The filenames are often close to the sacred root languages, such as medieval Latin for western culture (Harry Potter spells are basically Latin). The accoutrements that go along with the filename are the various symbols and objects that form the sacred space for incantation and invocation, just like you would place the name of the file to be edited right after the editor program name.
This structure tells me a few things, foremost of which is that the "program code" that does the actual work exists on a kind of "hard drive" somewhere else, that it downloaded through the magic-netic device driver and executed. The logical place for that is the biggest "hard drive" on this world, the Archive of the Ancients.
There is a series of prerequisites required on the path of Wizardry:
- Activate the conceptual telepathy system of your psyche (not group mind).
- Discover the Archive (your access point).
- Learn to access the Archive through conceptual symbolics (psychocartography).
- Learn to navigate the Archive and find a compatible magic-netic driver for your anima.
- Download and install the driver.
- Enter the codes into the driver that allow access to the magick database.
- Learn the programs do and what they require as input.
The list of programs and parameters are those documented in old records, such as the Book of Shadows, Grimoires and other ritual/ceremonial magic texts. Just like in computers, I'm sure there is a convention (or pattern) to passing these parameters and optional arguments to the magick programming, which defines how to structure the environment for the desired effects. As of yet, I have not located any documentation on that convention. That information, originating from the Annunaki, may now be lost or suppressed.
I have to wonder if the similarity between magical systems and computers is "accidental." It may just be a personal bias on my part growing up with the evolution of these machines, but the parallels are striking... to most people, computers are magical, because they don't have a clue as to how they actually work. And like magick, they know how to click on "File, Open..." and pick a filename, but don't have any clue of the options that can be passed to the programs, nor how the programs, themselves, actually work. I've seen this play out in many Sci-Fi scenarios.
It is also curious that the carbon/Wizardry and silicon/Computerdry systems seem to run parallel at the atomic level, with one difference that was pointed out on ConsciousHugs by daniel--the carbon column of elements (p. 132 in Nothing But Motion) tend to be pro-life, whereas the silicon column of elements tend to be "exterminating" (all your cleaners and antibiotics are there). That may explain why life entropy seems to be increasing at a rate proportional to computer distribution.
I grew up learning the "base code" (microcode) of computers as they evolved. Perhaps I can use this parallel to reconstruct the base coding of magick.