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Astreja

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Astreja last won the day on August 29 2019

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About Astreja

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    Springy Goddess
  • Birthday 08/07/1957

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    Female
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    Winnipeg, Canada
  • Interests
    Music, writing, gardening, meadmaking, astronomy, sleight-of-hand
  • More About Me
    I'm a cranky and eccentric polymath who, for most of her life, has had a morbid fascination with religion and society.

    If you talk to the left hemisphere of my brain you'll get a skeptical, science-friendly humanist who periodically engages in activism -- I have broken a metatarsal bone in a five-mile protest march; yelled at a prime minister; waved gay-rights signage; and videotaped Laura Secord's cow at Portage and Main.

    If you talk to the right hemisphere, I'll cheerfully tell you that I hang out with the Æsir and Vanir; that my older sister is the Bodhisattva Guan Shi Yin; and that my guardian dragon would like another coffee and donut, please.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Humanist and agnostic polyatheist

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  1. 50% Valkyrie, 50% barking mad Scot, and 54 years since my dad showed me how to use the hand-cranked drill in his workshop.
  2. Ah. Apparently I'm not a woman, then, because I've gutted two houses, torn down two ancient garages, built three porches, shingled a couple of roofs, hauled lumber, carried sheets of drywall up flights of stairs by myself, and am currently putting the finishing touches on my new home office. I have a strong kinesthetic component to my learning style, and I am extremely spatial. Been that way most of my life, and even got a final mark of 100% on grade 9 geometry (in-class mark plus Provincial final exam). I visualize better in 3D than in 2D, in fact.
  3. In my collection I have a lovely dagger that I acquired at a hunting/fishing store, of all places -- no modifications required. Over the years, though, most of my magical stuff has been homemade. A good way to make things like pentacles is to get a craft knife and some masking tape, and stencil a design onto a ready-made disk of wood from a craft store. The layout is geometrical rather than free-hand art (72° between points of the star = 360°), so that's one of the easier things to make. Still procrastinating on a wand that I've wanted to make out of a piece of ebony I bought over 20 years ago...
  4. You could start by asking him why a god would want to make things old. The simpler explanation is that things really are that old.
  5. And I think that the best way to fix the problems is to tackle them one by one, with social consensus and the aid of professionals from relevant areas (e.g. biology, sociology, etc.) We're still vastly better off than the pre-Enlightenment days when religion dominated Western culture and quality of life was in the toilet.
  6. I'm going to have to disagree with you here. The world is not uniformly horrible. There are a lot of dysfunctional human societies, but life in the western world wasn't always a cakewalk either. If you go back a few hundred years, a lot of things we take for granted such as clean water and warm houses were the exception rather than the rule. On the whole we're getting better, not worse -- it only seems like things are getting worse because bad news dominates the media.
  7. No faith whatsoever here. When I was younger I tried to play along, tried to give Christianity the benefit of the doubt to see if it would actually do anything, but never felt a single thing. I seem to be congenitally unable to do religious faith.
  8. I've already been through that exploration process, investigating occultism, Buddhism and Asatru over a period of several decades. My epiphany came when I realized that I had never in all that time wholeheartedly believed in any of it. I seem to have been born with a brain that has the "Yeah, riiight..." circuit stuck in the "on" position. The best I can do is pretend to believe, and knowing what I know now I would feel awful even attempting to do that.
  9. Astreja

    Exchristian

    Nope. I wouldn't associate with someone like you IRL. Yes, it is rather exhilarating to verbally smack around people like you, who cheerfully dismiss whole decades of other people's experiences.
  10. Astreja

    Exchristian

    Knott, the word ex-christian exists. We use it to describe ourselves. You have no say in the matter.
  11. You have to request access for the Spirituality forum. Send a private message to any of the mods.
  12. So what makes "evidence of things not seen" any less of an abomination?
  13. Not so. I have no conscious control over my standard for evidence -- things either make sense, or they don't. And wanting to believe doesn't necessarily mean that someone does believe. You're going to have to provide an example of "want to believe that which agrees with their life choices," because that makes no sense to me.
  14. Long-dead anonymous Scandinavians leaving books behind for people to read is vastly preferable to someone coming up to my house in person and trying to foist their particular worldview upon me, often with great rudeness and occasionally threats of afterlife harm.
  15. The problem with that "...the evidence of things not seen" bit is that people have varying standards for evidence. What a believer calls "evidence" usually evokes a "nope" from me -- it always feels like 1% conjecture and 99% wishful thinking from my standpoint, and it just isn't compelling to me.
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