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I am reading the Celtic Golden Dawn AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO FUCKING EXCITED IN MY LIFE

sororlotus:

IT’S LIKE A MILLION LIGHTBULBS GOING OFF IN MY HEAD AT ONCE. abwatt YOU’RE MY HERO.

Yeah sororlotus, it’s pretty damn exciting. It’s a singularly awesome course of study… And when you join, you’ll find that the quality of folks on the email list is pretty fine, too. Having a cabinet full of alchemical salts and a head for geometry now doesn’t hurt either. :-)
Google releases set of beautiful, freely usable icons

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They’re licensed CC-BY-SA and designed for use in mobile apps and other interactive stuff — there’s 750 in all! It’s part of Google’s Material Design project.

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kushl0rd:

abwatt I’ve found there’s an interesting correlation between the amount of time I spend psychically preparing for communication and the success of the communication itself.

It’s almost like you have to charge up like a phone battery before you can waste juice attempting to make a phone call.

I think that’s a useful metaphor.  Again, it’s like going through airlock procedures, or a preflight checklist.  Things may still go wrong, but charging up and preparing ahead of time makes you much more likely to arrive at the intended destination.

sororlotus said: Do you have any books to suggest in regard to Druidry?

I’m currently working my way through The Celtic Golden Dawn by John Michael Greer, and I’m a member of AODA (AODA.org) and DOGD (Druidical-gd.org).  The Apple Branch is pretty good, and The Druid Revival Reader is a great selection of writings from the last three hundred years of druidry.  Iolo Morgannog’s Barddas is the practically the origin point of the Druid Revival, along with anything by the Rev. William Stukley.

thisisjustherecauseicantthink said: Hi there! I'm sorry for bothering, but I had a question about the birth chart on your blog. Or more specifically, how does one determine their dominate planet?

swissshard:

graycloak:

abwatt:

graycloak:

After looking into this for a bit, I’ve discovered I’m woefully unqualified to answer this question :X

It appears to be a combination of things:

  • Planets falling in their ruling signs
  • Planets occupying one of the angular houses
  • Planets forming numerous aspects with other important spots on your chart

How you process all that into a hierarchical list of dominates, however, I really just don’t know :\  Maybe someone else will be able to provide a more clear answer?

In a natal chart, the most critical elements are usually, in order of importance from highest to lowest (as I understand them):

  • the rising sign of the chart (what house of the zodiac is on the Ascendant);
  • the location of the ruling planet of that sign, if there no planet in that sign; 
  • the planet in the rising sign, if there is one; 
  • the position of the Sun;
  • the position of the Moon;
  • the position of Mercury;
  • the position of Venus;
  • the position of Mars;
  • the position of Jupiter;
  • the position of Saturn;

Every planet’s level of influence is judged by four factors called the Essential Dignities (in order of importance from most positive to most malefic) [and bearing in mind that this is ignoring the Mansions of the Moon, and the Decanates or Faces of the Zodiac]: 

  1. Sign that it rules (domicile); (++)
  2. Exaltation (+)
  3. Triplicity (+-)
  4. Detriment (-)
  5. Fall (—)

There’s also a question of accidental dignities or detriments, namely what aspects each given planet has with the other planets in the sky.  There’s very few right answers.

This is an ENORMOUS question because it touches on modern vs. “traditional” (i.e., 1500-1750 AD) astrology (vs. “medieval/Arabic” astrology, vs. Classical astrology, both of which are something else again).

In general, you should first track the Rising Sign followed by the location of the Ruling Planet of that sign; that will give you a sense of the person’s overall character; the Sun’s position will give a sense of what they’re famous for; and the Moon’s position will show you what their overall face is to the world. At that point, you can start drilling down into the positions of the specific planets.

I don’t bother with the three “new planets” of Neptune, Uranus and Pluto — astrologically, they haven’t been around long enough to know what they really do; while the innermost seven have been plotted long enough for centuries to get a sense of their function and purpose.

Very nice :)  Thanks for all that, abwatt! :D

Here’s an excellent post on this topic by Christopher Warnock. I was pretty confused at first, until I clarified for myself on the nature of an almuten. It’s pretty simple once that concept is grasped.

And swissshard knows way more than I do on this topic.  He’s awesome.

thisisjustherecauseicantthink said: Hi there! I'm sorry for bothering, but I had a question about the birth chart on your blog. Or more specifically, how does one determine their dominate planet?

graycloak:

After looking into this for a bit, I’ve discovered I’m woefully unqualified to answer this question :X

It appears to be a combination of things:

  • Planets falling in their ruling signs
  • Planets occupying one of the angular houses
  • Planets forming numerous aspects with other important spots on your chart

How you process all that into a hierarchical list of dominates, however, I really just don’t know :\  Maybe someone else will be able to provide a more clear answer?

