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Re: Anyone Else Doing Quareia?
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2020, 11:55:40 pm »
I am at the point where I am fairly okay if someone is with me (especially if we're driving, so if it goes badly they can just bring me home), but it calls to go to like six locations and spend some time at them if I recall correctly, and that's a lot!

I see no reason why it all needs to be done on the same day; and the point is to experience different vibrations and learn to recognize them: A Goodwill store feels different from a Yonkers, a Target store feels very different from a Walmart (even though you wouldn't expect them to be that different), Iowa feels different from Minnesota, although not much different from Missouri
And if I'm going from Arkansas into Oklahoma, I don't need no bloody sign!!
I know exactly whee that line is

And sometimes there is a particular area that's different. There's a bridge on I-49 South, near Chester, AR, where I swear time slows way down. The feeling disappears once you get off the bridge, and it's not nearly as noticeable on the North-bound side, which is higher above the valley

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Re: Anyone Else Doing Quareia?
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2020, 12:09:39 am »
I feel like the tone is kinda irritating, as well. Privileged, for sure!

I see a lot of people complaining about the tone, but it doesn't bother me.
If anything, it reminds me of a college professor
And it's written in a way that is a lot easier to understand than, say, Crowley or Regarde

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Re: Anyone Else Doing Quareia?
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2020, 01:04:00 pm »
I see a lot of people complaining about the tone, but it doesn't bother me.
If anything, it reminds me of a college professor
And it's written in a way that is a lot easier to understand than, say, Crowley or Regarde

Hi everyone, I have been enjoying the Quareia system - I think it's an extraordinary system that is experience based and will definitely challenge people to have steady regular practice. I like the author's opinionated tone, even when I disagree with her. The foundational patterns it are also super compatible with Wicca, Witchcraft, Ceremonial Magick, Golden Dawn and Thelema too, which is why it's actually my top recommendation for most practicionners.

That said, I'm one of those people who has read ahead an not kept up with the practice. I'm around the 3rd module, pratice-wise.

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Re: Anyone Else Doing Quareia?
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2020, 11:50:52 am »
I see a lot of people complaining about the tone, but it doesn't bother me.
If anything, it reminds me of a college professor
And it's written in a way that is a lot easier to understand than, say, Crowley or Regarde

The tone was a problem for me too, in part because I've encountered the author online and she writes that way throughout; in a book, it comes across as assertive, but online it's merely combatative.

I also ran an online space for people doing Quareia at their own pace to meet up - the author showed up and started weighing in on conversations, which left an *incredibly* sour taste for me. It's about what one wants out of a course; the appeal of Quareia for me was, in part, no hierarchy, no initiatory lodges, just self-directed or peer-to-peer, independent learning. Hence setting up a forum for people also self-teaching to figure it out together.

But at the moment the grand guru shows up to "correct" people's errors and "answer" conversations - without first checking whether that fits the value of the space - then it becomes something very different, and it brings the authoritarianism I went to Quareia to avoid, as well as ending conversational/experimental magic in the space. It wasn't a "let's figure it out together" place any more, but a "wait to be corrected by the expert" space.

So, not a course I continued with. Because I didn't feel like I could practice the system without promoting her as a *personality*, and she wasn't a person I felt was trustworthy for that kind of social power.

(& especially some of the conversations she weighed in on, I wasn't happy about. I don't think cisgender people - even gurus who invented the system - should ever assume a position of expertise in how the gendered parts of their magical systems interact with trans people, unless they're able to talk about a considerable number of former trans colleagues. Not in an argumentative/political way, just that - they haven't had the observational/experimental experience to know how that part of the magical technology would interact with transness, so why are they talking as if they do know?

"Magically speaking, you're a woman until you adjust your endocrine system" is no more or less absurd than any other proposal, but it didn't seem like she'd thought through the logic of like, huh, so magic is related to the hormonal system in the blood, I wonder how that manifests in people post-menopause or mid-puberty or with a thyroid disorder or during pregnancy...? But I dont think she'd thought it through in that much detail, so it just felt like an arbitrary line for trans people to adhere to.

And more than anything else, no one likes a conversation about "how are we adapting gendered parts of Quareia as LGBT people?" to be steamrollered by a non-LGBT head-of-the-order waltzing in to end the discussion.)

So, yeah. Cool concept, some nice exercises, but the wider context wasn't a fit for me.
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