Sadly no mention of license there, though - kinda vital if one is intending to use some of the imagery in remix works - although given the texts are thoroughly out of copyright I'd assume that's not too big an issue.
You want Great Old Ones? Because this is how you get Great Old Ones.
It combined with other mystic traditions ultimately informed the theosophical movement of the 19th and 20th century through to the magick of Aleister Crowley. His sex magick informs a lot of the modern incel, red-pill, and proud boy ideas that you must refrain from "spilling your seed"—that your reproductive emissions contain some of your essential energy. The result being that you have to abstain or otherwise be reduced to a plodding pile of unenlightened goo (to give the idea some imagery).
So it's especially interesting, and a little funny, how in spite of the larger mysticism having fallen out of popular favour as a way to understand the world, they still influence a great part of it in a variety of outcomes as a result of lingering practices and beliefs finding their way into new systems.
Those seem to have been relatively widely-held beliefs based on the humour system of medicine, see https://aeon.co/essays/getting-down-and-medieval-the-sex-liv... posted here on HN a few days ago.
Taoists had similar ideas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoist_sexual_practices
Edit: also I'll never spell it "magick" because Crowley was a toolbag
Edit 2: There's also the current meme that (humorously) claims a man who remains a virgin to the age of 30 will become a wizard, which is presumably drawing on all these historical beliefs.
You're right about that one. I did it only for the continuity being that I was specifically commenting on his circle.
The humour medicine was a little different. That article was speaking more to the fact that it was believed people had to release sexual energy for fear of death.
The Taoists were the opposite of that. They thought you should preserve fluids to preserve and prolong life.
Crowley's version was closer to your comment on the meme, which sidles with the red-pill version I mentioned above: that conserving your sexual energy essential bestows you with powers, or at least advantage over the "wasteful" ignorant masses.
This is not true. In The Farthest Shore, Ged lost his powers by using them all to ...well to do some huge deed. Not going to specifics in order to avoid too much spoilers.
The "present day" Earthsea wizards practiced celibasy, but it was more a belief or tradition, like Catholic priests.
As someone who appreciates occult and pagan symbolism for the aesthetic and narrative value, can I just mention how annoying it is that extremists have ruined so much of it by adopting it for code and shibboleths? Especially Norse symbolism. I wanted to get a valknut tattoo when I was younger just because I thought it looked cool - now I'm glad I didn't because if I had, Nazis would think I was one of them.
To say nothing of the manji/swastika.
"No one ever calls on me to "broadcast" or do a postscript. Yet I suppose I know better than most what is the truth about this "Nordic" nonsense. Anyway, I have in this war a burning private grudge... against that ruddy little ignoramus Adolf Hitler ... Ruining, perverting, misapplying, and making for ever accursed, that noble northern spirit, a supreme contribution to Europe, which I have ever loved, and tried to present in its true light. Nowhere, incidentally, was it nobler than in England, nor more early sanctified and Christianized."
in my opinion, there were likely christians throughout the empire roughly simultaneously due to the strength of roman trade routes.. as to which places embraced the faith nationally, is a different story..
also: angles & saxons arrived to the british isles after the roman empire.. prior to this the local population was mainly celtic..
another interesting tidbit is that Emperor Constantine was crowned emperor in York before beginning his journey back to take the empire where he famously had a vision of the christian cross.. granted this is a few hundred years later, but still, very early, before the the british isles were settled by Anglo Saxons, and highlights how interconnected the british isles were with the rest of the empire in those days..
A professor had us all memorize a passage from that poem which I can still recite. It’s quite eerie, and a fascinating look at how cultures adapted to Christianity and adapted Christianity to their needs in turn.
It's also a bad time to be a fan of the Egyptian goddess Isis.
Are you just saying that Magicians believe events occurred differently than popularly understood?
Or are you saying that secret knowledge comes from a parallel version of reality, where the timeline is different, but somehow makes its way into our universe and is effective.
To illustrate what I am asking, Did Kennedy die in our timeline from a magic bullet? Or can I put magic on a bullet in this timeline using knowledge from a different timeline where Kennedy is still alive?
