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Did my first oath (which is a suggested part of the Dedicant's Path) tonight at the Three Cranes Grove Druid Moon. I offered to Saraswati and asked her to guide me before hand since see had been coming through strong lately and had seemed to have been taking special interest when I had my membership ceremony.

Here is what I oathed:

I, Kitsula Tsulakala, stand here in the place between the worlds.

I am grateful for the blessings of the gods, spirits, and ancestors.

I now embark upon the Druid's path and shall practice with brightness, purity, and sincerity.

I will dedicate myself to serve and benefit the world and all beings who cross my path.

I shall deepen my knowledge & wisdom through study of the ways of the gods and practices of the ancestors.

From my heart, I will humbly follow the ancient path with sincerity.

Thus, I shall walk this path with wisdom, levity, and purpose – where I shall go I cannot say – but the great purpose is often in the journey as it is in the destination.

This I say before the kindreds and those gathered here who walk in wisdom.


I also vowed to be rootless and and wander without a (spiritual) home if I broke this oath (which would require me to act grossly out of charter to do so).

The day before I took the oath it seemed like the Earth, Sea, and Sky were crashing down upon me - at least coming to and going from Springfield for rpb3000's Housewarming/MLP:FiM Season Finale party. I got very lost several times, people cutting me off, car having issues, bad storms, heavy fog, car somehow skidding out and knocked off road by wind/very wet road, a very aggressive panhandler who was seeming like he was going to mug or carjack me every heading to my passenger side door (which was thankfully locked).

I somewhat wonder if the weirdly difficult journey was due to my audio choice a podcast on Hindu mythology and Mantras which seemed to be on a good stretch about the 'misunderstood' planets Saturn & Mars along with chanting calling down the power of those two planets through what seemed the entire car ride.

Had a few issues today (massive brain fart when asked a simple question, bugs biting all over me (and not until after I put on bug repellent), small mala's varnish melting all over my wrist due to bug repellent. Though I have to say things have gone smoother after the oath. When I got home pulled 19 on the Kau Cim after inquiring about my oath & path:



Since it is a very fortunate and the picture in the poems booklet featured Cranes I'm taking that as a very auspicious omen. Also pulled Kichi (blessing) on Electric Samurai's Cyber Shrine

All in all looks rather good.

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Well here it is everypony!

Goddess Celestia


My new essay on
My Little Pony Mythology is up and it's also my first real post on my new blog for this type of crap 'Tea House of the Spirits'. I'll be putting my essays and review stuff from now on to the Tea House to kinda separate it from my personal blog.

Once upon a time in the Magical Land of Equestria...

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I've been wondering more and more about the Hearth culture I should take for my ADF studies recently. I was heading towards focusing on Roman hearth (with some light dual vedic hearth for Saraswati) but when I was at my shrine earlier in the day before my initiation as a full member of Three Cranes Grove last month I felt Saraswati very strongly. I also felt that she was taking particular interest and making herself known. So now I'm thinking on making Vedic culture my primary hearth which fits rather well with my current mismash.

Saraswati is one of my primary patrons though really I came into contact with her though one of my other primary patrons the Shinto Kami Inari. To explain how I came into contact with a Vedic goddess by way of Japan let me first explain a few things: Saraswati came to Japan with the coming of Buddhism (her most common Japanese name being Benzaiten). What popularized her veneration was the Golden Light Sutra (specifically Chapter 8). In time she became rather popular to the point that when Buddhism and Shinto were separated during the Meiji era Saraswati was given Shinto rites, Shinto Shrines, and more or less naturalized into Japan's native religion Shinto. I could go into a long discussion on the adoption of Indian deities into Japan but that would make this entry go well off track. If you're interested I would recommend Upendra Thakur's India and Japan: A Study in Interaction During 5th Cent.-14th Cent. A.D. as a decent introduction to the topic. Though it is interesting to note that some Vedic deities attained positions of honor they did not attain in Post-Vedic India or anywhere else where Buddhism spread.

Anyways in some versions of Japanese beliefs Saraswati/Benzaiten and Inari are forms of one another, in some others she is hir consort, but in any case they are often associated and their shrines will often be close together.

I've had a number of mind-blowing encounters with Saraswati - the greatest when I went on a religious studies class trip to the Bharatiya Hindu Temple in 2007 where I felt her presence very strongly and her statue seemed to be animated with a smile forming on her face. One of her arms seemed to be moving and her fingers were advancing her mala.

With a rather close connection with Saraswati and her appearance in the Shinto & Buddhism systems that form part of my personal practice it seems obvious that she would make a good guide and bridge to ease into an ADF hearth culture.

