History of magic exhibition at the British Library
There is an exhibition on at the British Library until the 28th February 2018. Its all about the real historical magic and myth behind the world of Harry Potter. There are lots of ancient magical books and manuscripts and artefacts from the British Library and borrowed from the museum of witchcraft on show. Just watched a lovely documentary about it on BBC iPlayer. Maybe some of you have already seen it? Its available for another 7days.
Not quite sure where, if anywhere, this line of thought is taking me, or even exactly why it occurred to me.
Is the individual's attitude to a postulated spiritual reality the result of that individual's inherent disposition toward Cartesian dualism?
Is it possible to answer question 1 without locking oneself in to an acceptance of behavioural determinism?
My preliminary reactions are:
Only superficially; for example it is possible to postulate consciousness as a property of matter, which would not necessarily deny either a spiritual reality or a material basis. Also, even on the assumption that such material basis is not accepted, why would any such disposition necessarily be inherent?
Any thoughts, comments, abuse...?
So my wife and I were having a chat. We aren't going to do Christmas once we have our own place. Christmas Day will be pizza, PJs and film day because, well, it's a national holiday so can't do much else. What we want to do is have a toned-down Yule and Solstice Day. We'll have a nice roast dinner but not nearly as stress inducing.
More importantly, I feel like the seasonal attempts to bring joy end at completely the wrong time. I'm not saying this is everyone's experience but I feel that after 26th December, more or less, we're told it's time to pack decorations up and get ready for the new year.
Um, no. I disagree. The worst of winter, January, is still to come! I propose that we have a day in December, around 20th-22nd inclusive (solstice) for Yule and that the new year of January 1st be moved to March the 1st which is far more appropriate for the true end of winter. The whole of December AND January should be one long but light hearted season of merriment and hygge. Mulled wine, mince pies and sloe gin every week. Winter doesn't last just a couple of weeks on the run up to December 25th or any other date society has chosen. Winter is frigging long and pretending January is somehow the start of a New Year is just silliness. I'm sure many if not most are in agreement about not being greatly interested in the Christian Christmas or in the choice of 1st January for New Year, my real point is that we should stretch out the fun way beyond December into the end of February because the worst of winter is yet to come. Pin holly and ivy to your walls and leave it there until the greenery outside *actually* comes back. The wife and I have also thought we will start spending Christmas Day doing something charitable like a homeless dinner since we have the luxury of deciding the day isn't important to us, but it would mean the world to many. We would also like to be thought of as that family that always has mulled wine and sweet somethings on the ready on those dreary, wet and penetratingly cold January days!
I planned on posting a Solstice sunrise picture from my morning train as I have seen such beautiful sunrises this past week on my way to some work I was doing in london. But this morning it was so foggy and cloudy and rainy there was really not a lot to see. So here is a sunrise from a couple of days ago on the 20th.
How are you guys celebrating the season? Finally the holiday has started for me now (so ready for it)! still have a bit of shopping to do tomorrow. Will just chill with my hubby on xmas eve and then we will drive up to my parents on xmas day and miss the traffic rush that way (and the morning church service) and arrive in time for all the festive fun to begin!
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Just wondering, because I do believe Aliens to be real. More than anything I find it impossible for intelligent life to not exist in the infinity that is out there. As we become more advanced and make discoveries which just don't add up and don't fit the narrative, I think it's becoming more apparent. How does this stuff fit in with Paganism? Could Pagan Gods and Goddesses be Aliens? Are there any Pagan paths which are fully accepting of Alien life being out there in the universe? It's all very confusing to me. If Aliens landed on Earth tomorrow and held a press conference on the mainstream news, would your Pagan beliefs be effected?