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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.


My theory is it’s possible to become very successful in a given field by applying the prevailing orthodoxy and doing exactly as everyone expects without the slightest deviation. Like this, you can become very competent in your chosen subject – until someone chucks a curveball at you and it becomes clear you’ve had no practice in dealing with dissenting opinions.
— Tim Newman, Into-the-box thinking

Like calls to like

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

Best practices

If it's Tuesday, it must be technopagan.

There was a great piece that I linked at Pagan Vigil in my Tuesday headline roundup, Why Simple Beats Complex. Ben Carlson is addressing the investment world, but I think it may be universal. Regular readers may recognize the theme from Zed Shaw's The Master, The Expert, The Programmer. Both these pieces are worth your time.

Shortly after reading Shaw's essay, I examined my writing. I was making it complex, I was flourishing what I knew and expecting people to pat me on the head and say, "Good job." Stripping out the nonessentials was hard and time consuming. It once took me nine months to get a single sentence exactly right. But there it was, simple, basic, and no one could disagree. But people could dismiss it as trite. I had to learn that just because others didn't see the possibilities didn't mean I had to explain it. Four Powers of the Magus all over again, to keep silent.

Carlson makes two important points. Complexity is about tactics; simplicity is about systems. Simple is harder.

Successful people usually stick to basic rules. It's because those rules usually work. And if the rules don't work, people who understand the rules usually understand the World. That gives a leg up in choosing what to try next.

Take one of my favorites. It's the one I try to build my life around. Leave the World a little better than when you found it. I call it a secret of life for good reason. This rule doesn't say do not litter. It's implied. This rule doesn't say clean up the kitchen every morning. This rule doesn't say tend your garden

Let's look at three other rules I use.

GOLDEN RULE - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

SILVER RULE - Do for yourself at least as much as you do for others.

IRON RULE - Don't do for others what they can do for themselves.

That Iron rule applies in my magick. When someone comes to me for help, I judge if help is necessary, needed, and deserved. I don't just rely on my own judgement, but there have been only a handful of times when I've been "overruled." I'm not in this to save souls, I'm in this to leave the World a little better than how I found it. That means sometimes I say "No."

It's not easy. People in need don't want to hear it and it makes pain worse.

Right now one of the things I'm doing is the Timetable page on this site. I'm planning on redoing the lexicon using the same techniques. It's modular, built up from tested parts added one at a time and tested again as I go along. Most people will never think about the construction of the page, for them it will just work. Just like this site.

I try to strip my magick and my rituals down to what's needed and build from there.

Complexity can work, but adding complexity means making it more unstable. If I am building to last, I want to know it will last.

In my home.

In my words.

In my magick.

Simple, well tested ideas that work well together without constant tweaking. Doing more with less. The mark of a master.

Sometimes I actually pull it off.



Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
— Stephen King

Sunfell Tech Mage Rede Nine Words Serve The Tech Mage Best Keep What Works Fix What’s Broke Ditch The Rest

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