Hi my name is RavenLaughin. I’m a wisdom seeker.
I’m consider myself a heathen and a Buddhist (hope I didn’t lose you). Buddhism teaches about the nature and end of suffering. I practice pagan rituals because I love the wisdom and beauty of these traditions. I study from the Bible, the Qua-ran, the Bhagavad Gita, and other holy books of humanity. For they contain great wisdom, though often buried in centuries or millennia of cultural and political debris.
I love to read, watch, and learn about history. I read a lot of science articles. I’m a keen observer of global politics, and a participant in American democracy. I’m a gamer, and a hundred other labels that influence my perspective and writing.
RavenLaughin is a name I chose for myself more than two decades ago while first studying Wicca, Asatru, and other Neo-pagan traditions. I believe that humor is important. Laughter is very important medicine for me and frankly for humanity. Thus I strive to always laugh more, and share laughter with others. The raven has been a great totem for me. I’m fortunate that there are many ravens in the rural area where I live, and I’m able to watch them when I’m out in the pastures or the garden.
Our earliest hunter gatherer ancestors surely would’ve observed the raven’s intelligence. There are many cultures and mythologies globally that recognize the raven. In some cases a trickster or ill omen. In others hero or good luck sign. But the one that caught my attention was as keeper or guardian and teacher of sacred knowledge. I’ve seen this in numerous traditions, but was surprised to find a verse in the Qua-ran (5:30/31) which talks about a raven coming and digging a hole to bury a dead raven and thus showing Cain how to bury Abel.
30. Then His soul prompted him to kill his brother, so he killed him, and became one of the losers. 31. Then God sent a raven digging the ground, to show him how to cover his brother’s corpse. He said, “Woe to me! I was unable to be like this raven, and bury my brother’s corpse.” So he became full of regrets.Qua-ran 5:30-31
With the state of the world currently, I will be writing about a lot of different topics. I fall to the left of the political spectrum. I believe our elected officials and government should be doing much more for the people.
As I said previously, I am a gamer. Mostly I play Lords Mobile, a massive multiplayer online role playing game. Because of this I’ve made new friends around the globe. Also as I try to be a better human being, it gives me an outlet to burn and make war without all of the hassles of war. Mostly however, it’s about the relationships formed in the game for me. So I will share game content to break up politics and philosophy.
In 1919, my great grandparents homesteaded in New Mexico. Through the Spanish Flu pandemic, the 1929 stock market crash, the Dirty Thirties, and more they worked and made it in a tough land. Grandpa hauled freight and materials for WPA projects, during the great depression and Grandma ran the ranch. Raising cattle and horses instead of wheat helped them do well. As their neighbors left for greener pastures, they bought abandoned and foreclosed homesteads and built a 10,000 acre cattle and horse ranch. Half of that original ranch survives today, and I’m fortunate enough to be able to live, work, and be a caretaker of the land here.
In addition to work on the ranch, I’m a web designer and provide digital marketing services to mostly small town and rural small business clients. I’m a freelance writer. I trade stocks and crypto currency and use other passive income methods to make a living.
“There is an old saying: “No man is your enemy, no man is your friend, every man is your teacher.”Florence Scovel
This site is a personal passion project, and will be about topics that interest me and are relevant to our modern world. Honestly I don’t even know if anybody will even read it, so if you’re here thank you, and welcome to Heathen Planet. As one complex human wisdom seeker to another, I hope we have something positive to learn from each other.
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