Trolls, and psychological violence

Even though this post was written in 2012 it is a subject that is an ongoing concern to many. ūüôā xxx

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Apparently the government are going to fight trolls, by making it a requirement for sites to hand over details of abusive users. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18404621 It could work. It means articles need not be taken down for one spurious allegation, and it means real bullies and liars might have a tougher time of it. On the whole, that would be a good thing. There are balances to strike here around freedom of speech and the protection of whistleblowers. I want the freedom to complain about my politicians, say if I think organisations are acting shamefully and whatnot. But, I’m not hiding behind an unrecognisable name, and I’ve got no desire to unfairly bash anyone. That of course doesn’t mean that someone else couldn’t take umbrage at what I write though.

I’m not sure how much odds laws will make, in the scheme of things. People have to act on them, crown prosecution…

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20th Year of a Magical Journey

A fantastic Samhain weekend is over and a Celtic new year begins. It is also 20 years since I started out on my personal spiritual path. This path was entirely different to the religion I was raised to believe. The excitement of my first awakening to a new spirituality will always be a prominent memory as I put aside the indoctrination of the past and summoned the courage to explore.

I¬†received a¬†warning¬†from a¬†renowned¬†Pagan man in London to watch out for “space cadets” and¬†take my¬†time finding¬†the right path.¬†It was an exciting¬†period of my life, eager¬†to¬†acquire as much¬†knowledge as possible¬†and experience everything!

During the early days I worked alone. The rituals I performed were beautiful and very familiar to me. After a year of personal study I took the step of self initiation. This was the most important step in my development, a private dedication between myself and the powers that be.

After experiencing the energy one person could raise within a magical circle, I contemplated working with a group. I replied to an advertisement from the Pagan Dawn wishing to recruit new members for an Egyptian group. It was a different way of working and the energies raised were considerably strong. I met other members of this group who became long term friends and we are still in regular contact.

Between attending groups I also taught friends magical rituals.

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Venturing into the Morris dancing world with a Kent side introduced me to members of Wicca. I became a member of a Gardnarian group and the rituals were happy joyful occasions. The group would meet at my place of residence and there I learnt to set up a group altar and prepare a larger space.

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After leaving this group I was initiated into an Alexandrian group that honoured Egyptian deities. The training and rituals were well structured and it was during this training I discovered the Wiccan path began in the 1950s. This was disappointing as I had been searching for ancient ways rather than a modern belief system.

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I replied to an advertisement for new members to join a Traditional Cornish group before moving to Cornwall. I applied with a view to becoming a member of the group after a few years of correspondence and visits. It was not until I moved to Cornwall during my 13th year of development and met Cassandra Latham Jones in 2009, that I found what I had searched for. It is easier to connect with spiritual energies of  land and sea here than within the surrounding areas of London. There are however some beautiful sites in Kent such as the Coldrum Stones that were  just a few miles away from my previous home.

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Moving into a new community is not as easy as one thinks. Genuine people are few,¬†but¬†when you do¬†find them, they are of great value.¬†Others can be¬†suspicious and territorial.¬†If¬†they¬†decide¬† that they dislike you, nothing you can do or say¬†will change their minds. I have¬†learnt that it is not always¬†important to a community¬†how talented one¬†is if they¬†do not mix¬†with¬†the “right group” or were¬†born in¬†the “right place”.¬†¬†Some allude to¬†¬†a birth connection with¬†Cornwall to feel more accepted, but I am proud to be a Kentish Maid.

When one is talented at their craft, they can meet interesting and genuine like-minded people who show support. Alternatively talent and success can bring groups of jealous detractors. Their aim is to project their own negative traits onto a mutually agreed person in order to make life unpleasant and drive them away. If one finds themselves in this situation, it is vital to remember that if a person was not special they would have no detractors.

Cornwall¬†has¬†a variety of people. Some are genuine good- hearted souls who¬†want to live¬†a peaceful life and do what they can to help others without an¬†ulterior motive. Some¬†create a “fairy-tale image”¬†and place more importance on the glamour¬†but have¬†a lack of any real¬†substance¬†or power. Some can¬†use others under the guise of friendship for their own personal gain only to cast them aside when they are no longer useful. Some seek fame and fortune and will attempt to discredit others whom¬†they¬†view as¬†a threat. I¬†now believe the¬†“demonic¬†forces”¬†some religions speak of¬†¬†are actually¬†within the personalities of some who can use and abuse beliefs to¬†feed their own egos and power over¬†others. It is sad a spirit being is often scapegoated¬†to¬†provide a distraction from¬†a¬†person’s¬†responsibility¬†of their own thoughts and¬†actions.

When one focusses upon the positive aspects of life, the Cornish landscape and the ocean are wonderful. They are good for the soul and to see them daily is truly a blessing.

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I am now accustomed to the seasons and changes of the atmosphere. As I walked to the village church one evening I was greeted by a beautiful crescent waxing moon and the star of Venus adjacent to it, bright and beautiful. Nothing tastes of the sea more than a raw oyster and fresh seaweed from the shore. To awake in the morning and see a murder of crows feeding from the field behind the cottage is wonderful. To sit on the beaches and cliffs listening to the music of the sea is divine.

Here in Cornwall, the beaches, coves, woodland, stone circles, holy wells, quoits and ancient buildings are all nearby. Focussing on these aspects of life reminds me of how blessed I am.

My spiritual path 20 years ago led me here and I have worked hard during this journey. I am finally here and this is where I will stay!