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I have on occasion wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.  Sometimes I even did it deliberately.  A little disruption now to prevent disaster later.

NeoNotes - Origin of Wicca

Here's some background information on Wicca and Gerald Gardner that I wrote at another site. I'm including it here as general background. I've not really written in depth on either.

Here's where I offend some of my fellow pagans.

In very broad terms, there's a difference between a revealed faith and an experienced faith. One approach is not necessarily better, but they are different in their approaches. A revealed faith is based mainly in what has been written and interpreting those writings.

An experienced faith requires people to do, to act. And there is also going to be at least one moment where you get a glimpse of what the Divine really is. That's something I really don't have the words for and it seems to be different for every person. Some embrace it. Others run from it. And others are so afraid of what they see that they go all Sweetness and Light and Candycorn.

What they become depends on their response to facing the Divine. Some drift off to other paths, something more "hardcore." Others try to find a way to cope. Some turn away from their path all together and embrace the "faith of their fathers" or atheism or something completely different.

Wicca, particularly in it's post-modern form, is very much a gateway, a transition. Most people grow beyond it. That's why you won't find many "system" books beyond the 101 level. At some point you should go out and find your own way.

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Technically some pagan trads draw in part from fertility cults. So some misguided people see joining a pagan group as a way to get their rocks off. They could meet Hot Bisexual Pagan Chicks and have mind-blowing Ritual Sex under the Full Moon!

It doesn't work like that.

Those are the ones who soon "wash out" or spin off to form their own sex-based group. When they can't attract members to the new group, they blame everyone but themselves. After all, they're open about sex. Why wouldn't people line up to have sex with them?

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I know you've blocked me, but Wicca probably originated in the late 19th or early 20th Century. Parts were older, but parts of Christianity predate Christ.

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Well through the 19th Century, it wasn't unusual for a Christian sermon to last for hours. Some of the early 20th Century tent revivals lasted hours. In our time, I don't think you could keep an American congregation still for a half hour even with a gifted preacher. That's what the hymns are for.

Religion changes.

I'm not about to give up my clean sheets and my hot running water.

There's no "unbroken line" running back to prehistory.

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The origins of Wicca are snarled, Gerald Gardner liked being the mysterious wise man.

There are four distinct threads. One was the folk tradition that Gardner was initiated into. This tradition was incomplete and placed the emphasis on practical magick rather than Deity and worship. There was the stuff that Gardner researched from pagan sources, which focuses more on Deities and worship. There was the stuff that Gardener "borrowed" from Freemasonry, the O.T.O. and the Golden Dawn. Finally there was the original stuff which tried to make everything cohesive. This last bit probably mostly came from Doreen Valiente. Gardner didn't give her credit for years, that almost certainly led to their falling out.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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Kafkatrap

I was adding commentary to some of my lexicon entries. I thought this one was worth mentioning on both my politics blog and my pagan blog.

Kafkatraps are THE keystone of victimhood politics and most identity politics. Without someone recognizing or assuming blame, kafkatraps cease to work.

Kafkatrapping centers on guilt. Don't accept it. Don't reject it. Act as if the accusation is so silly and undeserved it's not even worth discussing. They will repeat, and you still shouldn't pay any attention to the claims. Go on as if the accuser had said nothing of importance. Indeed, go on as if you are trying to keep them from embarassing themselves further. You're doing them a favor if only they were rational/sober enough to know it.

Kafkatrapping came by way of certain Christian denominations and mala prohibita laws. "Ignorance of the law is no excuse."

Go to the lexicon to read the rest.



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Recoding

Okay, you caught me.

I am recoding the Lexicon. I learned that the search engines pay attention to the header codes (h1, h2, etc.). So of course it made sense to put each of the words and phrases I've defined in a header. Which changed the way the pages looked. Which meant some more experimenting. And as long as I was fixing things I really should clean up the code.

And of course my ISP wasn't cooperating. That should start getting better today.

So the ABC page is ready now. The others I'll try to finish over the next couple of days.

I'm really happy with the way the pages look. So from here on it's just a matter of copying and pasting code.

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Rhythm Of Life

So as I often do these days, I was over at Mom's visiting and making sure she was okay. She's doing much better since the accident, but she still needs a caregiver.

With the local cable company playing their games, the internet signal wasn't good enough for Netflix. So I broke out the Carol Burnett DVDs.

There was one sketch. A wealthy couple was meeting the parents of their daughter's fiancee. To the surprise of both sets of parents, it wasn't to be a church wedding. It was going to be a street wedding with a hippie vibe. Okay, so far funny, but nothing exceptional. Then they did the musical number.


