We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The other half of a perfect balance

Six years ago when I first began writing this blog, my original train of thought was to create a free "mini website" of sorts with the intent of introducing wicca to those who wished to learn more about it - the general belief system, the sabbats, esbats and rites of passage, perhaps a bit of spell work and teachings of what I had learned from both experience and from my peers - some of whom had already had their own covens and organizations by that time.

It did not; however, take long for me to realize that an educational type blog was not enough. I soon realized that if you want people to be interested enough to follow your blog, you also need to share a lot more of yourself personally. That was something that did not come easy to me at first because I am a rather private person even though I am a people person at heart.

It was about that time when a pagan Greek fellow came into my life. He politely contacted me to ask me if he may share my post on The Wheel of the Year on his blog. Yup, you guessed it, it was none other than Dark Elf. We eventually became Facebook friends and began having conversations about wicca and paganism, history, etc.

As time when by, I began having less time to blog and I was also getting a bit bored with it all. It is difficult to come up with fresh and new ideas all of the time and then it hit me  - why not ask Dark Elf to join me? We understand where one another is coming from, and, I have learned much from him. I knew that he was a pagan and a scientist and that he was well educated. I, on the other hand, have only gotten as far as a high school diploma and I was pretty much self-taught as a solitary wiccan. 

I personally feel that he is very much an asset to this blog and that his contributions are extremely relevant and important to its' purpose. I have heard many other wiccans state that "we all learn from one another" and I, too, believe this to be so. And so, I have asked Dark Elf to share in his own words a little more about his history and how he came to find his way to wicca and this blog ...  

(Dark Elf):  When I was a little kid I had an obsession with science. Especially physics, astronomy, and space. I couldn't of course set up a nuclear reactor, or launch a rocket so I got involved in something I could: electricity. I had a lab in the house. People considered me strange and even crazy. Some supposed that maybe I was an alien. Truth is that besides this inclination I had no illusions. I was only a disabled kid. So I tried really hard to get a good cumulative score and the results were average. I entered the Science Faculty, Department of Mathematics and there was a real fight against the corrupt system. Though I tried to remain out of sight and not to start any revolution - I was very different back then - there had been problems with injustices and the like.

I met a professor of Applied Mathematics that helped me a lot and so I decided to enter the Sector of Applied Mathematics for a specialization study. I liked it very much and my scientific take-off started at that time. After a brief work in superconductor solitary waves, I entered the Lab of Chaos and Dynamics. I took my BSC with an equivalent grade of your B+ and then entered the Polytechnic Faculty, Department of Chemical Engineering, Applied Mathematics Sector for a PhD. I studied wave theory and finally got my PhD. I was teaching Computer Science and Numerical Analysis while I was there.

However, after a take-off there is always a landing... So after I got my PhD, I had trouble finding a position in the University. I worked in research but things weren't any good there but I did publish my works under my name and then left. I was listed in many biographical publications including:

Who’s Who in Science and Engineering”, Marquis Who’s Who, New Providence, New Jersey, USA;
2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century”, “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century”, “Living Legends”, “A Lifetime of Achievement One Hundred” (100 names), “Great Lives”, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England;
Great Minds of 21st Century” (1,000 names), “World Book of Knowledge” (500 names), “21st Century Genius” (500 names), American Biographical Institute, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

And, my 9 most important published works are:

