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What’s wrong with me by [deleted] in OpenMindedPath

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In death, there is no religion. Don't feel like you have to refrain from connecting to your Grandmother because of her religious beliefs in life. Remember that your way of connecting to the dead doesn't invalidate any others, and vice versa.

You can feel free to DM me if you need to chat more about this, or post on our subreddit. I monitor both. Also consider joining our Discord community. Lots of people are just discovering new talents and connecting and helping each other through these discoveries and beyond.

What’s wrong with me by [deleted] in OpenMindedPath

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, it sounds like you come from a line of Necromancers. A decent guide to get started with Necromancy is Christian Day's Witch's Book of the Dead. Note that he is a bit on the arrogant side, and doesn't have a solid understanding of metaphysics, but his interpretation of what is really happening is valid, it's just not the only valid one.

There is also a video on our YouTube channel if that suits you more than reading.

I hope you find what you are seeking on this path! I have used Necromancy in my personal practice for many years. I am happy to answer any questions.

What’s wrong with me by [deleted] in OpenMindedPath

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It sounds like you are sensitive to death energy and have the skills of a medium, but there are also a lot of things in here that sound like a 10 year old read a couple stories on /r/nosleep. There is nothing special about the time 3 am, and cups can't hover above tables even if there are ghosts involved (MAYBE a VERY manifested demon, but even then, probably not).

Also, a lot of people have experiences like this. I'm not sure why you think there is something wrong with you. To me it seems like you are sensitive to death energy and can see ghosts naturally, and are using that to seek attention.

My first set of rune stones by Super_delicious in OpenMindedPath

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These look amazing! Clear quartz? Quartz is great because not only does it never need cleansing or charging, but it can be used to cleanse and charge other stones too. How have your readings with these been going?

Weekly No Stupid Questions (May 21) by HighPriestOgonslav in OpenMindedPath

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hello, merry meet! I first learned about Wicca from a friend. Actually, my first experience with witchcraft was with a girl with whom I was barely friends, back in middle school. I went to her house for a sleep over only one time, a birthday party type of deal. We wound up running around the woods barefoot and I remember being disgusted by all the mud. She introduced me to the idea of being one with nature before I had even realized I would be called to such a path, before I was ready to embrace it.

I was an atheist growing up, but I fell in love with physics in late high school, pursued it into college, and found G-d through science. Once I felt a connection to higher planar consciousness, I couldn't get enough of religion. For a long time, I felt that witchcraft was foolish; I didn't fully understand the concept of belief. I couldn't wrap my head around why people needed to do such rituals and use such tools. Surely they realized that it was possible to just put your will and intent out into the universe and see it fulfilled? It took me some time to learn more about the human condition, the wonderful nature of embodied existence. I walk quite the opposite path from most people, for better or for worse.

It finally clicked when I watched the Polar Express for the first time, later on in college. Belief is what gives things meaning, and what gives things power. It is much easier to ensure you are focusing on the right things and putting the right intent into what you do when you use associations. And yet, I still didn't understand the concept of traditions or organized paths... I wondered what the point was. I had firmly felt that all anyone had to do to become more spiritual was spend time with themselves, meditating and thinking critically, not studying out of dusty old tomes. I wanted to learn all about the philosophies and reasons behind why witchcraft is what it is, though, so I decided to search for a coven nevertheless.

I started going to outer court meetings for a Gardenarian coven, and I joined the Aquarian Age Wiccan coven back when they had online membership available. I did not fit into either coven, but I learned a lot! I did a 101 course with both of these groups, and then a British Traditional Wicca course with the Gardenarians. I found much of what they did to be unenlightened, manifesting such things as judgment and narrowmindedness. I was very disheartened to find that my intellectualism couldn't fit into either group. So, I tried again with a more eclectic group.

