Skald

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About Skald

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  • Birthday 12/08/1986

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    Music, History, Mythology, Poetry, Languages, Occult/Esoteric

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  1. A woman's voice

    What an eye-catching thread title. I'm sure I've mentioned her before, but I'm a voice guy; I'm into voices, nearly to the exclusion of the appreciation of other physical features. That being said, the things I look for in a voice are hard to describe. Since I've trained myself to read voices, I can get a lot of information out of them. There are certain subtle tones denoting different things like personality, character, history, and some other things I won't get into. So yes, I do choose girls almost exclusively by voice, but I listen for those subtle tones denoting things that I look for otherwise. As far as the “outer” sound of the voice, I'm not as concerned, because I can hear so many other things in there. This is the part where I'll mention that I'm a composer, and I look for a good harmony rather than a good pitch, if that makes sense. Sorry if that's not what you're looking for, but I'm more or less your resident weirdo here.
  2. A DISCORD FOR US SINCE THE CHAT IS DOWN

    Great minds think alike, I made one back in July: It's really dead in there now, but all it takes is someone to start a conversation, right? I'm always lurking there, stop by and say hi.
  3. Tell Me a Story, I'm Sick

    Yes, for use in in creating musical sigils :^) Not that I would know anything about that, of course...
  4. Matchmaking by family

    I would actually be very open to it if my family weren't so terrible at matchmaking for me. I mean, people in my family have tried to set me up, and results have been disastrous. My aunt tried to set me up with a woman older than me who was just leaving her multi-year mourning period over her fiance who died in a car accident. My mother tried to set me up with a single mother, claiming it was the only hope I have of having children. That being said, I've welcomed attempts by people who actually know what I look for in a woman, but they've fallen short. As a practitioner of certain things forbidden in the book of Deuteronomy, I've used other matchmaking methods with extreme success, but I suppose it's a different dynamic altogether when the person matchmaking you isn't human, right? But to answer your question, I'm theoretically open to it, but I've yet to see anyone do a good job for me.
  5. In mine as well, but he said girlfriend, not wife. I don't know about others here, but those are very different processes for me. In order to motivate me, my boss, who is my age and started in my position, told me about how he makes so much money that he can buy whatever car he wants and can have sex with many women very easily due to his money and success. I found him to be exceedingly boring. That's how most people think, yes, but we're not exactly “most people” in this community. In my case, my goals center around research projects into which I've dedicated years of my life, and they will ultimately culminate in me having a family. It may not be what you might consider worthwhile or something that will change the course of humanity, but it's not exactly “cars and women,” like a lot of other men my age. You may not be familiar with the results of my work within specific communities, nor may the world population at large, but I know I'll leave a mark on this earth. More importantly, it will be something that resounds through future generations of my family. But we can still disagree civilly, of course. You may consider my goals silly, and many do, but it's something important to me that I'm not willing to compromise for others. That unwillingness to compromise on what is important to you is what truly makes you seem magnetic, not obsession with metrics, certainly not autotelically so. Just my two cents and clarification of what I meant.
