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29 December 2008 @ 10:24 am
Got this from another journal and I loved it, so I thought I'd share:

Please accept with no obligation, implicit or implied, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious and secular practices, persuasions, and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all, and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year of 2009, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only "America" in the western hemisphere), and without regard to race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, sexual preference, or choice of computing platform.
14 October 2008 @ 04:41 pm

Yep, I am still alive.  Family is going good, job is going good, I am trying to get a coven off the ground, and I'd like everyone who cares about equal rights and either lives in FL or knows someone who lives in FL to visit or pass along my action page here:


Love you all!
02 April 2008 @ 10:06 am
So it's been a few days since my last entry.  My weekend was relatively busy.  Had a coven thing on Saturday, then went to a big flea market with my wife on Sunday.  Other than that, I've just been doing the work thing the last few days.  So nothing all that spactacular to write about as far as how things are going.  That's not to say that things aren't going good, because they are going very good. 
28 March 2008 @ 01:03 pm
Ok, so I wrote a detailed view of my cosmological theory.  But what are the practical implications of it, and how does it effect us from day to day?  Sure, it's nice to wax all philosophical on things that are so outside of our reach that anyone can say just about anything and there is no way for people to dispute what they are saying, but does what they say resonate on this plane as practical, and as something they can actually use to help them in the here and now?

I am a Wiccan.  When I tell someone that, they can expect that I will have certain cosmological views and believe in certain things, but what that doesn't tell them is WHY I believe what I believe.  The first idea I will discuss is reincarnation.  This one, in view of my cosmological theory, is pretty much a no-brainer, in that my cosmological model implicitly states that we keep coming back in order to gain more knowledge of and experience in this plane of existence.  Of course, we could get into theories on HOW this happens, but that is a whole other discussion.  For now, let's just say that I believe that just like we have physical genes that determine how are bodies will grow, we also have a spiritual "gene" that is that part of the creative intelligence which eventually develops into our conscious mind.

The next thing I believe in is karma.  If you throw a ball against a wall hard enough, it has a good chance of bouncing right back into your face.  But I also believe karma works more subtlely than that, in that sometimes, when you take certain actions, you might not see the karmic results until much later, maybe even years.  Again, karma and ethics can be discussed in pages and pages, but to bring it to the focus of this discussion, I think that karma falls into my cosological model as a way of the divine intelligence to reward or punish us for doing certain things that are either part of or not part of our divine purpose for being here, respectively.  Now I'm not talking about reward or punishment in the Christian sense of you go to Heaven if you are good or believe in Jesus, or you are going to Hell if you are bad or don't believe in Jesus.  The idea that there is one key to an eternity of either bliss or damnation makes no sense to me, because in reality, those are just human labels.  And to think that the divine and the infinite are limited by OUR constructs is very illogical to me.  So I see karma as a more natural progression of events that play themselves out depending on our actions, but following a pattern that is defined by our divine purpose.  The practical, everday implications of this are that if you are having "bad luck" or things just don't seem to be going "your way", then change course!  See if changing your behavior or even how you percieve things makes you a happier, more productive person.  This is the essense of what we call magick, which is the next thing I will discuss in another lj entry, since I really need to get back to work right now. :)
24 March 2008 @ 01:44 pm

I know I haven't posted every day, but the days I haven't I either forgot or didn't have the time to post anything of value, and I don't want to have 1,000 "I'm still here!" posts in my journal, lol.  So here it is, Monday, and I am sitting here at work, probably with better things to do than post to lj, but oh well.

I had a pretty eventful weekend.  On Saturday, the coven I am a member of hosted a public Ostara sabbat, and it went pretty well.  We did a good job with the ritual according to everyone, and the food everyone brought was great.  I made a baked ziti to share (well my wife helped too) and it was received quite well.

Then yesterday, we went to my wife's parents house for an "Easter" get together dinner.  I ended up leading the family in prayer before dinner, which was pretty interesting, because I had to come up with something that was meaningful to me but also not stepping on anyone else's religious toes.  I managed it, though, with a pretty generic "thanks for everything to whoever happens to be out there" kind of prayer, and it seemed to work just fine. :)

I think I'm going to write a part 2 of my "religious musings" within the next few days with the focus bieng on what my ideas mean in a more practical everyday sense and how they fit with the path I have chosen.  And who knows where else it will lead. :)

19 March 2008 @ 11:13 pm
I posted this to a forum, but I thought I'd repost it here in my journal:

I believe in the concept of deity, but not in the Judeo-Christian concept of God as the "man upstairs" who watches over us and decides our fates when we die.  I think that if there was a conscious entity with all that power and knowledge, they would not be able to help but make their presence more overtly known to their creations.  And surely if they can create a human "avatar" here on Earth, then they would do it more than once every few thousand years.

