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Fellowship: Ritual and structure

September 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on Fellowship: Ritual and structure · fellowship, ritual

Quick recap: Go to the Fellowship category there on the right to see all of the Fellowship essays. This continues from a recent set of essays here and here. Ritual is rightfully a topic of research and invention in and of itself, and for its own sake. It is distinct from faith, belief, habit, mime, […]

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Fellowship: sketching a calendar

September 20th, 2014 · Comments Off on Fellowship: sketching a calendar · fellowship, intentional communities, ritual

Continuing from the previous post, I am working further on plans for an “event” in a few months. Step one is gathering together the calendar information relevant to the cycles of Venus and Mercury. This is done and available here. Based on the current date and the upcoming events, I see two particularly good dates […]

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Fellowship: Keystone Point approaching

September 18th, 2014 · Comments Off on Fellowship: Keystone Point approaching · culture, fellowship, intentional communities, ritual

I was reminded about my Fellowship project last night when I saw that my birthday this year is the day Mercury is hidden by the Sun. It will remain invisible for 12 days. (It’s actually passing in front of the Sun from our perspective, but you can’t see it without special lenses, because Sun.) Two […]

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Fellowship: Pentafest Ritual

February 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Fellowship: Pentafest Ritual · fellowship, ritual

The Pentafest commemorates the conjunction of the Sun and Venus. As this occurs on one of the same five days each time (see Venus Mysteries), so all five days are celebrated each year. On the Pentafest date that coincides with a Sun/Venus conjunction, a special theatrical production is produced. The Pentafest celebration is part theatrical […]

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At visit to St. Elias

October 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off on At visit to St. Elias · culture, ritual

I went to the Mediterranean Fest at St. Elias Church, in downtown Austin, this evening. The food was awesome. The DJ rocked. I got to tour the church. It is such a beautiful church, and such a jewel in the heart of this fine city. Roman churches are nice, but there’s something about the way […]

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The Gods of Ancient Rome

August 20th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Gods of Ancient Rome · christianity, culture, history, ritual

Turcan starts by providing an exquisite view of the private religious expressions of the Roman patricians. The gods of the house, the gods of the family, and the patron deities of individuals, all became part of a complex of divinity – a web which each Roman had to carefully traverse daily. Any mistake resulted in obligatory compensation to the gods in order to salvage the future welfare of the house.

The strength of the ancestors was keenly felt by the Ancient Romans. There was not a clear distinction between gods and the honored dead, and both were frequently called upon and celebrated. The spirit of the family, which had kept it continuing as a potent force, was honored as a distinct figure. The spirits of the house were also recognized and respected. In short, everything in every part of the Roman’s life was connected to divinity, and the Romans actively sought out knowledge for how to satisfy every god.

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Equilibrium

June 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Equilibrium · metaphysics, ritual

I have been dwelling further on Venus, the planet specifically, in its passage from Morning Star to Evening Star. I sense a deep pattern here, and placing myself within it may be the best way to quickly understand it. On Sunday, June 8th, Venus-Solar conjunction will occur. There are three significant points to make about […]

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New Time

May 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on New Time · ritual

My recent flirting with a regular weight-training regimen has begun to produce noticeable results, almost despite my inability to keep to a schedule. My body feels better and my yoga is better when I keep the discipline of practice. It reminds me of the benefits I would get with regular meditation practice. Again, discipline with […]

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Moist Towelette

May 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Moist Towelette · christianity, history, ritual

I haven’t given myself the time to really study anything in a while. Riding on airplanes provides a lot of time to read, and it’s really sparked a further round of heretical research better than anything I’ve really done in a while. I had to go back to my original notes, but now I’m hip […]

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The Quick & the Dead

May 29th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Quick & the Dead · metaphysics, ritual

The nature of death is tied to the structure of life: two concepts with which modern science continues to struggle. While we know ourselves to be alive and know that those who are dead are lost to us, we also know our knowledge is incomplete, if not suspect. I have had the opportunity on a […]

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