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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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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.”
— anonoymous
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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 seams 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.”
— The Doctor, 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.
     — NeoWayland, as a rule, absolutes don’t
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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…”

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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.

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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.”

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This last week in free speech

If you use force so others will listen, you’re doing it wrong.

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…”

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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

Reading

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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.
     — Maggie McNeill
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One thing I wish I could literally pound into Christian heads

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

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

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

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

“…my practices and worshiping…“

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Environmentalism crusade

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

Silence is not louder than words.
     — Peter Adamson
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Fairness

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

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

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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 Krishnamurt
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Worthy

The worthy choices are never the easy ones.
— NeoWayland
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Wolves are silent

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

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

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

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Communities

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

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

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

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

I look for the Divine in every woman I meet. Can you think of a better way to find people who are honorable, passionate and reasoning at the same time?
     — NeoWayland
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“Do not believe…”

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

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

I am pagan because I was born that way, and because I made that choice long before I was born.
     — NeoWayland, Why are you Pagan?
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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.
     — NeoWayland, How to convince me you're a poseur before I've finished the first page of the preface of your book

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Nutcases

Modern American pagans are especially bad, we tend to celebrate some of our worse nutcases as gifts from the gods.
     — NeoWayland, Depression and the Modern Pagan

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Tired old battles

Science and religion are still fighting their tired old battles for control of the world - a cheap wrestling match which has long since ceased to interest any but the most deeply hypnotized marks.
     — Peter Lamborn Wilson from “Chaos, Eros, Earth, and Old Night”, Gnosis № 33 Fall 1994
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Weirdness

Weirdness for the sake of wyrdness is not enough.
     — NeoWayland, Depression and the Modern Pagan

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Acknowledge

Acknowledge but do not celebrate.
     — NeoWayland

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Enlightenment

Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?
     — NeoWayland

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Absolutely

As a rule, absolutes don't.
     — NeoWayland

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Technology

Gods and magick have always lived in technology.
     — NeoWayland

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Once upon a time

Our Dieties aren't suspended in “once upon a time,” they transcend us. They inspire us. They tantalize us.
     — NeoWayland, 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.
     — NeoWayland, So what's a Technopagan anyway? And what do they yearn for?

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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.
     — NeoWayland, Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?

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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

That is the polytheistic view of life. The world is a mess. The world is beautiful. The gods are eternal (or as good as). The gods work at cross-purposes, and sometimes humans are caught between them.

"If you try to change the world in the name of some grand, sweeping, utopian vision, you will just make it worse. The most you can do is to give Achilles and Kevin Houston a good cause.

     — Chas. S. Clifton, On the Necessity of the Iliad for Modern Polytheism
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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
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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

I think it is funny that we were freer about sexuality in the 4th century B.C. It is a little disconcerting.
     — Angelina Jolie
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Love begins at home

“It may sound like a cliché, but love begins at home.”

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“Morality in sexual relations…”

Morality in sexual relations, when it is free from superstition, consists essentially in respect for the other person, and unwillingness to use that person solely as a means of personal gratification, without regard to his or her desires.
     — Bertrand Russell
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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."
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Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it may. And outlive the bastards.

     — Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign
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A secret of life

Leave the World a little better than how you found it.
     — NeoWayland

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Sterility cults

Yet rather than calling the earliest religions, which embraced such an open acceptance of all human sexuality, 'fertility cults,' we might consider the religions of today as strange in that they seem to associate shame and even sin with the very process of conceiving new human life. Perhaps centuries from now scholars and historians will be classifying them as 'sterility cults.'
     — Merlin Stone, When God Was A Woman
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NeoNotes — Help

I think it goes beyond religion.

I think it's the keystone to Western Civilization. ReligiousTolerance.org calls it the Ethic of Reciprocity. Christians call it the Golden Rule. My favorite version comes from the movies.

"Be excellent to each other! And party on Dudes!"

Philosophically, the EoR assumes that there are other people and they are just as important as you are. If you want to be treated well, you have to treat others well.

I call it parity. Some call it fairness. It's all the same thing. Help if you can because you may want help later.
NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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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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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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Pathless land

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
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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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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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Pagan?

I didn't have a word for what I was for years. I was the small kid who announced to his family that if there was a God the Father, it was only natural that there had to be a God the Mother too. And Mother Nature was the only one who fit the bill.
— NeoWayland

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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.
     — ladystardvst
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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
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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.
     — Doctor Who, The Wedding of River Song

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“At the end of the day…”

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

Paganism should spread through experience and art, not theology. The theology comes later, if it comes.
     — Chas Clifton, Looking at Your Polis as a Pagan
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Homework assignment

Morality ought to be filed under Philosophy, not Religion.
     — Chas S. Clifton, How to Ruin the Mysteries, or Religion is not Moral

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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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Remember this

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Remember this

On a quote binge

“Power has to be shared. It is the key to survival.”
     — Andromeda TV series
Sometimes I shouldn't be allowed in my quote file.

In this context, I meant that the magick should be sent back into the world as soon as possible.

Notice I did not say a thing about the lore…

Posted: Fri - September 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM

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One of my better short efforts I think

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One of my better short efforts I think

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.
Originally posted in the comments of Enlightenment is a Right-Brain Phenomenon? at Sunni and the Conspirators.

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

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Good reasoning

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Good reasoning

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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Strange Thinkum

*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

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.
     — Zed Shaw,The Master, The Expert, The Programmer

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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

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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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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Flipping through the quote file

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Flipping through the quote file

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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Been thinking some today

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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Sometimes we forget the obvious

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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I agree entirely with this one

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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This week's thinkum

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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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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Take it seriously

“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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Happy Towel Day!

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Happy Towel Day!

Douglas Adams Passing Day

Douglas Adams was an author best known for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

His stories seriously warped my sense of humor as a young man. Sadly, I've never recovered.

Here's to you, Douglas, you were a most improbable man.

“A cool frood who never quite knew where his towel was.”

Posted: Wed - May 11, 2005 at 06:45 AM

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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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Religious Truth

“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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