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Candle Free Love Spells Valentines Series No 3


Candle Free Love Spells Valentines Series No 3
If you're in the first smooth of love then Valentine's is no suspicious unexciting you with excitement sway now - so why not wear out every short while of it?! I surround a couple of simple spells to make the most of this balanced in a link and to help suspend the delight.

HODGEPODGE DARLING OCCASION


The first spell is a simple odds and ends of rose petals and one of the minute essential oils - rose oil (TERRIBLY UPMARKET AND SO YOU'RE COMPLETELY WOULD-BE TO OWN CERTIFIED IF YOU ARE ENORMOUSLY CLOTHED IN AROMATHERAPY), palmorosa (SMELLS ACCOMPLISHED), geranium (SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN ACCOMPLISHED SMELLING BUT BRIGHT FOR BRINGING OUT FEMININITY). Carry a hurl of the rose petals and sprinkle a few drops of the oil onto it saying:

THIS FEELING OF EXUBERANCE


Discharge in my tendency

YOUR APPARITION IT APPARITION TAKE AWAY


For in your eyes I am whole

Column the odds and ends near to a radiator or wherever lively to let the polite aromas outlook up and peal you. This is fussily normal for if you are temperate your heart's hunger surplus for evening meal ;)

APHRODITE DARLING OCCASION


The split second spell invokes the power of the Idol of Darling herself, Aphrodite. You'll need:

4 RED CANDLES


Vanilla incense lock

A gift, note from your follower or no matter which exclusive to him or her.

Column the candles in a row and in facade of them place the incense and your exclusive item. Light the incense.

SO LIGHT THE 1ST CANDLE AND SAY:


Aphrodite you surround blessed me

I surround usual your gift of love

LIGHT THE 2ND CANDLE AND SAY:


Aphrodite you surround led me

I VALUE YOUR IMITATE

LIGHT THE 3RD:


Aphrodite apparition you guide me,

IN THE WAYS OF YOUR ALLURE?

AND THE 4TH:


Aphrodite see my heart's hunger

AND BIND OUR EAGERNESS PROMOTE

BLESSINGS,

FRAN XX



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Wiccan Reads Scott Cunningham


Wiccan Reads Scott Cunningham
Though I have a fair sized Wiccan library, there are two books I turn to time and time again. "WICCA A GUIDE FOR THE SOLITARY PRACTITIONER "and "LIVING WICCA A FURTHER GUIDE FOR THE SOLITARY PRACTITIONER." Scott Cunningham is the author of these books, and quite a few more, that are essential for someone like me. I am a solitary practitioner of Wicca, and for the longest time knew no one else, either Wiccan or of any other pagan persuasion. These books taught me the basics of this religion and I like to think of Scott Cunningham as my "mentor".First published in 1988 by Llewellyn Publications, "WICCA A GUIDE FOR THE SOLITARY PRACTITIONER" has sold more than 400,000 copies and has had 36 printings. It is a practical, common sense guide which explores Wicca from the "ground up". If you have no prior knowledge of Wicca, this book will explain everything you would need to know to have a solid understanding of this religion and its spiritual and magickal practices. Scott explains history, deities, magick, tools, music, ritual, the Sabbats, symbols, spells, the use of herbs, crystals, runes, and gives an excellent guide to developing your own Book of Shadows.Written in a style that is calm, informative, without being dry, Scott teaches his Wiccan way in a manner that exemplifies the loving, gentle nature of Wicca. If he feels he might be confusing the reader, he will stop and explain in a different way. He was a wonderful writer and teacher, and I can not emphasize enough how important, essential, and valuable this book is.In his introduction to "LIVING WICCA A FURTHER GUIDE FOR THE SOLITARY PRACTITIONER, "Scott Cunningham explains that in reading this book, he assumes that the reader has already become familiar with and has gained some experience with the practice of Wicca. He wanted to give the Solitary Practitioner as much information as possible, because at the time when Scott was writing this book in 1992, there was very little to be found for Wiccan solitaries. Today, there are many authors writing for solitaries, which is both good and bad, because sometimes there can be so much contradictory information. Thus, when I become confused, I simply return to Scott's two books, and usually find the answers I am looking for.This second guide explores further the everyday practice of Wicca, how it becomes an integral part of our daily lives. He discusses tools of learning, magickal names, self-initiation, effective prayer, wiccan rites, more magickal practices, rules and beliefs, ritual design and so much more. The essays are heartfelt words of wisdom and can be used not just for educational purposes, but for spiritual uplift in times when there is a need for added inspiration or encouragement.Scott Cunningham writes in the introduction to "LIVING WICCA" that he wrote this book for those "...who have become enchanted by the moon shining through trees; who have begun to investigate the sublime world that lies out beyond the fabric of daily life, and who stand in smoke-shrouded circles, raising aloft their hands to greet the God and Goddess as the candles flicker on the altar."I hope that if you have not read either of these books, and have an interest or desire to learn about Wicca, or would like to find other ways to live Wicca more fully, please read these books by Scott Cunningham. His words will delight your spirit, and inspire your practice.You can find these books online at Amazon.com, Llewellyn.com or at most booksellers.

Magic Squares A Primer


Magic Squares A Primer
WHAT IS A MAGIC SQUARE?

Albrecht D"urer's Magic SquareA magic square, or kamea, is a representation of spiritual forces in a mathematical format. They are typically arranged in such a way that any row is equal to the sum of any column.

While there are numerous magic squares, this section will deal with only those squares associated with the 7 classical planets. Each of the seven classical planets have both a Seal and a Kamea, or Magic Square. Whereas the Kamea sets forces in motion, the seal brings them to a halt.

There are other energies and forces associated with each Kamea, for example the intelligences and spirits; however, for the purpose of this article we will speak only of the squares themselves as well as their seals. HOW MAGIC SQUARES CAN BE USED IN HOODOO

SIGIL MAGIC


Those familiar with the Seals of Solomon and their uses in Hoodoo should have no problem making use of magic squares and there are a number of uses for them. They are popularly used in the creation of sigils. To make a sigil, or magical symbol, using a Kamea you must first determine a keyword that best describes your goal. For example, if your intent was to be a successful physician, you might choose the word "'doctor'" to represent yourself as being successful in your chosen vocation.

Using the Western system of Numerology, render the keyword to its numeric equivalent:

D O C T O R



4 6 3 2 6 9


Now add up all the numbers that correspond to the letters making up the word,

4 +6+ 3+ 2+ 6 +9= 30= 3

Now choose a square which corresponds to your goal. As in the example above, Jupiter rules success in one's chosen profession. Draw a circle around the first number in the given sequence signifying the start of the sigil, then draw a straight line to the next number in the sequence drawing a parallel line across the last one signifying the end of the sigil. In the case of a number appearing twice in a sequence, this is symbolized by two triangles joined at the upper-most point. Finally, draw a square around the number which corresponds to the sum of the digits. This will result in a sigil of the keyword. This sigil can then be used to create a talisman, or it can be drawn on a candle to represent one's goal, written on a piece of paper and tucked into your pocket, or a mojo bag. Another example of using this method entails creating sigils of the names of individuals on certain squares depending on your intention. For example, to create a sigil for the purpose of causing a specific person to love you, use the Square of Venus to create a sigil of their name; if you prefer not to work magic on a specific person and choose to increase your own general attractiveness, you may simply create a sigil of your own name on the Square of Venus.

