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|Tuesday, March 11th, 2014|
|The Bodies of Noe'e, a parable
Yes, a parable, not a myth. That's what she told me, that's what you get.
In the deep past when dragons flew, there was a people who lived at the border of a mountain and a river. They watched the boaters and rafters as they went up and down the river, and watched the climbers and hunters as they went up and down the mountain, and said that they were the most well-informed of what happened on that mountain.
It came to the attention of Noe'e and Rakou that there were a number of dragons who wished to sit on top of the mountain and tell everyone who came to them to "leap off the mountain". (This is a draconic form of telling someone to "go to hell".) These gods went to find out more, taking living form and walking into the village at the foot of the mountain.
In the village Rakou found that if he asked for hospitality from one of the dwellers in small houses, they would give it; but if he asked for hospitality from one of the dwellers in large houses, he would be denied, the door shut in his face.
Noe'e found that if she smiled at a child in the street, she would make a friend; but if she smiled at an adult, they would fear her. When Rakou and Noe'e compared notes, they found that the adults were worried about strangers from atop the mountain coming down from it angry and causing fights. They went up the mountain to find out more, and found a group of males sitting on top drinking an alcoholic beverage of fermented ko'i'li
, a small blue berry. These drunks were yelling rudely at each other and passing a woman back and forth, handling her lewdly and treating her like property, a crime against Noe'e.
As the sun went down, Rakou came over to them from his hiding place and introduced himself as Ta're, a stranger from down the mountain. They yelled insults at him and spread their wings threateningly, claiming he should have been thrown off by the mountain spirit on his way up. Then Noe'e came over and asked who the woman was. She was also insulted and threatened with rape.
Rakou walked around them and Noe'e stood in place, flanking the whole group. They became violent, picking up knives and swords and preparing to fight. When Rakou completed his movement, he was outlined by the setting sun. Then he spread his wings, and the sun shone through, revealing his sacred marks which no other dragon had: The sun with flames on his right wing, the Eye (our large moon) with outline of a head behind it on his left. The drunks leapt at him and attempted to cut him down.
Rakou gave a shout, and they were knocked back with the force of his Will. Noe'e reached toward the woman, but the drunks on her side waved swords at her and attempted to cut off her hand.
So Noe'e spread her wings, showing her sacred marks: the stars in the pattern of The Singer on her left wing, and a blank space on her right. The drunks immediately knew her, and called her by name now, insulting her even more crudely and imputing that she was not just a whore but diseased in mind and body, a horrifying insult to any dragon.
But the woman now spoke, quickly, saying only "Please!" before she was silenced with a blow to the face.
Noe'e lifted up her staff and struck down two drunks of the dozen or so. They leapt forward even harder, attempting to destroy her. She thrust her staff out and knocked the group backward, into Rakou, who had drawn his long knife and killed one before he knew he'd died. As Rakou took the lives of those who would attack him, Noe'e fought her way to the woman and stood over her, protecting with great ferocity, so that none could touch either female.
When all the drunks had died or surrendered to the gods, Noe'e and Rakou picked up the woman and carried her down the mountain, listening as she poured out her story of years of abuse both physical and emotional, including sexual attacks and destructive words to keep her from leaving the group. She was effectively enslaved, for the males always kept at least two awake to keep her prisoner, though they had not destroyed her wings; they wished to have a strong lover struggle beneath them.
As Noe'e and Rakou came back to the village, the Eye was shining fully, her glance roving far to the west and casting much light on the ground. So the watchmen saw them carrying a body and called out. The gods were met with suspicion and drawn weapons, until the woman stood up and said, "My name is A'ta re, daughter of E'ka're'no. Please let these two in!" Then the group was ushered in, and the village chief wakened to see them.
E'ka're'no turned out to be the chief of the village elders, and she was pleased to see her daughter returned. She was much less pleased to learn of four miscarriages by abuse and violence, and that any of the drunken males still lived, and wanted to send warriors up the mountain to finish them off.
