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 on: August 12, 2015, 08:44:42 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by oldghost
Because I was open enough in my mind to believe in something more than what others told me was the truth and my Mother told me too always follow what I think was true to myself .

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 on: August 12, 2015, 08:13:39 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by DragonsTalon
Actually...i found this forum when i first started...its only taken me 3 years to actually open up to it a bit more

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 on: August 12, 2015, 06:33:36 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Ashe Isadora
Was it a straight path here, after you decided to pursue the Craft?  Sometimes I think the gods put up roadblocks to test our commitment and our mettle.

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 on: August 12, 2015, 06:28:27 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by DragonsTalon
I was troubled, in pain, and cried out...and silence was my answer. Tired of being ignored by a god who supposedly cares that much about his followers, that supposedly seeks only to be with his followers, i decided to cry out until someone answered...and i received multiple answers.

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 on: August 12, 2015, 06:25:10 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Canis
Speaking for myself, I don't feel I was brought here in the sense that I was chosen by the gods. I do feel that I was lead here...not in the way that I'm special or that the gods chose me for a special purpose. But more in the sense that the gods knew of my dissatisfaction with Christianity and sent signs informing me of a path that may be more suited to me.

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 on: August 12, 2015, 06:01:07 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Ashe Isadora
Do you feel you were brought to the Craft by the gods?  If so, why do you think they chose you? Not necessarily an ego trip btw, if you think you were chosen. The gods have their own agenda.

But some people do find the notion of "specialness," or of anyone being singled out by the gods, elitist and downright offensive. If that's your POV, feel free to elaborate.

What are your thoughts?

 77 
 on: August 09, 2015, 04:57:14 PM 
Started by Scorched Eartha - Last post by Firesong
LOL... excellent!

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 on: August 09, 2015, 04:54:43 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Firesong
Do you think "Summerland" could be a description of a state of being?


As opposed to a physical place or plain? Interesting concept.

Since our souls are not tangible (as we understand it) entities, perhaps then the "Summerland" paradigm could simply be perceived individually because it is the easiest way for us to get our heads around it.

Is this what you mean FS?

Not exactly... from my own perspective, as a Christian, I see Heaven as the state of being one with G-d; I see Hell as the state of being completely isolated from G-d(which I feel is literally impossible).  Could Summerland be described the same way?

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 on: August 09, 2015, 04:35:34 PM 
Started by Marigold - Last post by MoonlitWings
Your ancestors certainly weren't "all" slaves, Moonlit. You only have to go back 28 generations (about 700 years) before the number of your possible ancestors exceeds the entire population of the planet. We really are all one big happy family, as they say; we're all descendants of kings and emperors, slaves and peasants, saints and sinners; soldiers, sailors, butchers, bakers, poets and artists and musicians, cattle rustlers and sheep stealers, thieves and pirates and prostitutes, Irish and African, Kirghiz and Cherokee. You and me, Marigold and oldghost and Drac and Canis. All related, all long-lost cousins.

One of these days we should hold a family reunion. Of course, we'd need a pretty big space.......

Alchymist 

I know they weren't "all" slaves, but the comment bummed me out a tad, but also strengthened my desire even further to know more.

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 on: August 08, 2015, 12:41:21 AM 
Started by pencils - Last post by Alchymist
How are things going for you, Pencils? We haven't heard from you in a while. I trust your Path is bringing you to a place of healing.

All of us who follow the Path of Magic, at one time or another during our lives - if not this life, then the next, or the one after that - will be confronted with the Abyss at least once; also known in various traditions as the Dark Night of the Soul, the Underworld, and as Chapel Perilous. Indeed, if you only encounter the Abyss once, you are either very lucky or you have lived an exemplary life; not many of us can make that claim, I think.

Friedrich Nietzsche was well acquainted with the Abyss; when he said "whatever does not kill me will make me stronger" he was referring to this encounter alone, I believe. Having successfully crossed the Abyss - and incorporated into one's own being all that one meets there - is what distinguishes the true Mage from the mere Magician. The Mage acknowledges his dragons, his demons - and can use them as a source of strength, the precursor to healing.

Nietzsche didn't quite make it; his failure drove him to madness - but in his case, it was probably a divine madness, something perhaps beyond the understanding of most normal everyday humans. He stood on the shoulders of giants, and saw further.

Let us know how things are going,

Blessed Be,

Alchy

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