Lost Arcana

What is it to have power? It is to have energy over matter. If you have no energy, you have no power. If there is no energy in this building, there is no power. To do anything, even to move your body, your hands, your eyes, you must have energy. That energy is power. That is the priesthood. That is what Gnosis really is. Gnosis is the path of magic.

We need to cast out the foolish notion of the word magic. It has nothing to do with comic books, movies, casting spells, or making illusions. Magic is real, but it has nothing to do with all of our fantastical ideas about it.

A real magician is a priest. A real priest is someone who has power.

There are a lot of people in the world that call themselves “priests, “but they have no power. They cannot heal the sick, they cannot solve the world’s problems, and they cannot even help themselves. Many of those who call themselves “priests” are actually creating a lot of suffering for themselves and others. I do not mean merely the western priests. We are also talking about any spiritual leader, whether Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Zen, Buddhist, Lama, etc. We are using the word priest in a generic sense to refer to any spiritual leader.

A real priest has power. That is the definition of magic or magi. Well all hear of the three magi in the Bible? They were not beggars, they were magicians, priests, and they have a deep symbolic significance.

A real priest has power, meaning that priest has energy. Where does that energy come from? There are two places.

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If we want power to change our lives, if we want power to get something or do something, where do we all go to get power? Do we go inside? Do we meditate? Do we pray? Do we find a way in ourselves to get what we need? No, generally, we try to get what we want from someone else. When we need food, we do not grow it ourselves. When we need money, we have to work for it, earn it, steal it, or get it somehow. We always look outside of ourselves. When we want to change our lives, where do we get the power and energy to go do it? Those people that have power in our world, where do they get their power? Do they get it from within? Truly, where do they get it? From other people. Where does a politician get his power? Where does a banker get his power? From others. Where does an actor or a musician get his power? From others. If you put that person who seems so powerful to others and you put them out in the desert totally alone, could they do what they otherwise would do? Could they get what they get in society? Not just materially, but intellectually, emotionally, spiritually? Imagine the person who in society manipulates millions of people at a whim to satisfy his own interests or desires: what would happen to that person if they were completely alone in the desert with no one around? Would they have power? I do not think so. Now let us turn this around. If we put Jesus in the desert would he have power? Oh yes. What about Buddha? Certainly! What about Krishna and Moses? Absolutely! They would have power. Their power comes from inside. Their power does not come from controlling or manipulating others. That is the difference.

Gnostic Instructor (via thatwhichdoesnotsuffer)

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(via coldalbion)

And if your pantheon comes from comic books and movies?

(via catvincent)

geekguyrl:

YES! Finally technology is starting to catch up to LARPing.

Not good for army or multiple combat scenes but for dueling this is definitely a way to overcome the kill? no kill situations. 

But the good news is that they are working on making it even more awesome…..

"We are just getting started with software, but can already rule out ground hits.  Using only swords, currently, it isn’t possible to rule out hitting a tree vs. your opponent, but this is only the beginning.  We plan on building out modules that can be connected to your own accessories, like shields, helmets, armor, etc. that can drastically improve accuracy for hardcore competition.  Our goal is to eventually enable a highly accurate mass multiplayer system of game play.  Still, if both players don’t have a cheating tendency the swords by themselves is an excellent game and cool tool in general."

http://sabertron.com/

I may need these. FOR REASONS. 

Black Iron Prison: Alpha Wolf Edition

coldalbion:

Hey so…

You know how the dynamics of wolf packs have passed into folk language as a metaphor for human social behaviour?

Turns out that wild wolf packs don’t indulge in alphabetic behaviour. The papers were based on the behaviour of CAPTIVE wolves.

So if your perceptual filters see things that way, I have some news for you - you are seeing the world through the bars of your cage and having your existence warped by your gaolers. You’re buying into the lie that prison-style is the only way to think.

Sure, it’s hard to conceive an alternative, because it is self perpetuating. But it can be done. We may be shackled but, we don’t have to behave like whipped dogs, y’know? We simply need to recognise that we have been conditioned and decide what we can do about it, instead of reacting blindly.

