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Magick CameraObscura

Magick CameraObscura

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The Magick Camera Obscura
3d rendering of the magick camera obscura by john wolf
Origin and Historical Highlights of the Camera Obscura - 
The camera obscura (Latin: darkened chamber/room) is an optical device thatprojects an image of its surroundings on a screen. It is used in drawing and forentertainment, and was one of the inventions that led to photography.The device consists of a box or room with a hole in one side. Light from anexternal scene passes through the hole and strikes a surface inside where it isreproduced, upside-down, but with color and perspective preserved. The imagecan be projected onto paper, and can then be traced to produce a highlyaccurate representation.The first mention of the principles behind the camera obscura, belongs to Mo-Ti(470 BCE to 390 BCE), a Chinese philosopher and the founder of Mohism.Mo-Ti referred to this camera as a "
collecting plate 
" or "
locked treasure room 
".This is of especial interest, given the use of the device I am going to describe.The Mohist tradition is unusual in Chinese thought because it is concerned with
developing principles of logic.In fact, Mohism is an incidental side-study on its own merits -Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MohismIn the 6th century, Byzantine mathematician and architect Anthemius of Tralles(most famous for designing the Hagia Sophia), used a type of camera obscura inhis experiments.Of further interest is, the Song Dynasty Chinese scientist Shen Kuo (1031–1095)experimented with camera obscura, and was the first to apply geometrical andquantitative attributes to it in his book of 1088 AD, the Dream Pool Essays.In 13th-century England Roger Bacon described the use of a camera obscura forthe safe observation of solar eclipses. Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519 AD)described camera obscura in Codex Atlanticus.Here is a Wiki link for a some more information on the camera obscura:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_obscura
Theory of the Magickal Camera Obscura - 
In fact what I am describing the construction and use of is not a camera obscurain precise historical sense of the word, but is somewhat similar in construction.I am borrowing the term magickal camera obscura.This is not a "camera" in the traditional sense of capturing images, but has asimilarity to the camera obscura, because it is meant to transmit visual imagesand strobed light sequencing through the visual neural cortex.The purpose and intended use of the "magick" camera obscura, is similar toother NLP induction devices such as Gison's "Dream Machine" and moretechnically advanced devices such as the Mindplace “Proteus” machine, which issupposedly a very effective device.It also has strong implications for use within the field of hermetic and alchemicalstudies and ceremonial magick operations. One limitation of the more advancedmachines, is that most of the "programs" provided for them are made bycommercial production companies, and are not able to be highly customized ortailored for, use of symbols, color, sigils - which tend to be outside of themainstream commercial offerings.To put it simply, the magick camera obscura's requirements call for aneconomical assembly, quick additions or changes for optimization, andcustomization for hermetic, alchemical and certain ceremonial magick operations,as well as providing an effective NLP inductive method.
For the sake of brevity, I am not going to detail all of the theories of NLPinduction, meditative processes, brain entrainment, biofeedback,
binaural beats
 and auto-hypnosis - even philosophical alchemy.It is a far and wide-ranging subject, that would require the time-consumingauthoring of a very large and complex book and an associated bibliography.I highly recommended that the reader educate themselves and do internetresearch and reading on some of the keywords and phrases listed above.It also would be advisable to have some working knowledge of induction of self-hypnosis, and meditative techiques such as "
" or fixed gaze meditationand "
" which is a method of deliberately controlled breathing.These are terms and methods worth exploration, and there are many books andwebsites that can provide further information - as well as exercises.It is worth note, that some of the information you will find and read is of asubjective nature - it is up to the reader to discover through "gnosis" or directknowledge - personal interpretations and conclusions.Your mileage may vary from my own, or someone else's.It is unlikely that two people would have the exact same experience.Perhaps, a very similar experience may be had - or - dissimilar experiences.My theory however, is that it will produce a tangible "experience" based on myown experiments and mulltiple experience with similar devices and operations.For the purposes of this monograph, I am going to assume - that you as thereader already possess a working knowledge of some of the methods andtechniques described and have done some at least tentative research on theseterms and have some familiarity with them, as well as ceremonial magick ritualprocesses etc.The reason is that I wish to keep the focus this monograph strongly on the actualconstruction and specific application and use of the device.
Construction – 
Here is list of materials and how to construct the Magick Camera Obscura. I haveused care to keep the device, inexpensive, simple yet flexible. It could be madein a more complex or expensive way if you chose.
Large cardboard boxEmpty paper towel cardboard rollX-Acto handled razor cutterPencilMasking tape

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