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Magick / Re: So is there NO HOPE for me?
« on: February 14, 2011, 01:08:19 AM »
It'll take a lot more than randomly spoken word to secure a pact like that, I'd say.

Main Hall / Re: Fun things to do with cats?
« on: February 11, 2011, 03:03:46 AM »
My cat has given me advice on the care and feeding of himself. It involves "more food plz."

kobok - in my eyes, I don't think anything productive can be accomplished by discussing further regarding this with Aquarius. In the eyes of anyone sane, he has already damned himself by his words and in his own eyes, his attachment to his position is clearly strong enough to make himself unable to distinguish his sense of self from his use of psychoactive substances.  I will, however, pray for wisdom to find him someday.

Martial Arts / Re: Martial Arts and pre-modern bodyguard services
« on: February 11, 2011, 02:52:51 AM »
I don't know if Fairbairn said Shanghai was the most dangerous but based on the book Policing Shanghai and another i read on the Green Gang I would tend to agree.

This is true. I highly recommend anyone who is looking for a realistic measure to both survive and kill(often an inevitability) read everything they can on Mr. Fairbairn. His pistol system is by far the most realistic and effective in my experience, and is the only one that can positively be said to be field-tested as well as shorn of a lot of the bullshit that unfortunately impregnates itself into a lot of martial arts.

In short, he will teach you how to fill the other guy with lots of holes and make the red liquid run out from him, while keeping you still in the mortal plane. I cannot overemphasize how valuable he is for anyone who seriously worries about survival in violent situations, or who believes that violence may be necessary in the achievement of his goals.

Magick / Re: Concerning Elemental Imbalances
« on: February 11, 2011, 02:27:07 AM »
There is still the element of choice; the healing process may work if the individual healing is willing to pay the price. It is why I feel that I have to be responsible in all my workings, and indeed, tend to avoid most "selfish" things if there's a mundane way to get what I want. Consequence can be a bitch if like me, you don't quite have clairvoyance.

At any rate, this is diverging from the original topic. I believe that etheric imbalances can manifest as psychological and physical symptoms, and physical injury can manifest as etheric damage(I'm not as certain about this). If anyone has concrete examples, I would love to hear about it. The principle seems easy enough to grasp, but I'm always thirsty to learn of the specific.

I would especially love to hear from those who do, indeed, possess the clairvoyance to view the etheric body, lacking the skill in myself as of yet.

Magick / Re: Concerning Elemental Imbalances
« on: February 11, 2011, 02:17:34 AM »
It might fail.

I believe that some of the most effectual, powerful magic does have a very clear price to it. If you are going to /demand/ that reality change to your way and refuse to accept anything but success, then I expect that it won't be for free. Bardon's magic seemed to be closer to that level of effectiveness.

Remember, even the invocation to Nemesis, which I think is one of the most powerful curses in existence, contains these words: "I will pay the toll in blood/I pay the price in blood."

Or consider Zhuge Liang, one of the great commanders of the pivitol Chinese Battle of Red Cliff. He is said to have summoned the wind so that the fiery arrows would fall upon the invading naval forces of the tyrant Cao Cao, against the natural tendency of the climate and the wind. Cao Cao, who was no fool, very much expected the wind to favor him, and the sudden change is said to be directly the result of Zhuge Liang bargaining off a third of his own lifespan to /force/ a result.

There's some indication that Zhuge Liang tried to extend his life close to the end, perhaps seeking to cheat the bargain he had made. It did not succeed - his ritual was interrupted just in time to cause it to fail.

Main Hall / Re: Fun things to do with cats?
« on: February 11, 2011, 02:08:40 AM »
I could try evocation with them nearby. According to ImperialArts, one of the demons he summoned noted the blissful cat sitting at his feet and commented: "You have a cooperative creature."  For my part, I just geek out on their care and feeding - you should read up on the pros and cons of a raw meaty bones diet for them!

