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Message no. 1
From: JSB@**************.net (JS Bracher)
Subject: FAQ Questions : books and adepts
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 12:39:47 -0800
At 01:08 PM 11/16/2002 +0000, Lone Eagle wrote:
>At 11:14 AM 16/11/2002 +0100, Gurth wrote:
>>According to Lone Eagle, on Fri, 15 Nov 2002 the word on the street was...
>> > I can't remember the canon off the top of my head but I don't think your
>> > average adept can write a hermetic library.
>>Why would the adept need to _write_ the library? It seems to me that mages
>>buy most of the books (files, whatever) in their library, with perhaps
>>notes or summaries that they write themselves; I'd think only those mages
>>who actually research magic would write books and articles on the subject
>>that get put into other peoples' libraries. IOW, most mages would probably
>>just be consumers, so why couldn't adepts be, too?
>I don't know, it just gates against (my perception of) the Somatic Way, I
>just don't see Adepts reading books to learn their abilities and therefore
>I don't see them reading books for any other magical purpose, nor do I see
>them building Shamanic lodges (especially not just to get the magical wards)
>I don't have a problem with an adept collaborating with a Shaman (of the
>same totem) to build a lodge but I don't see the adept having the same
>connection as the Shaman.

I have no idea what the rules are on this, but here's an observation by an
occasional martial artist. I read books on the martial arts to get
different perspectives and ideas. I have a few by Bruce Lee, a few on the
theories behind Ninjitsu, etc. While the only way to improve as a martial
artist is to do, understanding is how you know what to improve. And the
books help with that. And while I don't write the books, other martial
artists do. I can imagine adepts writing books for other adepts.

As for a lodge for an shamanic adept, I can imagine an adept building one
to help him focus and train, but the lodge would not be imbued with
shamanic power since the adept focuses power somatically not externally.

Heh, evil thought - Late night vid ads for "work out like the adepts"
programs, "build your own shamanic lodge"....

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