Left to its own devices the universe seeks a state of economy. Ideally your body would like to use exactly as much energy as it gets, and it would like to spend as little energy as possible getting that energy. Even procreation is a way to pass this task onto someone else.
Entropy is the goal of this reality, nothing new is contributed except through the apparent process of evolution. Even in this, the change is brought into the world along with a divine spark rather than created here.
This is the land of the dead. When a new body is created it is given a surge of power in the form of the divine spark, some kind of spiritual thing sneaking in through a crack between realms. It brings with it new ideas and change, and is worn away as it uses itself up trying to make an impact on this shell we call the land of the living.
When we describe something as dying, its life is being used up or otherwise disappearing. Then for some reason we claim that the thing has gone to the land of the dead, when all that is left here is the dead husk. If anything does depart from the departed it is surely life, and if it goes anywhere then that destination should rightly be called the land of the living.
Anonymous said: What is a god, in comparison to a spirit?
And that is my honest to gods answer.
Everything that anyone has ever told me about criteria that makes a god a god usually can be blown apart in some way or another. Either some non-deity meets that criteria, too. Orrrrr at least one deity that doesn’t make the criteria.
I mean, really, it sounds an awful lot like arbitrary human label-making. Which is why I don’t treat gods different than spirits or humans because you’re/we’re all on the same playing field as far as I’m concerned (oh noes blasphemies) and the label means pretty much nothing to me.
SO REALLY. I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T THINK I’LL EVER KNOW. EVERY DISCUSSION WITH IT ENDS WITH “LOL IDFK”.
There is a simple solution.
"Spirit" is simply anything that is not of the physical universe.
Yes, it is a human divide, but a useful one. it can be argued even that deity itself supplied the divide, just so mankind would have something to work with, something to wrap their minds around.
Further division can be made, with the realm of “spirit” as well, and they are also useful.
That is not a simple solution in my books. We have a term for that in Kemeticism- it’s called “Unseen”. Unseen is the plane that intersects ours, but is not really tangible. And the Unseen has all sorts of entities in it- spirits and deities included (as well as things like akhu and muuet and fae and all sorts of fun stuff).
Spirit is a difficult word to begin with because much like “energy” it has been used to describe all sorts of random stuff. I personally don’t like using spirit to mean “anything that isn’t physical” because that just waters the term down more.
And again, still doesn’t help to define wtf a deity is.
I would say that a spirit is just another kind of body (existing on a different plane or whatever you want) and sometimes passes itself of as deity. I would say that deity is collections of beings that use the various bodies of flesh bags and ectoplasm bags to interact in this world and some who prefer to watch.
So umm… I have a black cat and she loses whiskers. And I find the whiskers.
I currently have two, and if you can tell me what you would use them for and it satisfies my witchcraft elitism I will post them you. Of course this means you need to tell me your address… Black cat whiskers are not the same when emailed.
Make it an ask and (unless otherwise stated) I will publish it and comment. If possible I will criticise.
There’s been a lot of talk of sigils lately but without any step-by-step guide on how to use them. So I’ve broken this down as simply as a can for those of you who are interested but don’t understand the resources you’ve been given.
The bottom five images are transparent and free to use.
* For Good Health: To my knowledge it doesn’t matter if you keep multiple word sigils separate or over-lapping, so do whatever you have to with the space you have.
Wow yes I’ve been looking for this post forever
Good. This is the same basic for when I started learning sigils.
Of course it means something when you cross or connect multiple sigils. Every thing you do makes a difference if you do it for a reason, all things in witchcraft should be done that way for a reason.
If you like fun and complicated create focus on the sigils where they pass through relevant numerical combinations (on the kamea.) Give an contact or crossing of lines meaning, add bumps and danglies. I have always operated on the basis that a crossed line indicates and aspect that has passed.
Originally I would add the sigils to my talismans and was unsatisfied with the results. Then I turned the creation of the sigil into a spell in its own right and stopped discarding the kamea. This gave me greater satisfaction.
Consider how textbooks treat Native religions as a unitary whole. The American Way describes Native American religion in these words: “These Native Americans [in the Southeast] believed that nature was filled with spirits. Each form of life, such as plants and animals, had a spirit. Earth and air held spirits too. People were never alone. They shared their lives with the spirits of nature.” Way is trying to show respect for Native American religion, but it doesn’t work. Stated flatly like this, the beliefs seem like make-believe, not the sophisticated theology of a higher civilization. Let us try a similarly succinct summary of the beliefs of many Christians today: “These Americans believed that one great male god ruled the world. Sometimes they divided him into three parts, which they called father, son, and holy ghost. They ate crackers and wine or grape juice, believing that they were eating the son’s body and drinking his blood. If they believed strongly enough, they would live on forever after they died.” Textbooks never describe Christianity this way. It’s offensive. Believers would immediately argue that such a depiction fails to convey the symbolic meaning or the spiritual satisfaction of communion.