Rakou said he would take care of that, and showed his knife, stained with their blood. Noe'e said she would stay if they wanted, and help heal any sicknesses in the village.
At these claims, Noe'e's in particular, the adults of the village began to finally smile, for there were many ill in spirit who needed counseling and heart's-ease medications. Noe'e gave them what herbs she had with her, and told them which ones they should look for in the future as their bodies aged.
Eventually the sun came up again and saw that the mountain top had been cleansed, the blood drying on the ground. Rakou did not return.
Noe'e spent the day in the village, teaching and healing. As the sun began to set again, she spread her wings and bowed low before them.
"I am Noe'e," she said, "And though you did not know me, now you do. If you have need of protection, let us establish a people of warriors on whom any can call to protect those in need." When the people objected to her leaving, she sighed and smiled. "I cannot stay myself; I have many duties in spirit to attend to, staving off disease and terror. But these warriors in my name will be my bodies among you, and they can call on my power to aid others."
Thus was established the Bodies of Noe'e, and a lesson taught in the treatment of the gods.
Apparently this is happening to others... my LJ isn't displaying comments on anyone's journal who is using the default style, not even my own. Also, it's not using CSS properly, rendering visible all the hidden items on my posting page and on comments pages in non-default styles. On top of that, I can't seem to use tags right now unless I type them in manually.
This is annoying and disappointing. I opened a support request three days ago and have gotten no response. What's up, LJ?
EDIT Mar 11: Apparently something changed on LJ's end and livejournal.net is (at least for now) required in order for the relevant scripts to run, so I've had to adjust NoScript. Annoying, very annoying, to not be informed of this change, especially considering the various debacles with LJ and its ownership screwing around with people using scripts. That's why I had livejournal.net ignored in the first place!
|Tuesday, March 4th, 2014|
|Monday, March 3rd, 2014|
Art is greater than blood.
Blood stains, yes. It can leave marks, it can dye cloth, stone, walls. But it's organic. Given time, blood fades. Souls incarnate, live their lives, die, and the blood dies with those bodies as the souls move on.
True art is permanent, an indelible memory. Once experienced it stays in the soul forever. It leaves a mark only a god could erase, no matter which bits and pieces are removed. Art connects things, and once the flow is established, they are always different afterward. And souls are immortal.
Some believe that blood itself is art. That it comes from a Creator, from Purpose, from some mind large enough to understand the whole of the universe.
But if that is so, then blood is only one class
of art! And art then is greater.
Make art. Blood will be shed, sometimes over the art. The stains of blood on the soul...
Make art with that, too.
Ah, mighty art thy blessings
Deep the heart of dream within
Vast the hold within thine manse
Great the feast, great the giver!
Who is Master or Mistress of this place?
Who the Founder of the feast,
The Hoster of my rest, the Keeper of its peace?
Is there name or face or form
To the wealth of being found therein?
Is it One?
Nay, but many!
And I but small
In my vastness beneath.
Within the hall I find a seat,
My name upon. There shall I rest
And take my fare. I have no hope
Else of gaining recompense.
Yet speaks a voice from the high table,
And answer it I do:
Though many would I honor,
Ishtar speaks my name.
I kneel, and she sends me up to
Her golden seat beside the rest.
She folds her wings
And nods with silent smile.
|Saturday, March 1st, 2014|
|Friday, February 28th, 2014|
|Google is getting even more invasive
So I have a YouTube account which is not under my legal name. Google managed to compromise on this and let people keep their old account names. I sign in under that account name to view my videos.
So why the fuck do I have to sign in a second time to comment? Because now Google wants me to use my legal name on everything. I don't get an option to sign in using my YouTube-specific account name. I have to use my Google Minus (the non-doublespeak version of Google Plus) approved name. And I'll bet everything I write will go onto that
Google Minus is being pushed on us as Google's way of organizing (and thus controlling) our social activities and personal identities. And I am sick of not being allowed my own identity.
|Tuesday, February 25th, 2014|
You want something from Spica, do you?
