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

❝We Are as Gods and Might as Well Get Good at It❞

We Are as Gods and Might as Well Get Good at It
Whole Earth Catalog statement of purpose, 1968
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❝Paganism is optimistic…❞

Paganism is that view of life which finds the highest goal of human existence in the healthy and harmonious and joyous development of existing human faculties. Very different is the Christian ideal. Paganism is optimistic with regard to unaided human nature, whereas Christianity is the religion of the broken heart.
— John Gresham Machen
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❝Where do you learn how to act?❞

Where do you learn how to act? Not at church. America is a lot more like pagan Rome than we think. We still sacrifice to objects to gain our social goals.
— Dave Hickey
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Core of human dignity

That sacred space of conscience where you can exercise your rights in terms of religious freedom and deeply-held, reasonable beliefs is the core of human dignity. In fact, that's the basis for civilization itself. And when you lose that fundamental principle... you have no basis on which to build.
— Jeff Fortenberry
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Diversity

Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.
— Robert Kennedy
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❝Adopt the pace of nature…❞

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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❝I only went out for a walk…❞

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
— John Muir
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Home

This planet is our home. Our life and hers are interdependent.
— Doreen Valiente
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Paths to the Innermost

There are two Paths to the Innermost: the Way of the Mystic, which is the way of devotion and meditation, a solitary and subjective path; and the way of the occultist, which is the way of the intellect, of concentration, and of trained will; upon this path the co-operation of fellow workers is required, firstly for the exchange of knowledge, and secondly because ritual magic plays an important part in this work, and for this the assistance of several is needed in most of the greater operations. The mystic derives his knowledge through the direct communion of his higher self with the Higher Powers; to him the wisdom of the occultist is foolishness, for his mind does not work in that way; but, on the other hand, to a more intellectual and extrovert type, the method of the mystic is impossible until long training has enabled him to transcend the planes of form. We must therefore recognize these two distinct types among those who seek the Way of Initiation, and remember that there is a path for each.
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Discovering odd scraps

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
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Genitals

The simple fact is that genitals are no more sexual than any other part of the body--until we use them for sex.
Is Nudity Inherently Immoral? from Family Skinnydippers
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Obsessive modesty

And so the sign of the Fall becomes modesty. Take note of this. The descendants of Adam and Eve will be distinguished throughout history from virtually all other peoples by their obsessive modesty taboos, wherein they will feel ashamed of being naked. It follows that those who feel no shame in being naked are, by definition, not carriers of this spiritual disease of original sin!
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Ro3 № 14

At it's simplest, Shiva is not Loki who is not Brighid. Do not treat each of them the same. Do not expect the same from each of them. Respect them on their terms and make that respect a part of your life.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Thursday - November 15, 2018

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❝When animus and anima meet…❞

When animus and anima meet, the animus draws his sword of power and the anima ejects her poison of illusion and seduction. The outcome need not always be negative, since the two are equally likely to fall in love (a special instance of love at first sight).
— Carl Jung
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Duality and non-duality

Non-duality is a great idea. Getting certain monotheists to see it's virtue is amazingly difficult. Anybody who can pull that off has my respect.

Getting certain polytheists to see monotheists as anything other than a Terrible Evil That Must Occasionally Be Endured is also amazingly difficult.

Sometimes it's way too easy to become what has hurt and threatened us. Even if we have to wound and bind ourselves to do it.
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The flip side of placebo

Pain can be a self-fulfilling prophecy

Expect a shot to hurt and it probably will, even if the needle poke isn't really so painful. Brace for a second shot and you'll likely flinch again, even though - second time around - you should know better.

That's the takeaway of a new brain imaging study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour which found that expectations about pain intensity can become self-fulfilling prophecies. Surprisingly, those false expectations can persist even when reality repeatedly demonstrates otherwise, the study found.

"We discovered that there is a positive feedback loop between expectation and pain," said senior author Tor Wager, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. "The more pain you expect, the stronger your brain responds to the pain. The stronger your brain responds to the pain, the more you expect."

For decades, researchers have been intrigued with the idea of self-fulfilling prophecy, with studies showing expectations can influence everything from how one performs on a test to how one responds to a medication. The new study is the first to directly model the dynamics of the feedback loop between expectations and pain and the neural mechanisms underlying it.
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Technopagan retreat

Thinking by blogging
For the last few days I've been trying to write something about a "sense of place" inspired by this piece at The Wild Hunt.

It hasn't gone well.

So I am going to talk about the retreat I'd like to build if money were not an object.

After a lot of thought, I'm pretty convinced that leaving a place natural isn't really a part of paganism. You want to make a place special, but that doesn't mean overbuilding either. Restraint is important.

But the first bit should be a berm surrounding as much of the place as possible. I know, that seems excessive. I actually go the idea when reading a study of microclimates at Disneyland. Reading some works by Malcom Wells convinced me. A large and properly executed berm would make the land inside more comfortable. It would provide privacy. And the support structures could be buried and out of sight. Parking and storage come to mind, but also water reclamation, power, and perhaps communication. There would probably be at least one commercial kitchen with it's storage areas.

There would be a greenhouse on the inside of the berm facing south. Behind the greenhouse could be a solar mass that could help heat water.

In front of the greenhouse there would be a flower garden. It's main purpose would be greywater reclamation. My grandfather said you can't eat flowers. But my mother replied that they feed the soul. So I suppose that is important.

As much as possible, sleeping quarters would be set along the inner side of the berm. This would maintain temperature and shift the emphasis away from building and sleeping more towards touching Nature. Restrooms and shower rooms would be there.

Architecturally the sleeping and dining areas would lean towards curves and organics. There wouldn't be a lot of furniture or storage in these areas.

There would by labyrinths. Paths for walking. Ritual areas large and small. Altars and statues scattered all over. An occasional water fountain would pop up.

Yes, there would be artificial ponds and streams. Perhaps a waterfall or two, including one large enough to shower several people.

There would be communal baths. But not baths as we think of them. No, these baths would be a social experience. The showers are for getting clean, these would be for soaking and talking.

As much as possible, everything inside the berm boundaries would be open. No obvious buildings. There might be a hill or two with a processional path that winds up it.

This retreat wouldn't be about getting back to Nature. This would be about the works of humans highlighting the elements of Nature to bring us into a new frame of mind. The artificial parts make the natural and naturally related parts better. Technopaganism at it's best.

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Note to my sensitive readers

Before you complain about the nude pictures…

I never publish nudes on the front page. You have to click to the individual entry to see the pictures. Every one is labeled.

I never show photos of sex. Although sometimes the pictures might border on the carnal.

I do not show photos of kids. Period. Clothed or unclothed, it makes no difference. A child under the age of consent can not give permission to show them on the web, regardless of where the picture came from.

Some of the art I show is very sexual. Once again, it never appears on the front page.

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Looks like a shining temple

From Ireland at sunset. Click on the picture for the source.

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Built by Nature

Speaking as someone who lives not far from this, the pictures don't do it justice. It really has to be seen in person to be believed. Click on the picture for the source.

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Ro3 № 13

Books aren't destinations, they're signposts. Like it or not, you still make the journey yourself. You can always go further than the book can carry you.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Wednesday - November 14, 2018

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Placebo

What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick?

And after a quarter-century of hard work, they have abundant evidence to prove it. Give people a sugar pill, they have shown, and those patients — especially if they have one of the chronic, stress-related conditions that register the strongest placebo effects and if the treatment is delivered by someone in whom they have confidence — will improve. Tell someone a normal milkshake is a diet beverage, and his gut will respond as if the drink were low fat. Take athletes to the top of the Alps, put them on exercise machines and hook them to an oxygen tank, and they will perform better than when they are breathing room air — even if room air is all that’s in the tank. Wake a patient from surgery and tell him you’ve done an arthroscopic repair, and his knee gets better even if all you did was knock him out and put a couple of incisions in his skin. Give a drug a fancy name, and it works better than if you don’t.

You don’t even have to deceive the patients. You can hand a patient with irritable bowel syndrome a sugar pill, identify it as such and tell her that sugar pills are known to be effective when used as placebos, and she will get better, especially if you take the time to deliver that message with warmth and close attention. Depression, back pain, chemotherapy-related malaise, migraine, post-traumatic stress disorder: The list of conditions that respond to placebos — as well as they do to drugs, with some patients — is long and growing.
Gary Greenberg
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Ro3 № 12

What you think you know is not what you need to know. Where you are is not where you need to be. Who you believe you are is not who you were meant to be.
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Tuesday - Novemember 13, 2018

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Skinny dipping

But there was a time when skinny dipping was not only common, but encouraged.

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Pray

Technically not nude, but close.

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Very blonde

Her hair caught my attention.

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Napping

You can tell she's a witch by her pendant.

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Ro3 № 11

Know what you can do. Know what you're willing to do. Know the price you're willing to pay.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Monday - November 12, 2018

🌙 waxing crescent moon   ≠ Veteran's Day (observed) - 🇺🇸 11Nov1954 - US Federal Holiday

≠ means  acknowledge but not celebrate


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“Witches and Hags: Crash Course World Mythology #39”


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Saturday - November 10, 2018

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Ro3 № 10

Words matter. Actions matter more. Intentions don’t.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Revived - November 9, 2018

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Journal - Friday, 09Nov2018

Thinking by blogging

We've gotten so used to hiding ourselves that the default assumption is that the only reason you see someone nude is because you are about to get it on. It's not true.

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Friday - November 9, 2018


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Some monotheists

Some monotheists think that their religion belongs on top and take offense when you disagree.
— NeoWayland
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NeoNote — Nudes on Technopagan Yearnings

Anything in the Gallery or albums has to have grabbed my attention. That usually means it has to be unusual.

