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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.
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My fourth sex rule

Acknowledge but not celebrate. It works for sexuality, religion, and politics. Some believe that their moral choices should compel my behavior. Obviously I disagree. I'm under no obligation to fuck you so you can feel validated.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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“Magic is contagious.”

Objects or beings in physical or psychic contact with each other continue to interact after separation.
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Earth delights

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
— Khalil Gibran
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Ultimate speculation

In fact, the ultimate speculation we can make about the nature of Divinity is that Divinity is NO-THING which we can know. In Hebrew, the word for no-thing (nothing) is AIN.
— Donald Michael Kraig
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❝Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?❞

Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.
— Henry David Thoreau
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❝I reject your reality and substitute my own.❞

I reject your reality and substitute my own.
— Adam Savage
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Boys must win against powerful odds

There is a constantly reoccurring notion that real manhood is different from simple anatomical maleness, that it is not a natural condition that comes about spontaneously through biological maturation but rather is a precarious or artificial state that boys must win against powerful odds. This recurrent notion that manhood is problematic, a critical threshold that boys must pass through testing, is found at all levels of sociocultural development regardless of what other alternative roles are recognized.
— David Gilmore
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Psychedelics as a catalyst

I see psychedelics as a catalyst and a door opener; I don't see them as a full path.
— Ram Dass, from "The GNOSIS Interview with Ram Dass," Gnosis № 26, Winter 1993
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One tripod leg

The lore behind magick is only one tripod leg. Even there it's about real mastery, not rote recitation. I call it moving beyond the recipe. When you can adapt your technique to what is there and what is needed with a minimum of effort, that's mastery. The lore is about core ideas, not specific practices. That's one of the hardest lessons I've had to learn and I am not good enough with it yet.
— NeoWayland, A Rule of Three
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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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“Control every variable and you control every change — lotsa luck!”

If exactly the same actions are done under exactly the same conditions, they will usually be associated with exactly the same “results;” similar strings of events produce similar outcomes.
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“Commonality controls.”

If any two or more patterns have elements in common, the patterns interact “through” those common elements, and control of one pattern facilitates control over the other(s), depending (among other factors) upon the number, type and duration of common elements involved.
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❝Everything worthwhile is dangerous❞

Everything worthwhile is dangerous.
— Victor Anderson
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❝No more sacred civilizations…❞

No more sacred civilizations, Monsieur. They are too delicate and too costly. Besides priests are no more trustworthy than anyone else.
Eglantin L'Audace, from “The Order of the Twelfth Apostle,” Gnosis № 41, Fall 1996
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“We don't think we come into this World corrupt.”

Most heathens and neopagans would tell you that we don't believe in Original Sin. We don't think we come into this World corrupt. Sometimes we're born to bring something into the World, and sometimes we're born to take something into the next. But there is no way of telling which until we've Passed.
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My third sex rule

Regret does not equal rape.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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We don't see ourselves as separate

We don't see ourselves as separate from Nature. We think that the Divine is very much a part of the universe and is living right here beside us. We tend to think of our Gods as Elder Relatives even if they are beyond our understanding.
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Animism means

…animism means that all things have a spiritual nature that is reflected in the World itself. You can't hurt or damage another without striking at yourself. Sometimes it's necessary, like hunting for food, but that doesn't change the death. So it's up to each of us to honor and respect the lives we take to make our own lives better.
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Ro3 № 23

Always do what you promised. Try to deliver more than you promised. Make it better today. Keep polishing.
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Ro3 № 22

The honor is in giving truth when needed, helping when you can, and leaving the World a little better than how you found it.
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Ro3 № 21

Keep what works. Fix what’s broke. Ditch the rest.
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Who is quoted

You may have noticed that my quote section is building to a truly awesome size.

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Ro3 № 20

Start cunnilingus with three to the left, two to the right, one to the left, three to the right, two to the left, and then one to the right.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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❝I'm pretty sure that the World can take care of Herself❞

I'm pretty sure that the World can take care of Herself, maybe with a little help from her Consort.

It's the rest of us I am not so sure about.
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Ro3 № 19

Give her at least two orgasms for every one of mine.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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❝Individuals have rights. Groups have power plays.❞

Individuals have rights. Groups have power plays.
— NeoWayland, On Pagan Rights
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❝A garden requires patient labor and attention.❞

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.
— Liberty Hyde Bailey
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Mission in life

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
— Maya Angelou
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Heated debate

I'm not shy about heated debate or passionate discourse, but when people get crazy or rude, that's a buzz kill. There's got to be a better code of conduct, some basic etiquette.
—Mos Def
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Good ideas and true innovation

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.
— Margaret Heffernan
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Education

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.
— Joseph Addison
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False words

False words are not only evil themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
— Socrates
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Emotional side

The conscious side of woman corresponds to the emotional side of man, not to his “mind.” Mind makes up the soul, or better, the “animus” of woman, and just as the anima of a man consists of inferior relatedness, full of affect, so the animus of woman consists of inferior judgments, or better, opinions.
— Carl Jung
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Tide goes out

Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.
— Warren Buffet
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❝Even when we are nude, we hide our bodies in shame.❞

Even when we are nude, we hide our bodies in shame. Every minute of every day.
Why Be Socially Nude? from Family Skinnydippers
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❝Clothes make the man.❞

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
— Mark Twain
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My second unbreakable sex rule

If you promised to be someone else’s “one and only,” you’re off limits. Honor demands nothing less.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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Ro3 № 18

Pay attention to other people. Find out what's important to them. Make it important to you.
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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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NeoNote — Nature and the World are not cruel.

The problem with making morality a part of religion is that some priests forget that they are measured by the lives around them. They think that their calling places them beyond "man's law.
— NeoWayland,
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Ro3 № 16

Initiate — Celebrate — Operate
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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One of my two unbreakable sex rules

Consenting adults only.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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That's what I do.

Evil spelled backwards is live. That's what I do.
— NeoWayland, October - updated
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Ro3 № 15

Don’t hold someone responsible unless they were present, of age, and participating. Remember the Practical Grudge Limit.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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❝We Are as Gods and Might as Well Get Good at It❞

We Are as Gods and Might as Well Get Good at It
Whole Earth Catalog statement of purpose, 1968
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❝Paganism is optimistic…❞

Paganism is that view of life which finds the highest goal of human existence in the healthy and harmonious and joyous development of existing human faculties. Very different is the Christian ideal. Paganism is optimistic with regard to unaided human nature, whereas Christianity is the religion of the broken heart.
— John Gresham Machen
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❝Where do you learn how to act?❞

Where do you learn how to act? Not at church. America is a lot more like pagan Rome than we think. We still sacrifice to objects to gain our social goals.
— Dave Hickey
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Core of human dignity

That sacred space of conscience where you can exercise your rights in terms of religious freedom and deeply-held, reasonable beliefs is the core of human dignity. In fact, that's the basis for civilization itself. And when you lose that fundamental principle... you have no basis on which to build.
— Jeff Fortenberry
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Diversity

Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.
— Robert Kennedy
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❝Adopt the pace of nature…❞

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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❝I only went out for a walk…❞

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
— John Muir
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Home

This planet is our home. Our life and hers are interdependent.
— Doreen Valiente
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Paths to the Innermost

There are two Paths to the Innermost: the Way of the Mystic, which is the way of devotion and meditation, a solitary and subjective path; and the way of the occultist, which is the way of the intellect, of concentration, and of trained will; upon this path the co-operation of fellow workers is required, firstly for the exchange of knowledge, and secondly because ritual magic plays an important part in this work, and for this the assistance of several is needed in most of the greater operations. The mystic derives his knowledge through the direct communion of his higher self with the Higher Powers; to him the wisdom of the occultist is foolishness, for his mind does not work in that way; but, on the other hand, to a more intellectual and extrovert type, the method of the mystic is impossible until long training has enabled him to transcend the planes of form. We must therefore recognize these two distinct types among those who seek the Way of Initiation, and remember that there is a path for each.
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Discovering odd scraps

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
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Genitals

The simple fact is that genitals are no more sexual than any other part of the body--until we use them for sex.
Is Nudity Inherently Immoral? from Family Skinnydippers
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Obsessive modesty

And so the sign of the Fall becomes modesty. Take note of this. The descendants of Adam and Eve will be distinguished throughout history from virtually all other peoples by their obsessive modesty taboos, wherein they will feel ashamed of being naked. It follows that those who feel no shame in being naked are, by definition, not carriers of this spiritual disease of original sin!
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Ro3 № 14

At it's simplest, Shiva is not Loki who is not Brighid. Do not treat each of them the same. Do not expect the same from each of them. Respect them on their terms and make that respect a part of your life.
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❝When animus and anima meet…❞

When animus and anima meet, the animus draws his sword of power and the anima ejects her poison of illusion and seduction. The outcome need not always be negative, since the two are equally likely to fall in love (a special instance of love at first sight).
— Carl Jung
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Duality and non-duality

Non-duality is a great idea. Getting certain monotheists to see it's virtue is amazingly difficult. Anybody who can pull that off has my respect.