Here. This is how I feel. The original language was rather like Chinese from the western provinces. But not. You know how it is. Here is a rough translation of a song with a childlike tune, sort of the "Puff the Magic Dragon" of its day.
I'm dreaming of a star
Far away and long ago
Whose heart was lit with fantasy
In the age of heroes strong
It shone with imagination's power
And in the night it beamed down
The heart of heroism bright
To children near and far
But Little Tol who wished to win
The victor's crown and sword
Was given a pen and told to sit
And write accounting sheets
And Happy Shea whose heart was joy
Her mouth was wrapped with bandage
And her voice of inspiration
Was made to answer mail
And Kind Rik with heart of diamond
Gave away his final coin
To heal the sister his mother
Never bore, delivered dead
I know that star shines on forever
Though stellar fusion dies anon
For inspiration is the heart of love...
But none for I.
|The big picture
So I've been reading this webcomic about aliens in space cadet training. And now it has a side comic which is about the mythology and old history of these beings.
We've already established that the main character in the first comic has a genetic disease which can cause all sorts of physical problems, and which culminates in the self-destruction of the brain, which causes hallucinations and seizures and whatnot as it falls apart. But he's determined to be a pilot at all costs. He's smart enough and has the potential to be able enough.
But he's been seeing and hearing things lately. Visions, and strange sounds that may be voices. He worries it's the disease kicking in early.
As a psychic and spirit worker, I recognize exactly what's going on. The kid's a Seer. He's psychic. The imagery, commentary, and recently-revealed info on the main and side comics confirms he's been seeing spirits, not just having his brain fall apart. So even if he ends up crazy and dies of his disease at the end, there's still something else going on.
There is a people, aboriginals of the North American continent, who have a story that is basically summed up like this:If you do not listen to your Priests, they will be taken from you. And then you die.
What if the reason for the breakdown of the mind is because the people stopped listening to their Seers and Prophets? Stopped paying attention to the spirits and spirit-speakers? Put away the messages that their gods were giving to them? What if the breakdown was only happening because nobody wanted the messages to get through?
Now, as a dragon, I participated in a decision. We have been taking away the seers, closing off the hearts and minds of people who do not listen to the spirits and gods, putting away the messages because those who need them listen more to the comfort of wealth at all costs than to the comfort of wholeness, sufficiency, and compassion for others. Because humanity tends to favor psychopaths and monsters because they "accomplish things", nevermind the cost, even though studies bear out that compassion and sharing benefit the whole much more than avarice ever will.
But we decided, as spirits together with the Earth and her gods, that we will now reverse this. What if every other person heard voices? What if everyone dreamed dreams? What if everyone
knew a psychic personally? You'd only need to fill the population to about 8-12% to do that... hey, what percentage of the population is gay? But then, encouraged by the success of the gay rights movement, transgender rights is taking off, and that's around 1-2%, maybe more, if you're counting all those with any non-standard gender identity. Humanity does well with about 2% psychic/seer/spirit-speaker/et cetera, and about 7% empaths. So if humanity acknowledges their psychics and empaths at the proper level, there wouldn't be a need to ramp it all the way up to 50% or more, unless it turned into some kind of breeding program. So right now this isn't about genetics, it's about spirit.
The flood of them is so the messages can't be ignored, so that the Truth gets told in a way that gets heard. Keep ignoring the Truth then
and, well... then we get to say we told you so when humanity dies off.
Or you could listen now and save us all the trouble. That, in a nutshell, is what this new Age is about -- what every new Age is about, what every Age has been about, what every day
is about: Hear the Truth or face the consequences. It's just that now and then we change the way we try to deliver that message.
That people here on Earth, by the way?
