I'm annoying, stubborn and forgetful. Some people have said I'm funny too, but why I can't quite grasp..
Want to know what I'm into? Check my interest tags. Everthing's there except my favorite music. Since I like a little bit of all the types and maybe one or two songs from a bunch of different artists, I didn't bother putting the tags there.
I love reading and writing so post a comment if you want me to check out your journal. I am currently looking for journals to read that have fictional stories in them. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are my favorite types, but I enjoy comedy too.
Enjoy your stay and don't be afraid to comment (it earns you gold).
Want to get to know me a little more? Ask me questions. I'm not going to give you details about my life or what I look like, but since I'm interrested in almost everything known to man (and many things not known to man) anything you ask me about will probably hit on somethig I'm curious about.
Won't be getting it any time soon. Just one to go. I've decided to do alchemy to make it instead of buying though. Hoping this will also make it easier for me to get gold in the long run. Fingers crossed.
Honestly, to me you see two types of people with magic, the type who seem to have some sort of grounding in reality even if their beliefs seem odd, and the ones who clearly do not. I try to be of the former camp, which means there are a lot of magic books out there that I just don't like or things that I'm simply not comfortable doing because they don't seem right to me. But I do like magic as a ritual, much like the more formal ritual of going to church. For me, doing magic feels a lot like a prayer. I do my ceremony, pour in whatever energy I can spare, and then ask for a bit of help for the rest. I don't do magic much, but I like being able to connect to nature on what feels like a deeper level to me. Really, I imagine that's the bigger thing I get out of my particular path.
For me, folklore is fascinating. I love to see what people believed and try and puzzle out why. I'll go to book sales looking for folklore or superstitions and traditions because I think it's very interesting. Not that I've managed to read through all the books that I have ... and I just picked up a bundle from a book sale at an annual sale ... but it makes me happy and it's satisfying, so I guess it works out.
Are you looking for a specific type of lore or just folktales and lore in general?
I understand a little about the balance between male and female in some older traditions, but I can't say I like it much. My introduction to magic as a belief system was Anne Moura's Green Witchcraft, which is based on her family's traditions more than anything else, and felt fairly easy to get into for me. It had a bunch of rituals for the changing of the seasons and phases of the moon, and enough information on runes, herbs, color meanings, and rituals to put together some good candle spells. I've recommended her books to other people and they haven't liked them much though, so I think it's one of those things where you have to find what fits you.
Modern Druidism is much younger than King Arthur, but the original stuff is supposed to predate him. I haven't much looked into druidism, to be honest, though I'm currently working through a book called "The Book of English Magic" which looks at the history of magic in England. It's a mix of occult and historical records, which makes for an interesting read. It's supposed to have a lot of how-to stuff in it, and it links off to a lot of magical resources for the curious -- so it gives info on where you'd want to go in order to become initiated as a druid in modern times.
I've considered myself neopagan for ... wow, about half my life now, even if I didn't officially initiate myself for a couple of years after I decided I really liked it and that it clicked with me. Personally speaking, I can tell you that I am much more comfortable with my clothes *on* during rituals, though I won't knock anyone who is happier to go about it a different way. I have a respectable collection of books ... some good, and some pretty bad, and a lot of books on folklore in general because it makes me happy. If you're looking for title recommendations I'd be happy let you know which ones I like for specific things. Though what I have is all geared towards someone who is looking to learn about the traditions because they're interested in practicing. Which makes them a bit harder to swallow if you just want general info.
It is a very, very general term. Neopaganism narrows it down a little, so that we're talking about modern groups and their own ideas rather than all the older faiths and traditions as well. But even then you'd have groups based on druidism, wicca, practicing witches of all flavors, and people of all sorts of different names with different influences fitting under the same umbrella. Generally we're talking nature-based, polytheistic faiths with some belief in magic. Some have strong traditions, and some people just kind of make up their own as they go.
It was easier like, fifteen years ago when most people just used wicca or witch, I think. But Wicca is a very specific tradition with very specific rules, kind of like Christianity. You can't just follow a singular god, make up your own book, and call yourself a Christian. Or at least, it doesn't seem like a very accurate description ...
I first got into neopaganism in the very late '90s, and this was one of the first sites I stumbled across that went over the basics -- http://www.religioustolerance.org/neo_paga.htm It's built for someone who is hearing about the term for the first time, and may be uneasy or downright suspicious of the term. So some of it will cover things you already know or old beliefs and perceptions that have been dead a long time. But I still like it as a basic learning tool.
I don't belong to a specific tradition, though I have a grasp on the basics of Wicca and witchcraft in general. When I do rituals or spells, I do them privately. No group practice or organized religion for me, thanks.
And that video is one part of a 7-part video series - if you're ambitious. It is,
I didn't feel like you told me to change it (I wouldn't have been persuaded in that manner). I just rather let you know that you've given me a new view. My adoption of it was completely of my accord. And to that point, thanks. I like my signature a lot better for it.
Thanks for the question, and the lesson ~ I'll edit my signature shortly.
tab I looked into linguistics because, well. The slightly longer (potential) answer, as I reflect on it now, is that, due to having investigated topics, I began to see the dots of subjects connecting. This is a growing perception of mine that I believe is vital towards good reasoning (and won't be taught in school). This may have been my growing picture, subconsciously. That, combined with my natural love for words, speaking, and language, are the primary factors. Though, I'll face it. I think the first thing that made me interested in linguistics was the word. It sounded smart, and I wanted to be smart. Lol. But the quick second reason to follow was that I love language (plus I love the word that represents the study of it). When the dots start connecting, you wonder more and more about the points that gave them birth. This created an interest into the components of language and their history. That made it clear: Let's learn about this! And so that happened. ^_^
The link I sent you is of Wes Cecil, and he has very nice general talks about the origin and growth of languages.
Your openness to reflecting and changing for the sake of what's reasonable only elevates appreciation, ha!
I wouldn't dare read too much into it. The way you quoted it (as opposed to ' - Voltaire') pleased me, I must say.
Hey, amateur research is the majority of my time spent for the last several years.
Linguistics is one of which I dabble/d xD.
It is nice meeting you!