Autumn equinox

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As mentioned in an earlier post, after dumping out all of the junk in my head about such matters, I am trying to draw some correlations from a bunch of different sources about what seems like important details to develop around my personal cosmology. What I think is important, or what might require further thought on my part may or may not be in agreement with other sources (scholarly or otherwise). Your mileage may vary.

Infodumping various thoughts on autumn equinox:

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Brain, An Afterward

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Interesting couple of thoughts as I did some independent refreshing my memory on Dagda in light of how I am reorganizing my brain, I came across a couple of interesting relationships. Only proceed past the “more” tag if this kind of thing is interesting to you. It very well might be a slog if it doesn’t float your boat.

Random, chaotic thoughts follow…

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Things I’m Putting Back Inside My Head (Autumn, part 3)

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As I laid in bed last night thinking about what I have written, I am not sure that I’m happy with the tone and flavor of Part 1 and Part 2 have had. The core concepts are fine, it’s the rest of it that doesn’t sit well with me. Either too flip or too scholarly.

And that, my friends and readers, is why I don’t do this stuff anymore. I have difficulty finding a balance when it comes explaining my thought processes in these matters. And the previous two posts have been a bit manic as a result as I try to not come off as a know-it-all and still show that I’m not just full of hot, imaginary air.

Taking a step back…

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Things I’m Putting Back Inside My Head (Autumn, part 2)

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To catch yourself up with my ambling rambling preambling self, check out Part 1 of this post series that might read something like:

In which Michael Raven has emptied his head of mostly grey fluff and dander, and then tried to make sense of the contents of the rubbish bin of his mind…

Where were we? Oh, yeah, The Dagda and his place as a representative patron of one of the four astronomical holidays: The two solstices and two equinoxes.

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Things I’m Putting Back Inside My Head (Autumn, part 1)

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As mentioned yesterday, I’m prone to thinking hard about my beliefs. For some 35 years now, I’ve been trying to wrap my arms around just what elements of various systems of belief “work” for me, and those that don’t. There is a lot of Eastern thinking that has an outsized role in how I think, from Tao/Dao to Chan to Zen. I hold some of that thinking in the realm of the philosophical branch of my belief systems and they act as a compass for my beliefs, which are separate and apart from my philosophical values. And those philosophical values are just mostly informed by the Eastern thought (I’m going to reduce it to “Tao” or “Zen” moving forward, and interchangeably so; we can argue about my reasons sometime at a later time, if it really bugs you), as I have been known to find value in some Western thinking as well (existentialism has a role, as far as I am concerned, as does absurdism, amongst others). And, while I think I have a decent grasp on those philosophies as they pertain to me, I’ve never seriously sat down and codified my actual belief system.

Over intermittent posts moving forward, I think I might try to rationalize my beliefs “in the open” to see if I can make something cohesive about it. Or, perhaps, it will always be a chaotic mess that only I can grasp.

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