Search Term Shoot Back, November 2013

I get a lot of hits on my blog from across the realm of the Internet, many of which are from links on Facebook, Twitter, or RSS readers.  To you guys who follow me: thank you!  You give me many happies.  However, I also get a huge number of new visitors daily to my blog from people who search around the Internet for various search terms.  As part of a monthly project, here are some short replies to some of the search terms people have used to arrive here at the Digital Ambler.  This focuses on some search terms that caught my eye during the month of November 2013.  As most of you know, the big thing that’s been going on this month has been the 49 Days of Definitions project, but people are still finding their way here for many other things.  I also noticed that I had an unusual number of “unknown search terms”, referring to people who are using anonymous search techniques and secure browsing.  Good for you; keep it up!  I support that like whoa.

“orgone symbol” — As far as I’m aware, I know of no symbol for orgone generally; granted that I haven’t read many of Reich’s works, but I don’t know of an “orgone factor” represented with any Greek letter or symbol.  Orgone is just an ambient life force, so it doesn’t have a religion or *ism that has its own symbol; you might use the Chinese character 氣, qi, which is used for a similar concept but might be crossing disciplines too enthusiastically.  If you want a symbol to work with orgone, you might look up symbols used in Western-style reiki, or look up radionics patterns or designs.  Some of my experiments with making “orgone circuitboards” or force compasses (which are closer to radionics than other things) can be found at this post.

“how to get over an addiction to divination” — For reference, check out my post on divinaddiction and divinaversion.  First, let me clarify: an addiction to divination is basically micromanaging the future without letting things have a chance to happen first.  It is over-reliance and dependence on divination in order to do anything of use.  It’s alright to do ten readings in a row to figure out what’s needed for a trip or how certain things on the trip will go; it’s unhealthy if you do it for when you should leave for work in the morning each morning.  (Note to hyper-Christianist mothers: use of divination is a necessary but not sufficient symptom of divinaddiction.  Divination isn’t ungodly; you are for your hypocrisy and fundamentalism.)  Honestly, the best way to get over an addiction to divination is to stop caring so much.  Let life happen; you’re not in control of everything, nor have you ever, nor will you ever be.  Use divination (sparingly) to see what you can work to change.  Fix the problems that arise, and live with the predicaments that come your way.  Ease up and stop being so goddamn controlling of everything in your life; learn your lessons, live well, and let go.

“talisman for love tetragrammaton key solomon” — The second, third, and fifth pentacles of Venus from the Key of Solomon should do you nicely.  You might want to find the Mathers’ version of the text, which is drawn much more clearly.

“how to adhere my copper wand to my crystal” — Assuming you mean you have a crystal point that you’d like to affix to a copper wand, first I recommend you make a niche, nook, or pit in the wand that can hold the crystal comfortably and safely (much as in my ebony wand project); if the wand is a tube, see if you can get a copper pipe opening or valve that’s just big enough to let the crystal through while screwing the valve onto one end (much as in my fire wand project).  In either case, when you’re ready to make the bond, get two-part epoxy from your local hardware or craft store.  Mix the two parts together, apply to both surfaces, push together and hold firmly, then let cure for 24 hours.  The bond made will be permanent and very sturdy.

“why are there ruling angels for planets” — Oooh, a deceptively simple philosophical question!  To condense a lot of philosophy and theology into a brief explanation in a post mocking other people for finding my blog, the Divine Source has these things called “angels”, which are basically extensions of itself in other realms to achieve or create certain ends.  It’s like the Divine is the brain or central command of operations, and the angels are the actual hands and feet or the machines that actually do the work.  In that sense, everything that happens is manifested under the guidance and rulership of angels; it’s not just planets, but everything has a ruling angel, and some things have multiple angels.  For instance, the “threefold keeper of Man” (Agrippa, book III, chapter 22) refers to three angels each and every human being has ruling over them: one for their specific incarnation and destiny in this life (natal genius), one for their current job and productive capabilities there (angel of occupation), and one that connects us directly to the Divine to guide us through all circumstances in all lifetimes (the Holy Guardian Angel or “Holy Demon”).  Working with the ruling angel of anything is basically working with the thing that commands and directs the thing in this world, so it’s a powerful way to get in touch with anything and understand it.

