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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.

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Mabon      autumnal equinox

Traditional neopagan sabbat. Quarter day, Lesser Sabbat, Low Holiday, & solar festival. Mabon marks the autumnal equinox and the middle of fall. It's the second of three harvest festivals, the final harvest of fruits and vegetables reflecting thanksgiving for the fruits of the Earth and sharing the bounty.
The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year's crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.

Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life.

AUTUMN EQUINOX/MABON: (on or about September 21) The Second or Continuing Harvest. Now, as at Ostara, the days and nights are equal once again. gardens are in full bloom and heavy with nature's bounty. There is a slight nip in the air already and preparations begin to prepare for the long cold months which are to come.

The Autumnal Equinox, on September 21st or thereabouts, is called Alban Elfed or Light of the Water in the Druid tradition. It represents the second of the harvest festivals - this time marking the end of harvest-time, just as Lughnasadh marked its beginning. Again day and night are equally balanced as they were at the time of the Spring Equinox, but soon the nights will grow longer than the days and Winter will be with us. In the ceremony we give thanks for the fruits of the earth and for the goodness of the Mother Goddess.

See also Alban Elfed, equinox, Feast of the Ingathering, Harvest Home, Meán Fómhair, Redmark, Redmark, Redmark

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macaxeira     See cassava


Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.

I’m not fond of the classic Crowley definition.

I think initiating, celebrating and directing change is more accurate.

Magick is the essence of change and evolution.
  1. A general term for arts, sciences, philosophies and technologies concerned with
    1. understanding and using various altered states of consciousness within which it is possible to have access to and control over one's psychic talents, and
    2. the uses and abuses of those psychic talents to change interior and/ or exterior realities.
  2. A science and an art comprising a system of concepts and methods for the build-up of human emotions, altering the electrochemical balance of the metabolism, using associational techniques and devices to concentrate and focus this emotional energy, thus modulating the energies broadcast by the human body, usually to affect other energy patterns whether animate or inanimate, but occasionally to affect the personal energy pattern.
  3. A collection of rule-of-thumb techniques designed to get one's psychic talents to do more or less what one wants, more often than not, one hopes. It should be obvious that these are thaumaturgical definitions.

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Maillard reaction

The Maillard reaction is complex. So complex, in fact, that it's only in the last few years that scientists have begun to figure out what it actually is. While they still don't entirely understand it, they do know the basics: The Maillard reaction is many small, simultaneous chemical reactions that occur when proteins and sugars in and on your food are transformed by heat, producing new flavors, aromas, and colors.

Practically speaking, the Maillard reaction makes food more enticing to us humans, encouraging us to dig into a steak, drink a coffee, or chug a beer. Unlike all the other omnivores prowling this earth, we no longer tend to find a hunk of raw cow shoulder particularly appetizing. But if that same muscle is ground up, formed into patties, and seared on a flattop, we'll eagerly line up around the block. In large part, that's because we have evolved to respond to two important signals when encountering food. The first is a "nutrition" signal that tells us the food will deliver a hefty dose of easily digestible calories, vitamins, and minerals. The second is a "general harmlessness" signal that tells us the food won't kill us. The Maillard reaction is evolution's way of combining these two signals into one super-signal, specific to the roasty or browned flavors of cooked food.

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mala fides

bad faith; intent to cheat or deceive

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mala in se

Bad in and of itself. Something is mala in se if and only if it threatens or results in measurable damage to life, liberty, and property. Murder, violent attacks, rape, kidnapping, and theft are included. The key concept here is "measurable damage."
Wrongs in themselves; acts morally wrong; offenses against conscience.

In Criminal Law, crimes are categorized as either mala in se or mala prohibita, a term that describes conduct that is specifically forbidden by laws. Although the distinction between the two classifications is not always clear, crimes mala in se are usually common-law crimes or those dangerous to life or limb.

Battery and grand larceny or petit larceny are examples of offenses that courts have held to be mala in se.

