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?
chirotus said: One day I endeavor to build a still and make mead brandy
I intend to get together with another horrible witch and make Henbane Gruit Ale.
Because it needs to be done, goddamn it. I will consecrate that stuff to Apollo Soranus and chortle as…
I believe the original recipe for pilsner included henbane. It was what made it pils and not standard.
Why “Free” Tarot Readings Are Not Ever Really Free.
never hit reblog so fast in my life omfg
I just let people know their options.
They can pay a fair price or a fair price will be exacted (by myself or the universe, whatever.) Yet people are never scared off. Amazing how hard it is to scare people off from a tarot reading once they have asked for it.
Contemporary Witchcraft and Traditional Wicca
When looking at the old “birth of Wicca” photos, there’s one thing that I’ve always wondered…
Do they not have mosquitoes in England? Or fire ants? Or horse flies? Or ticks? Or sunburns? Or snakes and spiders that can kill you?
What the fuck are these people doing running about buck ass nekkid in the woods for?
Put on some damn hiking boots, you idiots!
We do have one species of snake which is lethal, it is very rare and passive and only really hangs about in the north. There are some mosquitoes and midges which irritate, not the kind of bit you get from mosquitoes in Australia for example. These also only come out (in problematic numbers) for a 2 hour period of night during spring.
Of course sensibility would mean Gardner and Saunders wouldn’t get to have so many naked chicks around, and take advantage of their positions of high priest now, wouldn’t it? Ulterior motives much? These guys were given instructions to take out Crowley and set up an available and stunted form of witchcraft for the masses to prevent another Crowley from occurring. They just did it in such a way that got them plenty of nekkid ladies. Saunders definitely more so than Gardner.
If a deity from a closed culture were to approach you, what should you do? Would working with them be considered cultural appropriation or offensive?
Firstly, we apologize for the original answer that was provided. The moderator is…
I don’t quite understand this though. If the deity approaches you, they want you to be their follower. If you approach the deity and it’s a closed religion, then I can understand how that’s a big NG and you don’t do it. If the deity approaches you, they are interested in you; may have been keeping an eye on you; have liked you.
I know I feel a pull to Shiva (once or twice a year for the past four fucking years) that makes me nearly fucking cry, as well as several dreams in which Shesha has appeared, or His younglings since there was quite a mass of them, which states pretty boldly that Shiva (or someone in His court) wants me and yet I’m told that I can’t go anywhere near Him or They which, frankly, puts me in tears and makes me despair. Hell, the pull I feel does make me despair because of how strong it is. From what I understand, it’s akin to the Holy Ghost visiting Christians, that pull that feels just so right and you know what you are doing is right. To be told that I can’t approach Him… It’s like being told I can’t go near Mirage, my brother, or my parents. That I am not supposed to associate with them in any way, shape, or form. I know I’m supposed to, I know it’s what I should do because I love them, but nope. Can’t go there. I’m not allowed.
I just don’t get it…
It’s only a problem if you are investing PSG or any of the other tumblr pagans with an authority that they do not warrant
I know people want to think they have found answers here but no..
ARE YOU PART OF A CLOSED TRADITION?
DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH SANTERIA, VODOU, INITIATORY SYSTEMS OTHERWISE OF AFRICAN/INDIGENOUS HERITAGE OR IN SOME OTHERS PARTS OF THE WORLD?
THEN WHAT FUCKING AUTHORITY DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE THEY CAN TRANSGRESS AND VIOLATE THE TRADITIONS, RITUALS, CUSTOMS, AND RULES OF OPPRESSED PEOPLES?
CAN YOU TRY NOT TO BE AN IMPERIALIST IMBECILE? HOLY SHIT.
I don’t remember anyone electing you the Pope of diaspora. Cultural appropriation is such a bullshit overblown topic for over sensitive tumblr assholes who think they are right about everything. Stop asking these douchebags for permission. Ask the people who practice that tradition, but only if you want to practice openly. What you do in your own temple is your own fucking business. This is the way cultures learn from each other. It is a good thing to want to learn someone else’s faith. And don’t be bullied into thinking you must be an expert right out the gate. Everyone starts somewhere.
Except these traditions can ONLY be practiced “openly”. Vodou, Santeria, they are COMMUNITY traditions, they are fundamentally incompatible with the idea of a “personal” religion that so many neopagans are apt to prefer. If you are not accepted by the community, you literally cannot be a Santero.
you’re a current practitioner of both Vodou and Santeria? You’re not? I guess you need to be drinking a big tall glass of shut the fuck up then.
We have literally gone over this with a variety of Vodou, Voodoo, Vudu, Santeria, Candomble, Palo practitioners on this website and in real life. Like holy shit Scroll, pick up a goddamn book on these practices and actually go out and talk to them about it. You can’t “self initiate” into Santeria. Or a variety of other traditions. You can’t call yourself a “Mambo” behind closed doors and bibbidee bobbidee boo it comes true.
And yes, for what it’s worth, I do practice what is Vudu.
What would your Catholic elders say? Oh the hypocrisy!
Both CELAM and CEC, and in general most all of the Episcopal Conferences of Latin America have actually never given a public statement on these things.
The only reason why Santa Muerte was condemned was because gringo USCCB decided to tattle on CELAM’s silence to daddy.
Don’t patronize me Scroll.
But you ask for it so often. Seriously, if you directly asked them, how many bishops would say you can’t practice Vodou and be a good Catholic? 75%? At least 50%?
Think about that the next time you start spouting off and maybe you’ll learn to preface that shit with “In my opinion. …”
"THEN WHAT FUCKING AUTHORITY"
I can’t tell who said this because I struggle to follow them lines down. Whoever you are, if you review the OP you will see that the authority is in fact the deity itself. so yeah.
Anonymous said: i have a tarot question...i'm an aspiring reader who just got my first deck. i learn better in a hands-on way, so i'm going to be reading my friend a lot. what's the best way to read though? like should i list the card meanings in the position separately and then do the overall message, or the other way around? or just do one and not the other? i'm so confused!
I’ll be the first to say that I’m probably one of the worst choices for asking about divination. I’m not all that great at it, and I never trust the results (or don’t do anything with them) and most anyone that’s tried to read me has either missed the mark entirely, or it’s like their deck just gives up and goes to die in a hole without us XD
That being said, in the past I found that working with my own interpretations was important. I’d often use singular key words to represent a card, and I’d use the imagery or gut feelings to figure out the rest. I use a mixture of prefabbed spreads and spreads I’ve made myself. Sometimes I feel like cards are in the wrong position, or that they are answering a different question than what the card’s slot dictates, and I sorta… gut feel my way through things from time to time.
And sometimes I’ll just pull a card or 5 and not worry about the specific card slot meanings, and instead focus on the whole message the cards are conveying.
Or in other words, I just sorta make shit up as I go and let each spread dictate to me what it needs or wants. Which… may or may not work for you, and since I am not the best at divination, idk how much of my experiences should really effect what you do XD
So if someone with more experience and a better track record has input, feel free to hook this anon up.
Someone with tarot experience here :D
I tell the querant the meaning of the position as a draw the card, then tell them what the card means and how it relates to the position. Then I look back over each card drawn so far and how it affects the meaning of the card that I just pulled.
So in effect each; step I review the whole reading. Using the the whole spread always improves the quality of the information presented by any single card and works to clear up cards which were too cryptic when first drawn. This gives me the confidence to move on from a card if I don’t feel it has a clear message, knowing I can come back to it later with a better understanding.
The reading takes up to 30 min, the querant usually likes a nice long reading.