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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.

A work in progress. Explaining words and phrases that I often use. Noting new and interesting ideas. Discussing certain verbal warning signs. There’s no social justice or political correctness here.

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Befores       be proud       Beal-tine       Bealtaine       Bealtinne       Bealtuinn       Bel-tien       Beltine       Beltaine       Beltan       Beltein       Big Name Pagans       bilagáana       Blessed       Bless List       BloodKin       blue moon       boline       BoneKin       borders       borosilicate       Boxing Day       bozo       bracer       Bright & Dark Blessings       bright & dark passions       bright Moon       Brigit's Day       burning man                              
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Inspired by the writings of the late Zena Henderson and the Celtic Mighty & Beloved Dead. It's not quite ancestor worship, my version of a Before is closer to “revered inspiration” Think of it like “respected ancestor who I choose to honor by living their example. I've expanded the original idea, it is no longer limited to my blood ancestors. I have adoptive Befores, those who inspire me in other ways. Each year at the beginning of Winter, I name five.
  • Before of Bone - in my family line
  • Before of Heart - provided compassion and love in any of it’s forms. See Greek words for love
  • Before of Thought - provided wisdom or knowledge
  • Before of Deed - provided action that shaped my world
  • Before of Spirit - touched me beyond words and strummed my passions


be proud

But don’t invite trouble.


Beltaine     around the first of May

Traditional neopagan sabbat. Cross quarter day, Greater Sabbat, High Holiday, & fire festival. Beltaine marks the midpoint between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice and the beginning of summer. Major fertility fest, source of greenwood weddings. Celebrating the conjoining of the goddess and the god in the sacred marriage and creation. Light twin to Samhain.
Beltane, also spelled Beltine, Irish Beltaine or Belltaine, also known as Cétamain, festival held on the first day of May in Ireland and Scotland, celebrating the beginning of summer and open pasturing. Beltane is first mentioned in a glossary attributed to Cormac, bishop of Cashel and king of Munster, who was killed in 908. Cormac describes how cattle were driven between two bonfires on Beltane as a magical means of protecting them from disease before they were led into summer pastures—a custom still observed in Ireland in the 19th century. Other festivities included Maypole dances and cutting of green boughs and flowers.

In early Irish lore a number of significant events took place on Beltane, which long remained the focus of folk traditions and tales in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. As did other pre-Christian Celtic peoples, the Irish divided the year into two main seasons. Winter and the beginning of the year fell on November 1 (Irish: Samain) and midyear and summer on May 1 (Irish: Beltaine). These two junctures were thought to be critical periods when the bounds between the human and supernatural worlds were temporarily erased; on May Eve witches and fairies roamed freely, and measures had to be taken against their enchantments.

The Land represented by the Goddess is now ripe and fertile and the Young God expresses His Love for Her. This is a time of joyous reveling as the first flowers of Summer are gathered in Their Honor.
INDEX: Beltane

See also Summergate, May Day, Summergate, Summergate, Walpurgis Eve, A Celebration of May Day Beltane, Bealtinne, Beltine, Beltain, Beal-tine, Beltan, Bel-tien, Beltein, Bealtuinn, Bealtaine, Cetsamhain, Walpurgisnacht, Roodmas, Walburga, Galan Mai, Shenn da Boaldyn


Big Name Pagans

Fame is their motivation. I am less impressed by fame than what someone has done and how they have lived.



Traditional Diné word for “white person.” It loses something in translation. I’m one of the few born among the Diné. Yes, I was born on the Navajo reservation. There’s not a word for that, but it’s understood on both sides that there is something more to the relationship. I’m what happens when Louisiana farming stock takes root in the Four Corners region.

The idea behind the origin of the Navajo word bilagáana is not entirely clear. It’s meaning is, though. It’s the Navajo name for white people, or people of Caucasian descent.

Irvy Goosen, an author of Navajo language teaching texts, posits the idea that it evolved from the word “Americano.” Since spoken Navajo has a history of adopting words, and since it doesn’t actively use “m” and “r” it’s plausible that it went through an intense adaption process to get the word we have today. The English language is referred to as “bilagáana bizaad” in Navajo.