You can use this process to manifest, attract, or dispel virtually any influence you desire. For example, to manifest a new car you may create a sigil for the words "new car on the Square of Mercury, which rules travel. To get a job or promotion you may sigilize the job title you desire on the Square of the Sun for success.

PUTTING THE "MAGIC" IN MAGIC SQUARE


Folks who find creating sigils somewhat difficult may utilize magic squares by simply creating a blank square and lightly drawing in the numbers with pencil. Next, you would ritually draw the numbers in the square as you focus on your intent. When using a magic square in this manner, I typically mutter an affirmative prayer over and over as I draw in the number. If you desire, you may turn the square over and write your petition or prayer in a more direct manner.

DEPLOYING MAGIC SQUARES


Once you have your sigil or magic square, just what are you to do with it? A sigil may be carved on a candle, drawn on paper and placed in a doll, under a candle, in a mojo bag or worn in the shoe! A magic square may also be used in the same manner. In the case of sigils or squares drawn on paper they may be anointed with condition-oils (or sexual fluids in the case of love or sex spells) and/or smoked in incense before deployment. In addition they can be printed out and glued to Vigil Lights, spell bottles, or painted on magic boxes. It may be helpful to think of your sigil or square as another form of petition.

You will find that your sigils and squares are much more powerful when you utilize those colors, herbs, times etc...that resonate on the same vibrational frequency in your spells. For example, for maximum power they should be created on the day with which they are associated. Ceremonial magicians who make use of magic squares not only take into account the day but also the hour in which a sigil is created.

For example, a sigil for second-sight may be created on a Monday in the Hour of the Moon. Magicians have formulas for determining the planetary-hours of the day or night. However, it should be noted that the first hour of daylight each day is associated with the planetary energy that corresponds to that day. Therefore, you would likely make your second-sight talisman at sunrise on a Monday. If this is not possible, you may wish to perform your operation when both clock hands are rising. In addition, it may be drawn in silver ink, smoked in herbs known for developing psychic ability anointed with a condition oil for second-sight and placed under a fixed silver candle which is then lit with your positive prayers.

ON THE USE OF PLANETARY SEALS


You may recall at the beginning of this article I mentioned that each planet is associated with a magic square as well as a planetary seal. Whereas the square sets forces in motion, the seal brings them to a halt. What this means is that the seals are used to ward off, repel, or lessen the negative influences of the energy associated with the square.

For example, Mercury, the planet of communication and travel, goes retrograde about 3 times a year for approximately 3 weeks at a time. What this means is that from our view on earth, the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in its rotation around the sun. During such a retrograde those areas of life ruled over by Mercury are often disrupted.

To shield themselves from such disruptions a person might ritually cover the square of Mercury with the Seal of Mercury and places this under a candle. The candle may be burned for a few minutes each morning along with one's prayers or petitions for things to go smoothly in the realm of travel, communication, etc...Alternately, the Seal of Mercury may ritually drawn on paper, anointed with Mercury Oil and placed in a mojo bag along with other protective herbs, roots and/or curios.

In like fashion, the Seal of Venus may be used to dispel unwanted lovers; or the Seal of the Sun to keep from losing a job or promotion. These are just a few suggestion on the use of the planetary seals. The clever magician will find a myriad of other applications for these powerful symbols.

LINKS


* Of Sigils and Seals
* Kameas
* Mobilizing Mercury


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Saint Eutropia Isayenkova Of Kherson Glorified By Ukrainian Church


Saint Eutropia Isayenkova Of Kherson Glorified By Ukrainian Church

On 9 August 2011 the Ukrainian Frank Clerical overestimated a homewards Saint, the Regal Eutropia Isayenkova of Kherson in Crimea.

Litter is unrestricted of St. Eutropia's ancient, but she was actual to the Kherson district and innate on 24 November 1863 to her parents Leontius and Agatha. For example she was innate on the spread of St. Katherine, this was her name ahead of time becoming a monastic.

At the age of twelve she was sent to keen Aleshkovskii Monastery. United with her education, it was give or take a few that she erudite to love prayer and sacred studies. Finally she hot her life to the Monastery and took the name of Eutropia, expressive by St. Eutropia of Alexandria (Oct. 30). Her monastic subject was live in the choir and reading. To others, she was unrestricted for her feeling and modesty.

Eutropia witnessed the flourishing of the Monastery, with the council house of skillful churches and a school for orphans. But candidly bend, flattering war, deficiency, disfigurement, and the vital - the godless power of Maoism broken up the monastic life of the nuns. The Monastery was abolished, churches clogged, the nuns independent. Eutropia, approach assorted other nuns of the Monastery, went to Kherson. Offering she fixed in the turn of Kindiyskih near the Clerical of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Fashionable this time she earned a living needlework quilts. She and the nuns would habitually go to the church present-day to pray, but in 1938 it was intimate down and they were reflex to pray in a select home. At any time the Germans and Romanians came to Kherson in 1941, the churches with again opened.

Multitude relations would trip up Eutropia and she in due course became renowned for her clairvoyance and loyalty to praying for the dead who had no one to furnish with funerals or memorials for them due to the Soviets' layer of churches. God would reveal to her the names of the reposed in order for her to pray for them. A frozen crumb of paper near her bed at night was full of names by the start for her to pray for. Multitude would trip up her, even from excessive distances, so that the pot of her split up seemed to continually be full. Earnest children arrive that she wore chains on her feet and in her hands was continually a Bible which she planned. Nonetheless she traditional assorted gifts from the relations, she solo lived on unleavened cash and holy water, and everything very she gave to fill with in abstract. As she was near death her spiritual children would ask to whom they necessary now go to for their needs; Eutropia responded that they were to come to her rash as if she were along with the living.

At any time she reposed on 29 March 1968 she was 105-years old. The funeral took place in the Clerical of the Nativity of the Theotokos with thousands in throw out. She was mystifying in the graveyard Kindiyskom. At her rash assorted traditional her grace-filled help and healing. The Saint's residue now rest in Kherson's Place of worship of the Saintly Basis.

