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Belief and Practice in BTW
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This essay is written in response to a question posted on the Essay Request Thread: "The separation in BTW between belief and practice--does theology matter at all? Would BTW be classified as a relig…

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sangraal 2 hours ago.

The Witch's Rede & the Threefold Law
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There has been quite a lot of discussion about these concepts in recent days, I've noticed. So, I thought I'd touch on those concepts a little. This is the material I teach folks in my Outer Court gr…

Started this discussion. Last reply by MJ Dec. 26, 2010.

The Dweller on the Threshold
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So, let's talk about the Dweller.Within each of us exists a thing we like to call the Dweller on the Threshold. If you understand the process of spiritual evolution to be like walking through a door,…

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Renee Nov. 17, 2010.

Alexandrian Tradition
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This is an article posted to various places around the web in 2008. Though it does not by any means represent the views of the whole of the Tradition - a feat that would be all but impossible today -…

Started this discussion. Last reply by Seren Haf Dec. 29, 2010.


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Ye gods, I adore you. Seriously.
2 hours ago
Thanks for clearing that up for me, Oak. It's something that I've wondered about for a number of months now. :)
2 hours ago
very sound advice
3 hours ago
Very informative as always Oak
4 hours ago
It's the proper word to use, honestly.   The spirits of the true elemental plane are entirely constructs of the magician's Will - being wholly energies of the four disparate elements, they do not share in the Quintessence (one of the gifts of which…
5 hours ago
Excellent! An infrequently discussed topic. Magicians often refer to these spirits as "elementals," because that is the spiritual "clay" that the magician's Will draws upon to give etheric form to this spirit.
5 hours ago
Excellent as usual!!  Thank you, Oak.  I think that this is an often misunderstood, and conjectured upon, part of your path.  Thank you for posting this.
5 hours ago
I am done with my move, and so excited to be able and sit down and read through this group! i can already see such interesting things! have always been interested in hoodoo! so exciting =)
6 hours ago
I have folks in my lineage who are atheists, in fact. :)   Belief is not defined in the praxis at all - we perform these rites as they are intended to be performed, using the skills we have developed in the priesthood. The skills that are used in ma…
7 hours ago
Being BTW myself, you can add me to the "consistent with my praxis" list.
7 hours ago
This is a lovely post, Oak, and very informative. While I believe in served to answer that question quite well, another relevant one comes to surface: To what degree of belief is defined in the practice? You suggested that the Lord and Lady are re…
7 hours ago
What a fantastic video! Gods. I
7 hours ago
To hell with defining evidence. :) I'm interested in defining "believe." ;) It's always been such a meaningless term to me. I'm about the doing, and the experience. There are things that I know, and things that I don't know. I'm not really sure what…
7 hours ago
Thanks, Adley. :) It felt a bit presumptuous writing this, at first, as though I had any say in answering this question for all of BTW, but from what I've gathered from other BTW folks over the years, this is (mostly) consistent with their praxis as…
7 hours ago
Fantastic Article Oak.
7 hours ago
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This essay is written in response to a question posted on the Essay Request Thread: "The separation in BTW between belief and practice--does theology matter at all? Would BTW be classified as a religion or is it only an practice/activity or does it…
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You know you've wanted to for a long time. You've been toying with it, talking about it, writing about it, thinking about it. Whatever it is you want to do, there is no reason not to, and every reason to do so.


At 8 pm, I could feel the Rolling Thunder of the Octavo Working pass overhead. In it, I could taste excitement, nervousness, elation and a sense of finally doing it. I wanted help in this not just for the power, but because magic is a way…


Posted on January 11, 2011 at 9:22pm — 11 Comments


Healing Help: A Candle Burning Octavo

As many of you know, I've had some significant health issues recently. Specifically, both of my legs have had a decrease in general…


Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:18am — 28 Comments


A Rebuttal to "On Oathbinding: An Opinion"

Full Disclosure: I am the individual that Ma'ateo interviewed for his article in the Pulse, Issue 01, entitled "On Oathbinding: An Opinion." If you haven't read that before reading this, you may want to do so - it will make no sense, otherwise.


I will admit to being somewhat disheartened to read this article. The four very relevant points I laid out for why we do what we do were at…


Posted on December 31, 2010 at 12:43pm — 51 Comments


The Temple Herb Cabinet

So, having purchased a bunch of materials to make my Yuletide Tobys for friends, I found that a couple of things I purchased were unnecessary - I already had them in my temple stock. So, I decided to take stock and see what I have for just that purpose. Thought I'd drop it here, just for giggles, honestly.



Posted on December 30, 2010 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

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At 9:04pm on January 11, 2011, Strata said…
Everything is rolling, on my super sweet bathroom altar! :-/  Love you!!  HUGS!
At 4:44am on January 8, 2011, Mary Carver said…

I just wanted to say thank you very much for the invite to the Georgia pagans group!


At 11:48pm on January 2, 2011, Midnight Hawk said…
Thanks. I've already admitted I engaged in inappropriate and unacceptable behavior. If anything happens to this site that relates to what I did, you can blame me.
At 7:17pm on December 30, 2010, Daemon said…
So good to see you here! Happy New Year!
At 9:17am on December 20, 2010, Kleiner Wolf said…

Howdy to you as well. Sorry it has taken me a while to reply back, been busy with two kids and learning how to be Mr. Mom. HAHA. Yule Tide Blessings, in case I don't talk to you before then.

At 8:29pm on December 18, 2010, Sangraal said…

Yes, sir. I would be happy to do so. :)

At 7:03pm on December 10, 2010, Wayne S. said…
Thanks for the add! 
At 11:12am on December 3, 2010, Heather Lennartz said…
hello blesed be just join on here hope we get time to meet up soon :D :D :D
At 4:33am on December 2, 2010, Daniel O'Neill (Cat wrangler) said…
"I am ill to death of those who want to be witches, but don't want to learn magic. Idiots and fools - what do you have to offer Them, then?"
Would you offer water, moisture on a hot dry day, No more then you would suffer A fool
Can a mouse find condolences from cat. No more then suffering a fool to run your house.
you offer the fool what it seeks.!!! a cat on a hot day with a full belly an all the water it can't drink.
At 11:49pm on December 1, 2010, Sangraal said…
Oh, dear. Who dares to shake your limbs, Oak?

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