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Everything posted by Grymdycche

  1. Case in point: did my regular New Years's tarot reading. Final card (Celtic Cross spread) was the Five of Pentacles. That's not a card you want to see for "likely final outcome". Ruined my night. :(
  2. Well, I can't remember the last time I posted here.. I meant to come by yesterday for the solstice but got sidetracked. Anyway, interesting thread. I can understand where they're coming from in this article. I still do a full tarot spread every New Year's Eve, for the new year, and one again around July while on vacation (everyone gathers in the cabin for a reading, even the devout Catholics that are my in-laws! Some of those have been truly scary on-target. As in, sudden death in the family scary.) But as to something like a daily reading, using runes or cards or what have you in the morning, I've think I'm better off anymore if I just don't. More peace of mind that way. If I get a negative looking reading, I'd be like, "Oh that's great, it's gonna be a shit day.. lovely" and my day would be kinda ruined. (I don't believe in sugarcoating unpleasant readings and trying to turn them into unicorn kisses, especially for myself). But sometimes, the day wasn't actually all that bad and I got myself bothered for no good reason. Other days, I had what seemed a good or neutral reading but had a truly horrible day. But mostly, on any given day you never know exactly what's going to get thrown at you exactly when or how (at least on a small time scale), so I've decided to just roll with it, insofar as a daily basis goes, and leave my divination for special occasions. After all, there's only so much you can do with limited warning; you always have more control over how you handle a situation (i.e., yourself) than you have over the situation itself, or at least, that's my experience. (Though sometimes, I must admit I seem to have no control over either! )
  3. She has my vote .. :thumbsup: Now, can I sneak into the inner circle? I hear they don't let anyone in there anymore.. or at least, not the general public.
  4. ROFL!! If the 10 million number isn't ridiculous enough (though the actual 40,000 - 100,000 is still beyond tragic), referring to the victims as wiccan is hilarious. Ain't revisionist history grand! This ties in rather nicely I think to the current thread here on healthy skepticism - always have a little.
  5. I never went for $ilver Raisinwolf book, I'm glad to say, but I've got two that are no better. "Pop Goes the Witch" by Fiorna Horne (it was a bargain book buy.. you know, in the bargain section); and when I was 12 or 13, I bought "The Magic Power of Witchcraft" by Gavin and Yvonne Frost. It's got a truly corny cover with spooky lettering and everything! Though I'm surprised to see a ton of positive reviews for it on Amazon.
  6. Currently I'm reading Wyrdworking - the Path of a Saxon Sorcerer, by Alaric Albertsson. I'll probably do a review on this later, when I'm done, but so far, a few chapters in.. I think I just may have found my niche! I've already read his "Travels through Middle Earth" which was pretty good. It discussed Anglo Saxon lore, Wyrd, and so forth. This book however deals directly with the magic - wortcunning, galdor, and leechcraft, but more over has a very heavy emphasis on the runes (yay); in this case, however, the Futhorc, not the Futhark, which is quite interesting. You know how it is when you really resonate with an author's viewpoint? How nearly everything they write seems uncommonly insightful and honest to you?.. that's this book, for me.
  7. Having been into ghost hunting in the past, I've checked out about every such show there is. I don't watch any of them anymore. The following may make me sound like an opinionated a-hole, but hey, you asked. ;) Honestly, Ghost Adventures makes me feel like my IQ has dropped 50 points after I watch it. :wacko: The frat boy yelling and drama-queening annoys me beyond tolerance, and I've seen some incredibly brazen stunts on there. Not from the main guys themselves, to their credit, but some guest ghost hunting dude they had on once, he threw his EMF meter and claimed it was "knocked out of his hand".. on the slo mo playback, you can plainly see him wind his arm back and throw the thing! What a liar. Anyway, from other comments on ghosthunting forums I belong to, it seems the majority of the show's fans are female and watch primarily because Zak is a hunk. Well, I can't fault women for that, I watch terrible shows that have hot ladies in 'em. (see my last sentence!) ;) Ghost Lab was hilarious; those two machismo hicks cracked me up, trying to intimate and boss around ghosts! Woo, tough guys. How do you give a ghost a wedgie? Paranormal State makes me yak. If I recall correctly, they've been caught outright faking stuff, but they definitely exploit some of their patrons. There was an interview with one of the people whose home they "investigated", the PS team treated the whole thing like a PR stunt. Ryan is a narcissist douchebag. And nearly half their hauntings somehow turn out to be demonic possessions requiring an exorcism. It's like a thinly veiled advertisement for Catholicism. And then Chip Coffey went to exploit kids in his psychic children series, for which there are many complaints and charges. Most Haunted: what can anyone say? They have definitely been caught faking effects, numerous times. Laughing stock of the whole genre. Entertaining though, I guess? Sad to say, but the original Ghost Hunters is (IMO) still the "best", but really, if you've seen 3 shows, I feel like you've seen 'em all. And I'm convinced Grant has faked things too, there are lots of examples on Youtube. Of course that doesn't mean everything is fake, but how do you know now which is which? It destroyed their credibility. If I catch an ep anymore, it's only because I think Kris Williams is a hottie. ;)
  8. Yay, another person who's not hellbent on hops! So very often I see beer advertised on it's hops content, like it's all about the hops. Hops are freakin' bitter, I prefer a heavier, sweeter malt content myself, and just a touch of hops.