They are the Hopi, and they listen to their Priests. And they are still around. Because they listen when they are told Truth, they may be one of the last peoples to survive should humanity as a whole forget to listen.
|Monday, February 24th, 2014|
|Thursday, February 20th, 2014|
|Four more crystals: Amazonite, Bloodstone, Larimar, Tourmaline (pink)
So we continue.Amazonite
is a green-and-rusty-colored crystal, shiny on its surfaces thanks to the prevalence of aluminum in it. Due to the mixture of structures in its makeup, it performs several transformations of energy which convert two
emotional energies: Amazonite transforms hatred
as well as fear
. This makes it a good stone to carry for those who have been abused in the past, helping them to let go and move on toward a better life. Due to the brightness of its green color, Amazonite does resonate with the forgiveness
aspect of the heart chakra, also helping the injured to move on in a healthy way.Bloodstone
, also called Heliotrope
is a greenish crystal with red or yellow inclusions (if they're yellow, the stone is sometimes called plasma
, according to Wikipedia). These inclusions are what give this stone its common name, resembling flecks of blood or bile. Bloodstone actually doesn't cleanse the blood, despite the common belief; what it does, energetically, is to transform denial
(the coiling serpent that pierces and strangles) into two outcomes: patience
(or the urge to do so). Most illnesses, or after-surgery recovery, require that the sufferer rest and care for themselves with patience; this stone thus encourages this behavior.Larimar
is a brilliant, translucent blue stone almost the same color as a bright and clear morning sky, or the color of clear blue ocean water. It is found exclusively in the Dominican Republic, and reputable dealers of this stone can be hard to find. If ground finely, the calcium and sodium in it can be highly reactive, which explains its rarity. Larimar's ability to transform and transmit energies is of a very high "frequency" or purity; it is considered an "Ascension" stone, meaning it helps a spirit to refine their own energies and achieve a higher state of enlightenment. Its primary transformation is of lower-quality or -frequency energies into a more filtered, high-quality or -frequency state, partly through compression of incoming energies; thus it can be used as a kind of energy buffer against the workaday energies of a stressed-out world. Note that the color of larimar can break down, usually from exposure to infrared and red-oriented (yellow and lower) frequencies of visible light (due to internal heating); hatred and anger can also cause this breakdown, so pairing larimar with stones that help reduce these energies (like citrine, emerald, and opal) can be very helpful. Because of the purity of larimar's crystalline blue color, it resonates particularly well with the Voice
aspect of the throat chakra, and this makes it a good stone for reporters of Truth, public speakers, and singers, people who use their voices to enable their life path.Tourmaline (pink)
is a pink form of tourmaline. We've discussed black tourmaline in an earlier post, but pink tourmaline has the same structural quality but a pinkish color instead of pure black (green is also possible, and often found with pink). This is due to mineral inclusion in the tourmaline's structure, and changes the abilities of the tourmaline. Pink tourmaline transforms both fear
, which helps a stressed-out person recognize their personal needs as well as any sources of stress or bad feeling around them.
My thanks again to Archangel Mariel for this wisdom. Note that I have updated the previous posts in this series with some relevant color resonances (specifically citrine and amethyst), as well as updating the previous tourmaline entry to acknowledge tourmalines can have more than one color.
|Monday, February 10th, 2014|
|Saturday, February 8th, 2014|
Upon the stars I ride
Their breath cold and pure
Their spirits warm
Their presence with me even in Dark
They are I, I they.
In shining openness I split my teeth
Speak sound without word
Make song that has no meaning
Opens up the Way of all things
The meaning is in the chords touched
The act it creates and ends
I am the dream
I fly beyond the physical
Touch Light with me
I am light
And in stars I fly
|On the purpose of government
Someone said in my presence today that government exists for only one reason: To do for the People what they cannot do for themselves. Things like infrastructure and emergency services, and the like. He used this as justification for saying that welfare and charity were inappropriate functions for government to handle -- and he put those societal functions on the churches, saying they were falling down on their responsibility to society.
