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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.

First truth

This is the first truth.

We share life and through life we are all connected. We are measured in the lives we touch. We live to manifest and we manifest by living.
— NeoWayland
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“That which is sent, returns.”

Like attracts like; to create a particular reality you must put out energy of a similar sort.
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Obsessed with Christians

I think we'd be better off defining ourselves by what we are rather than what we are not.

To borrow from Commoner, Bonewits and a few others, everything and everyone is connected. That's a mindset I'd like to see more. It's also fairly alien to the "us versus them" that monotheistic dualism engenders.
— NeoWayland, comments from Column: Pagan Worldviews in the Wider World
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Link behavior

I wrote about my thinking behind the link behavior here at Technopagan Yearnings and how I made it work.

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“Change your perspective.”

The WebTree itself is the wyrd or orgone weave that permeates and connects everything. Depending on perspective, it might be a web, a tree of life, a labyrinth, or found in the curves of a Celtic design. Understanding the connections and the tensions are the key. Sometimes the polarities and connections are obvious.

Key concepts include cycles, dynamic balances, flux points, the Wheel of the Year, weirds and the Knot.
— NeoWayland, Webtree
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Unexpected goddesses

“Let It Be Flash Mob for United Girls of the World”

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Greet the sunrise

I also greet the sunrise every day that I can. That's something I learned from my Baptist deacon grandfather. Granted, I do it with a bit more ceremony than he ever did. He was content to do it from the front porch with a cup of coffee.

Oh, and I've been known to dance naked in the light of a full Moon.

You can't embarrass me for following rites and rituals, anymore than you can embarrass a Christian for taking communion or an orthodox Jew for keeping kosher. My faith isn't my politics, and it doesn't matter to me what others think about it. It's between me and the Divine.
— NeoWayland
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Ro3 № 31

Choose your own words and actions despite the threat of punishment. Accept responsibility for your choices. Trust that others will make their choices without your coercion.
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Coward's way

They didn't dare face the crowd.

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NeoNote — Mostly

It means I watch for the exceptions where neither IS nor IS NOT applies. It means our understanding is limited by our perception and assumptions at the moment.

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NeoNote — the American compromise

Their compromise gave other faiths a wedge into the American religious landscape.

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NeoNote — This tragedy does not reflect on Heathens.

I don't understand why any group should change their language, practices, customs or actions when the shooter was not part of the group or the community.
— NeoWayland
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Polarities

The Judeo-Christian heritage has left us with the view of a universe composed of warring opposites, which are valued as either good or evil. They cannot coexist. A valuable insight of Witchcraft, shared by many earth-based religions, is that polarities are in balance, not at war.
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Microdose

“Study: People Who ‘Microdose’ LSD and Magic Mushrooms Are Wiser and More Creative”

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Philosphy foundation

“The foundation of Western philosophy is probably rooted in psychedelics”

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NeoNote — Protected

The popular American Christian concept of Satan isn't what it started as. Originally the Hebrew Adversary was a tester of faith, not a nearly all powerful god of evil. In short, that Satan can't tempt you unless the temptation is there to begin with.



I disagree. I realize it's a cornerstone of your faith, but tain't mine.



That's closer to the original. It also fits a number of folktales and mythologies.

There's a sort of protection that derives from the collective belief of your culture and faith. As long as you are a "member in good standing" and your culture is true to itself, you can't be touched without permission by spirits. Break the rules and you're fair game.

Which incidentally is the plot to almost every supernatural horror film ever made.

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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❝Nothing exists except atoms and empty space…❞

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is just opinion.
— Democritus
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Short version, yes, magick works.

OK, this is a more complex topic than I want to handle here. Short version, yes, magick works. Most religions recognize it including Christianity (intercessory prayer among other things). Most of the time, it's not necessary or practical. If you're a "good" person by the standards of your culture, you're protected from almost all baneful magick as long as your culture is true to itself.
— NeoWayland
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NeoNote — First lesson

Of course, you could stop trying to preach and actually pay attention to what people are willing to share. You might even learn something.

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Good vibrations

“The Hippies Were Right: It's All about Vibrations, Man!”

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Ro3 № 17

It’s not a real party unless it lasts three days.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Ro3 № 16

Initiate — Celebrate — Operate
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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The flip side of placebo

“Pain can be a self-fulfilling prophecy”

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Technopagan retreat

Thinking by blogging

So I am going to talk about the retreat I'd like to build if money were not an object.

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Placebo

“What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick?”

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Doing something positive in the world

Several years ago, I heard what I think was best advice ever about improving the image of Paganism. Unfortunately I can’t remember who said it, but the gist of it was this:) Rather than coming out as Pagans and then trying to convince people we deserve to be on the school board or city council or whatever, we should join the school board or city council, show them we are good citizens and good people, and then come out as Pagans. It’s not about hiding our Paganism, so much as taking our focus off of ourselves and refocus it on doing something positive in the world (other than making the world more comfortable for Pagans). Changing the image people have of Pagans will then happen naturally, without us trying.
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How does it make the World better?

