Synchronicity and random weirdshit

Over the last six months my computer has switched itself on whilst in 'sleep' mode about three or four times. It's often happened in the middle of the night, which is a bit irritating. I've never known it to spontaneously switch itself off again.

Last night I was doing a magickal ritual in my room. At the exact moment that I performed the invoking pentagram of active spirit, my computer switched itself on from sleep mode. Five minutes later, at the exact moment that I performed the invoking pentagram for passive spirit, my computer switched itself off again.

When you're less experienced at magickal doings this is the kind of thing that can a) freak you out a bit, b) make you ask 'what does it all mean?' or c) having you dismissing it straight away as 'just a coincidence.'

When you're more experienced you tend to think 'Yeah… weirdshit happens.' It's a relatively minor, meaningless coincidence. The action itself – a computer coming on and going off – isn't that startling. The exact timing of the events was more startling, but still not world changing.

However, it is possible to 'use' this kind of event. When my computer came on I got a 'woo… spooky' trickle of energy in my spine. When it switched off again, that trickle came again, and was more powerful. I chose to interpret these events as 'magick is happening' and took that trickle of energy and emotion and incorporated it in what I was doing.

One of the problems of doing magick is that the pull of the mundane is very strong – we get dragged down into day-to-day rubbish very easily, we lose ourselves in jobs and housework and pictures of cats on the internet. We forget that there is a mystery which we are taking part in, that there is spirit, that there are gods, that there is wonder in our own consciousness. Magick tends to be easiest, and work best, when we are fully aware of the mystery, of the strange, of the weird. Magick is also spookier, more challenging, and more psychologically dangerous under those circumstances. But still… generally we suffer from a dearth of weird, not an excess. So even really minor events – minor but well timed events – can be grist for the mill. They make our lives a little more strange and mysterious, move us out of the mundane and towards the spiritual. They don't have to 'mean' anything' they don't have to tell us anything, they don't have to be practical or useful… we just need to embrace the weird, walk into these small cracks in reality, and use them to enhance the magick of the moment.

5 Responses to "Synchronicity and random weirdshit"

  1. Maiden of Silence says:

    "They don't have to 'mean' anything' they don't have to tell us anything, they don't have to be practical or useful… we just need to embrace the weird, walk into these small cracks in reality, and use them to enhance the magick of the moment."

    I found your post because I searched "synchronicity is bullshit". I see now that what I was really grappling with is the belief that if something is beautiful or synchronous it must mean something. Life has shown me, and not in the gentlest of ways, that this is not the case… but I see now how that doesn't mean that what is there is shit.

  2. Paulina says:

    Very nice post! Personally, I do feel like there's an energy connection (beyond just electricity) with our computers. Your posts are very insightful, please ignore the ignorants, like the poster above me — obviously your spirituality struck a nerve, it is amazing how your gentle musings could ellicit such an agressive response! Perhaps do a little "banishing ritual" on this page?

  3. Wayne says:

    Seeing meaning in coincidences is called apophenia and it has been studied a lot by modern psychologists. They've done studies with pigeons where they found that they would invent superstitious behaviour to get food which was randomly dispensed when they pecked a button, or even when it was just random. They did this because their brains created a link between their behaviour and the random events.

    The pigeons would, for example, do "dances" because they thought it was necessary to get the food to appear even though in reality it had no effect. I.e. they saw a connection that wasn't there.

    When they repeated this experiment with people they found the same thing, only much stronger, much more weird and it was harder to undo the superstition.

    That you "feel" like there's an "energy connection" (whatever that means) is irrelevant. Feelings are subjective and can easily result from the many inaccurate ways our brains try to make sense of the world, experiments have proven this.

    "Energy" has a specific definition in science but the mystical community has hijacked it and use it in completely meaningless ways. The same applies for "vibration" and a whole host of other words which you should watch out for to identify such superstitious nonsense, it's riddled with it.

    As for the original poster, I would question the accuracy of the claim that the timings were "exact", but lets assume they were. So what? It proves nothing. If you were doing nothing then the computer would have switched on and off at the same time anyway. Besides which, there has been a whole six months of events where such a coincidence could occur, it's not even remotely surprising that such a coincidence would eventually occur, in fact it's positively inevitable. All you need to do is switch off the "wake on lan" function or whatever is actually causing the computer to switch on and run the experiment again, I'm sure you'll see different results.

    But this leads me to another problem with superstitious nonsense like this: it completely ignores the times when a coincidence could have occurred but didn't. I.e. people focus only on the event that seems significant and ignore and forget about the ones that weren't. This is confirmation bias in action and it has been proven to lead people into superstitious beliefs.

    Another cause could have been that there was a pattern to the timings which the subconscious mind picked up on or maybe some subtle noise that the computer would make that was picked up by subconscious. Experiments prove that these kinds of things do have a strong effect on triggering people's behaviour and when you control for them in experiments the "mystical" events/connections/whatever suddenly disappear.

    So no, there's nothing strange, mysterious or "magick" about these events. They are positively expected to happen given the countless billions of possible opportunities and countless billions of possible combinations which, when they do occur could be seen as somehow significant when in reality they aren't.

  4. Babachick says:

    Synchronicity hits us all in funny ways but no more so than time. We charge about in a non-linear way in our dreams reliving hurts and joys, unsure of their meaning until we stumble over the key that unlocks the cypher for us. Something little that clicks a deeper understanding into place. Something that takes time to resonate through. Time works like a sieve, filtering bits of understanding until an accidental tap cascades down the errant clumps we never thought we'd understand or digest simply because they couldn't pass through. Until synchronicity nudges. And it's worth acknowledging the power of the things that nudge us from routine. Fun. Mystery. Connection. It's easy to forget why we need those too and time passing reminds us. Is enough time past to now have fun?

  5. Jacobus says:

    Excellent post. Synchronicity and magickal workings. I did my very first Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram but Invoking Water (I had been doing the LBRP religiously for 5 years or more). So it was a huge change . . . within 72 hours the Room where I perform my workings was flooded with water, it dried up within a day or so. I have been in that room doing workings for 5 years and never had a flooding like that, and it has gone away.

    To clarify I did a LBRP again and the water dried up on its own by the next day. Go figure.

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