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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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sabbat       sacred fire       Saint Clement's Day       Saint John's Eve       Samhain       sarsen       sealioning       Seasonal Affective Disorder       semi-shaman       sepulchre       sex       sex rules       shadows       Shenn da Boaldyn       Shrove Tuesday - Fat Tuesday - Mardi Gras       Silver Rule       simony       social justice warrior       Socratic method       sojouner       solar festival       solitary practitioner       Sparkpoint       spellform       spring equinox       Springtide       THE standard argument       Starwell       the Still       stock       storge       the Story       Story People       the Story vs. the Journey       Summer's End       summer solstice       summergate       Suncrest       superior conjunction       supermoon            
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sabbat

Any of several holidays, usually four or eight in number, in Wicca and related Neopagan religious traditions.
Sabbats follow a solar cycle. The Lesser Sabbats fall on the equinoxes and solstices or quarter days. The Greater Sabbats fall on the cross-quarter days and are the gateways between seasons and thus the gateways between worlds.

I use the Moon cycles to honor the magick, and the solar and fire festivals to honor the gods.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#

sacred fire

A consecrated fire used ceremonially or in religious worship.

Perhaps the best known example is the eternal flame like at JFK’s gravesite.

Jewish tradition use a sanctuary lamp or chancel lamp. This has been adopted by many religions. Katherine Kurtz used my favorite label, the Presence Lamp, in her Deryni novels. Many faiths hold that a sacred flame can be lit from the previous one, the purpose of the sanctuary lamp is to prolong a sacred flame.

In some traditions, a sacred fire may only be created only as it's needed. All other flame (and electrical) nearby should be extinguished. A sacred fire should be created from darkness or at least in low light. A sacred fire should be created by friction.

A weaker version of the sacred fire uses the unburnt fuel from a previous one. Thus the tradition to save part of the Yule log for the next year's Yule fire.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#sacred-fire

Saint Clement's Day       23November - See Firing of the Anvil

Saint John's Eve     See Litha, summer solstice

Samhain     either the end of October or around 06November

Traditional neopagan sabbat. Cross quarter day, Greater Sabbat, High Holiday, & fire festival. Samhain marks the midpoint between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice and the beginning of winter. Last of three harvest festivals, marks the end of harvest season. Traditionally when the herds were culled for the winter. Dark twin to Beltaine. Festival of the dead. Celtic tradition holds that it's the end of autumn and the end of old year when the gates swing open for the new year.
As October turns to November, thousands of Witches, Wiccans, Druids, and other Pagans across America, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere observe the sacred time of Samhain. Samhain is a festival of the Dead. Meaning "Summer's End" and pronounced saah-win or saa-ween, Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year. For many practitioners, myself included, Samhain also is the beginning of the spiritual new year.

Originating in ancient Europe as a Celtic Fire festival, Samhain is now celebrated worldwide. The timing of contemporary Samhain celebrations varies according to spiritual tradition and geography. Many of us celebrate Samhain over the course of several days and nights, and these extended observances usually include a series of solo rites as well as ceremonies, feasts, and gatherings with family, friends, and spiritual community. In the northern hemisphere, many Pagans celebrate Samhain from sundown on October 31 through November 1. Others hold Samhain celebrations on the nearest weekend or on the Full or New Moon closest to this time. Some Pagans observe Samhain a bit later, or near November 6, to coincide more closely with the astronomical midpoint between Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice. Most Pagans in the southern hemisphere time their Samhain observances to coincide with the middle of their Autumn in late April and early May, rather than at the traditional European time of the holiday.

…in ancient Celtic religion, one of the most important and sinister calendar festivals of the year. At Samhain, held on November 1, the world of the gods was believed to be made visible to humankind, and the gods played many tricks on their mortal worshippers; it was a time fraught with danger, charged with fear, and full of supernatural episodes. Sacrifices and propitiations of every kind were thought to be vital, for without them the Celts believed they could not prevail over the perils of the season or counteract the activities of the deities. Samhain was an important precursor to Halloween.