Getting certain polytheists to see monotheists as anything other than a Terrible Evil That Must Occasionally Be Endured is also amazingly difficult.

Sometimes it's way too easy to become what has hurt and threatened us. Even if we have to wound and bind ourselves to do it.
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Ro3 № 13

Books aren't destinations, they're signposts. Like it or not, you still make the journey yourself. You can always go further than the book can carry you.
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Ro3 № 12

What you think you know is not what you need to know. Where you are is not where you need to be. Who you believe you are is not who you were meant to be.
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Ro3 № 11

Know what you can do. Know what you're willing to do. Know the price you're willing to pay.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Ro3 № 10

Words matter. Actions matter more. Intentions don’t.
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Some monotheists

Some monotheists think that their religion belongs on top and take offense when you disagree.
— NeoWayland
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Alienates us

The demand that we always wear clothing while in society causes at least four kinds of alienation: it alienates us from ourselves, from others, from nature, and from the Divine.
— Mark Storey
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❝What boys really need are real bodies.❞

What boys really need are real bodies. They need to go to nudist parks and see middle-aged women who more closely resemble duffle bags than Playboy centerfolds. They need to know such real women personally and appreciate them for deeper reasons than how closely they conform to the Playboy lie... But since our culture foolishly fails to foster such wholesome customs, boys fall into the pornography trap. Not only does porn objectify females and ingrain in boys' psyches an unrealistic ideal, but since its nature is erotic, by association, it acculturates boys to identify nudity with sex. By nature there is no such identification. Warped culture creates it artificially.
— Jim C. Cunningham
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❝We're Cuban, and it's a hot island.❞

I love being naked. I do everything in the nude, even the gardening! We're Cuban, and it's a hot island. Why not go nude?
— Eva Mendes
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Hypocrisy and insecurity

The main hangup in the world today is hypocrisy and insecurity. If people can't face up to the fact of other people being naked, or whatever they want to do, then we're never going to get anywhere. People have got to become aware that it's none of their business and that being nude is not obscene. Being ourselves is what's important. If everyone practised being themselves instead of pretending to be what they aren't, there would be peace.
— John Lennon
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❝Modesty died when clothes were born.❞

Modesty died when clothes were born.
— Mark Twain
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❝But if I were 22 with a great body…❞

I think onstage nudity is disgusting, shameful, and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.
— Shelly Winters
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❝Being natural and matter-of-fact about nudity…❞

Being natural and matter-of-fact about nudity prevents your children from developing an attitude of shame or disgust about the human body. If parents are very secretive about their bodies and go to great lengths to prevent their children from ever seeing a buttock or breast, children will wonder what is so unusual, and even alarming, about human nudity.
— Lee Salk, McCall's, June 1976
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Ro3 № 9

Honor expects three warnings before you act.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Thursday - November 8, 2018


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Ro3 № 8

Test it thrice.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Ro3 № 7

To ease your pain and shame, share it separately with three people you trust.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Ro3 № 6

If you find information on the internet, verify it with three offline, reputable, and independent sources and experiment BEFORE you depend on it.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Not exclusively the label

I've found that words like lesbian, gay, bisexual, and pansexual tend to be excuses. You're not exclusively the label, and the word can limit what you allow yourself to be. Remember you are not label, you are a person who at this moment feels label. That can and probably will change.
— NeoWayland, sexuality - orientation
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Casual nudity

I strongly believe there's nothing wrong with casual nudity, and I do not believe that nudity equals sex or sexual behavior. I don't agree that nudity constitutes sexual harassment, but for the sake of civility I'll wear pants around those folks not used to it.
— NeoWayland, Sex & the Modern Pagan
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Ro3 № 5

If you care for the other person, if you respect them, if you share deep passions with them, then the sex makes all that better.
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Somebody please explain to me…

Now, can somebody please explain to me, what the fuck do any of these movies have to do with “real magic”?
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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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❝Every person has the right to control their own sexuality…❞

Every person has the right to control their own sexuality, and nobody else’s.
— Maggie McNeill, Standing in the Rain
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❝Law of Weird❞

Duality is singularity reflected.
— NeoWayland, weird
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❝Law of Perspective❞

Change your perspective.
— NeoWayland, WebTree
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Ro3 № 4

Let people discover truth before you speak. Make sure the truth is necessary before you speak. Judge if the listener is worthy of truth before you speak.
— NeoWayland, Rules of Three
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Ro3 № 3

Say only one thing for every three things they say.
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Ro3 № 2

Ask questions. Question the answers. Question your questions.
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Ro3 № 1

Start by listening. Before you say anything, listen again. Just to make sure you understand, listen some more.
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❝The Wheel turns…❞

The Wheel turns, bringing Bright and Dark Blessings to us all.
— NeoWayland, Good Journey Isaac
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The future we make

We have the future we make, nothing more and nothing less.
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❝We can't afford blind faith.❞

We can't afford blind faith.
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❝That's beyond our comprehension❞

I think godmasks are representations and gateways to Divinity, not actually Divinity. Divinity itself (thisself? hisself? herself? theirself? thatself?), well, that's beyond our comprehension. It would be like us trying to explain the MetLife Company to an ant. First you have to teach them ideas, then language, then money, and so on.

Is it just a conceit that the Divine exists? Possibly. I'd like to think that while the godmask is influenced by human worship and expectation, the Divine behind the godmask is real and something terrifyingly amazing and unbound by human limits.
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Mentioned but nameless

Still, he deserves credit for that and at least mention somewhere. Consider him mentioned. But nameless.
— NeoWayland, Before a Winter's Eve
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❝Sexuality is a thing of the mind…❞

Sexuality is a thing of the mind, not of the genitalia.
— Maggie McNeill, Rope of Sand
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Gnostic beliefs

One of the precepts in Gnostic beliefs is that the commonly accepted "creator god" isn't the actual creator at all. He's actually a son who turned against his Parents to seize control of creation for his own selfish needs and had to lie to humans to do it. His mother, Sophia, decided to do something to turn things back the way they should be, and that is where Yeshua ben Yosef (among others) came from. It makes sense when you think of the G*D from the Old Testament as a spoiled teenager who steals from his parents and parties too hard.
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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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NeoNote — Change the groups

Labels get in the way. I'm pagan, and there are pagans and Christians who are convinced that makes me progressive. There are some evangelical Christians who assumed that I was silly and naive because I was pagan. Then I tied them into semantic knots.
— NeoWayland
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❝Never doubt that a small group…❞

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead
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❝Nature knows best.❞

Nature knows best.
— Barry Commoner, third law of ecology
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❝Everything must go somewhere.❞

Everything must go somewhere.
— Barry Commoner, second law of ecology
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❝Nothing comes from nothing.❞

Nothing comes from nothing.
— Barry Commoner, fourth law of ecology
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❝Cult of fairy❞

I should add, however, that, particularly on the occasion of Samhain, bonfires were lit with the express intention of scaring away the demonic forces of winter, and we know that, at Bealltainn in Scotland, offerings of baked custard were made within the last hundred and seventy years to the eponymous spirits of wild animals which were particularly prone to prey upon the flocks - the eagle, the crow, and the fox, among others. Indeed, at these seasons all supernatural beings were held in peculiar dread. It seems by no means improbable that these circumstances reveal conditions arising out of a later solar pagan worship in respect of which the cult of fairy was relatively greatly more ancient, and perhaps held to be somewhat inimical.
— Lewis Spence, British Fairy Origins
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❝Drawn to the left hand path…❞

If you are drawn to the left hand path, it's usually because you've had some kind of life experience that has shocked you, awakened you.
— Nikolas Schreck
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❝ trying to make my way in a monotheistic world…❞

So here I was, trying to make my way in a monotheistic world when my heart and spirit kept telling me that there was more than one god. I did all the things that a good Christian was supposed to do, and a great many of the things that a good Christian isn't supposed to do. I kept looking for the voice of the Divine. I thought I was called to the ministry and that is why I hadn't found fulfillment in my life.

