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Intuition & Inspiration

Let's talk about some of the most misunderstood things when it comes to "magickal thinking."

Most people think that intuition is something that just pops answers into your head. That's not exactly how it works. Intution is just a part of your brain that works faster and without language to give you answers. You're usually caught up in the language part of your brain, so you're not always aware of your intution working.

I don't mean to brag but I have to set the stage. I'm very intelligent and I rely on my intution. I'll methodically work thorugh
A, B, C and end up with H.672-blue without going through D, E, and F and G. More times than not, H.672-blue is case specific. So I'll have to work backwards through G, F, E, and D so I can work back to general case H.

It's still faster than plodding through
D, E, F and G with my regular brain.

Even though intutiton is faster and more powerful than regular reasoning, it still depends on a good information. If I don't understand
A, B, and C, I will just get wrong answers faster. There's nothing unnatural about intution, it won't magically provide right answers if I didn't start with truth.

You have to begin by learning. Intuition relies on knowledge and experience.

Knowledge is what you read in a book. It's the facts and emotions.

Experience is what you do.

I've found that intution relies on about one third knowledge and about two thirds on experience.

That's why it's not enough to learn the basic facts, you have to live the facts and act.

It's called Manifestation. It's how you bring what you know into the World to change it.

Reading about baseball isn't enough. You have to play the game.

Watching a YouTube video on how to grow squash isn't enough. You have to get the dirt under your nails.

Learn all you can, especially from people who don't agree with you. Ask questions. Question the answers. Question your questions.

Try to do things with what you've learned. Make something new that you've never tried before. Then do it again until you get it right.

That's the way to train your intution. You give it the strongest base you can and you reinforce that base every chance you get.

Inspiration is something totally different.

There have been times when I've had a situation. All of the sudden, a full blown answer pops into my head with the absolute certainty it will work. And it does.

Always.

Often depending on something I don't know.

I've no idea where these ideas come from. I do know they are not my intution. I'd like to think it's my Gods giving me a nudge or two in the right direction. I don't know for sure. I just know it works.

If I trust.

If I have faith.

And afterwards I give my Gods the credit and thank them.

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Religion and politics

I just got through another batch of scathing emails.

Even though I am
deliberately not high profile as pagans go, I attract attention. Especially since my views are not always politically correct.

When I started blogging, I separated my political stuff from my pagan stuff. I did it after a lot of soul searching. It would have been so simple to wrap everything into a giant ball of victimhood and blame the world for my troubles. It would have saved me the hosting fees too. Two things stopped me.

Even then, I was beginning to despise the politics of victimhood. In 2005 I didn't have it completely worked out in my head, but I knew there were certain behaviors that annoyed me. I finally worked it out that the message of victimhood meant that the victim would have to stay a victim, no matter what. No tales of heroism, no adversity overcome, no triumph of wisdom and knowledge, just a victim.

Always a victim, always dependent on the guilty pity of others, always less than human.

The second thing was the hunch that politics usually corrupted things.

If every there was a group that should have known that from the beginning, it was pagans and particularly American pagans. We had seen firsthand exactly what it had done to the People of the Book when they tried to mix politics with religion. Why should it be different if we did it?

But, but
the personal is political.

Codswallop.

Politics is about controlling other people. Not about influencing, not about changing their mind, but
controlling.

As in if the other guy doesn't do what you say, he gets a gun pointed at his head and is told "…or else!!!"

It's a dirty rotten stinking business. I'm better at it than any amateur has a right to be. The only justification I can give is that my goal is that people choose for themselves.

Even if I don't like their choice.

And that brings us to the group of radical feminists that I've started calling FamousFeminists. Their goal is fame and control, in that order. They aren't women and they aren't True Ladies. They are females who claim victimhood in the freest nation in the World.

Mostly their victimhood is because the Patriarchal Conspiracy won't make men do what the FamousFeminists demand that they do.

None of this matters EXCEPT these misguided females demand I bow before their demands.

It's not going to happen, not even when they invoke the Sacred Cause of Pagan Unity.

I know my gods expect people to grow into individuality. I'm not going to sacrifice that.

Does that mean I am not a True Pagan™? Well, I have an earth-centered path. I celebrate the lunar and solar cycles. I have two gods of different sexes. I try to honor the plant and animal life around me.

But politics is not a part of that path. At least, unless someone tries to inflict it on me using religion as an excuse.

Then I tell people what I always do.

Religion is not the reason. Religion is the justification, not the reason.

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Welcome to summer

As my regular readers know, I don't celebrate Baltaine as such. I celebrate Summergate, a three day High Holiday that starts on sunset Tuesday. The cross-quarter day is on May 4th this year.

However, at the end of April and the end of October every year, I host small dinner parties. The highlight of these parties is the
Hair of the Bear, my semi-annual haircut. I'm reserved in public, and this is one of my chances to let loose a little bit.

This year it's a bit cooler than I like. And we had scattered rainstorms, so the party was inside. Then the heat pump blower quit (on a Saturday), I built a fire in the firepace (fire GOOD grunts Neo).

I wasn't in charge of the menu, it was a potluck of everyone's favorite summer dishes. Somebody brought catfish grilled in cornmeal. When it's done right, that's one of the most delicious things ever.

