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10th August 2004

leswamp3:37pm: "Bushido my ass, you fat waddling nightmare!"
A friend of mine asked me a great question the other day.

"How does one ABUSE channeling?"

I used to know someone who "abused" channeling in that she
pretended to be whoever so as to manipulate and control the folks
around her.

That was pretty sickening and happens to be the only case of
"channeling" abuse I’ve ever seen or heard of.

That’s not really channeling abuse so much as it is being an
asshole.

So that aside, what constitutes "channeling abuse" in your
opinions?
Current Mood: amused
leswamp2:32pm: "Most everyone's mad here."
What do you all do when you see a newbie to an otherkin/occult/pagan or
other community being swooped down on by known psychos and nutjobs?
(As in nutjob swoops down in a –I’ll-answer-all-your-questions-be-your-
mentor-kind of way.)

I personally make a habit of doing very little about it other than make myself
available for contrast in a peripheral, non competitive sort of way. I don’t feel
like I can worry myself over every newbie the psychos swoop down on because
honestly, if it ain't one nut it’ll be another where newbies are concerned.
Newbies are like baby fish in that they have to learn to navigate the nutty waters
of the occult/new age/spiritism/etc communities without being eaten and at the
same time grow up to be big, strong, non-psycho fishies. I do my best to give
aid or guidance when it’s requested of me but otherwise it seems pointless and disrespectful to cram it down a newbie’s throat or even warn them off folks they
have not asked me my opinion of.

How do you guys handle this phenomenom when you notice it?
Current Mood: working

8th August 2004

mopecat3:07pm: Since the "liberal media" has buried this story...
Seven Greenpeace activists were arrested Thursday at a protest site in the Tongass National Forest where they had chained themselves to road-building equipment.
The protesters were calling for a moratorium on large-scale logging operations on public lands WHICH MAKES BLOODY SENSE TO ME.
If the land is indeed public then why do corporations have the right to destroy it? Shouldn’t they at least have to buy the land first? Shouldn’t that formality be observed?
Meanwhile the current Bush regime wants to make governors in charge of how much forestland ought to be "protected." {Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski said he's a strong supporter of the timber industry in Southeast Alaska and criticized the Greenpeace tactics.} Right. You can see where that shite is going.
The Bush proposal would replace Clinton-era rules that protected 58.5 million of the 191 million acres of national forest. More than 14 million acres in Alaska, more than 2 million acres in Washington state and nearly 2 million acres in Oregon would be affected.

Let’s get Bush the fuck out of office, eh?

6th August 2004

runwiththestorm5:00pm: Request for assistance
I don't usually do this, but I'm asking for a bit of help. Life is putting me through the wringer and I don't know if I have the energy to handle it myself.

We've got a problem at work. His name is Master Sergeant Hoover. He's the head of the Phase docks at my base. The phase docks are run by EMS (Equipment Maintenance Squadron, also known as Everyone in Management Sucks). My squadron is CMS (Component Repair Squadron). MSgt Hoover is trying to make my shop EMS. That would be a horribly, horribly bad thing. It would be non-stop twelve hour shifts, weekends, and basically life going straight to hell. I need to keep him away from my shop and my squadron, keeping myself and my people where we are. To that end, I am seeking help. Nothing that would harm the man, obviously. I simply want him bound/banished/whathaveyou away from us. He needs to stop harassing my people, and we need to stay in CMS. Anything you care to throw towards such a goal, I would greatly appreciate. I'm doing a bit myself, but I just feel that some extra oomph, since I'm so drained, might help. Questions/comments/offers/random things, as always, are welcome.
Current Mood: drained

4th August 2004

leswamp9:42pm: "Cool, huh? It's my Animality."
What goes into your basic "magickal tool kit?" Not your "emergency kit,"
just your basic tool kit. :) (If you have one.)

