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The practice of magick has been a significant part of all cultures. It was there, at the dawn of time when people lived in caves, it survived religious prosecution during the Middle Ages, and it is still here today, evolving, growing, blossoming. The thing is that magick is more than an art or a science. It is more than a way of life, even. It is a culture in and of itself. A collection of different cultures, to be precise. It has ties to all religions and philosophies. It's principles are derived from all the mystic traditions of the world. The story of magick is the story of the lives and histories, myths and legends, belonging to all the peoples of this planet. The history of magick is the soul of this world.

It does not matter whether or not you believe in magick. It does not matter whether or not you practice it. By studying about its history and that of the esoteric traditions related to it, you would gain a deeper understanding of the mind and soul of humanity.

Announcements (09/27/06)


Current research topic: African Tribal mysticism
Due date: Monday, October 16, 2006
First chat: {to be decided} (Conversion posted below in the #Current Project Chat sub-section)

The project is being revived. All who are interested in joining, please private message Creature via the forums, or post here saying you wish to join.


Project description

This is a group project the goal of which is to research and study different esoteric and occult traditions though the ages which are related to what we call magick. Members of this research group will use all resources available to them to find information on a given topic (tradition), such as mythology related to it, its philosophy, elements of ritual magick practice, symbols important to the tradition, famous persona, any societies or orders, etc. Each will write a paper, describing what we've learned in our own words (citing all the sources used, etc). If there is a work of literature that is very important to the given tradition (such as The Egyptian Book of the Dead for Egyptian magick, or The Zohar and Sepher Yetzirah for Kabbalah), we will read that work. We meet in the chat and discuss the topic. Then, those of us who are willing can dive deeper into the subject and embark on researching a less general topic, such as less visible connections between the tradition we are currently studying and another. After we are done working on one traditon, we will move to the next.

Research Group Members

Currently Active

Members Who Have Contributed Stuff to the Project

Magick traditions

Here is a list of influential esoteric traditions we have come up with so far. The tradition we are currently studying is in bold.

(The names of individual mages and most orders are not included as they are subtopics of different traditions. If there are person or an esoteric order that you think are outside of any tradition and need to be in a separate topic, please add them by clicking the "Edit" link on this page.)

Chat

There is a registered IRC channel for this research group: #vresearch on the irc.sorcery.net server.

For the uninitiated: go to "Chat" link at the very top of this page. (or just go here: chat.vsociety.net) After the applet loads, you'll be in the site's main chat channel. in the very bottom text box, type:

/join #vresearch

Push [Enter] key on your keyboard.

Current Project Chat

 

Chat times(if any) are to be decided

People's local time (double check yours. Don't trust Creature.):

(These are in MILITARY TIME. I.e. 1:00 is 1AM at night. and 13:00 is 1PM afternoon)

Research Guidelines

I just want to give you guys some guidelines on how to do your research and what to present as a final product:

Here are some Do-s and Don't-s READ THOSE!

Do:

  • Present information in your own words.
  • Use more than one source. I'd say a minimum of 4 to 6 sources should be used.
  • Use reputable sources
While the Internet contains a virtually-unlimited wealth of information not found in traditional resources, this abundance also may hinder academic research. Anyone can make a website for little or no cost and publish to the world. This bypasses the usual publishing channels and allows opinions to be expressed which may not be credible. Tradition sources may be considered more authoritative on the whole by some for this reason. On the other hand, this widespread publishing ability gives nearly-immediate access to the myriad views of both the average person and the professional world without the limited scope or bias which may be found in books and newscasts.


In general, a major way to find whether an on line source is credible is to determine how popular and authoritative the source is. If the site has a well-respected off line counterpart such as the New York Times or CBS, the site will be as credible as the original. For websites and authors which have little popularity, one must consider the credentials of the source -- if those are available and valid. Even though a website may be written in a professional or academic manner, the lack of a central body to determine its credibility may be a prohibitive factor for serious research.

-- Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_research
  • List all your sources. For website, URL is enough. For a book, title, author and publisher. For a periodical, name of article, author, name of the periodical, issue number. This doesn't have to be in MLA format or anything, just enough info for others to find the source if they're interested in reading more.

DON'T:

  • Just post a bunch of links and consider yourself done.
  • Post info you are unsure of "Hmm. I think I remember something about Egyptians using potato voodoo dolls in their magick.. Why don't I just include that in my research paper.."
  • Plagiarize
  • Have your research paper contain only quotes from your sources and no wording of your own. That's kind of another form of plagiarism.

Other stuff to remember:

1) This is a learning project, so don't just tell people what you already know, research and find out new stuff.
2) Research general info about the tradition first. Then, somewhere in the middle of our research on the topic, we can meet and talk about it, share our findings so far. Then we could list a few subtopics, for those interested in doing deeper research into one or two of those. So that when we post our papers at the end of the project, they'll be interesting to read and won't be all the same.

Here are a few links to help you out when it comes to good research skills:

http://www.jlhs.nhusd.k12.ca.us/Classes/Science/Research.html
http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill1.htm
http://karn.wright.edu/~sg-ysu/process.html
http://www.umuc.edu/library/tutor/intro.html
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html

See also