web analytics
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.

Offsite links open a new window. Underlined links are internal to the site.
Uppercase links go to the lexicon. Script links go to the timetable.
A dashed border and red banner means I don't agree with the defintion or that it is a dangerous idea.


Today's secret word is
tacere       Tailltean       Tailltean games       Tailltean marriage       tain't mine       TANSTAAFL       technopagan       technopagan green       technopagan items       technopagan network       tekn       thank you cards       theoria       Thingtide       thinkum       Three Harvests       T.I.T. ratio       tradition vs. path       tricorne       True Believer™       tribe       twilight                              
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Tt…   u v w x y z

tacere      - To keep silent.

Start by listening. Before you say anything, listen again. Just to make sure you understand, listen again. Let people discover truth before you speak. Make sure the truth is necessary before you speak. Judge if the listener is worthy of truth. Answer honestly when asked, but don’t volunteer information. Traditionally associated with Earth and darkness.


Tailltean games

In Irish Gaelic, the feast was referred to as “Lughnasadh”, a feast to commemorate the funeral games of the Irish Sun God Lugh. However, there is some confusion on this point. Although at first glance, it may seem that we are celebrating the death of Lugh, the God of Light does not really die (mythically) until the autumnal equinox. And indeed, if we read the Irish myths closer, we discover that it is not Lugh’s death that is being celebrated, but the funeral games that Lugh hosted to commemorate the death of his foster mother, Taillte. That is why the Lughnasadh celebrations in Ireland are often called the “Tailltean games”.


Tailltean marriage

One common feature of the games was the “Tailltean marriages”, a rather informal marriage that lasted for only a year-and-a-day or until next Lammas. At that time, the couple could decide to continue the arrangement if it pleased them, or to stand back to back and walk away from one another, thus bringing the Tailltean marriage to a formal close. Such trial marriages (obviously related to the Wiccan handfasting) were quite common even into the 1500s, although it was something one “didn’t bother the parish priest about”. Indeed, such ceremonies were usually solemnized by a poet, bard, or shanachie (or, it may be guessed, by a priest or priestess of the Old Religion).


tain't mine

Do I have room for the Christian God? Yes. Do I worship him? No. Should it matter? No. My best answer, “Tain't mine.”

Christian beliefs matter to me about as much the mortgage that your third cousin twice-removed took out. The only reason I would need to integrate Christian beliefs is if I were trying to impress Christians with how good a Christian I was.

I'm not saying that Christianity is not important to Christians. I am saying that Christians shouldn't expect their beliefs to govern others.



We don't know who said it first, but Robert Heinlein used “There ain't no such thing as a free lunch” in his novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

Anything you do is going to take time, effort, and resources. Know yourself. Know what you can do. Know what you're willing to do. Know the price you're willing to pay. That's where the sacrifice comes in.



  • Gods and magick have always lived in technology.
  • Recognize the Divine in human endeavor.
  • Honor the magick through skill & craft.
  • Form joining function in something greater than either.
  • Use what the gods inspired.


technopagan green       #0A4F00  

My favorite web color.


technopagan items

Joining lower elementals to technology.

See also spellform


technopagan network

Gathering over phones, IM, or texting to facilitate, coordinate and conduct a ritual. Working together in person is still the most effective, but a network does the job in a pinch.

Using Twitter for a technopagan network doesn't work. I think it has something to do with the distractions.



  • distinctive + practical + adaptable + poetic
  • meant to be used & subject to change
  • improved when possible
  • simple over complicated
See also tekn


thank you cards

A pagan guy’s best friend.

Handwritten, hand addressed, and above all PERSONAL thank you cards. Never address a thank you card to just a group, always address it an individual first and then maybe the group. But don’t just wait until someone does something for you. If you help out with something, write them a thank you card for letting you help. If you didn’t help but you see someone giving to the community, thank them.



The Greek theoria (θεωρία), from which the English word "theory" is derived, meant "contemplation, speculation, a looking at, things looked at", from theorein (θεωρεῖν) "to consider, speculate, look at", from theoros (θεωρός) "spectator", from thea (θέα) "a view" + horan (ὁρᾶν) "to see". It expressed the state of being a spectator. Both Greek θεωρία and Latin contemplatio primarily meant looking at things, whether with the eyes or with the mind.

Taking philosophical and theological traditions into consideration, the term was used by the ancient Greeks to refer to the act of experiencing or observing and then comprehending through consciousness, which is called the nous or "eye of the soul" (Matthew 6:22–34). Insight into being and becoming (called Noesis) through the intuitive truth called faith, in God (action through faith and love for God), leads to truth through our contemplative faculties. This theory, or speculation, as action in faith and love for God, is then expressed famously as "Beauty shall Save the World". This expression comes from a mystical or gnosiological perspective, rather than a scientific, philosophical or cultural one.

Christianity took up the use of both the Greek (theoria) and Latin (contemplatio, contemplation) terminology to describe various forms of prayer and the process of coming to know God. Eastern and Western traditions of Christianity grew apart as they incorporated the general notion of theoria into their respective teachings.

Several scholars have also demonstrated the similarities between the Greek idea of theoria and the Indian idea of darśana (darshan).


Thingtide      See Lammas


A word or phrase that makes people think.

A blog category at both Technopagan Yearnings and Pagan Vigil that I use to store interesting quotes and ideas.

The word itself comes from Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, but I changed the meaning.


Three Harvests     See Lammas,   Mabon  &   Samhain


T.I.T. ratio

Years ago I came up with the T.I.T. explanation of history.




Yes I know, technically that is T.I-E.T., but I bet you remember T.I.T.

Anyway, cultures that show those things tend to thrive and expand while cultures where those things are restricted tend to diminish. Throw in the Ethic of Reciprocity and you pretty much have the framework of the free market - voluntary exchanges between consenting adults.


tradition versus path      See path vs. tradition


triconeThree cornered hat with upturned wide brim. As the Cavalier hat grew larger and the brim began to droop, fashion led to " cocking " the brim up on one side. Last half of 17c., the hat was cocked on three sides, thus becoming the TRICORNE.


True Believer™

Possesses an absolute belief that their particular book, method, faith, interpretation, or silly hat is The Only Acceptable Choice. A True Believer judges the actions and especially the opinions of others by compliance. They will dismiss anything that anyone else does if it doesn't adhere totally to The True Way. Because it's the True Way and abviously the only right way, a True Believer™ expects others to be governed by their belief.Worse, they will overlook mistakes and abuses made by the people on the “correct” side, even as they violate the principles they hold central to their belief.

“Thou Shalt Not Dissent!” And “thou shalt not do or say anything that makes the True Way look bad.”

This is not limited to religion. There are fundamentalist climate alarmists who call for suppressing dissent and imprisoning any who dare question. There are radical feminists who believe that all men are rapists and should be punished as such. And there are those who believe that free speech must be heavily regulated and must not offend anyone.


tribe     See kin


“the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall”


See also , , , ,

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Tt…   u v w x y z

2018       2017       2016       2015       2014       2011       2010       2009       2008       2007       2006       2005