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Success With Black Magic


Success With Black Magic
The following was submitted to us by Derek H.I have this neighbor that made my life horrible. She was constantly watching what I was doing when I came and left my condo. She did this to everyone because she has nothing better to do with her life. She started complaining to the association that when I cooked she thought I was burning the place down because she smelled smoke. I know that she keyed my car because I saw her walk away from it after the damage was done.This woman has single handly driven out every other tenant that lives next to her because she wants to live in the building alone. I felt that this was completely unfair and selfish on her part. I didn't work my whole life to own property just to be driven out. She also called the police and reported my dog barking as being a disturbance. I received a ticket and that was the last straw.I hired www.Wicca-Magic-Spells.com to make her sell her condo and move. Having an annoying neighbor is the WORST feeling in the world and I was done being nice to her. I had a binding spell done to make her move and within a month I saw a for sale sign on her window. I was estatic and could not be happier. I even posted listings on craigslist to help her condo sell faster (she didnt know about this). Within about two months her condo was sold and she was out of there! I paid a few hundred dollars and it was worth every penny. I normally would not go with black magic, but in this case it was necessary.This was a story submited by Myra PMy success story is with Dora at http://psychicdoraharris.com/. She helped me win a legal custody case that my ex husband and I were intangled with. He was abusive but looked clean to the courts. I ended up being able to prove that and the judge awared me full custody of our son. It was a long and drawn out process but I firmly believe that whatever she did helped me win my court case. I would recommend her for any one that is having a problem legally to contact her and ask her to help. She is very kind and helped me through one of the toughest time periods of my life!

The Benefits Of Mindfulness


The Benefits Of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment. It's a technique that can allow us to live in the moment and experience what is happening to us rather than reacting to it. Based on teachings in Eastern Philosophy, it is most commonly practiced as part of meditation or the practice of yoga.

In our industry, we are all familiar with the benefits one can gain from practicing mindfulness through yoga or meditation. It can bring a sense of calm and purpose and teach us to live in the now, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness is a popular buzzword at the moment and there is lots of talk about how incorporating mindfulness into your business is a good thing. Some of the biggest and most innovative companies, such as Google & Facebook, are incorporating mindfulness training and practices into their businesses.

Let's talk about some of the benefits of embracing mindfulness in your business.

Mindfulness can help you be less reactive


By learning to be present in the moment in a non-judgmental manner, mindfulness can make you much less reactive and judgmental, which means that you are better able to objectively evaluate the benefit or risk of projects and decisions related to your business. Learning to be present in the moment and responding (rather than reacting) to experiences can help you eliminate much of the risk involved in making decisions. It allows you to be more proactive and make decisions based on what is the best choice for your business at that time rather than making decisions based on emotion.

Mindfulness can help you (& your employees) better handle stress

The techniques one learns when practicing mindfulness: living in the moment, responding rather than reacting, and being present and open to facing consequences openly, are the same techniques that can help you better handle stress. Teaching your employees to practice mindfulness, and practicing it yourself in your business, can create an environment where stress just melts away. And that is a great atmosphere for happy and engaged employees.

Mindfulness can bring about innovation


When you open up your views to focus on and live in the present, you are much more open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. This can open up your business to all sorts of new ideas about standard operating procedures and new, potentially better ways to do things. It could be the path that allows you to streamline your business procedures by doing fewer things, but doing those fewer things better. Mindfulness opens up your mind and your business to innovation.

Practicing mindfulness in our business can help us be more proactive and better able to handle the ups and downs of everyday business life. It can be a unique and powerful tool for helping to strengthen your business.

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Satanists Return Stolen Host Are Feminists Correct About The Church We Need More Than Liturgy More


Satanists Return Stolen Host Are Feminists Correct About The Church We Need More Than Liturgy More
GEORGETOWN PROFESSOR AND SON OF TERROR CONSPIRATOR COMPARES ISRAEL TO ISIL A Georgetown University professor whose father pled guilty to terrorism charges is facing criticism for comparing Israel to the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) on Twitter.

Georgetown University History Professor Abdullah Al-Arian, the son of Sami Al-Arian, a controversial Israel critic who pled guilty to conspiring with a terror group, tweeted out his take on a common nursery rhyme by comparing Israel to the terror group ISIL, which recently beheaded an American journalist on film...

FAMILY REFUSES TO HOST GAY WEDDING ON THEIR FARM-FACES 13,000 FINE Owners of a family farm in Schaghticoke, New York, are being fined 13,000 for refusing to allow a gay wedding ceremony to take place on their property in 2012, just one year after the state legalized same-sex nuptials.

Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of LIBERTY RIDGE FARM, a family-friendly farm and special events venue, told Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, a lesbian couple from Newark, New Jersey, that they were welcome to hold their reception on the property, but not the actual wedding ceremony, ACCORDING TO RELIGION NEWS SERVICE.

SATANISTS RETURN STOLEN HOST


Oklahoma City's archbishop voiced relief that Satanists organizing a "black mass" in the city returned a stolen host that was to be desecrated, but restated his concern that the event should happen at all.

The host was given to a priest Aug. 21 by an attorney representing Adam Daniels, who organized the black mass.

"I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned Satanic ritual," Archbishop Paul Coakley said Aug. 21.

"I remain concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly."...

ALBERT MOHLER: LEAD WITH EMPATHY, LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, LET THE TRUTH COME OUT-A RESPONSE TO FERGUSON...That doesn't mean that we should suspend justice on these questions indefinitely. It means the time for judgment is after the facts are determined. And even if there are competing facts, at least the facts need to be set out as they are claimed in order that we can have an understanding-each to ourselves and commonly as citizens-of what this situation really is, how it happened, and what it means. Once we have those facts, we need to move to the kind of moral judgment that justice requires. But a part of the biblical worldview that is made abundantly clear even in the Old Testament law is that evidence (in other words, the determination of the facts) never ceases to be the first and foremost important question...

ALICE C. LINSLEY: ARE FEMINISTS CORRECT ABOUT THE CHURCH?

I have never been a fan of feminist ideology or feminist theology. I was one of the few at my liberal eastern university who thought that the Equal Rights Amendment was bad news and bad legislation.

My first venture in 1978 into the Feminist arena was not positive. I was living in Greece and was invited by a friend to attend a gathering where a prominent American feminist was speaking in Athens. After the speech, there were breakout groups. In my group there were about 15 women, mostly disgruntled Americans or Brits who were married to Greek or Middle Eastern men. I was happily married and felt fulfilled in my life, so I found it difficult to identify with these angry and hurting women. I also was uncomfortable with the Marxist-atheist tones of the speech. I knew enough history to recognize that wherever Marxism has taken root, it has meant trouble for committed followers of Jesus Christ...

WE NEED MORE THAN LITURGY


The service was undeniably beautiful. Dedicated pastors and volunteers had planned it for weeks. There were banners, incense, and altar decorations. The sanctuary was packed: more than 1,000 folks overflowed the seats, latecomers standing along the sides and back. The congregation participated with gusto. But after receiving Communion, they marched out of the sanctuary. By the closing hymn, only a few folks dotted the pews that just five minutes before had been filled to bursting.

Some left to cram in work, but many in this particular group were on their way to that night's parties. In another five hours, many would be passed out on the couches of friends or strangers, a few would be rushed by ambulance for alcohol poisoning treatment, and, most horrific, some would be sexually assaulting their peers or suffering such violence. It was the weekend, and the community in question was a Christian university. The school was by no means a place where only lip service was paid to Christian ideals: students eagerly participated in voluntary ministry, including planning that night's service. So why were their late-night identities so disconnected from their church identities?...

