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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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Walburga     See Beltaine


Another one of my titles and an alias I use occasionally. Ironically I don't walk very well these days.

A mask I try not to use often. The guest passing though, the perpetual outsider, never belonging but always longing.

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Walpurgis Eve

Walpurgisnacht     See Beltaine

wands     See fire, Tarot

waning Moon

A waning Moon diminishes in apparent illumination and the visible face falls more into shadow over slightly less than two weeks.

A waning crescent Moon diminishes in apparent intensity with less than half of the Moon's face illuminated.

A waning half Moon diminishes in apparent intensity with half of the Moon's face illuminated.

A waning gibbous Moon diminishes in apparent intensity with more than half of the Moon's face illuminated.

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warrant canary

A warrant canary is a colloquial term for a regularly published statement that a service provider has not received legal process (like a national security letter) that it would be prohibited from disclosing to the public. Once a service provider does receive legal process, the speech prohibition goes into place, and the provider no longer makes the statement about the number of such process received.

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Watch List

People I keep an eye on because I think there may be problems. Most of it isn’t public. I make exceptions for Big Name Pagans and FamousFeminists, notorious people demanding obedience and forced deference, or those trying to be famous by exploitation.

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One of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and in Western alchemy. One of the five traditional elements in Western occultism.

In a standard Tarot deck, water is symbolized by the Cups. In Gaelic myth there is the Cauldron of the Dagda. In the Grail romances there is the Grail itself.

Corresponds with one of the four best known states of matter, liquid.

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waxing Moon

A waxing Moon grows in apparent illumination and the visible face grows more exposed over slightly less than two weeks.

A waxing crescent Moon grows in in apparent intensity with less than half the face illuminated.

A waxing half Moon grows in in apparent intensity with half the face illuminated.

A waxing gibbous Moon grows in in apparent intensity with more than half the face illuminated.

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Wayland's Feast Day

websearch      web wandering, web wondering

Research and exploration on the world wide web.

Information only available on the internet.

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WebTree      Change your perspective.

My WebTree path (not a tradition) draws heavily on Celtic Reconstructionism and modern Druidry with just a smidge more Wiccanism than I am comfortable admitting. My path has a technopagan bent without all the legacy.

Key concepts include cycles, dynamic balances, flux points, the Wheel of the Year, weirds and the Knot.

The WebTree itself is the wyrd or orgone weave that permates and connects everything. Depending on perspective, it might be a web, a tree of life, a labyrinth, or found in the curves of a Celtic design. Understanding the connections and the tensions are the key. Sometimes the polarites and connections are obvious.

Lady in the Court of Shadows  •  Lady in the Court of Stars
Daylord  •  Nightlady
Holly King  •  Oak King
Sparkpoint  •  Harvestpoint
Greenmark  •  Redmark
Summergate  •  Wintergate
Suncrest  •  Starwell

I renamed the sabbats to stress the weirds and the balances. Yes, this reflects the Earth's solar journey, but on a symbolic level it shows a Divine aspect the Summerlord struggling with his weird the Winterlord. One gains power as the other gains knowledge. This exchange and balance is crucial. The betrayal and the wounding are inevitable. Life means moving between the worlds and letting go to enter another.

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wednesdai      See Wednesday


weird      Duality is singularity reflected.

In Celtic myth, a weird joins a thing, it's counter aspect, and the links between. It's not so much opposition as contrast and dynamic balance.

One weird is the Summerlord, his counter the Winterlord, and the connections between them. Neither is complete without the other, and each balances and is balanced by the Journey of it's counter. One advances and the other retreats. One grows and the other diminishes.

One axiom of my WebTree path is that every existing thing is part of at least one weird even if it's not obvious. Power and knowledge come from finding the complete weird.

