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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.

Define magick

Hmm, complicated.

I think that the ideas of "natural" and "supernatural" arose from the assumption that Man was separate from Nature.

"Supernatural" depends on the definition of "natural."

If you had told me when I was twelve that I would have access to a massive computer network that would put almost the whole of human knowledge at my fingertips, I would have called that supernatural.

And a fantasy besides.

It's a curious conceit that we humans believe that we "know" everything at a given point, and that anything outside mainstream knowledge is supernatural. The fact that we didn't know about radio waves in the 1850s doesn't mean that radio waves didn't exist then, it just means that our worldview didn't include the possibility.

If you pressed me for a definition, that is one way I might define magick. The ability to step outside of a given worldview and return with a practical solution. I think it is the ability to move across borders that gives magick it's power.

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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Loves the earth

“The pagan loves the earth in order to enjoy it and confine himself within it; the Christian in order to make it purer and draw from it the strength to escape from it.”
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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30 minutes

I am not a horse person.

I rode occasionally as a kid, mostly at summer camp. I have relatives who have horses, but I haven't seen them in decades. I know just a little about horses.

I saw a horse "broke" once. It was time consuming. It was brutal. That was enough to convince me it was wrong.

Years later, I ran across The Man Who Listens to Horses by Monty Roberts. Yes, the same gentleman in this video. When I read the book, YouTube was still far in the future. But I was lucky to catch a clip on TV of the join up process.

It floored me. Even as little as I knew about horses, here was something completely different. It was wise, it was compassionate, and it had a power the words in the book never had.

I'd read enough to know that Roberts' work probably wasn't original with him (look up horseman's word in ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present). But the story of how he learned and how he applied what he learned, that was fascinating. YouTube has plenty of videos about Monty Roberts and join up, this is just one.

The man respects horses and they respect him. He honors four-foots. There is something there to learn beyond join up.
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Bound

“Neither bound by tradition nor decree, but my own actions and deeds.”
— anonoymous
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Common good

Ever notice that when someone starts talking about the common good, they try to take something away from you?
— NeoWayland
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Can't keep the magick

Those parts of the Divine that you touch, you can’t keep the magick to yourself and still be pagan. You have to send it out. We take the Divine Gift and share it.
— NeoWayland, Dirty hands
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I've learned

As a pagan, I've long since learned that the World isn't mine to control.
— NeoWayland
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Journal 16Feb2018

Thinking by blogging

I'd stop blogging for a while, but I think that's one thing keeping me going.

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Usefulness

“Bonewits' works form the backbone of my own work and beliefs. However, those works have that place in no way do to the character of the man who created them but instead on the usefulness of those works instead. I am a strong proponent against 'the cult of personality' so to idealize a man and accept his works solely do to that idealization is repugnant. I think Bonewits would understand and agree. At least that is the sense I get from the works I have from him.”
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Not evil

“The so-called Dark Side is not wholly an evil or negative place or force; after all, some things remain in the shadows because we've placed them there out of fear and squeamishness.”
Jay Kinney, "Standing in the Shadows," Gnosis № 14, Winter 1989-'90
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Pagan virtue signaling

Paganism is about the relationship between you, the World, and the Divine.

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Music as a place

“If Music is a Place -- then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.”
— Vera Nazarian
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Imposed

A choice that is imposed is no choice. A religion that is imposed in the name of 'freedom and decency' will be neither free nor decent.
— NeoWayland
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Great work

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.”
— Steve Jobs
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Not a belief

“Because enchantment is not a belief; it’s an experience.”
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Honour our Pagan Elders

“Why can we not choose to honour our Pagan Elders and past with humility and honesty? What prevents us from including a shameful past while holding on to what good treasures they contributed?”
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True compassion

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
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Freedom of religion

“It's long been a point of mine that the freedom of religion, which this country alleges to support, works two ways. We're not only free to practice the religion of our choice, we should be free from having someone else's religion practiced on us.”
— John Irving
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Perception and symbols

I wonder. If a symbol can be "tainted" no matter what it was used for previously, what does it take to "purify" the symbol?

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“Hylas and the Nymphs”

Why it was removed is unclear.

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Young couples

These young folks look young, strong, and sun kissed.

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Journal 02Feb2018

Thinking by blogging

I got to do the internet frustration thing again.

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A bonding behavior

Many think they want fun when they want a relationship.

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Those who did no wrong

“If we were to look back and see all our Elders as those who did no wrong, do we not fail ourselves first by setting our own selves up to fail? We learn so much from example. Even from the bad examples, we learn what not to do.”
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Dropping in

I am having serious internet issues.

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Journal 26Jan2018

Thinking by blogging

I need a break from the nonsense.

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Not enough evidence

“I do not have enough evidence at this point to say that Bonewits sexually abused Moira Greyland in 1970, and I don’t think anyone else has either. Unless new information comes forward, I will not be rushing to distance myself from my first Real Magic book.”
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Shift happens

Live and let live works mostly.

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Blue Moon Eclipse

Get Ready To See The First Blue Moon Eclipse In 150 Years

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Another passing

“Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed for her fantasy fiction, is dead at 88”

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Share and enjoy

As someone who is not part of the pickup culture or the marriage culture, I'm pretty sure about one thing.

If you want to sleep with someone more than a couple of times, you'd better find something other than sex you can share and enjoy.

One reason why marriage can work is because sex isn't the goal, nor is it the reward for a job well done.
— NeoWayland
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Every brilliant man or woman

“I have found it seams to be a universal rule, every brilliant man or woman have inside an equally breathtaking flaw. We humans are simply not all good or all bad but a mix of differentiating proportions of both.”
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Summing up the circus

Here's the quick take for those of you who don't want to dig through the whole internet.

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Sex & consent

I've been examining my own assumptions about sex and consent.

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Journal 19Jan2018

Thinking by blogging

I'd rather talk about the pagan stuff.

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Our own heart

“Our own heart, and not other men's opinions, forms our true honor.”
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Sometimes humans are silly

Just a picture to brighten your day

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Old discussions

Links to the TWH comment threads on Gavin Frost and Kenny Klein

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No Grand Cause here

I don't believe in them, you see.

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