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The 1000 Year Blackout


The 1000 Year Blackout
"Revelation 20:2"

At the coming of Christ the wicked are blotted from the face of the whole earth--consumed with the spirit of His mouth and destroyed by the brightness of His glory. Christ takes His people to the City of God, and the earth is emptied of its inhabitants. "Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants ther. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word. Because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned." Isaiah 24:1, 3, 5, 6.

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand." Revelation 20:1

At the coming of Christ the wicked are blotted from the face of the whole earth The whole earth appears like a desolate wilderness. The ruins of cities and villages destroyed by the earthquake, uprooted trees, ragged rocks thrown out by the sea or torn out of the earth itself, are scattered over its surface, while vast caverns mark the spot where the mountains have been rent from their foundations.

Now the event takes place foreshadowed in the last solemn service of the Day of Atonement. When the ministration in the holy of holies had been completed, and the sins of Israel had been removed from the sanctuary by virtue of the blood of the sin offering, then the scapegoat was presented alive before the Lord; and in the presence of the congregation the high priest confessed over him "all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat." Leviticus 16:21. In like manner, when the work of atonement in the heavenly sanctuary has been completed, then in the presence of God and heavenly angels and the hosts of the redeemed the sins of God's people will be placed upon Satan; he will be declared guilty of all the evil which he has caused them to commit. And as the scapegoat was sent away into a land not inhabited, so Satan will be banished to the desolate earth, an uninhabited and dreary wilderness.

"And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years," Revelation 20:2

The revelator foretells the banishment of Satan and the condition of chaos and desolation to which the earth is to be reduced, and he declares that this condition will exist for a thousand years. After presenting the scenes of the Lord's second coming and the destruction of the wicked, the prophecy continues: "I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." Revelation 20:1-3.

That the expression "bottomless pit" represents the earth in a state of confusion and darkness is evident from other scriptures. Concerning the condition of the earth "in the beginning," the Bible record says that it "was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep." Genesis 1:2. (The Hebrew word here translated "deep" is rendered in the septuagint {Greek} translation of the Hebrew old testament by the same word rendered "bottomless pit" in Revelation 20:1-3)

Prophecy teaches that it will be brought back, partially at least, to this condition. Looking forward to the great day of God, the prophet Jeremiah declares: "I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities ther were broken down." Jeremiah 4:23-26.

Here is to be the home of Satan with his evil angels for a thousand years. Limited to the earth, he will not have access to other worlds to tempt and annoy those who have never fallen. It is in this sense that he is bound: there are none remaining, upon whom he can exercise his power. He is wholly cut off from the work of deception and ruin which for so many centuries has been his sole delight.

"And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." Revelation 20:3

The prophet Isaiah, looking forward to the time of Satan's overthrow, exclaims: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!... Thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:... I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; that made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities ther; that opened not the house of his prisoners?" Isaiah 14:12-17.

For six thousand years, Satan's work of rebellion has "made the earth to tremble." He had "made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities ther." And he "opened not the house of his prisoners." For six thousand years his prison house has received God's people, and he would have held them captive forever; but Christ had broken his bonds and set the prisoners free.

Even the wicked are now placed beyond the power of Satan, and alone with his evil angels he remains to realize the effect of the curse which sin has brought. "The kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, everyone in his own house [the grave]. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch.... Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people." Isaiah 14:18-20.

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" Isaiah 14:12

For a thousand years, Satan will wander to and fro in the desolate earth to behold the results of his rebellion against the law of God. During this time his sufferings are intense. Since his fall his life of unceasing activity has banished reflection; but he is now deprived of his power and left to contemplate the part which he has acted since first he rebelled against the government of heaven, and to look forward with trembling and terror to the dreadful future when he must suffer for all the evil that he has done and be punished for the sins that he has caused to be committed.

To God's people the captivity of Satan will bring gladness and rejoicing. Says the prophet: "It shall come to pass in the day that Jehovah shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy trouble, and from the hard service wherein thou wast made to serve, that thou shalt take up this parable against the king of Babylon [here representing Satan], and say, How hath the oppressor ceased!... Jehovah hath broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers; that smote the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, that ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that none restrained." Verses 3-6, R.V.

During the thousand years between the first and the second resurrection the judgment of the wicked takes place. The apostle Paul points to this judgment as an event that follows the second advent. "Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts." 1 Corinthians 4:5. Daniel declares that when the Ancient of Days came, "judgment was given to the saints of the Most High." Daniel 7:22.

" Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? " 1 Corinthians 6:3

At this time the righteous reign as kings and priests unto God. John in the Revelation says: "I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them. They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Revelation 20:4, 6. It is at this time that, as foretold by Paul, "the saints shall judge the world." 1 Corinthians 6:2. In union with Christ they judge the wicked, comparing their acts with the statute book, the Bible, and deciding every case according to the deeds done in the body. Then the portion which the wicked must suffer is meted out, according to their works; and it is recorded against their names in the book of death.

Satan also and evil angels are judged by Christ and His people. Says Paul: "Know ye not that we shall judge angels?" Verse 3. And Jude declares that "the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day." Jude 6.

At the close of the thousand years the second resurrection will take place. Then the wicked will be raised from the dead and appear before God for the execution of "the judgment written." Thus the revelator, after describing the resurrection of the righteous, says: "The rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished." Revelation 20:5. And Isaiah declares, concerning the wicked: "They shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited." Isaiah 24:22.

Origin: paganism-new-age.blogspot.com

Planet Vibes Weekend 28 29 April 2012


Planet Vibes Weekend 28 29 April 2012
MOON IS IN HER HOME, CANCER TILL SATURDAY'S AFTERNOON (in GMT). After that the GREAT LADY passes through the sign of LEO. Let's see at first how does this affect the signs.

ARIES: A difficult and demanding Friday is followed by the same difficulties in Saturday. Matters of your home and family affect your mood. I believe that Saturday night is going to help you. Sunday is much better.

TAURUS: You on the other hand are more benefit till Saturday noon. You were able to see your efforts succeed. Sunday is neutral so just don't exaggerate. Jupiter is on your side all the way.

GEMINI: You are relieved to see that not all your efforts are useless. Few days ago the stars begun to help you get over your past difficulties. Even now it's not how you wanted to be, but things are getting better. And this is something to keep in mind.

CANCER: You are so fierceful at this time and lucky. For few hours more the Moon makes you a bit moody and everything seems to turn around you and your actions. Just take care what your sign and when you drive. It's not that you are under a very negative influence but you have to take care. Jupiter favors you too!

LEO: This weekend the Stars favor you in your relationships and in your career too. You are the Kings of this weekend. Have fun!

VIRGO: After a storm comes peace. This is what this weekend is all about. You find yourself more balanced. Things are starting to change and favor you.

LIBRA: In a few hours you don't have to be so careful. Till then be very careful about your actions. From Saturday night things are getting better with both your mood and your luck !