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Bad because it is prohibited. Something is mala prohibita if and only if the state has forbidden it. I would add regulation as well. Driving without a license or insurance, unusual sex, public nudity, profanity, recreational drug use, opening a small business without the "proper" permit, all these are included. The key concept here is "forbidden." Mala prohibita means that the government will impose morality and ethics by force.

It's no secret that I believe most of the problems in American society are because of too much government and mala prohibita laws.
[Latin, Wrongs prohibited.] A term used to describe conduct that is prohibited by laws, although not inherently evil.

Courts commonly classify statutory crimes as mala prohibita. This, however, is not a fixed rule since not all statutory crimes are classified as such.

Examples of mala prohibita include public intoxication and carrying a concealed weapon.

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mandioca     See cassava


In magick, where and when the spell takes physical form. When a plan moves to execution.

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manioc     See cassava

Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday - Shrove Tuesday
     See Selected Christian Observances

March      Third month of the Gregorian or Julian calendar year.


“Today, the general definition for marmalade is a sweet in which pieces of fruit and rind are suspended. The key is the rind, which gives lends a bitterness to delightfully balance the sweetness of the jelly.

Most marmalades have a citrus base, either orange (preferably Seville orange), , lemon, grapefruit, or kumquat. To this general base, many other fruits can be added to pique the palate.”

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One of the "useful fictions" I've adopted over the years. Each person is really a whole crowd of people, only one or two of which are facing the world at any one point. The others mill around in the background, giving comments and the occasional shove.

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a person eminently skilled in something, as an occupation, art, or science
Does it simply and precisely. Understanding and precision mark a master, who “can do more with less.”

See also Zed Shaw's amazing The Master, The Expert, The Programer

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May      Fifth month of the Gregorian or Julian calendar year.

May Day      01May

… in medieval and modern Europe, holiday (May 1) for the celebration of the return of spring. The observance probably originated in ancient agricultural rituals, and the Greeks and Romans held such festivals. Although later practices varied widely, the celebrations came to include the gathering of wildflowers and green branches, the weaving of floral garlands, the crowning of a May king and queen, and the setting up of a decorated May tree, or Maypole, around which people danced. Such rites originally may have been intended to ensure fertility for crops and, by extension, for livestock and humans, but in most cases this significance was gradually lost, so that the practices survived largely as popular festivities. Among the many superstitions associated with May Day was the belief that washing the face with dew on the morning of May 1 would beautify the skin. Because the Puritans of New England considered the celebrations of May Day to be licentious and pagan, they forbade its observance, and the holiday never became an important part of American culture.

Enclyclopædia Britannica has it wrong here, it's a very common mistake. In some European countries especially further north, there were two seasons, winter and summer. May Day traditionally marks the beginning of the growing season, not the beginning of spring. If the summer solstice is midsummer, that makes May Day the beginning of summer.

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megalothymia      See thymos

melancholic      earthcaution

These individuals tend to be analytical, detail oriented, and are deep thinkers and feelers. They are introverted and try to avoid being singled out in a crowd. A melancholic personality leads to self-reliant individuals, who are thoughtful, reserved, and often anxious. They often strive for perfection within themselves and their surroundings, which leads to tidy and detail oriented behaviour.

  1. disposed to or affected with melancholy; gloomy.
  2. of, relating to, or affected with melancholia.

People with melancholic personality type love traditions. Women cook for men; men open doors for women. They love their families and friends and, unlike sanguine temperament, do not look for novelty and adventure. In fact, they avoid it at all costs. Someone with melancholic temperament is very unlikely to marry a foreigner or leave their homeland for another country. They are very social and seek to contribute to the community. Being extremely orderly and accurate, melancholic people are fantastic people managers.

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Melody’s Law      See The Law of Perversity

member      See kin


Yes, memes existed before funny pictures.

A meme is a unit of social or cultural information that travels from one organism to another. Some researchers limit it to humans, but arguably any animal with a language can exchange memes. Some species have exchanged memes with humans. Memes encompass both the unit and the medium.

