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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

A work in progress. Explaining words and phrases that I often use. Noting new and interesting ideas. Discussing certain verbal warning signs. There’s no social justice or political correctness here.

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Walburga     See Beltaine


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

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

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Walpurgis Eve

Walpurgisnacht     See Beltaine

wands     See fire, Tarot

waning Moon

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

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

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

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

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warrant canary    caution

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

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Watch List

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

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watch pocket      coin pocket

a small pocket just below the front waistband of men's trousers
Sometimes called a coin pocket, it orginated as a place for men to put their pocket watches.

Absolutely perfect for the "old style" flip phones.

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Known chemically as dihydrogen monoxide, water is the most common substance on Earth and one of the most abundant compounds in the universe. It's the only known substance existing as solid, liquid, or gas in human habitable environments.

Sometimes called the "universal solvent," water dissolves more substances than any other known liquid. Wherever water moves, it absorbs and carries chemicals, especially minerals.

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

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

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

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waxing Moon

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

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

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

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

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Wayland's Feast Day

websearch      web wandering, web wondering

Research and exploration on the world wide web.

Information only available on the internet.

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WebTree      Change your perspective.

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

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

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

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

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

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wednesdai      See Wednesday


weird      Duality is singularity reflected.

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

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

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

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Westermarck effect

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

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

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

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

There is some evidence that it is limited to Western civilizations.
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Wheel of the Year    This year's dates.

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

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

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

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

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

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white sage       Salvia apiana

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

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

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

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

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white supremacist    caution

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

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Wicca, Wiccan

  1. The original plural form for “wicca/wicce” or “witch.”
  2. An adjective used to describe their religion by the followers of Neopagan Witchcraft.
  3. Isaac Bonewits,“glossary - Wiccan”, Real Magic

    The largest and most well-known Neo-Pagan group is Wicca, an orthopraxic, oathbound religion believed by most historians of religion to have founded by Gerald Gardner around 1954, although he claimed to have been part of a secret movement dating to ancient times. Some (but nowhere near all) Wiccans consider themselves practitioners of witchcraft. Their God and Goddess are separate and unique deities, not aspects of a universal god and goddess as some claim - I.E., the Lady is the Lady, not Nuith, Athena, etc. Due to their conflicts with Christianity and their use of pentagram symbols, many Wiccans have been accused of Satanism. It should also be pointed out that pretty much any book that claims to teach the reader Wicca is either bunk or is actually teaching something called Eclectic Neopaganism, which is a blanket term for general Neopagan beliefs and practices, but does not actually contain the Mysteries central and vital to practice the orthopraxic religion created by Gardner.
    Useful Notes / Neo-Paganism from TVTropes
The origins of Wicca are snarled, Gerald Gardner liked being the mysterious wise man.

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

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

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Against the sun, lefthandwise movement. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is counter-clockwise.

In some magickal systems, a counter-clockwise circle drains energy.

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

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window of discourse      See Overton window

Winter Nights     See Samhain

winter solstice      See solstice

Wintergate    This year's date.

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

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

Individuals gather knowledge. But societies use wisdom. Wisdom makes knowledge work for cultures and societies. Wisdom is the basic rulesets passed on to individual memembers of a society. Wisdom benefits a culture and not necessarily the individual.
See also wise

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Applying knowledge and understanding consequences.

See also wisdom

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“Witchcrap”: superficial journalistic treatments of Wicca, Witchcraft, and related Pagan paths.
➢ Chas. S. Clifton, Season of the Witch(crap), Part 3

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Terry Goodkind wrote the Wizard Rules for his Sword of Truth fantasy novels. I've been hesitant to include them in the lexicon. Some of the rules, especially the early ones, are pretty useful. The later ones aren't nearly as good.

Much like the books.

Unlike the other rules I quote, I would put these in the occasional category. Use them if they work, but they are not certain.
  1. People are stupid. They can be made to believe any lie because either they want to believe it's true or because they are afraid it's true.
  2. The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
  3. Passion rules reason, for better or for worse.
  4. There is magic in sincere forgiveness; in the forgiveness you give, but more so in the forgiveness you receive.
  5. Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie.
  6. The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.
  7. Life is the future, not the past.
  8. Deserve Victory.
  9. A contradiction can not exist in reality. Not in part, nor in whole.
  10. Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one's self.
  11. Embrace life, seek strength without hate.
  12. You can destroy those who speak the truth, but you cannot destroy the truth itself.
  13. There have always been those who hate, and there always will be.
  14. In this world, everyone must die. None of us has any choice in that. Our choice is how we wish to live.
See also rule set
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Embroidered on Rincewind's hat in The Colour of Magic and other Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.

I appropriated the term when I was crafting my modern wizard hat as sort of an inside joke. Distinctive, practical, and adaptable.

See also tekn
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wodnesdæg      See Wednesday

wodnesday      See Wednesday

woke    caution

The act of being very pretentious about how much you care about a social issue

To be woke is to be beyond awake to every civil and humanitarian injustice, large or small. It is to be aware not just of “white privilege” — another legitimate concept that sounds smugly chic — but of whatever societal, economic, racial privilege you may enjoy, to feel just enough guilt about it and to engage with the world thusly.

  1. - a simple past tense of wake.
  1. actively aware of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those related to civil and human rights:
  2. aware of the facts, true situation, etc. (sometimes used facetiously):
  3. awake:

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

Yes, I meant wonderers and not wanderers.

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wounded master

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

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Words of Power, The Law of
     See The Law of Words of Power

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