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  1. may I ask a question? What exactly qualifies as pagan today? And, does any of your magic REALLY work? Thanks 

     

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      midniterider

      1990s to 2001 I was a bible believing Christian. Pentecostal/charismatic variety. 

      2001 got divorced. stop going to the church the ex was going to, obviously.

      2002ish, after lack of weekly Jesus reinforcement, disagreement with scripture and tired of feeling bad for sin that does not harm anyone, I said Bye to Jesus. As usual, he did not answer back. 

      2011 ish. Started visiting here for the fun and entertainment...learned why Christianity is nonsense. 

       

      Bhuddism is good. HInduism may be as well. I like Zen, personally. It kind of strips away the window dressing and gets to the point, imo. Though window dressing may be a fulfilling part of your spirituality. :)

       

      Favorite verse in Amritabindu Upanishad: In Whom reside all beings, and Who resides in all beings by virtue of His being the giver of grace to all – I am that Soul of the Universe, the Supreme Being, I am that Soul of the Universe, the Supreme Being.

       

      I am That. It resonates with me. Is probably totally illogical too. I am that I am - Exodus 3:14. Did the bible have an Eastern influence? I don't know. Notice, "I am" in French is "Je suis". Looks kinda like "Jesus", doesnt it. 

       

      http://www.prahlad.org/gallery/nisargadatta/I_Am_That.pdf (really awesome book, imo- if you are into Eastern stuff). 

       

      Sorry, blabbing too much here. Off to reality. Take care. 

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  2. may I ask a question? What exactly qualifies as pagan today? And, does any of your magic REALLY work? Thanks 

     

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      midniterider

      I think we have a Buddhist and a Hindu here on the forum. Vedic material is pretty interesting to me. Advaita Vedanta is cool. 

       

      Anyway, enjoy ex-c. :) 

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  3. may I ask a question? What exactly qualifies as pagan today? And, does any of your magic REALLY work? Thanks 

     

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      midniterider

      You could use a sigil generator like this: https://www.chaostarot.com/wp-content/uploads/generator/

       

      'Lucifer is healthy' is a good statement of will. It is positive and present tense. :) Turn into a sigl... 

       

      Create some gnosis: https://www.spiralnature.com/magick/gnosis/

       

      And cast your sigil. Stare at it. Sing it. Whatever. 

       

      I think the universe is consciousness and primary and that we are all of the same essence, perhaps. All is me and me is all. I'm just drawing upon a bigger part of me. That's where I think the power comes from. If you prefer a deity, use one from a book or make up one. :) 

       

      The forgetting about your sigil is optional and BS imo, frankly. I can never forget about it. Just dont obssess over it once you cast it. Other magical traditions dont care about forgetting. The commonalities that I've come across in magic are a statement of will and a trance state (aka gnosis - or raising power in the wicca world). Hypnosis is very similar.  

       

      There's a lot to discover and a variety of magic traditions and bits and pieces. You take the bits you  like and throw out the rest. It is very do it yourself but if you like people (gag) look for pagan meet up or visit the magic/witchcraft store in town. :) After getting out of Christianity I felt like checking out this pagan stuff and did a lot of reading. Christianity you are told how to think. Paganism you figure out what you want and do something that feels good for you. It took a while to click in my head.

       

      If you want me to write a simple witchy spell/ritual for something, like lucifer, send me a PM and I'll whip something up. I am old and full of bullshit can write fairly well. It's quite fun for me. Paganism is about creativity. 

       

      I also don't like to feel completely helpless when certain situations arise. I think magic is the art of subtle influence. Maybe at the quantum or microscopic level. Maybe at the neuron level. Anyway, it's a fun topic for me. Thank you for reading my rambling. :)

       

      Other links for more traditional witchcraft: 

       

      witchvox.com

      https://www.reddit.com/r/pagan/

      https://wicca.org/  (take a free class)

      Google wicca, pagan,witchcraft, how to do a ritual.. etc etc ...read lots....ok done now. lol

       

       

       

       

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  4. may I ask a question? What exactly qualifies as pagan today? And, does any of your magic REALLY work? Thanks 

     

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      midniterider

      Someone may ask: If you just got out of Christianity, why would you want want to then get into another belief system like paganism? You are just trading one woo for another woo. 

