Hi, first of all, I am new, and have a lot to learn! (also 27y/o from England = waves=) :)
I have a question..
When I woke up this morning I was thinking about the magical power of symbols (of whatever culture/tradition) and I would like your thoughts on this. How do these symbols come by thier power? Is it because the symbols speak to us on a subconcious level - even one a level of recalling things from ancient past lives - and therefore we associate them with a power or effect, and thus manefiest this power in the symbol like a thoughtform, or charge it with energy, but on a basic level without such thought, the symbol has no power, OR does the symbol have its own power based upon geometrical properties, and therefore unless created EXACTLY in accordance with those properties will either have no power or a distorted one? or is it a bit of both, or something else?
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The Mystical Pentagram is a technique which will enhance psychic self-awareness. Practiced on a daily basis it will produce surprising individual results. One of the features of this technique is that it encourages personal development by allowing each entity to discover a personal mantra which corresponds to the five elements. ( mystical pentagramCollapse )
tonight I resolved to do a reading and with a dog laying in the middle of the floor where I lay the cards and my kids running around, I jokingly proposed the fuzzy doggle tarot layout, but once I got to describing it, it actually works! So, here's to the spirit of mirth who reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.
So, without further adog:
The Fuzzy Doggle Tarot layout:
Position 7 -the head- where you're headed
position 3--------position 4- paw of water-------paw of fire position 2 the heart- true wish
position 6---------position 5 paw of air---------paw of earth
pos. 1 tail- the past
OK, so for my reading, I pulled: P. 1: Cernunnos-reversed P. 2: The Fool P. 3: 7 Swords P. 4: 8 Pentacles-reversed P. 5: K Cups P. 6: Ace Pentacles P. 7: 8 Wands-reversed
So, the tail of the situation is making selfish choices in my relationships- indulging the body when the spirit is begging for attention, so my heart has the innocence of the Fool as what I hope to use to remedy that. But emotionally I like being in a position to be seen as clever. My passion might get blown out a bit if I don't return to my sources, but my actions are grounded in genuine caring. So, I can be inspired by potentially lucrative ideas for projects as a result. Where I'm headed is to be getting into a situation that won't see completion for some time and if I'm willing to work at it, as I pulled an extra card for the "bone" I'm after and got the Key X The Wheel: which is a card of harvest, synchronicity and rewards.
As much as I enjoyed the giggling of the kids, I do feel that it is a valid layout as to honor the form of the four-leggeds is to respect thweir ability to guide us to wisdom and I reallt did feel that Vash, my dog inspired me. Especially as I had let him out to do the reading and left them on the floor; not where he usually lays but over by my chair and as I wrote the descriptions, he squeeked to get in so I opened the door. Rather than bounce all the way to the kitchen wagging himself into a crescent moon of a dog, he darted straight for the cards and laid on them in the positions I had them; his head was on the head card and his bum on the tail (the layout was smaller than the dog.
So, anyone with a canid totem might find this to be worth a try.
In order to get some feedback on my class structure and methods, I've been talked into offering a kinda quick and dirty Wicca 101 for folks with the request that at the end they complete a brief survey that will give me an idea of what is working and what isn't.
To that end I will be doing it on my acacia_lazuli journal under a class filter. So, if you're interested in sitting in, go on over and comment and I'll add you to the list. I think the class will run about a month.
I'm currently setting up the outline so it'd be great to have some folks chime in with ideas or requests.
I've heard of angelic scripts and I'm wondering if anyone knows much about that? What are the sources and where are they from? Do you think there are writing angels or a language specifically for angels? Is there fairy writing as well?
Also, does anyone have any experience with automatic writing and if so, what is it like?
I have been thinking about this topic for several weeks and was going to just ramble about it on my own journal, but I decided instead that I would welcome other viewpoints on the subject.
I have found a very peculiar reaction (imho) to conflict or disagreement. Perhaps this is nothing new, after all, humans are known to be territorial about even our most cherished ideas- myself included. But recently in a totally unrelated subject, a friend of mine said that this guy's fantasy grossed her out. Someone said she was censoring. She hadn't said it to the guy, nor did she have any ability to actually styop him from expressing his view, she was reacting to it in her own private journal. Then, when someone mocked a friend of mine and she told the mocker to stop, the mocker said that was "abusive" to say that.
I'm seeing what I think is a serious confusion about what is an attack and what is just normal conflict and disagreement in the course of interaction. I personally welcome disagreements to my ideas, granted if the disagreement is to my ideas and the disagreer is open to actually hearing what my view is and able to explain why they disagree. In argument theory it is generally considered necessary to be able to restate the opponant's views as they would express them themselves (ie. no strawman stuff) before explaining why those views are wrong.
How this relates to the occult is that I think that the ability to consider opposing views is absolutely critical when studying or exploring occult matters. There is alot of opinions out there and being able to express why you agree or disagree with a given view helps to keep one's practise free from blind or fanatical positions.
Where do you draw the line in terms of what is an appropriate challenge to a view that can serve to clarify and deepen the concepts under scrutiny and what is "abuse", "censorship" or "attack"?