The Cafeteria / Re: Magician's Diary
« on: February 10, 2011, 01:40:32 AM »
The point of punishment should not be your satisfaction. If you are doing things to satisfy yourself, and purely that, then on some level you are no better than the people you despise, or so I feel. It is certainly a level of ickiness that I would not desire from myself, and this is from someone who has meditated long on the gods of revenge and retribution.

Punishment is necessary for the good of society, and sometimes, for the good of the perpetrator. As horrific as anyone may be, sometimes they require the correct impetus to teach them better. I can forgive a person of nearly anything - and I do not speak this without experience; it is however, necessary in my eyes that they pay the debt that they have owed in the harm they have done. I have taken lives before; I do not regret, but it is hardly ideal. If a reprobate can be corrected and made to atone, such a thing would be better for the world and indeed, give me more satisfaction than any death.

And of course, there are those with disordered minds that are like akin to rabid dogs. Then let them be removed from the equation, neither because of hate or loathing, but merely because it is necessary. It is better for them as well, that they do not have to suffer our morals and it is better for us, that we do not have to suffer their wickedness.

The Cafeteria / Re: Magician's Diary
« on: February 09, 2011, 04:53:30 AM »
I do not want to cause fear; punishment is concrete and justified only as a consequence of perpetrator's own wrongdoing. You can cause serious health problems with physical, mundane means in a variety of methods, if you were so inclined - including the introduction of incurable pathogens into a person's bloodstream. I also am not aware of any way for a person to heal from castration, and I believe that may be somehow fear-causing.

 I can only imagine it is impossible if you cannot find your target, but that is where divination and dowsing becomes useful. That is, in fact, an issue that I am very much confronted with and any assistance will be appreciated.  I do not believe cursing would be of any use, given that it could merely be a psychological aid then.

The Cafeteria / Re: Magician's Diary
« on: February 09, 2011, 04:42:13 AM »
@Lichdar: The most powerful curses I have ever used was just telling someone that their cursed, letting their subconscious do the work for me.

This is more of a general comment, so don't feel like it is directed at you, but:

I suppose that I don't get how if you feel that a person should be punished, that you also couldn't just punch them in the face. I hear people say "but then I'll get arrested," but honestly, if you wouldn't do something on the physical plane because you fear physical consequences, aren't you concerned of the magical consequences of the same actions?

I don't really believe in karma, persay, but no action is in isolation, after all.

The Cafeteria / Re: Magician's Diary
« on: February 08, 2011, 11:10:30 PM »
This is why I seek to walk the path of the Sorceror.

"While the Witch might be concerned with the ecstasy of the Sabbat and the worship of old Gods, and the Magician might spend all his time climbing the Tree of like and exploring the astral, the Sorceror engineers Change on the Material."

I admit that I'm always leery of curses, though. If you can do something on the mundane level, why take it to the magical? Isn't it more visceral and more accurate to strike forth in open?

Theories, Articles, and Philosophy / Re: Derivative of consiousness
« on: February 07, 2011, 09:47:16 PM »
I'm pretty sure that we will still have hair for the conceivable future; there's no selective pressure for bald individuals or the genes that encourage them. Hair continues to serve a cosmetic purpose and has a role in sexual selection, so we're likely to continue seeing children with the hair-bearing genome. It seems dubious that human hair does much for our temperature control anyway.

The issue is when people take their curiousity and open-mindnesses, always a good thing, and then begin to issue it from a position that is equivalent to what's reasonable and rational. Therein lies the way to madness. There's a place for inspiration and curiousity, but it is not a replacement for truth.

Magick / Re: Developing clairaudience
« on: February 07, 2011, 09:35:49 PM »
Yeah, but there's also disassociative personality disorder and that's not exactly useful if you're looking for more material information - you're just talking to yourself and I know that my mind keeps up a constant enough chatter as it is!

Magick / Re: which magick?
« on: February 04, 2011, 04:52:50 AM »
I am too much of a neophyte to have a path.

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