All internal links are underlined. Uppercase links go to specific entries. Script links go to the timetable.

A dashed border and red banner means I don't agree with the definition or that it is a dangerous idea.
  • a
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • e
  • f
  • g
  • h
  • i
  • j
  • k
  • l
  • m
  • n
  • o
  • P
  • q
  • r
  • s
  • t
  • u
  • v
  • w
  • x
  • y
  • z
  • pagan

    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.

    1. A nonreligious person or an unbeliever, from a monotheistic perspective.
    2. A person philosophically opposed to monotheisms on the grounds that they are life-denying cosmologies that desacralize the world. An example that I will return to is the French philosopher Alain de Benoist, known for his book On Being a Pagan, and other works. Camille Paglia fits here too. Such philosophical Pagans, however, often look down their noses at category 3.
    3. Persons who declare that they are following a Pagan religion. This may represent a reconstructed version of what their ancestors did or a new set of practices deemed compatible with ancient Paganism or a reconstructed version of practices from an admired ancient culture (for instance, if I were a Hellenic reconstructionist although not Greek by heritage). In addition, “Pagan” sometimes is employed to cover all polytheistic,2) animistic, and indigenous religions
    Back before Christianity was the dominant faith in Western Civilization, there wasn't a concept like the modern idea of “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.

    Monotheism made worshipping the “wrong” gods political. The first recorded instance was Amenophis IV requring the worship of Aton and only Aton. The Roman Empire required the early Christians to worship the state gods and took drastic action when they refused.

    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 Deity or person.
    Since the later 20th century, "Pagan" or "Paganism" has become widely used as a self-designation by adherents of Neopaganism. As such, various modern scholars have begun to apply the term to three separate groups of faiths: Historical Polytheism (such as Celtic polytheism and Norse paganism), Folk/ethnic/Indigenous religions (such as Chinese folk religion and African traditional religion), and Neo-paganism (such as Wicca and Germanic Neopaganism).

    Pagan indicates that someone is a follower of paganism. For simplicity, paganism is defined as a religion rooted in the earth. Christianity came later and took roots in cities first. The people who were rustic and resided in rural, poor country settings had a desire to hold on to their polytheistic beliefs. These people were followers of all things natural with natural laws preceding and being above everything else. Pagans proudly ascribe their faith as being a pre-Christian faith.

    It seems then that paganism is a rather generic term that includes all beliefs that precede major religions of the world. Earth-based spirituality is what paganism implies, and many of the followers of major faiths of the world, when they embrace paganism, have a feeling of homecoming within themselves. Christians often categorized pagans as rural people who did not worship Jesus as their God. For Christians, all including athiest (people who do not believe in God), monotheistic (people who believed in a single god though not the True God,) and polytheistic (people who believed in many gods) were all pagans. Hence, pagan is an umbrella term that includes within its fold many other sub groups. There are Asatru, Kemetic, Voodoo, shamanism, Wiccan, and many other beliefs under the generic term called paganism. So, Wiccan is just one of them.

    Pagan was earlier considered as a derogatory term used by Romans, to refer to a country dweller who was not a follower of Christianity and rather followed a religion that was close to nature.

    pagan attitudes on nudity & sex

    Witchcraft traditions such as Wicca are highly visible in the Pagan movement when it comes to sexuality and sexual activity. Though Pagan traditions in general see the body as a blessing, they hold a variety of views on what the proper relationship is between sexuality and spirituality. Wiccans and other witches, however, embrace the holiness of sexuality as a central religious principle.

    In joining the pagan community and choosing to be an active member of it, I ended up in more uncomfortable and unsafe sexual situations than I could ever have imagined with my darkest thoughts. I do not want this to happen to any of you. I do not want others to have a littany of these awful stories. We need to change how sex and boundaries are perceived in our community. It is not the 1960s hippie era anymore, we know it is not okay to tell young people that free love means having no boundaries and letting people sexually assault you at will. “Be a good girl, be a good boy, just let it happen”. What if it were your kids? Would you want them exposed to outdated, sexist, abusive, horrifying attitudes in a supposedly safe spiritual community?

