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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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NeoWayland is a title, not a name. Maybe someday I'll be good enough to deserve it. It started as an online handle. My legal name is fairly ordinary. My ritual name is between me and the Divine.

But about that pagan name thing.

First, it wasn't until the mid 1950s when witchcraft (and to a lesser extent paganism) became legal in the UK. To this day, there can be repercussions in certain areas, although not nearly as much as some would have you believe.

Second, much like a Christening or confirmation, taking a separate name shows dedication to your faith when you are initiated. This goes back to at least the Roman mystery cults.

Third, there is cross-over with the SCA and various RenFaire groups. This definitely stresses the romantic aspects. These days I would put cosplay as another influence.

There's a quote I like, ❝You want your religion taken seriously? Stop treating it like fandom.❞

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Native American Church

Native American Church, also called Peyotism, or Peyote Religion, most widespread indigenous religious movement among North American Indians and one of the most influential forms of Pan-Indianism. The term peyote derives from the Nahuatl name peyotl for a cactus. The tops of the plants contain mescaline, an alkaloid drug that has hallucinogenic effects. It was used in Mexico in pre-Columbian times to induce supernatural visions and as a medicine.

From the mid-19th century, use of peyote extended north into the Great Plains of the United States, and probably first developed into a distinct religion about 1885 among the Kiowa and Comanche of Oklahoma. After 1891 it spread rapidly as far north as Canada and is now practiced among more than 50 tribes. Statistics are uncertain, but reports suggest nearly a fifth of the Navajo in 1951 practiced the peyote religion (despite strong tribal council opposition) as did one-third of Oklahoma Indians in 1965. The Native American Church claimed some 225,000 adherents in 1977.

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naturism  &  naturist     Nudity is not about sex. Nudity does not invite sex.

Causual social nudity without sex. In America, usually on private property.

Naturism lets nature touch you.

  1. a person who appreciates the beauty and benefits of nature.
  2. a nudist.
Today the United States has some very strange ideas about public nudity. Especially for a nation obsessed with the nether regions of young starlets. Particularly for a nation that buys swimwear and underwear designed to highlight genitalia and female breasts while pretending to hide the “naughty bits.” Peculiarly when “exposed” female anatomy in public is widely seen as a sure sign of sexual excess and moral degeneracy.

Why would I even be interested in responding to the issue of naked swimming in the schools in the old days with a blog article? For a number of reasons. First, here was a practice most men experienced as recently as fifty years ago, and is a living memory for many of us, and people don’t know about it. Some even deny it happened because it doesn’t fit our current cultural mores. Men don’t talk about it even if they were comfortable with the practice because the reactions are usually negative. So this article is an exercise in social history to discuss what was standard practice in America until the 1970s. Boys swam naked in the YMCA and American high schools and sometimes teachers or coaches were naked too (although my swimming teacher always wore a swim suit). I set this in the broader context of naked swimming in America.

Second, it is surely a matter of interest in U.S. social history that a practice that millions of men experienced as boys has been suppressed in our collective memory. This reflects a radical change in social mores today that reflects different attitudes toward nudity, privacy, and the body than were common in earlier times in America. We tend to reject the attitudes and views of previous generations because they contradict our own (more enlightened?) attitudes and views, as if our attitudes and views can’t withstand the challenge of different standards. But perhaps some of our current attitudes and views need to be challenged, including our attitudes toward and views about nudity today which are almost exclusively associated with sexuality.
Nudity does not necessarily or even mostly equal sex. Nudity does not invite sex.

I enjoy being naked. I relish feeling the wind and sun on my skin and my dangly bits. I savor the contrast when my exposed skin touches something else. Skin is our biggest sense organ, it's only right when we use it whenever we can.

Exhibitionism is not naturism. Dressing provocatively and almost showing something “forbidden” is not naturism.

Naturism is not about drawing attention. Naturism is about letting nature touch you. We shield ourselves with clothing even if we don't always need it.

