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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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  1. (no longer in technical use) one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.
  2. a member of a religious, spiritual, or cultural community based on the worship of nature or the earth; a neopagan.
  3. Disparaging and Offensive.
    1. (in historical contexts) a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim; a heathen.
    2. an irreligious or hedonistic person.
    3. an uncivilized or unenlightened person.
Back before Christianity was the dominant faith in the Western World, there wasn't a concept such as “pagan.” You either worshiped the gods or you did not. The choice of whether to worship, how much to worship, and which gods to worship was entirely up to you. Of course, you got to deal with the consequences if you fell out of favor with the Divine, but that was a given.

In the last few years, I've preferred not to capitalize the word “pagan.” It's not really a proper noun, it's not named after a specific Diety or person.


pagan festival season      Beltaine to Mabon

pagan of color

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
— Rev. Martin Luthor King, Jr., I Have a Dream
From what I’ve seen, this is a way to celebrate victimhood and demand extra privileges by oh-so-carefully defining a minority within a minority and demanding even more special treatment and deference than the original minority would have received. And the original minority is supposed to stand aside because the "concerns" of the special minority come first always. It all depends on guilt and pity. Without guilt, there would be no power, no privileges, no special treatment, and no deference.

Remember the important thing here is that as long as someone defines themselves as a anything of color, they will never be considered a "real" thing. It's doesn't matter if it's “pagan of color,” “woman of color,” or “bus driver of color.” They will always be less than is expected of the label, and that is deliberate. They always have an excuse that shifts responsibility from themselves to society.

And since they are a minority's minority, they can never be a fully human adult either. Nor can the “majority” be allowed to escape it's guilt.



“Paleopaganism” or “Paleo-Paganism” is a general term for the original polytheistic, nature-centered faiths of tribal Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, Oceania and Australia, when they were (or in some rare cases, still are) practiced as intact belief systems. Of the so-called “Great Religions of the World,” Hinduism (prior to the influx of Islam into India), Taoism and Shinto, for example, fall under this category, though many members of these faiths might be reluctant to use the term. Some Paleopagan belief systems may be racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. There are billions of Paleopagans living and worshiping their deities today.



I believe the Universe and natural law are themselves manifestations of the Divine. There's a lot of crossover with some Gnostic beliefs here. Pantheism as a term dates back only to about the 17th Century and described certain Christian cult practices, so that is not surprising.


parity test

My paranoid version of the Golden Rule is a little more blunt, “Don’t do it if you don’t want it done to you.”



  1. (Architecture) old-fashioned a living room, esp one kept tidy for the reception of visitors
  2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a reception room in a priest's house, convent, etc.
  3. a small room for guests away from the public rooms in an inn, club, etc
  4. (Commerce) chiefly US and Canadian and NZ a room or shop equipped as a place of business: a billiard parlor.
  5. (Commerce) Caribbean a small shop, esp one selling cakes and nonalcoholic drinks
  6. (Agriculture) Also called: milking parlour a building equipped for the milking of cows

  1. Older Use. a room for the reception and entertainment of visitors to one's home; living room.
  2. a room, apartment, or building serving as a place of business for certain businesses or professions: funeral parlor; beauty parlor.
  3. a somewhat private room in a hotel, club, or the like for relaxation, conversation, etc.; lounge.
  4. Also called locutorium. a room in a monastery or the like where the inhabitants may converse with visitors or with each other.





path versus tradition

A person experiences and honors the Divine through their path, a system of effective rites and observances gathered through study and experience. Of course that's my opinion.

A tradition is a formal version of a path that has been passed on at least once.

It was hard for me to accept, but the practice of magick is not is not necessary for either a path or a tradtion. There is such a thing as pagan laity.



  1. the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.
  2. pity.
  3. Obsolete. suffering.

An appeal to passion and emotion.
— Research inspired by an entry at Chas Clifton's
Letter from Hardscrabble Creek

See also ethos, logos, rhetoric, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modes_of_persuasion



A prominent and usually singular piece of jewelry hanging on a necklace.

I usually wear a pendant every day although I don't sleep in one. I never go out in public without a pendant. When I do go outside, I tie my pendant into a choker and tie my hair up in a bear tail.

All my pendants are on satin cord. I don't like chains. Leather cords tend to rot after a few months.

