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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.

I can’t hoard the magick

Gifts from the gods were not meant to be put behind glass and never used. I can’t hoard the magick. I have to put it back out in the world.

So here it is neighbors. Take it, use it, do something with it. Leave the world a little better than when you found it. Pass it on.
     — NeoWayland, Do Be Do Be Do

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She was more than a bit put out

When I finally did hear the voice of the Divine, it was female. And She was more than a bit put out that it had taken so long to get my attention. I did hear a male Divine voice too, but that was later.
     — NeoWayland, Why are you Pagan?

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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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Beware

You should beware the politician who wraps himself in faith and the minister who wraps himself with the flag.
     — from the private journal of NeoWayland

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One thing I wish I could literally pound into Christian heads

If there is one thing I wish I could literally pound into Christian heads, it's this: Christianity is not the source of all that is good and righteous in our society. Other cultures and other faiths have contributed heavily. It's amazing that I even have to mention this where one house of the national legislature is called the Senate and the other has a ceremonial fasces. Even The Magnificent Seven was a remake.
     — NeoWayland

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Changing

There are things I can't change. There are things I shouldn't change. And there are things I might change.
     — NeoWayland, Pure

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Promise

Always do what you promise. Try to do more than you promise.
     — NeoWayland, Quick notes to a new seeker

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Exits

Remember where the exits are. Be willing to walk away.
     — NeoWayland

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Environmentalism crusade

I don't call myself an environmentalist any more. Environmentalism is a political movement masking itself as a moral and possibly religious crusade. Ecology is an actual science that studies the connections, interrelationships, and trade-offs that different organisms make to survive and thrive.
     — NeoWayland

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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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Borrowed

I know that when you borrow from another culture you should honor those elements.
     — NeoWayland

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Know

Know yourself. Know what you can do. Know what you're willing to do. Know the price you're willing to pay.
     — NeoWayland, Quick notes to a new seeker

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Make it better

Make it better today. Keep polishing.
     — NeoWayland, Quick notes to a new seeker

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Journal 14Jul2017

Thinking by blogging

Yes, sometimes you can taste the Moonlight in the predawn. It's full of promise and hope and wonder, with the ever so slight tartness of regret.

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Connected

Everything is connected. Nobody sees all the connections. There's always stuff you don't know.
     — NeoWayland

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Worthy

The worthy choices are never the easy ones.
     — NeoWayland

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Religion for the politics

I think too many people are in religion for the politics.
     — NeoWayland

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Glimpses

The heavy elements that make us up were forged in the cores of stars from lighter elements in nuclear reactions so ancient that we can't comprehend. Sunlight and starlight and moonlight are the glimpses we have of our Elder Relatives across the universe.
     — NeoWayland, Kissed by the Lady Moon

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Every woman I meet

I look for the Divine in every woman I meet. Can you think of a better way to find people who are honorable, passionate and reasoning at the same time?
     — NeoWayland

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Wonders

Today is the Age of Wonders, the most amazing time in human history, with marvels and miracles far beyond any other time.
     — NeoWayland

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Story

The Story is not the Journey.
     — NeoWayland

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Stretch

Gods make you stretch.
     — NeoWayland

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Worthy of freedom

The only faiths worthy of freedom are those freely chosen.
     — NeoWayland

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Story

How do you explain a Journey without moving into a Story? I am not sure you can.
     — NeoWayland, Blessed Journeys

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I am pagan

I am pagan because I was born that way, and because I made that choice long before I was born.
     — NeoWayland, Why are you Pagan?

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Men & Women

All Women are Goddess and deserve to be Cherished, unless they prove otherwise.
     — NeoWayland

All Men are God and deserve to be Adored, unless they prove otherwise.
     — Juliaki

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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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Properly

I don't want to have anything to do with the spectacle. Come Monday morning, I have to look my neighbors in the eye.

I'm more interested in being a good human and being a decent neighbor than being a good Pagan, especially a good Public Pagan that supports all the Proper Causes.
     — NeoWayland, Community and being a Proper Pagan

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Question

If you don't question what a book or Authority Figure™ tells you, you aren't doing your part.
     — NeoWayland, How to convince me you're a poseur before I've finished the first page of the preface of your book

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Absolutely

As a rule, absolutes don't.
     — NeoWayland

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Nutcases

Modern American pagans are especially bad, we tend to celebrate some of our worse nutcases as gifts from the gods.
     — NeoWayland, Depression and the Modern Pagan

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Weirdness

Weirdness for the sake of wyrdness is not enough.
     — NeoWayland, Depression and the Modern Pagan

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Acknowledge

Acknowledge but do not celebrate.
     — NeoWayland

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Enlightenment

Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?
     — NeoWayland

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Technology

Gods and magick have always lived in technology.
     — NeoWayland

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Once upon a time

Our Dieties aren't suspended in “once upon a time,” they transcend us. They inspire us. They tantalize us.
     — NeoWayland

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Magick is the essence…

Magick is the essence of change and evolution. But you choose the direction.
     — NeoWayland

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Technopagan

Some technopagans use technology in their rites and rituals. But using technology isn't what makes a technopagan. Recognizing the Divine in human endeavor AND honoring the magick, that's what really makes a technopagan.

