September 2013

3 articles in September 2013
The Digital Ambler: De Geomanteia
A series of posts about the divinatory system called geomancy, covering all its figures in detail, as well as some useful geomantic techniques. Intermediate level reading: you need to learn the basics on your own first. There’s more about geomancy on the rest of the blog.
Geomantic Study-Group (Facebook) and Geomantic Campus (Yahoo groups)
Two good places for people interested in geomancy to exchange experiences, learn, practice and ask for advice.
The Unlikely Mage: Agrippa Project
Short summaries of Agrippa’s “Three Books of Occult Philosophy”, chapter by chapter. A great source on Renaissance hermetic magic and the history of magic in general. Interesting to find correlations with modern pagan magical practice.
Sol Ascendans: The Placing of the Elements In A Golden Dawn Temple
Have you ever wondered why many pagans associate the element of air with the direction of east? Especially since, if you know astrology, vernal equinox begins when the Sun enters Aries, a fire sign? Well, this is why. The preceding post on The Elements and the Four Cardinal Directions is interesting as well.

Ii was born and raised in Poland, as a Catholic. You might think that the location wouldn’t be very important, but politics changed everything. The majority of the population was Catholic and the communist government tried to suppress the religion. The Church became one of the elements that unified the opposition. After the first democratic elections, Catholicism became identified with freedom and national pride, and started ruling people’s lives to a much greater degree than before. Poland signed a concordat with the Holy See, which necessitated changes in laws (for example, abortion was made illegal in most cases).

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Iin my opinion, the most important trait that defines a witch is her social standing. A witch is a loner. She exists on the fringe of the society. She voluntarily and gladly engages in activities that “decent” people dislike, are afraid of or find repulsive. For this reason no-one admits to a close relationship with a witch. Even her relatives discreetly cut all ties with her. A witch threatens the social order since she engages in forbidden activities with impunity. She is one of the first candidates for a scapegoat whenever a “witch-hunt” is on.

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