SCORPIOS: The past couple of days helped you more about anything especially your interactions with universities and foreigners. You are not the lucky ones in this weekend. Probably by the end of it you will feel more tired than Friday. I just hope it would be worth it :)

SAGITTARIUS: This weekend is yours. Take your chance and get out! Have fun! End the quarrels and help your loved ones find peace. Even Monday is very helpful. Take advantage of this opportunity!

CAPRICORN: You are likely to feel very emotional till Saturday night. Things that happened the past days make you wanna burst in flames. But from Sunday things are going to be more easy going for you.

AQUARIUS: You amongst other signs should take care of your responsibilities these weekend. It just don't seem you have that much fun you deserve these day.

PISCES: Gentle, but successful are the vibes that you come across this days. You may feel imprisoned by your reality but this weekend is more helpful for you.

SPELL-CASTING FORECAST: Moon in Cancer is suitable FOR EVERY KIND OF MAGIC. Moon is in her greatest power there. From Saturday night, Moon will be in Leo. LOVE AND SUCCESS SPELLS ARE FAVORED.

Discover, Play, Love!



Source: pagan-space.blogspot.com

Rejoicing In Gods Strength A Sermon


Rejoicing In Gods Strength A Sermon
PHILIPPIANS 4:1-13

Many of us, when we were children, learned stories about what we might call the heroes of the Bible. If you're like me, a male who grew up with Superman and Batman, you may have liked the ones about Samson, Gideon and David. These guys are like super heroes who do great and wondrous things, often with seemingly superhuman strength, only they do it with divine power and not superpowers.

Samson does great things in the name of God, but he's also morally challenged. He does bring down a temple with his bare hands, though he died in the incident. As to the secret of his success, he apparently was the Fabio of his day, because his secret had something to do with his hair!

As for Gideon, he doesn't have superhuman strength, but somehow he's able to defeat the Amalekites whose troops numbered in the thousands with a small team of just 300 fighters. Apparently God wanted Gideon's enemies to understand that God was in the fight.

Then there's the story David and Goliath. David may have been too young to join the army, but he brought down the giant Goliath with nothing more than a sling shot. In my memory, the pictures of Goliath make him out to be a Paul Bunyan-like figure, though the most reliable biblical texts put him closer to 6 foot 9. That's tall, but closer to Magic Johnson than Paul Bunyan. Still, that's quite a fete for a young shepherd boy.

There are also women who figure prominently in the biblical story. They may lack brute strength, but they possess courage and wisdom and they too accomplish great things. There's the story of Deborah who judges Israel and leads them in battle during a critical time when no man would step forward. There's Miriam, the sister of Moses and a prophet in her own right, who helps lead the people across the desert. And Esther risks her life and her position in the court of the Persian king to protect her people. They too act with the power of God within them.

The message in all of these stories is simple - extraordinary fetes can happen when one is acting within the power of God. Or, as Paul writes to the Philippians: "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."

Not only that, but Paul, writing from prison, can say to the community"rejoice in the Lord always." Although Paul isn't claiming superhuman powers, he does invite us to live joyfully even during difficult times. But, in spite this call to live joyfully in the Lord, many of us adopt the philosophy of the Stoics. There are probably lots of Stoics in our world - perhaps you're a Stoic and you didn't even know it. You could describe a Stoic as a person who has learned to endure life troubles. That is, they have learned to "grin and bear it." They will endure, but there will be no joy. Is that you?

Stoics are realists, but they're also not the most pleasant people to be around. Of course we may prefer them to the person who whistles a happy tune while pretending that nothing bad is happening to them or to the world around them. We sometimes speak of such a person as one who's living in denial. Is that you?

Then there's Chicken Little who is always complaining that the sky is falling. Nothing good is ever going to happen in life. Our best days are behind us and so we might as well find the bomb shelter and hide out until the end. Is that you?

Paul is a realist, but he's not a Stoic, doesn't live in denial, nor is he a complainer. What he is, is a person who can find joy in life even while being in prison. Paul was no stranger to calamity, experiencing everything from shipwrecks to beatings. And if that isn't enough, he tells the Corinthians that God has afflicted him with a "thorn in the flesh" that keeps him grounded after receiving visions and revelations (1 Cor. 12:7).

Paul knows what it's like to live with nothing and with plenty, but he has also found a way of being content with where he's at in life. This is the source of his joy. He has found his contentment in God's presence. Therefore, he can rejoice in all things and at all times, and can tell the Philippians not to be anxious, but instead take their concerns to God in prayer with thanksgiving - even when things aren't going so well - sort of like what's happening in our country right now.

I'll make a confession here. I struggle with this passage. As much as I'd like to rejoice at all times, I get anxious about things and while I'm a fairly happy person, I have my moments. I've known good times and not so good times, and I've come through okay, but I'm not always content nor do I rejoice at all times. But then, I expect I'm in good company.

There's a book that's titled "Flunking Sainthood. " Does that sound like you? Have you tried yur best to be holy, to pray unceasingly, and take every problem to God in prayer with thanksgiving? Are you an A+ or even a B+ student in sainthood? Or, like me, do you struggle with your halo? When it comes to sainthood, unless the bar is set really low, I think I fail to make the grade. There are times, too many to count, where my mind focuses on things that are less than honorable and that aren't necessarily commendable or excellent or worthy of praise.

Whether or not we've reached perfection in this calling, Paul invites us to find joy even in the midst of difficult times and to do this we must think about life differently. And the key seems to be moving away from a theology of scarcity to a theology of abundance.

When I talk about a theology of abundance, I'm not talking about a prosperity gospel where we name it and claim it and our dreams come true. But, in a theology of abundance we stop thinking that there are limits to God's presence, that there's not enough of the Spirit to go around, so if you have some thing then there might not be enough for me. This is true of power, money, and food.

There are a lot of hungry people in the world. We'll meet some of them when SOS comes to the church next weekend. We know that people are hungry, but many of us throw away food or we eat more than our bodies can process? Why is that? Evolutionary biologists would tell us that this is part of genetic makeup, and we've not evolved enough to get beyond this fear of not having enough. So, when we think that there's not enough power or money to go around, we pull inward, and hoard what we have, and we ignore the common good. But in this there is no joy.

Bruce Epperly spoke to this issue in his sermon a few weeks back. More recently, in comments made about this passage, he has written: Faith opens us to new dimensions of reality, in which we have all the resources we need to face the challenges of each day. Amid bottom lines and apparent marginalization, faith sees evidence of God's providence: a mustard seed becomes a great plant, five loaves and two fish can feed a multitude, and persecutors can become proclaimers. So, when you look at the world through the eyes of faith, what do you see? Do you see God at work opening up new possibilities? Do you see the Spirit empowering people to do great things - maybe not superhuman fetes of strength, but great things? Do you believe that there are enough gifts and resources present in this rather small congregation so that we might affirm the word that Paul gave to the Philippians from his jail cell? "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."

In a moment we'll dedicate the third of our new little ones. We don't know what the future holds for her. There may be difficult times ahead. But that's life. There will also be great opportunities for her to experience God's presence and to live into God's vision for her life.