Form joining function in something greater than either. And using what the gods inspired people to make.
     — NeoWayland, So what's a Technopagan anyway? And what do they yearn for?

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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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Blessed

But we are the Blessed, the God-touched, the ones who walk between the worlds. I honor my Gods as Elder Relatives, not as saviors or rulers of my soul. It's the difference between fear and love.
     — NeoWayland, Of gods and men

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I'm taking my dreams back

I'm taking my dreams back. You can share them if you want. But don't buy into this sacrifice "for the greater good."
     — NeoWayland

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I already have.

Do I think I can change the universe? I already have. Can I make it better? Maybe.
     — NeoWayland

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Better human

Go tell three really dirty jokes. Share a piece of fruit with someone you can't stand. Cuddle with someone you care deeply about. Leave the place a little nicer than when you found it. And greet the sun when it wakes up.

No, that isn't all that there is to be a Pagan, it's just a taste of how to be a better human.
     — NeoWayland, How to be Pagan for a day

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Bilagáana

I’m one of the few bilagáana born on the Res, it’s shaped my outlook. I’m what happens when Lousianna farming stock takes root in the Four Corners region. The desert and the the sky here call to me. I’m a child of sand and wind.
     — NeoWayland, Dusting of Snow

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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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Sexual responsiblity

Unless it's with me, who you have sex with, how you have sex, and how many times you have sex is frankly none of my business. Likewise, unless it is sex with me, I'm not responsible for the consequences.
     — NeoWayland, Real & impossible rights

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Seriously

We have to laugh at ourselves. No one else would take us seriously enough.
     — NeoWayland, How to be Pagan for a day

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A secret of life

Leave the World a little better than how you found it.
     — NeoWayland

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History

I make it a practice to never call it history until a year and a day after the event.
     — NeoWayland

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Freedom of religion

Freedom of religion does not mean deferring to Christianity.
     — NeoWayland

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Mythical bonfire

I have this mythical construct in my head of a bonfire with people I would like to hang out with, and maybe discuss matters large and small.
     — NeoWayland, Touchstones along the path

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Must be chosen

Faith cannot be given. Faith cannot be taken. To mean anything at all, faith must be chosen freely.
     — NeoWayland

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Fellow-feeling

Sympathy is not part of my nature. Fellow-feeling is a gift that I have to work at, so I do. I consider it as restitution for the person I once was.
     — NeoWayland, Wisdom and the Three Percent

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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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Train

Thanks to gods, we have to Manifest.

It’s still the Spark of Inspiration

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Patterns

The patterns we see in the universe may be nothing more than longing and human conceit. But if using those patterns give us a desired result, then the patterns are a useful fiction. The "ultimate reality" doesn't necessarily matter or even our belief doesn't matter, if we behave as if we believe and successfully reach our goals.
     — NeoWayland, Synchronicity, coincidence, perception, and perspective

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Pagan?

I didn't have a word for what I was for years. I was the small kid who announced to his family that if there was a God the Father, it was only natural that there had to be a God the Mother too. And Mother Nature was the only one who fit the bill.
     — NeoWayland, Why are You Pagan?

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Gets sent out for snacks

The point is that the ‘I”’part of you, the ego, gets sent out for snacks while the universe has it's way with the rest of you. The ego doesn't really know what's happening until it gets back and finds the tangle of sheets in the bedroom. And all the cushions scattered in the living room. And your naked body in the front yard. Not something your ego would have chosen, but the rest of you is pretty happy how things turned out.
     — NeoWayland, When the universe has it's way with you

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Personal Choice

The simple answer is that moral responsibility is always a personal choice. You can't compel virtue or it ceases to be virtue.
     — NeoWayland

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Truthful answers - new site slogan

I have on occasion wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers. Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now to prevent disaster later.
     — NeoWayland

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Impress Me

If that "Living Word" exists, it has to be in the hearts and souls of those people who have really embraced it. It's not in a dusty book. The verses don't matter except to show you the way. Tell me what lives behind those printed words. Tell me how you turned your sacrifice into a blessing.
     - from the private journal of NeoWayland

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Written at the crossroads

The universe is written in mathematics. The Mystery is written in poetry. We're born where the two meet.

At the crossroads.
     — NeoWayland, Kissed by the Lady Moon

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Struggle Nobly…

You're so determined to struggle nobly against dark forces that you can't see what is casting the shadow.
     — NeoWayland

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I can't be the white knight

I can't be the white knight. I can only be a friend. I can't be a savior, but I can lend a shoulder and an ear. I can't shield anyone from the cold darkness, but I can share a little body heat under the blanket. I can't bring joy, but I can give a smile.
     — NeoWayland

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Unsent note to a Christian

I am free to choose and free to take responsibility for myself. I am not a child to be threatened into submission. I will not blindly accept your mandates when the Divine and the World beckon.
     — NeoWayland

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