This is the conclusion of our three-part interview with British magickian Daniel Keaton. Those of you who haven’t yet read the first and second parts can do so now by heading to the posts entitled Daniel Keaton on Magick and Daniel Keaton on Magick 2. And now, here is Part 3…
We’ve talked a little about your background and about your own system of magick, but where do you think magick will go in the future?
That’s a difficult question to answer, because there are a number of possibilities. One is that magick will continue much as it has over the centuries, by which I mean, as a subject that is studied and practiced quietly by a relative few who can see past the apparent science/magick dichotomy (which really isn’t a dichotomy at all) and use their knowledge to improve their lives in ways that, to outsiders, might well appear incredible or somehow miraculous.
Another possibility, and I think that we are seeing this already in many quarters, is that proven magickal techniques will be rebranded, in order to sound less mystical, and then presented to a more mainstream audience. When we consider how the principles of visualization and expectation have been taught by business trainers and motivational speakers, for example, or how other techniques have been repackaged by teachers of NLP, EFT and so on, it isn’t difficult to imagine that crossover continuing in the future.
My own view is that both of those trends will continue alongside each other, but I doubt that those who embrace magickal concepts in a mainstream way will ever view what they are doing as magick. I also doubt that magickal purists will ever really enjoy thinking about what they do in purely psychological terms, because although the techniques can work to some extent when they are presented in that manner, there is always something quite non-psychological going on at the same time.
And on a more personal level, what are your own plans for the future?
Well right now I’m in discussions with a few other practitioners about setting up a small private network of people who use the same kind of techniques that are presented in The Art & Science of Magickal Creation. It will be a very discreet organisation, and the idea is that we will be able to get together online and pool our knowledge and energies in order to carry out greater workings than would be possible as individuals.
So it would be something like a Mastermind group for magickians?
Exactly. Magick has a long tradition of being studied and practiced in so-called ‘secret societies’, but over the last few decades that communal spirit has pretty much evaporated. I’d like to reinvent the concept using the technology available to us today, and I’m very excited about the possibilities.
I’m sure that many Kreafy’s Library readers will be quite excited to hear that too, and we hope you’ll return and let us know when the project is ready to launch. In the meantime, many thanks for taking the time to speak with us.
I’ll be very happy to do that, and thank you for inviting me. The Library was a fantastic idea, and I’m proud to be a part of it.
This concludes our interview with Daniel Keaton, and we look forward to bringing you more information about the project he mentioned as and when it becomes available. In the meantime, if you haven’t already done so, we would encourage you to obtain a copy of The Art & Science of Magickal Creation from Amazon so that you can personally discover and benefit from his system of magick without any further delay.