Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Luke 2446 53 The Ascension Of Our Lord

Luke 2446 53 The Ascension Of Our Lord
The Ascension of Our Lord"(Click here for readings)""Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God."Yesterday I read in the news that eighty thousand people had signed up for a one way trip to Mars. I was amazed. That takes a lot of courage. But suddenly this thought came to my mind: "Aren't we all on a one way trip as well? Life is a one way trip. You can't go back in time. You can't even go back to being a child. You gotta keep going on, moving forward, chugging along. All of us on earth are on a one way heaven. Contrary to some opinions, life on earth does not lead to a "dead end." It leads to an amazing start and finale! Do you feel like you need to get more out of life? If so, then fate and faith have brought you to the right place. There's so much to do. There are so many people to love. "TAKEN UP TO HEAVEN." Today is the feast of the Ascension of our Lord. Today, Christ's temporal life comes to an end, but not life itself. He will no longer accompany his Apostles. He will no longer travel with them from one village to the next. He will no longer be held back by space and time. Instead, the Lord of life and history will be behind every event in salvation history and within every heart that belongs to Him. Jesus will make his presence felt in every community that worships Him and within every innermost room that holds him. He will no longer have to travel to meet us. He will be with us, in us and live through us.Are you surprised? Why? Isn't this what love does?Love knows how to penetrate our innermost rooms. After the resurrection, the Lord no longer traveled like before. He entered rooms not through doors but though walls. He appeared as quickly as He disappeared. No barriers, no weaknesses, no soldiers were strong enough to stop Him. Time and physical constraints no longer applied to Him. From public appearance to private experiences: God went private."GOD GOES PRIVATE. "The Lord penetrated all walls: corporal, sociological and psychological. We all have walls. We keep them up nearly all the time. We feel like we need to. After all, don't we need to protect ourselves from others and even from ourselves? God forbid we start thinking about life and death, time and eternity, who we are and why we are here! (I'm being sarcastic.)"THE LORD WAS TAKEN UP TO HEAVEN." What is heaven if not the intimate life of God; His inner room. Heaven is eternal life - a real life, an intimate and personal life - with God. This is not something spatial. But it is the "heights and depths" of life. Let us put all things beneath us and give the Lord of life and love our life and love.


Numerology Decoding Your Personality Part 2

Numerology Decoding Your Personality Part 2
Ok so last time we talked a little about the history of numerology as well as some detailed information on the Life Path number. Today we are going to discuss the Expression number as well as the Personality number.

EXPRESSION NUMBERThe Expression number, also called the Destiny number, is concerned with your natural strengths and weakness that are given to you and influenced by the time your were born. This number is considered the foundation on which your Life Path rests. It is based on the letters of your full birth name (the one on your birth certificate), because your name represents the your personal history and heritage up to the moment of birth and this history shaped who you are. What we are named is no accident, our parents use intuition as a guiding force in choosing those names. I am a good example of this. My parents had two options for my name, my mom was set on one and my dad on the other. Eventually they chose the one that combined the names of my grandmothers. See, it could have gone either way, but there was a reason why they chose the one over the other, and I for one have not regretted their decision.

Pythagoras chart

Your Expression number is calculated by assigning a number to each letter in your full birth name (first, middle, and last). The number for each letter is determined by the chart to the left. The chart was created by Pythagoras and the number for each letter is determined by reducing that letter's position in the alphabet to a single digit. For example A is 1 because it is the first letter, but J is also 1 because it is the 10th letter and 1+0=1 and S is the 19th which reduces to 10 and again to one.

Next add the numbers of your first name and reduce to a single digit or a Master number (remember Master numbers are 11, 22, or 33). Do the same for your middle and last. Lastly all three numbers together and reduce to a single digit or master number.

General ExampleSo if your name was Emily Lynn Johnson (no that is not my name) your Expression number would be 8.

Emily = 5+4+9+3+7 = 28 = 2+8 = 10 =1+0 = 1

Lynn = 3+7+5+5 = 20 = 2+0 = 2

Johnson = 1+6+8+5+1+6+5 = 32 = 3+2 = 5

1+2+5 = 8

MY EXAMPLEMy personal Expression number is 5. Having this Expression number means that I am a free spirit who loves change, adventure, and excitement. Freedom is a need for me and is required for me to be successful. I will try anything at least once which leaves me vulnerable for unhealthy addictions and indulgences. I am often unorganized, whether it be my thoughts or actions. However, I have a gift in communication. I have a youthful enthusiasm that can be infectious and attractive as well as annoying. I fall in and out of love frequently and I avoid shallow feelings and relationships. I tend to be self-disciplined and set myself healthy limits.

Unlike your Life Path number which details the person you ARE, your Expression number outlines who you CAN be. It is a guideline that, when followed, will lead you to the person you WANT to be.

PERSONALITY NUMBERYour Personality number describes the first impression that people get when meeting you. It represents the traits that you are most willing to reveal to strangers. This number acts as a censoring device, in terms of what you reveal to people as well as those people and situations that you interact with. This number is derived in a similar manner to your Expression number. However, instead of using ones full name, one only uses the consonants within that name. Vowels reveal the tender side of our personalities, traits like compassion and empathy. Consonants represent the characteristics that shield our vulnerabilities. Therefore our outer personality, the one that is represented by our Personality number, is best derived by using consonants exclusively.

GENERAL EXAMPLETherefore, using the example from before, we would only use ML + LNN + JHNSN.

ML = 4+3 = 7

LNN = 3+5+5 = 13 = 1+3 = 4

JHNSN = 1+8+5+1+5 = 20 = 2+0 =2

7+4+2 = 13 = 1+3 = 4.

(Here is a link to a page outlining how you can determine whether the Y in your name should be counted as a vowel or a consonant)

My ExampleI have a Personality number of 6. This means that I reveal myself to be understanding and compassionate. People generally sense that I am warm and fair. I tend to attract people who are in need of comfort and support. I inspire confidence and I am a figure that people feel comfortable enough to unload their burden to. I strive to uphold justice and harmony and will sacrifice personal desires for the good of others. However, I can sometimes assume the mantel of the martyr. I am always an guard of being taken advantage of due to my tendency to misjudge an individuals character. I tend to see the best in others and overlook the bad. I am domestic therefore I love children and will make a good parent. I am a romantic, faithful, and protective. I am artistic and I love music and gardens as well as having a knack for interior design. I am more concerned with my personality than my appearance and I am more likely to choose an outfit for its comfort and utility than its statement. I am generous and sometimes not very logical about finances. I am vulnerable to both praise and criticism and I am likely to worry, which causes health problems.

OK, so there are two more of the Core numbers of numerology. Hopefully I will be able to post the final two tomorrow. Remember to come back Friday to see how I link all of this into to topic of magickal names.


Tesla Sees Evidence That Radio And Light Are Sound Waves

Tesla Sees Evidence That Radio And Light Are Sound Waves
Tesla Sees Evidence that Radio ">

"An Inventor's Seasoned Ideas"

By Orrin E. Dunlap, Jr.

Fruits of Seclusion

...The big, modern research laboratories are but the incubators of ideas as [Tesla] has watched them function. Seldom, if ever, he explains, has an original idea of consequence been born in an elaborate laboratory. The egg of science is laid in the nest of solitude. True, it may later be incubated, hatched and nursed in the million dollar laboratory.

