The Fun of Getting Old, From Nostalgia, to Twaddling, Incontinence, Alzheimer/Dementia and Parkinson’s/Tremors But Not to Worry We Keep Our Sense of Humor, or, more precisely, Satire — 12/13/2013

For Your Entertainment (FYE)

http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/why-we-are-scared-of-growing-old#image-rotator-1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostalgia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urinary_incontinence
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer’s_disease
http://www.helpguide.org/topics/alzheimers-dementia.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tremor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson’s_disease

“Getting Old

“There was a man who really took care of his body. One day he took a look in the mirror and noticed that he was tan all over except for his penis. So he decided to do something about it. He went to the beach and got completely undressed and buried himself in the sand, except for his penis, which he left sticking out.
Two old ladies were strolling along the beach, one using a cane. Upon seeing the thing sticking up out of the sand, she began to move it around with her cane, remarking to the other lady, ”There is no justice in this world.” The other lady asked what she meant.
“Well, when I was 20, I was curious about it. When I was 30, I enjoyed it. When I was 40, I asked for it. When I was 50, I paid for it. When I was 60, I prayed for it. When I was 70, I forgot all about it. Now I’m 80 and the damn things are growing wild and I’m too old to squat!””

Old Age Insults:
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“You are so old, the candles on your birthday cake raised earths temperature by 3 degrees.
You are so old, when you were a kid rainbows were black and white.
You are so old, you fart dust.
You are so old, you sat next to Jesus in school.
You are so old, you walked into an antique shop and they sold you.
You are so old, your birth-certificate expired.
You are so old, if you to acted your age, you’d die.”

A reporter was interviewing a 104 year-old woman: “And what do you think is
the best thing about being 104?” the reporter asked.

She simply replied, “No peer pressure.””

The Senate is investigating deceptive sweepstakes practices. These companies
target the elderly and make them think they will receive a bunch of money,
but in reality they never see any of it.

The most popular of these scams is called Social Security.”

I’ve sure gotten old. I’ve had 2 By-pass surgeries. A hip replacement, new
knees. Fought prostate cancer, and diabetes. I’m half blind, can’t hear
anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make
me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have
poor circulation, hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can’t remember if
I’m 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends.

But…..Thank God, I still have my Florida driver’s license!”

The doctor tells his patient: “Well I have good news and bad news…”

The patient says, “Lay it on me Doc. What’s the bad news?”

“You have Alzheimer’s disease.”

“Good heavens! What’s the good news?”

“You can go home and forget about it!””

A 97 year old man goes into his doctor’s office.

“Doc, I want my sex drive lowered.”

“Sir”, replied the doctor, “You’re 97. Don’t you think your ‘sex drive’ is all in your head?”

“You’re damned right it is!” replied the old man. “That’s why I want it
lowered!””

God, grant me the Senility
To forget the people
I never liked anyway,
The good fortune
To run into the ones I do,
And the eyesight
To tell the difference.”

An elderly woman from Brooklyn decided to prepare her will and make her
final requests. She told her rabbi she had two final requests. First, she
wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over
Bloomingdales.

“Bloomingdales!” the rabbi exclaimed. “Why Bloomingdales?”

“Then I’ll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week.””

“You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.” George Burns.

“He is alive, but only in the sense that he can’t be legally buried.”
Geoffrey Madan

“A man’s only as old as the woman he feels.” Groucho Marx.

“People ask me what I’d most appreciate getting for my eighty-seventh
birthday. I tell them, a paternity suit.” George Burns.

“I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.” Bob Hope

“When I was a boy, the Dead Sea was only sick.” George Burns

“I don’t plan to grow old gracefully. I plan to have face-lifts until my
ears meet.” Rita Rudner.

“I do wish I could tell you my age but it’s impossible. It keeps changing
all the time.” Greer Garson.

“Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.” George Burns

“Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your
children will not have declared you legally insane in order to gain control of your estate.” Woody Allen

“I’m very pleased to be here. Let’s face it, at my age I’m very pleased to be anywhere.” George Burns.

