No Blame – The Mountain Above The Abysmal Water

Dear Humanity,

Your world is changing according to a specific law of physics. The thermodynamics of complex systems guarantees economic stress in the very near future*. Economic stress becomes psychic stress in short order. Psychic distress craves an outlet and more often than not that outlet will lead to pointed fingers.

Physics is the ultimate oppressor and it is doing a number on almost everybody. I’m not writing to tell you that your beliefs about social and economic justice are invalid nor that they’re non-issues.

I am writing to tell you that each of these valid issues is merely a symptom and not a root cause. They’re all a symptom of a civilization growing too big and having to deal with the consequences. The negatives of growth have outweighed the positives of progress.

Blame is a normal thing to encounter whenever a civilization undergoes the process of collapse. This blame leads to an acceleration of chaos, pain, injury and death. The larger the civilization, the longer this period lasts and the bloodier it is. This global civilization is the largest that has ever existed. This gigantic economy is larger than the Roman empire which collapsed for centuries into a very dark age. An age so dark we literally call it The Dark Ages.

A new dark age is upon us. I urge all of you to cast your blame aside. If you see the world crumbling around you and link that reality to the actions of a specific group of people you’re probably making things worse and obfuscating the responses that might actually do some good.

Gandhi was right when he implied, with his famous quote, that you can’t change the world unless you first master your self. If you want less hate in the world, become less hateful. If you want peace them become more peaceful.

No matter what your intentions are if you try to change the world with anger you’re only going to make the world an angrier place. If you try to change the world with disruption you’re going to make the world a more disruptive place. If you try to change the world with violence you’re going to make the world more violent. If you fail to empathize with and understand those you disagree with, it guarantees they’ll fail to empathize with and understand you. If you try to change the world while you harbor your own prejudices you’re going to make the world more prejudice in response.

These are the exact things we need less of right now!

Please go be the change but if you can’t do it with a cool head, empathy and a pile of understanding then you need to sit this one out and let the adults handle things. Your childish folly is not welcome nor productive.

*The stress is already here and will be worsening as time goes on. For exact details about why this is happening please see: http://www.paulchefurka.ca/ . For help dealing with these depressing facts please visit a Transition Town Meeting near you (Or seek out a local Green Wizard or Witch). You can think of their meetings like a collapse support group. They’re valuable. Go.

A Prejudice Test

People That Are X Should Not Y

This particular pattern isn’t inherently offensive.

There are several combinations of X and Y that are good and necessarily fit into this pattern. Medical advice being chief among them.

X = pregnant women
Y = eat large amounts of fish

X = alive
Y = smoke cigarettes

X = males
Y = avoid testicular exams

X = females
Y = avoid breast exams

X = alive
Y = go without water for days

X = overweight
Y = ignore diabetes warning signs

Now, there is discrimination going on in all of the examples above. The first example must discriminate between pregnant females and the rest of the population because the research shows that this specifically is dangerous. This discrimination is justified given that the intent is to protect X from harm; or in this case X + 1.

It is very very important to remember here that the word discrimination still applies to these sentences. The discrimination is done in an objective sense that doesn’t imply anything else negative about X. These are all combinations that are relatively indifferent to the desires of X but definitely show concern about the well-being of X.

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There are also combinations that end up being constructive safety advice. These are always meant to protect X but can also be intended to protect everybody that is not X. They are indifferent to the desires of X but not to the safety and well-being of X.

X = under Z years of age
Y = drive a car

X = under Z years of age
Y = drink alcohol

X = using guns
Y = skip gun safety

X = using a chainsaw
Y = act a fucking fool

X = holding scissors
Y = run

X = drinking alcohol
Y = drive a car

X = on LSD
Y = climb a tree with a bowling ball and the neighbor’s baby

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Then there are combinations that describe how a system is supposed to function. Combinations that describe the current legal system are a perfect example.

X = under Z years of age
Y = be able to drive a car

X = under Z years of age
Y = be able to buy cigarettes

X = not citizens
Y = be able to vote

These don’t take the well-being or desires or X into account at all but simply attempt to make objective and factual statements about the operation of the current system in question.

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Then there are the combinations that don’t fall into any of the acceptable categories above.

