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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.
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Solstice snow

I'm winter-born, so a good snow always touches my soul in a quiet joyful way. I could watch it for hours. I did watch it for hours.

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Must be chosen

Faith cannot be given. Faith cannot be taken. To mean anything at all, faith must be chosen freely.
     — NeoWayland

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Stranger

When we look at the Tarot for what it apparently is, we look into a mental map of the time when the Italian and French Middle Ages were poised on the cusp of the Renaissance - a time that is actually stranger and intellectually more foreign to us than we tend to think.
     — Chas S. Clifton from "The Unexamined Tarot," Gnosis № 18, Winter 1991
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Nude Skull

Juxtaposing sex and death

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Just a glimpse

October 24, 1946

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Updating

It's back to "a narrow slice of life."

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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 from “The Art of Psychic Healing”, Gnosis № 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

Thinking by blogging

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 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 from “Reconciling One and Many,” Gnosis № 28, Spring 1993
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Train

Thanks to gods, we have to Manifest.

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.

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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 from “No Peaceful Warriors!”, Gnosis № 21, Fall 1991
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Billboards

These are from thirteen or fourteen years ago I think.

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Gets sent out for snacks

The point is that the ‘I' part of you, the ego, gets sent out for snacks while the universe has it's way with the rest of you. The ego doesn't really know what's happening until it gets back and finds the tangle of sheets in the bedroom. And all the cushions scattered in the living room. And your naked body in the front yard. Not something your ego would have chosen, but the rest of you is pretty happy how things turned out.
     — NeoWayland, When the universe has it's way with you

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She gives Life

This one is obviously a god and She’s creating life

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Gallery

I’m adding a new category

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Before this Year ends

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I honor those who helped shape my life

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Soft rain

There are worse ways to spend an evening

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Red & gold

I think it’s time to go the the Kaibab

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Personal Choice

The simple answer is that moral responsibility is always a personal choice. You can't compel virtue or it ceases to be virtue.
     — NeoWayland

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Neighborhood pagan

How we treat our culture may be the second defining mark of an adult

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You're missed

Remember your loved ones

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NeoNotes — Witchcraft as rebellion

She is a parasite who is capitalizing on tragedy

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Black & Blue

It's the calendar that has got it wrong

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NeoNotes — Ravens today

Ravens are amazing birds aren't they?

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NeoNotes — SRW

Even that wouldn't matter so much if SRW wasn't just wrong in so much of what she passes off

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NeoNotes — The name thing

… taking a separate name shows dedication to your faith when you are initiated.

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NeoNotes — Sex positive

Sex without the emotional connection is masturbation. And just as fulfilling.
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Taproot: Taboo

“”The

Because this post discusses child sexuality, the entry text has been removed from the front page and the category pages. Click the post title above or the link below to load.

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A brief update

There's an essay called You Are Not Alone by Bill Whittle. It's absolutely one of the best modern liberty essays I've read

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Insomina at 3 a.m.

That's when I squirm out of bed and go find a place to read or skim the internet. At least one of us should sleep.

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NeoNotes — Nothing supernatural exists

You're thinking of magick as cheat codes that let you get around universal rules.

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NeoNotes — Origin of Wicca

At some point you should go out and find your own way.

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Kafkatrap

I was adding commentary to some of my lexicon entries.

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Recoding

I am recoding the Lexicon.

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Rhythm Of Life

”And The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat…”

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Coding your mind

Let's talk about how your mind works.

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Naturally yours

You know the thing I love most about the summer?

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Thank you

The last few days you may have seen some site issues.

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NeoNotes — What witch?

The "Witch Winter Solstice Ritual" in Nylon is populist pap. It's a lot like having Easter using only Cadbury eggs and never once mentioning a resurrection or what it might mean.

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No significance

This only happens every seventy years or so.

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Redirecting

I should have thought of this years ago

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What's with all the GREEN?

Short answer - I LIKE green.

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Carried away

I spent WAY too much time yesterday on this site

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Interconnections

Just because we humans don’t like a species doesn’t mean it’s not absolutely essential.

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Changing sex

I'm changing the tag "sex" to the category "sex."

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Daily

Since I don't have much time this week, I thought talk about the daily things we sometimes overlook.

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Bloody sacrifice

I don't think animals should be killed for ritual use. I have issues with animals being killed for food. It's why I still pray before meals. I'm honoring their sacrifice even though I know they don't understand.

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Intuition & Inspiration

You have to begin by learning. Intuition relies on knowledge and experience.

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Religion and politics

When I started blogging, I separated my political stuff from my pagan stuff. I did it after a lot of soul searching. It would have been so simple to wrap everything into a giant ball of victimhood and blame the world for my troubles.
     — NeoWayland

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Welcome to summer

This year it's a bit cooler than I like. And we had scattered rainstorms, so the party was inside. Then the heat pump blower quit (on a Saturday), I built a fire in the firepace (fire GOOD grunts Neo).

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Act of Change

According to popular culture, magick is about breaking the rules and molding reality.

Nope.

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Sex advice

Hold her hands, gently, almost like a caress. Tell her how you feel about her. Tell her how you feel when you are with her. Do it again in thirteen minutes, precisely.

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Starlight

You are made of starlight. Don’t forget to shine.
     — ladystardvst
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The Lady Always Chooses

Poetic inspiration gives a glimse. That's a long way from manifesting.

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Taproot: Through the Woods

The book

The Woods. Summer weekends meant the family would escape the Phoenix heat. In the fall Dad insisted we come to watch the aspen turn. In the winter we would come to play in the snow. After the stepsibs moved away and it was just teenage me with the folks, we'd still come to enjoy the woods. I will always be the desert guy who Visits The Woods.

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Faith Triad

No matter what the inspiration, you still have to come down off the mountain. Living in the Here & Now helps make you human.

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Manifest

At some point you come back from the mountain and across the wilderness.

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New sex menu item

I’ve put the Sex catagory in the main menu

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Collecting pelts

Thinking by blogging

No, it wasn’t responsible. No, I’m not proud of it. And yes, it lasted longer than it should have with me.

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☯ Lady in the Court of…

It was a warm summer night and I was laying on my roof staring deep into the sky. One of the local cats was on the corner cleaning itself and hoping I would share some food.

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Just before it sparks

Today I am indulging in a mostly day off. I’ve not had one for two months.

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Accident

Mom ended up with a broken clavicle, a punctured lung, massive bruising, and some confusion.

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