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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.

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Lá an Dreoilín       Lady in the Court of Shadows       Lady in the Court of Stars       the Lament       Lammas       Lammastide       language       language game       liberty       liberty argument       lineage       Litha       live & let live works mostly       living faith       logos       loincloth       long term working       love       ludus       Lughnasadh       Lughomass       Lupercus       Lysenkoism            
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Lá an Dreoilín or The Hunting of the Wrens      26December


Lady in the Court of Shadows

A three day WebTree celebration marking the dark Moon from midnight the day before the "new Moon" to midnight the day after and honoring the magick.

The name reflects the journey of the moon and pays homage to one of the oldest known myths, Inanna's Descent to the Underworld. She reigned in her own court, but as Inanna journeyed through the gates of the underworld, She had to leave Her raiment, Her jewels, and Her holy tools. Everything that symbolized and manifested Her power had to be left behind, until finally nude, Inanna entered the underworld unbound by anything.

In this version, the Lady can't enter and reign in one Court until after sacrificing everything of the other Court including all manifestations of power. She's barred from one Court as long as She holds anything from the other Court. While the Lady comes into other power and may be supreme in that moment, She will have to leave for the other Court and repeat the cycle. The Lady can't acheive power without sacrificing everything She was, and She can't hold power permanently.

The Lady reigns by virtue of Her presense in the Court.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#court-of-shadows

Lady in the Court of Stars

A three day WebTree celebration marking the bright Moon from midnight the day before the "full Moon" to midnight the day after and honoring the magick.

The name reflects the journey of the moon and pays homage to one of the oldest known myths, Inanna's Descent to the Underworld. She reigned in her own court, but as Inanna journeyed through the gates of the underworld, She had to leave Her raiment, Her jewels, and Her holy tools. Everything that symbolized and manifested Her power had to be left behind, until finally nude, Inanna entered the underworld unbound by anything.

In this version, the Lady can't enter and reign in one Court until after sacrificing everything of the other Court including all manifestations of power. She's barred from one Court as long as She holds anything from the other Court. While the Lady comes into other power and may be supreme in that moment, She will have to leave for the other Court and repeat the cycle. The Lady can't acheive power without sacrificing everything She was, and She can't hold power permanently.

The Lady reigns by virtue of Her presense in the Court.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#court-of-stars

the Lament

Starts on the passing day and lasts for thirteen days and nights. I stop doing anything unnecessary. I may hit the grocery store before beginning the Lament. I cut back my internet and stop watching TV or listening to music. I cut my reading way way back.

I invented it when a friend passed, and refined it with my stepfather’s passing.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#lament

Lammas

Traditional neopagan, cross-quarter Day, Greater Sabbat, High Holiday. First of the trilogy of harvest festivals. “Tailltean marriages” of a year and a day occured here. Craft festivals and prosperity magick occured on this day. The Christian First Fruits celebration was observed by placing bread baked from first harvest on the altar.
“This date has long been considered a “power point” of the zodiac, and is symbolized by the Lion, one of the tetramorph figures found on the tarot cards, the World and the Wheel of Fortune (the other three figures being the Bull, the Eagle, and the Spirit). Astrologers know these four figures as the symbols of the four “fixed” signs of the zodiac, and these naturally align with the four Great Sabbats of Witchcraft. Christians have adopted the same iconography to represent the four Gospel writers.

“Lammas” was the medieval Christian name for the holiday, and it means “loaf-mass”, for this was the day on which loaves of bread were baked from the first grain harvest and laid on the church altars as offerings. It was a day representative of “first fruits” and early harvest.

In Irish Gaelic, the feast was referred to as “Lughnasadh”, a feast to commemorate the funeral games of the Irish Sun God Lugh. However, there is some confusion on this point. Although at first glance, it may seem that we are celebrating the death of Lugh, the God of Light does not really die (mythically) until the autumnal equinox. And indeed, if we read the Irish myths closer, we discover that it is not Lugh’s death that is being celebrated, but the funeral games that Lugh hosted to commemorate the death of his foster mother, Taillte. That is why the Lughnasadh celebrations in Ireland are often called the “Tailltean games”.

