A Happy and Prosperous 2013! May you always have good food, good company, and a good fire.


Reasons for the season

Okay, now this is what I intend to do as an Anglo-Graeco-Roman pagan revert from Roman rite Catholicism for the following days:

  • Tonight (also the new moon, by the way): give birthday presents to the baby saviour gods (Jesus and Dionysus, or Dion-esus if you will)
    • Light and frankincense for Baby Jesus
    • Wine and grape juice for Baby Dionysus
  • Honour ancestral mothers (Matronae) with milk, and agricultural gods with bread or grain for past week of safe and joyful Saturnalian festivities
  • Feast with family, wishing strength to saviour babies 
  • Watch Jim Carrey play Grinch and miss father
  • Have LOTR movie marathon
  • Tomorrow morning: greet dawn goddess, then greet baby sun god (Sol Invictus) and invite him to bless planet for another year, wishing him long life
  • Tomorrow evening: greet celestial gods of the night sky
  • Have an awesome last week of the year
  • Clean house on or a day before eve of New Year
    • Make sure shrines, threshold, and hearth are at their best, festive condition
  • On eve of New Year (also the kalends of January): light fire at hearth shrine (both the last for 2011 and the first for 2012), use fire to light sacrificial fire at threshold shrine, offer goods symbolising happiness and health of family for next year (sweet fruit, butter, rice, flour, milk, honey, and oil preferably), have both fires meet by lighting candle from sacrificial fire and bringing it inside house, hearth first then dining table
  • Music and lights at maximum
  • Feast with family, wishing all auspicious and fortunate things to dominate the incoming year (top blessings are happiness, health, peace, bounty, and long life) for family, friends, and larger community
  • On dawn of New Year, perform very first offerings and prayers to hearth goddess, threshold god, border gods, storage gods (all household gods, to be brief), land spirits, and ancestors – make sure ritual etiquette is observed for full auspiciousness
  • Have super awesome start of 2012 for entire year
  • Live excellently for self, family, and fellowmen

    The kid makes an excellent point.


    Friend: Anó ‘yan? (What’s that?)

    Friend’s 8-year old: Si Jesus na-a-attract sa apoy. (That’s Jesus, getting attracted to fire.)

    Friend: Anó ibig sabihin niyán? (What does that mean?)

    Friend’s 8-year old: Walâ. Drawing lang. Kailangan ba laging may ibig sabihin? (Nothing. It’s just a drawing. Do drawings always have to mean something?)



    Hear ye all who give a shit (no pun intended re: title).

    In an attempt to standardise all my accounts cyberwide, I have changed this blog’s URL. It is now aldrin-ft.blogspot.com and no longer ahaldrin.blogspot.com. This is to parallel aldrin-ft.tumblr.com. If you follow this blog through Google, it should update itself automatically. If not, although it should, please change it to aldrin-ft.

    Likewise, my Twitter ID is now aldrin_ft and my Facebook aldrin.ft. However, Multiply does not allow this sort of change so my Multiply site remains whitewatcher.multiply.com.

    REMEMBER: if whitewatcher doesn’t work, it should be ahaldrin. If it isn’t ahaldrin anymore, it should either be aldrin-ft, aldrin.ft, or aldrin_ft.

    Thank you for reading.

    I am now on Tumblr.

    And I am, at this very moment, liking how it works. It allows me to synchronise my Facebook and Twitter accounts so I don’t have to manually update each one and it also allows me to conveniently share the little things that I would usually spend hours on trying to turn into a decent blog entry.
    I shall be blogging there from now on, so you can bookmark or link my new homepage if you are the type to do so. Do not, however, replace your links just yet as I still have to find out how to export my older entries into my Tumblr to make everything seem seamless. If you know how, please let me know. You can add my Tumblr as an additional site or whatever, it is up to you.
    This time I hope to update you more regularly. I have a feeling that… this will finally cure my lazy bone. And that tonight is going to be a good night!
    I shall see you there, my good fellows.

    If Only Spam Had This Much Wisdom

    Since I am still unable to process my thoughts into coherent sentences right now, allow me instead to share a chunk of quotes from some of my admired human beings.

    Don’t forget to share yours, eh!