When I finally did here 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.
— NeoWayland, Why are you Pagan?
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NeoNote — I don't think politics should be a part of paganism

But yes, this is between you and him.
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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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I was born that way

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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Authentic symbols

Ritual, provided it uses authentic symbols, is no more or less than what H.P. Blavatsky called 'concretized truth'.
— Stephan A. Hoeller, from "The Gnosis of the Eucharist," Gnosis № 11, Spring 1989
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Sex is nice

Sex is nice and pleasure is good for you.
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“What is remembered, lives.”

What is remembered, lives.
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Story is told

The Story is told while the Journey is lived.
— NeoWayland, the Journey
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Stories are signposts

Stories are important, but they are signposts.
— NeoWayland, the Story
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Desire

Your desire does not control another's choice.
— NeoWayland, sexual beings
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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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Journal - Friday, October 12, 2018

Thinking by blogging
I think it's a mistake to suppress our biology in the name of politics.
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Friday - October 12, 2018

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No such thing as bad weather

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather just different kinds of good weather.
— John Ruskin
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Let the rain kiss you

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
— Langston Hughes
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Feel the rain

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
— Bob Marley
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Not enough

Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
— Hans Christian Andersen
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Care less

I could care less what a religion calls their God, so long as they adhere to constructive and ethical beliefs and practices.
— Victor Anderson
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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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“Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies.”

Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies.
— usually attributed to Oliver Goldsmith
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Transformed

When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.
— Dean Jackson
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First comes thought

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
— Napoleon Hill
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NeoNote — #MeToo has hit modern neopaganism hard

Lately sex has also been one thing that drags politics into paganism. Politics corrupts, and I've no desire to see my faith or sex reduced to politics.
— 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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Those who walk between the worlds

A clarification.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s there were a couple of traditions that called practitioners "those who walk between the worlds." Some of that may have gone back further. A couple of my teachers were from these trads and I appropriated the phrase. To my knowledge, there was no sexuality or gender preference attached to the phrase.
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So the paganism bothers you too.

Do you really expect to make this about your religious beliefs versus mine?

I don't need to justify mine before you, but you need to make mine subordinate to yours.

That doesn't say much about your faith.

Or your beliefs.

It's not your Deity who demands my submission. You're doing this because you can't think of a way to "put me in my place."
— NeoWayland
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Lock it away

The only reason I started writing about pagans and sex is because there is a strong movement to lock all that away where Respectable People Will Not Talk About the Embarrassing Stuff.
— NeoWayland
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Something else

I'm not something less, I'm something else.
— NeoWayland
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“We are our bodies”

“When you see a horse do you think
'Hey…that horse is naked'?
Or when you see a cat do you say
'Hey look…a naked cat'?
I hate the fact that human beings
without clothes are called 'naked'.
We are NOT naked… we are just
human beings. We are our bodies.
There is no shame in being
what we are.”

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Those who hunt for treasure…

Those who hunt for treasure must go alone, at night, along the way they lose some blood, and when they find the treasure, it's never what they expected.
— unknown
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Climax

I learned a long time ago that it's worth the trouble to make sure she's got at least two climaxes for every one of mine.

Keeps her smiling too.
— NeoWayland
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Love & sex

Sex is exploding hormones. Love is commitment. The two should not be confused.
— NeoWayland, sex
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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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Empty places

May the Gods always stand between you and harm in all the empty places you must walk.
— anonymous Wiccan prayer
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Sun and rain

If a bible is left outside in the sun and rain it will eventually fade and decompose. A pagan's bible IS the sun and rain.
— anonymous
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Hospitals for the sinners

Churches are hospitals for the sinners, not mausoleums for the saints.
— anonymous
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Make amends

Breathen, if you white men murdered the son of the Great Spirit, we Indians have nothing to do with it, and it is none of our affair.If he had come among us, we would not have killed him.We would have treated him well.You must make amends for that crime yourselves.
— Seneca Chief Red Jacket to the Christian missionaries
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Lady & Lord

The Lady's touch is life. The Lord's touch is love.
— NeoWayland
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In the name of inclusion

Far more erasure is happening at the hands of our own people than the old Christian fundamentalist crowd could ever hope to do.
— Kenneth Goze, comments from Column: the Mainstreaming of Pride
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Nothing supernatural exists.

Nothing supernatural exists.
— J.H.
probably inspired by a Star Trek film
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Presumption of honor

Sometimes today's Pagans seem to think that wearing a Thor's hammer should grant them the presumption of honor of a Viking king.
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I rub people the wrong way

When feelings are high, I rub people the wrong way. I focus on getting things working and leaving the emotional stuff for later. It's practical in a business setting but doesn't work with most long term pagan groups. I recognize that passion drives us, but it's not a good tool for effective decisions.
— NeoWayland
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It's only shame if I accept the premise.

It's only shame if I accept the premise.

As I see it, the vice or virtue isn't in the label. It's in how you touch the lives of others. The honor is in giving truth when needed, helping when you can, and leaving the World a little better than how you found it.
— NeoWayland, comments from Column: What of the Christians?
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Like calls to like

Like attracts like. Remember that well. It's one of the most basic rules of life. You want success, go find successful people. You want failure, go find people who don't believe you can do it. You want magick, go look harder at life.
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Definition of insanity

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
— anonymous, misattributed to Albert Einstein, Rita Mae Brown, Max Nordau, George Bernard Shaw, George A. Kelly, Werner Erhard, Jessie Potter, and others
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Fantasy setting

I don't think our worship belongs enshrined in some fantasy setting.
— NeoWayland, Bringing it home
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Experience

Experience requires taking that first and seventh step into the unknown.
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We're The Ones Who Walk Between The Worlds

We're The Ones Who Walk Between The Worlds, yes, but I don't see that as a "violent assault" on social norms. I see it as bringing pieces of one world into another. Magick is the essence of change and evolution. If someone has a problem with what I am, well, “What I do is not up to you.” Unless they do something more than spout words, I don't care.
— NeoWayland
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A pretty good “thou shalt”

Thou shalt mind thine own damn business.
— David Weber, Torch of Freedom
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Most mornings

Most mornings I share breakfast berries with a raven. I talk to him, but he doesn't think much about human stuff. Now sunrises, he and I agree on. Not so much on sunsets, that's when he is off doing his own thing.
— NeoWayland
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Excellent schoolmasters

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
— John Lubbock
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Here to help

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know.
— W. H. Auden
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Mother of all people

The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.
— Chief Joseph
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Laughs

The earth laughs in flowers.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Lights are stronger

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
— Charles Dickens
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Staircase to Heaven

My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.
— Michelangelo
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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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The magic circle

The magic circle usually has a candle or lamp at each of the four quarters. The powers of the Four Elements are naturally connected with the Four Airts. Different exponents of magic have differing attributions of these; but the most usual one in the Western magical tradition is air at the east, fire at the south, water at the west, and earth at the north.

This attribution is based on the quality of the prevailing winds. In Britain the south wind brings heat and dryness, while the west wind usually brings warm rainy conditions. So these quarters are regarded as the places of fire and water respectively. The wind from the east is cold, dry and bracing, so this is the place of the powers of air. The north wind is cold and freezing, coming from the place of eternal snow. It represents the darkness of earth.

