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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.

“How These Metal Sculptures Move With The Wind”


tip of the hat to the Wild Hunt

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That smile

Lovers are certainly everyday nudity.

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“The Dying God: Crash Course World Mythology #19”


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Presumption of honor

Sometimes today's Pagans seem to think that wearing a Thor's hammer should grant them the presumption of honor of a Viking king.
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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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It's only shame if I accept the premise.

It's only shame if I accept the premise.

As I see it, the vice or virtue isn't in the label. It's in how you touch the lives of others. The honor is in giving truth when needed, helping when you can, and leaving the World a little better than how you found it.
— NeoWayland
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“American Floods: Crash Course World Mythology #18”

“We don’t want to deluge you with information on the subject, but this week on Crash Course Mythology, Mike Rugnetta is talking once again about floods. We’re looking at ancient flood myths in the Americas, and what they can tell us about the stories that people tell, and how they can look similar, even in cultures separated by large swathes of time and space. We’ll talk about floods from Mayan and Aztec traditions, and as always, see if we can find something in these tales that gives us some insight into what it means to be a human.”

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Like calls to like

Like attracts like. Remember that well. It's one of the most basic rules of life. You want success, go find successful people. You want failure, go find people who don't believe you can do it. You want magick, go look harder at life.
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Beads

Yes, this pose is a little submissive.

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I love a lady with a guitar

Could this have been from a themed retreat?

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Definition of insanity

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
— anonymous, misattributed to Albert Einstein, Rita Mae Brown, Max Nordau, George Bernard Shaw, George A. Kelly, Werner Erhard, Jessie Potter, and others
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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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“Yu the Engineer and Flood Stories from China: Crash Course World Mythology #17”

“On this Crash Course in World Mythology, Mike Rugnetta is teaching you about floods and deluges, specifically in China. In Chinese myth, flood stories pretty much all revolve around a guy named Yu the Great, or Yu the Engineer. In the distant past, he was tasked with stopping the flooding on the Yangtze and Yellow rivers, and he did it. After working on the job for 13 years. Yu also founded the legendary Xia Dynasty. Yu exists as a sort of model for future emperors. He works tirelessly on behalf of his people, and always does the right thing. He's a good emperor, and a model for rulers to emulate. He's also super cool, and can turn into a bear when he needs to dig really fast.”

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Experience

Experience requires taking that first and seventh step into the unknown.
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Study guide - Bonewits' Laws of Magic

I was working on the lexicon and realized I had totally forgotten Isaac Bonewits' The Laws of Magic.

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We're The Ones Who Walk Between The Worlds

We're The Ones Who Walk Between The Worlds, yes, but I don't see that as a "violent assault" on social norms. I see it as bringing pieces of one world into another. Magick is the essence of change and evolution. If someone has a problem with what I am, well, “What I do is not up to you.” Unless they do something more than spout words, I don't care.
— NeoWayland
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“Floods in the Ancient Near East: Crash Course World Mythology #16”

“This week on Crash Course mythology, Mike is talking to you about floods. You may have heard the story of Noah and the Ark from the Bible, but that is not the only deluge story humans tell. It's a common thing across culture. You could say the study of mythology is...flooded with them. Sorry. We'll be looking at floods from Mesopotamia from the Epic of Gilgamesh, and a flood story from the Zoroastrian tradition. And we'll look at a Roman flood story from Ovid's metamorphosis. It's a deluge of flood stories!”

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Celebrate

Added to lexicon.

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“Archetypes and Male Divinities: Crash Course World Mythology #15”

“This week on Crash Course Mythology, Mike is teaching you about the archetypes that are often associated with male divinities. We’re going to talk about Fathers & Sons, Kings & Judges, Saviors & Sages, Shamans, Tricksters, and Lords of Destruction. Along the way, we’ll look at the story of Hwaning, Hwanung, and Dangun from the Korean peninsula, and we’ll learn about Arjuna and all the help he got from Krishna. We’ll also touch on a ton of other myths from around the world. These things play out this way all the time, man.”

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A book fell on my head

I've always had my suspicions about that.

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Shower in the sunlight

I don't turn on the bathroom lights.

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“Fire and Buffalo Goddesses: Crash Course World Mythology #14”

“This week, we’re continuing our talk about the characteristics of Goddesses, and we’re going to look in depth at two stories from parts of the world we haven’t visited much in this series so far. From Hawaii, we’re going to hear a story about Pe-le, the great goddess of the Hawaiian Islands, and we’ll hear the story of the gifts of the White Buffalo Calf Woman from Native American tradition. We’ll look at the similarities and the differences in these stories, and talk about how goddesses interact with the world and with humanity in pretty interesting ways.”

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A pretty good “thou shalt”

Thou shalt mind thine own damn business.
— David Weber, Torch of Freedom
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Fairytale path

Near Doetinchem in the Netherlands.

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NeoNote — “Not all …”

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

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“Serena, Found of Savages” by Thomas Benjamin Kennington

Questions about the battle on the left make it something more than average.

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A walk

She's enjoying the flowers.

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Most mornings

Most mornings I share breakfast berries with a raven. I talk to him, but he doesn't think much about human stuff. Now sunrises, he and I agree on. Not so much on sunsets, that's when he is off doing his own thing.
— NeoWayland
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“Great Goddesses: Crash Course World Mythology #13”

“This week on Crash Course Mythology, we're talking archetypes. Specifically, we're talking about archetypes as they're applied to female deities. Goddesses, man. You'll learn about prehistoric fertility goddesses like the Venus of Willendorf, life and death goddesses like the Ancient Greek Fates and the Norse Norns. And we'll learn about regeneration goddesses like Ireland's Nimah, and Japan's Oto-Hime.”

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NeoNotes - clergy claims

Fake clergy can screw people up big time.

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Shiprock

Impressive

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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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The secret albums

I have a bunch of pictures that I want to start using on this site.

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“Venus” by Henri Pierre Pico

The first couple of dozen times a nude, pretty woman is presenting herself, it's artistic.

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Another swimming hole

A swimming hole is always a good reason to shed clothing.

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“Theories of Myth: Crash Course World Mythology #12”

“This week, we're talking about theories of Myth. We'll look at the different ways mythology has been studied in the last couple of millenia, and talk about the diffeent ways people have interpreted myth, academically.”

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Excellent schoolmasters

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
— John Lubbock
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Here to help

“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know.”
— W. H. Auden
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Mother of all people

“The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.”
— Chief Joseph
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Sunfell Tech Mage Rede Nine Words Serve The Tech Mage Best Keep What Works Fix What’s Broke Ditch The Rest

A narrow slice of life, but now and again pondering American neopaganism, modern adult pagans & the World.

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