  6. When the chatroom went down, I created a discord server to replace it. It was suggested to me to post it, so here is a link: https://discord.gg/y9h4mmy As you can see, I've set it up perfunctorily, but it still needs a lot of work. I don't have time to manage it myself so, when there are enough people in, I'll elect someone to help me manage it.. I'm also quite open to suggestions, I just mirrored the forum more or less. Also, if this is a nono of some sort, let me know, and I'll take it down.
  7. @DHZ You should acquire 3 things: 1. Confidence 2. Personal goals 3. An attitude of indifference I don't have a church (I'm not even Christian), I've alienated my friends, and my family is overall unsupportive of my life choices. Still, I have offers, and plenty of them. It must be magic, right? Not really. See, I talk to strangers on a daily basis, and I have no problem starting a conversation with one. When I talk to girls, I really don't care whether or not they like me. Why? I don't have impressing her or dating her as a goal. Hell, most of the time I don't even like her, which accounts for the reason I reject more girls than I pursue. Why? I don't care, because I have bigger goals than getting a date. What are your goals? Do you have something about which you're so passionate that it keeps you up at night and sets your heart on fire when you think about it? When you have that, people can feel it. You exude an energy of determination and single-minded intense pursuit of what YOU want out of life, what YOU love, what YOU care about. Ever seen a man who is very obviously “on a mission”? He barrels past everyone and everything and ignores every distraction he finds. People don't shy away from him, they want to see where he's going! Where is he going that is more important than all the temptations and pleasures and fun times he doesn't even notice out of the corner of his eye because he's so obsessed with his goal?! Sure, you could just play the numbers. If you talk to 20 or 30 girls this week and, after a conversation that builds rapport, you ask her for her number, at least one of them will say yes. Statistically, it should play out that way. If you get a yes before 19 nos, congratulations, you're good at talking to girls, 1/20 is more or less average. Still, wouldn't it be better if they were drawn to your fire? Your passion for your goals is that fire and, the more passionately you burn for it, the more brightly you burn for all to see. Do this right, and your commitment to WTM will be a self-discipline measure instead of a mentality you fall into. Also, @K.T. gave great advice about going to the gym. Seriously, it helps. Oh, and I created a server on Discord when the chat went down here and emailed Mike about permission to drop the link in the forum, but he never replied. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  8. Try interest groups based on your actual interests and hobbies. I've never really tried online dating, but I have had luck with online groups centered around my interests. The aforementioned meetup.com suggestion is great too.
  9. I had the same mentality about this, myself. For us polytheists, it seems to be quite easy to accommodate, though. During the conversion period in Northern Europe, it was common simply to add a Christian statue to the altar along with the other gods, so that it was one more god to be held in the home. I see absolutely no problem with this kind of accommodation in my home, as long as there is no expectation that I must give any less attention to my gods or any attention to hers.
  10. I'm somewhat open to it, to an extent. The girl I'm hoping to marry someday is nominally Christian, but she has extensive occult experience, as much to rival mine. The girl I was after before her is an Umbandist with some occult experience and looking to expand it. I've been engaged before, and the girl in question is a pantheist. We made it work just fine, and that difference never got in the way. I'm pretty okay with nominal difference in religion, as long as other important things are present.
  11. Does it matter?

