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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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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.

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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”.
LAMMAS The First Harvest from The Witches Sabbats

See also Lammas

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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).
LAMMAS The First Harvest from The Witches Sabbats

See also Lammas

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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.

Although I started this in response to Christianity, I'm now applying it when anyone mixes their faith with politics and demands that I submit.

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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.

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tarot deck (standard)

A standard tarot deck has 78 cards, and is divided into the Major arcana and Minor arcana. The Major arcana made up of 22 cards and are often referred to as trumps (some tarot experts cite 21 cards as trumps, plus The Fool card). The Minor arcana has 56 cards and largely resembles a regular playing deck.

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TCOL      Ten Commandments of Logic, Ten Commandments of Rational Debate

  1. Thou shalt not attack the person’s character, but the argument itself. (“Ad hominem”)
  2. Thou shalt not misrepresent or exaggerate a person’s argument in order to make them easier to attack. (“Straw Man Fallacy”)
  3. Thou shalt not use small numbers to represent the whole. (“Hasty Generalization”)
  4. Thou shalt not argue thy position by assuming one of its premises is true. (“Begging the Question”)
  5. Thou shalt not claim that because something occurred before, but must be the cause. (“Post Hoc/False Cause”).
  6. Thou shalt not reduce the argument down to only two possibilities when there is a clear middle ground. (“False Dichotomy”)
  7. Thou shalt not argue that because of our ignorance, the claim must be true or false. (“Ad Ignorantiam”).
  8. Thou shalt not lay the burn of proof onto him that is questioning the claim. (“Burden of Proof Reversal”).
  9. Thou shalt not assume that “this” follows “that”, when “it” has no logical connection. (“Non Sequitur”).
  10. Thou shalt not claim that because a premise is popular, therefore, it must be true. (“Bandwagon Fallacy”).
- adapted from The 10 Commandments of Rational Debate
at Relatively Interesting

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technician vs. performer

A contrast between a highly-skilled, perfectionist virtuoso and a less-skilled, but more inventive and original, artist. This is a plot common to stories that focus on the arts (usually music or theater), or sports that require mixing physical ability with creativity (such as dancing or skating).
Technician vs. Performer from TVTropes

In science, if you don't do it, somebody else will. Whereas in art, if Beethoven didn't compose the 'Ninth Symphony,' no one else before or after is going to compose the 'Ninth Symphony' that he composed; no one else is going to paint 'Starry Night' by van Gogh.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wrong! Because the gift does not lie in your hands. I have hands, David. Hands that can make a scalpel sing. More than anything in my life I wanted to play, but I do not have the gift. I can play the notes, but I cannot make the music. You've performed Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin. Even if you never do so again, you've already known a joy that I will never know as long as I live. Because the true gift is in your head and in your heart and in your soul. Now you can shut it off forever, or you can find new ways to share your gift with the world - through the baton, the classroom, or the pen. As to these works, they're for you, because you and the piano will always be as one.
“Morale Victory”, M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Magick is shaped by thought and driven by passion.

Even more than the arts, innovation, originality and passion makes magick work. You have to put yourself into it and not just follow another's direction.

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technocrat    caution

An “expert” bureaucrat effectively unanswerable to political power or public pressure, all in the name of “for your own good.” Regulations exist so politicos can evade responsibility for unpopular choices.

See also politics

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  • 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.

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technopagan green      #0A4F00

My favorite web color.

See also liberty blue

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technopagan items

Joining lower elementals to technology.

See also spellform

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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.

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technowhiz (technowiz)   Making technology sing.

Someone with a strong relationship to technology and often to just a few choice items. Someone who tinkers and gets performanace better than expected or beyond the design. Someone who blends their creative spark with technology and made it exceptional.

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

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Ten Commandments    Decaloguecaution

the precepts spoken by God to Israel, delivered to Moses on Mount Sinai; the Decalogue. Ex. 20; 24:12,34; Deut. 5. Though the numbering of these commandments may differ in some religions, that which has been followed in this dictionary is based on the King James Version of the Bible.
Often proclaimed as a universal morality by certain monotheists, there are issues.

Number One on that greatest hits list requires those who don't follow the G*d of Israel to make their gods secondary. Number Two (which apparently doesn't apply to crucifixes) also violates the beliefs of non-monotheists.

Number Three or Number Four (depending on the version) requries honoring the sabbath day and keeping it holy. The Jewish Shabbat starts on Friday evening, some Christian versions have it on Saturday, and some Christian versions have it on Sunday. This isn't necessarily required in other faiths.

