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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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Galan Mai       the Gardener       generalized argument       gibbous Moon       gnostic intelligence       godmask       Golden Rule       Grail Tailismans       Grain Harvest       Greenmark       Greater Pagan Community®       greatest elongation       Greek fisherman's cap                  
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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.


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?


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.”


gnostic intelligence

Perception and knowledge of Deity.

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



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.


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 basis 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!”


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.”


Grain Harvest     See Lammas

Greenmark      vernal equinox

Quarter point & WebTree solar festival. Marks the middle of spring and the vernal equinox. Lasts from sunrise on the day before the equinox until sunrise on the day after the equinox (traditional three days).


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.


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”


Greek fisherman's cap

“The 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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