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Talk It Out, SCOD Life Counseling & Coaching

Posted in Philosophy, Psychology, Spiritual, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2017 by Drogo

Existential philosophy & psychology with Drogo Empedocles, Architect of The Sustainable Cooperative for Organic Development

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Got a problem? Message a request for texting or talking, donate to SCOD non-profit, then call us and we will help you with whatever life issues you want to talk about. We can help you balance your life in general, or focus on troublesome details. Mentoring subjects: life, careers, relationships, love, anger, finances, art, writing, religion, history, architecture, gardening, and many more! SCOD Mentors: Drogo Empedocles MA, Aeyla of the Hill People, TBA. Schedule some hours with us to “talk it out”. All coaching is confidential.

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Reverend Drogo Empedocles has a Spiritual Doctorate in Life & Death (Licentia Ubiquie Docendi 2015), a Masters Degree in Architecture (SCAD 2000), and a license with the Universal Life Church; with minor studies in environmentalism, historic preservation, philosophic theories, relationship psychology, social dynamics, conservative finances, alternative education, visual arts, creative writing, musical composition, video editing, and organic gardening. Drogo was the author of several books including Way Too Much, The Harpers Faery Magic Bible, SCOD Thesis, and many more titles.

Aeyla of the Hill People has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Social Work, is a Certified Nurse Assistant, has an Associate Degree in Substance Abuse, and is a care-giver professional in Maryland; with minor studies in environmentalism, relationship psychology, social dynamics, conservative finances, special needs, and visual arts.

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Repetition of Love

Posted in Health & Fitness, Spiritual, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 26, 2016 by Drogo

Moral Mantras

The best lessons and beliefs in life should be recorded and repeated often; not just because we may forget, but because the words help explain what we want to practice faithfully, whether it is obvious to others or is for whatever reason unclear. Loving reminders help us to ease the pains in life, like medicine, and happiness eases suffering. That being said, Medicine affects people in different was, at various times.

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Magic Epochs, Branches, & Types

Posted in Philosophy, Spiritual, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 17, 2016 by Drogo

Epochs or Historical Periods of Western Spiritual Magical Practice

1.   Pre-Historic (millions BC – 2, 500 BC):  Shamanic, Animism, Orphism, Oral, Musical

2.  Pagan (2,500 BC – 0 AD):  Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Celtic, Roman, Viking

3.  Christian (0 – 1900 AD):  Catholic, Occult, Protestant, Evangelical

4.  New-Age (1900 – 2016 AD): Occult, Wicca, Yoga, ESP, Metaphysics, Scientology, Hippy, Asian Martial Arts

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Branches of Magical Practice

Christian Occult:  gnostic, mystery cults, satanism, theosophy, thelema, chistian science, jehovah’s witness, mormon, rosecrutians, masons, eastern star, solomonic orders, witch-craft, hermetic

New-Age Occult:  golden dawn order, eclectic, neo-pagan,

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5 Types of Magical Practice

Aversive – hiding, transference, sacrifice,  cleansing, warding

Imitative – possession, satire, absorbing, mime, illusion, astrology

Contagious – fetish, consummation, symbiosis, dance, mental will, divining

Destructive – curses, traps, evil, poisons, wars, martial

Productive – healing, education, good, coaxing, placation, making, inspire / catalyze, transforming, alchemy

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3 Ways of Magical Practice

Giving / Healing, Taking / Harming, Exchanging

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Note: This is from a World Cultural perspective, not from individual belief perspective; as our own personal systems will have unique eclectic structures. Also ‘New-Age’ can be added to the tree on the outer-most branches.

 

 

 

 

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Report on ‘American Witches’

Posted in Book Reports, Pagan, Uncategorized on November 11, 2016 by Drogo

Drogo’s Book Report on American Witches; A Broomstick Tour Through Four Centuries by Susan Fair

I am very pleased that Susan’s book on Witches was published! I am a fan of her book theme subjects and her witty yet friendly writing style. Her preface on being accused as a child of doing (or worse being) something terrible was relatable as an emotional personal experience. Indeed as Arthur Miller pointed out with the Crucible, being called a witch was similar to being called a communist in modern days; even today many of us are called both, and people still think that both are evil due to cultural conditioning.

