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Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.
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“Treating depression in a Pagan context”

Terence P Ward put up a great piece on depression at The Wild Hunt Blog. Considering my history, I'd be remiss if I didn't put up a link.

“Treating depression in a Pagan context”


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“Tide pools at low tide after sunset”

Another from the EarthPorn reddit. Click the image to see the original.

Very striking.

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“Eternal winter twilight - Norway”

An amazing shot

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Journal 08Dec2017

Thinking by blogging

My time has not been my own.

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Understand

“Magic's just science that we don't understand yet.”
     — Arthur C. Clarke
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Being a victim

Being a social victim means that others will look out for you and that you are not fully human.

Nor can you be fully trusted. Even if your victimhood grants you "moral authority" and exceptions from the rules.
     — NeoWayland, Discipline, the Modern Pagan, and power from victimhood
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Difficult truths

There is an old saying that the difficult truths are the only ones that must be told.
     — NeoWayland, Discipline, the Modern Pagan, and power from victimhood
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Lightning

Yep, that's the Grand Canyon.

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Master the discipline

Master the discipline or be mastered by the victimhood.
     — NeoWayland, Discipline, the Modern Pagan, and power from victimhood
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Truth is…

Truth is relative. Truth is an artificial construct. Truth doesn't exist in a "pure" form.

One person's truth is always going to be another person's untruth, or at least their misunderstanding.

I measure relative truth by how useful it is at any given moment. It's still only an approximation, but it works until I find something better.
     — NeoWayland, Quarter Moons and Semi-Truths
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Internet debates

Don't tell anyone, but I REALLY enjoy the debates. I'm amazingly good at it, especially when it's something I believe in. It's one of my secret guilty pleasures. I don't go "looking" for trouble anymore, but sometimes I can't help it when I stumble across it. And there is usually a good reason to make a stand.
     — NeoWayland, Quarter Moons and Semi-Truths
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THE truth

When someone starts talking about THE truth, it's to exclude the thoughts and ideas they find uncomfortable.
     — NeoWayland, Quarter Moons and Semi-Truths
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Your own worst impulses

Never piss off your friends, sometimes they save you from your own worst impulses.
     — NeoWayland, Snap out of it!
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The moon does not fight

“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”
     — Ming-Dao Deng, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony
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Where the miracles are

Your will may be an 880 pound gorilla, but it doesn't matter if you don't have your own heart behind it. That is where the power is.

The heart is where the miracles are.
     — NeoWayland, Snap out of it!
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❝Freedom from the Known…❞

“Freedom from the Known is death, and then you are living.”
     — Jiddu Krishnamurti
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Back to basics

“Back to the basics' works if you chose the right basics. (We could debate that.)”
     — Chas Clifton, Rhetoric: It’s “Classical” Because It Works
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Said no polytheist ever

““Y’all should worship the One True Thor—YOUR ZEUS IS FALSE!” said no polytheist ever.”
     — Ελευθέριος, Polytheism Is a Party Where Everyone Is Invited
tip of the hat to The Wild Hunt Blog
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The Lady Always Chooses

My feelings were irrelevant, I told him. My personal beliefs mean that The Lady Always Chooses. She was in a monogamous marriage to his dad. And that is where it stood. What he suggested wasn't even a possibility because her honor was more important to me than my own.
     — NeoWayland, Bittersweet honor
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Anchor our dreams

We create our own mythology. We draw our history through that myth. We anchor our dreams in that history.

But so do all the people around us…
     — NeoWayland, Skeins
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You can't be worthy

As long as you embrace victimhood, you can't possibly be as "worthy" as the person who made you a victim. You'll always need "help."

And yes, you should recognize the abuser/abused pattern here.
     — NeoWayland, Several rewrites later
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Born with a spark of the Divine

We humans were born with a spark of the Divine. We spend our lives trying to pass that on.

Sometimes we succeed.
     — NeoWayland, Magick in the modern world
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Celebrate

Celebrate your beliefs and cherish your faith. All I ask is the same. Just don't demand that my beliefs and actions are bound by yours. Live and let live.

What you believe isn't important to me. Your freedom to choose what to believe, that is vital. That is what I will defend
      — NeoWayland, A Pagan looks at “Christian America”
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Day & Night

“The day has eyes; the night has ears.”
     — Scottish proverb
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Turns

The Wheel turns and the World touches me.
     — NeoWayland, Migration noise
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Revived 02Dec2017

These older blog entries have been reformatted and entered into the current directories

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Dark side

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
     — Mark Twain
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Spirit and will

“Life is just a chain of moments strung together by spirit and will.”
     — Juliaki, In the moment
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Legend

Is he like, a good legend, a bad legend, or legendary in his own mind?
     — NeoWayland, The need for mystery
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Revived 01Dec2017

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Journal 01Dec2017

Thinking by blogging

I'm doing things behind the scenes that you may not notice.

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Revived 28Nov2017

These older blog entries have been reformatted and entered into the current directories

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NeoNotes - style and a niche market

American pagans choose something different than the dominant monotheism.

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Think you know

What you think you know is not what you need to know. Where you are is not where you need to be. Who you believe you are is not who you were meant to be.
     — NeoWayland, Systematically
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Journal 23Nov2017

Thinking by blogging

I don't really do many holidays. It's a long story.

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Virtue

The virtue is in the manifestation, not the doctrine.
     — from the private journal of NeoWayland, 16Oct2012
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Unity Liberty Charity

Unity in things Necessary, Liberty in things Unnecessary, and Charity in all.
     — Richard Baxter
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❝What I carry is what I use.❞

What I carry is what I use.
     — NeoWayland's Pennyworth iPod Touch engraving, 19Nov2012
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Weirdness

Weirdness for the sake of wyrdness is not enough.
     — NeoWayland, Depression and the Modern Pagan
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