Hello (NEWBIE)

Hey everybody I am 29 years old. I am not involved in any sort of path right now. This definition fits me well heath·en

    a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim) as regarded by those who do.

I would like to learn about divination tarot, runes, scrying, etc. Foretelling, predicting, and prophesying the future is appealing to me and is the way I want to go. Is there a specific religion for this or do I just kind of seek out the methods from each religion individually? Any help is appreciated.

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D.J. Conway has passed away


According to a post on her official Facebook page, D.J. Conway “passed into the loving arms of the Goddess on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. She gifted this world and all of us with the knowledge of the Old Ones through her wit and wisdom. The cares of this world are now lifted from your body, mind, and spirit.”

From the Wild Hunt article.

And an article by Jason Mankey at Raise the Horns.

I also found this article by my friend Diane interesting — about how the outright vitriol directed her way in life has turned into “fond remembrances” in death.

Personally, while there was definitely stuff in her work that was…well, bad — her books still inspired me as a young witch. I still have a very beat up copy of Animal Magick somewhere that I’ll likely never get rid of.

What is remembered, lives.

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Flaming Lioness

I have published another book, Flaming Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Egyptian Goddesses

The Eye of Ra is a title of many ancient Egyptian Goddesses.  The Eye of Ra protects Ra and all of Egypt from enemies.  The Eye of Ra is a solar goddess associated with the cycles of the sun, solar eclipses, the star Sirius, Venus, the Morning Star, and the full moon.  All the Eye goddesses are associated with solar rays, flame and starlight—in both restorative and destructive capacities.  The Eye Goddesses are associated with snakes, cobras, lionesses, leopards and cats.

Within Flaming Lioness, there are ancient hymns to:

Aset (Isis)
Bast (Bastet)
Bast-Mut (Mut-Bast)
Hethert (Hathor)
Menhyt (Menhit)
Mut (Muth)
Nebet Het (Nephthys)
Nit (Neith)
Nut (Nuit)
Sekhmet (Sachmis)
Serqet (Selkis)
Seshat (Sesheta)
Tefnut (Tefenet)

Here is the page with more information: 

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Abuse Of Faith: Credible Allegations of Sexual Assault by Southern Baptists

Abuse of Faith: Houston Chronicle Article


Abuse of Faith
20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms

By Robert Downen, Lise Olsen, and John Tedesco

This is sickening. And these stories are new to me; I have been almost entirely in small churches which, thankfully, have been free of this stain. I am not reconsidering my choice to worship with a church of the Southern Baptist Convention, nor am I reconsidering my foundational theological principles, but I do most assuredly call for action to be taken to combat this evil. As the article notes, if we can (correctly) act to sever fellowship with churches who tolerate homosexuality or transgenderism, then we can, should, and must act to shine the light on and separate from those who practice, facilitate or tolerate these forms of sexual assault, abuse, and perversion. To think that Dr. Ed Young, a man whom I used to respect, refused to testify in that assault case because it might affect his TV ministry…perhaps I now know why that inner feeling kept me far, far away from the ministry of Houston’s Second Baptist.

This is the first of a planned three parts. I’m sure that many more millstones await.

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Components of the Soul

Components of the Soul:


If anything separates a religious individual from an atheist, it is a belief in the soul. Of course, the value of the soul varies in importance between different faiths. For some, the importance of the soul eclipses that of the body, while in others the body and soul are more or less united. Furthermore, the nature of souls is different as its role in a religion. For some, such as Christianity and Egyptian Polytheism, morality is an important component of the soul and determines where the soul goes in the afterlife. Nevertheless, it is the composition of the soul that interests me here. Ancient Mexican’s had very complex beliefs about the soul, which are interesting in their own right. However, they can also be used to explain details about human nature and society.

For the Mexica the soul was divided into three pieces: Tonalli, Teyolia, and Ihiyotl. Each part of the soul comes from a different source, resides in a different part of the body, and composes a different part of a person’s identity/personality. In turn, each part of the soul is comprised of seven other fragments, usually depicted as serpents. Non-human animals also have these ‘compound’ souls, and may even be more complex (that is, have more soul fragments) than people if the animal has a notable special trait such as venom. Plants were not thought to have Teyolia or Ihyotl, but they did have Tonalli. This constituted a fundamental difference between plants and animals that existed in Nahua thought.


