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Saturday, March 24th, 2012
11:19 pm
Monday, February 1st, 2010
2:23 am
Posting entries much more than once a year has always been my goal of mine but finding things worthy of posting according to what according my interpretation is worthwhile, has been a problem. Perhaps I should post items of a more mundane things, entertaining, or maybe potentially life affecting issues. A combination of all the above?

Last Friday, January 29, 2010, as I was leaving a banking institution having completed my business, I walked out the door that opened on the parking lot at the rear of the building. Looking around to make sure no one appeared to pulling out to leave, I walked down towards the local Barnes and Noble where I was suppose to be meeting a friend.

The next thing I knew. I felt the white SUV push me over. The beyond that, all I remember Is flying through the air noting that Barnes and Nobles store looked odd from that point of view. I don't remember much about landing. From the evidence I apparently I hit the parking with my right knee which got scraped though my black jeans.

I was wearing my light colored down filled coat at the time which may explain my lack of other injury, it being somewhat bulky. The next thing I can recall is being on all fours, somewhat disoriented , trying to get up off the salt covered parking lot. The women who was the driver of the white SUV came up to me saying " I didn't see you!" One would hope that she hadn't been aiming for me? Three people, including the driver asked me if I was all right. All I could respond with is I think so.

Evidently I wasn't thinking very well at all. All I could think of was going to meet my friend at we had agreed. So I wandered off toward my original destination. Yes, I agree I should have waited for the police to arrive or have someone call them and possibly be taken to an emergency room and have myself checked out. But as I have already stated I wasn't functioning quite normally.

It wasn't until I got to the store that I noticed that I had salt dust all over my formerly black jeans. It was mostly concentrated on my right leg where I had landed. Did I hit my head when I landed pavement? Quite frankly I don't remember! The first thing I remember being on my hands and knees trying get up.

For what it is worth I made a police report with the local department the next day, boy were they excited!Later I went to a walk-in clinic at the practice my Doctor is at to be checked out. I am apparently fine, physically.

Current Mood: weird
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
10:40 pm
Extraordinary Gentlemen
I haven't added an entry in way too long. A friend of brought this graphic novel to my attention. It's a new addition to "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and is subtitled: "Century 1910" by one of my favorite authors Alan Moore.

In it the "League's personnel have evolved in the ensuing years since the last issue. The members of the league are once again facing a potentially world treating problem. It seems someone is trying to create a Moonchild in order to bring in a/the New Aeon!

Mentioned or involved in the story are Simon Iff, Oliver Haddo, Dr. Taverner, Prince Zeleski, Zanoni, with cameos of many others including Popeye, according to my interpretation.




Current Mood: amused
Thursday, November 13th, 2008
9:45 pm
Writing Project
I have once again restarted a writing project that has been lost to hard drive failure or a computer virus and the resulting reformat. The last time I had finished one chapter, and as I was preparing to circulate it among some friends for their opinion, the hard drives decided to retire without notice. All on it a total loss.

So I begin once again. I have been told by various acquaintances that writers write and I should just get on with it. I agree. To "ease" myself back in I have agreed to write some book reviews. I only have a limited choice in the material I must review which to me is all good as it forces me to read stuff I would not have normally been all that interested in and would not have undertaken it normally. This has broadened my view of things to a very considerable extant. I, as I rule, do NOT read a lot of fiction. Though I do have a few favorite authors who specialize in fiction I do read, given the time.

The work in progress I have given the working title of CXH. I know it is not very expressive of it's content to most, a few close friends might figure it out, it will do for now. I have set a goal of 4 pages a day minimum. David McCullough once appeared on the "Charlie Rose" show on PBS discussing his latest work "John Adams". He said when he was first starting out on a career as writer he went to a writers convention, or something of that ilk, and met a very prolific author of some work that he admired. He asked him how he managed to write so much? The gentlemen replied "Four pages a day, everyday, four pages a day."

Current Mood: sick
Saturday, October 13th, 2007
1:21 am
Birthday Greetings
Happy Incarnation Aleister. I hope you have accomplished your True Will!

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, October 30th, 2006
9:23 am
Intiations 2 The Follow Up
The Rubra Flamma Group (thanks Richard}a/k/a The Thelemic Community of South Central New York State formerly known as the Muse OTO Study Group has had its first initiations since Fra. Samasara’s in January 2003. As we are yet an unchartered body and have had no active members above a Minerval (me) for some time due to various reasons such moving and so on.