We're people, not legends.

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Us versus them

Anyway, my point was that seeing the world solely through an us vs them lens only increases the conflict and division in the world, and dehumanizes the people we think are Them. It's the root cause of why these Christian folks in the article think that the Druids are Satanists out to do terrible evil. Their specific religious justifications are only the surface level. At it's root it is the poison of dualistic thinking, the idea that the world and it's people can be divided into good and evil. And the poison of dualism can infect anyone, or any religion.
— Shawn Herles, comments from Wayist Druid public Samhain ritual draws threats
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Another study guide

Lexicon entries worth studying.

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The pedestal problem

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
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NeoNote — People cherish their passions

Whatever has brought you the most passion, that is what you will seek out. If it is pain from abuse or being attacked, that is what you want. If it is exhilaration from skydiving, that is what you want. If it's the love and acceptance from a loving partner, that is what you want. Whatever has pegged your emotional meter, that is your longing.
— NeoWayland
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NeoNote — He would deny it

One of my best teachers about magick was my Baptist deacon grandfather.

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NeoNote — Political hexing

As I said before, apparently the motivation for hexing Kavanaugh has moved from justice to attack.

This will have consequences, regardless of who did what where and when.
— NeoWayland
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Sexuality without politics

I've spent weeks researching, writing, and rewriting.

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On-line biding ritual

Me, I compare an on-the-fly online ritual to building one custom motorcycle in twenty different places with 459 mechanics and parts from thirteen manufacturers.

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NeoNote — Religion & responsiblity

Religions are not created by the Divine.

Religions are created by people claiming to speak for the Divine.
— NeoWayland
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Paganism isn't a movement

I don't think paganism is a movement. I think it's a life.
— NeoWayland
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Condemnation of memory

Someone is pulling your strings. You'd be a fool to accept that.

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Anti-Christian

There was a time, a little more than a year, when I was very anti-Christian. Some of my relatives didn't help. But I didn't like the person that I was becoming.

There's an old idea, like calls to like. In the New Age vernacular, if you put positive energy out into the universe you get positive energy back.

But it's simpler than that. People cherish their passions. If you wrap yourself in hate and envy and despite, that will color your thoughts. That will be what rules you. That is what you will hold tightest in your secret heart. And that is what you will be. You won't have passion or power for anything else.
— NeoWayland
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A book fell on my head

I've always had my suspicions about that.

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NeoNotes – Government should not be trusted

I do not believe that a government agency should be trusted with caring for the environment.

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Difference between the Story and the Journey

It is the difference between the Story and the Journey. One is told while the other is lived. The only two purposes of the story are to honor the memory of those who have gone before and to teach you to recognize where the path begins for your own journey. The rituals are not the faith. The map is not the territory. The words are not the thing. You can only be responsible for your journey alone because it is your journey and no one else's.
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Tainted frisson

Politics has tainted paganism in my mind and I am working to re-establish the separation.

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NeoNotes — Perception and symbols

I wonder. If a symbol can be "tainted" no matter what it was used for previously, what does it take to "purify" the symbol?

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I am (the long version)

Putting up one of my old chants

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Walk away

I could handle the backhanded compliments and schoolboy taunts.

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“Speak To The Sky” (pagan version)

A song that helped me recently

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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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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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Special harvest

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

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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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Pure

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

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Today's really twenty-nine

It's actually part of my Summergate celebration.

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Five words

Power with versus power over

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NeoNotes — What witch?

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

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Intuition & Inspiration

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

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Act of Change

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

Nope.

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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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Earth centered

More and more I think I was wise to separate my pagan blogging from my political blogging.

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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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Twenty-seven

That’s what those trees are for.

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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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Better

My friends have always been the best of me.
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On commitment

If it was what you expected, why do you call it change?

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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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On the Threefold Law of Return

If you behave AS IF…

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Future

In Which NeoWayland combines Geekary and Technopaganism to Peer Dimly at Humanity's Potiential

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Pagans against sexual abuse

A statement is close to the final version

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“We are the Pagans who have moved on”

Inspiring words

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Taproot: Open the Way

“Taproots”

Where ever it may lead

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Of gods and men
(updated)

I don't bow unless I respect

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Wisdom and the Three Percent

I answer my email indirectly

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Keep Moving Forward

Mythology in the movie theater

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Elvis has left the building

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Creative destruction

Economics, magick, and life

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Looking for good causes

A placeholder for one of my domains

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A new balance

Just look at the sunshine

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Blessings and ethics

When things are messy, actions and answers aren't clear cut. That is when you need faith in yourself.

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Study notes

Working my way through my "to read" shelf

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Basking in the moonlight

I played hooky and climbed up on the roof, just so I could enjoy the moon peeking through the trees on the greenbelt in my desert.

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The Magick of Food

Thoughts before the sabbat

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