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 on: Today at 12:03:03 PM 
Started by garcelt - Last post by C_A
I never jest.  And don't call me Shirley...

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 on: Today at 10:43:30 AM 
Started by garcelt - Last post by Alchymist
Ancient aliens???... Surely you jest......

Alchymist.

(Edit) Though Ancient Aliens probably make a bit more sense than some of the other stuff. Only a bit, mind.

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 on: Today at 06:15:09 AM 
Started by leryssa - Last post by Draconis Rex
Oh darn.. I ended up with another novel..

A lot of the bad luck I left out had to do with my exhusband and contingencies forced by the divorce decree. I'm curious though, if my boyfriend and I were married and I used the word husband instead, would you still have the same opinion? My ex husband abused me, mistreated me, and I didn't realize it. Because of it I constantly check an abuse site to make sure I'm not in that situation again. A better link to describe my significant other would be the love languages. And there are days he'll do one or two, and there are days he does all five. (while trying to describe what he does for me, I remembered the love languages and realized he does them all, often daily.)

Why would you think my opinion would change? Poor choice is a poor choice, it happens. However no matter what he is, any man who abuses a woman is nothing but pond scum IMO.

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Something that could be considered as my boyfriends fault is my staying to help his dad. Taking care of him actually used to be my job. I am one of three people (two now) who know how he is, how he gets, and what to do when certain things happen. I was also the only one who knew his meds since his wife passed. His health is very complicated. My boyfriend was only gone when he was working, other wise he was helping me and I was free to use the car. Another bad choice of mine was not using the car to take classes for the GED which I think I could have done had I actually found the classes. I stopped looking when I realized how sick she was. My personal goals in life felt less important.

I reiterate, someone elses choices. He set you up to that position, not you. Unfortunately, many people are subject to anothers whim and/or will.

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No one planned for her to get cancer which is honestly the kick that started the ball rolling in some of the worst bad luck. I miss her dearly. I still talk to her as if she's still here, sometimes she is.. sometimes I can smell her brand of smoke and hear her nudge me. I've created a little shrine for her in the shape of her music box.. I filled it with (what feels to me as) some of her most precious-to-her trinkets.. She was 64. 

What are you telling me here? It's your bad luck that she got cancer?

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The divorce can be blamed on my ex husbands new girlfriend, my parents moved so far away because dad got a new job and didn't think I'd need to live with them again, car problems can either be luck or karma, loss of job because the car (and I could have asked my boyfriend to take me, but I didn't..) the choices I made about the car were stupid and that was my choice, The purse and phone I blame luck or karma (I found some money in a parking lot and didn't try to return it hence the karma), and the ex girlfriend who called the police? I guess I could blame my significant other since she is his ex, but he's in the same boat as I am. They have a kid together. At least she pretends to be nice, my ex just tried to accuse me of child neglect based on the opinion of a "drugged out waitress" in a restaurant.

Again you were at someone elses whim, someone sold you a shit car, not luck or karma, just another person ripping you off, there's always someone out there who will try. Okay the purse and fone were unlucky, but these things do happen. The ex-girlfriend  is just being vindictive, again nothing to do with luck! your ex? just being an A- hole and listening to an outsider.

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Another reason I felt hexed (just now remembered) every time I walked out of the deceased house I felt a wave of bad luck. I am a certain flavor of clumsy, but it became more and more pronounced each time I left the house. I would like to shoutout the nosy neighbor who would have gladly been a grave robber.. But considering I was moving the belongings of my deceased friend, I could also suggest her spirit was unhappy about the situation, and she let herself be known. (either way, I felt the eyes of the nosy neighbor)

Feeling a wave of bad luck? What? how do you feel bad luck. This is a prime example of you convincing yourself. Neighbours are nosey, nature of the beast I'm afraid and some are worse than others.

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In my first message, I guess I didn't make my questions very pronounced. I was wondering if some of the bad luck could be because the frozen spell melted? (the electricity shut off, I grabbed food first.) Also, is there a stone or gem that anyone knows to aid in protection, or a level foot on luck? (I have several gems already and I was hoping someone would suggest one I already have) I did do a search for shielding but it is often pared with grounding and I haven't found what I'm looking for, so any advice on that would be greatly appreciated.

