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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.

I can’t hoard the magick

Gifts from the gods were not meant to be put behind glass and never used. I can’t hoard the magick. I have to put it back out in the world.

So here it is neighbors. Take it, use it, do something with it. Leave the world a little better than when you found it. Pass it on.
     — NeoWayland, Do Be Do Be Do

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Hippies? Not quite…

Okay, this is staged.

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Kissed by the sun

I'd say she's a child of the sun.

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“Hermes and Loki and Tricksters Part 2: Crash Course World Mythology”


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One book


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☥ ✰ ❝Sincerity does not equal competence.❞

Sincerity does not equal competence
     — Isaac Bonewits

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Journal 11Aug2017

Thinking by blogging

So I've learned to do small pleasures.

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Things are always more complicated than you think

Things are always more complicated than you think.
     — Peter Adamson

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Beware of jargon

Beware of jargon.
     — Peter Adamson

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Old mind

The purpose of ritual is to wake up the old mind in us, to put it to work. The old ones inside us, the collective unconscious, the many lives, the divine eternal parts, the senses and parts of the brain that have been ignored.
     — Zsuzsanna Budapest

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Song of Amergin

I am the roar of the ocean. I am a powerful ox. I am a hawk on a cliff. I am a salmon in pools. I am a lake in a plain.
     — from the Song of Amergin

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Skyclad

We’re not naked, we’re skyclad!
     — Kelley Armstrong, Dime Store Magic

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Cannot bless

He who cannot blast cannot bless.
     — Gwydion Pendderwen

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Power is scary

Power is scary. And scared people are very very dangerous.
     — Cholla, Who Cannot Hex Cannot Heal, Witch Eye

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She was more than a bit put out

When I finally did hear the voice of the Divine, it was female. And She was more than a bit put out that it had taken so long to get my attention. I did hear a male Divine voice too, but that was later.
     — NeoWayland, Why are you Pagan?

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Dreams seem small

If our dreams seem small, it's up to us to make them greater. We need to make our own, not reach for the dreams of another. We can make it our Journey, or we can live the Story of another. A simple choice but the price is high. Just your faith and trust.
     — NeoWayland, Quick notes to a new seeker

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Seven points

Yes, this one is overtly sexual.

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Don't essentialize

Don't essentialize.
     — Peter Adamson

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Lady with torches

I love pictures of Lady Liberty.

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People of the library

Pagans aren't people of the book, we're people of the library.
     — Steve Posch

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Best practices

I had to learn that just because others didn't see the possibilities didn't mean I had to explain it.

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Focus on the primary text

Focus on the primary text, not secondary literature.
     — Peter Adamson

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On the road

Sharing a cup of coffee in the morning.

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What about you?

I like this lady's attitude.

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Respect texts about texts

Respect texts about texts.
     — Peter Adamson

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“Creation from the Void”

“Today on Crash Course Mythology we’re starting in on creation stories. This week, we’ll focus on the creation of the universe out of nothing, or Ex Nihlio creation. Basically, a god decides to make a universe out of nothing. We’ll look at the Genesis story (which has nothing to do with Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins), a Mayan creation tale, a Kono story of the beginning, and we’ll even look at the Big Bang.”

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Worship

Don't laugh…

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Jounal 04Aug2017

Thinking by blogging

I think I'm spending more time trying to sleep than actually sleeping.

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Be broadminded about what counts as “philosophy”

Be broadminded about what counts as “philosophy”.
     — Peter Adamson

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Beware

You should beware the politician who wraps himself in faith and the minister who wraps himself with the flag.
     — from the private journal of NeoWayland

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Take religion seriously

Take religion seriously.
     — Peter Adamson

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Not sure

If you're sure I love you, you can raise your hand to me & I'll roll over for petting. But if not, expect that hand to be bitten off.
     — Maggie McNeill

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One thing I wish I could literally pound into Christian heads

If there is one thing I wish I could literally pound into Christian heads, it's this: Christianity is not the source of all that is good and righteous in our society. Other cultures and other faiths have contributed heavily. It's amazing that I even have to mention this where one house of the national legislature is called the Senate and the other has a ceremonial fasces. Even The Magnificent Seven was a remake.
     — NeoWayland

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Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction is the Law of Creation. Everything that’s coming into your life ... you are attracting into your life, as above, so below, As within, so without. Create your life through your thoughts.
     — anonymous

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More personal, pagan

I've found a more personal, pagan kind of religion to satisfy the spiritual side of things.
     — Julian Clary

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Impressions

For most of us, our bodies have become storage vaults for undigested impressions, for impressions too charged or painful to confront.
     — Dennis Lewis from “The Further Reaches of Self-Observation”, Gnosis No. 29, Fall 1993

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Raven pendant

My companion pointed out to me last night that I've never shown a a picture of my raven pendant on the site.