X = black
Y = drink out of a specific water fountain

X = black
Y = ride in the front of the bus

X = Arab
Y = be in this country

X = females
Y = drive a car

X = transgender
Y = use the bathroom they’re dressed for

X = black
Y = straighten their hair

X = muslim
Y = go to the State Fair

X = black
Y = turn down watermelon

X = straight
Y = go to a pride celebration

X = white
Y = have corn rows

X = white
Y = be part of the Black Lives Matter movement

X = Christian
Y = wear a burqa

X = white girls
Y = wear big “door-knocker” hoop earrings

X = white boys
Y = wear caps sideways or sag their pants

These combinations are indifferent to the well being and desires of X. They are subjective assessments as opposed to objective ones and they don’t describe any law in existence (though may very well describe a law or rule the speaker wants enacted). Furthermore they make very broad generalizations about every member of X. Very few, if any, of these generalizations are warranted or moral.

These particular combinations seek to set limits upon all members of X for personal reasons of the speaker that more often than not have strong emotions carried with them. These combinations all exhibit an air of intolerance of others and are almost always based on gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, social status or religion. These combinations all fall neatly into the, “prejudice,” bucket.

The people that hold tight to beliefs similar to this last set of combinations will usually defend their conclusions vigorously by tossing around more broad generalizations about all members of X. Some will even go so far as to make broad generalizations about everybody that is not X to claim that they all feel the same way as the speaker.

 

I Feel The Sunshine – By Silenced

The book this crept from is available for free online.


DEAR ELLIS, or should I call you LS? Or Eris?

Discordia? Loki? Coyote? I don’t know anymore.

It has been so long since I cared to see your face.

More that I was content to know that you were out there,

somewhere in the deep, somewhere in the now. Beyond what

pittance of awareness I could muster.

 

This is how people feel when they are in the presence

of real power. They know that they don’t know shit, and that

fact scares them, inspires them, infuses them with a terrible

certainty and determination to ride shotgun on the long hard

road to who-knows-where. It makes them defiant, too.

I have been so long from you. Wrapped in the

pleasantly smothering embrace of family and career. It strikes

me as something of import that I implicitly want to keep you

from my children. I wonder often why that is.

I wonder.

 

Is it perhaps that they are being raised magical?

 

Perhaps as such they have little need of you. At least for now.

It should be said that I am afraid of you. Yes, my love, there

is fear in me at what your intimate presence in our lives

would do to my children. That is part of your allure, your

promise, and your price. I paid it happily for a long time, and

now I am reluctant to do so again.

 

I know what you cost.

 

I miss you, and though we dance on occasion, I

accept that such dalliance is too few and far between to

overly affect the LS web, as these days I only fight the battles

that find me.

 

Why is it MY job to concern myself with everyone

else? Or the world? Or reality? Or anything?

 

It is a silly and petulant question to ask of course, and

that too I understand. Destiny is everything and nothing.

Time gives no shit about fate, nor does fate concern itself

with time. Now is now.

 

What is the point of what we are doing? Ha! As if I

even comprehended the extent to which we all move and

ripple through reality. We have started something, and have

no idea where it is going or what we will reap from it.

Is everyone capable of a higher understanding? Does

it matter? Won’t our baser selves win out using the weapons

of greed, avarice, and excess? Who cares about sacred

mountains when we can have cellphones and fossil fuels?

My own culture has been found lacking, as it has for

every human who has walked with heavy medicine. My world,

from the Stone Age to the Information Age rewards the

selfish organisms, so we push against this seemingly natural

law, and at the end of the day isn’t every act of LS magick a

sublime union of survival and community in the face of such

horror?

 

Yes, of course it is.

 

This is why you are important. Give it long enough

and you’ll be a god simply because nobody will remember

that we invented you.

 

Paper-thin people and the paper-thin walls they build

around themselves, that is our world. I have to respect it

because that is how human beings have always crafted

Consensual Reality. It is in our nature to seek comfort and to

hoard in excess. We are selfish creatures, and we build

cultures, economies, and belief systems to support this kind

of behavior.

 

The marauders are the freaks, and maybe in a

different time or culture we would be the shamans of our

people, unless no matter where you stick us we end up the

sorcerers on the fringe.

