Hail Faustus! Bitch, it’s my Birthday!

“The Satanist feels: “Why not really be honest and if you are going to create a god in your image, why not create that god as yourself.” Every man is a god if he chooses to recognize himself as one. So, the Satanist celebrates his own birthday as the most important holiday of the year.” – The Satanic Bible.

Last weekend was my birthday, which was celebrated with friends amid merriment, dance and song (we partied it up). I find the older I get, the more diminished birthday celebrations become–or maybe that is just part of life in your 30’s. But still we managed to make a big to-do and ended up at a ridiculous rave scene hidden in the mangrove beaches off the Gulf of Mexico.
Anyway I thought I’d take a moment to toot my own horn, and allow readers to know a bit about my real life and accomplishments. I do have to keep my identity somewhat concealed online because of haters–I have already received a death threat from some right wing wackadoo in the few short months this site has been up. But behind the edge-lord skull makeup and the costumes and the sorcery, I am a working-class stiff like anybody else.

By day, I’m a social worker. For many, many years, I was discerning a vocation to the Catholic priesthood, and went to seminary for two years. Since then, I’ve been working with the homeless and others in need now for 10 years. I consider that to be my true vocation. Despite my vanity and self-absorption, I have a need to do good for others.
By night, I’m a  part-time amateur astronomer, academic and artist and musician. You’ve seen some of my astronomy work posted on here already. Where I live though, you can’t do much field work until Fall and Winter. Academically speaking, I have a degree in Classical Studies from the University of Florida, and studied Philosophy at St. John Vianney College Seminary. My main interest obviously is magic and witchcraft in the Ancient  and Medieval/Early Modern world. I have a real gift for languages: I can speak English, Spanish, French and Arabic. I can also read Latin and Attic Greek. In the arts and music: I am a painter of little accomplishment but great passion, and currently apprenticing under a master stained glass craftswoman. I play the violin, cello, harpsichord and recorder, and was part of an early music ensemble back in my college days.
Currently I’m back in school AGAIN to get a degree in health administration, and studying hard for the PCAT. This is because social work pays pennies and a liberal arts degree rewards me on a human level but does not provide the wealth I need to meet my ultimate goals. So, as you can see, I am spread out in many paths and projects.
I am a real person with real accomplishments, victories and successes, along with my issues, challenges, fears and shortcomings. And even though this website is a highly curated projection of a persona, it is formed by my real-world experiences and philosophies, which include Secular Humanism, Buddhism, Psychedelia and Satanism–my own journey finding God in Nature and in myself. Thanks for being here!

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Birthday portrait, 2018

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