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Lady in the Court of…

I’ve been promising this for years.

On my WebTree path, I celebrate the magick on both the Dark Moon and the Bright Moon. I do a three day thing starting on midnight on the day before and ending on midnight the day after.

But where did I come up with this?

It was a warm summer night and I was laying on my roof staring deep into the sky. One of the local cats was on the corner cleaning itself and hoping I would share some food.

I was thinking about the dualities present in Celtic myth and how there was a Holly King and an Oak King, who probably shared the same mother/lover. Things get a little complicated in the myths.

It dawned on me that the Moon demonstrated another duality. And then I flashed on an even older myth.

Inanna's Descent to the Underworld is one of the oldest written myths. It certainly influenced the later myth of Persephone. In the Inanna story, the god* passed through gates. At each gate, She had to leave Her raiment, Her jewels, and Her holy tools. Everything that symbolized and manifested Her power had to be left behind, until finally nude, Inanna entered the underworld unbound by anything.

This story is usually associated with the planet Venus. But golly gee whillikers, it works for the Moon as well.

In my mind I worked it out. Two Courts, one in shadow and one in stars.

Lady in the Court of Shadows. Like today.

Lady in the Court of Stars.

Before She enters one, She has to give up everything that marks or binds Her to the other.

Wow.

What a concept. And I could fee my patron Gods’ approval.

And now I’ve passed it on to you.


*I prefer not to use the word goddess. A god is a god is a god.

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Impress Me

You want to impress me, come up with something more than "the Bible told me so.” Don't make threats about judgement and eternal flame. Don't tell me about the changes it's made in your life. Don’t tell me how it’s “saved you.” Don’t tell me how you have the hotline to the “Almighty." 

And don’t tell me “it’s God’s judgement” when you’re the one spouting the words.

Tell me about the changes your faith makes in the world around you. Tell me what you do that makes the world better than when you got here.  Tell me how your faith manifests through you. 

Tell me about how you pass it on.

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.

Tell me about love. Tell me about the love you showed today.

Your actions show that. 

Your next choice starts now.
     — from the private journal of NeoWayland


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"NO PROBLEMS!"


NO SOLICITORS
NO RELIGIOUS GROUPS
(This Means You Everyone)
NO PEDDLERS
NO PROBLEMS!
HAVE A SUPER FANTASTIC DAY!

— three minutes and fifteen seconds into the movie Growing Op



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Home alone

On stage I make love to twenty-five thousand people; and then I go home alone.
     — Janis Joplin



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