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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.

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…”

“…my practices and worshiping…“

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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.”

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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.

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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 No. 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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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.
     — NeoWayland, “We've got trouble my friends…”

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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.
     — NeoWayland

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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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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.
     — Doctor Who, The Wedding of River Song

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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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Are you paying attention?

How important is it?

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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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Wisdom and the Three Percent

I answer my email indirectly

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When the universe has it's way with you - UPDATED

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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The Old Breed

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

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Another Fine Message

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

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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

Bits from my ongoing study and musings on humanity

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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 orgin determine validity?

Musings 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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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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Self-initiation

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

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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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Skyclad

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

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Craft Check

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Harassment: Avoidance & Confrontation

Hopefully the first article under the NeoWayland byline

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