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Westermarck effect

Many sociologists and evolutionary psychologists believe that the instinctual aversion to incest has developed to avoid the pairing of rare, potentially lethal, recessive genes. The incest taboo is implemented through the Westermarck effect, in that growing up in proximity at a young age (through approximately six years of age) renders it sufficiently likely that the persons are siblings, to trigger the instinctive aversion. Many close tribal and small village communities marry outside of the tribe or village, and many childhood friends end up unlucky, because of this. This would also explain why brother-sister incest was possible among Egyptian royals (where the girls were raised separately from the boys and didn't even meet until after puberty), while some European royal families such as the Valois faced extinction because the king and queen couldn't bear to touch each other - not because they were that closely related, but because they'd been brought up together since early childhood and thought of each other as siblings.

the postulation that individuals who are reared nearby or in the same home do not find each other sexually appealing when they're older. It is based upon the view that individuals who had significant contact with each other as kids hardly ever married, regardless of being accessible as a potential partner.

Some sociologists and anthropologists have criticized the validity of research presented in support of the Westermarck effect and the contention that it serves as an ultimate demonstration for the viability of natural selection theory in explaining human behaviour. For example, a 2009 study by Eran Shor and Dalit Simchai demonstrated that although most peers who grew up closely together in the Israeli kibbutzim did not marry one another, they did report substantial attraction to co-reared peers. The authors conclude that the case of the kibbutzim actually provides little support for the Westermarck Effect and that childhood proximity cannot in itself produce sexual avoidance without the existence of social pressures and norms.

While it is a nice theory that neatly fits into people's expectations, the Westermarck effect reinforces social norms but doesn't define them.

There is some evidence that it is limited to Western civilizations.
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Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year represents how the seasons and the days cycle. It's one key to my WebTree path. One thing that the Wheel of the Year puts into perspective is how the weirds interact. Beltaine is opposite Samhain. Moving into summer is balanced by moving into winter. The winter solstice reverses the summer solstice.
This wheel is sometimes called the Gardnerian Wheel because it is a combination of two ancient wheels (acknowledgements to Kenny Klein). The hunting wheel, the oldest, has two God births: The Oak King is born at midsummer and rules through to Yule when he dies and the Holly King is born. The agricultural wheel has the young God born at Ostara, symbolic of the sun/son rising in the East. He dies in the second harvest, Mabon, which means 'the young Lord'.

In the different traditions these holidays (holy days) may have different names, for example Imbolc is called the festival of light in the northern tradition.

Western Pagans have no fixed temples in which to worship but instead (usually) make a circle around all the celebrants (or the celebrants themselves form a circle) in a room or in a clearing or on a beach or find a naturally ocurring circle such as a grove or use one of the ancient stone circles. Pagans have no hierarchy like the established religions so Pagans are free to follow whatever spiritual path they choose.

This is the expression used by neo-Pagans and in neo-Pagan Witchcraft designating the changing seasons of the year. It also symbolizes the belief in the birth, death, and rebirth cycle. In design, the Wheel of the Year has eight spokes designating the eight sabbats that are generally celebrated in neo-Paganism. The eight-spoke wheel is thought by many to be a Celtic symbol; however, it appeared in Greek symbolism as early as 600 BC, over two hundred years prior to Aegean/Mediterranean contact with the Celts. The rotation of the wheel symbolizes the year passing through its seasons or cycles.

The Wheel of the Year for modern Wiccans and Witches represents the four “greater” and “lesser” sabbats. In the most northern European traditions the Cross Quarters are the greater sabbats: Imbolc/Candlemas (February Eve), Beltane/Roodmas (May Eve), Lughnasadh/Lammas (August Eve), and Samhain/Halloween (November Eve). In most of the southern European traditions the agricultural traditions are the greater sabbats: Autumn Equinox, Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, and Summer Solstice.

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white sage       Salvia apiana

Salvia apiana, the white sage, bee sage, or sacred sage, is an evergreen perennial shrub that is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, found mainly in the coastal sage scrub habitat of Southern California and Baja California, on the western edges of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.