Your question was pronounced enough, I was trying to show you that the unluckiness you claim is not your misfortune. But in answer to your question, Tigers Eye is a good stone of protection. Yes grounding does go hand in hand with shielding, but it's very easy. Grounding is like earthing a plug for electricity. the best way to earth yourself is bare feet on the ground. stand in the garden, or better still sit under a tree with your bare feet in contact with the ground and imagine any excess or stale energy flowing out and  into the earth. Then you can refresh your own energy, drawing it up from the earth and imagine and feel it flowing into you. After that, set your shields

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 on: Today at 03:53:34 AM 
Started by leryssa - Last post by C_A
Several of the hospitals in N/W NJ are run by 7DA.  EVERYONE in an emergency was always taken to the nearest.  You couldn't request which one if you went by ambulance, you wen't to the closest.

AND as soon as you were stabilized, you paid for a private ambulance to take you to a public hospital.

There was a scandalous issue with them that took place over the course of a year or so.  If the MD prescribed 100 mg of a pain killer, they substituted half the amount and of a lesser drug.  If you went to a 7DA hospital, you were going to be in pain, period.  You couldn't even get a regular Coke from the machine in the waiting room.  Only caffeine free.  Same with the coffee and tea.

While I have NO issue with people offering to pray for me to their G-d, (even so far as "G-d bless you after a sneeze) (1) , IMPOSING their view, (of ANY deity), does get my dander up.  Whether it's medication, blood or just issues of a "dress code" (2), I tend to get visibly annoyed.  But I have sense enough to avoid such places / people.

(1)  It always annoyed me WORSE when "pagan" people would get all up in someone's face about the "G-d bless you" bit...you know the type:  "How dare you assume I'm a Christian!"  Gobshytes.

(2)I'm not talking about schools.  Matter of fact, I support dress codes for ALL schools.  I'm talking about asking people to leave if dressed "inappropriately" in their view.

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 on: Today at 03:10:54 AM 
Started by garcelt - Last post by C_A
C'mon, Alchy...you're seeking exegesis from the wrong research.  The true answers here are in the books of Giorgio Tsoukalos.

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 on: Today at 12:25:32 AM 
Started by garcelt - Last post by Alchymist
The exact same thing used to bother me too, along with; If the Jews are G-ds chosen race then what does that mean for everyone else?

Common misunderstanding amigo... The Jews were "chosen" to maintain G-d's law on earth.  It's not an elite thing, but rather a massive responsibility, written into the Mosaic Covenant, and the basis of G-d's advocacy.  It was that very failure to maintain that law that eventually led to the Diaspora...

As I see it, the Jews certainly believed themselves to be the people chosen to maintain on Earth the laws of their own god - the god, essentially, of a loose confederation of warlike nomadic tribes who inhabited the Western end of the Mediterranean, three to three and a half thousand years ago. This tribal god is reputed to have done many strange things, including wanting to keep his human creation stupid and ignorant by forbidding them to eat the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, demanding that Abraham make a burnt offering of his firstborn son Isaac, ordering the Israelites to commit what we today would call genocide, "hardening Pharaoh' heart" against the Israelites so that Moses could send further plagues upon Egypt ..... and on and on and on.

In fact of course, every people on the planet have believed themselves to be God's Chosen People, each charged with the mission of maintaining their own god's laws on Earth; the Roman Catholics, the Protestants, the Muslims, the Spanish, the British, the Americans, the Mormons, the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Branch Davidians, the Solar Temple...... and each group believes, of course, that their particular version of god is The One And Only True And Genuine or TOAOTAG god, the Creator of the Universe, and all others are spurious fakes, usurpers, agents of the Devil or mere delusion.

Personally I suspect that all of them might be spurious fakes, usurpers or delusions...... agents of the Devil? Well. maybe not, since I suspect the Devil is also fake, spurious and a delusion. IF there exists a Supreme God, Creator of the Universe - and that's a very , very big IF - then none of these little local gods can add up to the minutest fraction of what such a God might be like. Since the known Universe consists of billions of galaxies each containing billions of stars and billions of planets, I think such a vast Being would be highly unlikely, for example, to care very much about what the human inhabitants of one small planet on the outer fringe of one fairly average galaxy eat on Fridays, or whether they wear hats, or what their marriage customs might be...... indeed, such a being is highly unlikely to be even humanoid, I would think.

