I am technically new, but have been reading the articles for quite a while. I thought, what the heck, and became a member. I have been researching the occult most of my adult life and strongly believe in it.
My background is in anthropology and have a masters in the same. In a nutshell, my studies focused on the beliefs and rituals of various cultures of Europe and Great Britain. I see quite a bit of blending of traditions to suit the needs of the practitioner. Some of it is brilliant while others border on the side of the absurd. If it works, it works. Who am I to judge? As long as you have a strong belief in what you are doing; it will work.
My interest is in dream magick at the moment and have managed to achieve some excellent results, but I need to work on my meditation and centering to produce a much better outcome. I believe that once I fully mastered the techniques, the spells will work much better.
Have a great day!