August 12th, 2004


Strange dream?

I had a curious dream last night (and I see I'm not the only one).

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On a side note, I will be going to see Eris this weekend. I'll have a camera with me, so you can all see Eris, too. Is there anything anyone needs? Ask now, because I don't know how often I'll be visiting in the future. It all depends on how this visit goes.

Yes, I'm completely serious. It's a physical visit. fred_smith and I figured out it was possible last night.

Epiphany. . .

I think we made a mistake allowing Triumph of the Moon onto the Dedicant reading list, but I'm not completely certain yet.

I suspect that once I finish it, my recommendation is going to be to remove it as soon as we find something better.

I'm so not using the word "moon" in the title of any book I write on Paganism.

Next Quarter Class:

Next quarter, I will be taking the following class:

Comparative Studies 526: New Age and New Religious Movements (Graduate, 5 hours)

05136-7 D T R 0930-1118 EL 2003 URBAN*HUGH

From Shirley MacLaine and telephone psychics to UFO sightings and the X-files, New Age and new religious movements have come to permeate virtually every aspect of contemporary American culture. At the end of the millennium, we seemed to witness a rapid proliferation of new religious movements, alternative spiritualities and apocalyptic sects of which Waco and Heaven’s Gate were just a few of the visible examples. But amidst the increasing spread of alternative spiritualities we are left wondering, just what is the New Age, and is it really anything so new at all?

This course will trace the history of the major New Age and new religious movements in America, from early hermetic and occult traditions, to spiritualism and theosophy, down to the more extremist apocalyptic groups of our own day. For the purposes of this course, we will focus on a series of representative movements, including the Theosophical Society, channeling, neo-pagan witchcraft, the Branch Davidians, and Heaven’s Gate. Student input and suggestions for additional topics will also be strongly encouraged. In the process, we will also examine the close relationship between the New Age and late 20th-century consumer capitalist culture, as well as the increasing role of new technologies—above all the use of the Internet—in many new religious movements. As we will see, however, the so-called “New Age” is perhaps really not so new after all, but in many ways simply the latest expression of a long tradition of alternative spiritualities in the United States.
I love this university.
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Chaos workings

I'm wondering if having a partner for Chaos Workings would be wise/helpful/useful.

Then I start wondering if anyone is gullible enough to do it. . .

Perhaps more on this later.
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Damn my lack of cable!

If someone could record the Fencing for me, I'd be very appreciative.

Men's Sabre final is on Saturday at 1 PM on CNBC. That's the vital one for me to see.

I'd also like to see the other finals, but we can fudge that.

Anyone with cable willing to do that for me?
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