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Alienates us

The demand that we always wear clothing while in society causes at least four kinds of alienation: it alienates us from ourselves, from others, from nature, and from the Divine.
— Mark Storey
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❝What boys really need are real bodies.❞

What boys really need are real bodies. They need to go to nudist parks and see middle-aged women who more closely resemble duffle bags than Playboy centerfolds. They need to know such real women personally and appreciate them for deeper reasons than how closely they conform to the Playboy lie... But since our culture foolishly fails to foster such wholesome customs, boys fall into the pornography trap. Not only does porn objectify females and ingrain in boys' psyches an unrealistic ideal, but since its nature is erotic, by association, it acculturates boys to identify nudity with sex. By nature there is no such identification. Warped culture creates it artificially.
— Jim C. Cunningham
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❝We're Cuban, and it's a hot island.❞

I love being naked. I do everything in the nude, even the gardening! We're Cuban, and it's a hot island. Why not go nude?
— Eva Mendes
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Hypocrisy and insecurity

The main hangup in the world today is hypocrisy and insecurity. If people can't face up to the fact of other people being naked, or whatever they want to do, then we're never going to get anywhere. People have got to become aware that it's none of their business and that being nude is not obscene. Being ourselves is what's important. If everyone practised being themselves instead of pretending to be what they aren't, there would be peace.
— John Lennon
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❝Modesty died when clothes were born.❞

Modesty died when clothes were born.
— Mark Twain
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❝But if I were 22 with a great body…❞

I think onstage nudity is disgusting, shameful, and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.
— Shelly Winters
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❝Being natural and matter-of-fact about nudity…❞

Being natural and matter-of-fact about nudity prevents your children from developing an attitude of shame or disgust about the human body. If parents are very secretive about their bodies and go to great lengths to prevent their children from ever seeing a buttock or breast, children will wonder what is so unusual, and even alarming, about human nudity.
— Lee Salk, McCall's, June 1976
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Ro3 № 9

Honor expects three warnings before you act.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Thursday - November 8, 2018


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Halfway there

The road between.

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Ro3 № 8

Test it thrice.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Let freedom ring.

Moon and Liberty.

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Wednesday - November 7, 2018

🌚 dark Moon   ✖️ winter begins cross quarter

※ Wintergate - WebTree Fire Festival, Sunset to sunset    Lady in the Court of Shadows

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Today was not mine

Enjoy the picture.

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Ro3 № 7

To ease your pain and shame, share it separately with three people you trust.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Tuesday - November 6, 2018 - election day

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The Gods Do Not Vote

“If you are really a polytheist, then you must accept that the gods do not vote.”

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Facing the fire

I'm pretty sure this is an actual ritual.

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At the door

The knocker sells this one.

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Just having fun

I'd be remiss if I didn't throw in the occasional naked man.

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Ro3 № 6

If you find information on the internet, verify it with three offline, reputable, and independent sources and experiment BEFORE you depend on it.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Not exclusively the label

I've found that words like lesbian, gay, bisexual, and pansexual tend to be excuses. You're not exclusively the label, and the word can limit what you allow yourself to be. Remember you are not label, you are a person who at this moment feels label. That can and probably will change.
— NeoWayland, sexuality - orientation
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Casual nudity

I strongly believe there's nothing wrong with casual nudity, and I do not believe that nudity equals sex or sexual behavior. I don't agree that nudity constitutes sexual harassment, but for the sake of civility I'll wear pants around those folks not used to it.
— NeoWayland, Sex & the Modern Pagan
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Monday - November 5, 2018

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“Serpents and Dragons: Crash Course World Mythology #38”

“This week, Mike is teaching you about the most mythic of mythological creatures: Dragons. Cultures across the world (and across Westeros) tell stories of dragons, and their power to destroy, their power to prop up kings, and their power to cause a nice, refreshing rain shower. ”

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Saturday - November 3, 2018

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Journal - Friday, 02Nov2018

Thinking by blogging

I made a mistake this last Tuesday.

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Added to the lexicon

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Revived - November 2, 2018

These blog entries have been reformatted and entered into the current directories. Redirect pages have been placed in the old locations.

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Ro3 № 5

If you care for the other person, if you respect them, if you share deep passions with them, then the sex makes all that better.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Friday - November 2, 2018

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Somebody please explain to me…

Now, can somebody please explain to me, what the fuck do any of these movies have to do with “real magic”?
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Doing something positive in the world

Several years ago, I heard what I think was best advice ever about improving the image of Paganism. Unfortunately I can’t remember who said it, but the gist of it was this:) Rather than coming out as Pagans and then trying to convince people we deserve to be on the school board or city council or whatever, we should join the school board or city council, show them we are good citizens and good people, and then come out as Pagans. It’s not about hiding our Paganism, so much as taking our focus off of ourselves and refocus it on doing something positive in the world (other than making the world more comfortable for Pagans). Changing the image people have of Pagans will then happen naturally, without us trying.
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❝Every person has the right to control their own sexuality…❞

Every person has the right to control their own sexuality, and nobody else’s.
— Maggie McNeill, Standing in the Rain
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❝Law of Weird❞

Duality is singularity reflected.
— NeoWayland, weird
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❝Law of Perspective❞

Change your perspective.
— NeoWayland, WebTree
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Ro3 № 4

Let people discover truth before you speak. Make sure the truth is necessary before you speak. Judge if the listener is worthy of truth before you speak.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Thursday - November 1, 2018

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Not this year

So I am going to skip the Befores this year.

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Samhain tree

Gotta love that sky!

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Ro3 № 3

Say only one thing for every three things they say.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Wednesday - October 31, 2018

Pastor Appreciation Month   🌜 waning half moon   ≠ Day of the Dead

Hair of the Bear - my biannual haircut     ≠ Halloween - 🎃 US Holiday

≠ Samhain - traditional neopagan. Cross-quarter Day, Greater Sabbat, High Holiday
I celebrate Wintergate on the midpoint between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice.

≠ means  acknowledge but not celebrate

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Unoriginal

That's because I keep having the same conversations again and again.

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How does it make the World better?

We're people, not legends.

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Ro3 № 2

Ask questions. Question the answers. Question your questions.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Tuesay - October 30, 2018

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Practical rules of three

I keep collecting them and they keep proving useful.

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Goofy tongue

The lady is having way too much fun.

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Quiet soak

Why we ever started with swimsuits I'll never know.

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Ro3 № 1

Start by listening. Before you say anything, listen again. Just to make sure you understand, listen some more.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Monday - October 29, 2018

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❝The Wheel turns…❞

The Wheel turns, bringing Bright and Dark Blessings to us all.
— NeoWayland, Good Journey Isaac
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The future we make

We have the future we make, nothing more and nothing less.
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❝We can't afford blind faith.❞

We can't afford blind faith.
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“Mythical Horses: Crash Course World Mythology #37”

“Horses have been human companions for thousands of years, and have been essential companions and tools for the development of human culture. So, it makes sense that horses would make their way into our most important stories. Today, we're looking at horses in myth, and we'll talk about noble steeds from all over the world, including Svadlfari, Sleipneir, Pegasus, Qilin, Bucephalus, Al Baraq, and Unicorns! Let's get to the horsing around.”

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Saturday - October 27, 2018

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❝That's beyond our comprehension❞

I think godmasks are representations and gateways to Divinity, not actually Divinity. Divinity itself (thisself? hisself? herself? theirself? thatself?), well, that's beyond our comprehension. It would be like us trying to explain the MetLife Company to an ant. First you have to teach them ideas, then language, then money, and so on.

Is it just a conceit that the Divine exists? Possibly. I'd like to think that while the godmask is influenced by human worship and expectation, the Divine behind the godmask is real and something terrifyingly amazing and unbound by human limits.
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Mentioned but nameless

Still, he deserves credit for that and at least mention somewhere. Consider him mentioned. But nameless.
— NeoWayland, Before a Winter's Eve
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❝Sexuality is a thing of the mind…❞

Sexuality is a thing of the mind, not of the genitalia.
— Maggie McNeill, Rope of Sand
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Journal - Friday, 26Oct2018

Thinking by blogging

Truth is winning in a small way. I've been finding people that I agree with online.

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Gnostic beliefs

One of the precepts in Gnostic beliefs is that the commonly accepted "creator god" isn't the actual creator at all. He's actually a son who turned against his Parents to seize control of creation for his own selfish needs and had to lie to humans to do it. His mother, Sophia, decided to do something to turn things back the way they should be, and that is where Yeshua ben Yosef (among others) came from. It makes sense when you think of the G*D from the Old Testament as a spoiled teenager who steals from his parents and parties too hard.
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Friday - October 26, 2018

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Us versus them

Anyway, my point was that seeing the world solely through an us vs them lens only increases the conflict and division in the world, and dehumanizes the people we think are Them. It's the root cause of why these Christian folks in the article think that the Druids are Satanists out to do terrible evil. Their specific religious justifications are only the surface level. At it's root it is the poison of dualistic thinking, the idea that the world and it's people can be divided into good and evil. And the poison of dualism can infect anyone, or any religion.
— Shawn Herles, comments from Wayist Druid public Samhain ritual draws threats
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NeoNote — Change the groups

Labels get in the way. I'm pagan, and there are pagans and Christians who are convinced that makes me progressive. There are some evangelical Christians who assumed that I was silly and naive because I was pagan. Then I tied them into semantic knots.
— NeoWayland
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❝Never doubt that a small group…❞

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead
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❝Nature knows best.❞

Nature knows best.
— Barry Commoner, third law of ecology
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❝Everything must go somewhere.❞

Everything must go somewhere.
— Barry Commoner, second law of ecology
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❝Nothing comes from nothing.❞

Nothing comes from nothing.
— Barry Commoner, fourth law of ecology
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❝Cult of fairy❞

I should add, however, that, particularly on the occasion of Samhain, bonfires were lit with the express intention of scaring away the demonic forces of winter, and we know that, at Bealltainn in Scotland, offerings of baked custard were made within the last hundred and seventy years to the eponymous spirits of wild animals which were particularly prone to prey upon the flocks - the eagle, the crow, and the fox, among others. Indeed, at these seasons all supernatural beings were held in peculiar dread. It seems by no means improbable that these circumstances reveal conditions arising out of a later solar pagan worship in respect of which the cult of fairy was relatively greatly more ancient, and perhaps held to be somewhat inimical.
— Lewis Spence, British Fairy Origins
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❝Drawn to the left hand path…❞

If you are drawn to the left hand path, it's usually because you've had some kind of life experience that has shocked you, awakened you.
— Nikolas Schreck
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❝ trying to make my way in a monotheistic world…❞

So here I was, trying to make my way in a monotheistic world when my heart and spirit kept telling me that there was more than one god. I did all the things that a good Christian was supposed to do, and a great many of the things that a good Christian isn't supposed to do. I kept looking for the voice of the Divine. I thought I was called to the ministry and that is why I hadn't found fulfillment in my life.

When I finally did here the voice of the Divine, it was female. And She was more than a bit put out that it had taken so long to get my attention.
— NeoWayland, Why are you Pagan?
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Thursday - October 25, 2018

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NeoNote — I don't think politics should be a part of paganism

But yes, this is between you and him.
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Another study guide

Lexicon entries worth studying.

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Overhead river

How's that for an autumn morning?

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Wednesday - October 24, 2018

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The pedestal problem

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
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Tuesday - October 23, 2018

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I was born that way

I am Pagan because I was born that way, and because I made that choice long before I was born.
— NeoWayland, Why are you Pagan?
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NeoNote — People cherish their passions

Whatever has brought you the most passion, that is what you will seek out. If it is pain from abuse or being attacked, that is what you want. If it is exhilaration from skydiving, that is what you want. If it's the love and acceptance from a loving partner, that is what you want. Whatever has pegged your emotional meter, that is your longing.
— NeoWayland
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Freckles

The lady is alluring.

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Autumn

I like the leaves and her expression.

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Redhead with a stick

It borders on objectification since it doesn't show her face.

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Authentic symbols

Ritual, provided it uses authentic symbols, is no more or less than what H.P. Blavatsky called 'concretized truth'.
— Stephan A. Hoeller, from "The Gnosis of the Eucharist," Gnosis № 11, Spring 1989
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Monday - October 22, 2018

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Sex is nice

Sex is nice and pleasure is good for you.
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“What is remembered, lives.”

What is remembered, lives.
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Story is told

The Story is told while the Journey is lived.
— NeoWayland, the Journey
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“Monsters. They're Us, Man: Crash Course World Mythology #36”

“This week, we're starting our discussion of Mythical Creatures with the WORST creatures. Monsters. What makes a monster monstrous though? Mike Rugnetta will guide you through the fine line between a magical creature and a monster. Spoiler alert: like 60% of the time, the difference is that monsters eat people. We'll talk about sea monsters, Sphinxes, and take an elongated look directly into the Canadian face of horror, the Wendigo.”

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Saturday - October 20, 2018

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Stories are signposts

Stories are important, but they are signposts.
— NeoWayland, the Story
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NeoNote — He would deny it

One of my best teachers about magick was my Baptist deacon grandfather.

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Desire

Your desire does not control another's choice.
— NeoWayland, sexual beings
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Friday - October 19, 2018

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NeoNote — Political hexing

As I said before, apparently the motivation for hexing Kavanaugh has moved from justice to attack.

This will have consequences, regardless of who did what where and when.
— NeoWayland
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Thursday - October 18, 2018

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Listen

“the Earth has music for those who listen”

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Great owl in flight

I love this planet!

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Wednesday - October 17, 2018

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Tuesday - October 16, 2018

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Proud man

The guy has muscle tone that makes other guys envious.

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Monday - October 15, 2018

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“Cities of Myth: Crash Course World Mythology #35”

“This week on Crash Course Mythology, we're getting urban. Mike Rugnetta is the man with the orange umbrella who's about to give you a free tour of mythical cities. We'll talk about a few cities that didn't exist, but we're going to focus on real cities with mythical founding stories. We'll talk about Jericho, Jerusalem, and Rome, among others.”

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Saturday - October 13, 2018

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Journal - Friday, October 12, 2018

Thinking by blogging
I think it's a mistake to suppress our biology in the name of politics.
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Revived 12Oct2018

These blog entries have been reformatted and entered into the current directories.

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Friday - October 12, 2018

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No such thing as bad weather

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather just different kinds of good weather.
— John Ruskin
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Let the rain kiss you

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
— Langston Hughes
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Feel the rain

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
— Bob Marley
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Thursday - October 11, 2018

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Double moon

With a Moon, trees and a reflection, this plays with some of my favorite themes.

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Objectify

I don't think people should be objectified, that almost always means no face associated with the body.

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Wednesday - October 10, 2018

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Sexuality without politics

I've spent weeks researching, writing, and rewriting.

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Tuesday - October 9, 2018

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The rinse

There's something luscious about a woman rinsing her hair.

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Monday - October 8, 2018


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Sunday - October 7, 2018


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❝Mythical Trees: Crash Course World Mythology #34❞

“This week on CC Myth, Mike Rugnetta is teaching you about mythical trees. There are lots of trees in myth, and we've touched on some of them before, but today we're going to focus on three trees from three different traditions. We'll talk about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil from the biblical tradition, Yggdrasil from the Norse Tradition, and Ashvattha, which is important in both Hindu and Buddhist tradition.”

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Revived 05Oct2018

These blog entries have been reformatted and entered into the current directories. Redirect pages have been placed in the old locations.

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Friday - October 5, 2018

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On-line biding ritual

Me, I compare an on-the-fly online ritual to building one custom motorcycle in twenty different places with 459 mechanics and parts from thirteen manufacturers.

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Not enough

Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
— Hans Christian Andersen
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Thursday - October 4, 2018

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❝27 days, 27 moons❞

It is a fake.

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Wednesday - October 3, 2018

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Care less

I could care less what a religion calls their God, so long as they adhere to constructive and ethical beliefs and practices.
— Victor Anderson
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Tuesday - October 2, 2018

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Remember Granpa's old Royal

Granpa was a letter writer. He had a well-used old Royal and he would write letters all the time. Getting a letter from him was special. It just felt wonderful. Every time I got one I could just picture him at his typewriter hunting and pecking out the letters.

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Surprise

That expression is just so perfect.

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NeoNote — Religion & responsiblity

Religions are not created by the Divine.

Religions are created by people claiming to speak for the Divine.
— NeoWayland
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Monday - October 1, 2018

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“Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies.”

Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies.
— usually attributed to Oliver Goldsmith
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“Mythical Mountains: Crash Course World Mythology #33”

“Our mythical places series continues, and this week Mike Rugnetta is talking about some stories that revolve around mountains. Mountains loom large in human stories, not least because mountains are, well, large. So ascend with us to the lofty peaks of The Ten Thousand Treasure Mountain in China, and Mount Fuji in Japan.”

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Weird - from the lexicon

Duality is singularity reflected.

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“Ancient Rome in 20 minutes”

“Caesar, The Colosseum, Republic, Nero, geese, plebeians, legions — everything that you once knew, but forgot, in a crash course video by Arzamas.

Narrated by Brian Cox.

"Ancient Rome in 20 minutes" is an English version of a Russian video by Arzamas.”

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Lexcion 3.6 ready to use

My lexicon covers multiple topics, from politics to philosophy to economics to magick to religion to civics to electronics to law. Basically everything that I find interesting.

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Transformed

When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.
— Dean Jackson
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First comes thought

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
— Napoleon Hill
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Standing in driftwood

“When you think of “driftwood” you usually don’t imagine a hollow log big enough to stand up inside.”

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The lady inside

We forget who we really are.

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Ocean swimming

People swimming as Nature intended.

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NeoNote — Good and evil

Long story short, without monotheism, the meaning of good and evil aren't so clear cut. It tends to be more in the nature of "this HELPS my tribe/city/nation" and "this HURTS my tribe/city/nation." It becomes relative and based on cost/benefit. It depends more on individual judgement and less on an Official List of "THOU SHALT NOTS."

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NeoNote — #MeToo has hit modern neopaganism hard

Lately sex has also been one thing that drags politics into paganism. Politics corrupts, and I've no desire to see my faith or sex reduced to politics.
— NeoWayland
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“Mythical Caves and Gardens: Crash Course World Mythology #32”

“This week, Mike Rugnetta is teaching you about mythical gardens and caves, which appear in cultures all over the world. Caves and gardens can stand for different things, but in the two stories we're talking about today, they tie into the creation of the world in general, and the origins of humans in particular.”

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“Look up”

Yes. it really looks that way.

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Paganism isn't a movement

I don't think paganism is a movement. I think it's a life.
— NeoWayland
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“Skyclad for Samhain in the graveyard.”

I got this from a tumblr blog.

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Broom Ritual

I'm pretty sure it's a initiation ritual.

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“Ma'ui, Oceania's Hero: Crash Course World Mythology #31”

“In which Mike Rugnetta teaches you about Ma'ui, prominent hero of many cultures in Oceania, aka the Pacific Island nations. Ma'ui is just the kind of hero we're interested in here at Crash Course. He's a culture hero, he's a an adventurer, he has a divine birth, AND he's a trickster. In short, he's pretty cool, and the tasks he accomplishes in his life are great examples of how human stories can touch on universal themes.”

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Dreamlike

I stumbled across this and thought you might like it.

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Those who walk between the worlds

A clarification.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s there were a couple of traditions that called practitioners "those who walk between the worlds." Some of that may have gone back further. A couple of my teachers were from these trads and I appropriated the phrase. To my knowledge, there was no sexuality or gender preference attached to the phrase.
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Handprints

I prefer faces.

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Curvy

The green guy just sets it off.

