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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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objective reality/truth
     See objective reality vs. subjective reality

objective reality vs. subjective reality

Objectivity is a philosophical concept of being true independently from individual subjectivity caused by perception, emotions, or imagination. A proposition is considered to have objective truth when its truth conditions are met without bias caused by a sentient subject. Scientific objectivity refers to the ability to judge without partiality or external influence, sometimes used synonymously with neutrality.
“Objective truth” and “subjective truth” are philosophical concepts. While these ideas may use the words of science, they are not based in science.

Understanding that is vital.

Very few scientists discuss “objective reality” and “subjective reality” because these concepts can't be measured or replicated. “Objective truth” is a useful tool to minimize bias and the observer effect, but that's all.

“Objective truth” is largely a matter of perspective, shared perception and assumptions. More times than not,“objective truth” is a fallacy. It may make you feel better, but it's not objective. It is also true that more times than not, people cite science truths and facts to create the case for “objective truth,” and then try to justify moral pronouncements because they are “objectively true.”

The sunrise is a great example, because we perceive the sun “rising” when it is actually the Earth moving. As I stated before. People's “objective truth” isn't that the Earth moves, it's that the sun “rises.” It's even a useful fiction in most cases, although not a truth.

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occultation

the Moon occults or eclipses a star or planet

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Odinist    caution

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

official

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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omphaloskepsis

  1. Contemplation of one’s navel.
  2. Complacent self-indulgent introspection.

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operative magick

Executed as needed. Think home repair or DIY projects.

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opposition

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

orrery

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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orthopraxy

  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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Other

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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otherkincaution

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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outlier effect

People on society's fringes tend to be more tolerant of unusual or taboo behaviors.

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outrage machine      outrage mob    caution

…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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Overton window

The Overton window is a political theory that refers to the range (or window) of policies that the public will accept.

The idea is that any policy falling outside the Overton window is out of step with public opinion and the current political climate, and formulated to try and shift the Overton window in a different direction, or to expand it to be wider.
What is the Overton window? from New Statesman

The Overton window is the range of ideas tolerated in public discourse, also known as the window of discourse. The term is named after political scientist Joseph P. Overton, who claimed that an idea's political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within a range acceptable to the public, rather than on politicians' individual preferences. According to Overton, the window contains the range of policies that a politician can recommend without appearing too extreme to gain or keep public office in the current climate of public opinion.

Imagine, if you will, a yardstick standing on end. On either end are the extreme policy actions for any political issue. Between the ends lie all gradations of policy from one extreme to the other. The yardstick represents the full political spectrum for a particular issue. The essence of the Overton window is that only a portion of this policy spectrum is within the realm of the politically possible at any time. Regardless of how vigorously a think tank or other group may campaign, only policy initiatives within this window of the politically possible will meet with success. Why is this?

Politicians are constrained by ideas, even if they have no interest in them personally. What they can accomplish, the legislation they can sponsor and support while still achieving political success (i.e. winning reelection or leaving the party strong for their successor), is framed by the set of ideas held by their constituents — the way people think. Politicians have the flexibility to make up their own minds, but negative consequences await the elected officeholder who strays too far. A politician’s success or failure stems from how well they understand and amplify the ideas and ideals held by those who elected them.

In addition to being dependent on the ideas that form the boundaries of the political climate, politicians are also known to be self-interested and desirous of obtaining the best political result for themselves. Therefore, they will almost always constrain themselves to taking actions within the "window" of ideas approved of by the electorate. Actions outside of this window, while theoretically possible, and maybe more optimal in terms of sound policy, are politically unsuccessful. Even if a few legislators were willing to stick out their necks for an action outside the window, most would not risk the disfavor of their constituents. They may seek the good of those who elected them, and even the good of the state or nation as a whole, but in pursuing the course they think is best, most will certainly take into account their political future. This is the heart of the Overton window theory.
An Introduction to
the Overton Window of Political Possibilities

from The Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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oxytocin

A horomone realeased during intimate touch and other bonding behavior in many mammals. Oxytocin is naturally released during pregnancy and birth, but can be easily stimulated with physical contact or sex. Some studies show that hightened oxytocin in males is the reason for satisfaction with sexual partners.