As millions of children and adults participate in the fun of Halloween on the night of October 31st, few will be aware of its ancient Celtic roots in the Samhain (Samain) festival. In Celtic Ireland about 2,000 years ago, Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker half (winter). At Samhain the division between this world and the otherworld was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through.

The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. People wore costumes and masks to disguise themselves as harmful spirits and thus avoid harm. Bonfires and food played a large part in the festivities. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into a communal fire, household fires were extinguished and started again from the bonfire. Food was prepared for the living and the dead, food for the ancestors who were in no position it eat it, was ritually shared with the less well off.

Christianity incorporated the honouring of the dead into the Christian calendar with All Saints (All Hallows) on November 1st, followed by All Souls on November 2nd. The wearing of costumes and masks to ward off harmful spirits survived as Halloween customs. The Irish emigrated to America in great numbers during the 19th century especially around the time of famine in Ireland during the 1840's. The Irish carried their Halloween traditions to America, where today it is one of the major holidays of the year. Through time other traditions have blended into Halloween, for example the American harvest time tradition of carving pumpkins.
Samhain (Samain) - The Celtic roots of Halloween

See also sabbat, Wintergate, Wintergate, Wintergate, Samhain All Hallows Eve / Halloween, All Hallows, All Hallows Eve, Feast of Apples, Feast of the Dead, Hallows, Halloween, November Eve, Oie Houney, Summer's End, Winter Nights

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#samhain

sarsen       sarcen

any of numerous large sandstone blocks or fragments found in south-central England, probably remnants of eroded Tertiary beds.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#sarsen

sealioning

A subtle form of trolling involving "bad-faith" questions. You disingenuously frame your conversation as a sincere request to be enlightened, placing the burden of educating you entirely on the other party. If your bait is successful, the other party may engage, painstakingly laying out their logic and evidence in the false hope of helping someone learn. In fact you are attempting to harass or waste the time of the other party, and have no intention of truly entertaining their point of view. Instead, you react to each piece of information by misinterpreting it or requesting further clarification, ad nauseum. The name "sea-lioning" comes from a Wondermark comic strip.

Some social justice warrior types insist that the Socratic method is a form of sealioning, especially if they are unprepared and don't know the answers. Of course it isn't.
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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#sealioning

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Depression that occurs seasonally in the winter or cold weather. Far too common.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#sad

semi-shaman     (depreciated)

Some of my practices and results are similar to traditional shamanism, but my “totems” were different and my cultural references were wrong. I was always careful to make the distinction. Now I just do it and don’t bother to explain.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#semi-shaman

sepulchre     sepulcher

  1. a tomb, grave, or burial place.
  2. Also called Easter sepulcher. Ecclesiastical.
    1. a cavity in a mensa for containing relics of martyrs.
    2. a structure or a recess in some old churches in which the Eucharist was deposited with due ceremonies on Good Friday and taken out at Easter in commemoration of Christ's entombment and Resurrection.
  3. to place in a sepulcher; bury

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#sepulchre

sex

Intercouse and all of it's variations. An activity I enjoy very much. I practice it. I study it. I talk about it when I can. I play. I experiment.

I'm one of those "nekkid pagans who dig the sex" and my attitudes are considerably different than mainstream America. There's strong evidence that sex is bonding more than producing children. We know that skin to skin contact releases endorphins. We know that grooming and hair brushing does too. We know sharing orgasms makes people feel closer.

Nudity is not sex. Nudity is not love. Nudity does not invite sex.

Sex is not love although there is certainly a hormonal charge. I think it's one of the great failings of our culture to insist that love and sex are aspects of the same thing. Sex is exploding hormones. Love is commitment. The two should not be confused.

Mine is a fertility religion after all. My faith recognizes male and female Principles (and Principals too) and celebrates sexuality and fertility. There are variations of course, but the union of male and female is going to be at the heart of that. It also means that for me, sex and sexual behavior are sacred. Not because it's sex, but because celebrating life around us and within us reveals our shared Divinity. Sex is one way we can enjoy both ourselves and others. It's a gift from the gods. I seek the Divine in every woman I meet. Sometimes I find it, sometimes I don't. Sex can be a sacrament, but not usually.

