Date: Mon 21 Mar 88 00:08:02 From: Ammond Shadowcraft (on 1:128/23)
Here is my bio. Ammond Shadowcraft, born in Memphis, Tennessee, under
another name, in another time, approx. 6 Oct 1955. My birth certificate has no
time of birth listed so I'm outta' luck as to where my moon was. B^) Probably
in the sky somewhere...
I never knew my father. I know only his first name. My mother and I lived
on welfare and perhaps social security till I was 11. At that time she chose
to check outta' normal reality and I was shipped of to a foster home. The
family I lived with for a year and a half were devout Church of Christ
believers. Before my mother died I was tripping around between Episcopal and
Lutheran Churches. In the foster home, in a Church of Christ congregation I
was baptized (dunked, not dripped). I gave my life to God and perhaps Jesus
too. What do you know at 12 anyway?
I was eventually adopted by second cousins in Tucker, Ga., right outside
of Atlanta. My new mother was a spiritist, dabbling in reincarnation, magic,
and a little voodoo that trickled through her black house servants.
I began going to a Methodist Church in Tucker, mainly as a social thing.
We had a series of presentations, from sources outside of the Methodist
Church, of various different beliefs and churches. I decided that I'd do one
on reincarnation. My best friend was a devout Christian and during the lesson
convinced me that reincarnation was a no-no as far as the Bible is concerned.
That night I became a Christian again.
Eventually through my best friend I got involved with a Charismatic house
church in Atlanta and various staunch Southern Baptist churches in the area.
Further I got involved with Bill Bright's Campus Crusade for Christ and the
not so dedicated Young Life organization. I went to various conferences and
witnessed to many people.
Dummy me joined the Navy in 1973, the year I graduated from H.S. I had no
where else to go. I was pretty much a staunch witness for my previous Lord
Three major familial catastrophes changed my outlook on life. In '75, my
75 year old great aunt was raped and beaten in her own home in Atlanta. The
guilty party was caught but the damage could not be undone.
In 1977 my mother by adoption was shot and killed by a pimp on Peachtree
St. in Atlanta.
In 1979 my wife of 18 months divorced me. I guess I was a real son-of-a-
bitch. I still had my nocompromise way of relating to life. Annette couldn't
handle the hardnose so she left. I don't blame her one bit.
Needless to say life got my attention through life in general. As you can
tell I tend to be a cynic. Got good reason too.
Through all this I dropped my Christian beliefs to find something that
worked, something that explained why bad things happen, something that
explained why I had questions that I wasn't supposed to ask. I generally asked
my questions and was told that I shouldn't be asking those questions,
especially of God. I stopped being a Christian and started searching, thinking
thoughts of my own and finding answers to questions that I had asked. My
answers to my questions.
I wanted to check out Astral projection again. AP had scared the sh$t out
of me many years back and I gave up on it thinking that demons were chasing me
through the astral plane. Through a process taking about 10 years, I faced my
fears, my shadow. I thought I'd certainly die from the effort to not
relinquish control to these chattering demons, swirling about my head as I was
physically paralyzed, frozen in half sleep, totally at the chattering demons
For some reason (synchronicity?) I began with the Seth Material, which
took me through many heavy hours of de-programming. I began having OOBE's
again without the fear. I guess this is because I understood it a little
Through this I remembered that my mother by adoption was involved in
witchcraft but wouldn't tell me anything about what she was involved with. I
think it was more voodooish than Wicca.
From there I read Drawing Down the Moon. I couldn't believe my eyes. I was
very interested in what I was reading about. You mean witches are real?? You
mean there are people that think like I do?? They are neo-Pagans?? YEAH!
I looked around and came into contact with a very beautiful Wiccan couple
in Denver who gave me various ideas and encouragement. Eventually I found an
open eclectic group in Colorado Springs.
In 1987, in a waterfall outside of Manitou Springs I was initiated in the
Religion and Craft by washing away all my previous Christian baptisms. It was
a very beautiful, outdoors, nude, in a semi-public setting, type of
initiation. This was October 6th, my birthday, a full moon and a partial
eclipse. Nice touch Ammond. B^)
Today I see myself as a mixture of Taoist, Zen, agnostic, somewhat
atheists, neo-Pagan, sometimes Discordian Witch. A Free Thinker is what I
really like to call myself.
Today I'm involved with the Tax Protest Movement, which I think is
somewhat suicidal. I'm involved with doing my own court actions, legal
research and in general causing whatever problems I can for the bureaucracy.
Just two weeks ago I had Federal Judge Carrigan in Denver threaten to throw me
in jail for my religious association with the Church of World Peace. I came to
the realization then that the system was sick. I knew that before but didn't
have to confront it directly.
Today, magically speaking, I'm trying to find a magical system that works
for me. The old synchronicity is working and I've come into contact with
people who can help me. I think I might try to develop a system that bridges
Wicca and ceremonial magic. Spectrum wise I'm gray.
I work for a major computer company and love computers. On the personal
side I'm looking for a witchey woman to keep me in balance and somewhat
distracted from my usual fare of life.
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