    Predators, pedophiles, molesters, rapists… we like to think they are not in our community. We like to think our bond of sharing the same spirituality nullifies their presence and that a spiritual person could never do harm. Time and time again, we are proven wrong. We forget that religious and fringe groups statistically attract predators as the trusting members often make easier prey. Just because someone is “nice”, pays their taxes, donates to charity, and attends church regularly does not mean they are a good person. It is not okay that a large percentage of our modern pagan community has to live in fear of predators and deal with abuse. Many assume or hope the days of Wiccan priests abusing their power to have sex with initiates are just stories from the 1970s, but unfortunately they are not. As long as we put people in leadership positions on a pedestal as spiritual gurus, we ourselves are putting them in a position of power over us and leaving an opening for abuse. Everyone, no matter who they are or say they are, is just a fallible human being. Let me say that again: EVERYONE is mortal and capable of making mistakes or doing wrong. Being a spiritual person or a spiritual leader is no exception: Buddhist monks, Catholic priests, Baptist ministers, and Pagan elders have all recently been accused of sexual assault and worse. If we confront this reality, it better prepares us when we find ourselves in uncomfortable or dangerous situations. Awareness also allows us to teach our children how to avoid predators and being taken advantage of.
    Just because you are pagan and sex-positive, no one promised you sex. Your desire does not control another's choice.

    Pagan paths do attract more than our fair share of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered. We also attract some alternative sexual practices. Not everyone is open about their sexual choices though, most pagans are pretty accepting when it comes to how private or public someone wants to be. Nor is every pagan focused on sex as part of rite and ritual.

    Officially it's because we're not as dogmatic. I think it's because we're still arguing over the rules. Pagans can be just as intolerant as anyone else. Just as one example. there are Goddess centered traditions that are extremely anti-male.

    American pagans can be 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 want 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 exchange “long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.” But that doesn’t mean we allow just any fingers, toes 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 an easy 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?

    Pagan Night Out

    The 13th of every month.

    pagan of color

    A pagan claiming the label person of color.

    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.

    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.


    originally October 7, 1987

    second-person singular future passive indicative of pangō
    I accepted myself as pagan on the last day of the bright Moon in October of 1987.

    The term is Latin for to make fast, to fix, or to fasten. It is related to the term pagan through the root word “pag.”

    So I chose to fasten myself to an Earth centered path rather than the semi-Gnostic Christian one I had been trying for.

    I used to celebrate this annually on October 7th, but it seems to work better on the last day of October's bright moon.

    See also
  • Pangere


    I believe the Universe and natural law are themselves manifestations of the Divine. There's a lot of weird 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.

    Pareto principle

    See ace factor

    parity test

    “Don’t do it if you don’t want it done to you.”

    My paranoid version of the Golden Rule is a little more blunt. It still applies though.

    If YOU are not willing to live under another's rules, why should they be willing to live under yours?

    If your (faith/creed/politics/business model) can't exist without outside intervention, maybe it's not worth following.

    Parkinson's law

    Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

    Parkinson wrote he infered this law from two observations about bureaucracies:
    1. Officials want to multiply subordinates, not rivals.
    2. Officials make work for one another.

    My variation:

    Work expands to consume the resources allocated for it's completion.


    Parkour is a natural method for training the human body to be able to leap and move from place to place by climbing, jumping and flipping. This 'art of displacement' requires neither specific structures nor accessories for its practice: The body is the only tool. It takes perseverance, guts, and discipline, but the end is rewarding.


    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.


    a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.


    A short, better written quote by me designed to be passed along.

    I've spent years trying to “do more with less” with my writing. Pass-alongs do exactly that.


    path versus tradition

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

    A path is the individual Journey with the Divine. While it may not have long term connections to other humans, it's certainly binding to Someone.

    A tradition is a formal version of a path that has been passed on at least once. I'd argue that a tradition has been systemized and has initiated at least two other people (gotta have that rule of three there somewhere). It depends on the connections and rules binding the initiate to the rest of the tradition. It's capitalized as a Proper Name.

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

    See also
  • path,
  • Some thoughts from my WebTree path,
  • tradition
  • ,
  • WebTree


    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,

    patriotic correctness

    It’s a full-throated, un-nuanced, uncompromising defense of American nationalism, history and cherry-picked ideals.

    Central to its thesis is the belief that nothing in America can’t be fixed by more patriotism enforced by public shaming, boycotts and policies to cut out foreign and non-American influences.

    Insufficient displays of patriotism among the patriotically correct can result in exclusion from public life and ruined careers. It also restricts honest criticism of failed public policies.

