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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

A work in progress. Explaining words and phrases that I often use. Noting new and interesting ideas. Discussing certain verbal warning signs. There’s no social justice or political correctness here.

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Candlelaria       Candlemas       cant       can't hoard       cardinal points       cascade effect       casual sex       catallaxy       cauldron       ceremonial magick       Cetsamhain       children & sex       Christmastide       civil dawn       civil dusk       civil twilight       clade       cladistics       clan       ClanKin       claws that rip       clean sheets & hot running water       clipped       collecting pelts       companion       companion planting       condemnation of memory       conjunction       Cornucopia       Corporate Clone       corporatism       corporate social responsibility       cousin       crescent Moon       critters       cross-quarter day       crusader       curse       cultural appropriation       curse            
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Candlelaria     See Imbolc

Candlemas      02February

Candlemas is a Christian holiday occuring annually on February 2 that is commemorating the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple when he was a baby. It occurs 40 days (inclusively) after Christmas Day. In some churches it is celebrated on a nearby Sunday. The term "Candlemas" (meaning Candle Mass) refers to the practice of the blessing of candles by the priest during a church service ("mass") for use during the year in church and in the homes of the faithful.

While in many countries Christmas decorations are traditionally removed on Twelfth Night (January 5, also known as Epiphany Eve), for other countries it is customary to remove them on Candlemas.


cant      (not can't)

  1. insincere, especially conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety.
  2. the private language of the underworld.
  3. the phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession, etc.: the cant of the fashion industry.
  4. whining or singsong speech, especially of beggars.
  5. to talk hypocritically.
  6. to speak in the whining or singsong tone of a beggar; beg.


can't hoard

I can’t hoard the magick. I can’t put it somewhere “safe” in a cabinet or carefully sealed in a jar. It has to flow. I bring it home, I mix it with some of me. I manifest what I can. I give it away. Then it comes back changed. I have to take it back through me and manifest again. It never stops.


cardinal points

The four cardinal directions or cardinal points are the directions north, east, south, and west, commonly denoted by their initials N, E, S, and W. East and west are at right angles to north and south, with east being in the clockwise direction of rotation from north and west being directly opposite east.

The magic circle usually has a candle or lamp at each of the four quarters. The powers of the Four Elements are naturally connected with the Four Airts. Different exponents of magic have differing attributions of these; but the most usual one in the Western magical tradition is air at the east, fire at the south, water at the west, and earth at the north.

This attribution is based on the quality of the prevailing winds. In Britain the south wind brings heat and dryness, while the west wind usually brings warm rainy conditions. So these quarters are regarded as the places of fire and water respectively. The wind from the east is cold, dry and bracing, so this is the place of the powers of air. The north wind is cold and freezing, coming from the place of eternal snow. It represents the darkness of earth.
➢ “AIRTS, THE FOUR”, An ABC of Witchcraft: Past and Present by Doreen Valiente

See also four airts, four quarters ,


cascade effect

A transitonal change affecting a system. We're plugged into more information and more information sources than ever before. A cascade effect is pretty common, where the same information (right or wrong) hits you from several channels at once, making it seem more important or more widespread than it actually is. That is why the number of channels is not nearly as important as the diversity of channels.


casual sex     See sexual beings


The concept of “catallaxy” is similar to that of “spontaneous order,” but the latter concept can be broadly applied to most areas of life. Catallaxy applies specifically to how economic order emerges in a system through the uncoordinated and diverse actions of individuals who pursue their own self-interests. The social theorist Friedrich Hayek defined it as “the order brought about by the mutual adjustment of many individual economies in a market”.

The obscure term captures a dynamic that is essential to the creation of civilization: cooperation. If human beings are to rise above the level of Robinson Crusoe or savagery, then they must interact to mutual advantage. Historically, the “cooperation” is usually orchestrated by a central authority-a government, a tribal leader, a religion-that negates the voice of the individual. One reason people agree to be silenced is because they worship the authority, which makes them willingly or unthinkingly sabotage their individualism.

Recent centuries have given us a new paradigm of how cooperation creates civilization-a paradigm other than control from on high. Civilization rises from the grassroots. It arises through the uncoordinated and voluntary association of individuals and groups. It comes from catallaxy, which is sometimes called “catallactics.” The concept was a long-sought-after intellectual breakthrough that allowed free-market advocates to explain the evolution of society without a central authority.



The witches, however, kept the old pagan version, and the cauldron, originally that of the Druidic moon goddess Cerridwen, became their symbol. A cauldron is an all-embracing symbol of Nature, the Great Mother. As a vessel, it represents the feminine principle. Standing upon three legs, it recalls the triple moon goddess. The four elements of Life enter into it, as it needs fire to boil it, water to fill it, the green herbs of earth to cook it, and its fragrant steam arises into air.