Keeping in mind that I’m a loon, my basic grab and go kit contains the
following items;

A book of matches, some toy soldiers, a large hunk of ametrine, a glass
strawberry from tiffany’s, a tiny fox, a tiny replica of "the enterprise" made
with office supplies, two 20 sided dice and a rubber alligator.
(All this kept in a toy car with Dr. Suess characters on it.)

Your turn. ;)
Current Mood: amused

27th July 2004

baronghetto2:43pm: since we are on the subject of magical creatures
These guys make good guardians
title or description
They are shedim which is plural for shedu. They are Mesopotamian guardian spirits. The female of their species are called lamansu. They have the bodies of lions or bulls and the faces of men or women. They are winged. They protect and guard gateways. I put a picture up of two of them on my bedroom door. When invoked they ususally are called in the name of a Near Eastern diety ie Marduk, Ishtar or YHVH. You always have to be polite, honorable and honest with them. They might leave or enact punishment if you do negative unjustified magic. If you summon them you need some physical representation a statue or a picture is fine. They speak telepathically rather than speech. They are hunters of evil.
So I did a ritual to invoke them last year and they showed up. They told me their names. I called them in the name of Marduk and Ishtar. In Babylonian texts there are prayers to Ishtar asking Her to send a benevolent shedu.
leswamp12:54am: "Ladies, lock up your sons! "
Lots of different people have asked me this question over the past year.
"What is a kitsune?"
So I’m writing this up so as to have a link to send folks to because I’m
tired of typing this crap again and again. ;)

Lots of folks want to be experts on kitsune lore.
Good for them. I'm not an expert and everything I'm typing is based on my
own research, experiences and travels.
Don't like what I have to say on this topic? Good for you.
Write your congressman.

All this is IME and IMHO. :)

Kitsune means 'fox' in Japanese. However, not everyone believes that
kitsune and foxes are quite the same thing. Confused yet? It gets better.

The kitsune are an effeminate race. Those who are male are not usually
very "macho." (Yomari and ChongMa being fine examples of this.
Conversely Kuzumacha IS very masculine but that’s a rarity.)
The occupations that the kitsune take, and their mannerisms, are
those of women in the orient within the last few centuries.
Mythologically speaking that is.
In the 21st century world they are typically more of a raging fag
archetype. ;)

It is commonly believed that kitsune, in their best known mythological
manifestation, were introduced to Japan from China and Korea.
The Japanese liked the kitsune so much, that it was adapted to the
Japanese culture, and went through rigorous metamorphosis.
No one is 100% certain what the original mythology detailed exactly.

Some people believe that this type of fox spirit has its roots in India.
These people find kitsune to be very similar to the Rakasha.
(Generally a hell of a lot more benign however.)
In fact, Rakasha and Kitsune are considered to be enemies in some
circles.
(Hobbes and I get along with no troubles however, though neither of us
gives a fart for tradition.)
The kitsune's powers of illusion are also considered to be similar to that
of the Rakasha.

The kitsune, according to some legends are bad guys, all vampiric and
such. (MMmmm..yummy souls.) Then again in other myths they are the
loveable good guys and pranksters and whatever as well as faithful wives
turned mortal and given souls by the power of love blah blah blah.

Generally, most folks believe that Kitsune are magical spirit foxes that are
basically practical joke playing assholes.
Sometimes good. Sometimes evil.
Some people believe elements are integral to their design while others freak
out and insist that this is absolutely not the case.
Kitsune are generally expected to "die" at 900 years and typically earn 1 tail per
100 years of existence.
(There seem to be a lot of exceptions to this rule though and despite some
high pitched claims in the online universe I don’t know anyone who can really be
an expert. Darned things vary too much from place to place.)

Kitsune have been compared to succubi, demons, fairies and celestial beings.