“Except for an occasional heart attack I feel as young as I ever did.”
Robert Benchley

“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the National Debt.” Herbert Hoover

“I’m at the age now where just putting my cigar in its holder is a thrill.”
George Burns

“The secret of longevity is to keep breathing.” Sophie Tucker

“At my age I do what Mark Twain did. I get my daily paper, look at the
obituaries page and if I’m not there I carry on as usual.” Patrick Moore.

“I’m very proud of my gold pocket watch. My grandfather, on his deathbed,
sold me this watch.” Woody Allen.

“At my age flowers scare me.” George Burns.

“My grandmother was a very tough woman. She burried three husbands and two
of them were just napping.” Rita Rudner” 

“People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. The majority of people are able to experience humour, i.e., to be amused, to laugh or smile at something funny, and thus they are considered to have a sense of humour. The hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour induced by humour to be inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal taste, the extent to which a person will find something humorous depends upon a host of variables, including geographical locationculturematurity, level ofeducationintelligence and context. For example, young children may favour slapstick, such as Punch and Judy puppet shows or cartoons such as Tom and JerrySatire may rely more on understanding the target of the humour and thus tends to appeal to more mature audiences.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humour

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Friday the 13th, Wicca, Covens, Covenant, Convent, Occultism and All That Jazz! –12/13/2013

I couldn’t resist Friday, December 13th, 2013…….;+)

We shouldn’t forget that once upon a time electricity was considered “magic”even “satanical”…..

What about all phenomena we still cannot explain and call “impossible”even “satanical”, still….????……..

“The occult (from the Latin word occultus “clandestine, hidden, secret”) is “knowledge of the hidden”. In common English usage, occult refers to “knowledge of the paranormal“, as opposed to “knowledge of the measurable“, usually referred to as science. The term is sometimes taken to mean knowledge that “is meant only for certain people” or that “must be kept hidden”, but for most practising occultists it is simply the study of a deeper spiritual reality that extends beyond pure reason and the physical sciences. The terms esoteric and arcane have very similar meanings, and in most contexts the three terms are interchangeable.
It also describes a number of magical organizations or orders, the teachings and practices taught by them, and to a large body of current and historical literature and spiritual philosophy related to this subject.”

“Occultism is the study of occult practices, including (but not limited to) magicalchemyextra-sensory perceptionastrologyspiritualism, anddivination. Interpretation of occultism and its concepts can be found in the belief structures of philosophies and religions such as Gnosticism,HermeticismTheosophyWiccaThelemaSatanism, and neopaganism. A broad definition is offered by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke:

OCCULTISM has its basis in a religious way of thinking, the roots of which stretch back into antiquity and which may be described as the Western esoteric tradition. Its principal ingredients have been identified as Gnosticism, the Hermetic treatises on alchemy and magic, Neo-Platonism, and the Kabbalah, all originating in the eastern Mediterranean area during the first few centuries AD.

From the 15th to 17th century, these ideas that are alternatively described as Western esotericism, which had a revival from about 1770 onwards, due to a renewed desire for mystery, an interest in the Middle Ages and a romantic “reaction to the rationalist Enlightenment“.Alchemy was common among important seventeenth-century scientists, such as Isaac Newton, and Gottfried Leibniz.[ Newton was even accused of introducing occult agencies into natural science when he postulated gravity as a force capable of acting over vast distances. “By the eighteenth century these unorthodox religious and philosophical concerns were well-defined as ‘occult’, inasmuch as they lay on the outermost fringe of accepted forms of knowledge and discourse”. They were, however, preserved by antiquarians and mystics.
Based on his research into the modern German occult revival (1890–1910), Goodrick-Clarke puts forward a thesis on the driving force behind occultism. Behind its many varied forms apparently lies a uniform function, “a strong desire to reconcile the findings of modern natural science with a religious view that could restore man to a position of centrality and dignity in the universe”. Since that time many authors have emphasized a syncretic approach by drawing parallels between different disciplines.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_13
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicca
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stregheria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feri
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coven
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covenant_(religion)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convent
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occult

Heterogeneous Engineering and the Mitigation of Fukushima and Other Complex Systems Disasters — 12/11/2013

“Whenever we start looking at a disaster we need to think of it as the failure of an “heterogeneous system” because whatever has gone wrong represents a necessarily tangled and complex network of technical relations, social relations and natural relations.”