  9. lol.. though I can't quite make out what the picture is for the "what I tell my family I do" ..
  10. That's an awesome book, Michele. It goes so deep you could spend years delving into it. .. Having just created a Llwewllyn account yesterday (their 2012 astrological calendar is dirt cheap there), I was poking around in their decks, and I thought the Steampunk deck actually looked pretty cool, for what might be considered a novelty deck.
  11. Ah, Beowulf, love it. I think I agree with anjeaunot on the origin though; it's an archetypical, classic tale of good overcoming evil, probably as old as mankind itself. Mead halls such as Hrothgar's were probably not rarities in successful nordic kingdoms, and Grendel is ..well, your typical evil personified. Plus there's his mother, and finally, the dragon. What Beowulf does have that is uniquely Anglo-Saxon/Nordic in nature is the way in which the warrior class is exalted, honored, boastful and unapologetic, even over-the-top, and love/romance elements kept to a minimum. These guys were the original Klingons. The bodies at Sutton Hoo that were scattered about are believed to have been executions.. there may have been a gallows at mound #5 even. I totally agree with you CG in your last paragraph. Most scholars believe Beowulf originated during the pre-christian Anglo-Saxon era, and was altered later. I would looooove to read the original.. if it were ever actually written, which I doubt. It was probably an oral tradition in its pure pagan form. It doesn't appear that runes were ever used for lengthy bits of writing, increasing use of the Latin alphabet was part and parcel with the advent of christianity there.
  12. " ...oh dear, the toner must have smudged again .."
  13. The original was made in 1973, and starred Christopher Lee :thumbsup: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070917/ The remake came out in 2006, and starred Nicolas Cage...'nuff said! :vomit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450345/
  14. The original, or the remake, WR? This is by the original movie's director, which is generally a cult classic. The remake was a farce though.
  15. What is the prevailing religion in Nepal? I thought they were mostly Hindu, who were more or less peaceful, relative to the monotheist religions... but perhaps not. There's a good article here on not this specific incident but the whole witchcraft accusation thing in Nepal in general. http://www.humanrights.asia/opinions/columns/AHRC-ETC-056-2011
  16. WR, good question.. I hadn't really thought that through, but I think they'd want a single address for everything. Then it'd be up to the main Point of Contact to disseminate the bottles out to everyone else. Shipping costs could get a bit heavy handed, depending on how many different people went in.
  17. This place has a $50 minimum order, but it's the site I've been eyeballing for a while - some of their stuff looks quite magical, and the ones below feature ground glass stoppers. The prices are wholesale, and quite low. We could pool together to put a single large order in, if anyone's interested. www.bestbottles.com Apothecary style: (my faves) http://www.bestbottles.com/all_bottles/Perfume_vials_glass_bottles/apothecary_style_bottles.php For tiny perfume/genie type bottles - in particular, the GBSQST and GBTrdp series: http://www.bestbottles.com/all_bottles/Perfume_vials_glass_bottles/small_decorative_gift_perfume_bottles_heart_%20shape_sun_moon_genie.php Larger perfume/genie styles: (GBSphereBlu4ozStpr looks neat!) http://www.bestbottles.com/all_bottles/Perfume_vials_glass_bottles/large_perfume_bottles_decorative.php
  18. Gramayr, Somebody's gonna say "I knew Grym would open his yap!" lol I'll be the wet blanket, but I've dabbled in the ghost hunting thing for a while.. I can tell you that anymore, nearly all reputable ghost hunters discount orbs entirely, unless they're giving off their own light and can be seen with the naked eye. They're generally just reflections off bugs, dust, pollen, or rain drops that are too close inside the camera's closest focal range. Even those that seem to have a special hue, blueish or red. Naturally, that doesn't discount anything else about the site though, or your experiences, just that correlation isn't causation and all that. Orbs are a red herring. Beware the colored fish! Some interesting articles on orbs below: http://www.prairieghosts.com/trouble.html http://www.sgha.net/articles/orbs.html http://brumac.8k.com/orb1.html
  19. The one I've always known is, "Which witch saw the witch wind her wrist watch?" which really isn't all that hard I guess...
