I recently did a short workshop on “Honoring the Ancestors”, which was recorded and mixed into my friend’s podcast. Here is the link:
“One of the most common questions I receive seems to be the most basic: How does magick work? Why is it that when you properly perform a ritual or spell you get the desired results?
The simplest and most honest answer is: I don’t know. It seems weird, then, that we should literally depend upon something when we have no idea of how it works. However, we do this all the time. We depend upon gravity holding us firmly to the Earth without knowing how it works. Oh, we may know that large masses have a quality of attraction, but this really gives us no more information than knowing if we properly perform a ritual we get results. We may somewhat understand how Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity or modern quantum mechanics and superstring theory gives us an understanding of gravity, but these still don’t explain everything.
Many people reading this know how to drive a car. But do you know how things like oxygen sensors, distributors, and power steering actually work? For most people, the answer is “No,” but we still use the car.
The ability to use something even if you don’t know how it works is often called “black boxing.” You put something into a metaphorical black box and from that box comes the results you want. You push down on the accelerator pedal and the car goes forward even if you don’t know all of the intricacies that go on within the engine and gears. For the most part, a car is just a big black box.”
“The biggest extinction event in planetary history was driven by the rapid acidification of our oceans, a new study concludes. So much carbon was released into the atmosphere, and the oceans absorbed so much of it so quickly, that marine life simply died off, from the bottom of the food chain up.
That doesn’t bode well for the present, given the disturbingly similar rate that our seas are acidifying right now. Parts of the Pacific, for instance, are already so acidic that sea snails’ shells begin dissolving as soon as they’re born.”
Over the last few years, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium have found that the percentage of sea floor covered in dead sea-animal carcasses increased from an all time high of 15% to a shocking 98%.
Nearly the entire sea floor, 98%, is covered in dead animals, something never witnessed in the entire 24 years that the scientists have been conducting their surveys. When the oceans die, so will we.
Ocean acidification is a direct result of adding carbon to the atmosphere (CO2 readily absorbs into water and becomes Carbonic Acid H2CO3).
Christians are constantly complaining about how their religion is under persecution by the government. You want to know about the real persecution?… That this is probably one of the first times that a Pagan religion has been allowed to lead public prayer in a governmental function… and that during the prayer, Christian legislators turn their backs in disrespect, and others stand outside yelling about how Pagans shouldn’t be allowed to hold public prayer, that leading prayer is exclusively for Abrahamic religions. That’s persecution, 2000 years in the making since polytheistic religions of Europe were genocidally wiped out.
Strange that so many people were so militantly against it, the prayer was non-denominational and non-threatening, and actually pretty nice:
“We call this morning to God, Goddess, Universe, that which is greater than ourselves to be here with us today. By the Earth that is in our bones and centers us, may all here remember our roots and those whom we are here to represent.
By the fire that gives us light and passion, may all here remain passionate about the work that must be done for the people of Iowa.
By the air that gives us breath and logic, may all here find thoughtful solutions to the problems that are presented.
By the water that flows through our blood and stirs our emotions, may all here draw on that emotional intelligence which helps us to see the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
We call this morning to Spirit, which is ever present, to help us respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Be with this legislative body and guide them to seek justice, equity and compassion in the work that is before them today.
Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen.”
If the law in Indiana can be modified so that the discrimination part is removed, I’m all for public pagan rituals, and religious right to cannabis and other botanicals. Can the Druids also claim religious right to inhabit and protect sacred groves and natural areas facing destruction at the hands of “development”?
In addition to being an electrochemical computer, the brain also functions strongly as a quantum computer. Being especially influential in the propagation of slow-wave brain waves, the de-localized interactions between neural microtubules seems to be a primary mechanism by which consciousness organizes itself. Also, it would imply that human consciousness is tapped into the very quantum fabric of reality, opening the door to radically different interpretations of how the Universe and physics work, and our place in them… Read more at the link below!
The Commons: a concept that will probably come to more mainstream awareness as we progress further into the 21st century, a place where people can come together, share, build, create, establish communities and social networks; a shared space that anyone can contribute to or participate in for free; a place of constructive resistance against the nefarious agendas and motives of gentrification, corporations and their government puppets, which have an inherent tendency to destroy communities for the sake of maximizing profits.
Omni Commons is home to several open-source driven communities, including hackers, scientists, artists, mental health professionals, educators, and others. Omni is currently membership-only, but after this Indiegogo campaign is finished to repair and upgrade the building , they will open the doors to the general public…
Anyone feel generous enough to donate to help make this dream a manifest reality? They’re almost at their goal!
“In the well-known ‘many worlds interpretation,’ each universe branches into a bunch of new universes each time a quantum measurement is made. All possibilities are therefore realized–in some universes the dinosaur-killing asteroid missed Earth. In others, Australia was colonised by the Portuguese. But critics question the reality of these other universes, since they do not influence our universe at all. On this score, our ‘many interacting worlds’ approach is completely different, as the name implies.”
Major breakthrough in Solar Power: etching the same patterns that occur on the surface of blu-ray disks onto solar panels doubles their power efficiency, to around 40%! This will put solar power on par with coal and natural gas in terms of price, as soon as this simple advancement becomes mainstream…
“Engineers have uncovered a novel and unexpected method for enhancing the performance of solar photovoltaic cells the at makes use of a commonplace hi-tech device from an unrelated field. An interdisciplinary research team from Northwestern University has discovered that Blu-ray discs, a opular medium for the storage of high-defintion audio-visual data, could also double as outstanding means for boosting the light absorption and efficiency of solar cells. ”