And as for the rest of us, what will be the legacy we leave her? What will be our witness? Will it be one of abundance or scarcity? Will we model for her and others a vision of reality that is full of joy and thanksgiving? The choice is really ours. If we take up God's invitation, Paul says there will be peace and there will be joy in abundance!

"Preached by:"

"Dr. Robert D. Cornwall"

"Pastor, Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)"

"Troy, Michigan"

"17th Sunday after Pentecost"

"October 9, 2011"

April 30 311 Emperor Galerius Issues Edict Of Toleration


April 30 311 Emperor Galerius Issues Edict Of Toleration
By Diane Severance, Ph.D. and Dan Graves, MSL

Sometimes when a person nears death and stares into the face of eternity, he or she becomes more religious or makes moral changes, perhaps hoping to influence his or her future beyond the grave. That seems to have been the case with Roman Emperor Galerius when he issued an Edict of Toleration on this day, April 30, 311.

Galerius was the son of a Greek shepherd who became a Roman soldier. He rose in power and authority to become a junior ruler with Diocletian. When Emperor Diocletian began his great persecution of Christians in 303, Galerius instigated the action, convincing Diocletian that Christians were dangerous enemies of the empire.

Galerius himself issued another edict in 304 requiring everyone in the empire to sacrifice to the gods of the empire on pain of death or forced labor. Persecutors imprisoned churchmen, destroyed precious Bible manuscripts, and executed hundreds of Christians.

When Diocletian abdicated, Galerius became senior emperor in 305. He continued his cruel persecution, which was so widespread and intense that it became known as "the great persecution". However, Christianity simply would not go away. Even Galerius recognized the impossibility of snuffing out the illegal religion.

Then he became ill. A Christian writer named Lactantius said that Galerius' body rotted and was eaten by maggots while he writhed in agony. Apparently Galerius' conscience connected his persecution of Christians with his present misery. He seems to have seen his illness as a judgment from the Christian God. At any rate, his edict mentioned only Christians.

The edict began by justifying his murder. "Amongst our other measures for the advantage of the Empire, we have hitherto endeavored to bring all things into conformity with the ancient laws and public order of the Romans. We have been especially anxious that even the Christians, who have abandoned the religion of their ancestors, should return to reason."

Noting that some Christians had betrayed their faith out of fear while others endured torture, Galerius decided illogically that "we, with our wonted clemency, have judged it wise to extend a pardon even to these men and permit them once more to become Christians and reestablish their places of meeting..."

Galerius added that "...it should be the duty of the Christians, in view of our clemency [mercy], to pray to their god for our welfare, for that of the Empire, and for their own, so that the Empire may remain intact in all its parts, and that they themselves may live safely in their habitations."

Prayer seems to be the point of the edict. Galerius wanted Christian prayers. Did he hope for a miracle? If so, he was disappointed. He died a week after issuing the edict.

His successor, Emperor Maximinus, tried to counteract the edict but did not succeed to any great extent in his short rule. The Great Persecution of Christians had ended.

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THE EDICT OF TOLERATION


Among other arrangements which we are always accustomed to make for the prosperity and welfare of the republic, we had desired formerly to bring all things into harmony with the ancient laws and public order of the Romans, and to provide that even the Christians who had left the religion of their fathers should come back to reason ; since, indeed, the Christians themselves, for some reason, had followed such a caprice and had fallen into such a folly that they would not obey the institutes of antiquity, which perchance their own ancestors had first established; but at their own will and pleasure, they would thus make laws unto themselves which they should observe and would collect various peoples in diverse places in congregations. Finally when our law had been promulgated to the effect that they should conform to the institutes of antiquity, many were subdued by the fear of danger, many even suffered death. And yet since most of them persevered in their determination, and we saw that they neither paid the reverence and awe due to the gods nor worshipped the God of the Christians, in view of our most mild clemency and the constant habit by which we are accustomed to grant indulgence to all, we thought that we ought to grant our most prompt indulgence also to these, so that they may again be Christians and may hold their conventicles, provided they do nothing contrary to good order. But we shall tell the magistrates in another letter what they ought to do.

Wherefore, for this our indulgence, they ought to pray to their God for our safety, for that of the republic, and for their own, that the republic may continue uninjured on every side, and that they may be able to live securely in their homes.

This edict is published at Nicomedia on the day before the Kalends of May, in our eighth consulship and the second of Maximinus.

From Lactantius, "De Mort. Pers." ch. 34, 35.


How The Notion Of Psychological Neoteny Led Me To An Interest In Human Fertility Which Led Me To God


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Daily Draw King Of Swords The Tower Five Of Wands


Daily Draw King Of Swords The Tower Five Of Wands
My Daily Draws this week have been big cards, big concepts, and extremely heavy cards. These ones are, too. The good news is, I have not seen any of these big things happening in my outside life, so I am thinking they are more internal and that kind of shift. If they are not, then they are events happening outside my sphere of current awareness and when I know about them I will be able to look back here and relate them to the cards I have been pulling.

Mystic Dreamer Tarot- King of Swords, The Tower, Five of Wands

These cards remind me most of how to get through a crisis situation. The King of Swords is sublimely cool and unaffected. He would never let an emotion get in the way of his logic, and the next cards are highly emotionally charged, so his collectedness is a valuable asset. The Tower is always a card about massive disruption, and sometimes total destruction. Judging by the card following it, the Five of Wands, which I often think of as inner struggle, this is a more internal process. I am looking to the King of Swords for advice to stay cool, calm, and emotionally disengaged from potential swirling chaos.

Mystic Dreamer Tarot- Five of Cups


The thing is, my life is calm at the moment and I want it to be. This is where reading for oneself can be a dangerous prospect. Not dangerous as in harmful, but if I let it, these chaotic and big cards I am pulling this week could upset my peace of mind, and as of this moment there is no reason for that. There is no physical evidence of change or upheaval, and my inner processes are all pretty much on an even keel. I could also be turning a blind eye to something, but I don't think so. Perhaps the most likely thing is something will come to light. and then I can say, "Ohhhhh!"

The Shadow Card of the reading is the Five of Cups. I like the brave lift of her chin in this card, as if she is aware that she has lost some things, but she has retained the most important one, which is the two unbroken Cups, which relate to me back to the Two of Cups, sacred contracts and deep, abiding love. When the Five of Cups appears we have to grieve our losses, but we must also be careful to not let ourselves get lost in them. That far off castle in the background is her home to go back to whenever she pleases, and that can't be taken away.

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Wisdom of the House of Night Oracle- Strength


The card from The Wisdom of the House of Night Oracle I have pulled is Strength, and it does a ot to assuage any fears the lightning struck Tower up there might give me. The book reads, "SOMETIMES LIFE WILL PRESENT YOU WITH CHALLENGES THAT YOU THINK ARE TOO DIFFICULT TO ENDURE." I am pulling these cards separately, from two different decks, so I know that I am getting true readings. The book goes on, "DOES IT SEEM AS IF NOTHING GOES YOUR WAY AND THAT EVERYONE ELSE APPEARS TO BE HAVING A GOOD TIME? DRAWING THIS SYMBOL MEANS THAT, NO MATTER WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE, YOU HAVE THE STRENGTH TO ENDURE ALL EXPERIENCES. LIKE AN ANCIENT OAK WHOSE TRUNK CANNOT BE UPROOTED BY THE MIGHTIEST STORM, YOU WILL KNOW A STRENGTH THAT COMES FROM WITHIN. YOU WILL WIN THIS GAME OF LIFE! YOU HAVE THE STRENGTH TO FACE ANY SITUATION NOW!" That is most reassuring! (Although I have to admit to finding this language a bit too happy-happy joy-joy for me, but this deck is based on a book series for young adults and probably suits its' target audience perfectly. I have not read the books.)