  20. I would have to agree with this, and the idea can be expressed in a number of ways: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction; or Conservation of energy (energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only converted, in an isolated system); Nature abhors a vacuum, Balance, etc.. The idea of "interest" is interesting (hah.. no pun intended)... though it has just a shadow of the threefold law. OTOH, that doesn't mean one can't get creative as to how that price is paid, when it is paid, what it's paid with, or even exactly whom is paying it. ;)
  21. I'm pretty much a boring old RW person. A great many of the newer decks just seem to be fanciful versions of the RW anyway, so, I prefer "the original", in a manner of speaking. Before I get swamped, I know it's not the "original tarot deck" by any means (if there is one), but relatively speaking, it's quite old and something of a de facto standard, where many newer decks are based on it. That said, I do kind of like some of the new decks- the Druidcraft deck looks nice, and the Robin Hood deck too. I might get one of those some day. Most though, leave me cold, or I just can't take them seriously. What I use mostly is my Universal RW deck, but I also have the original plain jane version, as well as the Golden tarot -which is again, essentially a RW deck, really. That was recommended by a friend who's a Houngan. I think he was amused by the fact that the magician looks an awful lot like jesus! lol My very first deck however was the Marseille deck, which still has a place of honor with me. In fact, sometimes I truly wonder if it's a mistake to place too much emphasis on the pictures, especially in the minor arcana, because they're another's drawing/interpretation; what I like about the Marseille deck is that it leaves the interpretation strictly to the reader and his/her system, based simply on the four elements as represented in the suits, and numerology where the minor arcana are concerned. (Well.. except maybe for court cards. I think they're the most difficult to interpret in any deck). I don't personally tie the cards into the Kabballah as so many readers do, but that's also a possibility of course. Hmm.. gives me an idea for another thread..
  22. Oh god.. I just stumbled on this topic and with all the menstrual talk, I feel like I've intruded! lol . . . . . . . :bolt:
  23. Not that MW needs anyone to back her up, but I have read some blistering, scathing reviews on that one too. These are all people who know what they're talking about in matters of Druidry. http://www.neopagan.net/21-Lessons.html http://digitalmedievalist.com/opinionated-celtic-faqs/pheryllt/ http://digitalmedievalist.com/reviews/21-lessons/
  24. One of these days... I'll get thee to merry England, and see Stonehenge for myself. That's definitely on the bucket list. Great post, Tana. I wondered about this.. might it have just have been for agricultural purposes? I suppose the better you can track the heavens, the more of an idea you know exactly what time of year it is, since they didn't have clocks and paper calendars to follow back then; and since there are usually some wild temperature fluctuations in the transitional seasons, that could lead to planning mistakes. I'm assuming it might have been difficult (otherwise) to know just when to start/stop planting, or reaping, and that knowledge was critical to survival.
  25. I had Mastering Witchcraft when I was 13 or 14, and chose a name as Huson suggested. I don't use it though, I don't even identify with it, because I'd decided long ago I didn't actually like it - it wasn't me. It wasn't as silly as some of the wiccan names I see, but all the same, it meant nothing to me really, I had pulled it outta my ass for the sound of it rather than really think about something with a significance. I suppose one could argue that it had an intuitive value, but, it just doesn't register that way to me. I use the nickname I have here chiefly because I'd prefer not to have my real name out there on the 'net. That said, it's more than a mere nickname, it's a stylized spelling of a real ancestor's surname, so it is really connected to me. I don't use it as a "magical" name however. I could've used the nickname my brothers had for me all the years I was growing up, but "spaz" just doesn't have the right ring to it.. :turned:
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