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 on: Today at 03:11:16 AM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by C_A
Oy.  Couldn't have said it better myself.  I should, I suppose, remind people to re-read the "Boiling Water" thread, from a different perspective.

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 on: July 27, 2014, 07:34:19 PM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Arnemetia
Jamni, you ask a lot of questions that you can easily find the answers to on your own.  I am going to suggest you use the search function on here and Google.  Most people understand things better when they have researched and read information rather than having someone spoon feed them.  Blessings, Arn

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 on: July 27, 2014, 07:23:19 PM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Peridot
He sounds like an interesting fellow (I do like a man who riles up the puritans)! I'll add him to my reading list, though I'll save him for further down the line.  ;)

I've read Buckland and Cunningham, and while I appreciate what they wrote, their content didn't resonate with me (some of it did, but not much). As soon as I finish the books I'm currently reading I'll dig into some of Starhawk's books and "Witches' Bible"!

Thank you :)

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 on: July 27, 2014, 06:04:28 PM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Alchymist
If you're relatively new to Wicca/Witchcraft, Peridot, I'd advise that you don't get into Crowley for a while yet. Good Ol' Uncle Al had a wicked, deadpan sense of humour and much of what he wrote needs careful interpretation; he was fond of winding up the Puritans - and the press! There's much wisdom in his writings but it needs to be approached with caution. He himself wasn't Wiccan, but much of Wicca as it comes down to us via Gerald Gardner was heavily influenced by Crowley's work.

Buckland and Cunningham are good authors to begin with; depending on where you want to go after that, there's the Farrars' "Witches' Bible" (traditionalist), Huson's "Mastering Witchcraft" (for the practical craft without the religion), several books by Starhawk (feminist and environmentalist), etc., etc. There's also Gardner himself, with "Witchcraft Today" (which, despite its title, is mostly historical) and "The Meaning of Witchcraft." That lot should keep you going for a while.

Oscar Wilde was a Wild guy, to be sure; but, again, lots of earthy wisdom in his writings.

Blessed Be,

Alchymist.   

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 on: July 27, 2014, 06:52:58 AM 
Started by Mitch - Last post by Draconis Rex
That was the voice of your psychiatrist, you were awake then. NOW you are in a dream state and none of this is real..... Mwahahahahaha  Now we have you..................

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 on: July 27, 2014, 06:13:17 AM 
Started by Mitch - Last post by elveie
This dream occurred many years ago, but it has been bothering me for a long time. I was dreaming that I was having a full on conversation with someone. I do not know who it was, but the voice was masculine. We were talking about current events for that time and things we have in common. It was like we were best friends. I then told the voice that I had to go because I had to get ready for school. I told him it was good talking to him and we would catch up again soon. My eyes opened and I looked at the clock and it was one minute before my alarm went off. I felt so awake, it was like I wasn't even sleeping. To this day I am stumped as to who I was talking to, but they seem to have known me.

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 on: July 27, 2014, 06:06:39 AM 
Started by Amberhawk - Last post by elveie
Welcome Amber. That sounds like a lovely plan.  :)

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 on: July 27, 2014, 05:57:02 AM 
Started by Amberhawk - Last post by Amberhawk
Thanks everyone for the comments and greetings. I'm happy to be here. ;-)

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 on: July 27, 2014, 01:04:58 AM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Peridot
To paraphrase a late Victorian writer "as long as {it} is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular." (Oscar Wilde) I agree that there is often a fine line.

I have never read anything of Crowley's, and I am only vaguely familiar with his history! That's fascinating!

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 on: July 27, 2014, 12:36:30 AM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Alchymist
I wasn't offended either Peridot! -but as Ashe says, there's a lot of misinformation out there. Yes, unfortunately, there are people around who call themselves Wiccan or Witchcraft High Priest/esses who abuse their positions, but they tend not to last long when word gets out - unlike a certain other widespread religion I could mention, which simply shuffles a misbehaving priest off to a new parish, though thankfully this practise is nowadays being increasingly exposed for the hypocrisy it surely is.

Sexual magic is a perfectly valid and effective magical technique and can have surprising results, but that persistent undercurrent of Puritanism in the North American psyche gives it a veneer of being  "a bit wicked", which might be alluring or repelling depending on the temperament of whoever's asking. Also, Good Ol' Uncle Aleister Crowley - yes, "The Great Beast 666" himself - is known to have indulged in sexual magic frequently - one might say obsessively - and describes it (guardedly and in symbolic terms) in many of his books. Indeed the higher grades of Crowley's O.T.O. speak of little else. It's also rumoured that many of his partners weren't there entirely of their own free will, which has added to the hysteria that sometimes accompanies discussion of it.

I won't go into details here - there are plenty of books on the subject nowadays -  but if you can get past the hysteria it can be one of the strongest sources of tremendous magical energy available to us mortals.

But - we must stress - always and only with a loving and willing partner.

Blessed Be,

Alchymist.

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