 

We want more for the world than a ceaseless back

and forth of resources and control over others. We just want

to be free, don’t we? And because of how the world is, we

seem to think that setting those who control us free is the

path to take?

 

Isn’t that what we are doing?

 

We imagine ourselves waking up the Sleepers. We see

ourselves as the bringers of wonder and terror to the huddled

masses of soulless suits and soccer moms, don’t we?

Be honest.

 

When we tag the LS and use the sigil we are imagining

a cavalcade of stereotypes who will be affected by our power,

and by increments we seek to change the world.

 

Problem is, the world is the world. People are shitty

to each other, and no matter how much magick we throw at

the problem we are still human beings. Deep down we know

we can’t win.

 

My point is that this isn’t about winning. It’s about

fighting. It’s about stepping up.

 

Without people like us the human race becomes a

depressing tragedy of inequality and atrocity. We need

shamans, healers, and sacred clowns so that there is an

equilibrium with the aristocrats, oligarchs, and tyrants.

It all comes back to that, and goddammit, I am so

tired.

 

I am bloody and beaten and broken.

 

But there are people around me to pick me up.

People who lift me out of the mud and put the fire back into

my hands. This isn’t about you and me, Ellis, and I see that

now.

 

 

Survival and Community.

Magick is Real.

Let’s fucking do this.

Ahmunuma – The Weak Force of Earth

The Weak Force is the expansive and sometimes explosive force that leads to change. It breaks apart strong bonds so that more appropriate ones can be formed given current energy levels. Sometimes the results are more complex than the initial ingredients. Sometimes it goes the other way.

The Weak Force turns Hydrogen, which has but a single proton held together by The Strong Force, into Helium which has two protons. It doesn’t stop there. Every proton in the universe was once its own hydrogen atom which has been smashed together with others by gravity, blown apart by the weak force and then reassembled by the strong force.

The Earth archetype represents the life present in solid matter and the ability to perceive our surroundings and environment.

I see this archetype in the roots that push their way up through sidewalks and plants that grow up in the middle of streets.

In the soul this path is related to maintaining conscious awareness of the information we’re taking in through our senses.

Colors: Orange of Green
Phoneme: M

 

Ahiniha – The Weak Force To Air

The weak force is a force of change, dissolution and destruction.

Externally, tornados and hurricanes are examples of very destructive configurations of air. Wind erosion is another and less destructive option.

Internally this is consciousness of thoughts. Wherever consciousness is directed, things change. The observer cannot help but change the observed. The subject cannot help but change the object of attention.

If we imagine The Weak Force as leading to Air then we see Thoughts leading from Conscious observations.

If we imagine, instead, Air leading to the Weak Force we then see Thoughts leading to Conscious observations.

Both directions are valid at all times so this process continually cycles but at this time of year we concentrate on the first direction.

Colors: Orange of Yellow
Phoneme: H

Spring Equinox – Five New Paths

The first quarter of the year was devoted to the different aspects of Electromagnetism as it relates to the four elements and Fire as it relates to the four forces.

The second quarter of the year will be devoted to the different aspects of The Weak Force as it relates to the four elements and then to Air as it relates to the four forces.

  1. Weak Force To Air
    3/22/2016 – 4/1/2016
    Intersection Within: Personal Consciousness and The Intellect
    Pronunciation: Ahiniha
  2. Weak Force To Earth
    4/2/2016 – 4/13/2016
    Intersection Within: Personal Consciousness and Sensations
    Pronunciation: Ahmunuma
  3. Weak Force To Water
    4/14/2016 – 4/24/2016
    Intersection Within: Personal Consciousness and Emotions/Judgement
    Pronunciation: Ahpenepa
  4. Weak Force To Fire
    4/25/2016 – 5/5/2016
    Intersection Within: Personal Consciousness and Persona/Behaviors
    Pronunciation: Ahsuhnuhsa
  5. Weak Force To Air (reversed)
    5/6/2016 – 5/17/2016
    Intersection Within: Intellect and Personal Consciousness
    Pronunciation: Ahiniha
  6. Gravity To Air
    5/18/2016 – 5/28/2016
    Intersection Within: Intellect and Collective Consciousness
    Pronunciation: Awiniwa
  7. Strong Force To Air
    5/29/2016 – 6/9/2016
    Intersection Within: Intellect and Personal Unconscious
    Pronunciation: Ovinivo
  8. Electromagnetism To Air
    3/10/2016 – 3/21/2016
    Intersection Within: Intellect and Persona/Behaviors
    Pronunciation: Oufinifou
One Versling week = 11.4140625 days
There are 32 Versling weeks in a year. Every week we meditate on a different path.

