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I have an open statement to make to the people who recently sacrificed a Goat in the name of their supposed "Hellenism".

I would like to ask the people who were against this "sacrifice" from the beginning to feel no pain for that goat- it goes to rest in the lap of Kore, while the pretenders who killed it will have true miasma on their hands and bodies, and worse, in their minds.

Lacking any full and working knowledge of the historical process of Sacrifice, lacking a living background in authentic living religious life wherein animal sacrifice is commonplace, What they did was no sacrifice, but a crime against animals and the Gods, a display of empty, misplaced piety and a poor, malnourished demonstration of lack of true Metis or insight.

I see in my head people, so eager and starved for ANYTHING that will make them feel alive again, artificially gaining that feeling by seeing the crimson blood of a beast as it dies helpless before them.

It's a powerful aphrodesiac, the power over other life. Since they do not kill everyday, their farsical rite took on (in their minds) a great awe, a great power- no doubt they think the gods are well pleased.

I assure you, in the name of Great Zeus, the Gods are not. These brutal, thoughtless people have needlessly killed an animal, diminished themselves, and made a mockery of a religious complex that I hold dear. Nothing gives me more pleasure than the thought of what I know will occur, one day- each of these impious, blood-for-pleasure-seeking fools going into the oblivion of Lethe.
11 April 2006 @ 08:39 pm

For one moment, let us entertain the words "good" and "bad"- and discuss two models, drawn from the perspective of the Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, the outer ring of the Neoplatonists, Eckhart, and several other thinkers, what makes "good" man and a "bad" man. What do you think of these models?

The Good Man

The good man is good because he loves The Good; this "Good" he loves is a single name given to the Common Universal Nature and Good from which he is not excluded.

This "Good" is also called the 'Truth'; it is the common source of all things in the world, and the common mother of all lesser truths. It is hidden Law behind reality, the Mother of Gods and Men, and the Gods adore it; as the philosopher tells us, they take counsel for the Common Good of All.

This "Good" is called by men "Universal Nature" and "Providence", and it is that from which all things flow; it is Necessity; it was once called 'Fate', and from it, all events come to pass along the threads of unavoidable consequence.

When the good man approaches this great Truth, he approaches it first in his study of the world, in relationships with others, and in moral consideration, all of which ask him to see beyond the needs of self and the sense of self, and by this, he is enabled to live for others as much as for himself.

When he is ready to approach the Truth in a greater way, he does so through the gate which is called the "Bare Knowing of Reality as It Is", and he experiences Reality in just that manner, apart from the desires of people to see it in other ways, or to make it accord to some agenda.

This experience of the "Good" is therefore the keystone of Wisdom, and this experience is the initiation of all initiations.

But the good man does not stop there; stripped bare, seeing all things as they are, he re-clothes himself and enters the world again, no longer acting primarily from a sense of ego or self, but acting AS the Good, for he knows the Good in all things.

He allows the Good to be the Good through him, for the Good is the supreme reality, of which all other realities are needful appearances.

The good man then Knows with the Knowledge of the Good, and Loves with the Love of the Good.

The Love he felt before he was bare before the Deathless Reality of the Good, and the Love he feels now, are not different, though one is more universal in its scope than the other. But in his first Love and in his realized Love, the good man recognizes the common face of the Good.

As the good man has seen the Good, and as he allows the Good to be the Good through himself, he is compassionate to all beings. He harms none needlessly. He is forebearing, and he endures sorrow and joy alike for the Good. His strength is Truthfulness; he knows the Truth and the Truth shows itself in his every action and thought.

He is free from envy, for there is nothing he lacks in his knowledge of the Good. He seeks first and foremost the welfare of all.

The Bad Man

The bad man is bad because he loves not the Good; he loves his own egocentric notions and pleasures before he loves what is Good.

The bad man never approaches the idea of a supreme Good; through willful ignorance, or an ignorance which is no fault of his own, he never sets out to understand the Good of which he is a part. He studies the world, but only for the sake of his own understanding, or for some benefit, never for the Good.

He engages in relationships with others, both those relationships he is born to, such as family and society, and those which he chooses, like friends and lovers, but in all relationships, he never puts aside his own desires for the Good of those he relates to; he uses them instead for his own ends and pleasures. He cannot see beyond self or his sense of self. He tends to believe that there is nothing beyond these things, and if he thinks there is something beyond, he thinks that it is senseless to the good of people, or unconcerned for the actions of people.