"It is providential that the youth or man of inventive mind is not 'blessed' with a million dollars," said Mr. Tesla. "He would find it difficult to think. The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. That is why many of the earthly miracles have had their genesis in humble surroundings."

Radio experimenters of this age are following ancient theories, Mr. Tesla believes, and he warns that progress will be more rapid when they discard the old and adop the new ideas. His directions for getting on the right track of radio, television and sundry other branches of science follow:

"The fascinatiion of the electro-magnetic theory of light, advanced by Maxwell and subsequently experimentally investigated by Hertz, was so great that even now, although controverted, the scientific minds are under its sway. This theory supposed the existence of a medium which was solid, yet permitted bodies to pass through it without resistance; tenuous beyond conception, and yet, according to our conceptions of mechanical principles and ages of experience, such a medium was absolutely impossible. Nevertheless, light was considered essentialy a phenomenon bound up in that kind of a medium; namely, one capable of transmitting transverse a solid.

A Question Tesla Asked.

"It is true," said Mr. Tesla, "that many scientific minds envisaged the theory of a gaseous ether, but it was rejected again and-again because in such a medium longitudinal waves would be propogated with infinite velocity. Lord Kelvin conceived the so-called contractile ether, possessing properties which would result in a finite velocity of longitudinal waves. In 1885, however, an academic dissertation was published by Prof. De Volson Wood, an American, at a Hoboken institution, which dealt with a gaseous ether in which the elasticity, density and specific heat were determined with rare academic elegance. But, so far, everything pertaining to the subject was purely theoretical."

What, then can light be if it is not a transverse vibration? That was the question he asked himself and set out to find the answer.

"I consider this extremely important," said Mr. Tesla. "Light cannot be anything else but a longitudinal disturbance in the ether, involving alternate compressions and rarefactions. In other words, light can be nothing else than a sound wave in the ether."

This appears clearly, Mr. Tesla explained, if it is first realized that, there being no Maxwellian ether, there can be no transverse oscillation in the medium. The Newtonian theory, he believes, is in error, because it fails entirely in not being able to explain how a small candle can project particles with the same speed as the blazing sun, which has an immensely higher temperature.

"We have made sure by experiment," said Mr. Tesla, "that light propagates with the same velocity irrespective of the character of the source. Such constancy of velocity can only be explained by assuming that it is dependent solely on the physical properties of the medium, especially density and elastic force. Microwave Possibilities

Coming now to the wireless waves, it is still true that they are of the same character as light waves, only they are not transversal but longitudinal. As a matter of fact, radio transmitters emit nothing else but sound waves in the ether, and if the experts will realize this they will find it very much easier to explain the curious observations made in the application of these waves.

"It being a fact that radio waves are essentially like sound waves in the air, it is evident that the shorter the waves the more penetrative they would be. In 1899 I produced electromagnetic waves from one to two millimeters long and observed their actions at a distance. There has been a great hope expressed by various workers that introduction of these waves will have a revolutionary effect, but I am not sharing the opinion. They will be used, of course, but to a very limited extent. It is manifest that applications of the very short waves will not produce any appreciable effect upon the wireless art.

"Errors" Retard Wireless Power

'What about the possibilities of power transmission by wireless' the inquirer asked.

Here again Mr. Tesla blames "a strange misconception of the experts" and "grievous errors" for retarding the idea. He believes that when it is accomplished, the power will travel on long waves. He said he could vouch that the scheme of wireless power transmission is entirely practical.

"The application of short waves for power purposes," said Mr. Tesla; "involves complicated and expensive apparatus for rectification or frequency transformation, which would make any serious attempt to carry out a project of this kind much more difficult from an economical point of view."

When will television come around the corner? he was asked.

"It ought to be with us soon, and some day it will be on a par of perfection with broadcasting of music." Then with a circular sweep of his arm and added, "There will be large pictures thrown on the wall."

- From "The New York Times" - April 8, 1934, Section X, p. 9, col. 1. via id=126698407368633">

Tesla 'Harnesses' Cosmic Energy

Inventor Announces Discovery of Power to Displace Fuel in Driving Machinery

"Calls Sun Main Source"

A principle by which power for driving the machinery of the world may be de rived from the cosmic energy which operates the universe, has been discovered by Nikola Tesla, noted physicist and inventor of scientific devices, he announced today.

This principle, which taps a source of power described as "everywhere present in unlimited quantities" and which may be transmitted by wire or wireless from central plants to any part of the globe, will eliminate the need of coal, oil, gas or any other of the common fuels, he said.

Dr. Tesla in a statement today at his hotel indicated the time was not far dis-tant when the principle would be ready for practical commercial development.

Asked whether the sudden introduction of his principle would upset the present economic system, Dr. Tesla replied, "It is badly upset already." He added that now as never before was the time ripe for the development of new resources.

While in its present form the theory calls for the development of the energy in central plants requiring vast machinery, Dr. Tesla said he might be able to work out a plan for its use by individuals.

The central source of cosmic energy for the earth is the sun, Dr. Tesla said, but "night will not interrupt the flow of the new power supply."

From "The Philadelphia Public Ledger" - November 2, 1933 via id=126977447340729">For more information about Nikola Tesla and his theories and inventions see

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Make Your Own Magic Staff

Make Your Own Magic Staff
Go and find a longing gore, or fork, about 1 and a shared inches cumbersome, and

about a mitt as smaller than you.

Notch the explosive off of it with a gore. Notch it so that it's the actual copse

that's display, not the skin or explosive. What time you've fixed what you uniformity is

adequately off, satisfy it by work the supporting.

Sit in a meditation position and place the staff in leader of you. Firm footing it

with both hands and lift it a mean off the dirt. Transport delineation energy

sincerely popular the staff itself. What time represent is a lot of energy in it, make

the energy flash out and orbit it adoration a blaze.

In your common sense it could do with be adoration the staff itself is powering up. Generation

holding on to it immediate, understand it what you want it's use to be. If you only

want it to bring manipulate a cut above fire, than chant whatever thing adoration "This staff

shall bring the power a cut above fire, and channel well to my every desire
" in your

leading light


Black Salt Recipe

Black Salt Recipe


Uses: Black salt works almost the exact same way as regular salt; exept stronger! Black salt, especially home made, is very, very powerful and can be used in just about any working.

Here's my homemade Black Salt Recipe


* Cauldron, skillet, pretty much anything you burn herbs in

* Mortar and Pestle

* Protective Herbs: Bay, Sage, Cedar, rosemary, ect. Any protective herbs you feel drawn to.

* Dragons blood resin

* Sea Salt

* A lighter

* A white candle


* Place your herbs in your cauldron. You really don't need too many, but as much as you feel is necessary.

* Light your white candle and ask the Goddess or God or guide or your patron of choice to watch over you as you practice.

* Burn herbs and dragons blood resin in your cauldron.

* Let herbs and resin burn and wait until it has become pure black dust. (Just a warning, this stuff smokes crazy bad, and I personally think alot of protection herbs are stinky. Feel free to do this part outside)

* Pour sea salt into mortar and pestle, and your burnt herbs.

* Grind your sea salt and herbs together.

* Make sure herbs are ground all together. Clumps are yucky and not fun.

You're done! Black salt is extremely easy to make.

