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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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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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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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Absolutely

As a rule, absolutes don't.
     — 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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Science and Paganism

“Empirical Meets Spiritual: the Intersection of Science and Paganism”
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No one

But there is no one place where everything thrives.

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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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Affirmation of NeoWayland

Yes, I know the rhythm is odd. It works though.
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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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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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Love begins at home

“It may sound like a cliché, but love begins at home.”
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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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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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NeoNotes — Which god?

Our nation in particular calls back to the classical Greeks and the Roman Republic.
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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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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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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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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.
see also Season of my idiocy

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Lady in repose

I usually just call this kind Gaia
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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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Before this Year ends

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

I was adding commentary to some of my lexicon entries.
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Naturally yours

You know the thing I love most about the summer?
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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.
     — NeoWayland

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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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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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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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The Lady Always Chooses

Poetic inspiration gives a glimse. That's a long way from manifesting.
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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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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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Totems I have known

It made my childhood interesting, some of my “imaginary” friends were really there.
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Earth centered

More and more I think I was wise to separate my pagan blogging from my political blogging.
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Before the Gate of Winter

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I choose to honor these people this season
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Naked pagans & sex - updated

Pagans do not “get nekkid” so you can get your jollies.
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Do you know what I get asked about the most?

They want flashy cheap answers to their problems. In easy to swallow pill form if possible.
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Lughnasadh

Harvestpoint differs from Lughnasadh, but that is a good place to begin your studies.
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Letter & Spirit

Sometimes ravens leave a primary feather in my yard.
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Religion

I think too many people are into religion for the politics.
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Impress Me

If that "Living Word" exists, it has to be in the hearts and souls of those people who have really embraced it. It's not in a dusty book. The verses don't matter except to show you the way. Tell me what lives behind those printed words. Tell me how you turned your sacrifice into a blessing.
     - from the private journal of NeoWayland

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Suncrest

Suncrest starts tomorrow, it’s my version of midsummer.
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Hermit and the noise

You shouldn’t listen to the folks in the weird clothes and making the loudest noises.
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The grand cause

You take a plot of land. Now you can grow flowers or vegetables or both. You choose.
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Gaia

This one’s a lusty lass, and not just because she’s nude and very pregnant.
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Earth Day

Inspire, don’t require.
     — NeoWayland

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Tying thoughts to emotions

Thought germs are memes
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Better

>My friends have always been the best of me.
     — Doctor Who, The Wedding of River Song

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The Pope and his Pagan Christians

It has nothing to do with American neopagans
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Not Samhain

Welcome to Winter
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☯ Lady in the Court of Stars

Where else would She be now?
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Before the Deepest Night - updated

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I choose to honor these people this season
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Witchy stuff in the pockets

Bet you thought I wasn't going to get one up today. I almost didn't.
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Just One

Sometimes I don't make the connections right away.

Sometimes.
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A sun worshiper welcomes summer

"all of that sunshine, all of that sweet golden sunshine, that thrills me and fills me and…"
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Sort of

A place among friends
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I've got personality

Profiles are just the start to understanding, and programs don't always work
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Love

It's what brings us together
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Before Our Worlds Touch

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I honor those who shaped my life
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Just like clockwork

It's true! It's true! The crown has made it clear.
The climate must be perfect all the year.

A law was made a distant moon ago here:
July and August cannot be too hot.
And there's a legal limit to the snow here
In Camelot.
The winter is forbidden till December
And exits March the second on the dot.
By order, summer lingers through September
In Camelot.
Camelot! Camelot!
I know it sounds a bit bizarre,
But in Camelot, Camelot
That's how conditions are.
The rain may never fall till after sundown.
By eight, the morning fog must disappear.
In short, there's simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
In Camelot.
— from the song Camelot
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Lightning and ritual

tek NO paa gan TEK no PAA gan
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Bringing it home

Before and after
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How to be Pagan for a day

An absolutely serious and scholarly discussion on the details of Pagan belief
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Of gods and men - Updated

I don't bow unless I respect
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The Robot vs. the trees

Adventures in humanity
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People needing people

Accept or not as you choose, that doesn't make it less true
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“In the absence of understanding, triviality dominitates.”

“”The
Sort of progress, still not sure if I am going to do it

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Before the Wheel Turns

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I choose to honor those who touched my life
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What's in a name?

Sabbat thoughts
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I suppose it is an inevitable question.

Quick thought from a weirdo
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Before a Winter's Eve

Bone, Heart, Thought, Deed, and Spirit, I choose to honor these people this season
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Knot truth

Going beyond the 101 and even beyond the tradition
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Synchronicity, coincidence, perception, and perspective

A ramble on conversations and shared ideas
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Before me

It's not quite... ancestor worship
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On Christians and Pagan tolerance

Long, involved, but some good points
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Blessed Journeys

The next step depends on the focus of your faith and your choices. It's not enough to be just Pagan.
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War Chant

My answer to certain Christian fundys who just happen to be blood relations. Things have gotten better since then. We even talk most of the time.
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Assembly of NeoWayland

Another wandering meditation, this time on the crowd that lives inside of you
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Mistress Moon

Spring Rites
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“You're not doing what I wanted you to do!”

Frustrated by unspoken expecations
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Reflections in a laptop screen

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

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Real flows, direct from the source

Feeling the energy
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Self-initiation

Most of the "self-initiated" aren't. We need to find ways to recognize that.
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Why are you Pagan?

My personal view
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Some thoughts from my WebTree path - updated

Moon phases and sabbats on a rainy night
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Comments on "Teach Me, My Way"

Juliaki wrote an pretty good piece on teachers and students in the Craft
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“Follow” is not exactly an accurate term

How I think paganism works for me
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