He never hears the call to approach the Truth in a greater way, and if he does, he cites it as inconvenient, irrational, or nonsensical. He will not allow that others may have seen a "Good" or a "Truth" that he could not think up himself.

He will never strip bare before Reality; he will dress himself in every garment and cloth he can, to cover up the hollowness he feels within, the nagging sense that his life was meant for nobler ends, or, lacking the ability feel even that, he will dress himself up out of pride and vanity.

Always acting from a blind sense of ego or self, never in touch with the greater reality from which even his sense of ego or self arose, he acts poorly; he does not see the visions of his eyes or the sounds of his ears as mere appearances; he sees them as the only realities, and he identifies with them. From this is born greed, anxiety, and selfishness.

This man is bad because knows without the knowledge of the Good; his love is empty of the true promise of love because he loves without the love of the Good. His love, instead of being a thing of peace and rest, is a thing of anxiety and domination.

As the bad man has not seen the Good, and as he allows nothing of the Good to consciously express through himself; he is prone to hate and violence towards beings, in deeds and in thoughts. He is harmful to himself and others. He cannot endure sorrow and trials, suffering them with a feeling that he is always being victimized.

His lack of endurance leads to depression and violence, and a need to blame others for every misfortune. He is deceitful, the Truth is spoken rarely or not at all by him, for he would rather manipulate Truth for his own falsely-percieved benefits than to honor the Truth for what it is.

He is envious, and he covets the belongings of others. He seeks first and foremost the welfare of himself.

11 April 2006 @ 12:34 pm

Allowing for the crude dualism in this question, just for the purposes of conversation- "What makes a person a 'good' person?" Is it religious rectitude with a system of belief? Or something else? What do you think?
11 April 2006 @ 01:21 am

Fate, Necessity, Grandmother of all things,
Who weaves the destinies of Gods and mortals
In accord with your own designs,
Designs mysterious and always for the Good,
Let my heart settle into your steady flow with every ease:
Let it cascade along like foam in a sacred stream,
Like a leaf on the surface of the water,
Resisting nothing, easily gliding, graceful and full of life.

Let me be in the blessed company of the Gods,
And those mortal men and women I love as Gods:
Let them bring abundant blessings into my life
And lift any weariness from my shoulders.
Insofar as I am able, let me return that favor to them.
I seek only simple joys, love and lasting peace;
Not vanity nor wealth, but wisdom. Let it be so.

Let these nights be cleansed of heavy burdens
And let me be free under Mene's white shower
And the stars that speckle heaven.

To be in their company, my true companions,
That is Godly too.
11 April 2006 @ 01:10 am

"Come to me, O Beloved Mistress, Three-faced Selene; kindly hear my Sacred Chants;
Night's Ornament,
Bringing Light to Mortals,
O Child of Morn who ride upon the Fierce Bulls,
O Queen, You who drives Your Chariot on Equal Course With Helios,
Who with the Triple Forms Of Triple Graces dances in Revel with The Stars.

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10 April 2006 @ 01:36 pm
"...It goes quite without saying that we modern polytheists have an easier time accepting the notion of divine multiplicity, and the greater range of spiritual understandings and expressions it naturally brings, and we believe these things to be important on every level for humankind.

Literal monotheism is simply not acceptable; as an abstraction, it may have some philosophical value, but the simple fact remains that the entire world, for eons, has experienced and known many divine beings, and we modern polytheists aren't about to turn our backs on ages of wisdom and discard ages of human spiritual endeavor, simply because a single religion or two comes along and decides that for most of human history, mankind has simply been wrong about the nature of spiritual reality.

In a spirit of trust for the ancients, we seek to understand what these ancients understood, and experience what they experienced, with the good faith that they knew enough about life and the Gods not to be blindly missing the "one God" in favor of a made-up multiplicity.