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Purpose of ritual

The purpose of ritual is to change the mind of the human being. It's a sacred drama in which you are the audience as well as the participant, and the purpose of it is to activate the parts of the mind that are not activated by everyday activity ... 'Magic' becomes the development of techniques that allow communication with hidden portions of the self, and with hidden portions of all other islands in this 'psychic sea.'
— Margot Adler
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A piece of advice

A piece of advice if I may be allowed to give it, is that no philosophy, no creed, no God is worth more than the love that one human being may give and receive in their lifetime – this is what is meant by being ‘involved’.
— Robert Cochrane
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Practical philosophy

You know, in this day and age the term philosopher is disparaged. There are a bunch of academics debating the works of people long dead, trying to stretch writings and sayings to fit their own worldview. They argue over punctuation and the implication of what was not said in which edition. Most of the people called philosophers today are little better than research librarians. They don't think about the practical application, you see.
— NeoWayland
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Attention

If you are Pagan because you need attention, you're doing it for the wrong reasons. You can't be Pagan just to be weird or to make people nervous. Faith isn't a costume, it lives and flows inside of you.
— NeoWayland, faith
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Journey

The Journey is SUPPOSED to drag you out of your comfort zone and your expectations and your perceptions and understandings. You can't walk between the worlds if you have both feet and nine fingers firmly anchored in one. The Story is told while the Journey is lived.
— NeoWayland, journey
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Coming home

I like my clean sheets & hot running water, my internet and my fireplace. Modern conveniences are great things when coming home after being outdoors for a while.
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Cauldron

The cauldron in fact represented a great step forward in civilization. Before men were able to make metal cooking pots, which would withstand fire, they had to be content with thick earthenware pots, which were heated by the laborious process of dropping very hot stones into them. The metal cauldron, over which the woman as head of the household presided, gave men better cooked food, more plentiful hot water to cleanse themselves, and herbal medicines which could be decocted by boiling or infused in boiling water. Hence the cauldron became an instrument of magic, and especially of women’s magic.
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Ecology vs. environmentalism

Ecology studies how living systems interact and interconnect with each other. Environmentalism is about teaching and compelling behavior. These words are not synonyms. As both a pagan and a libertarian, I can not support environmentalism.
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Forest nymphs

Be not afraid. The forest nymphs have taught me how to please a woman.
— anonymous
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Building

Building takes effort. Even when things are not perfect, we cannot make them the enemy of our collective good. So I will take the lesson from my friends at their church about criticism, passive-aggression, building community and honoring vision.  And remain reminded that the festival I may visit, the coven I cherish, the artist I patronize and the author I read, can easily become what I visited, cherished, patronized and read because I didn’t do my part in the building….because I looked inward instead of forward.
— Manny Tejeda-Moreno, Shining like the Sun
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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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Peak

We're not wired emotionally to differentiate between 'good' and 'bad.' We just recognize peak passion, the strongest emotions. If your peak passion is with your family and loved ones, those are the experiences you seek out. If your peak passion is because you built an amazing motorcycle, that is what you remember and seek out. And unfortunately, if your peak passion is abuse at work or abusing someone, that is what you seek out.
— NeoWayland, peak experience
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Greater Pagan Community

Much of the justification for "establishing" a Greater Pagan Community® is so that certain individuals can get the adoration and deference they believe they deserve.
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Diversity of channels

We're plugged into more information and more information sources than ever before. A cascade effect is pretty common, where the same information (right or wrong) hits you from several channels at once, making it seem more important or more widespread than it actually is. That is why the number of channels is not nearly as important as the diversity of channels.
— NeoWayland, cascade effect
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Kirlian photography

As for Kirlian photography, it has nothing to do with the aura. There's no overlap, and someone's insistence that Kirlian photography ‘proves’ that the aura exists just complicates things.
— NeoWayland, aura
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Power through victimhood

I don't believe in enabling power through victimhood. I know that can seem cruel, but it's not. After a time, the training wheels get in the way.
— NeoWayland
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“In the Footsteps of Brasidas”

“Life lessons from reading Thucydides and hiking at night”

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Platinum Rule

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst and meanwhile, do everything you can to make things better.
— Jim O'Neil
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Tolerant

I can think of no other faith group that actually celebrates the nutcases as gifts from the gods. There is no politically correct way to describe it. People who would be shunned in any other circumstances are actually put on display to show how tolerant Paganism is.
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Vital & fresh

I think it's vital to have friends outside your faith and outside your work. It helps you to balance. We need people we don't agree with but still trust to keep us out of the ego traps. We need other outlets for our passion just to keep ourselves fresh.
— NeoWayland
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Wearing black

I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.
— Johnny Cash
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Folly

The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
— Mark Twain
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I believe in God

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
— John Lennon
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Without

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
— Albert Einstein
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Religion is dangerous

Religion is dangerous. The people in power have always realized this. Either they must tame it — make it all about how King Zork enjoys the Will of Heaven —or keep a heavy, cast iron lid on it.

The trouble with religious people is that they are not always loyal enough — to the king, to the government, to the Party, to the corporation.

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Fundamentalism denies others choice

I won't submit to your game. You will frustrate yourself more and more if you keep trying. The reason I can do this here, now, is because America is based on choice and pluralism and responsibility. Bad choices and bad consequences teach people to make better choices.

Fundamentalism denies others choice.

It doesn't matter if it's atheism, Islamist, climate change, Christianity, progressive, conservative, pagan, or libertarian. The label just distracts from the tactic.

Fundamentalism denies others choice.
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Character

The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.
— Abigail Van Buren
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First chapter

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
— Thomas Jefferson
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My paganism isn't separate

My paganism isn't separate. It's not something enshrined in the past behind a glass door in some museum. It's a living part of me and my world.

And it's going to shape my future.
— NeoWayland, Thursday at last
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Giving away your power

If you give your passion to them, then they win. You'll always be reacting and you'll always be unhappy.
— NeoWayland
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Heirs of dreams

Sometimes, the heirs of dreams do better than the heirs of blood and bone.
— NeoWayland
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Truest life

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
— Henry David Thoreau
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You don't know

You don't know where I get my news. When it comes to occult information, your "sources" and eyewitnesses and "primary documents" don't know squat. I've been on the shadow borders for twenty-nine years. I've a whole slew of contacts representing more faiths and paths than you can shake three wands and an athamé at. I've done research as a practitioner, a historian, a philosopher, and a scholar of comparative religion. You can't cloak your wanna-be claims from me. I've been to the places you fear and I've walked the paths beyond your longing.

And that, neighbor, is how you do it right. You can't do it without truth and experience.
— NeoWayland
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Take care of each other

Humans have been taking care of each other for a very very long time. How many old stories have gods wondering the Earth disguised looking for hospitality and charity? Our society is built on the idea of honor and fair play. Parity is a keystone. The Christians called it the Golden Rule, but it existed in dozens of successful cultures. It may be the most important idea of Western civilization and the best thing that sets us apart.
— NeoWayland
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Heard of brave knights

Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.
— C.S. Lewis
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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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Fairy tales

Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of God, that there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear.
— G. K. Chesterton
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Acquiring knowledge

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
— Denis Diderot
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One tree falls

Even if one tree falls down it wouldn't affect the entire forest.
— Chen Shui-bian
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Foster inner life

Does the Church in our time foster the inner life? Rarely. Does the Church hold the keys to a new consciousness? Yes.
— Theodore J. Nottingham, from “The Church and the Inner Life,” Gnosis № 25, Fall 1992
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Woods

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.
— Robert Frost
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Enough to destroy

The accusation is enough to destroy. That's why I compared it to Witch Trials. There is no defense against the accusation. You're assumed guilty by the mob, tried, and executed. There's no recourse, no chance to challenge the accusers.
— PaidinRubles
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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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Courage

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
— Nelson Mandela
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Born dreamers

We were born dreamers.

We can learn to be makers.

Technology lets us bridge our thoughts and our milieu.
— NeoWayland, Why a Technopagan?
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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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The Birth of Venus

Botticelli revived the love goddess Venus in the Renaissance, posing her in the modest manner pioneered by the ancient artist Praxiteles, as he sets out not to titillate, but philosophise. According to Plato and his followers the contemplation of physical beauty can lead the mind to heavenly truth. Botticelli's Venus is not a sex object. She is a divine teacher of spiritual enlightenment. Hers is a beauty that heals the world.
— Jonathan Jones, The top 10 female nudes in art
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Healthier state of being

Sound and color can be used to 'play' the human body like a musical instrument and put it in a healthier state of being.
— Jeff Chitouras, "Esoteric Sound & Color," Gnosis № 27, Spring 1993
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“Why are we facing a conundrum?”

