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sacred fire❝As October turns to November, thousands of Witches, Wiccans, Druids, and other Pagans across America, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere observe the sacred time of Samhain. Samhain is a festival of the Dead. Meaning "Summer's End" and pronounced saah-win or saa-ween, Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year. For many practitioners, myself included, Samhain also is the beginning of the spiritual new year.
Originating in ancient Europe as a Celtic Fire festival, Samhain is now celebrated worldwide. The timing of contemporary Samhain celebrations varies according to spiritual tradition and geography. Many of us celebrate Samhain over the course of several days and nights, and these extended observances usually include a series of solo rites as well as ceremonies, feasts, and gatherings with family, friends, and spiritual community. In the northern hemisphere, many Pagans celebrate Samhain from sundown on October 31 through November 1. Others hold Samhain celebrations on the nearest weekend or on the Full or New Moon closest to this time. Some Pagans observe Samhain a bit later, or near November 6, to coincide more closely with the astronomical midpoint between Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice. Most Pagans in the southern hemisphere time their Samhain observances to coincide with the middle of their Autumn in late April and early May, rather than at the traditional European time of the holiday.❞
see also Wintersgate, High Holiday, and Fire Festival
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Depression that occurs seasonally. Far too common. See also depression, winter blues
semi-shaman (depreciated) - some of my practices and results are similar to traditional shamanism, but my “totems” were different and my cultural references were wrong. I was always careful to make the distinction. Now I just do it and don’t bother to explain.
sepulchre❝1. a tomb, grave, or burial place.
2. Also called Easter sepulcher. Ecclesiastical.
3. to place in a sepulcher; bury.❞
- a cavity in a mensa for containing relics of martyrs.
- a structure or a recess in some old churches in which the Eucharist was deposited with due ceremonies on Good Friday and taken out at Easter in commemoration of Christ's entombment and Resurrection.
An activity I enjoy very much. Fucking scratches the itch. Higher sex gets rid of the itch and gives you a whole new perspective. There is a difference. No, sex does not equal romantic love. No, nudity does not equal sex. Most importantly, without consent it is not sex, it is abuse. The most popular essay on this site is Sex & the Modern Pagan.
Personally I have two unbreakable sex rules. If it’s not between consenting adults, it’s rape and it should be treated as such. An if you promised to be someone’s “one and only,” you’re off limits.
“Do for yourself at least as much as you do for others.” See also Golden Rule and Iron Rule
simonysee Acts 8:9-24❝1.the making of profit out of sacred things.
2.the sin of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferments, benefices, etc.❞
❝Simony, buying or selling of something spiritual or closely connected with the spiritual. More widely, it is any contract of this kind forbidden by divine or ecclesiastical law. The name is taken from Simon Magus (Acts 8:18), who endeavoured to buy from the Apostles the power of conferring the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Simony, in the form of buying holy orders, or church offices, was virtually unknown in the first three centuries of the Christian church, but it became familiar when the church had positions of wealth and influence to bestow. The first legislation on the point was the second canon of the Council of Chalcedon (451). From that time prohibitions and penalties were reiterated against buying or selling promotions to the episcopate, priesthood, and diaconate. Later, the offense of simony was extended to include all traffic in benefices and all pecuniary transactions on masses (apart from the authorized offering), blessed oils, and other consecrated objects.❞
See Thomas Aquinas.
spellformsimilar to a thoughtform, but usually tied to a physical object and not autonomous.
Socratic Method❝Socrates engaged in questioning of his students in an unending search for truth. He sought to get to the foundations of his students' and colleagues' views by asking continual questions until a contradiction was exposed, thus proving the fallacy of the initial assumption. This became known as the Socratic Method, and may be Socrates' most enduring contribution to philosophy.❞
social justice warrior❝A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently engages in arguments on social justice on the Internet, often in a shallow or not well-thought-out way, for the purpose of raising their own personal reputation. A social justice warrior, or SJW, does not necessarily strongly believe all that they say, or even care about the groups they are fighting on behalf of. They typically repeat points from whoever is the most popular blogger or commenter of the moment, hoping that they will "get SJ points" and become popular in return. They are very sure to adopt stances that are "correct" in their social circle.❞
❝What is a Social Justice Warrior?
