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Dark Priest of Reason, FraterPsychonaut
Magickal Path: Chaote & Witch
Military Listing? Yes!
Age Group: Adult
Relationship Status: Single
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Located in: Fontana, California
Likes: smart and interesting people and good stories expressed in any medium, beauty, healthy wild nature, Eris (sometimes) ; the history, stories, beliefs, and practices of cultures before the adoptions of Abrahamic faiths and those such surviving pieces that remained or were absorbed; occult history and the history of the occult (sometimes the same thing) ; science and math, politics (mostly from a mutualist bent but can argue for other coherent views)
Dislikes: stupid and boring people, uncorrectable ignorance, scared human herd-mobs and their negligent shepherds who let them get that way, or worse the mentally diseased worg-men who help push them there. Unhealthy but strong memes that just won't die.
Dark Priest of Reason, FraterPsychonaut's Profile...
I've been identified as being: A refocusing Chaote masquerading as Astaru influenced Wiccan with Taoist and Mutualist leanings. (My lack of focus was caused primarily by neglect, or a regular inattention to those activities required to keep focused and healthy, formerly this was misleadingly expressed as being lazy, caused by priorities such as work -mostly USMC related- and other obligations eating up available time, a habit that is now reversing it's self) ; a cat lover (I like intelligence and self reliance in my pets, it also helps if they are cuddly and make a "purr" sound, dogs and horses are good too) ; a former martial artist (currently remediating in my spare time) ; (formerly) a Modern Knight in not so shiny armor and archer-solder with a wonderful historical guild of medieval military reenactors (and a US Marine, which is another modern type of knight) ; a true romantic (often often appears as a bruised cynic when life's little bumps tumble me about, again) ; a bibliophile & cinemaphile (I like a good entertaining and well developed story) .
I made contacts with several people almost immediately after setting up here and it went well. However, a lot of the initial discussions have covered most of the same stuff, so being a frustratingly slow typist and a notorious re-editor, I thought I'd save some burnout by expounding here. (I still relish correspondence, but just I prefer novel discourse and not the same limited conversation thirty times over.)
(This is mostly cannibalized, from emails, and re-edited to fit together; but I think it will do for now. Of course many people will be "TL;DR", but here goes nothing.)
In reference to the "Dark" of the Dark Priest moniker: "How dark is 'dark'?"
"Pitch and utter darkness. Daily I: eat live puppies for breakfast, microwave babies, push old ladies into moving traffic, steal from charities, mug homeless disaster victims, run for (actually rig or buy outright) public office on a platform of hateful hypocritical bigotry and blatant corruption, hook on then sell PCP laced crack to kindergärtners and then pimp them out to foreign businessmen and clergy..."
(not buying this, are you? Hmm... yeah, you got me.)
It's more a 'dark' humor thing. But I'm serious too, sometimes at the same time.
I thought the moniker/title gave the whole thing away: (**big self important voice**) "The Dark Priest of [ (post) Discordian] Reason - Frater Psychonaut." (Maybe I need more brackets? More assumed titles? Maybe: Pope, The Holy Reverend Lord High Priest Uber Magus 0th Degree, His Divine Majesty Emperor High King, Prince of Angeles, el Dulce de California, Saint of Chaos... etc? or a sillier, run-on, multipart, idealized assumed name, like: ShadowDragonTigerMage-OdinLokiThor, or GreenRavenBear StarWolf MoonHawk TitaniumBloodOak; or something obscurely pretentious like: "SEhyeh asher ehyeh", or "Tat Tvam Asi".) [Ok, now it's just getting silly.]
(Stream of consciousness jokes aside) Continuing on:
Straight male [though both assertions have been challenged on perceived grounds of conflicting social evidence = strong romantic tendencies, noble ideations and chivalric acts, and artistic flair including a sense for fashion], single [no real excuse here any more, I'll just need to get out there more], falls within the 'human' category [body's a throwback to, or holdover from, primitive ideals, I'm unsure which, and brain's a 'relatively new development'], wizened child of early prime age, currently residing in and around Fontana, CA, but have been known to range from San Diego, to Bakersfield and many places in between. Chaote and Witch: the reconstituted religion of my predominant ancestors*, sans the unhealthy superstitious mysticism's that accrued over time and the parts that no longer apply due to legal-social, medical, and technological advances [I research and filter out the BS, or as much as can be don these days], added to effective Ceremonialist and [post] Chaos Magician techniques. (*a version of the indigenous Norse/Teutonic and Romano-Hellene influenced Anglo-Celtic syncretic faith of my primary ethnic ancestors before their assumption of Abrahamic faiths for practical political reasons. -not having the attendant politics and having the option to chose, I feel no need for, and a modest aversion to, that faith and its modern incarnations and relations, but still feel a connection to my ethnic heritage.)
