Who is Tommie Kelly?

Let’s start with a video, though I really should update this one:

I started the blog, Adventures in Woo Woo, and later the podcast and videos, to discuss the ideas and beliefs that are suggested by the various teachings of the Occult and Spirituality or anything that a sceptic would consider Woo Woo. It is also home to my art, photography, and comics.

I was born in Ireland in 1977 and I still live there. I am an Artist and Writer, but not always in that order. I have published a number of Comics. Some are about music, most about the occult in some way and one of them is just stupid. For me creating art is the biggest magickal act there is. I am in agreement with Alan Moore that Art=Magic.

I would describe my magical approach as being based on Chaos Magic, but not overly fond of labels as they mostly just keep you in a box. I have a lifelong interest in all things Occult and Spirituality, starting in my early teens when I read some Stuart Wilde books and then Alice Bailey, along with lots of Buddhism, some Theosophy and hosts of New Age type stuff. I then went on to read all of Stuart Wilde’s books and spent countless hours listening to his talks. Wilde would be hands down my biggest influence but I am also a fan of Alan Watts, Brad Warner,  Alan Chapman, Anton LaVey, Robert Anton Wilson, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Lionel Snell and loads of other peoplethis list isn’t in any particular order and is very incomplete. It’s probably mostly just reflective of who I could remember on the day I wrote this.

My favourite artists are: Anton Corbijn, Dave Sim, David Lloyd, Inio Asano, Jaime Hernandez, Mike Oeming, Saul Leiter, Naoki Urasawa, Bill Drummond, and loads of others.

I went to college in my mid-twenties to study Holistic Health and am qualified in Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Holistic Massage, Indian Head Massage and Reiki, but don’t practice any of it these days other than Aromatherapy which I find extremely pleasant and helpful. YMMV, of course.

I was a sound engineer for most of my twenties and early Thirties along with having a very unsuccessful Music Career as a Singer/Songwriter, recording 4 albums and an EP, that were all critically ignored. Also toured and recorded as the Lead Guitar player with a number of original and cover rock bands.

I have written and drawn a number of comics: Road Crew, Something Wonderful, Moments,The Holy Numbers, THEM, The Great Work and many more. You can buy them HERE. I am currently writing and drawing a new one. I am a HUGE fan of comics and manga, though interestingly, not a huge fan of superheroes.

Of interest to the Magick enquirer – I have done the Cover Art for Rune Soup’s Gordon White’s Book Pieces of Eight and artwork for Alan Chapman‘s now-defunct Wisder website, I did some memes for Jason Louv, along with numerous general portraits and avatars.

I read a lot of books, comics, and manga.

However, it probably most likely that you found this site because of THE FORTY SERVANTS deck that I created.

Magick = Art?

To me, Magick and Art are pretty much interchangeable ideas, or at the very least, next to impossible to separate. Magick is creativity; Art is Creativity. Magick is self-expression; Art is Self-expression. Both draw their inspiration from the primordial chaos; both are transformative in nature. Magick is an idea; Art is an idea.

Their final medium of expression may be different (one is your life the other could be a photograph) but the feel is the same. The transformative aspect is the same. The created sense of wonder is the same.

Magick, creating, and art are so intrinsically embedded within who I am as a person that I don’t really know when one bit starts and the other ends.

 

WHAT IS CHAOS MAGICK?

Everyone has a different opinion on what Chaos Magick is, but this is mine:

Chaos magic emphasizes the attainment of results by finding and utilizing techniques that actually work over conforming to strict occult tradition or process. It also aims to remove much of the unneeded baggage of traditional occultism, religion, or spiritual practice.

Chaos Magick sees “Beliefs” as being flexible and malleable – tools to be used rather than patterns or programs to be lead by. It suggests that no truth is absolute, or even truly knowable, and so prefers to see all truth as ultimately subjective.

The Chaos Magician’s secret weapon is the notion of “acting as if” something is true and then seeing if it leads to success or failure. Beliefs can be changed or augmented at will to suit whatever desire or outcome the magician is currently trying to achieve or manifest.

If nothing is true, then everything is permitted.

And Finally…

I reserve the right to change my opinion on any of the topics or ideas posted here. Re-reading some of the old posts, and listening to old podcasts, even I don’t agree with all of it – it’s all just how I felt, or was what I was experiencing at the time when I wrote or talked about it!

Everything on this website is just my own opinion, my personal experiences and insights, and should definitely be treated as such – I am definitely going to get things wrong or incorrect at times. I’m just trying to make some art.

This is just my adventure in woo woo – it’s not a general road map of any sort – find your own way, that’s the point of it!

If you want to help me out and allow me to continue doing what I do or to level up,
then there are a number of ways you can do so. Obviously, there is no obligation
or pressure to do so, but if you do I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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