1.   A. Charalambopoulos, G. Dassios and P. Ergatis, A small axisymmetric obstacle in the presence of an underwater point source field, J. Comp. Acoust. 5 (No 3) pp. 243–263 (1997).
2.  P. Ergatis, A small resistive axisymmetric obstacle in the presence of an underwater point source field, Applied Acoustics, 62 (7) pp. 779–791 (2001).
3.  P. E. Ergatis, Sound scattering by a hard axisymmetric object in a double layered ocean, Applied Acoustics, 62 (12) pp. 1329–1346 (2001).
4.  P. E. Ergatis, P. G. Massouros, G. C. Athanasouli and G. P. Massouros, Time–Dependent Heat Transfer Coefficient of a Wall, Int. J. Energy Res. 27 (9) pp. 795–811 (2003).
5.  P. E. Ergatis, Sound scattering by a resistive and axially symmetric object in a two–layer ocean, Applied Acoustics, 66 (1), pp. 1–14, (2005).
6.  P. Massouros, P. Ergatis and G. Massouros, Εlastic creep of a wheel., 1st National Conference on Recent Advances in Mechanical Engineering. ASME International – Greek Section, Sept. 2001.
7.  P. Ergatis, P. Massouros, G. Athanasouli and G. Massouros, Influence of Solar Radiation on the Thermal Dynamic Behaviour of Buildings (in Greek), 7th National Conference on alternate energy sources. Solar Technology Institute, November 2002.
8.  P. Massouros, G. Athanasouli, P. Ergatis and G. Massouros, Time–Dependent Building Thermal Resistance to Solar Energy (in Greek), 7th National Conference on alternate energy sources. Solar Technology Institute, November 2002.
9.  P. Ergatis, General form of propagating and scattered acoustic waves from point sources in deep underwater environments, Acoustics 2002, Hellenic Institute of Acoustics, September 2002.

I didn't want to use my disability but I had no other choice.  It's my belief that I was targeted and had no chance anyway. I don't wish to say more about that now but I promise you that you shall see a complete and sincere account of what happened at that time on MY blog so that I won't get my co-author into trouble.

At about the age of 27, I abandoned Christianity since the Bible was so unrealistic.  I happened at that time to see a movie, "The Mists of Avalon," and from there I learned of the Old Religion. I had studied it as much as I have studied Christianity. After some thought, I decided to follow Her (the Goddess).

I lost about 10 years of my life doing nothing. In an already very bad psychological condition, I experienced my father's death and a messed up family that he left behind. My life was destroyed and in complete darkness. Two more years passed and at that time I met Lady Morganna while searching for a Wheel of the Year for my blog, and the rest of the story is left to her. She and some other very few friends are slowly bringing back the light in my life. Now things seem better.

This and That

Greetings everyone and Happy Sunday to all of you. Not much interesting happening here as of late. Although I did have a nice little surprise birthday lunch thanks to my good friend of many years, Kiki. Yesterday, she treated me to a birthday lunch at Applebees this time. And, unbeknownst to me, she mentioned to our waitress that she was meeting me for my birthday and before I knew it, four lovely young gals came over to our table, handed me an ice cream sundae and sang "Happy Birthday" to me. Now, if you remember, this is the same friend who only two years ago took me to lunch at a local buffet and had arranged to have the restaurant announce "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to me over the intercom system for all of the patrons to hear! Gotta love friends like that ... and, of course, I do! LOL!!

Me 'n' Kiki-girl - taken last month at her birthday lunch at Applebees.

My surprise birthday ice cream sundae ... mmm good!
Moving on, with Ostara coming up next month, my sister Aurora Skye and I are planning something new and special for our celebration. I can't tell you what it is just yet, but I will definitely post it for all of you who are curious.  

I don't about you guys, but our weather here has been CRAZY! Keep in mind that we are in the middle of winter here in PA and all last week and into this weekend we had temperatures in the 70's! And, last night we had a thunderstorm of rain and wind mixed with hail. After all the damage caused by our last BIG hailstorm, I tend to shudder at the mere mention of that word anymore. 

(Yup, those are balls of hail on the grass and the driveway)

Just a couple of pics from this morning's local newspaper of last night's storm damage in our area. Yet another reminder of exactly "who" is in charge.

Anyway, I hope you all have a blessed rest of the weekend! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

The future of Paganism

According to a study by Dr. Kristin Aune, women in England are abandoning the christian church for Wicca with a rate of 50 thousand per year since 1990. The study had been done in 2010 and over 1 million women have abandoned the church for Wicca. The rate for men according to the same study is half the rate of women... i.e. it's 75 thousand persons per year.

Population of England is about 65 millions, so the 75 thousands per year gives a rate of 0.15 % per year. Not very great but it 's a good starting point.

If we are to survive, we must exploit the minority rights that are declared by the UN and adopted by the USA and the EU. Many of us believe that the simple religious neutrality law is sufficient to protect us. However many legal issues still exist, because legislation is made by christians and embeds their morality in it. So we need minority towns with schools that teach our religion and history that is not taught in christian supposedly religious neutral schools and with our local laws that reflect our morality. We also need them as centers to base our activities and for economical development.