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Take metaphors seriously

Take metaphors seriously.
     — Peter Adamson

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“Alice Through The Looking Glass”

Not strictly pagan, but I love the imagery.

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“Milky Way over the Mojave Desert”

I love good space pictures.

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Changing

There are things I can't change. There are things I shouldn't change. And there are things I might change.
     — NeoWayland, Pure

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Absolutely maybe sort of - updated

Now, should I reject Bonewits and all he stood for because he and I didn't agree?

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Think about the audience

Think about the audience.
     — Peter Adamson

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Riverbed

It looks fun, doesn't it?

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At the lake

Notice how the emphasis on bulk lines hints strongly at both motion and emotion.

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Think critically

Think critically.
     — Peter Adamson

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“What Is Myth?”

“Welcome to Crash Course World Mythology, our latest adventure (and this series may be literally adventurous) in education. Over the next 40 episodes or so, we and Mike Rugnetta are going to learn about the world by looking at the foundational stories of a bunch of different cultural traditions. We’re going to look at the ways that people’s stories define them, and the ways they shape their culture. We’re going to learn about gods, goddesses, heroes, and tricksters, and a lot more. We’re going to walk the blurry line between myth and religion, and we’re going to like it.”

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“As a pagan…”

“…my practices and worshiping…“

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Environmentalism crusade

I don't call myself an environmentalist any more. Environmentalism is a political movement masking itself as a moral and possibly religious crusade. Ecology is an actual science that studies the connections, interrelationships, and trade-offs that different organisms make to survive and thrive.
     — NeoWayland

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Silence is not louder than words

Silence is not louder than words.
     — Peter Adamson

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Fairness

I don’t believe in objectivity, but I do believe deeply in fairness.
     —Margot Adler

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Fare poorly

They might add that monotheism is a political and psychological ideology as well as a religious one, and that the old economic lesson that one-crop economies generally fare poorly also applies to the spiritual realm.
     — Margot Adler

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I call myself pagan

I call myself pagan because I don't have a better term. I'm polytheistic and pantheistic. On alternate Thursdays and every third Tuesday I might admit to an animism bent as well. On the 13th of the month, I'll tell you (truthfully) that the label isn't really all that important, only the manifestation.
     — NeoWayland

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Learn the terminology

Learn the terminology.
     — Peter Adamson

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Life cycle

We are all part of the life cycle. Like a seed we are born, we sprout, we grow, we mature and decay, making room for future generations who, like seedlings, are reborn through us. As for the persistence of consciousness, deep down, I thought, ‘How can we know?’ Perhaps we simply return to the elements; we become earth and air and fire and water. That seemed all right to me.
     — Margot Adler

h/t The Wild Hunt

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Wisdom

Wisdom is where you find it.
     — Angus

To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.
     — Lao Tzu

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Read the whole text

Read the whole text.
     — Peter Adamson

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Rainy and windy

Growing up in the desert, you appreciate a good rain.

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Ego-trapped

I let my ego off the chain last weekend. It was a vain and foolish thing to do. And it had consequences.

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NeoNotes — Satanic sacrifice

You know the problem with these massive conspiracy theories are that there are never enough conspirators and never enough victims.

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Ask yourself why they care

Ask yourself why they care.
     — Peter Adamson

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NeoNotes — Judaism

Pardon, but Judaism wasn't the original monotheism. Akhenaton introduced Atenism in Egypt, which may have influenced the development of Semitic polytheism into monotheistic Judaism.

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Promise

Always do what you promise. Try to do more than you promise.
     — NeoWayland, Quick notes to a new seeker

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Learn some dates

Learn some dates.
     — Peter Adamson

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Exits

Remember where the exits are. Be willing to walk away.
     — NeoWayland

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Staged

An old glamour shot

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Red Gaea

Not strictly casual, but it is striking

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“Tricksters: An Introduction”

“This week, Mike introduces you to Tricksters, starting with Anansi, the West African trickster god who is also sometimes a spider. Tricksters are, well, tricky. They're wise and foolish, they're promiscuous and amoral, but in a lot of ways, they're good guys. We'll also talk about the occasionally tricky Hercules and Atlas, and touch on more recent tricksters like B'rer Rabbit.”