Rather than long debates about which religion should be raised over all others and why, it's easer just to say tain't mine and move on. If the Ten Commandments aren't part of your faith or belief, why should you be bound by them?

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Ten Commandments of Logic     See TCOL

Ten Commandments of Rational Debate     See TCOL

tewesday      See Tuesday

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.

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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).

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thermal depolymerization

Thermal depolymerization is a process wherein depolymerization takes place with the help of hydrous pyrolysis. This reduces complex organic materials into light crude oil. Pyrolysis is nothing but the decomposition of any organic substance with no oxygen present. Waste products of different types such as biomass and plastic are usually treated to thermal depolymerization. This is fast gaining a lot of attention worldwide as an alternative source of energy. This process is particularly helpful as solid wastes contain carbon that can be chemically transformed into liquid fuel.
Thermal depolymerization has been sold as an alternative energy source. There are significant restrictions. At this point it's better to treat this as a way to dispose of plastics.

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That’s because I’m intimately familiar with the Three Laws of Thermosecurity.

The first law is that the desire of authorities in charge of security for information will continue in a straight line with no limits in time and space short of the heat death of the universe. The second law is that the willingness of their authorities to supply them with the budget they need to do that has very definite limits, both in time and space. Hence the third law, which is the one we are now operating under. The information assembled by security authorities invariably overwhelms their ability to analyze the information. They are, in effect, suffocated by their own insecurity.
David Weber, Cauldron of Ghosts

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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. Heinlein used it to describe a large scale computer.

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third law of ecology     “Nature knows best.”

Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is, says Commoner, “likely to be detrimental to that system.” The Creation, one can argue, has an intelligence, and to tinker with that “unintellectually” we get global warming pollution, etc.

Nature knows best, the third informal law of ecology, Commoner writes, “holds that any major man-made change in a natural system is likely to be detrimental to that system.” During 5 billion years of evolution, living things developed an array of substances and reactions that together constitute the living biosphere. The modern petrochemical industry, however, suddenly created thousands of new substances that did not exist in nature. Based on the same basic patterns of carbon chemistry as natural compounds, these new substances enter readily into existing biochemical processes. But they do so in ways that are frequently destructive to life, leading to mutations, cancer, and many different forms of death and disease. “The absence of a particular substance from nature,” Commoner writes, “is often a sign that it is incompatible with the chemistry of life.”

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Ten plus three, twelve plus one, seven plus five plus one. An odd and prime number considered potent for many reasons.

Thirteen lunar months make up slighty more than a solar year. The lunar cycle was commonly thought of as 28 days, so a “year and a day” was thirteen moons plus one day. Actually the lunar cycle averages a smidge more than 29.53 days, but the poetry is there.

In the “COVEN” entry of the classic An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present, Doreen Valiente lists several uses of the number thirteen, including Romulus and his twelve companions, the Thirteen Treasures of Britan, jury trials with a judge, and covens depicted in art with twelve members and a God figure. The interesting entry runs several pages, far too much to quote here.

Of course, one of the best known thirteens is Yeshua ben Yosef and his disciples. That's probably why most folk magick and witchcraft thirteens were called corrupt.

This site uses thirteen often in the coding. So by reading the site, you're invoking thirteens. Hopefully you don't suffer from triskaidekaphobia.

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thirteen virtues    adapted from Franklin's thirteen virtues

  1. Temperance - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence - Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. Industry - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation - Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
  11. Tranquillity - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  13. Humility - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

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thorium reactor

A type of molten salt reactor that uses thorium as fuel.

Thorium is a naturally-occurring, slightly radioactive metal discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius, who named it after Thor, the Norse god of thunder. It is found in small amounts in most rocks and soils, where it is about three times more abundant than uranium. Soil contains an average of around 6 parts per million (ppm) of thorium. Thorium is very insoluble, which is why it is plentiful in sands but not in seawater, in contrast to uranium.
Thorium from World Nuclear Association

Thorium is a basic element of nature, like Iron and Uranium. Like Uranium, its properties allow it to be used to fuel a nuclear chain reaction that can run a power plant and make electricity (among other things). Thorium itself will not split and release energy. Rather, when it is exposed to neutrons, it will undergo a series of nuclear reactions until it eventually emerges as an isotope of uranium called U-233, which will readily split and release energy next time it absorbs a neutron. Thorium is therefore called fertile, whereas U-233 is called fissile.
Thorium As Nuclear Fuel from whatisnuclear.com

There are several basic facts of nuclear power that have made it a tough sell around the world. For one, the uranium needed for nuclear power plants is rare and expensive. The uranium used in power plants can also be turned into weapons-grade material, requiring tight regulation. The other waste byproducts of nuclear energy are less useful, but still extremely dangerous. We don’t even know what to do with all that waste yet. Lastly, a nuclear power plant, no matter how well designed, could experience meltdown under certain circumstances.

