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surreptitious – 1. done, made or acquired by stealth; clandestine 2. acting or doing something clandestinely; stealthy

“If knowledge is power, clandestine knowledge is power squared; it can be withheld, exchanged, and leveraged.” – Letty Cotti Pogrebin

The Last Quarter Moon is Monday, March 16, 2020.

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mediate – 1. intervene between people in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement or reconciliation 2. bring about (a result such as a physiological effect). 3. connected indirectly through another person or thing; involving an intermediate agency
from late Latin mediatus ‘placed in the middle’

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” ― Albert Einstein

The Full Moon is Monday, March 9, 2020.

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secret – (adj) not known or seen by others
(n) something kept unknown or unseen by others

“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.” ― John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961

The First Quarter Moon is Monday, March 2, 2020.

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sensitive – (adj.) 1. quick to detect or respond to slight changes, signals, or influences

  1. (of human behavior) having or displaying a quick and delicate appreciation of others’ feelings 3. kept secret or with restrictions on disclosure to avoid endangering security
    (n.) a person who is believed to respond to occult influences

“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” – Edgar Allen Poe

The New Moon is Sunday, February 23, 2020

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remorse – 1. a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt for past wrongdoings;  self-reproach  2.  obs:  compassion;  sympathetic consciousness of other’s distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

late M.E.: from Old French remors, from medieval Latin remorsus, from Latin remordere ‘vex’, re- (expressing intensive force) + mordere ‘to bite’.

“Be kind, everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato

“Compassion is the basis of morality.” 

― Arthur Schopenhauer

The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday, February 15, 2020.

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sincere – 1. a. Free of dissimulation: honest b. free from adulteration: pure 2. marked by genuineness: true

history & etymology: Middle French, from Latin sincerus – whole, pure, genuine, probably from sem – one + -cerus (akin to Latin crescere – to grow)

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

The Full Moon is Sunday, February 9, 2020.

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allege – 1.  to assert without proof or before proving  2.  to bring forward as a reason or excuse

“I couldn’t quite understand how an ordinary man’s good qualities could become crushing accusations against a guilty man.” 

― Albert Camus, The Stranger

The First Quarter Moon is Sunday, February 2, 2020. 

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advancement – the process of promoting a cause or plan: a. the promotion of a person in rank or status b. a development or improvement

“Your life goal and mission is to find your gift, become what you have been created to be and with your gift serve mankind, promoting advancement and influencing humanity.” – Sunday Adelaja

The Last Quarter Moon is Friday, January 17, 2020.

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anticipate – 1. to realize beforehand; foretaste or foresee 2. to expect; look forward to; be sure of 3. to perform (an action) before another has had time to act 4. to answer (a question), obey (a command) or satisfy (a request) before it is made

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

The Full Moon is Friday, January 10, 2020.

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inevitable – incapable of being avoided or evaded

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”

–  Pablo Neruda

“Freedom is the content.  Inevitability is the form.” 

–  Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

“Changing is what people do when they have no options left.”

–  Holly Black, Red Glove

The Full Moon is Thursday, December 12, 2019. 

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manifestation– an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, especially a theory or an abstract idea:  a. the action or fact of showing an abstract idea.  b. a symptom or sign of an ailment.  c. a version or incarnation of something or someone.  d. an appearance of a ghost or spirit.

From Latin, manifestare, ‘make public’

“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.” –  Stephen Richards

The Full Moon is Thursday, December 12, 2019. 

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gratitude – the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful

“Let us be grateful to the people that make us happy;  they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  ― Marcel Proust

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ― Epicurus

The New Moon is Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

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congruous – 1a. being in agreement, harmony, or correspondence 1b. conforming to the circumstances or requirements of a situation 2. marked or enhanced by harmonious agreement among constituent elements

“Work. Good, honest work, whether it’s working with your hands to create an artwork, or manual labor, brings forth a sense of divinity at play. The only prerequisite is that whatever the work is, it is done sincerely and in congruence with the soul’s true origin and intent, then, without any effort, one experiences a flow, wherein one feels a part of the plan of the entire universe.”
― Kamand Kojouri

The Last Quarter Moon is Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

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composure – serene, self-controlled manner or state of mind; calmness; tranquility

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – haruki murakami

“As soon as anger knocks at one’s door, wisdom prepares to leave.” – Pawan Mishra, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

The Full Moon is Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

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abstruse – 1. hard to understand; recondite; esoteric 2. secret; hidden origin: concealed, from Latin, 1600

“The cause is hidden. The effect is visible to all.” – Ovid

“I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions.” – Robert Anton Wilson

“Whoever knows he is deep tries to be clear, but whoever wants to seem deep to the crowd tries to be obscure. Fore the crowd supposes that anything it cannot see to the bottom must be deep: it is so timid and goes so unwillingly into the water.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

The New Moon is Monday, October 28, 2019.

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belfry – 1. a bell tower; especially one surmounting or attached to another structure 2. a room or framework for enclosing a bell 3. the seat of the intellect; the head

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.” ― Adrienne Rich

“I believe that love is the answer, but you ought to own a handgun just in case.” ― Senator John Kennedy

The Last Quarter Moon is Monday, October 21, 2019.

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freedom – 1. the quality or state of being free, such as: a) the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b) liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another c) the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous d) unrestricted use 2. a political right

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
― Nelson Mandela

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin

The Full Moon is Sunday, October 13, 2019.

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colloquialism – 1.  a word or phrase that is not formal or literary, typically one used in ordinary or familiar conversation  2.  the use of ordinary or familiar words or phrases

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“Some of the people cried unrestrainedly, “Yessir, Booger was a good ol’ boy.”  –  Folk-say, 1932

“Object relations theory, a component of psychoanalytic psychology, sees human personalities as formed by splitting off aspects of the person that he or she deems incompatible, whereupon the person may be haunted later in life by ghosts of their alternate selves.”

The First Quarter Moon is Saturday, October 5, 2019.

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sacrosanct – (especially of a principle, place, or routine) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with.    Late 15th century

“Extremism stifles true progression in all fields of human advancement;  it is a detriment to everything but war, tribalism and the personal power of Nietzschean entities, striving only for the narcissistic vindication of their ego and will.  The enlightened mind knows that all is challengable, ergo questions all and thus, learns and grows;  progression.  The weak and narrow mind makes its beliefs sacrosanct;  fearful of challenge, their creed becomes unalterable, defended with violence.”  –  Daniel S. Fletcher, Jackboot Britain

The New Moon is Friday, September 27, 2019.

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wizardry – 1. the art or practice of magic

  1. great skill in a particular area of activity
  2. very impressive technology or devices.

exploit – 1. use a situation for profit 2. to use selfishly to one’s own ends 3. to advance or further through exploitation

“His harmonic words could weave the fabric of time or spin matter from nothingness if the mood suited him.” – Lita Burke


“Manipulation, fueled with good intent, can be a blessing. But when used wickedly, it is the beginning of a magician’s karmic calamity.” – T.F. Hodge

The Last Quarter Moon is Sunday, September 22, 2019.