One common feature of the games was the “Tailltean marriages”, a rather informal marriage that lasted for only a year-and-a-day or until next Lammas. At that time, the couple could decide to continue the arrangement if it pleased them, or to stand back to back and walk away from one another, thus bringing the Tailltean marriage to a formal close. Such trial marriages (obviously related to the Wiccan handfasting) were quite common even into the 1500s, although it was something one “didn’t bother the parish priest about”. Indeed, such ceremonies were usually solemnized by a poet, bard, or shanachie (or, it may be guessed, by a priest or priestess of the Old Religion).

Lammastide was also the traditional time of year for craft festivals. The medieval guilds would create elaborate displays of their wares, decorating their shops and themselves in bright colors and ribbons, marching in parades, and performing strange, ceremonial plays and dances for the entranced onlookers. The atmosphere must have been quite similar to our modern-day Renaissance festivals.”

“The time of the Lammas harvest marks the end of the growing season and if successful, is blessed by overflowing baskets of summer vegetables and fruit; setting into motion what will hopefully be the standard for the remaining gatherings. Grains are in abundance and at their peak, the sheaves of golds and browns awaiting the scythe of reaping. The tempting aromas of freshly baked bread and fruit pies call us in from field and orchard. And, as we gather this abundance to ourselves and our loved ones, the great sacrifice of all that is left behind or cut too early is transparent to us.

This cutting down of what is ready for the taking offers us the opportunity to clear the way for those things that will be newly planted after the frost of winter holds their seeds in slumber. This time of the harvest allows us to feast on what will nourish and sustain us in the darkened months ahead. This harvest offers us choice to carefully select only those products that have reached the peak fullness of their energy as we cut away what stands in our path. However, none of this can be achieved without the necessary sacrifice of what no longer serves and will decay and wither if left to stand. And, it is this point of sacrifice that is celebrated and honored in the Great Wheel of our own cycle.

In the cycle of the God and Goddess Lammas also represents the union of the sun and earth in their forms as the Sun God Lugh and the Mother Grain Goddess. It is the sun that has enlivened the earth and brought the fullness of their union to be harvested. And, now that his solar energy is waning, the God must also serve as the willing sacrifice transformed as the sheaf of wheat to be cut down and offered by the Harvest Mother so none will go hungry. This aspect of sacrifice is honored in the gathering of oats, wheat and barley. The baking of the traditional Bread Man from the dough of the newly cut wheat is a way of consuming the energy of the harvest, gifted by the living spirit of the God now transformed into the harvested grain. The cycle of death and renewal is acknowledged by the seeds that remain from what was harvested and will be used to plant anew in the Spring. And, we become the living essence of sun and earth, God and Goddess.”
Lammas: The Sacrificial Harvest

See also Lughnasadh, Cornucopia, Lammastide, Lughomass, Thingtide,
First Fruits, First Harvest Grain Harvest, sabbat, Harvestpoint,
cross-quarter day fire festival
Lammas

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#lammas

language

The language we use and the rules we choose shape our thought.

Experience trumps language every time. Tell someone who has never heard music what Greensleeves is. Tell someone who knows nothing about fruit how amazing homemade peach ice cream is in the summer. Tell a virgin how incredible sex can be with someone you care about.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#language

language game

You can't play the language game with a revealed faith system, they always answer to a Higher Truth™. At least in their own minds. They're the ones who use language to control which thoughts are allowed under which circumstances.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#language-game

liberty

Do what you want as long as you don't interfere with others.

That means recognizing & respecting other people. It's not a right unless the other has it too.

