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Controversy and Propriety in Magical Traditions

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.pagan.magick,alt.magick,alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic,alt.lucky.w
From: blackman99 
Subject: Controversy and Propriety in Magical Traditions (was roots)
Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2002 21:39:04 GMT

50020427 VI om happy Lucnatix!  4 (ConjahMon) :
> ...seen several references to a black cat bone. Most if not all
> of the postings about this bone give the impression that one just 
> takes a bone from a dead black cat....

no, I think several times people have posted about it being a bone
that one obtains in heinous or cruel ways, boiling the cat, for 
example. of course killing animals in religious rituals is not at
all unusual. but I wonder how many of them require boiling a mammal
(or some other living being) alive to achieve some important or
powerful action? I've never heard of it, but I'm just an egg.

> ...The ritual for getting a black cat bone is specific and 
> certainly not for the faint of heart. 

how much to believe about these matters? not easy for me to say.
I can say I've never seen such an object of which I'm aware and
don't put much faith in the method. it is interesting folklore,
and demonstrative of the cruelty inherent in some of it (not all
to cats, some good bit to children, snakes, and insects).

> As for the work and gathering of graveyard dirt. I am really 
> put out that It's talked about and treated so lightly. 

how do you think it should be treated? like a relic or sacred
ground or something? I am quite sincere in asking this. I'd like
to know how all people treat magical and religious substances.

> I once read in this newsgroup that someone gathered it in 
> grocery sacks. That would be incomprehensible to most 
> practitioners around here, 

really? why's that? what would you prefer to do to get it?

> and to gather it from a grave of someone you 
> don't know 

so it should be someone you knew personally? or someone who is
like an enemy or relative or something? how deep would you dig?

> or buy it from a store is unheard of.

is there something about the processing of a store, or is it
the fact that you don't know from which grave it came that you
would consider it so unheard of?

> I guess like they say different strokes for different folks.

let's learn about all the strokes, I say! :>


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