Kitsune in Japan are typically linked with Inari. Inari is the Shinto god of rice and
sake, two central and essential commodities both in the culture and history of
trade and life in Japan.
As such, with the rise of industry and the diminishing importance of agriculture,
the role of Inari shrines has grown to represent success and prosperity in
business. Thus, while traditionally, prayers are made at Inari shrines for a good
harvest, nowadays shrines draw thousands of business and tradespeople
seeking blessings for their enterprises.
Especially for Hatsumoude, the first prayers of the New Year.
Characterizing Inari shrines are numerous statues of foxes, messengers of
Inari, and guardians of the shrine.
Inari's foxes are said to be helpful, but others are said to be dangerous.
A key often seen in the mouth of a fox statue is for the rice granary.
(In short the foxes that work for Inari are generally considered "the good guys"
while those who do not are "the bad guys.")

So there are the basics for you.

Enjoy. :)
Current Mood: sleepy

17th July 2004

baronghetto4:22pm: Hello
Well I now a lot of people on this community already. For those of you who I don't know I'd like to introduce myself. I am a 27 year old initiate of Candomble. Its kind of like Brazilian Santeria. I recieved two of the preliminary intiations already and this month I am going to Brazil to become a priest. I am also the moderator of paladinsofgood which is in the same line of work as this community :) I'm kind of the lone paladin spiritual warrior type. Looking to improve things on a local level especially getting rid of some of the negative energies in my community. You know start out small and make the world a better place. Besides Candomble, Vodoun, and Santeria my other spiritual interests are angels, elves, Arthurian legends, Gnosticism and working with spirit guides. I have three main ones plus a guardian angel (but everyone has one of those :) ) Well that's it for now.
Blessings,
Monsieur Le Baron du Ghetto
Current Mood: hopeful

15th July 2004

foxiecrumz9:50pm: What's that big ol' thumping noise?
Curious.

Where do you think the heart of YOUR city is?

This is an exercise some of my students and I have been tinkering with.

I live in NYC where the heart is hard to isolate because there are so many
potential spots.

We went around to a bunch of them to "take readings" and finally decided

that these days, "ground zero" is it.
Current Mood: hungry

12th July 2004

foxiecrumz6:29pm: "I'd offer to send you a postcard but who needs a picture of burned out buildings?"
The spirituality panel was fabulous and went on for 5 hours.
We had about 40 people packed into the space at 1 count.
Everyone was wonderful and I’m willing to do it again next year.
Until then the furrykin community here on livejournal can continue
threads we finally had to leave off on.
I’m also giving serious thought to proposing and running a panel
on piercings and tattoos next year since the number of attendees
with body art has really exploded into the high numbers.
My focus would be on the standard universal precautions expected of
responsible artists and the best-odds care of the tattoo or piercing after
the procedure has been performed. (As well as best odds corrective
measures for fading, lost ink, blurry lines, cover ups and other sorrows.)
I think it would be wonderful if I could get some artists to join me in running
a potential panel on the designing of furry themed tattoos as well but will
have to sniff around for folks willing to donate the time.
I’m confident they can be found. :)
Great anthrocon this year and my thanks to all who contributed towards
making it so with hard work and caring hearts.
Current Mood: working

7th July 2004

leswamp1:52am: Ouija?
Ouija boards have been discussed a lot on some of the forums I’m
on recently and I was wondering what you all thought of them?

I myself have never had any kind of bad experience with the things but
plenty of the people I’ve worked with or for over the years have had a
lousy time with them. (From gibberish to nothing to frights to whatever.)
This has led me to regard them as not terribly useful.

How about you?
Current Mood: sleepy

2nd July 2004

foxiecrumz1:01pm: AC 2004 Spirituality panel. :)
Anthrocon 2004.

Friday, 9PM, Spirituality round table. (Wayne.)

Anyone who has topics they'd like to see discussed go ahead
and let me know what they are. :)
Current Mood: coffee.....

28th June 2004

gungho_squirrel11:28pm: Well, I've been a member of the community for quite sometime (since it first started, actually) and I've been intending to post something but have never managed to work up the motivation.

What and who I am is not important (mostly because I'm going through an identity crisis) but rather what I think my job is. My spiritual job. A strange calling that I have felt so strongly ever since I met a girl. A girl named Kate.