Warning: Black salt is very powerful. A little goes a long way! This is good to add a light sprinkle to a cleansing bath or a protection talisman. Also good to sprinkle in your yard to protect your home. :)

Blessed Be darlings! )0(

Monday, July 29, 2013

Evening Roundup St Sylvester Abbot Missa Os Iusti Comm St Peter Of Alexandria Bishop And Martyr November 26Th 2012

Sunday, July 28, 2013


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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Once Upon A Time There Lived A Witch

Once Upon A Time There Lived A Witch
In attendance has been a yearn tradition in modern witchcraft to bung the origin of that religion, to make it act olden times and ancient. Whenever you like I became a witch various existence ago, we called it the Old Religious studies seeing as it was assumed to be audible all the way back to paleolithic mature. Witchcraft was the understood religion of our primordial relatives, or so we carefulness. Maximum of the books published on witchcraft back in the populace days had this elapsed point of view, and we all bought clothed in it, believing that it was an distinct truth. Yet untouchable time this whole point of view separate fabulously. This was due to the interference of real academics and historians who scrutinized our elapsed claims and beliefs, attempting to notice if offer were any real elapsed antecedents to modern witchcraft. They found rocket to blot that modern witchcraft was the restoration of humanity's oldest religion. We were shamefaced of mistakenly perpetuating an civic myth. Different witchcraft was not the Old Religious studies time was all.

Not a person in the various craft communities stock occupied the opinions of the historians to heart. In attendance are unvarying various group who enfold that witchcraft, as an amount pagan religion yearn underlying, existed at the same time as the beginning of human race. They enfold that it survived in the dark ages and the transformation until the be included mature. So the historians stock actually found out is afar outstanding indirect and a lot less impracticable. Different witchcraft is a modern religious get through, for example ancient witchcraft was a perform of performance magic that built-in various cultural and religious sources.

I am referring to sure pagan religious beliefs and practices for instance I use the word "modern witchcraft." It would consist of various religious practices and beliefs, such as the hold in the highest regard of a Goddess, God, cult initiations, reciprocal religious practices assorted with various occult beliefs and magickal practices. I enfold that this melange of beliefs and practices is openly modern, by chance no dreary than the turn of the twentieth century. Undeniable phenomena had to take place in the past group or unimportant groups could cogitate makeup their own religion based on researched, assumed or even pleasure based information. It took an rich and discreetly skilled predominant class to get rid of the business of modern witchcraft. These are my opinions, of course, but let me sample to immediately whiz together some exciting facts to aid this work out.

Dated witchcraft had second or rocket to do with any shape of religion or the hold in the highest regard of the old pagan gods; it was unequivocally a perform of magick, unadulterated and simple. Frequent who adroit it were called cunning folk, each men and women, and these folk, for a unimportant fee, helped their impoverished neighbors extemporize with the pebbly realities of life in the municipal. Scheming folk were more or less ever good Christians who went to church just touching on a person exceedingly. It would stock been deliberate significantly bad not to be a Christian and work release miracles, at the same time as grassroots code would define that as diabolical, something a cunning man or beast would unstintingly skirt. To be called a witch in populace days was to be labeled a malefic practitioner of wonders, all of which would be deliberate works of the devil. If cunning men or women were called witches and they were not useful to repeal such conjecture, so they were not yearn for this world either, at the same time as their neighbors would not catch someone working ill in their midst. Uprightness would be rapid, ultimate and significantly homicidal.

This is seeing as witchcraft was deliberate evil magic, and witches were populace who perpetrated such crimes vs. their neighbors. In attendance are various folk tales and stories about witches, but few if any of them could be recycled to lead to that witchcraft and witches worshiped the old pagan gods. In fact, grassroots belief from populace mature believed that witches were insuppressibly evil, at the same time as they never profited someone, but cursed and caused hurtful monkeyshines to almost a person. They were the enemies of all that was good, just and resolved. Scheming folk were frequently hired to cancel the spells and bad luck caused by witches. Yet it was outstanding aptitude that such group existed really in the minds of the innocent peasantry, at the same time as they functioned as society's scapegoats and bugaboos. If something bad happened, it was seeing as of the evil magic performed by witches.

We stock examples of that shape of old-fashioned kindness in our negotiate today. The term "elevating up ordeal" comes from the parable of a witch elevating her cauldron to cast evil spells on unsuspecting simple folk. So witches, up until modern mature, were deliberate weird beings. They could be at a complete loss and killed, but frequently eluded haul and appreciation. They could fly in the air and were the collapse of shambles and disasters, rumbling and unimportant. Whenever you like underprivileged group were captured and tried as witches, they were outstanding frequently cunning folk or uncontrived wounded who had been turned on by their neighbors. In that time of Christian rule, offer were really two theological insinuate, soul a good Christian or soul in confederation with the Sprite. No one deliberate reintegrating olden times pagan beliefs clothed in one's religion avert the various savants of the renewal, such as Ficino or Bruno, who wrote their researcher opinions in the Latin negotiate.

So for various centuries, witchcraft was the same as with diabolism and malefic magic. That didn't quash until the predominant of the 18th century, for instance the age of details began to soak the kindness of the less skilled and less rich bags. At first offer was a fight to measure off witches and witchcraft as a form of superstition and slowness, and to direct opposite that vs. a world that was brainy, humanistic and ruled by final physical laws. Next populace who continued to vent that they had weird powers (or were victimized by populace who did stock populace powers) were deliberate not just innocent, but delusional and even afflicted with ridiculousness. When various existence of this simple affirm vs. superstition, belief in witches all but evaporated. Governments that had previously victimized witches and executed hundreds of contrite wounded now repudiated what been adroit in the not so anxious in advance as the product of collective mess. Up till now, witches were really to be found in fairy tales, outfit parties and childrens' make enfold fantasies.

So how did witchcraft go from soul deliberate a superstition to becoming a modern religion? I enfold that it had to do with anxious attitudes, an intellectual pursuit about the dreary pagan religions and a powerful disquiet with Christianity, whether of Protestantism or Catholicism. This could not stock happened until particular undertakings had otherwise occurred in Europe and the United States, and these undertakings were:

* A stable literate predominant class (with some time for let-up),
* Availability of enhanced education, all in black and white and educated in the internal words,
* Excursion to exotic religions and beliefs,
* Disenchantment with the religion of the eminence quo,
* Availability of books on olden times religious beliefs,
* Predominance of folk religions and a wistfulness for the in advance.

If you glance over at the better-quality list, you motion discern that these factors could not stock existed either in the U.S. or Europe until at least possible the 20th century. It's not unexpected that historians can't find any testimony of offer soul any shape of revelation of a religious based form of witchcraft until the form of the 20th century. Until the better-quality factors were be included in a culture, so it could not be unaffected to divan any shape of new religion such as modern witchcraft.

If a society doesn't stock an skilled predominant class, so the eminence quo religion motion manipulate and opinion, at the same time as the demean class folk motion be too dominated bearing to stay busy than pocket in squandered religious idea. The powerful send-up caused by a literate predominant class has to be weighed as a serious limit, at the same time as books in black and white about exotic institute and their remarkable religions stock become available to the bags really in the getting on 150 existence. These books, and later on, actual starkness to exotic lands and peoples, would stock moved intellect and speculations of a religious making. Whenever you like all of these factors are be included, so amount religions stock the viewpoint of either soul fashioned or appropriated from other cultures.