It would be foolish and impious to desecrate the memory of our ancestors in such a manner, and even more foolish to ignore the warning of history- the monotheist faiths that did their level best to obliterate the polytheistic faiths were clearly guilty of being highly political systems, addressing spiritual realities through political lenses, and not acting from wisdom or a spirit of true insight. They were power-brokers, seeking to control the thoughts and destinies of an entire world; they were murderous in their ambitions, even towards "heretics" in their own ranks, and they had no trouble creating, modifying, or selectively ignoring their own "scriptures" to ensure that their "god" agreed with the vision of reality they wanted to see.

Many pagan writers accuse the early Christians of these and worse things, including the total manufacture of their "Christ" figure; sadly, all voices of opposition were silenced before the early centuries were done.

The question remains- "what if?" What if the opponents of Christianity were correct in their charges? Is it so hard to believe that a strongly political church or temple could seize control of powerful governments, converting powerful people, re-write history at their own whim, and eventually silence all others through force, and push a false view of divine life and reality? Certainly not.

Modern monotheists like to use the "what if" argument for themselves- "what if we're right?" they say- but to this, I wish to ask "What if you're wrong?" The "hell" they claim awaits those who make the wrong decision in regards to the possibility of their monotheistic rightness is not nearly as threatening as the hell that humans would be creating everyday, by ignoring the Gods and Truth, if the monotheists happen to be wrong.

From the way the world has gone in the last 1700 years of monotheism, I'd say that neither the followers of Jesus nor Mohammed have fulfilled the promises of their "god"- the world has not become more peaceful, messiahs have not returned, nor have the souls of men and women overwhelmingly found the peace that they all naturally desire. Modern polytheists have to wonder at the great claims, but few deliveries, of monotheistic religions. What "wonders" monotheists claim do still occur seem to be more a matter of simple psychology and social conditioning, rather than divine miracles or works.

Most of us have arrived at the logical conclusion which is screaming out to be recognized: the world has simply fallen under a false spell of politics and half-wisdom, which was never the work of "god", but of men. These men made the world in their own image, calling it "god's work", but their own well-attested fanaticism and ignorance, their mistreatment of the world and of those outside of their "flock", and their ultimate failure, has demonstrated the actual truth of the matter.

The ancient Gods- the true Gods that wait for us to come to their fellowship- never made the world in their image; they helped mankind to find his way in the world, a world that wasn't the work of a creator, but a natural expression of Nature itself.

Despite the high-drama fantasies of the monotheists, life is not a great contest between good and evil; humans are not stuck in the middle of an action-packed cosmic movie, wherein each human decision is loaded with suspenseful moral issues and the possibility of damnation or salvation; evil spirits are not lurking around, battling with bright winged angels for the souls of humans.

These absurdities- these metaphorical notions taken to an extreme literal level and poisoned with lack of historical understanding, all fill the consciousness of many modern Christians and Muslims. Beyond that, these absurdities become intermingled with every modern social issue, opinion, and prejudice that these people harbor. The result is the western world you see around you.

Against all these things, I say: on the contrary, the universe is timelessly, peacefully, and powerfully working out as it must, along the strands of Fate, and the Gods and Human Beings are gradually coming to their own destinies. The only choice it is on humans to make is to be open to divine guidance, for help in making sense of the vast wonder of Nature, and to be moderate and flexible in their dealings with each other, only working for the justice and benefit of their families and societies.

Wisdom comes naturally when we lay aside the absurd notions that have forced their way into what passes for "religious" thinking nowadays. Wisdom comes when we look at the myths of our wise polytheist ancestors and see the power encoded in the symbolic language- the true language of the Gods- and find meaning thereby.

The Gods taught Mysteries to man whereby we can reach the truth of our condition, and join them consciously in the great body of reality. There are no pressured choices; no single thread hanging us between "heavens" and "hells". There is only the great reality which always was, is now, and always will be, and it holds us all, sustaining us all right now, where we need to be. It waits for us to come to a greater awareness of it, and in so doing, a greater awareness of ourselves, apart from all the fantasies.

The only "great transformation" that awaits any of us is the transformation of divine wisdom, when Fate calls us to it. There are struggles, of course, with injustice and with natural dangers- but this is not a consequence of "sin"; this is the way of Nature, the way of life, and we are each called to face these things with the abilities and understandings natural to us, and with the assurance that the Gods support us."