I take people to be talking animals (some that look and sound kinda' like me.) , and animals to be funny looking people (most who don't look or sound like me at all) . As for treatment of each, I take my cues from nature and hold my ethics accordingly to the limits of biology (with a Mutualist-Taoist econo-political/philosophic outlook, and slightly absurdist-surrealist sense of humor towards most) . But I do consider domestic pets (or any pet) to be family with the same rights and protections of any adopted family member, non-pets (any animal, including human animals) should be treated with dignity and respect but I won't argue with biology. I do eat meat with my vegetables, as I am a predatory omnivore biologically, but harming someones pet would be like harming their child, so some discrete discrimination is practiced and encouraged. I'm not so provincial as to have a visceral knee jerk reaction to the practices of individuals and cultures wholly alien to me.
I adore a good story in any medium, and as such enjoy a significant personal library of cinematic movies, TV shows on DVD, and books. And when I take time to read, I devour fiction by Neil Gaiman and Patricia Briggs (to name 2 current authors whose works I am currently devouring) and similar writers, including a lot of the better, and some not so much better, SciFi and fantasy classics and the pulp and classic Gothic, romantic, and epic/mythic literature, and even some pop culture favorites. My music and artistic tastes follow similar lines. My nonfiction is of a more serious bent, with an eye to hard research and a solid base of core books, and the occasional Documentary or Artistic piece. I like finding what is BS, proving it, stripping it away, and finding what is real (or at least less BS) , finding why, and seeing what I can do with it, then sharing it with those I think should know it too. But I'm a Chaote so that's almost a given.
Somewhat recently my life as an active Marine has drawn to a close, and I've rejoined civil society. Now I am taking advantage of those opportunities that honorably completed service provides, namely quality education opportunities.
Though this is changing now, anymore, I haven't done to too much in the way of extracurricular magic, or magic (k) just for the fun of it, as I haven't been maintaining the active focus needed to be truly effective. (It's not that achieving gnosis has been all that hard, I still do little things regularly, but taking the time for nonessentials has been a chore.) I've only been doing what's necessary and sometimes not even that, so I'm rusty on the application of complex group magic, but I am always for learning and I'm up for meeting with a regular group, or just good fun with serious [but hopefully light hearted] practitioners. It's a main reason why I'm starting to seriously reach out in the community again. I can live with the core religious part being private, sometimes that's preferable, as it can get very personal, but the magic, the life and lifestyle, craves community, if only for companionship and understanding perspective.
And I'll talk with almost anyone. Even those whose heads are so full of fluff, they might blow away from the breeze from an ant's fart, might have something valuable to pass to me. ("It's an ill wind that blows no minds.") Anyhow, I think the "fluffy bunny" thing is a phase, one people get over when they actually start doing magic (instead of just pretending) . Only thing is, most I've met don't get past the dabbling and fuzzy impressions, or illusions of magic, to something more substantial, because it'd mean they'd have to actually have to live it and that's too much. If i can encourage or help someone get their head out of their rear and live better then I might have an easier time of it the next time I find myself attempting to sit on my own shoulders. Like many others, I have that problem sometimes too, struggling to actually live life, I lose perspective, and with an unhealthy personality construct at the reins, sometimes it's a while before I get back. But I digress, nothingless. I am currently searching for new friends, and friendly associates, with similar interests, so if irregular correspondence is not dissuasive. I'd appreciate emails*.
(*Disclaimer: All creeps, trolls, and aggressively boring idiots will be summarily banished with the most effective method known, ignoring them.)
If you're in the IE west/south or Riverside area, drop me a line. (Or LA, San Diego, etc.) I know there are more of us out here, lurking on the net. I've even met some of you, so say hi. Create a profile. Make some friends. I might be slow in getting back, but I usually do.
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