Why are we facing a conundrum? The works from Bonewits have proven themselves as functional and relevant to their fields. Just because there is a glaring flaw in the man means we have to toss away his legacy? The idea is nonsense.
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Limiter

“This is the world, there is no other.” That’s the limiter. Everything moves because of dynamic balances, magick is the essence of change and evolution. Life changes. Magick moves. We connect.
— NeoWayland, Dirty hands
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We walk between the worlds

Making those connections in the world takes work. Remember we walk between the worlds. It’s not enough to touch the Divine. We have to come off the mountain top and share what we’ve found. We have to step out of the ritual circle.
— NeoWayland, Dirty hands
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Loves the earth

The pagan loves the earth in order to enjoy it and confine himself within it; the Christian in order to make it purer and draw from it the strength to escape from it.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Bound

Neither bound by tradition nor decree, but my own actions and deeds.
— anonymous
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Common good

Ever notice that when someone starts talking about the common good, they try to take something away from you?
— NeoWayland
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Can't keep the magick

Those parts of the Divine that you touch, you can’t keep the magick to yourself and still be pagan. You have to send it out. We take the Divine Gift and share it.
— NeoWayland, Dirty hands
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I've learned

As a pagan, I've long since learned that the World isn't mine to control.
— NeoWayland
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Usefulness

Bonewits' works form the backbone of my own work and beliefs. However, those works have that place in no way do to the character of the man who created them but instead on the usefulness of those works instead. I am a strong proponent against 'the cult of personality' so to idealize a man and accept his works solely do to that idealization is repugnant. I think Bonewits would understand and agree. At least that is the sense I get from the works I have from him.
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Not evil

The so-called Dark Side is not wholly an evil or negative place or force; after all, some things remain in the shadows because we've placed them there out of fear and squeamishness.
Jay Kinney, "Standing in the Shadows," Gnosis № 14, Winter 1989-'90
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Pagan virtue signaling

Paganism is about the relationship between you, the World, and the Divine.

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Music as a place

If Music is a Place -- then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.
— Vera Nazarian
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Imposed

A choice that is imposed is no choice. A religion that is imposed in the name of 'freedom and decency' will be neither free nor decent.
— NeoWayland
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Great work

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
— Steve Jobs
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Not a belief

Because enchantment is not a belief; it’s an experience.
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Honour our Pagan Elders

Why can we not choose to honour our Pagan Elders and past with humility and honesty? What prevents us from including a shameful past while holding on to what good treasures they contributed?
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True compassion

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
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Freedom of religion

It's long been a point of mine that the freedom of religion, which this country alleges to support, works two ways. We're not only free to practice the religion of our choice, we should be free from having someone else's religion practiced on us.
— John Irving
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Those who did no wrong

If we were to look back and see all our Elders as those who did no wrong, do we not fail ourselves first by setting our own selves up to fail? We learn so much from example. Even from the bad examples, we learn what not to do.
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Not enough evidence

I do not have enough evidence at this point to say that Bonewits sexually abused Moira Greyland in 1970, and I don’t think anyone else has either. Unless new information comes forward, I will not be rushing to distance myself from my first Real Magic book.
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Share and enjoy

As someone who is not part of the pickup culture or the marriage culture, I'm pretty sure about one thing.

If you want to sleep with someone more than a couple of times, you'd better find something other than sex you can share and enjoy.

One reason why marriage can work is because sex isn't the goal, nor is it the reward for a job well done.
— NeoWayland
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Every brilliant man or woman

I have found it seems to be a universal rule, every brilliant man or woman have inside an equally breathtaking flaw. We humans are simply not all good or all bad but a mix of differentiating proportions of both.
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Sex & consent

I've been examining my own assumptions about sex and consent.

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Our own heart

Our own heart, and not other men's opinions, forms our true honor.
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Threats

If you had faith, you wouldn't need threats.
— NeoWayland
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Awake

1 pint Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream dumped into a sixty-four oz thermal mug (yes they exist). Fill up the rest with double-strength Circle K coffee at 2 a.m.

It didn't keep me alert, but it did keep me awake. Sometimes for a couple of days.
— NeoWayland
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Get religion

Sending kids to "get religion" instead of practicing it with them is one of the surest setups for failure I know.
— NeoWayland
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Three sentences

I will give you three sentences and it will undo everything you have said on this thread and leave no doubt that I say what I mean.

People are responsible for their own actions and must accept the consequences for those actions.

I don't care what anyone's sexual taste is as long as they confine it to consenting adults.

Mess with kids sexually and it's time to start chopping off your body parts.
— NeoWayland
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Unrealistic standard

If anything is clearer to me now with this information coming out about Bonewits, there is far more work to be done with dealing with our shadow sides. Our Elders are not saints. I never expected them to be and I refuse to hold them to that unrealistic standard.
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Worldproof

You can't childproof the world. You can only worldproof your children.
— probably L. Neil Smith, The American Zone
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Journal 12Jan2018

Thinking by blogging
Sympathy is not part of my nature. Fellow-feeling is a gift that I have to work at, so I do. I consider it as restitution for the person I once was.
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Secret shame

Pain doesn't have to be the secret shame that you cherish and keep locked deep inside yourself. Just as joy doesn't have to be beyond your reach. It's all sensation. It's what you do with the passion that will shape your life.
— NeoWayland, Feeling
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“As if withholding belief was a moral crime…”

I have a problem with this assumption "at the moment the general reaction seems to be to disbelieve abuse survivors." I do not find it to be accurate. Mostly because of what group is being examined to provide the baseline for the general reaction, which I've rarely seen explained.

Every time I see this idea come up, it is used as a weapon against those who desire to have an examined and rational discussion without having to say "I believe." as if withholding belief was a moral crime. That idea that there is a culture of disbelief has been weaponized and used to silence those who ask uncomfortable and disquieting questions.

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My own werewolf story

But every October, I remember. It's my own werewolf story, with me cast as Henry Jekyll. Dr. Jekyll chose to be Mr. Hyde you see. That's my shame.
— NeoWayland, The TPY blog entry that shouldn't have been
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If this were a horror movie

Now if this were a horror movie, I would have been Tainted By Darkness and I would be hosting the same demon spirit that drove her with an insatiable drive to corrupt the innocent. But it's real life. I made the choices, I have to live with the consequences.
— NeoWayland, The TPY blog entry that shouldn't have been
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More popular than Jesus

We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first-rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
— John Lennon
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Pain

Sometimes we invite pain and tell ourselves it's for love. Or even worse, if we endure the pain now, we'll be rewarded sometime. When the Other feels like it. If they remember. If they can be bothered to acknowledge the gift.
— NeoWayland, Feeling
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Hurting

When we are hurting, we pull back. We shut things out. We shut our loved ones out. We wrap ourselves deep in our strongest passions. We keep the world at bay.
— NeoWayland, Feeling
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Failure

You can't keep wrapping yourself in the passion for failure and then wonder why you fail.

Cherish your passion and embrace the magick.
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Immediacy

I believe that Paganism offers an immediacy that I couldn't find in Christianity.
— NeoWayland, Why a Technopagan?
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Next step

The next step depends on the focus of your faith and your choices. It's not enough to be just pagan.
— NeoWayland, Blessed Journeys
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Inestimable value

The second coming of the Goddess has proved of inestimable value to people everywhere, for it has provided them with a new mythic pattern, a saving story to live by.
— Caitlin Matthews, from "Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom," Gnosis № 13, Fall 1989
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Shamanic weekends

Whenever I see these ads for shamanic weekends, I'm suspicious. Because shamanic ecstasy is terrifying.
— Rachel Pollack, from "The Gods of the Funny Books: An Interview with Rachel Pollack and Neil Gaiman," Gnosis № 32, Summer 1994
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Sandwiches

You have to enjoy the peanut butter sandwiches. You never know where your next one is coming from.
     — from the private journal of NeoWayland, 14Jan2013
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Defined

My faith isn't defined by my politics.
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Organize

The last thing I want is for anyone to "organize" neopaganism, but sometimes I wonder about the flakes we attract. They confuse our freedom of dogma with freedom from responsibility and consequences. And they believe that they are allowed to impose their own dogma on everyone else.
— NeoWayland, Flake off
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How easy it is to join

See, the internet is an equalizer of sorts. If I am in a "community," my statements have the same weight as the flakiest member who joined just last week. The chances of anyone sticking around and making that community actually worth something is inversely proportional to how easy it is to join.
— NeoWayland, Flake off
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Choice

Faith is a personal choice. So are politics. One does not define the other.
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The stars

Oh gods, the stars.