       

      And I say not all woo is not equal. Christianity is based on fear, guilt, shame and control. You must follow someone else's rules and practice belief in a prescribed way. Oh and there's a hell if you dont believe or believe in the correct way. 

       

      Paganism is different. In paganism you do whatever you want. A major portion of pagans are solitary practitioners who create and modify their beliefs and practices when they want, how they want. They are not locked into anyone else's system of thought. It's fun and makes me feel good. That's why I do it. :)

       

      And finally pagans dont give a shit if anyone else is a pagan. If witchcraft sounds fun, try it out. lol. If it sounds stupid, then dont. People should be free to think and act how they like...as long as nobody is harmed. 

       

      End of my speel. :)

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  5. may I ask a question? What exactly qualifies as pagan today? And, does any of your magic REALLY work? Thanks 

     

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      midniterider

      I work with sigils , which can be words, pictures, mantras, etc. Here's a how to. If you're interested, just google "How to make a sigil." 

       

      https://thetravelingwitch.com/blog/2016/12/21/creating-sigils

       

      Here's some pseudoscience regarding a plausible theory for magic if you are kind of science oriented.

       

      http://www.quantumsorcery.org/quantumsorcery.html

       

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLjobqkoKYo  (This is an hour, sorry. Kirby (a psychologist) has some nice pseudoscience along with science with regard to magic)

       

      Here's some science that shows the mind's ability to influence the physical world (at a subtle level).

       

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKuwWBYHQ50 (This is 28 minutes, sorry. I usually like short vids).

       

      I was brought up very agnostic/atheistic. My parents didnt believe in squat, and passed that on to me...so for me  to believe in magic I like to put a scientific twist on it. Maybe I'm just dialing up a particular universe within the multiverse that has what I want. Who knows? I'd rather just have fun with magic than spend a lot of time debating it's reality. 

       

      If you want, give it a try. If it works, great. If not, you can always laugh at me later. :))))

       

      Btw , there's no deities involved in my magic. 

       

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  6. may I ask a question? What exactly qualifies as pagan today? And, does any of your magic REALLY work? Thanks 

     

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      midniterider

      I feel the same way, Jane. I enjoy magick. I may not move houses with it but I do have some successes with it so i keep doing it. I think it is about influencing outcomes in my favor at a quantum level. I will dig up some science evidentiary links and sigil magick links for you. LF will consider me deluded and that's fine. He's a good guy and so are all my atheist friends here. 

       

       

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  7. may I ask a question? What exactly qualifies as pagan today? And, does any of your magic REALLY work? Thanks 

     

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      midniterider

      I follow the path of chaos magick, which isnt necessarily a tree hugging pagan belief system, but I do have non-materialist beliefs/practices that are not associated with abrahamic religions (which I think still counts as paganism). 

       

      Yes my magic does work. Not only does it have the intended effect, it also draws the ire of atheists on this board when I talk about it...it's powerful shit. LoL. 

       

      Pagan I think may have been nature based religions back in the day. 

       

       
       
       
       
      pa·gan
      /ˈpāɡən/
      noun
       
      1. 1.
        a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions.
        synonyms: heathen, infidel, idolater/idolatress, atheist, nontheist, irreligious person, agnostic, sceptic, heretic, apostate; 
        archaicpaynim
        "in prehistoric times, pagans used to worship the sun gods"
           
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      adjective
       
      1. 1.
        relating to pagans.
        "a pagan god"
        synonyms: heathen; More
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  8. Getting an error here: 

     

    says the template is throwing an error. Not sure if it's me or ex-c. :)

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