    While political correctness is typically associated with the American Left, modern conservatism has its own sacred totems that dare not be criticized. Like its progressive counterparts, the Right’s choices of sanctification fit together like an elegant jigsaw puzzle to form an internally consistent worldview. Police, Military, Bible, and Flag are all symbols of the Right—each embodying order, tradition, and Americanism to varying degrees.
    On Patriotic Correctness from Libertarian Institute

    Right-Wing Political Correctness (RWPC), also Conservative Correctness (CC) or Patriotic Correctness (PC), is a brand of political correctness practiced by conservatives. While left-wing political correctness (LWPC) attempts to minimize offense through the (often endless) rebranding of certain words to be neutral or inclusive, RWPC rebrands terms to increase offense, increase scorn, and increase political bias. For example, homosexuality isn't RWPC; instead, we should use "unnatural vice", in order to appeal to people's (here, hateful) religious beliefs over science and tolerance. All too often, people confuse this with political incorrectness due to both being against liberal political correctness, though political incorrectness is equally against both.

    But conservatives have their own, nationalist version of PC, their own set of rules regulating speech, behavior and acceptable opinions. I call it “patriotic correctness.” It’s a full-throated, un-nuanced, uncompromising defense of American nationalism, history and cherry-picked ideals. Central to its thesis is the belief that nothing in America can’t be fixed by more patriotism enforced by public shaming, boycotts and policies to cut out foreign and non-American influences.

    Conservatives use “patriotic correctness” to regulate speech, behavior and acceptable opinions.

    Insufficient displays of patriotism among the patriotically correct can result in exclusion from public life and ruined careers. It also restricts honest criticism of failed public policies, diverting blame for things like the war in Iraq to those Americans who didn’t support the war effort enough.

    peak experience

    American psychologist and philosopher Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970) coined this term to describe nonreligious quasi-mystical and mystical experiences. Peak experiences are sudden feelings of intense happiness and well-being, and possibly the awareness of “ultimate truth” and the unity of all things. Accompanying these experiences is a heightened sense of control over the body and emotions, and a wider sense of awareness, as though one was standing upon a mountaintop. The experience fills the individual with wonder and awe. He feels at one with the world and is pleased with it; he or she has seen the ultimate truth or the essence of all things.
    Peak experiences from the MYSTICA

    Researchers who focus on positive emotions have amassed evidence suggesting that we are more likely to find more meaning in our lives on days when we experience positive emotions. In contrast, researchers taking a meaning-making perspective tend to focus on meaning in the context of adjustment to stressful events. These two areas of research are often treated separately from each other, making it difficult to answer the question about which valence of our emotional life-- positive or negative-- is most likely to be meaningful.

    Both perspectives may be at least partly right. In their classic paper "Some Differences Between a Happy Life and a Meaningful Life", Roy Baumeister and his colleagues zoomed in on the different outcomes associated with happiness (controlling for meaning) and meaningfulness (controlling for happiness). Whereas happiness was positively correlated with the frequency of positive events in one's life and negatively related to the frequency of negative events, greater meaningfulness was related both to a higher frequency of positive events and a higher frequency of negative events, as well as reports of more stress, time spent worrying, and time spent reflecting on struggles and challenges. What's going on here? How can meaning be positively associated with both positive and negative experiences?

    In a new paper, Sean Murphy and Brock Bastian suggest that a focus on emotional valence may have been a red herring for the field. By intentionally pitting "positive" experiences against "negative" experiences, researchers have focused on the difference between these experiences. However, Murphy and Bastian argue that this has neglected our understanding of similarities in how the positivity and negativity of experiences are related to meaningfulness. They raise the intriguing possibility that the more relevant factor may be the extremity of the experience, not the valence. Perhaps both extremely pleasant and extremely painful events relative to more neutral events share a common set of characteristics that might lead them to be found more meaningful.
    We're not wired emotionally to differentiate between 'good' and 'bad.' We just recognize peak passion, the strongest emotions. If your peak passion is with your family and loved ones, those are the experiences you seek out. If your peak passion is because you built an amazing motorcycle, that is what you remember and seek out. And unfortunately, if your peak passion is abuse at work or abusing someone, that is what you seek out.

    People cherish their passions. Under stress, people will use behaviors that have succeeded or that have delivered the most passion. It's not if the emotion is positive or negative, it's the amount of passion.

    If their remembered passion is significantly higher than what someone experiences in their everyday life, then that is what they will crave.

    Yes, this goes a long way towards explaining abusive relationships.

    Most people are ruled by their passions, not their rationality. They seek an emotional intensity that matches or exceeds what they have experienced before. It doesn't matter if it is a “positive” or “negative” passion. it is the energy they want. The benefits or costs are never considered before the act. Almost any “reasoning” that follows is justification.

