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 on: September 01, 2014, 06:09:58 AM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Ashe Isadora
I agree that an aptitude for witchcraft probably isn't genetic.  But traits that are valuable to an aspiring witch such as good visualization, good concentration, maybe the ability to read others, may be. However, I am one who believes that past life memories may bring us back to the Craft in this life.  In my case I don't think I was a witch before this incarnation but I have memories of being in some type of esoteric religious order.  Rosicrucian?  Society of the Inner Light?  Priestess of Vesta?  I don't know, but my tradition in witchcraft is very much a religious order.  So personally I believe there may be factors other than mundane ones when we're drawn to the Craft, but I doubt it's an inherited trait.

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 on: September 01, 2014, 01:33:50 AM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Alchymist
As I've already mentioned elsewhere on this forum, I first decided I wanted to be a Witch/Wizard/Mage/Alchemist/whatever it is that I actually am, at about the age of 8 or 9 on reading a cartoon strip in a children's comic - Beano or Dandy or something similar - about a girl brewing up noxious witches' potions on the kitchen stove to turn her father into a prince, so she'd be a princess......

Now, how many other kids read that same cartoon strip? Tens of thousands, probably even hundreds of thousands; but how many of them subsequently became witches? Not very many, I would think. So it seems to me that this comic strip resonated with something already present in my own mind, or my DNA, or something.

Now, none of my immediate family ever expressed the slightest interest in anything esoteric, beyond the occasional late night sťance, all our fingertips resting on an upsidedown glass as it moved around on a table - but I don't think anyone took it seriously. So I guess I'm some kind of mutant; although I do have some Romany and Welsh ancestry, and I might be distantly related to the 17th-century Welsh alchemist, magician and philosopher, Thomas Vaughan, and even perhaps to Elias Ashmole himself, famed Rosicrucian, Freemason, and member of the Royal Society.

But still......

Alchymist 

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 on: August 31, 2014, 08:24:02 PM 
Started by Iroriel - Last post by Firesong
I have no doubts you understand the science, my friend... probably better than myself... LOL.  Thanks for the correction about the microwaves... you're correct, of course...

"This seems to imply that the Universe expanded from, essentially, nothing, to 24 billion light years in diameter, in less than 2 billion years; thus, it expanded at several times the velocity of light - which is, supposedly, impossible. Which is not to say that the Big Bang didn't happen; just that I'm sceptical of current theories as to how, where, why, when, and indeed if."

Which is absolutely reasonable... Michio Kaku says as much in his book"Parallel Worlds..."

Kaku believes we are floating in a multi-verse, full of universes that come and go. The mechanics are rapid expansion caused by a change in the symmetry in the four universal energies, gravitation force, electromagnetic force ,strong force, and weak force, resulting, as you said, in expansion in excess of the speed of light.

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 on: August 31, 2014, 07:55:00 AM 
Started by C_A - Last post by Draconis Rex
I like the sound of chanting monks in a vaulted hall, powerful and reassuring at the same time.

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 on: August 31, 2014, 07:51:31 AM 
Started by Iroriel - Last post by Draconis Rex
Gee thanks Peri....LoL  ;D ;D ;D
 
Personally I don't see any reason why the two may not be combined to some degree, after all in another thread I already presented the premise that the Craft is where Science took it's roots. Psychology, Botany, Astrology/onomy, Physiology, Biology, and so on. The "Wise Ones" had to know about many aspects of all these, and they were always seeking more through experimentation and study.

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 on: August 31, 2014, 05:19:50 AM 
Started by Subcreator - Last post by Amberhawk
When I lived with my in-laws through most of my practice, I used a bedside table. That's right, A dinky little bedside table. All my gear was in the 2 drawers and in a box under the bed. When I wasn't practicing I had a lovely natural display complete with a mini water fall and stone arrangement, and a little incense burner. When I moved to an apartment I used a thin but tall cabinet with three shelves, and a cabinet door on the bottom to set up the altar. It was just me and my son so it didn't matter that sort of thing being out and set up all the time. He was respectful and unafraid of my views and practices so it went undisturbed when left unattended. I don't think an apartment has to keep you from doing that much, just take extra care with the rug in the apartment is all. Find yourself a throw rug  or blanket to lay out and roll back up after use.

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 on: August 31, 2014, 05:13:35 AM 
Started by C_A - Last post by Valerie
I attend church with my other half(OH), to keep him company and I enjoy singing   ::) the church In Durham City has the mass in Latin, it's quite powerful...I enjoy it, tho I don't understand, OH loves it x

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 on: August 31, 2014, 05:09:22 AM 
Started by Chikari - Last post by Amberhawk
I personally wouldn't call them angels or demons but yes, I do believe in spirits. Some are helpful guides, protectors in their own ways while others are angry and destructive. Some are lost and confused, others just afraid and stuck. I've been planning to post on the afterlife thread as to my beliefs on how all that happens along with, but in my own mind there is a huge amount so I just haven't got around to doing it yet.

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 on: August 31, 2014, 05:03:26 AM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Amberhawk
I personally don't believe in the whole Blood Witch idea myself. However that said, there have been DNA studies along the lines of choices in life, including religious leanings and lifestyle choices. I haven't read any lately but from what I can remember there are certain markers. So I'd say that it is very possible to feel like you are on the right track once you have "picked up the wand"  so to speak. I know I personally feel like I'm home since I began this path 20 years ago. It gave me a sense of belonging and understanding (not necessarily from others, but more like comfortable with myself and my own ideals) that I never felt in other paths or religions or lifestyles that I did and still do explore.

So are witchcraft or paganism specifically in my blood? Not exactly, no. But I'd say the inclination could well be in my DNA. I hope that doesn't sound like hair splitting... to me it seems like a subtle but important difference...

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 on: August 30, 2014, 09:34:31 PM 
Started by Iroriel - Last post by Peridot
I tend towards overkill with these sorts of things.  ;D

Barnes&Nobel has so many nice ones. Some are real leather and are hand made (though a little pricey)! I have no self control what so ever around pretty things that smell nice, I hope you'll fare better than I. (Cough, I recently caved and splurged on one. I refuse to feel sheepish.)

Drac is quite the punster, maybe you'll be best off asking him. ;)

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