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A real man…

A real man loves strong women, whether as lovers or just as friends, because weak ones are boring, often parasitical, and make the worst exes.
	— Isaac Bonewits
 

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Labeling

I happen to be a pagan. I know, I know, big surprise. My particular path isn’t all that complicated but it is private. It’s between me and my Gods. And since I believe that mentions of the Divine should be capitalized, you’re going to have to live with me doing exactly that.

On the other hand, I’m not insisting that you capitalize the Names of my Gods, the word Gods, or the word Divine or any of it’s variants.

To me, my relationship with Divinity is between me and Them. I would no more solicit your opinion and approval about that than I would about the color of the trashcan by my clothes dryer.

It’s none of your business.

I’ve got friends who are Christians. I’ve got friends who are atheists. I’ve got friends who are Buddhists. None of that affects what kind of people they are.

The measure of a person is in the lives they touch.

That has nothing to do with religion or faith.

It has everything to do with personal, individual choice.

If you demand that someone sacrifice so you can feel good about yourself and your cause, then we have a problem.

Your beliefs shouldn’t control my behavior. Just as my beliefs shouldn’t control your behavior. This is the root of the parity test. You may know it as the Golden Rule. I think it’s the foundation of civilization. You treat people fairly because you want to be treated fairly. You don’t kill your neighbor because you don’t want your neighbor to kill you. You don’t rape the child across town because you don’t want to be raped. You don’t steal that fancy car because you don’t want your stuff stolen.

These are things we can agree on.

We can’t agree which God is supreme, or indeed if there is a god at all, and which church/temple/whatever is his/her/it’s local headquarters. Most of that has to do with which priesthood gets political power anyway.

Don’t you see? The labels don’t matter. What matters is how we treat each other. The only sure guide for that is how we want people to treat us.

What matters is how we treat each other.

Not some words on a page. Not the rantings from a religious leader. Not the demands of the environmental movement. Or in the expectations of some union. Or in the proclamations of some politico.

What matters is how we treat each other.

Should I treat you differently if you are Republican or Democrat? If you are “black” or Hispanic? If you are Hopi or “white?”

Allies, not servants.

I don’t care what your religion is. I don’t care about what groups you belong to. I don’t care about your politics…

Well, that last one isn’t exactly true. I don’t care about your politics unless you want to control someone else.

That’s where I am on everything really. Your religion isn’t an issue unless you threaten or try to force someone else. I don’t care about your groups unless you’re out to control someone else.

I’m not doing this blog to convert you. And I don’t want to be converted. I’ll share some of the things I’ve learned. You can use it or not as you choose.

What matters is how we treat each other.

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Hidden heart of a poet

Dad had hidden talents that would pop up every once in a while.

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Praxis

It’s not your faith that matters, it’s how you live it.

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Shapes in the Moon

My pendants change depending on the moon phase

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Summersgate

Summer begins

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Unbearable fun

Time for this semi-hermit to have a party.

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Gaia

This one’s a lusty lass, and not just because she’s nude and very pregnant.

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Earth Day

The original Earth Day was about celebrating the Earth and peace.

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Hatband experiment

It started simply. I wanted a wizard’s hat.

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Statement on the Environment

I mentioned some of my concerns, but their future is full of utopia and collective effort.

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Rules of Three

And part of it is just because three is a magick number.

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Written at the crossroads

The universe is written in mathematics. The Mystery is written in poetry. We're born where the two meet.

At the crossroads.

	— NeoWayland, Kissed by the Lady Moon





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Bestest

You don’t have to use the Bestest as long as you can just do

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Convergence

Bright and Dark Blessings to you all.

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Do Be Do Be Do

Speaking of the way that one idea links to another, I can’t help but notice a conflict. And a song.

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"Everything else in the universe"

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
	— John Muir


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Voices

Sometimes a voice is just a voice

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Tying thoughts to emotions

Thought germs are memes

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Gods make you stretch

Most people go through life letting the Robot drive.

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Struggle Nobly…

You're so determined to struggle nobly against dark forces that you can't see what is casting the shadow.
	— NeoWayland


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Keeping notes

I first started keeping notes in a three ring binder. It worked, sort of, as long as I kept the index up to date.

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Sky

I want my blue sky

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"I can't be the white knight."

I can't be the white knight. I can only be a friend. I can't be a savior, but I can lend a shoulder and an ear. I can't shield anyone from the cold darkness, but I can share a little body heat under the blanket. I can't bring joy, but I can give a smile.
	— NeoWayland


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"You have to believe in dreams…"

You have to believe in dreams, because sometimes they believe in you.
	— Simon R. Green, Something From the Nightside


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Wild spring

And yes, that is a phallus between his legs

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Soft snow

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Drop down menus and transferring old content

You should find it easier to navigate the site. Read More...
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"As long as we lie to ourselves…"

As long as we lie to ourselves, the Trickster will be with us. He'll show up just when we least want him, to embarrass us on a first date, to prove us fools in front of the learned company we're trying to impress, to make us miss a power breakfast with that all-important business contact.
	— Richard Smoley, from “My Mind Plays Tricks on Me”, Gnosis No. 19, Spring 1991


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Four-foot

Earn their respect.

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Unsent note to a Christian

I can rant with the best of them. I don’t always send it these days though.

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Don't mix religion with politics

If it’s bad when the People of the Book do it, then why on Earth is it a good idea when neopagans do it?

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Better

You never know just how far your kindness may reach.

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New pages

Check out the new pages at the top

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"At the end of the day…"

At the end of the day, some things can't be faked.
	Leverage



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Would you know?

Would you know a pagan if he stood next to you?

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Feelings - updated

In the dark and early, I woke my companion with hot chocolate…

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Experience & Art

That’s exactly it.

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Spark

I’m really enjoying this winter season.

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