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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.

Thank you

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

The same time I decided to clean up the site and use a
hack to fix my oldest frustration with RapidWeaver, my ISP service took a nosedive. For much of this last weekend, my download speed was less than .1 megabit per second, often dropping to .02 or lower. Last night I literally did not have internet between 22:18 and 4 a.m. This morning it was topping out at about 3.72 megabits, and as I type this it's showing .72 megabits. Still not what was advertised (5 - 10 megabits per second), but workable.

What does this have to do with my site maintenance attempts? Like many RapidWeaver users, I keep my webmaster files on Dropbox. When RapidWeaver publishes, it creates a temp file and then publishes that to the server space. In this case the data downloads from Dropbox, is organized by McFiach (my MacBook Air), uploaded to the temp file on Dropbox, downloaded to McFiach and then uploaded to my server space. With a half-way decent connection, all this happens easily. With a quarter-way decent connection (like what I have now), it happens but s-l-o-w-l-y. With a bad connection, it hangs for hours, still exporting. It does upload the files, you just can't tell it from the program.

I know some of the file structure got corrupted, I'm going to try to fix it by republishing all files after I finish this post. I worked around it by slapping redirect files up on Monday and Tuesday. It was faster for me to do that page by page than trying to reload the entire site.

The good news is that
Technopagan Yearnings looks and acts better than it has in years. There are still some other visual things I want to try, but they're going to wait a bit.

The
MUCH BETTER news is that my ISP lost it's franchise agreement with the city and a new company takes over the first part of July. That company won't be relying on a microwave uplink, but will be bringing fiber optic in. The connections to the houses will still be coaxial, but the back end will support faster speeds. Which means they will deliver what was advertised.

What does it say when I've been dealing with bad service so long that I'm actually grateful for something that works, even if it's less than a fifth the speed that was promised?

With luck I'll be able to reload the whole site over about an hour or so. Thank you for bearing with me. See you on the other side.

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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.

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

So what exactly in this day and age makes a real witch? Some will tell you that real witchcraft doesn't exist because magick doesn't exist. And it doesn't,
at least not in the popular culture version.

Someone pointed this one out around the beginning of May. You can read my opinion up above. The author is describing a
party, not a solstice ritual. Where's the Deity? Where do you invite something greater than yourself into your life? What exactly are you celebrating?

Witchcraft isn't necessarily religious, but it does mean creating change. Not all pagans are witches, anymore than all Catholics are altar boys. I do not often write about witches and witchcraft much these days. That being said, some of us are and we take our charge and calling very seriously indeed.

And then the Unicorn Brigade strikes. You may have your own terms, but there is is. Witchcraft is all Positive And Happiness And Light and you're not a True Witch™ unless You Put Only Good Things Back Into the World. I'm actually surprised to see Buckland take this attitude. Sometimes you have to curse before you can heal. That's not a very pleasant fact, but it is a fact.

My maternal grandfather was a farmer before he came to Arizona. After he retired, he was the Gardener with a capital "G." He delighted in giving most of his crop away. He always made sure that those who needed help got his best stuff. But he couldn't do that garden without pulling weeds. He had to chase away the rabbits and the occasional coyote. His old shotgun was as big a tool as his shovel.

In case you hadn't noticed, Granpa's practical gardening advice became my practical magick advice. There's a long involved story why, but for now I'll just say that not all witches are pagan. Some don't even think of themselves as witches. There are knacks and gifts and touches all over the place if you look. Sometimes it manifests better in farming families.

Sometimes a witch has to help people deal with death and disease. It's still help and change, it's just focused on those who stay behind.

And sometimes an Authority Figure® has to be dealt with. And not just the Republican ones.

When someone comes to a witch, it's often a last resort. If it isn't, the witch should send them packing. Maybe with a kick up the backside to remind them some things shouldn't be played with. Magick is not something undertaken lightly. More times than not, it comes from the darker side of human nature.

This is truth. It is not something I give lightly. I am not a playgan who wears a costume only as long as it is fun.

We grow by overcoming adversity. Even the adversity that we introduce into our own lives. You must find your own balance to life so you can live.

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No significance

So today is the first day of Suncrest, my WebTree High Holiday. Tomorrow is the summer solstice.

And tonight is the first night of the bright moon. The actual full moon is tomorrow.

This only happens every seventy years or so.

No special significance, just really neat.

And with record breaking breaking heat in Arizona, I'm glad I have a working heat pump. Hot weather is only fun if you have a cool place to go.

Which is why I don't live in
Phoenix.

Bright & Dark Blessings, everyone.

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Redirecting

I should have thought of this years ago.

I put in some redirect pages so it's easier to find things.

You'll find a list on the "shortcuts" page under the Resources menu.

Tell me if I missed one you'd like to see.



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What's with all the GREEN?

Short answer - I LIKE green.

I always used green in this version of the site. The logo, of course, and a color I call Technopagan Green (#0A4F00) for when I quote myself or for borders around pictures (that's going to change soon too).

But just in case you think I used too much, here is a logo that didn't last long.

tpy

You can see more logo design here at teknologi, my sloppy blog about computers, web design, gadgets, tools, gizmos, lifehacks, and other really nifty cool stuff.

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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.
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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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Dusting of Snow

Winter-born that I am, I always like a desert snowfall.

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Political pagans

Sometimes if you pay attention, you can see that politics corrupts pretty much any religion, faith, or path you’d care to name.

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Wayland's Feast Day

No, I am not quite foolish enough to do it on my own. I don’t know enough about explosives and I don’t own an anvil.

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This is the world

I am a sensualist. I’m telling you this because all too often pagans forget we’re supposed to bridge worlds.

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Unusual Unkindness

Usually when ravens group together, it’s up on fences or power lines or rooftops.

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One less candle on the mantel

Sometimes it doesn’t work.

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