Susan begins her book with the 2nd European Colony in north America, Jamestown; which makes sense for the scope of the book as indicated by the subtitle segment “Four Centuries”. Jamestown was the first English Colony, but the Spanish Colony of St. Augustine was actually first about 50 years earlier (RIP Dr. Albert Manucy, Spanish-American historian, love you gran-dad). As to how many witches were in the Spanish St. Augustine Colony, or if anyone was accused of witch-craft, I do not know. Considering the Spanish were responsible for THE Inquisition, it is certainly possible.

Anyway, that is my only criticism of the book, which does not at all ruin my enjoyment of her stories, and respect for the importance of the subject. Some critics are quick to criticize humor with serious subjects, but often they just lack a healthy sense of the importance of being able to laugh when others cry. People respond to tragedy in various ways, depending on their social conditioning, or psychological reaction to conditioning which they dislike.

Susan’s sense of humor in her style is delightful to those of us with an ‘Edward Gorey’ or ‘Tim Burton’ gothic satire sensibility. It is our love for dark or scary subjects which makes our glee pleasant and not harsh. Her descriptions are excellent, and at times so darkly honest, that levity is welcomed.

“What was mended one day, would the next day be in pieces.” This is the chaos magic of entropy, which haunts the weary world, even to this day. The mystery of magic in history, and the persecution of accused practitioners, is still a current issue. I recommend this book to anyone that loves the subject of ‘witches’.

Perceptions of Good vs Evil

Posted in Pagan, Religions, Spiritual, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2016 by Drogo

While i LOVE new age metaphors, like “light vs dark” type stuff, i feel i must speak out to distinguish my own beliefs with ‘witch hunt’ type attitudes that come off as ‘holier than thou’. In reality, differences of personality are not black and white for the most part. Good and evil are much more relative to individual perspectives than light and dark; and most things we want to lump in there are usually in a grey zone; good for one, bad for another. For example milk, some people are against it, others love it, i dont think either way it is good or evil. Even killing, killing a human is wrong, killing a harmful virus is good; both are killing another life form, and are not contained within our human conceptions of ‘right and wrong’, except our brains tell us we should be able to label them as such as though we have the ego of Universal Truth. The secret is that Truth, is fractured through our individual perspectives, which will constantly find our own temporary truths, which may last for a life time, or beyond, on the level of that singular consciousness. Universal Truth, if there is such a thing, must be the combination of all, and certainly would transcend human comprehension just as all the holy texts indicate. Even religions that claim THE LIGHT, always have a DARK SIDE, because that is Universal Balance (TRUTH).

A Universal Omnipotent Being would allow both god and goddess, good and evil, light and dark, and night and day; death and life, just as happens in reality. Even healing, which seems a very positive thing, can involve sacrificing life energy; like killing a plant to extract its life energy, burning fossil fuels to heat and power the house until there renewable energy systems are implemented, or spending money that could have been used to save or ‘better’ the lives of others. It is true that we cannot help others, without first helping our-selves to be healthy enough to help others; even just enabling yourself to help others has selfish aspects to it, just as helping others benefits you.

We can choose things that make us feel we are on the path of LIFE, to prolong and better our own lives, because we think that DEATH is bad; and yet death will always come, and things will always die to allow others to live. The truth of reality is yin-yang Tao (The Way of the Universe).

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Good Sex Means Loving Sex

Posted in Health & Fitness, Pagan, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 27, 2016 by Drogo

“The Goddess loves good sex. Good sex is not separate from love, compassion, passion, healing, caring, and sensuality; it IS all of those things and more when we are able to achieve orgasm. Orgasms are physical and spiritual ecstasy combined. Orgasms are called climaxes because they are the highest our physical bodies can take our minds, by transcending consciousness through love on the material plane. Our minds of course really experience the bliss, as with intense exercise or other more mental spiritual connections. Many people have tried to discredit the sacred acts of sexual love over the years, but it is a mistake to abuse the gift of loving sexual contact, just as it is a mistake to abuse drugs. Sex and medicine should always be used for helping ourselves or others, and not to harm. Healthy and moderate masturbation is a form of good sex. Bad sex involves physical abuse, mental abuse, callus emotions, addiction, or rape; which often makes victims hate even the word ‘sex’. Good sex once a day can keep the demons at bay.

