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Well small update I've been rather sick last week. Last Thursday night I went down rather bad with chills, sweats, a fever, and a monster headache (and light hurting my eyes). I was more or less out of it until Monday and even right now I have some small lingering effects. Left work early Friday and Called off Saturday. Probably made it worse by over exerting myself Friday at work. I'll try to get caught up on chores, work, & internet things Thursday when I have time off.

Arg.

Also really need to clean up and redecorate around here.

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Well over the past month and a half I've joined ADF and the Church of the Hermetic Sciences (CHS) as an Associate Member.

Joining the ADF is kind of a no brainer after hanging about 3CG for a few years now and being a formal friend for the past several months heading towards membership. I really like the ADF's pan-Indo-European focus and it's sadly one of the few examples of strong & (mostly) well designed Neo-Pagan institution. Also looking at the Recommended Reading List I find it kind of amusing that I have all of the books in the Greek/Hellenic Culture section and in the Roman Culture all but R.M. Ogilvie's Romans and Their Gods in the Age of Augustus. The Dedicant Path Study Program looks like it will be fun.

As for CHS (Poke Runyon's Group) I stumbled across them (and their order the Ordo Templi Astartes) a couple of years ago through stuff on Digimob and then later found out that they had started a podcast and begun to follow that. When they announced an Associate Member program I joined. What attracted me was the combination of traditional western magic with a neo-pagan flair.

Crap need to run off to work so that's all I can post right now - more possibly later.

Also link from NPR: Quidditch As A NCAA Sport.

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Via a number of people

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.


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Well, the Witch's Ball is tonight (and Pagan Pride Day is Tomorrow) so I've got my costume together...



Codi talked me into it.

Also need to be posting entries as a lot has been going on lately.

Currently reading Jeremy Naydler's The Future of the Ancient World after finding it cheap at the Universal Light Expo last weekend (and remember primaldog's recommendation of it). It's really good so far after reading the first few essays.

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Well this weekend.

Friday went to the Scarlet & Gray Animations' opening meeting for this year.

Spent Saturday loafing about and watched most of Chasing Mummies and a few other things I'd recorded but hadn't had time to watch due to a lot of things being planned on my days off (Dental visits, family wedding, and other random things). Later that night ended up being pulled along to Outlands since it was pirate night (local goth club) with zotquix & Dave for a bit. I did a rather failriffic attempt at dancing with a tricorn on.

And today spent part of it getting some stuff together, doing some cleaning, and I'm in the process of scrubbing my room & shrine ahead of Samhain. Also got all of my old emails caught up - now I just need to get caught up on social network stuff - but that's going to have to wait until later.

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Yeah, I'm still alive. Lots of work and a very busy schedule so I haven't had much free time to do much of anything lately due to the chaos accompanying OSU move-in time. I finally have this weekend off however.

I was planning to head to the Ohio Renaissance Festival soon ether this weekend (which with current events is unlikely) or October 9th or 10th - Anyone interested in tagging along?

Assuming I don't head off to the festival or elsewhere I'll be spending the weekend getting cleaning, studying, and getting caught up on things.

also saw The Last Exorcism today it really need a 'Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fthagn!!!' near the end (and I half expected it). The movie was alright but it over used Chekhov's Shotgun small armory.

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It's a beret. I wear berets now... Berets are cool.

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Arg. I'm behind on internet stuff so sorry if I've missed posts & things.

Recent stuff in my life:

Work, Work, Work.

Got a temporary crown but in Thursday as I somehow broke my back right molar.

Been spending a lot of my free time submersing myself in study and experimenting with some magical practices and meditation - might post a little about it later.

Also have to attend a cousin's wedding in Cincinnati tomorrow.

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I see LJ is linked with Facebook now - perhaps my entries will be posted on there within the same link I post them now. =P

Anyways behind on catching up on people's stuff but really need so de-stress and study time right now so I'll try to catch up on things after work tomorrow.

Anyways a few interesting links I've found:

RITUS OLYMPICUS PENTAGRAMMOU MINOR AD EXPELLENDUM - a classical adaptation of the LBRP ritual. I might adapt and adopt it since it may resonate a little better than my Shitennō version.

Also this was a bit interesting Occult Sentinel EP 32: Sam Webster - Tantric Thelema

Here's The Mahayoga Tantra Invocation of Thelema's Ra-Hoor-Khuit (PDF) that Sam Webster created.

There are also some serious criticisms of Webster's methods - I haven't read the book nor really familiar with Thelema so I cannot not really judge.

Also a link to Webster's Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn.

Also Tibet: The RPG - I don't know what to say about this...

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Goetia Girls (NSFW)


Wiskey, Tango, Foxtrot. What?

Also VERY Not Safe For Work.

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Arg. I'm kind of tired.