How do you, when exploring a philosophy or idea decide is you accept it or question it? What challenges to you pose to your own beliefs or do yoyu only seek out that whick upholds or glorifies your own perspective?
On Christmas my mom (jedorebijoux) and I got to talking about tarot and the associations. (Dontcha wish you had my mom?) and I was mentioning wands being fire and swords being air and she disagreed. Well, I know there's disagreements and today I was working with my kids to help them learn their own decks and lo and behold: On my son's deck the Robin Wood tarot (which I absolutely LOVE the artwork on!~) has wands as fire and swords as air but on my daughter's deck, the Shapeshifter tarot the wands are air and the swords are fire.
So, who here prefers which set? I like my sons, mainly I think because it matches my own deck. I know there is also a question about the elements and their directions.
When I first got my deck about 15 years ago, I couldn't get it to "behave", nothing made sense and it just didn't click. I spent several months just bonding with the cards, looking at them, feeling them and getting to know them, then I had a layout just sort of appear in my head. So, I thought I'd share. It's hard to explain though the lay out itself is simple. It is just the points on an 8-pointed star laid as though it were following a serpents path around the cosmic egg. The positions then correspond to chakras and the last point is the higher self position, or outcome for simplicity.
source: Kali, Black Goddess of Dakshineswar by Elizabeth U. Harding
Kali in her seed mantra is KRIM. This mantra is a sound representation of the Mother. While the inner meaning of this mantra can only be understood in deep meditation, the word meaning is as follows: K stands for full knowledge, R means she is auspicious, I means she bestows booms, and M that she gives freedom. Through the repetition of her mantra, OM KRIM KALI, the aspirant's mind becomes divinely transformed and passes from the gross state of worldly affiars into Kali's subtle light of pure consciousness.
Kali in her yantra form is the Supreme Generative Energy in the central point, or bindu enclosed by three pentagons (actually five inverted concentric triangles), a circle and an eight-petalled lotus. While the triangle within the female deity's yantra points downward, it points upward within a male deity's yantra. But the bindu in the heart of the Kali yantra is in the same position as the one in the Shiva yantra. This symbolizes the oneness of the Supreme Female Principle with the Supreme Male Principle- Kali, as the energy aspect of material nature, is united with the Absolute (Shiva) for the sake of creation.
The Kali yantra above is both an object existing in the external world as well as a subject to be internalized within the human body. Kali is represented here as Prakriti, symbolized by the eight-petalled lotus, since she is the cause of material nature. The eight petals stand for the eight elements of Prakriti- earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect, and ego-sense- of which this phenomenal world is composed. The circle symbolizes the circle of life and death which we must pierce in order to reach the Absolute Reality. The fifteen corners of the five inverted concentric triangles represent the fifteen psychophysical states- five organs of knowledge (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch), five organs of action (hands, feet, speech, organ of evacuation, and organ of procreation), five vital airs (prana-upward air; apana-downward air; vyana-air within the body; udana-air leaving the body; and samana-air at the naval which helps digest food).
Information about over 150 different writing systems. Each page contains an illustration of a writing system; details of its origin, usage, notable features and the language(s) written with it; a sample text, and useful links. "
"This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries."
Last week I got to go pick up a bunch of books at the library that I'd put on hold from all over the Puget Sound area (I so love online library catalogues!) and one of them was so adorable! It's called The Runes of Elfland and its drawn by Brian Froud. For those who don't know, he's the guy that did the Good Faery/Bad Faery book that was just so delightful!
I'm not sure yet if this book has any informative value at all, but I'm totally in love with the graphics!
So, today, two questions:
If you could make one legend or movie construct real, what would it be?
What is your favorite artistic or fictional use of a real phenomenon or practise or language?
for me, I think I'd love to make Hogwarts reals with all the accompanying Wizarding world, as I just love the fantastical stuff, including all the playful use of stereotypes and caricatures of "witches"
And my favorite fictional use of something real would have to be the Dark Crystals use of various mysticisms and the crystal itaself, I used to have a large point that I wanted to put a fimo character on, just for fun.
Since we're coming up on the New Year in the Gregorian calendar, I've been pondering other calendar system. There's one's based on trees, moons, and constellations. So, which calendar besides the Gregorian one do you find most interesting or fun to learn about?
For me it was definitely the Mayan calendar. I was exposed to the Dreamspell calendar first which I've come to have little faith in. Later I began to read more about the Mayan number systems and calendar cycles that are very complex.
Do any of you follow any kind of astrology? I learned in studying Mayan astrology that it isn't seen as terribly mystical to predict certain "energies" based on what solor tribe and what number was involved on the tzolkin. No more than one could predict that a day in May in Detroit, Mi in the year 2015 would likely be warm with a chance of showetrs and there would likely be flowers blooming. That's just knowing something about seasons, since that far into spring in Detroit is likely to be rather warm. (I grew up there)
So that got me to think about our astrology as well, that there could be electromagnetic patterns like weather patterns that could create certain predictable tendencies. Thoughts?