Architecture holds power. It is not a new theory, of course. One only needs to look to the pyramids, or Stonehenge, to see that. But we have come a long way since then. Monolithic sigils are so ancient-world. We have been scribing entire spells and power-circles for centuries – the canals of Venice, the alleyways of Florence, the streets of London. (That one is of particular note, I feel, as it has been edited and rewritten so many times.) The one that still floors me to this day, however, is the subway and metro lines of Tokyo. Written in half a dozen hands, charm upon ritual scrawled chaotically with a meticulous rigor. I have traced its tracks – ridden circle lines and express trains and rush hour locals – but I am only just beginning to understand its meaning and its purpose.

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