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 on: April 16, 2015, 04:51:25 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Alchymist

In many ways I think it's semantics; I'll admit that the dictionary definition of eclectic is essentially that, but when I think of the word eclectic... I probably dislike it as much as Khara, because it feels unfocused to me.  People say, "What are you?"  I answer, "I'm an eclectic...", they answer back, "Oh, I'm soooo sorry; how did you hurt yourself?  ...". :D

Semantics, - or something else?

Reminds me of a silly joke.
Quote
"So what do you do?"

"I'm a pharmacist."

"That's nice..... what kind of farm do you assist at?"
Blessed Be everyone, occultists, eclectics, Witches, Wiccans, pharmacists.......

Alchymist.

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 on: April 16, 2015, 04:09:39 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Twixt
I'm kind of like Marisol, I see no problem with occultist instead of eclectic. To me, occultist brings to mind a person really in tune with the spirits and their spiritual side, and from what I've seen of both your posts, FS and Khara, you seem to fit that nicely. In the end, I say find the word that fits you best and hold on to it. What you choose to label yourself is mainly for other people's benefit, anyway, as a way to succinctly explain to them what your path is. And if you choose not to explain, well, then you can get really creative with whatever you tell them  :-p

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 on: April 16, 2015, 02:23:07 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Firesong
FS Is it not true that many occultists follow practices involving aspects of multiple paths? How does this differ from eclectic
witchcraft? Just wondering.

In many ways I think it's semantics; I'll admit that the dictionary definition of eclectic is essentially that, but when I think of the word eclectic... I probably dislike it as much as Khara, because it feels unfocused to me.  People say, "What are you?"  I answer, "I'm an eclectic...", they answer back, "Oh, I'm soooo sorry; how did you hurt yourself?  ...". :D

I think there are positive and negative connotations of almost everything, created by each of us, and we tend to like what we like, dislike what we dislike, and look sideways at the rest.  :-p Khara doesn't like it, I'm not fond of it, and others find it just fine, mostly tied to the way we choose interpret and feel the word.

For me, pertaining to myself, "occultist" feels like a better fit, though my path has seen more forks than the Amazon watershed.

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 on: April 16, 2015, 02:06:49 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Firesong
I still and will always despise the term eclectic.  And I hold that it does not now nor will ever apply to my path.  I'm an occultist.  I follow a basic path and incorporate what I need from many of the various paths I have followed or studied along my journey.  I prefer the term witch but that is as much from what I see myself as as anything.

Occultist... I like it.  For some reason, "occultist" sounds more focused than "eclectic"... Just me?

Exactly my point. AS I have explained over and over and over LOL.  The term eclectic brings to mind someone who is haphazard, without focus or the knowledge needed to do the various things they may pull from other paths.  I just hate the word.  It falls into the "neo" category for me.

Ah... the neos... LOL.   Understood completely.

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 on: April 16, 2015, 10:03:15 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Khara
I still and will always despise the term eclectic.  And I hold that it does not now nor will ever apply to my path.  I'm an occultist.  I follow a basic path and incorporate what I need from many of the various paths I have followed or studied along my journey.  I prefer the term witch but that is as much from what I see myself as as anything.

Occultist... I like it.  For some reason, "occultist" sounds more focused than "eclectic"... Just me?

Exactly my point. AS I have explained over and over and over LOL.  The term eclectic brings to mind someone who is haphazard, without focus or the knowledge needed to do the various things they may pull from other paths.  I just hate the word.  It falls into the "neo" category for me.

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 on: April 15, 2015, 04:04:34 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by marisol
FS Is it not true that many occultists follow practices involving aspects of multiple paths? How does this differ from eclectic
witchcraft? Just wondering.

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 on: April 15, 2015, 03:07:47 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Firesong
I still and will always despise the term eclectic.  And I hold that it does not now nor will ever apply to my path.  I'm an occultist.  I follow a basic path and incorporate what I need from many of the various paths I have followed or studied along my journey.  I prefer the term witch but that is as much from what I see myself as as anything.

Occultist... I like it.  For some reason, "occultist" sounds more focused than "eclectic"... Just me?

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 on: April 14, 2015, 03:15:35 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Khara
I still and will always despise the term eclectic.  And I hold that it does not now nor will ever apply to my path.  I'm an occultist.  I follow a basic path and incorporate what I need from many of the various paths I have followed or studied along my journey.  I prefer the term witch but that is as much from what I see myself as as anything.

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 on: April 14, 2015, 11:40:20 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Twixt
I agree with both of those viewpoints, C_A and Alch. Without someone stepping forward and forging the paths we follow today, we wouldn't have the structure that some people seem to need. Some people forget that, in their need to be "different". When you think about the millions of years of human history, it's all pretty much been done before, not counting the technology we have today.

As far as labels go, they are there more for other people than for yourself. If you get too hung up on trying to label yourself, you tend to limit what you can accomplish to within that label. A good example would be the "obese" label we try to stamp on anyone over a certain size. We tend to regard anyone over what we as individuals consider a healthy weight to be obese, not taking into account genetics, lifestyle, eating habits, etc. As a result, these people get labelled something they aren't, necessarily, and eventually start living up to that label. The mind will eventually mimic the environment it finds itself in. If someone doesn't feel comfortable saying, "I'm an Eclectic (insert path)", by all means, find a label that describes you, that you can use for other people's visualization. That way, when they ascribe a label to you, at least it is one you can live with and mold to yourself, instead of the other way around.

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 on: April 14, 2015, 07:17:35 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by C_A
I don't view haphazardness / shallowness to be the hallmark of eclecticism, but, it does happen.  Especially among the novices.  As people become more adept they tend to "keep what works and kick the rest to the curb".  Thus elevating their practice to a good, clear path.

To some extent ALL paths start out wooded and weedy.  It is up to the practitioner to clear their own way.  For some, following a somewhat cleared path is the way, (NOT necessarily the "easy" way, but THE way, for them), while others see a possible risk / reward "greater" than that of a proscribed Spiritual existence.

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