Some quick things:

Last Monday went up to Cleveland to hang out with kituvan_kiitos before she left for Finland and had a great time. We went over to Lakewood park and meditated and attempt to connect with the local water spirits for a bit in a really awesome lakeside location she had found. Also watched some hovering hawks/falcons who were using the high winds to hang perfectly stationary in the air for long periods. Then went to Phoenix Coffee, a local tea/coffee house to get some tea - I had some herbal blend called 'Mother's Milk', I think it might have had some Mugwort in addition to other things I couldn't identify (the clerks had no idea what was in it).

Then a couple used video game places and a head shop - then went to eat at the Buckeye Beer Engine which had a nine page craft beer/ale/mead list in addition to their page of draft craft beers. They also had a few vegetarian friendly items including Black Bean sliders which we both got - they were kind of dry and need some spicing up IMHO.

I ordered some Doghead's Sah'tea which was kind of overly busy but I kind of liked it.

Then went to a nearby gothy store - there was a really cool Versailles Coat there but at $375 a good bit out of my price range for something I would very rarely wear.

After all that tried to contact rpb3000 to see if he wanted to meet up for an hour or two wasn't able to get in contact with him.

On the long drive back at a truck stop tried something I hadn't seen before AMP Energy Juice: Orange. It touted itself as 100% juice and was basically a caffeinated orange juice - nothing really special and it tasted as you would expect.

Other things: Bought The Seventh Ray: Book I - The Blue Ray since it has a section where the Sabian Planetary Rituals from the Picatrix have been translated and fit into more workable forms. The rest of the journal is pretty awesome as well and definitely more than worth the ten dollars it cost.

Also finally got around to watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone since a few people I know are rather large fans of the series and it's one of those pop culture things I should know a little about. Personally the film wasn't so much my cup of tea as it seemed very much fulfillment with little in the way of struggle or drama on Harry's part. Sure there's the whole thing with Voldermort and the evil wizards but it seemed just very lite in the drama department over all. I mean sure Harry had a poor family life with his uncle's family and never knew his parents but once he gets out of it he has a perfect life. He's famous and viewed with awe everywhere he goes, he has a crap ton of money, and he's perfect at whatever he does - no drama with trying to learn or master things - he's just always perfect in doing things with little to no effort and gets gifts showed upon him from above. Is the rest of the series all like this? Also why was the Philosopher's Stone changed to the Sorcerer's Stone in the US version?

It kind of made me appreciate Lev Grossman's The Magicians a bit better as the protagonist Quentin Coldwater has to really struggle though study and practice in order to be able to do things and occasionally fails but pushes ahead to succeed something Harry isn't show to do. Also Brakebills is kind of cooler than Hogworts IMHO.

Well need to head off to work.

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Saw RiffTrax LIVE! and it was awesome.

On another note, I'm trying to get into a regular study focus schedule and now I'm on a fourth draft due to a combination of weird scheduling, not taking things into account, and general laziness.

So so far:

Sunday - Personal Growth & Development
Monday - Magical Study/Practice
Tuesday - Writing/Language Studies
Wednesday - Language / Magic
Thursday - Cultural studies
Friday - Social
Saturday - Basime / Music? / Rest

Also I've been starting on doing some work using Bardon's Methods. I'm assuming it counts if say an image of a red circle is maintained as a focus in the mind but occasionally related things will appear nearby or around...

Also I need to get back into refreshing my decrepit language skills with perhaps Latin which I've been meaning to start re-learning since it's been ages and I did learn all that much to begin with and it's a language I want to have some minor proficiency in.

Also considering starting really delving into a study of Burkert's Greek Religion and a few other dense books I've been meaning to read but only skimmed and used as references.

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It was with a bit of trepidation that I went to see Eat, Pray, Love. this morning. I was prepared for a horrible movie but was intrigued by reports of the Indian government trying to make sure the Ashram had some accuracy, the ire of villagers whose Temple was taken over during a major festival, and Julia Robert's Conversion to Hinduism. In the end Eat Pray Love turned out to be a rather average film which had some good moments it its Rome phase but ended in blandness.

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Overall a mediocre movie.

4.7/10

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Well just some quick updates. First need to revamp this blog and get decent content flowing again. So I'm planning on going to an early morning showing of Eat, Pray, Love and doing a review of it since it's raised some ire amoung Indic religion groups on one hand and the filming inspired Julia Roberts to convert to a strain of Hinduism.

I stumbled across Poke Runyon's new podcast, The Hermetic Hour, while looking for stuff on Franz Bardon and liking it - The show on Franz Bardon has some of Runyon's commentary on Simon, King of the Witches (supposedly the character of the luckless and semi-pathetic wizard Simon was based on him - got to see the film last month and there is a lot of references to Bardon tossed in). Also I found out from the Podcast that Greer & Warnock have recently finished up their translation and commentary of the Picatrix so I might be getting it in a month or so since I'm fairly interested in studying it given its Sabian connections.