So to answer the OP's question: as I've said before, I grew up in Britain in the 1940s and 50s, where we all, as kids, absorbed a sort of lukewarm Protestant Christianity more or less by osmosis, but what set me off on the long, devious trail that led me to become - whatever I am today - was simply making the realization I have outlined above - that if there was ever a Creator of the Universe, none of the gods on offer in any of the religions I could find was big enough to be Him. Or Her. Or It. Or, even, Them. Maybe the Universe was created by a committee - which would explain a lot of things.....

Or - heretical thought - maybe it JUST HAPPENED ALL BY ITSELF!

Blessed Be everyone,

Alchymist.

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 on: July 28, 2014, 11:41:03 PM 
Started by leryssa - Last post by leryssa
Oh darn.. I ended up with another novel..

A lot of the bad luck I left out had to do with my exhusband and contingencies forced by the divorce decree. I'm curious though, if my boyfriend and I were married and I used the word husband instead, would you still have the same opinion? My ex husband abused me, mistreated me, and I didn't realize it. Because of it I constantly check an abuse site to make sure I'm not in that situation again. A better link to describe my significant other would be the love languages. And there are days he'll do one or two, and there are days he does all five. (while trying to describe what he does for me, I remembered the love languages and realized he does them all, often daily.)

Something that could be considered as my boyfriends fault is my staying to help his dad. Taking care of him actually used to be my job. I am one of three people (two now) who know how he is, how he gets, and what to do when certain things happen. I was also the only one who knew his meds since his wife passed. His health is very complicated. My boyfriend was only gone when he was working, other wise he was helping me and I was free to use the car. Another bad choice of mine was not using the car to take classes for the GED which I think I could have done had I actually found the classes. I stopped looking when I realized how sick she was. My personal goals in life felt less important.

No one planned for her to get cancer which is honestly the kick that started the ball rolling in some of the worst bad luck. I miss her dearly. I still talk to her as if she's still here, sometimes she is.. sometimes I can smell her brand of smoke and hear her nudge me. I've created a little shrine for her in the shape of her music box.. I filled it with (what feels to me as) some of her most precious-to-her trinkets.. She was 64. 

The divorce can be blamed on my ex husbands new girlfriend, my parents moved so far away because dad got a new job and didn't think I'd need to live with them again, car problems can either be luck or karma, loss of job because the car (and I could have asked my boyfriend to take me, but I didn't..) the choices I made about the car were stupid and that was my choice, The purse and phone I blame luck or karma (I found some money in a parking lot and didn't try to return it hence the karma), and the ex girlfriend who called the police? I guess I could blame my significant other since she is his ex, but he's in the same boat as I am. They have a kid together. At least she pretends to be nice, my ex just tried to accuse me of child neglect based on the opinion of a "drugged out waitress" in a restaurant.

Another reason I felt hexed (just now remembered) every time I walked out of the deceased house I felt a wave of bad luck. I am a certain flavor of clumsy, but it became more and more pronounced each time I left the house. I would like to shoutout the nosy neighbor who would have gladly been a grave robber.. But considering I was moving the belongings of my deceased friend, I could also suggest her spirit was unhappy about the situation, and she let herself be known. (either way, I felt the eyes of the nosy neighbor)

In my first message, I guess I didn't make my questions very pronounced. I was wondering if some of the bad luck could be because the frozen spell melted? (the electricity shut off, I grabbed food first.) Also, is there a stone or gem that anyone knows to aid in protection, or a level foot on luck? (I have several gems already and I was hoping someone would suggest one I already have) I did do a search for shielding but it is often pared with grounding and I haven't found what I'm looking for, so any advice on that would be greatly appreciated.

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 on: July 28, 2014, 07:19:43 PM 
Started by leryssa - Last post by Draconis Rex
Okay, from your story (novella  ;D ) there, I can deduce that yes, you have had a little bad luck; purse and fone. you also made a poor choice (boyfriend). But it seems you are getting caught up in other peoples bad luck and bad choices, not yours, and its that that's affecting your own life.
 
Now I'm not saying you should be casting the blame on other people, however, your life is being affected by others and this is where the problem lies. I'm seeing a trend where you are being led into others lives and this has to stop somehow. At the moment you are like a leaf in the wind, being blow about as the wind takes you. You have to now make a conscious decision to anchor yourself back to earth, take stock, then make moves in the directions that you need to to put things right. It won't happen quickly or easily, but each step forward IS a step in the right direction.

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 on: July 28, 2014, 06:58:25 PM 
Started by leryssa - Last post by leryssa
No offence taken.