The cauldron in fact represented a great step forward in civilization. Before men were able to make metal cooking pots, which would withstand fire, they had to be content with thick earthenware pots, which were heated by the laborious process of dropping very hot stones into them. The metal cauldron, over which the woman as head of the household presided, gave men better cooked food, more plentiful hot water to cleanse themselves, and herbal medicines which could be decocted by boiling or infused in boiling water. Hence the cauldron became an instrument of magic, and especially of women’s magic.

…a traditional cauldron is a cast iron, pot-bellied pot with three legs. If you cannot find such a thing, any pot will do in a pinch. It represents the element of water, but is also used to house small fires (especially at Beltane). Still water in a cauldron makes for excellent scrying.
This author did not make the obvious connection.  A cauldron is a COOKING pot, it's used for cooking and brewing and simmering the contents.  The housing small fires thing is safety more than anything else.  A cauldron housing a fire possesses a completely different symbolic meaning than a cauldron used for cooking. Still water means something completely different again. Better to use three different things.


ceremonial magick

Honoring the gods, the spirits, and the magick with rites and rituals performed at a set time and place. Roughly speaking, the more effort you put into it, the more you will get out of it.


Cetsamhain     See Beltaine

children & sex     Consenting adults only.

Christmastide - Twelvetide      - 25December to 05January

civil dawn

Civil dawn is the moment when the geometric center of the Sun is 6 degrees below the horizon in the morning.


civil dusk

Civil dusk is the moment when the geometrical center of the Sun is 6 degrees below the horizon in the evening.


civil twilight

Civil twilight occurs when the Sun is less than 6 degrees below the horizon. In the morning, civil twilight begins when the Sun is 6 degrees below the horizon and ends at sunrise. In the evening, it begins at sunset and ends when the Sun reaches 6 degrees below the horizon.



a taxonomic group of organisms classified together on the basis of homologous features traced to a common ancestor.
In some forms of anthropology and memetics, a social group with shared values and background, particularly in collaborative and trading cultures.



Cladistics (/kləˈdɪstɪks/, from Greek κλάδος, cládos, "branch") is an approach to biological classification in which organisms are categorized in groups ("clades") based on the most recent common ancestor. Hypothesized relationships are typically based on shared derived characteristics (synapomorphies) that can be traced to the most recent common ancestor and are not present in more distant groups and ancestors. A key feature of a clade is that all descendants stay in their overarching ancestral clade. For example, if within a cladistic framework the terms monkeys/anthropoidea, animals, fishes/vertebrata and worms/bilateria would be used, these terms would include humans. Radiation results in the generation of new subclades by bifurcation.


clan     See kin

clankin     See kin

claws that rip

The World can be dangerous. No matter what you do, you can't protect yourself from every threat. No shield is universal. You will have to walk among the claws that rip and the fangs that bite.


clean sheets & hot running water

I like my clean sheets & hot running water, my internet and my fireplace. Modern conveniences are great things when coming home after being outdoors for a while.



Common practice among some bloggers where the majority of the text in an entry came from someone else. Sadly, I’ve done this more than I should have.


collecting pelts

Counting sexual conquests without the benefit of friendship. Sex with the absolutely minimal emotional connection. Bedding someone based mainly on the status it brings. Sending them on their way before breakfast and without getting their phone number. The lower end of casual sex and only a step or two above masturbation. No tie other than the sexual act itself. My preferred way of advancing in my Corporate Clone days. I try to do better now.

At as long as it is consenting, collecting pelts is not exactly reprehensible. But it is juvenile.

Because there is no emotional connection beyond the moment, collecting pelts will always be lacking. Sex includes the desire for more passion. Usually this frustration means that the sex itself becomes more extreme.

Without healthy channels for passion, a person can seek out and indulge more and more peak experiences just to satisfy the craving. BDSM, roleplay, and self-injury are all common responses when collecting pelts.



Very good friend and sexual partner. More than “friends with benefits,” less than spouse. The Lady Always Chooses.


companion planting

In companion planting, different crops are planted in the same spot, each benefiting the other. Perhaps the best known historical example today is the Three Sisters from certain Amerindian tribes. Squash, maize, and beans worked together. The maize supports the beans so no trellis or poles are needed. The beans fix nitrogen in the soil. The squash spreads out, preventing weeds while blocking some pests. Together, the three plants provide a fairly healthy diet.


condemnation of memory     See damnatio memoriae


the instant when a planet appears closest to the Sun as seen from Earth


Cornucopia     See Lammas

Corporate Clone

A Corporate Clone is a mid ranking or higher employee who appears to conform but actually plays nasty games against employees on the same level in preparation to take on the higher-ups. Lower level employees are considered game pieces.

