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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.
celebrations & passages

Celebrate

Added to lexicon.

Arizona monsoon season

Yule       Imbolc       Ostara       Beltaine       Litha       Lammas       Mabon       Samhain

These should be finished tonight or tomorrow.

Sparkpoint       Greenmark       Summergate       Suncrest       Harvestpoint      
Redmark       Wintergate       Starwell


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Growing season

In some European countries especially further north, there were two seasons, winter and summer. May Day traditionally marks the beginning of the growing season, not the beginning of spring. If the summer solstice is midsummer, that makes May Day the beginning of summer.
— NeoWayland, May Day
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Journal 15May2018

Thinking by blogging

I've had three deaths in the past month. One a friend, one an uncle, and one person who I did not get along with.

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John McConnell & Earth Day

The original Earth Day was introduced on the 1970 vernal equinox by John McConnell intending to celebrate the Earth and peace.

On April 22, 1970 a politician hijacked the celebration and made it about compelling behavior and teaching environmentalism. Later a murderer and enviornmental activist claimed part of the credit for this version, although his role in 1970 is disputed.

Ever since, we've been pretending this is a Good Thing.
— NeoWayland, Earth Day (original)
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In the spirt of the season

This dryad is an excellent symbol of spring.

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Laughing in their own ways

“I don't think existence wants you to be serious. I have not seen a serious tree. I have not seen a serious bird. I have not seen a serious sunrise. I have not seen a serious starry night. It seems they are all laughing in their own ways, dancing in their own ways. We may not understand it, but there is a subtle feeling that the whole existence is a celebration.”
— Rajneesh
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Everything has a price

Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There's a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.
     — Harry Browne
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Grand Canyon officially 99

🇺🇸 Grand Canyon National Park created (26Feb1919)
Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later as a National Monument, Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service.

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Blue Moon Eclipse

Get Ready To See The First Blue Moon Eclipse In 150 Years

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Another passing

“Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed for her fantasy fiction, is dead at 88”

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Today

🌙 waning crescent moon
light rain early AM

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Hollow

I'm the only one who has a key anymore.

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Today

🌙 waning crescent moon
light rain early AM

My high desert is pretty mild weather-wise, I don't note the weather unless it is unusual.
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Today

🌖 waning gibbous moon
Epiphany - Old Christmas - Feast of the Three Kings - Twelfth Tide

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Today

Twelvetide - Christmastide
🌖 waning gibbous moon
Twelfth Night - Epiphany Eve

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Valiente Day

Lived 04Jan1922 to 01Sep1999 (77). Witch, ritualist, author.


Twelvetide - Christmastide
🌖 waning gibbous moon
Quadrantids meteor shower


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Today

Twelvetide - Christmastide
🌖 waning gibbous moon
Quadrantids meteor shower
St. Genevieve Feast Day

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Asimov Day
Isaac Asimov • Before birthday

Lived 02Jan1920 to 06Apr1992 (72). Author, scientist, humanist. My Before of Thought for October 2008. I know of no other modern author who wrote on so many subjects. I know of no other author who drove me nuts as I tried to read every book he wrote. The Good Doctor inspired me in ways I do not understand, but I will be forever grateful.

Lady in the Court of Stars - Midnight to midnight. A WebTree three day celebration from midnight to midnight marking the full Moon or bright Moon and honoring the magick.

Twelvetide - Christmastide
🌖 waning gibbous moon
≠ Advent of Isis

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Lady in the Court of Stars - Midnight to midnight. A WebTree three day celebration from midnight to midnight marking the full Moon or bright Moon and honoring the magick.

Twelvetide - Christmastide
Circumcision of Christ
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
🌝 bright moon - supermoon

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Today


Word of the day - dominionism


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Today


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Twelvetide - Christmastide

Day of the Apostle John

🌔 waxing gibbous moon

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Today

Twelvetide - Christmastide       ≠ Boxing Day       ≠ St. Stephen's Day
Lá an Dreoilín or The Hunting of the Wrens       🌛 waxing half moon

Switching to the new calendar style today.

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Today

🌙 waxing crescent moon       ≠ Christmas Day       ≠ Twelvetide - Christmastide

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Today

Advent       Mercury retrograde       🌙 waxing crescent moon
first known working transistor       ≠ Saturnalia



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Calendar & geekery

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Today

Good morning on this the shortest day.

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Today

Calendar and personal ramble

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Today

The calendar and some site information.

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Today

Entries for the calendar.

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Saturnalia begins

“ ”OF COURSE the Puritans banned Christmas.”

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◊ Wayfaring Day

My mother's family arrived in Arizona from Louisiana

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Journal 19Nov2017

Thinking by blogging

Sometimes when you're feeling down, one of the best things you can do is do for others.

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Jounal 13Nov2017

Thinking by blogging

Still, I missed some things.

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“Speak To The Sky” (pagan version)

A song that helped me recently

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She died

I'm going to have to take some time.

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Dark

Okay, that was embarrassing.

