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Technology and the Craft

Posted by Monique Hargrove on 2/19/2017 to Occult Weekly
There is no denying that we live in a digital age, where technology is changing and improving by the minute. The invention of the motion picture is only a century old, the television a half century, and the personal computer even more recent. Yet look how far most of society has come in such a short time as a result of the great engineering minds who have thought outside of the box and provided the impetus for a more convenient lifestyle and a more connected world. Nearly every person in this modern age carries around some form of personal gadget – whether it is a smart phone, an iPad, or some other new invention that has just been mass produced.
 
These inventions have created a more compressed, globalized world, where we can hear about news from across the globe instantaneously, but it also has drastically changed theories of professions and economics in general. Corporations have grown larger, and seek to utilize this new technology to gain an advantage on their competitors. Certain occupations, such as bank tellers and radio DJs, unfortunately seem on the brink of wholly becoming replaced by machines, and therefore obsolete. The door-to-door milkman became all but extinct years ago.
 
For those of us who have gained expertise in a certain field, it is necessary to adapt our trade so that it will survive this digital age. Some may consider this unfortunate, others may be excited about the future, but either way it seems to be a fact of life that nearly all occupations must change. Even those very old trades that have changed very little in millennia prior to this century must find a way to persist. This includes Practitioners of the Craft.

Saint Valentine's Day

Posted by Cormac O'Dwyer on 2/11/2017 to Occult Weekly
With the designated "Day of Love" approaching, the origins of this relatively new holiday appear more ambiguous than most. Truth be told, Saint Valentine's Day, or just Valentine's Day, does not have a significant historical basis, but rather has emerged in the recent epoch, to fill a necessary void.

Many concepts have been associated with Valentine's Day over the previous centuries, including romantic love, hearts, Cupid with his bow and arrow, as well as the exchange of greeting cards and gifts. None of these traditions, however, are very relevant to the original Saint Valentine. In fact, it is difficult for even the most capable scholar to determine which St. Valentine we celebrate.

There have been various martyrs of Christianity with the name Valentine, three of which are honored on February 14th. The first is Valentine of Rome, a Roman Priest who was martyred in the late 3rd Century A.D., and buried in Dublin, Ireland. The second is Valentine of Terni, who lived around the same time period. It was this Valentine who was executed by the Roman Emperor Claudius II for attempting to convert the Emperor to Christianity, as well as for breaking one of Claudius II laws. There is very little known about the third martyred Valentine, other than that he was martyred and buried in Africa, with many companions.

Using Colors to Enhance Spells

Posted by Vivianne Attor on 2/4/2017 to Occult Weekly

Casters around the globe use various techniques and well-kept secrets to enhance their Magick, Spellwork and to aid in ordinary daily tasks. One common practice is the use of colors. CuriousAboutColors came to us recently seeking advice about just that.

How To Channel Lunar Energies

Posted by Vivianne Attor on 1/29/2017 to Occult Weekly

Continuing from last week's discussion about Lunar Magick and the Energies of the Moon, MeditatingWithTheMoon came to us for answers on how he too could incorporate such Energies into his Meditation routine. His curiosity and eagerness to learn is something we all know too well, so with his approval, here is his message below.

Lunar Magick and the Energies of the Moon

Posted by Vivianne Attor on 1/21/2017 to Occult Weekly

Many believe as the Moon evolves people’s personalities begin to shift, which can be partially correct, whether it be a gravitational pull or a changing of the tides, those who are shifting usually are not aligning themselves properly with the changing of the Lunar Phases. This is what MourningTheMoons expressed recently when she sought guidance on how to move with the fluctuations.