collapse

* Recent Posts

Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
1
What sources would you recommend for a beginner?  Any good new books, blogs, or websites out lately?

If they're interested in putting together their own spells and systems, Jason Miller's The Elements of Spellcrafting: 21 Keys to Successful Sorcery may be of use, although I would recommend starting with some more basic resources such as those suggested on the Seeking site first.

Quote
Anything specifically on sigil?

For something other than the usual chaos magic style of sigiling, I recommend Sigil Witchery by L. Tempest Zakroff.
2
Introductions / Re: Hi
« Last post by PerditaPickle on Today at 01:51:22 pm »
I suppose introducing myself is a nice enough place to start.

Let's see, I guess in into folk magic, mostly with stones.

You see my user name there, yes that's a little ironic, they're one of my favorite bands. 😂🤷‍♂️

I get a strong esoteric metaphysical power up from them.

Strong fascination with Chinese astrology, year of the Rat.

Wood rat.

Hi and welcome  :)
3
Hi, Friends.

What are the best sources for learning basic magic / spell-casting when one can't learn from another human?  Asking for a friend.  8)

I was recently asked for recommendations for a beginner in magic who wants to learn how to do very practical workings.  They're not looking for religious witchcraft or any religious context or for much in the way of ceremony, just the how-to part. I guess they'd probably fall into the "hedge witch" classification?  Maybe with some hoodoo thrown in?  They're also particularly interested in sigil magic and other uses of symbols.  (That's an interest of mine, as well, and how we got into this conversation in the first place.)

Since I don't do a lot of magic, and what I do is largely my own cobbled-together invention, I suggested they post here, but they're very shy and not ready to connect with others yet.  So, here I am, asking the question.  I also recommended Jenett's Seeking website, which is awesome.

What sources would you recommend for a beginner?  Any good new books, blogs, or websites out lately?

Anything specifically on sigil?

I know I've seen Huson's book, Mastering Witchcraft, recommended many times.  Is that still a solid resource?  Somehow I had the idea it was more a ceremonial witchcraft book, but that could easily be wrong, since I've never read it.

Thanks!

~ Aster

4
I'm a dedicated gym rat, and very often when I'm at the gym I feel like I and others are engaged in a form of devotional activity with an unrecognized spiritual component. For most there isn't a specific god being honored, and certainly there's no canonical praxis involved (except in the broad sense of "rack your weights when your done," etc.)...

...and yet, though I can't put my finger on exactly why, it seems to me that there's another dimension to the activity, a higher level of experience usually associated with worship.

So does anyone have any regularly performed mundane activities that they suspect may be on the cusp of rising above the mundane, for themselves or others?
5
Introductions / Re: Hi
« Last post by Altair on Today at 11:31:41 am »
I suppose introducing myself is a nice enough place to start.

Let's see, I guess in into folk magic, mostly with stones.

You see my user name there, yes that's a little ironic, they're one of my favorite bands. 😂🤷‍♂️

I get a strong esoteric metaphysical power up from them.

Strong fascination with Chinese astrology, year of the Rat.

Wood rat.

Welcome to The Cauldron, CC!
6
Introductions / Hi
« Last post by CastingCrown on Today at 01:23:59 am »
I suppose introducing myself is a nice enough place to start.

Let's see, I guess in into folk magic, mostly with stones.

You see my user name there, yes that's a little ironic, they're one of my favorite bands. 😂🤷‍♂️

I get a strong esoteric metaphysical power up from them.

Strong fascination with Chinese astrology, year of the Rat.

Wood rat.
7
Religious News / Re: The Empty Religions of Instagram
« Last post by MadZealot on March 06, 2021, 07:13:29 pm »
Are online efforts encouraging self-actualization taking the place of religion? The author of this NY Times article (a woman who aims this piece primarily at women) seems to think so, and thinks they're a poor substitute.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/05/opinion/influencers-glennon-doyle-instagram.html


"... a blend of left-wing political orthodoxy, intersectional feminism, self-optimization, therapy, wellness, astrology and Dolly Parton."
When I read this I had to check the source. In another publication, this would read as a right-leaning critique of all things evil and left. "Alternative scripture" would be the snarky catchphrase.

Lots of interesting observations in this piece, and I think the author is right. We don't go to church as much, but we still crave community. That craving naturally becomes a pang when we're in the midst of lockdown. And, in an era wherein an entire political party (and thus, half the country) have morphed into a dominionist personality cult (with its own online QAnus component, no less) the idea of searching online for 'moral authority' does not seem terribly odd. In fact it seems quite natural. I follow Marc Bernardin and Stephen King on twitter, because I admire them, but also want to know what they think.

As for online community, it's a piss poor substitute. We do our religious gatherings in a meet. But we're also foodies, so we miss out on the collective food-and-bullshit sessions that go with our devotions. Yes, meeting online is better than nothing. But.

