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I'm a university student studying computer science with hobbies in the religious and occult areas of philosophy. I do research with programming languages and software/source code readability and stability. I read up plenty on astrology, methods of divination (particularly geomancy), and occult philosophy in the Renaissance, medieval, and Classical eras, as well as how it can fit into modern life. For those interested, I'm a second-decante Libra. I have a wonderful partner who teaches me so much about the world, particularly a new view on all of it, and is my primary go-to guy for anything Christianity or Southern or electrical (any knowledge I have of these, I credit him entirely). I credit my sister with most of my astrological knowledge. I rather like it when people go over their spelling and grammar and type naturally but correctly, as well as use coherent and sound logic. Why can't others appreciate the value of a well-typed sentence, or a beautiful and defensible argument?

  • Is there a symbolic meaning to wearing the jubba?

    I like Islamic and Middle Eastern clothing, and I recently bought a jubba coat. A friend from India tells me that there's a specific meaning to wearing the jubba, but I haven't found anything online that indicates this; as far as I know, it's just a long plain coat. Would I be making a statement inadvertently by wearing this?

    2 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • How many sets of clothing do people in non-Western countries own?

    I'm wondering what life is like in Middle Eastern, Asian, African, or South American countries. I know that, with the way life is here, we have full wardrobes with clothes for every occasion, but we also have a much higher standard of living than most of the rest of the world. People from all backgrounds, please.

    By a "full set" of clothes, I mean something from a tunic to a shalwar kameez to a sweater and jeans, something that can cover the body for day-to-day living.

    4 AnswersOther - Cultures & Groups1 decade ago
  • What are the spiritual or mystical meanings of the color red?

    I'm interested in the symbolism, legends, esoteric meaning, and occult connotations of the color red. If anyone is willing to seriously share knowledge about it, I'd be greatly obliged.

    16 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Horary astrology: when to perform chart rotation?

    I'm wondering when it's proper to perform a rotation on a horary chart. I understand what house to rotate to based on the query (seventh house for a partner or spouse, third for a sibling or neighbor, etc.), but when is my problem.

    Say someone asks me a query over email. I don't know the person and the distance prohibits meeting in person. Do I rotate the chart to House 7 (the house of the client and unknown persons), or do I leave the chart unrotated? I am the one asking the query, technically, to find the chart since they're not present; at the same time, because I'm asking on their behalf, they could be considered the "real" querent. Should I rotate the chart or not? Are there arguments for either method?

    3 AnswersHoroscopes1 decade ago
  • Is there a difference between service to a deity and worship of a deity?

    Can one serve one deity while not worshiping that deity, or vice versa? What are examples of either, and do the intentions behind them differ?

    As an example, a vassal can serve his lord, his duke, his viceroy, his king, the Pope, and then God, but he only worships God. Likewise, can someone serve one deity without worship, while worshiping another one (higher in status or on a different level altogether)?

    2 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Where does insight and knowledge come from, and how?

    This answer can be extended to the source of philosophy, prophecy, divination, and omens.

    Does it come from God/deities, or is it borne throughout all mankind through some "network" of consciousness, or is each unit of intelligence individually come across and home-grown? Is knowledge predetermined and consulted like a book, or does it evolve with the experience of all sentient creatures? Can it be obtained through communication with just men, just deities, both, or neither (think "the burned hand teaches best")?

    Discuss, please. I'd like to get a feel of how R&S feels about the source and transfer of knowledge.

    3 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Psychics and diviners: what's your method?

    I'm just wondering and want survey the wonderful people here. If you have a client asking for information not obtainable by normal means, what's your method of getting and delivering it? Do you use clairvoyance or channeling? Do you use a medium, such as the Tarot or runes? Do you use information intrinsic to the querent, such as astrological charts, numerological analyzing, or physiognomy (palmistry, phrenology, etc.)? Some combination of the above?

    I prefer to use geomancy (not feng shui, not ley lines, but a divination form practiced up until about the 19th century in western Europe). I find it to be compact, easily performed, concise, and I think that the symbols used are beautiful in meaning and form.

    3 AnswersHoroscopes1 decade ago
  • Is it wrong to lie? How?

    Is it always wrong to lie? Is it ever okay to lie? If so, under what circumstances?

    23 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Who can give blessings? What is the nature of blessing?

    If all people are bestowed with holiness (some part of God or the divine, connection with the Earth or the Cosmos, advanced understanding of how all things are interconnected), can anybody bless any other person? Or, conversely, are only a select few able to bless, such as priests or prophets or monks?

    Please give your definition of blessing and what can be accomplished through blessing, if anything. Citing your religious background would be appreciated.

    5 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Spiritually speaking, what's wrong with good grammar?

    It's like people shun the practice of (heaven forbid!) typing, spelling, and formulating coherent sentences correctly. People seem to abhor the practice of typing out full words regularly, abstain from spelling correctly or distinguishing the correct homophone, and keep from using the clitic possessive ("'s") right (much less apostrophes in general). Let me say nothing of logic, since I'm posting on R&S anyway.

    And people keep saying "in Jesus name". Why? Unless there's a Jesusname noun in my dictionary, it ought to be "Jesus'".

    So do tell me, and indulge me with your answer: what's the deal with not talking right online?

    5 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • How to break in a new cartomancy deck (Tarot practitioners)?

    I recently made a deck of cards to use for prediction and divination. They're not Tarot cards; instead, I prefer geomancy as my method of divination. Regardless, the tool is the same.

    For you Tarot and other cartomancy practitioners out there, how did you "break in" or get to know your cards better? Did you shuffle them for an hour straight? Did you consecrate them to some deity? Did you sleep with them for a week? Do tell.

    2 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago