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>/fringe/ is a board for esoteric discussion including matters pertaining to; Magic : Philosophy : Paranormal : Dreams : Religion : Occult : Symbolism : Aliens : Demons & Angels : Metaphysics : Conspiracy : Secret Societies : Mind Control : Morality & Ethics : Mysticism : Qualia : Psychic Abilities – Anything that is fringe in some respect
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The name "/fringe/" is inspired by the book ''Fringe Knowledge for Beginners" by Montalk (which can be found here: http://montalk.net/books). Visiting the montalk site is also a good way to understand the scope of the topics of discussion which /fringe/ covers.
Recommended Reading: http://montalk.net/reading
Definitions / terminology used often on this board:
Mysticism – Mysticism involves communicating with or directly experience the divine. Monks and nuns have often used meditation and prayer to induce mystical states but it can also involve esoteric practices like rituals or energy work.
Magic – Magic is the art and the science of causing change to occur in conformity with will.
Rankings on /fringe/
Our rankings are roughly based off of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminates_of_Thanateros#Structure
A fedora rejects magic and refuses to investigate it, he is actively opposed to the practise of magic and denies its existence. He doesn't want to do anything for himself and wants to sit there and demand you prove things to him so that after hours of preparation and considerable effort to show him magic he may then dismiss it again with "magic doesn't real, nice trick there faggot". His mind's already made up and he thinks practising and studying magic is foolishness. Some fedoras purportedly have read some magic books before but they may have been really shit books, or they might not be clever enough to make proper use of them, or they think what they read is better explained by a non-magical explanation. They are men of faith and can't be reasoned with. "magic is not real, trust me I've never done it!" is a famous slogan of the fedora.
A regular person with no magical knowledge or practise. Probably they aren't interested in magic or only know a little. There attention is given primarily to the mundane pursuits in life. They do not necessarily reject magic and they may be theists or religious but for whatever reason they don't pursue it. They may be apathetic, they may think they can't achieve a level of skill in magic where it would be worth their while, they may simply be too distracted with just trying to survive, they might have had some bad or startling experiences with the paranormal and let fear dominate them and keep them from going further, they might not know where to begin with getting into magic, etc. There are many reasons mundanes don't actively study and practise magic even if they acknowledge its existence or possibility. They are the same same as Hylic or Somatic in Gnostic terms.
(Both of the above ranks are equivalent with the Novice rank in the IoT)
A person who is learning magic. They have an actual interest in occultism and study it and may be engaged in some basic practises. They've at least read some books – they are learners following the path of illumination. They want to develop adept-hood in magic. They might not be accomplished in the practise of magic for now but they're learning and they respect the initiates and masters who they seek guidance from. Same as Psychic in Gnostic terms, someone with the potential to overcome his material-animal nature and become a spiritual being.
(This rank is the same as Neophyte 4° in the IOT)
A person who has learned a lot of magic, probably studied at least a minimum of one year, read multiple books, engaged in a variety of practises with enough success in magic to not take the doubters seriously anymore. He has achieved gnosis, he's seen some shit, he's got results. He knows there's "something to it" and doesn't doubt his path any longer. Considers himself a wizard, is able to help others along the path and teach them as well. Some of these would be Pneumatic in Gnostic terms but most would still be called Psychic.
(This rank is the same as Initiate 3° in the IOT)
Like a high level initiate, someone who completed initiation years ago, and has been practising and using his magic for a long while now. He is pretty much done with getting his knowledge from third density books and any further reading of such books is likely redundant and he does it just as a review as he already knows all the concepts and has applied all the knowledge.
(This rank is the same as Adept 2° in the IOT)
An initiate who has finished all of his studies, is extremely skilled in the practise of magic, has much to teach everyone else, and has basically overcome third density and reached a level of consciousness where he is assured not to fall back into ignorance. He has attained mastery of the magical arts. Definitely a Pneumatic.
(This rank is the same as Magus 1° in the IOT)
Master of Masters
Hermes Trismegistus is called the Master of Masters. You will never be him, not without learning and practising for countless lifetimes in which you consciously remember everything. A spirit of this level of power travels to other worlds and reveals the highest truths to its inhabitants, creating the foundations of religion. He makes even learned wizards who've already mastered their arts still looks like like neophytes compared to him.
Top Fringe Sites
Special mention (Russian Fringe Physics Site):
Other sites of lesser importance or quality:
• http://approachingaro.org/ & http://meaningness.wordpress.com/