“spiritual cleaningyour home with van van oil do i start from front to back” — The way I’ve heard it, when you’re cleaning out your house, you want to start from the back of the property to the front; when you’re blessing your house, you want to start from the front of the property to the back.  I wouldn’t necessarily cleanse things off with Van Van oil, though it’s possible; I’d save Van Van oil for blessing and protecting after cleansing and banishing.  YMMV.

“what are geomantic ablilities?” — The ability to understand the symbols and techniques involved in geomantic divination, but more than that, to cut through bullshit, ask concrete and specific questions, make effective and useful plans of action to achieve goals, to be able to cut a large problem down into multiple parts for easier analysis

“lost + stolen + planets + houses + astrology -vedic -radu -indian” — First, major props to anyone who actually knows how to use a goddamn search engine.  Whoever you are, I love you for knowing and specifying what you actually want to search for.   As for the actual substance, what you appear to be looking for is a method to find lost or stolen items using only Western astrology (as opposed to Vedic or jyotish astrology).  While I’m no real astrologer, I’d suggest looking at the significator of the second house to represent the object, that of the fifth (fourth from the second) to determine where it might be, and that of the seventh to see whether anyone stole it or whether you just happened to lose it.  Apply the other rules of horary astrology as normal.  If you want a geomantic perspective on how to find lost or stolen objects, read this post, which is more than a little influenced by horary astrology techniques.

“greek red five pointed star on a column geomantic magick” — I…what?  Are you trying to type out an entire slide on a Freemason conspiracy theorist PowerPoint presentation, or an entire Golden Dawn visualization?  As far as I’m aware, there are multiple subjects in that query, so it’s hard to understand what’s being searched for here.  Using my powerful geomantic abilities, I’m gonna have you whittle it down for me a bit.

“raven orthaevelve” — Ah, seems like I’ve been mentioning her plenty enough on my blog!  Raven Orthaevelve is a fantastic friend of mine, who’s also a very skilled craftswoman, silversmith, and reference for several occult communities.  She’s incredibly smart and regularly vomits textbooks of information, and is quite deft at weaving modern medical and scientific knowledge with alchemical, herbal, and spiritual lore.  She has an Etsy page (with beautiful works that make excellent holiday gifts), and she’s open for commissions; she’s helped me out immensely on a number of projects, and I’ve got her help in something very special in the near future, too.  Raven is also a devotee of the Mesoamerican (Mayan, Aztec, and Olmec, mostly) gods and does Mayan astrological forecasting on her Facebook page.

“books about positive energy communing with spirits” — If you’re still in the phase where you’re waffling about “positive energy”, I’m going to say that you’re not ready or magically mature enough to conjure or summon spirits.  Prayer to the angels or beneficial gods like Tykhe or Fortuna might be better for you.  Most spirits don’t care about “positive energy” but “energy that works”, no matter whether it’s positive or negative, lifey or deathy, white or black, or whatever.

“organic orgone” — You can pick this stuff up at your local Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, usually beside the incense and scented soaps sections.  It’ll cost a little more than the orgone that comes with chemical preservatives, but it’s much healthier for you.  Goes great in kombucha, vegan quinoa kale curry, and anything that doesn’t actually taste good or is reasonable to buy but makes you feel better for being an entitled, yuppie activist-wannabe.

“how to conjuration calzas angel for help” — I’ve never heard of this spirit before, so it might be from some obscure text I haven’t come across yet.  Googling for “calzas” I find nothing but images of tights, stockings, hosiery, and skinny jeans, so if you wanted to conjure that, you could go to your local Target or department store and buy some; if you wanted something more spiritual, you could conjure the ruling angel of this type of clothing by drawing on a stylized picture of pants on a lamen and performing a Trithemian conjuration ritual.

