underlying principles teach you in general but to learn advanced ideas you will have to commit and specialize.
that depends on whether you can trust your teachers, and whether your foundations support what you put on top of them.
yoga is great exercise. and hippies have taken the tight-assedness out of white culture to a large degree. you have to count your blessings when it comes to cross-culturalism.
a better question is, are you letting exoticism blind you to the fact that you can probably learn an as-good-if-not-better magickal system right where you are? the grass is not any greener on the other side. enochian magick is as hard as vodun any day of the week. the magick the jesuits do in italy is as hard as anything any yogi has ever done. german occultists do not take a backseat to any taoist or asian buddhist. advanced esoteric hypnotists can do just about anything you’ll get from a native american shaman. the pennsylvania dutch christian can do with the books of moses’ faustian magick and bible what any angolan can do with nkisi. french and australian satanists can be a fucking scary lot to mess with, as can the scientologists. and so on and so forth. you don’t have to travel around the world to find hard magick. there is just as hard if not harder magick being done right in your own region as anything you’ll get in haiti or brazil. anyone telling you differently is lying to you and probably has some type of agenda. the grass is not greener on the other side. i know that fact will make some of you mad, but truth is truth. the grass is not greener.
AND VICE VERSA. there are entire systems that borrow and mix western, eastern, and southern ideas. humanity is always changing and always learning. yes. from each other.
[quote=“proeng, post:1, topic:5761”]Most great magicians studied both eastern and western magic, EA Koetting, Franz Bardon, Aleister Crowley etc. So there is a clear correlation in mixing east and west gives great, great result.
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it’s really not that complicated. you can learn a ton by understanding general principles, but advanced learning in any field requires commitment and specialization.
i’m not convinced by the cultural appropriation mob any more than i would have been convinced by the european bigots who thought negromancy was inferior to european ceremony. those same tightwads omitted the substantial works of great magicians such as marie laveau and paschal randolph due to prejudice. i see the cultural appropriation brigade doing the same type of racial neutering in the future towards white borrowers but in a more passive-aggressive manner. either way i’m not impressed by those games of one-upsmanship. all honest communication is free exchange. secretiveness is a politrick move.
a more honest answer than ‘you can’t/shouldn’t mix’ would be ‘what they do isn’t useful in our system’ or ‘yeah that’s good for their way, but here in we do things differently. here is how we do it: .’ however, you will not get those types of dialogues going because everybody has an agenda.