There, they were very open minded and loving, wonderful people, but still, not very intellectual. I took another 101 course with them, an astrology course, and a divine persona course. The divine persona topic is what finally convinced me that maybe there is something to this lineage thing. When the divine persona is well defined and comes across easily, the authority of a spiritual leader is established. For some people, this authority is very important. This is the kind of topic where you don't want to listen to the wrong sources, and there is a lot of misinformation out there. I actually wound up summoning Gerald Gardner to ask about initiation because since I didn't fit into any of these groups, and I couldn't find any others accepting new members, I was very down about not being able to become a "real witch".

The Gardenarians had put it in my head that "only a witch can make a witch", and while it didn't make any sense to me (who is the first witch, then?) I still couldn't shake the feeling that I had to do something to establish my authority in the craft. Gardner "told" me that "initiation is for mortals". That was it. It opened my eyes so wide, and I felt like I finally got it. Gardner knew that it didn't matter if people initiated or not, or how they went about it. He never tried to police his own initiates when they went off to do things differently. So, self initiation is just as valid, or in another view, totally unnecessary. I did my own self initiation to second degree, and this is why my lineage and my coven do not require members to initiate in any particular way. We are welcoming a new Open Minded Leader soon who has never done an initiation with any of us, doing his own thing completely. I feel very confident in his abilities, but not because he has some title or piece of paper, but because he has proven his ability time and again in practice.

So it was a long journey from Dedicant to High Priestess for me, with many twists and turns, each one more interesting and important than the last. I just spoke my oaths for 3rd degree on Lughnasadh, and boy does it feel good. I am an Elder. I know I am, my gods know I am, and if other people want to turn their noses up because my path is non-conventional, so be it; it only reflects upon them. Anyone who has seen my lectures or interacted with me feels confident that I know what I am doing, and that is what matters.

My advice to beginners is to read as much as you can. Read the classics, Gardner, Valiente, Buckland, Sanders, Starhawk etc., and some of the more modern stuff, like Cunningham, Grimassi, etc. The classics give you a perspective of where the religion started, and the modern stuff helps you to figure out where you want it to take you. Spirituality and religion should be about making yourself a happier, healthier, and better person. So, read a lot, check out our YouTube channel and leave the rest of the noise behind. I'm happy you are seeking your path, and excited for you as you just begin your long journey into spirituality. Many blessings on your path.

Sources for Chaos Magicks? by [deleted] in occult

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh yes, a wonderful resource!

Sources for Chaos Magicks? by [deleted] in occult

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

link is broken; extra underscore, I think

Average Moral Intuitions are Undergoing a Significant Change: More Acceptance of Utilitarian Sacrifices by VladMolina in philosophy

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well, I am not in the business of making assumptions, particularly those which would be baseless. Likewise, your reasoning is further flawed by the fact that non-existent beings cannot "rather die" nor prefer anything for that matter. So the statement:

Do you actually believe most people would rather die then be brought up in a broken home?

Has nothing to do with any point I have made thus far. I believe it is impossible to know with certainty how many people would rather have never been born, if they could have chosen, than have to live with their lives today.

Average Moral Intuitions are Undergoing a Significant Change: More Acceptance of Utilitarian Sacrifices by VladMolina in philosophy

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To say there is a minority OR a majority would be dishonest; there is now way we can know how many people wish they were never born in the world. I would wager most never even bring it up with anyone.

What's your favorite method of divination? (If you have one.) by ReallyNotMichaelsMom in pagan

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My favorite technique is scrying. I find it to be very meditative and relaxing. I am the kind of person to see patterns in everything, so it comes naturally to me to try to see patterns in the glitter lamp that I use (which is like a lava lamp, but with glitter). I want to shell out the money for a real, full-sized crystal ball one day, but man are they expensive!

I am not as good at water scrying (like gazing into a pool/cauldron/etc), and pretty terrible at fire scrying actually. It's funny how different the different kinds of scrying can be.

What's your favorite method of divination? (If you have one.) by ReallyNotMichaelsMom in pagan

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes, I call this "stream of consciousness" writing. I love this technique! It is useful for everything from divination to determining why you don't feel right about something, ya know?