American pagans are less inhibited than most of our neighbors. We may show flesh in more varieties than you have ever dreamt of, we may talk and ESPECIALLY sing about sex, but the boundaries are still clear. Just because someone arouses you doesn’t mean they are interested in sex with you. Even if they do show you more body parts than you’ve ever seen outside a bedroom.

We hug. We cuddle. We may even kiss. But that doesn’t mean we allow just any fingers or faces into our nether regions. That doesn’t mean you get to cop a feel. When you ask for sex, it’s always the other person’s choice.

Some misguided people see joining a pagan group as a way to get their rocks off. They could meet Hot Bisexual Pagan Chicks and have mind-blowing Ritual Sex under the Full Moon!

It doesn't work like that.

Those confused ones soon "wash out" or spin off to form their own sex-based group. When they can't attract members to the new group, they blame everyone but themselves. After all, they're open about sex. Why wouldn't people line up to have sex with them?

Sex is more than exchanging fluids and viruses and bacteria. Sex is about life. Sex can make your life better. Or it can drain your passion to nearly nothing. Sex is easy, it's practically wired into the biology. Relationships are hard. Anonymous sex without an emotional connection is basically mutual masturbation and probably won't be a lasting relationship. I know from experience that one night stands are fairly childish and not emotionally healthy. Given a chance, people outgrow that. I did. Millions of others do too.

That differentiates casual sex from meaningful sex. The body heat and skin-to-skin contact enhance the bond, but the root of the bond isn’t sex. Do you trust the other person? Do you trust them to tell you truth? Do you trust them not to hurt you or yours? Do you trust them not to steal? Do you trust them enough to share your tomorrow? Can they trust you? Shared trust is what can make it work. What else is worth talking about?

Fucking scratches the itch. Higher sex gets rid of the itch and gives you a whole new perspective. There is a difference. No, sex does not equal romantic love. No, nudity does not equal sex. Most importantly, without consent it is not sex, it is abuse.

Here’s the secret that all those how-to sex books won’t tell you. If you care for the other person, if you respect them, if you share deep passions with them, then the sex makes all that better. The more you know about them and the more they know about you, the better the sex will be. If they push your mind and spirit while you push theirs, you’ll never be bored.

All that without the exotic positions, the extra toys, the role play, and the power play.

Unless it's with me, who you have sex with, how you have sex, and how many times you have sex is frankly none of my business. Likewise, unless it is sex with me, I'm not responsible for the consequences.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#sex

sex rules

I have five main sex rules. The first two are carved-in-stone unbreakable and easily solve 97% of sex problems in America today.

  1. Consenting adults only. Emphasis on the consenting. Emphasis on the adults. Anything else is rape and should be treated as such.
    • The first derivative is "Don't mess with kids." Let the kids grow up and work it out for themselves, just like they do with sports, what clothes to wear, what and when to eat, reading a good book, and using the toilet without making a mess. Being a kid means learning to deal with life. Kids don't need weird adults complicating that.
    • The extended childhood thing in the U.S. is a post-WWII innovation. Well into the 1960s, some rural locations had marriages where the bride and groom were under sixteen. Hang around farm animals long enough and you'll learn plenty about sex.
    • I'm willing to accept the age of consent as a working compromise even though I know a child has been exposed to sexuality pretty much since the day they were born. You can't be human and avoid it. We're wired for it, we long for a simple touch when we don't have it.
  2. If you promised to be someone else’s “one and only,” you’re off limits. Honor demands nothing less.
  3. Regret does not equal rape.
  4. Acknowledge but not celebrate. It works for sexuality, religion, and politics. Some believe that their moral choice should compel my behavior. Obviously I disagree. I'm under no obligation to sleep with you to validate you.
  5. I don't tell you who to sleep with, and I expect that you won't tell others who they can't sleep with.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#sex-rules

shadows

I prefer operating from the fringe. No great recognition, but no glow in the dark targets either.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#shadows

Shenn da Boaldyn     See Beltaine

Shrove Tuesday - Fat Tuesday - Mardi Gras
     See Selected Christian Observances

Silver Rule

“Do for yourself at least as much as you do for others.”