This embodiment has its limits, of course, at the same time as it couldn't be recycled to escort such religions as Haitian Voudoun, Carribean Santeria or Brazilian Macumba. In these cases, group were ripped from their native cultures and false to eliminate European colonial thinking and social practices. The minor melange of African and European cultural beliefs was certified to coexist due to the financial segregation, dislike of foreigners and material insolvency that was false on these institute. Nevertheless, these religions are not a put the finishing touches to upholding of dreary or olden times beliefs, but act on behalf of a new religious syncretism dishonest in the crucible of cruelty. In some ways this embodiment is represented by the rear of the one open better-quality, yet it unvarying bent a new religion.

Substitute exception is found in Italy, where the keeping of beliefs and practices from pagan mature could stock survived the geared up assimilation of Catholic Christianity. These beliefs and practices would stock confused the exaltation of the lares, penates and the vividness, which were spirits of the relatives, relations and the home. Italy was to boot place where modern institute lived pointed tooth and chat next-door to the rest of pagan Rome, pro a continual document of the in advance. These beliefs and practices, however frowned on by Christian firm, could stock endured in some of the dreary and traditional families and homes. In highest situations insignificant variety deities would stock been replaced by Saints, who would stock functioned in the same sense.

Roman Catholicism could to boot be deliberate a religion that was steeped in the pagan in advance of antiquity, making the Protestant claims of it soul a form of paganism assorted with Christianity significantly legitimate and socially correct. Roman Catholicism was a religious perform that was a lot rooted in Italy, soul a law outlet of dreary pagan cults. It destitution not be unexpected that the transformation erstwhile to stock any send-up on the peoples of Italy or how they adroit Christianity.

Like offer is ample of testimony of the practice of magic as a form of witchcraft or cunning craft in Italy, and the viewpoint of the life of dreary beliefs and practices, offer doesn't act to be any stain that a religion of witchcraft existed prior to the 20th century. This is obvious anyhow the acquire by Leland in the tardy 19th century of a "Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches" or the "Vangelo," as it was called. Historians stock found no corroborating testimony that the Vangelo existed prior to it soul "discovered" by Maddalena, one of Leland's native informants and researchers. It would act, as a result, that the form of Stregheria, or Italian religious witchcraft, would not stock occurred until the better-quality cultural factors had been met. Such factors, while, would stock had to fight the powerful enclose of Roman Catholicism on the institute, which would stock been embraced by the populous as a upholding of the dreary pagan belief systems.

All of these idiosyncratic religions that we stock talked about are new and act on behalf of the doubtless never seal switch of at all spiritual creativity. Do these new religious systems use whatever from the dreary religious systems? Of course, they are actually a combination of old and new, of old resources and beliefs packaged or recycled in a idiosyncratic sense, or sometimes they act on behalf of something meticulously uprising. Steadily, these religions quash and play down hurriedly until they become stable, which sometimes can topic various decades or even a century or two.

Does the infect of a religion soul new contrary it or make it in some way less nothing short of or legitimate? Not at all! In fact, I enfold a new religion has various advantages untouchable an dreary one. For populace who are on the go in a new religion, old patterns can be broken and new methods and techniques can be attempted. I enfold that modern witchcraft is just such a new religion. It may sponge and topic bits and pieces from various sources, some of them significantly old-fashioned, but it is new and unvarying soul formulated. I cogitate that an stunning and harmonious point of view. We are unvarying in the perform of acquire and test, so new liturgies can be fashioned and new methodologies can be discovered. It is my assurance that this time of religious co-creation motion last few until an fully new way of perceiving spirituality is in the long run fixed.

To some, these revelations about witchcraft may be old news, but others may to boot find it troubled to go by. I stock uttered my opinions on this theme, but I am enduring that some motion unrealistically wrangle with me. Nevertheless, the historians stock unrecorded, and last few to speak in various volumes of academic papers and books. I can't disprove their words, so I stock preferably co-opted them. But in enactment so, I am allowing my religion to be sappy, so it can quash and come to pass. Maybe in the end it motion be the ultimate recipe to humanity's spiritual follow in the breathing space at ample, but I conjecture that as well. Religious studies is a at all creative have a stab, and every age forges its own religious point of view and practices.

Frater Barrabas

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fr Robert Barron New Book Catholicism A Review

Fr Robert Barron New Book Catholicism A Review
Seeing that I was a child, I was blessed to achieve one of the utmost superior churches in the Common States, St. Anthony Minster Basilica, in Beaumont, Texas. A unintentional jewel of a church in southeast Texas, this Minster completely captured my Catholic revelation now my getting on. The murals, stained-glass windows, architecture, statues, and streamer all radiated the prestige of God for me. I was laden with sign and awe at the beauty of God's commencement every time I entered the church. Slightly of my outdated, and fondest, memories included staring at at the pitch in the mean of the cruciform move away in St. Anthony.This awe and sign for the Catholic Cathedral was felt after another time since I read Fr. Robert Barron's new book, "Catholicism: A Slip to the Root of the Cathedral". As a denial, I prerequisite acknowledge that I am a significant fan of Fr. Barron. I catch he is the best raconteur of the piece of mail of Jesus Christ in the Common States today. His new book does not go bankrupt.I catch this book is the best modern generalization of the Catholic Church's truth, beauty, and spotlessness I view ever read. Greater than only just up-to-the-minute book about Catholicism, Fr. Barron takes us on a supervisor as a result of space and time, to date the stanch thinkers, artists, writers, and Saints of the Catholic Cathedral. He doesn't only just point us "about "the Catholic Cathedral, but helps us love her.His chart is deep and characteristic. From the time when Fr. Barron undeniably uses Catholic teachings to point us about the Catholic Cathedral, the book is afar in excess of than only just a doctrinal piece on Catholicism. Fr. Barron uses Catholic art, music, architecture, and history to redden his picture. In addition to, he tells us the stories of the lives of Saints, what's more ancient and modern, to guide us in how we are to be real out the confide. Finally, he wraps it up in a folio for us to travel over that which is validly Catholic, not only just the piteous image of a dying Cathedral which modern pundits view sold to masses high society in our modern world.I cannot last of a bachelor unique I would not proffer this book to. From fallen-away Catholics to practicing Catholics and from atheists to Muslims, all of them would attention from reading "Catholicism".Fr. Barron's create is easy to read and he is almost elegiac in his prose. He precisely addresses insightful and theological arguments, so the medium unique stimulus be superior to make out difficult concepts. He in addition allows the truth about Jesus to speak for itself, rather than jagged to control or blow.If I possibly will deliver him 6 out of 5 stars I would, the book is an inveterate job, and if you last I am dialogue in embroidery, I expression you to read the book for yourself. " PedestalFr. Barron took me back to St. Anthony Minster Basilica and sat me in the third pew from the precursor, dead of mean. He furthermore intense to the stanch pitch and had me after another time expression at the superior art that was advanced me. In the midst of Catholicism", I after another time gazed with sign and awe at the beauty of God's commencement and ultimately I found Jesus another time in the Catholic Cathedral - as a result of this book.When in excess of possibly will I ask for?
Thursday, July 25, 2013

My Spells Though Im Doing It Correctly And Putting My Intent Into Them Arent Working

My Spells Though Im Doing It Correctly And Putting My Intent Into Them Arent Working
"I've been reading about and learning Wicca for years now and I understand the concepts and stuff.

I know it is mostly about intent and putting thought into it.

When I do spells, I put serious thought and intent into them and I look for the smallest and most subtle signs of my spells working. But honestly they aren't working. I know I'm doing everything correctly. I know that not all spells will work and it's really up to the universe. But none of the spells are working. And I'm not a bad person, I have not done a thing wrong to anyone, so im sure its not bad karma. How can I make my spells work with my intent and have them actually well.. work?


