Yesterday was the first official Ultraculture Ritual. I would have written sooner about why I decided not to participate (so that someone could try to talk me into it), but I’m on vacation right now and didn’t have time.
The intention of the ritual was “Manifest Ultraculture as a working, open magickal collaboration, empowered to create positive change in the world, without causing suffering to any, and completely protected from misuse, corruption or interference from ill-meaning or self- serving forces.”
But… doesn’t the ultraculture already exist? From Jason’s first ultraculture manifesto:
Ultraculture is a term I (Jason Louv) coined during the process of editing the Disinfo anthology Generation Hex in early 2004, in order to connote a cultural movement I was witnessing based around the mass interest in magic and the concordent need to apply it to improving our thoroughly disturbed world.
And from the second: “Ultraculture is a word for a social movement that is quite merrily occurring all on its own.”
After this dream, I’m especially wary of trying to do a ritual to manifest something that has existed for years.
“All those who wish to participate will from thereon be considered aligned with the Ultraculture.” I thought I was already part of the ultraculture, so again, I’m not sure what the point is. It just seems like a waste of time to initiate myself into something I’ve been a part of for several years.
This is by no means an indictment of Jason Louv. I think he’s a good guy, and I hope to participate in future Ultraculture Sundays. But this one just rubbed me in the wrong way, and I just didn’t feel like participating.