Fear

Super good article from Chirotus at Blacklight Metaphysics. Enjoy.

Blacklight Metaphysics

There’s a young man at work that I’ve been talking with quite a bit. He’s a rambunctious, obnoxious sort who’s more inclined to have fun than worry about the consequences, but he’s got a sharp mind and is a lot more self-aware than most people I know. (He’d make a great magician should he decide to focus on it someday. I’m casually prodding him in that direction. Because I can.)

One thing that he never expects is when I make a simple observation into his nature that explains why he is experiencing discomfort with a certain situation and suggests how he will likely deal with it. And I’ve explained the process to him, because it usually is really simple: what is he motivated by, what are his typical behavioral patterns, and what is he afraid of? How do those play together?

And so, since I’m doing that self examination thing…

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Regular Service Will Resume Shortly

(Sorry about my crappy webcam.)

I’m getting better. As Émile Coué and that crazy guy in one of the Pink Panther movies said: Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better. I really am. I can hardly believe it.

I have a rather long entry about half written. I hope to get that finished within the next day or two and publish it here.

Unfortunately I also just received in the mail Peter Levenda’s The Dark Lord: H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic. That’ll keep me reading for a while. Maybe I’ll review it. Some of my Book o’ Faces friends think it’s great. And I’ve even read some Kenneth Grant, believe it or not. (I’ve read all of Lovecraft that I can find, stories, poems, letters, et al.)

I’ll strive not to get completely lost in the book. I’ll be seeing you soon.

The real Aphrodite

 

A much needed reminder of the true and multivalent nature of the mighty Goddess Aphrodite.

White Cat Grove

Confession: I follow reconstructionist lists and sites not because I consider myself a recon, but because I enjoy learning things. They often have links to articles on various archaeological topics, among other things. Sometimes the discussions are interesting. Other times, it’s akin to running a cheesegrater made of self-righteous judgment against my synapses.

Recons, as I have mused before, are sometimes — and too often — fundamentalists that cannot accept cultural change. The “lore” — traditional stories preserved in archaic languages — is seen as the arbiter of all truth. There is a patina of purity, of a desire to get back to an essential unchangingness in which the Gods were always known by this set of names, with this set of attributes, and honored with this set of particular practices.

If you’ve followed my blog with any regularity, you’ll know that I consider myself an enemy of purity

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