You need different fissile material if you’re going to change any of that, and now we come to thorium (atomic number 90). Unlike uranium, thorium is abundant, and it’s not nearly as dangerous. Enrichment is not necessary, and thus it’s extremely difficult to create nuclear weapons with a thorium-based reactor. Most importantly, meltdowns aren’t possible with thorium reactors because the reaction is not self-sustaining.

That last safety advantage is also the main drawback of thorium. You need a little uranium and a neutron source to get the reaction kickstarted. Oak Ridge National Laboratory ran molten salt thorium reactor experiments from the 1960s until 1976. Now, the European team is giving it another shot.
Thorium is much more common than uranium or plutonium. Thorium reactions do not produce transuranics and are much harder to weaponize. Thorium reactions are not self-sustaining and can be more easily controlled.

Thorium fuel is harder to prepare. Irradiated Thorium is dangerous and harder to shield against. It's much harder using thorium in a breeder reactor.

At present, laws and regulations favor large scale breeder reactors over smaller scale molten-salt reactors. The technology hasn't proven itself on an industrial scale.

Given the existing state of technology and the amount of uranium and plutonium available, the only major advantage of thorium is safety.

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thorsdagr      See Thursday

It’s not just that they believe, they need the perception of others to validate their belief. A version of the True Believer™.

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thought modes
      behavior maps      analysis-synthesis      intuition

The only way I could make a practical definition of intelligence and intuition.

Thought modes are the "gears" of intelligence. Each mode involves a different approach and different parts of the brain. Each ascending mode is more complex and requires more creativity.

The first thought mode uses behavior maps (see the Robot). These are the "rules of the game," the learned scripts from your family/society/culture, the expected behaviors. Behavior maps are given. It's how a man treats a lady, it's the recipie for apple pie, it's the steps in a government form. Encounter a situation, pull up the expected script, and follow all the steps to the end. That should give you the expected result. Behavior maps depend on rote memorization.

A rule set is not necessarily the best mental tool. It's a working shortcut to get started. It may not be the best way to do things, or even a good general case. It's just fast and workable.

Behavior maps are almost pure stimulus/response, most people never move beyond this "gear." They learn the correct rules for the given situation and measure their success by the rules. Rule sets can work pretty well until there's a situation that isn't covered by any script on file.

It's more likely for that an individual will create their own behavior maps and rule sets through experimentation than to move into the second thought mode.

When a teacher doesn't understand the subject, the only way they have to judge the student's success is how close the student adheres to the script.

I suspect this has something to do with an ace factor, another 80/20 rule. But I haven't run the statistics.

I call the second thought mode analysis-synthesis. When people think of intelligence, this is the concept that commonly pops into their head. Use what's known to measure what is unknown and experiment for better solutions. This mode makes people build or rebuild their mental tools. Existing rule sets aren't nearly as important as finding a better working solution under the circumstances.

The third and least understood thought mode is intuition. Intution finds a solution that probably works, but there is no clear progression and often not enough understanding to explain. This is where analysis-synthesis can really shine, something has to fill in the blanks.

  1. direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
  2. a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
  3. a keen and quick insight.
  4. the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.
  5. Philosophy.
    1. an immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object.
    2. any object or truth so discerned.
    3. pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge.
  6. Linguistics. the ability of the native speaker to make linguistic judgments, as of the grammaticality, ambiguity, equivalence, or nonequivalence of sentences, deriving from the speaker's native-language competence.

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Three Harvests     See Lammas,   Mabon  &   Samhain

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Three Laws of Robotics      See Asimov’s Laws

Three Laws of Thermosecurity     See thermosecurity

three marks of an adult human

  • Choosing one's own words and actions despite the threat of punishment for making improper choices.
  • Accepting responsibility for one's choices.
  • Trusting that others will make their own choices without coercion.

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Three Percent

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.