We have developed a warm and fraternal relationship with our nearest local chartered body, Xanadu Oasis is somewhat over 150 miles away. We have been attending the Gnostic Masses held there as frequently as can be managed. My First degree Initiation was a first for both bodies.

We started out at about 11:30AM on Saturday from my house in Endicott, NY for Reading, PA the home of Xanadu Oasis and it’s Master Fra.Templi 555. The initiations were scheduled for 4:00PM so we stopped as few times as possible with only one necessities of the body stop south of Wilkes-Barre, PA. We pretty much made it on time despite a missed turn (my fault). We were cordially received, as always, by the members of Xanadu oasis. We had some discussion and general relaxing after the trip before starting the agenda of the rituals. Mine was first for the sake of the following Minervals so that after a brief practice so that I could assist in a small way.

We feasted afterward on Chinese food; it was actually pretty good, and sit around and enjoy the company of our brothers and sisters. We finally left around 11:00PM to go home. The trip home was the mirror image of the trip down, one wrong turn, etc. The only problem we had were some pretty decent crosswinds going thorough the Endless Mountains of PA.

We got home quite safely and after I let everyone else off it was a little after 3:00AM and I could quite righteously almost literally fall into bed which I did very happily.

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
6:28 am
The Zohar
I’ve been down with some sort bug/illness that has kept me pretty close to home for the last day or so. I decided to read those books you always mean to get into but never seem to around to. Some years ago I was wanting to get a grasp on the Kabalah by picking up some of the traditional seminal works. I picked up the “Sefer Yetzirah” and “the Bahir”, both translated with commentary by Aryeh Kaplan. Both are good, in my opinion and well worth the time to find them.

This left me trying to find a good English version of the Zohar. Fortunately I came across a book I used while doing a paper on Judaism some years ago called “Back to the Sources” edited by Barry W. Holtz. It discusses among other things English versions of traditional Jewish works and rates them. It has a good section on the literature of the Kabalah including, of course, the “Zohar”. The book recommended a volume of translated excerpts from the”Zohar” by Daniel C. Matt entitled “The Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment”. The only translations other then that were over 50 years old and were not complete by any means. However the work by D.C. Matt was excellent with plenty of notes to explain the readings presented.


You can imagine my happiness to learn, a few years ago, that the same author was doing a complete translation of the “Zohar” into English. It is called “The Zohar: Pritzker Edition” published by Stanford University Press. So far they have issued three of the projected twelve volumes, which I snapped up as soon as they were released. Included with this series is a smaller book called “A Guide to the Zohar” by Arthur Green as an introductory volume. As if there aren’t enough commentary and notes in the main body of the work. As usual Daniel Matt has done great job making the “Zohar” along with the said accompanying notes and commentary accessible to the ordinary reader.


So this is the one I selected to start reading. So far I’ve finished the “Guide” and have started on volume one and am working my way through introductions and so on. Wish me luck!

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
11:27 pm
Initationss
As i sit writing this or rather getting ready to, I can't help but be a little reflective on my career such as it is in the O.T.O.. I had been an Associate member, when such existed, since 1996,when some members whom had just moved from NYC, and I where introduced to me by a mutual friend. We decided to form a group
in 1999. We have been functioning pretty much since then except for a hiatus of some months and many changes in personnel. In the four or five years after the start of the group we had two initiations, myself in 2001 as a Minerval and Fr.Samsara in 2003 as the same. Since since the reorganization in March and April of 2005 we have been extremely active as a group and individually.

Now the Initiations we have been much in anticipatiton of for months are only days away. I will finally get my much delayed 1st degree, since 2002 if anyone is curious and two Minervals and therein lies my/our difficulty. There were suppose to be three. One application was disallowed due to a youthful offense of applicant many years ago. This was not totally unexpected by myself or this individual. However as he is a rather popular with the rest of the group I don't know how well this will be viewed by them. We have been seeking to be a chartered camp of the O.T.O.. How the others will view this after this comes up I don't know. I hope this does not become a case of Frater or Fraternity. As I am the Magister, President, CEO, or whatever of the group pending chartering, I have called an emergency meeting of the"Cabinet" as it is popularly called, officers of the group to discuss the situation. In the mean time I will try and talk to this person and see what his views are and discuss things. Sometimes leadership can be sooooo much fun.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Thursday, August 24th, 2006
11:45 pm
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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
3:59 am
Wow has it been that long?
Well, my book cataloging is still a work in progress. There is just over a thousand books entered at this point! The Thelemic Community of the Southern Tier of New York has 3 Minervals being initiated into the O.T.O. on September 30th along with one 1st Degree, myself at last. I think that the Thelemic Community here has much to celebrate. I am proud as for the first 5 years we only managed to get 2 Minervals initiated and those 2 years apart. I know I was one of them.

