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The Trumperium!

I have to remind myself that being under The Orange One's Power will be no worse for Me and Mine than at least 3 other Presidents. However, it might be the 1st time many of my Outsider friends were treated as if their Existence was an impediment and a "Problem" to be "Solved/Cured".
Cheers,
Pat
The VAST majority of my Spiritual books are 2ndary and Tertiary Lore sources and books like this remind me WHY.
I shouldn't be too Judgmental, after all, I too use UPG's in my Practice. However, I don't write books that don't label them such. Still, that wouldn't be so bad if the author's "Duophilia" wasn't so apparent. EVERY Goddess is listed with a "complementing" God and how Her Femininity "balances" the male Energy(s). I didn't "buy" the Polarity bit back in my Traditional Wiccan days and I'm certainly NOT almost 4 decades POST.
About the only good thing about the book is that it makes some Lore around the female Greater Wights in one convenient place.
Good book for Norse Wiccans though;>....
Cheers,
Pat

TOASTY;>!

So, I'm picking up my meds at Walgreens and notice the marquee; the Temp is showing 168F;>!
Now THAT'S Global Warming;>!!!!
Cheers,
Pat

Big Brother!

So, I'm over at Winn Dixie getting the usual supplies for a house whose occupants all came down with a Spring Cold and the lady behind me told me I shouldn't have gotten one of those "Reward Cards" because it allows the company and gov't to spy on you.
As I've said to conspiracy devotees since the 70's, "I don't CARE. I PITY anyone who was assigned to watch/listen to me". The few things I've done that were Illegal(well, except be Gay in some of the states I lived in;>)were soooo low on the police's "to do" list that I've not worried(well, maybe at the time when a touch of chemical-induced Paranoia kicked in;>).
There's a wonderful bit on one of the 'Welcome to Nightvale' podcasts where one of the town'sfolk feels so bad for the "Man In Black" who documents his boring life that he goes out to the unmarked van and gives them fresh Baked goods. He also asks if it would help if he occasionally babbled some Conspiracy BS;>....
No, Privacy is not a joke but considering the MUCH WORSE ways and MUCH WORSE folks that most of your personal data goes to a supermarket tracking that you prefer generic "Nyquil" to the name brand isn't going to lead to 1984. "Orangina" might, however.....
Cheers,
Pat

Nice.......

The courtyards are starting to look the way I want them to. Last yr was basically upgrading the soil and planting the "bones" of both gardens(trees and shrubs....basically anything woody;>). This yr bulbs that didn't come with us from Hummingbird, Perennials and Annuals(mostly tender P's. Most like the Salvias from last yr survived our mild Winter this yr).
The back garden looks like it's supposed to...a Meditation/Ritual Garden. Very Tranquil with nice scents from Blossoms and foliage. The front is more of a combo Kitchen and Picking Garden; flowers, foliage and tubers/rhizomes to bring in to the house(mostly kitchen and dining room;>).
From now on it's "tinkering" with both. And the next project are some of the dying landscaping like the giant mostly dead Pampas Grass which I'm NOT looking forward to hacking out.....
Cheers,
Pat

Pooped!

Busy couple of days. MD visits, SIL B-day, Memorial Service for family friend. Both of us are on empty. Needless to say, the cats are not Amused by the Disturbance in Their Routine;>. Esp. Rocky who was already annoyed since I'd earlier in the week re-arranged the plants on the back patio and now the living room East window isn't partially covered by the Persimmon tree...a great sot for him to watch the tree frogs gather and sing;>.
I've been getting my brother to download easy books for Chuck onto his Ipad. The problem that at his severity of Dyslexia, the only books generally available that are compatible are kid's books....and as a nearly 70 yr old man, that leads to some emotional "issues" about feeling like he's being treated like a child....
Cheers,
Pat

Carp.....