I have heard negative things about this author, namely that he made all his work up. For this reason I have avoided his work until now. While bored the book ‘The teachings of Don Juan’ turned up in my ebook list so I have taken a peek.
I am only 30% through, yet have found a lot of the things discussed within make sense from the perspective of witchcraft. It is certainly reasonable to believe that they might be an accurate portrayal of a specific practice.
Any opinions to share?
Aleister Crowley “Every Man & Woman is a Star”
It is wrong though. ‘Every man and every woman is a star.’
Crowley was very vary careful in his use of words, more so in the book of the law than anywhere else. The most obvious difference in your wording is the implication that a man and woman together is 1 star.
Also for reasons I haven’t figured out yet Crowley doesn’t always use the ‘&’ sign, in this particular case he used the word ‘and.’
I’m not into witchcraft. At all. I am now and forever a ceremonial magician. I used to scoff at the idea of witchcraft but now I’m just puzzled.
I see all of these spells and recipes for powders, etc, and can’t help but wonder: does that stuff actually work? I mean, you go out…
I can’t find your original post DXM so I am bouncing off Abwatts.
5 ways of witchcraft, abridged and early in the morning.
Sympathetic aka as above so below. Every aspect of the universe is represented in every other aspect. The true circle is your reach, the light of your fire, as far as you can see, the horison or as far as you can imagine. The jar becomes the target entity or situation and what you put in it (and other actions) change that event/entity.
Energy. Change is contagious, all energy causes change in all other energy and the ripples of change continue forever long after the original signal dies out. There are energies we can’t yet measure and are unaware of, dimensions we don’t have access to consciously. Oh yeah, vibrating names.
Headology. Simplified this targets the self or those who know and accept/fear your witchcraft. Tell someone they are sick enough times and they will become sick, let someone know they have pissed a witch off and they create their own bad luck etc. How many changes can be made in a mundane manner by a person unconsciously working for your ‘spell?’
Theistic. Witches work with entities, sometimes. Sometimes the entites get involved regardless of whether they have been called upon.
Reality/awareness. We create everything anyway, possibly we are alone and create others and possibly others are also playing this game. If there are others then there are rules. Perhaps witchcraft is a way around those rules, perhaps it is an access to the part of us that is organising this whole hooha. You can’t prove that I am not locked in a cell dreaming this all, I just have to accept what I experience. I experience change when I stick things in a mason jar.
In Islam, Satan is identified as the single angel who, setting himself apart from all other angelic beings, refused God’s command to bow down before Adam on the day of his creation. When questioned by the Creator as to why he disobeyed, the Devil answered that he bowed down solely to the Divine, not to any of the created. Unrepentant, he also argued that God’s will determines all things, so it would not have been possible for him to refuse God’s command unless God himself had allowed him to do so.
For this, he was banished from Heaven and was taken away from the presence of God. No more does the eye of God enlighten him; no more will the touch of God give him joy.
But in spite of this punishment, he has never lost his love for God.
He alone, of all beings in the cosmos, loves God without gain, without hope, without even the possibility of feeling loved in return. Thus, seen objectively, this unrequited love is the most pure of any. The Devil serves without reward.
Even while bearing the burden of eternal separation, the Devil has taken on the thankless and usually misunderstood task of creating obstacles for human beings. What few realize is that, through rising above these obstacles, we are able to rise where he cannot go, stepping over him in our ascent toward our own higher natures. The Devil toughens us, forces us to remain awake, an offers lessons as no other angel can. Would we ever have learned to walk if our parents had continued to carry us everywhere? Our troubles and temptations, even if truly given to us by the Devil, are still ultimately gifts of God.
Ibrahimu (via pissonality)
The OP switches from Satan to the devil. There is enough confusion already with entities individually named all being lumped under the same identity, now this is brought to Islamic source materials as well? Please use the name of the entity according to its source and if is is typically represented as the single evil being westerners lump everything under that would be some kind of addendum.
Talk of the devil disturbs me, for there are devils and they are shaggy.
I estimate my book on witchcraft is half finished. I have struggled with this book for so many years, and finally discovered why I kept restarting and deleting old versions. Blather. Blather belongs on blogs yet it makes its way into books, especially witchcraft. So the book is now much shorter and being created without blather.
My book is not about the many variations of the many paths, it is not about my experiences, and it is not an instruction manual. It is a succinct hand book on the craft aimed at people transitioning from beginner to whatever the hell is next. I hope that it is personable and concise. It is based on my idea that there are 5 ways for magik to work, which I have posted about somewhere in the last 449 posts and can’t find to link to now.
Obviously I hope that the book brings me some small amount of income, enough that I do not need to be a slave to employment and work on moar literature. It wouldn’t matter terribly to me if the books was physical or an ebook, if I received donations or sold it through a publishing agent. I sincerely want people to read it.
How should I let my book escape to the public?