“If we are to understand “disaster”-or more generally “complexity”-then we need to find a way of thinking that articulates the fact that “all” the relations that we’re looking at are simultaneously natural, social, and technological-We need to think about “heterogeneity”.”

“Attempts to avoid disaster are also working to generate the conditions for disaster.”

“Complex systems, coupling (tightly coupled, complex, quick; loosely coupled, simple, slow), complexity (ramified, complex; linear, simple)”

“We need to be able to talk engineering, sociology, science and economics, all at the same time, and, more or less, case by case…..”

(John Law, Center for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)

http://www.heterogeneities.net/publications/Law2011HeterogeneousEngineeringAndTinkering.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Callon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Latour
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Law_(sociologist)
http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/staff/people-profile.php?name=John_Law
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_and_technology_studies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actor-network_theory

Thomas Hobbes, a Political Philosopher for Our Time — 12/10/2013

‘Life is nasty, brutish and short”  (Thomas Hobbes)

Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679), in some older texts Thomas Hobbs of Malmsbury, was an English philosopher, best known today for his work on political philosophy. His 1651 book Leviathan established the foundation for most of Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory.
“Hobbes was a champion of absolutism for the sovereign, but he also developed some of the fundamentals of European liberal thought: the right of the individual; the natural equality of all men; the artificial character of the political order (which led to the later distinction between civil societyand the state); the view that all legitimate political power must be “representative” and based on the consent of the people; and a liberal interpretation of law which leaves people free to do whatever the law does not explicitly forbid.
“He was one of the founders of modern political philosophy and political science. His understanding of humans as being matter and motion, obeying the same physical laws as other matter and motion, remains influential; and his account of human nature as self-interested cooperation, and of political communities as being based upon a “social contract” remains one of the major topics of political philosophy.”
“In addition to political philosophy, Hobbes also contributed to a diverse array of other fields, including historygeometry, the physics of gases,theologyethics, and general philosophy.”

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hobbes/
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hobbes-moral/
http://www.iep.utm.edu/hobmoral/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hobbes
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/thomas_hobbes.html

Humorous Quotes in Case You Are Bored — 12/10/2013

http://www.tk421.net/quotes/
http://www.quotery.com/top-100-funny-quotes-of-all-time/
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_funny.html

A few I particularly liked:

“”The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.”
(- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950))”

“Men have only two emotions: Hungry and Horny”
“If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich…..”(Anonymous)

“If you think nobody cares if you are alive, try missing a couple of car or mortgage payments”…………….(Flip Wilson)

“My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch”……..(Jack Nicholson)

“God gave us our relatives, thank God we can choose our friends”……(Ethel Mumford)

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive”……((Elbert Hubbard)

“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company”….(Mark Twain)

Lo Ly Son Hiep — 12/08/2013

Lo! was the third published nonfiction work of the author Charles Fort (first edition 1931). In it he details a wide range of unusual phenomena. In the final chapter of the book he proposes a new cosmology that the earth is stationary in space and surrounded by a solid shell which is (in the book’s final words) “.. not unthinkably far away.””“Of Fort’s four books, this volume deals most frequently and scathingly with astronomy (continuing from his previous book New Lands). The book also deals extensively with other subjects, including paranormal phenomena (see parapsychology), which was explored in his first book, The Book of the Damned. Fort is widely credited to have coined the now-popular term teleportation in this book, and here he ties his previous statements on what he referred to as the Super-Sargasso Sea into his beliefs on teleportation. He would later expand this theory to include purported mental and psychic phenomena in his fourth and final book, Wild Talents.”