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NeoNote - White sage, Amerindians and virtue signalling

I never really have understood the whole cultural appropriation bit. Syncretism happens.

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“Herakles. Or Hercules. A Problematic Hero: Crash Course World Mythology #30”

“This week, Mike Rugnetta re-introduces Herakles, the strong man of Greek and Roman myth. Strongman with a darkside, that is. You'll learn about Herakles' 10 actually 12 labors, the story of his birth, his death, some of his marriages, none of which turned out that great, and some of his character flaws that definitely wouldn't fly in the modern world.”

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So the paganism bothers you too.

Do you really expect to make this about your religious beliefs versus mine?

I don't need to justify mine before you, but you need to make mine subordinate to yours.

That doesn't say much about your faith.

Or your beliefs.

It's not your Deity who demands my submission. You're doing this because you can't think of a way to "put me in my place."
— NeoWayland
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In a field

I do like her expression though.

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Looking

It's sometimes called the "Eye of God."

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“The Mwindo Epic: Crash Course World Mythology #29”

“In which Mike Rugnetta teaches you about the hero of The Congo, Mwindo! Mike will tell you the stories of Mwindo's birth, his many deaths, and his evolution from a braggy superhuman baby to a wise, superhuman leader of his people. Along the way, we'll learn about the Wiki game, and when you should and shouldn't drink banana beer.”

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Lock it away

The only reason I started writing about pagans and sex is because there is a strong movement to lock all that away where Respectable People Will Not Talk About the Embarrassing Stuff.
— NeoWayland
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Yoga

The combination of the lady's expression and her pose sell the shot. The tattoos don't hurt either.

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“Galahad, Perceval, and the Holy Grail: Crash Course World Mythology #28”

“In which Mike Rugnetta quests for knowledge of the Holy Grail of Mythology. Which is the actual, literal Holy Grail! The cup of Christ! Legends about the Holy Grail are often connected to the British legends of King Arthur, and this episode is definitely about this. Except we’re not talking much about Arthur, since he never actually found the grail. Instead, we’re going to talk about a couple different versions of the Grail legend, the stories of Perceval and Galahad. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy learning Grail lore. You have chosen wisely!”

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NeoNote — Not about paganism

I can't even laugh at the irony anymore. These are the seeds that will destroy paganism in a way that monotheisms never could.

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Behavior

Kennebunk Police Department, Animal Control Division

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“Starry Night as seen by Van Gogh”

An original interpretation of an old favorite.

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Rain, rain, stay a while

An Arizona monsoon storm.

I'm going to go watch it on the patio for a while.

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Condemnation of memory

Someone is pulling your strings. You'd be a fool to accept that.

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Something else

I'm not something less, I'm something else.
— NeoWayland
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“We are our bodies”

“When you see a horse do you think
'Hey…that horse is naked'?
Or when you see a cat do you say
'Hey look…a naked cat'?
I hate the fact that human beings
without clothes are called 'naked'.
We are NOT naked… we are just
human beings. We are our bodies.
There is no shame in being
what we are.”

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Those who hunt for treasure…

Those who hunt for treasure must go alone, at night, along the way they lose some blood, and when they find the treasure, it's never what they expected.
— unknown
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“Rama and the Ramayana: Crash Course World Mythology #27”

“The next entry in our parade of heroes is Rama, the protagonist of the Ramayana, one of India’s oldest stories. We’re going to be talking about Rama’s importance to Hindu culture, and how Rama fits into Campbell’s idea of the Hero’s Journey. Although, Rama may not even be the hero.”

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Six new pages

I've been busy on the site, it's just not been obvious.

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NeoNote — Responding to another Bookworm rant

For something with no moral relativism, there's an awful lot or relative morality going on.

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Worst experiences with paganism

Somehow it's always the other person who is supposed to sacrifice.

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Climax

I learned a long time ago that it's worth the trouble to make sure she's got at least two climaxes for every one of mine.

Keeps her smiling too.
— NeoWayland
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Philosi-bear

Bearistotle

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Sleeping in the sunlight

That's a practical use of her shirt.

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“The Epic of Gilgamesh: Crash Course World Mythology #26”

“This week, we're continuing our discussion of heroes by talking about Gilgamesh, star of one of the earliest written hero stories, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh was a terrible ancient king who left his kingdom seeking adventure, and eventually on the prowl for immortality. Along the way, he checks pretty much all the boxes on the checklist of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey.”

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Sex & sex rules

Due to events of the last couple of weeks, I have rewritten my sex and sex rules lexicon entries.

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Love & sex

Sex is exploding hormones. Love is commitment. The two should not be confused.
— NeoWayland, sex
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It's a FERTILITY religion!

Should we be ashamed?

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“Damnatio Memoriae, or How to Erase Someone from History”

“How do you remove the memory of a particularly bad emperor from the history books? Or what if your brother is just so annoying that you can't stand the sight of him anymore, and don't want to share power? You perform a damnatio memoriae, erase all inscriptions, destroy all public images, and pretend as if he never existed.”

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NeoNote — Excuse for sex

It's very easy to find abusers.

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Waterfall

Sharing a shower is always fun.

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Godmask

I'm pretty sure this lady is channelling a god.

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First day of Harvestpoint

WebTree fire festival & cross quarter day. Harvestpoint marks the beginning of fall and the return of the dark, staring at sunset the day before the midpoint between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox and ending at sunset on the day after (traditional three days).

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“The Hero's Journey and the Monomyth: Crash Course World Mythology #25”

“Let's get Heroic with Mike Rugnetta. This week on Crash Course World Mythology, we're talking about the Hero's Journey and the Monomyth, as described by Joseph Campbell. Campbell's theories about the shared qualities of human story telling are pretty cool. And they've been hugely influential on the way we tell stories today. So, consider this your Call to Destiny. Crash Course is going to help you Cross the Threshold into the Belly of the Whale that is YouTube, and escort you through the Many Trials, on our way to the Ultimate Boon of knowledge. And there are a bunch of other steps in there, too. So, come along heroes! Let's learn this stuff!”

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Anti-Christian

There was a time, a little more than a year, when I was very anti-Christian. Some of my relatives didn't help. But I didn't like the person that I was becoming.

There's an old idea, like calls to like. In the New Age vernacular, if you put positive energy out into the universe you get positive energy back.

But it's simpler than that. People cherish their passions. If you wrap yourself in hate and envy and despite, that will color your thoughts. That will be what rules you. That is what you will hold tightest in your secret heart. And that is what you will be. You won't have passion or power for anything else.
— NeoWayland
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Spear

I found this one in a discussion about Australian aboriginal people.

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Worship

My guess is that this is a purification ritual.

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“Ragnarok: Crash Course World Mythology #24”

“Ragnarok! It's the end of the world, Norse style. It's got everything you want in an apocalypse. Earthquakes, destruction, armies of the dead, a giant evil wolf, giants with flaming swords, and a kind of happy ending. It's got it all. But is it really Norse? It wasn't written down until after Christianity had arrived in Europe. So how much influence is there?”

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Empty places

May the Gods always stand between you and harm in all the empty places you must walk.
— anonymous Wiccan prayer
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Sun and rain

If a bible is left outside in the sun and rain it will eventually fade and decompose. A pagan's bible IS the sun and rain.
— anonymous
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Hospitals for the sinners

Churches are hospitals for the sinners, not mausoleums for the saints.
— anonymous
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Make amends

Breathen, if you white men murdered the son of the Great Spirit, we Indians have nothing to do with it, and it is none of our affair.If he had come among us, we would not have killed him.We would have treated him well.You must make amends for that crime yourselves.
— Seneca Chief Red Jacket to the Christian missionaries
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Lady & Lord

The Lady's touch is life. The Lord's touch is love.
— NeoWayland
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Standing at the river

This lady could almost be a river goddess.

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The river knows

The pose and the setting make this a near perfect shot.

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Searching The Wild Hunt

It's not the easiest to search, particularly the comments.

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In the name of inclusion

Far more erasure is happening at the hands of our own people than the old Christian fundamentalist crowd could ever hope to do.
— Kenneth Goze, comments from Column: the Mainstreaming of Pride
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Nothing supernatural exists.

Nothing supernatural exists.
— J.H.
probably inspired by a Star Trek film
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“The Apocalyspe: Crash Course World Mythology #23”

“Mike Rugnetta is going to tell you stories of death, destruction, divine judgment, damnation, and the occasional happy ending. That's right, this week we're talking about the Apocalypse. Actually we're talking about a bunch of ways the world could end. Prepare for stories of the end times from Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam! It's the (mostly) Abrahamic Apocalypses on Crash Course World Mythology.”

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“How These Metal Sculptures Move With The Wind”

“Anthony Howe has been sculpting kinetic structures for nearly 30 years. In 1996, he filled his own sculpture park with metallic pieces that dance in the wind. His work has even appeared at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the holiday display for Barneys in NYC! Howe hopes his artwork gives viewers a moment of semi-meditative peace.”

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That smile

Lovers are certainly everyday nudity.

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“The Dying God: Crash Course World Mythology #19”

“This week on Crash Course World Mythology, it's the Circle of Life. And Death. And sometimes, Life again. Mike Rugnetta is teaching you about Dying Gods, by which I mean gods that die, and then return to life. You'll learn about the Corn Mother from Native American Traditions, Adonis of the Greek and Roman pantheon, Odin of the Norse, and a little about the most famous dying deity, Jesus. These aren't all the dying gods in the world, but it's a good introduction to the archetype.”

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Presumption of honor

Sometimes today's Pagans seem to think that wearing a Thor's hammer should grant them the presumption of honor of a Viking king.
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I rub people the wrong way

When feelings are high, I rub people the wrong way. I focus on getting things working and leaving the emotional stuff for later. It's practical in a business setting but doesn't work with most long term pagan groups. I recognize that passion drives us, but it's not a good tool for effective decisions.
— NeoWayland
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It's only shame if I accept the premise.

