So, you want to know how to become a technomage. It's something I am trying for years and I can tell you, it's not an easy way. I have studied chemistry, physics and now I am working towards my Masters degree in Computer Sciences and I am still sure that I am not a true technomage. But as I said I am working on it. In my opinion you have to know how the current technology works and you should be able to apply that knowledge. There lies the problem: every half a year technology reaches a new upper bound and studying starts again. You should be able to operate that technology and if you can't afford to possess it you should at least know how it works and have some ideas how to go beyond that.
Well, that is the technological part of my technomage course. There is a deep philosophic side and you have to read some old classic and modern books about magick (and chaos theory - but that is my way) and build your own paradigm on it. At the end of this mail I will quote a few from my favourites. Some may be alreadyknown to you. I don't mean you have to read encyclopedias all the time, sometimes even a comic writer (or a science fiction series creator) has the right idea about magick.
What else can I tell you? Never stop learning, there's always something new.
There are a few rules which apply to mages I found useful over the years (but then again I try to be a technomancer using programming and chaos theory):
I think I found them in the Liber Kaos by Lewis Carroll.
Mine may vary a bit because I got the German version and translated it into English for you.
Have faith, learn everything you can and take responsibility, take care, Nik
--- PHILOSOPHICAL --- I took them from many sources - books about magick, game books, comics and films ... have fun reading it!
Essence proceeds existence. Yet Existence grants Essence is Form. A paradox. Substance begets form, but without form, substance is nothingness. A paradox. Sanity is Enlightenement, a realization of the true nature of reality. Yet as every mage knows, to become truly elightened, one must deny the reality forced upon oneself and create one`s own. Enlightenement, then is madness. A dynamic psychosis. There are no easy answers for a mage."I am change", says the mage. "I am growth, form and chaos and my will defies the universe. With but a thought, a revelation, I can change the laws of nature, shift the paths of stars, reshape reality to my will." Nature comes howling back, knocks the mage sprawling, spits in his face and screams "Bullshit!!" The mage dusts himself off and starts again.
The Book Of Madness, A Sourcebook to Mage: The Ascenscion
A mage - any true mage - alters reality by simply becoming aware.
Spiritism and electricity are almost the same. But ...electricity is more reliable.
The best way to predict the future is to create the future.
The Magus: The True Self is the meaning of the True Will; know
Thyself through Thy Way. Calculate well the formula of Thy Way.
Create Freely; absorb joyously; divide intetly; consolidate completely.
Work thou Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, in
and for Eternity.
Aleister Crowley, Thoth Tarot
The power to hurt/damage makes easy willing to do it.
The magician clears his mind.
Around and above him, events trigger events,
coincidences make change, life moves like dominoes,
little catastrophies of probability.
What is magic? In the final analysis, magic is simply
change -- little catastrophies.
Reach out with your mind, reciting the mathematics of the spell.
A spell requires no magic - it's just an equation, and when you solve it, something changes.
The power of coincidence, the power of change
is all what you need in this gray world.It can become
catastrophe magic.Dip your fingers in a pool of
everything.Learn the ways to change the world.Be a
magician again -- you are the shaman, the protective sorcerer,
returned to his community at last, this entire world --
A light that will never go out.
Clarke's Law : Any sufficently advanced Technology is indistinguishable from magic.
"We may therefore admit quite cheerfully that Magick is as
mysterious as mathematics, as empirical as poetry, as uncertain
as golf, and as dependent on the personal equation as Love. That
is no reason why we should study, practice and enjoy it; for it
is a Science in exactly the same sense as Biology; it is
no less an Art than Sculpture; and it is as much a Sport
as Mountaineering. Indeed there seems to be no undue
presumption in urging that no Science possesses equal
possibilities of deep and important knowledge; that no Art
offers such opportunities to the ambition of the Soul to
express ist Truth, in Ecstasy, through Beauty; and that no
Sport rivals its fascinations of danger and delight, so excites,
and tests its devotees to the uttermost, or so rewards them by
well-being, pride, and the passionate pleasures of personal
triumph. Magick takes every thought and act for its
apparatus; it has the Universe for its Library and its
Laboratory; all Nature is its Subject; and its Game, free
variety, being all that exists."
Aleister Crowley (One of my favourites.)
"We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. We study the
mysteries of laser and circuit, crystal and scanner, holographic
demons and invocations of equations. These are the tools we
employ, and we know many things. Fourteen words to make someone
fall in love with you forever, seven words to make
them go without pain, how to say goodbye to a friend who is
dying, how to be poor, how to be rich, how to rediscover dreams
when the world has stolen them from you."
Elric the Technomage (Babylon 5) (Another favourite.)
A Magus Is A prophet. A heretic. A sell-soul. A genius. He is all these things and more. But above all, else, the magus is himself. This is not simple. For millennia, churches and kings have crushed the life from mortal men. "Individual" is a foreign concept. Bound to service, the human soul has slept. No longer. Magick is alive, and it Awakens the human soul. Guided by ancient secrets and mystic tools, the Arts of Creation well up in man's imagination. To embrace them is to Awaken, to throw off the mantle of sleep and stride into the night with a blazing torch. That fire burns, but it purifies as well. Every magus, whether he is a warlock, priest or artisan, leaves sleep behind. Nor is the magus necessarily a man; indeed, tales say women possess magicks beyond any man's comprehension. Such women refuse the chains of a common life; instead, they dance with devils or bathe in Divine glory. Disguised as men, they take up arms or master the forge. Magick is the spirit of freedom, and freedom wears no man's yoke.
"I am chaos. I am the substance from which your artists and
scientists build rhythms. I am the spirit with which your
children and clowns laugh in happy anarchy. I am
chaos. I am alive, and tell you that you are free"
Eris, Goddess Of Chaos, Discord Confusion