Tonalli ultimately comes from the sun, although it is possible to get some from other sources of fire, or even from particularly enigmatic individual who have an excess of it. It is absorbed with sunlight and resides in the top of the head, including the hair. In order to fully understand Tonalli, we have to look at the sacred calendar, the Tonalpohualli. The Tonalpohualli deserves an essay of its own, but here are some brief notes. The calendar has 260 days, divided into 13 ‘weeks’ known as Trecenas. Each day has a number, 1-13, based on its position in the Trecena, and there are 20 of them in total. There is a second cycle of 20 days, this time distinguished by a symbol (each Trecena also has a symbol which is derived from the day symbol of the Trecena’s first day). The combination of 20 symbols and 13 numbers ensures that each day has a unique name. Furthermore, each day has its own unique set of divine patrons who give it spiritual power.

When a person is born, and so first fully exposed to sunlight, they absorb some of the spiritual power, and this influences every action they take in the future. Typically, every day has a few good, bad, and neutral influences, although some days were worse than others. Traditionally, historians have interpreted this as ‘fate,’ but I don’t agree. The Tonalpohualli only lists vague tendencies, such as a weakness for alcohol or a talent for art, not specific predetermined events. These tendencies could be overcome, or avoided entirely with the proper education, preparation, and training. Nor does it in anyway determine human action. It cannot cause you to do anything particular, which is why all that training and education was important.

Tonalli influence is not restricted to birthdays. The spiritual power carried by a date affects everyone on that particular day. Consequently, some days were good for certain activities while other days were bad for those same activities. However, unlike the tonally acquired at birth, the effects only last through the day. People absorb more Tonalli when young, and as they age, their ability to absorb it declines. Thus, people ‘cool down’ as they get older.


The second part of the soul, the Teyolia, sometime also called yolotl resides in the heart. Although Teyolia is also considered a form of ‘divine fire,’ it came from within, rather than the sun. Every living thing had Teyolia, as did some ‘living’ inanimate entities, such as mountains, lakes, rivers, and cities. It can be stronger in some people than others, which is usually considered a good thing. Unlike the Tonalli, Teyolia is not absorbed from the outside world, although certain social actions can increase it, and does not dissipate upon death. Ultimately, it is the Teyolia which goes to the afterlife, although it can become trapped within the body, becoming lost and confused upon a person’s death. Eventually however, the Teyolia will be absorbed into the earth.

Despite its importance, it is not entirely clear what exactly Teyolia actually does. Different sources give slightly different explanations. Generally, they all agree that it provided vitality. Some state that it provided ‘character,’ aptitude, and ability, especially those related to passion and intensity. Other’s suggest that it was also related to willpower and memory. Miguel León-Portilla states that Teyolia can be compared to the western concept of personality. I agree that they can be compared, although we shouldn’t necessarily assume they are always the same as Teyolia can encompass talent and creativity. I interpret Teyolia as a force, the secondary effect of it is to provide vitality, energy, willpower, courage, and similar traits. This may have tertiary consequences, such as an increase in creative confidence, but this is an indirect effect.


The third and final part of the soul. Unfortunately, there is much less information available on the Ihiyotl, so it is much harder to comprehend its full effect on human life. It is thought to reside in the liver, although it was also present is breath and flatulence. It entered the body at birth, and usually remained there. Sometimes though it could leave the body for short periods, although it would eventually return. It also smelt bad, such as death and decay. The Ihiyotl remained in the body after death and decayed back into earth.

The few descriptions that exist of Ihiyotl suggest that it was much more ‘medical’ in concept than other souls. By this, I mean it was more indicative of overall human health. The Ihiyotl is thought to respond to the health and moral balance of an individual, which would explain its connection to the liver. Both work to keep an individual healthy. Thus, the Ihiyotl also provided vitality, though a different kind from that provided by the Teyolia. Beyond this, it has also been connected to emotions and desires. However, I’m not sure it Ihiyotl causes emotions, or if it manages them. Unfortunately, I don’t have any more insight on this particular subject.