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☥ ✰ ❝Sincerity does not equal competence.❞

Phillip Emmons Isaac BonewitsBefore passing day

Lived 01Oct1949 to 12Aug2010 (61)
American Druid, author, public speaker, liturgist, singer and songwriter


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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Jounal 04Aug2017

Thinking by blogging

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

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☥ ✰ ❝The spiritual world is not unlike the natural world …❞ 

Margot AdlerBefore passing day

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

The spiritual world is not unlike the natural world: only diversity will save it.
     — Margot Adler
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☥ ▽ ❝…without being bound by them.❞

Bruce LeeBefore passing day

Lived 27Nov1940 to 20July1973 (32)
Cultural icon, author, filmmaker, martial arts instructor, philosopher, and founder of Jeet Kune Do
Notable Chinese American when there were hardly any positive Asians in Western popular culture
The most influential martial artist of modern times.

Obey the principles without being bound by them.
     — Bruce Lee
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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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≠ ✰ Farrar Day

Stewart Farrar * deceased birthday

Lived 28Jun1916 to 07Feb2000 (83)
Witch, author, novelist. May have encouraged the sexual initiation of minor girls.

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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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≠ ✰ 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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☥ ❝You saw a hurting you could help…❞

Zenna HendersonBefore passing day

Elementary school teacher, fantasy and science fiction author. Inspiration for my Befores practice.


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

Robert HeinleinBefore passing day

Lived 07Jul1907 to 08May1988 (80). Author, philosopher, and libertarian.

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

Freedom 7

Alan Shepard - First American in Space - 05May1961

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Gateway to summer

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

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Moment in the morning

Before the dawn and the kiss of the sun

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Today's really twenty-nine

It's actually part of my Summergate celebration.

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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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Home

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

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NeoNotes — 10th anniversary of “Pentacle Quest”

If someone has served honorably, then they should have whatever they want on their headstone up to and including Mickey Mouse. Government issue or not, it's not about what is "approved." It's about honoring someone who chose to serve and fulfilled that duty.
     — NeoWayland
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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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☥ ✰ Adler Day

Margot Adler • Before birthday

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

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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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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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Las Vegas interlude

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

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≠ ✰ Kraig Day

Donald Michael Kraig • deceased 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…❞

Scott Douglas Cunningham passing day

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.

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

First liquid-fueled rocket

Robert H. Goddard launched on 16Mar1926

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≠ ✰ ❝Magick is not something you do…❞

Donald Michael Kraig passing day

Lived 28March1951 to 07March2014 (57). American occult author and practitioner of ceremonial magic. Author, lecturer, hypnotherapist, Magician, Tantric.

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

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

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Winter begins

So it's with shorter hair and hot chocolate that I anticipate this High Holiday.

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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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You're missed

Remember your loved ones

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NeoNotes — The name thing

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

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A brief update

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

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No significance

This only happens every seventy years or so.

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Daily

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

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Welcome to summer

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

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Taproot: Through the Woods

“Taproots”

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

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☯ Lady in the Court of…

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

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Just before it sparks

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

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Fireplace

I joke about it, but that is the heart of it. Or maybe the hearth. It’s the center.

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Midwinter

It’s a day of contrasts and promises. Even as winter is at it’s greatest, light is born again.

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Starwell - Solar Festival

I do use some Yule traditions. This year I have family obligations which will cut those short a bit. But greeting the dawn all three days is definitely one I keep.

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Wayland's Feast Day

No, I am not quite foolish enough to do it on my own. I don’t know enough about explosives and I don’t own an anvil.

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One less candle on the mantel

Sometimes it doesn’t work

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Winter

winter begins cross quarter

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Double Teamed

After dinner, we move to the kitchen. Easier to sweep up the hair, you see.

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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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Autumn

☓ autumn begins ♁ cross quarter

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Flexing your calendar

Have I mentioned that I have a calendar obsession?

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Suncrest

Suncrest starts tomorrow, it’s my version of midsummer.

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Greet the dawn

The secret of watching a solstice sunrise is not to watch the East

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Twenty-seven

That’s what those trees are for.

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Shapes in the Moon

My pendants change depending on the moon phase

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Summergate

Summer begins

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Unbearable fun

Time for this semi-hermit to have a party.

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Earth Day & politics

Inspire, don’t require.
     — NeoWayland
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Convergence

Bright and Dark Blessings to you all

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Wild spring

And yes, that is a phallus between his legs

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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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Pangere

Rambling on time & calendars

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Good Journey Isaac

A man who truly touched lives

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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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Bonewits update

Where to find out what's happening.

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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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Something I did not know

Want some seasoning with that weather?

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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.

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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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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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Before a Winter's Eve

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

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Greenwood Beltaine - updated

I took a couple of days off and went to the Kaibab for some retreat and renewal

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Before me

It's not quite... ancestor worship

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Mistress Moon

Spring Rites

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Horizons

Places on the Wheel

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Solar festival

Season of water

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Reflections in a laptop screen

Contemplating modern paganism and my own faith

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Wheel

Patterns and flow

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Why are you Pagan?

My personal view

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