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Re: Magick/Energy Shielding Basics

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:12 am
by Kystar
Dark Waters wrote:Nice TMNT reference Krystar. Mine kind of does the same thing allowing me to fade into the background shadows of the ether.
You know, I've been using that for so long, I totally FORGOT it was a TMNT reference until now. I knew I got it SOMEWHERE, but couldn't remember where...thanks for reminding me.

Re: Magick/Energy Shielding Basics

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:13 am
by runewulf
Interesting direction for this post... first off, the egg shaped shield is actually fairly common, that and the "sphere of light". Moving over into animism for shielding isn't uncommon, however it's not exactly common either. Most people don't go into animism for shielding, which is a passive defense, but for more active work. Animism might be an interesting topic to go with at some point soon though. I don't remember that being covered a lot over the years here.

Re: Magick/Energy Shielding Basics

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:24 pm
by Kitsune
Why would animism be considered "passive work"? I don't know about anyone here, but as Crazy mentioned the wings aren't just for defence! Billow those things out and to an astral critter you can be intimidating as hell. Mind you, I never take a single animal form. My astral form tends to be somewhat convoluted... It's got wings, claws, a snout, fur... A lot of everything, I guess. I don't generally use it passively, it's a very active use on my part.

Or am I mis-reading what you meant by passive?

And I would love a conversation on Animism... You're right, I can't remember us having that conversation before. It sounds like fun.

Re: Magick/Energy Shielding Basics

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:28 pm
by Crazy Healer Lady
It took a bit of thinking to understand how animism could be passive. I suppose if it is another being coming into you, the YOU that is you would be passive and off to the side, but when you are bringing out your inner animal, I feel that would be quite active. I suppose in either case the rational human mind and ego is cast to the side to make room for the animal, whether it is outside or from within, which many would argue is the same anyway. I see it as a form of shapeshifting, when your consciousness shifts to that of an animal.

Re: Magick/Energy Shielding Basics

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:49 pm
by runewulf
You're misreading... shielding tends to be passive, animism tends to be active, therefore most don't tend to go into animism for shielding constructs/visualizations because of that subconscious conflict. Sorry if I confused you with my phrasing there :-) ... I agree that animism in it's various forms might make for an interesting new thread or two.

Re: Magick/Energy Shielding Basics

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:27 pm
by Kystar
I've always considered it that when my wings manifest, it means I've let the situation get too far and need to do something to stop things from continuing.

So, it's sort of a "Get off your butt and DO SOMETHING" from my subconscious. Which, I guess, would be a shift from passive to active, if you want to think of it in those terms.

Re: Magick/Energy Shielding Basics

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:03 am
by runewulf
Exactly :-D