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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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tacere      - To keep silent.

Start by listening. Before you say anything, listen again. Just to make sure you understand, listen again. Let people discover truth before you speak. Make sure the truth is necessary before you speak. Judge if the listener is worthy of truth. Answer honestly when asked, but don’t volunteer information. Traditionally associated with Earth and darkness.


Tailltean games

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”.


Tailltean marriage

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).


tain't mine

Do I have room for the Christian God? Yes. Do I worship him? No. Should it matter? No. My best answer, “Tain't mine.”

Christian beliefs matter to me about as much the mortgage that your third cousin twice-removed took out. The only reason I would need to integrate Christian beliefs is if I were trying to impress Christians with how good a Christian I was.

I'm not saying that Christianity is not important to Christians. I am saying that Christians shouldn't expect their beliefs to govern others.



We don't know who said it first, but Robert Heinlein used “There ain't no such thing as a free lunch” in his novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

Anything you do is going to take time, effort, and resources. Know yourself. Know what you can do. Know what you're willing to do. Know the price you're willing to pay. That's where the sacrifice comes in.



  • Gods and magick have always lived in technology.
  • Recognize the Divine in human endeavor.
  • Honor the magick through skill & craft.
  • Form joining function in something greater than either.
  • Use what the gods inspired.


technopagan green      #0A4F00

My favorite web color.

See also liberty blue


technopagan items

Joining lower elementals to technology.

See also spellform


technopagan network

Gathering over phones, IM, or texting to facilitate, coordinate and conduct a ritual. Working together in person is still the most effective, but a network does the job in a pinch.

Using Twitter for a technopagan network doesn't work. I think it has something to do with the distractions.



  • distinctive + practical + adaptable + poetic
  • meant to be used & subject to change
  • improved when possible
  • simple over complicated
See also tekn


thank you cards

A pagan guy’s best friend.

Handwritten, hand addressed, and above all PERSONAL thank you cards. Never address a thank you card to just a group, always address it an individual first and then maybe the group. But don’t just wait until someone does something for you. If you help out with something, write them a thank you card for letting you help. If you didn’t help but you see someone giving to the community, thank them.



The Greek theoria (θεωρία), from which the English word "theory" is derived, meant "contemplation, speculation, a looking at, things looked at", from theorein (θεωρεῖν) "to consider, speculate, look at", from theoros (θεωρός) "spectator", from thea (θέα) "a view" + horan (ὁρᾶν) "to see". It expressed the state of being a spectator. Both Greek θεωρία and Latin contemplatio primarily meant looking at things, whether with the eyes or with the mind.

Taking philosophical and theological traditions into consideration, the term was used by the ancient Greeks to refer to the act of experiencing or observing and then comprehending through consciousness, which is called the nous or "eye of the soul" (Matthew 6:22–34). Insight into being and becoming (called Noesis) through the intuitive truth called faith, in God (action through faith and love for God), leads to truth through our contemplative faculties. This theory, or speculation, as action in faith and love for God, is then expressed famously as "Beauty shall Save the World". This expression comes from a mystical or gnosiological perspective, rather than a scientific, philosophical or cultural one.

Christianity took up the use of both the Greek (theoria) and Latin (contemplatio, contemplation) terminology to describe various forms of prayer and the process of coming to know God. Eastern and Western traditions of Christianity grew apart as they incorporated the general notion of theoria into their respective teachings.

Several scholars have also demonstrated the similarities between the Greek idea of theoria and the Indian idea of darśana (darshan).


Thingtide      See Lammas


A word or phrase that makes people think.

A blog category at both Technopagan Yearnings and Pagan Vigil that I use to store interesting quotes and ideas.

The word itself comes from Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, but I changed the meaning. Heinlein used it to describe a large scale computer.


Those Who Want to Be Noticed

It’s not just that they believe, they need the perception of others to validate their belief. A version of the True Believer.


Three Harvests     See Lammas,   Mabon  &   Samhain


three marks of an adult human

  • choosing one's own words and actions despite the threat of punishment for making improper choices
  • accepting responsiblity for one's choices
  • trusting that others will make their own choices without coercion


Three Percent

Ninety-seven percent of the time, there is no practical magickal solution. Three percent of the time, well, three is a magick number and that is when I use magick.


Thunderbolt (interface)

Thunderbolt (codenamed Light Peak) is a hardware interface that allows for the connection of external peripherals to a computer. It uses the same connector as Mini DisplayPort (MDP). It was released in its finished state on February 24, 2011.

Thunderbolt combines PCI Express (PCIe) and DisplayPort (DP) into one serial signal alongside a DC connection for electric power, transmitted over one cable. Up to six peripherals may be supported by one connector through various topologies.