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Three Sisters      Corn, beans & squash

Corn, beans, and squash are called the “three sisters.” Native Americans always inter-planted this trio because they thrive together, much like three inseparable sisters.

By the time European settlers arrived in America in the early 1600s, the Iroquois had been growing the “three sisters” for over three centuries. The vegetable trio sustained the Native Americans both physically and spiritually. In legend, the plants were a gift from the gods, always to be grown together, eaten together, and celebrated together.

Each of the sisters contributes something to the planting. Together, the sisters provide a balanced diet from a single planting.
The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, and Squash
from The Old Farmers Almanac

The Three Sisters Method uses three different vegetables – corn, pole beans and squash.

Each vegetable is interplanted together so they benefit one another while growing and producing fruit.

The corn stalk provides a climbing support for the pole beans to grow up, the pole beans provide nitrogen in the soil for the corn, and the squash creates a living mulch to block out weeds and to conserve soil moisture for the pole beans and corn.

They are known as the “sisters”. A trio that works in complete harmony.

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Three Universal Laws of Superheroics
     See Asimov’s Laws

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.

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thunderbolt iron

Meteoric metal carries inherent significance. Anything made out of it will be some combination of magical, good, evil, or just incredibly strong.

Crafting meteoric iron is Older Than Dirt: iron from meteorites has been used to make tools and weapons since the Ice Age, when it was the only iron available. The trope that it is special or magical isn't documented from that long ago, but some scholars believe that the Older Than Feudalism story of the forging of Zeus' thunderbolts refers to meteoric iron.

Thokcha (Tibetan: ཐོག་ལྕགས, Wylie: thog lcags; also alternatively Tibetan: གནམ་ལྕགས, Wylie: gnam lcags) "sky-iron" are tektites and meteorites which are often high in iron content, refer iron meteorite. The usage of meteoric iron is common in the history of ferrous metallurgy. Historically, thokchas were held in esteem for sacred metallurgical fabrication of weapons, musical instruments and sacred tools, e.g. phurba. Their inclusion as an auspicious addition in the metallurgical fabrication of sacred objects cast of Panchaloha is documented. The term has also come to denote ancient metal objects which serve as amulets made from thokcha. They are traditionally held to be endowed with magic and protective power and in this respect are comparable to Tibetan Dzi beads.

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thunresdæg      See Thursday

thuresday      See Thursday


thymos      thumos

The first thing we should point out is that there is not an exact translation for thumos. The general understanding of the word is that it refers to “spirit” or “spiritedness”. However the implications of this term are far more important and far more complicated than what is suggested by such a simplified definition.

Thumos, in the context of ancient Greece, refers to a sense of righteous anger, a need and desire to fight against the perceived injustice of the world. Thumos can refer to the rage, grief, horror or sorrow of any individual who is faced with insurmountable atrocities.

Thumos is our will to fight, our need to rebel against that which is intolerable. It is what makes us stand up and declare ‘I will not be silenced!’. It is what makes us dive headlong against the devastation of this world; what compels us to courageously fight the good fight. And if we are to fail, thumos is the thing within the human spirit that requires us to go down swinging, cursing our oppressors all the while.
A Tradition of Thumos from Classical Wisdom Weekly

Plato's Phaedrus and his later work The Republic discuss thumos as one of the three constituent parts of the human psyche. In the Phaedrus, Plato depicts logos as a charioteer driving the two horses eros and thumos (erotic love and spiritedness are to be guided by logos). In the Republic (Book IV) soul becomes divided…

"Megalothymia" refers to the need to be recognized as superior to others, while "isothymia" is the need to be recognized as merely equal to others. Both terms are neoclassical compounds, coined by Francis Fukuyama.

In his book The End of History and the Last Man, the author mentions "thymos" in relation to liberal democracy and recognition. He relates Socrates' ideas about Thymos and desire to how people want to be recognized within their government. Problems emerge when other people do not recognize another's Thymos, and therefore do not provide the justice that it requires. In order for people to exist in harmony, Fukuyama argues, isothymia rather than megalothymia must be used to satisfy the human need for recognition. Any system that creates political inequality is necessarily feeding the megalothymia of some members while denying it to others.

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tipping point

the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place

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tit for tat

with an equivalent given in retaliation, as a blow for a blow, repartee, etc.:

The best strategy for a repeating game (called the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma) is not Screw The Other Guy, and -- surprisingly at first glance -- it’s not Always Cooperate With The Other Guy, either.