    Most humans want experiences that will have at least as strong as an effect as what their bodies recall. A peak experience is all about the hormonal surge. It's why audiences want a film with three big explosions after a film with just one big explosion last year. It's why someone exercising will push for “just a little more.” It's why sex with the same person using the same positions gets boring.

    Again, it's the intensity, not if the emotion is “good” or “bad.”
    Peak experiences are often described as transcendent moments of pure joy and elation. These are moments that stand out from everyday events. The memory of such events is lasting and people often liken them to a spiritual experience.

    pedestal problem

    Just because you admire someone doesn't mean they don't make mistakes. Don't let your passion blind you to another's faults. The deeper the passion, the harder it is to see beyond our expectations.

    No one person, no one group has all the answers. No one should get a pass because of a label. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    But if a Leading Authority is something less than perfect morally, that doesn't mean you should dismiss everything they wrote and said because they are Unworthy. They haven't fallen from authority, you should just recognize that everyone has their limits and their failings.

    See also
  • Broken Pedestal from TVTropes,
  • The pedestal problem


    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.

    I use eight pendants regularly, these are the main six.

    Tree Of Life pendant
    On the Fire Festivals and Solar Festivals (sabbats), I wear a Jen Delyth Tree of Life pendant. Click on the picture for the product page. The Tree of Life is the most meaningful symbol for me. This is probably my favorite TOL design.

    I sometimes change when I am doing certain healing work.

    Speaking of healing work, this is my medicine shield bear. I used to wear it during the waning moon. Now I use it for mending, healing, and renewal.

    Now here’s the question, is he hiding from the dark or just cloaking his power? I see him as a very compassionate bear. He doesn’t ask questions, he just does what has to be done.

    An e•friend did some photoshop stuff with this shot and another picture I took and it turned out very well.

    I wear different pendants during the for each phase of the Moon.

    Except for some (semi-retired) crosses, this is my oldest and most fragile pendant. It’s pewter, simple, and very close to me. I use it for the dark Moon.

    When I first bought it, I debated for a long time whether I should wear the spirals on the left or on the right. It depends on my mood, but I usually wear them on the left.

    For the waxing Moon, I wear this malachite bear fetish.

    It was a gift and is a personal favorite. In many ways, it sums up who I am. It’s not a “true” fetish, it’s very much a modern design. It’s Zuni influenced but made by a Navajo silversmith. It uses malachite, when the obvious stone to pick would have been turquoise. About the only certain thing you can say about it is that it’s a product of the desert and it has symbolic power. Obviously a perfect fit for me.

    For the bright Moon, I wear this triskele pendant.

    When I first saw it, it practically screamed Full Moon. It also sums up my story of Lady in the Court of Stars and Lady in the Court of Shadows. This tells me is that there is always a design within the design and each phase of a cycle has it’s own unique traits no matter how many times the cycle repeats (see weird). It's a favorite of both companions, although I can’t tell you why.

    I use this raven pendent during the waning Moon. Click on the picture for the product page.

    It's Celtic influenced and you have to look closely to see what it is. Almost nobody sees a raven at the first impression. So I identify with the design and the subject.



  • pentacles or coins

    See earth, Tarot


    See kin

    people 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.
    The term "person of color" (plural: people of color, persons of color; sometimes abbreviated POC) today is used primarily in the United States to describe any person who is not European American or white. The term encompasses all non-white people, emphasizing common experiences of systemic racism. The term may also be used with other collective categories of people such as "communities of color", "men of color" (MOC), and "women of color" (WOC). The term "colored" was originally equivalent in use to the term person of color, but usage of the appellation "colored" in the Southern United States gradually came to be restricted to "negroes".

    From “colored” to “minority” to “person of color,” the terminology used for those who are not white in the U.S. has evolved to be more inclusive. A simple definition for “person of color” provided by the Oxford University Press dictionary is “a person who is not white or of European parentage.” In theory, POC should be a straightforward, all-encompassing term for anyone who isn’t white in the U.S., but I’m often hesitant to publicly identify as a person of color.

    Throughout my life, I have been told time and time again that Asians are not considered people of color. Or even worse, I’ve been told that Asians are “the new white people.” I’m obviously not white, but based on these ignorant statements, if I’m not a person of color, and I’m not white, then what am I?

