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#161 ChaosTech

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 04:01 AM

I'm still reading this book Naly. It is A LOT to take in!


For nearly 20 years I meditated on and studied that which has no name, but is absolute, infinite, beyond both small and large. Finally one day I realized the limits of my sentient consciousness. It has all power over whether we are it or dual. There is no choice of the nondual, for choice is dual. Just be, live, do what you will, with love and wisdom. As Hermes said, in a time yet unborn, all shall be one, and one shall be all. True enlightenment has nothing to do with attainment. It's an inner peace, that there is nothing to be done, I call it surrender to the Spirit.

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 11:13 PM

A Gathering of Masks

Cosmic Meditations ( Re-reading)

Voudon Gnostic Workbook ( Always reading)

Voudon Gnosis ( Re Reading)

Monastery of the Seven rays 1-4 ( Constantly reading)

Seven Spheres
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Posted 12 April 2015 - 11:54 PM

Syzygy - I hesitated to purchase this book for a while due to some of my previous experiences with this current. I feel that I now have a strong setup at home that I'm not too worried about anything showing up inadvertently anymore.

The Celtic Golden Dawn - I like the concept for this book. I bought it based on a talk given by the author, John Michael Greer, about the book. Having not read much on Druidry or the Celtic pantheon, I probably need to read an introductory book first. Still, I like the concept here.

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 12:50 AM

The concept behind the CGD is pretty neat.It is syncretic practice done well. Heck this is the text that got me interested in syncretic practices If you're interested in Druidry I'd check with the Druid Handbook and Druid Magic by John Michael Greer. Those two texts got me started on the path. I still practice some of the rituals in those books today.
Cast Wide the Circle: Place for my musings and the occasional book review.
The Art of Stealing Fire : My Online Magical Journal
Big mountain, wide river
There's an ancient pull
These tree trunks, these stream beds
Leave our bellies full
They sing out I am going to stand my ground
You rise to me and I'll blow you down
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Posted 13 April 2015 - 01:36 AM

View PostMorrigan, on 13 April 2015 - 12:50 AM, said:

The concept behind the CGD is pretty neat.It is syncretic practice done well. Heck this is the text that got me interested in syncretic practices If you're interested in Druidry I'd check with the Druid Handbook and Druid Magic by John Michael Greer. Those two texts got me started on the path. I still practice some of the rituals in those books today.

Thanks for the tip. Of the two books, which one would you recommend I read first?

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 02:47 AM

The Druid Handbook is the better start. It's pretty straight forward if a touch preachy in parts. JMG gives a good overview of the type of Druidry he practices. It also includes the first years initiatory work for his Druid organization the Ancient Order of Druids in America.
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Big mountain, wide river
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These tree trunks, these stream beds
Leave our bellies full
They sing out I am going to stand my ground
You rise to me and I'll blow you down
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#167 san_sao

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 03:21 AM

I have a kindle edition of the CGD book that I'm very slowly processing (even more slowly than VGW, if that's imaginable). Thus far it's pretty decent - though I'm still in the first chapter, so... yeah... grad school... blah, blah, blah.

I finally read Liber Lilith (largely because I needed to read something I wasn't actively working). It was fun.. dark, but fun. I was surprised that my expectations were more extreme than the actual outcome of the storyline. Not sure what that says about me. :blink: I think some of the techniques there are broadly applicable, with appropriate caution.
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Posted 27 May 2016 - 04:15 PM

In regard to discussion about JMG - if you guys haven't already, you may want to check out 'Circles of Power.' It's out of print but I found a good copy on eBay for cheap. Focusing on individual practice, Greer discusses the Golden Dawn current with unique insight.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 04:54 PM

View PostNalyd Khezr Bey, on 29 September 2013 - 01:40 AM, said:

Qutub is one of my favorite grimoires to work with; full of gateways and mirrors. Pay special attention to the section at the end titled "A Rite of the Opposer". I'd be interested in your thoughts on it. Let me know if you want to compare some notes. There was an OC thread a while back about modern grimoires and I mentioned it there but I don't think there was any real follow-up discussion. Not many seem to be into this particular work and even less probably understand it if they are. I'm not sure I understand it but I have some working ideas. ;)
Sorry to post this spoiler but just to point out that Andrew Chumbley had regretted most of his ideas put forward in Qutub.This was told to his most treasured friend and member of Cultus Sabbati.If some have had results in using it then I respect that belief.The Azoetia suffered from less error but Chumbley himself told me the text was of less importance than the artwork which concealed the keys.Hope this helps.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:29 PM

Which ideas specifically? Which friend?
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Big mountain, wide river
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These tree trunks, these stream beds
Leave our bellies full
They sing out I am going to stand my ground
You rise to me and I'll blow you down
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#171 violetstar

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:23 PM

I can PM you but not willing to answer entirely here.However the overall beliefs he once held concerning the concepts of Lilith,Satan and the Peacock Angel.To quote his own adage "If it works for you then who am I to denounce it" was a later remark he made concerning other peoples systems though he would agree this should also apply to Qutub.My remarks should not be misconstrued as any form of attack on Chumbley or anyone who feel they have achieved success in working the Qutub rite(s)but rather to show how even for Chumbley opinions are liable to change.

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#172 Morrigan

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:44 PM

Feel free to PM me. I'm interested in Chumbleys work academically and practically.
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Big mountain, wide river
There's an ancient pull
These tree trunks, these stream beds
Leave our bellies full
They sing out I am going to stand my ground
You rise to me and I'll blow you down
I am going to stand my ground
You rise to me and I'll blow you down

#173 Orlando

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 09:46 PM

View Postvioletstar, on 19 March 2017 - 04:23 PM, said:

I can PM you but not willing to answer entirely here.However the overall beliefs he once held concerning the concepts of Lilith,Satan and the Peacock Angel...................

I never thought Chumbley had incorporated Satan in his works; those other guys yes, but not Satan, surely.

I wouldn't mind knowing more too about this please, considering Qutub had a big roll to play.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 07:43 PM

He did not incorporate the Christian invented Satan but still followed the theme of Satans role within that schema.He later revised his whole view after realising information fed to him from a Coven concerning Lilith was also full of error and misinterpretations.

Similarly.he relied on teaching regarding the Peacock Angel from non-Yazidic groups and from Muslim thought that falsely equated Melek Taus with Azazael-both key figures in Cultus Sabbati theology.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 10:54 AM

The Secret Doctrine - H.P. Blavatsky.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 12:03 PM

Currently reading:
Occult Christianity by Dr. Enrique R. Larde.
The Testament of Cyprian the Mage by Jason Stratton-Kent
Cast Wide the Circle: Place for my musings and the occasional book review.
The Art of Stealing Fire : My Online Magical Journal
Big mountain, wide river
There's an ancient pull
These tree trunks, these stream beds
Leave our bellies full
They sing out I am going to stand my ground
You rise to me and I'll blow you down
I am going to stand my ground
You rise to me and I'll blow you down

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 07:11 AM

re-reading "Glastonbury Avalon of the heart" by Dion Fortune, haven't read it for 20 years.





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