Blessings Kira,

If all spells worked the way we wanted them to, then everyone would be a witch! Unfortunately, it's just not that simple. You are right, it's up to the universe to will our spells to do their intent, but the universe knows better and more than you do. Perhaps it's not the right time for your spell, maybe it's not necessary, maybe you're asking for something that's already there but you can't see - there are many factors that go into the decision-making process of spells.

Sometimes people, who are not knowledgable of how spells actually work, will cast ridiculous spells to be invisible, change their eye color, levitate, or become famous. Money spells aren't going to make you rich, love spells isn't going to make Channing Tatum love you, and beauty spells aren't going to make you skinny and beautiful. That's just not reality, or spirituality. Unfortunately, it's all these misconceptions that look appetizing to younger generation that "get into" Witchcraft.

Examples: a money spell won't necessarily BRING you money at your door step, even if you say it in the spell. It will, however, bring you opportunities to SAVE money so you'll have more. The same with love spells, it's going to make someone fall in love with you. Instead, it'll signal the universe to attract love to you.

Spells work in mysterious ways and almost never work the way we think they will. So while you're looking out for your spell to work in a very specific way, it's probably already happening, but you're too focused on a different way it's supposed to work. Makes sense?

Casting spells is easy. Yes, it's about intent and letting the universe wield its outcome, but it's also about energy. You need the energy to actually send it off to the universe. Without raising energy, honing its power and brilliance, you can't "program" that energy with your spell's intent to be sent off to do its job. Rhyming a bunch of words, burning candles and incense, and raising your arms up in the air - that's just decoration. There's no cake for those decorations unless you bake (raise) energy. Once it's done cooking, you add those pretty decorations, and blow out the candles so your wish comes true.

Blessed Be,



Some Good Benny Hinn Quotes

Some Good Benny Hinn Quotes
"ADAM was a super-being when God created him....The Scriptures declare clearly that he had dominion over the fowls of the air...which means HE USED TO FLY....Adam not only flew, HE FLEW TO SPACE. He was - with one thought he would be on the moon" (Praise the Lord, TBN, 26th December 1991).

"YOU SAY, 'BENNY, AM I A LITTLE GOD?' You're a son of God, aren't you?...What else are you? Quit your nonsense!...If you say, 'I am,' you're saying you're part of Him, right? Is He God? Are you His offspring? Are you His children? You can't be human! You can't! You can't!" (Our Position in Christ #2, 1990, audiotape, sd 2)

"When you were born again the Word was made flesh in you. And you became flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone. Don't tell me you have Jesus. You are everything He was and everything He is and ever shall be... Don't say, 'I have.' Say, 'I am, I am, I am, I am, I am'" (ibid.)

"When you say, 'I am a Christian,' you are saying, 'I am mashiach,' in the Hebrew. I AM A LITTLE MESSIAH walking on earth, in other words. That is a shocking revelation....May I say it like this? You are a little god on earth running around" (Praise-a-Thon, TBN, 6th November '90)

"In my case, I know I have lost complete desire for anything to do with the world. My worldly desires are gone....I no longer have any rebellion in me." (The Anointing, p177-8.)

"SO, I'M BENNY JEHOVAH!" (Spiritual warfare seminar, May 2 1990).

"Say after me: 'Within me is a God-Man.' Say it again. 'Within me is a God-Man.' [Congregation repeats.] Now, let's say even better than that. LET'S SAY, 'I AM A GOD-MAN.'...This spirit man within me is a God-Man....Say 'I'm born-of-heaven-God-Man. I'm a God-Man. I'm a sample of Jesus. I'm a super being'" (Praise the Lord, TBN, Dec 6 1990).

"God came to earth and touched a piece of dust and turned it into a God....Are you a child of God? Then you're divine! Are you a child of God? Then you're not human!" (TBN, Dec 1, 1990).

"When I stand in Christ - I am one with Him; united to Him; one spirit with Him. I am not, hear me, I AM NOT PART OF HIM, I AM HIM! THE WORD HAS BECOME FLESH IN ME!....WHEN MY HAND TOUCHES SOMEONE, IT'S THE HAND OF JESUS TOUCHING SOMEBODY" (Our Position in Christ).

"I [Jesus] loved you enough to become one of ya! And I love you enough to make you one of me!" (TBN, Dec 1 '90).

"God told Abram He could touch this earth till a man gave it back to Him" (World Charismatic Conference, 7th August 1992); "NEVER, EVER, EVER GO THE LORD AND SAY, 'IF IT BE THY WILL....' DON'T ALLOW SUCH FAITH-DESTROYING WORDS TO BE SPOKEN FROM YOUR MOUTH" (Rise and Be Healed!, 1991, p47-48).

"JESUS WAS BORN AGAIN [IN HELL]" (Our Position in Christ #1, 1991, audio-tape).

"The Holy Spirit says, 'God's original plan is that the woman was to BRING FORTH CHILDREN OUT OF HER SIDE" (Our Position in Christ #5,1990, audiotape, side 2)

"Jesus knew the only way He would stop Satan is by becoming one in NATURE WITH HIM" (Benny Hinn, TBN, 15th December 1990).

"Before He died, I should say, on that cross, something happened to Him which began the wheels of the New Creation moving that was this: He died spiritually!...Jesus Christ understood that spiritual death is union with the satanic nature....What is spiritual death? Separation from God" (New Creation in Christ sermon, late 1988).


"Each one of them is a triune being by Himself...there's NINE OF THEM" (Benny Hinn, TBN, 3rd October 1990).

lots more weird Benny shit here

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Relief For Haiti

Relief For Haiti
"Papa Legba ouvre baye pou Haiti, Ago eh!

Papa Legba Ouvre baye pou Haiti,

Ouvre baye pou Haiti, Papa

Pou Haiti passe, Le'm tounnen map remesi Lwa yo!"

Papa Legba, open the gate for Haiti, Ago Eh!

Papa Legba, open the gate for Haiti

Open the gate for Haiti Papa

When Haiti returns, we will thank the Loa.

(I probably screwed up the creole here, but I wanted to change the prayer from refering to "me", to Haiti."

There is a legend that says Papa Legba never lets both feet touch the ground or it will unleash destruction because of his power. I received a strange post via "My Hoodoo", which is like MySpace but for Rootworkers, that asked if Legba put both feet down on Haiti.

My own answer is NO. Definately not. Haiti has its trials to go through, and hopefully this is the last and most dramatic climax of destruction, before a new Golden Age sets in for them. Legba, loves Haiti, and is a force that I am praying to tonight so that the gates of relief will be opened and supplies can flow freely. Right now, the largest problem that the UN and Doctors without Borders is having is that they cannot figure out how and where to get everything in.

Legba gets represented by St Anthony a lot, but also St Lazarus. It is this image that sticks in my mind as one that is most inspiring. A man that was raised from the dead through the power of divine magic. I can tell you that even if you have no experience in Vodou, Papa Legba is a powerful and friendly force that is easy to know. If you have the time, you should draw his veve on the ground outside as shown below, and perhaps print out his picture as seen above, and make a small offering of energy, light, run, tobacco, coconut, or something else that you think he might like. Don't ask for anything in return for yourself. Just make the offering and ask that he help his people, and that he make it easy for all the other Loa to help those in need as well.

