Tuesday, 31Mar2015 Filed in: practicals
It started simply. I wanted a wizard’s hat. Part of it probably came out of rereading a Harry Dresden novel. Part of it probably came out of a science fiction story I read once where the hatband messed with sensors trained on the guy’s face. And part of it was just because I like hats.
The hat I chose wasn’t all that unusual. After experimenting some, I decided it wasn’t necessarily a hat I wanted, but a hatband that I could use on several hats.
So over time, I carefully picked the parts I wanted to use. Hematite beads
with a twist. Copper buttons. A kevlar thread for strength, intertwined with two silk threads for the spellforms.
I’m still not perfectly happy with the hatband. It’s heavy for one thing. Sometimes the weight gives me a headache. And it’s not something for casual wear. It comes closer than I’d like to ritual garb. And I can’t find a clasp I like.
I’ve taken it apart and put it back together several times. It’s done several things over the years. And it’s never been quite right.
Still, it’s a good experiment and I’ve learned from putting that hatband together.
Tuesday, 31Mar2015 Filed in: modern adult pagans
I’m not fond of “community statements” or “mission statements.” They tend to be drawn out and verbose, long on good intentions and short on practical solutions.
It’s no secret that I believe that the reason certain people want a Greater Pagan Community is so they will get the adoration and deference they feel they deserve.
And I am one of the pagans who does not believe in anthropogenic climate change
So when The Wild Hunt
noted an effort to make a Pagan Community Statement on the Environment
, I was skeptical. Still, it’s not my place to denounce it unless I think it’s doing actual harm.
I mentioned some of my concerns, but their future is full of utopia and collective effort.
So it goes on the Watch List.
Tuesday, 31Mar2015 Filed in: practicals
I discovered something when I started putting the lexicon
together. I use Rules of Three a lot. Part of it is a memory trick, it’s easier to remember things in groups of three. Part of it’s a focus, it’s easier to tell people and to get things done in groups of three.
And part of it is just because three is a magick number.
So as of this morning, here are the current rules of three that I have listed. There will be more.
Start by listening.
Before you say anything, listen again.
Just to make sure you understand, listen again.
Ask questions. Question the answers. Question your questions.
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.
If you find information on the internet, verify it with three offline, reputable, and independent sources and experiment BEFORE you depend on it
To ease your pain and shame, share it separately with three people you trust
Test it thrice
Honor expects three warnings before you act
Words matter. Actions matter more. Intentions don’t.
Know what you can do.
Know what you're willing to do.
Know the price you're willing to pay.
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.
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.
Don’t hold someone responsible unless they were present, of age, and participating.
See Practical Grudge Limit
initiate — celebrate — operate
It’s not a real party unless it lasts three days
Wednesday, 25Mar2015 Filed in: quotes & thinkums
❝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
You don’t have to use the Bestest as long as you can just do Read More...
Thursday, 19Mar2015 Filed in: celebrations & passages
Bright and Dark Blessings to you all. Read More...
Tuesday, 17Mar2015 Filed in: modern adult pagans⭐︎ studies⭐︎ site news
Speaking of the way that one idea links to another, I can’t help but notice a conflict. And a song. Read More...
Tuesday, 17Mar2015 Filed in: quotes & thinkums
❝When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.❞
— John Muir
Thursday, 12Mar2015 Filed in: studies⭐︎ quotes & thinkums
Sometimes a voice is just a voice
Tuesday, 10Mar2015 Filed in: studies⭐︎ effective⭐︎ beliefs
Thought germs are memes
Tuesday, 10Mar2015 Filed in: sojourners⭐︎ effective⭐︎ studies
Most people go through life letting the Robot drive.
Sunday, 08Mar2015 Filed in: quotes & thinkums
❝You're so determined to struggle nobly against dark forces that you can't see what is casting the shadow.❞
Wednesday, 04Mar2015 Filed in: practicals
I first started keeping notes in a three ring binder. It worked, sort of, as long as I kept the index up to date. Read More...
Tuesday, 03Mar2015 Filed in: tellus
I want my blue sky Read More...
Sunday, 01Mar2015 Filed in: quotes & thinkums
❝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.❞
Thursday, 26Feb2015 Filed in: quotes & thinkums⭐︎ entertainment
❝You have to believe in dreams, because sometimes they believe in you.❞
— Simon R. Green, Something From the Nightside
Tuesday, 24Feb2015 Filed in: tellus⭐︎ celebrations & passages
And yes, that is a phallus between his legs Read More...
Monday, 23Feb2015 Filed in: tellus⭐︎ simple
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Monday, 23Feb2015 Filed in: site news
You should find it easier to navigate the site. Read More...
Saturday, 21Feb2015 Filed in: quotes & thinkums
❝As long as we lie to ourselves, the Trickster will be with us. He'll show up just when we least want him, to embarrass us on a first date, to prove us fools in front of the learned company we're trying to impress, to make us miss a power breakfast with that all-important business contact.❞
— Richard Smoley, from “My Mind Plays Tricks on Me”, Gnosis No. 19, Spring 1991
Tuesday, 17Feb2015 Filed in: tellus
Earn their respect. Read More...
Tuesday, 17Feb2015 Filed in: quotes & thinkums
I can rant with the best of them. I don’t always send it these days though. Read More...
Monday, 16Feb2015 Filed in: modern adult pagans
If it’s bad when the People of the Book do it, then why on Earth is it a good idea when neopagans do it? Read More...
You never know just how far your kindness may reach.
Sunday, 08Feb2015 Filed in: site news
Check out the new pages at the top
Thursday, 05Feb2015 Filed in: quotes & thinkums⭐︎ entertainment
❝At the end of the day, some things can't be faked.❞
Wednesday, 04Feb2015 Filed in: simple
Would you know a pagan if he stood next to you? Read More...
Tuesday, 03Feb2015 Filed in: simple
In the dark and early, I woke my companion with hot chocolate… Read More...
Monday, 02Feb2015 Filed in: quotes & thinkums
That’s exactly it. Read More...
Sunday, 01Feb2015 Filed in: tellus⭐︎ rite & ritual
I’m really enjoying this winter season. Read More...
❝Morality ought to be filed under Philosophy, not Religion.❞ Read More...
Tuesday, 27Jan2015 Filed in: rite & ritual
A knack you can pick up Read More...
Tuesday, 20Jan2015 Filed in: tellus⭐︎ modern adult pagans
“Do you believe, you believe in magic, 'cos I believe, I believe that I do” Read More...
Tuesday, 20Jan2015 Filed in: site news
A little updating Read More...
Tuesday, 13Jan2015 Filed in: rite & ritual
I may be needing these in a bit. Read More...
Saturday, 10Jan2015 Filed in: tellus
Separation of faith and politics Read More...
Thursday, 01Jan2015 Filed in: tellus
I have this thing for snow. Read More...
Tuesday, 23Dec2014 Filed in: modern adult pagans
Not official but important Read More...