“It takes its derisive title from what he regarded as the tendency of astronomers to make positivistic, overly precise, and premature announcements of celestial events and discoveries. Fort portrays them as quack prophets, sententiously pointing towards the skies—inaccurately, as events turn out.”

“Lo! is arguably Fort’s most popular book, perhaps due to the fact that the book deals with an extremely wide and diverse range of phenomena (as can be seen below), and Fort by then had a clear theorem. His book is divided into two sections: the first on the above phenomena; the second, on his above-mentioned attacks on astronomy. The reason for this is that Fort had been working on a follow-up to The Book of the Damned, but he scrapped the idea and incorporated many of the subjects into this one.”

“Lo! is used extensively in Blue Balliett’s book, Chasing Vermeer.”

“A .ly registration is the process of registering top-level country-code domain name for Libya. The registration is sponsored by the General Post and Telecommunication Company. The .ly domain extension, introduced in 1988, is administrated by the registry LYNIC. This domain is mainly for the use of the general public of Libya.”“The NIC.LY team appoints recognized registrars to offer .ly domain names, and these registrars perform all the domain registration tasks on behalf of the NIC.LYLibya Telecom & Technology (ltt.ly) is one of the pioneers that offer .ly domain extension to companies and organizations. Sub domains are also allowed for .ly domain name at both the second level and third level beneath various second levels.”

“According to the registration site, “any .LY domain names may be registered, except domains containing obscene and indecent names/phrases, including words of a sexual nature; furthermore domain names may not contain words/phrases or abbreviations insulting religion or politics, or be related to gambling and lottery industry or be contrary to Libyan law or Islamic morality.””

“The GPTC registers domain names on a first come, first served basis. Applicants may apply for multiple domains with a registration fee of $75 for each domain. Before registration, the domain name, company name, trademark registration and other legal documents must be provided. In addition, the .ly domain names being registered should not violate any rules set forth by the registrar. Domain names may be registered for a minimum of two years.”

“The official website for .ly registration is http://www.nic.ly. Applicants may also register domains through official registrars list herehttp://www.ltt.ly/en/agents/l.php?service=2&city=1 After completing the registration process, an email will be sent to the applicant’s billing contact address. The .ly domain name will become active within 12–24 hours of that email notification.”

“The second-level domains which are officially open to third-level registrations are:

  • .com.ly: Commercial services
  • .net.ly: Internet-related services
  • .gov.ly: Government and ministries
  • .plc.ly: State-owned companies
  • .edu.ly: Educational and training institutions
  • .sch.ly: Schools
  • .med.ly: Health-related services
  • .org.ly: Non-profit organizations
  • .id.ly: Individuals.”
“In many cultures, the surname of the family means “son of”, indicating a possible ancestry—i.e., that the whole family descends from a common ancestor. It may vary between the beginning or the termination of the surname.

