local area as far as activism, and combating misinformation and political spam deserve some love. Do what you can for them offline as well as online. Encourage them to keep writing, keep filming, and keep up the good work. Do something to make their “meat life” better.
Computer and Internet Symbols
Aside of the obvious icons, you can use many symbols for computers or the internet in your workings. For example, if you met someone online, and are going to meet them in person and want to increase their chances of having a safe trip, you can include a symbol to specify that this is an online contact in your petition if this is part of your practice. Carve them on the candle or write or paint them on the paper or cloth you’re using. Some examples:
Like any other tool, computers can be utilized for magic, but one needs to do this carefully. Doing it wrong can result in negative effects like drainage and blocks. This works the same as any other word or “wyrd” energy. You can mess up your offline life by unmindful conduct online. When you look at the people falling for so much misinformation, it’s hard to miss that some of the reason they don’t seem to have any agency or reasoning ability is because they’re misusing this tool. It’s like biting the hand that feeds. Mysticism aside, even psychologically, anti intellectualism and glorification of backwardness online is like saying they hate their own brain and resent the very gift that they are misusing to spread their garbage.
By being aware of the power that you wield from your keyboard, you become more mindful of what you do there. Your computer can be a powerful machine to improve your life, or it can be a generator and amplifier of destruction that will mostly destroy you and your loved ones. The choice is yours.
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