Although poets and authors have tried to describe love, in the world of neuroscience, researchers have found that the naturally occurring hormone oxytocin and love are intimately related. Often called the love drug, oxytocin plays a role in bonding, maternal instinct, enduring friendship, marriage, and orgasms. Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D., says that oxytocin is a mingling of trust and physical touch, as well as love-making.

And new research tells us that oxytocin can even help us to become more accepting of others. "Oxytocin increases the ability to recognize differences between self and others and increases positive evaluation of others

Sex plays a central role in reproduction, and it can be pleasurable, but new findings suggest that it may serve an additional purpose: bonding partners together. A study of newlywed couples, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, indicates that partners experience a sexual 'afterglow' that lasts for up to two days, and this afterglow is linked with relationship quality over the long term.

"Our research shows that sexual satisfaction remains elevated 48 hours after sex," says psychological scientist Andrea Meltzer (Florida State University), lead author on the study. "And people with a stronger sexual afterglow -- that is, people who report a higher level of sexual satisfaction 48 hours after sex -- report higher levels of relationship satisfaction several months later."

Researchers had theorized that sex plays a crucial role in pair bonding, but most adults report having sex with their partners every few days, not every day. Meltzer and colleagues hypothesized that sex might provide a short-term boost to sexual satisfaction, sustaining the pair bond in between sexual experiences and enhancing partners' relationship satisfaction over the long term.

"When you're first becoming intimate, you're releasing lots of dopamine and oxytocin. That's creating that link between the neural systems that are processing your facial cues, your voice and the reward system" of a partner's brain, said Larry Young, a professor of psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta. He studies the role of oxytocin in social bonding.

As time goes on, and couples become less intimate, Young noted that linkage can decay. But activities that release oxytocin, such as really looking into another person's eyes, holding hands, kissing and having sex may help restore the connection.

"To me, it suggests that it may be a way to help prevent the decay that can occur that leads couples to separate," he said.

Hurlemann agreed: "I think this is the only reason that we do hug and touch each other all the time. I think this is the mechanism that keeps oxytocin levels high in relationships."
t's sometimes known as the "cuddle hormone" or the "love hormone," because it is released when people snuggle up or bond socially. Even playing with your dog can cause an oxytocin surge, according to a 2009 study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior.

Oxytocin is a particularly important hormone for women. "Oxytocin is a peptide produced in the brain that was first recognized for its role in the birth process, and also in nursing," said Larry Young, a behavioral neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

The hormone causes uterine contractions during labor and helps shrink the uterus after delivery. When an infant suckles at his or her mother's breast, the stimulation causes a release of oxytocin, which, in turn, orders the body to "let down" milk for the baby to drink.

Oxytocin also promotes mother-child bonding. Studies show that "female rats find pups to be aversive if [the females are] virgins," Young told Live Science. "But once they give birth, the brain is transformed, so they find the pups irresistible," he said. And similar findings are seen in humans.

A 2007 study published in the journal Psychological Science found that the higher a mom's oxytocin levels in the first trimester of pregnancy, the more likely she was to engage in bonding behaviors such as singing to or bathing her baby.
Touch, seduction and oxytocin are closely linked. Particularly if someone is touched in an unusual place like a haircut, the inside of a wrist, the hollow of the neck, or just around and below the shoulderblade. Yes, there are obvious spots like nipples or inner legs near the genitals, but the overt is best saved for later. Start with the unusual intimate areas and work up to the obvious.

American culture puts an emphasis on youth and looks, but lasting sexual sastisfaction comes from sex with same partner(s) every few days.

Of course children have their own non-sexual needs from adults around them. Oxytocin without climax encourages bonding even without sex.

Proximity is certainly another trigger. Casual touch, comforting touches after trauma, even hair brushing builds ties between people. This may be why we are so protective of our personal space, especially in dense populations.

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