Tree Of Life pendant On the Fire Festivals and Solar Festivals (sabbats), I wear a Jen Delyth Tree of Life pendant. I wear different pendants during the for each phase of the Moon. I sometimes change when I am doing certain healing work.


Pentacle Quest      23April

people     See kin

People of the Book

Followers of a revealed faith provided by a holy book. The Book is the Way. They wait for the wisdom and experience and ethics to be poured into their minds so they can think the Right Thoughts and perform the Right Action. Many never move beyond this passivity. The ones who do move are worth talking to, the others just keep reciting the same dogma and doctrine.

See also Story People



the instant when the Moon is closest to Earth



the instant when a planet is closest to the Sun


pertinent magick

The temporary fix. Kitbashing a specific situation under time pressure and with limted resources. Almost certainly will need to be reinforced or redone later. It’s something like rigging a temporary replacement for the a car fan belt. It might work for a bit, but it needs extra attention soon.



Communal, brotherly love. To me, this is the kind of thing that happens when you talk about matters great and small around a campfire. Philos, philosopher. Obviously I value this kind of love. Sadly, it's one of the things that there is all too little of in my life.

I use the Greek ideas for love.



“For the benefit of humanity.” It's become a cliche, but these days we hear of public philanthropy, we wonder what they are hiding. The ancients certainly didn't think like that, to their mind, it brought honor.

I use the Greek ideas for love.



Self-love. The healthier variety expands your ability to experience the other kinds of love.

I use the Greek ideas for love.


pilgrim      (depreciated)

For a while I used this word for People of the Book. It caused too much misunderstanding.


pillow talk problem

What do we talk about after fucking?

Any relationship that has only one dimension of love is doomed. Two is a bare minimum, three is just about right. The more dimensions of love you share means the more directions that you can move together.

I use the Greek ideas for love.

See also love, eros, love, eros


pith helmet

pith helmet( 19c. ) Helmet-shaped hat of English army in India. Made from pith of the Indian spongewood tree, covered with white cotton and faced with green cloth. Originally worn in tropical regions as protection from the sun. worn by polo players in the 20c.


pizza threshold

The point in a conversation where it dawns on you that the solution to many of life’s problems and the answers to many philosophical questions can be found in pizza and the nature of pizza. Lack of sleep may generate a false pizza threshold.



One who pretends paganism for the thrill but acts differently in their regular life.

I think the playgans do it more for the shock value. It's not about what they are, it's about how many of your buttons they can push. And then they go back to their lives and no one knows how secretly naughty they've been.

Sometimes it's polyester playgan.


Platinum Rule

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst and meanwhile, do everything you can to make things better.”
— Jim O'Neil


political ghouls

Those using tragedy for political opportunity.



One of my darker passions. I follow political discussions and theory. I am better at behind the scenes politics and power games than any amateur has a right to be when I do practice. It gives me a thrill. I enjoy tying my opponent into semantic knots.

But here’s the thing. Politics is about control. It always has been. When government is involved politics is about control backed by force.

These days I don’t indulge my political passions unless it is in the cause of liberty. I don’t do it unless the other party stepped over a line. If it’s “for their own good,” you’re lying to them and yourself



A committed romantic relationship between more than two partners. There's a difference between anonymous or ultra-casual sex and polyamory.

I’m not polygamous. For my definition, that’s one male with subserviant wives. Neither of my companions are subservient, they’d laugh at the idea. I do have polyamorous tendencies.

Polyamory is the nonpossessive, honest, responsible and ethical philosophy and practice of loving multiple people simultanously. Polyamory emphasizes consciously choosing how many partners one wishes to be involved with rather than accepting social norms which dictate loving only one person at a time. Polyamory is an umbrella term which integrates traditional mutipartner relationship terms with more evolved egalitarian terms. Polyamory embraces sexual equality and all sexual orientations towards an expanded circle of spousal intimacy and love. Polyamory is from the root words Poly meaning many and Amour meaning love hence “many loves” or Polyamory. Of course, love itself is a rather ambiguous term, but most polys seem to define it as a serious, intimate, romantic, or less stable, affectionate bond which a person has with another person or group of persons. This bond usually, though not necessarily always, involves sex. Sexualove or eromance are other words which have been coined to describe this kind of love. Other terms often used as synonyms for polyamory are responsible, ethical or intentional non-monogamy.

