I’m starting a new weekly post: The comments round-up, highlighting some of the best comments from the past week (two weeks this time).
Why? Well, your comments are often better than my original post, and anyone only reading my posts is missing out. Also, there are some great conversations on older posts that are easy to miss, so this should make it easier for you to keep up.
With over 100 comments in the past two weeks, it was really hard to pull out the half-dozen top ones. So many of them made me smile. Sorry if I missed yours, know that it’s nothing personal.
Also, when you read a comment, the person’s name (at the top of the comment) is often a link back to their own blog. If you like the comment, be sure to click their name and check out their other writing.
From oldest to most recent:
In a discussion about university-type magickal research, Yvonne told us about her Ph.D. in Religion, how it’s different than Theology, and how there’s no analogous field of research for magick. Scroll down for a great exchange between her, Amonjinn and me.
Ever heard that the unconscious mind works in symbols and metaphors? I believed that for years. But Ananael, who has a degree in psychology, explains that that model comes from Freud, and has been largely debunked by modern science. Totally changed my view on visualizations and rituals.
Another from Ananael, who’s also known as Scott Stenwick, author of Mastering the Mystical Heptarchy, a new book on Enochian magick. He posted a great explanation of his use of symbols within the Enochian system of magick, and why you would bother with symbols even if they don’t have any inherent, metaphor-based meaning. I feel guilty, getting him to post all this great stuff in my comments rather than on his blog, and you can make me feel less guilty by reading it.
Francesca had some great tips on writing a tagline, along with a great example: Dare to disturb the universe.
Yvonne asked, “What happens if [a magick technique] doesn’t work?” My answer explores testing and debugging. (Scroll up for her full question, and down for another great comment by Ananael on placebo.)
Did I miss your favorite recent comment, or a post replying to something I wrote? Leave a comment linking to it.Other posts in this series:
- Weekly Comments Round-Up (April 23) (This post) (April 23, 2012)
- Weekly Comments Round-Up (May 6) (May 6, 2012)
- Weekly Comments Round-Up (May 20) (May 20, 2012)
- Weekly Comments Round-Up (June 2) (June 2, 2012)
- Weekly Comments Round-Up (June 16) (June 16, 2012)
- Weekly Comments Round-Up (June 30) (June 30, 2012)
- Weekly Comments Round-Up (July 13) (July 13, 2012)