My best friend is Katie. Or what she prefers to be called these days, just Kate. She's a strong woman, she always has been. Even when I met her in 8th grade. She was always strong. She was independent. She was wise and knowledgable of the world around her and a strong feminist. She was responsible, quick-witted and had the definate appearance and attitude of someone who could take care of herself.

Yet she is not as stable as she seems. I discovered that after I reached my hand out to her and became her friend. We're now best friends and have been as such for 4 years. We've gone through some troubles and bumps- as do all relationships. We've had our share of arguments or disagreements- but I've always been faithfully there for her, even continuing to look out for her when she claimed to hate me. She would always come back to me and I would always come back to her.
We were harsh on things. Blatantly honest. We didn't skip around the truth and sugarcoat it. There were those close to us that called us bitches. *snickers.*

We connected the summer before our Freshmen year in highschool and we never looked back. We had both dealt with a great deal of pain, especially Kate. I wanted to be there for her and be a solid foundation for her when her world seemed to fall.
I consider myself to be very protective of her. I gaurd her and would give up my life for her to this day. Sometimes we don't talk a lot, sometimes we don't see eachother often, but it is still there. Every time I thing of her I am reminded how much I am devoted to keeping her safe.

Some have said she merely controls me. That she steps on me and pushes me around. Those same people have also called me submissive and weak-minded, accusing me of bending to the whim of Kate against my own free will. This is not the case, however. I trust her with every muscle in my body, every ounce of blood that flows through my veins. I trust her with all my heart and soul. And I would like to think, and I think I know, that she feels the same.
We're best friends in the deepest and truest form of it. We're sisters and are incredibly close.

Ever since she found her boyfriend I've felt a little misplaced. He bacame her solid rock and I was no longer needed. There were times when I was pushed away, mistreated or ignored... but I remained there. Like a devoted mutt I remained by her ankles until she called upon me again. When she had trouble with her mate, it was always my turn to step up and comfort her.

We still have a connection, even if I don't get a chance to protect her as much as I wish I could. I still protect her on a spiritual and mental level. I watch out for her, concern for her and worry about her often. She is my best friend and I am her gaurdian. I will always be there for her, no matter what. I am devoted to her... some may think I'm crazy with how strongly I am attached to her... but in a sense it is a love. A love that I don't think anyone will ever understand. (And no, I'm not saying I'm gay. e.e)

Anyway, that's my story. I'm the gaurdian of a girl named Kate. I will remain so until the end of all things.
Current Mood: contemplative

21st June 2004

foxiecrumz9:51am: Gettyburg party. ;)
Saturday, July 3rd. Meet at Casa Strange Den at 5PM. Adjourn to
Mardi Gras restaurant in Forest Hills. Head back to Casa Strange
Den to do obscene things with ice cream, watch DVDs and of course,
play RISK or LOTR monopoly or something equally drunken and war
related. Lol. ;) We gots to honor them vets and such. ;)
(Feel free to pass this along to Hudson fur.) If someone wants to bring
the Lexx movie/s or whatever we’ll watch those fucked up things. :)
RSVP to foxnsox5atyahoodotcom. :)
Current Mood: pleased

17th June 2004

foxiecrumz7:21pm: The good guys win for a change! :)
http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/South/06/17/boy.kidnapped.ap/index.html
foxiecrumz3:13pm: Tellious Brown


http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/South/06/17/boy.kidnapped.ap/index.html

So this is where my prayers are going atm as well as any mojo I can muster.

Just thought I’d pass the word along.

16th June 2004

foxiecrumz5:19pm: It's alive! Alive!!!!
Transformation rituals?

Here is a VERY loose and general outline of a transformation ritual I
suggested to bazaarfox when they asked for help with one. I’m just
wondering what sort of things you all would suggest or recommend for
a transformation ritual in general?