I'm hoping that Fra.Echo a former local member now living in Ithaca will be able to join us us for the initiations in Reading,PA. I'm still trying to figure out how all who want to go will be transported there? I'm sure we'll figure it out.

We(I) had a very nice meeting with our O.T.O. mentor R.K. who stopped by on his way home from delivering some lectures at a campgrounds to the west of here. I think it was an occassion that was enjoyed by all, there speaking for the local group, of course. We look forward to having him return sometime soon.

I am somewhat saddened to see two figures of some importance to the O.T.O. depart under what appears to be unhappy circumstances. Being a total neophyte in such matters all I can hope for is that it is for the best for all concerned.

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, May 15th, 2006
5:29 am
Progress
As of right now I have 601 books entered in to the librarything.com database! I have to give myself a great big pat on the head, back, or whatever for this. The hard part is the realization that I have only done done two of the smaller bookcases outside the Inner Sanctum.
Whew!

The Community meeting last night went well I think. It was the monthly business meeting. I
gave the Secretary and Treasurer's report. Life is easier when you hold both of those offices
and Magister. Ha Ha. Sure. Anyway various projects were discussed. Another visit to Reading and Xanadu Oasis. (Looking for to that) Among other matters we continued the discussion for the formation of Gnostic Mass Team. This should now be somewhat easier given that our proposed priestess back in town. I must remember to see J later today, possible. He might be shipped out soon.

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
5:11 pm
Books
I have been meaning to catalog/inventory my books for quite some time now and never seem to get to it. The last time I attempted the task I bought some index cards and boxes to put then in. I started and kept going until hand writer's cramp set in! Not good! I gave up after that, besides with my handwriting it was hit and miss if I could red what I wrote! I guess that's what you get for teaching yourself cursive.

About a week ago I came across an on line database for books called librarything.com that for me anyway was something of a revelation. Of course I joined up immediately and have been contently putting books in ever since. I have entered approximately 450 at up to now. I have been surprised at some of the features the database has. One that I like is the social where it shows you how many other members have the same book and so on. This is the link to my catalog:http://www.librarything.com/catalog/Suralon.

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, April 21st, 2006
1:24 am
Most Evil
I've been down with the Flu for the last couple of days. i decided to read some of those books one always promises to get to when you get a chance. I figured it isn't going too get much better a time to catch up on some reading then now.

About a week ago or so I bought a book from a bargain section called the "The Most Evil Secret Societies in History" for under $10.00. Anyone who knows me tell you for the price I couldn't pass it up. This publishing company has printed a number of titles in what can be described now as a series. The first two were called "The Most Evil Men in History" followed up by "The Most Evil Women in History" No I didn't buy them myself though as they seem to be bringing more out they must be fairly popular , I guess everyone loves a villain.

Picking up the book today I examined the Table of Contents to see what type of evil organizations I hadn't known about before. Listed were the Illuminati ( go figure), The Solar Temple, Aum Shinrikyo, The Thule Society, The Mau Mau, Ku Klux Klan, The Aregenteum Astrum? Wow, I never had thought of then as evil, all things considered. I read the article and from what I can gather the author condemned it as evil mostly because of it's primary founder Aleister Crowley and not the group itself. The same old out of context quotes and rumors are trotted out once again, much to my disappointment. I thought that the other articles if if not a trifle lite were at least informative. Oh well what can you do?

Current Mood: lethargic
Monday, April 10th, 2006
2:30 pm
3rd Day of the Writing of the Book of the Law
This Holiday weekend has been actually been pretty uplifting. A great deal deal better than Friday when something quite bad (but not unforeseen) happened to a very good friend of mine. I hope today's goes over as well or better. The 3 Days special podcasts of Thelema Coast to Coast have good. Part 3 comes out today. I look forward to downloading it. Got stuff to do like studying. Jay,Kyle,and Carl dropped by.

Current Mood: drained
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