Posted 28 August 2007 - 07:44 PM
Well this was a fascinating thread (and long as hell to read!).
I think the matter of light and dark and energy in general is heavily dependant on the individual in question. I don't generally see energy as definitively light or dark (though with everything, I've found exceptoins to this) but how it's drawn upon and manipulated...interpreted, if you will. Example, me and my 'sister,' very close to me and fellow practitioner though she leans more towards Wicca-esque trends.
She will draw on Light energies she finds, or manipulate energy so it's Light within her for her purposes. I still have problems even identifying Light energies, much less working with it! I'm much more inclined to manipulate lingering Dark energies or turn 'neutral' energy to Darkness just for me to work comfortably. Then again, my particular path is pretty messy and obscure.*
As for cities, war, pollution, crime, etc. for drawing on, I think that's situational and dependant again on the particular Witch in question. Just as evidenced here, KW can work in a city and even thrive on the energies there! Anjel, not so much, right? For me personally, it invokes far too many visitors, noises and distractions in my heart and mind to be able to focus properly for whatever Witchy thing I'm up to at the time. What I find doable in that case since I live right outside Baltimore (sinister place to drive let me assure you!) is I have what I've dubbed my Cacoon Ritual. It just allows me to create my own tiny safe haven to work in and draw upon what natural energies are available....the grass and earth plots and trees and night sky and moonlight and whatever is within myself. Cities are human, but they also aren't inherently bad or evil...just crowded and noisy. Pollution may be the same way, but I've never tried that and I have a feeling that drawing upon energies borne in toxins and waste would not have a happy effect on you, physically or any other -ly.
The crime and war musings really drew my attention, especially after my oh-so-recent stints in Iraq. That is quite possibly the worst idea ever, to draw upon human suffering and massacre. Murder, anger, death, rape, hate, sorrow...to draw upon it within yourself or even someone else (if you're trying to help them, which I have been known to do on occasion) is one thing. But a war is an entirely different beast and one that I can't even describe aptly. I never tried to summon, connect, touch, call, etc anything while I was there, be it energy, spirit or the man on the moon. Frankly, I was too scared to.*
My bottom line, I guess is, stick to what is conceivably natural or what won't bite you in the arse later.
*For my astericks...inspiration for me to blog/ramble on later to which I'll happily allow y'all to be privy to. Stay tuned if you're that interested, I suppose. :patsch:
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