That's the way a beginner wouldn't have to keep asking over and over again, "Which books I should buy?"
Like for example, when you go to Ceremoial Magic , you would see a HUGE list of Recommended books on the Kabbalah or Enochian stuff.
Within the Abyss would have a huge list of books in Satanism, Luciferianism, and Goetia.
So, instead of people keep saying,"I'm a beginner, which books I could try." Instead the books could already be up. And you know, beginner friendly. Nothing too hard for a beginner to understand. Or a beginner doesn't have enough time or money for.
Also. Does this forum have an online Meet Up Place somewhere? It's nice to meet somebody on the same spiritual path as you. Who could help give you guidance, not in a patronizing way, btw. Much more like,"Try this book " Or "Try this " Also just for discussion. Like an online coven. Where people won't dismiss your ideas or shut you out. Where people could talk about their experiences. But not like a church, though. Because sometimes people become really busy. Which is kinda what I meant by "not shut you out." Sometimes, you get busy. Also, to not shut out people's ideas because they haven't been following a path equally as long. Like there is a difference between politely disagreeing, and "That's wrong" or "That's stupid."
For example, I strongly believe from experience that Samael is an Angel. and you could find material on the Angel Samael. I am not alone in this belief. There's a difference for not believing. But rudely going,"So, you believe a demon is an angel." That's being rude. I believe that Samael is an angel for no other reason than my own personal experience with him. and from experience, he really is an angel. It's a bit of a controversial topic, I guess. But time after time I have met people that if you believe something to be true, they would totally dismiss the idea. When just believe a person's belief is different from yours, doesn't automatically make them a stupid, idiot that doesn't know what they're talking about. I have worked with Samael before. From my experience working with him, he really is indeed an angel. He's even an angel in Judaism, too. All the Jewish text I find says he's an angel. It's like, you don't have to agree that a spirit is an angel, but unless you have worked with him yourself and asked him yourself. How could you dismiss another person for their beliefs? Also, I've switched paths. I know what demons are like for I tried to work with them without success. Each and every time I tried to work with a demon, they have bitten me in the ass and caused me a lot more problems. Demonaltry is something that REALLY didn't work for me. I just experience one failure after the next. And surely if Samael was a demon, the angels what I've been working with surely would've warned me about him about now. Sorry. Rant there. But I think it's important to not dismiss people's ideas just because they think differently than you. I don't agree with Goetia. But if somebody has an a pleasant experience working with them, than good for them. If they had a wonderful experience, than it is what it is.
So, I would think that a coven should be open minded with a non-judgmental attitude. Because it may be difficult to find a person who believe in exactly what you believe in. Unless you just want to be in charge and have a bunch of people go along with your ideas. But to me, there shouldn't be a leader, because I really hate the "I know everything" attitude, and I can't learn anything from anybody else. To me, there is no right way or wrong way. and I've been open minded enough to learn from different source i.e. Buddhism, Christianity, Wicca, etc. So, I prefer a coven that is open-minded an non-judgemental. Because if I could learn from people who practice Voudon/Voodoo, Buddhism, Christianity, Goetia. Then how hard could it be to be open minded to the ideas of a person who practices Angelic magic just like you who's believe isn't exactly like yours?
Sorry for the rant, it just really bugs me when I meet people, and my ideas are different from theirs. So automatically I'm an idiot that doesn't know what I'm talking about. Even though my experience suggest that I'm correct. and that person probably never worked with Samael a day in their lives. I think it is important to talk to people as if they are intelligent adults. and I think it's important not to be a know-it-all. and it's also important not to shove your ideas onto somebody else. Or to assume that you know everything about somebody, so therefore you have the perfect answer.
I guess you could say that I like people who are laid-back, friendly, easygoing, open-minded, a bit stoic.
I prefer no emotions over passionate people. From my experience, stoic, friendly, open-minded, laid-back people are easiest to talk to. Because they will never shove their ideas. If you think differently, they could really care less.
Edited by HelloKitty, 25 July 2012 - 10:02 AM.