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#silver-rule

simony

  1. the making of profit out of sacred things.
  2. the sin of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferments, benefices, etc.

Simony, buying or selling of something spiritual or closely connected with the spiritual. More widely, it is any contract of this kind forbidden by divine or ecclesiastical law. The name is taken from Simon Magus (Acts 8:18), who endeavoured to buy from the Apostles the power of conferring the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Simony, in the form of buying holy orders, or church offices, was virtually unknown in the first three centuries of the Christian church, but it became familiar when the church had positions of wealth and influence to bestow. The first legislation on the point was the second canon of the Council of Chalcedon (451). From that time prohibitions and penalties were reiterated against buying or selling promotions to the episcopate, priesthood, and diaconate. Later, the offense of simony was extended to include all traffic in benefices and all pecuniary transactions on masses (apart from the authorized offering), blessed oils, and other consecrated objects.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#simony

social justice warrior

A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently engages in arguments on social justice on the Internet, often in a shallow or not well-thought-out way, for the purpose of raising their own personal reputation. A social justice warrior, or SJW, does not necessarily strongly believe all that they say, or even care about the groups they are fighting on behalf of. They typically repeat points from whoever is the most popular blogger or commenter of the moment, hoping that they will "get SJ points" and become popular in return. They are very sure to adopt stances that are "correct" in their social circle

A person who uses the fight for civil rights as an excuse to be rude, condescending, and sometimes violent for the purpose of relieving their frustrations or validating their sense of unwarranted moral superiority. The behaviors of Social justice warriors usually have a negative impact on the civil rights movement, turning away potential allies and fueling the resurgence of bigoted groups that scoop up people who have been burned or turned off by social justice warriors.

What is a Social Justice Warrior?

The term "Social Justice Warrior" (SJW) came about as a pejorative term to refer to a person who berates other internet users over matters of political correctness, but has since evolved to refer to a specific movement within tech and gaming culture that is based around professional victimhood, intimidation, and the proliferation of falsehoods.
It is not about justice, it is about politics. Politics controls the behavior of others.

Social justice warriors base thier arguments on exploiting guilt politics, collective identity and intersectionality. Expect language games and kafkatrapping. Don't expect individual responsiblity or merit.

Results are measured by the gains made by a minority against a majority and emotional peaks.

SJW types try controlling the language and the agenda by claiming a higher moral authority. Remember that the Practical Grudge Limit can be very useful when escaping the collective guilt.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#social-justice

Socratic method

the use of questions, as employed by Socrates, to develop a latent idea, as in the mind of a pupil, or to elicit admissions, as from an opponent, tending to establish a proposition.

Socrates engaged in questioning of his students in an unending search for truth. He sought to get to the foundations of his students' and colleagues' views by asking continual questions until a contradiction was exposed, thus proving the fallacy of the initial assumption. This became known as the Socratic Method, and may be Socrates' most enduring contribution to philosophy.

My preferred debate tactic. This IS NOT sealioning.
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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#socratic-method

sojourner

One who chooses to take the Journey and experience faith, actively Manifesting that faith, focused on their own path. Their path is experience. It's about the Journey, that movement along the way that can't be predicted. It's juicy, it's messy, it's mind blowing and it’s supremely passionate.

It's ecstatic in a way that passivity never will approach. The Journey is SUPPOSED to drag you out of your comfort zone and your expectations and your perceptions and your understandings.

You can't walk between the worlds if you have both feet and nine fingers firmly anchored in one.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#sojourner

solar festival     dates of solstices & equinoxes

An equinox or solstice, a quarter day that marks the peak, valley or balance of solar power. Despite popular belief, a solar festival is the midpoint of the season, not the beginning. Most neopagan tradtions mark solar festivals as Lesser Sabbats.

