Logic that is Illogical
The psychology of argumentation and public speaking is filled with clever tricks. One that you'll often see is the setting up of a false choice between two possibilities. In philosophical logic this is expressed by saying: "Either A or not-A, you can't have both." For example, a person is either pregnant or not. Nobody can be a "little bit pregnant."
But sometimes, the answer to a question is not yes or no, left or right, or a similar clear choice. "You're with us or you're against us!" shouts the politician. But why can't I be with you on some things and against you on others? A modern presentation of this is the approach of some politicians who say, "Either
How I Came to Write Modern Magick
Years ago I was living in Encinitas, a beautiful, oceanside town north of San Diego, California. I was studying experimental music at UCSD and, on my own, studying Kabalah and magick. I was sharing a house with a man who was teaching Shiatsu (acupressure massage) and he let me attend his classes. After taking the series of classes several times he asked me to assist him. Then, one day before a class, he told me he had to be out of town and wanted me to teach the following week's class. Although I had taught classes in how to perform magic tricks while I lived in Los Angeles, I didn't think I knew enough to to teach a class in Shiatsu. He told me I did and
One of my favorite websites for many years has been The Witches' Voice. It's a great site for magickal people of all sorts. A recent blog post by Rose Hollow interested me. It's entitled, "So, You Want to Write a Pathworking? Take a Lesson From Jane." In it she writes:
Pathworking is a great tool to help you along your spiritual path. It can be defined in any number of ways, but for this purpose, pathworking will be defined as: A way to understand our own divinity, incorporate it into your live, and grow in your journey. Usually, a pathworking is given to a student by a teacher and begins with some form of astral work, a meditation, daydream, etc., and these have a profound effect on the
In the blog Gleamings from the Dawn, Morgan Drake Eckstein seems surprised to hear that on another blog, a person wrote that you shouldn't use the term "cult" to describe "Golden Dawn groups." Eckstein writes, "If we cannot use the word 'cult,' especially in its technical sense, then what word are we supposed to use?"
Using a simple term to describe an organization (or individual) is a great advantage. After all, rather than give a list of characteristics, I can simply use that term, a label, and not have to describe all of the qualities I like or dislike.
The problem, however, is that your definition of the label may not be the same as my definition. Let's use this highly charged