northanger (northanger) wrote,


Ask a Philosopher :: If the study of philosophy has any value at all for others than students of philosophy, it must be only indirectly, through its effects upon the lives of those who study it ... But it cannot be maintained that philosophy has had any very great measure of success in its attempts to provide definite answers to its questions. If you ask a mathematician, a mineralogist, a historian, or any other man of learning, what definite body of truths has been ascertained by his science, his answer will last as long as you are willing to listen. But if you put the same question to a philosopher, he will, if he is candid, have to confess that his study has not achieved positive results such as have been achieved by other sciences ... Thus, to sum up our discussion of the value of philosophy; Philosophy is to be studied for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation. —The Value of Philosophy, Bertrand Russell (also here: Importance of philosophy).

to the questions themselves!

been meaning to write up something about astroschyzy. sometimes sleep is good because i wake up refreshed by a different POV. watching katrina coverage before sleeping i wondered whether there was anything else to add to the the 827 List. occurred to me that i should include Runar's Sicle Rite blending together some ideas with Carlos' Rite of Ma'at.

also before sleeping i'd read a compare-contrast post that i couldn't quite comprehend. when i woke up it occurred to me that what i read was actually sleight of hand (quite awesomely good, actually).

leg·er·de·main :: 1. Sleight of hand; 2. A show of skill or deceitful cleverness. [Middle English legerdemayn, from Old French leger de main : leger, light (from Vulgar Latin *leviarius, from Latin levis) + de, of (from Latin de; see de–) + main, hand; see mortmain.

mort·main :: 1. Law. Perpetual ownership of real estate by institutions such as churches that cannot transfer or sell it; 2. The often oppressive influence of the past on the present. [Middle English mortemayne, from Old French mortemain : morte, feminine of mort, dead; see mortgage + main, hand (from Latin manus)].

mortmain [Fr.,=dead hand], ownership of land by a perpetual corporation. The term originally denoted tenure (see tenure, in law) by a religious corporation, but today it includes ownership by charitable and business corporations. In the Middle Ages the church acquired, by purchase and gift, an enormous amount of land and other property. The struggle over this accumulation of material wealth was an important aspect of the conflict between church and state. Moreover, lands held by monasteries and other religious corporations were generally exempt from taxation and payment of feudal dues, greatly increasing the burden on secular property. Attempts to limit ecclesiastic mortmain began as early as Carolingian times, and by the late 19th cent. the right of religious bodies to own land was in general highly restricted. In many countries the prevailing principle limited such ownership to absolutely necessary holdings. In the United States ecclesiastic mortmain was never a serious problem, and remaining statutes on the subject are essentially inoperative vestiges of former law.

nice to wake up to more of Mr. G's helpful links & a new post.

i can tell you certain things about myself that are incontrovertibly true. it's obvious i am a, b & c because "abc" are the things that i put on applications. there are also things i can tell myself that are incontrovertibly true. being a shaman isn't one of them. however, seeing astroschyzy from that POV, i'm beginning to realize, is probably a useful hyperstition. astroschyzy creates a series of synchronistic synchronous & asynchronous connections — that don't mean a damn thing. however. my response when i first saw asteroid SHEEHAN on the 220 & 827 lists was whoa. i'm still struggling how to effectively describe that whoa.

one of G's links includes a section called Factions in Asatru & i started reading Racism in Asatru. futhnorking gnosis is the strong norse thread in astroschyzy that primarily makes fun of (& no disrespect meant to those who deeply understand & practice) what little i know about runes. i threw it in the pot, threw it up in the air and (surprise) it actually makes more "sense" than anything else. i'm african american, one-eighth irish with a welsh name. i have no idea about the original african tribe i descended from, but the american side is descended from slavery. from that line i "inherit" the seven african powers — another type of sleight of hand hiding something in plain sight. my grandmother didn't set me on her knee to tell me about these powers, but i've seen how my mother cooks. she did use a french cookbook i treasure because it's hers. eventually she learned how to add ingredients by eye & make up stuff on the fly. when i was living with her in tennessee it took several days for her to write out three recipes with step-by-step instructions & ingredients that i submitted to my company's cookbook. several women told me later that every single recipe of my mother's was absolutely perfect: easy to follow, cheap to make, tasted great — the best in the cookbook.

IMHO, the heart of african power involves seeing power in the leftover scraps of a pig. stop squinching your nose & pig's snout actually becomes a delicacy. saw my grandfather eating some once from the local supermarket.

my governing principles {a} "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." & when invoking the stars "Love is the law, love under will."

i acknowledge {a} Do What Thou Wilt as an inalienable right for everyone; and {b} that Love has, perhaps, two faces but one purpose, for we are (so another book says) to love one another & love our enemies.


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