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October 8, 2005
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Jul 11, 2005, 3:58:10 AM
Enlightened by Moonbeam13 Enlightened by Moonbeam13
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!
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
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. :)
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Never apologize for ranting! It's healthy :)
lwhitecrow Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007 sleep perchance to dream..... and then you always wake up at the best bit!.... :D
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
Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006  Student General Artist
well, forgive me for being slightly opinionated, but...yea.
r u by any chance (or historically related to) a Druid--i had to ask--?
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.
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.
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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