Well, fire is my element so I’m going to give you a basic outline (VERY basic)
for transformation ritual. The idea here is to burn symbols of obstacles to the
self you wish to be. (In your case that would be symbols of whatever you may
perceive as standing between yourself and your "foxitude.") You would get a
censor, pot, and cauldron, whatever tool/s you like to use. Myself, I’d use a pot.
You might want to select herbs for the "kindling" which have the properties you
are interested in for yourself, whatever those may be. (For moon energy I’d
recommend anise seeds, dried iris petals, dried jasmine and some dried
willow twigs and bark.) I’d douse it all in Florida water for ignition because I’m
from the school that believes it has positive energy properties. You can use
some other flammable substance but naturally I don’t recommend gasoline or
anything remotely like it. Stick to alcohol of some kind. Cologne or rum or
whatever. Something that jibes with your instincts.

I’d also get something ingestible such as jellybeans or cookies or whatever.

I’d create sacred space in whatever way I was comfortable doing so and
meditate on my intent while preparing the cauldron and setting out the cookies.

(I’d make offerings to my ancestors the gatekeeping forces such as Legba or
whomever cuz that’s my style. It obviously does not have to be yours.)

I’d set the contents of the cauldron ablaze and one by one-drop the symbols of my obstacles into the flames to be burned away. I’d mediate deeply on the flames
until they burned out. Once that was done I’d hold the cookies in the smoke and
imbue them with the properties of those herbs and the destruction of my obstacles
and what not and once I felt they were properly imbued I’d eat them.

Anyway, that’s just a really really basic idea. This could be tinkered with and altered
to taste. :)
Current Mood: good
foxiecrumz4:08am: For those of you interested in the whole witchypoo healing gig. ;)
http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=healers_circle

:)
Current Mood: awake

6th June 2004

symbola7:39am: Stones Rising 2004

  Stones Rising 2004 at 4 Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary is just around the corner! (well sort of, for those of us who are just now getting our camping equipment) I know for certain my mate and I are attending, I was going to see if we could get a whole group headed in that direction. here's some infomation

http://4qf.org/_StonesRising/index.htm

   I know H and I are going to the intensive, which is the 27th - 31st (August) And just stayign through to the rising,,making it 10 days of fun in the woods.

    I've staffed this event before, it's going ot be an interesting change to be an attendee.

Current Mood: happy

2nd June 2004

symbola11:10pm: *** If you were to make a first aid kit to deal with whatver situations you got into what would you put into it?
Current Mood: curious
foxiecrumz6:04pm: "Mmmm. Big city. Overgrown with weeds, but flowering weeds."
My students and I have been discussing urban energies as
compared to rural energies, how they differ and so on.
(Yep, there’s going to be field trips.) A lot of paganism and
such focuses entirely on rural energies and agricultural
themes and the vast, wild energy of cities goes largely ignored.
That’s a shame because cities have enormous amounts of
really unique and powerful vibes running through them and it’s
a pleasure to work with once you get the knack.
(Good shielding and grounding skills are a must.) I do poorly
in crowded shopping malls, on rush hour subways and other
places where’s there’s just too damn much input, most of it
stressed. However, I have friends who thrive on the NYC subways
at anytime and well they should, I can recognize the energies there
and some of it is very interesting. Urban areas also yield up a lot
more dead people than rural areas do and that adds to the multi
ethnic/cultural/flavored energy stew that is your average city.
NYC and New Orleans are two good examples of cities that truly
throb with wholly unique signatures. Anyway, I’m wondering if
anyone here has thoughts on the whole rural energy/urban
energy comparison thingy. ;)
Current Mood: working

30th May 2004

lupini9:55pm: World Soul Retrieval Day June 20, 2004
I haven't seen mention of this in the posts yet, and just wanted to bring "World Soul Retrieval Day" on June 20th, 2004 (second annual) to the attention of healers and guardians out there.

http://www.worldsoulretrieval.com/

While they use the term "Soul Retrieval," any healing work, prayers, etc. done on June 20th on behalf of the Earth will add to the energy going around the planet.

Be well,
Denise

Cross posted to communities localguard404, healers_circle and shamanism
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