As for instagram "influencers," I really don't get how they became a thing. They seem, to me, be another form of paid advertisers, but I'm not gonna fault them for learning how to hustle and monetize social media to their benefit. I only really downloaded insta because it's a quick-and-dirty photo editor; my feed is more about random shots than it is about preaching or influencing. But that might just be age showing, along with the ever-advancing curmudgeonliness. Stay the hell off my lawn.
8
Religious News / The Empty Religions of Instagram
« Last post by Altair on March 06, 2021, 05:31:28 am »
Are online efforts encouraging self-actualization taking the place of religion? The author of this NY Times article (a woman who aims this piece primarily at women) seems to think so, and thinks they're a poor substitute.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/05/opinion/influencers-glennon-doyle-instagram.html
9
Faith in Everyday Life / Re: Cycles and patterns - weekly magic
« Last post by Kylara on March 05, 2021, 11:39:53 am »

And now I'm curious if anyone else is doing anything like that (and if so, what?) or if you've thought about it and not done it yet, or want to talk about other aspects of it.

I do a lot of mundane weekly stuff, and some has magical roots.  I definitely function better when I know what days things happen on, and barring some outside impetus, I try to tie things to correspondences when possible.

So, I write a weekly blog...on Wednesdays for Odin.  I clean on Mondays and Thursdays, and I honestly don't remember if this originated as a magical thing, or just a 'need to do it twice a week'.  The cleaning has definitely evolved, it used to be Sunday and Thursday, but back when son would help me (before he joined the Air Force), he preferred Mondays, so we swapped.  At one point I had a more elaborate system that broke the cleaning down to where I worked on one room a day, and I picked the rooms based on how they fit with the energy of each day (but that was way too much cleaning lol).

This year I'm actually doing less stuff (it's part of my yearly theme), so I do a Monday check in style post on Patreon....which used to be the Monday goal setting (with a corresponding Friday check in...but that got reduced this year).  Monday, because that typically feels like the 'start of the week' to me (even though my BuJo style planner that I'm doing this year starts my week on Sunday).  I draw out my planner pages (and do my 'regular' weekly planning) on Saturdays.  On Sunday, I add in my word of the week and weekly divination/intention (I typically draw a card and then use it to form my intention for the week).

I tend to think of the days in the Norse pantheon, so Sunna, Mani, Tyr, Odin, Thor, Freyja, Loki.  Part of my morning meditation is to recognize the deity of the day, and I normally spend a minute or two thinking about how that deity fits what I am planning on doing that day.  I used to visit my friends (pre-Covid) regularly on Saturday, which felt appropriate.  Sometimes I think of it like retrofiting my days (I know I have to do this thing on this day, so how can I do it in a way that will mesh well with that day's deity)...it's how I handle a lot of timing stuff.
10
Faith in Everyday Life / Re: Cycles and patterns - weekly magic
« Last post by Sefiru on March 04, 2021, 06:45:39 pm »
And now I'm curious if anyone else is doing anything like that (and if so, what?) or if you've thought about it and not done it yet, or want to talk about other aspects of it.

I've been doing a weekly ritual with meditation for a while now (much more consistently than any kind of annual cycle :P) It took a while to figure out which day works best though. I used to do ritual on my day off (whatever that was at the time) but after a while, having a structured task on a 'rest' day just made me want to skip it. Now I do ritual on Monday, when I'm in 'work' mode but still have energy to spare (usually).
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 38
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 1
  • Dot Users Online:

* Please Donate!

The Cauldron's server is expensive and requires monthly payments. Please become a Bronze, Silver or Gold Donor if you can. Donations are needed every month. Without member support, we can't afford the server.

* Shop & Support TC

The links below are affiliate links. When you click on one of these links you will go to the listed shopping site with The Cauldron's affiliate code. Any purchases you make during your visit will earn TC a tiny percentage of your purchase price at no extra cost to you.

* In Memoriam

Chavi (2006)
Elspeth (2010)
Marilyn (2013)

* Cauldron Staff

Host:
Sunflower

Message Board Staff
Board Coordinator:
Darkhawk

Assistant Board Coordinator:
Aster Breo

Senior Staff:
Aisling, Jenett, Sefiru

Staff:
Allaya, Chatelaine, EclecticWheel, HarpingHawke, Kylara, PerditaPickle, rocquelaire

Discord Chat Staff
Chat Coordinator:
Morag

Cauldron Council:
Bob, Catja, Emma-Eldritch, Fausta, Jubes, Kelly, LyricFox, Phouka, Sperran, Star, Steve, Tana

Site Administrator:
Randall

SimplePortal 2.3.6 © 2008-2014, SimplePortal