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Magickal Path: Solitary Adherent to Wicca
Age Group: Adult
Sun Sign: Leo
Occupation: Disabled and so Retired
Relationship Status: Married
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Located in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Likes: Helping people with their problems, often by coming up with insights to problems (small problems and big ones are often the same amount of work, so I may as well look to solve the big problems) .
Dislikes: #1 -- Back-stabbers. #2 -- Pollution. #3 -- Wasting resources (particularly natural ones) . (Lacks of understanding I'm actually very tolerant of.)
My greatest desire is to worship the Goddess and serve Her and Her global community.
I'm just not sure what I seek right now. Although I need and strongly desire to be in a coven (to keep myself grounded and centered) , my wife and I have long been (futilely) planning to move to some new area (perhaps just out of the city, or perhaps much farther) and so participating in a study group might be more appropriate at this time. I guess that my greatest desire controls.
The first witch I ever met was a high school classmate named kathe who deliberately befriended me and who we all adored intensely. Kind beyond words, she was truly a radiant being. I knew her for about two years before she died tragically -- we were literally devastated. I think of her every day, as I believe several of us do (at least I did until a bizarrely unfortunate event in February 2012, but I've resumed that) . I still "worship the ground she walked on".
I've been pagan-oriented since 2008 (attending occasional Beltane and Fires of Venus festivals, and, for awhile, some open Wiccan celebrations) . I was hurt badly (I test to be a Highly Sensitive Person) by a Wiccan-related problem that I had no prior inkling was even a possibility, from which it took so long to recover that I've decided to stay a solitary practitioner. My ailing wife of over seven years is herself a long-time solitary practitioner because she does not wish to follow anyone else's path.
My profile used to be virtually a resume. I've been to some unusual places in the U.S. and done many things I never expected to. I have, for example, been to the bottom end and back on the Bright Angel Trail, on the refueling floor of a nuclear power plant, and naked on the lawn at Beltane. I have created articles in Wikipedia, and ridden side-saddle in an open-door Huey. Through it all I've always had the greater good in mind, and my lack of self-centeredness has too often led to a large amount of personal heartache.
I exist to serve others -- not in a submissive way (unless the situation calls for that) , but in a contributory one. That's just the way I am, for if I'm not making others happier I usually am not too happy myself. I've tried to make the best (or if not at least safest) of each situation as it arose, but that approach hasn't served me well. Therefore I'm likely to remain an uninitiated solitary practitioner, albeit a very-well-read one.
I have a preference for strong women (and have asked to work under at least one) . My wife is both my equal (and superior in some aspects: we were both Mensa members, where we met -- only her Chronic Lyme Disease holds her down) . We're not identical people, but we meld our different strengths into a happy marriage.
My greatest failings have come when I've been called on to be the stereo-typical "alpha male". I simply have never believed that forcing situations through into a "win-lose" was preferable to finding a "win-win" outcome. Developing a bipolar condition at age 37 certainly didn't help (the result of overwork and an undesired divorce) -- although well under control 23 years later, the shadows of a decade of misery still haunt me. (For the record, one of my brothers had an identical breakdown in late 2007, which dragged me into quite a different morass.)
I've long had a saying (based on a Shakespeare quote that I've since learned is renowned here) : "A man who will lie to others, will lie to himself as well." However, the most important verse to me is "With our brothers, we will share" from the song "One Tin Soldier". Finally, there's a quote from Cantrell (see below) -- "Witches harm none, not because they fear the consequences of the Threefold Law, but because all is sacred."
My favorite song is "Time Will Tell" from (appropriately) "Wizards" -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwlgNT-vDEA (note that the MP3 file has a far better quality of sound than the YouTube video) . I've also watched other videos, and one I've long admired still strikes a chord -- "The Impossible Dream" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgzXwpePTTU ) .
Not being in a coven, I've had to "feel my way forward" in a non-traditional learning path. Basically, I skimmed a number of books, found some very good introductory books and read them, and added in some very good intermediate or advanced books. From these last books I am learning the kinds of things that a novice should concentrate on learning and why (tree lore, for example) . I've done little actual practicing to date (visualization is going to be tough for me) , but now that I much-better know what to practice and why I will be starting true novice-level efforts.
We have over 197 Wicca/paganism books (of which I've now read all the text in 34 solely on Wicca's theology, plus 17 related ones) and many associated ones. The ones I recommend for a new explorer of Wicca are below. However, in the end the Goddess is right -- if that which you seek you find not within you.....
-- Silverwind's "The Everything Paganism Book" (2004, light-weight reading)
----- "Ultimately all correct actions are acts of love."
-- Higginbotham's "Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions" (2002)
-- Skye Alexander's "The Everything Wicca & Witchcraft Book, 2ND EDITION" (2008)
----- The "1st Edition" of this book (Singer, 2002) is atrocious
-- Vivianne Crowley's "Principles of Wicca" (1997)
-- Cabot's "Power of the Witch: The Earth, the Moon, and the Magical Path to Enlightenment" (1989)
-- Raven Grimassi's "Spirit of the Witch" (2003)
-- McCoy's "Inside a Witches' Coven" (1997)
-- Orion Foxwood's "The Flame in the Cauldron" (2015)
-- Silver RavenWolf's "To Light a Sacred Flame" (1999)
-- "The Witches' Tarot"
-- Raven Grimassi's "The Well Worn Path"
-- Raven Grimassi's "The Hidden Path"
-- Rabinovitch's "An' Ye Harm None: Magical Morality And Modern Ethics" (2004)
---- ("To cast a spell is to project energy through a symbol")
-- Vivianne Crowley's "Wicca: A Comprehensive Guide to the Old Religion in the Modern World" (1989/1996/2003)
-- diZerega's "Fault Lines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine" (2013)
---- (a Must-Read book for coven leaders)
-- Watson's "Practical Solitary Magic" (2011)
-- Frater U D's "Practical Sigil Magic: Creating Personal Symbols" (1990/2012)
----- (not a purely-Wiccan perspective)
-- Strong's "Auras: Discovering How to See, Sense and Understand Auras" (2015)
-- Pond's "Chakras for Beginners" (1999)
-- Pollack's "Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot" (1980)
-- Telesco's "Which Witch Is Which?: A Concise Guide to Wiccan and Neo-Pagan Paths and Traditions" (2004)
-- Holland's "Wicca Handbook"
-- Holland's "The Spellcaster's Reference"
----- Note Bene: Do not cast spells when the Moon is void-of-course
--- "Religion is for people afraid of going to hell -- Spirituality is for those who have already been there." ---
--- "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." ---
--- "If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together." ---
--- "Never look down on someone unless it is to help them up." ---
--- "A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding." ---
--- Only trust someone who can see these three things in you:
----- the sorrow behind your smile,
----- the love behind your anger,
----- & the reason behind your silence. -----
"James Hansen, an authoritative climatologist, wrote an innovative paper in 2015 giving the sea level rise by 2100 as 5 to 9 meters (16 to 30 feet) . The reason for Hansen’s much greater rise is that his team took into account a newly-discovered mechanism: the way that ice melts in Antarctica."
This would flood much of southern New Jersey, as Salem is at 3 meters above sea level and Mays Landing is at 4 meters above sea level.
I have written to a competent organization to ask by how much the closure of the 26 Japanese nuclear plants due to the 2011 Earthquake will accelerate this flooding.
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