  1. An element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means.
  2. An image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.
Richard Dawkins introduced the idea in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. I first ran across the meme in K. Eric Drexler's The Engines of Creation.

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memetic engineering

Sharing a thought that transforms the thinker as he thinks about it. Robert Anton Wilson was a 20th Century master of the mindfuck, one application of memetic engineering.

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the Memory

Every Grayson funeral had the Memory—the time set aside for every mourner to recall the life of the person they had lost and for any who so chose to share that memory with all the others. No one was ever forced to share a memory, but anyone who wished to was welcome to do so.
At All Costs (Honor Harrington, # 11)
a novel by David Weber

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an upright monumental stone standing either alone or with others, as in an alignment, found chiefly in Cornwall and Brittany.

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mercantilism    caution

Mercantilism is an economic theory that holds that the prosperity of a nation is dependent upon its supply of capital, and that the global volume of international trade is "unchangeable." Economic assets or capital, are represented by bullion (gold, silver, and trade value) held by the state, which is best increased through a positive balance of trade with other nations (exports minus imports). Mercantilism suggests that the ruling government should advance these goals by playing a protectionist role in the economy; by encouraging exports and discouraging imports, notably through the use of tariffs and subsidies.

Mercantilism was the dominant school of thought throughout the early modern period (from the 16th to the 18th century). Domestically, this led to some of the first instances of significant government intervention and control over the economy, and it was during this period that much of the modern capitalist system was established. Internationally, mercantilism encouraged the many European wars of the period and fueled European imperialism. Belief in mercantilism began to fade in the late 18th century, as the arguments of Adam Smith and the other classical economists won out. Today, mercantilism (as a whole) is rejected by economists, though some elements are looked upon favorably by non-economists.

Mercantilism led to empire, but it certainly did not lead to freedom.

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microaggression    caution

a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority)
also :
behavior or speech that is characterized by such comments or actions

Acts or words that are perceived to be insulting by a person who is looking to be insulted, whether or not that was the intent of the transgressor. Usually a symptom of a persecution complex.

Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. In many cases, these hidden messages may invalidate the group identity or experiential reality of target persons, demean them on a personal or group level, communicate they are lesser human beings, suggest they do not belong with the majority group, threaten and intimidate, or relegate them to inferior status and treatment.
Microaggressions: More than Just Race
from Psychology Today

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A microclimate is the distinctive climate of a small-scale area, such as a garden, park, valley or part of a city. The weather variables in a microclimate, such as temperature, rainfall, wind or humidity, may be subtly different from the conditions prevailing over the area as a whole and from those that might be reasonably expected under certain types of pressure or cloud cover. Indeed, it is the amalgam of many, slightly different local microclimates that actually makes up the microclimate for a town, city or wood.

See also berm

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“Mesopaganism” or “Meso-Paganism” is a general term for a variety of movements both organized and nonorganized, started as attempts to recreate, revive or continue what their founders thought were the best aspects of the Paleopagan ways of their ancestors (or predecessors), but which were heavily influenced (accidentally, deliberately and/or involuntarily) by concepts and practices from the monotheistic, dualistic, or nontheistic worldviews of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, or early Buddhism. Examples of Mesopagan belief systems would include Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, Spiritualism, etc., as well as those forms of Druidism influenced by those movements, the many Afro-Diasporatic faiths (such as Voudoun, Santeria, Candomble, etc.), Sikhism, several sects of Hinduism that have been influenced by Islam and Christianity, Mahayana Buddhism, Aleister Crowley’s religion/philosophy of Thelema, Odinism (some Norse Paganism), most “Family Traditions” of Witchcraft (those that aren’t completely fake), and most orthodox (aka “British Traditionalist”) denominations of Wicca.

Also included as Mesopagans would be the so-called “Christo-Pagans,” those who call themselves “monotheist Pagans,” and perhaps those Satanists who worship the Egyptian deity Set, if there really are any. The Satanists who insist that they don’t worship anything other than themselves but who like to use the name Satan because it’s “scary,” are simply Christian heretics, along with the Secular Humanists and other Western atheists, because the God and Devil they don’t believe in are the ones defined by Christian doctrine. Some Mesopagan belief systems may be racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. There are at least a billion Mesopagans living and worshiping their deities today.