I don't think the ladies quite got the full three inches, but I can live with it. My hair is short for summer.

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Act of Change

According to popular culture, magick is about breaking the rules and molding reality,

Nope.

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Sex advice

I'm not sure it is love I feel, or if I can feel love at all anymore. But it is friendship for a few close friends, and if some of those are ladies and it involves sex, I am certainly not going to say no. Just can't be exclusive about it, it is not in my nature.

"I think the exclusivity does hurt a lot of relationships, but then I was poly before I knew the meaning of the word. Also think that it is a mistake (and probably the greatest crime that Christianity ever committed) to confuse love and sex and physical contact and intimacy.

That's me from more than thirteen years ago.

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Starlight

You are made of starlight. Don’t forget to shine.
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The Lady Always Chooses

When I read Margaret Murray and Robert Graves the first time, I never did buy into the matriarchy. There seemed to be another reason that they touched on, but it wasn't matriarchy. Neither were really thinking about balance.

Poetic inspiration gives a glimse. That's a long way from manifesting.

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Taproot: Through the Woods

The Woods. Summer weekends meant the family would escape the Phoenix heat. In the fall Dad insisted we come to watch the aspen turn. In the winter we would come to play in the snow. After the stepsibs moved away and it was just teenage me with the folks, we'd still come to enjoy the woods. I will always be the desert guy who Visits The Woods.

My stepdad had passed just weeks short of his birthday. The day after his service the family went to scatter his ashes. Disposing of human remains in a National Park is illegal, so I won't tell you exactly where.

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Faith Triad

There's a big truth here. No, make that a Big Truth®. The World we live in now is not the same as the World 2000 plus years ago. Try explaining antiseptics or refridgeration in Latin and see how far you get.

No matter what the inspiration, you still have to come down off the mountain. Living in the Here & Now helps make you human.

So after some thought, I've come up with another triad.

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Manifest

At some point you come back from the mountain and across the wilderness.

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New sex menu item

I’ve put the Sex catagory in the main menu.

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Collecting pelts - updated

No, it wasn’t responsible. No, I’m not proud of it. And yes, it lasted longer than it should have with me.

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☯ Lady in the Court of…

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.

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Just before it sparks

Today is Imbolc in many neo-pagan traditions.

Not mine.

Today I am indulging in a mostly day off. I’ve not had one for two months.

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Accident

Mom ended up with a broken clavicle, a punctured lung, massive bruising, and some confusion.

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Totems I have known

Strictly speaking, these were’t “totems” in the normal sense. They probably didn’t already entirely exist. The face or persona probably came from me because I thought it was cool. Making lower elementals isn’t really all that hard. Making lower elementals that stick around can be difficult, but I’ve got a flair for it. It made my childhood interesting, some of my “imaginary” friends were really there.

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Holiday breakfast hit

Eggnog French toast.

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Fireplace

Fire good, grunts NeoWayland.

I joke about it, but that is the heart of it. Or maybe the hearth. It’s the center.

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Midwinter

It’s a day of contrasts and promises. Even as winter is at it’s greatest, light is born again.

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Starwell - Solar Festival

I do use some Yule traditions. This year I have family obligations which will cut those short a bit. But greeting the dawn all three days is definitely one I keep.

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Aside for polyamory - revised

It’s one of the few sexual labels that I bother with. It’s not that I disapprove of labels like gay, lesbian, transgender, and all the others. It’s just hard to see how the label applies to me unless we have sex.

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Earth centered

More and more I think I was wise to separate my pagan blogging from my political blogging.

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A dangerous pagan

I think that a Greater Pagan Community™ for the sake of the institution is a extradinarily Bad Idea®.

I don’t believe progressive politics should be linked with paganism.

I don’t accept that the personal is political.

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Dusting of Snow

Winter-born that I am, I always like a desert snowfall.

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Political pagans

Sometimes if you pay attention, you can see that politics corrupts pretty much any religion, faith, or path you’d care to name.

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Wayland's Feast Day

No, I am not quite foolish enough to do it on my own. I don’t know enough about explosives and I don’t own an anvil.

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This is the world

I am a sensualist. I’m telling you this because all too often pagans forget we’re supposed to bridge worlds.

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Unusual Unkindness

Usually when ravens group together, it’s up on fences or power lines or rooftops.

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One less candle on the mantel

Sometimes it doesn’t work.

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Hearthside

Fire good, I grunt only half alound.

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Winter

winter begins cross quarter

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Caution - Watch Out

This is not the first controversy with Mr. Day. I do not expect it to be the last. Frankly I don’t care if he is innocent or not.

He disrupts.

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Double Teamed

After dinner, we move to the kitchen. Easier to sweep up the hair, you see.

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Before the Gate of Winter

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I choose to honor these people this season

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Negative whiskers

It’s a subtle touch that sets me apart. And yes, it’s a matter of vanity.

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The hard rain

Rain in the desert is a wonderous thing.

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Bend the brains

But kids (especially BRIGHT teens) know when you’re different. They like different, they’re attracted to it.

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Naked pagans & sex - updated

Pagans do not “get nekkid” so you can get your jollies.

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Do you know what I get asked about the most?

For a while I stopped reviewing the site email.

Do you know what I get asked about the most?

Pagan sex. Love potions. And curses. In that order.

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