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Paranormal Phenomena / I used to hear voices , feel touches , see stuff
« Last post by Rodiel on Yesterday at 08:52:17 pm »
I was young , maybe 11-12 when it first started , i was walking home from school (school wasnt so far so i startes going alone like from 4th grade)  i heared my mum calling my name when i was on the home street i was maybe 50 meters away from home , so i thought my mom was in the street , calling me , i looked around , street was empty ... so my second guess was , maybe she called me on phone and i somehow picked up mistakely (phone was in pocket) i took my phone out and checked call history , it was empty .
Days after same happened but i was in bed that time , now i heared a woman voice calling me, not familiar ...  it was whispering over and over , i got disturbed and covered my ears , folded it like a pizza roll lmao, and putted my hands on them With so big pressure it started to hurt , but i heared something scream in agony , woman voice screaming on such high pitch that it scared me and I spontaneously bursted into tears , i felt as if that voice was coming somewhere from near me , i jumped out of bed , and hit the light switch , rushed to my moms room asking did you hear that ... nobody heared a thing . After that callings continued , wouldnt let me sleep , sometimes it happened with others around but mostly it was when i was alone . Then it got worse , i saw figures in my room , first day i saw something running infront of my room fast , so fast that i only saw a messy silhouette, days after i saw the silhouette of a man trying to leave my room , but as soon as i caught glimpse of it he returned into the dark , and honestly the scariest one was the silhouette i saw over my dad , he was standing infront of his bed , pointing his finger at him . After that i saw nothing , but last time i felt something was a touch , something grabbed my leg ? I dont know , i felt it , it touched my leg and pulled me down a bit , it scared me and ever since then i started praying , soon after it stopped but . First month when i had started praying , i used to see a dream , every day the same dream , me standing in the white room in white idc hospital clothes or whatever theyre called , infront of a big drawing, whiCh looked like a hell , fire and figures in fire , talking to me , telling me to join them , i only said “no i belong to god” i dont know why , it came out from my mouth instinctively, and then room was turning blood stained , so did my clothes . Now theyre gone but i want to know what they meant , after that i became like really interested in spirits and hauntings and started examining and exploring local places that are thought to be haunted , in that time i had one more weird dream , me laying in bed , i heared a voice , a mans voice telling me to quit what i did and give up on it , i asked him why , i looked at him and he pretended to be god , and told me that he asked so because i was disrupting him , i said how ... he didnt answer he just replied quit what youre doing , its not gods will , deep down i knew what he was , i knew he wasnt what he claimed to be. He showed me something . Like i saw me and my friends coming back from my other friends house (we always followed her to her house , she was afraid to go alone) on the way back we had to go pat church ,when we were next to church Behind the wall i saw a silhouette of deceasedish , i got scared , then it was like a jumpscare of this deceaseds face covering my eyesight and bam im in the valley, grass everywhere , i look up and say : i wont stop . And wake up.
Guess what happened the next day , i followed her to house with my friends same ones i saw in dream , and on the way back i saw something lurking behind the wall. I instantly got scared and went in church , it was unusual , i was pale , but in church my head started hurting like hell so we left .... any ideas?
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Social Discussion Forums / Re: Recently Blogged
« Last post by Kylara on Yesterday at 02:52:24 pm »
So, I had this idea, kind of prompted by Holocaust remembrance day at the end of the month, but also by a lot of what is going on in the world.  I don't tend to go political, and it's not highly, but there is a bit of that.  It may be a bit out of season, but I think it is important that we Never Forget

An idea that got sparked in my head while watching Buffy!  Magic by any other name...is still magic!
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Into the Twilight Zone / Test post
« Last post by SunflowerP on Yesterday at 12:56:08 pm »
Test
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Miscellaneous Religious Discussions / Re: Value of death
« Last post by Micheál on Yesterday at 11:51:00 am »
Basically I'm thinking that our ancestors views of death ( given both it's significance to their survival, the limited no of people in a group or settlement and the close bonds they must have had to build up ) must have been much rawer and stronger than what we as a culture would have now.
There must have been a certainty that, at times some had to die for others to survive but also a deep knowledge that each life was precious and the death was a major thing not to be taken lightly. So, for instance, the idea of the god in Wicca dying would have had some reflection on the value the death of an individual should have ( thus the death of a god is a vastly significant thing ). There are the gifts gods, like Odin, have brought back by reaching through deaths door.
The "God's" role in Wicca actually has a lot to do with death, but he is death. The Dread Lord of the Shadows and Underworld. The Sabbat mythologies are likely inspired from Frazer, for ritual dramas, when the Lesser Sabbats were adopted. There wasn't actually much written in regards to actual ritual, and it was the Farrars that wrote in the Oak and Holly King.

That sacrificial lore and motif does play well with your topic though. It's apparent in the myths of the cultures' of our ancestors, and evidence for such sacrifices. Here for instance, we have bog men like the Clonycavan, and Cashel men, believed to be kings. Kings had to undergo the ban-fheis ritual to be wedded to the land. In times of war, famine, unfavourable weather(climate change), they were ritually sacrificed for the túath, so I think you're right in thinking they were much more rawer and stronger.
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Miscellaneous Religious Discussions / Re: Value of death
« Last post by Darkhawk on Yesterday at 11:04:13 am »
Basically I'm thinking that our ancestors views of death ( given both it's significance to their survival, the limited no of people in a group or settlement and the close bonds they must have had to build up ) must have been much rawer and stronger than what we as a culture would have now.

One of these days I will actually find the reference for this, but argh, paraphrasing.