    I recently came across an NPR article written by Lindsey Yoo, social media coordinator for a website called Filthy Freedom, which is dedicated to publishing content on race, sexuality and culture. Yoo, who is Korean-American, posed two excellent questions in her article: “When people say ‘women of color,’ am I included in that equation, or does it not apply to Asian-American women?” and “Do people really want to hear from someone who looks like me when they engage in conversations about racial justice?”
    Somehow no one is talking about the irony of an inclusive phrase specifically excluding “whites” because of something that happened before they were born, and often not even by their ancestors.

    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.

    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


    the instant when the Moon is closest to Earth


    the instant when a planet is closest to the Sun


    With regard to Carl Jung's analytic psychology, the public personality someone shows to the exterior world, converse to more fundamental and true character traits.
    PERSONA from Psychology Dictionary

    1. : a character assumed by an author in a written work
      1. plural personas [ New Latin, from Latin ] : an individual's social facade or front that especially in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung reflects the role in life the individual is playing
      2. the personality that a person (such as an actor or politician) projects in public
    2. plural personae : a character in a fictional presentation (such as a novel or play) —usually used in plural
    persona from Merriam-Webster

    See also
  • anima,
  • animus

    The Personal Is Political

    "The personal is political" was a frequently heard feminist rallying cry, especially during the late 1960s and 1970s. The exact origin of the phrase is unknown and sometimes debated. Many second-wave feminists used the phrase "the personal is political" or its underlying meaning in their writing, speeches, consciousness-raising, and other activities.

    The meaning has sometimes been interpreted to mean that political and personal issues affect each other.

    It has also meant that the experience of women is the grounding of feminism, both personal and political. Some have seen it as a kind of practical model for creating feminist theory: begin with the small issues with which you have personal experience, and move from there to the larger systemic issues and dynamics which may explain and/or address those personal dynamics.

    Stop making everything a moral issue.
    The problem with making the personal political is that you drag everyone around you into politics, whether they want to be or not.

    Personal Universes, the Law of

    See The Law of Personal Universes

    Personification, the Law of

    See The Law of Personification

    Perspective, the Law of

    See WebTree

    pertinent magick

    The temporary fix. Kitbashing a specific situation under time pressure and with limited 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.

    Perversity, the Law of

    See The Law of Perversity


    A pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.


    Lophophora williamsii

    Peyote is a small, spineless cactus, Lophophora williams ii, with the hallucinogen mescaline (3, 4, 5-trimethoxyphenethylamine) being the principal active ingredient. From earliest recorded time, peyote has been used by natives in northern Mexico and the south-western United States as a part of their religious rites.
    Peyote from Drugs-Plaza

    See also
  • Native American Church


    “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.


    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.


    1. a person who offers views or theories on profound questions in ethics, metaphysics, logic, and other related fields.
    2. a person who is deeply versed in philosophy.
    3. a person who establishes the central ideas of some movement, cult, etc.
    ❝You know, in this day and age the term philosopher is disparaged. There are a bunch of academics debating the works of people long dead, trying to stretch writings and sayings to fit their own worldview. They argue over punctuation and the implication of what was not said in which edition. Most of the people called philosophers today are little better than research librarians. They don't think about the practical application, you see.❞
    I am a philosopher in the old sense. I groove when I think about thinking.

    It's not esoteric. People just think it's difficult. But a good piece of philosophy looks simple and basic, after someone else has done the hard work of refining the thought and removing the extra bits. Most settle with the first thing that works and never build for future use. Philosophy is practical.

    That's the difference between philosophy and regular thought. Philosophy has applications beyond the immediate. It's the general case instead of the specific disposable tool.

    I look for the hidden connections between disciplines. I take the working ideas from one field and see if I can find ways to make them work in another.

    See also
  • autodidact


    A phlegmatic individual tends to be relaxed, peaceful, quiet, and easy-going. They are sympathetic and care about others, yet try to hide their emotions. Phlegmatic individuals also are good at generalizing ideas or problems to the world and making compromises.

    1. not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish.
    2. self-possessed, calm, or composed.
    3. of the nature of or abounding in the humor phlegm.

    Someone with phlegmatic personality type is usually a people person. They seek interpersonal harmony and close relationships. Phlegmatic people are loyal spouses and loving parents. They preserve their relationships with old friends, distant family members, and neighbors. People with phlegmatic temperament tend to avoid conflicts and always try to mediate between others to restore peace and harmony.



