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Magickal Path: Solitary Adherent to Wicca
Age Group: Adult
Sun Sign: Leo
Relationship Status: Married
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Located in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Likes: I'm altruistic by nature, so both being enabled to and being allowed to help others are my greatest rewards.
Dislikes: Back-stabbers are my single greatest dislike -- the one thing that will make me angry is to have my efforts in support of others undercut.
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 know several of us still do. That's what it takes to change a military-brat-turned-farmboy towards serving the world.
I've been roughly pagan-oriented since 2008, and have been reading about (and lightly trying-out) a Wiccan orientation since 2012. However, I've only attended two esbats (at the first one I, incredibly, served as HP) , and that particular attempt failed rather bizarrely (which is why I've read so much since, so That never happens again) .
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, hiked to the bottom end and back on the Bright Angel Trail, been on the refueling floor of a nuclear power plant, and lain naked on the lawn at Beltane. I've also 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, although my lack of self-centeredness has far too often led to a large amount of personal heartache.
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. (I have a dormant Lyme infection now as well.)
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 (as does the bizarre incident in 2007 where one of my not-so-nice brothers had an identical breakdown) .
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 a book by Cantrell -- "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 still very tough for me) , but now that I much-better know what to practice and why I am starting true novice-level efforts.
We have somewhere over 210 Wicca/paganism books (of which I've now read all the text in 39 solely on Wicca's theology, plus 18 related ones) and many associated ones. However, in the end the Goddess is right -- if that which you seek you find not within you.....
I'm now reading:
-- Daimler's "The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens" (2014)
The last books I read were:
-- Dion Fortune's "Esoteric Orders and Their Work" (1928)
-- Dion Fortune's "The Training and Work of an Initiate" (1930)
----- "Unless we have so great a love for humanity, so great a sympathy for suffering, that we are not only willing but anxious to avail ourselves of the opportunity in some small measure to offer ourselves as a sacrifice for the sins of the people, there is no point in setting out upon the Way of Initiation, for its goal will be dust and ashes to the man who remains unregenerate."
----- (In other words, paraphrased from JFK: "Ask not what our world can do for you: ask what you can do for our world.")
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