This is entirely different than muslim shariah law, because we don't lock women up or behead people. We are much more liberal than christians are and we don't oppress anyone. We do not rape or force anybody to convert to us, we don't blow up people or buildings using suicide terrorists and we don't disturb by any way people that have no interest in us or business with us. Neopagans can brag that no war or violent incident can be attributed to them since Leland issued the "Gospel of Witches" back in the end of 19th century.

So if we have these minority towns where someone can live by pagan standards undisturbed, then the rate will definitely increase because now PEOPLE FEAR to officially declare their pagan beliefs for many reasons - because they live among christians and this will inflict consequences in job, family relations etc. Christians consider paganism  evil and  Satan's deceit to bring people to hell. They will never accept a pagan living among them. They may not say that because we have a democratic state based on the principles of Illumination but what they will do is a different story than what they say.

Minority towns are our mid-term future. Once we achieve that we shall have the financial power to support our people. People will stop fearing to officially become a Pagan and the increase rates will be greatly raised up. The towns will offer jobs in biological cultivation's, healthy food, health products, natural medicine and education and can economically develop.

It is my belief that Wicca and Earth worship will remain a religion for the "few wise" and most people will turn to polytheist worships - there will be a syncretic mix of all ancient gods together under the name of "Paganism" - Christianity being exposed for its vile past and lies will end up an unimportant minority cult waiting for the "End of the World" and Islam will be outlawed as a terrorist cult. Judaism will survive but will become a national minority religion only for the nation of Jews.

This polytheistic "Paganism" will become the outer circle with an inner circle being an occult initiatory religion-inside-a-religion based on Wicca and Earth Worship as two distinct paths inside it focusing in esoterism, witchcraft and "magic" work. This inner circle will provide the clerics, philosophers and leaders of the whole movement of Paganism.

Wicca is a transitional step from the abrahamic monotheism to the previous polytheist state that abrahamic barbarism has violently changed to a tyrannical monotheism. It teaches that there is also a Goddess in Heaven and not only a male God. It was the first and most important step to recover what was lost.

P.S. I hope this is a satisfying answer to my new friend Dora. :)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Very Special Birthday!

Greetings everyone! Well, today was my 53rd birthday and I spent it with my sisters. I had lunch with my sister Judy (aka Rhiannon) and a lovely dinner with my sister Robin (aka Aurora Skye) and her hubby ...

A nice pic with Robin and I (I am holding my cool birthday gift from her ~ a sweet stuffed gray emoji cat!)

And to make my birthday even more special, I had a wonderful visit from Dark Elf in Greece to wish me a very happy birthday! 

From Dark Elf -
Happy Birthday!


I had the BEST birthday I have had in a long time ... simply wonderful!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Throwback Thursday

(In memory of Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett for whom this song was written about. May his soul finally find peace.)

"And if the cloud bursts thunder in your ear, you shout but no one seems to hear. And when the band your in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon." ~ Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Animal Familiars

In some traditions of modern Paganism, including the various Wiccan paths, the concept of an animal familiar is incorporated into practice. Today, a familiar is often defined as an animal with whom we have a magical connection.

In some Scandinavian countries, familiars were associated with spirits of the land and nature. Fairies, dwarves, and other elemental beings were believed to inhabit the physical bodies of animals.

Once the Christian church came along, this practice went underground -- because any spirit other than an angel must be a demon. During the witch-hunt era, many domestic animals were killed because of their association with known witches and heretics. During the Salem witch trials, there is little account of the practice of animal familiars, although one man was charged with encouraging a dog to attack by way of magical means. The dog, interestingly enough, was tried, convicted, and hanged. Cat killings was also a common thing though it is officially denied by the mainstream history and this together with the demonization of personal hygiene practices as "satanic idolatry" led to the well known epidemics during the Middle Ages. In muslim countries, they are still killing animals as "demonic" and owners as "witches"...

Not everyone has, needs, or even wants a familiar. If you have an animal companion as a pet, such as a cat or dog, try working on strengthening your psychic connection with that animal. If an animal has appeared in your life unexpectedly -- such as a stray cat that appears regularly, for instance -- it's possible that it may have been drawn to you psychically.