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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.
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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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Snap out of it!

Neo got kidnapped

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Bittersweet honor

Unexpected and delightful

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Skeins

I want to choose my own

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Discipline, the Modern Pagan, and power from victimhood

What makes the so many modern pagans fluffy? And why don't they seem to want more?

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Several rewrites later…

Dealing with life - updated

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Religion and popular culture

Conversation with Juliaki

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Feeling

The little things that keep me in this world - updated

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Transcending the label

Thinking by blogging

Be - updated

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Taproot: Through the Woods

The book

The Woods. Summer weekends meant the family would escape the Phoenix heat. In the fall Dad insisted we come to watch the aspen turn. In the winter we would come to play in the snow. After the stepsibs moved away and it was just teenage me with the folks, we'd still come to enjoy the woods. I will always be the desert guy who Visits The Woods.

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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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Knot truth

Going beyond the 101 and even beyond the tradition

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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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Kissed by the Lady Moon - updated

We're made of stars

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Do Be Do Be Do

Speaking of the way that one idea links to another, I can’t help but notice a conflict. And a song.

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The roots of the Old Breed

Could it be the biology?

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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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Characters

Pagan isn't the important part

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Eyes open and watching carefully

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

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Community and being a Proper Pagan

Another look at one of my common topics

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Right or Write

The decline of the written language

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Disconnect

Public face of Paganism

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Front door and back door

Refuge

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Dark Side Instinct

Another reason why the peace-love-freedom-happiness bit annoys me

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Nature's touch

…and your Journey

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Crossing the horizon

When I'm stressed, I remember

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Quick notes to a new seeker - Updated

Just a fast one today, I'm packing

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The Day After Earth Day

Wading through the mess

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See the Robot

Some days I want to stay in and never come out

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Love

It's what brings us together

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Beyond the details

“”The

Thoughts and feelings

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Chapter One

“”The

Yes, it's short. And yes, it's free.

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Revisiting writing the book

“”The

Essays on writing have me thinking and remembering

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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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The price

The dire wound that never heals

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“We've got trouble my friends…”

An excuse to embrace victimhood, or a reason to seize our own power?

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Eclecticism, Discipline, & Mastery

Look before you leap

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Some thoughts from my WebTree path - updated

Moon phases and sabbats on a rainy night

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People needing people

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

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Homework assignment

Morality ought to be filed under Philosophy, not Religion.
     — Chas S. Clifton, How to Ruin the Mysteries, or Religion is not Moral

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The Authority Problem

I'm willing to start at mutual respect. Not everyone is. That creates a problem.

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On Pagan Leadership

Build them up

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Comments on "Teach Me, My Way"

Juliaki wrote an pretty good piece on teachers and students in the Craft

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Progressively regressive

A rare political rant on my Pagan blog

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Wisdom and the Three Percent

I answer my email indirectly

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Of gods and men - Updated

I don't bow unless I respect

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Facing the True Believer™

Emotional vs Rational Discussions

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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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Assembly of NeoWayland

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

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Another Fine Message

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

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Depression and the Modern Pagan

Rambling on moods and modernity

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Systematically

The roles of faith and rationality

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Real flows, direct from the source

Feeling the energy

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

Frustrated by unspoken expectations

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Evangelism

Fundamental principles

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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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“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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Sex & the Modern Pagan

What I believe and what I think is accepted in the larger “pagan community”

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Touch of a Master

The main thing I noticed about the experts I’ve encountered is they are into impressing you with their abilities. They are usually incredibly good, but their need for recognition gets in the way of mastery. Everything they do is an attempt to prove themselves and in order to do this they must perform like an actor on stage. There’s nothing wrong with this, and I don’t think the expert can become a master without going through this stage in life. At some point though, the expert becomes comfortable with themselves or fed up with impressing everyone and starts to look inward to the core of their art.
     — Zed Shaw,The Master, The Expert, The Programmer

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Harassment: Avoidance & Confrontation

Hopefully the first article under the NeoWayland byline

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Reflections in a laptop screen

Contemplating modern paganism and my own faith

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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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Why are you Pagan?

My personal view

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“Follow” is not exactly an accurate term

How I think paganism works for me

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Ephemeral

Where you live and how it shapes you

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How to be Pagan for a day

An absolutely serious and scholarly discussion on the details of Pagan belief

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Bringing it home

Before and after

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