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« Reply #705 on: May 06, 2020, 08:00:34 am »
I really like this quote, "One cannot really succeed or fail at the Practices – do not make them a stick to beat yourself or others with."  I also love how you talk about accessibility and the different ways in which you can approach the practices.

Thank you - I think it's a good match for a lot of pagan value sets, if that makes sense. An alternative to a human-centric mindset where you're always supposed to be accomplishing things, improving at things, accumulating more things; instead you just focus on being, and being ok with where you're at. You can't be a bad ecosystem or a bad tree or a bad otter, if that makes sense, so the values of (nature-centric animism, at least) should be the values one learns from the landscape. Rather than imposing a human value system.

A big part of my motivation in creating my own thing is that I find a lot of available pagan material inaccessible, so that was the original push.

I really, really like a good to-do list, and I also love the structure/pedantry in ceremonial traditions, but...so much of the writing coming out of this zone is just hideous. From statements misunderstanding mental illness ("If you have any kind of mental illness, it's just like having schizophrenia {which I also do not understand anything about except what I've seen in movies}, and you can't do any kind of magic until you Get Well"), to a complete lack of empathy for people who are struggling ("The only way to do anything is 20 minutes of meditation every day, and if you can't do this then you just don't want it enough, and that's your personal failing"), and finally, a good dose of free market capitalist logic ("If you work harder, you'll do better. Everything is personal responsibility and under your personal control. So if you are ill, or struggling, or disadvantaged, it's probably your fault") which is a mindset without much room for the disabled.

So yeah; I like a good Daily To Do List, so I've made my own; and I've designed it around tasks I can accomplish; but making space for "OK, how do I accomplish these outcomes but with a different method?".
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Re: Recently Blogged
« Reply #706 on: May 06, 2020, 03:16:20 pm »

I really, really like a good to-do list, and I also love the structure/pedantry in ceremonial traditions, but...so much of the writing coming out of this zone is just hideous. From statements misunderstanding mental illness ("If you have any kind of mental illness, it's just like having schizophrenia {which I also do not understand anything about except what I've seen in movies}, and you can't do any kind of magic until you Get Well"), to a complete lack of empathy for people who are struggling ("The only way to do anything is 20 minutes of meditation every day, and if you can't do this then you just don't want it enough, and that's your personal failing"), and finally, a good dose of free market capitalist logic ("If you work harder, you'll do better. Everything is personal responsibility and under your personal control. So if you are ill, or struggling, or disadvantaged, it's probably your fault") which is a mindset without much room for the disabled.



Those types of thoughts are so unpleasant, I really dislike how close minded some people are!

And I'm right there with you on loving to-do lists....with my own twists (I struggle most with needing lists to keep myself on track and needing my lists to be flexible enough so that if I don't have the energy to do stuff listed I don't end up feeling worse about not being able to do them).

This week, I turned my thoughts to Solitary Birthdays...  Mine recently passed, and this is one thing I've seen a lot of people struggling with (often for kids, but I think it's something that we feel just as much as adults, we just don't always talk about it).
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« Reply #707 on: May 13, 2020, 03:31:57 pm »
Those types of thoughts are so unpleasant, I really dislike how close minded some people are!

And I'm right there with you on loving to-do lists....with my own twists (I struggle most with needing lists to keep myself on track and needing my lists to be flexible enough so that if I don't have the energy to do stuff listed I don't end up feeling worse about not being able to do them).

This week, I turned my thoughts to Solitary Birthdays...  Mine recently passed, and this is one thing I've seen a lot of people struggling with (often for kids, but I think it's something that we feel just as much as adults, we just don't always talk about it).

We are in a crazy time, but I think there is a lot we can do with Magic in crisis
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« Reply #708 on: May 15, 2020, 09:02:42 am »
We are in a crazy time, but I think there is a lot we can do with Magic in crisis

A quick, shopping-list/reading-list blog of Folklore Zines I've discovered on Twitter. Can't really support them financially right now, but can support them with some promotion and enthusiasm.

Of interest to people who do sacred walking, folk horror, traditional witchcraft, psychogeography, rural pop culture occult etc. Also, does anyone know of any other small-press/zine/small-circulation zines on these topics which I can add to the post?
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Re: Recently Blogged
« Reply #709 on: May 20, 2020, 02:14:35 pm »
A quick, shopping-list/reading-list blog of Folklore Zines I've discovered on Twitter. Can't really support them financially right now, but can support them with some promotion and enthusiasm.

Of interest to people who do sacred walking, folk horror, traditional witchcraft, psychogeography, rural pop culture occult etc. Also, does anyone know of any other small-press/zine/small-circulation zines on these topics which I can add to the post?

Neat little resource!  I can't think of any I know off hand to add.

This week I wrote about how One small step at a time... can lead to big change.  I think it is so easy to get caught up in thinking only the big, perfect actions have value, and yet life is a series of tiny things that add up to something incredible.
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Re: Recently Blogged
« Reply #710 on: May 27, 2020, 01:58:00 pm »
Neat little resource!  I can't think of any I know off hand to add.

This week I wrote about how One small step at a time... can lead to big change.  I think it is so easy to get caught up in thinking only the big, perfect actions have value, and yet life is a series of tiny things that add up to something incredible.

Thinking a bit about 'once in a lifetime' events, and how we end up looking back on hard times
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« Reply #711 on: June 01, 2020, 08:58:25 pm »
Thinking a bit about 'once in a lifetime' events, and how we end up looking back on hard times

My witch in practice post talks some about the news from Minneapolis (where I lived for several years), and also about a series of posts I'm working on for being a coven in the time of Covid. (Introduction is up now, I need to do some conversations with various people, but expect to have the whole series up by the end of the month.)
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« Reply #712 on: June 02, 2020, 12:45:07 pm »
My witch in practice post talks some about the news from Minneapolis (where I lived for several years), and also about a series of posts I'm working on for being a coven in the time of Covid. (Introduction is up now, I need to do some conversations with various people, but expect to have the whole series up by the end of the month.)
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« Reply #713 on: June 03, 2020, 02:58:49 pm »
My witch in practice post talks some about the news from Minneapolis (where I lived for several years), and also about a series of posts I'm working on for being a coven in the time of Covid. (Introduction is up now, I need to do some conversations with various people, but expect to have the whole series up by the end of the month.)

Those questions for group work in your Covid post are great!  As an almost exclusively solitary witch, these aren't things that come up often, for me, but when we do host group rituals some of these will be really good to consider (and even the ones about what makes you feel closer/distant from the group...our two local groups have a lot of online and fairly superficial interactions).

Today, I ended up writing a bit about how our perceptions of myths and deities evolve, and what this means to our practice.  Blending faith and fandom
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