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Magick / Re: Very intriguing author of fiction books about magic
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:41:39 PM »
Which says that she's really into her craft.

I suspect that there are many magicians and scholars that write for fun or a living. That she rediscovered a lost text is a high point in her career and I didn't mean to diminish it. In fact, it's a reason to look at more of her work. Most of my post was pointed at the general state of popular fiction. There are diamonds with the coal.

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Main Hall / Re: A changing world
« on: August 04, 2014, 06:47:02 PM »
I find it odd that I find common ground with Steve on a few matters. I must be an old man now.

I'm going to express a personal opinion and I want all you kids to attack it as much as possible so that you can come back in a decade and see for yourselves how a crappy nice world will grind your soul into dust.

I believe that there's not enough fighting in this world. If men, and let's be honest, it's mostly men, could simply go into the streets and slug it out there would be fewer disagreements that lead to grievous violence. In that way problems that would normally fester in men's hearts could be sated without undue bloodshed.

I believe that the love of politics has eroded the human spirit and allowed the weak and cold-hearted snakes among us to control an otherwise brave and noble people. If they were allowed to feel the wrath of those they subdue through paper they would not be long for this world.

And I believe that if people followed their cultural heritage from before Christendom and other cults from the war-torn and ignorance stricken middle east then all of humanity would be the better for it. The world would be far more accepting of differences if the religions that have traditionally divided men based on appearance and ideology had been stamped into the ground at their inception. Granted, that would be out of character for people accepting of differences, but there has to be a line, and I draw it 600 years too late.

Of course, that is not the world we live in, and, for me, this world cannot pass into oblivion fast enough.

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Magick / Re: Very intriguing author of fiction books about magic
« on: August 04, 2014, 05:44:56 PM »
Is it really that strange? Authors of fiction require a framework in which to develop there characters. Since building such frameworks is difficult, using those that already exist and melding them with more popular culture is much easier. Even better if they play to the public's perception of "truth", giving us people throwing fireballs and other nonsense.

The thing I loathe is the pandering to people that require a strict dichotomy and adherence to extremes. Rare is the work where all characters have blood on their hands and shit on there souls, and rarer still is it that those characters don't find some sort of purification on their way to salvation. Maybe my opinion is a bit "high and mighty" but there it is.

But good find. Hopefully we'll hear about more authors delving into such work in the future. I actually became a voracious reader due to a book that used Kabalah as it's base, and it was pretty blatant about it. If only he had finished the series. :-(

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Magick / Re: Emotional issues with Soul Mirrors
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:51:05 PM »
Overcoming base reactions is a part of growing. The point of a Soul Mirror is to dredge up the negative and positive attributes of the self in order to balance them. You cannot have success without failure, good without bad, depression without happiness, etc. To face these things takes courage and the fact that you're trying is progress. Take it easy and don't beat yourself up over it.

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Hello and Goodbye / Re: I'm back. Again. Maybe.
« on: July 29, 2014, 04:34:45 AM »
That would be easy to do if there were no other people in this world, but, as it is, I need to learn to control it rather than suffocate it. Doing anything else has always had personally disastrous consequences. So, if it's between my past experience and Buddha's quote, I'm going with #1 on this.

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Hello and Goodbye / I'm back. Again. Maybe.
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:07:57 PM »
I haven't been here since 2011 or so. I've moved around quite a bit and had a mental breakdown or two. High stress employment and horrible relationships will do that to people.

At this point it would be unfair to say that I've studied anything magickal or had any experiences over the last couple of years. It's mostly been a deep dark void for me. A place where I've contemplated a lot of the events over the past decade and have finally coalesced my resolve to not be a victim of other people's hopelessness. In other words, I'm finally channeling my rage into a proper direction.

If anyone's wondering where I stood before leaving, I met Prophecy and Veos during the Vcon they hosted years ago. I have no clue what they're up to now, but I hope they're doing well. Having said that I doubt that I would be welcome back at this point. My personal philosophy had done almost a complete 180 degrees from back then, from idealistic to completely cynical.

Anyway, I'm back.

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Magick / Re: Demon hunting
« on: May 16, 2011, 08:06:34 PM »
Finding a Demon

You can find a demon anywhere.
Just try and use your head.
They don't like to run and hide,
Though may be by your side.
And if you still cannot see
then just sit and listen to me.

You can find a demon in your bed.
You can find one in your hair.
You can find it in a book.
You can find them in a nook.
You can see them in the air,
or you can find them at the fair.
You can hear them at the game.
You can write one with your name.

I see you sitting idle,
and you don't care that it's there
all about you and within
and through all the parts beside you.

You can find them on a boat
or even on a float in a moat.
Perhaps not in a rock,
but have you look under it or on top?
Maybe in a theatre or a house,
but, surely, not a mouse.
In your best friend's ears,
or even your girlfriend's rear?

There are many places as you see
but not of them is me.
Not because I'm in denial
but it is that I am free.
Free of worry,
free of woe,
free of even self-control.
So, when you look upon the world and look for a demon to subjugate
Remember me there a while and think again on your hate.

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Hello and Goodbye / Re: Hi there!
« on: May 15, 2011, 07:48:54 PM »
Amazingly enough, and I can't speak for psionics so keep that in mind, you start by clearing your mind and keeping a dream journal.  Seriously.  The major focus is having complete control over your mind and willpower.  Everything flows from that.  Allowing yourself to listen to yourself is one of the first steps on that path.  That's what meditation and the dream journal are for.

You'll have found what you needed after you accomplish that.  Maybe.  The world's a turbulent place.

