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Autumn

autumn begins cross quarter

Today is the midpoint between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox. That makes today the beginning of fall. It’s a cross quarter day.

It also means that today is the middle day of Harvestpoint, a High Holiday for my Webtree path.

Not surprisingly, it’s the first of three harvests.

There were some thunderstorms today. But mostly it was a gentle rain all day.
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Another place I talk Christianity

Here’s a not so secret confession.

I talk about Christians and Christianity at my political blog Pagan Vigil.

You can find the Christianity files there.

I wouldn’t want people to think I was hiding something.

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Lughnasadh

I don’t do Lughnasadh.

Long story short, it’s not the midpoint between the equinox and solstice. That’s August 7th this year, which means my Harvestpoint runs from sunset on August 6th to sunset on August 8th.

My High Holidays begin at sunset the day before the Cross Quarter Day and last until sunset the day after.

My Solar Festivals begin at sunrise the day before the equinox or solstice and last until sunrise the day after.

Harvestpoint differs from Lughnasadh, but that is a good place to begin your studies.

Let me suggest Lammas from Mike Nichols The Witches Sabbats as a resource.


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Letter & Spirit

Sometimes ravens leave a primary feather in my yard.

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Outstanding

The cowards do not deserve to be remembered.

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Religion

I think too many people are into religion for the politics.

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Time to scry

I look into the bowl and wait.

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Flexing your calendar

Have I mentioned that I have a calendar obsession?

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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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A new dogma

There is a danger in the New Age movement of 'open-mindedness' and 'universality' becoming a new dogma which only serves to separate 'us' who pay lip service to these ideals from 'them' who do not. Far better to be a flexible, open-minded traditionalist than a rigidly doctrinaire liberal.
— Ya'qub ibn Yusuf, from Back to Basics, Gnosis No. 16, Summer 1990


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In which I indulge my Southern ancestors

Sun tea

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Suncrest

Suncrest starts tomorrow, it’s my version of midsummer.

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Greet the dawn

The secret of watching a solstice sunrise is not to watch the East.

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I can't be a 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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Hermit and the noise

You shouldn’t listen to the folks in the weird clothes and making the loudest noises.

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The grand cause

You take a plot of land. Now you can grow flowers or vegetables or both. You choose.

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No dissent, or The content of his character

So Rhyd just made the entry tier of my Watch List.

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Peachy

It’s like everything Glows Slightly Peach.

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Twenty-seven

That’s what those trees are for.

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A real man…

A real man loves strong women, whether as lovers or just as friends, because weak ones are boring, often parasitical, and make the worst exes.
	— Isaac Bonewits
 

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Labeling

I would no more solicit your opinion and approval about that than I would about the color of the trashcan by my clothes dryer.

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Hidden heart of a poet

Dad had hidden talents that would pop up every once in a while.

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Praxis

It’s not your faith that matters, it’s how you live it.

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Shapes in the Moon

My pendants change depending on the moon phase

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Summersgate

Summer begins

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Unbearable fun

Time for this semi-hermit to have a party.

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Gaia

This one’s a lusty lass, and not just because she’s nude and very pregnant.

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Earth Day

The original Earth Day was about celebrating the Earth and peace.

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Hatband experiment

It started simply. I wanted a wizard’s hat.

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Statement on the Environment

I mentioned some of my concerns, but their future is full of utopia and collective effort.

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Rules of Three

And part of it is just because three is a magick number.

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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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