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This is a reflection on my faith and death. Rather than leave you to warp your mind with this I'm going to explain it and let you into the wonderful world that is my mind. You may want to buckle up.

Some of you may already know that I am a Witch. I'm also very deep into yoga and with that the buddhist ideals and philosophies that go with it. Halloween (or Samhain) is a sacred time for those of my ilk. It is a time to focus on transformation, regeneration, honoring of the dead and of course preparing for winter. This is when the wheel turns, it's a new year and everything begins again. This sacred cycle of life and death exists in both buddhism and Wicca and their similar beliefs on death and reincarnation is probably the best example. Every depiction of buddha has him in a pose or asana that has meaning. This is the reclining buddha and it's said to depict the leader on the verge of death. Being we are in October, I am in the mindframe of transformation and regeneration and death is a part of that thought process. Death of old thoughts, old habits and this image is my marriage of the two faiths that comprise my belief system. The depth of field is shallow because it is neither about the past nor the future, it is about the present moment.

Blessed be.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Photographer
Blessed be!
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echochina Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Thank you for your explanation. It is beautiful and inspriring. I am interested in philosoply and find a lot of merit in what you were saying in your caption. I am not an atheist, but I do not think I follow any conventional religion either. Dawna
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worm-baby Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
I'm friends with a few people who claim to be wiccans, witches, and the like. IMO not because they honestly believe in those convictions, but because they think it makes them different and cool and scary and because they're opposed to Christianity (at one point, my one friend never shut up about her "Bible-thumping grandma")..and to an extent because they think it validates them being "emo and goth."

I'm sorry to rant. It's just nice to hear such a wonderful interpretation from someone who clearly honors their faith (or faiths as it were :d) once in a while. :)
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Never apologize for ranting! It's healthy :)
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lwhitecrow Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
...to sleep perchance to dream..... and then you always wake up at the best bit!.... :D
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dezet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
wonderful, mistycal and so human :sun: you're not a witch I think You just looking Your place in universe and Your own truth inside and I think all these things may find at Your works
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Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006  Student General Artist
a...witch...huh?
well, forgive me for being slightly opinionated, but...yea.
r u by any chance (or historically related to) a Druid--i had to ask--?
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes I'm a Witch. You're entitled to your opinon and yes there is a relation to druids, as much as there is to native medicine women and any other earth honoring religion.
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Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006  Student General Artist
Look, please understand that I am respecting you (the person) but not ur religion. Hopefully, that won't bother you.

But, I must say, I am curious what your link to the Druids is--I'm Ancient Celtic [bloodline] and i'm just a little curious. Please forgive me if this offends you.
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neutron88 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
I am not sure which I like better, the photograph or your description. You express yourself well.
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Hout Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006
very nice picture
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:iconllamadorada:
llamadorada Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, where is it?
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:iconmoonbeam13:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
in a yoga studio :)
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:iconllamadorada:
llamadorada Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
!!!!really cool!; i love all artistic expresions from asia
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resada Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005
Isnt it wonderful that people are finally starting to see us as something other than "devil worshippers"? I personally dont even believe in the devil., let alone worship him. Merry Meet.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes it is a wonderful thing :) Merry meet :hug:
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spiffmona Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005
i like this piece very much...you should check out one of mines (eightfold path)
i think you would like it .
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iamshe Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
marvelous, and as usual your description adds such dimension. I love the tones and DOF. Superb!

I once took one of those cheesy online quizzes to find out the tenets of which major religion most closely resemble your own beliefs, and came up with Mahayana Buddhism. Go, go, reincarnation! :)
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
go go gadget reborn? :)
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iamshe Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2005
:rofl:
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nny777slavelabor Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
awesome shot :clap: i like how simple it is
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my-own-nightmare Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2005
we so just studied this specific pose and what it represents today in class.

i was gonna complain about the depth of field, but read your description, and now, totally understandable, beauty.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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Ghouldaddy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Professional Photographer
I adore the peacefulness in this shot. it captures a moment of tranquility in the chaos that is our lives. wonderfully done sweetie :hug:
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FootStep Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005
I like this pic!!!! Very very nice! :D
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kureb Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005   Interface Designer
w0w, absolutely great!!!
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :)
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cgandys Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005   Writer
I thought I was tortured. I'm a weirdo. Jewish, vegetarian,ugly (though I don't think I'm ugly. And an artist. Who carries a notebook with them everywhere? *raises hand* I love artists. Sympathetic, poetic, nice, and often smart. Yup.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
we can start a cult :P
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:iconcgandys:
cgandys Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005   Writer
:P
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:iconcgandys:
cgandys Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005   Writer
:P
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Cheaster Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2005
KEWL! :floating:
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Veganvictim Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
let me get this right, you're a buddhist vegan witch woman.

i get it bad with being just a vegan

you must get a lot more questions than just "what can you eat?"

mucho respect to you for your way of life - very "at one" with nature
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cgandys Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005   Writer
Eep! I remember getting meat shoved in my face and a lot more. Yeah. I was a "slaughterer" if I dared eat a piece of breaded soy. But I love my animals.
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Veganvictim Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
you love animals? :hug: spot on
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
you got it :)
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cenart Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005
nice picture and very meaningful decscription! great work!!!
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you ;)
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iamkatia Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005
i'm a buddhist. took refuge about 10 years ago. tibetan karma kagyu.
same as trungpa and pema chodron. good company uh? ;)

it's all about the present. yes maam. :D :heart:
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
great company!
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devilicious Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005  Professional Photographer
rebirth is a wonderful thing :nod:

and this has such a calm feel, a testiment to the focus and the literal relaxed feel of the statute

:meditate:
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:iconmoonbeam13:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks sweetie I'm glad you like it :)
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Veganvictim Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
and here's me thinking it was all about free sweets and money to door to door "salesmen" children

i didn't realise there was a history to it!!

damn media telling me lies!

lol - sorry for the sarcasm - it's always nice to hear about peoples beliefs - except in the case of organised religion

thanks for allowing me an insight into your life
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
haha my pleasure :)
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Hettar7 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005
*buckled* very meaningful picture. thanks for the explanation of the reclining buddah, i was wondering. Buddism is such an embracing religion. as the honorable Rubina (sp?) says, "you can be a 1% buddhist". I didn't know that wiccans believed in reincarnation though. i learned! I like the depth of field here. and the color scheme, the white and silver looks so pure.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :)
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radioPooh Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005
sidhartha laid under a tree next to a stream when he heard a music teacher tell his student

if the string is to loose it will not play and if the sting is to tight it will break

that is when sidhartha became the buddah because he knew then

the the middle way was always the best -

//

my wife is wiccan and we both practice the sabbaths
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahh that's just awesome! :hug:
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bobbygroove Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
nice shot and an eloquent explanation! :nod:
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kasag Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005
beutifull shot moon
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