The Fated Forecast Method shown on two journal pages with crystals (quartz, serpentine and a mixed bead mala necklace on top)

The Fated Forecast Method

The Fated Forecast Method: the only prediction tool you need, step by step

We all experience extremely difficult circumstances, events piling on like nihilist teens in a mosh-pit. Leaving us jostled and bruised. In these times we wish for the gift of knowing: how, when, and by what means the tangled mesh that traps us might ever possibly resolve. The Fated Forecast Method puts it firmly within the magician's hands to decide upon and create our exceptionally and unexpectedly agreeable upshot to this tragic story.

And in far less dire circumstances the method is extremely potent in opening the road ahead and making outcomes unrestrainedly positive.

Personally I make a point of creating a Fated Forecast during phase where my nerve is tested, and before any event that is important to me - for example:

  • I wrote a sales page including a couple of sentences about how wonderful I feel when I receive messages from strangers, saying “I don’t know if I need a copywriter, but I know I definitely want to work with you.” The next morning she was there in my inbox, exactly as described.
  • Before leading a magical workshop I write a Forecast predicting the incredible magic incoming - to people taking the workshop but also to me - as a result. It has never failed.

The Fated Forecast: background

The method is derived from the ‘hypersigil’ developed and popularised by Chaos Magician Grant Morrison in the early years of this century. Here is what he says:

“The ‘hypersigil’ incorporates elements such as characterisation, drama and plot. The hypersigil is a sigil* extended through the fourth dimension… an immensely powerful and sometimes dangerous method for actually altering reality in accordance with intent. Results can be remarkable and shocking."

Morrison’s own hypersigil was a comic book series written over six years. I offer my truncated method as the only tool of prediction you will never need.

Gather your materials - a quiet place to write, paper and pen.

  1. Take a few mindful breaths, bring your energy back to your body. Become grounded.
  2. Project your energy (this means, ‘imagine yourself’) a few years hence, in a time when all the things you desire today, one hundred per cent of them, have manifested. You live in your perfect home, in your ideal relationship situation, doing work that lights you up with passion while maintaining plenty of time for self-care. Allow yourself a few minutes to bring that scene to vivid life through all your senses.
  3. Now pick up your pen and start to write the story of the intervening years: between the objectively here and now (the Very Difficult Stuckness you find yourself in), and the fulfilled and happy You from three years hence. You might begin, “Early 2021 was so tough, I wondered how I would survive: but looking back, I can see they really marked a turning point for me. I couldn’t have predicted the opportunities at arose…”
  4. Continue writing about the journey that began today, itemising some of the extremely precious things you learned, relationships you made or healed, opportunities that were presented, and how they all pointed you towards the ultimate success you now enjoy.
  5. Over the coming weeks, repeat daily or as often as you can, creating many new, interesting, circuitous, poetic, magical, mundane, entertaining variations, all of which illustrate the ways your current path is the one that leads to inevitable triumph.

* if you're interested in learning more about this kind of magic, save a space at my April workshop


Calling forth magic: a fox talisman, a Christian cross, some orange flowers and a couple of flat, polished crystals rest on a turquoise surface

Your Business Doesn't Need Your Authenticity

Why Your Business Doesn't Need Your Authenticity: Eight Ways to Inject Magic Instead

Marketing experts love to speak about 'authenticity’, as do folks in the networks and structures set up to support women starting out in business. But your business doesn't need your authenticity.

Unfortunately, the advice is handed down from mentors who have already done a great deal of personal transformation work. An essential ingredient is held back.

With the result that people attempt to implement the advice to 'be authentic' from a baseline of fear and shame.

Not that there is anything wrong with those emotions - I am well acquainted with them. But it leads to a misunderstanding. The communication is not as clear as it needs to be. An Olympic swimmer can tell you about the nuance of a stroke, but unless you have the foundations you won't be able to implement their advice.

Your business does not need you to be authentic about your shame or fear.

Instead, your business needs you to shed your shame, fear and not-enough-ness, and be audaciously authentic about the you beneath.

Eight magical ways to excavate the unique power and beauty of you:

1. Adopt the mantle of witch, magician, sorcerer, enchantress, minister, initiate or other such magical moniker, even if it feels awkward at first: this gives tacit approval from the universe to behave exactly as you wish.

Your answer to anyone, real or imagined, who questions you about ‘who gave permission,’ or ‘what are you doing?,’ or ‘who do you think you are?’ is a shrug and the phrase: I am a witch.

2. Perform a ritual (the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is remarkably effective) to dismiss the energies holding you back.

3. Create a semi-fictional alter ego, one who embodies the wildest dreams of what you might dare to think, do and say. If you’re stuck, become someone who isn't. Step into an alternate personality, just like when you performed in the High School production of Guys & Dolls.

Everything you dread being negatively judged for, your alter ego embraces and wears unashamedly. In fact, it is the very secret to their success. Give them a name, a backstory, a personality, an appearance. Invite them to take the reins when it is time to be visible in service to your business (also see below).

4. Write and perform a ritual and invite your alter ego to possess you (highly recommended).

5. Initiate a relationship with a celestial deity, engage their support with your enterprise, dedicate your business to them and see (4) above.

6. Many mentors refer to 'birthing' a business or a service. My personal experience of childbirth was not ecstatic, and I found the early years of parenthood a peculiarly potent mixture of stressful and boring.

Stop imagining your business as a needy, helpless being that you have ‘birthed’, perhaps misguidedly. You are not eternally saddled with monitoring its health and fretting over its very survival.

Instead, practice sovereignty of thought and view your business as a wise and ancient spirit. Remind yourself that you are the Chosen One with whom they have contracted to manifest in the earthly realm.

7. Decide that everyone loves and approves of you and furthermore, the more ‘you' you can be, the more love and approval come your way. The things that make you odd are the exact things that make you adorable.

The more shameless you can be in loving what you love, thinking what you think, and looking how you look, the more magnetic you become. Because everyone understands what an exceptional feat of acceptance it is.

8. Grow exceptionally comfortable with feeling sad, frightened, afraid and vulnerable. Also frustrated and helpless.

The extent of what we are able to receive is governed by our capacity to tolerate sensation - both the exquisitely painful and the unbearably blissful. Like a pendulum, it's impossible to swing further to one side and not the other.

If you can’t tolerate failing, you won’t tolerate success. If you can’t risk ridicule, you won’t receive adulation.

When you become the director of a masterful, creative performer (also you), you make the stuck, painful loop of hiding, optional.

And the dramatic friction you create by avoiding the thing you say you want, is re-directed into electricity in your business.

I hope these practices will help you as much they've helped me.

With love,

Anna
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The torso of a model wearing a handknit sweater designed by Anna. The sweater is gold and black stripes like a bumble bee, and the model is leaning on a table covered with a floral tablecloth

The Big Fail

Fifteen years ago, or so, I started a blog with the simple intention to write about whatever interested me.

Soon that came to include knitting. I took nice photos of my knitwear and wrote about my projects. I came across independent designers, and the idea sparked that perhaps I could design, too.

As it turned out, my rudimentary maths knowledge, good taste in knitwear, and sense of style for photography, were more than adequate to start designing, publishing pattern instructions for the knitting crowd, and growing my readership.

The blog went from strength to strength and I was able to reduce the hours I worked at a marketing agency.

I was offered a book deal! With an advance! A well-regarded publisher and a hero-of-the-industry editor! There was even a little bidding war!

Within a few weeks of signing contracts, I discovered I was pregnant with our son! I was on top of the world!

My intention was to complete the book before the baby arrived. But it didn’t happen, and the baby was early.

I thought I could finish the book while the baby napped. The baby never napped. He had reflux and colic and an aversion to sleep. While pregnant, wiser women had tried to explain how caring for a newborn will fuck a person up completely. But, until I experienced it myself, it was impossible to imagine the deep truth of that statement.

The book was never completed. I returned the advance.

What a come down. I’ve only recently been able to recognise the beauty in the tender intensity of those feelings of disappointment. Of failure. Of shame.

It’s exquisite. It wraps around my heart and chest and holds me so tight. My stomach rumbles gently. There’s electricity sparking through my crown, head, neck, shoulders and down my arms.

It’s magical to witness the depth of my feeling. And now that I do, it starts to heal.

Because now it is passing through. I still have brilliance. It’s time to heal.


Close up on a cream coloured under bust corset

Constriction

Today, I will give you my absolutely winning but also unorthodox method for dealing with anxiety around money.

The day before yesterday I was in an absolute pickle. Being tossed to and fro by worry, annoyance, even rage; unable to seize the reins and regain some balance. I gave myself an alchemical bath so full of salts, minerals, crystals, oils, it had the consistency more of a creamy soup than water. It helped.

Because as I floated I realised: all this turmoil was because I needed to make a large payment.

My financial situation is familiar to many freelancers and other consultants, with my bank balance veering between “make it rain” and “definitely going bankrupt”. At the top end I deeply enjoy making purchases, even (as a committed socialist) settling tax bills.

But when the number of digits grows lower, I develop a peculiarly hoarding attitude. I resent spending a single penny. I can’t bear to see the balance going down. I become possessive. Grasping.

It’s a feeling of constriction…

“Constriction, you say Anna?” Yes, a feeling of trapped-ness, a breathless quality, I can’t move properly. “Hm, breathless? Would you say it feels like being squeezed?” Yes, it’s tight and frightening. I can’t relax. “I wonder… would it be similar to the sensation of being encased in some kind of unyielding contraption? Maybe, for example, a corset?”

Do you remember what we spoke about on Monday (the picture of me looking cross in a pink robe)? About loving every part even the unlovable, and finding the pleasure in the least loved emotions?

Well it transpires that lacing oneself into a corset before making large payments adds an entirely new slant on the situation. There’s money magic.

But, by all means, light a green candle if you prefer…


A Meditation for Anxiety

I’ve recorded a guided meditation for you because this practice is not widely known and helps me tremendously on days when I struggle under the weight of anxiety.

Thankfully, those days are relatively few and far between; but it was not long ago that the ‘ok’ days were rare as hens’ teeth.

The meditation is based on the Buddhist tradition of Tonglen, wherein we reverse our ego’s sweet but ultimately absurd insistence on going to any lengths to resist and resent suffering. Instead in Tonglen we open ourselves to pain and experience its transmutation.

The purpose is to more deeply awaken our compassion but also to recognise the very important point that ‘our’ pain is not, in fact, ours. It is ‘the’ pain, and widely or even universally experienced.

With much practice, I find I can now perform a few Tonglen breaths while walking through town, or preparing a meal, and feel an expansion of love and compassion that serves me, and by extension all of humanity, greatly.

It is my sincere wish that you find this recording helpful and might try it soon or bookmark it as part of your toolkit for when things seem impossible.

Let me know how you find it.