However my main obstacle with looking into a Vedic hearth culture are my issues with "Vedic Reconstructionism". One issue that I see which is rife in "Vedic Reconstructionism" is a undercurrent of almost outright hostility to Hinduism. One event left some bad tastes in my mouth that I remember seeing an old BeliefNet thread where a VR was arguing in a rather nasty fashion with a Hindu Brahmin that the Brahmin's traditions were illegitimate & corrupt and that he, the VR, was the true Brahmin. This and similar arguments are very much the worst kind of cultural appropriation and imperialism - pure and simple.

Buddhism, Jainism, and the various forms of Hinduism may all differ from Vedism but they all bear its stamp - they are like cuttings from the fallen tree of the Vedic religion. Sure the religions of India changed greatly at the end of the Vedic period - for that matter changes were occurring during the Vedic Period for that matter with the Upanishads and the works of the Forest Sages. It is from the Upanishads and commentaries the Forest Sages that a lot of the ideas and concepts that form pillars of Hindu thought first appear. In many cases Vedic rituals were reinterpreted in the various forms of Hinduism. I may be wrong here but I always assumed the most important qualifier here was Othopraxy not Orthodoxy. Also while forms of Hinduism may be Monist in philosophy on the level of ritual they are often Polytheist - again is Othopraxy or Orthodoxy the change? Also do modern 'Neo-Pagan' have much ground to criticize the reinterpretation and updating of an ancient ritual?

One great insight which Algernon Sidney Crapsey's The Ways of the Gods had was the Wax and Wane of the popularity of Deities & Saints according to conditions and needs of the people at the time. The end of the Vedic era was a time of great transition and from that transition the Vedic religion split off into Buddhism, Jainism, and various forms of 'Hinduism'. Because religion of the peoples of India changed over time to new conditions and some deities became far less important means that the tradition is 'illegitimate' and utterly divorced from its roots in Vedism? Also what of the still living Śrauta tradition?

So given these issues I have some trepidation with taking a Vedic hearth culture for my ADF studies. I still intend to learn especially now with Saraswati nudging me down that road.

Also just a cavet - I'm more familar with Buddhism and forms of Hinduism than Vedism proper. My main issue is not how 'Vedic' Hinduism is - my issue is the current that seems to almost demonize Hinduism and claim Vedic traditions while denying the validity of later Indian religions and their traditions as having a root in this source. In essence it's spiritual imperialism and doing spiritually what the British Empire did physically to the Indian Subcontinent.

Now that I've probably pissed off a bunch of people with my possibly ill-conceived rant I'm going to get off this soap box. I was tiredish when I wrote this so please excuse the typos and other possible errors.

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Yay! Eostre is Tomorrow (Ok, technically today right now)!


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I woke up from this dream a little bit ago.

I was this guy who looked and acted kind of like George from being human and I was in this car traveling with someone who looked kind of like this Britney girl from work. I was not really in control of this guy just seeming to be acting and going through the motions. Long story short some generic horror cliches with the creepy guy a the gas station who randomly expounds about the beast (werewolf) seen occasionally up the road. My guy is all scared and nerviness and then the car broke down. He and the girl got out and moments later they hear a howl and see a large wolf down the road. So instead of doing the sensible thing and getting back in the car they decide to scream and run.

Georgy boy gets bit on his right leg (kind of about rear shin area) but he and the girl beat off the wolf and it runs off. Georgey starts thinking "Fuck! I'm going to be a werewolf" and then I kind full of take over and the thoughts turn to 'FUCK YEAH! I'm turning into a wolf now!!!". I then turn into a wolf and run off into the forest and enjoy it for a time and enjoying the semi-familiar form until I feel myself booted out of the body. Georgy suddenly reverts to human and as I rocket off he's naked in the fetal position crying like a baby before starting to head back. I got the impression that I was bounced for disrupting the dream narrative. I then work up and it was exactly midnight.

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Why have you chosen to take the first steps on the Dedicant Path?

Mostly I seek to understand Ár nDraíocht Féin and the western ways better and to hopefully move on to other study programs within ADF.

Is this a step on your path, or will it become the path itself?

The DP is a step on the path, though I hope that some of the steps can be taken off the staircase and cobbled into my current path to widen it and fix some potholes.

What do you expect to learn?

I expect to delve deeper into Indo-European ways and pantheons and participate more heartily into the current Neo-Pagan community.

What would you like to get out of this journey?

A greater appreciation of the Neo-Pagan community and a greater understanding of I-E cultures.

