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The Incredible Shrinking Jesus

May 21st, 2006 · Comments Off on The Incredible Shrinking Jesus · christianity, ritual

In the process of studying Biblical history, I’ve also studied a little bit of Greek, Hebrew, theology, philosophy, anthropology (physical and cultural), archeology, literary analysis, linguistics, economics, politics, military theory, and even (yes) basket weaving. The Bible, itself, is pretty sparse, so all these other techniques are used to illuminate this ancient and hoary document. […]

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Om [Aha!]

April 16th, 2006 · Comments Off on Om [Aha!] · metaphysics, ritual

i. Magic is the art of transforming imagination into reality. [Hail Hekate!] ii. The axis of manifestation begins with imagination and it ends with reality. Simple rules dictate how objects, relationships, and events are manipulated across this axis into reality from the imagination. Most of these rules are institutionalized, in one form or another, into […]

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Moses supposes his toeses are roses

January 26th, 2006 · Comments Off on Moses supposes his toeses are roses · history, ritual

Few characters in the Bible loom as large or stand as central throughout the Bible as Moses. If it wasn’t for Moses stories, I don’t know that there would be Jews or Christians or Muslems. The Hebrew Moses is similar in many respects to another hero in the Greek tradition: Heracles. Stories wild and amazing […]

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Magic in the Bible

January 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on Magic in the Bible · ritual

A long time ago, before folks had popes or corporate arbiters of faith to consult on matters of the spirit, they were a little more cavalier about seeking personal gnosis. We do ourselves few favors today to assume that the patriarchs and heroes of the Bible would have suffered the same circumscription of their spiritual […]

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Illumination Spotlight: Psychic Arts

November 23rd, 2005 · Comments Off on Illumination Spotlight: Psychic Arts · Illuminations, metaphysics, ritual

Human mental and sensory facilities are rarely developed to their natural limits of complexity and depth. People today normally use only a small percentage of their total mental capacity: often only in a simple, blunt way; all but isolated from their own perceptions. While we may flatter ourselves that we are the apex of human […]

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Worship the Place Where You Live

October 11th, 2005 · Comments Off on Worship the Place Where You Live · Illuminations, ritual

I © Austin I moved to Austin nearly twenty years ago because I had fallen in love with the city. I loved the river, the trees, the humidity, and the way the place is with dense with life without being too thick with people. Many residents I have met feel this way: I certainly understand […]

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Hammer out the Love

February 23rd, 2005 · Comments Off on Hammer out the Love · metaphysics, ritual

1. I have a hammer. It is not an unique or expensive tool, yet I use my hammer proudly. 2. I am skilled with my hammer. I strive to practice with my hammer daily. It is only through practice that I can provide my greatest skill. 3. I know the truth of the hammer. With […]

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Hail Eris!

December 30th, 2004 · Comments Off on Hail Eris! · ritual

It has been something of a tradition with my wife and I to hang a small bell on the rear-view mirror of our car. She started the habit of ringing a bell whenever we pass a carcass on the road as a way of blessing the passing of whatever animal it had been. We like […]

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God in the Pledge

June 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on God in the Pledge · history, media, ritual

Supreme Court Preserves ‘God’ in Pledge The Supremes weaseled out of making an official declaration on the Newdow pledge case, however, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist agreed with the outcome of the case, but still wrote separately to say that the Pledge as recited by schoolchildren does not violate the Constitution. Justices Sandra Day O’Connor […]

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Prophecy Lite

June 2nd, 2004 · Comments Off on Prophecy Lite · culture, media, metaphysics, ritual

Claiming to be “the Christian Voice in the Nation’s Capital,” the [Apostolic Congress] members vociferously oppose the idea of a Palestinian state. They fear an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza might enable just that, and they object on the grounds that all of Old Testament Israel belongs to the Jews. Until Israel is intact and Solomon’s […]

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