The term "Social Justice Warrior" (SJW) came about as a pejorative term to refer to a person who berates other internet users over matters of political correctness, but has since evolved to refer to a specific movement within tech and gaming culture that is based around professional victimhood, intimidation, and the proliferation of falsehoods.❞
chooses to take the Journey and experience faith, actively Manifesting that faith, focused on their own path. Their path is experience. It's about the Journey, that movement along the way that can't be predicted. It's juicy, it's messy, it's mind blowing and it’s supremely passionate. It's ecstatic in a way that passivity never will approach. The Journey is SUPPOSED to drag you out of your comfort zone and your expectations and your perceptions and understandings. You can't walk between the worlds if you have both feet and nine fingers firmly anchored in one.
not the beginning. Another name for the winter solstice is Midwinter (also here), another name for the summer solstice is Midsummer (also here). On the WebTree path, a three day celebration honoring the gods beginning on sunrise of the first day and lasting until sunrise on the third day.
solitary practitioners❝Solitary practitioners are individuals preferring to work in private rather than within the confines of a group or coven. Some practice and study a particular single tradition, while others, like the Eclectic Wiccan pick, choose and blend different traditions. Wicca with its diverse number of traditions works well with this sort of practice, and Solitary working can be as fulfilling as working in a group setting. Because of its solitary nature and without clear guidance, it does involve a great deal of self-study and determination to achieve results and without a Mentor, it is easy to go astray as no one is around to correct any mistakes or deviations. However, many Solitaries follow the way of Nature and let themselves enjoy the ride within Mother Nature Herself, knowing that Nature cannot be wrong. Solitary Wiccans often undertake a ritual of self-initiation to dedicate themselves to the Goddess and God.❞
THE standard argument(aka standard libertarian argument 3B) “The people who pay attention to (vice x) laws are not the ones you should be worried about.” It applies to every single mala prohibita law you can name. The people who will obey the law will obey. And those taking advantage will simply break the law with no real consequences. The only things that increase are taxes and government power.
the StillNot one of my prouder inventions. I stop speaking to someone, usually for months at a time. Goal is supposed to be a year and a day, but I’ve never made it that far. Sometimes it’s the best way out of a bad situation.
storge or storghFamilial love, the love of parents for children or children for parents. To a lessor extent, other relatives as well, although philos plays it's part there too. One of the Greek ideals of love. See love
told while the Journey is lived. The only two purposes of the story are to honor the memory of those who have gone before and to teach you to recognize where the path begins for your own journey. The rituals are not the faith. The map is not the territory. The words are not the thing. Story People are the followers of a revealed faith, “the answers could be in the very next book” They seek to live the fable.
supermoon❝A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term "supermoon" is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing.❞
tacereTo 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 & darkness. One of the Four Powers of the Magus (4PM).
Tain't mineDo 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. See also acknowledge but not celebrate (ABNC)
TANSTAAFLRobert Heinlein said "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." 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.
technopaganUses these ideas. See So what’s a Technopagan anyway? and tekn
- 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.
Techopagan GreenMy favorite web color - #0A4F00
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.
theoria - contrast with episteme and praxis
❝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).❞
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, but I changed the meaning
thoughtformThe essence of an idea manifested so it can be manipulated. A semi-autonomous structure capable of carrying a meme. An internet picture isn't necessarily a thoughtform. A lower elemental certainly is, although it might be something much more.
Think computer programing and you are not too far off.
three makes of an adult human -
Thunderbolt (interface)❝Thunderbolt (codenamed Light Peak) is a hardware interface that allows for the connection of external peripherals to a computer. It uses the same connector as Mini DisplayPort (MDP). It was released in its finished state on February 24, 2011.
Thunderbolt combines PCI Express (PCIe) and DisplayPort (DP) into one serial signal alongside a DC connection for electric power, transmitted over one cable. Up to six peripherals may be supported by one connector through various topologies.❞
see also HDMI and USB
Tranzi institutionsA sort of political philosophy that puts stress on the need for big, cross-border institutions to run our lives at the expense of national, and usually more democratic ones. Examples: the UN, IMF, European Union, IPCC, etc.
