You will be able to get my new novel This Is Not A Fairy Story from next Wednesday, August 22nd 2012. This is a fantasy adventure story featuring the character Guy Shepardson, whom I first introduced in the short story The Demon Detective. Guy is a modern day sorcerer and master of the arcane arts, whom I envisage as a sort of James Bond type character, except that he uses spells and magic powers instead of gadgetry from Q branch.
Anywho, one quirky detail that I decided to make was that he owns an iPhone loaded with several sorcery apps. Now obviously this couldn’t happen in real life. Or could it?
The Compass App
This comes pre-loaded in the Utilities. Utterly essential for finding which way East is!
I decided to get this after I found out that two fellow illuminati members, quite independently of one another, had both downloaded this. “Star Walk” is quite simply the best Astronomy app which I have come across. It gives the phases of the moon, the positions of the stars and planets, and best of all, you can point the iPhone at the sky and it will tell you which particularly heavenly bodies lie in that direction.
The magical advantages of this are enormous. Often, one is called upon to invoke the powers of a various zodiacal constellation or planet, so it becomes necessary to draw up an astrological figure of where everything is at the time of your working. E.g. for consecrating an astrological talisman, or for new Adepti, consecrating ones Lotus Wand. However, with this app you can find out on the fly! Probably not a good idea to get it out in the middle of the ritual itself, but use it to work everything out immediately beforehand. NB: because this is an astronomic app you would have to work sidereally not tropically.
This was recommended to me: it enables one to create one’s own Meditation music, by combining a number of different sources. The sounds are mostly Buddhist and Hindu mantras and music, as well as nature sounds and sounds mean to entrain various brain-wave states.
So there we were, myself and a colleague of mine, on a visit to Glastonbury Tor. We drove round looking for a place to leave the car: however the only available parking space had been taken. I therefore whipped out my iPhone, selected the Cosmic Ordering app, and typed in: “Parking space: now!” and hit “Send.”
At that very moment, the owners of the car that had nabbed the one parking space returned to their vehicle and drove off. We immediately parked, and had a successful trip up to the Tor, even if it was a bit windy.