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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.

Just a glimpse

October 24, 1946
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Updating

There have been some changes.

When I was looking for sites with good RSS feeds that I could use, I took another look at the pagan web. I used to do that every few months or so, I'm not sure why I stopped. There's a lot of stuff in walled off parts of the web like Facebook.

It takes a fair amount of dedication and effort to maintain your own site. The server problems I had on Monday show that. I tried to update, got cut off, and the permissions on most of the blog files got changed. It took a while to sort out. You don't have to do that if you're on someone elses platform.

I consider that part of the creation process, just like the layout and the words I type. But I'm living in a world of podcasts. Hardly anyone reads anymore.

I don't want the attention. I want this blog to be about the joy and fun I have being a pagan and looking at the world in a different way. I can't show that without showing the World that makes me that way. And I can't do that in a podcast. I'm not sure I can do that in a twelve hour epic motion picture. It's not that my Story is so Amazingly Wonderful, it's that it depends on some very simple shifts in viewpoint which most people wouldn't accept even if it hit them over the head with special effects thirty feet high on a screen with a terrific soundtrack to emphasise each and every point.

And that is not fun. That's work to sell an agenda. I sure as blazes don't yearn for that.

This is
me I'm sharing. Not some epic fantasy. Just me. And some things I really like. That includes pictures and quotes even if they aren't mine.

So no more "practical paganism." It's back to "a narrow slice of life." I won't change the world with this blog. I won't try to justify myself or what I am doing. I will share parts of my life. I'm shifting the emphasis away from a strictly pagan site back to the World experienced by a pagan. I'm still doing the big entry on Tuesday, but the rest will be bits and pieces that I find interesting.

I finally learned how to put in custom fonts. It's not my first choice of font for the titles, but it's the one that looks good.

I'm working on the lexicon. What else is new, right? But I enjoy it.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the site.


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Mosaics

Our energy fields often look like mosaics of pieces from family, friends, co-workers, people seen on TV, or even random strangers encountered on the street.
     —Rebecca Wilson, “The Art of Psychic Healing,” Gnosis No. 34, Winter 1995

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Another tree of life

Very intriguing design
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Earthrise

For the very first time, humans stood somewhere else and looked at the World that birthed and cradled humanity.
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“We are the music makers…”

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream.
Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams.
World losers and world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams.
Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems.

     — Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy

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Triple Moon

I really love pictures of the Moon
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Blessing this day

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

     —anonymous

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Spiraling

See a path?
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“Reflection-Medusa”

Sorrow and regret
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Pathless land

I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path.
     — Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Overlook

It really looks that way
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Five words

Power with versus power over
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Inspiring space

Outdoor ritual area
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Fellow-feeling

Sympathy is not part of my nature. Fellow-feeling is a gift that I have to work at, so I do. I consider it as restitution for the person I once was.
     — NeoWayland, Wisdom and the Three Percent

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Azure

I wish a picture could do it justice.
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Journal 18Nov2016

The best thing I can do is find a way to channel the passion.
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One of nine

Sex is one of the nine reasons for incarnation. The other eight are unimportant.
     — George Burns

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Just plain fun

I liked it better when they were their own species.
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Acts of love and pleasure

Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold — all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
     —Doreen Valiente, Charge of the Goddess

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Hidden but still grand

When there is fog in Arizona, it is amazing
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Lady Liberty

She keeps the Great Secret
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Take the power

Pagans and Pagan groups will never be taken seriously if the only social power we can claim is because we are threatened and oh so very put upon. Stars above and Earth below, do you really think that your Gods want you to exist as a victim and only at the sufferance of others?

Take the power that is your Divine right, look the bullies straight in the eye, and proudly claim your humanity and Paganism in that order. You don't have rights because you are a Pagan and because you have to be protected. You have rights and privileges because you are HUMAN.
     — NeoWayland, “We've got trouble my friends…”

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the Pagan Vigil Report Pagan Vigil Reader - updated

The Pagan Vigil reader is my new aggregator
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Life is good

Plus he’s having way too much fun.
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Speculate this

Her expression is what sells it.
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Not this week

No big Tuesday entry this week
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Talent

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
     — Stephen King

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“Keep close to Nature's heart…”

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
     — John Muir

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He stands there curious

Just watching
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Depreciated polytheism

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have all depreciated polytheism as intrinsically inferior - primitive, crude, lost. But much of the profundity of Paganism lies in its deep appreciation for the complexity and richness of life, its embrace of the world that surrounds us, that indeed is us.
     — Frank Donnola, “Reconciling One and Many,” Gnosis No. 28, Spring 1993

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Train

It’s still the Spark of Inspiration
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Handsome fellow

I identify with bears
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Patterns

The 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" doesn't necessarily matter or even our belief doesn't matter, if we behave as if we believe and successfully reach our goals.
     — NeoWayland, Synchronicity, coincidence, perception, and perspective

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Point of view

Notice the relationships
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Ravens

Raven is about bridging the worlds.
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Winter begins

So it's with shorter hair and hot chocolate that I anticipate this High Holiday.
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Season of my idiocy

Elections bring out some very idiotic behavior
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“If I talk about Nature…”

I don’t have a philosophy: I have senses...
If I talk about Nature, it’s not because I know what it is,
But because I love it, and that’s why I love it,
Because when you love you never know what you love,
Or why you love, or what love is.

Loving is eternal innocence,
And the only innocence is not thinking.

     — Alberto Caeiro, The Keeper of Sheep

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Cloaks you wear

Be careful the cloaks you wear lest you be soiled by their dirt.
     — from the shadow book of Red Cedar Owl

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Asperitas

It's almost like they want to be stroked
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Something pagan in me

There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
     — Lord Byron

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“Knife?”

“What knife?”
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Only the Natural

The Supernatural is only the Natural disclosed.
     — Emily Dickinson

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Dragon

A dragon waiting to break out
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Nonsense

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
     — Roald Dahl

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Pagan?

I didn't have a word for what I was for years. I was the small kid who announced to his family that if there was a God the Father, it was only natural that there had to be a God the Mother too. And Mother Nature was the only one who fit the bill.
     — NeoWayland, Why are You Pagan?

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Truthful

You are connected.
see also Season of my idiocy

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Revising my expectations

I can no longer recommend The Wild Hunt as a news site.
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Lady in repose

I usually just call this kind Gaia
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More important

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear. The timid presume it is lack of fear that allows the brave to act when the timid do not. But to take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave.
     — Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon, “No Peaceful Warriors!”, Gnosis No. 21, Fall 1991

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Billboards

These are from thirteen or fourteen years ago I think.
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