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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.

Gibbs Rule #11

When the job is done, walk away.
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“If anything can go wrong, it will.”

If anything can go wrong, it will — and in the most annoying manner possible.
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Keep a notebook

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.
— Jack London
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Gibbs Rule #9

Never go anywhere without a knife.
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Gibbs Rule #8

Never take anything for granted.
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Gibbs Rule #6

Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness.
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Not the thing

The map is not the territory, the word is not the thing it describes. Whenever the map is confused with the territory, a 'semantic disturbance' is set up in the organism. The disturbance continues until the limitation of the map is recognized.
— Alfred Korzybski
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See beyond

The deeper the passion, the harder it is to see beyond our expectations.
— NeoWayland, pedestal problem
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Gibbs Rule #5

You don't waste good.

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We forget

We pagans make a big deal about walking between the worlds, but sometimes I think we spend so much time trying to be in the world we want that we forget to be in the world we're in.
— NeoWayland, Related to who?
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Three Laws of Thermosecurity

The first law is that the desire of authorities in charge of security for information will continue in a straight line with no limits in time and space short of the heat death of the universe. The second law is that the willingness of their authorities to supply them with the budget they need to do that has very definite limits, both in time and space. Hence the third law, which is the one we are now operating under. The information assembled by security authorities invariably overwhelms their ability to analyze the information. They are, in effect, suffocated by their own insecurity.
— David Weber, Cauldron of Ghosts
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Ro3 № 32

Ninety-seven percent of the time, there is no practical magickal solution. Three percent of the time, well, three is a magick number and that is when I use magick.
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Ro3 № 31

Choose your own words and actions despite the threat of punishment. Accept responsibility for your choices. Trust that others will make their choices without your coercion.
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Gibbs Rule #4

The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best.

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❝Knowledge is power.❞

Understanding brings control; the more that is known about a subject, the easier it is to exercise control over it.
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The future

The future is not laid out on a track. It is something that we can decide, and to the extent that we do not violate any known laws of the universe, we can probably make it work the way that we want to.
— Alan Kay
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Gibbs Rule #3?

Don't believe what you're told. Double check.
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McGee Rule #70

Keep digging till you hit bottom.

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Coward's way

They didn't dare face the crowd.

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NeoNote — the American compromise

Their compromise gave other faiths a wedge into the American religious landscape.

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Like calls to like

If we wrap ourselves in sorrow and pain and misery and self-loathing, then that is exactly what we attract.
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Two wolves

“Which one wins, Grandfather?”

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NeoNote — Religion & morality

There is nothing that prevents people from following religious law. But there is nothing that demands others follow those same religious laws.

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DiNozzo Rule #3

Never underestimate your opponent.
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❝I already knew that the teachers were lying to me.❞

I had the fortune or misfortune to learn how to read fluently starting at the age of three. So I had read maybe 150 books by the time I hit 1st grade. And I already knew that the teachers were lying to me.
— Alan Kay
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DiNozzo Rule #1

Don't sit on the sidelines while your people are in trouble.
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“Don’t do it if you don’t want it done to you.”

My paranoid version of the Golden Rule is a little more blunt. It still applies though.

If YOU are not willing to live under another's rules, why should they be willing to live under yours?
— NeoWayland, parity test
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Nature favors

Nature favors those organisms which leave the environment in better shape for their progeny to survive.
— James Lovelock
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❝Perfect is the enemy of good.❞

Perfect is the enemy of good.
— attributed to Voltaire
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Third best, second best, best

Give them the third best to go on with; the second best comes too late, the best never comes.
— Robert Watson-Watt. See also Rules of Three
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Perfect solution

We don't have a perfect solution. But we don't need one. We just have to make today better than yesterday.
— NeoWayland
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Curveball

My theory is it’s possible to become very successful in a given field by applying the prevailing orthodoxy and doing exactly as everyone expects without the slightest deviation. Like this, you can become very competent in your chosen subject – until someone chucks a curveball at you and it becomes clear you’ve had no practice in dealing with dissenting opinions.
— Tim Newman, Into-the-box thinking
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Mispronounce

Never make fun of someone if they mispronounce a word. It means they learned it by reading.
— anonymous
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Gibbs Rule 1?