I’m a naturist in both senses of the word. Life doesn’t always need clothes. I admire the human body. I hope you can too.

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nautical dawn

Occurs when the Sun is 12 degrees below the horizon during the morning.

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nautical dusk

Occurs when the Sun goes 12 degrees below the horizon in the evening.

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nautical twilight

Occurs when the geometrical center of the Sun is between 6 degrees and 12 degrees below the horizon. This twilight period is less bright than civil twilight and artificial light is generally required for outdoor activities.

The term, nautical twilight, dates back to the time when sailors used the stars to navigate the seas. During this time, most stars can be easily seen with naked eyes.

In addition to being important to navigation on the seas, nautical twilight also has military implications. For example, the United States' military uses nautical twilight, called begin morning nautical twilight (BMNT) and end of evening nautical twilight (EENT), to plan tactical operations.

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narrative medicine

An emerging clinical discipline that studies patient narrative phenomena as a platform for improving interactions between doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, and other caregivers

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Navajo     See Diné

near universal

Almost but not quite everything/everyone/everywhere.

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Need-fire, or Wild-fire (Ger. Notfeuer, O. Ger. nodfyr, Scottish Gaelic tein'-éigin), a term used in folklore to denote a curious superstition which survived in the Scottish Highlands until a recent date.

Like the fire-churning still customary in India for kindling the sacrificial fire, the need- or wild-fire is made by the friction of one piece of wood on another, or of a rope upon a stake. Need-fire is a practice of shepherd peoples to ward off disease from their herds and flocks. It is kindled on occasions of special distress, particularly at the outbreak of a murrain, and the cattle are driven through it. Its efficacy is believed to depend on all other fires being extinguished.

In some areas of the Celtic lands, people believed that a special fire, called the Needfire, could be used to create magical results. However, much like Harry Potter's Room of Requirement, the Needfire could only be created in times of great need. In many areas, Samhain was seen as an opportune time for the Needfire -- after all, the harvest was over, the earth was getting cold, and in just a few short months, your family could be starving and freezing.

The Needfire helped to assure that your family would be safe from famine, pestilence, the deadly cold, and other natural disasters. In some nomadic societies, the Needfire was the place to make offerings - if you wanted to have a healthy crop of sheep, for example, you might carve an effigy of a ewe and toss it in the fire. Perhaps you'd throw a few seeds in there to assure an abundant crop in the following season.

Traditionally, the Needfire was lit without the use of iron. It could only be started by rubbing a pair of sticks together, or twisting a rope along a stake until a spark was created.

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nekkid      Nudity is not about sex. Nudity does not invite sex.

Wearing no clothing with no shame. Nudity for no clear reason.

Naked means you don't have clothes on and nekkid means that that you don't have clothes on AND you're up to sumpthin.
Jeff Foxworthy

I started using the word nekkid on my site so the search engines wouldn't pick up "nude" and "naked." It's also a tribute to my Southern roots.

I am a naturist in both senses of the word. I like the way the sun and the cool breeze feels on my skin. Especially my dangly bits.

Yes, I think more people should go naked and not just those with visually appealing bodies. I'm a desert dweller so yes, it helps if the climate cooperates.

Someone can be nude, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve shared themselves with you. We touch people, really touch people in their hearts, mind, and spirit. This skin isn’t all that we are, this flesh is just a part of us. What you see on the outside is just the outer layer. People aren't defined by genitalia or body shape. We’re measured by the lives we touch.

Just because I like nudity doesn't mean I am tempting random females into unspeakable rites or dragging neighborhood pets into the bushes so I can slake my insatiable lusts. Nudity does not mean coitus. Just because someone sees my genitals doesn't mean instant sex. It also doesn't mean I'm aroused by being naked around other people. Well, within reason.

Nudity does not mean the nude are oversexed. Nor does it mean that a nude person is responsible for your thoughts and impulses. Nudity is not about the sex. Nudity does not invite the sex.

