Hello everyone, I only recently heard about this forum, but I decided to join it as soon as possible. I've been looking for a good Traditionalist-centered online community for a while now. I was born and raised in Idaho, but since then I've moved to the countryside and established a homestead with my wife so we could start a family. I officially discovered Traditionalism when I was 19 when I found and read The Crisis of the Modern World (Pallis translation). I've studied it and its authors ever since. My interests are varied, I have a real knack for permaculture and home repair. I enjoy reading about history, philosophy, spirituality, and biology. Of course, I'm not picky, I crave reading in general. Aside from that, I enjoy fiction series along the lines of The Book of the New Sun or Dune. Ancient epics and religious texts never fail to pique my interest as well. I have children so I don't always get to read as much as I used to, but I am able to squeeze in at least 30,000 words a day. Learning languages, especially ancient ones, is also a longtime hobby of mine. I mainly focus on Indo-European languages, not speaking them as much as being able to read them well. I enjoy hiking and camping in my local area, which fortunately gives me plenty of opportunities to do so. If my name didn't give it away, I am a truly big fan of nature, I always have been to some extent. I'd say my discovery of Perennial Wisdom only increased this passion. I was raised in a devoutly irreligious household, but my current views can be a bit hard to explain. You could consider me an eclectic because I study and to some degree, practice a wide variety of religions integrated into my worldview. There's always that pitfall of syncretism to avoid, but I believe that more or less many religions have some basis in a singular Truth, obviously some more than others, but I strive to build a path that is based on the natural and healthiest order, pure Hypercosmia. I recommend the work of András László if you're interested in more about that. My worldview is largely the composite of various Pagan/Shamanic traditions, Neoplatonism, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Daoism, and Buddhism respectively. Stoicism inspires a lot of my day-to-day attitude and I definitely recommend the writings of Seneca and Aurelius for this reason. My beliefs have strongly pantheistic, biohistorical, and Deep Ecological overtones, if you've ever heard of the Biotradition movement in Europe, think along the lines of that. It's similar to something the poet Homer said. In Homer, the perception of an uncreated and ordered cosmos is accompanied by a magical vision carried by ancient myths. The myths are not beliefs, but the manifestation of the Divine in the world. For example, one could say that the forests, the rocks, the wild beasts have a soul that Artemis protects. The wheel of the archetypes, each transmitting something of itself to those who will follow, thereby not just assuring a measure of Truth but furthermore a measure of Eternity. I could talk about this stuff for hours. My goals in terms of personal spirituality are, in order, investigating myself, mastering myself, cultivating myself, and ultimately Realizing myself. I mentioned this before, I've been looking for a forum like this one for a while. I know plenty of Traditionalist and Tradition-inclined people in real life, but I always enjoy meeting and learning from new ones. In general I seek wisdom from anywhere that I can find it. I am really looking forward to my time on this site, even moreso to meeting you all. If any of you have questions, feel free to ask them.