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Dragon's Tail
08-23-2017, 12:49 PM
Good Morning!

(If you're not in a morning timezone, don't feel left out, I say "good morning" no matter what time it is IRL or online)

Happy to be here. I've been stalking in the shadows for a long time. I earned my degree in physics/philosophy(minor) while also learning as much as I could about modern Paganism and Budhism and going through my spiritual transition during my college years. After that I studied under a splinter group of the Gardnerian tradition, but of course I can't talk too much about that. I moved, kept learning, and stumbled across the works of Stavish on a website.
The spagyric process formed the seeds of my current spiritual beliefs, which I've spent countless hours meditating on and qualifying over the years in many, many notebooks. I even found a way to draw perfect 7 pointed stars, but there's a trick in the current model, as I need a little more than a compass and a ruler, a piece of string is also involved. Little stuff that I fiddle with from time to time.
Since my initial introduction was following certain plant "stone" methods, I originally thought a good "stone" was a little piece of concrete and salt imbibed with tinctured. I know a little better now. (It was calcine the ash to convert CaCO3 into CaO, then mix and let harden, lol) Kinda dumb, but cool at the time.
I went through a marriage, then a divorce, where I didn't spend as much time on my internal nature, and popped out of my old life about a year or two ago. Left a pretty good paying gig to reduce my expenditures and become a writer. I have no ties, no obligations to any but myself, and ownership of some cool "toys" and a clot of dirt. No bills, and a very humble income from creating content (my books don't make me any money... yet).
At the core of my beliefs is that any problem, in life or otherwise, can be solved in three steps: separate, purify, combine. That philosophical outlook, couple with a few other fortune-cookie quotes I've distilled in my meditations, has served well as a life guide.

Oh, I'm also not going to be considered an "alchemist" by some on this forum. I work primarily, almost solely in the plant kingdom. I no longer follow written texts, though I still read them, and much of my experimentation is based on my own beliefs about the universe, and the emerald tablet. But I do enjoy tickling minds with new curiosities that they may have not yet considered.

Nice to meet you all, and looking forward to engaging with you. I already know there's a wealth of experience here.

Luxus
08-23-2017, 01:12 PM
Welcome Dragons tail!

I prefer to say a jack of all trades masters the one (our stone) !

Awani
08-23-2017, 02:07 PM
Welcome.

:p

Dragon's Tail
08-23-2017, 03:27 PM
I prefer to say a jack of all trades masters the one (our stone) !

Haha. Well, I'm nowhere close to mastery of our stone, and my limited successes in the plant kingdom always seem to raise more questions than they answer. I prefer not to call myself a master of anything, as nature and experience always seem to have something further to teach me. Thanks for the welcome.

Thank you as well Awani, it will be nice to interact on some of your posts instead of watching them from the outer laboratory, hehe.

Illen A. Cluf
08-23-2017, 04:51 PM
After that I studied under a splinter group of the Gardnerian tradition, but of course I can't talk too much about that.

Welcome!

You don't mean Laurence Gardner, do you? If so, I was heavily involved in a specific forum discussing his work, decades ago, from which Dan Brown likely stole many of the ideas he used in his books.

Schmuldvich
08-23-2017, 05:45 PM
Welcome! You seem like a good soul!

What do you write about?

Dragon's Tail
08-23-2017, 06:12 PM
Welcome!

You don't mean Laurence Gardner, do you? If so, I was heavily involved in a specific forum discussing his work, decades ago, from which Dan Brown likely stole many of the ideas he used in his books.

Nope, different guy who founded a modern occult tradition outside of alchemy, and he was long dead when I started on that path. The tradition, since it came to America in the 60's has splintered into hundreds of different followings, and most of them hate the guy, but love his student for bringing the ideology across the pond. Go figure, lol.

Dragon's Tail
08-23-2017, 06:16 PM
Welcome! You seem like a good soul!

What do you write about?

Thank you. I try to be one, and now without the stress of my old job, I think I'm getting better again. I write anything speculative for my fiction work, and I do content and blog posts for a couple of clients. Mostly I stay with sci-fi and near future, but my stories cover a lot of topics. My kindle shorts are made for very niche audiences, and my novels (which are currently unpublished) deal with certain depths of the human condition and deeper philosophical issues, while being more thrillery.

Illen A. Cluf
08-23-2017, 06:29 PM
Nope, different guy who founded a modern occult tradition outside of alchemy, and he was long dead when I started on that path. The tradition, since it came to America in the 60's has splintered into hundreds of different followings, and most of them hate the guy, but love his student for bringing the ideology across the pond. Go figure, lol.

Oh, then you mean Gerald Brosseau Gardner or "Scire".

Dragon's Tail
08-23-2017, 10:58 PM
That's the guy ;) TBH, that whole stint with the group was a small fraction of the information that I absorbed, and while I retain some of the ritual aspect (which I could do in my sleep at one point, the whole thing was memorized), my personal ideologies must be part of a cohesive framework. Which I mostly now have, even though a couple parts are tough to put into words.

Salazius
08-25-2017, 01:14 PM
Welcome !

black
08-26-2017, 12:24 AM
Welcome to the Forum D T.

Dragon's Tail
08-26-2017, 02:20 AM
Thanks guys. Glad to be here. Seems like a great place to get some discussion going as I encounter new experiences in my lab work (inner and outer), and maybe I can help out a little here or there too, even though compared to most of the members here I'm a neophyte.

Kiorionis
08-26-2017, 04:12 AM
Haha we're all neophytes in at least something :)

Welcome!

Michael Sternbach
08-28-2017, 12:28 PM
Thanks guys. Glad to be here. Seems like a great place to get some discussion going as I encounter new experiences in my lab work (inner and outer), and maybe I can help out a little here or there too, even though compared to most of the members here I'm a neophyte.

Welcome Dragon's Tail!

Yes, this can be a fun place, and I commend your attitude.

You will find that, besides practical alchemy, people here have a wide variety of topics to share. :)

Ghislain
08-28-2017, 12:57 PM
Welcome Dragon's Tail.

Ghislain

Dragon's Tail
08-30-2017, 11:01 PM
Thanks guys, I'm happy to be here. So far it has been a positive experience, and interaction facilitates much more insight than lurking from the outside.