• leswamp

"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?
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  • leswamp

"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?
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    Under the sea.
collar

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?
mun pic

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.
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"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. ;)
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    Let your love flow.
high king

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.

"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. :)
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    It's a kind of magic.
high king

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
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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.
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    chocolate!!!!