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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.

Pure

pagan festival season       AZ monsoon season       waxing crescent moon       ≠ Cunningham Day

If it's Tuesday, it must be technopagan.

Over the weekend my companion and I slept out under the stars. I was a gloriously warm night. The patio still in town so we couldn't see all the sky. I needed it. The problem is that my companion isn't an early riser by nature. About 4 a.m. or so we moved inside so she could sleep late.

During the last few months I feel that "public paganism" has moved away from the Earth, sky, and natural cycles and into controlling people for "their own good."

But the funny thing is, if you remove all that bit about controlling other people, paganism goes back to what it was. A way to renew myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. A way to connect to the cycles of the Earth and sky.

If we're not recognizing and honoring the cycles, what are we doing?

I live in the high desert. Now one of my neighbors isn't really good about watering his lawn. It dries out. Now I could do it for him. Better still I could rip out his lawn and put in low-maintenance desert landscaping. It would be a lot of work and expense for me, but he should appreciate it, right? After all, it would be easier for him and make his house look better. So what's the downside?

I'm pretty sure the downside would start with a punch in my nose and get worse.

See, it's his property that I would mess with. Which means that he's the one who decides. Not me. No matter how much it's for his own good.

Meanwhile the sun still rises and sets. I can't do a thing to change that.

Suppose I decided I wanted a waterfall shower in my back yard. I don't live next to a stream or a river, so it would have to be totally artificial. My desert means that I would lose a fair amound of water. If I wanted to use the runoff for something like a koi pond, I'd have to be very careful with how I cleaned the water. It would be expensive, a lot of work, and I could only use it part of the year. For the whole year, I'd have to heat it, and that makes it even more complicated. So it would take my time, money, and energy and I could only use it sometimes.

What's the point?

Meanwhile the Lady Moon with her everchanging face still floats gently in the night sky. I can't change that.

There are things I can't change. There are things I shouldn't change. And there are things I might change.

I trust the Earth and the sky to carry out their cycles.

Somewhere I have to trust other people to make their own choices.

So should you.

That's pure paganism.

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≠ ✰ Cunningham Day

Scott Douglas Cunningham • deceased birthday

Lived 27Jun1956 to 28March1993 (36)
Author of several books on Wicca and various other alternative religious subjects.
Some critics charge that he is responsible for the "Disneyfication" of Wicca.

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Wonder Woman Easter egg

“Film Review: Eugene Brave Rock Speaks Blackfoot to Wonder Woman in DC’s Best Film Ever”

I woke up this Saturday morning to see a 9:15 a.m. showing of the DC Comics and Warner Brothers feature Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the fearless Amazonian heroine. I was thrilled that Native American actor Eugene Brave Rock, an actor and stuntman that ran a stunt ‘boot camp’ on The Revenant with numerous other Hollywood credits under his belt, would be appearing in the film.

What I didn’t expect was to be overcome with emotion when Eugene Brave Rock’s character ‘Chief’ met Wonder Woman, who was spectacularly portrayed by Gal Gadot. Why? His first words to her were in Blackfoot. Even better, he introduced himself as Napi, the Blackfoot demi-god who is known as a trickster and a storyteller.

Congratulations, Indian country. We all get to share a secret moment in the Wonder Woman movie. If you speak Blackfoot, the magic will surely be tenfold.

     —Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today

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With friends

Sunbathing with friends is even better.
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Just pooling around

We should enjoy our skins.
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Properly

I don't want to have anything to do with the spectacle. Come Monday morning, I have to look my neighbors in the eye.

I'm more interested in being a good human and being a decent neighbor than being a good Pagan, especially a good Public Pagan that supports all the Proper Causes.
     — NeoWayland, Community and being a Proper Pagan

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Nearly a cauldron

I can almost picture a cauldron there.
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Journal 23Jun2017

Thinking by blogging
I love watching ladies sunbathing in the summer. It's purely sexual.
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Holy places

Holy places are dark places. It is life and strength, not knowledge and words, that we get in them. Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood.
     — C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

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Penetration into the darkness

The penetration into the darkness surrounding God - the gulf between one's self and the All - involves the willingness to relinquish the comforting certainties of one's religion and risk heresy, if that is where the path leads.
     — Jay Kinney from “Heresies 101”, Gnosis No. 4, Spring-Summer 1987