The winning strategy is Tit-for-Tat. That is, you do to the guy what he did to you last turn. If he cooperated, you cooperate. If he screwed you, you screw him back. Over thousands and millions of computer runs, using every strategy from complete aggression to complete forgiveness, Tit-for-Tat “wins” every time – that is, it results in the least jail time for you.

But Tit-for-Tat combines generosity and toughness. And look at the terms used to describe the most successful strategic version of Tit-for-Tat: Nice. Retaliating. Forgiving. Non-envious.

Now, this is where my own analysis kicks in, because frankly, nice, retaliating, forgiving and non-envious pretty much sums up how I feel about the West in general and the United States in particular. The web of trust and commerce in Western societies is unthinkable in the Third World because the prosperity they produce are fat juicy targets for people raised on Screw the Other Guy. Crime and corruption are stealing, and stealing is Screwing the Other Guy. It’s short-term win, long-term loss.

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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.

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tiwesdæg      See Tuesday

tiwesday      See Tuesday


  1. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.
  2. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs, and practices that differ from one's own.
  3. interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one's own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
  4. the act or capacity of enduring; endurance:
The whole “I'm ok, you're ok, and let's excuse that guy's behavior because he is only human” thing just doesn't work. So let's use a more historically accurate definition of tolerance.

Let's define tolerance as “We won't attack you on sight. And if you're nice enough, your child can marry one of our children. Anything more and you have to prove that it's worth it.” So it's not blindly accepting and adopting the other guy's behavior and beliefs. It's more “We'll mostly ignore you and you can do your own thing as long as you don't mess with our own thing.”

By current American norms, that's pretty harsh. History shows that is a fairly open meaning of tolerance though.

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  1. an implement, especially one held in the hand, as a hammer, saw, or file, for performing or facilitating mechanical operations.
  2. any instrument of manual operation.
  3. A tool is any instrument or simple piece of equipment that you hold in your hands and use to do a particular kind of work. For example, spades, hammers, and knives are all tools.
An object or process that concentrates effort or time to do more work.

  1. Tools concentrate your ability to work.
  2. The wrong tool can be worse than no tool.
  3. Tools are always a tradeoff among several factors.
  4. Usually, someone else can make the tool better than you can.
  5. In magick, the best symbol is the tool itself when backed by your passion.
  6. The right thingamajig for the job

    See also Tools & Labware from teknologi
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A social science term that describes narrow repressive type of ideas about the male gender role, that defines masculinity as exaggerated masculine traits like being violent, unemotional, sexually aggressive, and so forth. Also suggests that men who act too emotional or maybe aren’t violent enough or don’t do all of the things that “real men” do, can get their “man card” taken away.

Many people confuse the difference between Masculinity and toxic Masculinity. However, one can be masculine without having toxic Masculinity.

A man’s man does not raise his hand in anger against a woman. He despises men who do that: he considers them to be less than the mud on the sole of his shoe. Women, for their part, are attracted to strong and virile men for the protection they will afford them, because women are vulnerable—smaller and weaker than teenage boys, even when they are not bearing a child or taking care of an infant or of small children. To use the old poetic image, she is the fruitful and “marriageable vine” that clings to the tall and strong but otherwise barren elm.

We may find “toxic masculinity,” then, wherever there is toxic aggression but without manliness, without the sense that power is to be used sparingly and always for protection of the weaker, without the strict accountability that the man demands of himself, blaming himself first for things that go wrong, while giving credit to others when things go right. The more masculine you are, the more confident you are that you need not prove your manhood by swagger, by picking on the weak, by pumping yourself, and by stiffing those who have assisted you.
The Real ‘Toxic Masculinity’ from American Greatness
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One who practices parkour.

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tradition      See path vs. tradition

tradition versus path      See path vs. tradition

traduttore tradittore

The translator is a traitor.

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transgression    caution

  • The act of comitting a vile act or transgressing against another person.
  • A wrong doing unto another.
  • Hurting another for no apparent reason.

From "transgress," to pass over or beyond; to overpass, as any rule prescribed as the limit of duty; to break or violate, as a law, civil or moral; the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or known principle of rectitude; breach of command; offense; crime; sin. In the Old Testament pesha`, occurs 80 times, rendered in all versions by "transgression." Its meaning is "rebellion". The word "rebellion" differs from this word in that it may be in the heart, though no opportunity should be granted for its manifestation: "An evil man seeketh only rebellion" (Proverbs 17:11). Here the wise man contemplates an evil heart, looking for an excuse or opportunity to rebel.