An Egyptology book I read a while back posited that basic attitudes on death in cultures went on a two by two matrix, with the axes being (I forget the terms, theirs were better) "death-denying vs. death-accepting" and the other being "death-as-enemy vs. death-as-natural".  The book noted that their culture of origin (maybe mainstream American? I don't know how it generalizes to the modern West in general) was both death-denying and death-as-enemy: not only is death and the dead hidden from us, with people dying away from their families, etc., and remembrances being sort of furtive in many ways, but the whole process of aging and its consequent approach towards death being things that people try to avoid.

The author described Egyptian culture as death-accepting but death-as-enemy: they considered death to be an unnatural disruption, a wound to be healed, but centred their dead and the dying process heavily in their cultures, with regular remembrances, local shrines, and of course a culture of building large commemorative structures.

Consider as an alternate the (at least pop cultural understanding of) Norse perspective on death: one's dying day is laid out in advance, one cannot bring it closer or postpone it, so there is no reason to not take risks, etc. That is not a death-as-enemy culture.
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Cauldron Announcements / Re: ADMIN: Structural Reorganization of Forums
« Last post by Hariti on Yesterday at 10:39:59 am »
Hi, Everyone,

TC has a great many forums/subforums. At one time, we had enough site traffic, not just reading/lurking but posting, that this was desirable, and even necessary to keep any given area from becoming overwhelming.

Like most 'old-fashioned' means of online connection and communication in these days of increasing reliance on social media, TC is less busy than it once was, and the large number of distinct forums merely serves to make the board look quieter than it is, and confuse newer members trying to figure out where to post a thread.

So TC staff have been - starting while Randall was still host, and continuing under my leadership - discussing how best to reduce the number of forums. This is still an ongoing project; we're nowhere near finished making all the many decisions, large and small, involved in this. We have, though, reached a point at which we can begin implementing some of the changes.

Implementation will occur a bit at a time, as we're ready to do some particular piece of if; I'm hoping to be able to complete the project before the end of 2020 (well before, if all goes smoothly, but I don't expect it to be done in less than 6 months even in the best case scenario). You should see the first ones before the end of this month (or might not see them, if you're not looking closely).

So, as the cliche goes: please forgive the sawdust, this is a Work in Progress.

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Cauldron Announcements / ADMIN: Structural Reorganization of Forums
« Last post by SunflowerP on Yesterday at 09:55:54 am »
Hi, Everyone,

TC has a great many forums/subforums. At one time, we had enough site traffic, not just reading/lurking but posting, that this was desirable, and even necessary to keep any given area from becoming overwhelming.

Like most 'old-fashioned' means of online connection and communication in these days of increasing reliance on social media, TC is less busy than it once was, and the large number of distinct forums merely serves to make the board look quieter than it is, and confuse newer members trying to figure out where to post a thread.

So TC staff have been - starting while Randall was still host, and continuing under my leadership - discussing how best to reduce the number of forums. This is still an ongoing project; we're nowhere near finished making all the many decisions, large and small, involved in this. We have, though, reached a point at which we can begin implementing some of the changes.

Implementation will occur a bit at a time, as we're ready to do some particular piece of if; I'm hoping to be able to complete the project before the end of 2020 (well before, if all goes smoothly, but I don't expect it to be done in less than 6 months even in the best case scenario). You should see the first ones before the end of this month (or might not see them, if you're not looking closely).

So, as the cliche goes: please forgive the sawdust, this is a Work in Progress.

Sunflower
Host, The Cauldron
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Miscellaneous Religious Discussions / Re: Value of death
« Last post by arete on Yesterday at 07:02:00 am »
Firstly I wanted to add a couple of disclaimers - Obviously this is talking about death but also touching on ritual death/ sacrifice and the value of human life ( all I would imagine can be TRIGGERS ) so please be warned.

I've placed this here as it didn't quite seem right for history, gods/goddesses or philosophy.

So I've recently come across instances which have made me think about the difference of how we value human death now compared to in the past. These include a documentary I watched about burials at Stonehenge and human sacrifice in the past ( discussing how a sacrifice might have been a contract so to speak with the gods - in exchange for the protection of grain ready for the coming year. ) and something that came up in chatting with a friend about how in Wicca the goddess appears so important as a bringer of life but the god comes across as less so. Now it wasn't mentioned in this chat but I can see how it could appear that the god's main role is to die and so he almost appears as a 'star trek red coat' so to speak and that made me want to start this topic.

Basically I'm thinking that our ancestors views of death ( given both it's significance to their survival, the limited no of people in a group or settlement and the close bonds they must have had to build up ) must have been much rawer and stronger than what we as a culture would have now.
There must have been a certainty that, at times some had to die for others to survive but also a deep knowledge that each life was precious and the death was a major thing not to be taken lightly. So, for instance, the idea of the god in Wicca dying would have had some reflection on the value the death of an individual should have ( thus the death of a god is a vastly significant thing ). There are the gifts gods, like Odin, have brought back by reaching through deaths door.

I know this is all supposition and I'm not very knowledgeable in history or religious thought and so I was wondering what your thoughts on this subject are ( bearing in mind this is still an idea in its basic form )?
In my understanding, all civilizations were disgusted by murder. That was the only bad thing about death, in my opinion.
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Humor and Quizzes / Re: Forum Ban game
« Last post by victoreia on January 21, 2020, 09:12:09 pm »
Banned for reading the dictionary.

Banned for being anti-dictionary.
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Humor and Quizzes / Re: Forum Ban game
« Last post by Sefiru on January 21, 2020, 05:49:50 pm »
Banned for making me use my dictionary :P

Banned for reading the dictionary.
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