    You should probably read this article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/8739533/Women-and-divorce-Goodbye-darling-youre-just-too-dull....html The survey in question by the Grant Thornton firm (I made sure to find one that was UK-based especially for you) is found here: http://www.grantthornton.co.uk/en/insights/uk-statistics-of-divorce-2011-survey-infographic/ I've included the infograph the firm has prepared as well. Please draw your attention to:
  12. Apologies for further OT, but... Incorrect. A Wiccan is someone who practices the religion of Wicca, a modern (typically, but not always) duotheistic religion that draws inspiration from various Western esoteric traditions and sort of Anglicizes them. The word comes from an Old English term for a sorceror or mage, and early Wiccans referred to themselves as witches or wicces. Given the influence of esoteric traditions, magical practice was present from the beginning. "Witchcraft" is a broad term in the occult. In traditional usage, it refers to someone who practices (often European) folk magic, but modern witches most often incorporate some form of ceremonial magic as well. In any case, neither axiomatically has anything to do with devil worship, and the Christian concept of the devil is somewhat alien to most native European traditions.
  13. There have been a number of studies on the relationship between premarital sex and divorce rates. The most famous study is the Teachman study. Here is a quote from it: "It is clear that an intimate premarital relationship limited to a woman's husband does not affect the risk of marital disruption. However, having at least one other intimate relationship prior to marriage is linked to an increased risk of divorce (from 53% to 166%). There is a substantially higher risk of marital dissolution if the woman both had sex with another man and cohabited with him (166% vs. 53%-119% for other patterns of premarital relationships involving someone other than one's husband, a difference that is statistically significant)." (Teachman, Jay. "Premarital Sex, Premarital Cohabitation, and the Risk of Subsequent Marital Dissolution among Women." Journal of Marriage and Family 65, no. 2 (2003): 444-455.) This study has actually been referenced here on this website: http://waitingtillmarriage.org/study-definite-link-between-premarital-sex-cohabitation-and-divorce/ The general consensus among these is that marital stability is tied to partner count in women, not the decision of whether or not to wait until marriage. The differences between women who had one sexual partner their entire lives and had sex before marriage as opposed to those with one sexual partner and waited until marriage are negligible. Here is a quote from another study published by the same journal: "Having previous sexual partners greatly increased the likelihood that a woman would have a secondary sex partner. In particular, a woman with 4 or more male sex partners prior to her primary relationship was about 8.5 times more likely to have a secondary sex partner than a woman with no previous sex partners." (Forste, Renata and Koray Tanfer. "Sexual Exclusivity among Dating, Cohabiting, and Married Women." Journal of Marriage and the Family 58, no. 1 (1996): 33-47.) Why are women mentioned specifically? Well, the negative correlation between number of sexual partners and marital stability is only present in women. A study from 2004 published by the University of Virginia found that amount of sexual partners of women affects the quality of the marriage, but it doesn't for men: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2733220/Women-don-t-sleep-wedding-happier-marriages-men-play-field-without-worry-study-finds.html This is an extremely common misconception. The Teachman study was controlled for a variety of variables, religiosity being one of them. "I control for a wide range of potentially confounding variables that have been identified in the literature… race, religion, education, parental education, parental marital history, premarital births and conception, and spouse homogeneity with respect to race, religion, and age." Furthermore, the Teachman study referenced showed that women who marry religous or very religious men have a higher divorce rate. See the analysis of Model 1 by Barbara Foster in "Learning From Jay Teachman's Premarital Sex, Cohabitation and Divorce: The Broken Link." In closing, the research suggests that it is the amount of sexual partners a woman has that affects the stability of the marriage, not religion, not the man's sexual partners, not whether or not marriage is treated as the green light.
  14. We had a thread on this that was resurrected somewhat recently: http://forums.waitingtillmarriage.org/topic/5405-long-distance-online-dating/ My personal opinion on the matter hasn't changed since I posted there. I've done long distance before, and I can attest that it's a lot more difficult, but the chances of me finding a girl I like here in California are astronomically small, so I'm more open than most (I would say sort of counting on it) to LDR, given, of course, appropriate levels of commitment and desires to make it work, as well as solid plans for the future.
  15. Apologies in advance for perpetuating the off-topic material, but I have to reply to this: Incorrect. I would go into detail on the mechanisms of occult works, but this is already severely off-topic as it is, and I doubt anyone here would be interested anyway. Suffice it to say that this statement is so utterly false and absurd that it is laughable, and it is exceedingly clear that Mr Berdahl has never actually consulted with a single legitimate occult expert before making this statement. Incorrect. Not even touching on the spurious terminology, the use of syncopated music in possession rituals is largely confined to African traditions or those derived from them, such as New World syncretic traditions. Western traditions in particular typically use non-syncopated rhythms to promote trance for the purpose of invocation, assuming any music or rhythm is used at all, which is not required or even really standardized by any means. Highly ritualized invocations in Western occult traditions that use music typically involve chanting with the emphasis on the first beat, precisely the way Mr Berdahl says Christian music should be. I started watching the longer video posted, but I realized he referenced the Masaro Emoto experiments and remembered that some of the classical music Emoto used to produce what he considered visually-pleasing patterns was syncopated. After that, I stopped the video. Sincerely, An occult expert (14 years of occult experience), historian (graduate degree from a Top 10 university), and musical composer Oh right, and I realize that criticisms might have more weight coming from Christians than me, so I've included a link to a response from an Adventist theomusicologist: https://theomusicology.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/a-response-to-christian-berdahl-1-syncopation-part-one/ (there are several parts, linked at the bottom of the article) This link is significantly more invective (considers Mr Berdahl's movement as a cult), but it is written to what I consider an academic standard: http://sevytalibancults.blogspot.com/p/christian-berdahl-and-shepherds-call.html Cheers