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Magick / Remeber The Library of Knowledge?
« on: May 20, 2009, 01:25:19 PM »
This site was a big part of what fuelled my growing interest in the occult years ago..

http://www.angelfire.com/mi3/tomekeeper/

Whatever happened to it and its 'system' (perhaps 'ideology' is a better term) of magic?

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Magick / Chakra assosiations for Qabalah
« on: May 20, 2009, 01:19:52 PM »
Just a simple question, possibly an ignorant one but here goes...

What are the pro's and con's of associating the chakra energy system with the tree of life in the way the website linked below does?

http://www.spirit-alembic.com/mazloth.html

And any thoughts on the site in general..?

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Hello and Goodbye / Re: I have arrived
« on: May 15, 2009, 04:16:49 AM »
Perhaps you misinterpreted me Rafnul, I simply meant the internal faculties are mostly -neglected- not somehow -superior-. Its a question of balance; on a global scale I feel there is an imbalance in this sense - people place so much more emphasis on the external - if you can argue contrary to that Id be surprised.

Obviously a synthesis would be ideal, as with your example, where both internal and external memory are applied in conjunction for best results, or when both internal and external exercises are used to master the body and mind, or whatever.

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Hello and Goodbye / Re: I have arrived
« on: May 15, 2009, 12:34:34 AM »
Interestingly enough the etymological deconstruction of the word "technology", is: "techno-"  and "-logy."

Techno comes from the Greek for "Skill, or art", and "-logy" comes from "logos" meaning "word."  In this usage, they mean "word" as in the substance, or in otherwords, the sum body of words to be said about a thing, making a sort of vulgarized translation "The field where we talk about arts or skills."

From this, we can see that the word is capable of having a much broader definition than it does in modern usage. I would argue that if you were to try to define technology philosophically in such a way as to make moral or practical distinctions of any meaning, you'd find yourself at a definition not unlike this one.
Taking my words apart etymologically might be going a bit far - and the definition of technology as you have it here leaves the word far too vague for this discussion. But, to be fair, lets make the distinction then between 'external' technologies (chairs, art, craft skills, mechanical dinosaurs etc) and 'internal' technologies (willpower, control of thoughts, bodily functions, chi, the subconscious etc). I would still say that mankind has become overly dependant on external technologies, leaving the often more difficult to master internal technologies to atrophy, except those which directly benefit the operation of external technologies. Regardless, it was more of a casual observation than a moral or practical value judgement of technology - generally, technology is awesome, and most of us would be pretty f*cked without it (except the mages, to make my point again haha).

When you try to view machines as a crutch, you must examine what it is about that them that makes them a crutch, and whether the very things you turn to as an alternative are crutches in the same sense.
Ok perhaps crutch was a bit harsh of a word - shortcut might be a better one. The thing is, external technologies are often crafted FOR us, unlike internal technologies which rely solely on the skill/willpower of the person involved - thus these kind of acquired external technologies act as a kind of lazy instant gratification - almost never a good thing, IMHO. At least understanding external technologies and being an active part in their optimal operation (as is usually a prerequisite for internal technologies) is better, but few people today do this. I just feel that if the same amount of time and especially cooperation was invested in developing the internal technologies of humanity as in developing the external, the world would be a more balanced and enlightened sphere.

Dammit look at me, its like my 1st thread and I'm rambling like a crazy already...

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Hello and Goodbye / Re: I have arrived
« on: May 13, 2009, 01:13:57 PM »
Quote from: The Pulse of Awakening
If anyone thinks anything like this could be plausible I'd like to hear your theories.
I don't.

Ah I see the cynicism. Mind just stating why not, for interests sake?

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Questions & Suggestions / Useful Links
« on: May 12, 2009, 01:32:20 AM »
Perphaps an organized list of useful links to texts and other sites would be useful.. just a thought.

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Hello and Goodbye / I have arrived
« on: May 11, 2009, 03:04:11 PM »
Hail good people of Veritas

Awesome site, glad I found it..

Its good to see a really active metaphysical cyberspace for a change, I hope more sites like this one develop. A greater level of co-operation within the metaphysical artists on this planet could possibly manifest some real global spiritual development - not to push some biast agenda, but rather just to further communication, understanding etc. Either way, it seems the world has almost completely relinquished it's latent spiritual prowess for technological crutches - perhaps things like telepathic networks or the mapping of magickal realms could even things out a little. Aim for the stars and hit the moon at least ey... If anyone thinks anything like this could be plausible I'd like to hear your theories.

Anyway I probably wont be posting much, I'll rather leave that to the people who really know what they're talking about.
As for me, I still have a lot of practicing and learning to do.

Thanks once again for the site
- Pulse
(If your wondering about my nick, just watch the anime series "Ergo Proxy", tis worth it... and the movies "Paprika" and "The Fountain", while your at it, enjoy)

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