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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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Gaia hypothesis       Galan Mai       the Gardener       gay       gender role       generalized argument       gibbous Moon       gnosis       gnositc       gnostic intelligence       godmask       Golden Rule       golden rule (inferior)       Grail Tailismans       Grain Harvest       Great Rite       greatest elongation       Greater Pagan Community®       Greater Sabbat       Greek fisherman's cap       Greenmark            
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Gaia hypotheses     not the same as Gaia worship

>Gaia hypothesesOverall, the Gaia Theory is a compelling new way of understanding life on our planet. It argues that we are far more than just the “Third Rock from the Sun,” situated precariously between freezing and burning up. The theory asserts that living organisms and their inorganic surroundings have evolved together as a single living system that greatly affects the chemistry and conditions of Earth’s surface. Some scientists believe that this “Gaian system” self-regulates global temperature, atmospheric content, ocean salinity, and other factors in an “automatic” manner. Earth’s living system appears to keep conditions on our planet just right for life to persist! The Gaia Theory has already inspired ideas and practical applications for economic systems, policy, scientific inquiry, and other valuable work. The future holds more of the same.

The Gaia hypothesis, also known as Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating complex system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet.

The scientific investigation of the Gaia hypothesis focuses on observing how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms contribute to the stability of global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere and other factors of habitability in a preferred homeostasis. The Gaia hypothesis was formulated by the chemist James Lovelock and co-developed by the microbiologist Lynn Margulis in the 1970s. Initially received with hostility by the scientific community, it is now studied in the disciplines of geophysiology and Earth system science, and some of its principles have been adopted in fields like biogeochemistry and systems ecology. This ecological hypothesis has also inspired analogies and various interpretations in social sciences, politics, and religion under a vague philosophy and movement.

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Galan Mai     See Beltaine

the Gardener

My maternal grandfather started as a dirt farmer in Louisiana before he moved the family to Arizona. After he retired, he became the Gardener. He kept about three-quarters of an acre. He shared most of the harvest. Granpa made sure that the best stuff always went to those folks who needed a little help. He would visit, talk, and leave fresh vegetables. Johnny Cash sang about carrying troubles away, my grandfather would do it.

I have most of his pipes, I don't smoke them but I keep them.

Much to my surprise (and certainly to his if he was still This Side), his attitude towards gardening shaped much of my pagan practice.

Not bad for a Baptist deacon.

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gay      See sexuality - orientation

gender role      See sexuality - gender role

generalized argument

I use this against verbose statists nonsense It’s the quickest way to disarm them.
  • Does that person threaten you or yours?
  • Does that person take or damage your property?
  • Then why are you trying to CONTROL them?

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gibbous Moon

What does it mean when you hear the term “gibbous moon”? It’s when the Moon is more than half full, but not quite fully illuminated, when you look at it from the perspective of Earth. The reason the light changes has to do with how the Moon orbits the Earth.

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Gnosis is the common Greek noun for knowledge (γνῶσις, gnōsis, f.). The term is used in various Hellenistic religions and philosophies. It is best known from Gnosticism, where it signifies a knowledge or insight into humanity’s real nature as divine, leading to the deliverance of the divine spark within humanity from the constraints of earthly existence.

Gnosis is the oldest religious experience known to mankind. The original Gnostics were the world's moe-quotefirst priests, and the practice of Gnosticism is simply the earth's most ancient religion that precedes all other faiths. Every country and culture had their own secret Gnostic sects and mystery schools, and still do to this very day.

The word Gnosis is a Greek word for knowledge which usually refers to any type of direct communion with the divine. Philo refers to this as secret "knowledge" (gnosis) and "wisdom" (sophia) of God. It is not only knowledge of the divine, but also of thyself, the world, nature and the Great Work (Great Arcanum or magnum opus). The Hebrews describe Gnosis with the Da'at. A Hebrew word for knowledge, that in the Kabbalah describes a mystical state one has as they ascend up the tree of life to then reach the self-giving Divine Light. The ancient Egyptians had described the Gnostic experience in many texts of their proverbs such as; "The body is the house of God," and "Man, know thyself ... and thou shalt know the gods."

Gnosis comes from within each one of us through the secret knowledge of all things hidden. But this knowledge is not something that you will just find outside of yourself. Gnosis in its purest form is the intuitive spiritual knowledge that comes with knowing thyself and thyspirit. Plato describes this process when he says "all learning is remembering." He calls this a recollection and restoration of the views a person once had, and original knowledge that was once lost. Today science describes part of this Gnostic experience that Plato had described as intuition.

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Knowledge from experience.
  1. pertaining to knowledge.
  2. possessing knowledge, especially esoteric knowledge of spiritual matters.
  3. (initial capital letter) pertaining to or characteristic of the Gnostics.

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gnostic intelligence

Perception and knowledge of Deity.

My small addition to Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences.

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Think of a godmask as the user interface between Divinity and human that keeps us from damaging ourselves too much when we interact with Diety.

I believe that all things have a Divine nature. Life is the universes attempt to understand itself. I know that the totality of the universe is too vast for me to comprehend. So there are godmasks that I turn to for understanding, guidance, and strength when mine is not enough. I know that these godmasks are only representations and gateways to Divinity, not Divinity themselves.

