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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.

“Look up”

Antelope Canyon, Arizona. Another from the EarthPorn reddit. Click on the picture for the original.

Yes. it really looks that way. I've been there a few times.

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Paganism isn't a movement

I don't think paganism is a movement. I think it's a life.

I think there are those opposed to paganism who try to reduce it to politics. When that happens, I think it's natural to defend it with politics.

I also think that is a mistake. Reduce faith to politics and you'll depend on enough of your neighbors acknowledging it as "real" and "valid" just to support your choice and life.

Likewise sexuality. I personally don't care who you bonk, as long as it consenting adults. The only reason I could possibly care is if I'm one of the people involved. But link sexuality to politics and suddenly I am involved just by being around you, whether I want it or not. The default assumption is that I will fight your battles on their terms, just so I can be an "ally."

I tell Christians all the time, tain't mine. I deny them the power to control my faith. I deny them the power to define my faith. I am not what they think, I am what I choose. I am not something less, I am something else.

To paraphrase Paradise Lost, "I will not serve." My place is not where they would place me. I'm not living another's Story, I'm on my own Journey.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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“Skyclad for Samhain in the graveyard.”

I got this from a tumblr blog.

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Broom Ritual

I'm pretty sure it's a initiation ritual.

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“Ma'ui, Oceania's Hero: Crash Course World Mythology #31”


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Dreamlike

I stumbled across this and thought you might like it.

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Those who walk between the worlds

A clarification.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s there were a couple of traditions that called practitioners "those who walk between the worlds." Some of that may have gone back further. A couple of my teachers were from these trads and I appropriated the phrase. To my knowledge, there was no sexuality or gender preference attached to the phrase.
— NeoWayland
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Handprints

I prefer faces.

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Curvy

The green guy just sets it off.

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NeoNote - White sage, Amerindians and virtue signalling

I never really have understood the whole cultural appropriation bit. Syncretism happens.

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“Herakles. Or Hercules. A Problematic Hero: Crash Course World Mythology #30”

“This week, Mike Rugnetta re-introduces Herakles, the strong man of Greek and Roman myth. Strongman with a darkside, that is. You'll learn about Herakles' 10 actually 12 labors, the story of his birth, his death, some of his marriages, none of which turned out that great, and some of his character flaws that definitely wouldn't fly in the modern world.”

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So the paganism bothers you too.

Do you really expect to make this about your religious beliefs versus mine?

I don't need to justify mine before you, but you need to make mine subordinate to yours.

That doesn't say much about your faith.

Or your beliefs.

It's not your Deity who demands my submission. You're doing this because you can't think of a way to "put me in my place."
— NeoWayland
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In a field

I do like her expression though.

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Looking

It's sometimes called the "Eye of God."

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“The Mwindo Epic: Crash Course World Mythology #29”

“In which Mike Rugnetta teaches you about the hero of The Congo, Mwindo! Mike will tell you the stories of Mwindo's birth, his many deaths, and his evolution from a braggy superhuman baby to a wise, superhuman leader of his people. Along the way, we'll learn about the Wiki game, and when you should and shouldn't drink banana beer.”

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Lock it away

The only reason I started writing about pagans and sex is because there is a strong movement to lock all that away where Respectable People Will Not Talk About the Embarrassing Stuff.
— NeoWayland
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Yoga

The combination of the lady's expression and her pose sell the shot. The tattoos don't hurt either.

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“Galahad, Perceval, and the Holy Grail: Crash Course World Mythology #28”

“In which Mike Rugnetta quests for knowledge of the Holy Grail of Mythology. Which is the actual, literal Holy Grail! The cup of Christ! Legends about the Holy Grail are often connected to the British legends of King Arthur, and this episode is definitely about this. Except we’re not talking much about Arthur, since he never actually found the grail. Instead, we’re going to talk about a couple different versions of the Grail legend, the stories of Perceval and Galahad. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy learning Grail lore. You have chosen wisely!”

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NeoNote — Not about paganism

I can't even laugh at the irony anymore. These are the seeds that will destroy paganism in a way that monotheisms never could.

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Behavior

Kennebunk Police Department, Animal Control Division

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“Starry Night as seen by Van Gogh”

An original interpretation of an old favorite.

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Rain, rain, stay a while

An Arizona monsoon storm.

I'm going to go watch it on the patio for a while.

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Condemnation of memory

Someone is pulling your strings. You'd be a fool to accept that.

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Something else

I'm not something less, I'm something else.
— NeoWayland
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“We are our bodies”

“When you see a horse do you think
'Hey…that horse is naked'?
Or when you see a cat do you say
'Hey look…a naked cat'?
I hate the fact that human beings
without clothes are called 'naked'.
We are NOT naked… we are just
human beings. We are our bodies.
There is no shame in being
what we are.”

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Those who hunt for treasure…

Those who hunt for treasure must go alone, at night, along the way they lose some blood, and when they find the treasure, it's never what they expected."
— unknown
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“Rama and the Ramayana: Crash Course World Mythology #27”

“The next entry in our parade of heroes is Rama, the protagonist of the Ramayana, one of India’s oldest stories. We’re going to be talking about Rama’s importance to Hindu culture, and how Rama fits into Campbell’s idea of the Hero’s Journey. Although, Rama may not even be the hero.”

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Six new pages

I've been busy on the site, it's just not been obvious.

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NeoNote — Responding to another Bookworm rant

For something with no moral relativism, there's an awful lot or relative morality going on.

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Worst experiences with paganism

Somehow it's always the other person who is supposed to sacrifice.

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Climax

I learned a long time ago that it's worth the trouble to make sure she's got at least two climaxes for every one of mine.

Keeps her smiling too.
— NeoWayland
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Philosi-bear

Bearistotle

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Sleeping in the sunlight

That's a practical use of her shirt.

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