In a city, you see a few twinkles of the stronger stars, but that is nothing compared to what you see when you get away from the city lights. Suddenly the words "Milky Way" make sense. When I have been away from all the stars, my first instinct on a clear night is to strip down and bathe in all that silver starlight.
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I can hear the capitals

It always worries me when I can hear the capitals in what other people say, even if it is only what they are typing on a computer screen.
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the Forbidden

We're the Mystery Gateway, the Forbidden, the Ones Who Don't Play By The Rules. To an outsider meeting us for the first time, there is nothing that lets the outsider judge who and what we are. They see the Prize but they don't see the Price.
— NeoWayland, Flake off
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I am (the long version)

Putting up one of my old chants

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“Circles”

An old favorite

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Moonlight and sunlight

Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Questionable behavior

Unfortunately sometimes polyamory is a convenient label for questionable behavior. A healthy poly relationship is long term based on mutual respect. It's not an excuse to sleep with as many people as possible.
— NeoWayland
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A good man

Good men don’t need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
Doctor Who, A Good Man Goes to War
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Not seeing

Another one of those really, really misunderstood concepts that has caused more problems than it has solved. It's not seeing, it's perceiving. More accurately, it's translating “resonances”  into sensory analogues. Sort of like “hearing” by seeing the waveform on an oscilloscope at a distance through a telescopic lens with filters that randomly change. It's imperfect, imprecise, highly subjective, and varies according to location, experience, mood, and expectations.
— NeoWayland, aura
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“Joy to the World”

A pagan take on a holiday classic.

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Moral absolute

Every moral absolute I’ve ever encountered depends on cultural or religious assumptions that probably aren’t shared by all people present.
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“Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful!”

A pagan take on a still another holiday classic.

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Magic exists

Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.
— Nora Roberts
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“Away from the Harvest”

A pagan take on a still another holiday classic.

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“Moon of Silver”

A pagan take on a still another holiday classic.

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Desert beautiful

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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“Silent Night”

A pagan take on another holiday classic.

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Journal 15Dec2017

Thinking by blogging
I'm not allowed to share her story while she still lives, but my mother was amazing.
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In art…

In science, if you don't do it, somebody else will. Whereas in art, if Beethoven didn't compose the 'Ninth Symphony,' no one else before or after is going to compose the 'Ninth Symphony' that he composed; no one else is going to paint 'Starry Night' by van Gogh.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson
for Juliaki, remembering the baker's dozen of arguments we had over this.
Humans can create. We can make something that wasn't there before.
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“All Hail Ye, Simple Pagans”

A pagan take on another holiday classic.

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Known

That which is known but not told.
— NeoWayland
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Syncretism happens even if it offends

Faith and religion don't stay in the nice neat boxes and cabinets we make for them. Syncretism happens, even if it offends the True Believer™.
— NeoWayland
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Seek

If that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find without.
— Doreen Valiente
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“The Holly and the Ivy” (pagan version)

A pagan take on a holiday classic.

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Concede the war

The question is not which religion or belief set is mainstream, authentic, or even legitimate. Define your faith in those terms and you concede the war.
— NeoWayland, Faith worthy of freedom
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Desert is natural

The desert is natural; when you are out there, you can get in tune with your environment, something you lose when you live in the city.
— Robyn Davidson
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Understand

Magic's just science that we don't understand yet.
— Arthur C. Clarke
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Being a victim

Being a social victim means that others will look out for you and that you are not fully human.

Nor can you be fully trusted. Even if your victimhood grants you "moral authority" and exceptions from the rules.
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Difficult truths

There is an old saying that the difficult truths are the only ones that must be told.
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Master the discipline

Master the discipline or be mastered by the victimhood.
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Truth is…

Truth is relative. Truth is an artificial construct. Truth doesn't exist in a "pure" form.

One person's truth is always going to be another person's untruth, or at least their misunderstanding.

I measure relative truth by how useful it is at any given moment. It's still only an approximation, but it works until I find something better.
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Internet debates

Don't tell anyone, but I REALLY enjoy the debates. I'm amazingly good at it, especially when it's something I believe in. It's one of my secret guilty pleasures. I don't go "looking" for trouble anymore, but sometimes I can't help it when I stumble across it. And there is usually a good reason to make a stand.
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THE truth

When someone starts talking about THE truth, it's to exclude the thoughts and ideas they find uncomfortable.
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Your own worst impulses

Never piss off your friends, sometimes they save you from your own worst impulses.
— NeoWayland, Snap out of it!
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The moon does not fight

The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.
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Where the miracles are

Your will may be an 880 pound gorilla, but it doesn't matter if you don't have your own heart behind it. That is where the power is.

The heart is where the miracles are.
— NeoWayland, Snap out of it!
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❝Freedom from the Known…❞

Freedom from the Known is death, and then you are living.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti
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Back to basics

Back to the basics' works if you chose the right basics. (We could debate that.)
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Said no polytheist ever

“Y’all should worship the One True Thor—YOUR ZEUS IS FALSE!” said no polytheist ever.
tip of the hat to The Wild Hunt Blog
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The Lady Always Chooses

My feelings were irrelevant, I told him. My personal beliefs mean that The Lady Always Chooses. She was in a monogamous marriage to his dad. And that is where it stood. What he suggested wasn't even a possibility because her honor was more important to me than my own.
— NeoWayland, Bittersweet honor
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Anchor our dreams

We create our own mythology. We draw our history through that myth. We anchor our dreams in that history.

But so do all the people around us…
— NeoWayland, Skeins
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You can't be worthy

As long as you embrace victimhood, you can't possibly be as "worthy" as the person who made you a victim. You'll always need "help."

And yes, you should recognize the abuser/abused pattern here.
— NeoWayland, Several rewrites later
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Born with a spark of the Divine

We humans were born with a spark of the Divine. We spend our lives trying to pass that on.

Sometimes we succeed.
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Celebrate

Celebrate your beliefs and cherish your faith. All I ask is the same. Just don't demand that my beliefs and actions are bound by yours. Live and let live.

What you believe isn't important to me. Your freedom to choose what to believe, that is vital. That is what I will defend
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Day & Night

The day has eyes; the night has ears.
— Scottish proverb
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Turns

The Wheel turns and the World touches me.
— NeoWayland, Migration noise
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Revived 02Dec2017

These older blog entries have been reformatted and entered into the current directories

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Dark side

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
— Mark Twain
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Spirit and will

Life is just a chain of moments strung together by spirit and will.
— Juliaki, In the moment
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Legend

Is he like, a good legend, a bad legend, or legendary in his own mind?
— NeoWayland, The need for mystery
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Think you know

What you think you know is not what you need to know. Where you are is not where you need to be. Who you believe you are is not who you were meant to be.
— NeoWayland, Systematically
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Virtue

The virtue is in the manifestation, not the doctrine.
from the private journal of NeoWayland, 16Oct2012
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Unity Liberty Charity

Unity in things Necessary, Liberty in things Unnecessary, and Charity in all.
— Richard Baxter
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❝What I carry is what I use.❞

What I carry is what I use.
— NeoWayland's Pennyworth iPod Touch engraving, 19Nov2012
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Law of fives

If you look hard enough for a given pattern, you'll almost always find it somewhere. The "Law of Fives" isn't about the structure of the universe, it's about your perception of the structure of the universe.
     — NeoWayland
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Labels

We define the labels, the labels should not define us.
     — from the private journal of NeoWayland, 07Nov2012
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Lady Moon

Ah, Lady Moon, the kiss of your light works wonders.
     — NeoWayland
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Those Who Want To Be Noticed

I think the real issue is Those Who Want To Be Noticed. That's probably an oversimplification, but at this point I am going to accept it as a working assumption.

It's not that they believe, it's that they need the perception of others to validate their belief. I've talked about that need for validation before too.
     — NeoWayland, Disconnect
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Loudest voices

When it comes to Paganism, the voices of reason on the internet are getting harder and harder to find. And I am not just talking about the politics, although that is part of it too. Common sense is getting buried in the noise. It's below all the grandstanding and costuming. Like it or not, the face of modern Paganism is defined by what's on TV and the glitzy inaccurate websites.

The loudest voices are those who are disconnected from life. And those are the ones I don't want to be associated with.
     — NeoWayland, Disconnect
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❝Personal’s not the same as important.❞

Personal’s not the same as important. People just think it is.
— Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies
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Dirt paths

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
— John Muir
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Considered supernatural

Though often considered 'supernatural,' magic actually operates within a traditional view of the universe, complete with a recognizable set of natural laws.
     — Jay Kinney from “Magic: What is It?”, Gnosis № 2, Spring-Summer 1986
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Full-blown plan

Very rarely, I will encounter something and a full-blown plan will pop into my head without me having to think about it at all, along with the absolute certainty that it will work. These always work. I have no idea if these plans come from my higher selves, my gods, or any of my various allies. They just work without a hitch.
     — NeoWayland, Wisdom and the Three Percent
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Real magic

Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.
     — Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
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Draw my strength

I draw my strength from the ancient well and the dark and secret places.
     — Affirmation of NeoWayland
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Called for veritas

I have no higher authority. I have to persuade.
— NeoWayland
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Control how we touch other people

We can't let our faiths and our creeds control how we touch other people. Faith is between you and the Divine. But we're measured by how we touch the lives of other humans.
     — NeoWayland, Journal 07Jul2017
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On some issues

On some issues I run deeper than granite and more certain than dawn.
     — NeoWayland
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Ways

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
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This last week in free speech

I am certainly against Nazism, supremacist groups, and misogyny. I just think they SHOULD be heard, if for no other reason than they can be laughed off the stage.

