First Steps: Count to Four.

ceremonialmagic101:

Want to get started in ceremonial magic, and have no money for supplies, or books, or materials like wands and ceremonial chalices? Can’t buy a fancy new journal as your new record of your work?  Can’t get a tarot deck to teach you the great powers?

That’s OK.

In a sense, all ceremonial magic begins with the adage carved upon the temple of Apollo at Delphi: "gnothi seuton" — know thyself.

And so the first thing is to sit — preferably in a chair with a straight back, preferably for short periods of time at first — with your attention focused unwaveringly on your breath.  Keep your eyes open, or keep your eyes shut, makes no difference.

Put your hands together, your wrists before and slightly above your belly button, your fingertips pointing outwards (not upwards) at the world.  Open your hands as if they were a book.  Rest your hands, open, upon your knees, gently.

Breathe in, counting mentally: 1… 2… 3… 4…

Hold the breath in without closing the throat: 1… 2… 3… 4…

Breathe out, counting mentally: 1… 2… 3.. 4…

Hold the breath out without closing the throat 1… 2… 3… 4…

Continue to breathe this way for a period of 1-5 minutes.  When your attention wavers and you lose the count, stop.  Bring your hands together, and close the ‘book’. There is no point in continuing past where the attention wavers — but tomorrow, when you try again, try for a longer period of time (up to about 20 minutes, but no longer).

Note down on the first page of a notebook (a crappy $2.00 composition book is fine, or an index card with a bunch of other index cards, with a book ring through a hole punch in the corners works too) the date, the time, the words meditation exercise and a brief description of the exercise and the experience.

Do the exercise again tomorrow.  And the next day. And the next. Keep track of the date, the time, and the results for 14 days. 

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Damn right, they’re horns.  x

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sliferexecutiveproducer:

furiclaus:

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you know when u hate someone so much u start imagining their face in the sky?

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because they beat u at a card game?

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seto kaiba knows

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"Remember who you are, Kaiba…"

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"…"

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"A loser."

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Anonymous said: How should I deal with people saying negative things to me?

cosmofilius:

you shouldn’t deal with them at all. all they are saying is a reflection of the turmoil that is going on inside of them… it has nothing to do with you. distance yourself and let it be

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fuzzybonnet:

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eradicatedelicacy:

queentinabelcher:

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eradicatedelicacy:

queentinabelcher:

Alcohol vs marijuana

OH MY GOD I WASNT EXPECTING THAT

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queering101:

shittycity:

Lesbians ruined flannels for me.

Homophobes ruined society for me.

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thedappledsky:

Thinking about creating an active forum for traditional hoodoo

Have you been to evocationmagic’s African Traditional Religions forum? its quite active

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