It's only shame if I accept the premise.

As I see it, the vice or virtue isn't in the label. It's in how you touch the lives of others. The honor is in giving truth when needed, helping when you can, and leaving the World a little better than how you found it.
— NeoWayland
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“American Floods: Crash Course World Mythology #18”

“We don’t want to deluge you with information on the subject, but this week on Crash Course Mythology, Mike Rugnetta is talking once again about floods. We’re looking at ancient flood myths in the Americas, and what they can tell us about the stories that people tell, and how they can look similar, even in cultures separated by large swathes of time and space. We’ll talk about floods from Mayan and Aztec traditions, and as always, see if we can find something in these tales that gives us some insight into what it means to be a human.”

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Like calls to like

Like attracts like. Remember that well. It's one of the most basic rules of life. You want success, go find successful people. You want failure, go find people who don't believe you can do it. You want magick, go look harder at life.
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Beads

Yes, this pose is a little submissive.

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I love a lady with a guitar

Could this have been from a themed retreat?

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Definition of insanity

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
— anonymous, misattributed to Albert Einstein, Rita Mae Brown, Max Nordau, George Bernard Shaw, George A. Kelly, Werner Erhard, Jessie Potter, and others
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Fantasy setting

I don't think our worship belongs enshrined in some fantasy setting.
— NeoWayland, Bringing it home
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“Yu the Engineer and Flood Stories from China: Crash Course World Mythology #17”

“On this Crash Course in World Mythology, Mike Rugnetta is teaching you about floods and deluges, specifically in China. In Chinese myth, flood stories pretty much all revolve around a guy named Yu the Great, or Yu the Engineer. In the distant past, he was tasked with stopping the flooding on the Yangtze and Yellow rivers, and he did it. After working on the job for 13 years. Yu also founded the legendary Xia Dynasty. Yu exists as a sort of model for future emperors. He works tirelessly on behalf of his people, and always does the right thing. He's a good emperor, and a model for rulers to emulate. He's also super cool, and can turn into a bear when he needs to dig really fast.”

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Experience

Experience requires taking that first and seventh step into the unknown.
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Study guide - Bonewits' Laws of Magic

I was working on the lexicon and realized I had totally forgotten Isaac Bonewits' The Laws of Magic.

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We're The Ones Who Walk Between The Worlds

We're The Ones Who Walk Between The Worlds, yes, but I don't see that as a "violent assault" on social norms. I see it as bringing pieces of one world into another. Magick is the essence of change and evolution. If someone has a problem with what I am, well, “What I do is not up to you.” Unless they do something more than spout words, I don't care.
— NeoWayland
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“Floods in the Ancient Near East: Crash Course World Mythology #16”

“This week on Crash Course mythology, Mike is talking to you about floods. You may have heard the story of Noah and the Ark from the Bible, but that is not the only deluge story humans tell. It's a common thing across culture. You could say the study of mythology is...flooded with them. Sorry. We'll be looking at floods from Mesopotamia from the Epic of Gilgamesh, and a flood story from the Zoroastrian tradition. And we'll look at a Roman flood story from Ovid's metamorphosis. It's a deluge of flood stories!”

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Celebrate

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“Archetypes and Male Divinities: Crash Course World Mythology #15”

“This week on Crash Course Mythology, Mike is teaching you about the archetypes that are often associated with male divinities. We’re going to talk about Fathers & Sons, Kings & Judges, Saviors & Sages, Shamans, Tricksters, and Lords of Destruction. Along the way, we’ll look at the story of Hwaning, Hwanung, and Dangun from the Korean peninsula, and we’ll learn about Arjuna and all the help he got from Krishna. We’ll also touch on a ton of other myths from around the world. These things play out this way all the time, man.”

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A book fell on my head

I've always had my suspicions about that.

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Shower in the sunlight

I don't turn on the bathroom lights.

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“Fire and Buffalo Goddesses: Crash Course World Mythology #14”

“This week, we’re continuing our talk about the characteristics of Goddesses, and we’re going to look in depth at two stories from parts of the world we haven’t visited much in this series so far. From Hawaii, we’re going to hear a story about Pe-le, the great goddess of the Hawaiian Islands, and we’ll hear the story of the gifts of the White Buffalo Calf Woman from Native American tradition. We’ll look at the similarities and the differences in these stories, and talk about how goddesses interact with the world and with humanity in pretty interesting ways.”

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A pretty good “thou shalt”

Thou shalt mind thine own damn business.
— David Weber, Torch of Freedom
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Fairytale path

Near Doetinchem in the Netherlands.

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NeoNote — “Not all …”

I will not stop saying "not all …" when I think it applies.

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“Serena, Found of Savages” by Thomas Benjamin Kennington

Questions about the battle on the left make it something more than average.

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A walk

She's enjoying the flowers.

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Most mornings

Most mornings I share breakfast berries with a raven. I talk to him, but he doesn't think much about human stuff. Now sunrises, he and I agree on. Not so much on sunsets, that's when he is off doing his own thing.
— NeoWayland
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“Great Goddesses: Crash Course World Mythology #13”

“This week on Crash Course Mythology, we're talking archetypes. Specifically, we're talking about archetypes as they're applied to female deities. Goddesses, man. You'll learn about prehistoric fertility goddesses like the Venus of Willendorf, life and death goddesses like the Ancient Greek Fates and the Norse Norns. And we'll learn about regeneration goddesses like Ireland's Nimah, and Japan's Oto-Hime.”

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NeoNotes - clergy claims

Fake clergy can screw people up big time.

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Shiprock

Impressive

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Broken

I'm seeing people using their victimhood to control what others in the group will do.

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The secret albums

I have a bunch of pictures that I want to start using on this site.

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“Venus” by Henri Pierre Pico

The first couple of dozen times a nude, pretty woman is presenting herself, it's artistic.

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Another swimming hole

A swimming hole is always a good reason to shed clothing.

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“Theories of Myth: Crash Course World Mythology #12”

“This week, we're talking about theories of Myth. We'll look at the different ways mythology has been studied in the last couple of millenia, and talk about the diffeent ways people have interpreted myth, academically.”

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Excellent schoolmasters

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
— John Lubbock
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Here to help

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know.
— W. H. Auden
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Mother of all people

The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.
— Chief Joseph
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Laughs

The earth laughs in flowers.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Lights are stronger

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
— Charles Dickens
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Staircase to Heaven

My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.
— Michelangelo
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Out of the fog

I love how the bridge emerges from the fog.

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Meditate

Part of the metaphor for this site is a loose-leaf binder jammed with all sorts of stuff.

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“The Opium Smoker” by Luis Ricardo Falero

Ruis liked to conflate the sexual with the forbidden.

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Bubbles

This is a great example of ALMOST showing you something.

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Encyclopædia Brittanica gets it wrong

I doubt that anyone except a calendar geek or a pagan would have caught it.

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“African Pantheons and the Orishas: Crash Course World Mythology #11”

“So, today we’re talking about African Pantheons. Now, you might say, that’s ridiculous. Africa isn’t a single place with a single pantheon, and we’d be fools to try and cover all that in an eleven minute video. You’d be right. Instead we’re going to focus on Yoruba religion from west Africa, and the Orishas that populate Yoruba stories. The many, many Orishas cover all aspects of life, and can be pretty specialized. We’re going to focus on a dozen or so.”

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Growing season

In some European countries especially further north, there were two seasons, winter and summer. May Day traditionally marks the beginning of the growing season, not the beginning of spring. If the summer solstice is midsummer, that makes May Day the beginning of summer.
— NeoWayland, May Day
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The magic circle

The magic circle usually has a candle or lamp at each of the four quarters. The powers of the Four Elements are naturally connected with the Four Airts. Different exponents of magic have differing attributions of these; but the most usual one in the Western magical tradition is air at the east, fire at the south, water at the west, and earth at the north.

This attribution is based on the quality of the prevailing winds. In Britain the south wind brings heat and dryness, while the west wind usually brings warm rainy conditions. So these quarters are regarded as the places of fire and water respectively. The wind from the east is cold, dry and bracing, so this is the place of the powers of air. The north wind is cold and freezing, coming from the place of eternal snow. It represents the darkness of earth.

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Purpose of ritual

The purpose of ritual is to change the mind of the human being. It's a sacred drama in which you are the audience as well as the participant, and the purpose of it is to activate the parts of the mind that are not activated by everyday activity ... 'Magic' becomes the development of techniques that allow communication with hidden portions of the self, and with hidden portions of all other islands in this 'psychic sea.'
— Margot Adler
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A piece of advice

A piece of advice if I may be allowed to give it, is that no philosophy, no creed, no God is worth more than the love that one human being may give and receive in their lifetime – this is what is meant by being ‘involved’.
— Robert Cochrane
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Journal 15May2018

Thinking by blogging

I've had three deaths in the past month. One a friend, one an uncle, and one person who I did not get along with.

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“Witches on the Sabbath” by Luis Ricardo Falero

Between that and the floating, it's a pretty good bet that this depicts a psychedelic trip.

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Shower

I like the notion of a shower outdoors.

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NeoNotes — Women's studies

Okay, seriously though, and this relates to one of my long standing criticisms of women's studies (and any number of gender studies, skin color studies, etc.)

If these various fields of study have any worth at all, they have to acknowledge that they are only part of the picture. Limiting your studies to one subgroup is going to limit your understanding. Especially if you dismiss without question other subgroups. It's the difference between rigorous study and fantasyland. It's why the theoretical has to cross over with the practical. It's not enough to say how things should work, you have to examine how things actually work together. You have to look outside your preconceptions and expectations for the things you can't explain. Otherwise you never leave the echo chamber.

Or, women's studies without human studies is sh*t.