T.I.T. ratio

Years ago I came up with the T.I.T. explanation of history.




Yes I know, technically that is T.I-E.T., but I bet you remember T.I.T.

Anyway, cultures that show those things tend to thrive and expand while cultures where those things are restricted tend to diminish. Throw in the Ethic of Reciprocity and you pretty much have the framework of the free market - voluntary exchanges between consenting adults.


tradition      see path vs. tradition

tradition versus path      See path vs. tradition


transhuman symbol h+Transhumanism can be viewed as an extension of humanism, from which it is partially derived. Humanists believe that humans matter, that individuals matter. We might not be perfect, but we can make things better by promoting rational thinking, freedom, tolerance, democracy, and concern for our fellow human beings. Transhumanists agree with this but also emphasize what we have the potential to become. Just as we use rational means to improve the human condition and the external world, we can also use such means to improve ourselves, the human organism. In doing so, we are not limited to traditional humanistic methods, such as education and cultural development. We can also use technological means that will eventually enable us to move beyond what some would think of as “human”.

Transhumanism is a cultural and intellectual movement that believes we can, and should, improve the human condition through the use of advanced technologies. One of the core concepts in transhumanist thinking is life extension: Through genetic engineering, nanotech, cloning, and other emerging technologies, eternal life may soon be possible. Likewise, transhumanists are interested in the ever-increasing number of technologies that can boost our physical, intellectual, and psychological capabilities beyond what humans are naturally capable of (thus the term transhuman). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), for example, which speeds up reaction times and learning speed by running a very weak electric current through your brain, has already been used by the US military to train snipers. On the more extreme side, transhumanism deals with the concepts of mind uploading (to a computer), and what happens when we finally craft a computer with greater-than-human intelligence (the technological singularity).

Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology.

Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations as well as the ethical limitations of using such technologies. The most common transhumanist thesis is that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into different beings with abilities so greatly expanded from the current condition as to merit the label of posthuman beings.


Tranzi institutions

Stressing the need for big, transnational organizations running our lives at the expense of national and local control. Usually, the bigger and more dispersed a Tranzi institution is, the less accountable and less subject to change it is. Often Transzi institutions are designed to resist national gvernments even as they take money and demand control. Examples include the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


trauma drama

The latest tale of woe, usually told by someone with a long history of suffering and anguish. At best it's tiresome after the third or so time.

Some people wrap themselves in so much negativity that nothing else touches them. They've no energy left for anything more than going through the motions. The most passion these people get is from the grief they stumble into. Sometimes they seek it out because it is the only emotion and human contact they find.

It's not what life does to you, it's what you do in life. We need heroes more than victims.

See also poor little me


Tree of Life • Web of Life • Labyrinth

tree of lifeAlso the Kabbalah. Different perspectives of the same thing. We see and are impressed by the structure. But it's the connections that are important. Most people overlook the connections and the implications. Sometimes the most obvious is the easiest to miss.

A Tree of Life in various religious interpretations, within myths, and as a mystical concept represents the interconnectedness of all life on our beautiful planet. The Tree of Life connects all forms of creation. The Tree of Life is considered to be the symbol of 'Creator'.


tribe     See kin


triconeThree cornered hat with upturned wide brim. As the Cavalier hat grew larger and the brim began to droop, fashion led to " cocking " the brim up on one side. Last half of 17c., the hat was cocked on three sides, thus becoming the TRICORNE.


True Believer™

Possesses an absolute belief that their particular book, method, faith, interpretation, or silly hat is The Only Acceptable Choice. A True Believer judges the actions and especially the opinions of others by compliance. They will dismiss anything that anyone else does if it doesn't adhere totally to The True Way. Because it's the True Way and abviously the only right way, a True Believer™ expects others to be governed by their belief.Worse, they will overlook mistakes and abuses made by the people on the “correct” side, even as they violate the principles they hold central to their belief.

“Thou Shalt Not Dissent!” And “thou shalt not do or say anything that makes the True Way look bad.”

This is not limited to religion. There are fundamentalist climate alarmists who call for suppressing dissent and imprisoning any who dare question. There are radical feminists who believe that all men are rapists and should be punished as such. And there are those who believe that free speech must be heavily regulated and must not offend anyone.


true faith

Finding the balance point in the universe that makes you experience understanding and growth.


True Faith®

A set of rules and doctrine that has been handed to the True Believer. The True Faith™ may not be questioned by ANYONE but especially not the unbelievers.


Twelvetide - Christmastide


“the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall”


the two most important phrases in human history

“Let me help.”

“I can do better than that!

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