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  2. Happy it's nighttime... it's cooler outside and no bright sun to give me migraines

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  4. Well that's the point, isn't it? It's perplexing to express disappointment you haven't found something when there's no way you could know what you were looking for. (Especially when the net you cast is so wide and vague. Maybe nudge the discussion more strategically if there's something more specific you're trying to get at.) I understand the process you're describing, in many ways tha'ts basically all that we do on a forum such as this one. This discussion is really young, people here regularly dig up threads that are several years old. So who knows what may still be in store for your question.
  5. The following is my perspective on matters arcane, not the arcane matters themselves, and I know this is different for everyone. Just my perspective. In my studies, I often come across things in books that is presented as a whole practice, but to me feels like a tiny, broken piece of something much larger and more complex. I see pieces of other practices that feel so innately connected to the incomplete thing I have been presented with. I tend to go looking (both inside and outside of myself) for the missing paths between them or the practices that fill in the gaps. I feel this in sigil magick, in the use of scribed magick circles and their symbols (both from the grimoiric traditions and elsewhere), in the use of hand signs and mudras, many folklore based spells, and I could go on for a while listing things like that. I have in the past done the work to uncover what's in the gaps between what I have found, the strands of practice and method between them, the things that are on the periphery of my senses. This uncovers something profound and potent nearly every time. Unfortunately it also takes more trancework and trial-and-error than I care to give to uncover all the things I feel connect all the dots. I have also found that on the rare occasion I encounter someone who has found a piece I have missed of that same large unseen puzzle that stretches vastly in the gaps between what we know. When we compare notes, it tends to uncover things in the space of a few conversations that I would have needed weeks to unearth and refine on my own. To be fair, such a puzzle is likely infinite, and I do not expect or even care about an end-goal in this task. This is just what I love to do, but if I have to do it the long way on my own, I cannot fathom the number of lifetimes it would take to uncover even a perceptible portion of it. That is why I ask open-ended questions on forums like this one. When I ask such broad questions about a practice, that is what I'm looking for. The pieces I do not know I am missing. The parts of the puzzle I have not found yet. To be honest, I think I am going to repost this in its own post because now that I have typed it out and looked it over, this is far more suited to it's own discussion. I hope I answered your question adequately.
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  7. I knew someone who had Papa Legba's veve tattooed over her whole back. She wasn't a Voodoo practitioner so it raised some eyebrows but I found her reasoning fascinating. She was a game master, so in her own words, someone who opened doors to other worlds - Legba is a liminal deity, a messenger connected to crossroads. The tattoo was a sort of metonymy that turned her into a literal door (like the character of the same name in Neverwhere). It was a lot more "pop" than strictly magical but that doesn't deny its magical potential - however unwise...
  8. Sigil: "an inscribed or painted symbol considered to have magical power." So you can use Spare's method to create one, draw a picture of a tree, whatever you think has magical meaning for a specific purpose, then put that on your body, either temporarily or permanently. What, exactly, were you looking for?
  9. I mean, fair, but that's a specific use of sigils and symbols rooted in the Austin Osman Spare method, where letters comprising a statement are abstracted into a symbols representing that statement. In an altered state the magician gazes upon the sigil in a trance-like state (multiple options for induction, but commonly referenced are chanting, drumming, and sex) implanting it into their subconscious to work, then moving on and forgetting the symbol exists. It's actually a fundamental method of early chaos magick. Unfortunately it has become so ubiquitous in witch and occult modern texts that it's hard to find anything else on any other symbol uses. While I've tried it multiple times over the years and I love the challenge of crafting letters into a transfixing symbol, I'm not very fond of it. Just not my thing. I'm kinda dissapointed in the fact that everyone thus far has just referenced Spare's method, common folklore, and tattoos. There's a lot of experienced practitioners on this forum and it seems like the body of knowledge has just passed certain subjects over completely. Not downing anyone's responses here, just....meh.
  10. Oh that's just nasty. even worse than finding the surprise barf on the bathroom floor in the middle of the night with your bare feet...
  11. I'm finding this update a bit difficult at the moment. I'm sure I'll get used to it!

