reply to post by JoshNorton
The point I was trying to get at was that I'm more of a sole practitioner chaos magician, and not well-read in texts on wicca or other, perhaps more
organized, pagan belief systems. I don't go to Beltane or Samhain campouts even though a large portion of my social circle would be at such events.
I'm not familiar with Murray, and haven't even read Drawing Down the Moon or other Dianic texts, really.
No freakin' way. You and I have been running in the same circles. Oh God, the stories I could tell. Let's just say that although I have never lived in
Germany or Iceland I live in L.A. and I was really active between 88 and 00.
I have just taken a real interest over the past several years in Witchcraft. Not Wicca though. The only interest in the thing called Wicca that I have
is in its presence as a historical marker in culture and society.
I have no interest in personal practice; my interests come from more of a yearning to understand the Anthropological and Sociological aspects and
especially the Psychological (and even looking at Witchcraft through the lens of Computer Science
) I sense there is power in the understanding.
Witchcraft when studied in it's international context can yield some pretty amazing insights in to how people think and feel and operate in their
environments. Sounds glib but try me on that one and check it out.
My usual studies stay focused around America, East Anglia, UK, Salem and lately, Nathaniel Hawthorne (Septimius Felton).
You know MG and Oberon?
Nah. I just thought it was funny when you started to run it down and I was thinking, 'Oh boy, here we go'. It stands to reason that you would have a
'background' so to speak.
I have been in the front end and out the behind of all that stuff going on, well, a decade ago. If I were to say where I am coming from presently, it
might blow my cover as, "a mysterious guy that knows stuff about the occult", I have a rep to consider. But I will say for sure that my paramount
interest after all these years is in Alchemy and Spagyrics. I am a skilled stovetop spagyricist.
He had a pretty good essay on sigil magick in Disinfo's "Book of Lies". I've been meaning to read the Invisibles, and have bought the first 2 volumes,
but I'm behind on my reading…
The Invisibles were great. A little funky, but it is hard to come by anything that has a focus on the stuff we are in to.
I imagine you must be a fan of Spare?
Thanks, JN, this has been fun.
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