“orgone generator orb”  — An orgone generator is anything that collects or “generates” orgone, usually in the form of a box or cabinet.  A container whose walls are lined with repeating layers of organic and inorganic material work fine for this to collect orgone in the inside of the container; a simple version of this can be made by taking multiple pieces of printer paper and tinfoil, putting one on top of the other in alternating layers with the paper as both the outermost and innermost layers, then gluing or taping it all together and making a box out of it.  An orb can be done in a similar way, but is difficult to make easily; you don’t need an orb to focus the orgone in the generator, since the generator simply collects it all inside anyway.  I use an orb in my MaGOS setup, but that’s for a different purpose; I’m using an orgone accelerator (which propels orgone in a particular direction) into a crystal field using the orb to redirect the energy in the field, so this probably isn’t what you’re looking for.  (Then again, with anything orgone-related, it’s hard to determine what people actually want out of it.)

“geomantic hours”  — The geomantic hours are a development of time division much like the planetary hours, where individual slices of time are assigned to the seven planets.  Similarly, previous geomancers have tried to form a similar system of time where one assigns individual geomantic figures to the hours, but I haven’t found this system to be of much use.  While the system of planetary hours is clean, orderly, and regular, the systems of geomantic hours (as I’ve read them) are either incredibly haphazard, significantly flawed, or corrupted from an original source.  Besides, I haven’t found much use for them that I wouldn’t simply use for the planetary hours and looking outside to see whether it’s daytime or nighttime.  If you’d like to read more, you might look up this post on timing with geomancy that mentions these hours.

“md caduceus symbol tattoo”  — If you’re going to be a doctor of medicine with the highest recognizable degree in the land to show it, you should know better than to use the Wand of Hermes (with two snakes and wings on the top) for your profession.  You want the asclepian, or the Staff of Asclepius, which has one snake and no wings.  You can see my tattoos, one of each, in this post from before.  The caduceus is for speed, messages, trickery, deceit, which is good for commercial health organizations who’re into that.  The asclepian is for health, healing, wholeness, and purity, which is good for doctors, nurses, medics, and anyone who actually helps people.  I would, however, suggest the caduceus in addition to the asclepian if you’re an ambulance driver, in an armed forces, or some sort of field medic where speed is of the essence, but this might be better for a talisman than a tattoo proper.

“lead pencil in orgonite” —  Technically, “lead pencils” use graphite, which is a form of more-or-less pure carbon.  Like lead and unlike some other sources of carbon, however, graphite is inorganic, serving as a metal when working with orgone technology.  The wood surrounding the graphite, as might be expected, is organic; technically the pencil itself can serve as a conductor for orgone due to its combination of organic and inorganic elements, though a weak one on its own.  Pencils have never contained lead, not now nor ever since their development as a tool of writing, but were thought to since graphite is visually similar to lead ore.  In a similar vein, orgonite has never been of use, not now nor ever since their development as glittery robot vomit, but were thought to since fluffy pseudoscientific new-agers want to “heal the earth” without doing any actual work of value.  The pencil is better off being used to fill out forms for helping out with third world countries or disaster victims than being wasted in resin and other trash.

Divination-Related Disorders

I do divination readings for fun and profit at the local new age store, which is pretty awesome.  Divination, specifically the method of geomancy (which I may have brought up a few times), is my specialty, and is really what I consider to be my strongest occult skill.  I’ve been studying divination longer than and more than magic or conjuration, and find it an incredibly helpful skill in both my magical and mundane lives.  Besides, being able to do it at a store with actual people gives me opportunity to practice and get better at it, which is always appreciated.  Some of the insights I get, both in the method of geomancy and in how people work or ask queries, can be fascinating.

Recently, one lady came in and was really excited about getting a reading, and ended up having five readings done in a row (I usually get one or two readings per customer max, so this was new).  She was familiar with the basics of Tarot, but this was new to her and she was excited to get readings done.  In fact, she was so excited that she kept wanting to ask questions even though she didn’t have anything to ask, even after she asked me what other people tend to ask.  At this point, I kindly told her to cool it and take a break, to not ask questions if she has none to ask, since…well, it’s like ordering a meal at a restaurant when one isn’t hungry.  The storekeeper, Gwen, told me that some people are addicted to divination or the social interaction it provides, which to me is unfamiliar and weird.  Thinking about it and the role of divination in different cultures, I came up with two terms to describe different client-side divination-related disorders: divinaddiction and divinaversion.

