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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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the Moon occults or eclipses a star or planet

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An Odinist is someone who gives lip service to honoring Odin and “Norse” or “Germanic” culture. They draw on the tradition first established by Guido von List. The Thule Society and Nazis carried on and amplified that tradition. Else Christensen introduced it to the U.S.

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Oestre     See Ostara, vernal equinox


What they are called and how they are recognized. It's the difference between a benchwarmer who is there for the social stuff and the one who stays late to help clean up. For some, the label is the most important part. Others may not even be "official" but they're more than willing to pitch in.

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Oie Houney     See Samhain

Oimelc     See Imbolc

Old Breed

One who lives their honor. Members of the Old Breed show altruism, tolerance, forgiveness, reciprocity, fairness, and above all honor. Honor determines if your outlook is short term or long term. Actions have consequences. Long term rules means honor brings advantage. Short term rules mean that honor is a disadvantage. A culture only exists in the long term if creates rules that reward virtue. The Old Breed only thrives is where honor and the classic virtues are recognized and rewarded. My grandfather called them “good folk,” they are the “salt of the earth” types so beloved of certain writers. They may not be leaders or elites, but they bind everything together by their actions.

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operative magick

Executed as needed. Think home repair or DIY projects.

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the instant when a planet appears opposite the Sun as seen from Earth

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oracle deck

Oracle card decks can contain any number of cards and are often distinctly different from the standard tarot. They are frequently themed with animals, trees, angels, crystals, etc., with each card having its own message.

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ordinary people doing ordinary good

The small kindnesses given without a hope of reward. The things folks choose to do out of their own hearts because it’s the right thing to do. The things that really hold our culture together.

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orientation - sexuality     See sexuality - orientation


handmade orreryAn orrery is a mechanical model of the solar system that illustrates or predicts the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons, usually according to the heliocentric model. It may also represent the relative sizes of these bodies; but since accurate scaling is often not practical due to the actual large ratio differences, a subdued approximation may be used instead. Though the Greeks had working planetaria, the first orrery that was a planetarium of the modern era was produced in 1704, and one was presented to Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Orrery – whence came the name. They are typically driven by a clockwork mechanism with a globe representing the Sun at the centre, and with a planet at the end of each of the arms.

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  1. correctness or orthodoxy of action or practice.
  2. Medicine/Medical. orthopraxia

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Ostara     vernal equinox

Traditional neopagan sabbat. Quarter day, Lesser Sabbat, Low Holiday, solar festival, & Earth Day (original). Ostara marks the vernal equinox and the middle of spring, not the beginning. Planting begins.
The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it's also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season.

Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons.

As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.

The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.

The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The theme of the conception of the Goddess was adapted as the Feast of the Annunciation, occurring on the alternative fixed calendar date of March 25 Old Lady Day, the earlier date of the equinox. Lady Day may also refer to other goddesses (such as Venus and Aphrodite), many of whom have festivals celebrated at this time.

The days and nights are now equal in length as the Young God continues to mature and grow. We begin to see shoots of new growth and swelling buds on the trees. Energy is building as the days become warmer with promise.

Time moves on, and in a short while we come to the Spring Equinox - the time of equality of day and night, when the forces of the light are on the increase. At the centre of the trio of Spring Festas, Alban Eilir [the Light of the Earth] marks the more recognisable beginnings of Spring, when the flowers are beginning to appear and when the sowing begins in earnest.

As the point of psychological development in our lives it marks the time of late childhood to, say, 14 years - Imbolc marking the time of early childhood [say to 7yrs].

We are in the Spring of our lives - the seeds that are planted in our childhood time of Imbolc and Alban Eilir will flower from the Beltane time of adolescence onwards as capacities and powers that will help us to negotiate our lives with skill and accomplishment.

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One outside the social groups currently shared by one’s self. How we treat the Other may be THE defining mark of a civilization.

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A person who identifies as non-human, typically as being wholly or partially an animal or mythical being.

Otherkin are a fringe group of human society who, for one reason or another, believe themselves to be the reincarnation of mythic creatures, typically elves, though others include dragons, demons, vampires, ogres, deities, and so on. Related groups include therianthropes, who believe themselves reincarnations of animal souls, and otakin/otakukin, people who think they are reincarnations of fictitious characters from Japanese anime, manga, and video games.

Otherkin often find themselves the subject of ridicule. In the majority of cases, it is because their beliefs fly in the face of rational, critical thinking and tend to fall apart very quickly under hard scrutiny. One of the most common beliefs is of an Elven Holocaust in which humankind supposedly wiped the elves from the Earth, despite the fact that no such evidence, archaeological or otherwise, exists anywhere in the geologic record either for the supposed holocaust, let alone the existence of elves.

Other aspects common to Otherkin belief include a sense of superiority over their fellow human beings. This takes a variety of forms, such as a tendency to ascribe positive aspects of the human personality as something only unique to Otherkin. "Mundanes", the rest of humanity who do not share their beliefs or are simply unaware of them, are looked down upon as inferior brutes.

Otherkin often exhibit certain personality traits common to dissociative disorders and manic depression. This includes what are known as grandiose, persecutory, and religious delusions.

This combination makes them very unpopular.

Otherkin are a subculture who socially and spiritually identify as not entirely human. Some otherkin claim that their identity is genetic, while others believe their identity derives from reincarnation, trans-species dysphoria of the soul, ancestry, or metaphor. Joseph P. Laycock considers the belief to be religious.

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outrage machine

…the implied assumption is that the American people, the majority of the American people also are angry and demanding of an apology and want the perp gone. It's not the case.

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