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The Holly and the Ivy (pagan version)

And the running of the deer
The harvest bride shall be brought to bed
And we shall have good cheer.

The holly bears a blossom
As white as any snow
And the Child of Light is newly born
All on a winter's morn.

The holly bears a berry
As red as any wine
And we shall dance and feast all night
In honour of the vine.

And the holly bears a bark
Which burneth with a smoke
And the stag runs in the greenwood
With the Lady of the dark.

The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn
And it has vanquished Barleycorn
Who sleepeth in the earth.

But as the ivy twineth
About the last sheaf of corn
As the Spring comes after Winter
So shall he be reborn.

Pagan lyrics by Yvonne Aburrow


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❝One Tin Solider❞

Lately when my mind turns to politics

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“Nina Paley's haunting, mesmerizing, and life-affirming God-Mother animation”

Gimme that old time religion.

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“Cosmic Sexy Time, Eggs, Seeds, and Water: Crash Course World Mythology #3”

“In which Mike teaches you about the creation of the universe, with sex. This week we're talking about creations stories from Egypt, West Africa, Greece, China, and Persia that have a lot in common with human sexual reproduction. And also some castration and puking, to boot. We've got your cosmic eggs, right here!”

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“Coyote and Raven, American Tricksters: Crash Course World Mythology #22”

“Mike Rugnetta continues to teach you about Tricksters in myth, and this time we're headed to the Americas. Coyote and Raven appear in stories from many Native American groups, and more often than not, they're tricky. They're also often kind of, well, nasty. Not to get too judgy. But we do a lot of talking about poop in this episode. I'm just saying. We also talk about Tricksters as creators, as Coyote creates constellations, and Raven creates some rivers.”

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“Hermes and Loki and Tricksters Part 2: Crash Course World Mythology”

“In which Mike Rugnetta continues to teach you about tricksters. In this episode, we're talking about tricksters as culture heroes. Basically, a culture hero is someone whose creativity adds to their mythological culture. We'll learn how the shennanigans of Hermes are credited with deeply influencing Greek culture and myth, and we'll look at how Loki's tricks led to a lot of important aspects of Norse myth. This episode has it all! Cattle rustling, cook outs, luthiery, joke haircuts, and Gullinbursti the Battle Swine. All that's to say, this is a good one.”

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“Creation from the Void”

“Today on Crash Course Mythology we’re starting in on creation stories. This week, we’ll focus on the creation of the universe out of nothing, or Ex Nihlio creation. Basically, a god decides to make a universe out of nothing. We’ll look at the Genesis story (which has nothing to do with Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins), a Mayan creation tale, a Kono story of the beginning, and we’ll even look at the Big Bang.”

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“What Is Myth?”

“Welcome to Crash Course World Mythology, our latest adventure (and this series may be literally adventurous) in education. Over the next 40 episodes or so, we and Mike Rugnetta are going to learn about the world by looking at the foundational stories of a bunch of different cultural traditions. We’re going to look at the ways that people’s stories define them, and the ways they shape their culture. We’re going to learn about gods, goddesses, heroes, and tricksters, and a lot more. We’re going to walk the blurry line between myth and religion, and we’re going to like it.”

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“Tricksters: An Introduction”

“This week, Mike introduces you to Tricksters, starting with Anansi, the West African trickster god who is also sometimes a spider. Tricksters are, well, tricky. They're wise and foolish, they're promiscuous and amoral, but in a lot of ways, they're good guys. We'll also talk about the occasionally tricky Hercules and Atlas, and touch on more recent tricksters like B'rer Rabbit.”

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Wonder Woman Easter egg

“Film Review: Eugene Brave Rock Speaks Blackfoot to Wonder Woman in DC’s Best Film Ever”

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“We are starstuff…”

We are starstuff, we are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out. As we have both learned, sometimes the universe requires a change of perspective.
     — Delen in Babylon Five
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Naked ritual

From the looks of it, it's probably a fertility rite.

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NeoNotes — Help

I think it goes beyond religion.

I think it's the keystone to Western Civilization. ReligiousTolerance.org calls it the Ethic of Reciprocity. Christians call it the Golden Rule. My favorite version comes from the movies.

"Be excellent to each other! And party on Dudes!"

Philosophically, the EoR assumes that there are other people and they are just as important as you are. If you want to be treated well, you have to treat others well.

I call it parity. Some call it fairness. It's all the same thing. Help if you can because you may want help later.
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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“Reflection-Medusa”

Sorrow and regret

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Rhythm Of Life

”And The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat…”

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“NO PROBLEMS!”


NO SOLICITORS
NO RELIGIOUS GROUPS
(This Means You Everyone)
NO PEDDLERS
NO PROBLEMS!
HAVE A SUPER FANTASTIC DAY!

     — three minutes and fifteen seconds into the movie Growing Op


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“You have to believe in dreams…”

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

My friends have always been the best of me.
     — Doctor Who, The Wedding of River Song

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“At the end of the day…”

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

This is a page from the third version of Technopagan Yearnings. There are some formatting differences. Originally published at www.neowayland.com/C1982366546/E20100903124219

Remember this

On a quote binge

“Power has to be shared. It is the key to survival.”
     — Andromeda TV series
Sometimes I shouldn't be allowed in my quote file.

In this context, I meant that the magick should be sent back into the world as soon as possible.

Notice I did not say a thing about the lore…

Posted: Fri - September 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM

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Eyes open and watching carefully

We have the future we make, nothing more and nothing less

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Good reasoning

This is a page from the third version of Technopagan Yearnings. There are some formatting differences. Originally published at www.neowayland.com/C1982366546/E20100420115235

Good reasoning

I'm not a parent but this makes sense to me

“Well, I told him to walk away if it's ... for himself and to stand up and fight if it's for someone else.”
     — Booth to Brennan in the Bones episode "The Finger in the Nest"
I've seldom seen it explained better. In this world of soundbites, sometimes the truth shines through.

Posted: Tue - April 20, 2010 at 11:52 AM

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Lost in the story

People so disconnected from reality that a movie depresses them

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Snap out of it!

Neo got kidnapped

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In a hole

Friends in dark places

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License to thrill

Rattling the windows, singing in anticipation

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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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Mulling over the nature of Deity

Fiction and nonfiction collide and spawn in my semi-fevered brain

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“You're not doing what I wanted you to do!”

Frustrated by unspoken expectations

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Religion and popular culture

Conversation with Juliaki

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Happy Towel Day!

This is a page from the third version of Technopagan Yearnings. There are some formatting differences. Originally published at www.neowayland.com/C1982366546/E15826908

Happy Towel Day!

Douglas Adams Passing Day

Douglas Adams was an author best known for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

His stories seriously warped my sense of humor as a young man. Sadly, I've never recovered.

Here's to you, Douglas, you were a most improbable man.

“A cool frood who never quite knew where his towel was.”

Posted: Wed - May 11, 2005 at 06:45 AM

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