The term MesoPagan was first put forth by Isaac-Bonewits in an attempt to categorize modern Paganism. According to Bonewits, MesoPagan religions are those that developed from PaleoPagan or native Pagan religions that were influenced by Monotheistic, dualist or Nontheistic philosophies. These include all synchretic religions including Christo-Paganism, many Afro-Diasporic faiths, such as Voudun, Santeria and Candomble, and Sikhism as well as many occult traditions including Thelema, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy and Spiritualism and many modern Witchcraft traditions, including many Wiccan denominations. Also, some Satanic traditions could fall into this category.

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Midsommarafton      See Litha, summer solstice

Midsummer     See Litha, summer solstice

Midwinter     See Yule, winter solstice

the Mighty Dead

The Mighty Dead are said to be those practitioners of our religion who are on the Other Side now, but who still take great interest in the activities of Witches on this side of the Veil. They have pledged to watch, to help and to teach. It is those Mighty Dead who stand behind us, or with us, in circle so frequently.

Though the term has been used to refer to any of our spiritual ancestors of note, such as founders, teacher and authors, I use the term Mighty Dead to refer to the “enlightened” ancestors of the Witchcraft and Pagan traditions. They are those who passed on with a state of awareness, of spiritual “might” that they can step of the cycle of rebirth and incarnation. They are akin to the Saints of the Christian traditions and the Bodhisattvas of the Buddhist traditions.

The Mighty Dead are the “enlightened” or sanctified or justified dead, of the Witchcraft Traditions. I actually believe they are the same in all traditions, because at that level of consciousness, our differences fall away, but they present to those in a particular tradition through that cultural lens. They are those who died in a state of awareness, succeeding on the path of their tradition. We might say they died with Sorcerous Power. In other traditions they are considered to be the Saints, Bodhisattvas, Inner Plane Adepts, Heroes, Secret Chiefs or Ascended Masters.

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Mike Pence rule     See Billy Graham Rule


surroundings, especially of a social or cultural nature

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an idea or concept that shakes one's previously held beliefs or assumptions about the nature of reality.

Someone takes what you know, shifts the perspective ever so slightly, adds something you'd never expect, and totally changes your assumptions.

And of course you can't define mindfuck without acknowledging Operation Mindfuck.

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miscegenation    caution

Another case of making a distinction to cast shame. People are people. There is one race and it's human.
  1. marriage or cohabitation between two people from different racial groups, especially, in the U.S., between a black person and a white person
  2. sexual relations between two people from different racial backgrounds that results in the conception of a mixed-race child

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mise en abyme     See Droste effect

monandæg      See Monday


monenday      See Monday

modern liberal     See libertarian

monoculture    caution

  1. The cultivation of a single crop on a farm or in a region or country.
  2. A single, homogeneous culture without diversity or dissension.

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Claiming that there is only one way to reach the Divine and that is the only way that will be allowed.

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The separation of humans from the rest of nature.

Unfortunately, most neopagans were monotheists first and only came to paganism later. They retain this "separation" attitude long after the need for it has passed. Oh, they learn to embrace nature, but it becomes a holiday from the "mundane" world.

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monotheism’s third sin    caution

Confusing nudity, sex, physical contact, intimacy, and love. The assumption that all these things are joined and cannot be separated.

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Moon      Earth's satellite

  1. the earth's natural satellite, orbiting the earth at a mean distance of 238,857 miles (384,393 km) and having a diameter of 2160 miles (3476 km).
  2. this body during a particular lunar month, or during a certain period of time, or at a certain point of time, regarded as a distinct object or entity.
  3. a lunar month, or, in general, a month.
  4. any planetary satellite:
    the moons of Jupiter.
  5. something shaped like an orb or a crescent.
  6. moonlight.
  7. a platyfish.
  8. Slang. the buttocks, especially when bared.