Manifesting and Programming Energy

By Yazkin Yamakala on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 3:10pm

There are quite a few steps to doing this, but skip around to find where your skill lands and begin from there.

Prelude: Meditation

     If you are new, I suggest you begin to meditate. Enter the lotus position and clear your mind. Focus on the energy surrounding you, feel it flowing around your body. Keep meditating every so often until you can feel the energy easily.

Beginning: Movement of Energy

     Once you can feel your energy, attempt to move it around with your mind. Flow the energy into one hand and move it onto the other, going back and forth. Keep doing this until you feel comfortable doing this whenever.

Creating Dense Energy

     Form up energy around your hand into a sphere. Keep pulling in energy and adding to this sphere. Start with nothing, and slowly get larger and larger until you feel a force on your hand. Once you feel the force, release the energy. Keep doing this and practicing on making a large sphere, this will help you on controlling the energy and condensing it. When you feel like you can easily make these dense energy spheres, move on.

Molding

Once you can create a sphere with the pressure feeling on your hand, begin to mold the energy. Bend the sphere with your mind and make it into a shape you wish for. This can stay a sphere, but it won’t help you learn how to manifest more complex things.

Program

After you have molded the energy into what you desire, your will can take on inside the energy and program it for simple tasks. As long as you feel the pressure in the hand you focus the energy in, use your mind and force your will into the energy. Command that energy and give it a simple task, such as healing, energizing, enchanting, etc.  Once programmed, release the energy out to perform it’s task. It can only do the task once, unless you are advanced and know how to thread sequencing tasks into the energy. Once the task is done, it will dissipate.

Banishing One’s Own Power

Skeptics are often quite powerful magicians. Or they would be if they didn’t spend their time disenchanting the world for themselves and others.

Magic works whether we believe it or not. Our intentions, when we act, have a lot to do with the results of those actions.

Thus when a skeptic intends upon seeing no magic she magically manifests her intention and the magic chokes its self to death like any loyal house elf would.

The Paths So Far

One Versling week = 11.4140625 days

There are 32 Versling weeks in a year. Every week we meditate on a different path.

The first eighth of the year (the first four Versling weeks) is devoted to the different aspects of Electromagnetism as it relates to the four elements.

The second eighth of the year (the second four Versling weeks) is devoted to the element of Fire and how it relates to the four fundamental forces. We begin by revisiting* the first path but now from a different perspective.

So over eight Versling weeks we contemplate seven different paths.

  1. Electromagnetism to Fire
    12/21/2015 – 1/1/2016
    Within: Persona/Behavior and Will/Intuition
  2. Electromagnetism to Air
    1/2/2016 – 1/12/2016
    Intersection Within: Persona/Behavior and Intellect/Thoughts
  3. Electromagnetism to Earth
    1/13/2016 – 1/24/2016
    Intersection Within: Persona/Behavior and Sensations/Health
  4. Electromagnetism to Water
    1/25/2016 – 2/4/2016
    Intersection Within: Persona/Behavior and Emotions/Feelings
  5. Electromagnetism to Fire (reversed)
    2/5/2016 – 2/16/2016
    Intersection Within: Will/Intuition and Persona/Behavior
  6. The Weak Force to Fire
    2/17/2016 – 2/27/2016
    Intersection Within: Will/Intuition and Personal Consciousness
  7. Gravity to Fire
    2/28/2016 – 3/9/2016
    Intersection Within: Will/Intuition and The Collective Unconscious
  8. Strong Force to Fire
    3/10/2016 – 3/21/2016
    Intersection Within: Will/Intuition and The Personal Unconscious

*By the end of the year each path will be visited multiple times.