Arabic
  • bin or ibn. Example: “Ibn Sina” (“son of Sina”), “Ibn Khaldun” (“son of Khaldun”), etc.
Berber
  • U (often misspelled as: ou). Examples: “Usadden” (“son of Sadden”), “Uâli” (“son of Âli”).
  • Ayt (often misspelled as: ait or aït). Examples: “Ayt Buyafar” (“sons of Buyafar”), “Ayt Mellul” (“sons of Mellul”).
  • N ayt or Nayt (often misspelled as: nait or naït). Examples: “N ayt Ndir” (“son of the Ndir tribe/family”), “Naït Zerrad” (“son of the Zerrad tribe or family”).
Danish
  • Sen. Example: “Henriksen” (“son of Henrik”), “Jensen” (“son of Jens”), “Andersen” (“son of Anders”), etc.
Dutch
  • Sen. Example: “Jansen” (“son of Jan”), “Petersen” (“son of Peter”), “Pietersen” (“son of Pieter”)
  • Zoon. Example: “Janszoon” (“son of Jan”), “Peterszoon” (“son of Peter”), “Pieterszoon” (“son of Pieter”)
English
  • s. Example: “Edwards” (“son of Edward”), “Williams” (“son of William”), “Jeffreys” (“son of Jeffrey”)
  • Son. Example: “Jefferson” (“son of Jeffrey”), “Wilson” (“son of William”), “Edson” (“son of Edward”), “Anderson” (“son of Ander”), etc.
French
  • es. Example: “Fernandes” (“son of Fernand”), etc.
  • ot. Example: “Pierrot” (“son of Pierre”), etc.
  • de. Example: “Danton” (“son of Anton”), etc.
Hebrew
  • ben or bin before 1300 BC. Example: “Benjamin” (“son of a right hand man“). Also, the Hebrew word for “person” is ben Adam, meaning “son of Adam“.
Hungarian
  • -fi or -ffy. Example: “Petőfi” (“son of Pető”), “Sándorfi” (“son of Sándor”), “Péterffy” (“son of Péter”) (archaic spelling, indicates aristocratic origins), etc.
Irish
  • Mac or Mc. Example: “MacThomas” (“son of Thomas”), “MacDonald” (“son of Donald”), “MacLean” (“son of Lean”), etc.
Italian
  • di. Example: “di Stefano” (“son of Steven”), “di Giovanni” (“son of John”), “di Giuseppe” (“son of Joseph”), etc.
  • de. Example: “de Paolo” (“son of Paul”), “de Mauro” (“son of Maurus”), “de Giorgio” (“son of George”) etc.
  • d`. Example: “d’Antonio” (“son of Anthony”), “d’Adriano” (“son of Adrian”), “d’Agostino” (“son of Augustine”) etc.;
  • -i, which comes from Latin ending for Genitive. Example: “Paoli” (“son of Paolo”), “Richetti” (“son of Richetto, a short name for Enrico”) etc.;
Norwegian
  • Son. Example: “Magnusson” (“son of Magnus”); “Sigurdsson” (“son of Sigurd”), “Odinson” (“son of Odin”), etc.
Persian
  • pur/pour. Example: “Mahdipur” (“son of Mahdi”).
  • zadeh. Example: “Muhammadzadeh” (“son/daughter of Muhammad”).
Tagalog
  • Anak Example: mga Anak ni Pedro (son and daughter of Pedro)
Polish
  • ski. Example: “Janowski” (“son of John”), “Piotrowski” (“son of Peter”), “Michalski” (“son of Michael”), etc.
Portuguese
  • Es. Example: “Gonçalves” (“son of Gonçalo”), “Henriques” (“son of Henrique”), “Fernandes” (“son of Fernando”), etc.
Romanian
  • a as prefix (except for female names that start in a and probably for others that start in vowels) & ei as suffix. Example: “Amariei” (“son of Mary”), “Adomnitei” (“son of Domnita”), “Alenei” (“son of Elena/Leana”), etc.
  • escu or sometimes aşcu comes from the Latin -iscus which means “belonging to the people”. Example: “Petrescu” (“Petre’s son”), “Popescu” (“Popa’s son” Popa meaning Priest), “Constantinescu” (“son of Constantin”), etc.
Russian
  • ski or sky, pronounced /ski/, meaning simply “of”. Example: “Stanislavski” (“son of Stanislav”).
  • ov /ɒf/, ovich /əvɪtʃ/, or ovski /ˈɒfskiː/. Example: “Ivanov” (“son of Ivan”), “Davidovich” (“son of David”), “Petrovski” (“son of Peter”), etc.
  • ev /ɛf/, evich /ɨvɪtʃ/, or evski /ˈɛfskiː/. Example: “Dmitriev” (“son of Dmitri”), “Danilevich” (“son of Daniel”), “Vorobyevski” (“son of a sparrow”), etc.
Spanish
  • Ez. Example: “González” (“son of Gonzalo”), “Henríquez” (“son of Henrique”), “Fernández” (“son of Fernando”), Gómez (“son of Gome”), Sánchez (“son of Sancho”), etc.
Turkish
  • oğlu. Example: “Alioğlu” (“son of Ali”), “Tarıkoğlu” (“son of Tarık”), “Yusufoğlu” (“son of Yusuf”), etc.
Ukrainian
  • -enko or -ko, meaning simply “son of”. Example: “Kovalenko” (“son of Koval”)
Welsh
  • ap or ab. Example: “ap Rhys” (“son of Rhys”, anglicized to “Price“), “ab Owain” (“son of Owen”, anglicized to Bowen) etc.
“Emperor Hiệp Hòa, also known as Nguyễn Phúc Hồng Dật, was the sixth emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty and reigned for four months (30 July 1883 – 29 November 1883).”
“He was a younger brother and adopted son of Emperor Tự Đức. After his nephew (and adoptive half-brother) Dục Đức was deposed by court officials following a three-day reign in 1883 he reasserted the family’s claim on the throne.However he presided over his nation’s defeat by the French navy at the Battle of Thuận An in August 1883, and on 25 August 1883 he signed a treaty which made Vietnam a protectorate of France, ending Vietnam’s independence. For this, he was deposed and forced by officials to commit suicide.”