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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Practical philosophy

You know, in this day and age the term philosopher is disparaged. There are a bunch of academics debating the works of people long dead, trying to stretch writings and sayings to fit their own worldview. They argue over punctuation and the implication of what was not said in which edition. Most of the people called philosophers today are little better than research librarians. They don't think about the practical application, you see.
— NeoWayland
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“The Norse Pantheon: Crash Course World Mythology #10”

“This week, we're headed north. To check out the gods of the Northmen. Or the Norse. That's right, we're talking Thor, Loki, Freyr, Freya, Odin, Frigg, Baldr, and Tyr. And Fenrir. And the Frost Giants. There's a lot to cover here, and it's going to be fun. Watch this prior to Ragnarok, as this video probably won't be available after the end of the universe.”

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Attention

If you are Pagan because you need attention, you're doing it for the wrong reasons. You can't be Pagan just to be weird or to make people nervous. Faith isn't a costume, it lives and flows inside of you.
— NeoWayland, faith
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“The Greeks and Romans - Pantheons Part 3: Crash Course World Mythology #9”

“This week, we continue our look at various Pantheons, and Mike digs deep into the gods of the ancient Greeks. We're talking Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Artemis, Hephaestos, Ares, and Apollo. We're also talking Jupiter, Juno, Neptune, Pluto, Diana, Vulcan, Mars, and...Apollo. Similar gods, different names. We'll start with the origin stories of the gods, talk about their family relationships, and what exactly their specialties are.”

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Journey

The Journey is SUPPOSED to drag you out of your comfort zone and your expectations and your perceptions and understandings. You can't walk between the worlds if you have both feet and nine fingers firmly anchored in one. The Story is told while the Journey is lived.
— NeoWayland, journey
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Coming home

I like my clean sheets & hot running water, my internet and my fireplace. Modern conveniences are great things when coming home after being outdoors for a while.
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Cauldron

The cauldron in fact represented a great step forward in civilization. Before men were able to make metal cooking pots, which would withstand fire, they had to be content with thick earthenware pots, which were heated by the laborious process of dropping very hot stones into them. The metal cauldron, over which the woman as head of the household presided, gave men better cooked food, more plentiful hot water to cleanse themselves, and herbal medicines which could be decocted by boiling or infused in boiling water. Hence the cauldron became an instrument of magic, and especially of women’s magic.
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Ecology vs. environmentalism

Ecology studies how living systems interact and interconnect with each other. Environmentalism is about teaching and compelling behavior. These words are not synonyms. As both a pagan and a libertarian, I can not support environmentalism.
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Forest nymphs

Be not afraid. The forest nymphs have taught me how to please a woman.
— anonymous
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Building

Building takes effort. Even when things are not perfect, we cannot make them the enemy of our collective good. So I will take the lesson from my friends at their church about criticism, passive-aggression, building community and honoring vision.  And remain reminded that the festival I may visit, the coven I cherish, the artist I patronize and the author I read, can easily become what I visited, cherished, patronized and read because I didn’t do my part in the building….because I looked inward instead of forward.
— Manny Tejeda-Moreno, Shining like the Sun
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John McConnell & Earth Day

The original Earth Day was introduced on the 1970 vernal equinox by John McConnell intending to celebrate the Earth and peace.

On April 22, 1970 a politician hijacked the celebration and made it about compelling behavior and teaching environmentalism. Later a murderer and enviornmental activist claimed part of the credit for this version, although his role in 1970 is disputed.

Ever since, we've been pretending this is a Good Thing.
— NeoWayland, Earth Day (original)
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Peak

We're not wired emotionally to differentiate between 'good' and 'bad.' We just recognize peak passion, the strongest emotions. If your peak passion is with your family and loved ones, those are the experiences you seek out. If your peak passion is because you built an amazing motorcycle, that is what you remember and seek out. And unfortunately, if your peak passion is abuse at work or abusing someone, that is what you seek out.
— NeoWayland, peak experience
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“Indian Pantheons: Crash Course World Mythology #8”

“In which Mike Rugnetta continues our unit on pantheons with the complex Indian pantheon, focusing on stories that were written in Sanskrit. We start with a violent creation story. We talk about the concept of Brahman, and the personification as three deities: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Then, the goddess Durga teaches us how to behead a buffalo demon while riding a lion.”

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Greater Pagan Community

Much of the justification for "establishing" a Greater Pagan Community® is so that certain individuals can get the adoration and deference they believe they deserve.
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Diversity of channels

We're plugged into more information and more information sources than ever before. A cascade effect is pretty common, where the same information (right or wrong) hits you from several channels at once, making it seem more important or more widespread than it actually is. That is why the number of channels is not nearly as important as the diversity of channels.
— NeoWayland, cascade effect
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Kirlian photography

As for Kirlian photography, it has nothing to do with the aura. There's no overlap, and someone's insistence that Kirlian photography ‘proves’ that the aura exists just complicates things.
— NeoWayland, aura
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NeoNotes – Government should not be trusted

I do not believe that a government agency should be trusted with caring for the environment.

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Power through victimhood

I don't believe in enabling power through victimhood. I know that can seem cruel, but it's not. After a time, the training wheels get in the way.
— NeoWayland
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“Pantheons of the Ancient Mediterranean: Crash Course World Mythology #7”

“In which Mike Rugnetta begins our unit on pantheons, which are families of gods. We further define pantheons and talk about why they're important. Then, we discuss pantheons from the myths of the ancient Mediterranean, starting with ancient Sumer in Mesopotamia. The Egyptian pantheon brings us the story of Osiris and his envious brother Seth. We learn what these two pantheons suggest about the cultures where they originated.” Read More...
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“Oedipus and the Sphinx”

This actually started as a student work

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Shaft of sunlight

Just a touch.

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“In the Footsteps of Brasidas”

“Life lessons from reading Thucydides and hiking at night”

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“Humans and Nature and Creation: Crash Course World Mythology #6”

“In which Mike Rugnetta brings you the final installation of our unit on creation myths. This week, we're talking about human beings and their relationship to the natural world. It turns out foundational stories have a lot to teach us about the ways in which people relate to the physical world around them, and the other organisms that inhabit that world. We'll talk about the Biblical idea that humans have dominion over animals, and we'll talk about Native American stories in which people and nature collaborate to create the world.”

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Platinum Rule

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst and meanwhile, do everything you can to make things better.
— Jim O'Neil
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Personal

Faith is a personal choice. It has to be, or it has no meaning.
— NeoWayland
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“Social Orders and Creation Stories: Crash Course World Mythology #5”

“In which Mike Rugnetta sits you down for a little talk about myth as a way to construct or reinforce social orders. Specifically, we’re going to look today at stories from around the world that establish or amplify the idea that the errors of women have brought bad things into the world. We’re talking about the idea that death and disease and pain came into the world as a result of human (specifically woman human) action, and that men should therefore be considered superior to women. This idea, which on its face may sound a little out there to our modern ears, is persistent and pernicious. We’re interested in looking at the ways that stories make social orders. We’ll look at Abrahamic, Greek, and Japanese creation stories that have, over the millennia, served to push something of a social order agenda.”

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“Earth Mothers and Rebellious Sons - Creation Part 3: Crash Course World Mythology #4”

“So, we’re still talking about sex this week, but we’re talking about Earth Mothers and their children. We'll start with Gaia, and her son Kronos, who had a classic childhood rebellion, and castrated his father. We'll also get into Kronos’s son Zeus, who would go on to dethrone his father. We’ll talk about Norse mythology, too, and look at the family that created the world, and worked together to make people.”

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NeoNotes — Diversity

Diversity of opinion is strongly discouraged.

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Bear Lake

I used to do photography until my camera was damaged.

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Who's a good boy?

The dog sells this one

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“Zeus and Antiope”

Here is where the scandalous part comes in.

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Tolerant

I can think of no other faith group that actually celebrates the nutcases as gifts from the gods. There is no politically correct way to describe it. People who would be shunned in any other circumstances are actually put on display to show how tolerant Paganism is.
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Journal 23Mar2018

Thinking by blogging

They want to know why they should even consider your faith when their faith is absolutest.

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“Rotating Moon from LRO”

“No one, presently, sees the Moon rotate like this. That's because the Earth's moon is tidally locked to the Earth, showing us only one side. Given modern digital technology, however, combined with many detailed images returned by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a high resolution virtual Moon rotation movie has now been composed.”

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NeoNotes — Defending my faith (the long one)

I try to give Christians the benefit of the doubt, mainly because I expect the same. Some make it harder than others. Live and let live works mostly.

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Vital & fresh

I think it's vital to have friends outside your faith and outside your work. It helps you to balance. We need people we don't agree with but still trust to keep us out of the ego traps. We need other outlets for our passion just to keep ourselves fresh.
— NeoWayland
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Wearing black

I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.
— Johnny Cash
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Folly

The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
— Mark Twain
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I believe in God

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
— John Lennon
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Without

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
— Albert Einstein
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Religion is dangerous

Religion is dangerous. The people in power have always realized this. Either they must tame it — make it all about how King Zork enjoys the Will of Heaven —or keep a heavy, cast iron lid on it.

The trouble with religious people is that they are not always loyal enough — to the king, to the government, to the Party, to the corporation.

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Fundamentalism denies others choice

I won't submit to your game. You will frustrate yourself more and more if you keep trying. The reason I can do this here, now, is because America is based on choice and pluralism and responsibility. Bad choices and bad consequences teach people to make better choices.

Fundamentalism denies others choice.

It doesn't matter if it's atheism, Islamist, climate change, Christianity, progressive, conservative, pagan, or libertarian. The label just distracts from the tactic.

Fundamentalism denies others choice.
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Lady in violet

Not really pagan.

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In the spirt of the season

This dryad is an excellent symbol of spring.

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Disconnect

I don't suppose it's really important in the overall scheme of things, but I find it unnerving.

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NeoNotes — accusation

How would I prove that I don't do that?

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NeoNotes — IQ is culture dependent

It's not that they don't have the raw ability, most just don't have the skills.