“All men are naturally in a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of Nature, without asking leave or depending upon the will of any other man.”
John Locke

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add “within the limits of the law” because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law, love under will.”
➢ Aleister Crowley, law of Thelema

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#liberty

liberty argument     See generalized argument


Litha

Traditional neopagan. Quarter day, Lesser Sabbat, Low Holiday, the longest day and the sun's greatest strengh. Marks the summer solstice.
“Midsummer or the Summer Solstice is the most powerful day of the year for the Sun God. Because this Sabbat glorifies the Sun God and the Sun, fire plays a very prominent role in this festival. The element of Fire is the most easily seen and immediately felt element of transformation. It can burn, consume, cook, shed light or purify and balefires still figure prominently at modern Midsummer rites.

Most cultures of the Northern Hemisphere mark Midsummer in some ritualised manner and from time immemorial people have acknowledged the rising of the sun on this day. At Stonehenge, the heelstone marks the midsummer sunrise as seen from the centre of the stone circle.

In ancient times, the Summer Solstice was a fire-festival of great importance when the burning of balefires ritually strengthened the sun. It was often marked with torchlight processions, by flaming tar barrels or by wheels bound with straw, which were set alight and rolled down steep hillsides. The Norse especially loved lengthy processions and would gather together their animals, families and lighted torches and parade through the countryside to the celebration site.

The use of fires, as well as providing magical aid to the sun, were also used to drive out evil and to bring fertility and prosperity to men, crops and herds. Blazing gorse or furze was carried around cattle to prevent disease and misfortune; while people would dance around the balefires or leap through the flames as a purifying or strengthening rite. The Celts would light balefires all over their lands from sunset the night before Midsummer until sunset the next day. Around these flames the festivities would take place.”

“Litha is the season of expansion, when the crops burgeon forth. We forget winters cares and spend our days basking under the brilliant light. The Summer Solstice brings us the longest day of the year – the zenith of the Sun King, and also His death as the Holly King dethrones him and takes reign over the now waning year. From now until Yule, the light will fade into darkness.

This is the time of lovers and gardeners. The rutting fervor of Beltane has deepened into the passionate eroticism that grows when partners become familiar with one another rhythms and moods. It is the love between those committed by heart as well as body. It is also the love of parents for their children (be they two- or four-legged!). Everywhere we look, ripeness spills out from field and forest.

Litha is the height of the Divine Marriage, then the Oak King falls, His vigor and prime giving way to the sagacity of the Holly King, even as the Goddess prepares Herself for harvest and Cronehood.”

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#litha

lineage     See kin


live & let live works mostly

One of my common sayings. The best way I know to save your passion for the really important things.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#live-and-let-live

living faith

A living faith draws from three sources.

  • There's what others have done before you.
  • There's who you are and what you've done.
  • And finally there's the link you make to the Divine.
The dynamic balance between these three things drive and shape your faith.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#living-faith

logos

“1. (often initial capital letter) Philosophy. the rational principle that governs and develops the universe.

2. Theology. the divine word or reason incarnate in Jesus Christ. John 1:1–14.”

The logical appeal, often uses facts and figures.
Research inspired by an entry at Chas
Clifton's Letter from Hardscrabble Creek

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#logos

loincloth

“A loincloth is a species of culotte of primitive origin whose name derives from the Latin lumbus, meaning the pelvic region. It consists of a waistband and a flap of cloth which hangs in front of the pubic region. Strictly speaking, the cloth does not pass through the crotch; if it did the culotte would be a g-string, not a loincloth. Still worn by millions of people daily, often topless, and including both men and women, the loincloth is a dress staple on the planet.”

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#loincloth

long term working

A set of rituals that takes place over several days at least.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#long-term-working

love

A strong affection for another. One sign that it might be healthy is if it is mutual.

I use the Greek ideas for love.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#love

ludus

“In ancient Roman culture, the Latin word ludus (plural ludi) has several meanings within the semantic field of "play, game, sport, training"”

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#ludus

Lupercus     See Imbolc


Lysenkoism

Originally in the USSR, a political campaign conducted by Trofim Lysenko and the Soviet authorities against genetics and science based agriculture techniques. Today it means distorting the scientific process to advance a political goal, usually flawed.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ll/#lysenkoism

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