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What is Myth

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on May 14, 2015 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

What is a myth? The British moral philosopher Mary Midgley said of myth that, “they are not lies, but thought patterns that shape our thinking”. They are the facts of the mind made manifest in the fiction of matter. Myths have been described as a collective psychology: myth is other people’s religion and as Campbell said myth is misinterpreted religion. If we were to look at a dictionary, it might say that myths are stories about Gods? But that begs the question what a...

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Signs and Symbols: Amulets and Talismans

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on May 7, 2015 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Craft operates through the medium of mythology and symbols. One way of approaching the experience of the divine and the numinous is through symbols. The meaning of symbols is mysterious as there is as yet no accepted theory of meaning.


According to the British Philosopher Paul Grice it is easy to see how what he called natural meaning gets its meaning. Natural meaning is causally connected, for example tracks in the snow means a fox passed this way as they were caused...

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Individuation

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on April 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Individuation is a central process to the Craft as it is in all mystery traditions. It is the path of initiation, and of self knowledge which leads to the experience of the mysteries and as such is important to understand. Above the temple of the Delphi Oracle was inscribed the legend, “know thyself”. In the mystery traditions to know yourself is to know God, as the Hermetic Maxim says, “that which is below is the same as that which is above and that which is within is th...

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