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Sleeping

This one is pushing the limit of casual.

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“Andromeda Chained to the Rocks”

Notice how the mythological elements are barely there

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Not so silly

“After years of living friendless, having to make up his own talking animal companions, Christopher Robin (now known as Chris Robin) has become an emotionally charged teen artist. As he changed, so did his "best friend" the imaginary bear 'Winnie the Pooh', growing taller and more muscular to protect Chris from anything, or anyone, who crosses his path.”
— sketchnate, silly old bear
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Some mornings it's too much to bear

He's looking at you.

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NeoNotes — the middle

If the winter solstice is the middle of winter and the summer solstice is the middle of summer, the vernal equinox is the middle of spring and the autumnal equinox is the middle of fall.

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Journal 16Mar2018

Thinking by blogging

Rain in my desert always makes me think.

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Character

The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.
— Abigail Van Buren
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First chapter

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
— Thomas Jefferson
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My paganism isn't separate

My paganism isn't separate. It's not something enshrined in the past behind a glass door in some museum. It's a living part of me and my world.

And it's going to shape my future.
— NeoWayland, Thursday at last
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Tunnel of trees

The train passing through once or twice a day keeps the vegetation down.

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Fever dream

It's not a statement. It's an anti-statement.

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Giving away your power

If you give your passion to them, then they win. You'll always be reacting and you'll always be unhappy.
— NeoWayland
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Dance

The leaping dance and the look on her face make it perfect.

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"The Woman, the Man and the Serpent"

The woman is embracing life and blossoming right before our eyes.

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Heirs of dreams

Sometimes, the heirs of dreams do better than the heirs of blood and bone.
— NeoWayland
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Truest life

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
— Henry David Thoreau
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You don't know

You don't know where I get my news. When it comes to occult information, your "sources" and eyewitnesses and "primary documents" don't know squat. I've been on the shadow borders for twenty-nine years. I've a whole slew of contacts representing more faiths and paths than you can shake three wands and an athamé at. I've done research as a practitioner, a historian, a philosopher, and a scholar of comparative religion. You can't cloak your wanna-be claims from me. I've been to the places you fear and I've walked the paths beyond your longing.

And that, neighbor, is how you do it right. You can't do it without truth and experience.
— NeoWayland
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Journal 09Mar2018

Thinking by blogging

Reading is a dying art, especially the way I do it.

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Take care of each other

Humans have been taking care of each other for a very very long time. How many old stories have gods wondering the Earth disguised looking for hospitality and charity? Our society is built on the idea of honor and fair play. Parity is a keystone. The Christians called it the Golden Rule, but it existed in dozens of successful cultures. It may be the most important idea of Western civilization and the best thing that sets us apart.
— NeoWayland
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Heard of brave knights

Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.
— C.S. Lewis
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Difference between the Story and the Journey

It is the difference between the Story and the Journey. One is told while the other is lived. The only two purposes of the story are to honor the memory of those who have gone before and to teach you to recognize where the path begins for your own journey. The rituals are not the faith. The map is not the territory. The words are not the thing. You can only be responsible for your journey alone because it is your journey and no one else's.
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Fairy tales

Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of God, that there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear.
— G. K. Chesterton
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Acquiring knowledge

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
— Denis Diderot
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One tree falls

Even if one tree falls down it wouldn't affect the entire forest.
— Chen Shui-bian
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Foster inner life

Does the Church in our time foster the inner life? Rarely. Does the Church hold the keys to a new consciousness? Yes.
— Theodore J. Nottingham, from “The Church and the Inner Life,” Gnosis № 25, Fall 1992
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NeoNotes — multiple intelligences

As a rough definition, measurable intelligence is the practical knowledge and skills necessary for a given set of problem solving.

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Under the full Moon

Tuesday and Wednesday entries combined. A bit of art, a bit of dream, a bit of speculation.

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Citrus mix

The best version of this uses freshly squeezed juice.

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Wet

I'm not sure what sells it better, the rowboat or the bubble jar.

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“The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch

About all we know for sure is that Bosch was mixing the profound with the profane of his day and age.

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Woods

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.
— Robert Frost
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Journal 02Mar2018

Thinking by blogging

It's the mix, it's the argument, it's the conflict that will give us some of our best new ideas.

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Enough to destroy

The accusation is enough to destroy. That's why I compared it to Witch Trials. There is no defense against the accusation. You're assumed guilty by the mob, tried, and executed. There's no recourse, no chance to challenge the accusers.
— PaidinRubles
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Laughing in their own ways

I don't think existence wants you to be serious. I have not seen a serious tree. I have not seen a serious bird. I have not seen a serious sunrise. I have not seen a serious starry night. It seems they are all laughing in their own ways, dancing in their own ways. We may not understand it, but there is a subtle feeling that the whole existence is a celebration.
— Rajneesh
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Courage

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
— Nelson Mandela
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Born dreamers

We were born dreamers.

We can learn to be makers.

Technology lets us bridge our thoughts and our milieu.
— NeoWayland, Why a Technopagan?
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Everything has a price

Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There's a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.
     — Harry Browne
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Elf touched

This is a work of art.

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Tainted frisson

Politics has tainted paganism in my mind and I am working to re-establish the separation.

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Grand Canyon officially 99

🇺🇸 Grand Canyon National Park created (26Feb1919)
Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later as a National Monument, Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service.

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The Birth of Venus

Botticelli revived the love goddess Venus in the Renaissance, posing her in the modest manner pioneered by the ancient artist Praxiteles, as he sets out not to titillate, but philosophise. According to Plato and his followers the contemplation of physical beauty can lead the mind to heavenly truth. Botticelli's Venus is not a sex object. She is a divine teacher of spiritual enlightenment. Hers is a beauty that heals the world.
— Jonathan Jones, The top 10 female nudes in art
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Seaside

I have never understood is the American obsession with swimwear.

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Healthier state of being

Sound and color can be used to 'play' the human body like a musical instrument and put it in a healthier state of being.
— Jeff Chitouras, "Esoteric Sound & Color," Gnosis № 27, Spring 1993
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NeoNotes — Fluffies and Crusaders

Uh oh, I just revealed Secrets That Must Not Be Revealed. The Powers-That-Wanna-Be may insist I turn in my lucky charm.

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Journal 23Feb2018

Thinking by blogging

It's snowing right now.

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“Why are we facing a conundrum?”

Why are we facing a conundrum? The works from Bonewits have proven themselves as functional and relevant to their fields. Just because there is a glaring flaw in the man means we have to toss away his legacy? The idea is nonsense.
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Limiter

“This is the world, there is no other.” That’s the limiter. Everything moves because of dynamic balances, magick is the essence of change and evolution. Life changes. Magick moves. We connect.
— NeoWayland, Dirty hands
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We walk between the worlds

Making those connections in the world takes work. Remember we walk between the worlds. It’s not enough to touch the Divine. We have to come off the mountain top and share what we’ve found. We have to step out of the ritual circle.
— NeoWayland, Dirty hands
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NeoNotes — Define magick

"Supernatural" depends on the definition of "natural."

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Loves the earth

The pagan loves the earth in order to enjoy it and confine himself within it; the Christian in order to make it purer and draw from it the strength to escape from it.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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30 minutes

I saw a horse "broke" once. It was time consuming. It was brutal. That was enough to convince me it was wrong.

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Bound

Neither bound by tradition nor decree, but my own actions and deeds.
— anonymous
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Common good

Ever notice that when someone starts talking about the common good, they try to take something away from you?
— NeoWayland
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Can't keep the magick

Those parts of the Divine that you touch, you can’t keep the magick to yourself and still be pagan. You have to send it out. We take the Divine Gift and share it.
— NeoWayland, Dirty hands
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I've learned

As a pagan, I've long since learned that the World isn't mine to control.
— NeoWayland
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Journal 16Feb2018

Thinking by blogging

I'd stop blogging for a while, but I think that's one thing keeping me going.

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Usefulness

Bonewits' works form the backbone of my own work and beliefs. However, those works have that place in no way do to the character of the man who created them but instead on the usefulness of those works instead. I am a strong proponent against 'the cult of personality' so to idealize a man and accept his works solely do to that idealization is repugnant. I think Bonewits would understand and agree. At least that is the sense I get from the works I have from him.
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Not evil

The so-called Dark Side is not wholly an evil or negative place or force; after all, some things remain in the shadows because we've placed them there out of fear and squeamishness.
Jay Kinney, "Standing in the Shadows," Gnosis № 14, Winter 1989-'90
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Pagan virtue signaling

Paganism is about the relationship between you, the World, and the Divine.

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Music as a place

If Music is a Place -- then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.
— Vera Nazarian
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Imposed

A choice that is imposed is no choice. A religion that is imposed in the name of 'freedom and decency' will be neither free nor decent.
— NeoWayland
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Great work

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
— Steve Jobs
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Not a belief

Because enchantment is not a belief; it’s an experience.
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Honour our Pagan Elders

Why can we not choose to honour our Pagan Elders and past with humility and honesty? What prevents us from including a shameful past while holding on to what good treasures they contributed?
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True compassion

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
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Freedom of religion

It's long been a point of mine that the freedom of religion, which this country alleges to support, works two ways. We're not only free to practice the religion of our choice, we should be free from having someone else's religion practiced on us.
— John Irving
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NeoNotes — Perception and symbols

I wonder. If a symbol can be "tainted" no matter what it was used for previously, what does it take to "purify" the symbol?

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“Hylas and the Nymphs”

Why it was removed is unclear.

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Young couples

These young folks look young, strong, and sun kissed.

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Journal 02Feb2018

Thinking by blogging

I got to do the internet frustration thing again.

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A bonding behavior

Many think they want fun when they want a relationship.

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Those who did no wrong

If we were to look back and see all our Elders as those who did no wrong, do we not fail ourselves first by setting our own selves up to fail? We learn so much from example. Even from the bad examples, we learn what not to do.
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Dropping in

I am having serious internet issues.