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Moon-blessed salt     See blessed salt


Ritual cleansing using the direct light of a bright Moon. Sometimes done just for the sensation.

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Moon phase

I never liked the terms “new moon” or “quarter moon,” I found them confusing. So these are the names I use.
  • dark Moon - a “new Moon”
  • waxing crescent - a Moon growing in illumination but less than half lit
  • waxing half moon - half Moon growing in illumination
  • waxing gibbous - a Moon growing in illumination and more than half lit
  • bright Moon - a “full Moon”
  • waning gibbous - a Moon lessening in illumination but more than half lit
  • waning half moon - half moon lessening in illumination
  • waning crescent - a Moon less than half lit and lessening in illumination

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morality    caution

The forces behind magick are not moral or immoral, any more than the wind and the wave. As Chas Clifton says, religion is not moral.

The way I look at it, the Moral Guardians™ have shown that they can't always follow their rules themselves. If everyone is an adult and no one is forced, then the self-appointed Moral Guardians™ can take a flying leap into a hard cliff face.

Yep, I practice magick, but I don't call on Dark Powers Who Must Not Be Named. That's in fiction, not in life.

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Science as it is taught relies heavily on IS and IS NOT and IF, THEN. There is nothing wrong with these ideas until you assume that they are universal. I prefer MOSTLY to IS and IS NOT. It means I watch for the exceptions where neither IS nor IS NOT applies. It means our understanding is limited by our perception and assumptions at the moment.

MOSTLY works. It just means that looking for the occasional exception. It means not closing your mind to the possibilities. It means that there are things that we don't understand. And that means there is reason to reach beyond what we know.

See also dualism
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multiple intelligences      intelligence domains, domains of intelligence

There are different areas of intelligence which I call domains. Intelligence in one domain doesn't necessarily grant ability or skill in another.

Proposed in Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner thought there were shortcomings in the traditional understanding of intelligences. His ideas are brilliant but the writing style is pedantic.

Think of intelligence domains like vehicle types. A sports car does a different job than a dump truck. An airplane doesn't work like a boat. A bicycle isn't a tractor.

For our purposes here, each intelligence domain includes it's own perception, manipulation, patterning, and symbols.

Ironically since Gardner did not address intelligence modes, many of his critics at that time could not understand that he was shifting from behavior maps to analyis-synthesis in his theory. The theory has since become very popular among educators and in cognitive psychology.

Gardner originally identified seven areas of intelligence with one other possible.
  • Visual-Spatial
    Space, distance, and measurement.
  • Linguistic-Verbal
    Language. Spoken and written language seem to be seperate but related sub-domains.
  • Logical-Mathematical
    Mathmatics, logic, measurements, abstractions, and calculations.
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic
    Bodily awareness and movement. In my view, a very flawed definition. Gardner did not differentiate between gross motor activity and fine motor activity. The ability to throw a fastball doesn't translate to the ability to repair a watch.
  • Musical
    Sound, rhythm, pitch, tone, melody and harmony.
  • Interpersonal
    Social interaction and the passions of others.
  • Intrapersonal
    Self knowledge and awareness.
  • Existentialist
    Philosophy. Not part of Gardner's original group, it's often not accepted as a "valid" intelligence.
  • Naturalistic
    Outside of human activity or influence. Often defined as understanding the natual world. This addition was made in 1996.
  • Tactile-Kinesthetic
    Fine motor coordination based around the hands and the sense of touch. My own addition to fix one of Gardner's obvious blind spots.
  • Gnostic
    Awareness, perception and knowlegde of the Divine and it's manifestation through one's self into the World. This isn't going to make sense to somone without gnostic intelligence. My own addition to fix one of Gardner's obvious blind spots.

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Murphy’s Law      See The Law of Perversity


Fugio cent
Mind Your Own Business. An extraordinarily practical idea.

Considered rude by some, this idea is the keystone to civility and purpose. Benjamin Franklin used it on the obverse of the Fugio cent, the first official coin of the United States.

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