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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.

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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Nearly a cauldron

I can almost picture a cauldron there.
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Journal 23Jun2017

pagan festival season       AZ monsoon season       Lady in the Court of Shadows       🌚 dark moon

Thinking by bloggingI love watching ladies sunbathing in the summer. It's purely sexual. When I see a lovely lady lying on her stomach, I can't help wondering what it would be like to thrust inside her and bring us both to climax. When I see her on her back, I can't help wondering what it would be like to slide her swimsuit off and feast on her womanhood. Yes, I see women as sexual objects, but I see myself as a sexual object too. We're sexual beings, it's foolish to deny that. Sex is a part of us, and we don't celebrate it nearly enough.

I put my first Philosophy article up here at TPY. It's a part of my life I don't usually describe in my writing. The article deals with how we experience and communicate about the Divine. More and more this site is becoming a working notebook with what I want to share about paganism. I've compiled a list of the maxims (also here and here) I've written and I will be posting each one that applies here as a separate post. Of course, there are still plenty of other people's quotes too. I'll be posting pictures and my comments on each (there's a doozy coming next week). This is my web site, but it's not all me. It's what I want to share.

There's also a great piece about the press at Pagan Vigil. One of my better works I think. I'm pretty happy with the formatting on my main Wednesday entries there.

Speaking of sharing, I found and posted Isaiah's Job by Albert Jay Nock. I've been very discouraged about blogging lately. I had almost forgotten this article, but it was one of the things that encouraged me to start blogging in the first place.

I've been enjoying the veggies from my garden. Mostly tomatoes, but there is some zucchini and some spinach too. Okay, technically tomatoes are a fruit. Still worth the time though.

This has been a good week. I've dinner and a night planned with my companion. It won't be an early morning.

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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 No. 4, Spring-Summer 1987

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“Daphnis and Chloe” by Victor Borisov-Musatov

A lesser known Greek myth set on the isle of Lesbos
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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 No. 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

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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 No. 22, Winter 1992

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I don't know

pagan festival season       🌜waning half moon       ※ Suncrest - Solar Festival

With this entry, I'm introducing a new category, Philosophy.

Howard Gardner is a developmental psychologist and professor best known for his theories of multiple intelligences. I first ran across the theory in Gardener's 1983 book Frames of Mind.

Wikipedia has more:
According to Gardner, an intelligence must fulfill eight criteria: potential for brain isolation by brain damage, place in evolutionary history, presence of core operations, susceptibility to encoding (symbolic expression), a distinct developmental progression, the existence of savants, prodigies and other exceptional people, and support from experimental psychology and psychometric findings.

Gardner chose eight abilities that he held to meet these criteria: musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. He later suggested that existential and moral intelligence may also be worthy of inclusion. Although the distinction between intelligences has been set out in great detail, Gardner opposes the idea of labeling learners to a specific intelligence. Gardner maintains that his theory of multiple intelligences should "empower learners", not restrict them to one modality of learning.According to Gardner, an intelligence is "a biopsychological potential to process information that can be activated in a cultural setting to solve problems or create products that are of value in a culture."

When I first read Frames of Mind, it was obvious to me that Gardner had left out at least two intelligences and probably others. Gardner did not distinguish between gross motor coordination and fine motor coordination. Since watchmaking doesn't necessarily help throwing a baseball, there's a difference there.

The second one I called gnostic intelligence. Gardner's concept of existential intelligence began to touch on it slightly. As nearly as I can tell, gnostic intelligence is perception of something beyond, ability to interact with that something beyond, and the ability to bridge between that something beyond and human experience.

And that raises the first philosophical question. What exactly is that something beyond? How are we sensing it?

I don't know.

I do know that it took centuries for humans to build instruments so they could detect radiation. Humans had to learn how to isolate chemicals so we could study them. When we use science to study, it is about things we can not directly perceive.

The anecdotal and mythological evidence between cultures might indicate that there are non-human intelligences that know more than we do and aren't necessarily bound by space-time in the same ways that we are. They may not exist as matter and energy.

Does that make them gods?

I don't know.

It might be some sort of collective human consciousness. It might be individual humans after death. It might be something else entirely.

How do we measure and test the possibilities?

I don't know.

What the stories tell us is that the rules of time and other human limitations don't necessarily apply. And the few times that humans have looked directly into that beyond, no one could perceive more than a fraction of the overwhelming reality that was there. So we made godmasks to protect our sanity.

So which godmasks are real?

All of them.

None of them.

I don't know.

What is really out there?

We may never know.

But we do know this. The stories are absolutely clear about one thing. Gods make you stretch.

Open your eyes. Open your mind.

Maybe you'll catch a glimpse.

If you do, be sure to bring it back and tell the rest of us.


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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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“Boy With A Dog” by Victor Borisov-Musatov

It is a very boy thing to do.
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Picnic

That book has her attention.
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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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Science and Paganism

“Empirical Meets Spiritual: the Intersection of Science and Paganism”
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“Three Graces in a Cactus Garden” by Lotan Lotan

Lotan often used the southwestern desert and Arizona in particular.
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Fire's warmth

There's nothing like feeling the fire's warmth on your naked skin.
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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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hiatus

Due to unforseen circumstances, I'm taking a break from blogging until June 5, 2017.

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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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An amazing place that proves Divinity

Just look at those amazing clouds.
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Fire dance

Paganism has it's benefits.
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No one

But there is no one place where everything thrives.

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Poetry in the bath

That's not a ballpoint pen she's holding.
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Swimming

Eakins explored nudes in much of his work.
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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

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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 No. 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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