July 2006

  • The Structure of Consciousness, Part One: Archetypes and Circuits

    This is the first of a series of posts on how human consciousness is structured. There are dozens of hypotheses from all over the world about how consciousness can be raised, lowered, changed, and so forth. In this series, I’d like to present some of my favorites: mythological archetypes, the Leary eight-circuit model, western astrology,… Continue reading

  • Lughnasadh 2006

    Lughnasadh (pronounced lune-ah-sah) was a summer festival of the ancient Celts, celebrated around August 1. My understanding is that it is known that it was celebrated at either the full moon or the new moon closest to the midpoint between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox. Since the midpoint is on August 6th, that… Continue reading

  • On Losing Keys

    On Losing Keys

    Putting your keys in a consistent spot is exactly the wrong tactic. Continue reading

  • Motivation: from Courage and from Fear

    As part of my work in the Moon Path for the AODA, I do regular meditations — daily, if I can manage it. (In principle, it’s easy to get up ten minutes earlier and meditate before the day starts. In practice, this requires a consistent bedtime and sufficient sleep. I haven’t managed that yet…) During… Continue reading

  • Do Evil Spirits Exist?

    Note: this post was written in 2006, and it’s fine as far as it goes. For my more recent thinking on the existence of evil spirits, see Powers of Darkness. Do Evil Spirits Exist? A month ago, if you’d asked me this question, I would’ve said “Definitely not.” Two weeks ago, I would’ve answered “Definitely.”… Continue reading

  • On the Druid Path to Lughnasadh

    I’m engaged in the Candidate Year of membership in the Ancient Order of Druids in America. Here I’ll go into some detail about some of the requirements and how I plan to meet them. Continue reading

  • The Meaning of Hand

    First, let me reiterate exactly why it’s probable that the word “hand” used to mean something different. 1. As explained in the previous post, the word for hand in the various languages descended from Proto-Indo-European are a very mixed bag, and do not derive from a single common ancestral word. The word for hand in… Continue reading