But I do believe in deity in the sense of some sort of creative intelligence, and I see all of humanity as physical manifestations of that intelligence, and our own intelligence and creative powers as proof of such.  That, I believe, is where reincarnation comes in.  When we die, the piece of the divine that was "us" stays around to inhabit another shell and keeps doing so until it gains enough of whatever it needs to return to the source.  What that is I really can't pretend to know, but whatever it is must be gained through living and experiencing this dimension that we call "reality".

The question that someone might ask then is "why?"  Why would a supreme intelligent power want to cut parts of itself away to "suffer" the kinds of things we go through in our lives?  Well, the Gnostics believe that our separation is some sort of accident, and that our goal as humans is to learn enough and elevate ourselves enough in this life so that we may "figure out" how to return to the source.  This philosophy, while giving some hope, is too close to the Christian view of things IMO, in that they believe that some will make it and enjoy eternity, but that most will simply perish in the attempt and cease to exist when they die.  They also believe that most people are on their "last life" and that this is their last chance to figure it out.  A bit of a "convenient truth" if you ask me.

That leads me to what I believe.  If something like that did happen, and a supreme intelligence lost parts of itself, do you think they would leave it up to the inferior parts of itself "stuck" in the prison of physical reality to try to get out by themselves?  If your toe gets cut off, do you wait for it to crawl back onto your foot?  Of course not, you keep it in ice and bring it to a doctor to hopefully sew back on.  Well, that's not the best analogy, because I have to assume that a supreme intelligence would have much better ways to integrate parts of itself back together, which leads me to my main idea, which is that it is possible that it purposefully lets parts of itself into the "prison" of our reality in order for it to experience things that it never would if it just stayed in it's own "dimension" (for lack of a better word).  And it might separate itself into so many parts because it wants to experience every facet of this inferior dimension that it can, so it puts parts of itself in a variety of situations and predicaments.

And it might also create beings that are lower than itself, but still higher than "we" are.  Beings that can more directly interact with our world on it's behalf, because it would probably be hard for it to fully comprehend our existence enough to have any meaningful interaction with it.  As an analogy, think about an ant.  We know what it is and how it does what it does, but can you really conceive of life as an ant?  Of course not.  So these "middle" beings would be what we call "gods".  Ancient people had the ideas that certain deities covered different aspects of their lives and of the various forces at work on this planet.  That would definitely fit in with my theory, as each entity would naturally be responsible for certain aspects of maintaining this plane of existence.

Now, if my ideas are a more "top down" approach to cosmology, where there is a supreme intelligence that created lesser intelligences, which in turn created us and every thing around us, then you could try to counter such ideas with a "bottom up" theory where everything is exactly as it appears and everything above ourselves are just wishful imaginings of a species that lives, dies, and that's it.  And you could be right!  We can't really know what the truth is for sure.  But my ideas resonate as true to me, and that is the essence of belief and faith.
19 March 2008 @ 10:54 pm
Wow, it's harder to keep writing in here than I thought it would be.  Not because my life is that hard or anything, but it's just not something I think to do all the time, which is funny because I used to practically live on here.  But my day was ok.  Had an average work day, then taught a class this evening.  Wish I had more down time, but I'm not complaining.
18 March 2008 @ 01:46 pm
 Gah, it's only Tuesday.  Oh well, I'm just sitting here at work.  Well I do have work to do, so I should probably get to it.  I'm going to be starting martial arts lessons this evening, so I'm very excited about that!  Other than that, things are pretty much the same as usual.  I'll post again today if anything of note happens.
17 March 2008 @ 09:00 am

So I didn't post all weekend.  Well on Saturday I had a good excuse, since I was gone all day from when I got up in the morning to when I got home late at night.  I was at a coven thing all day, and when I got home I was too tired to do anything.  Not to mention my wife was down with a serious headache, so I was nursing her a bit.

But yesterday I really don't have an excuse for.  I was on the computer alot of the day playing games and stuff, so I could have posted.  But anyway, it's just a goal to post every day, not something I have to do or a demon will come up and grab me or anything.

So as I was saying, I had a nice relaxing day with my wife yesterday, where we loafed around the apartment for alot of the day.  We went out for a bit in the afternoon to get groceries and stuff, but that was about it.  I was hoping to have one of my wife's coworkers and their cousin come by to get card readings done (like tarot but I don't use an actual tarot deck), but they ended up having other plans.  I could have used the money, but oh well.

Speaking of readings, if you know anyone that wants a reading, I can so them online too, and I won't charge that much for an online one.  Just send me a reply here (I'll screen them) or email me at luminhawke@yahoo.com.

14 March 2008 @ 11:54 pm
So I haven't missed posting today yet!  Anyway, I'm glad the work week is over!!!  I got my wife a chocolate rose and a small tiger plush tonight and she really loved them. :)  Well, maybe I'll post something better tomorrow. :P