I am a PhD candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and have an academic background in the fields of Anthropology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Education from the University of Wales, Lampeter, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge. I am currently completing my thesis on the relationship of ritual and the body in modern Western magic, employing both analysis of primary sources and data collected from ethnographic fieldwork. Central to my research is the consideration of the category of magic in both Western historiographical and anthropological discourse, the phenomenology of the body in modern Western magic as the focus of ritual practice, and the structure and essence of experience as constituting the ritual reality for contemporary practitioners.