A little 'thank you review' to Aidan Wachter for these brilliant books, that i'd highly recommend to anyone who's already practicing or looking to get started on a magical path.
Book Review: Aidan Wachter's Six Ways & Weaving Fate
If I could go back in time and give my 15yo self one book, it would be Aidan Wachter’s Six Ways. (Fortunately for me, his second book Weaving Fate gives me the methods to make those reparations!)
For the magical beginner, there’s more value in the humble 150 pages of Six Ways than the 150 occult books I have on my shelf. There’s approaches to trance, Sigils, talismans, energy, dreamwork and more; but the greater spirit of this work is in the giving of a voice to the innate magic that lies in our bones waiting to be remembered, and the tools to set it free.
Seasoned magician’s will recognise the writing of an authentic, experienced sorcerer, who’s cut the wheat from the chaff to produce a succinct, practical guide that’s accessible and adapts well to any system. No convoluted theory or rigid doctrines here; just core principles and empowering practices presented in the humble tone of “this is what has worked for me, so see how it works for you”.
Weaving Fate takes a few steps deeper into a handful of more advanced rituals Aidan and his Allies have devised, perhaps most notably an adaptation of the hypersigil method called the Black Book - a diary of “true lies” written from the future. This is very clever magic; allowing for continual adjustments or “steering of the ship”, while the process itself contributes to the unfolding and clarification of one’s goals and intentions.
Aidan’s craft takes the individualised, creative, DIY approach so appreciated by chaos magicians (and myself), and reverently grounds it back into the lively psychic-habitat our ancestors all knew intimately. There’s a wild and innovative spirit at work here, who’s breath is fresh yet ancient, and needs no more than dirt and stones - and our participation - to revive a magic so natural and familiar, our modern minds might’ve missed it.
These books landed with me while I’d been teasing out and deeply engaging with this thread I’d been calling Wild Magic, and now I feel like I can see the tapestry i was drawing them from. Aidan half-jokingly refers to himself as a Dirt Sorcerer, and as someone who half-jokingly refers to themselves as a wild-wizard and earth-artist, I like that term very much. This review and endorsement is a meagre offering of gratitude to Aidan for sharing his life’s work, as it’s impact on mine has been anything but! I share it here, as I apparently do not shop on Amazon enough to be allowed to write a review there :p