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“Daphnis and Chloe” by Victor Borisov-Musatov

A lesser known Greek myth set on the isle of Lesbos
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Question

If you don't question what a book or Authority Figure™ tells you, you aren't doing your part.
     — NeoWayland, How to convince me you're a poseur before I've finished the first page of the preface of your book

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Nutcases

Modern American pagans are especially bad, we tend to celebrate some of our worse nutcases as gifts from the gods.
     — NeoWayland, Depression and the Modern Pagan

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Tired old battles

Science and religion are still fighting their tired old battles for control of the world - a cheap wrestling match which has long since ceased to interest any but the most deeply hypnotized marks.
     —Peter Lamborn Wilson from “Chaos, Eros, Earth, and Old Night”, Gnosis No. 33 Fall 1994

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Weirdness

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

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Acknowledge

Acknowledge but do not celebrate.
     — NeoWayland

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Enlightenment

Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?
     — NeoWayland

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Absolutely

As a rule, absolutes don't.
     — NeoWayland

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Technology

Gods and magick have always lived in technology.
     — NeoWayland

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Once upon a time

Our Dieties aren't suspended in “once upon a time,” they transcend us. They inspire us. They tantalize us.
     — NeoWayland

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Magick is the essence…

Magick is the essence of change and evolution. But you choose the direction.
     — NeoWayland

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Dreaming

Esoteric teachings suggest that, rather than being 'illusory' compared to the 'real' world of waking life, the dream world is indeed real. Some traditions, like those of the Australian aborigines, even suggest that the forms of the 'Dreamtime' underpin earthly reality.
     — Richard Smoley from “Are Dreams for Real?”, Gnosis No. 22, Winter 1992

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I don't know

And that raises the first philosophical question. What exactly is that something beyond?
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Technopagan

Some technopagans use technology in their rites and rituals. But using technology isn't what makes a technopagan. Recognizing the Divine in human endeavor AND honoring the magick, that's what really makes a technopagan.

Form joining function in something greater than either. And using what the gods inspired people to make.
     — NeoWayland, So what's a Technopagan anyway? And what do they yearn for?

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“Boy With A Dog” by Victor Borisov-Musatov

It is a very boy thing to do.
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Picnic

That book has her attention.
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“We are starstuff…”

We are starstuff, we are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out. As we have both learned, sometimes the universe requires a change of perspective.
     —Delen in Babylon Five

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Truth behind the curtain

Invoke science as an unquestionable authority and someone will show the truth behind the curtain. That’s the nature of science.
     — NeoWayland

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≠ ✰ Gardner Day

Gerald Brosseau Gardner • deceased birthday

Lived 13Jun1884 to 12Feb1964, (79)
Occultist, witch, founder of Wicca.

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≠ ✰ Sanders Day

Alex Sanders • deceased birthday

Lived 06Jun1926 to 30Apr1988 (58)
Self-proclaimed "King of Witches," founder of the Alexanderian tradition of witchcraft. Plagiarist and publicity addict.

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Science and Paganism

“Empirical Meets Spiritual: the Intersection of Science and Paganism”
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“Three Graces in a Cactus Garden” by Lotan Lotan

Lotan often used the southwestern desert and Arizona in particular.
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Fire's warmth

There's nothing like feeling the fire's warmth on your naked skin.
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❝No American judge should have the power to decide matters of faith…❞ 

No American judge should have the power to decide matters of faith, anymore than they have the power to decide the color of your bedsheets. Faith is solely a matter between you and the Divine. In the words of the late Peter McWilliams, Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do.
     — NeoWayland, Faith worthy of freedom

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hiatus

Due to unforseen circumstances, I'm taking a break from blogging until June 5, 2017.

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Divide

To divide anything into what should be and what is, is the most deceptive way of dealing with life.
     —Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Blessed

But we are the Blessed, the God-touched, the ones who walk between the worlds. I honor my Gods as Elder Relatives, not as saviors or rulers of my soul. It's the difference between fear and love.
     — NeoWayland, Of gods and men

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Warriors dance

Soldiers March. Warriors Dance.

