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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.

“Hermes and Loki and Tricksters Part 2: Crash Course World Mythology”


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Best practices

I had to learn that just because others didn't see the possibilities didn't mean I had to explain it.

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“Creation from the Void”

“Today on Crash Course Mythology we’re starting in on creation stories. This week, we’ll focus on the creation of the universe out of nothing, or Ex Nihlio creation. Basically, a god decides to make a universe out of nothing. We’ll look at the Genesis story (which has nothing to do with Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins), a Mayan creation tale, a Kono story of the beginning, and we’ll even look at the Big Bang.”

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Absolutely maybe sort of - updated

Now, should I reject Bonewits and all he stood for because he and I didn't agree?

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“What Is Myth?”

“Welcome to Crash Course World Mythology, our latest adventure (and this series may be literally adventurous) in education. Over the next 40 episodes or so, we and Mike Rugnetta are going to learn about the world by looking at the foundational stories of a bunch of different cultural traditions. We’re going to look at the ways that people’s stories define them, and the ways they shape their culture. We’re going to learn about gods, goddesses, heroes, and tricksters, and a lot more. We’re going to walk the blurry line between myth and religion, and we’re going to like it.”

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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

h/t The Wild Hunt

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Ego-trapped

I let my ego off the chain last weekend. It was a vain and foolish thing to do. And it had consequences.

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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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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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“Tricksters: An Introduction”

“This week, Mike introduces you to Tricksters, starting with Anansi, the West African trickster god who is also sometimes a spider. Tricksters are, well, tricky. They're wise and foolish, they're promiscuous and amoral, but in a lot of ways, they're good guys. We'll also talk about the occasionally tricky Hercules and Atlas, and touch on more recent tricksters like B'rer Rabbit.”

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Transcribing Faith

The Newberry Library in Chicago is home to some 80,000 documents pertaining to religion during the early modern period, a time of sweeping social, political, and cultural change spanning the late Middle Ages to the start of the Industrial Revolution. Among the library’s collection of rare Bibles and Christian devotional texts are a series of manuscripts that would have scandalized the religious establishment. These texts deal with magic—from casting charms to conjuring spirits—and the Newberry is asking for help translating and transcribing them.

As Tatiana Walk-Morris reports for Atlas Obscura, digital scans of three magical manuscripts are accessible through Transcribing Faith, an online portal that functions much like Wikipedia. Anyone with a working knowledge of Latin or English is invited to peruse the documents and contribute translations, transcriptions, and corrections to other users’ work.

     — Brigit Katz, Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts, h/t The Wild Hunt

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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 No. 6, Winter 1987-'88

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Penetration into the darkness

The penetration into the darkness surrounding God - the gulf between one's self and the All - involves the willingness to relinquish the comforting certainties of one's religion and risk heresy, if that is where the path leads.
     — Jay Kinney from “Heresies 101”, Gnosis No. 4, Spring-Summer 1987

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Question

If you don't question what a book or Authority Figure™ tells you, you aren't doing your part.
     — NeoWayland, How to convince me you're a poseur before I've finished the first page of the preface of your book

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Technology

Gods and magick have always lived in technology.
     — NeoWayland

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Science and Paganism

“Empirical Meets Spiritual: the Intersection of Science and Paganism”

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Love begins at home

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

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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 No. 50

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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 No. 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 No. 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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“Reflection-Medusa”

Sorrow and regret

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Patterns

The patterns we see in the universe may be nothing more than longing and human conceit. But if using those patterns give us a desired result, then the patterns are a useful fiction. The "ultimate reality" doesn't necessarily matter or even our belief doesn't matter, if we behave as if we believe and successfully reach our goals.
     — NeoWayland, Synchronicity, coincidence, perception, and perspective

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Point of view

Notice the relationships

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Only the Natural

The Supernatural is only the Natural disclosed.
     — Emily Dickinson

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Truthful

You are connected.

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NeoNotes — Witchcraft as rebellion

She is a parasite who is capitalizing on tragedy

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NeoNotes — Nothing supernatural exists

You're thinking of magick as cheat codes that let you get around universal rules.

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NeoNotes — Origin of Wicca

At some point you should go out and find your own way.

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Rhythm Of Life

”And The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat…”

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Coding your mind

Let's talk about how your mind works.

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Interconnections

Just because we humans don’t like a species doesn’t mean it’s not absolutely essential.

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Intuition & Inspiration

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

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The Lady Always Chooses

Poetic inspiration gives a glimse. That's a long way from manifesting.

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Totems I have known

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

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Letter & Spirit

Sometimes ravens leave a primary feather in my yard.

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Religion

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

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Impress Me

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

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Do Be Do Be Do

Speaking of the way that one idea links to another, I can’t help but notice a conflict. And a song.

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Voices

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

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Tying thoughts to emotions

Thought germs are memes

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Gods make you stretch

Most people go through life letting the Robot drive

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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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Love

It's what brings us together

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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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A little slice of mind

NeoWayland studies what he doesn't agree with

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Taking full measure

Just how well did that ritual work?

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Dream a little dream for me

A little piece of me

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Ephemeral

Where you live and how it shapes you

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Foolish thoughts

Just a couple of quick things

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Strings of universes that work

Ready for your homework assignment?

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Another Fine Message

Pulling together the bits on the mind that I have touched on before

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Knot truth

Going beyond the 101 and even beyond the tradition

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Does the orgin determine validity?

Musings on assumptions

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Mulling over the nature of Deity

Fiction and nonfiction collide and spawn in my semi-fevered brain

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Male or female?

An internet quiz to tell how you think

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The price

The dire wound that never heals

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