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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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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.

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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”.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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tarot deck (standard)

A standard tarot deck has 78 cards, and is divided into the Major arcana and Minor arcana. The Major arcana made up of 22 cards and are often referred to as trumps (some tarot experts cite 21 cards as trumps, plus The Fool card). The Minor arcana has 56 cards and largely resembles a regular playing deck.

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technician vs. performer

A contrast between a highly-skilled, perfectionist virtuoso and a less-skilled, but more inventive and original, artist. This is a plot common to stories that focus on the arts (usually music or theater), or sports that require mixing physical ability with creativity (such as dancing or skating).
Technician vs. Performer from tvtropes

In science, if you don't do it, somebody else will. Whereas in art, if Beethoven didn't compose the 'Ninth Symphony,' no one else before or after is going to compose the 'Ninth Symphony' that he composed; no one else is going to paint 'Starry Night' by van Gogh.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wrong! Because the gift does not lie in your hands. I have hands, David. Hands that can make a scalpel sing. More than anything in my life I wanted to play, but I do not have the gift. I can play the notes, but I cannot make the music. You've performed Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin. Even if you never do so again, you've already known a joy that I will never know as long as I live. Because the true gift is in your head and in your heart and in your soul. Now you can shut it off forever, or you can find new ways to share your gift with the world - through the baton, the classroom, or the pen. As to these works, they're for you, because you and the piano will always be as one.
“Morale Victory”, M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Magick is shaped by thought and driven by passion.

Even more than the arts, innovation, originality and passion makes magick work. You have to put yourself into it and not just follow another's direction.

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An “expert” bureaucrat effectively unanswerable to political power or public pressure, all in the name of “for your own good.” Regulations exist so politicos can evade responsibility for unpopular choices.

See also politics

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  • 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.

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technopagan green      #0A4F00

My favorite web color.

See also liberty blue

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technopagan items

Joining lower elementals to technology.

See also spellform

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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.

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

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tewesday      See Tuesday

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.

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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).

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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.

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third law of ecology     “Nature knows best.”

Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is, says Commoner, “likely to be detrimental to that system.” The Creation, one can argue, has an intelligence, and to tinker with that “unintellectually” we get global warming pollution, etc.

Nature knows best, the third informal law of ecology, Commoner writes, “holds that any major man-made change in a natural system is likely to be detrimental to that system.” During 5 billion years of evolution, living things developed an array of substances and reactions that together constitute the living biosphere. The modern petrochemical industry, however, suddenly created thousands of new substances that did not exist in nature. Based on the same basic patterns of carbon chemistry as natural compounds, these new substances enter readily into existing biochemical processes. But they do so in ways that are frequently destructive to life, leading to mutations, cancer, and many different forms of death and disease. “The absence of a particular substance from nature,” Commoner writes, “is often a sign that it is incompatible with the chemistry of life.”

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Ten plus three, twelve plus one, seven plus five plus one. An odd and prime number considered potent for many reasons.

Thirteen lunar months make up slighty more than a solar year. The lunar cycle was commonly thought of as 28 days, so a “year and a day” was thirteen moons plus one day. Actually the lunar cycle averages a smidge more than 29.53 days, but the poetry is there.

In the “COVEN” entry of the classic An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present, Doreen Valiente lists several uses of the number thirteen, including Romulus and his twelve companions, the Thirteen Treasures of Britan, jury trials with a judge, and covens depicted in art with twelve members and a God figure. The interesting entry runs several pages, far too much to quote here.

Of course, one of the best known thirteens is Yeshua ben Yosef and his disciples. That's probably most folk and witchcraft thirteens were called corrupt.

This site uses thirteen often in the coding. So by reading the site, you're invoking thirteens. Hopefully you don't suffer from triskaidekaphobia.

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thorsdagr      See Thursday

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.

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Three Harvests     See Lammas,   Mabon  &   Samhain

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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

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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.

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Three Sisters      Corn, beans & squash

Corn, beans, and squash are called the “three sisters.” Native Americans always inter-planted this trio because they thrive together, much like three inseparable sisters.

By the time European settlers arrived in America in the early 1600s, the Iroquois had been growing the “three sisters” for over three centuries. The vegetable trio sustained the Native Americans both physically and spiritually. In legend, the plants were a gift from the gods, always to be grown together, eaten together, and celebrated together.