— Johnathan Pearce at http://www.samizdata.net/blog/archives/2010/05/a_question_for_1.html
Three Percent (3%)Ninety-seven percent of the time, there is no practical magickal solution. Three percent of the time, well, three is a magick number and that is when I use magick. See Wisdom and the Three Percent
Tree of Life • Web of Life • LabyrinthDifferent perspectives of the same thing
❝Three 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. They will ignore anything that anyone else does if it doesn't adhere totally to The True Way. 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
true faithFinding the balance point in the universe that makes you experience understanding and growth
True Faith™A set of rules and doctrine that has been handed to the True Believer. The True Faith™ may not be questioned by anyone but especially not the unbelievers. see AARAD
Uniform Resource Locator (URL)❝The first part of the URL is called a protocol identifier and it indicates what protocol to use, and the second part is called a resource name and it specifies the IP address or the domain name where the resource is located. The protocol identifier and the resource name are separated by a colon and two forward slashes.❞
Universal Serial Bus (USB)❝Short for Universal Serial Bus, an external bus standard that supports data transfer rates of 12 Mbps. A single USB port can be used to connect up to 127 peripheral devices, such as mice, modems, and keyboards. USB also supports Plug-and-Play installation and hot plugging.
Starting in 1996, a few computer manufacturers started including USB support in their new machines. It wasn't until the release of the best-selling iMac in 1998 that USB became widespread. It is expected to completely replace serial and parallel ports.❞
see also Thunderbolt and HDMI
useful fictionThe patterns we see in the universe may be nothing more than longing and human conceit. But if using those patterns give us a desired result, then the patterns are a useful fiction. The "ultimate reality" or even our belief doesn't necessarily matter, if we behave as if we believe and successfully reach our goals.
vambracesee also bracer, ketoh
❝Vambraces or forearm guards are tubular or gutter defences for the forearm worn as part of a suit of plate armour. Vambraces may be worn with or without separate couters in a full suit of medieval armour. The term originates in the early 14th century. They were made from either boiled leather or steel. Leather vambraces were sometimes reinforced with longitudinal strips of hardened hide or metal creating splinted armour.❞
varmitsI call an area’s indigenous creatures varmints. When I meet them, I start calling them something else.
vegan vs. vegitarianVegetarians do not eat any meat products, some do eat dairy products and eggs. Vegans do not consume any animal products at all
velleTo will. Choose wisely and focus on your goal. Traditionally associated with emotion and Water. One of the Four Powers of the Magus (4PM).
vestibule❝1. a passage, hall, or antechamber between the outer door and the interior parts of a house or building.
2. Railroads. an enclosed space at the end of a passenger car,serving as a sheltered entrance to the car from another car or from outside the train.
3. Anatomy, Zoology . any of various cavities or hollows regarded asforming an approach or entrance to another cavity or space, as that of the internal ear.
4. to provide with a vestibule.❞
virgaa "dry rain," one of the true wonders. The rain evaporates before it hits the ground. It feels wet on your skin but leaves no moisture.
Another of those Really Bad Ideas
❝Voir dire consists of oral questions asked of prospective jurors by the judge, the parties, or the attorneys, or some combination thereof. This oral questioning, often supplemented by a prior written questionnaire, is used to determine whether a potential juror is biased, knows any of the parties, counsel, or witnesses, or should otherwise be excluded from jury duty. Voir dire is a tool used to achieve the constitutional right to an impartial jury, but it is not a constitutional right in itself.
Typically, a number of prospective jurors are called to the jury box, given an oath, and then questioned as a group by counsel or the court. Local federal rules generally provide for questioning by the judge. Individual or sequestered voir dire is used in rare cases where extensive publicity may potentially damage a defendant's case; some jurisdictions mandate it in death penalty cases. A prospective juror must answer questions fully and truthfully but cannot be faulted for failing to disclose information that was not sought.
The purpose of voir dire is not to educate jurors but to enable the parties to select an impartial panel. Therefore, voir dire questions should test the capacity and competency of the jurors without intentionally or unintentionally planting prejudicial matter in their minds. Trial judges have wide latitude in setting the parameters of questioning, including the abilities to determine the materiality and propriety of the questions and to set the time allowed for voir dire.❞