See also egregore

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Golden Rule

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The Ethic of Reciprocity is the keystone of Western Civilization. It is arguably the single most important and universal basis for human advancement and is the core for all true liberty.

Although often associated with Christianity, it exists in many cultures and faiths.

My favorite fun version comes from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure - “Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!”

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golden rule (inferior)

He who has the gold makes the rules.

See also Golden Rule

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Grail Talismans

In the later Grail romances, the Four Talismans appear again, in another guise of myth. They become the blood-dripping Lance, the Grail Cup itself, and the Sword and Shield bestowed upon the knight who set out in quest of it.

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Grain Harvest     See Lammas

Great Rite

beltaneIn some (although certainly not all) traditions of Wicca and Paganism, sacred sex is part of spiritual practice. Wicca in its original form, as envisioned by Gerald Gardner, is first and foremost a fertility religion, so it's understandable that at some point you may encounter some references to sexual acts, whether they be actual or implied. By implied, we mean the symbolic – the joining of an athame with a chalice, for example. The most commonly referenced form of ritual sex is the Great Rite, which is the ritualized sexual connection of the god and goddess. Author Vivianne Crowley says in Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Age, "The outer rite involves a linking of the male and the female; the sacred marriage is outwardly a marriage of two people, but inwardly it is a marriage of the two within one person." The Great Rite is more than just sexual union; it is the enactment of the creation of the universe itself in Wiccan tradition.
Some pagan rites combine sex with ritual. The best known is the Great Rite, usually performed by a Priest and Priestess in a committed relationship (that higher sex thing again). However, there are symbolic versions. The Great Rite doesn't have to include sex anymore than the Christian communion has to include actual cannibalism.

At the very least, it's rude and insulting to use someone for a sex ritual and not ask them. Consent means they should know before they choose.

 I know of no ethical pagan practice that involves non-consensual sex. 

There is speculation that some of the descriptions from the witch trials may well be a version of a sexual rite with an artificial phallus. Valiente discusses this possibility. That would account for the "coldness," particularly if it was carved from stone and chilled with water. And as salty Doreen points out, it just wouldn't do for the "Devil" to go soft before his work was done.

If it's a group that requires sex with the (usually) Priest or Priestess, it's a safe bet that someone is collecting pelts and you can find something safer AND BETTER elsewhere.

If you are uncomfortable with sex and ritual combined, then don't do it.

You are your own person, no one owns you except you. Sex is something you share with someone you care for and trust. You shouldn't share with people you don't trust or don't like.

Sex and magick can be mind-blowing, but do yourself a favor and keep the sex safe. You'll be glad you did.
The gender of the persons involved does not matter as much as some seem to think. For the celebration of the Sacred Marriage, it is inappropriate for the deities to be of the same gender, in whatever facet, but the gender of the persons doing it isn't at issue. A man can manifest the Goddess and a woman can manifest the God. It isn't easy to manifest deity cross-gender, but it can be done with a bit of practice.

Expressing love through sexuality is wonderful, but, unless the Gods are specifically invoked into the bodies of the participants, it is not a Great Rite. The ritual is not an excuse to have sex with someone, nor is any sexual activity in a properly consecrated circle a Great Rite. The Great Rite is a powerful and specific magical act that is difficult to perform and should not be performed lightly or, if you will excuse the expression, wantonly.

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greatest elongation

elongation is the apparent angle between a planet and the Sun as seen from Earth; during eastern elongation (E), the planet appears as an evening star; during western elongation (W), the planet appears as a morning star

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Greater Pagan Community®

Much of the justification for "establishing" a Greater Pagan Community® is so that certain individuals can get the adoration and deference they believe they deserve.

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Greater Sabbat

The four Greater Sabbats are Candlemas (2nd February), May Eve (30th April) Lammas (1st August), and Halloween (31st October). These occasions correspond to the four great yearly feasts celebrated by the Druids and by our Celtic ancestors. The Druidic names for them were Imbolc or Oimelc (Candlemas), Beltane (May Eve), Lughnassadh (Lammas) and Samhain (Halloween). May Eve was also known as Walpurgis Night.

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Greek fisherman's cap

greek fisherman capThe Greek fisherman's cap is one of the most popular hats in the Western world. This all wool or cotton cap, fully lined, is a favorite with professional seamen. Rugged and practical enough to handle all kinds of weather, the "Greek" is also a hopeless romantic.

A Greek fisherman's cap is a soft, flat-topped cap with a small visor, usually made from wool felt. It is distinguished from similar caps, such as the Breton cap and Maciejówka, by its embroidered visor and braided cord. It is often associated with seamanship and marine settings. It has become popular amongst the public in general, rather than staying isolated as an occupational hat. One example of it being put in prominence of popular culture was when it was worn by John Lennon.

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Greenmark      vernal equinox

WebTree solar festival & quarter day marking the vernal equinox and the middle of spring. A time of transitions, endings, and new beginnings. Greenmark lasts from sunrise on the day before the equinox to sunrise the day after (traditional three days).

The Daylord wins the ritual battle over his weird, the Nightlord.

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