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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.
Isaac Bonewits

“Control every variable and you control every change — lotsa luck!”

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

If any two or more patterns have elements in common, the patterns interact “through” those common elements, and control of one pattern facilitates control over the other(s), depending (among other factors) upon the number, type and duration of common elements involved.
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Spells for Democracy?

Isaac Bonewits is calling for spells to change the outcome of the Senate vote on judicial filibusters.

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The pedestal problem

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
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Monday - October 1, 2018

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Lost Wonderers

Another class of seekers

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NeoNote — Good and evil

Long story short, without monotheism, the meaning of good and evil aren't so clear cut. It tends to be more in the nature of "this HELPS my tribe/city/nation" and "this HURTS my tribe/city/nation." It becomes relative and based on cost/benefit. It depends more on individual judgement and less on an Official List of "THOU SHALT NOTS."

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Condemnation of memory

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

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Study guide - Bonewits' Laws of Magic

I was working on the lexicon and realized I had totally forgotten Isaac Bonewits' The Laws of Magic.

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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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Summing up the circus

Here's the quick take for those of you who don't want to dig through the whole internet.

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In defense of Bonewits' work

If his work can't stand on it's own, people will find something else.

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“Why are we facing a conundrum?”

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

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

“Accusations of abuse surface against ADF founder Isaac Bonewits”

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Bonewits update

Where to find out what's happening.

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Good Journey Isaac

A man who truly touched lives

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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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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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Special harvest

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

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Really real pagan

According to some members of the Big Three monotheisms, it's a smear word. Pagans worship multiple gods and haven't evolved enough to worship the One True God®. Of course, they're busy arguing over which One True God® and if this One is an aspect of that One and if this other can be Three-In-One. Maybe a monotheist answer isn't the best one.
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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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Comments on "Teach Me, My Way"

Juliaki wrote an pretty good piece on teachers and students in the Craft

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Progressively regressive

A rare political rant on my Pagan blog

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On Christians and Pagan tolerance

Long, involved, but some good points

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How to be Pagan for a day

An absolutely serious and scholarly discussion on the details of Pagan belief

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Before the Deepest Night - updated

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

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A narrow slice of life, but now and again pondering American neopaganism, modern adult pagans & the World.

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