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.
I’m not fond of the classic Crowley definition “Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” It’s workable I suppose. I think initiating, celebrating and directing change is more accurate. See ceremonial magick, operative magick, pertinent magick, can’t hoard, technopagan, technopagan items, technopagan network
"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.❞
mala prohibitaBad 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.❞
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.
Does it simply and precisely. Understanding and precision mark a master, who “can do more with less.”
See Zed Shaw's amazing The Master, The Expert, The Programer
memetic engineeringSharing 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.
mercantilismMercantilism led to empire, but it certainly did not lead to freedom.❝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.❞
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.
Monotheism’s first sin (monotheism 1st sin)Claiming that there is only one way to reach the Divine and that is the only way that will be allowed.
Monotheism’s second (and deeper) sin
(monotheism 2nd 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.
Moon phaseI 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. See crescent Moon.
- waxing half moon - half Moon growing in illumination
- waxing gibbous - a Moon growing in illumination and more than half lit. See gibbous Moon.
- bright Moon - a “full Moon”
- waning gibbous - a Moon lessening in illumination but more than half lit. See gibbous Moon.
- waning half moon - half moon lessening in illumination
- waning crescent - a Moon less than half lit and lessening in illumination. See crescent moon.
moralityThe 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
MYOBMind Your Own Business. An extraordinarily practical idea.
naturismSocial nudity usually on private property. Nudity does not necessarily or even mostly equal sex.
❝Occurs when the Sun is 12 degrees below the horizon during the morning.❞
See also astronomical dawn and civil dawn.
❝Occurs when the Sun goes 12 degrees below the horizon in the evening.❞
See also astronomical dusk and civil dusk
❝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.❞
See also astronomical twilight and civil twilight.
needfire❝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.❞
see also Samhain and forcefire
noscereTo know. Seek truth. Strive for knowledge. Use what you have learned. Traditional associations are intelligence and the element of Air. One of the Four Powers of the Magus (4PM).
officialWhat they are called and how they are recognized. It's the difference between a benchwarmer who is there for the social stuff and the one who stays late to help clean up. For some, the label is the most important part. Others may not even be "official" but they're more than willing to pitch in
One who lives their honor. Members of the Old Breed show altruism, tolerance, forgiveness, reciprocity, fairness, and above all honor. Honor determines if your outlook is short term or long term. Actions have consequences. Long term rules means honor brings advantage. Short term rules mean that honor is a disadvantage. A culture only exists in the long term if creates rules that reward virtue. The Old Breed only thrives is where honor and the classic virtues are recognized and rewarded. My grandfather called them “good folk,” they are the “salt of the earth” types so beloved of certain writers. They may not be leaders or elites, but they bind everything together by their actions. See Honor
operative magickExecuted as needed. Think home repair or DIY projects
ordinary people doing ordinary good (OPDOG)The small kindnesses given without a hope of reward. The things folks choose to do out of their own hearts because it’s the right thing to do. The things that really hold our culture together.
orthopraxicUsed in contrast with orthochronic, presumably the same except dealing with time
orthopraxy❝ 1. correctness or orthodoxy of action or practice.
2. Medicine/Medical. orthopraxia.❞
OtherOne outside the social groups currently shared by one’s self. How we treat the Other may be the defining mark of a civilization. See also parity, Golden Rule, and live & let live
❝…the implied assumption is that the American people, the majority of the American people also are angry and demanding of an apology and want the perp gone. It's not the case.❞
— Rush Limbaugh, Trump Beat Back the Outrage Machine