Soldiers Act. Warriors Choose.

     —Kerr Cuhulain

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An amazing place that proves Divinity

Just look at those amazing clouds.
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Fire dance

Paganism has it's benefits.
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No one

But there is no one place where everything thrives.

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Poetry in the bath

That's not a ballpoint pen she's holding.
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Swimming

Eakins explored nudes in much of his work.
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I'm taking my dreams back

I'm taking my dreams back. You can share them if you want. But don't buy into this sacrifice "for the greater good."
     — NeoWayland

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Heroic

However heroic the virtues of the saint may be, the scoundrel has a bit of the hero in him too.
     — Richard Smoley from “Choose Your Saints Wisely”, Gnosis No. 24, Summer 1992

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I already have.

Do I think I can change the universe? I already have. Can I make it better? Maybe.
     — NeoWayland

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☥ ❝You saw a hurting you could help…❞

You saw a hurting you could help and did something about it. Without stopping to count the cost. That's what love does.
     — Zenna Henderson

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Solitary

I made a tiny piece of the planet something that it wasn't before.
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Nude by the statues

I wonder what she's thinking.
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Sex magick

Despite the rumors, the Great Rite doesn't happen all that often.
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Institution vs. individual choice

There is an arc there: a vector. It tells a story of steadily increasing individual choice about religious belief and expression, and as a result, steadily decreasing subscription to old religious systems that clash with both modern values and humanity's growing body of accumulated knowledge.
     — Mark Green, Is Paganism Dying?

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☥ ▽ ❝I never learned from a man who agreed with me.❞

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
     — Robert Heinlein

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In the garden

She's just doing everyday things
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Vintage archery

I'm guessing that this is 1930s European…
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Casual friends

No, these aren't people I know.
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Casual and vintage

While these won't be necessarily pagan, they help show that life doesn't need clothing.
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🚀 Seven

Freedom 7

Alan Shepard- First American in Space - 05May1961

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Journal 05May2017

Thinking by blogging
Last night I wrapped myself in the blanket and spent a long time watching the flames in my small fire.
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Gateway to summer

Summergate isn't exactly Beltaine, but it's reasonably close.
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Behave

Everyone would like to behave like a pagan, with everyone else behaving like a Christian.
     — Albert Camus

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Pagan outlook

The Christian fear of the pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of man.
     —D. H. Lawrence

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Pagan temples

Pagan temples are timeworn forests, secluded gardens, sun-kissed seashores and emerald pastures.
     —Amelia Dashwood

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The entrance

There is a cave there, a Mystery promising wonders.
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A selection of bolines

Bolines can be fancy…
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What makes a pagan different?

Now there are a thousand and thirteen pat answers to that question, but that day it got me thinking.
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Intimacy

My views on the pillow talk problem have been professionally validated.
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Moment in the morning

Before the dawn and the kiss of the sun
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What's wrong with nudity?

This is one of those articles I'm not sure if I should be publishing.
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Polytheistic view

That is the polytheistic view of life. The world is a mess. The world is beautiful. The gods are eternal (or as good as). The gods work at cross-purposes, and sometimes humans are caught between them.

"If you try to change the world in the name of some grand, sweeping, utopian vision, you will just make it worse. The most you can do is to give Achilles and Kevin Houston a good cause.

     —Chas. S. Clifton, On the Necessity of the Iliad for Modern Polytheism

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Today's really twenty-nine

It's actually part of my Summergate celebration.
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Better human

Go tell three really dirty jokes. Share a piece of fruit with someone you can't stand. Cuddle with someone you care deeply about. Leave the place a little nicer than when you found it. And greet the sun when it wakes up.