    1. Phagos


      PM me with any issues you're having. There really is very little difference, it was more of a security update. There are a few issues with the dark theme, if you're using it though.

  12. Pretty sure Spirit barfing on my coffee cup this morning was intentional. That cup is going for a looooong ride in the dishwasher.
  13. They are also masters of intention, they do absolutely nothing that they don't want to do...
  14. I don't know how old I was when I realized that not everyone sees and hears spirits. I had to learn to see and hear selectively to avoid being overwhelmed. I tend to get messages from people's deceased cats these days. I pass them along, and usually find out that they're accurate. I can't reliably turn off those communications. Cats are champions of ignoring, but not of being ignored.
  15. The squirrels...the squirrels are plotting against me.  The chipmunks told me so, and aren't chipmunks the most trustworthy of all rodents?  That's what the magpie said...

  16. I find myself waking up disoriented and disturbed far more often...

  17. It has been such a strange time over the past year and a bit. My dreams are more vivid and frightening than ever before...

  18. "The crows are cool, it's the magpies that shaft you every time."

  19. When I was a child many centuries ago, we would often visit a cabin my grandparents had. It was in an old forest on a the shores of a montain lake. Nobody lived there, it was only used for vacation. There was a closet with some old games in it and among those games was an interesting deck of cards. They were playing cards, but they contained mystical images and writing in an odd language, and they were quite old. I would just look at them. The cabin is still there, but I can't find the cards. I wish I could describe them better. Has anybody else seen such a thing?
  20. I use the Radiant Tarot (a more colorful verion of Rider-Waite) and the Modern Witch Tarot. I'm still trying to learn tarot, so I looked for beginner ones. I used to have the Renaissance Tarot (which I liked a lot) but I had trouble at times reading it. Now it is in the hands of some person that hopefully loves it.
  21. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is quite creepy and twisted - the narrator/main character is a sort of self-taught spontaneous folksy witch. If you're open to comics, Emily Carroll draws superb stories inspired by folklore and steeped in witchcraft. Creepy and gorgeous. Angela Carter's short fiction is inspired by fairy tales, many of them have witchy characters. Really ornate, atmospheric prose. The King in Yellow is a bizarre novella / collection of short stories that brings fantasy and weird fiction together. Carmilla is a great classic novella about a (very witchy) vampire haunting a young woman. Wild card but Prosper Mérimée (19th c French author) wrote tons of gothic short stories inspired by Corsican folklore so plenty of odd occurences, curses real or self-fulfilled etc. Very trad craft lol. George Sand did the same with the Center of France but hers are a lot less creepier; same with Alphonse Daudet and Provence in the South (his can be pretty creepy).
  22. I still thumb through the Necronomicon I bought when I was in high school. I remember when I got my Giger Necronomicon art book, it shed a whole new darkness upon an old classic. I would read the verses into a cassette recorder (just dated myself) and try to pronounce the words perfectly, then play them back. Of course this was done at midnight, outside with the necessary candles and incense. This was done in all seriousness and solemnity, I was absolutely determined to become the most powerful sorcerer in this universe. I remember scaring the shit out of myself more than once. I swear one night I summoned Cthulu out of our irrigation pond. I still sometimes consider trying to foillow the rituals to see if anything would happen, but that's me, forever 13 years old...
  23. Bees make terrible indoor pets...


    1. Onyx


      I find Bees quite easy to guide out the front door.  Wasps on the other hand are little ass holes.

  24. That is wonderful ! Thank you for the support, Phagos. Titles wasn't included in this but it is called The Witches' Flight. 🙂
  25. Love it! I even started to get into a trance like state after a while
  26. *Had to delete post due to privacy issues.
  27. I don't believe in worship and have never been able to connect to deities. For me power is inside ourselves and to give it over to a higher being or supernatural being does not sit well with me. You are giving your power away. The stories in mythology and creation are man made. They serve a purpose, they explain the world so we can better relate to things. But I do understand people needing deity.
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