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Spirituality

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey…”

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Journal 21Jul2017

Thinking by blogging

As something suitable for the ages, the websites work as they are. As something that I can update and tweak, I need programs to manage.

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Take "minor" figures seriously

Take "minor" figures seriously.
     — Peter Adamson

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Respect the context

Respect the context.
     — Peter Adamson

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Put off living

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.
     — Dale Carnegie

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Will never find it

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
     — Roald Dahl

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☥ ▽ ❝…without being bound by them.❞

Obey the principles without being bound by them.
     — Bruce Lee

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Surrealistic touch

The union of elements

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Gaia returns

Messy, very sexy, and Female.

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Magick everyday

The air is still humid from last night's never-storm. No rain, but plenty of lightning and thunder around midnight.

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Suspect the text

Suspect the text.
     — Peter Adamson

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Connected

Everything is connected. Nobody sees all the connections. There's always stuff you don't know.
     — NeoWayland

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Respect the text

Respect the text.
     — Peter Adamson

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Know

Know yourself. Know what you can do. Know what you're willing to do. Know the price you're willing to pay.
     — NeoWayland, Quick notes to a new seeker

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Transcribing Faith

The Newberry Library in Chicago is home to some 80,000 documents pertaining to religion during the early modern period, a time of sweeping social, political, and cultural change spanning the late Middle Ages to the start of the Industrial Revolution. Among the library’s collection of rare Bibles and Christian devotional texts are a series of manuscripts that would have scandalized the religious establishment. These texts deal with magic—from casting charms to conjuring spirits—and the Newberry is asking for help translating and transcribing them.

As Tatiana Walk-Morris reports for Atlas Obscura, digital scans of three magical manuscripts are accessible through Transcribing Faith, an online portal that functions much like Wikipedia. Anyone with a working knowledge of Latin or English is invited to peruse the documents and contribute translations, transcriptions, and corrections to other users’ work.

     — Brigit Katz, Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts, h/t The Wild Hunt

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❝4 Rituals That Will Make You Loved❞

Do you want to have better relationships? Well, you should definitely take some advice from… the Stoics.

I know, it sounds weird. Most people think of the Stoics as being emotionless — not exactly good examples for how to handle relationships.

But that’s a myth. The ancient Stoics were big on virtue, self-control and reducing negative emotions. And those are pretty good things if you’re trying to be more likable.

And their methods are backed by science. Stoicism was one of the inspirations for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is currently the dominant method for helping people overcome psychological issues.

     — Eric Barker, Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Loved

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Make it better

Make it better today. Keep polishing.
     — NeoWayland, Quick notes to a new seeker

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Borrowed

I know that when you borrow from another culture you should honor those elements.
     — NeoWayland

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Independently

It's possible for the same idea to appear independently more than once.
     — Peter Adamson

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The hat sells it

This gentleman is about as casual as you can get.

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❝Bathers on the Beach❞ by Marie Auguste Emile Rene Menard

She did have a flair for nudes though.

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Journal 14Jul2017

Thinking by blogging

Yes, sometimes you can taste the Moonlight in the predawn. It's full of promise and hope and wonder, with the ever so slight tartness of regret.

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“I do not know”

If one can really come to that state of saying, 'I do not know,' it indicates an extraordinary sense of humility; there is no arrogance of knowledge; there is no self-assertive answer to make an impression. When you can actually say, 'I do not know,' which very few are capable of saying, then in that state all fear ceases because all sense of recognition, the search into memory, has come to an end; there is no longer inquiry into the field of the known.
     — Jiddu Krishnamurt

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Worthy

The worthy choices are never the easy ones.
     — NeoWayland

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Wolves are silent

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
     — George Carlin

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Flow into you

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature's sources never fail.
     — John Muir, Our National Parks

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Think of nature

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
     — George Washington Carver

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Communities

You don't build communities by excluding people you don't like.
     — NeoWayland, Solitary

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Daylight ring dance

From the hairstyle of the brunette lady on the right, I'm guessing that it happened in the late 1960s.

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Old Man of Storr

The rock formation caught my eye.

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Special harvest

There's something very renewing about greeting the sun at dawn dressed in nothing but a pendant.