Applying the Metaphysics of the Soul:

I believe that the Nahua understanding of the soul is an extremely good way to understand the human condition and helps to resolve some complications with understanding the complex relationships between people, societies, and events. First, it provides a good explanation as to why people’s personalities are not always consistent. Tonalli effectively grounds individuals into the flow of time, while the Teyolia remains relatively stable, Tonalli shifts day by day. Thus, we can see personality (part of it anyway) as interactions between someone’s more long-lasting characteristic with the short-term influence of the Tonalli. We are essentially composite beings, and our identities are shaped, though not determined by the circumstances of our lives and the conditions of our world. Furthermore, souls have a variable amount of strength, and change as people age. Thus, our personalities also change as we age, and we are not entirely consistent.

Second, Nahua soul metaphysics can help negotiate through several tricky philosophical problems. In European though, there is a tension between ideas such as personal responsibility and social causes, as well as between concepts of fate and free will. For example, it tends to believe that people either have complete free will, or the events of their lives are completely pre-determined. Of course, no one really beliefs this, but the consequences of this type of thinking still has an effect on modern philosophical and political discourse. Any debate on poverty, or another social …

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The nature of memory (and the Wunderblocken)

This is going to be a bit rambly. I’ve been thinking recently about the weird ways human memory works, and how it’s not nearly as straightforward as a biological video tape. This was inspired by a conversation I had with my brother a couple of months ago; we were discussing what he should get me for Christmas.

Brother: makes comment about buying me woodworking supplies.
Me: You could get me a Wunderblocken.
Brother: Oh, yeah! What show was that?

As it happens, I did remember the name of the show (Murphy Brown), and even though we only saw the episode in question once, over 20 years ago, we both remembered the name Wunderblocken and the gag that went with it. (Murphy orders an expensive ‘educational toy’ that’s just a cube of wood.) But here’s the strange thing: we each remember the Wunderblocken itself differently. I remember it as plain and six inches square, and my brother remembers it as about a foot square with rubix-cube-like panels.

The clip is memorable enough that it must be on Youtube, but I haven’t looked it up. To me, which one of us is ‘right’ is less interesting than why the difference arose in the first place. Obviously our brains don’t just record memories like DVDs, but what are they doing? Are there any benefits to having fluid memory? Does anyone have any thoughts on memory and/or odd-memory anecdotes?

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Helping someone with grief and anger

I’m not certain how to ask what I’m asking.

I am a complete beginner when it comes to these things, as my background is Christian. It turns out some of the things I’ve done my whole life apparently fall under the realm of “folk magic” but I certainly didn’t know our family traditions as that or call them as such.

My husband is going through a terrible time emotionally. He is struggling with grief, anger, and depression; understandably so after a terrible loss in his life.

Normally I would just say this grief is just something he needs to work through, but I’m concerned that he seems stuck. I have never seen him like this. Therapy did not help, so he stopped going. He is so very unhappy.

I’m praying for him every day during my morning ritual but I’m wondering if there is anything else I can do for him, energy wise, without crossing a boundary with his free will. Perhaps something as simple as preparing an herbal tea for him with specific intention (and if this is a good idea, can you help me understand how to fully use intention other than just wishing for it to help?). All ideas or thoughts are appreciated.

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Virginia Gov. expected to step down over yearbook photo


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) saw his support within the commonwealth wither Friday night with mounting calls from members of his own party for him to resign after he admitted to appearing in a racist picture from medical school.
Members of Virginia’s congressional delegation began calling Northam on Friday night and privately urged him to resign, a source familiar with the calls told The Hill. Various national Democratic officials also publicly called for him to step down.


Jacques Mallet du Pan famously observed that ‘like Saturn, the Revolution devours its children’ and here’s another story to file under ‘devoured revolutionary’. After a medical school yearbook photo of Governor Northam wearing blackface next to a fake Klansman emerged the Governor apologised and resisted calls to step down, but after Virginia Democrats abandoned him en masse it looks like he now has no choice.

It will surprise none of you to know that I didn’t support Northam or any Democratic candidate in our last election, but I still feel terrible for the poor man. Being forced out of American politics — resigning from a governorship, no less —  over a stupid photo you were in in college is hardly just; especially after he had already engaged in the sackcloth-and-ashes flagellation expected of his particular brand of offense.

This is an occurrence that I can’t help but think will be repeated over and over again in the coming years. The Revolution spawned many children and more than a few of them are due for a reckoning with it; damned by whatever sin against liberal orthodoxy they committed decades ago. It is extremely bittersweet.

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