Okay, I hate this. I hate that so much of what one has to think about regarding a loved one’s death is how to pay bills. But welcome to a capitalist society. You have to pay the bills. The person has to be embalmed or cremated; that costs money. The grave has to be dug … Continue reading Estates 101: The first bills you pay
When my mother died, my wife and I were out of the hospital maybe 10 minutes later. The first phone call we made was to the funeral home. Arranging for the remains. Funeral homes generally have a 24-hour answering service. You say “hi, my name is blah, X just died at hospital Z, please notify … Continue reading Estates 101: The first few calls you make
In this article, I will discuss the assets or payments you get when a person dies, and how not all of it is “estate” or “inheritance”. The notion of “the estate”. We all have an idea of what the estate is: it’s the deceased’s assets, which are used to pay off their remaining debts, and … Continue reading Estates 101: What is and is not estate?
Not long after my mom died, I promised to write down some of what I learned in the process of dealing with her estate. Here’s the first part of that, in which I talk just a little bit about wills, personal representatives, and getting a bank account for the estate. Proving the will. Ideally, the … Continue reading Estates 101: Wills, Representatives, Estate account
A number of years ago I got into wet shaving: that is, using a traditional shaving brush, soaps and glycerin-based creams instead of pressurized foam goo, and a vintage double-edged razor, you know, with good old razor blades that you carefully stick into a plastic container and get rid of in bulk when they’re dull. … Continue reading Necking
It will take a long time and a lot of work to produce a thangka (Tibetan Buddhist illustration of a meditation deity) in Adobe Illustrator, but I figured I’d give it a start. So far, here’s the face of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), founder of Tibetan Buddhism.
I would normally post this in a more private location, like to a very restricted friends group on Facebook, but I feel, somehow, here it will be more significant. Also, it got a bit long. A few weeks ago, having gotten my magick and spirituality jumpstarted, and going well, I said “Well, I need some … Continue reading Detox
In the original Bornless papyrus the purpose is not invocation of the HGA, but invocation of the gnostic deity to exorcise an evil spirit from a possessed person. At one point in the GD/Thelemic version we have: This is He […] King, Ruler and Helper. Hear Me, and make all spirits … But in the … Continue reading The Bornless One improved
So near the end of the Bornless Invocation is the phrase “‘The heart girt with a serpent’ is my name! ” The Greek original of this sentence, in the British museum collection, is “ονομα μοι καρδια περιεζωσμενη οφιν”, “onoma moi kardia periezosmene ophin”, “name my heart girt/girdled/encircled serpent”. I didn’t have anything in my Gematria … Continue reading The Bornless One