Hex or not, I've slowly gotten worse and worse luck over the last nine months. Or you could bring it back further if you want. I don't consider my husband kicking my child and I out as bad luck seeing as he was abusive and a terrible role model for my child.. I did have to move in with my parents, and they had to move five times in the last two years, and because of the divorce, I could not go with them the last three times as I am bound to live within certain counties. (they moved two counties outside my perimeter)

The car (I was lucky to get) started having issues, and I had to stop working because of it. I was able to use my car a few months for groceries, but because I had to stop working I had to rely on child support for gas. Finally, the car got too far gone to use and I parked it at my boyfriends mother's house because my apartment complex has a wonderful relationship with the police. Which is awesome except the tags were almost out in my car and because I wasn't using it/couldn't afford, I didn't renew. And I never had enough money to transfer the title into my name.

My purse was stolen. I am the most careful person with my belongings. This had never happened before. I had $400 equipment my boyfriend needed for work, and my only set of car keys among other things.. On a different note, I lost my cell phone. Completely unrelated. Again, I am extremely careful with my belongings. My phones work well past their contract due date. I do not crack them, or drop them in water, and I always have mine with me.

There are several other things that have happened, but I'll fast forward.. (I'm already writing a book here as is..)

My boyfriends mother. She was fine Sunday. Not feeling well Monday, so she went to the Dr.. died the following Saturday. By the way, she had planned to take care of all the legal things she needed to the Monday she wasn't feeling well. Because she wasn't able to, a lot of things happened mostly toward my boyfriend. One of the things that happened to me.. my daughter is with her dad the whole month of July and I was going to use the time to get my high school education. Instead, I took care of my boyfriends 80 year old father until the electricity in his house shut off and his social worker whisked him to a home. (I love the old guy, but still need my GED pronto)

Another thing about her death.. my car. I cannot move it, no key. I can't get a key because the title is not in my name. I've been desperately trying to sell it. One potential buyer took all my time yesterday because he was chomping at the bit for it until about 7pm, when he told me he had changed his mind. I gave up that avenue and now have a junk yard coming to buy it Thursday. (which is sad enough, I was going to get a decent car with the money) The landlord had agreed to let it stay until then, but now I have until tomorrow at 3 because of my boyfriends ex who called the police. Why I know it was her? Because as soon as she found out the house was *almost* empty and up for grabs, she started moving in even though the land lord had not signed anything yet.. and she's changed the locks.

My only hope, for the car at least, is a couple who seem interested in it. We have plans to meet tomorrow. Perfect time for things to turn around.

*edit* And yes, I realize a lot of what I mention was my own I.D.ten-T error..(hah..get it? I.D.10-T..) But at the same time, I've been living on child support which is only $220 a month and food stamps which I am ashamed to say I need.

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 on: July 28, 2014, 06:03:16 PM 
Started by garcelt - Last post by Amberhawk
For me the move from Christianity had nothing to do with paganism or Wicca at all. It just wasn't comfortable. My parents were not particularly religious but I went to church with my grandmother from time to time. I was a missionette in my teens for close to 2 years. I asked questions that got me looked at sternly as though  I was trying to be unruly or make too light of the studies. I am still not quite sure if that was really the reason or if they couldn't answer me and that irritated them too.

For a few years I avoided religion, waffled back and forth between agnostic and atheist. I had friends that were into crystal gazing and tarot reading so general spirituality still lingered around my life. I've always been interested in the scientific side of things though. When I was a young child I remember reading a lot about ESP as well as searching for 'true ghost stories' in the library and whatever bookstores I could get to. I just never actively learned or practiced anything in a spiritual sense. I guess you could say it was a process, a slow progression away from one until I stumbled across the other.

Around the time I turned 19 I started using tarot cards and researching spiritism and other related practices. I was 20 when I finally ran across a few Wiccan books in a local bookstore. I ran across an anniversary print of Drawing Down the Moon and I think I was off to the races after that. Cunningham, the Farrars, one of Gardner's books, even that Diary of a Witch... Sybil Leek I think her name was. I was lucky to find a few copies of that and the second book at an online store around that time as well. From there I started picking at anything I could get my hands on, not just in Wicca but anything from root working to high magic. I haven't practiced all of it but I do enjoy reading about things and gathering the knowledge.

I'm in my 40s now. I think I've settled out of Wicca and into a more general, eclectic pagan craft of my own now, though I do try to keep an eye on the trends.

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