Technology. It is the physical manifestation of the human will. It began with simple tools. Then came the wheel, and on it goes to this very day. Civilizations rise and fall based on technological innovation. Bronze falls to iron. Iron falls to steel. Steel falls to gunpowder. Gunpowder falls to circuitry.
The above is a quote from Daniel Suarez’s 2009 book Daemon. In it, technology is used by the righteous and the ignoble to further the cause of human kind in the creation of an augmented reality which surrounds the characters with which they can interact using specialized tools. Taking to heart the Third Law of Arthur C. Clarke, that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, the characters in the book use this technology to create a magical alternate reality.
It is my experience that we don’t need technology to tap into a magical alternate reality. Or, to put it more exactly, we don’t need it to tap into our magical reality. But, I think it helps. Whether it’s the ability to rely on a long-stem click lighter instead of a matchbook or using a small personal fan as a focus during smudging, technology–digital or analog, modern or ancient–assists in magical workings.
What is TechnoWitch.org
TechnoWitch.org is the exploration of my spirituality. It’s a personal site, and is an exploration of my personal ideas, beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. I hope that the posts I make here will be of value to others whether you, dear reader, agree or disagree with me. But, frankly, this is a project that I begin primarily for myself. If others find value along the way, then I will have truly succeeded.
What is a TechnoWitch?
A TechnoWitch is, to put it most simply, someone who follows the path of TechnoCraft. To find out more about what that is, I invite you to check out my posts on the topic. The short version is this:
TechnoCraft reveres the exchange of information, essentially the point of many technologies, as one of the highest forms of righteous action. Through it we can seek to create change both within (via self-reflection; essentially sharing information with ourselves) and in the world around us. It is, therefore, connected strongly to deities of change and transformation that people have worshiped in various cultures. Further, light (and by extension, darkness) are often used as metaphorical vehicles and the solar calendar of solstices and equinoxes are held in high esteem.
Witch is a term that I’ve used as a self-identification for quite some time; the “techno” part is newer. I use it because I don’t, at this time, practice any of the more established Pagan traditions but I find the term “Pagan” to be too broad. Of course, “Witch” isn’t that much more specific but it scores more points in Scrabble (13 for Witch, 8 for Pagan) and is, therefore, obviously the more powerful term.