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 political correctness here.Use the pull down menu above. Underlined links will open the tag or category page. Offsite links will open a new window.
Morning well before dawn begins to lighten the sky. Since I was a kid, one of my favorite times. My excuse was that I wanted to see “dawn’s early light” and I did
dark MoonA “new Moon.” see Moon phases
A person dedicating to a occult tradition or path, but it not yet bound by oaths
derivative❝Anyone who has followed the crisis will understand that the real economy of businesses and commodities is being upstaged by complicated financial instruments known as derivatives. These are not money or goods. They are investments in investments, bets about bets. Derivatives created a booming global economy, but they also led to turbulent markets, the credit crunch, the near collapse of the banking system and the economic slump. And it was the Black-Scholes equation that opened up the world of derivatives.❞
➣ www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/feb/12/black-scholes-equation-credit-crunchDerivatives are a legally sanctioned Ponzi scheme. They separate the "assets" from the "debits." Then the "asset" values are inflated by increasing the "debits." At the end, it all collapses under the debt. Before you blame the traders and the bankers too much, remember it was made legal by government. Derivatives are corporatist and a REALLY REALLY Bad Idea. The only ones who make money are the ones who sell before the inevitable collapse. "Profits" come from increasing the overall debt, the more profits the more debt passed on to the losers at the end. There are no real profits beyond the original value, it all comes from borrowing and promising that someone else will pay.
descending node❝the point where a planet crosses from the northern to the southern portion of its orbit❞
An Amerindian tribe found in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. They name themselves Diné or “the People.” Navajo is the common name, but the traditional Diné don’t like it.
dominionismDominionism is the theory that Christians should work towards a nation governed by Christians or governed by a conservative interpretation of Biblical law. But why should any faith govern all people? See Dominion Theology
doublespeak❝language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth❞
➣ Merriam-Webster❝Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., "downsizing" for layoffs, "servicing the target" for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable. It may also refer to intentional ambiguity in language or to actual inversions of meaning. In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language.❞
drawing room❝A drawing room is a room in a house where visitors may be entertained. The name is derived from the sixteenth-century terms withdrawing room and withdrawing chamber, which remained in use through the seventeenth century, and made their first written appearance in 1642. In a large sixteenth- to early eighteenth-century English house, a withdrawing room was a room to which the owner of the house, his wife, or a distinguished guest who was occupying one of the main apartments in the house could "withdraw" for more privacy. It was often off the great chamber (or the great chamber's descendant, the state room or salon) and usually led to a formal, or "state" bedroom.❞
dynamic balanceVery few things in life are a destination. Mostly life is a point where we have to keep moving just to maintain our relative position. Mastering ourselves means finding the flux point between flows and tensions where a slight motion can be vastly amplified. We live in that space, if we fight the current we'll just exhaust ourselves without actually doing anything.
ecology vs. environmentalismEcology studies how living systems interact and interconnect with each other. Environmentalism is about teaching and compelling behavior. These words are not synonyms. As both a pagan and a libertarian, I can not support environmentalism.
Someone I haven’t met offline but who I share respect with and I’ve had productive online discussions with, usually through email or IM
elegant simplicityAdapt and do more with less. One sure sign of a master
elemental resonancesThere are four (actually five) traditional elements in Western occultism. Elemental resonances involve the “connections” between a physical thing and the element. The stronger the resonance, the better the thing is a "symbol" of the element.
emoji❝Emoji (from Japanese 絵文字, read えもじ) (pl. emoji) are the tiny pictures you can put on your texts.
The word dates back to the early Japanese mobile phones. With the iPhone's plethora of icons, the word "emoji" became widespread, as it was what the keyboard was named.
It is made of two components, 絵 and 文字, meaning "picture" and "letter" respectively.
Therefore, any claims that tie the word to "emoticon" are etymologically WRONG.❞
❝Emoji (絵文字?) is the Japanese term for the picture characters or emoticons used in Japanese electronic messages and webpages. Originally meaning pictograph, the word literally means "picture" (e) + "letter" (moji). The characters are used much like emoticons elsewhere, but a wider range is provided, and the icons are standardized and built into the handsets. Some emoji are very specific to Japanese culture, such as a bowing (apologizing) businessman, a face wearing a face mask or a group of emoji representing popular foods: ramen noodles, dango, onigiri, Japanese curry, sushi. The three main Japanese operators, NTT DoCoMo, au and SoftBank Mobile (formerly Vodafone), have each defined their own variants of emoji.