Never screw over your partner.
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Abby Rule #9

Always keep a spare.
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Strength and growth

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
— Napoleon Hill
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Ro3 № 28

There are three types of history. There's the Official History™, there's the stories that people tell, and there's what really happened.
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Ro3 № 27

A living faith draws from three sources. There's what others have done before you. There's who you are and what you've done. And finally there's the link you make to the Divine. The dynamic tension shapes your faith.
— NeoWayland, Faith Triad, see also Rules of Three
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Ro3 № 24

I honor truth, liberty, and the rule of law in that order.
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One tripod leg

The lore behind magick is only one tripod leg. Even there it's about real mastery, not rote recitation. I call it moving beyond the recipe. When you can adapt your technique to what is there and what is needed with a minimum of effort, that's mastery. The lore is about core ideas, not specific practices. That's one of the hardest lessons I've had to learn and I am not good enough with it yet.
— NeoWayland, A Rule of Three
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NeoNote — First lesson

Of course, you could stop trying to preach and actually pay attention to what people are willing to share. You might even learn something.

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Ro3 № 19

Give her at least two orgasms for every one of mine.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Ro3 № 16

Initiate — Celebrate — Operate
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Revived - November 16, 2018

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Ro3 № 15

Don’t hold someone responsible unless they were present, of age, and participating. Remember the Practical Grudge Limit.
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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, see also Really real pagan
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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”

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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.
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Placebo

“What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick?”

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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.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three, see also Systematically
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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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Ro3 № 10

Words matter. Actions matter more. Intentions don’t.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three, see also Would you know?
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Ro3 № 9

Honor expects three warnings before you act.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Ro3 № 8

Test it thrice.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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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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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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Revived - November 2, 2018

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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, see also Collecting pelts, sex rules
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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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Ro3 № 3

Say only one thing for every three things they say.
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Ro3 № 2

Ask questions. Question the answers. Question your questions.
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Practical rules of three

I keep collecting them and they keep proving useful.

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Ro3 № 1

Start by listening. Before you say anything, listen again. Just to make sure you understand, listen some more.
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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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NeoNote — He would deny it

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

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Weird - from the lexicon

Duality is singularity reflected.

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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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NeoNote — Excuse for sex

It's very easy to find abusers.

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Searching The Wild Hunt

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

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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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Fantasy setting

I don't think our worship belongs enshrined in some fantasy setting.
— NeoWayland, Bringing it home
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Experience

Experience requires taking that first and seventh step into the unknown.
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Shower in the sunlight

I don't turn on the bathroom lights.

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NeoNote — “Not all …”

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

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NeoNotes - clergy claims

Fake clergy can screw people up big time.

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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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Meditate

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Citrus mix

The best version of this uses freshly squeezed juice.

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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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Bound

Neither bound by tradition nor decree, but my own actions and deeds.
— anonymous
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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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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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A bonding behavior

Many think they want fun when they want a relationship.

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Sex & consent

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

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NeoNotes — Man separate from Nature

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

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Hollow

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

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Still

I miss my companions.

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Not seeing

Another one of those really, really misunderstood concepts that has caused more problems than it has solved. It's not seeing, it's perceiving. More accurately, it's translating “resonances”  into sensory analogues. Sort of like “hearing” by seeing the waveform on an oscilloscope at a distance through a telescopic lens with filters that randomly change. It's imperfect, imprecise, highly subjective, and varies according to location, experience, mood, and expectations.
— NeoWayland, aura
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“Treating depression in a Pagan context”

I'd be remiss if I didn't put up a link.

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Journal 19Nov2017

Thinking by blogging

Sometimes when you're feeling down, one of the best things you can do is do for others.