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07 April 2006 @ 02:12 pm

Faith is important. That humans strive for something more, something better, something unseen, is important. In this respect, this most vital respect, christianity is a positive force, alongside every human expression of yearning. In this respect, religious activity becomes the very guardian of our world- without the desire to be more, we would certainly dwindle into nothing, and without the discrimination brought with religious thinking, we would eventually be no better than wild beasts, knowing no pity, no shame, and no restraint.

No religion is without flaws, and I extend that statement to ALL religions. Knowing that there will be flaws, I try to make a decision not to seek the flawless, but to seek the flaws I can live with and which I think hurt the world the least. This, of course, is subjective, and a prickly subject when it comes to comparing religions, which may in fact be unfair to religions- and the people who practice them.

Noble ideas may lead to tragic consequences because our basic assumptions about the nature of the world are simply wrong. As a Parmenidean and an Empedoclean, I believe that what we most dearly want to think about the world is usually a drunken illusion in our heads, caused by our desires about the world, and not an appreciation of what the world really is. I don't think the world is evil, and I don't think the Gods delight in tragedies; I think that the world is more like a vision or a mirror that we see many things in, and few people have the power to see past what they WANT to see in the reflections, to see beyond the surface of the mirror.

Of course, if you go to your bathroom and look at the mirror, you will notice that you can't see "beyond" it; it ceaselessly reflects back all light that hits it. The harder you look, the more you will just see yourself. This is when the poetry of our language wakes our minds up- "seeing beyond" isn't literal; it is a metaphor for an internal quality of knowing which brings us Wisdom. It's Metis- divine wisdom. To see "beyond" the world is actually an intense new way of SEEING the same world we've always seen.

Until we can re-appraise these things, all our most noble efforts are going to bite us in the ass, in much the same way you won't ever see literally "through" the mirror, no matter how hard you look.

But how human it is to try, despite all I've said! How human!
28 March 2006 @ 04:51 pm
Hey Sannion (and all else interested)- I put this here with you in mind. Read this, and you'll see why...

Fate, Philosophy, and Peace:
Strength and Insight for Modern Pagans in a World Where the Gods are Largely Forgotten

A Short Discourse on the Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, the modern belief in Fate, and what the Meditations can offer to all Pious Pagans in the Modern Day.

Copyright © 2006 by Kouros

"Our universal Nature is the Nature that pervades all existence, and everything that now exists has a kinship to all other things that will come into existence. This Universal Nature is called truth and is the original creator of all Truths."

-Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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27 December 2005 @ 03:42 am

A divine child is born to you, this solstice. Like with all newly borns, it must grow, slowly, into a new presence in your life. Iakkos is the re-appearance of Eros; Love is what is growing in your life, because Love is what the Supreme Divine actually is. The Son of Zeus must be known as this- it is a mystery but the most essential one, the mystery of Spirit; Iakkos is born of the unspeakable union between Kore and the Subterranean Zeus, (Love and Spiritual Awakening is born of the union of the seduced human soul and the powers of life and death) but Iakkos is not only the offspring of his parents- he is also their sustenance, their sustainer, their shaper. He was the light that came "before" them, and the light that emerged from their unions and conflicts.

Do you understand? It isn't linear; it explodes out of linearity and leaps to timeless totality- Iakkos is even the Spirit of the Great Gods. In the mysteries, he is the supreme being, the bright manifestation of Fate herself. Do you understand? He is the All, the person of Divine Love, the Shaper and the essence of everything manifest, and the glory of the unmanifest.

"Love" in the deepest sense is the mystery; in some way, it is the Gods.

Soul, Body, Spirit

Soul, World, Love

Mortal, World, Gods

Love, Strife, Freedom

Ekaten's Binding Cord, Knife, ?

This is the key to the "Triple Secret" that no man can utter.

Do you understand? Love is the basic reality of life.

Love puts those who are free in bondage,
And those in bondage, it frees.

Do you understand?

Love is infinite, mysterious, undefinable.

Love is divine joy at existing, perpetually.

Iakkos speaks:

"When a person knows love, they know me in truth; they know who I am and what I am. When a person knows me in truth, they enter into my Being."

30 September 2005 @ 02:37 pm
Statues of Ancient Goddesses Discovered

By NICHOLAS PAPHITIS, Associated Press Writer

The life-sized marble statues of two ancient Greek goddesses have emerged during excavations of a 5,000-year-old town on the island of Crete, archaeologists said Friday.

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