Mainly out of respect for my neighbors, I don't go nekkid outside my front door. I am nude most of the time in my house. Weather permitting, I'm raw out in my back yard behind a privacy fence. I'm not flaunting my privates in someone's face. I seldom go nude in public, and then mainly in remote areas.

Obviously not everyone feels the same way I do about nudity.

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“Neopaganism” or “Neo-Paganism” is a general term for a variety of movements both organized and (usually) nonorganized, started since 1960 c.e. or so (though they had literary roots going back to the mid-1800’s), as attempts to recreate, revive or continue what their founders thought were the best aspects of the Paleopagan ways of their ancestors (or predecessors), blended with modern humanistic, pluralist and inclusionary ideals, while consciously striving to eliminate as much as possible of the traditional Western monotheism, dualism, and puritanism. The core Neopagan beliefs include a multiplicity of deities of all genders, a perception of those deities as both immanent and transcendent, a commitment to environmental awareness, and a willingness to perform magical as well as spiritual rituals to help both ourselves and others. Examples of Neopaganism would include the Church of All Worlds, most heterodox Wiccan traditions, Druidism as practiced by Ár nDraíocht Féin and the Henge of Keltria, some Norse Paganism, and some modern forms of Buddhism whose members refer to themselves as “Buddheo-Pagans.” Neopagan belief systems are not racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. There are hundreds of thousands of Neopagans living and worshiping their deities today. As “Neo-Paganism,” this term was popularized in the 1960’s and 1970’s by Oberon Zell, a founder of the Church of All Worlds.

The term “Neopaganism” has nothing to do with the Catholic Church’s recent use of “neo-paganism” to refer to Hitler’s Germanic Mesopaganism, which incorporated nineteen centuries of Christian anti-semitism and dualism. Hitler, after all, considered himself a good Christian and was perceived as such by many, if not most, German Christians at the time. The Catholic Church is simply trying to distract attention away from its responsibility for creating the Western cultural environment that dehumanized Jews, and from its pathetic record in opposing the Holocaust while it was going on (not to mention the value to the Church in trashing competing new religions by associating us with the Nazis).

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new Moon     See new Moon


propagandistic language marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings

Newspeak is the language of Oceania, a fictional totalitarian state ruled by the Party, who created the language to meet the ideological requirements of English Socialism (Ingsoc).In George Orwell's world of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Newspeak is a controlled language, of restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, a linguistic design meant to limit the freedom of thought—personal identity, self-expression, free will—that ideologically threatens the régime of Big Brother and the Party, who thus criminalised such concepts as thoughtcrime, contradictions of Ingsoc orthodoxy.

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no platform

No platform is the practice of of preventing someone—either through policy or through protest—from spreading their ideas through a particular event or website. The term is mostly used to refer to rescinding an invitation to someone asked to speak at an event (such as a guest lecture at a college). The concept apparently originates from a policy used by the British National Union of Students to prevent people they disagree with from giving speeches on UK college campuses. The concept is similar to the political action of cordon sanitaire, where a politician or political party is either unconditionally excluded from coalitions or other forms or cooperation, or even completely ignored. "No platform" is typically invoked for issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, Holocaust denial, and so forth. As what is and is not acceptable by society changes with the times, so do the targets of "no platform", with 2015 seeing protests of speakers seen as transphobic or Islamophobic who consider themselves progressive as they are feminists or atheists, respectively. No-platforming is, at best, an attempt to prevent a balance fallacy, with protesters refusing to allow tacit endorsement of reactionary views.

To refuse to go out of your way to make it easier for someone to spread their views using your facilities, your equipment, and your money. 99.9% of all people in the world are no-platformed; the only people who aren't are members of the elite, such as popular bigots. When a member of the elite is no-platformed, liberals and bigots alike unite in losing their shit.

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non-aggression principle
     See Zero Aggression Principle

noscere      - To know.

Seek truth. Strive for knowledge. Use what you have learned. Traditional associations are intelligence and the element of Air.

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November Eve     See Samhain

nude     See nekkid

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