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Hatband experiment

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.

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Statement on the Environment

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.

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Rules of Three

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

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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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Bestest

You don’t have to use the Bestest as long as you can just do

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Convergence

Bright and Dark Blessings to you all.

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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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"Everything else in the universe"

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
— John Muir


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Voices

Sometimes a voice is just a voice

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Tying thoughts to emotions

Thought germs are memes

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Gods make you stretch

Most people go through life letting the Robot drive.

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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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Keeping notes

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...
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Sky

I want my blue sky Read More...
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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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"You have to believe in dreams…"

You have to believe in dreams, because sometimes they believe in you.
	— Simon R. Green, Something From the Nightside

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Wild spring

And yes, that is a phallus between his legs

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Soft snow

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Drop down menus and transferring old content

You should find it easier to navigate the site. Read More...
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"As long as we lie to ourselves…"

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



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Four-foot

Earn their respect.

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Unsent note to a Christian

I can rant with the best of them. I don’t always send it these days though.

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Don't mix religion with politics

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?

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Better

You never know just how far your kindness may reach.

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New pages

Check out the new pages at the top

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"At the end of the day…"

At the end of the day, some things can't be faked.
Leverage

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Would you know?

Would you know a pagan if he stood next to you?

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Feelings - updated

In the dark and early, I woke my companion with hot chocolate…

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Experience & Art

That’s exactly it.

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Spark

I’m really enjoying this winter season.

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Homework assignment - edited

Morality ought to be filed under Philosophy, not Religion.

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Glimpse

A knack you can pick up

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"But you’re so rational!”

“Do you believe, you believe in magic, 'cos I believe, I believe that I do”

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Tuesday

A little updating

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Prep Work

I may be needing these in a bit.

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Seven days

Fog

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Semi-hermit

Separation of faith and politics

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Snow Day

I have this thing for snow.

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Listen and consider

Not official but important

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