Also considering heading to the Summerland Memorial for Isaac Bonewits but with the traffic, time (need to be at work very early for training Friday), and costs involved might just be there in spirit... While physically watching Riff Trax LIVE! at Lennox.

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Via thedogisdead

1. You can ONLY answer Yes or No.

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages/comments you and asks. And believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming... things are not exactly as they seem.

3. It is harder than it looks, but NO explanations !!! You will want to... but don't!!!


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DMS Phillip Emmons Isaac Bonewits 10/1/1949 - 08/12/2010

Thanks for everything you have done Isaac - we are all in your debt.

Old RWYASN Interview with Bonewits.

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Happy 8-9-10!



Now need to run off to work...

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Got home, took a nap, did some cleaning, got distracted by stuff and now it's late.

So in lieu of stuff - here's something I stumbled across:

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Agh. Trying to catch up on stuff after a back-log of stuff from the weekend. Mostly got some chores done and some other things I need to get done today. Thankfully I'll be able to catch up more on things.

Yeah quick little write-up on the weekend coming hopefully tomorrow.

Couple of quick pics:



Mound City from the South at Hopewell National Park - I had planned to go on the trail that passed around the monument before entering Mound City but had a feeling that I shouldn't as there was something dangerous on the trail. I chalk that up to some frazzled nerves but I should have listened it - a bit down the trail from the Southern connection with the monument I heard a rustling in the brush and something, not sure exactly what, started growling. I started slowly backing up and speaking calmly (apologizing for disturbing it and violating its territory) and spread out my jacket out with my hands to look bigger while preparing myself. Thankfully it didn't charge and I didn't turn around until I was well out of the woods and had passed through Mound City's southern entrance. I warned the only other people there a guy who had two young kids - thankfully he wasn't planning on going down the trails anyways.



Also visited Luperca's statue in Cincinnati that was one of three copies given to the US from Italy in the 1930s (The other two are in Rome, New York and Rome, Georgia). More about that later.


One of the podcasts I listened to while driving was Buddhist Geeks 121: The Great Work of Western Magick w/Alan Chapman which is worth checking out.

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Happy Loaf-day!

I made it back a couple of hours ago and then took a nap. I'm rather hungry and still tired right now so I'll post something more a later possibly tomorrow or so.

*dies*

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Well decided to go on a semi-pilgrimage to a few sites around Ohio.

First stop was the Newark Earthworks - part of which is infamously part of a golf course.

Went to the Great Circle - pictures of which just do not do justice to the sheer scale of the earthworks on the site.



I visited the visitor's center first and made a small donation/sacrifice ($10) for the upkeep of what's left of the site and bought Woodward & McDonald's Indian Mounds of the Middle Ohio Valley - a guide to Publicly Accessible mounds & earthworks in the Middle Ohio Valley - and a 19th century plan of the site before much of the site was sadly destroyed or became a long par five (again you only get a sense of the sheer scale of the site by walking around). Also noticed they had a number of copies of George R. Milner's The Moundbuilders: Ancient Peoples of Eastern North America which was one of the textbooks for my Archaeology of Eastern North America class a few years ago.

I then entered the circle through the main ancient entrance and the interior felt rather charged and awesome. I circumambulated around the inner edge of the circle and near the end I saw some interesting sights: first one crow flew down and landed in front of me then a second one flew in from another direction. The first one called then they both flew off to somewhere outside the circle. A short while later I passed under a tree where a flock of crows landed and rested. Finally near the end a monarch butterfly flew up to and around me then headed towards the center of the circle. Having circumambulated the circle I walked towards the center mound and a rather large and awe-inspiring tree that was growing out of the center mound - like a world tree at the sacred center.



I offered a few prayers to the spirits of the area and the ancestors (and there is a chance that there maybe some literal ancestry here since part of my heritage is Cherokee and some native traditions maintain that there is a connection between them at one point and the mound building cultures along the Ohio Valley before they were pushed further south).

I also asked for help in dealing with some personal issues which seem to have had some effect and quite frankly I feel better.

Tomorrow going to try to leave early and visiting Fort Ancient and a stop over to visit family. Over this weekend I'm also planning to visit both Luperca's Statue in Eden Park and the Great Serpent Mound.

Well need sleep.

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Well just saw inception and it was rather good, a lot better than most of the stuff out there. Also just bought a Kindle and I'm rather pleased with it so far.

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Ohio's Woodhenge at Fort Ancient site aligned to summer solstice.

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One Decade.

for J.S. wherever you might be.

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Alan Moore Interview with interesting thoughts on modern Superheroes (Warning: may have triggery content)

Wes Anderson's God of War

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