As loudly and as enthusiastically as we can.”
— NeoWayland
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In their own minds

How anyone cannot see that Nature is God is amazing to me: that they's rather worship something that can only exist, really, in their own minds.
— Alice Walker
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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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One book

Nobody ever got smart reading just one book.
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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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❝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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❝Don't essentialize.❞

Don't essentialize.
— Peter Adamson
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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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❝Focus on the primary text…❞

Focus on the primary text, not secondary literature.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Respect texts about texts.❞

Respect texts about texts.
— Peter Adamson
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Worship

Don't laugh…

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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, 01Mar2002
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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.
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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 № 29, Fall 1993
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❝Take metaphors seriously.❞

Take metaphors seriously.
— Peter Adamson
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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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❝Think about the audience.❞

Think about the audience.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Think critically.❞

Think critically.
— Peter Adamson
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“As a pagan…”

As a pagan, I've found that 99% of my practices and worshiping consists of just going outside, sitting still, shutting up, and listening.
— AmericanCeltic
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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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☥ ✰ ❝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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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
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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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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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Spirituality

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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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.❞

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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❝ 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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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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❝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 Krishnamurti
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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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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.
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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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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

It started with a little tweaking and I got carried away.

I spent WAY too much time yesterday on this site.

The first big difference is the site header. I was never really happy with the background image of bubbles, so it’s gone. That meant the logo banner needed to be repositioned. While I was at it I wanted to make the title fonts a little more fun. Then I needed to clean up the sidebar.

I wanted to highlight the site slogan.

And so on.

The one thing I haven’t done that I really wanted was to make the site logo a clickable link. It’s not been for lack of trying. It works now.

Enjoy.


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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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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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Explain a 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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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 № 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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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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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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Wonder Woman Easter egg

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

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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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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 № 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.
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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.
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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 № 33 Fall 1994
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Weirdness

Weirdness for the sake of wyrdness is not enough.
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Acknowledge

Acknowledge but do not celebrate.
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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.
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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, Anachronism
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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 № 22, Winter 1992
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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.
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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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❝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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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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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."
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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 № 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…❞

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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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.❞

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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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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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 of life❞

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.
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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.
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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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Bilagáana

I’m one of the few bilagáana born on the Res, it’s shaped my outlook. I’m what happens when Louisiana 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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❝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, first law of ecology
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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.
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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”

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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❝ Freer about sexuality…❞

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. No amount of one-night stands will compensate for not feeling okay about yourself. Anyone who tells you that they are still looking for the 'right' partner so that they can practice sexual magic 'properly' still hasn't cottoned on to the basic facts that so-called sex-magic 'power' does not reside in other people, techniques, or in occult 'secret teachings.' All magical 'power' comes from within, and cultivating Self-Love is a first step to unleashing this power. Which is not to say that it is easy—it often isn't, and many people spend years struggling to like themselves. Self-Love requires that you accept yourself—warts and all, rather than trying to live up to a self-image which is unrealistic and unbalanced. Self-Love enables you to relax so that you are not continually flogging yourself with internal criticism, and, significantly, you do not feel an overwhelming need to have other people's approval. Self-Love changes the way we relate to others, so that we no longer use other people as props to support our fantasies, but begin to see them as independent agents. If you do not love yourself, then you will find it difficult to love other people—you will continually use others to prop up parts of your ego.
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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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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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Seriously

We have to laugh at ourselves. No one else would take us seriously enough.
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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.

...

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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
— NeoWayland
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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 № 50
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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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≠ ✰ ❝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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≠ ✰ ❝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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Must be chosen

Faith cannot be given. Faith cannot be taken. To mean anything at all, faith must be chosen freely.
— NeoWayland
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Stranger

When we look at the Tarot for what it apparently is, we look into a mental map of the time when the Italian and French Middle Ages were poised on the cusp of the Renaissance - a time that is actually stranger and intellectually more foreign to us than we tend to think.
— Chas S. Clifton from "The Unexamined Tarot," Gnosis № 18, Winter 1991
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Mosaics

Our energy fields often look like mosaics of pieces from family, friends, co-workers, people seen on TV, or even random strangers encountered on the street.
— Rebecca Wilson from “The Art of Psychic Healing”, Gnosis № 34, Winter 1995
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❝We are the music makers…❞

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream.
Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams.
World losers and world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams.
Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems.
— Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy
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Blessing this day

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
— anonymous
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Fellow-feeling

Sympathy is not part of my nature. Fellow-feeling is a gift that I have to work at, so I do. I consider it as restitution for the person I once was.
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❝One of nine…❞

Sex is one of the nine reasons for incarnation. The other eight are unimportant.
— George Burns
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❝All acts of love and pleasure…❞

Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold — all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
— Doreen Valiente, Charge of the Goddess
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Talent

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
— Stephen King
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❝Keep close to Nature's heart…❞

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
— John Muir
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Depreciated polytheism

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have all depreciated polytheism as intrinsically inferior - primitive, crude, lost. But much of the profundity of Paganism lies in its deep appreciation for the complexity and richness of life, its embrace of the world that surrounds us, that indeed is us.
— Frank Donnola from “Reconciling One and Many,” Gnosis № 28, Spring 1993
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Train

Thanks to gods, we have to Manifest.

It’s still the Spark of Inspiration

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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 gives 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.

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❝If I talk about Nature…❞

I don’t have a philosophy: I have senses...
If I talk about Nature, it’s not because I know what it is,
But because I love it, and that’s why I love it,
Because when you love you never know what you love,
Or why you love, or what love is.

Loving is eternal innocence,
And the only innocence is not thinking.
— Alberto Caeiro, The Keeper of Sheep
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❝Cloaks you wear❞

Be careful the cloaks you wear lest you be soiled by their dirt.
— from the shadow book of Red Cedar Owl
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❝Something pagan in me❞

There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
— Lord Byron
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❝Only the Natural❞

The Supernatural is only the Natural disclosed.
— Emily Dickinson
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Nonsense

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
     — Roald Dahl
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❝Mother Nature was the only one who fit❞

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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More important

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear. The timid presume it is lack of fear that allows the brave to act when the timid do not. But to take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave.
— Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon from “No Peaceful Warriors!”, Gnosis № 21, Fall 1991
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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.

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Personal Choice

The simple answer is that moral responsibility is always a personal choice. You can't compel virtue or it ceases to be virtue.
     — NeoWayland

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NeoNotes — Sex positive

Sex without the emotional connection is masturbation. And just as fulfilling.
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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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Starlight

You are made of starlight. Don’t forget to shine.
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A dangerous pagan

I think that a Greater Pagan Community™ for the sake of the institution is a extraordinarily Bad Idea®.
— NeoWayland
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Take the power

Pagans and Pagan groups will never be taken seriously if the only social power we can claim is because we are threatened and oh so very put upon. Stars above and Earth below, do you really think that your Gods want you to exist as a victim and only at the sufferance of others?

Take the power that is your Divine right, look the bullies straight in the eye, and proudly claim your humanity and Paganism in that order. You don't have rights because you are a Pagan and because you have to be protected. You have rights and privileges because you are HUMAN.

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Truthful answers - new site slogan

I have on occasion wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers. Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now to prevent disaster later.
— NeoWayland
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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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❝NO PROBLEMS!❞

NO SOLICITORS
NO RELIGIOUS GROUPS
(This Means You Everyone)
NO PEDDLERS
NO PROBLEMS!
HAVE A SUPER FANTASTIC DAY!
— three minutes and fifteen seconds into the movie Growing Op
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❝A new dogma❞

There is a danger in the New Age movement of 'open-mindedness' and 'universality' becoming a new dogma which only serves to separate 'us' who pay lip service to these ideals from 'them' who do not. Far better to be a flexible, open-minded traditionalist than a rigidly doctrinaire liberal.
— Ya'qub ibn Yusuf from “Back to Basics”, Gnosis № 16, Summer 1990
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❝A real man…❞

A real man loves strong women, whether as lovers or just as friends, because weak ones are boring, often parasitical, and make the worst exes.
— Isaac Bonewits
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Earth Day & politics

Inspire, don’t require.
     — NeoWayland
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Written at the crossroads

The universe is written in mathematics. The Mystery is written in poetry. We're born where the two meet.