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Journal 26Jan2018

Thinking by blogging

I need a break from the nonsense.

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Not enough evidence

I do not have enough evidence at this point to say that Bonewits sexually abused Moira Greyland in 1970, and I don’t think anyone else has either. Unless new information comes forward, I will not be rushing to distance myself from my first Real Magic book.
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NeoNotes — Shift happens

Live and let live works mostly.

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Blue Moon Eclipse

Get Ready To See The First Blue Moon Eclipse In 150 Years

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Another passing

“Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed for her fantasy fiction, is dead at 88”

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Share and enjoy

As someone who is not part of the pickup culture or the marriage culture, I'm pretty sure about one thing.

If you want to sleep with someone more than a couple of times, you'd better find something other than sex you can share and enjoy.

One reason why marriage can work is because sex isn't the goal, nor is it the reward for a job well done.
— NeoWayland
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Every brilliant man or woman

I have found it seems to be a universal rule, every brilliant man or woman have inside an equally breathtaking flaw. We humans are simply not all good or all bad but a mix of differentiating proportions of both.
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Summing up the circus

Here's the quick take for those of you who don't want to dig through the whole internet.

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Sex & consent

I've been examining my own assumptions about sex and consent.

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Journal 19Jan2018

Thinking by blogging

I'd rather talk about the pagan stuff.

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Our own heart

Our own heart, and not other men's opinions, forms our true honor.
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Sometimes humans are silly

Just a picture to brighten your day

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Old discussions

Links to the TWH comment threads on Gavin Frost and Kenny Klein

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No Grand Cause here

I don't believe in them, you see.

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NeoNotes — A long hard look

If it works for you and challenges you to be a better person, more power to you. It is not my place to question that, it's between you and the Divine.

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Threats

If you had faith, you wouldn't need threats.
— NeoWayland
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Awake

1 pint Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream dumped into a sixty-four oz thermal mug (yes they exist). Fill up the rest with double-strength Circle K coffee at 2 a.m.

It didn't keep me alert, but it did keep me awake. Sometimes for a couple of days.
— NeoWayland
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Get religion

Sending kids to "get religion" instead of practicing it with them is one of the surest setups for failure I know.
— NeoWayland
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Three sentences

I will give you three sentences and it will undo everything you have said on this thread and leave no doubt that I say what I mean.

People are responsible for their own actions and must accept the consequences for those actions.

I don't care what anyone's sexual taste is as long as they confine it to consenting adults.

Mess with kids sexually and it's time to start chopping off your body parts.
— NeoWayland
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Slice it

When pagans jump up to recite approved scripts to this week's Officially Designated Outrage, they make paganism look silly.

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In defense of Bonewits' work

If his work can't stand on it's own, people will find something else.

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Unrealistic standard

If anything is clearer to me now with this information coming out about Bonewits, there is far more work to be done with dealing with our shadow sides. Our Elders are not saints. I never expected them to be and I refuse to hold them to that unrealistic standard.
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Worldproof

You can't childproof the world. You can only worldproof your children.
— probably L. Neil Smith, The American Zone
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Journal 12Jan2018

Thinking by blogging
Sympathy is not part of my nature. Fellow-feeling is a gift that I have to work at, so I do. I consider it as restitution for the person I once was.
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Secret shame

Pain doesn't have to be the secret shame that you cherish and keep locked deep inside yourself. Just as joy doesn't have to be beyond your reach. It's all sensation. It's what you do with the passion that will shape your life.
— NeoWayland, Feeling
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“As if withholding belief was a moral crime…”

I have a problem with this assumption "at the moment the general reaction seems to be to disbelieve abuse survivors." I do not find it to be accurate. Mostly because of what group is being examined to provide the baseline for the general reaction, which I've rarely seen explained.

Every time I see this idea come up, it is used as a weapon against those who desire to have an examined and rational discussion without having to say "I believe." as if withholding belief was a moral crime. That idea that there is a culture of disbelief has been weaponized and used to silence those who ask uncomfortable and disquieting questions.

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So much for avoiding the topic

I don't approve of older men having sex with young teens, but it has been happening from the beginning.

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Bonewits accused

“Accusations of abuse surface against ADF founder Isaac Bonewits”

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My own werewolf story

But every October, I remember. It's my own werewolf story, with me cast as Henry Jekyll. Dr. Jekyll chose to be Mr. Hyde you see. That's my shame.
— NeoWayland, The TPY blog entry that shouldn't have been
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If this were a horror movie

Now if this were a horror movie, I would have been Tainted By Darkness and I would be hosting the same demon spirit that drove her with an insatiable drive to corrupt the innocent. But it's real life. I made the choices, I have to live with the consequences.
— NeoWayland, The TPY blog entry that shouldn't have been
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Today

🌙 waning crescent moon
light rain early AM

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NeoNotes — Man separate from Nature

"Supernatural" depends on the definition of "natural."

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More popular than Jesus

We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first-rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
— John Lennon
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Pain

Sometimes we invite pain and tell ourselves it's for love. Or even worse, if we endure the pain now, we'll be rewarded sometime. When the Other feels like it. If they remember. If they can be bothered to acknowledge the gift.
— NeoWayland, Feeling
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Hurting

When we are hurting, we pull back. We shut things out. We shut our loved ones out. We wrap ourselves deep in our strongest passions. We keep the world at bay.
— NeoWayland, Feeling
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Failure

You can't keep wrapping yourself in the passion for failure and then wonder why you fail.

Cherish your passion and embrace the magick.
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Immediacy

I believe that Paganism offers an immediacy that I couldn't find in Christianity.
— NeoWayland, Why a Technopagan?
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Hollow

I'm the only one who has a key anymore.

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Today

🌙 waning crescent moon
light rain early AM

My high desert is pretty mild weather-wise, I don't note the weather unless it is unusual.
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Revived 06Jan2018

These older blog entries have been reformatted and entered into the current directories

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Next step

The next step depends on the focus of your faith and your choices. It's not enough to be just pagan.
— NeoWayland, Blessed Journeys
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Inestimable value

The second coming of the Goddess has proved of inestimable value to people everywhere, for it has provided them with a new mythic pattern, a saving story to live by.
— Caitlin Matthews, from "Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom," Gnosis № 13, Fall 1989
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Today

🌖 waning gibbous moon
Epiphany - Old Christmas - Feast of the Three Kings - Twelfth Tide

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Shamanic weekends

Whenever I see these ads for shamanic weekends, I'm suspicious. Because shamanic ecstasy is terrifying.
— Rachel Pollack, from "The Gods of the Funny Books: An Interview with Rachel Pollack and Neil Gaiman," Gnosis № 32, Summer 1994
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Today

Twelvetide - Christmastide
🌖 waning gibbous moon
Twelfth Night - Epiphany Eve

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Sandwiches

You have to enjoy the peanut butter sandwiches. You never know where your next one is coming from.
     — from the private journal of NeoWayland, 14Jan2013
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Today

Valiente Day

Lived 04Jan1922 to 01Sep1999 (77). Witch, ritualist, author.


Twelvetide - Christmastide
🌖 waning gibbous moon
Quadrantids meteor shower


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Revived 03Jan2018

These older blog entries have been reformatted and entered into the current directories

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Defined

My faith isn't defined by my politics.
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Organize

The last thing I want is for anyone to "organize" neopaganism, but sometimes I wonder about the flakes we attract. They confuse our freedom of dogma with freedom from responsibility and consequences. And they believe that they are allowed to impose their own dogma on everyone else.
— NeoWayland, Flake off
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How easy it is to join

See, the internet is an equalizer of sorts. If I am in a "community," my statements have the same weight as the flakiest member who joined just last week. The chances of anyone sticking around and making that community actually worth something is inversely proportional to how easy it is to join.
— NeoWayland, Flake off
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Today

Twelvetide - Christmastide
🌖 waning gibbous moon
Quadrantids meteor shower
St. Genevieve Feast Day

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Choice

Faith is a personal choice. So are politics. One does not define the other.
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The stars

Oh gods, the stars.

In a city, you see a few twinkles of the stronger stars, but that is nothing compared to what you see when you get away from the city lights. Suddenly the words "Milky Way" make sense. When I have been away from all the stars, my first instinct on a clear night is to strip down and bathe in all that silver starlight.
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I can hear the capitals

It always worries me when I can hear the capitals in what other people say, even if it is only what they are typing on a computer screen.
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the Forbidden

We're the Mystery Gateway, the Forbidden, the Ones Who Don't Play By The Rules. To an outsider meeting us for the first time, there is nothing that lets the outsider judge who and what we are. They see the Prize but they don't see the Price.
— NeoWayland, Flake off
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I am (the long version)

Putting up one of my old chants

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Walk away

I could handle the backhanded compliments and schoolboy taunts.

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Today

Asimov Day
Isaac Asimov • Before birthday

Lived 02Jan1920 to 06Apr1992 (72). Author, scientist, humanist. My Before of Thought for October 2008. I know of no other modern author who wrote on so many subjects. I know of no other author who drove me nuts as I tried to read every book he wrote. The Good Doctor inspired me in ways I do not understand, but I will be forever grateful.

Lady in the Court of Stars - Midnight to midnight. A WebTree three day celebration from midnight to midnight marking the full Moon or bright Moon and honoring the magick.

Twelvetide - Christmastide
🌖 waning gibbous moon
≠ Advent of Isis

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Redo

I'm going to have to redesign and start lexicon 3.0

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Today

Lady in the Court of Stars - Midnight to midnight. A WebTree three day celebration from midnight to midnight marking the full Moon or bright Moon and honoring the magick.

Twelvetide - Christmastide
Circumcision of Christ
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
🌝 bright moon - supermoon

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A narrow slice of life, but now and again pondering American neopaganism, modern adult pagans & the World.

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