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Full-blown plan

Very rarely, I will encounter something and a full-blown plan will pop into my head without me having to think about it at all, along with the absolute certainty that it will work. These always work. I have no idea if these plans come from my higher selves, my gods, or any of my various allies. They just work without a hitch.
     — NeoWayland, Wisdom and the Three Percent
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Called for veritas

I have no higher authority. I have to persuade.
— NeoWayland
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This last week in free speech

I am certainly against Nazism, supremacist groups, and misogyny. I just think they SHOULD be heard, if for no other reason than they can be laughed off the stage.

As loudly and as enthusiastically as we can.”
— NeoWayland
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Dreams seem small

If our dreams seem small, it's up to us to make them greater. We need to make our own, not reach for the dreams of another. We can make it our Journey, or we can live the Story of another. A simple choice but the price is high. Just your faith and trust.
     — NeoWayland, Quick notes to a new seeker
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Absolutely maybe sort of - updated

Now, should I reject Bonewits and all he stood for because he and I didn't agree?

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“As a pagan…”

As a pagan, I've found that 99% of my practices and worshiping consists of just going outside, sitting still, shutting up, and listening.
— AmericanCeltic
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Ego-trapped

I let my ego off the chain last weekend. It was a vain and foolish thing to do. And it had consequences.

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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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❝4 Rituals That Will Make You Loved❞

Do you want to have better relationships? Well, you should definitely take some advice from… the Stoics.

I know, it sounds weird. Most people think of the Stoics as being emotionless — not exactly good examples for how to handle relationships.

But that’s a myth. The ancient Stoics were big on virtue, self-control and reducing negative emotions. And those are pretty good things if you’re trying to be more likable.

And their methods are backed by science. Stoicism was one of the inspirations for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is currently the dominant method for helping people overcome psychological issues.

     — Eric Barker, Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Loved

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Marvel at the real Milky Way

Get someone out of the light pollution of major cities and let them marvel at the real Milky Way and the Moon. Let them lie out under the stars and feel the Earth move under them.

But then I am just a tiny bit biased.
— NeoWayland
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Truth behind the curtain

Invoke science as an unquestionable authority and someone will show the truth behind the curtain. That’s the nature of science.
— NeoWayland
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Home

Home should be more than a place to hang our hat.

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Pagan anti-environmentalist

Environmentalism is a political movement. It’s about controlling other people to achieve utopia. It’s about closing yourself off from the possibilities.

I don’t want to be limited by the word “environmentalism” anymore. I don’t think ecology is about saving the Earth. I think it’s about understanding how things fit and the tradeoffs we make. It’s about looking at where we were, where we are, and where we could go.
     — NeoWayland

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❝Love begins at home❞

It may sound like a cliché, but love begins at home. No amount of one-night stands will compensate for not feeling okay about yourself. Anyone who tells you that they are still looking for the 'right' partner so that they can practice sexual magic 'properly' still hasn't cottoned on to the basic facts that so-called sex-magic 'power' does not reside in other people, techniques, or in occult 'secret teachings.' All magical 'power' comes from within, and cultivating Self-Love is a first step to unleashing this power. Which is not to say that it is easy—it often isn't, and many people spend years struggling to like themselves. Self-Love requires that you accept yourself—warts and all, rather than trying to live up to a self-image which is unrealistic and unbalanced. Self-Love enables you to relax so that you are not continually flogging yourself with internal criticism, and, significantly, you do not feel an overwhelming need to have other people's approval. Self-Love changes the way we relate to others, so that we no longer use other people as props to support our fantasies, but begin to see them as independent agents. If you do not love yourself, then you will find it difficult to love other people—you will continually use others to prop up parts of your ego.
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❝Morality in sexual relations…❞

Morality in sexual relations, when it is free from superstition, consists essentially in respect for the other person, and unwillingness to use that person solely as a means of personal gratification, without regard to his or her desires.
— Bertrand Russell
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Clean

It's the last bright moon before Summergate, the Lady Moon is entering the Court of Stars and I am ready.

For what I am not sure.

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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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❝Lose your own center…❞

Don't get too concerned about fighting evil. You lose your own center that way.
— Robert Anton Wilson, from “Doubt! The GNOSIS Interview with Robert Anton Wilson”, Gnosis № 50
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What does that have to do with greeting the sun?

