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He held up his right hand and spread his fingers out in a fan. I held up my left hand and spread my fingers out in a fan and we made our fingers and thumbs touch each other. We do this because sometimes Father wants to give me a hug, but I do not like hugging people, so we do this instead, and it means that  he loves me. ”

- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

 A Battle over Bad Beer — The St. Scholastica Day Riot,

On St. Scholastica’s Day, the 10th of February, 1355, a number of Oxford University students went to the local Swyndelstock Tavern to drink some beer and celebrate the holiday (some sources say beer, others wine). Two students, named Walter Spryngeheuse and Roger de Chesterfield were disgusted with the cheap swill they were served, and immediately confronted the tavern owner, John Croiden (or John of Barford). Croiden responded to the students complaints with, “stubborn and saucie language”, prompting the students to throw their beers into the face of Croiden.  Immediately a bar fight broke out among the students and the regular tavern patrons. Soon, the fight spread into the streets. John Croiden gathered the townspeople to his side, ringing the town church bell and shouting, “Havoc! Havoc! Smyt fast, give gode knocks!"  Likewise, the students rang the Oxford University bell, rallying the campus population to do battle with the townspeople.

For two days, the two armies clashed in the streets of Oxford with fists, knives, swords, axes, bows, and clubs.  In the end, bolstered by 2,000 reinforcements from the surrounding countryside, the townspeople were able to defeat the students and storm Oxford University.  The battle resulted in the deaths of 63 students and 30 townspeople.

The difference between magick and therapy is that, for magick, truth lies in experience, whereas therapy is concerned with questions of “meaning” and “interpretation”. The therapist traces the meaning of symptoms back to the unconscious, over and over again. In other words, issues on the surface are exposed as being the product of issues hidden at a lower level. It is all “about” issues. Magick, on the other hand, enables us to experience issues directly as something else—as a “demon”, an “angel”; as something other.
—  Duncan Barford - Occult Experiments in the House