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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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Mabon       Meán Fómhair       magick       mala in se       mala prohibita       manifest       Mardi Gras       mask       master       May Day       member       memetic engineering       menhir       mercantilism       mesopaganism       Midsommarafton       Midsummer       Midwinter       mindfuck       mise en abyme      : monotheism's first sin       monotheism's second sin       monotheism's third sin       Moon phase       morality       MYOB            
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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 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.
Mabon

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.
INDEX: Mabon/Autumn Equinox

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

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#mabon

magick

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#magick

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#mala-in-se

mala prohibita

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#mala-prohibita

manifest

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

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#manifest

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

mask

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#mask

master

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#master

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#may-day

member     See kin

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#memetic-engineering

menhir

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

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#menhir

mercantilism

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#mercantilism

mesopaganism

“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.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#mesopaganism

Midsommarafton      See Litha, summer solstice

Midsummer     See Litha, summer solstice

Midwinter     See Yule, winter solstice

mindfuck

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#mindfuck

mise en abyme     See Droste effect

monotheism’s first sin

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#monotheism-1st-sin

monotheism’s second sin

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#monotheism-2nd-sin

monotheism’s third sin

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

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#monotheism-3rd-sin

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#moon-phase

morality

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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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#morality

MYOB

Mind Your Own Business. An extraordinarily practical idea.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/mm/#myob

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