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Political assumption

I do equally find it a cowardly thing to do when I have the strongest feeling that these social justice warrior types could not muster the courage to say this stuff to my face under the fear that they would receive a serious beat down.
     — Douglas Helvie, On Preconceived Pagan/Wiccan Political Affiliations

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Religion for the politics

I think too many people are in religion for the politics.
     — NeoWayland

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Glimpses

The heavy elements that make us up were forged in the cores of stars from lighter elements in nuclear reactions so ancient that we can't comprehend. Sunlight and starlight and moonlight are the glimpses we have of our Elder Relatives across the universe.
     — NeoWayland, Kissed by the Lady Moon

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Casually

Exactly who does this threaten?

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In the forest

This one is unusual because of the setting.

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Journal 07Jul2017

Thinking by blogging

My high desert has been absolutely gorgeous.

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Every woman I meet

I look for the Divine in every woman I meet. Can you think of a better way to find people who are honorable, passionate and reasoning at the same time?
     — NeoWayland

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“Do not believe…”

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe simply because it has been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is written in Holy Scriptures. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of Teachers, elders or wise men. Believe only after careful observation and analysis, when you find that it agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all. Then accept it and live up to it.
     — from the Kalama Sutta

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Forgiveness

We are not on this planet to ask forgiveness of our deities.
     — Scott Cunningham

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I am pagan

I am pagan because I was born that way, and because I made that choice long before I was born.
     — NeoWayland, Why are you Pagan?

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Another world tree

Inside looking out.

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Dweller

It's not overwelming, it just seems like it.

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Beyond patriotism

I was coming off a long time of being militantly solitary and I relished the fellowship I finally allowed myself.

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Wonders

Today is the Age of Wonders, the most amazing time in human history, with marvels and miracles far beyond any other time.
     — NeoWayland

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Story

The Story is not the Journey.
     — NeoWayland

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Stretch

Gods make you stretch.
     — NeoWayland

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Study, love, stay close

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
     — Frank Lloyd Wright

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Softly, gently

Imagine the ocean's touch.

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Proud

The picture treats her with respect.

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Worthy of freedom

The only faiths worthy of freedom are those freely chosen.
     — NeoWayland

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Look deep

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
     — Albert Einstein

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Story

How do you explain a Journey without moving into a Story? I am not sure you can.
     — NeoWayland, Blessed Journeys

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Journal 30Jun2017

Thinking by blogging

I'm typing this on my patio and one of my neighbor's pigeons is giving me the eye.

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Strength

The virtue of paganism was strength; the virtue of Christianity is obedience.
     — Augustus Hare

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Hierarchical

A spiritual organization with a hierarchical structure can convey only the consciousness of estrangement, regardless of what teachings or deep inspirations are at its root.The structure itself reinforces the idea that some people are inherently more worthy than others.
     — Starhawk

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Secrets

At present, books are widely available which contain the lion's share of the secret teachings that one is likely to come upon in most secret societies. Yet the lack of interest most people have in penetrating into inner realities assures that these teachings remain unperceived - and therefore 'secret'.
     — Jay Kinney from “Human Rites and Hidden Assets”, Gnosis No. 6, Winter 1987-'88

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One thing he would not be

If Christ himself were alive, one thing he would not be would be is a Christian.
     — Mark Twain

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Gather

I used this picture before in my post on bolines.

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Marvel at the real Milky Way

Get someone out of the light pollution of major cities and let them marvel at the real Milky Way and the Moon. Let them lie out under the stars and feel the Earth move under them.

But then I am just a tiny bit biased.
     — NeoWayland

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Summer fairy

I really like the lines and the flow of color on this one.

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Men & Women

All Women are Goddess and deserve to be Cherished, unless they prove otherwise.
     — NeoWayland

All Men are God and deserve to be Adored, unless they prove otherwise.
     — Juliaki

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Allowing harm

Allowing harm to continue unchecked is not 'harming none'. Rather, it harms everyone.
     — Doreen Valiente

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Forest god

This Forest God is definately a Man's Man.

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≠ ✰ Farrar Day

Stewart Farrar • deceased birthday

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Pure

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

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≠ ✰ Cunningham Day

Scott Douglas Cunningham • deceased birthday

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Wonder Woman Easter egg

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

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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

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≠ ✰ Sanders Day

Alex Sanders • deceased birthday

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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

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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


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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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