• What Wizards Taught Me This Week: May 30

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    I don’t know about you but Uranus arrived with his trademark extremity this week. A new Mac I wasn’t expecting (and love), new clients, three new long term house guests from the other side of the world (that I was unaware of).

    Boom. Gifts. It’s going to be an exciting couple of weeks (for Mid-Cancerians, at least).

    Actually, speaking of Uranus, I threw him a secret welcome party in the guise of some impromptu friendly drinks for my guests. This came up in an earlier post but I like inflicting some covert magic on those around me using a largely secular bag of tricks. I’d recommend it.

    As for the rest of these internets, it has been a suitably smashing week:

    I got myself an exciting new horoscope source

    Speaking of Uranus. Found this via The Laughing Magus… Which as blog names go, would also make a truly excellent pub name. Somewhere on the Yorkshire Dales, maybe? I would totally go there. They could serve rune soup.

    Jack is an out and proud nerd

    Which makes me like him even more if that were possible. On a related matter, he has a highly individual take on flouting mean-spirited health and safety rules.

    Druids make useful additions to teams of traffic cops

    Or at least they do in Austria.

    Natural complexity is good. Manmade complexity is bad

    Another one for my ongoing exploration of complexity and randomness. If you haven’t subscribed to the Hannibal Blog, I would absolutely recommend it. Mixing Taoism with economic theory with complexity with all kinds of things. It’s good goodness.

    Argent does a really entertaining truth rant

    Over at Street Magick. It’s actually a very interesting exploration of the limits to -and benefits of- chaos magic. Me likey.

    Witchdoctor Joe writes the best memorial day post I have read

    Check it out. Honest, thought-provoking and with a unique Tarot connection.

    The Archdruid makes the case for deliberately doing more with less.

    I particularly like:

    “The irony, and it’s a rich one, is that our collective refusal to follow the lead of those who urged us to learn how to get by with less has not spared us the necessity of doing exactly that. That’s the problem, ultimately, with driving headlong at a brick wall; you can stop by standing on the brake pedal, or you can stop by hitting the wall, but either way, you’re going to stop.”

    It’s a very useful metaphor to picture what I discussed earlier in the week relating to complexity and collapse. Collapse is the universe’s last resort when it comes to reducing complexity -it’s what happens if you don’t reduce it first.

    I learned was Jesus did

    At least, according to the New Yorker. Given the Jesusy theme to a lot of the blogosphere these last couple of weeks it’s worth a look.

    Jason gives some sage advice on energy work

    I particularly like what he has to say about the Middle Pillar. It chimes with my own sentiments on the topic (as a former regular user myself). Feels like trying to hang too many things on the Tree of Life. It could probably do with a reboot.

    Kenaz and Rufus are cleverer than me

    Full disclosure: They didn’t teach me that this week… I already knew it.

    Still, these are two really fantastic posts about the nature of God, religion and so on. Read Kenaz first and then Rufus. (Only because that is the order in which they were published.)

    What about you guys? Did you find anything new or do you have some Uranus stories of your own to recount?

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    4 Responses to What Wizards Taught Me This Week: May 30

    1. petoskystone
      May 31, 2010 at 3:03 pm

      so far uranus is a bit of a disappointment. life feels a combination of stagnant & potential change leaving for the same thing.

    2. Argent
      May 31, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      cheers for the plug, G.

      you should gtake me up for the offer of a hot or cold drink on your next Amsterdam trip. Though I won’t participate in the amsterdammage aspects :D

    3. May 31, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      @Argent… I fully intend to take you up on it. It will be a cold drink. A cold, alcoholic drink. :)

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