Polyamory (from Greek πολύ poly, "many, several", and Latin amor, "love") is the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the knowledge of all partners involved.It has been described as "consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy." People who identify as polyamorous reject the view that sexual and relational exclusivity are necessary for deep, committed, long-term loving relationships.

the practice or condition of participating simultaneously in more than one serious romantic or sexual relationship with the knowledge and consent of all partners.

The practice, state or ability of having more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved.

This is the definition used by California polyamorist Morning Glory Zell, who coined the term in the early 1980's.

Polyamory differs from adultery because all the partners know about each others' lovers, so there is not secrecy or betrayal.

Contemporary practitioners have coined the names “polyamory” and “polyfidelity” to describe a wide range of partner arrangements that vary as to the number of people involved, the sexes of those involved, the sexualities of those involved, the level of commitment of those involved, and the kinds of relationships pursued.

Imaged as a form of commitment which is flexible and responsive to the needs and interests of the individuals involved, rather than a rigid institution imposed in cookie cutter fashion on everyone, this new polygamy reflects postmodern critiques of patriarchy, gender, heterosexuality and genetic parenthood. Such a ‘postmodern polygamy’ might occasionally look like traditional patriarchal polygamy, but it differs in important ways. For example, it could as easily encompass one woman with several male partners as it could one man with multiple female partners. It also includes the expanded possibilities created by same-sex or bi-sexual relationships, neither of which in contemplated by traditional polygamy.
These days, I avoid causual sex. I have two rules when it comes to sex. Consenting adults only. If you promised to be another's one and only, you are off limits.

Polyamory is a “romantic” relationship with multiple people. I’m not real sure about that romantic bit. It’s probably my cross-wired brain, but I don’t think I love in the conventional sense. I'm not sure if I can feel love at all. But it is friendship for a few close friends, and if some of those are ladies and it involves sex, I am certainly not going to say no. I just can't be exclusive about it, it is not in my nature.

I think exclusivity does hurt a lot of relationships, but then I was poly before I knew the meaning of the word. Also think that it is a mistake (and probably one of the greatest crimes that Christianity ever committed) to confuse love and sex and physical contact and intimacy.



I recognize many faces of the Divine.


poor little me

Using pity to evoke sympathy and control another. Common side effect of depression. Since our culture currently celebrates victimhood, this behavior can be easily encouraged and rewarded. I try to avoid that.



a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers,usually attached to a building as a porch.


power over versus power with

Willing cooperation usually works better then brute force. Popularized in paganism by Starhawk.


Practical Grudge Limit

It’s not practical to hold someone responsible unless they were there, of age, and participating.

  • Outer Grudge Boundary - the birthday of your oldest grandparent. There’s nothing you can do about anything before that
  • Middle Grudge Boundary - the day you were born
  • Inner Grudge Boundary - your eighteenth birthday or age of consent. There’s nothing you should do about anything before that



The long standing love that develops between longtime lovers like a husband and wife.

I use the Greek ideas for love.

See also love,



  1. practice, as distinguished from theory; application or use, as of knowledge or skills.
  2. convention, habit, or custom.
  3. a set of examples for practice.


precautionary principle

Supposedly it’s better to mitigate or avoid actions that might harm the environment even if the consequences are not known and with the burden of proof falling on those who propose to act.

Ultimately flawed and curiously selective.

Just one example, not a single solution to “climate change” could be justified under the precautionary principle.

I’ve studied enough science to know that it’s always about the tradeoffs.



It's one of the simplest human guidelines. Everybody shares a right. You don't have a right unless the Other does.

Privileges exclude people. Only some get privileges. Privileges are not rights, and rights are not privileges.

It's why there are human rights. Many people muddy the waters and call privileges rights. Black rights? Christian rights? Police rights? These do not exist. These are privileges that rule out whole classes of people.

Everybody shares a right.



  1. the science or study of poetic meters and versification.
  2. a particular or distinctive system of metrics and versification.
  3. the stress and intonation patterns of an utterance.



By the late 1800s, the process for making it had been refined, and in 1915, a famous line of borosilicate kitchen products was released under the Pyrex label. Because it is stronger and more durable than conventional glass, it has a number of far reaching uses.


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