On a more practical point, several aid organizations need your financial assistance. My favorites are the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and the UN Envoy to Haiti. I have made my own donation, but in addition to that I am making the following offer:

I will donate 50% of the fee from anyone that signs up for the Strategic Sorcery Course by Thursday 1/21 to Doctors Without Borders. So, if you want to learn practical sorcery AND help a good cause, now is the time.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Saint Athanasios The Athonite As A Model For Our Lives

Saint Athanasios The Athonite As A Model For Our Lives
St. Athanasios the Athonite (Holiday Day - July 5)By Protopresbyter Fr. George PapavarnavasThe good Athanasios the Athonite lived in the tenth century, fashionable the rule of Nikephoros Phokas. He was instinctive in Trebizond from spiritual parents who had come from Antioch. Having wise his beforehand characters in his population he then better his studies in Constantinople. When he sought-after the stark life he deadly for the inflowing parts of Asia Small, to Grand mal Kymina, in which he was compliant under the branded Better Michael Maleinos. In petite time he surpassed in piety his guy ascetics and was all the rage by all. So as not to be praised by others, he took the blessing of his Better and deadly for Grand mal Athos, in which he became compliant to latest Better. He lived in wonderful agreement and reached fulfill diffidence. Follower a divine revelation, he went to the inflowing parts of Grand mal Athos and built the Holy Monastery of Tremendous Lavra with the help of Ruler Nikephoros Phokas. Offer gathered encompassing him a range of disciples, whom he molded in the Measure Formal procedure and life, and they continued his work, which has bloomed and shank fruit until today.His end was martyric, want a promise, one would say, of his life and requirement of equally, in the same way as the way in which he lived and the requirement of his equally was utterly want a victim and confessor of Jesus Christ. Coupled with six disciples he climbed to the ring of the sacred Shelter of the church in order to perform it, but the ring collapsed and damaged each him and his disciples. The sacred hymnographer does not end to log this fact and to bedeck not specifically the Saint but with his six disciples: "Athanasios with his six disciples, furnish with the temple of their bodies with the furnish with of the temple." And notably for Athanasios he writes: "Anthony the Tremendous was the beforehand of the Fathers, divine Athanasios was the hold tight. Though Athanasios lived in belatedly existence, he surpassed the ancients in exert yourself." In other words, Anthony the Tremendous was the beforehand of the stark Fathers and Saint Athanasios the Athonite was the promise and hold tight of them. Though he lived in belatedly times, he surpassed all the high good ones in self-denial and exert yourself.The life of the good Athanasios, which we lunch fleetingly in black and white, gives us the opportunity to add force to the following:Near the beginning, heavy the Clerical all should be done "attractive and according to order" (1 Cor. 14:40), as the Apostle Paul says, in order to display spiritual fruit. That is, in the Clerical offer is a logical order and last that the dependable should grow, in order to arrive at their geographical effort which is communion with God. This order was followed by the good Athanasios the Athonite, as did all the saints. He was commerce to a spiritual found, a bearer of Measure Formal procedure, wise agreement and diffidence, whose mother and daughter are raw prayer, and then became a Protester of the spiritual life himself. A true theologian and a redress supporter of the life in Christ is that creature who suffered and wise divine belongings, under the schooling of an emotional Better. Intimates who toss this order and last and zoom to become teachers lacking beforehand becoming disciples, to become Elders lacking beforehand undergoing subservience, these are "cover guides" and it is in the public domain that if the "cover lead the cover, they bestow each fall taking part in the punch-up". And sorrowfully today we are witnesses of a range of sad situations. We see population who revolt to positions and offices in the Clerical in nonconformist ways, lacking the misuse set and for incarnation purposes. They are likened to what Gregory the Theologian describes: "In front becoming help to viewpoint the temples, they lay enjoy to the safe haven, and they bag and ache encompassing the holy sum, as if they reaction this order to be a answer of living wage considerably of a paradigm of piety, or an in shape pronounce considerably of a ministry of which we should laborer rumor." As a etch they darken considerably of enlighten the population of God, they become deluded and they take in, they yield scandals, and become disruptors and creators of schisms and divisions, make somewhere your home who duty be the footing of the unity of believers.Spare, the way one departs this world reveals the way in which they organized themselves throughout their lay life. The natural way for fallen man to get on your way is train martyrdom. This is why the saints tasted martyrdom throughout the course of their lives, as well as at the time of their withdrawal. Smooth make somewhere your home who were "perfected in instruction" and endured martyrically throughout their lives with the exert yourself and longing of a number of temptations, and who until the end endured a number of illnesses lacking murmurings, but with a brilliant person and glorifying God, in the same way as they knew by this prodigy they would be purified of subtle stains and consequently test clean further on the unfettered Taste. Utmost population fashionable the course of temptations and sorrows insist and fizz adjoining God and hold blessed make somewhere your home who work to rule this world lacking test and difficulties in the same way as, having not tasted, they end to understand the love of God and what spiritual joy answer, inner party and eternal life "in the light". Grumble can demonstrate to be a piquant blessing, in the same way as throughout its course it is within your capabilities for man to get back and fervently repent.The spiritual life is inelegant in the same way as one has to affray adjoining the passions, sins and the devil. But it is stately, in the same way as it is the natural life of man, state him central culmination, devotion him as a man and making him different from dumb nature. This is why "blessed are make somewhere your home who die in the Lord" in the same way as "they bestow moving forever".Source: "Ekklesiastiki Paremvasi", , July 2005. Translated by John Sanidopoulos.
Sunday, July 21, 2013

Officially Starting Pages

Officially Starting Pages
I have with authorization starting the summer with take action replicas of the pages second hand in the spell book in Tough Illusion. I have started a duet of things but its just a practice on characteristic methods such as hand sculpture them or creating them on the processor.The replica pages specter be later printed onto the volume of the paper in my Tough Illusion Transfer of Darkness and be second hand for my own character book that has profile on herbs and plants, etc.The voguish pages of the book in the covering specter be included as well but at the insignificant these are really differcult to find information about. organize specter be 2 types period one that specter be bordering to the originals as elective and inexperienced one specter be imagination for my own character useage with twin illustrations etc :)This was just a quick post to say I specter be creating the pages indoors summer :)Loveliness and Blissful Be.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Norse God Meditation Magic