    1. a person who journeys, especially a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion
    2. a traveler or wanderer, especially in a foreign place.
    3. an original settler in a region.
    4. (initial capital letter) one of the band of Puritans who founded the colony of Plymouth, Mass., in 1620.
    5. a newcomer to a region or place, especially to the western U.S.
    For a while I used this word for People of the Book. I sounded like a really bad John Wayne. 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 Sun in Pisces

    pith helmet

    safari 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.
    pith helmet from Hat Glossary

    Such was the popularity of the pith helmet that it became a common civilian headgear for Westerners in the tropics from the end of the 19th century. The civilian pith helmet was typically less decorative and more practical, not as tall as the military counterpart, and with a wide brim all round. It was worn by men and women, old and young, both in formal and casual occasions, until the Second World War. After the war, the Viet Minh of Vietnam copied the pith helmet from the former French colonizer, and adopted it. Today it is still widely worn by both civilians and the military in Vietnam; it is similar to the pre-World War II civilian type, but covered in jungle green cloth, sometimes with a metal insignia at the front or back.

    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.


    A placebo is anything that seems to be a "real" medical treatment -- but isn't. It could be a pill, a shot, or some other type of "fake" treatment. What all placebos have in common is that they do not contain an active substance meant to affect health.

    Platinum Rule

    Hope for the best, prepare for the worst and meanwhile, do everything you can to make things better.


    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.


    1. the existence of different types of people, who have different beliefs and opinions, within the same society
    2. the belief that the existence of different types of people within the same society is a good thing

    1. Philosophy.
      1. a theory that there is more than one basic substance or principle.
      2. a theory that reality consists of two or more independent elements.
    2. Ecclesiastical.
      1. the holding by one person of two or more offices at the same time.
    3. Sociology. cultural pluralism.
    4. state or quality of being plural.

    Polarity, The Law of

    See The Law of Polarity

    political correctness

    I'm pretty sure that political correctness just means shaming the dissenters enough so they shut up.

    Progressives and the left didn't invent the politics of shame, but they refined it.
    Something that started out as a sort of moral common sense - actually not a bad idea, eg. saying 'black person' instead of 'god-damn cotton-pickin' nigger'.

    However, the whole thing got utterly out of hand in the early 90s to the point where a lot of people will say 'Afro-Carribean' or 'Afro-American' because they think it's racist to say 'black'! It gets even more ridiculous when you consider that in some parts people think it's offensive to 'blackboard' or 'black coffee'.

    What began as a force for good (considering the number of people who really are racist, sexist and homophobic) has since become a laughing stock because of the ridiculous extremes to which certain neurotic ultra-liberals took it - cf. a person being 'vertically challenged' rather than short. This has actually undone a lot of progress made in changing bigoted attitudes (as bigot can claim any offense taken at their views is 'political correctness gone mad), whilst making people feel guilty for enjoying anything but the blandest, most anaemic humor for fear of being 'offensive'. I mean, seriously, what's funnier out of 'Friends' and 'South Park'? (Or 'The League of Gentlemen' for the benefit of any Brits out there?)

    At the same time as straight white able-bodied men are going out of their way to talk about 'ethnic people' (who ISN'T ethnic!?) and those of 'different sexual orientation', there are blacks calling themselves niggas (which has been going on for years), gays calling themselves (and each other!) poof, queens and queers, and so on - the real way to neutralize a term used as as an insult is for those to whom it was applied to use it themselves.

    At its worst, political correctness is nothing different form Orwell's Newspeak - an attempt to change the way people think by forcibly changing the way they speak. So let's have a backlash against the nannying, interfering, cotton-wool Stalinism 'ploitical correctness' has become - not to placate bigots, but to speak the truth and enjoy outrageous humor like we're meant to. Remember, the next time someone says they don't like Harry Potter because Hermione is a stereotypically sensitive girl, the relevant word to call them is 'cunt'.

    political ghouls

    Those using tragedy for political benefit or opportunity, especially murder or a violent crime. People exploiting passion from catastrophe to prevent others from thinking.
    • This is the default HTML.
    • You can replace it with your own.
    • Include your own code without the HTML, Head, or Body tags.
    • This is the default HTML.
    • You can replace it with your own.
    • Include your own code without the HTML, Head, or Body tags.
  • a
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • e
  • f
  • g
  • h
  • i
  • j
  • k
  • l
  • m
  • n
  • o
  • P
  • q
  • r
  • s
  • t
  • u
  • v
  • w
  • x
  • y
  • z
  • site home suggest a word?
    Today's secret word is
  • a
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • e
  • f
  • g
  • h
  • i
  • j
  • k
  • l
  • m
  • n
  • o
  • P
  • q
  • r
  • s
  • t
  • u
  • v
  • w
  • x
  • y
  • z