And The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat,
Puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet,
Rhythm in your bedroom,
Rhythm in the street,
Yes, The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat,
To feel The Rhythm Of Life,
To feel the powerful beat,
To feel the tingle in your fingers,
To feel the tingle in your feet,
To feel The Rhythm Of Life,
To feel the powerful beat,
To feel the tingle in your fingers,
To feel the tingle in your feet,


Here was a great song and I never heard it before. A little bit of websearch told me it was based on
The Ryhthm of Life from Sweet Charity. I'd heard of the musical, but I never watched it. I should have, Bob Fosse, Shirley MacLaine. It didn't take me long to find a YouTube clip of the movie with the very talented Sammy Davis, Jr. performing the song.



Okay, obviously the full song is a commentary of fad religions and con men taking money and power away from foolish people.

But that one section of lyrics, the same bit that the
Carol Burnett Show had excerpted, that was Some Powerful Stuff there.

So of course I'm going to add it to my notes. I'm going to adapt it. And I'm going to share the idea with you.

Have fun with it.

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Coding your mind

So let's talk about something much more interesting.

Let's talk about how your mind works.

I told you I had put it "shortcuts," redirect pages for all the categories and for some of the most popular topics. You probably wouldn't remember
http://www.neowayland.com/files/category-sex.html, but I am pretty sure you would remember www.neowayland.com/sex. The easier to remember shortcut is linked to the more complex addy without any extra work on your part.

Back before the world wide wide, memes were something different other than cute pictures and smart slogans. The information content of thoughts is exchanged between individuals, much like genetic content is exchanged between cells and viruses. Casting genetic material out there isn't likely to be successful, the material needs to be wrapped in something that can be absorbed by the cell. Likewise a meme has to wrapped in something that can be absorbed by your mind.

In some occult traditions, thoughtforms can hold memes. You should be aware that some find the definition of thoughtforms controversial. The word may have started as a translation of tulpa. For our purposes here, I would define a thoughtform as a semi-autonomous structure capable of carrying a meme. An internet picture isn't necessarily a thoughtform. A lower elemental certainly is, although it might be something much more.

And yes, we've touched on one of my particular gifts. I've written about critters before. In my case they may or may not have something to do with my totems, depending on if my totems existed before I thought about them.

A spellform is similar, but usually tied to a physical object and not autonomous.

With a little prep work, thoughtforms, elementals, and spellforms can make magick seem very fast. I don't have to recall the exact details of the spell, I can use the "shortcut."

And yes, it sounds a lot like programming, doesn't it? Is that all that surprising? Programming is just an extension of the human mind. This is just the same application only in a different set of circumstances.

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Naturally yours

You know the thing I love most about the summer?

Feeling the hot sunlight all over my body. Including my dangly bits. Or the tingle as I take a moon bath in the warm night.

I admit I can be an exhibitionist. But I am really a naturist. Even a sun & moon worshiping naturist.

I'd do it openly if I didn't think I would offend the neighbors. But that is why we make privacy fences.

Cuddling doesn't work so well in sunlight. It works marvelously well in the shade.

That's the secret to enjoying hot summer days. You have shade and an even cooler spot to retreat to when things get too hot.

I think the only thing that would make it better still is a pool.

Saturday one companion came over for some sun bathing. She's a bit reserved, she sticks to a two piece bathing suit outside the house. But she doesn't mind me doing the
nekkid pagan guy thing. It's not really sexual, just two people sharing the sunlight and occasionally talking about this, that, and the other thing. Neither of us feels the need to fill the silence.

There is a point to all this.

My nudity does not equal instant and ongoing sex. Just because my genitalia are exposed doesn't mean that I am stroking myself into constant orgasm. It doesn't mean that I demand unrelenting oral sex. It doesn't mean I am constantly humping my companion or any other woman in reach.

It means I am enjoying the feel of sunlight and the occasional breeze. That's it.

Now you may think that I am being obscene, but that is your hangup not mine.

Truthfully I am more aroused by a nipple poking it's way through a blouse than I am by seeing it uncovered.

But this bit in my backyard is not about arousal. It's not about sex. It's about sharing with someone I care about.

I think humans should be nude more often. I don't think nudity equals sex. And I think a lot of American hangups about sex are because we're taught that there is really no line between the two.

Try it for yourself. All that sun has got to be good for something!

ETA: The secret to good cuddling is as much skin contact as possible.

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Thank you

The last few days you may have seen some site issues.

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What witch?

The "Witch Winter Solstice Ritual" in Nylon is populist pap. It's a lot like having Easter using only Cadbury eggs and never once mentioning a resurrection or what it might mean.





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No significance

This only happens every seventy years or so.

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Redirecting

I should have thought of this years ago.

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What's with all the GREEN?

Short answer - I LIKE green.

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Carried away

I spent WAY too much time yesterday on this site.

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Interconnections

Just because we humans don’t like a species doesn’t mean it’s not absolutely essential.