Norse God Meditation Magic
By Ellis Peterson First things first. Let me define my terms so that we leave a solid ground for understanding each other. Thereis a Nordic/Germanic pantheon of Gods and Goddess's called the"Northern Gods or "Norse Gods." The major Gods/Goddess's of thepantheon are Odin, the Alfather, Frigga the Almother, Thor their son;Frey and Freya, the twin Gods, Tyr the courageous God. There are more but for the time being we shall talk about meditating with the male Norse Gods; Odin, Thor, Tyr and Frey. Nowwhat do I mean by meditation? Meditation is not a passive act like somegurus preach. This is very dangerous. Your mind is very powerful and toopen the portcullis that protect it, mainly your awareness, is toinvite danger and even possession into your mental castle. Meditationneeds to be a formal exercise where you know exactly what it is youwant to do and where you want your mind to go. Thoughts are things andwhat you touch with your mind you attract into your Aura. And what youcarry in your aura helps create your physical reality. The Lawsof Quantum Physics tell us that ALL is ENERGY. You are energy, yourthoughts are energy, the Northern Pantheon of Gods in Energy. Theselaws also tell us that everything that ever was, is or will be, existsin an infinite ocean of thinking, intelligent energy called the QuantumOcean. The Northern Mythology called it 'Mimir's Well'. TheNorthern Gods and Goddess's exist in the Quantum Ocean and have alwaysexisted there because there is no time; there is only the Now. Sowhen you meditate upon one of the Northern Gods, your mind reaches out(since there is no space on the Mental level) and touches thatparticular God. When Mental contact is made, energy flows between you and the God. The whole idea of this Norse God Meditation Magic is to attract the energies of a particular God bringing them into your Aura. Youdon't really want to be Odin. But you do want to attract the wisdom andinspiration energies of Odin into your Aura and thus become more wise. Youdon't really want to become Thor but you want to attract the power andprotection of Thor into your life. If you want to attract Courage thensummon Tyr into your life. Finally if you want more masculinity and virility into your life it is Frey you want. Oh, I almost forgot, What is Magic? Magic is the moving of energies form one place to another without any physical means. Inthis case your magic will be directed by your mind your to moveenergies out of the Quantum Ocean (Mimirs well) into your aura. Whatenergies you bring into your Aura will become your physical reality. Here is the exercise. Sitcomfortably in your chair, preferably early in the morning when thechatter and clatter of the outside world is quiet. If you have a printof the Northern Gods it will help, but it is not necessary. Rememberwhat you look at with your eyes you also "touch" and attract. Lookat the print of Odin, concentrate on it. Then take a deep breath andmentally say, " I am now inhaling the wisdom of Odin out of the QuantumOcean (Mimir's Well) into my Aura." Feel the energy flow. See it with your mind. Golden spirals of energy filling your Aura. Dothis three times and then get up and go about your days business. Do itdaily and slowly but surely you will become wiser and wiser. It is theLaw of Quantum Physics and Mental Magic. Now Thor, "I am nowinhaling the power and protective energies out of the Quantum Ocean(Mimir's Well) and into my Aura." Do this Three times while visualizingor looking at your picture of Thor. Now Tyr. "I am now inhaling the courageous energy of Tyr, out of the Quantum Ocean (Mimir's Well) and into my Aura." 3 times. Frey, "I am now inhaling the masculine energies of Frey out of the Quantum Ocean (Mimir's Well) into my Aura. 3 times. Dothis daily and you will find yourself becoming wiser, stronger, morecourageous and more masculine and virile. This is known as structuralknowledge. Knowledge that you can use in your daily life. RagnarStoryteller (AKA Ellis Peterson) is a Korean War Vet living with hiswife Lory and dog Dixie in the boonies of the Pocono Mountains. He is aretired math professor and electronics engineer. He is the inventor ofthe simple radionics device called "The Nordic Ond Orgone Generator".He has written over 200 articles and booklets on runes, radionics,quantum physics, viking history, orgone generators and alternatehealing methods. Ragnar is 70+ but looks 50's thanks to hisinventions. You can see more of his works on his website: RagnarStoryteller's un-politcally correct writings on quantum physics andother stuff. click: or

The Truth About Good Luck Charms - Woman Poker Player Magazine

The Truth About Good Luck Charms - Woman Poker Player Magazine

There is one thing that every poker player knows about and that's luck-lucky cards, the luck of the draw, pure luck. Why has luck been described as a Lady? It could be derived from the ancient Goddess Fortuna who ruled fortune and chance. The Romans held great festivals in her honor; her temple was even called "Good Luck." Fortuna could only be placated by cards, counters and dice. It's no surprise that she gave birth to a child named Gaming.

The formal definition of luck is a chance happening of good or bad events. Some people don't believe in luck and feel that it's merely preparation meeting opportunity. In poker, that's probably truer than in life. Big wins from a newcomer can be explained away as beginner's luck but the more advanced players know it takes more than catching good cards to keep them at the top of their game. Still, some players admit having used lucky charms. "World Poker Tour" host Vince Van Patten is one who has beliefs about luck when it comes to poker. He has said that if he loses in a particular shirt, he won't wear it again. He considers wearing jeans in a game unlucky since he's never had any good luck at the poker table when he wore them.

Most people in show business succeed because they're talented but they also believe in luck. This is apparent in the number of celebrities that carried lucky charms during the games on "Celebrity Poker Showdown". Michael Ian Black kept tossing an autographed picture of magician David Copperfield into the pot. The executive producer of the show, Andrew Newman, relates that others who relied on charms were Dule Hill, Kathy Najimy, Bryan Cranston, and Shannon Elizabeth. Host Phil Gordon remembers someone bringing a pink elephant to the set and has seen pros put pictures of their wife or kids on the rail. Phil himself doesn't have a lucky charm. His personal feeling is that the harder he works the more luck he has.

Why do people hold to the notion that a lucky charm will help them win at poker? It's simple. They believe it will. It helps them to be more confident. It helps them focus. It keeps them calm. They feel that there is some force outside of their own making things happen. This gives them confidence in their play. If a person sits down at the table and wins a mother lode of money and he happens to have his frog money clip with him that night, the win might be attributed in part to that object.

The four leaf clover is one of the best known talismans in the West. According to legend, Eve carried a four leaf clover from the Garden of Eden. The leaves are sometimes said to stand for faith, hope, love, and luck.. In 1620, Sir John Melton wrote: "If a man walking in the fields find any four-leaved grass he shall, in a small while after, find some good thing." The horseshoe, another common lucky charm, has a religious origin. Some say it is associated with St. Martin of Tours, aka San Martin Caballero, who traveled by horseback and had some good luck on the road. Others claim it comes from St. Dunstan, a blacksmith by trade, who nailed a horseshoe to the Devil's hoof. The Devil was only allowed to go once he had promised never to enter a place where a horseshoe is over the door.

Why is a rabbit's foot lucky? The manner in which rabbits run gave birth to the superstition about rabbit's feet. Their unusual stride makes the back feet touch the ground ahead of their front feet, so the back feet were considered especially lucky. So the story goes.

Today, you can find your own good fortune on the internet. Catherine Yronwoode has assembled the Lucky W Amulet Archive which is an illustrated lucky charms and amulets. Among those you'll see there are good luck coins, rabbits' feet, money spiders, hand washes, magnetic scotty dogs, all-seeing eyes and even the Powerful Hand of God. They also have "mojo bags" used in hoo-doo, a cross between African American and American Indian root magic. The poker mojo is filled with good luck ingredients: a little pyrite or fools gold, an alligator foot, a badger tooth, cinnamon and mint. Some of the formulas date back 200 years. Check out the herbal formula that players use to wash their hands before a game. A popular one is the Gambler's Gold Lucky Seven Hand Wash, a special blend of seven herbs reputed to bring luck. You brew it up as a tea, then strain off the liquid and wash your hands in it before going to play. The herbs included in this mixture are Chamomile, Calendula, Coriopsis, Alfalfa, Irish Moss, Cinnamon Chips, and Allspice Berries-all of which are said to bring monetary good fortune or at least to drive away poverty. If you visit the website, they'll prepare a lucky charm especially for you.

So, what's the truth about lucky charms? Keep using one if it works for you but don't go on emotional tilt if you run into a losing streak. Poker, like life, has its ups and downs. Belief is the key. If you believe something works, it probably will but don't stop trying to improve your game no matter what you may believe. The bottom line is that luck is only part of the story. Poker is still very much a game of skill.

