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sign of the adept....

To: alt.magick,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.pagan.magick
From: tyagi@houseofkaos.abyss.com (nagasiva)
Subject: Re: sign of the adept....
Date: 14 Sep 1997 11:44:49 -0700

49970914 aa2 Hail Satan!

(hmm, the same) Peggy (I know?)  wrote:
# Just what does mark an adept?  

consistent, reserved, success.  there is no other mark for an adept of magick.
there are other common qualities, but non-adepts may also have those.  this
success could appear in any number of endeavors.


# ...they seem to be found amidst the common scuttle of humanity, 
# with no obvious markings.

I have no idea of whom you may be speaking.  surely some reside therein.
but a great many are surfing the waves of expertise and specialization.


# ...claims of attainment are self-invalidateing.  

you've claimed this with josh before.  you've never given good reason to
continue supposing it is true.  logically it does not hold.  it is like
the Rosicrucian claim and is vacuous at base.


# anyone who touts a high degree or initiation is likely not an adept 
# (but no reason to dismiss someone who has these things and is modest 
# about it).

yes, you keep claiming it, but without adequate proof or explanation.


# ...accept differences between oneself and other people, different 
# priorities, different destinies, different likes and dislikes etc...

at base, yes, but adepts can be deceiving.  you seem to think that all
of them are going to be on the level with everyone they meet.  I think
not, and that your methods of screening will excise a goodly portion.


# What else?

I suggest that a great deal has to do with the perceiver themselves.
if one has problems in certain areas the adept my manifest obstacles
between themselves and the perceiver in alignment to these problems.
say that I am prone to arrogance.  the adept may manifest arrogance
in my face, for example, and through my interaction with them I may
come to work through these problems.  in such a case an adept may
well claim all manner of things which you say they will not.

generally it is worthless to look for adepts unless one has a very
good reason to do so.  sight-seeing or magical mystery tours will
inevitably turn up countless charlatans and provide the impression
that this is all there is.

tyagi@houseofkaos.abyss.com (nagasiva)
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