No, that isn't all that there is to be a Pagan, it's just a taste of how to be a better human.
     — NeoWayland, How to be Pagan for a day

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Journal 28Apr2017

Thinking by blogging
In a little while I am going to go plant my tree. I can't get away this weekend so I am starting Summergate a little early.
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★ Arbor Day (Arizona observance)

Last Friday in April.
State tree is paloverde.

www.arborday.org/states/state.cfm?state=AZ

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Revelation

When a person assumes that his or her revelation is the only true one, it only says that this person has had very few religious revelations and hasn't realized how many there are.
     —Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon

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A protest against Paganism

Christian morality (so called) has all the characters of a reaction; it is, in great part, a protest against Paganism. Its ideal is negative rather than positive; passive rather than action; innocence rather than Nobleness; Abstinence from Evil, rather than energetic Pursuit of Good: in its precepts (as has been well said) 'thou shalt not' predominates unduly over 'thou shalt.'
     —John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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Affirmation of NeoWayland

Yes, I know the rhythm is odd. It works though.
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Speaking of athamés

Chas S. Clifton, one of my favorite pagan writers, has a piece called The Story of Three Athames.

So I'm pointing it out.

You should go read it now.


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Northern lights

This particular photo was taken on the customary Earth Day at Valdez, Alaska.
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A selection of athamés

These are just exampes that caught my eye.
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Home

Home should be more than a place to hang our hat.
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Bilagáana

I’m one of the few bilagáana born on the Res, it’s shaped my outlook. I’m what happens when Lousianna farming stock takes root in the Four Corners region. The desert and the the sky here call to me. I’m a child of sand and wind.
     — NeoWayland, Dusting of Snow

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Pagan anti-environmentalist

Environmentalism is a political movement. It’s about controlling other people to achieve utopia. It’s about closing yourself off from the possibilities.

I don’t want to be limited by the word “environmentalism” anymore. I don’t think ecology is about saving the Earth. I think it’s about understanding how things fit and the tradeoffs we make. It’s about looking at where we were, where we are, and where we could go.
     — NeoWayland

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Economy above ecology

You would have thought that our first priority would be to ask what the ecologists are finding out, because we have to live within the conditions and principles they define. Instead, we've elevated the economy above ecology.
     — David Suzuki

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Everything

The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.
     — Barry Commoner

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Plant-birthday

Tell me of what plant-birthday a man takes notice, and I shall tell you a good deal about his vocation, his hobbies, his hay fever, and the general level of his ecological education.
     — Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There

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NeoNotes — Ecology vs environmentalism

Environmentalism is a crusade with everything that entails.
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NeoNotes — 10th anniversary of “Pentacle Quest”

US Department of Veterans Affairs finally adds the Pentacle to its list of emblems of belief that can be added to memorial markers it issues for graves of deceased veterans.

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≠ Earth Day - customary

This is not the Earth Day I celebrate.

My entry on
Earth Day and politics.

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Journal 21Apr2017

Thinking by blogging
I didn't plan to become a pagan sex advisor on ethics, but looking at my writings on sex, that's exactly what I have become.
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Freer

I think it is funny that we were freer about sexuality in the 4th century B.C. It is a little disconcerting.
     — Angelina Jolie

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Love begins at home

“It may sound like a cliché, but love begins at home.”
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“Morality in sexual relations…”

Morality in sexual relations, when it is free from superstition, consists essentially in respect for the other person, and unwillingness to use that person solely as a means of personal gratification, without regard to his or her desires.
     — Bertrand Russell

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Another Sheela na gig

I'm honestly not sure what I would use it for, but I admire the piece.
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Sleeping

Is this before or after?
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Sexual responsiblity

Unless it's with me, who you have sex with, how you have sex, and how many times you have sex is frankly none of my business. Likewise, unless it is sex with me, I'm not responsible for the consequences.
     — NeoWayland, Real & impossible rights

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Juicy sexy messy

It's as if many American pagans pretend that the roots don't exist.
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Seriously

We have to laugh at ourselves. No one else would take us seriously enough.
     — NeoWayland, How to be Pagan for a day

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☥ ✰ Adler Day

Margot Adler • Before birthday

Lived 16Apr1946 to 28July2014 (68)
American author, journalist, lecturer, Wiccan priestess and radio journalist

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Honor & reputation

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. The friction tends to arise when the two are not the same."
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Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it may. And outlive the bastards.

     — Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign

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A secret of life

Leave the World a little better than how you found it.
     — NeoWayland

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Sterility cults

Yet rather than calling the earliest religions, which embraced such an open acceptance of all human sexuality, 'fertility cults,' we might consider the religions of today as strange in that they seem to associate shame and even sin with the very process of conceiving new human life. Perhaps centuries from now scholars and historians will be classifying them as 'sterility cults.'
     — Merlin Stone, When God Was A Woman

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Smile

I don't know who the young lady is but she is certainly enjoying herself.
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Naked ritual

From the looks of it, it's probably a fertility rite.
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Dating obsessively

I need to be aware of them, but I don't need to track them in detail.
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🚀 Rocketman

1st human in space

Yuri Gagarin - 12Apr1961

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Really real pagan

According to some members of the Big Three monotheisms, it's a smear word.
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NeoNotes — Help

I think it goes beyond religion.

I think it's the keystone to Western Civilization. ReligiousTolerance.org calls it the Ethic of Reciprocity. Christians call it the Golden Rule. My favorite version comes from the movies.

"Be excellent to each other! And party on Dudes!"

Philosophically, the EoR assumes that there are other people and they are just as important as you are. If you want to be treated well, you have to treat others well.

I call it parity. Some call it fairness. It's all the same thing. Help if you can because you may want help later.
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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Journal 10Apr2017

Thinking by blogging
I've been up all night with the sound of the night in my ears. Also aroused. And no companion around.
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Clean

It's the last bright moon before Summergate, the Lady Moon is entering the Court of Stars and I am ready.

For what I am not sure.
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NeoNotes — “J'accuse ...!” - updated

We pretty much agreed that women sometimes lie about rape and the code needed to take that into account. We added one small paragraph that said accusations of rape didn't necessarily mean rape.
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Journal 07Apr2017

Thinking by blogging
This week I got back into my discipline.
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History

I make it a practice to never call it history until a year and a day after the event.
     — NeoWayland

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Freedom of religion

Freedom of religion does not mean deferring to Christianity.
     — NeoWayland

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Mythical bonfire

I have this mythical construct in my head of a bonfire with people I would like to hang out with, and maybe discuss matters large and small.
     — NeoWayland, Touchstones along the path

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“A foggy Irish forest.”

I half expect a fairy knight to emerge from all that fog.
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Nothing supernatural exists

If something changes the universe, it can be measured. If it can be measured, it can be analyzed. If it can be analyzed, experiments can be performed.
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Lose your own center

Don't get too concerned about fighting evil. You lose your own center that way.
     — Robert Anton Wilson
      from “Doubt! The GNOSIS Interview with Robert Anton Wilson”, Gnosis No. 50

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Las Vegas interlude

If you don't like gambling or shows, there's not much that sets Las Vegas apart.
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Journal 31Mar2017

Thinking by blogging
I am keeping the baseball hats though…
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NeoNotes — A strong woman

Let me tell you about who is the ultimate model of strong women in my family.
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Pagan for good fighting

The old Irish when immersing a babe at baptism left out the right arm so that it would remain pagan for good fighting.
     — Mark Twain

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❝I believe in God, only…❞

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
     —Frank Lloyd Wright

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Morning canvas

The sky doesn't quite look like that.
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NeoNotes — Which god?

Our nation in particular calls back to the classical Greeks and the Roman Republic.
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What does that have to do with greeting the sun?

Thinking by blogging
I can let it warp my life, or I can do the thing I decided years ago.
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≠ ✰ Kraig Day

Donald Michael Kraig birthday

Lived 28March1951 to 07March2014
American occult author and practitioner of ceremonial magic
Author, lecturer, hypnotherapist, Magician, Tantric

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≠ ✰ ❝Any and all religions are real…❞

Any and all religions are real, the genuine article, to their practitioners. There can never be one religion, prophet, or savior that will satisfy all six billion humans. Each of us must find our ideal way to attune with deity.
     — Scott Cunningham


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★ Earth Day (original) as “the first day of spring”

21Mar1970 San Francisco

My entry on
Earth Day and politics.

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🚀 Goddard's Rocket

Robert H. Goddard launches the liquid-fueled rocket.

16Mar1926

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≠ ✰ ❝Magick is not something you do…❞

Magick is not something you do, magick is something you are.
     — Donald Michael Kraig

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ugh-politics

Most importantly, my faith is not political.
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Signs

We pagans have become the worst that we saw in the People of the Book.
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