At the crossroads.
— NeoWayland, Kissed by the Lady Moon
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❝Everything else in the universe❞

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
— John Muir
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Voices

Sometimes it looks like I might know what I am doing and saying

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Struggle Nobly…

You're so determined to struggle nobly against dark forces that you can't see what is casting the shadow.
— NeoWayland
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I can't be the white knight

I can't be the white knight. I can only be a friend. I can't be a savior, but I can lend a shoulder and an ear. I can't shield anyone from the cold darkness, but I can share a little body heat under the blanket. I can't bring joy, but I can give a smile.
— NeoWayland
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❝You have to believe in dreams…❞

You have to believe in dreams, because sometimes they believe in you.
— Simon R. Green, Something From the Nightside
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❝As long as we lie to ourselves…❞

As long as we lie to ourselves, the Trickster will be with us. He'll show up just when we least want him, to embarrass us on a first date, to prove us fools in front of the learned company we're trying to impress, to make us miss a power breakfast with that all-important business contact.
— Richard Smoley from “My Mind Plays Tricks on Me”, Gnosis № 19, Spring 1991
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Unsent note to a Christian

I am free to choose and free to take responsibility for myself. I am not a child to be threatened into submission. I will not blindly accept your mandates when the Divine and the World beckon.
— NeoWayland
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Better

My friends have always been the best of me.
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❝At the end of the day…❞

At the end of the day, some things can't be faked.
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Experience & Art

Paganism should spread through experience and art, not theology. The theology comes later, if it comes.
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Homework assignment

Morality ought to be filed under Philosophy, not Religion.
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Pardon me while I blink in the winter sunlight and get my bearings

Thinking by blogging
On stage I make love to twenty-five thousand people; and then I go home alone.
— Janis Joplin
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Meant to be used

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Gifts from the gods

No matter how beautiful the form, god inspired crafting is meant to be used. It's dishonorable to receive a gift from the gods and put it on a shelf just to look at on special occasions.
Okay, so yes, it's self-referential.

Doesn't mean it's not true though.

May you find your own god-gifts this equinox.

Posted: Wed - September 22, 2010 at 01:35 PM

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Remember this

Power has to be shared. It is the key to survival.
Andromeda TV series
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Beyond the details

“”The

Thoughts and feelings

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Future

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

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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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One of my better short efforts I think

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Sometimes I'm good

Just because you woke up in Cleveland doesn't mean that all roads lead there. Or that you know the airline schedule.

Posted: Mon - May 3, 2010 at 06:43 AM

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Good reasoning

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I'm not a parent but this makes sense to me.

Well, I told him to walk away if it's ... for himself and to stand up and fight if it's for someone else.
— Booth to Brennan in the Bones episode "The Finger in the Nest"
I've seldom seen it explained better. In this world of soundbites, sometimes the truth shines through.

Posted: Tue - April 20, 2010 at 11:52 AM

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Strange Thinkum

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*ahem*
"I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay…"


Do I ask too much for the forest or not enough for the trees?
     — NeoWayland
I'm in a very weird mood today. Make of it what you will.

Posted: Tue - January 26, 2010 at 06:07 AM

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Touch of a Master - Updated

The main thing I noticed about the experts I’ve encountered is they are into impressing you with their abilities. They are usually incredibly good, but their need for recognition gets in the way of mastery. Everything they do is an attempt to prove themselves and in order to do this they must perform like an actor on stage. There’s nothing wrong with this, and I don’t think the expert can become a master without going through this stage in life. At some point though, the expert becomes comfortable with themselves or fed up with impressing everyone and starts to look inward to the core of their art.
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Thinkum-a-giggle

Sometimes my email is worth it

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How to convince me you're a poseur before I've finished the first page of the preface of your book - UPDATED

Why bother to write if you're going to undermine everything you say?

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Briefly, another thinkum

Popping up. Will be back in a couple of days.

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“We are the Pagans who have moved on”

Inspiring words

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Groups

How many groups really are about the gods and the magick?

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Moody

The jokes are still pretty stale

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Look out for the stale jokes

Just doing my part to bring semi-merriment to the internet

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Feeling

The little things that keep me in this world - updated

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Wisdom and the Three Percent

I answer my email indirectly

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Revisiting your truths

Accepting responsibility and doing the honorable thing

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In a hole

Friends in dark places

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License to thrill

Rattling the windows, singing in anticipation

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Strings of universes that work

Ready for your homework assignment?

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“In the absence of understanding, triviality dominates.” - UPDATED

“”The

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

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Flipping through the quote file

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My handy dandy Palm provides a couple of thinkums for the day

I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand. In the doing is the learning.
     — ancient Chinese proverb
It is not necessary to know. It is only necessary to try.
     — Babylon 5
That's it for now. After all, philosophy doesn't put OJ and tortillas in the fridge.

Posted: Wed - October 1, 2008 at 02:55 PM

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Been thinking some today

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Heart's desire

Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.
— Lois McMaster Bujold, Memory
A little rueful here, but still thinking.

A better post tomorrow, I promise

Posted: Tue - September 30, 2008 at 02:50 PM

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Transcending the label

Thinking by blogging

Be - updated

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Sometimes we forget the obvious

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A thinkum from times past

Wisdom is where you find it.
— Angus
Thanks Angus, where ever you are now. It had slipped my mind.

Posted: Mon - July 28, 2008 at 07:05 AM

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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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I agree entirely with this one

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Wise words from a Pagan musician

We've no problem with Christians, Muslims or any other religious people provided they don't try to force their views on everyone else in the world.  We just think there are a lot more gods than just one...
     — Joe Hennon in an interview with Expatica Belgium

Hat tip Wild Hunt Blog
Cross posted to both Technopagan Yearnings & Pagan•Vigil

Posted: Thu - May 3, 2007 at 05:26 PM

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Observing what others think of “Pagan Community”

Why is it that the noisiest ones get to define the community?

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Move through the anger

Kids were expected to stand there and be yelled at, be called names, and be hit when parents were angry. We, of course, were not supposed to express our anger that way, but neither were we told any acceptable way of expressing our anger. The only acceptable thing for us to do was to go to our room and do nothing- and that was allowed only when our parents were done dumping their anger on us.

The unspoken lesson was don't get angry, and if you do, then don't get rid of it. Well, let me tell you, that leads to a lot of fucked up kids turning into a lot of fucked up adults.
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Humantics

Humanity is a colony organism. People cherish their passions. Competition breeds progress and encourages honesty. In the absence of understanding, triviality dominates. Seek paradox for truth. Resist dogma for growth. Beware anyone who offers an absolute.
     — NeoWayland, On Humantics
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This week's thinkum

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Do you live your faith or does your faith live you?

I've been thinking about that a lot this week.

Posted: Thu - March 23, 2006 at 05:02 PM

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“I'm being attacked!”

ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX IV: I mean what exactly are you doing with your life?

ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX: I'm being attacked by a Vogon Fleet.

ZB IV: Doesn't surprise me in the least.
—The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy radio series, Fit the Ninth
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Craft Check

I'm going to watch this one a bit before adding it to the blogroll, but I do agree with the idea.

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❝Why Coyote doesn't give commandments❞

(laughing too much to say anything important right now)

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Take it seriously

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You want your religion taken seriously? Stop treating it like fandom.
     — dinpik, Pagan Skeptics

Hat tip to Wicca: For the Rest of Us
Posted: Thu - August 25, 2005 at 05:07 PM

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Golden, Silver, and Iron Rules

Worth mentioning with some of the latest posts

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Faith worthy of freedom

The only worthy faiths and beliefs are those freely chosen

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Happy Towel Day!

Douglas Adams Passing Day

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“Follow” is not exactly an accurate term

How I think paganism works for me

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Religious Truth

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I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path.
     — Jiddu Krishnamurti, August 2, 1929

Posted: Mon - May 9, 2005 at 08:07 AM

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