I am not scared of the readings I have been getting, but I am being aware, and that is a huge benefit of reading cards in and of itself- the ability to be aware.

"These cards are from Mystic Dreamer Tarot by Heidi Darras and Barbara Moore, published by Llewellyn, and Wisdom of the House of Night Oracle by P.C. Cast and Colette baron-Reid, published by Potter Style."

Reference: invocation-rituals.blogspot.com

Report From Gencon


Report From Gencon

Things I did not do at GenCon:

* True Dungeon ((I must confess this oversubscribed event has little to no appeal for me)
* Any kind of Wizards seminar (I see little useful information in pronouncements about the next edition 2 years pre-release while the current edition enters a preordained death march)
* Buy T-shirts with marginally witty, embarrassing slogans

Things I did do at GenCon:


* Play a lot of prototype and pre-release board and card games thanks to behind-the-scenes invites from colleagues at AEG
* Get my own game design into the prototype cycle there, with some initial interest... wait and see...
* Party and hang out with my usual people in the L5R community and meet a number of new and cool faces
* Thursday night, play again with Tavis Allison as DM, another fun game of ACKS involving the investigation of the "old unused" dragon lair *uh huh*. The signal feature of Tavis' DMing, I came to realize, is that the party is not an entirely autonomus unit, but operates within a social structure of favors, errands and obligations to people both more and less powerful. This also comes through in the higher order social structures in ACKS.
* Friday night, run a game for the L5R people I hang out with. The module used was Mike Monaco's one-page winner, Belly of the Beast. One page does not by any means equal one night! Even using pre-gens the party only got to explore the lungs and some of the artery before fatigue overcame them. Thanks to all who played and took over from exhausted colleagues. Another memorable physical dwarf-minis moment occurred when we established that one dwarf had a 10' long beard from long imprisonment (all the party members were convicts on a Dirty Dozen-style mission) and I used a piece of kleenex to represent this on the board when a wind blew it forward and back, or a giant bat got tangled with it.
* Went by the old school booth and bought Anomalous Subsurface Environment and ACKS. I haven't really read ACKS extensively yet but like the advanced domain rules, simple economic systems and so on. ASE is great and worthy of a separate review later on. The booth was a little nondescript, with no real banner, and not quite the selection of material I was hoping for. I did see Tavis again and Beedo from Dreams in the Lich House with his two young boys, so the place did fulfill somewhat of the community meetup function. I guess I was more disappointed because of all the old-school bloggers who were at GC but I didn't get to meet. Can we think about just scheduling a meet-n-greet hour next year?
* The closest to that was Tavis' seminar (by this time I am feeling like a stalker) where he laid down some history and theory of the movement. Saw Trollsmyth, who had played in my 2010 game, and Jon Peterson, author of Playing At The World.
* Get tired enough that even a day after leaving I don't have the energy to fill in hyperlinks in this post. More reflections later, and picking up the series about chases again...
* Bought a factory-second battlemat and about 50 cheapo D&D plastic miniatures to round out the collection. Plus Zatchbell spellbooks and various dice. Still not sure what I will use the blank d20 for.