Sex is not for everyone. Besides babies and children that do not know enough about the adult world to have mature relations with others; there are asexual (non-sexual) people that are either opposed or ambivalent about sex, for various reasons. This is why it is important to be able to talk about sex. The statistics of rape and abuse are still shockingly horrible. Oberlin College recommended that students have healthy dialogue about sex, before engaging in it, to avoid misunderstanding or regrets. Some people refuse to talk about sex, and even if they love having sex, their inability to communicate (if they are mute they can use sign language or letters) can be an indication that they may not know how they feel about sex, which as with mixed signs, means ‘be careful’.

Even victims of bad sex handle their recovery and healing and coping differently. Women can have very different attitudes about sex, perhaps more than men. Some women have orgasms while giving oral sex! Some women do not like to masturbate, but love sex with strangers. There are infinite combinations of preferences regarding sex. Pursue what pleases you, but not at the cost of others. If a person is not interested in having sex with you, and it has been made clear to you that they are aggressively afraid of you and hateful of your advances; then avoid them as much as possible.

Having good sex means being able to enjoy it, so find what works for you; with or without partners. If you have sex with a partner, try to do what you can to please them and check to make sure they are pleased as best you can. This is how reciprocal love works. If you can be loving and enjoy sex, then sex is good. Good sex is not just performance of an act, it is feeling good inside, while helping and being helped by thoughts and (if we are lucky enough) touch from another.”

– The Witch Goddess, Loving Sex by Miss Arta

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Harpers Faery Types

Posted in Pagan, Spiritual, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 30, 2016 by Drogo

Types of Harpers Faeries

All faeries have magic and pointed ears. It is common for a faerie to be identified as more than just one type of fae, because of mixed blood and adopted cultural changes. For example an odd tree-elf might live underground with gnomes, and call itself a fairy by which it means pixie. Monsters usually include goblins, kobolds, trolls, centaur, and other mystical creatures; but it could be argued that they are also types of fae.

Fairy – fairy (with the ai spelling) is a term to refer to both pixies and sprites, which are small winged fae.

Nymph – nymph is a general term for faeries that are spiritually or elementally connected to specific individual natural areas, plants, or phenomenon. Nymphs include water-elves, solitary tree-elves (dryads), aerial fairies (sylphs), and fire faeries (daemons). Only fire and air nymphs can have wings. Nymphs are often isolated cults of female followers of the Goddess. Male nymphs are rare, so they often find other beings to mate with.

Elf – elf is a general term to refer to regular elves, noble-elves, fairy-elves, tree-elves, earth-elves, and water-elves. Regular elves do not have wings, and are between human and gnome size.

Noble-Elves are human-sized and look the most human of all the faeries, although their ears are still pointed. They do not like to be called human-elves, or half-elves on the whole, and call themselves Noble, High, or Tallest (their biology is half-elf, half-human even after generations of trying to exclude humans). Not even a Noble-Elf with a human parent will call themselves half-elf if raised by fae, as a matter of pride.

Fairy-Elves are half-fairy, half-elf; human-sized with wings, or pixie-size with no wings (brownies, pixie-elves, elf-sprites).

Tree-Elves are the smallest elves that prefer to live inside trees, or in houses on tree branches.

Earth-Elves are the only elves that can grow beards, that is why they are usually not called elves, and are referred to as Dwarves, Gnomes, and Leprechauns. Dwarves are usually half the size of a human, and Gnomes and Leprechauns are smaller than dwarves. Leprechauns are mix of tree-elves, pixie-elves, and gnomes that prefer the colors green and gold.