The New Testament uses parabasis, "trespass":

"The law .... was added because of transgressions" (Galatians 3:19); "Where there is no law, neither is there transgression" (Romans 4:15); "for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant" (Hebrews 9:15).
Transgression from Bible Study Tools

an act of transgressing; violation of a law, command, etc.; sin.
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transhuman symbol h+Transhumanism can be viewed as an extension of humanism, from which it is partially derived. Humanists believe that humans matter, that individuals matter. We might not be perfect, but we can make things better by promoting rational thinking, freedom, tolerance, democracy, and concern for our fellow human beings. Transhumanists agree with this but also emphasize what we have the potential to become. Just as we use rational means to improve the human condition and the external world, we can also use such means to improve ourselves, the human organism. In doing so, we are not limited to traditional humanistic methods, such as education and cultural development. We can also use technological means that will eventually enable us to move beyond what some would think of as “human”.

Transhumanism is a cultural and intellectual movement that believes we can, and should, improve the human condition through the use of advanced technologies. One of the core concepts in transhumanist thinking is life extension: Through genetic engineering, nanotech, cloning, and other emerging technologies, eternal life may soon be possible. Likewise, transhumanists are interested in the ever-increasing number of technologies that can boost our physical, intellectual, and psychological capabilities beyond what humans are naturally capable of (thus the term transhuman). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), for example, which speeds up reaction times and learning speed by running a very weak electric current through your brain, has already been used by the US military to train snipers. On the more extreme side, transhumanism deals with the concepts of mind uploading (to a computer), and what happens when we finally craft a computer with greater-than-human intelligence (the technological singularity).

Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology.

Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations as well as the ethical limitations of using such technologies. The most common transhumanist thesis is that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into different beings with abilities so greatly expanded from the current condition as to merit the label of posthuman beings.

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transparent aluminum      See aluminum oxynitride

Tranzi institutions    caution

Stressing the need for big, transnational organizations running our lives at the expense of national and local control. Usually, the bigger and more dispersed a Tranzi institution is, the less accountable and less subject to change it is. Often Transzi institutions are designed to resist national gvernments even as they take money and demand control. Examples include the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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trauma drama    caution

The latest tale of woe, usually told by someone with a long history of suffering and anguish. At best it's tiresome after the third or so time.

Some people wrap themselves in so much negativity that nothing else touches them. They've no energy left for anything more than going through the motions. The most passion these people get is from the grief they stumble into. Sometimes they seek it out because it is the only emotion and human contact they find.

It's not what life does to you, it's what you do in life. We need heroes more than victims.

See also poor little me

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Tree of Life • Web of Life • Labyrinth

tree of lifeAlso the Kabbalah. Different perspectives of the same thing. We see and are impressed by the structure. But it's the connections that are important. Most people overlook the connections and the implications. Sometimes the most obvious is the easiest to miss.

A Tree of Life in various religious interpretations, within myths, and as a mystical concept represents the interconnectedness of all life on our beautiful planet. The Tree of Life connects all forms of creation. The Tree of Life is considered to be the symbol of 'Creator'.

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Tree of Life pendant (sabbats, fire festivals, solar festivals)
pendant, Tree of Life

tribe     See kin


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.

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trigger warning    caution

A warning before showing something that could cause a PTSD reaction. Commonly used as a joke, its meaning has unfortunately depreciated, drawing more stigma to mental illness.

a statement cautioning that content (as in a text, video, or class) may be disturbing or upsetting

Trigger warnings are customary in some feminist and other Safe spaces. They are designed to prevent unaware encountering of certain materials or subjects for the benefit of people who have an extremely strong and damaging emotional response (for example, post-traumatic flashbacks or urges to harm themselves) to such topics. Having these responses is called "being triggered".
Trigger warning from Geek Feminism Wiki

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triple spiral pendant (dark Moon)
pendant, triple spiral


fear or a phobia concerning the number 13.

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A triskelion or triskele is a motif consisting of a triple spiral exhibiting rotational symmetry. The spiral design can be based on interlocking Archimedean spirals, or represent three bent human legs.