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Hello and Goodbye / Hello again to some of you.
« on: May 15, 2011, 07:40:51 PM »
Hello all.  I expect that there are a lot of new names here since Iíve been gone.  It has certainly been quite a while but Iím back.  A case of life got dropped at my door and I had to go live it for a time, so Iíll just put it here for what itís worth.

After that shindig down at Prophecyís about two years ago I went back to my job and proceeded, more determined than smart, to actually live a life worth leaving.  So I started walking almost daily (I had a nice couple mile loop that only required risking my life for about 200 ft, and that was quite a stretch there) and managed to drop a fair bit of weight.  I then found a woman who accepted me, more or less, for who I was/am and stayed at that weight for a bit of time.  Then, a few stressful projects later, I managed to regain most of that weight.  Cíest la vie.

Much more recently, Iíve changed jobs and location.  I lost the fantastic walking circle but gained a much better atmosphere.  I actually have a window that faces east enough to see the sunrise in the morning.  A very awesome improvement.

So the long of the short of the whole deal is that Iíve had a pretty good time these past couple of years.  Read a lot of books, seen a few shows, and tried a local martial arts school (injured wrists take forever to heal).  Now Iíd like to try coming back to something I left behind.  Hopefully Iíve come back a little wiser than I was, but who knows?

Anyway, hi again.  Iím back.

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The Cafeteria / Re: Dutie
« on: January 04, 2010, 03:13:41 PM »
Thank you for the Llama.  It was delicious.

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Magick / Re: Questions to anyone who practices magick
« on: January 01, 2010, 02:41:28 PM »
I won't touch some of your questions because, honestly, I'm not one who should answer them.

If you decide to practice Magick, you will become more aware of your place in the cosmos.  Not just on this earth or in this reality or in this plane, but your total place.  How big and small you are all at once, and it must be experienced to be believed like so many other things.  You will look upon all creation and see order in chaos, and you will smile at it.  That alone is a mind-altering experience.

The "ancient" knowledge was sometimes fabricated, sometimes passed down, sometimes misinterpreted, and sometimes only partially recovered.  Sometimes it's given to those who know to only give it to others who are worthy.  Sometimes humanity is ready for it, and sometimes we are judged unworthy.  And sometimes, it doesn't even matter where it comes from.

Karma exists if you think it exists.  I think Veos puts it best: Karma takes care of itself.  It's something of a Gordian Knot that I used to hear philosophy students praddle on about in college, but it really doesn't matter what you think about it in the end.  If you think it doesn't exist, and it does, are you readily affected by it?  Things happen and the world keeps going.

Believe it or not, the world isn't getting worse, or better.  Your perceptions of the world are changing, and the inputs that color your vision may be biased.  There are good people doing good things in this world, despite all the bad things that have been happening since the first hominid picked up a stick and smashed a rival's head open.

You can make a tangible improvement to your life and help stop suffering of everyone by practicing magic.  You can also do the same by volunteering your time at a local charity.  Or by donating blood.  In the end, it's my opinion that we help others by helping ourselves first.  Put down the banner of others so that you can build a strong temple within yourself to shelter them.

Whether or not magic is a waste of time is a personal question.  "What's my purpose?" is a question I've asked myself over and over the past year, and I honestly can say that I don't know.  What I can say is that I understand myself better now than I did a year ago, having met interesting people that have changed my life, and magic was the reason for it.

At any rate, good luck finding your raison d'Ítre.

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Magick / Re: Magic and Bookshops, or the lack thereof
« on: December 29, 2009, 06:37:06 PM »
I actually found a copy of the Kybalion in the philosophy section of Books-a-Million in Charleston, WV.  It was a baffling experience.

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Magick / Re: Is there any kind of Nature/Shaman Magic?
« on: November 16, 2009, 05:46:52 PM »
The IIH gives you the tools to do what you will.  Once you understand the nature of good and evil, you begin to realize that it is a fantasy used to bring ease to your mind.  This takes time to realize fully.

The nature of "White" magic is to become one with the higher self.  A person generally lives in harmony or seclusion to accomplish this, but each person's path is different.  Make of that what you will.

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Main Hall / Re: This guy has some real anger issues
« on: November 16, 2009, 04:46:14 PM »
 :teethy: Does it involve wailing and gnashing of teeth?  :teethy:

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Magick / Re: Concerning the Occult Anatomy
« on: November 12, 2009, 12:18:26 PM »
As I understand it, it wasn't until The Golden Dawn that Hermetics and Kaballah were married tightly.  The Middle Pillar is a Golden Dawn ritual and thus the correspondences apply.  This makes you as much a Chaote as using Microsoft Office makes you a Microsoft Employee.  There is tradition involved in the source that has to be accounted for, and changing it before understanding the affects and the reason for certain aspects of the original rituals is not recommended.  Practice these things as they are presented to you and once you have the necessary experience, you may change things to your liking.

When will you know you have that experience?  More than likely, if you think you have enough experience with a ritual, you don't.  A year, minimum, is probably a good amount of time to do them unaltered, though I am by no means anywhere close to being an expert, so take that with a block of salt.

I think Bardon's Occult Anatomy has more to do with the physical properties of the human body.  The Kaballah is more concerned with how the universe manifests.  This manifestation descends through the four worlds, from the least dense planes to the material planes.  Each has their place and demonstrates the pragmatism that Prophecy and others have toward different systems ("if it works, use it" and "leave philosophizing to philosophers").  Practice the ritual and feel its effects on yourself in all aspects.

Please bear in mind that I'm writing this from memory of material that I've read about a year ago.  Much of the above is possibly suspect to errors and just being plain wrong.  Please advise.

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