Each of the sisters contributes something to the planting. Together, the sisters provide a balanced diet from a single planting.
The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, and Squash
from The Old Farmers Almanac

The Three Sisters Method uses three different vegetables – corn, pole beans and squash.

Each vegetable is interplanted together so they benefit one another while growing and producing fruit.

The corn stalk provides a climbing support for the pole beans to grow up, the pole beans provide nitrogen in the soil for the corn, and the squash creates a living mulch to block out weeds and to conserve soil moisture for the pole beans and corn.

They are known as the “sisters”. A trio that works in complete harmony.

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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.

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thunderbolt iron

Meteoric metal carries inherent significance. Anything made out of it will be some combination of magical, good, evil, or just incredibly strong.

Crafting meteoric iron is Older Than Dirt: iron from meteorites has been used to make tools and weapons since the Ice Age, when it was the only iron available. The trope that it is special or magical isn't documented from that long ago, but some scholars believe that the Older Than Feudalism story of the forging of Zeus' thunderbolts refers to meteoric iron.

Thokcha (Tibetan: ཐོག་ལྕགས, Wylie: thog lcags; also alternatively Tibetan: གནམ་ལྕགས, Wylie: gnam lcags) "sky-iron" are tektites and meteorites which are often high in iron content, refer iron meteorite. The usage of meteoric iron is common in the history of ferrous metallurgy. Historically, thokchas were held in esteem for sacred metallurgical fabrication of weapons, musical instruments and sacred tools, e.g. phurba. Their inclusion as an auspicious addition in the metallurgical fabrication of sacred objects cast of Panchaloha is documented. The term has also come to denote ancient metal objects which serve as amulets made from thokcha. They are traditionally held to be endowed with magic and protective power and in this respect are comparable to Tibetan Dzi beads.

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thunresdæg      See Thursday

thuresday      See Thursday


tit for tat

with an equivalent given in retaliation, as a blow for a blow, repartee, etc.:

The best strategy for a repeating game (called the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma) is not Screw The Other Guy, and -- surprisingly at first glance -- it’s not Always Cooperate With The Other Guy, either.

The winning strategy is Tit-for-Tat. That is, you do to the guy what he did to you last turn. If he cooperated, you cooperate. If he screwed you, you screw him back. Over thousands and millions of computer runs, using every strategy from complete aggression to complete forgiveness, Tit-for-Tat “wins” every time – that is, it results in the least jail time for you.

But Tit-for-Tat combines generosity and toughness. And look at the terms used to describe the most successful strategic version of Tit-for-Tat: Nice. Retaliating. Forgiving. Non-envious.

Now, this is where my own analysis kicks in, because frankly, nice, retaliating, forgiving and non-envious pretty much sums up how I feel about the West in general and the United States in particular. The web of trust and commerce in Western societies is unthinkable in the Third World because the prosperity they produce are fat juicy targets for people raised on Screw the Other Guy. Crime and corruption are stealing, and stealing is Screwing the Other Guy. It’s short-term win, long-term loss.

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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.

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tiwesdæg      See Tuesday

tiwesday      See Tuesday


❝The whole “I'm ok, you're ok, and let's excuse that guy's behavior because he is only human” thing just doesn't work. So let's use a more historically accurate definition of tolerance.

Let's define tolerance as “We won't attack you on sight. And if you're nice enough, your child can marry one of our children. Anything more and you have to prove that it's worth it.” So it's not blindly accepting and adopting the other guy's behavior and beliefs. It's more “We'll mostly ignore you and you can do your own thing as long as you don't mess with our own thing.”

By current American norms, that's pretty harsh. History shows that is a fairly open meaning of tolerance though.❞

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One who practices parkour.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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'.

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Tree of Life pendant (sabbats, fire festivals, solar festivals)
     See pendant, Tree of Life

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.

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triple spiral pendant (dark Moon)
     See pendant, triple spiral


fear or a phobia concerning the number 13.

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triskele pendant (bright Moon)
     See pendant, triskele

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.

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true faith

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

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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.

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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”


twilight, astronomical      See astronomical twilight

twilight, civil      See civil twilight

twilight, nautical      See nautical twilight

the two most important phrases in human history

“Let me help.”

“I can do better than that!

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