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    Re: Little bit lost....

    Hi and welcome to the forums! I'm a bit of a lurker here, but I relate to your situation a lot. I was raised by moderately-believing Christian parents, but became very conservative myself after I started going to church when I was 11. I have no animosity toward Christianity as a whole whatsoever, although I think there are people in every religion who give others a bad reputation. My personal experience with Christianity was one of the best times of my life...it just didn't suit me and my beliefs as I got older and changed. I follow kind of an eclectic Celtic path involving the Irish deities and am beginning to study druidry. I'm no expert, but I'm always around to chat if you like!

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    Re: Little bit lost....

    Quote Originally Posted by MaskedOne View Post
    The words "ancient irish potato ritual" come to mind if McCoy is who I think she is.
    That actually made me laugh for a while, because the Brits have a huge stereotype (mostly in a joking, taking the piss sort of way) about Irish and potatoes. I didn't get it at first because I was like 'but didn't they only get potatoes after Europeans started going to the "New World"?' But apparently association with the Irish and potatoes is strong. Since I work with several Irish and Brits, the slurs get tossed around daily lol.

    Anyway, that sentence sounded like something one of the Brits at work would say to one of the Irish to make fun of them :P

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    Re: Little bit lost....

    Ah, yes. "Ancient Irish Potato Ritual" is the right woman. I thought that sounded a little odd when I read it, but I'm trying to keep an open mind when I read about this stuff. Good to know I'm not the only one.

    Thank you all so much for your welcome again. I am often a little bit hesitant in bringing up my questioning- force of habit, you know.

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    My general warning is that while Llewellyn authors occasionally provide fun ideas, don't look to them for historical accuracy. It's not quite as bad as indulging in hallucinogens and taking the resulting visions as divine truth but using Llewellyn for history leads to strange places.

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    Re: Little bit lost....

    What is Llewellyn?

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    Major neo-pagan/occult/Wiccan/psion/etc publishing company. Hmm, on names to avoid, run away and hide when confronted with books by Silver Ravenwolf.
    "It is not simply enough to know the light…a Jedi must feel the tension between the two sides of the Force…in himself and in the universe."
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    "When to the Force you truly give yourself, all you do expresses the truth of who you are,"

    Yoda

    Yoda told stories, and ate, and cried, and laughed: and the Padawans saw that life itself was a lightsaber in his hands; even in the face of treachery and death and hopes gone cold, he burned like a candle in the darkness. Like a star shining in the black eternity of space.

    Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

    "But those men who know anything at all about the Light also know that there is a fierceness to its power, like the bare sword of the law, or the white burning of the sun." Suddenly his voice sounded to Will very strong, and very Welsh. "At the very heart, that is. Other things, like humanity, and mercy, and charity, that most good men hold more precious than all else, they do not come first for the Light. Oh, sometimes they are there; often, indeed. But in the very long run the concern of you people is with the absolute good, ahead of all else..."

    John Rowlands, The Grey King by Susan Cooper

    "You come from the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve", said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth; be content."

    Aslan, Prince Caspian by CS Lewis



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    Re: Little bit lost....

    What about Steve Blamires? He wrote Magic of the Celtic Otherworld: Irish History, Lore & Rituals. It was published by Llewellyn, though....

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    Don't know the name off hand. He may be an exception to Llewellyn's norm, he may not.
    "It is not simply enough to know the light…a Jedi must feel the tension between the two sides of the Force…in himself and in the universe."
    ―Thon

    "When to the Force you truly give yourself, all you do expresses the truth of who you are,"

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    Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

    "But those men who know anything at all about the Light also know that there is a fierceness to its power, like the bare sword of the law, or the white burning of the sun." Suddenly his voice sounded to Will very strong, and very Welsh. "At the very heart, that is. Other things, like humanity, and mercy, and charity, that most good men hold more precious than all else, they do not come first for the Light. Oh, sometimes they are there; often, indeed. But in the very long run the concern of you people is with the absolute good, ahead of all else..."

    John Rowlands, The Grey King by Susan Cooper

    "You come from the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve", said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth; be content."

    Aslan, Prince Caspian by CS Lewis



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    Re: Little bit lost....

    He's big on using Tools. He does admit that one doesn't need them, but claims that most new spellworkers will need to start with them to focus. He calls them Magical Weapons, though. He also focuses alot on "Otherworld Journeys"-- essentially meditations/astral walks, from what I understand, which is admittedly very little. +

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    Re: Little bit lost....

    My advice? Take everything with a grain of salt. Everything. Some of your best resources can be books on myth, anthropology, and archeology from your public library, even if you're not interested in literally reconstructing ancient belief, because they ground you in what we know actually was done, what our best guesses are as to the why and how, and hone your bullshit meter. It makes it much easier to make choices from there about what you personally, choose to believe, and the leaps you are and aren't willing to make.

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