New Age, Aleister Crowley, Thelema Religion & the Aeon of Horus — 12/06/2013

“The New Age movement is a Western spiritual movement that developed in the second half of the 20th century. Its central precepts have been described as “drawing on both Eastern and Western spiritual and metaphysical traditions and infusing them with influences from self-helpand motivational psychologyholistic healthparapsychology, consciousness research and quantum physics.” The term New Age refers to the coming astrological Age of Aquarius.
“The movement aims to create “a spirituality without borders or confining dogmas” that is inclusive and pluralistic. It holds to “a holistic worldview,” emphasising that the Mind, Body, and Spirit are interrelated and that there is a form of monism and unity throughout the universe. It attempts to create “a worldview that includes both science and spirituality” and embraces a number of forms of mainstream science as well as other forms of science that are considered fringe.”
“The origins of the movement can be found in Medieval astrology and alchemy, such as the writings of Paracelsus, in Renaissance interests inHermeticism, in 18th-century mysticism, such as that of Emanuel Swedenborg, and in beliefs in animal magnetism espoused by Franz Mesmer. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, authors such as Godfrey Higgins and the esotericists Eliphas LeviHelena Blavatsky, and George Gurdjieffarticulated specific histories, cosmologies, and some of the basic philosophical principles that would influence the movement. It experienced a revival as a result of the work of individuals such as Alice Bailey and organizations such as the Theosophical Society. It gained further momentum in the 1960s, taking influence from metaphysics, perennial philosophy, self-help psychology, and the various Indian gurus who visited the West during that decade. In the 1970s, it developed a social and political component.
“The New Age movement includes elements of older spiritual and religious traditions ranging from monotheism through pantheismpandeism,panentheism, and polytheism combined with science and Gaia philosophy; particularly archaeoastronomyastronomyecology,environmentalism, the Gaia hypothesisUFO religions, psychology, and physics.”
“New Age practices and philosophies sometimes draw inspiration from major world religionsBuddhismTaoismChinese folk religion,ChristianityHinduismSufismJudaism (especially Kabbalah), Sikhism; with strong influences from East Asian religionsEsotericism,GnosticismHermeticismIdealismNeopaganismNew ThoughtSpiritualismTheosophyUniversalism, and Wisdom tradition.”

Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), born Edward Alexander Crowley, was an English occultistceremonial magician, poet, and mountaineer, who was responsible for founding the religion and philosophy of Thelema. In this role he identified himself as the prophet who was entrusted with guiding humanity into the Aeon of Horus in the early 20th century.”
“Born to a wealthy evangelical Christian family known as the Plymouth Brethren, Crowley came to reject this faith to embrace western esotericism, poetry, and mountaineering. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he embraced his bisexuality. Some biographers have claimed that he was recruited as a spy for British intelligence there, a role they allege he maintained throughout his life. In 1898 he joined the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, before moving to Boleskine House by Loch Ness, and travelling to Mexico and India to study Hinduand Buddhist practices. He married Rose Edith Kelly and they travelled to Cairo in 1904; there, Crowley claimed to have been contacted by a supernatural entity named Aiwass, who provided him with The Book of the Law, a sacred text that served as the basis for Thelema.”
“After an unsuccessful attempt to climb Kangchenjunga, Crowley returned to Britain where, in 1907, he and George Cecil Jones co-founded theA∴A∴ as a Thelemite order. After spending time in Algeria, he was initiated into the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) in 1912, rising to become the leader of the Order’s British branch, which he reformulated in accordance with his Thelemite beliefs. After spending the First World War in the United States, where he worked for British intelligence services to infiltrate the pro-German lobby, in 1920 he moved to Cefalù in Sicily, to run a commune known as the Abbey of Thelema. His libertine lifestyle led to denunciations in the British press, and the Italian government evicted him in 1923. He divided his time between France, Germany, and England, and continued to promote Thelema until his death.”
“Crowley gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime, being openly bisexual, a recreational drug experimenter, and a social critic. As a result, he was denounced in the popular press as “the wickedest man in the world” and erroneously labelled a Satanist. Crowley has remained a highly influential figure over western esotericism and the counter-culture, and continues to be recognised as a prophet in Thelema. In 2002, a BBC poll ranked him as the seventy-third greatest Briton of all time.”

“In the religion of Thelema, it is believed that the history of humanity can be divided into a series of Aeons, each of which was accompanied by its own forms of “magical and religious expression”. The first of these was the Aeon of Isis, which Thelemites believed occurred during prehistory and which saw mankind worshipping a Great Goddess, symbolised by the ancient Egyptian deity Isis. In Thelemite beliefs, this was followed by the Aeon of Osiris, a period that took place in the classical and mediaeval centuries, when humanity worshipped a singular male god, symbolised by the Egyptian god Osiris, and was therefore dominated by patriarchal values. And finally the third aeon, the Aeon of Horus, which was controlled by the child god, symbolised by Horus. In this new aeon, Thelemites believe that humanity will enter a time of self-realization and self-actualization.
Within the Thelemite religion, each of these aeons is believed to be “characterized by their [own specific] magical formula”, the use of which “is very important and fundamental to the understanding of… Thelemic Magick“.

Thelema is primarily a philosophical law, which has been adopted as a central tenet by some religious organisations. The law of Thelema is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law, love under will.” The law of Thelema was developed by Aleister Crowley, the early 20th-century British writer and ceremonial magician. He believed himself to be the prophet of a new age, the Æon of Horus, based upon a spiritual experience that he and his wife, Rose Edith, had in Egypt in 1904. By his account, a possibly non-corporeal or “praeterhuman” being that called itself Aiwass contacted him and dictated a text known as The Book of the Law or Liber AL vel Legis, which outlined the principles of Thelema. An adherent of Thelema is a Thelemite.
The Thelemic pantheon includes a number of deities, primarily a trinity adapted from ancient Egyptian religion, who are the three speakers ofThe Book of the LawNuitHadit and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Crowley described these deities as a ‘literary convenience’. The religion is founded upon the idea that the 20th century marked the beginning of the Aeon of Horus, in which a new ethical code would be followed; “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”. This statement indicates that adherents, who are known as Thelemites, should seek out and follow their own true path in life, known as their True Will rather than their egotistic desires. The philosophy also emphasizes the ritual practice of Magick.
The word “thelema” is the English transliteration of the Koine Greek noun θέλημα: “will”, from the verb θέλω: to will, wish, purpose. In the New Testament as well as the works of Plato, thelema includes the ideas of will, choice, inclination, desire, including sexual desire, and pleasure. As Crowley developed the religion, he wrote widely on the topic, producing what are collectively termed the Holy Books of Thelema. He also included ideas from occultismYoga and both Eastern and Western mysticism, especially the Qabalah.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeon_(Thelema)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley
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