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Beginner Witchcraft - UPDATE

A common post request.

How to begin:

  • Begin by reading everything you possibly can about witchcraft, plants, other religions, etc.
  • Take notes on everything you can.
  • Be creative and use your imagination, look for symbols in your day-to-day lives.  
  • Re-read your notes and important information,
  • Do your research.
  • Make sure you research all paths and philosophies.
  • Start a consistent meditation and visualization regime.
  • Find a path you love.
  • Learn about yourself and your path and beliefs.
  • Work with your energy and practice harnessing it.
  • Start practicing your spells after enough research.
  • Write your own spells and start a grimoire.
  • Continue reading and learning.                                                                                                                                                                                      

Topics to research:    

  • Herbalism
  • Different witchcraft paths
  • Witchcraft history and its origins.
  • Different deities in different cultures
  • Folklore, superstitions,  and wives tales
  • Mythology from different cultures
  • The elements Air, Earth, Water, Fire
  • Basic tools and supplies for the craft
  • Sabbats and esabats
  • Witchcraft misconceptions
  • Nature cycles and lunar phases
  • Divination
  • Alchemy
  • Chakras
  • Auras
  • Working with spirits and angels
  • Tarot
  • Crystals
  • Runes                                                                                                       Magickal theory
  • Spells
  • Curses - the dangers and how to cast them properly
  • Sigils
  • Familiars
  • Incense
  • Ways to stay safe when practising
  • Types of Witches
  • Cheap witchcraft supplies
  • Dangers of witchcraft
  • Solitary v.s Coven witchcraft
  • Ritual structure
  • How to set up an altar
  • Study Nature
  • Negative energy and how to rid of it.
  • Candle magick
  • Astrology
  • Psychic Practises
  • Faeries
  • Protection against harm


Things to practice:

  • Grounding and centering
  • Meditation
  • Casting and closing a circle
  • Raising, releasing, and visualizing energy.
  • Record any magick practices, visions, or dreams you receive.   
  • Spend as much time as possible in nature.        
  • Listen and observe.               
  • Practice invoking Gods, Goddesses, and elements.  
  • Cleansing
  • Charging
  • Warding
  • Keep your grimoire up-to-date
  • Find a mentor - Someone to help you find your path
  • Practise staying concentrated
  • Intent

Remember:

  • All paths are good paths, do not insult anyone’s path.
  • You do not need any fancy equipment to practise
  • You don’t need to practise everyday
  • Follow your path don’t  let others tell you what to do or force their beliefs on you.
  • Believe in yourself!
  • Take care of yourself
  • Be respectful of others paths and beliefs
  • Never stop learning
  • Ask questions
  • Make lots of friends in the community
  • Stay safe
  • Make sure you do not steal from closed religions!
  • Have fun!

May the moon light your path!

==Moonlight Academy==

Excellent Roman knives slip along the ribs.  

A stronger man starts to jerk up the strips of flesh.  

“Let’s hear it again, you believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost?”  

A long scream unrolls.  

More.  

“From the political point of view, democratic institutions are being built in Viet Nam, wouldn’t you agree?”  

A green parrot shudders under the fingernails.
Blood jumps in the pocket.
The scream lashes like a tail.  

“Let us not be deterred from our task by the voices of dissent… .”  

The whines of the jets
pierce like a long needle,   

As soon as the President finishes his press conference,
black wings carry off the words,
bits of flesh still clinging to them.

-Excerpt from Robert Bly’s “The Teeth Mother Naked at Last”

I had to do some fast fanart for Oats Studio’s Firebase. I wonder if it was partly inspired by Robert Bly’s poem, which I’ve included a little bit of here.

Oh yeah, and be forewarned, it’s gory.

I was blown away by Neil Blomkamp’s incredible new short film: Firebase; a bind bending sci-fi tale set during the Vietnam War. It was so different I couldn’t resist making a piece of fan art of it!

For those not in the know, director Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) started his own independent film studio called Oats Studio; and their aim is to make awesome, mind-bending original short films based on some of Blomkamp’s unused film ideas or concepts. Firebase is their second film after Rakka and I recommend you check them out but BE WARNED, they are intense, and not for the squeamish!

Devastator Centurions are deployed for missions that require Space Marines to bring exceptional levels of firepower, such as siege warfare or bringing the firepower of a tank into confined quarters. Centurion armour suits for these missions are given to Devastators. Their only real weakness is their lack of speed, and they are easily outpaced by fast-moving foes. Thus, they are primarily employed to besiege defended enemy positions or to defend their own fortifications, or used as mobile firebases to strengthen the advancing battle line.

Centurion Devastators are commonly armed with twin Heavy Bolters, but sometimes are equipped with twin Lascannons or a Grav-Cannon with an attached Grav-Amplifier to increase its power. Their chests are also equipped with either a Hurricane Bolter or set of Missile Launchers.

So, my ongoing quest to build the cheesiest pure Primaris 2,000 points tournament list, what do folks think:

Roboute Guilliman

1 Primaris Captain

1 Primaris Lieutenant

10 Intercessors

10 Intercessors

10 Hellblasters

10 Hellblasters

3 Aggressors w/Flame Gauntlets

3 Inceptors w/Assault Bolters 

3 Inceptors w/ Assault Bolters

The plan:

Three components. Captain, Lieutenant and the 20 Hellblasters set up a firebase. Captain lets them reroll 1s to hit and Lieutenant lets them reroll 1s to wound. Supercharge mega plasma spam should be able to liquidate even heavy armour in no more than a turn or two. 

Two Intercessor squads, Guilliman and the Aggressors form a battleline, draw fire, take objectives, get into combat if need be. 

Inceptors drop in and mow down light infantry/hordes with their 36 strength 5 shots per turn. Aggressors with the flame gauntlets can also melt hordes with an average of 21 automatic flamer hits per turn.

How am I doing? 

just imagine

saturday night

kickin back, thinking about markiplier

knock on the door….

its him. they smile, ask to come in

you drop your zippo as you begin to light a cigarette in your mouth from shaking too much

charlie begins to attack firebase

markiplier gets shot in the neck from friendly fire and bleeds out

next morning hes buried and you radio command and lie about how he died

you still think about this even at your sons ball game

A post on Twitter that I wanted to share...

I served in Iraq in 2006. For the first five months I was on a 12 man firebase out in the middle of nowhere in the desert…The stress of being out there and doing the same job every single day eats away at you..Any tiny little personal issue they had suddenly became a mountain. And that shit came out on that fire base. They snapped mentally…Guys would literally snap over a Dear John letter. Their personal issues came out and they were instantly combat ineffective. Now take someone confused about whether they are a man/woman. Take those psychological and emotional issues and put them in that environment. Take someone who is right off the bat not uniform or part of the same team. Give them special treatment because of their identity. Take that person, put them in that stressful war environment and watch what happens. It’s a fucking ticking time bomb. You have to be incredibly tough mentally, physically and emotionally. 

War is not like a fucking video game. It tests every once of your being. You can’t teach someone to be a fearless warrior in a fucking PowerPoint. You either have it or your don’t…

War is no place for people who are mentally, emotionally, or physically confused or in turmoil. You have your shit together, or you don’t. And if you don’t, you’ll just get people needlessly killed. Political correctness has absolutely no place in the military.


Credit to : @jrsalzman on Twitter

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