Enjoyed reading both your pages, Daniel and Leilah. I've often wondered if people are always reincarnated into the future, or if time is no barrier. It would create a "waiting line" of souls if they're waiting to enter the few bodies being born in the bleak, ecologically devastated wasteland that is the end result of industrial "civilization". And, can several souls be incarnated in one body? This ties in to my pet theory that we might have at least two "souls", one a surface one that perhaps dies with the body, and a "deeper" one. (I recently read at least one "primitive" society [the Haida Indians of the NW, if I remember right] believed everyone had several souls, including animal ones.)
Where this ties ¬†in to your "open letter", Leilah, is the possibility this other person is...you! ("Twilight Zone" theme here.) Any reason, if reincarnation is not linear timewise (and why should it be, if the spirit realm is timeless... if, like Taoism teaches, "there is only the eternal NOW" ), that one cannot incarnate in several places at the same time?
Your distinction between the mystical and magickal is an important one, Daniel. Back in my "first wave" of interest in the occult, I ended finally being turned off and driven away for many years by the relentlessly materialistic aim of all the grimoires I encountered: how to get money, power, make someone love you, etc. I've read the prayers of ancient Romans (and plenty of modern believers, I'm sure) were like legal contracts: "If you do this for me, o great _______, I promise I'll ____________."
When you wrote, "a mystical undertaking has no apparent goal", I'm reminded of the distinction that has been noted between Christians who pray for a specific goal and those who say, "Thy will be done". The latter open themselves up to greater possibilities, and are aware the Divine Plan may lead us down paths we would not have foreseen.
I can see symbolism in the OTO jerk tossing those used condoms onto the alcove of The Westgate. He might have thought sperm=life, therefore it can be used to counteract death. Miss Manners would not approve, though... ¬†
Daniel: "That which is social will always be reduced to the level of the crowd." Yup! A mob is usually less than the sum of its parts...
As always, thanks for all you do, Leilah and Daniel.
P.S.: the new Westgate T-shirt is beautiful!