Do you know where this path will take you?

No I do not, but then I often take random paths and find amazing things while managing to go where I was headed.

If you have just joined ADF, why have you chosen to work on this immediately?

I feel it will help me delve deeper into ADF and help me acclimate to ADF's modes and traditions.

Which requirements appear to be difficult to you now, and which appear to be easy?

The hardest requirement will probably be the Virtues Essay since I feel I will have to look at some very personal issues involving a few of the virtues. The easiest by far appear to be the book reports.

Do you have doubts, questions, or concerns that you need to ask about?

Nope. Most of my questions have been answered by TCG members.

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Live Science: Prehistoric Cemetery Reveals Man and Fox Were Pals

I'll hopefully post an update soon - I've had a number of things going on recently.

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Happy Year of the Rabbit!

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Tokyo's anime temple brings Buddhism to the otaku generation

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Just a quick post about all the 'New Astrology' stuff in the media talking about how Astrologers are dumb as the stars have change:

*facepalm*

Really has anyone taken five seconds to look at a book or even Wikipedia? This 'new' astrology is simply Sidereal astrology and more common Tropical system is a very different system.

Sidereal is fixed to how the sun moves through the constellations while the Tropical system, which most people are familiar with, is actually a season system with a start and ending on the vernal equinox as set by Ptolemy. The tropical is more of a yearly calendar with the names of the constellations (which once more of less matched up with the dates) used as the names of the equal length 'months'. Actual observation comes in later in chart making but not in the determination of natal signs.

Seriously if you want to debunk something at lest have a cursory understanding of what you're attacking rather than displaying massive ignorance and group-mind.

How different is this from creationists saying evolution is random so it could not create anything? These people parroting the Astology is wrong due to the stars not fitting the seasons are doing the exact same thing.

*end of rant*
*need to catch up on stuff been busy due to work and other stuff piled up while I was out of town last weekend*
*sorry for not keeping up with posts*

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Happy New Year!

Yeah I'm not caught up on things because I've been very busy and sick lately. I'll try to catch up on LJ & Facebook stuffery soon. Also there is a post I've been wanting to make but haven't had the time so I should hopefully be able to get back into stride soon.

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...If you reply to this I'll give you three characters. Then you post to your LJ and label which one you would spend an evening with, marry, or shove off a cliff.

The names I was given: Hermione Granger, Toph (Avatar), and Catwoman.

I'd spend the evening with Catwoman which would be interesting as she is very much a wild card with her own agenda and with one night there's less risk of a sudden face/heel turn (or vice versa) and a dagger in the back (although the whip is a-ok).

Marry Hermione Granger - Let's see interesting, smart, well read, and has a passion for learning. Sold.

Shove off a cliff - Toph (Avatar). Mostly because I know little about this character... From a quick skim of wiki she seems like a blind Chinese Kwame (the Planeteer). So, I'm assuming she would be able to handle a cliff fall by making a platform come up under her. Then I'd blame it on that Ma-Ti kid while making my escape... in a "borrowed" Geo-Cruiser.

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Hail Mitra/Mithra/Mithras!



A link: The Legend of Mithras from Mithras, the Secret God by M.J. Vermaseren

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Ok, starting on the first day of Saturnalia until the 25th I'm going to focus on one of the ADF virtues daily. Working from the bottom up the first is Fertility/Creativity so I've decided to post the rather meh fan-fic I wrote a while ago (also the only fan-fic I've ever written). It's written as an origin story for the Ghost Fox Killer since DC never gave her a real origin or really used her like the other Heroes in the The Great Ten. So anyways enjoy - it has so little to do with the comic so it should be enjoyable without knowing anything about the character (not that she was given many details anyways).

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Comics Alliance: Racists Totally Freak Out Over Idris Elba Playing Norse God in 'Thor'

Well looks like a bunch of racists are upset that a black guy is playing Heimdall in the movie adaptation of Jack Kirby's very loose superhero take on the Norse pantheon. Stupid racism aside - Heimdall being black is your biggest problem? Look at the horrible fashion sense! Also everyone knows Thor is a ginger not some blond bimbo and Odin looks like the lovechild of Mad Eye Moody and Santa Claus (take a minute to let that image sink into your head...).

Seriously though, I see little problem with this as Kirby's Thor isn't remotely trying to be accurate to the actual mythology - it's a fun re-imagining of the mythos in superhero form.

What's wrong with a little superheroizing?

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Io, Saturnalia!




Io, Saturnalia everyone!

