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Magickal Path: Left-Hand Path Shakta
Age Group: Adult
Relationship Status: Married
Sexual Orientation: Gay
Located in: Altoona, Pennsylvania
Likes: Music, education, writing, foreign and indie films, feminism, environmentalism, gay liberation, animal rights, anti-fascism, making things, being out in nature, meditating, anything culturally enriching, hanging out with friends, and magick.
Dislikes: Capriciousness, pretension, belligerence, conservatism and right-wing politics, misogyny, homophobia, racism, classism, ableism, poseurs, backstabbers, overgrown babies, and people with plastic personalities.
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Fundamentally I am a physicalist pantheist but am agnostic about how some types of magick work and about the nature or existence of some paranormal entities and energy. Much of what is considered paranormal or magickal has already been explained by psychology, neuroscience, and physics, but I cannot deny that there's still that .0001% that hasn't been. It is intellectually dishonest and belies extreme hubris to claim to know the exact mechanism by which those things manifest.
As a monist, I think the concept of a separate "spirit realm" is deeply flawed and that, as Éluard said, "There is another world, but it is in this one." I am in awe of existence and am ever striving to understand it better while maintaining an awareness of the fact that it is impossible to understand it completely, as the amount of information we can learn is limited by our mental capacities and how short our lifespans are.
My experiences, studies, and practices have led me to view my own mind as the most powerful conscious force in my life. I am, in essence, my own god, and I think each of us is capable of responsibly increasing and refining our godlike power if we choose to do so. I strive to do it every day. It is the cornerstone of my practice. I don't believe true power lies in controlling others, but in controlling one's own mind and life. So I respect the autonomy of others so long as they respect mine and are not abusing anyone who doesn't deserve it.
Darkness is and has always been a central focus within my life, and my magick reflects that. To be frightened by that or to think that it's juvenile or unhealthy or wrong is to completely misunderstand the nature of the dark.
I do more meditation, mantra recitation, and energy work than any other type of magick by far, but when I do spellwork I most often utilize sigilcraft, the Elder Futhark, hoodoo, and/or demonolatry. My favorite and most worked with deific masks are Mahakali and Baphomet.
I'm passionate about helping those who are willing to help themselves, and about exchanging ideas and information about the deeper and darker things in life.
I'd like to meet up with other occultists to talk shop, chill out, and maybe to practice together. I'm open to participating in just about any tradition as long as it doesn't prop up the oppressive status quo.
Oh, and if you're into astrology: I was born on the Libra/Scorpio cusp. Make of that what you will.
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