Another name for the winter solstice is Midwinter (also here), another name for the summer solstice is Midsummer (also here).

On my WebTree path, a solar festival begins at sunrise of the the day before the actual solar event and lasts until sunrise the day after. That makes it the traditional three days.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#solar-festival

solitary practitioner

Solitary practitioners are individuals preferring to work in private rather than within the confines of a group or coven. Some practice and study a particular single tradition, while others, like the Eclectic Wiccan pick, choose and blend different traditions. Wicca with its diverse number of traditions works well with this sort of practice, and Solitary working can be as fulfilling as working in a group setting. Because of its solitary nature and without clear guidance, it does involve a great deal of self-study and determination to achieve results and without a Mentor, it is easy to go astray as no one is around to correct any mistakes or deviations. However, many Solitaries follow the way of Nature and let themselves enjoy the ride within Mother Nature Herself, knowing that Nature cannot be wrong. Solitary Wiccans often undertake a ritual of self-initiation to dedicate themselves to the Goddess and God.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#solitary

Sparkpoint       - around the beginning of February

WebTree fire festival & cross quarter day. Sparkpoint marks the beginning of spring and the return of the light, staring at sunset the day before the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and ending at sunset on the day after (traditional three days). Sparkpoint marks the beginning of the WebTree year.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#sparkpoint

spellform

Similar to a thoughtform, but with an independent existence after creation. Usually tied to a physical object and not autonomous.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#spellform

spring equinox      See equinox
     The MIDDLE of spring, not the beginning.

Springtide     See Imbolc

THE standard argument

“The people who pay attention to laws are not the ones you should be worried about.”

It applies to every single mala prohibita law you can name. The people who will obey the law will obey. And those taking advantage will simply break the law with no real consequences unless they are caught and convicted. The only things that increase are taxes and government power.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#standard-argument

Starwell     winter solstice

WebTree solar festival & quarter day marking the winter solstice and the middle of winter. A time of blood, contrasts and promises that celebrates the height of winter's power and the Wheel turning towards spring and eventually summer. Starwell lasts from sunrise on the day before the solstice to sunrise the day after (traditional three days).

The Nightlord reaches his greatest strength and pays with the Wound while his weird the Daylord is reborn.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#starwell

the Still

Not one of my prouder inventions. I stop speaking to someone, usually for months at a time. Goal is supposed to be a year and a day, but I’ve never made it that far. Sometimes it’s the best way out of a bad situation.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#still

stock     See kin

the Story versus the Journey
     See the Journey vs. the Story

storge     or storgh

Familial love, common empathy, the love of parents for children or children for parents. To a lessor extent, other relatives as well, although philos plays it's part there too. One of the Greek words for love.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#storge

the Story

The Story is told while the Journey is lived.

The only two purposes of the story are to honor the memory of those who have gone before and to teach you to recognize where the path begins for your own Journey. The rituals are not the faith. The map is not the territory. The words are not the thing. Story People are the followers of a revealed faith, “the answers could be in the very next book.”

Story People seek to live the fable.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#story

Summer's End     See Samhain

summer solstice      See solstice

Summergate

WebTree fire festival & cross quarter day. Summergate marks the beginning of summer staring at sunset the day before the midpoint between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice and ending at sunset on the day after (traditional three days).

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#summergate

Suncrest      summer solstice

WebTree solar festival & quarter day marking the summer solstice and the middle of summer. A time of blood, contrasts and promises that celebrates the height of summer's power and the Wheel turning towards autumn and eventually winter. Suncrest lasts from sunrise on the day before the solstice to sunrise the day after (traditional three days).

The Daylord reaches his greatest strength and pays with the Wound while his weird the Nightlord is reborn.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#suncrest

superior conjunction

the instant when a planet passes on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth (Mercury or Venus)

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#superior-conjunction

supermoon

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term "supermoon" is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ss/#supermoon
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