Thinking by blogging

I can let it warp my life, or I can do the thing I decided years ago.

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ugh-politics

Most importantly, my faith is not political.

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Signs

We pagans have become the worst that we saw in the People of the Book.

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Five words

Power with versus power over

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The Pagan Vigil Reader - updated

The Pagan Vigil Reader is my new aggregator

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Truthful

You are connected.

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Neighborhood pagan

How we treat our culture may be the second defining mark of an adult

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Black & Blue

It's the calendar that has got it wrong

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NeoNotes — Ravens today

Ravens are amazing birds aren't they?

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Kafkatrap

I was adding commentary to some of my lexicon entries.

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Coding your mind

Let's talk about how your mind works.

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Naturally yours

You know the thing I love most about the summer?

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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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Interconnections

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

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Daily

Since I don't have much time this week, I thought talk about the daily things we sometimes overlook.

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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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Sex advice

Hold her hands, gently, almost like a caress. Tell her how you feel about her. Tell her how you feel when you are with her. Do it again in thirteen minutes, precisely.

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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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Manifest

At some point you come back from the mountain and across the wilderness.

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Collecting pelts

Thinking by blogging

No, it wasn’t responsible. No, I’m not proud of it. And yes, it lasted longer than it should have with me.

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Accident

Mom ended up with a broken clavicle, a punctured lung, massive bruising, and some confusion.

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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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Take the power

Pagans and Pagan groups will never be taken seriously if the only social power we can claim is because we are threatened and oh so very put upon. Stars above and Earth below, do you really think that your Gods want you to exist as a victim and only at the sufferance of others?

Take the power that is your Divine right, look the bullies straight in the eye, and proudly claim your humanity and Paganism in that order. You don't have rights because you are a Pagan and because you have to be protected. You have rights and privileges because you are HUMAN.

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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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Naked pagans & sex - updated

Pagans do not “get nekkid” so you can get your jollies.

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Lughnasadh

Harvestpoint differs from Lughnasadh, but that is a good place to begin your studies.

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Letter & Spirit

Sometimes ravens leave a primary feather in my yard.

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Hermit and the noise

You shouldn’t listen to the folks in the weird clothes and making the loudest noises.

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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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Praxis

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

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Hatband experiment

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

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Rules of Three

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

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Bestest

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

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Keeping notes

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

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Better

My friends have always been the best of me.
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Sometimes you just have to make it work.

What you carry is what you use

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The Pope and his Pagan Christians

It has nothing to do with American neopagans

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Rocket

Rocket in my garden

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Dirty hands

Here’s the secret to being a pagan

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Oops, your pendant fell

Another thing I wish they had told me

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Measure that!

Cool way to measure tablespoons, teaspoons, and ounces.

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Are you paying attention?

How important is it?

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Okay, rain break over

The piece I should have done Tuesday

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Witchy stuff in the pockets

Bet you thought I wasn't going to get one up today. I almost didn't.

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On the Threefold Law of Return

If you behave AS IF…

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A Rule of Three

Not about problem solving, just about getting the job done

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The roots of the Old Breed

Could it be the biology?

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Quick notes to a new seeker - Updated

Just a fast one today, I'm packing

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What's the difference between a ponytail and a beartail?

Playtime

One of the few style questions that I will answer

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Quarter Moons and Semi-Truths

When someone starts talking about THE truth, it's to exclude the thoughts and ideas they find uncomfortable.

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Taking full measure

Just how well did that ritual work?

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Feeling

The little things that keep me in this world - updated

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Wisdom and the Three Percent

I answer my email indirectly

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Magick in the modern world

It isn't as far as you think

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NeoNote — When the universe has it's way with you

And why your "I" isn't the best thing to have around during sex

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Systematically

The roles of faith and rationality

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Keep Moving Forward

Mythology in the movie theater

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Elvis has left the building

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Creative destruction

Economics, magick, and life

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Attention technopagans

Neo admits he's still a bit of a nerd, even after all these years

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Stating the obvious

Sometimes I forget

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Looking for good causes

A placeholder for one of my domains

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Absolutely mythical

Dualism and modern mythology

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Tools

Do you really need them?