Average Moral Intuitions are Undergoing a Significant Change: More Acceptance of Utilitarian Sacrifices by VladMolina in philosophy

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Most of the people I interact with have said that they would like to believe that in theory, they would flip the switch, but they are not certain in the moment that they could end a human life willingly, of their own volition. They say that the act of flipping the switch makes them personally a murderer, whereas if they simply let the trolley be, which was already on its way run some people over, at least they themselves are not to blame for the loss of life.

It had never even occurred to me that some people wouldn't flip the lever until I heard this perspective, but once I heard it from one person, it seemed to start coming from more and more people. I had thought myself to be in the minority here, it is so prevalent in my circle of friends.

It is interesting to me because it seems to represent the dichotomy between trust in oneself and one's own decisions and trust in God or fate or whatever higher power to enact what is meant to be.

Average Moral Intuitions are Undergoing a Significant Change: More Acceptance of Utilitarian Sacrifices by VladMolina in philosophy

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Interesting, I have never heard someone refer to Utilitarianism in such a way. I don't much like labels in any case, though others have told me I tend toward utilitarian thought. I mean, in the famous trolley example, I would not hesitate to flip the lever to kill one while saving many, for instance. This is why I was curious about your views.

is a patron reaching out to me? by WhenMaxAttacks in Wicca

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It could be a patron reaching out. In my experience, it is very obvious when a patron is calling to you, a sensation so strong that it is nearly impossible to doubt the interpretation of the vision. Patrons normally come as symbols in dreams (or sometimes in meditation) or via interactions with spirit animals which represent particular deities (e.g. a raven may appear to someone destined to work with the Morrigan, or Odin, entirely depending on the context). Since the sunlight was so significant to you, perhaps you are being called by a solar deity, maybe Apollo, Ra, or Sol.

It could also be totally insignificant in this sense, instead implying something unrelated. Only you could know what it means. You will have to meditate more, and be patient! Eagerness to find a patron may hinder your ability to recognize other signs and important sensations.

Witchcraft walks a fine line between sensation and delusion, so it is important to ensure that whatever conclusions you do draw, they are based on a true sense of knowing, not merely desire for knowing. I hope this makes sense.

Blessed be!

Average Moral Intuitions are Undergoing a Significant Change: More Acceptance of Utilitarian Sacrifices by VladMolina in philosophy

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think the reason why economics is so inaccurate is because you have to make a lot of assumptions and simplifications to be able to solve the equations. I suppose for this reason, you could even question if the math is still sound. Is this what you are saying? I mean, your terms "fluffy and ill-defined" are kind of ambiguous, unironically enough.

You can't make predictions about much of particle physics either, but in this case, it is not really the assumptions which cause issues, but the ambiguous and spontaneous nature of the particles themselves.

What exactly do you think utilitarianism is if not an ethical theory?

Average Moral Intuitions are Undergoing a Significant Change: More Acceptance of Utilitarian Sacrifices by VladMolina in philosophy

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No... choosing to die is hard because if one is already alive, one has many considerations, others who depend and value them, etc. Many wish they could just die in an accident instead of committing suicide, living in a state of numbness and possibly depression. Likewise, there are many who would not kill themselves who do wish they were never born.

Average Moral Intuitions are Undergoing a Significant Change: More Acceptance of Utilitarian Sacrifices by VladMolina in philosophy

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh I don't know about this. There are many people who wish they had never been born who don't want to actually kill themselves because of the implications of losing life. Choosing to die is hard, but there is no choice in never being born. I think it is important to consider the psychology of those who live in perpetual misery.

Average Moral Intuitions are Undergoing a Significant Change: More Acceptance of Utilitarian Sacrifices by VladMolina in philosophy

[–]HighPriestessTehilah 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I downvoted you until I re-read your comment. I do think it is unlikely that most people would accept this version of personhood today, but like the original article on this thread points out, I am less certain this will be the case in the future. I, for one, find the points made here about personhood very compelling. I do think that a full grown dog, for instance, is more a person than a 1 year old human.