Although typically only available in Japan, the characters and code required to use emoji are, thanks to the nature of software development, often present in many phones' software. As a result, some phones such as Windows Phone 7 line and the iPhone allow access to the symbols without requiring a Japanese operator. Emoji have also started appearing in emailing services such as Gmail (accessed via Google Labs) in April 2009 and websites such as Flipnote Hatena. Several SMS applications for Android powered phones also provide plugins that allow the use of Emoji. Apple's Mac OS X operating system supports emoji as of version 10.7 Lion.❞
➣ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EmojiThere were a couple of versions on the Palm OS, although they used hacks and weren’t standardized in the character table.
I find emoji fascinating because it’s a new language developing before our eyes.
episteme❝A system of understanding or a body of ideas which give shape to the knowledge of that time❞
Contrast with theoria and praxis
erosErotic love, possessiveness, an intimate love. One of the Greek ideals of love. See love
ethosAn appeal to authority or credibility.
— Research inspired by an entry at Chas Clifton's Letter from Hardscrabble Creek
❝1. Sociology. the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; dominant assumptions of a people or period: In the Greek ethos the individual was highly valued.
2. the character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc.
3. the moral element in dramatic literature that determines a character's action rather than his or her thought or emotion.❞
See also logos, pathos, rhetoric, and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modes_of_persuasion
experienceExperience trumps language every time. Tell someone who has never heard music what Greensleeves is. Tell someone who knows nothing about fruit how amazing homemade peach ice cream is in the summer. Tell a virgin how incredible sex can be with someone you care about.
Tries to wow you with complexity and can be easily overwhelmed by their own efforts. Very much a performer mindset. See Zed Shaw's amazing The Master, The Expert, The Programer
f you are Pagan because you need attention, you're doing it for the wrong reasons. You can't be Pagan just to be weird or to make people nervous. Faith isn't a costume, it lives and flows inside of you.
Religion is usually a system, faith is the juice that makes the system go.
faith triumphantNot only is there just One True Faith, but all other beliefs and faith systems must be ruthlessly suppressed for the Greater Good.
On the whole, one of the worse ideas yet conceived by humans.
FamousFeministBetween the second and third wave of the feminist movement, changes took place. FamousFeminists exploit the "perpetual" victimhood of women to enhance their own fame, book sales, and political power. For them, it's not about empowering women. It's about cashing in.
fangs that bite -
❝( FE DOE RA ) - Men's soft felt hat with brim and lengthwise crease in crown , adopted by women. The name Fedora was after the heroine of Victorian Sardou's drama presented in Paris in 1882.❞
fellow-feelingThe natural empathy most people develop without thinking about it. I had to work at it. Then it got turned up a few notches. My ability to read people didn't get better, but when I do connect I feel much more now. I think Someone has a sense of humor.
fireOne of the five traditional elements in Western occultism. Corresponds with one of the four known states of matter, plasma. See also fire festival, force fire, needfire, sacred fire, and wildfire.
fire festivalCross quarter day and WebTree High Holiday, one of the gateways between the four seasons. Fire festivals mark the midpoint between the solstice and equinox (or equinox and solstice). It begins on sunset of the first day and lasts until sunset of the third day. See also High Holiday, cross quarter day, Samhain, Wintersgate, Sparkpoint, Summersgate, Harvestpoint
flashmob❝A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then disperse. Flash mobs are organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails. The term is generally not applied to events and performances organized for the purposes of politics (such as protests), commercial advertisement, publicity stunts, that involve public relation firms, or paid professionals.❞
❝a group of people mobilized by social media to meet in a public place for the purpose of doing an unusual or entertaining activity of short duration:❞
fertility cultMost modern neopaganism is based on fertility cults, some of the rites are either sexual or symbols of sex.
flux pointDynamic balance between flows and tensions where slight motion can be vastly amplified. A key concept in martial arts, practical magick, management practice, and history.
force fire❝The force-fire (Scottish Gaelic: teine-éiginn, which also translates to Need-fire), or a fire produced by friction, was used in folk magic practice in the Scottish Highlands up until the 19th century. Believers considered it an antidote against bewitching, as well as the plague, murrain and all infectious diseases among cattle. It is also known as In Scotland and elsewhere as Need-fire or Neatsfire from an old word for cattle retained in the name "Neatsfoot oil".❞
See also fire festival, need-fire, and sacred fire.
Land mammals I’ve met and tried to respect
Four Powers of the Magus(4PM)
- noscere - to know
- audere - to dare
- velle - to will
- tacere - to keep silent
foyer❝1. the lobby of a theater, hotel, or apartment house.
2. a vestibule or entrance hall in a house or apartment.❞
fundyA fundamentalist True Believer™, not always (or even usually) a Christian.
furOn humans, a vulgar and occasionally endearing way to refer to pubic hair. See also collecting pelts.