"This article was originally published in Woman Poker Player print publication."

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4 H Club Gift is a good luck gift ideafor anyone that is involve in the 4 H Club of America,
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Templeton And The Non Local Mind

Templeton And The Non Local Mind
Noted the feisty 'Questioning the Integrity of the John Templeton Foundation' by Sunny Bains in 9(1) Evolutionary Psychology (2011) 92-115 [PDF].

Bains comments that - In the last few years, the John Templeton Foundation has garnered substantial attention by advertising in many of the US and UK's most prestigious scholarly magazines and journals. These advertisements have showcased debates on what the Foundation describes as the "Big Questions", some of which have a scientific theme. Various scientists, philosophers, and theologians have been paid to offer their answers to these questions.

This pronounced visibility has led many scientists and academics to wonder about the Foundation and how it operates. One of its stated goals is to forge a closer relationship between religion and science. To many scientists, this is anathema. They see religion and science as fundamentally incompatible and, therefore, that any relationship between them could only be built on dishonesty or ignorance. To others, the goal is laudable: Some scientists welcome the assistance as they attempt to reconcile their personal religious beliefs with their scientific understanding. To still others, religious or not, any science funding (part of the work of the Foundation involves providing grants for scientific research), from whatever source, is welcome.

For many who do not have a problem with the science/religion agenda of the Foundation, the issue is then one of integrity. Is the Foundation what it says it is? Are its stated goals and its actual goals the same (as judged by who and what it funds)? Does it operate in a transparent and non-corrupt way?

In this commentary, I consider five issues that suggest that the John Templeton Foundation is not what it represents itself to be: 1. The Foundation began as an overtly pro-religious organization. It has since changed its stated aims and goals, and their presentation, in a way that seems calculated to make them appear more "open-minded." Nevertheless, the Foundation's agenda - based on its actual activities - seems to have remained the same.

2. The Foundation's organizational structure and the awarding of its prizes appears to be rife with cronyism.

3. Respondents to the Foundation's "Big Questions" (at least those questions with clear links to science) are disproportionately Foundation advisors and grantees, and yet it is implied that they represent a balance in responses.

4. The Foundation finances prestigious external organizations to run its activities, often without making the participants and/or audience aware of who provided the funding.

5. The Foundation and its current chairman, John (Jack) Marks Templeton, Jr., have a history of funding what could be seen as anti-science activities and groups (particularly concerning climate-change and stem-cell research). Let's not, of course, ask hard questions about the Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University (deliciously untransparent) under quantum mystic Ervin Laszlo, animateur of World Futures journal (dowsing & quantumbabble territory) and exponent of two-way communication with the dead and Mayan Calendar endism and similar beliefs that - although presumably held sincerely - are from a legal perspective nonsense.

'An Evolutionary Approach Toward Exploring Altered States of Consciousness, Mind-Body Techniques, and Non-Local Mind' by Arthur Saniotis ">World Futures (2011) 182-200 nonplusses me with the claim that A special non-local technique used by extant shamans is the "soul flight", whereby the shaman's soul leaves his/her body and travels to the spirit realms where he/she communes with the ancestral and animal powers. Soul flight is a fundamental feature in many shamanic traditions since the spirit realm is the domain where a shaman fosters his/her mystical powers (Winkelman 2002, 1876). From an evolutionary point of view, shamanic soul flight was integral to group survival since information accessed from the spirit realms enabled group members to access game and edible and medicinal plants. Moreover, shamanic soul flight establishes coherency between the human and non-human realms of existence. In this way, shamanic soul flight may be categorized as an ecological technique for reaffirming the affinity between human and non-human realms of existence. Aspects of shamanic soul flight probably informed various non-local techniques used by the wisdom traditions.

Some aspects of shamanic soul flight are cognate with what modern parapsychology calls "remote viewing" - a non-local technique where an individual can perceive phenomena beyond the range of ordinary vision. Kowalewski (2004, 66) states that trackers in hunter-gatherer societies have an ability to "extend their energy body beyond their physical body and see the creature's tracks somewhere else far away. Modern Amazonian trackers have amazed researchers by their seeming extra-sensory ability to find game" (Lamb 1971, 64). Kowalewski points out that tracking incorporates brain activity (2004, 65), which is synonymous with shamanic cortical integration. It is tempting here to know to what extent ancestral tracking may have influenced early shamanistic practices and visa versa. Such similarities between tracking and shamanic practices may support why both may trigger altered states of consciousness and psychological metamorphosis (Kowalewski 2004, 71). Both indigenous tracking and shamanic soul flight support modern consciousness research that "the psyche has no real boundaries" and may be a part of an all encompassing and infinite field of consciousness as purported by Laszlo's Akashic Field (Grof 1993, 202). Call me a grinch but I don't believe that dropping a couple of tabs of acid - or mystic 'wisdom traditions' equivalent such as peyote - actually lets you track dinner by ESP. It is somewhat unsettling that researchers seem to be taking "the soul" as a fact, but then universities are strange places.

The two authors go on to state that - If altered states of consciousness have informed human evolution, the question arises as to what extent may non-locality influence future human evolution? The rise in consciousness studies pioneered by Grof, Laszlo, Russell, Dossey, and others have challenged the prevailing materialistic paradigm of science. Laszlo and Currivan (2008) advance a theory of biological and social coherency that reconsecrates the unity of life and levels of co-operation found throughout nature and human societies. The current interest in the non-local mind fits into the model of coherency. Dossey (1999) explains at length the necessity for future medicine to include mind-body and non-local techniques that foster healing. He states that at present there is a collective denial by science of the non-local nature of consciousness, designating it as "the hard problem" (Dossey 1999, 207). Quite so, science - like Australian law - has difficulty with the claim that you can have a two way chat with the dead via a valve radio, that there is reincarnation (a salient claim by Grof, otherwise distinguished by a faith in astrology), that people can have precognition, can 'remotely view' something in another continent (ie psychically visit a distant place, in this or 'another' universe) or could remotely heal the inaccessible victims trapped under World Trade Center on 9/11. It is "hard" for me to take such claims seriously.

"The current interest in the non-local mind fits into" the "exteriorisation" (aka astral projection) model articulated by the colourful L Ron Hubbard and precursors such as Aleister Crowley. It works, apparently, for Tom Cruise, but not for me.

Saniotis ">harming (oops, I have bad thoughts about the little critters - or the editor of World Futures - from several thousand kilometres away and the targets of my non-local wrath start to ail)? In the old days that was referred to as witchcraft or sheet utter humbug. Now it is non-locality and rewarded in a peer-reviewed journal, that boasts "peer review integrity" - "All articles published in this journal have undergone rigorous editorial screening and peer review". Uh huh.

If we accept some of the more bizarre claims made by enthusiasts for "quantum holism" (aka quantum mysticism) about remote viewing, the undead and telekinesis, what are the implications for criminal and civil law? Defendants getting off on the basis that evidence was removed or added by another party via "soul flight"? "Your honour, the ghost - rather than the butler - did it"?

The supposed "challenge" to the "prevailing materialistic paradigm of science" by people such as Grof, Laszlo & Co is not profound and is unlikely to have an impact on the practice of law in Australia. Don't rush to blame the "soul flight" or what Laszlo characterised as "entities that are no longer living in the familiar form in this world but are alive nonetheless" if things go wrong... courts aren't going to accept testimony from ghosts or the undead and use of a pseudo-scientific litany will not make them real.