Divinaddiction is the addiction or overdependence on the use or experience of divination.  This can manifest as a simple behavioral addiction, where one feels compelled to divine or seek divination for some reason or another.  This could be to the spiritual or esoteric rush one gets from having answers revealed by the gods or spirits, since the use of divination is often claimed to be an exchange of spiritual energy or force into one’s life.  However, it’s probably more likely to be caused by obsessing over some matter or other, or wanting everything to be perfectly timed and ordained by Divinity.  Though some cultures insist on everything being well-omened or well-timed according to divination, including such things as when to perform basic personal hygiene, in most cases this is an obsession with propriety when such a concept may not exist.  Some people just want to know thoroughly and completely how something will go, or want a “second opinion” as if that actually matters in divination.

Divinaversion, on the other hand, is much more like a phobia or anxiety about divination, where one is completely opposed or fearful of foreknowledge.  This is much like the opposite of divinaddiction; while divinaddiction is an unhealthy desire or use of divination, divinaversion is an unhealthy phobia or repugnance of divination.  This does not include religion-based aversion, such as precepts or injunctions against the use of divination, but is rather the fear of knowing what is going to happen.  Normally this is related to the whole “what if” fear, but with the added kick of having it confirmed through at least one method.  Such a fear can be caused by emotional involvement in a situation, a vague notion of wanting to keep things in life a surprise, or simply feeling that the knowledge gained through divination will be dangerous somehow.  Such divinaversion, when not racially- or religiously-motivated, is often found to be a cause of persecution for Gypsies/Roma, witches, or other minorities known for occult practices, since some people conflate “looking into the future” with “making things in the future be a certain way”, and negative or dangerous readings were conflated with curses or other maleficia.

Though I’ve phrased and described divinaddiction and divinaversion in terms of the client or querent to divination, the person approaching the diviner or seer, it can just as easily be the case that the seer himself has either.  While it’s extraordinarily rare for me, there are things I simply will not ask about due to their emotional context or importance (divinaversion).  Sometimes I might be too emotionally invested in something to do a divination myself, but I’ll get someone else to do a reading for me; this is a kind of weak divinaversion, a healthy kind where one shouldn’t do divination if one is (emotionally, spiritually, etc.) unfit to do so.  I haven’t had a case where I insist on doing divination again and again on a particular outcome (divinaddiction), but I know some people can get obsessive about things like that.  There are also cases like in working with a set of spirits where one has to do divination over and over and over again to get coherent answers from them; this is an expected and necessary part of the work, and isn’t divinaddiction because it attempts to cover all the bases thoroughly without being paranoid.

In either case, divinaddiction or divinaversion indicates an unhealthy perception on divination.  Divination is a tool to be used in planning or in determining how acceptable something is to other people or spirits.  Using divination too much indicates an obsession, preoccupation, or addiction to figuring something out that can’t be helped by repeated inquiries; it’s like refreshing the 7-day weather forecast you get every ten minutes.  Fearing divination indicates an irrational or wrong view of divination or one’s inability to use divination properly.  In the former case, the whole point of divination as a planning skill is misunderstood; in the latter, one’s investment or preconceived notions on a matter precludes any new information from helping out.

Don’t slip into either camp, guys, without a damn good reason.  Both divinaddiction and divinaversion involve getting hung up on what-ifs to unhealthy degrees, the former by trying to hash out all the possibilities and the latter by trying to keep them as far away as possible.  Although divinaversion is bad, being an example of willful ignorance and an unwillingness to take into account potentially negative situations, divinaddiction can be worse.  It’s like trying to live out the future without it already arriving or even having the chance of viability; in a sense, to live in dreams is to die in reality.  One has to live one’s life in the only place and time we have (here and now), and though divination can help us figure out what’s ahead or what we may have missed, it’s no substitute for life itself.