I'll be sending out cards this weekend so semi-last chance if you want one.

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Just wanted to share a great podcast on media and technology with Douglas Rushkoff (who has worked on a number of PBS Frontline programs such as the classic The Merchants of Cool).

Rushkoff talks about his book Programme or Be Programmed the problems of being 'always on', the cheery picking of knowledge, digital sharing culture, piracy, and other issues facing the digital age.

It's from the Right Where You Are Sitting Now Podcast.

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When I got to work today there was a really horrible show playing on TruTV in the breakroom. It was like a real version of Ow My Balls! from Idiocracy with people being injured to laugh tracks... And there was a segment featuring freaking toddlers being injured with bits such as a woman falling on a kid and a bride and groom with a toddler flower girl on a elevator platform that failed and crashed at least six feet to the ground with a force that shattered the outer cage (only the top could be seen as it feel into a pit). All this to a freaking laugh track and sarcastic comments. What's wrong with people?! Who finds this funny? What do they do for an encore? shoot puppies? Seriously?!

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Well getting home from work today was really sucky. My car was very iced over to the point that I couldn't get ether the drivers' or the passengers' side door open. I did manage to get the back open and since my car is a hatchback I climbed trough to the drivers seat. When I got there I found out my car's battery was dead. I was now stuck though and didn't have my phone - thankfully after a number of kicks and hard shoves I managed to force my drivers' side door open (the passengers' side is still well sealed). I then managed to thankfully get a boost from our HR guy and get semi-going.

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I'll be mailing out Holiday cards this year again so if you want one post below with a name, address, and the holiday you celebrate (which will be screened):

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Too bad this didn't last long enough for me to break out a robe and wizard hat.

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Also we may soon have all the free energy we could ever want by hooking up a generator to the spinning corpse of H.P. Lovecraft once this airs:

Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr. Lovecraft

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LOL! Korean Co-Prosperity Sphere... I find the very idea of this game amusing in so many ways (also I see what you did there having North Korea taking over Japan and the land Japan took during the Great Pacific War smooth, and I'm sure it won't piss off anyone...).

Also seriously North Korea taking over the world in a few years with it's devastated infrastructure and antiquated military?

Also anyone else notice that the EMP in the Video took out the Mainland US & Mexico while leaving Canada (and possibly Alaska hrm... Palin's Our North Korean Allies comment...) unscathed?

Also did Kim Jong-un go on the Slimfast diet in this alternate universe? =P

Meanwhile in real life:

Mr Chun confidently had predicted that North Korea "had already collapsed economically and would collapse politically two to three years after the death of Kim Jong-il", despite his efforts to obtain Chinese help and to secure the succession for his son, Ms Stephens wrote.
"The PRC would be comfortable with a reunified Korea controlled by Seoul and anchored to the United States in a 'benign alliance' - as long as Korea was not hostile towards China," her message added.


Wikileaks cables: China 'frustrated' by North Korea

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Well for a lark I've been playing around recently with OKcupid (which I joined a long time ago to do the internet quizzes when they were memetastic but never really used it so I flushed all the data and restarted my profile). It has a fun picture rating thing down by category so I submitted mine and got back a report and all the pictures came back pretty much like this:



So apparently to women older than me and those younger than me I look alright... To women in my age group (which I'm smack dab in the middle of) I look like something that fell off the keister of the dark angry one. Heh. Perhaps that explains why I've been stood up a few times.

Anyways that wasn't the only surprise as while I had mostly normal photos I had two where I was in robes. Both of them got very high scores from Christians (one of the demographics) and the one where I was robed with esoteric stuff in the background did the best among Christians skewing them to be tied for second place among the demographics that liked my photos... Interesting...

I guess that somewhat explains why the service keeps on trying to match me with people who are of four categories: 1. Evangelical Christians, 2. Very off kilter people, 3. Far too older or younger than me, or 4. People who are not available. I like how it says I haven't completed my profile because I haven't sent out messages to people - well maybe if I got people other than preaching far-right Christians, Ppl wHo ALWAYS tyPe lik dis n sAy notHing cLosE 2 NtelliGent, and people who spend their entire profiles obsessing about anime & talking about how they are huge stereotypical Otakus, I might find someone interesting enough to message.

Other things went to Alex's birthday bash at MoMo2's on Saturday and proved once again I cannot sing at all in the Karaoke room. Also I had a few of my coworkers tell me that I looked very tired today which was very true as I had a lot on my plate and had been run ragged all day.

*faceplop* *dies*

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Cry, 'Havoc!' and let slip the coyotes of pest control!

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