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cultural-goldmanism  asked:

I really wanna get into the occult/esoteric type of thing, but I'm having trouble internalizing the notion that it's efficacious and not just an intellectual exercise sort of thing. Do you have any advice?

Depends on what you mean by “just an intellectual exercise.” in many ways, it *is*- ritual and symbolism can only directly affect the mind, not physical reality, hence the necessity that the vibration of the symbol/ritual be able to pass through the Veil of Action if you want it to affect the material world. But in terms of whether it’s possible for it to do that, I think just observing the history of how religion has affected politics shows that symbolism, ritual, and myth have a profound sociological effect. Even outside of religious involvement, the role that symbolism plays in politics is vast. If symbolism had no effect on human psychology/sociology, it wouldn’t be so consistently central to virtually all efforts to organize human action.

[…] I drove my car into
a house, my house into the earth,
                     and I’m grinding the earth into hell.
                                    I want to be more true

to the material world. The
                     wild upon the bull, the chisel
                                    upon the wild. But it’s either true or
it isn’t. How can I
                     be more than what I am. I want to stop
                                    identifying with the caliper or the
marble, the lion, its marble
                     mane, or the meat the lowing cow watched
                                    its mate become and be

the altering heat again. […]
—  Robyn Schiff, from “Lion Felling a Bull,” A Woman of Property (Penguin Books, 2016)
The Signs as Types of Witches

Traditional Witch: Capricorn

Traditional witches are interested to the roots of witchcraft. Their craft is past down from previous generation which in return makes them feel deeply connect to their ancestors They work well with plants, herbs and chemicals and are familiar with different techniques of witchcraft. They can be drawn to either dark or light magic which is a decision that is left to the individual. They are all about personal growth and desire the expansion of knowledge of the craft. It is hard to describe what is true to a traditional witch because they definition is whatever fits best for them. Key characteristics: Wise, responsible, considerate and connected.  

Hedge Witch: Aries, Sagittarius & Pisces

Hedge witches value the bridge between the material world to the spirit world. They can step foot between the different worlds and feel quite comfortable doing so. They mastered using nature for witchcraft and have a knack for herbalism. They value taking care of their community whether it is from aiding people with protection and healing spells or acting as a midwife. They are known for their wisdom and are often self-taught. Key characteristics: Friendly, adventurous, knowledgeable and spiritual.

Earth Witches: Taurus, Virgo & Scorpio

Earth witches are known for being in touch with nature-based witchcraft. They familiarize themselves with gardening and have quite a green thumb. They feel the most powerful during the spring when life forms around them, but they respect the power of destruction and death. They maintain an envious form of level-headiness for they tend to wait and listen before reacting. However, they are no stranger to anger and can form a strong grudge. They pride themselves in being a strong role-model and a wise teacher. Key characteristics: Patient, cautious, mature and reserved. 

Kitchen Witch: Cancer

Kitchen witches focus on bringing magic into their everyday life. They are rooted in their own homes which brings a sense of simplicity to their hectic life. They are spiritual beings and want to make sure that aspect remains true no matter what life bring to them. They are more comfortable with their refined culinary expertise and herbs to make some magic happen. They also incorporate their knowledge of gemstones to healing practices. This practice is a little more independent and a more natural approach of witchcraft. They value protection of the home and fond of love and relationships. Key characteristics: Creative, proud, kind and loving.

Eclectic Witch: Gemini & Aquarius

Eclectic witches pick and choose what they want to follow and practice. They take up many forms of witchcraft and merge it into one. Their practice is very personalized and because of this they tend to do it in private. They may cause others to question their legitimacy, but that doesn’t bother them too much because they know themselves more than anyone. They don’t believe in conforming and rather do the research before fully committing to one thing. Key characteristics: Unique, confident, adaptable and inconsistent. 

Sea Witches: Leo & Libra

Sea witches are known for controlling the waters around them. They specialize in water-based magic which they receive the help from numerous water sources to successful practice witchcraft. They practice grey magic which is a balance of dark and light. They are known for their creation of tools and know how to improvise when needed. They are opened-minded for they like to take note of each prospective before committing to a side. They often reflect what they see from others so treat them wisely or they will make you regret any form of mistreatment. Key characteristic: Balanced, intuitive, energetic and fair. 

Back home from the library.

Zeynel’s a voracious reader; having been brought up in a family of scholars books have always been a staple of his life, and he enjoys pursuing any kind of knowledge for the pure passion of learning and seeking truth. He’s particularly interested in theology, literature and the study of folklore and fairy tales. He also loves reading fiction, since the first instance of the modern novel.

George Harrison, late 1950′s.

“He was cocky, a cocky little guy. He had a good sense of himself, you know, he wasn’t cowed by anything. He had a great haircut. He had this long hair that he quiffed back. We had a, a friend, Arthur. And he used to describe it as, ‘a fuckin’ turban. Like a fuckin’ turban.’ And it did. It looked like a great, big marvelous thing.” - Paul McCartney, Living in the Material World

“[John Lennon said] ‘He had a real kind of wild style on the guitar. It’s as though… you know, that he and the guitar were joined together. He also looked like a Teddy boy, but as you know, Larry, he was hardly that.’
Hardly. Sensitivity to others was George’s great talent as a human being. On the aircraft and in the hotel suites, it was George who was always asking, 'Everything all right, Larry?’” - When They Were Boys by Larry Kane [x]

The Signs as Types of Witches

Traditional Witch: Capricorn

Traditional witches are interested to the roots of witchcraft. Their craft is past down from previous generation which in return makes them feel deeply connect to their ancestors They work well with plants, herbs and chemicals and are familiar with different techniques of witchcraft. They can be drawn to either dark or light magic which is a decision that is left to the individual. They are all about personal growth and desire the expansion of knowledge of the craft. It is hard to describe what is true to a traditional witch because they definition is whatever fits best for them. Key characteristics: Wise, responsible, considerate and connected.  

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