Metaphor and magic

I think this is another book, or it might be one some day.

Maybe it starts with a butterfly? Not sure why yet, something about meta pherein (carrying accross), something about Psyche (the goddess, the butterfly, the soul, the breath).

Notes on the intersection of metaphor and magic:

  • Ensouling Language analogical thinking is what writing is, and writing is what magic is
  • Meditations on the Tarot analogical thinking is the fundamental magical skill
  • Both of these processes mimic the analogical moment central to conversational hypnosis
  • If every thought is metaphorical, maybe magic is the process of seeing that structure and skillfully navigating between metaphors
  • Anthropology of Magic says that magic is analogical thinking (flipped to this heading when I first opened the book)

More about metaphor:

I wrote a paper on Aristotle and Metaphor, which I think is pretty magical. Among other things, he said: “The greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances.”

The nature of this note situation is that some of the notes will always be extremely unfinished.
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