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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.

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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A book fell on my head

I've always had my suspicions about that.

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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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Citrus mix

The best version of this uses freshly squeezed juice.

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I am (the long version)

Putting up one of my old chants

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Best practices

If it's Tuesday, it must be technopagan.

There was a great piece that I linked at Pagan Vigil in my Tuesday headline roundup, Why Simple Beats Complex. Ben Carlson is addressing the investment world, but I think it may be universal. Regular readers may recognize the theme from Zed Shaw's The Master, The Expert, The Programmer. Both these pieces are worth your time.

Shortly after reading Shaw's essay, I examined my writing. I was making it complex, I was flourishing what I knew and expecting people to pat me on the head and say, "Good job." Stripping out the nonessentials was hard and time consuming. It once took me nine months to get a single sentence exactly right. But there it was, simple, basic, and no one could disagree. But people could dismiss it as trite. I had to learn that just because others didn't see the possibilities didn't mean I had to explain it. Four Powers of the Magus all over again, to keep silent.

Carlson makes two important points. Complexity is about tactics; simplicity is about systems. Simple is harder.

Successful people usually stick to basic rules. It's because those rules usually work. And if the rules don't work, people who understand the rules usually understand the World. That gives a leg up in choosing what to try next.

Take one of my favorites. It's the one I try to build my life around. Leave the World a little better than when you found it. I call it a secret of life for good reason. This rule doesn't say do not litter. It's implied. This rule doesn't say clean up the kitchen every morning. This rule doesn't say tend your garden

Let's look at three other rules I use.

GOLDEN RULE - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

SILVER RULE - Do for yourself at least as much as you do for others.

IRON RULE - Don't do for others what they can do for themselves.

That Iron rule applies in my magick. When someone comes to me for help, I judge if help is necessary, needed, and deserved. I don't just rely on my own judgement, but there have been only a handful of times when I've been "overruled." I'm not in this to save souls, I'm in this to leave the World a little better than how I found it. That means sometimes I say "No."

It's not easy. People in need don't want to hear it and it makes pain worse.

Right now one of the things I'm doing is the Timetable page on this site. I'm planning on redoing the lexicon using the same techniques. It's modular, built up from tested parts added one at a time and tested again as I go along. Most people will never think about the construction of the page, for them it will just work. Just like this site.

I try to strip my magick and my rituals down to what's needed and build from there.

Complexity can work, but adding complexity means making it more unstable. If I am building to last, I want to know it will last.

In my home.

In my words.

In my magick.

Simple, well tested ideas that work well together without constant tweaking. Doing more with less. The mark of a master.

Sometimes I actually pull it off.

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Beyond patriotism

I was coming off a long time of being militantly solitary and I relished the fellowship I finally allowed myself.

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Pure

If we're not recognizing and honoring the cycles, what are we doing?

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Dating obsessively

I need to be aware of them, but I don't need to track them in detail.

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Nothing supernatural exists

If something changes the universe, it can be measured. If it can be measured, it can be analyzed. If it can be analyzed, experiments can be performed.
— NeoWayland
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Five words

Power with versus power over

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Black & Blue

It's the calendar that has got it wrong

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Kafkatrap

I was adding commentary to some of my lexicon entries.

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Interconnections

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

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Intuition & Inspiration

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

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Act of Change

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

Nope.

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Faith Triad

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

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Earth centered

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

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Bend the brains

But kids (especially BRIGHT teens) know when you’re different. They like different, they’re attracted to it.

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Flexing your calendar

Have I mentioned that I have a calendar obsession?

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Impress Me

If that "Living Word" exists, it has to be in the hearts and souls of those people who have really embraced it. It's not in a dusty book. The verses don't matter except to show you the way. Tell me what lives behind those printed words. Tell me how you turned your sacrifice into a blessing.
from the private journal of NeoWayland
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The grand cause

You take a plot of land. Now you can grow flowers or vegetables or both. You choose.

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Bestest

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

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Tying thoughts to emotions

Thought germs are memes

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Gods make you stretch

Most people go through life letting the Robot drive

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People needing people

Accept or not as you choose, that doesn't make it less true

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Another Fine Message

Pulling together the bits on the mind that I have touched on before

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Micro spell kit

Feeding my tool and pattern obsessions

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Riding the Music Part II

I got an email asking why I didn't include Pagan music. Long story short, I think we need to look for connections beyond things that are just "Pagan" or Pagan related. There is meaning and life all around us, we do not need to shut ourselves off from it just because it didn't come from an approved source.

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Riding the music

Some songs work amazingly well as meditation aids, IF it's the right music and the right lyrics.

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Self-initiation

Most of the "self-initiated" aren't. We need to find ways to recognize that.

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Sunfell Tech Mage Rede Nine Words Serve The Tech Mage Best Keep What Works Fix What’s Broke Ditch The Rest

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

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