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February 25th, 2009


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10:54 am - Gatekeepers, CTP work, and kicks in the ass. . .
A post by [info]Ceisiwr Serith has me thinking about Vedic gatekeepers today, particularly on the process of what makes one fire agni and another one pu? Is it Vac, and the word you use to refer to the fire that makes it what it is, or is it the intent held at the kindling of the flame?

I'm leaning a lot more toward the verbalization of the "good fire" than I am toward the internalization of the intent. Intent is all well and good for chaotes and fluff bunnies, but it doesn't actually cause reality shifts in ritual.

This, of course, has led me back to a conversation I had with romandruid regarding a Vedic blessing rite. I gotta get that written.

At some point or another, I'll need to talk the Grove into doing a Vedic rite. . . for something. I suspect that means bringing it up at a meeting sometime.

Right now, I'm sure you've noticed that I'm pretty darn far behind on my CTP 2 goals. The week-and-a-half-long internet outage in January affected my ability to work on CTP stuff, and I just haven't caught up. I'm approaching a half-month overdue to finish the darn thing, and I just can't get back on track.

I need a kick in the ass. Then I'll probably need another one. Maybe a third as well. That's a good Druidic number, right?
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From:niveditavidula
Date:February 25th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
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You have been so incredibly helpful in the last 24 hours... So you have to work on your CTP.

Not sure how they are related, but I'm sure I can figure something out. For example, there's a good shot that you can continue to help even more people when you complete the program. You can give back to yourself by doing something you want to do that you've been working towards.

Whatever you decide, This is kick in the pants 1/3.
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 25th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
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I'll take that. Good points, all around.

And it's my pleasure to be helpful, in any way ;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 25th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
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I dunno. I suspect you could verbalize something other than your intent. But the point is that intent without voice (speaking purely in terms of Vedic sacrifice, I ought to add) doesn't do a thing, most likely. You gotta say it, I think, for the intent to manifest.
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From:dubhlainn
Date:February 26th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
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I have to wonder though that you one can verbalize in a ritual sense without intention?

The two ideas seem very inter-related to me.
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 26th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Of course you can. There are old magical texts (I'll have to get you a citation at home, if you want one, but I believe it's mentioned in both Magic in the Ancient World and Arcana Mundi) which mention that verbalizing random syllables can cause problems, because they might be the names of gods that you are calling without realizing it.

A similar notion occurs in Icelandic lore, where a boy carves runes trying to help a woman (so he's got intent), but he uses the wrong runes, and his intent is overridden by the formed word that is created.

  No man should carve runes
  unless he can read them well;
  many a man goes astray
  around those dark letters.
  On the whalebone I saw
  ten secret letters carved,
  from them the linden tree
  took her long harm.
      -Egil's Saga, chapter 73

In the IE world, formed words, intentional or not, have great power. . . certainly greater power than the intent itself does, I think.

Edited at 2009-02-26 02:41 pm (UTC)
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From:dubhlainn
Date:February 26th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
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OK, I will grant that verbalization without intent exists in IE mythology but my experience does not match that.

I am not as trained or studied in magic as you are, I wonder if that accounts for our different viewpoints? Curious.
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 26th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
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It may. It may also be a different sort of training: I draw most of my knowledge of magic from ancient sources, which affects my experiences. . . My world, I admit, is populated very similarly to the world of an ancient magician. I do think that there are things out there who will respond to random syllables. . . most modern magicians probably don't.

Then again, I'm of the opinion that the various Necronomicii can take one on a heck of a wild ride. . . most dismiss it out of hand.

Heh. Maybe I'm just dumber than everyone else ;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 25th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Damnit. Of course, I knew that. I was just hoping to get off lightly.
From:tanrinia
Date:February 25th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
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re: vedic ritual. I vote yes.
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From:athenamsb
Date:February 25th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Seconded. Just say when (and tell me how to pronounce stuff), and I will be there!

Oh, and *kick*...
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From:suicidekttn
Date:February 25th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Ooo! Write Vedic rituals so I can make my PG do them! *grin*
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From:seamus_mcnasty
Date:February 26th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
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I would be more than happy to kick you if it helps....I'm not sure how but anything for my priest...and second when are we doing the ritual?
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From:deedeehopskotch
Date:February 26th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
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Would it be possible to apply those ass kicks that you think you deserve to other people? I have a list of people that haven't verbally stated that I can kick them, though, their actions indicate that they really want it. I'd like for you to sign away your rights to those kicks so that I may apply them to these individuals.

Thanks for your consideration.
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 26th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Given that the number of kicks is currently resting at 27, I believe I may have some kicks to spare. Do you have a list of how many you might need?

What am I saying. . . of course you have a list. . .

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