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« Reply #30: October 02, 2010, 05:49:58 am »

I prefer "ceremonial" and "folk" instead -- it's more accurate, and less judgey.
Absolutely agreed. 

I'd had some ceremonial and GD background, until one day I realised that the 'folk' method-- a twig, a rock, a stream-- was soooo much easier, and just as effective to an intuitive practice such as mine. 

To use a sports analogy: shortest distance to the goal. 
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« Reply #31: January 28, 2011, 07:08:12 pm »


In all, I think he's got some valid points taught in an easy to tackle set of instructions. Granted to take him with some salt, but like I've mentioned in another thread, he's not completely full of shit. The techniques he mention in his books can and do work. I dunno, maybe I'm just a sucker.

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I've been working through the first book as I've never meditated etc before. I do find the fluff of it distracting - which is why I'm taking so long to get through it - I also have the second book in the series but IDK if I'll bother with it. I like dude's writing style and such but yeah. I've got classes starting again in a few days and have a hard time forcing myself to read something that's a chore when I've already got loads of less than exciting information to slog through Cheesy

I'm not Wiccan, so I'm wondering if there are any books out there you fine folks might be able to reccomend for meditation, visualization etc that aren't chock full of pseudo-history and fluff?
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« Reply #32: January 28, 2011, 07:30:31 pm »

I'm not Wiccan, so I'm wondering if there are any books out there you fine folks might be able to reccomend for meditation, visualization etc that aren't chock full of pseudo-history and fluff?

Diana Paxson's _Trance-Portation_. She's coming from a Northern/Heathen approach, but the book itself is pretty neutral about specific Pagan paths

She mentions adaptations, ways you might include stuff in a given path, but it's mostly in passing, and the bulk focuses on how to do stuff, and why you might want to do it, and things to be aware of in terms of safety, trouble-shooting, working with others and on your own, etc.
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« Reply #33: January 28, 2011, 07:33:25 pm »

Trance-Portation

Thank you kindly I'll check it out.
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« Reply #34: May 23, 2011, 02:36:30 pm »

I've recently been asked by a friend about Christopher Penczak's Temple of Witchcraft series, and I was wondering if any of the religious witches on the board could offer their opinions? I have not read them myself, and I know very little about religious witchcraft to be able to give a solid opinion. Thanks a bunch!
Hello all, I'm new here and I'll introduce myself in the appropriate thread. I was browsing the forum because I own the first 2 books in this series, and was looking to get the rest. I really didn't think I'd find such a large chunk of people who didn't like his Penczak's reads. I'm eclectic pagan, and I will say this is a very nice read for a simple almost guide book. This series isn't really meant to be an all knowledge holding pool for the seeker. I recommend this because every book in the series is a change of pace from the previous, and lets you experience different things a little at a time. The exercises in the books are laid out very easily to read. Whenever you read a book, everyone has pretty much hit it, take it with a grain of salt. Remember too, the occult is a complete mystery. There are no laws that have been fully defined yet. We work with the laws of science, physics, and reality that we currently know. Remember when reading his books, witchcraft can be molded. If his style doesn't work for you, reform it into something that does work for you. His beliefs don't match yours or mine. Anything can be molded to fit into your system, or else you don't need it. My suggestion, read his books. If anything you'll find some information you can use, and you'll find some information worth debate. Take that information and change it. Work it into your system, change it, experiment. Honestly, you might even discover something you like. If you're not sure about a book, find somebody you can borrow it from. Use this with any read you undertake. Learn from others, but make your craft, your theology, and your beliefs your own.
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