http://io9.com/why-everything-you-know-about-wolf-packs-is-wrong-502754629

the problem
fanwriter: *racebends classic character*
white dudes: UGH NO CANONICALLY WHITE CHARACTERS MUST BE WHITE FOREVER
fanwriter: *genderflips classic character*
white dudes: GENDER ROLES EXIST FOR A REASON NOPE NOPE NOPE
fanwriter: *creates a queer headcanon*
white dudes: GROSS WHAT THE FUCK NO HOMO
professional writer: *creates original narrative featuring prominent female, POC and/or queer characters*
white dudes: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS MAKES EVERYTHING WORSE, NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR ISSUES
professional writer: *tells true story featuring prominent female, POC and/or queer characters*
white dudes: STOP PUSHING YOUR POLITICAL AGENDA DOWN OUR THROATS
feminism: *points out the overwhelming number of straight white male protagonists and creators, argues in favour of diversity*
white dudes: WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU COMPLAINING, IF YOU WANT TO SEE THAT SORT OF THING, JUST MAKE IT YOURSELVES, IT'S NOT LIKE IT'S HARD OR ANYTHING JFC
literally everyone: ...

impetuousheadlongrush:

"Elevating certain types of professions to something worthy of love necessarily denigrates the labor of those who do unglamorous work that keeps society functioning, especially the crucial work of caregivers.”

No one is arguing that enjoyable work should be less so. But emotionally satisfying work is still work, and acknowledging it as such doesn’t undermine it in any way. Refusing to acknowledge it, on the other hand, opens the door to exploitation and harms all workers.”

All right- if you’re in the PNW, you need to gear up for the rest of the coming year. With events like Steamposium among other things just around the corner, this is your last, best chance to try stuff out/on in person, and it’s coming up quick- mark up your calendars now! Obviously, I’ll be there in my Tormented Artifacts guise, hawking fine leatherworks, strange art, and everything else you’re going to need for the days ahead. 

All right- if you’re in the PNW, you need to gear up for the rest of the coming year. With events like Steamposium among other things just around the corner, this is your last, best chance to try stuff out/on in person, and it’s coming up quick- mark up your calendars now! Obviously, I’ll be there in my Tormented Artifacts guise, hawking fine leatherworks, strange art, and everything else you’re going to need for the days ahead. 

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
Albert Einstein (via words-of-emotion)
DC: Wonder Woman is too difficult to find a movie audience for-
Marvel: YO YOU LIKE BLACK WIDOW? HERE SHE IS IN THE NEXT CAPTAIN AMERICA MOVIE WITH A TON OF SCREENTIME AND MAJOR ASSKICKING SKILLS
DC: We can't allow the lesbians in Batwoman to get married in the comic, sorry.
Marvel: HEY GUESS WHAT WE'RE GONNA FEATURE A GAY WEDDING ON THE COVER OF AN X-MEN ISSUE
DC: The new direction for storytelling needs to be dark, gritty, mature and cynical.
Marvel: DUDE CHECK IT OUT LOKI GOES SPEED DATING IS THAT NOT THE BEST SHIT EVER
DC: After years of rumors, the Superman/Batman movie is finally coming, but with a new actor and suit for Batman and MAYBE a cameo from Wonder Woman.
Marvel: PHASE 2 MOTHERFUCKERS EVERYONE IS IN EVERYONE'S MOVIE AND THERE AIN'T NO STOPPIN US NOW
DC: We can try to add maybe one or two 'people of color' to our lineup...maybe...
Marvel: NEW MS MARVEL THAT'S MUSLIM AMERICAN, BITCHES.
DC: We feel no problem with Batman's vengeful personality being like wet cardboard.
Marvel: NEW LATINA GHOST RIDER WHO SEEKS VENGEANCE WHILE TAKING HIS AWEET LIL BRO FOR ICE CREAM
DC: We can't mention any superhero titles in our movies, that's ridiculous.
Marvel: FUCK YEAH YOU WANT A RACOON VOICED BY BRADLEY COOPER WITH A GIANT GUN? YOU WANT VIN DIESEL PLAYING A TREE? AMY FUCKING POND PLAYING A SEXY BALD SPACE PIRATE? HERE YOU FUCKERS GO
DC: Our fanbase is mostly white males, I'm sure our focus is-
Marvel: NEW SHE HULK LINE WHERE SHE GOES TO COURT THEN SAVES NEW YORK
DC: Wait-
Marvel: NEW FEMALE THOR
DC: I didn't-
Marvel: NEW BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA
Marvel: TAKE ALL THIS COOL SHIT MARVEL BE OUTIE
Marvel: PEACE
gwengrimm:

The Master, female version by FrockTart
The genderbend The Master I was commissioned to do.  The collor was hand embroidered, it’s all cotton velvet. 

gwengrimm:

The Master, female version by FrockTart

The genderbend The Master I was commissioned to do.  The collor was hand embroidered, it’s all cotton velvet. 

officialubisoft:

ok but if there is a thor movie with the new thor i already have a fancasting

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poptartpunkgeeba:

That weapon is a tad too big to be legal.

I… I think I may need one.

iguanamouth:

youre gonna look so goddamn cool