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Any suggestions?

Stuff to hold us together

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A new balance

Just look at the sunshine

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An impractical

A not so smart technical advance

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The Old Breed

From classic philosophy to classic virtue, Paganism's best hope depends on what we choose to put out in the World - updated

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Another Fine Message

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

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Archaeoastronomy

Great link for calculating the times of the sabbats

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Elite witchcraft

Reconsidering the answer to an old post

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Knot truth

Going beyond the 101 and even beyond the tradition

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Invoking passion for failure or success?

Why some fail all the time and how they can start to turn it around, with a little help from Stan and Ollie

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The NeoDen gets a new workroom

Construction starts next week

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Micro spell kit

Feeding my tool and pattern obsessions

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Move through the anger

Kids were expected to stand there and be yelled at, be called names, and be hit when parents were angry. We, of course, were not supposed to express our anger that way, but neither were we told any acceptable way of expressing our anger. The only acceptable thing for us to do was to go to our room and do nothing- and that was allowed only when our parents were done dumping their anger on us.

The unspoken lesson was don't get angry, and if you do, then don't get rid of it. Well, let me tell you, that leads to a lot of fucked up kids turning into a lot of fucked up adults.
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Why the internet may suppress thought

My web surfing turns up a couple of articles. Irony abounds.

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Humantics

Humanity is a colony organism. People cherish their passions. Competition breeds progress and encourages honesty. In the absence of understanding, triviality dominates. Seek paradox for truth. Resist dogma for growth. Beware anyone who offers an absolute.
     — NeoWayland, On Humantics
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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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Does the origin determine validity?

Musing on assumptions

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Fire

Every home should have a fireplace

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The V ritual

Thoughts on an offbeat ritual making the rounds on the net

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The most Pagan thing that happened to me this week was two and a half days of thunderstorms

Rainy day musings

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Assembly of NeoWayland

Another wandering meditation, this time on the crowd that lives inside of you

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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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The Focusing Flame

Here are some physical parts of a spell I improvised last night and used this morning. It's one of the better "booster" spells I've come up with in a while. It takes a bit of prep time and you need to greet the sun, but it works.

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Eclecticism, Discipline, & Mastery

Look before you leap

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Simple pleasures

Opening yourself

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Scrying with the Dark Moon

One of my (suitably edited) Dark Moon rites

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Hair of the bear

Adding practicality to my Beltaine

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Evangelism

Fundamental principles

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Mistress Moon

Spring Rites

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Horizons

Places on the Wheel

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Wheel

Patterns and flow

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On Being Not

The perils of using what we aren't to define what we are

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After the Solstice

A Divine nudge or two to straighten up my act

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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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Belonging

The myth can be more comfortable than the truth, but the myth can keep us from growing

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Otherkin

The first Otherkin essay popped up at Witchvox. How is this going to change the Neopagan movement?

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“I'm being attacked!”

ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX IV: I mean what exactly are you doing with your life?

ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX: I'm being attacked by a Vogon Fleet.

ZB IV: Doesn't surprise me in the least.
—The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy radio series, Fit the Ninth
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Intensity and withdrawl

Why I haven't been talking about the pagan part of me lately

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NeoNote — Skyclad

My response to a question about being skyclad. Taken from Wicca: General Chat from the Timerift Forums

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Craft Check

I'm going to watch this one a bit before adding it to the blogroll, but I do agree with the idea.

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Practicals

Non magickal and non religious tips to make your paganism work better

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Harassment: Avoidance & Confrontation

Hopefully the first article under the NeoWayland byline

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What's in a word?

Mixed meanings can give mixed understandings

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Study notes

Working my way through my "to read" shelf

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The Word is Not the Thing

Sometimes we forget that language isn't reality

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Some thoughts from my
WebTree tradition path - updated

Moon phases and sabbats on a rainy night

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