    There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. — Socrates

    One way alone does not suffice to attain so great a mystery. — Symmachus

    Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. — Erma Bombeck

    You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. — Ray Bradbury

    I cannot accept God as the Good-Surgeon-in-the-Sky. Whatever tumors He may be removing, He has also planted there. — Anne Roiphe

    If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. — Noam Chomsky

    The Gods will not do for Man what Man must do for himself. — Delphic Maxim

    The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict. — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. — source unknown

    The creed whose legitimacy is most easily challenged is likely to develop the strongest proselytizing impulse. — Eric Hoffer

    Everything is alive. What we call dead is an abstraction. — David Bohm, Quantum Physicist

    In the end, antiblack, antifemale and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing — antihumanism. — Shirley Chisholm

    I never understood the theologies which would absolve God of earthquakes and typhoons, of children starving. A God who is not God the Creator is not very real to me, so that, yes, it certainly is God who throws the lightning bolts. — John Updike

    Enforcing gender conformity is not, and will never be, a corporate social responsibility; ending discrimination is. — BB Gandanghari

    A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand. — Bertrand Russell

    Most men are straight as spaghetti… till they hit the water. — Latter Days (film)

    A gentleman never runs to catch a train. It is undignified. He should not have been late in the first place. It is unacceptable to do a second undignified thing in order to try to fix the first. — source unknown

    Thou shalt not employ sarcasm with idiots. For they tend to take it seriously. — Aldrin

    Decide no suit until you have heard both sides speak. — Hesiod, “Precepts of Chiron”

    Nothing ever truly dies. The universe wastes nothing. Everything is simply, transformed. — Klaatu, The Day The Earth Stood Still

    We are what we protect; what we stand up for. — Sophie Neveu, The Da Vinci Code (film)

    Ultimately, it’s not what we believe that counts but how we use those beliefs; how we conduct our lives. — Aldrin

    The fools either claim there is a god or there isn’t. The wise admit that we may never, ever know for sure. — Aldrin

    When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one. — Epitaph of Leonard P. Matlovich, 1988

    People who don’t read good books have no power over those who don’t know how to read them. — source unknown

    The fact that no one understands you doesn’t make you an artist. — source unknown

    Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common. — Dorothy Parker

    Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity. — Leonardo Da Vinci

    I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. — Mother Theresa

    Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. — Mother Theresa

    Man’s inherent nature is to be curious, gentle, intimate, responsible, enthusiastic, sensual, tolerant, courageous, honest, vulnerable, affectionate, proud, spiritual, committed, wild, nurturing, peaceful, helpful, intense, compassionate, happy, and to fully and safely express all emotions. When will we stop training him to be otherwise? — Gordon Clay

    Daniel Radcliffe is the new generation of heterosexual male (if those identifiers are even relevant anymore). Not only celebrating the spectrum of sexuality across the population but within himself. Is there anything stronger or more masculine than that? Brilliant. — notingdavid.org on towleroad.com

    We all grow old; do it with dignity. — Rafe to Astrid, Blood & Chocolate (film)

    Sit down! Proud, empty, hollow things that you are! — Prince Nuada to the humans, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

    Celsus had some rather catty things to say about that; he remarked that Christianity appealed to the base and ignorant in society, and their motto was “Don’t think – just believe!” — Sannion

    There are a thousand ways to say something. Pick the best of the lot. — Kaye/Aldrin

    By using the right words, you hit home, your points weigh heavier. — Jeff Uy

    I like being weird. At least I’m not like every one else. Who would want to be so ordinary? — Aldrin

    I would rather live there [in hell] with my honourable ancestors than go to heaven with a parcel of beggars [his enemies, the Christian Franks]. — King Radbod of Frisia to Wolfram

    All stories are true. Some of them actually happened. — Ron Wetherington

    Remember also that every rational animal is your kinsman, and that to care for all men is according to man’s nature. — Marcus Aurelius in “Meditations”

    The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of an eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

    The only jobs for which no man is qualified are human incubator and wet nurse. Likewise, the only job for which no woman is or can be qualified is sperm donor. — Wilma Scott Heide

    Religion should be a process of discovery and exploration. When you’ve got all the answers, that only means you’re not thinking deeply enough about stuff. — Sannion

    In violence we forget who we are. — Mary McCarthy

    Instead of telling [Iranian] girls to cover their hair, we should teach them to use their heads. — Shirin Ebadi

    The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off. — Gloria Steinem