I know a guy who prefers the use of technology to help him with his spellcasting. His book of shadows is a file on his computer, and he blesses all his memory sticks, and can do rituals with his friends over Skype. He's had a lot of people tell him that what he's doing is wrong, and that natural magick is the only way to go. What are you guys' thoughts on this? I think it's pretty cool tbh.
I tend to be a technowitch/technopagan, and although there's many people who will try to discredit you for it, it's still a valid way of practice. For instance, I find its much easier to keep a virtual Book of Shadows as I'm constantly adding to it and editing what I've previously written. I also keep a copy on my iPad and iPhone using ibooks author as I can take my BoS wherever I go. It's not the tools you use that matter, its the intention behind it.
There's a cute "You Know You're a Technowitch If.." thing here that I find amusing:
I think the whole techno-pagan thing is pretty cool. I love looking at online shrines and altars. I'm a natural practitioner, but even I've participated in a few group rituals that were conducted with the help of the Internet. It's also a great tool for witches and pagans who are in the broom closet and looking for different ways to hide their practice from family members.
I certainly think that cyber magic is valid, certainly if members of a group are some distance away from each other. I heard a story of a group doing the Di Dingir rite by this manner and experiencing electric buzzes while they did it.
But thats only what I heard.
Out of curiosity, if Natural Magic is the use of your natural surroundings, and if you are naturally surrounded by technology like in a lab or something then wouldn't using the technology around you for magical purposes be under that term of Natural Magic? I am not trying to ruffle any feathers, I am just curiious :)
I agree with you there, especially when you think that even computers are made out of naturally preexisting materials, they are a natural object. They simply are more advanced, and I see nothing wrong with taking full advantage of the environment around you