The Celtic symbol of three conjoined spirals may have had triple significance similar to the imagery that lies behind the triskelion. The triple spiral motif is a Neolithic symbol in Western Europe. Though popularly considered a "Celtic" symbol, it is in fact a pre-Celtic symbol. It is carved into the rock of a stone lozenge near the main entrance of the prehistoric Newgrange monument in County Meath, Ireland. Newgrange, which was built around 3200 BCE,[6] predates the Celtic arrival in Ireland, but has long since been incorporated into Celtic culture. The symbol is also found carved in rock in Castro Culture settlement in modern-day Galicia and Northern Portugal. In Ireland before the 5th century, in Celtic Christianity the triskele took on new meaning, as a symbol of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), and therefore also a symbol of eternity. Its popularity continues today as a decorative symbol of faith for Christians of Celtic descent around the world.

Firstly, the triskele can be thought to represent motion as all three arms are positioned to make it appear as if it is moving outwards from its center. Movement, or motion, is believed to signify energies, in particular within this Celtic Symbol the motion of action, cycles, progress, revolution and competition.

Secondly, and the more challenging area for symbolists, is the exact symbolic significance of the three arms of the triskele. This can differ dependent on the era, culture, mythology and history, which is why there are so many variations as to what these three extensions in the triple spiral symbol mean.

Some of these connotations include: life-death-rebirth, spirit-mind-body, mother-father-child, past-present-future, power-intellect-love and creation-preservation-destruction to name but a few.

It’s thought that through the combination of these two areas we gain one meaning of the Celtic triskele. It is believed to represent a tale of forward motion to reach understanding. However, this is thought not to be the only meaning, as it is also believed to represent three Celtic worlds; the spiritual world, the present world and the celestial world. Like the ancient Trinity knot, the number 3 holds a special symbolism within the triskele.

The triskele came to be associated with the Triple Goddess (maiden, mother, crone) in pre-Christian times and has been found in illuminated manuscripts created by monks transcribing early Christian texts.

Also, the Celts believed that the most important things in life came in threes: birth, death, rebirth; body, mind, spirit; earth, water, sky; past, present, future; father, son, holy ghost; and the triskele is believed to represents these tripartite meanings. Some of the more current interpretations of the triskele are that it is a symbol for the cycles of life, personal growth, human development, and spiritual expansion.

Because, at times, it is drawn in one continuous line, the triskele represents a continuous movement of time. It is probably this unending quality of the spiral that attracts us so greatly, and has contributed to it remaining on of the most popular Celtic symbols.

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triskele pendant (bright Moon)      See pendant, triskele

triviality, Law of      See Law of triviality

tropical month    See month, tropical

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 obviously 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.

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true faith

Finding the balance point in the universe that makes you experience understanding and growth.

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True Faith®    caution

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.

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True Falsehoods, The Law of
     See The Law of True Falsehoods

tuathal      See widdershins


Twelvetide - Christmastide


“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”


twilight, astronomical      See astronomical twilight

twilight, civil      See civil twilight

twilight, nautical      See nautical twilight

the two most important phrases in human history

“Let me help.”

“I can do better than that!

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two spirit

Traditionally, Native American two spirit people were male, female, and sometimes intersexed individuals who combined activities of both men and women with traits unique to their status as two spirit people. In most tribes, they were considered neither men nor women; they occupied a distinct, alternative gender status. In tribes where two spirit males and females were referred to with the same term, this status amounted to a third gender. In other cases, two spirit females were referred to with a distinct term and, therefore, constituted a fourth gender.
Two Spirit from Indian Health Service

Being a gay native is oftentimes confused with being Two Spirit. While the two may have parallels and intersections, they are not the same. Gay specifically is about attraction to a person of the same sex. Two Spirit is more about the embodiment of two genders residing within one person.

A Two Spirit person may be gay, but a gay person is not necessarily Two Spirit. Claiming the role of Two Spirit is to take up the spiritual responsibility that the role traditionally had. Walking the red road, being for the people and our children/youth, and being a guiding force in a good way with a good mind are just some of those responsibilities.

Two-spirit people were respected by native societies not only due to religious attitudes, but also because of practical concerns. Because their gender roles involved a mixture of both masculine and feminine traits, two-spirit persons could do both the work of men and of women. They were often considered to be hard workers and artistically gifted, of great value to their extended families and community. Among some groups, such as the Navajo, a family was believed to be economically benefited by having a "nadleh" (literally translated as "one who is transformed") androgynous person as a relative. Two-spirit persons assisted their siblings' children and took care of elderly relatives, and often served as adoptive parents for homeless children.
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