The mystical timeline is parallel. There's a layer and then another layer. So what your common Catholic would have believed in 1500 was childish elementary mystical understanding to the arcane society member who knew the "real" or Gnostic truth.
I'm doing a terrible job at actually explaining this well. I'm giving you the very-diluted roundabout explanation of what I meant.
For a better understanding have a quick read through some Wikipedia articles. If your history of Christianity is not very thorough, then I recommend brushing up on that as well for a more rounded understanding. If you get into some of the reading, you'll understand 100% of those wacky conspiracy videos on YouTube and why people should read more, and how important context is.
My references are generally western-centric, though some of these topics make inroads to China and India (which has its own gnostic traditions IIRC).
Down the rabbit hole you go:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus (read many of the links)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosticism (read many of the links)
And down the Judeo-Abhrahamic-Christianity path:
and just keep going.
that these strains predominantly dont exist in eastern christianity to me is indiciative that westerners were seeking to fill a spiritual void lost to 'their side of the fence' with other sources... as to the reasonings behind this, well, your 100% might come into play.
What you're describing is called NoFap; this community is based on the /r/nofap subreddit and is pretty much entirely separate from the culturally-Othered groups you seem to be trying to "weirdify".
Incel have no interest in NoFap.
To the degree that redpill and Proud Boy-like communities belive in NoFap, it's simply based on the repeatable observation that not masturbating increases energy and motivation - especially sexual motivation. Any man who can go two weeks without ejaculating will observe this easily for himself. The difference can be staggering - you feel like a different person.
It has nothing to do with some strange mysticism. Redpillers, especially, are entirely about rejecting traditional mystical beliefs ("soul mates", "love conquers all", "meant for each other", etc) in exchange for repeatable results-yielding methodologies. Nofap is such a methodology.
Not sure where you got this meme, but let's let it die here now because it's as disconnected from reality as most of what mainstreamers say about marginalized male sexual communities.
As weird as it is, everything makes perfect sense as you internalize the connections between things like planets, scents, classical elements, and other concepts. Within the world of the game, strange alchemical connections are as much a science as physics is in ours.
It's definitely a different experience to dip into that mindset, even just within a game.
Not working? Reboot it. For all I know, the phase of Saturn (as calculated by some library down in the framework) does affect Kubernetes.
"WHY DID WE GO DOWN??? WHAT HAPPENED!??"
"Nothing much we could do boss, Saturn ascended"
Depending on your faith, you could perhaps place religious texts into the same genre. The permanence power of this kind of storytelling throughout time and cultures cannot be overstated. I think humans crave it. That also explains why I felt so giddy when I read the announcement, even as someone who hasn't read much outside of tech stuff lately.
My wife had a car that a temp sensor somewhere thought the car was always much colder outside. And it then set the cold/heat as a differential of what it measured. There was no way to say "Hot air, blower medium speed". It was a song and dance to get the "right" set of temps and blower speed.
My mom buys things because they help remove 'toxins.' It's not that strange.
I recon there's grounds for some amusing short stories in there.
and like some others mentioned, just getting into mindset of people writing this and their view of the world, really opens you up about different perspectives.
So sure, every audience gets the writer it deserves, but still - I appreciate the gift, but there would need to be much more, before you can even consider that ... but I don't think he has so much money though.
I don't understand, what's really the use of any of this stuff except for their insight into history and as precursors to science. There's no way any of this stuff has any meaningful application today.
I also don't understand how anyone can find this stuff interesting, they're often boring, hard to read, and filled with obviously erroneous information
It may be outdated and its system doesn't fit every observation we made since.
But still, if there is some inherent structure we can exploit this system to get another view and new ideas that we then can try to formulate in a modern way. That supposed occult theory can lead to new hypotheses that we can test / try to falsify.
Maybe this isn't fruitful, but it certainly could be.
Fortunately it's not all that -- there are quite a few techniques inside that one can employ (e.g., meditation) to achieve, with practice, certain mystical results
why bother doing anything, ever, at all, anywhere?
it's all pointless anyway due to the impending heat death of the universe.