This is an actual call out to anyone interested/interesting, not just a "look at me" post.
I don't think I have a religion, and the matter of my spirituality is still being pondered daily. I was born and raised in the Protestant (baptist) discipline, however about 8 years ago I began to question much about the religious establishment and began to dabble in the Occult, Wicca, Paganism, and I began to study material on such matters as well as listen to lectures on the subject.
A few years ago I began to suspect that the majority of the worlds religions, and particularly the three Abrahamic Religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) were by and large based on Astrology, more over, they seemed to be based on the SAME Astrological discipline. The more Wiccan and "New Age" books I read, the more I began to see the connections with not only Astrology, but how much Neo-Paganism is based on Jewish mysticism.
Shortly there after I began to question if we are all on the same journey into the age of Aquarius. After all, we have Moses handing down the "new law" to the Hebrews at the end of the age of Taurus (remember them worshiping the golden calf?) , the foundation of the Hebrew religion is thusly, "Abram" (Ab-RAM) , to usher in the age of Aries. Finally Jesus (the fisherman) brings us into the age of Pisces, and here we are today about to usher in a "New Age".
Now, these are not my disciplines nor my beliefs necessarily, rather is simply the subject of my current studies right now. I personally don't like the idea of not being in charge of my own fate, destiny and soul. Now if we all are just "along for the astrological ride", then for some reason that idea grates on me.
So I'm trying to figure out the following questions:
1) Who or what created western cultures zodiac?
2) What is hidden away in the Vatican library?
3) What is the missing link with regards to our evolution from apes to humans?
4) On that note, is is possible that we were "seeded" from an extra terrestrial source?
5) Do the stars literally rule our lives? Or are we just part of a pre-determined plan with which the stars (Astrology) serve as a road map or sorts to determine the direction we as a species are going?
6) If it is the latter, who created this "plan" and to what purpose?
7) Is Neo-Paganism the next step in religious evolution as we enter the age of Aquarius?
The answers to these questions will direct the matter of my soul and my spiritual beliefs. Personally I am not interested in a continuation of Judea-Christian dogma and beliefs with regards to my own spiritual situation, nor am I interested in worshiping extra-terrestrials as "Gods". I have no problem learning their ways and paying my due respect if we were indeed seeded. But I like the idea that the creator (my God) is bigger than all of that. After all, what created the aliens?
If I judge in my own study that Wicca and Neo-Paganism is nothing more than the Astrological continuation of the religion of the Hebrews than I will probably leave it in my past and go on into something else all together. Now I have no problem with Christians, Jews, Muslims, or anyone else for that matter. I'm just simply not sure if their view on "God" is accurate. The more I study and contemplate on the matter, the more it seems their "God" might actually be nothing more than a species from another world in space.
My interest in "God" is that which created everything, "THE ALL" (as it's written in the Kybalion) , and that is the entity that my soul and spirit wishes to learn more of, and be a part of.
In other words, if I crack the secret code in a Wiccan ritual and get sucked up into a space ship, I'm going to be VERY disappointed!
But really I've more or less dropped the Wiccan and Pagan practice for now. I still read the books, but it's more of a study of culture at this point and less about a viable religion for myself. No, I think it's safe to say at this juncture there is no definition for my spiritual situation.
If you're still reading this far down, than you are about as crazy as I am, and I'd like to hear from you. If this is a subject that you also find interesting, do reach out. I'd like to compare notes.
Until then I am,
PS: Please not to write with simple "yes/no" answers to my questions as though you have it all figured out. That type of arrogance will be ignored. The questions are not meant to be simply "answered" for I do not believe most people alive today can really know the answers for certain, but rather the questions are meant to provoke further discussion. I want to hear from "the wise fools" not the "foolish wise". I've had my fill of charlatans...!