Which is pretty much EVERYTHING new on TV this Spring other than 'Lucifer'. Most I gave up after a couple of episodes, the shortest was Syfy's 'Hunters' which lasted 15 minutes;>.
'Contagion' looks promising but since I've seen the original Korean series it's based on it'll be more Interesting seeing the differences.
'FTWD's 2nd season started well(with Los ANgeles being firebombed by the Airforce in the 1st 5 minutes)but hopefully it will be more about Cast vs Zombies than 'TWD's Cast vs Guest Living which the last few yrs have been about. I blame today's short attention span for folks that can't handle an episode without major carnage;>.....
Cheers,
Pat

"Orthodoxy"......

Back when I "Came Home" to Heathenry in the early 90's, other than the obsession with Patronage, the other Belief pretty much all the Heathens I ran into was that you couldn't be a Heathen by yourself. Back then I'd argue the(to me) blatantly obvious thing that Nordic/Germanic folks weren't always in groups and those working jobs where they were alone were STILL Heathens. We just lost all the personal Rites that they'd done. Needless to say, my opinion wasn't well received;>.
I've been Solitary now for 15 yrs with one weekend off for a moot in 03. And yes, I consider myself Heathen;>. At 1st I'd attempt full Blots or Sumbels 4-1 but after a yr or two it just got in the way of Connecting with the Regin and other Wights. 15 yrs later and my personal Practices would make my old kindred's gydhia cringe. But I feel They don't have a problem with it. Heck, considering some of the absolutely Woeful Poetry given as a Offering at both of my previous kindreds, I think my more simplified Devotions may be a sort of "palate-cleanser";>.
I recently saw a book on Solitary Heathenry on Ebay and was tempted but while 15 yrs ago it would have been a great resource, I'm happy with my Devotional routine. I see no reason to change at this point in my life.
Whenever someone tells you you can't, remember that some where and when an Ancestor DID.
Cheers,
Pat

Communication.....

Not as easy as my "We R the Whirled" friends think;>.Different peoples; Ethnic Religious, etc truly DO have differing World Views. The Aware realize this. The Evolved Understand this. I'm the former since I'm STILL letting "Me" coloured glasses make me think the Other is like me and my World View.
Had this experience in my family this week. No matter what my Folkish Brethren say, Family does not equal Folk....unless they're also Heathen(and the same kind as you;>).
I've been a Practicing Asatruar since the early 90's. To me the Lore, Regin, Wights, etc aren't an Intellectual Exercise...They're REAL. I've also tried to make the Lore Applicable to my life Here and NOW. This means I don't see the World the same as most of my acquaintances/neighbors, heck, even many Heathens I know! But still, I'm "shocked" when my Words or Actions are misinterpreted or that I've assumed that the Words and Actions of others were Right and Wealful....that they meant them.
It's both Christian and Pagan friends that have done this. They're all annoyed that I'm upset when they've given their Word and they've gone back on It. As my SIL put it, "I mean well so that's all that's Important". NO, No IT ISN'T. Not to someone of a "Works" vs "Faith" Way. To paraphrase Eric Wodening's Paraphrasing, "We ARE Our Deeds". Actions mean more than JUST Words. And Words have substance. Of the alt.rel community, I think Heathenry's the main "Works" Way while most of the others are "Faith" Ways. And this can create a chitload of problems. As often the only heathen at a Pagan Gathering I'd get a lot of "Why are Asatruar/Heathens so Cold/Standoffish/Judgmental/etc. I then had to TRY to explain Colour to the Colourblind,since so many just can't see any view but they're own(explaining the predominance of "Witch Wars"). SOme could and at least with me I found them less likely to "Blow Me Off" for pre-agreed interactions. Others, they just assumed I'm just another Elitist R-Winger(which is funny since I've never Voted for a Republican outside of a local election and only when they person opposing them was a total fukwad). But that's the "fun" of Worldviews;>.....
Cheers,
Pat(as usual making no sense...)

Bummer.......

My go-to cheer up series, 'This Is Jinsey' has been pulled from Hulu. Whenever I felt depressed I'd watch a couple episodes and would always feel better.
Unfortunately, it was never released on DVD in the States and I can't afford a "Universal" Blueray player.
Actually, a lot of British comedies have been as well and on Netflix too. Greed probably....
Cheers,
Pat