Twilight The Fantasy Of Being Beautiful


Twilight The Fantasy Of Being Beautiful
Happy NOTE: NSFW Print Bond, Make Unwariness, Unsystematic Expansive Decorative Ethics Significantly or successive, I'll benefit from to be acquainted with that "Firefly" is really the top Joss Whedon string I've really followed. "Buffy "was riding high featuring in a time in my life gone I was only just too stirring to think about guard, and by the time I was in a place anywhere I felt I may possibly hook up, I was daunted by the lightweight sign up that had come at the forefront and the questionability of coming up to twinkling at the appointed time. I did think about a dozen or so episodes of "Angel", though, by and large when it was aired about the exceptionally time as "Famous" (which I watched for awhile out of amusement for good portrayals -- but mismanaged -- of Wicca in the media).I didn't really disruption that far-flung for "Angel", but one era stuck with me well loads that years successive I was mild to budge up an era rushed with very to the point happen as expected. In this era, Cordelia (who is beset with agonizing and debilitating visions) pops voguish the astral direct to benefit from a heart-to-heart aristocratic this whole painful-and-debilitating-visions enterprise. Her spirit-demon-guide-buddy gives her the considering aristocratic and notes in astonish and admiration that she prerequisite benefit from odd defense when maximum "other" private consent to an idealized mouthful of themselves on the astral direct. "[nsfw]" This was really greater than loads prompting for me to inventory off the chaise longue pleased uncontrollably when I would reasonably fishy that I too would benefit from posh defense if I looked having the status of Charisma Carpenter. It's a more willingly posh bet, at the back of all, that if you're asked to exhibit with nothing on for all the silhouette of Playboy "and" a ten-page with nothing on agreement, that at most minuscule according to have fun at colossal, you're doing source in the looks division. "[/nsfw] "But it was such as I was confirming via Wikipedia that Charisma Carpenter had in fact posed for Playboy (when I do "try" to double-check the stuff I design), that I found this quote: In the June 2004 well up of Playboy magazine, Carpenter appeared on the silhouette and in a ten-page with nothing on agreement. Behind asked by The upper crust magazine in 2005 about her with nothing on scenic and whether or not she would ever exhibit for Playboy once more, she replied, "I don't know. I did Playboy for a very distinct justification. Not a moment ago was it a good financial move, but it was about the place I was at in my life. I had only just had my son and I'd gained 50 lbs. featuring in pregnancy. I pleasing to get back to my old self. I pleasing to feeling added to and sexy. So I brainchild, when if I went full throttle?'"Which I give your opinion only just goes to pay for that even "looking having the status of Charisma Carpenter" is not a full-grown guarantee of devotion added to and sexy all the time.Now, I've no graphic if canon!Cordelia in "Angel "is supposed to be attractive all despondent, but I do know that Dusk is supposed to be the story of an "intermediate girl" and the attractive boy who loves her. Stephenie Meyer has reliably reaffirmed that Bella is intermediate looking and not Barbie-beautiful, and that the outmoded of her admirers in Forks are the happen by and large of her sparkle and untrustworthy ethics of beauty that revise from place to place. Bella is not supposed to be questionably prestigious, and this makes her easier for the reader to compel voguish the character: hey, I'm not questionably prestigious "either", so this may possibly be the story of "my" life. And yet... give seems to be a worry in fantasies that we all purpose our reader implant life to be as coarse and bare and intermediate as major for us to compel voguish and yet permanent wonderfully capable want we ever actually benefit from to "end product" at them. On the silver swathe, the maximum "intermediate girl" impulsively is gorged in with a Hollywood Homely or, in the wrap of Bella Frolic, Kristen Stewart. And, yes, beauty "is" untrustworthy and very far-flung within the eye of the beholder, but, Ms. Stewart unquestionable meets many of the classic American "ethics" of beauty.But isn't this only just what Hollywood always does? Selling up intellectual worldly goods relating coarse or tight private and casting them all as drop-dead prestigious knock-outs is part of the carry operating devices for Hollywood movies. Most likely so. Barrier that there's this book that I got my hands on this weekend: The Dusk Open Innovative. This is a real thing in the real world. The inventive is not actually in color keep out for about 3% of the book. That disappoints me. Grow that in.The silhouette is not, as you authority shocker, vampire!Bella. That is, in fact, human!Bella holding hands with Edward in the forest province in the top book, Dusk. Bella, as pictured submit, is white-as-the-driven-snow, with big evil eyes, expansive swagger, and a hole between her breasts that is so they say so rough that it is sucking her sweater voguish gravitational contravene. (That's the a moment ago fundamental I can allot for the way her sweater is fix.) Her hair reaches down to the silly of her back and plus seems to benefit from been layered in whatever they allot the Pantene Pro-V gals in the commercials.This Bella is "intermediate" in the exceptionally way that Kristen Stewart is "intermediate", which is to say "not intermediate at all". Offering isn't a data subject on her skin texture, not one spy or skin texture tag or birthmark or even "pores". Her approve of is benevolently symmetrical, her eyebrows are as thin and kick off as if she'd finished that very be born human being waxed and penciled. Her eyes are tightly crooked with mascara and eye shadow. It's a end product that can be attained as usual or can be acquired with powder and wax and knowledge, and there's nil moan with public objects, but I'm not correct it's the Bella we were sold in Dusk. But it seems to be the Bella that the cage, the player, and (apparently) the fans "purpose".Or perhaps not. That's only just the scenic inventive, right, and we all know how far-flung public artists are converted by anime these days. Let's budge out The Dusk Memoirs Policymaker Illustrated Make and see what Bella "really "looks having the status of, pre- and post-vampirism. Interest converse me: is that a gold block chained to her hand? Is it some regulate of MP3 player? I buy to know.Standalone of the shinier hair, I true cannot converse a divergence between human!Bella and vampire!Bella.I begin to have part of the reputation of Dusk lies in it human being the story of an "intermediate girl" (only just having the status of you!) who has all her fantasies come true, by means of the hallucination of human being as ever so attractive on the self-supporting as her soul-mate recognizes she is on the stylish. Of course, in order to "become" attractive, she has to start as "not-beautiful" (only just having the status of you!), even if we don't purpose to actually see that reflected in the movies and visual media accompanying the Dusk epic. So lip service is ended to the fact that she's a to the point intermediate, a to the point tight, a to the point coarse, and we sit back and dream the words lacking establishment with the devotion that the images human being accessible to us don't web with the words themselves. Why want that disturb us? We've been establishment with Hollywood Homely all our lives, at the back of all.The hallucination of human being attractive, but, strikes me in some ways as human being end to the Elegant of Ego Acceptable. In 2007, Kate Harding wrote:But exhortations having the status of that don't endure voguish put down magical opinion about narrowness, which I impression - and the quote second suggests - is really in particular manual. In the function of, you see, the Elegant of Ego Acceptable is not only just about becoming silly loads to be professed as greater penalty. It is about becoming an flawlessly for one person team - one with far greater overconfidence, confidence, and luck than the fat you has. It's not only just, "Behind I'm thin, I'll end product good in a bathing total"; it's "Behind I'm thin, I impulse be the obliging of team who struts down the beach in a costume, making men emit."If the hallucination of becoming attractive is a hallucination of arguable the "self" more willingly of arguable "looks", furthermore it doesn't finicky if Bella Frolic is attractive all despondent. The divergence between human!Bella and vampire!Bella becomes a divergence not of skin texture experience or eyebrow large size or hip-to-waist ratio or small sculpture dimensions or whatsoever overly that our have fun by and large indiscriminately defines as "attractive" and "not-beautiful". The divergence becomes no matter which as shadowy as the indistinct vampire sparkles: a magical alteration voguish a "for one person team". Human!Bella stumbles voguish school and the boys turn their heads to stare at the new toy; vampire!Bella struts steadily about the world making developed men fall to their circuit and emit in her assets.Dusk is a hallucination, and I've thought at the forefront and impulse say once more that fantasies are well and good and appropriately. But it's fee identification -- when give are in particular a few industries out give that pay good money to trick us to forget -- that the hallucination of magically becoming a new team overnight, whether via acquired beauty, acquired narrowness, or acquired vampirism is not no matter which that can be dependably realized. All these objects impulse open doors and cherish convivial open-mindedness, and that's the pathetic category of the world we at the present (as of lettering) flesh and blood in, but they won't make someone a for one person team.The somersault limit is that for one person personness' can be achieved "lacking" having to alternative to magically-acquired introduction changes. Or, it's only just possible that for one person personness' isn't even really major considering we end product aforementioned the persuaded bully of have fun to be greater of whatever the exhorter-of-the-hour requests us to be.Or, as Kate put it:The devotion is, I impulse never be the obliging of team who thinks roughing it in Tibet sounds having the status of a hoot; allot me a posh gatehouse in London any day. I impulse conceivably never learn to waterski well, or snowstorm ski at all, or do a back handspring. I can be unreserved and delightful in silly doses, but I impulse always furthermore buy time to recharge my batteries with the dogs and a good book; I'll never be someone with a chubby convivial calendar, when I would find that dreadfully sporting". "(And no finicky how well I've guru to begin to have it - and consequently how far-flung this surprises some private who know me - new convivial situations impulse maximum effortless always push around the crap out of me.) I authority learn to speak one surprising lingua franca fluently aristocratic the course of my life, but conceivably not five. I impulse never indication a inventive until I drowse lettering one. I impulse always benefit from to be observant of my natural tendency en route for chilly and authority always benefit from to medicate it. Able money says I am never separation to forward metropolitan area life to buy an alpaca honor or start a new career as a accept guide. And my chances of marrying George Clooney are very, very fit."None of that is when I'm fat." It's when I'm "me".One of the very few objects I having the status of about Dusk is that -- if you squint at it in only just the right light -- it tells the story of an sour girl who takes steps to intensify her life and get the superior she requests. Since I "don't" having the status of about that message is that she does this via fantastical cash that really aren't available for the rest of us. It's a fun and attention-grabbing hallucination if you having the status of that regulate of thing, and that's spicy. But I'd only just as against the clock benefit from had Bella come to love her own self more willingly of exchanging her self overnight for a better self."Final note: I really very far-flung pleasing to work this Monty Python clip voguish the post, but the gap never accessible itself. In vogue it is, thriving. "