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Christian witches/occultists vs. mainstream Christians

The Christian witches/ occultists vs. mainstream Christian tumblr fight has seriously brought out the worst of ignorance in Christians and has made me facepalm harder than ever before. It’s just become long-winded rhetoric about not judging others while failing to get to the core of the misunderstandings. The occult can be a good or bad thing, just like the study of any philosophy or spirituality. Many Christians don’t know that most western occult traditions stem from Judeo-Christian philosophy and are mere variations of mystical Christianity. Some study it to grow in union with God and draw knowledge from the angels and saints; others use it to conjure demons to do their bidding. Some try to do both.

You can’t just lump everyone together and claim that the Bible preaches against discovering how the spiritual universe works. Let’s not forget that the most prominent of Catholic saints were mystics, visionaries, and healers who used their ability to speak with God and the angels for the benefit of others: writing down their conversations in volumes of books with the good of the faithful. Ven. Mary of Agreda, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Hildegard von Bingen, and St. Julian of Norwich are the first to come to my mind. This isn’t some recent fad that’s come in as a form of syncretism between occult and Christianity; it’s an ancient path that has been paved by the saints which is almost just as old as the Church (other forms are even older). The most prominent of alchemists and herbal healers were Catholic monks and priests who covered massive ground in discovering alchemical and spiritual proceses that would form the basis of modern chemistry. It’s not just about mixing fancy chemicals and chanting around circles with the names of God and angels; it’s about the transmutation of the soul to its highest form to unify with God.

What us Catholics do is almost indistinguishable. Blessing ourselves with salt infused holy water, walking around in glimmering robes and Latin chants, consecrating churches and altars with holy oil, swinging incense, touching sacred relics and icons, and using a variety of sacramentals that range from wax figures to blessed ropes and cords, are all ways we connect with God. Personally, I use the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentegram from the Golden Dawn to spiritially cleanse areas, ask the Holy Spirit’s presence when I’m fixing up some whacky herbal teas when my friends and relatives are sick, cast circles before I do Lectio Divina, read loads on Jewish and Catholic mysticism to deepen my understanding of God, and pray to specific angels to illuminate me with the information and wisdom I need at that moment. What exactly in this contradicts the basic tenats of Catholicism?

What are most mainstream Christians’ definition of Christian occult anyway? Is it necromancy and conjuring Satan? Summoning demons from the Goetia? Is it trying to predict the future? Because I can assure you that the Christian witches and occultists I know don’t do any of those things and focus on hermetic philosophy, spellwork (literally intention infused with ritual- an elaborate form of prayer), and the angels. What exactly are the objections that mainstream Christians have towards this? It just seems to be a knee-jerk reaction without much research into what it actually is.

Qrow and Ozpin
  • (Out for a Drink)
  • Ozpin: Do you realize that is your fifth scotch on the rocks *fixes glasses*
  • Qrow: Aaaaaand~ i hope you realize thats your 16th coffee today *sips on his drink*
  • Ozpin: *Glares then slowly drinks his coffee* Touché Mr. Brenwan
You’re Beautiful

Characters: Scotty x Reader.

Summary: Scotty comforts you but will this lead to him finally confessing his feelings for you? (I am really bad at summaries!)

Word Count: 870 words

A/N: This is for a lovely Anon who requested this from my 300 celebration ‘100 ways to say I love you’ .

Originally posted by chekovpavels

Sitting in the canteen after a long shift you had your head in a book, wanting a bit of peace and deterring people from attempting conversation with you. Unfortunately, the men sat behind you didn’t seem to have a volume filter and their conversation permeated your concentration.

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It is happening again —The Heavy Collective are extremely excited to announce Heavy Volume II.

A compendium of contemporary photography focusing on the conversation; Heavy Volume II is in an exploration of image and text on the printed page.

Featuring photographic contribution from — Dana Lixenberg, Susan Lipper, Irina Rozovsky, Stephen Shames, Curran Hatleberg, Daniel Shea, Mark Peckmezian, Deanna Templeton, Yoshinori Mizutani, Joanna Piotrowska, Aglaia Konrad and Katrin Koenning.

