Angry Reading of New Age* Books

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I wasn't aware that so many people were so vehement that witchcraft has to entail religious practices. That's the big part of my own personal issues. Wicca is a very nice religion... It just isn't for me. And if I had to do anything within it, I'd probably find myself snagging the witchcraft and doing none of the worship, rituals, etc. I noticed Raymond Buckland claims you can only call yourself a witch if you're Wiccan, otherwise you're just a "magician."

And since the attitude of it being necessary to worship to practice witchcraft, all you can really find are Wicca-centric resources. It’s daunting.

Yes, it is extremely daunting to have to deal with the level of Wicca pushing that goes on in the New Age section. I feel like, though, I have to keep in mind whenever I see it being pushed as the only answer or the only right way, that for a lot of publishers, this is what made them money. 

Having this kind of “this is the only true way” of doing it, made it easier to market to people because that’s what they’ve been reading forever. 

It’s probably why I have more spellbooks in general. It’s also why I don’t have a lot of books outside of what is on this blog that I’ve read, because I spent way much more time dealing with spells and talking with people online than reading very Wicca-centric books. 

biologyweeps:

consecsuallyreading:

biologyweeps said: though question, would that really matter as long as you observed the ‘correct’ number, even if time-wise it’s not the same length?

Probably not really. It’s just that I can tell from the language at least [at least 25 heart beats/pause for 5 heart beats] that it should be at a calm steady heart beat rhythm.

Just.

Why not say 5 seconds/25 seconds? Why does it need to be heart beats, is there something specifically special about heart beats? were you trying to be flouncy and fancy with your words.

I just.

*makes the face again*

Ok this is just being optimistic about the author and wildly guessing into the blue, buuuut

it could be because seconds are a pretty artificial construct. While our bodies do have natural rhythms  (‘sup clock neurons of Drosophila) they’re not as fine-tuned as seconds or even minutes. So I think the author might have tried for ‘small unit of time that’s somehow based to your body’ considering that pulse rates do vary between people with regular heartbeats, too. My dad’s an athlete and I can guarantee that his pulse baseline is lower than mine, meaning that to him 5 heart beats would cover more time than for me.

So measuring in heartbeats could be attempt have both ‘personalized’ time units and a time unit that doesn’t require outside setting like checking on a clock. (which might tie back to the approach the author takes on ritual implements, which aside from the tarot, seem to be ‘use what you’re comfortable using’ so maybe by using heart beats the author attempts to eliminate the need for clocks?)

Except I don’t see a point in doing that in the what I see here as the paradigm. It’s not about the internal body or the body at all. The body is like a nothingness it has no place in this paradigm. It’s solely about the consciousness and the layout of the tarot cards. 

It’s about the mental focusing and visualizations of the cards in order to process it and push it back through to the subconscious mind. Which will then *waves hands* some how *waves hands* mean that what you thought about will become what actually is. 

If the paradigm was focused on the body and the body’s rhythms I’d definitely be able to see it in that. If the body was some how the origin of the power that pushes these things into the subconscious, then I maybe could see that.

But it’s pretty much not. So far the author’s made it clear that magic is *psychology.*

Pretty much it was like adding the randomest flowery bit you could add to something.

"This layout takes the form of a cross, an ancient symbol of protection."

(p. 34,Tarot Spells, Janina Renee)

Come on now, don’t get lazy on me. 

green-mystic said: Ok, that is acceptable. Most of the time when people start talking like that all manner of judgements and assumptions follow. She scores a B- from me.

Yeah she doesn’t say anything about what kind of addictions or gives any examples in the formulations of the spell in question. She just refers to it as an addiction.

She also adds if the addiction is very strong, that the person may need to do the spell repeatedly until ” … you are satisfied that you have finally conquered the problem.”

Likewise all the visualization focus on the recovery and happiness of being without the addiction, so there’s nothing specifying what kind or type. Just purely a recovery based spell. 

green-mystic said: What does she identify as harmful?

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She’s letting the reader decide that for themselves. What the addiction is or the bad habit is up to the reader to decide. 

green-mystic said: For me a bath might be as simple as a mug of cold water down my back outside, but I doubt she meant spiritual baths. Physical baths… ~shudders~ I currently live with 4 men, two of whom are pigs. I am NOT touching that tub more than I must. x.x!

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I prefer showers to baths these days. Showers because I don’t do spiritual baths. 

*shrug*

biologyweeps said: though question, would that really matter as long as you observed the ‘correct’ number, even if time-wise it’s not the same length?

Probably not really. It’s just that I can tell from the language at least [at least 25 heart beats/pause for 5 heart beats] that it should be at a calm steady heart beat rhythm.

Just.

Why not say 5 seconds/25 seconds? Why does it need to be heart beats, is there something specifically special about heart beats? were you trying to be flouncy and fancy with your words.

I just.

*makes the face again*

"I do stress that for particularly harmful addictions it is necessary to also seek professional help so that psychology or medicine can also be utilized to break the dependence or habit."

(p. 24,Tarot Spells, Janina Renee)

Me:

(changed gifs because I’m really happy and I dun want to imply anything)

"… especially on a day that you feel is a good one for new action and new beginnings."

(p. 21,Tarot Spells, Janina Renee)

Yes I do like this whole, letting the person casting the spell decide what that all means to them. Yes, I do. 

"… as red is a color representing action and vitality."

(p. 18,Tarot Spells, Janina Renee)

Heyyyyyy Donald Tyson…. you member this?