To me, that's quite a Medieval view, back when the Church (was there ever another? :P ) was a functional part of society in which everyone participated (or else you were ostracised and even sometimes murdered for your heresy). If everyone participates in a social institution with a purpose of care, then it operates as a functional part of society, and those who need care are more likely to receive it.
Note that this says nothing of those who needed care but did not receive it.
To me, if I wish to define the purpose of government, I have to look at the purpose of society: Society exists for the well-being of those participating in it. The promise of Medieval times and feudal society was that the lords of the land would take care of those who worked the land in their name, protecting them from war and famine. Sometimes that promise fell through: When your lord called you to fight, you fought because if you didn't, your own homes and fields would be trampled and burned. And sometimes there was nothing to be done to prevent a famine. But the promise was still there, both implied and spoken, lords to peasants, lords to kings, kings to god(s).
For me, government
exists to enable the existence and governance
of society. Society doesn't work if there is no order within it. Anarchy without violence or devolution into the rule of strong-men is impossible for any people that desires more than it has.
Because society exists for the well-being of its participants, the agreement of society is to submit to proper governance in order to build that well-being; and if you reduce the well-being of society (whether by mistreatment of individuals, or subversion of government and/or economy), you should be corrected and your participation in that society reduced or ended until you show that you are willing to participate in a healthy way again.
This is where problems develop, because the first view is a very simple way to divide the functions of government from the functions of society's other institutions. But if the social institutions that provide a balance to the economy of the land are failing in some way, then the question comes forth: Is government allowed to provide that balance in their stead?
I'm not going to give a definitive answer at this time, I think. This is good fodder for debate. But I will say that I believe in welfare as a driver of economic balance, because it reduces the Gini coefficient, a measure of inequality in a society based on the balance of economic wealth across that society's population. The less unequal a society is, the less overall strife is usually observed in that land as the need for economic warfare is reduced. But if that coefficient goes to zero, the economy of a nation tends to stagnate as people seek alternate means of wealth acquisition and competitive score-keeping, even though the standard of living in such a nation is extremely high compared to its neighbors.
So we come to the ultimate question: Does government exist to manage
an economy, or to balance
|Thursday, February 6th, 2014|
|Food play: Quickie chili
So last night, with no money for food (I haven't been able to get any money out of PayPal since I had to close my credit union account almost a year ago), I finally looked at what was in my pantry and realized I could still make a good meal. Here's what I came up with.Quickie chili
This recipe is cheap, quick, and convenient, and makes a decent chili to boot. I first made it Feb 5, 2014. I didn't have any ground meat, but I did have a 1/4lb turkey patty that I cooked and cut up, and that did okay.( Read more...Collapse )
* Takes about 15 minutes to make, and makes about 4 to 6 servings, depending on serving size.
* You may add pepper or hot sauce to taste when serving. Do NOT add salt! The ingredients have plenty of salt in them already.
* If you don't want meat, don't add it. This can be a good meatless chili.
* The macaroni will continue to absorb the liquid from the chili for a while, so you'll end up with a very thick chili if you wait to serve it or reheat your chili later. You may wish to add a small amount of water if you reheat this chili, but if you add too much liquid the macaroni may begin to dissolve, which doesn't help the consistency of the meal at all.
* Because everything can be found pre-packaged (you can buy ground meat in 1 lb and sometimes 1/2 lb packages) and only the meat needs to be chilled, this chili makes a good meal to serve while camping.