Words by — Stanley Wolokou-Walambwa, Wilfred Brandt, Hideko Ono, Claire Monneraye, Daniel Boetker-Smith, Ashley McNelis, Geordie Cargill, Alex Ward, Lola Pinder and Jack Harries.

The Heavy Collective believes firmly in printed matter and the vitally important role it plays in being a vehicle for transmission. We look at publishing from a place of necessity, integral to photographic literacy.Volume II is a pairing of images and text. A conversation between Photographer and viewer, writer and reader. Starting out of the blocks in 2015 with the release of Volume I, II pushes the dialogue further, putting photographer and writer face to face, landing firmly at the confluence of where images are made and how they are read.

Although Heavy will always have a life online, we feel its high time to move the operation into bricks and mortar publishing for good, to promote tradition and keep craft alive, fly the flag for Australian made imprints.

This is all about making Heavy Volume II look and feel every bit as powerful as the content within, incredible photographs should have an incredible home, help us make Volume II be all it can be and secure Heavy’s future in publishing. 

Pre-order Heavy Volume II now from our Kickstarter campaign — Here.

Damian’s the kind of pet owner that when his cats run around the house and meow at top velocity and volume, he starts a conversation with them. (The sound of a cat yowling) “Yes?” (Cat runs violently to another room) “What’s up. What’s going on.” (Cat runs into his room and looks at him) “Oh, hey. Hello.” (Cat runs out of the room frantically) “Okay. Goodbye.”

The 2016 US presidential election has been dominating our collective consciousness for the last two years. We tried to distract ourselves with women Ghostbusters and @linmanuel​ Miranda and Leo’s Oscar, but the 2016 campaign kept sucking us in. As it comes to a close, the conversation keeps getting louder, and we’ve compiled the highlights.

The charts below track the volume of the conversation about the election on Tumblr, as measured in original posts, reblogs, likes, and searches. These terms included, but weren’t limited to, #election 2016, #presidential election, and #voting. The spikes tell us what got people talking—primaries, debates, alleged serial killers, etc.

April 1 - May 21, 2016

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No Way Out (A quality fucking episode)

When the episode starts out with Daryl blowing up some of the saviors

Watching the Anderson family have a regular volume conversation in the middle of a herd…

How I feel everytime Glenn brings up Dale

When Rick had to hack off Jessies arm and her face was poppin up with each slice

So I think it’s clear who is NOT the new Andrea…

Going from cackling at the Andersons to seeing Carls gunshot

Me tryna figure where Maggie is 20 minutes in the episode

Alright but on a more serious note. Michonne staying by Carls side frightened but noticeably scared and concerned and wanting to help Rick. Then once Carl is in good hands she kissed him on the forehead and lead the way to help and save Rick.

My face when Glenn was surrounded. 

But you can guarantee I was relieved af when Abraham Sasha and Daryl showed up

When the Alexandrians looked out the window and saw Team Family slaying

Daryl starting the lake of fire had me like

Between Michonne holding Judith, Rick giving that talk to Carl, and everyone IMPORTANT being safe I’m just going into the rest of this season like

hopefully in volume 4 the show will finally touch upon ruby and blake’s friendship and also bring back the conversation they had aaaalll the way back in volume 1. that one conversation was seriously such a good set up to how they’re friendship can be viewed.

its a shame that ruby and blake didnt interact as much like the other girls on the team. i really REALLY hope they interact in the future because from a character and story perspective their team bond is lacking so much

Lots of new friends today!

Every one in the germination station is looking really good so far!  Exciting!

And we have 5 new friends too:

3 welsummers and 2 barred marrans.  They’re v sleepy after the car ride home.  No names yet, since they’re still new and small and we haven’t had a chance to get to know their personalities.

Well, no, there’s one that has been unofficially dubbed Peeps McGee do to both the amount and volume of her conversations being quite a bit…. bigger… than her sisters.