(pronounced with two syllables, emphasis on the second) - the God-touched, the ones who walk between the worlds, agents and elements of magick.


bless list

Another concept I caged from Zena Henderson and mixed with parts of a Christian prayer chain. When I can, I ask permission before putting someone on my Bless List. With some exceptions, I keep the details private. I put it on my calendar so that each day I am reminded.
  • Get permission first.
  • Question human action, but trust in the wisdom of the gods and the universe.
  • Make sure it is deserved.
  • Carefully weigh the options, recognizing that sometimes a blessing for one can be a curse for someone else.
  • Try to make it what is NEEDED rather than what is WANTED.
  • Make it specific.
  • Make it private.
  • Better to build on what is already there than to slap a new structure down. And if you do have to put in a new structure, make sure the foundation is strong and won't be rejected.


BloodKin     See kin

blue moon

This rare calendar event only happens once every few years, giving rise to the term, “once in a blue moon.” There are normally only three full moons in each season of the year. But since full moons occur every 29.53 days, occasionally a season will contain 4 full moons. The extra full moon of the season is known as a blue moon. Blue moons occur on average once every 2.7 years.


boline      - the practical blade

A white-handled sickle shaped knife. Often called the "practical knife" or "sickle knife," it is the knife used for cutting instead of the athamé.

Except not really.

There's the very real question of why you need two knives when one would work. Also, most bolines I have seen can't be sheathed easily and are dangerous to carry while walking. Since the boline's main use is supposed to be cutting living plants, that's a practical consideration.

A properly blessed pocket knife can serve as both an athamé and a boline.

A boline was used more in ceremonial magick than in practical witchcraft before the Wicca craze. Waite's The Book of Ceremonial Magic describes the bolline or sickle.

See also athemé


BoneKin     See kin


Where one area touches another, the border shares traits of both.



Borosilicate glass is a type of glass that includes at least 5% boric oxide. The boric oxide makes the glass resistant to extreme temperatures, and also improves its resistance to chemical corrosion. This glass is very popular in the manufacture of scientific instruments, and it was once widely used to make glass for kitchens as well. Today, soda-lime glass is the glass of choice for kitchenware, due to the fact that it is generally cheaper to produce.


Boxing Day     26December


A bozo is someone who thinks they are much smarter and capable than they actually are. They constantly over-estimate their abilities and under-estimate the risks and threats around them. They typically don’t keep an open-mind. They look instead for data that confirms a previously held bias.

An incompetent person, especially in new companies. Bozos have a net negative effect on morale and profits, and everyone knows it.



A bracer (or arm-guard) is a strap or sheath, commonly made of leather, stone, or plastic that covers the inside of an archer's arm to protect it while shooting. Bracers protect the inside of the archer's forearm against injury by the string of the bow or the fletching of the arrow. They also prevent loose clothing from catching the bow string. They normally cover part of the forearm only, but chest-guards are sometimes worn, usually by female archers, and other areas have at times been protected. With some combinations of non-baggy clothing and bows with a larger distance between the bow and the string, the archer may not need to wear any bracer.


Bright & Dark Blessings

One of my signature goodbyes.

Some may question if darkness has any blessings. Endings and transistions have purpose too.


bright & dark passions

Some people (me included) enjoy giving pleasure and pain. When this is true, you can’t repress it, you have to find a way to express it or things can get ugly. Find your balance and acknowledge your passions.


bright Moon

A “full Moon”

In most neopagan traditions, the time of the esbat.


Brigit’s Day     See Imbolc

Burning Man     last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September

Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind. In this section you will find the peripheral definitions of what the event is as a whole, but to truly understand this event, one must participate.

An festival born from the society of pranksters and lighthearted industrial magicians known as the Cacophony Society (you may already be a member).

Existing peacefully and chaotically in the Black Rock Desert from 1990 - 1996, in 1997 Burning Man was hijacked by antisocial rouge elements. These rogue elements incorporated the event and formed an LLC. Each year since, Burning Man has lost more and more of its spontaneity and inspirational elements to the tightening grip of the corporation (the Borg), and has now become (in 2010) the antithesis of its origins.


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