I honestly can’t recall if it was Pete Carroll or Phil Hine or both that made a discussion of retroactive enchantment. (It was probably Carroll, since that would fit in well with his cosmological model and his view on the malleability of time, but I’m not really in the mood to look it up and be sure.) Either way, the concept is a fairly clear one: you work a spell that manifests through channels that suggest events were changed in your favor at a time prior to your working of the spell. Either by directly targeting an already past event or through a haphazard coincidence of best available channels for manifestation, the cause (the spell) comes after the effect (the change).
Chaos Magic, especially the variety that depends upon the equations of Pete Carroll, has some interesting things to say about how time works. Specifically, Chaos Magical Theory posits that the past isn’t set, and instead is a “probable past” that can be as variable as the probable future that is not set even as we await it. Continue reading