Salvia apiana is widely used by Native American groups on the Pacific coast of the United States. The seed was a main ingredient of pinole, a staple food. The Cahuilla harvested large quantities of the seed that was mixed with wheat flour and sugar for gruel or biscuits. The leaves and stems were eaten by the Chumash and other tribes. Several tribes used the seed for removing foreign objects from the eye, similar to the way that Clary sage seeds were used in Europe. A tea from the roots was used by the Cahuilla women for healing and strength after childbirth. The leaves are also burnt by many native American tribes, with the smoke used in different purification rituals.

Smudging with white sage, has been adopted in some variant forms into a number of modern belief systems, including many forms of New Age and eclectic Neopagan spirituality, such as modern Wicca.

White sage, or Salvia apiana, seeds were used by Native Americans as food and to heal their eyes. The roots were used after birth for healing. The leaves were used for numerous medicinal purposes, such as a cold remedy or shampoo, to treat sinus problems and to control lactation. The leaves were burned in ceremonies to purify and cleanse. This process was used historically by Native Americans but has become popular in the New Age arena. The sage is burned with the belief that the incense clears away negative thoughts, spirits and dreams as well as illness.

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white supremacist

A white supremacist is someone who believes that races are real things, whether biological or as part of a caste system. They believe that an alleged “white” race is superior to other races. That belief in superiority entitles them to rule over or have privileges over other races.

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  1. The original plural form for “wicca/wicce” or “witch.”
  2. An adjective used to describe their religion by the followers of Neopagan Witchcraft.
  3. Isaac Bonewits, “glossary - Wiccan”, Real Magic
The origins of Wicca are snarled, Gerald Gardner liked being the mysterious wise man.

There are four distinct threads. One was the folk tradition that Gardner was initiated into. This tradition was incomplete and placed the emphasis on practical magick rather than Deity and worship. There was the stuff that Gardner researched from pagan sources, which focuses more on Deities and worship. There was the stuff that Gardener "borrowed" from Freemasonry, the O.T.O. and the Golden Dawn. Finally there was the original stuff which tried to make everything cohesive. This last bit probably mostly came from Doreen Valiente. Gardner didn't give her credit for years, that almost certainly led to their falling out.

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Wi-Fi is the name of a popular wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide wireless high-speed Internet and network connections. A common misconception is that the term Wi-Fi is short for "wireless fidelity," however this is not the case. Wi-Fi is simply a trademarked phrase that means IEEE 802.11x.

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  1. a highly flammable composition, as Greek fire, difficult to extinguish when ignited, formerly used in warfare.
  2. any large fire that spreads rapidly and is hard to extinguish.
  3. sheet lightning, unaccompanied by thunder.
  4. the ignis fatuus or a similar light.
  5. Plant Pathology. a disease of tobacco and soybeans, characterized by brown, necrotic spots, each surrounded by a yellow band, on the leaves and caused by a bacterium, Pseudomonas tabaci.
  6. Pathology Obsolete. erysipelas or some similar disease.
In some forms of mysticism and Western occultism, a sacred fire originally set by natural means. A wildfire could be started by lightning or lava.

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Winter Nights     See Samhain

winter solstice      See solstice


WebTree fire festival & cross quarter day. Wintergate marks the beginning of winter staring at sunset the day before the midpoint between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice and ending at sunset on the day after (traditional three days).

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  1. the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
  2. scholarly knowledge or learning:
    the wisdom of the schools.
  3. wise sayings or teachings; precepts.
  4. a wise act or saying.

Individuals gather knowledge. But societies use wisdom. Wisdom makes knowledge work for cultures and societies.
See also wise

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Applying knowledge and understanding consequences.

See also wisdom

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wodnesdæg      See Wednesday

wodnesday      See Wednesday


Seeking, but they don’t have any direction as such. They hear the call but haven’t found their path yet. Most of them never will.

Yes, I meant wonderers and not wanderers.

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wounded master

A reoccurring theme in mythology and life where one sacrifices part of their body in exchange for knowledge or power. The wound never quite heals. One of my favorite research topics.

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