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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.

Coincidence

Winter Solstice 2018 Coincides With Both A Full Moon And Meteor Shower

The winter solstice, falling on December 21, 2018, will mark the shortest day of the year as well as a full moon in the night sky. The upcoming full moon named the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon will be visible during the longest night of the year.

The two events don't perfectly align. The peak full Moon will occur on December 22 at 12:49 p.m. EST while the winter solstice falls a day earlier on December 21. However, to the typical person viewing the moon, it will appear full for several days.

The winter solstice marks a transition period where days begin getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere and shorter in the Southern Hemisphere. The evening of the winter solstice will be the longest of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. This is because Earth's poles create a maximum tilt away from the Sun in the Northern Hemisphere and maximum tilt toward the Sun in the Southern Hemisphere.
Trevor Nace
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The Aurora Tree

I found this one on the Space reddit. I love how the photographer lined up the aurora borealis with the tree to make a magical image. Click on the picture to go to the original post.

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Watching

I wonder what she's looking at.

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“The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1”


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Added to the lexicon


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My fourth sex rule

Acknowledge but not celebrate. It works for sexuality, religion, and politics. Some believe that their moral choices should compel my behavior. Obviously I disagree. I'm under no obligation to fuck you so you can feel validated.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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❝Difference Between Grizzly, Brown, and Kodiak Bears❞

“A video describing the differences between the subspecies of Alaskan brown bears. To see and learn more…”

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“Magic is contagious.”

Objects or beings in physical or psychic contact with each other continue to interact after separation.
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Earth delights

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
— Khalil Gibran
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Ultimate speculation

In fact, the ultimate speculation we can make about the nature of Divinity is that Divinity is NO-THING which we can know. In Hebrew, the word for no-thing (nothing) is AIN.
— Donald Michael Kraig
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❝Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?❞

Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.
— Henry David Thoreau
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❝I reject your reality and substitute my own.❞

I reject your reality and substitute my own.
— Adam Savage
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Boys must win against powerful odds

There is a constantly reoccurring notion that real manhood is different from simple anatomical maleness, that it is not a natural condition that comes about spontaneously through biological maturation but rather is a precarious or artificial state that boys must win against powerful odds. This recurrent notion that manhood is problematic, a critical threshold that boys must pass through testing, is found at all levels of sociocultural development regardless of what other alternative roles are recognized.
— David Gilmore
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Psychedelics as a catalyst

I see psychedelics as a catalyst and a door opener; I don't see them as a full path.
— Ram Dass, from "The GNOSIS Interview with Ram Dass," Gnosis № 26, Winter 1993
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One tripod leg

The lore behind magick is only one tripod leg. Even there it's about real mastery, not rote recitation. I call it moving beyond the recipe. When you can adapt your technique to what is there and what is needed with a minimum of effort, that's mastery. The lore is about core ideas, not specific practices. That's one of the hardest lessons I've had to learn and I am not good enough with it yet.
— NeoWayland, A Rule of Three
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Short version, yes, magick works.

OK, this is a more complex topic than I want to handle here. Short version, yes, magick works. Most religions recognize it including Christianity (intercessory prayer among other things). Most of the time, it's not necessary or practical. If you're a "good" person by the standards of your culture, you're protected from almost all baneful magick as long as your culture is true to itself.
— NeoWayland
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Deep water

It's the ocean.

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NeoNote — First lesson

Of course, you could stop trying to preach and actually pay attention to what people are willing to share. You might even learn something.

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Good vibrations

“The Hippies Were Right: It's All about Vibrations, Man!”

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“Control every variable and you control every change — lotsa luck!”

If exactly the same actions are done under exactly the same conditions, they will usually be associated with exactly the same “results;” similar strings of events produce similar outcomes.
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“Commonality controls.”

If any two or more patterns have elements in common, the patterns interact “through” those common elements, and control of one pattern facilitates control over the other(s), depending (among other factors) upon the number, type and duration of common elements involved.
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❝Everything worthwhile is dangerous❞

Everything worthwhile is dangerous.
— Victor Anderson
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❝No more sacred civilizations…❞

No more sacred civilizations, Monsieur. They are too delicate and too costly. Besides priests are no more trustworthy than anyone else.
Eglantin L'Audace, from “The Order of the Twelfth Apostle,” Gnosis № 41, Fall 1996
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“We don't think we come into this World corrupt.”

Most heathens and neopagans would tell you that we don't believe in Original Sin. We don't think we come into this World corrupt. Sometimes we're born to bring something into the World, and sometimes we're born to take something into the next. But there is no way of telling which until we've Passed.
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My third sex rule

Regret does not equal rape.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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We don't see ourselves as separate

We don't see ourselves as separate from Nature. We think that the Divine is very much a part of the universe and is living right here beside us. We tend to think of our Gods as Elder Relatives even if they are beyond our understanding.
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Animism means

…animism means that all things have a spiritual nature that is reflected in the World itself. You can't hurt or damage another without striking at yourself. Sometimes it's necessary, like hunting for food, but that doesn't change the death. So it's up to each of us to honor and respect the lives we take to make our own lives better.
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Ro3 № 23

Always do what you promised. Try to deliver more than you promised. Make it better today. Keep polishing.
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Will this solve the problem?

The Moral Guardians® have taken for themselves the exclusive power to decide who will and will not be heard. Or read. Or even mentioned.

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NeoNote — Taking a stand against politics in paganism

Seriously though, there are some issues that only touch on politics indirectly that we as pagans should be concerned about. Free speech is a big one. There are some who are convinced that if someone offends them, that person should removed from living memory and never allowed to speak again. There are some that believe that anyone designated a victim should have priority to speak and judge if others have a right to speak.
— NeoWayland
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Culture war

What used to be about physical safety or aggressive hate speech that puts a reasonable person in fear of assault has been defined down. Way down. Now, in hardcore SJW circles, any trace of ideological impurity, mild disagreement with the party line, or simply failing to kiss the asses of the leaders means you are "making them feel unsafe" and therefore subject to banning.
— Kenneth Goze
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Ro3 № 22

The honor is in giving truth when needed, helping when you can, and leaving the World a little better than how you found it.
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Tuesday - November 27, 2018

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Flower petals in the bath

The armband caught my eye.

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In the sea

Just some folks having fun.

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Still-life with wine

I'm pretty sure this one isn't "genuine."

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Ro3 № 21

Keep what works. Fix what’s broke. Ditch the rest.
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Monday - November 26, 2018

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“Mythical Language and Idiom: Crash Course World Mythology #41”

“It's the end of the world, everybody. Well, it's the end of our mythology series, anyway. This week, we're talking about how mythological themes have made their way into the English language. We're taking on the Herculean task of tracking down phrases that have made their way into language from mythical stories.”

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Sunfell Tech Mage Rede Nine Words Serve The Tech Mage Best Keep What Works Fix What’s Broke Ditch The Rest

A narrow slice of life, but now and again pondering American neopaganism, modern adult pagans & the World.

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