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Magick / Re: Attempting to identify a talisman
« on: December 23, 2014, 09:03:00 PM »

I was actually wondering of the use of the eye of providence in this case was representative of the Golden Dawn's use, given it's similarity to the version used by Regardie. This, along with the use of the 8 point star and the tetragrammaton leads me to believe it might be representative of some random Kabbalistic order, of which I'm certain there are many.

 As you said, Steve, it's certainly a mixture of religious symbolism, and that doesn't make it any clearer...

I should note, I didn't actually find that coin. I just saw it on reddit and found it interesting given that I couldn't figure out where it came from.

Thanks for the insight!

Magick / Attempting to identify a talisman
« on: December 23, 2014, 11:42:33 AM »
I'm attempting to figure out what sort of talisman this is:

It being obviously Kabbalistic in nature, I would figure this to be a good place to ask. Any ideas?

Main Hall / Re: The rules thread
« on: October 05, 2012, 11:25:42 AM »
For further clarification, there is no specific rule identifying any sort of '3 strike system'. Breaking the rules to any degree can result in any punishment deamed fit by the acting staff member.

However, generally, staff gives many reasonable warnings to allow for appropriate discussion and behavioral changes, and rarely bans anyone outright. This, of course, all depends on the severity of the situation at hand. A ban is not often used without the consensus of multiple staff members, as well.

In regard to Kobok's post, while the highlighted section can be taken as offensive or inflammatory, the language taken within context is referring directly to a specific post. I do not believe it was the intention of Kobok to specifically refer to all of Searcher's posts as 'garbage' . But he can speak better on that.

Main Hall / Re: Mindless Apologies to Mindless Folk
« on: October 13, 2011, 08:05:14 PM »

The Cafeteria / Re: 2012 End Of The World.
« on: August 08, 2011, 10:51:35 AM »

- Men beating their women

Not to be too critical, but... Men beating THEIR women?

So, you can own them, but not hit them? =P

Psionics / Re: Random Question 1 - Pre-Emptive Construct Usage
« on: May 15, 2011, 09:09:47 PM »
This hinges greatly on the nature of the 'future'. Where as there are many likely outcomes (theoretically, any outcome is possible, where some are less likely than others). So in observing the potential future in which the construct exists, assuming the conditions Robin stated in which no particular flaws stand in the way of the creation of the construct, we could thereby mimic that creation.

But mimicry is obviously not taking an existing construct and bringing it to the present, as much as it is recreating it. I'm obviously not really answering any questions here, but I've never tried to take something from the future and bring it to the present that wasn't just knowledge. I would theorize that such a thing cannot be done, since these outcomes don't necessarily exist simultaneously, but may just be glimpses of what can be. Such as predicting the eventual ripple in a pond, before a rock is thrown.

I'm not sure if what I said was entirely coherent, so please say so if it wasn't...

Psionics / Re: Meditation and time travel
« on: May 13, 2011, 12:57:28 PM »
Generally, I would call this a matter of perception rather than an alteration on the nature of time. Far to often is the 'supernatural' related to an otherwise mundane phenomena. In this case, if one is meditating while walking, your focus is deterred from the act. If you are not focusing on your pace, it's not an unlikely notion that you may have just been walking much faster and not realize that you were.

I don't recommend meditation while walking simply because if you would like to achieve deeper levels of focus (or whatever it is you might be seeking), ideally, should be an environment that minimizes distraction. That, and the fact that I've attempted walking meditation, and walking into traffic is a bad idea >_>

That being said, if you'd like some more empirical evidence, I'd suggest you invest in a pedometer that can track your speed based on your steps. (Note: this device does not track the location of sex offenders. Don't talk to strangers, kids.)

Main Hall / Re: New Forum layout
« on: April 01, 2011, 12:23:51 PM »
You know...after years of putting up with this discrimination I can take no more. All I've ever asked is that you create a Braille layout so that my handi-capable brother could also partake in the metaphysical arts of magick and psioniks....

You raise a good point, Forg.  I was unable to find a css property for rendering raised dots, but I did manage to generate a new header image for the forums which is compatible with your needs.  See the attached prototype.  Perhaps your brother could print these pages on a dot-matrix printer, or an ink jet using puffy paint?

You never do fail me, do you Kobok? Thank you. I apologizes for my blind rage.

Main Hall / Re: New Forum layout
« on: April 01, 2011, 07:50:55 AM »
You know...after years of putting up with this discrimination I can take no more. All I've ever asked is that you create a Braille layout so that my handi-capable brother could also partake in the metaphysical arts of magick and psioniks....

And this is what it comes to next...cell phone layouts.

I'm done. Goodbye idiots.

Main Hall / Re: Veritas Wiki Usage Poll
« on: March 20, 2011, 09:57:17 PM »
There was a time that I edited the wiki for the projects I was managing through the site. Anymore, I do not unless something blatant stands out. I otherwise most commonly just jump to the forums upon accessing vsociety.

Magick / Re: Fortune Cookies
« on: February 23, 2011, 06:12:03 PM »
An interesting idea, certainly, but in this case we are working with a variable without a set boundary. By that I mean, many fortunes don't make any sense, or are not necessarily positive or negative. I once received a fortune that said "Now is the time to make a circle of mints". Even as a statement of intent, that seems highly unnecessary... I'd stick with actual divination tools unless we're just talking about fun party tricks :)

Also, if you can actively focus your mind after eating American-Chinese food, you've probably already attained enlightenment.

Magick / Re: How does your magickal path explain buddhist rainbow body?
« on: February 23, 2011, 06:01:40 PM »
I'm just going to go ahead and start with this, and we can work from here:

While this doesn't necessarily discredit everything having to do with the 'rainbow body' in terms of Dzogchen, I think it's important to read.

"The ultimate fruition of the thodgal practices is a body of pure light, called a rainbow body (Wylie 'ja' lus, pronounced Jalü.)[41] If the four visions of thogal are not completed before death, then at death, from the point of view of an external observer, the following happens: the corpse does not start to decompose, but starts to shrink until it disappears."

Achieving a body of pure light seems unnecessary enough, but to make the above statement might lead one to think that maybe this is a lot of mysticism that doesn't necessarily occur in real life.

Regardless, in the case of many of the different sects of Buddhism, while the end may seem to justify the means, it is the path we traverse that brings us the understanding that we seek out. Not the shiny thing hanging at the end of the rope.

It is often difficult to deal with those that are mentally unhinged, particularly through mediums such as the internet... You've not been the only one fooled.

Congratulations on your freedom, Void.

Poetry / Winter is stupid.
« on: December 25, 2010, 01:02:17 PM »
To sleep, I am renewed
Following the rocks
the ground obscured
leaves and mud

wilting, molting
the fire brings life
cold winds, bristling snow

Around and around
the embers fade
the light dims
as before, so again

no matter the harth
the room, the walls
the air is unchanged
what posion suits you?

Apathy is the chill
the will is the fire
when the flames are no brighter
what is it we're building?

leaves and mud
the ground obscured
following the rocks
to sleep, I am renewed.

The Cafeteria / Re: What is this style of dance called??
« on: August 19, 2010, 08:32:59 AM »
I do believe that's called 'shuffle' but she's adding a bit more flare than I've seen, with the jumping. Could also be stomping, another arbitrary raver dance style.

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