In a natal chart, the most critical elements are usually, in order of importance from highest to lowest (as I understand them):

  • the rising sign of the chart (what house of the zodiac is on the Ascendant);
  • the location of the ruling planet of that sign, if there no planet in that sign; 
  • the planet in the rising sign, if there is one; 
  • the position of the Sun;
  • the position of the Moon;
  • the position of Mercury;
  • the position of Venus;
  • the position of Mars;
  • the position of Jupiter;
  • the position of Saturn;

Every planet’s level of influence is judged by four factors called the Essential Dignities (in order of importance from most positive to most malefic) [and bearing in mind that this is ignoring the Mansions of the Moon, and the Decanates or Faces of the Zodiac]: 

  1. Sign that it rules (domicile); (++)
  2. Exaltation (+)
  3. Triplicity (+-)
  4. Detriment (-)
  5. Fall (—)

There’s also a question of accidental dignities or detriments, namely what aspects each given planet has with the other planets in the sky.  There’s very few right answers.

This is an ENORMOUS question because it touches on modern vs. “traditional” (i.e., 1500-1750 AD) astrology (vs. “medieval/Arabic” astrology, vs. Classical astrology, both of which are something else again).

In general, you should first track the Rising Sign followed by the location of the Ruling Planet of that sign; that will give you a sense of the person’s overall character; the Sun’s position will give a sense of what they’re famous for; and the Moon’s position will show you what their overall face is to the world. At that point, you can start drilling down into the positions of the specific planets.

I don’t bother with the three “new planets” of Neptune, Uranus and Pluto — astrologically, they haven’t been around long enough to know what they really do; while the innermost seven have been plotted long enough for centuries to get a sense of their function and purpose.

I get “fake geek girl” BS in job interviews. I have skipped applying for programming jobs because the ads promote the “bro-centric company culture,” where it is common to drink beer and no one complains about your naughty sense of humor. I have applied at companies that won’t interview me for the position that I’m qualified for because the type of programming that I do is more typical for guys and this other type over here that I don’t do is more typical for girls; in order to show how inclusive of women they are, they strongly encourage me to apply for [girl job] despite me being grossly overqualified for [boy job that I can’t be interviewed for]. I have gone to interviews where it is made clear to me that I’m the affirmative action candidate, that they were intrigued by my claim to play video games [which I was tested on], and then had the technical interviewer act astounded because during my whiteboarding exercise, I followed a coding standard that prevents a security breach and no other applicants did— and then not gotten the job. I have had jobs where my opinion was dismissed by my superiors who were less qualified than me, who repeatedly interrupted me during demos to tell me that I’m doing the demo wrong on a product that the interrupter has never used— and then gotten fired for calmly standing up to him.

So let me tell you why there are so few games with strong female protagonists and so few games with characters that women can identify with as idealized heroes: games are made by men for themselves.

PetticoatDespot (Click for full comment on an also great article)

Yeah but WHY aren’t there more women in the tech center? Must be because of their genetically weird lady brains AMIRITE?!

(via stfusexists)

I’m just going to assume that any other group or members of intersecting groups that aren’t straight, white, cis, able-bodied, class-privileged dudebros are going to have a similar experience.

Because the common factors in any field that excludes, (everything but teaching, carers, or service industry) is that straight, white, able-bodied, cis, class-privileged dudebros HAVE THE POWER AND PRIVILEGE to exclude.

It’s not that being any of those things in any combination is inherently bad, it’s that when the systems you dominate reward you for being an asshole while being a combination of those things, rather than discouraging you from being an asshole at all…
You’re probably going to be an asshole.

So here’s a tip: if you don’t want to be an asshole, make the conscious choice not to be. Do the work of not being an asshole. That’s going to require giving up shit you only get while being an asshole, and opportunities handed to you for just being a combination of traits. It’s kinda gonna suck.

The alternative is knowing you’ve chosen to be an asshole and that everyone knows you made that choice.

(And yes, white cishet, able-bodied, and class-privileged ladies: ditto.)

(Source: shatteredjunk, via taracrow)

sororlotus:

waters-serenade:

kushl0rd sororlotus coldalbion  theheadlesshashasheen, holy-mountaineering prosperosfootnotes, you guys are the coolest mother effers on this mossy rock and it will be impossible to keep up with all of your occult note sharing.

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Agreed.  You’re all pretty awesome.