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Subliminal Memetics

Symbols are everywhere, and in the internet age even more so.

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Every high street in the world is mired deeply in corporate insignia, each logo a packet of memetic information succinctly promising a certain service in exchange for cold, hard cash.

Interestingly, few stop to think about why each pictogram has become so ingrained in our collective psyche.

Most instead accept the outcome without requiring intimate knowledge of how twin tailed mermaids trigger the internal desire for coffee on the long commute to work, or why the four colour windows on our desktop remind us to put the effort in once we get there.

Symbols are everywhere, and in the internet age even more so.

While the average magickian has only a fraction of the required resources to set up a reality hack on the scale of corporations such as Starbucks or Microsoft, there is still much that can be learned from the methods of these exceptional behemoths of capitalist desire.

This article provides several techniques for triggering sigils through slow saturation as opposed to the classic fire and forget method once championed by the early chaos magickians, and also hints at more complex operations that those who have the time to do so too can undertake.

The easiest application of subliminal memetics has already been heavily explored by magickians who found the time to dip into social media.

Patrons of Twitter or Facebook would often use mystical pictograms as profile images, yet the practice goes much farther back than that.

Almost as soon as they granted message boards a graphical interface, users of an occult persuasion began exploiting the attention of those scrolling past by openly displaying their latest sigils as avatars. Earlier still, certain BBS members would hide USCII code in their signatures to leverage a certain goal, be it for an internal or external outcome.

Of course, this technique works especially well when the sigil aids in the personal improvement of the magus themselves.

Giving up junk food or energy drinks can be hard at the best of times, and even more so when those around you insist on continuing to indulge. A desire constantly reinforced by subliminal saturation while going about your daily business will help to stave off those cravings without the conscious mind ever realising that it is being subtly hacked in a manner similar to the corporate logos which saturate Western culture.

This subliminal, memetic type of sigil allows for similar results to operations which call for more straightforward high impact gnosis, albeit requiring a little longer to take hold.

For those who like to keep sex and magick separate, or are understandably uncomfortable with exploring their sexuality in a spiritual sense, it allows for consistent results with no masturbation, flagellation, or other body derived peak emotional states.

It may also be of use to younger practitioners as well for the same reasons, or more advanced chaotes who need a break from the usual dopamine based methods of achieving their will.

For those who would prefer a more interactive process than mundane online tasks, such as answering personal messages or sending email, video games can help.

Clan banners or coats of arms stuck somewhere on a character prove exceptionally effective at carrying ideas into the deep mind.

It is a simple fact that you soon stop paying any real attention to the sigil flapping around on your cloak while trying to keep a three hundred plus kill-streak going, or mash the buttons furiously as yet another wave of goblins come over the horizon looking to use your skull as a chamber pot.

While your eyes still see all, your brain will sift out the irrelevant details from the stimulus and instead reroute all available energy towards telling your fingers the right combination of buttons needed to dodge that fifty tonne dragon.

This guarantees that the sigil itself will get where it is most needed and wait like a virus for the right time to counter strike reality in the name of your chosen goal. Nor should games that do not allow such artistic flourishes be overlooked, as the statement of intent can instead be used as the name of your character or a cherished and heavily enchanted piece of armour.

Moving away from pop culture, we also see many real-world applications present themselves.

For example, try using a pale grey Sharpie to sketch out the glyph near the centre of a large piece of clear acetate and cut it to the same size as a book that you are currently devouring.

The idea is to read through the transparency, and as your mind paints those guilty little pictures of Harry Potter doing something nasty with a filthy loo brush, the intent will be absorbed, too.

This can even work when seen through the bottom of a glass as you drink away your troubles, piggybacking on the alcohol to get where you need it to go. Indeed, that, as anyone with a conspiratorial view of advertising will tell you, is why those little cardboard beer mats have logos on them in the first place.

In general, there is as much to be gained from mastering the art of consciously unseeing the symbols that you create as there is in choosing not to be an unthinking carrier for the corporate concepts of others, and the applications are as endless as your desires themselves.

Gavin Fox

Published a month ago

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