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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.

Paganism isn't a movement

I don't think paganism is a movement. I think it's a life.

I think there are those opposed to paganism who try to reduce it to politics. When that happens, I think it's natural to defend it with politics.

I also think that is a mistake. Reduce faith to politics and you'll depend on enough of your neighbors acknowledging it as "real" and "valid" just to support your choice and life.

Likewise sexuality. I personally don't care who you bonk, as long as it consenting adults. The only reason I could possibly care is if I'm one of the people involved. But link sexuality to politics and suddenly I am involved just by being around you, whether I want it or not. The default assumption is that I will fight your battles on their terms, just so I can be an "ally."

I tell Christians all the time, tain't mine. I deny them the power to control my faith. I deny them the power to define my faith. I am not what they think, I am what I choose. I am not something less, I am something else.

To paraphrase Paradise Lost, "I will not serve." My place is not where they would place me. I'm not living another's Story, I'm on my own Journey.

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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Condemnation of memory

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

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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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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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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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Tainted frisson

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

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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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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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“Speak To The Sky” (pagan version)

A song that helped me recently

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I call myself pagan

I call myself pagan because I don't have a better term. I'm polytheistic and pantheistic. On alternate Thursdays and every third Tuesday I might admit to an animism bent as well. On the 13th of the month, I'll tell you (truthfully) that the label isn't really all that important, only the manifestation.
     — NeoWayland
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Magick everyday

The air is still humid from last night's never-storm. No rain, but plenty of lightning and thunder around midnight.

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Special harvest

There's something very renewing about greeting the sun at dawn dressed in nothing but a pendant.

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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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Today's really twenty-nine

It's actually part of my Summergate celebration.

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Five words

Power with versus power over

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NeoNotes — What witch?

The "Witch Winter Solstice Ritual" in Nylon is populist pap. It's a lot like having Easter using only Cadbury eggs and never once mentioning a resurrection or what it might mean.

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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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The grand cause

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

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Twenty-seven

That’s what those trees are for.

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Gaia

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

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Better

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

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Of gods and men
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I don't bow unless I respect

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Wisdom and the Three Percent

I answer my email indirectly

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Blessings and ethics

When things are messy, actions and answers aren't clear cut. That is when you need faith in yourself.

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