Kill All Muggles

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My wife had to explain to me that “muggle” is from Harry Potter. She claims she was reading it for the benefit of a friend. I’m not convinced. But don’t worry. The divorce papers have been filed.

It came up because my Facebook feed was filled with this video, last month. “Muggle” was being thrown around like whatever they throw around in that Harry Potter game. I know it as internet slang for those nerds who don’t know about magic. Christians and accountants, mostly.

The video is a short report from Colorado’s 9 NEWS, concerning the finding of an “occult altar” in a deceased man’s backyard shed. Amongst the paraphernalia was found human bones. Most likely, it was connected to Palo, a Cuban magical tradition.

The video contains a clip from Dr. Max Wachetel, the station’s on-call psychologist, answering the question, “What draws people to the occult?”

“Usually, somebody will turn to that when they are an outcast from society. They already don’t fit in. Maybe they – maybe they’re actively trying to not fit in, so they’re trying to do something shocking in order to push other people away. Other times, you know, maybe from their childhood, they’ve been pushed away by others, and this is their way of kind of reconciling that in their minds.”

This gross generalization, of course, had many commentators spitting mad, letting anyone within shouting distance know that they are absolutely not what Dr. Wachetel described, and that he is obviously one of those dumb muggle bastards, always trying to make the rest of us look like weirdos.

But then I remembered something that happened a little while back. I was at the Albuquerque Pagan Pride festival, a gathering in the park where pagans of all walks come together to enjoy the sun, listen to live music, and sell their wares in an environment of love and openness. While killing time, walking around and hoping to find a story to write about, I overheard someone talking about me.

“Jesus Christ. Look at this idiot.” I was wearing a suit and tie, which is apparently a major faux pas if you ask the guy wearing a plastic viking helmet and hand-sewn version of Mickey Mouse’s robe from Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

[continued at The Blog of Baphomet]

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  • Echar Lailoken

    Practicing magic doesn’t mean you’re smarter than everyone, it just means you’ve had access to the right information sources.

  • Andrew

    Excellent article! Of course I’d think so, being a muggle myself.

  • BuzzCoastin

    you know you’ve been muggled
    when you know the derivation of muggle

  • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

    Dr. Wachetel’s words suddenly stopped sounding so dismissive. In fact, when I started thinking about it, of the handful of occultists I’d met in real life, nine out of ten (a figure I just made up) were just like these two goofballs: escapists with chips on their shoulders, desperate for attention and power that they obviously couldn’t get through normal channels.

    With respect, this could describe 9 / 10 people I encounter in a day.

    That aside, occult, new age, magick, psychonaut, etc. are just newrecycled marketing terms making their way from a new generation’s underground to a mainstream marketing strategy. Soon enough, the old symbol system will re-colonize them and they’ll be faithful customers for the CBS set.

    “Muggle” was the tip-off.

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  • Adam’s Shadow

    “Culture is catching up pretty quickly, and soon, there won’t be any Them left to roll your eyes at.”

    Capitalism, like the Black Plague of medieval times, has infected Idea Space or the noosphere to such a degree that all ideas, memes, patterns, etc., will soon become co-opted by its Church of Commerce, even the transcendental/mystical drive. We see this now with the sheer amount of bullshit that pop culture thinks passes for esoteric tradition, shamanism, gnosis, etc.; the use of occult symbols and ideas in Hollywood, especially horror films and supernatural teen fiction is so obviously laughable, yet such a continuously popular draw, it represents the inevitable. I’m not sure this is a good thing. Not necessarily because I think I’m privy to some secret body of knowledge that I don’t want to share with the outside world (“the muggles”), but because I see what they’re doing with it, and they’re doing it wrong.

    • alizardx

      note how scientific concepts are presented by the mass media, Hollywood in particular. Sometimes I wonder if science itself is becoming “occult” from the POV of the typical scientifically illiterate citizen

      • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

        Science re-spun as metaphysics?

        Reminds me of The Foundation Trilogy.

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