Yes, I was a junior executive and a Corporate Clone. I was in HR and did training seminars. I wrote training manuals. I was effective, but not a nice person.



A politico-economic system in which most power is held by large corporations, often mistakenly called capitalism. This is the current governing system of most of the world
If your business model depends on government intervention, you'll ignore the "customer" and focus on manipulating and controlling the government. That's how to get a bigger profit under corporatism.


corporate social responsibility

economic, legal, ethical, and discretionary expectations with society has of it's corporations and institutions at any given point in time
As hard as it may be for some to believe, corporations have absolutely zero social responsibility. A corporation is responsible to it's shareholders first and last. The way that a company keeps and makes more customers is by selling what the people want in a way that is equal to or maybe a bit better than the competition. That brings more profit which means the owners are happy. Anything else is literally the price of doing business.

Companies don't care, people should. If you don't like what a company sells or how it does business, go to the competition. Under no circumstances should you get government to make a company do what you want. That leads to corporatism, and that means neither the government nor the company has any reason to listen to the likes of you.

There are three rules that companies should keep in mind. If done right, following these rules can put a company in the top twenty percent.
  • Competition keeps us honest.
  • Always do what you promised.
  • Try to deliver more than you promised.
  • A company is responsible to it's ownership. Customers are the ones who pay the bills. Sometimes the real customer is the government.


cousin     See also kin

crescent Moon

The Moon’s phase is less than half full.



The closest fit would be lower elementals in the classic sense, but that doesn’t quite fit.

See also egregore


cross-quarter day

A cross-quarter day marks the midpoint between the solstice and equinox or the equinox and solstice. The gateways between the four seasons. On my WebTree path, it begins on sunset of the the day before and lasts until sunset the day after.

For some reason, Encyclopædia Brittanica calls these Quarter Days.



A crusader is a pernicious form of True Believer™ who won’t stop until everyone is saying and doing the exact same things at the exact same time. Or else. Marked by immorality, intolerance, and intrusiveness towards others because the crusader believes they know what is best and for “your own good.” Crusaders can’t stand criticism of their Ideal, it makes them irrational as well. “Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?”


cultural appropriation

The idiotic conflation of culture with racism. Essentially the absurd belief that the cultural exchange that has served to enrich humanity throughout all of human history is wrong because racists exist.
Somone from one cultural group using elements that originated in another cutural group. After research, there are only three things I can tell for sure about cultural appropriation.

  • Cultural appropriation is bad.
  • It's not cultural appropriation if a smaller/less powerful group uses elements from a larger/more powerful group.
  • What is and what is not culturally appropriated is subject to change.
That last condition is the key. Cultural appropriation is guilt politics. It all depends on the victimhood. No matter what is given up, it will never be enough.

Syncretism happens. People tend to adopt ideas they like.

The idea of “cultural appropriation” has recently entered mainstream debates about the ways in which African cultural creations are used, borrowed and imitated by others. In fashion, art, music and beyond, some people now argue that certain African cultural symbols and products are off-limits to non-Africans.

In March 2016, an African-American woman at San Francisco State University confronted a white student. She said he should cut his hair because dreadlocks belong to black culture. The incident went viral. Within a month, a YouTube video of the encounter had been watched more than 3.7 million times.

An online debate also erupted about whether it was appropriate for Canadian singer Justin Bieber to wear dreadlocks.

Debates about appropriation aren’t always limited to cross-racial borrowing. An online discussion about African-American appropriation of African cultural symbols also went viral. It began with journalist Zipporah Gene asking black Americans to stop appropriating African clothing and tribal marks. She argued this indicated “ignorance and cultural insensitivity.”

In these debates, the label of cultural appropriation is broadly applied to borrowing that is in some way inappropriate, unauthorised or undesirable. My argument is that borrowing may become appropriation when it reinforces historically exploitative relationships or deprives African countries of opportunities to control or benefit from their cultural material.
Notice how the more complex definitions quickly move into intersectionality and who is on top of the victimhood hierarchy this week.

It's not about justice. It's not about protecting the culture. It's about controlling the actions and thoughts of others through guilt.

It's the politics of victimhood again.

No one culture has the exclusive on fashion, an idea, or a philosophy. It's impossible to enforce.



It's pretty understood that you can't bless if you can't curse. Now ethically that's a whole new situation. Just because I can hit your kneecaps with my baseball bat doesn't mean I will.

Beyond ethics, in Western occultism there's something called The Law of Similarity or like calls to like. If I cast "bad luck" or "sickness," then I risk attracting those very same things to me. Yes there are ways to avoid that, but the only one worth sharing online is the simplest. Don't try to curse in the first place.

Dealing with curses, well, that depends. It may be very unromantic, but most people are dealing with their own emotional baggage and not external forces “out to get them.”


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