Private Obsessions; White Whales; The Quest!

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
i would like to discover a cave painting that would put everything we know about our ancestors upside down. i don't know where to start though, most of them are found by accident.
I have a long-term fantasy of digging under one of the stones at Stonehenge and depositing a iPhone or similar, just to fuck with archaeologists of the far future.

I also intend my last words to be "The... bullion... is... hidden... in... the..."
 

WashYourHands

Cat Malogen
Caffeine, aspirin, paracetamol, laxido, brick dust, Benadryl, fentanyl, carfentanyl, every benzo on Earth and quinine

If it looks the part it goes in, cocaine is increasingly levamisole because of the fish scale double take

 

DannyL

Wild Horses
You have to be quite dogged to have any success with magic. Willing to persist with things then woah fuck - something turns up.
 

DannyL

Wild Horses
"The Great Work" as described by Crowley is the Knowledge & Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. Crowley used as his model The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage which is a process where you purify yourself and prayer in increasing increments - 2, 4 then 6 hours a day for 6 months (or 18 according months according to other versions of the text). I do know (or know of) a few people who've done this which is pretty amazing in the modern world.
 

pattycakes_

Can turn naughty
"The Great Work" as described by Crowley is the Knowledge & Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. Crowley used as his model The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage which is a process where you purify yourself and prayer in increasing increments - 2, 4 then 6 hours a day for 6 months (or 18 according months according to other versions of the text). I do know (or know of) a few people who've done this which is pretty amazing in the modern world.

What kinds of changes would this bring to a person?
 

martin

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It’s all about making an effort, you can’t just vaguely ‘want it’. I’ve had loads of white whales over the years, mostly obscure/forgotten archival material, and would spend a lot of time hunting it all down – one newspaper mugshot took me the best part of a year to unearth, and I’ve contacted various local councils, primatologists, New Orleans krewes, TV and print journalists, even the North Korea Friendship Association, to track stuff down or get info. You’d be surprised how many people get back to you. But then again, B2B publishing's been my 'real life' job for 23 years now, so I'm used to firing off queries.

My success rate has been pretty good – it’s as if making the effort fires up some psychic multi-beam echosounder that helps track whatever you’re after, and once you’ve hit one hot lead the others follow fast. It’s good fun, you can turn these investigative jaunts into holidays. Don't be surprised if you pick up valuable info, then randomly bump into someone who mentions something connected to it.

There's got to be at least one person on here who's spent years on the hunt for a particular record or something.

I remember seeing a copy of Right To Kill by Whitehouse in Tokyo, on sale for stupid money (probably the price of a pint of milk in a few months...). Every noise nutter's dream. I had a drink in a bar over the road from the record shop, wondering whether to bite the bullet and buy it, and thought: this is THE album you’ve wanted for 18 years. You can just live on toast and LIDL beans for a few months, or get some freelance work on the side, or flog stuff on eBay…it’s in your grasp! And then I just thought: nah. It wasn’t the money: sometimes you see the white whale in the flesh and realise the thought of it's so much better.



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DannyL

Wild Horses
What kinds of changes would this bring to a person?
I can't say across the board. Its like therapy. If you and I were to do a year of therapy, even with the same therapist we'd probably have very different outcomes. In the video above, the speaker (Lionell Snell) is similarly annoyingly vague but he gives his reasons.
 

DannyL

Wild Horses
The other option btw is do it or something like it for yourself and see what happens. Only way really.
 
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