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Changing sex

I'm changing the tag "sex" to the category "sex."

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Daily

Since I don't have much time this week, I thought talk about the daily things we sometimes overlook.

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Bloody sacrifice

I don't think animals should be killed for ritual use. I have issues with animals being killed for food. It's why I still pray before meals. I'm honoring their sacrifice even though I know they don't understand.

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Intuition & Inspiration

You have to begin by learning. Intuition relies on knowledge and experience.

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Religion and politics

When I started blogging, I separated my political stuff from my pagan stuff. I did it after a lot of soul searching. It would have been so simple to wrap everything into a giant ball of victimhood and blame the world for my troubles. It would have saved me the hosting fees too. Two things stopped me.

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Welcome to summer

This year it's a bit cooler than I like. And we had scattered rainstorms, so the party was inside. Then the heat pump blower quit (on a Saturday), I built a fire in the firepace (fire GOOD grunts Neo).

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Act of Change

According to popular culture, magick is about breaking the rules and molding reality,

Nope.

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Sex advice

I'm not sure it is love I feel, or if I can feel love at all anymore. But it is friendship for a few close friends, and if some of those are ladies and it involves sex, I am certainly not going to say no. Just can't be exclusive about it, it is not in my nature.

"I think the exclusivity does hurt a lot of relationships, but then I was poly before I knew the meaning of the word. Also think that it is a mistake (and probably the greatest crime that Christianity ever committed) to confuse love and sex and physical contact and intimacy.

That's me from more than thirteen years ago.

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Starlight

You are made of starlight. Don’t forget to shine.
ladystardvst


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The Lady Always Chooses

When I read Margaret Murray and Robert Graves the first time, I never did buy into the matriarchy. There seemed to be another reason that they touched on, but it wasn't matriarchy. Neither were really thinking about balance.

Poetic inspiration gives a glimse. That's a long way from manifesting.

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Taproot: Through the Woods

The Woods. Summer weekends meant the family would escape the Phoenix heat. In the fall Dad insisted we come to watch the aspen turn. In the winter we would come to play in the snow. After the stepsibs moved away and it was just teenage me with the folks, we'd still come to enjoy the woods. I will always be the desert guy who Visits The Woods.

My stepdad had passed just weeks short of his birthday. The day after his service the family went to scatter his ashes. Disposing of human remains in a National Park is illegal, so I won't tell you exactly where.

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Faith Triad

There's a big truth here. No, make that a Big Truth®. The World we live in now is not the same as the World 2000 plus years ago. Try explaining antiseptics or refrigeration in Latin and see how far you get.

No matter what the inspiration, you still have to come down off the mountain. Living in the Here & Now helps make you human.

So after some thought, I've come up with another triad.

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Manifest

At some point you come back from the mountain and across the wilderness.

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New sex menu item

I’ve put the Sex catagory in the main menu.

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Collecting pelts - updated

No, it wasn’t responsible. No, I’m not proud of it. And yes, it lasted longer than it should have with me.

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☯ Lady in the Court of…

It was a warm summer night and I was laying on my roof staring deep into the sky. One of the local cats was on the corner cleaning itself and hoping I would share some food.

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Just before it sparks

Today is Imbolc in many neo-pagan traditions.

Not mine.

Today I am indulging in a mostly day off. I’ve not had one for two months.

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Accident

Mom ended up with a broken clavicle, a punctured lung, massive bruising, and some confusion.

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Totems I have known

Strictly speaking, these were’t “totems” in the normal sense. They probably didn’t already entirely exist. The face or persona probably came from me because I thought it was cool. Making lower elementals isn’t really all that hard. Making lower elementals that stick around can be difficult, but I’ve got a flair for it. It made my childhood interesting, some of my “imaginary” friends were really there.

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Holiday breakfast hit

Eggnog French toast.

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Fireplace

Fire good, grunts NeoWayland.

I joke about it, but that is the heart of it. Or maybe the hearth. It’s the center.

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Midwinter

It’s a day of contrasts and promises. Even as winter is at it’s greatest, light is born again.

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Starwell - Solar Festival

I do use some Yule traditions. This year I have family obligations which will cut those short a bit. But greeting the dawn all three days is definitely one I keep.

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Aside for polyamory - revised

It’s one of the few sexual labels that I bother with. It’s not that I disapprove of labels like gay, lesbian, transgender, and all the others. It’s just hard to see how the label applies to me unless we have sex.

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Earth centered

More and more I think I was wise to separate my pagan blogging from my political blogging.

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A dangerous pagan

I think that a Greater Pagan Community™ for the sake of the institution is a extradinarily Bad Idea®.

I don’t believe progressive politics should be linked with paganism.

I don’t accept that the personal is political.

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