|Energy and crystals: rose quartz, tourmaline (black), hematite
The series continues. I've also updated the previous post with addenda to quartz and citrine.Rose quartz
is quartzite with a reddish or pink color, most often a bright rose pink. The nature of rose quartz is to transform anger
, making it the stone of love, happiness, and joy. Pink is also associated with feminine qualities, though that's more of a cultural association than the actual mechanics of the crystal.Tourmaline
is usually found as a black crystal, slightly translucent. It transforms fear
, which means that those who are afraid are faced with their own fears, but with the opportunity to contemplate instead of simply panic and engage in fight-or-flight behavior. Many still panic, but the fear itself is reduced over time if a soul is exposed to this stone. Because denial is based in fear
, tourmaline helps end the practices of lying and denial of truth.Hematite
is an iron ore that can be magnetized (like magnetite, the other well-known iron ore used in spiritual work). It is black in color, and often made into rings or polished stones. It serves primarily to ground out heavier energies like stress and tiredness; but it needs regular cleansing or clearing, and will break down over time if stressed physically. In particular, watch your hematite's thermal changes, and never wash a warm stone in cold water; I've broken a hematite ring like that before, once it had absorbed enough of my own energy to be palpably throbbing in the hand.
So with the knowledge gained so far, we can derive an excellent collection of stones to help someone who is homeless:( The stonesCollapse )
I can go downtown to a nearby store that sells crystals and find all of these on the shelves nearly all year round, for a very reasonable price: 50 cents for small crystals, up to about a dollar or so for the expensive ones like tourmaline. Larger crystals will cost more, unfortunately, but they do carry a larger load of energy transfer and transformation, and can thus be more resistant to damage over time.
By the way, Archangel Mariel has been helping me with these. She is the archangel of compassion, serving God's people to help humanity regain their standing under Heaven. If you wish to have me channel her for you, feel free to ask anytime; she will ensure that I am able to do this.
|Tuesday, February 4th, 2014|
|Energy and crystals: quartz, citrine, amethyst, tiger's eye
With my improved understanding of energy forms and emotions, I can start to understand what different crystals do as they transform or emit energies.Quartz
-- quartz and quartzite crystals basically absorb and transmit energy. The patterning of fractures and crystal planes within determines in what pattern they best operate, and what energy they best transmit. Most clear quartzes easily collect sunlight or moonlight, distributing that without the harmful energies, since quartz has a planar crystalline structure that polarizes light and always filters out frequencies like ultraviolet A (or sections of it, rather).Citrine
-- Citrines do one job very well: they transform hatred
. Since most issues people face in terms of self-image, body image, and personal advancement are based in hatred and shame, this is why citrines are exactly the stone to give someone who has these issues. This also explains why citrine doesn't work as hard for people who are already happy and comfortable with who and what they are, particularly if they're already activated and working their life plan. Note: Citrine is said to never need clearing/cleansing. This is not entirely true, as other destructive energies can build up; however, citrine's care primarily involves rest, rather than regular cleansing, as the stone will clear itself over time. The gold color of citrine resonates with Divine protection
energies, and this makes it an ideal stone to receive holy blessings, but they will break down over time
as the stone simply clears those energies away!Amethyst
-- Amethyst is easy enough: they're basically a chemical fuel cell for spiritual energies. As the colorant breaks down, amethyst emits energy. As energy is infused into it in the correct frequencies, the colorant builds itself back up. If you use the wrong energies (like ultraviolet light), the colorant breaks down, but doesn't emit as much healthy energy. Due to the intense violet color of amethyst, it resonates with the upper part of the third eye chakra as well as the crown, helping insight
energies to flow.Tiger's Eye
-- Tiger's eye transforms doubt
. Thus it becomes the stone of action (tigers in dreams mean action too, by the way), and transforms stagnant life into active motion. On top of that, it strengthens the resolve and helps people speak their truths, whatever truth they hold.
As I gain experience or insight into more crystals and stones, I'll be recording them over time. This whole thing is looking like it's going to turn into a mighty volume of energy lore and crystalmancy...
|The emotions of evil
(A healers' lesson, describing the energies of these emotions as well as their related sins and behaviors)Denial
is the Serpent
That coils in its lair
Madness is its poison
And hatred is its fareEnvy
is the eater
Whose hunger never ends
Avarice its master
And prejudice its bentVanity
Steals away the heart
Opens up the anger
And makes pride its artShame
is the witherer
That breaks the soul
Pride feeds its violence
Leaves only indolence whole